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YMCA names Volunteers of the Year

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two local leaders were recently honored at a dinner after being named YMCA Volunteers of the Year.

The J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA in Lawrenceville chose Mary Beth Byerly as its 2009 Volunteer of the Year, while the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA in Norcross chose Barry Cohen as its 2009 Volunteer of the Year.

Byerly, the executive director of institutional advancement at Gwinnett Technical College, serves as the YMCA board chair and has served on the board for the past four years. She is also the program committee chair.

Cohen, a Duluth resident, is a three-year branch board member and serves on the membership committee. This year, he served as the YMCA Partner With Youth annual campaign chairman.

The YMCA is a charitable organization open to people of all abilities, ages, beliefs, cultures, faiths and incomes. Financial assistance is available based on need.

Parkview grads win honors in broadcast competition

LILBURN -- Parkview High School graduates and Berry College students Steven Walker and Alex Middleton were student producers of a show that was crowned Best Comedy in a national contest sponsored by College Broadcasters Inc.

The show, "The Conference Room," focuses on three young producers who are trying to develop a television show that never seems to get off the ground. Each episode focuses on a different aspect of producing a show, such as demographics, publicity and budgets. The 15-minute episodes can be viewed online at http://vikingfusion.berry.


"We're very happy," said Middleton, one of three student producers who also star in the show. "It hasn't really sunk in that we won a national award, but it's pretty awesome and it's definitely a cool feeling to know that we won."

Walker also served as producer and on-air talent.

"The Conference Room" was produced by Viking Fusion, Berry College's student-operated multimedia Web site. In existence since January, Viking Fusion features news and sports stories, photo galleries, short films, TV shows, poetry and prose. Students of all majors are encouraged to submit work for the site.

Commissioner to speak at League of Women Voters

LILBURN -- Katherine Meyer, Gwinnett's tax commissioner, will speak at the Gwinnett League of Women Voters meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Berkmar High School.

Meyer's topic is "Get the Facts about Property Tax."

The meeting will be held in room 1.209 at the school, located at 405 Pleasant Hill Road in Lilburn.

Upcoming speakers include Lynn Ledford, voter registration and elections director of Gwinnett County, on Dec. 17 and Lilburn Police Chief John Davidson on Jan. 28.

For more information, call Linda Newton at 770-381-7283 or e-mail her at

Brookwood orchestra sponsoring Cow Patty Bingo

SNELLVILLE -- The Brookwood High School orchestra is sponsoring the first Cow Patty Bingo from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday on the lower football field at Brookwood High.

The event is free, but for those who wish to participate in bingo, tickets will cost $5. Participants have a chance to win $1,000 if the cow leaves a "patty" on their bingo square.

The event will also feature four moonwalks, face painting, hula hoops and bubbles. Nachos, funnel cakes, popcorn and cotton candy will be sold for $1 each.

Brookwood High is located at 1255 Dogwood Road in Snellville.

Peachtree Ridge hosts robotics competition

SUWANEE -- The Peachtree Ridge High School robotics team, the RoboLions, will host a VEX Robotics competition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the school's commons area.

More than 20 robotics teams, including nine Gwinnett teams, will compete in match play for a chance to advance to the VEX Robotics Championship event in Texas this spring.

The event is free and open to the public.

Stanton Lanier to perform at Wesleyan

NORCROSS -- Stanton Lanier will perform music from his "December Peace" CD at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wesleyan School's Wesley Hall.

The concert is free, but reservations are required. Visit http://wesleyanschool. to reserve seats.

"Every moment of 'December Peace' offers the sincerity and emotional depth that has typified his recordings for years," said producer Will Ackerman, the Grammy-winning founder of Windham Hill Records. "Whether in his original compositions or in his brilliant interpretations of Christmas classics, 'December Peace' reveals Stanton's unique voice. This is music that adds beauty and peace to a world deeply in need of it."

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