State group honors Gwinnett Bar

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Bar Association was honored with two statewide awards June 7 during the annual meeting of the State Bar of Georgia at Amelia Island, Fla.

The group received the Award of Merit for voluntary bar associations with 251 to 500 members for its dedication to improving relations among local lawyers and devoting endless hours to serving the community.

The Gwinnett Bar also received the Law Day Award of Achievement for its size category. The award honors exemplary local commemorations of Law Day, celebrating American liberties and rededicating to the ideals of equality and justice under the law.

Arthritis Walk raises nearly $20,000

DACULA - More than 150 people participated in the first Arthritis Walk Gwinnett, raising nearly $20,000.

The walk, which took place May 31 at Rabbit Hill Park in Dacula, was designed to increase awareness of about 100 forms of arthritis. The funds raised will support arthritis research, health education and advocacy efforts to improve the lives of the 1.7 million children and adults in Georgia living with arthritis.

The walk also highlighted the importance of exercise in the effective prevention and management of arthritis, which can be a painful, life-impacting condition.

Grayson teen selected for trip

GRAYSON - Grayson resident Katarina "Skye" Sheffield was selected to attend Canoe Country Rendezvous in northern Minnesota.

The trip, offered by Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines Council, is open to 13- to 17-year-old girls. This Studio 2B destination is one of many trips offered through scouting.

About 30 Girl Scouts will canoe and hike through an area of northern Minnesota known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Quetico Provincial Park in southern Canada. On the trip, the participants will learn about small group living, teamwork, paddling skills and traveling safely in the wilderness.

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