Gwinnett Gab 5/27/2009

Host families needed for French students

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Retired French teacher Linda Farmer is looking for families to host 12 French teenage boys for 20 days in July.

In all, 25 French students who are 14 to 18 years old will be coming to the Atlanta area from July 7 to 27. The teens, all from professional families in France, are coming to Georgia to experience American life and be immersed in the English language, Farmer said.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for American families to interact with a superb culture firsthand and to truly gain a global perspective, not to mention acquiring a son or daughter in France," Farmer said.

LEC, a Paris-based organization, provides the students with comprehensive medical and hospital insurance and gives host families compensation for room and board. The French students come with ample spending money for all expenses outside of the home and have had three to six years of English.

In addition, a French chaperone travels with the students and is placed in the Atlanta area as well.

For more information, call Farmer at 770-973-2452 or e-mail lgfarmer@aol.com.

Snellville man wins $250,000

SNELLVILLE -- Eddie Lemons, an investment manager from Snellville, won a $250,000 second prize playing Mega Millions from matching the first five winning numbers in the April 23 lottery drawing.

"I feel like I'm in a movie," Lemons, 37, said. "It's unbelievable."

Winning numbers from the April 23 Mega Millions drawing were 19-26-28-37-52 and the Mega Ball was 18. Lemons purchased his ticket -- a Quik Pik with his own Mega Ball selection -- from The Market, located at 2007 Scenic Highway in Snellville.

While at home, he compared his numbers to a printout from the store.

"I screamed and paper went everywhere," he said. "I was shaving, and the shaving cream got all over the walls."

Lemons said he intends to invest his winnings.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

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