Norcross center celebrates 10 years

NORCROSS - Norcross Human Services Center is celebrating 10 years of providing services and programming to Gwinnett residents.

The public is invited to join the celebration from noon until 1 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 5030 Georgia Belle Court in Norcross. Commission Chairman Charles Bannister and Tax Commissioner Katherine Sherrington will be honorary speakers. Light refreshments in addition to popcorn and a snow machine will be part of the festivities.

For more information on the services Norcross Human Services Center has to offer, call the center at 770-638-5660 or visit the Web site at

Coalition to hold community forum

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services will host a community agency forum Wednesday.

The forum is intended to engage community agencies and their representatives in the planning process for the county's comprehensive health and human services plan.

The event will take place at Building C at Georgia Gwinnett College, 1000 University Center Lane, in Lawrenceville. The first session will be from 8:30 a.m. until noon and the second repeated session from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Refreshments will be provided. Register for either session at For more information, call Nicole Love at 770-995-3339.

Area schools can win green makeover

LAWRENCEVILLE - Schools in the Atlanta-area can now nominate themselves for a green makeover through Ford and Paige Hemmis, a designer from ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

Ford is sponsoring a nationwide contest that will award one lucky K-12 school an eco-friendly makeover worth up to $250,000.

Students, parents, community members, staff and teachers are encouraged to nominate a school by submitting an essay to by May 18.

Green improvements made to the winning school will be based on their specific needs, but some eco-friendly solutions may include energy-efficient appliances, athletic fields made of organic and sustainable materials, vegetation roofing, solar paneling, Energy Star lighting and insulation, programmable thermostats and triple-pane windows.

The makeover will be conducted over the summer and revealed when the students return in the fall.

To enter and for more information on the contest and sweepstakes, including official rules, go to

Boy Scouts plant trees for Earth Day

LAWRENCEVILLE - Members of Cub Scout packs 541 and 1541 planted 100 seedlings at Cooper Elementary in celebration of Earth Day.

The tree planting is part of the "Making America a Little Greener" program, sponsored through a partnership between Frito Lay North America and The Arbor Day Foundation.

The Cub Scouts are between seven and 12 years old.

The boys first applied for the award in the fall, but had to put their efforts on hold because of the severe drought in Georgia.

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