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GWINNETT GAB: Horticulturist to speak in Lilburn

Horticulturist to speak in Lilburn

LILBURN — Renowned horticulturist and author Allan Armitage will be telling stories from the garden and giving book writing tips at an event Saturday in Lilburn.

Armitage runs the research gardens at the University of Georgia, and his work with heat- and humidity-tolerant cops resulted in the national market program Athens Select. About 30 plants have been introduced under this label.

Armitage is scheduled to appear from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town Lilburn Center for the Arts, located at 92A Main St. N.W. The event, which will also feature a book signing and reception, is hosted by the Little Shop of Arts and Antiques and the Lilburn Woman’s Club.

Discounted books will be available for sale at the event.

Cellphone drive to benefit shelter

LILBURN — The Lilburn Woman’s Club is collecting old cellphones and batteries at the Lilburn Farmers Market from 4 to 8 p.m. every Friday through August.

The club will have a specially marked collection box near the entrance to the Farmers Market on Main Street.

The equipment collected will be sent to a partner organization of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which will refurbish newer phones and pull components from older phones to provide victims of domestic violence a means for placing emergency calls if they cannot afford their own phones. Proceeds will benefit a domestic violence shelter in Gwinnett County.

Accessories are not currently accepted, so phone chargers, holsters, manuals and other peripherals must be discarded separately. For security purposes, erase all information from your phone and remove the memory card before placing it in the drop box.

Employees graduate from company program

DACULA — Heather Douglass and Linda Nabinger were part of the inaugural graduating class of LPL Financial’s new AdminU program, a strategic educational curriculum for administrative and support staff of financial advisers affiliated with the firm.

Douglass and Nabinger work for Calder and Colegrove Investment Group in Dacula, managed by LPL Financial Adviser James W. Calder. They each earned a specialist’s degree through the program.

AdminU was launched in January to help advisers’ support staff leverage the wealth of knowledge, resources and best practices available through LPL Financial. Under the program, students acquire the business and interpersonal skills needed to most effectively administer a financial adviser’s office, including office management, technology, client service skills and marketing proficiency.

Gwinnett Tech honored at EMS awards

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Gwinnett Technical College graduate and a faculty member were recently recognized as the year’s best at the 2011 Region 111 Emergency Medical Services Awards.

Gwinnett Tech graduate and licensed Georgia EMT Marianne Sievering was named this year’s EMT of the Year, and Gwinnett Tech’s lead paramedic instructor David J. Newton was named this year’s Educator of the Year. Both individuals were recognized for their outstanding contributions to EMS and EMS education, respectively. The awards were received from the Region III (Metro Atlanta) EMS Council.

Sievering received her EMT Intermediate certificate at Gwinnett Tech and is employed with Rural Metro Ambulance. She will begin her paramedic training at Gwinnett Tech this fall.

Newton has been a paramedic instructor with Gwinnett Tech since fall 2007. He received degrees from Gwinnett Tech and Kennesaw State University and holds a master of public health degree from the University of Georgia.

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