Annandale teams win gold at state Special Olympics

Annandale Village's bocce ball teams won gold medals in the state Special Olympic Games, held on Oct. 12 in Albany.

Annandale director of development Nancy Trujillo described the players as an "intense group" of athletes who are proud of their victory and love the sport of bocce, which is similar to bowling. The teams, led by coach Sandy Weaver, activities coordinator for Annandale Village, are made up of new and returning members of last year's team. The players practiced each week throughout the summer by playing with other local bocce players.

Annandale Village, located in Suwanee, is a private, nonprofit community for adults with developmental disabilities. Annandale offers a range of residential programs and services to help men and women lead lives that reflect quality, value, self worth and achievement, according to its Web site. For more information, visit www.annandale.org.

Davies earns rank of Eagle Scout

Matthew Davies, son of Chris and Kim Davies, and grandson of Harold and Shirley Davies and Doris Robertson and Bronley Walker, earned rank of Eagle Scout on May 19. He is a junior at Collins Hill High School and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 56, chartered through Lawrenceville United Methodist Church. For his project, he led a group of 14 volunteers to build 50 bluebird houses for Gwinnett County Parks. Matthew's project involved 115 man hours.