Senior Leadership Gwinnett names new members

LAWRENCEVILLE - Senior Leadership Gwinnett has announced the members of the 2008-09 class of its program, which offers people age 55 and older an opportunity to interact with others in Gwinnett and find ways to make the county a better place to live.

The class consists of 26 seniors who will begin the nine-month program Sept. 17 at the Pierce Park Senior Center in Suwanee. Throughout the year, the group will meet at locations such as the Gwinnett Detention Center, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, the state Capitol, Emory Eastside Medical Center and the Snellville Senior Citizens Center.

Members of the 2008-09 class are Tom Long of Braselton; Margaret Cain and Brenda Pruitt, both of Buford; Navin Shah of Duluth; Margaret Morgan of Gainesville; James Gillespie and Don Smith, both of Grayson; Roger Blais, Herbert George, Richard Gray, Joanne Johnson, Ron Weber and Charles Whitehead, all of Lawrenceville; Zach Doppel, Margo Hunt, Julia Nash and Jackie Thornberry, all of Lilburn; Joe Markham of Loganville; Gary Galloway of Monroe; Debbie Mason of Norcross; Larry Christopher of Peachtree Corners; Sal DeGaetano, Carol Lee, Ann Sechrist and Tom Stratton, all of Snellville; and Gloria McGuire of Suwanee.

The program is sponsored by Gwinnett Technical College.

Gwinnett teens win at annual state 4-H Congress

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Gwinnett County teens were among the 48 Georgia 4-H members honored recently as state project winners during the 66th annual state 4-H Congress in Atlanta.

Jayla Freeman, 17, won in sports. Freeman, the daughter of Darla Freeman of Lawrenceville, was sponsored by Melinda Ashcraft of White Water.

Grace McCurry won in dog care and training. Curry, the daughter of Sharon and Kurt Hansen of Loganville, was sponsored by Janice Hayes and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.

To compete at the state level, a 4-H member must first exceed in the district competition. At state Congress, the 4-H'ers give 12-minute demonstrations and prepare portfolios of their research and service in 48 project areas such as public speaking, history, wildlife and human development. Expert judges evaluate their work and interview them on their presentations and portfolios.

Freeman and McCurry will compete in November in the national 4-H Congress in Atlanta.

Senior center sponsors local food drive

LAWRENCEVILLE - Laurel Grove Independent Living Center recently sponsored a food drive for Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministries with the assistance of Kroger in Lawrenceville.

The seniors from the residence, some more than 90 years old, collected food and donations outside of Kroger with the help of Dona Branch, the enrichment coordinator, and the local Kroger manager. They collected nearly 860 pounds of food.

The charity was started by Holiday, the national company that owns the retirement residence chain, and will be ongoing throughout holiday season as well.

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