GWINNETT GAB: Gwinnett Civil Air Patrol flies in Chinook

Special Photo. Gwinnett Civil Air Patrol cadets recently rode in a Boeing CH-47 Chinook, a heavy-lift helicopter used by the U.S. Army.

Special Photo. Gwinnett Civil Air Patrol cadets recently rode in a Boeing CH-47 Chinook, a heavy-lift helicopter used by the U.S. Army.

Gwinnett Civil Air Patrol flies in Chinook

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members of Georgia Wing's Gwinnett County Composite squadron were recently given orientation flights in the Boeing CH-47 Chinook.

The Chinook is a heavy-lift helicopter used by 16 different nations with the biggest user being the U.S. Army.

The three o-flights were provided by the Georgia National Guard's Detachment 1, Company B, 1/169th Aviation Regiment, based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. This unit had also given two Georgia CAP squadrons o-flights in July 2010.

The CH-47 pilots flew at about 2,000 feet above the ground and their guests got to see, from above, many of the local landmarks they were familiar with, such as Lake Lanier and the Mall of Georgia.

At the conclusion of each flight the Chinook was landed in a grassy area outside of Gwinnett squadron's hangar. The helicopter was not shut down and the passengers had to "hot rotate" -- that is they had to enter and exit the helicopter while it was still running. The hot exhaust of the CH-47's twin turboshaft engines blew in their faces with the 60-foot diameter rotor blades whirling overhead.

Chick-fil-A celebrates Cow Appreciation Day

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will celebrate the chain's annual Cow Appreciation Day on Friday by offering a free meal to any customer who visits fully dressed as a cow.

Customers dressed "head to hoof" in cow attire will be rewarded with a free Chick-fil-a meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner), which includes an entree of choice, side item and beverage, according to a news release.

For those too "chicken" to wear full cow costumes, Chick-fil-A will award a complimentary entree to customers dressed in partial cow attire, such as a cow-spotted scarf, purse, hat or other accessory.

For more information, visit www.cowappreciationday.com.

Force blood drive slated for Thursday

DULUTH -- The Georgia Force is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

The event will give donors the opportunity to meet players and win prizes, including autographed Force merchandise, Cirque de Soleil tickets and a chance at $3,000 from the Red Cross.

The Force will also offer two free tickets to its final regular season home game on Saturday to all donors.

Donors are asked to make an appointment for a donation by clicking on the link provided at www.georgiaforce.com, but walk-ins will be welcome.

Teacher selected to score AP exams

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Debbie McAfee of Peachtree Ridge High was selected to participate in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board's Advanced Placement examinations in June in English language and composition.

The College Board's AP program gives more than 1.8 million high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations. Based on their exam performance, successful students can receive credit or advanced placement when they enter college.

This year, more than 3.2 million examinations from more than 30 AP courses were evaluated by more than 1,000 AP readers from universities and high schools.

Dacula resident received UK alumni award

DACULA -- William P. Perdue Jr. of Dacula received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the University of Kentucky Alumni Association.

Perdue served two years as president of the Greater Atlanta UK Alumni Club and continues to serve on the club's board of directors. He is actively involved in student recruitment in the Atlanta area, representing the Greater Atlanta UK Alumni Club and the university at college fairs, as well as the annual Greater Atlanta UK Alumni Club Student Send-off.

Perdue is a former partner of Re/Max Greater Atlanta real estate group, where he served as president of the Re/Max Broker/Owners Council and director of the Gwinnett Board of Realtors. He is a current member of the local Kiwanis and YMCA and has served as director of both organizations.

He is a 1965 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He went on to obtain a master's of business administration from UK in 1968.

Clayton State offering free day camps

MORROW -- Clayton State University's Division of Continuing Education is offering two free summer day camps in July, funded through the Atlanta Regional Commission's Georgia Entertainment Media Work Ready Region.

Each of the week-long camps are free to students ages 14 to 18 and are designed to support the science, technology, engineering and math initiative as well as to spark interest in career pathways in Clayton, Henry, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

Since the courses are "Summer Video Game Design" and "Summer Teen Animation," they should also spark interest in the entertainment industry, especially in video game design and video production.

Both courses will be held at the Harry S. Downs Center on the Clayton State campus in Morrow. To regisiter, visit www.conted.clayton.edu.

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