Scouts complete Suwanee project

SUWANEE - Sugarloaf Cub Scout Pack 846 recently completed a service project coordinated through the city of Suwanee.

The cub scouts cleaned up the trails and trail signs at Suwanee Creek Park and spread mulch at the outdoor classroom. All five dens in the pack - Tiger, Wolves, Bears, Webelos I and Webelos II - participated in the project.

The service project was designated an official activity of National Public Lands Day activity, a nationwide volunteer work day held annually on the last Saturday of September and organized by the National Environmental Education Foundation. It is the nation's largest cleanup of public lands.

In addition to the service project, each den also participated in various outdoor activities, including hiking, plant and tree identification, and other projects designed to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of the outdoors.

The Suwanee Creek Park cleanup, the only activity in Gwinnett County, was one of 21 sites in Georgia participating in National Public Lands Day. More than 1,600 sites participated nationwide this year, with more than 120,000 volunteers pitching in.

Student's ice cream creation in contest

SNELLVILLE - Tiffany Wynter, a student at Grayson High School, is a contestant in the Cold Stone Creamery iMix America Contest.

Wynter's creation, called "Heaven on Earth," is available at The Avenue Webb Gin location in Snellville.

Nearly 10,000 students between the ages of 13 and 19 applied to get into the interactive contest. Wynter was one of 1,350 students who got into the first stage launched Aug. 11.

Any guest that orders an iMix America Creation will be given a unique voting code they can use to vote online at www.iMixAmerica.com. Based on the number of votes their signature creation receives, contestants will progress through three competitive field-reducing brackets in a five-month period ending Dec. 31.

The grand prize package, worth $30,000, includes automotive, travel, electronics and cellular products and services and will be awarded in January at the Cold Stone Creamery headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Business names development manager

DULUTH - Professional Sound Images, a market leader in optical disc manufacturing, packaging and distribution, has announced that Chris Coates has been hired to spearhead the company's marketing and business development endeavors.

Coates' professional experience includes graphic design, marketing, sales and business management. He most recently served as general manager for CDWorks, where he was responsible for establishing a new branch office in the Atlanta area.

Coates has a bachelor's degree in film scoring and composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives in Marietta with his wife and son.

Family Promise celebrates 20 years of service

LAWRENCEVILLE - Family Promise of Gwinnett County recently joined 132 other affiliates of the national organization in celebrating 20 years of providing services and support to homeless families.

Family Promise affiliates respond to the homelessness situation by providing hope and help to families in transition. By using local congregations, their facilities and their volunteers, as well as its own small staff, Family Promise houses, feeds and provides case management services to up to four families at a time.

In Gwinnett County, 25 churches participate in and support the network, and more than 1,200 volunteers provide more than 18,000 hours of service each year. Families stay in the network an average of 64 days, with more than 88 percent leaving with housing and employment.

Private schools receive grants

LAWRENCEVILLE - Children's book publisher Sylvan Dell has awarded educational resource grants to several schools in Georgia, including Notre Dame Academy in Duluth and St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School in Lilburn.

The grant is for a free, one-year site license, providing unlimited access to all 35 Sylvan Dell eBooks. The license can be used on all school computers and may be placed on secure school Web sites, enabling students and their families to log in and have access from their homes.

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