Grant awarded for senior programs

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Jackson EMC Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services to support the senior meals program and the senior home repair assistance efforts.

The customer donations from Operation Round Up, which benefit nonprofit organizations in Gwinnett, will be used to help seniors remain independent in their homes through the home delivery of meals.

Through Operation Round Up, customers of Jackson EMC can round up their bills each month for just a few cents more. The extra dollars go directly to the program and in turn benefit these nonprofits.

For more information on the services Gwinnett County Senior Services has to offer, call the Senior Helpline at 678-377-4150 or make a monetary donation to Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services, P.O. Box 390025, Snellville, GA 30039.

Student Advisory Council needs applications

LAWRENCEVILLE - State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox is accepting applications for her 2009-10 Student Advisory Council.

Members of the Student Advisory Council meet three times during the school year with Cox to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect Georgia students.

All students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to apply, and applications must be received by Sept. 30. Meeting dates are Nov. 9, Jan. 25 and March 8. Applicants should be able to attend all three meetings.

For more information, visit the Student Advisory Council Web site at

Mountain View to hold pep rally

LAWRENCEVILLE - Mountain View High School will hold a community pep rally and carnival from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the football stadium.

Students and parents from all cluster schools are invited to attend, free of charge. Food will be sold, along with tickets for games and carnival activities such as the moon walk and dunk tank.

Mountain View, as part of its partnership with the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, asks that each family bring a jar of peanut butter or jelly to donate.

Mountain View High School is located at 2351 Sunny Hill Road in Lawrenceville. For more information, visit


Rotary Club helps Littlest Reader Program

BUFORD - The Rotary Club of Buford/North Gwinnett and their families, in conjunction with the Gwinnett Public Library Suwanee branch, assembled several hundred packages for the Littlest Reader Program July 28 in Suwanee.

The club received a $3,500 grant from Rotary International to help provide the materials for the project. The books and other materials will be given to families and care givers of newborns to promote literacy. Additional kits will be provided to the staff at the Gwinnett Medical Center Women's Pavilion.

Volunteers were treated to a pizza party and an exclusive tour of the Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett Public Library, where the event was held.

For more information about Rotary Club of Buford/North Gwinnett membership, call Club President Duane Champlin at 678-804-2511 or visit

Brewery raises money for Chattahoochee

LAWRENCEVILLE - SweetWater Brewery presented a check for $55,420 to Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR) during the brewery's tour and tasting Friday.

The proceeds from SweetWater's fourth annual Save the Hooch campaign, totaling more than $55,000, will support UCR's river patrol and water quality monitoring programs.

A ceremonial check was presented by Freddy Bensch, SweetWater's Big Kahuna, and Steve Farace, SweetWater's Minister of Propaganda, to Sally Bethea and UCR staff in the brewery's tasting room at the Friday afternoon brewery tasting and tour.

The Save the Hooch campaign runs from Memorial Day through the middle of July and engages beer drinkers, bar patrons and restaurants throughout metro Atlanta to raise awareness and funds for UCR, the only nonprofit whose sole purpose is to protect and preserve the Chattahoochee River, its lakes and tributaries.

SweetWater Brewery is located at 195 Ottley Drive in Atlanta. For information about Save the Hooch, visit

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