GAB: Auxiliary offers boating course

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a boating safety course on Saturday.

The one-day, seven-lesson About Boating Safely course also serves as a personal watercraft certified course for children under the age of 16. Given at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Operations Center, 6595 Lights Ferry Road, Flowery Branch, is located just before the entrance to Aqualand Marina.

Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $40. Discounts are available for additional family members.

Course contents include the following:

-- Know Your Boat

-- Before you get Underway

-- Navigating the Waterways

-- Operating your Vessel...Safely

-- Legal Requirements of Boating

-- Boating Emergencies...What to do

-- Enjoying Water Sports with your Boat

-- State of Georgia Regulations

Successful completion of the course may result in a reduction in a boat's insurance premium.

For additional information or to register for the course, contact Pat Lindsey, flotilla commander, Flotilla 29, at 770 271-4059 or lakelanier.ga@aol.com.

Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful CEO speaks to local group

LAWRENCEVILLE Connie Wiggins, CEO of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, spoke to the Philadelphia Winn Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution at Ashton Senior Living Sunday in Lawrenceville.

Recycling was one of the topics she covered.

The annual "Great American Cleanup--Gwinnett Challenge," hosted by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, began March 1 and ends May 31. This year, Wiggins is asking Gwinnettians to sign a pledge to keep the world clean and beautiful. At the end of the Philadelphia Winn Chapter meeting, Daughters lined up to sign a banner with the pledge.

For more information on "The Great American Cleanup--Gwinnett Challenge," or to volunteer, email www.gwinnettcb.org/great-american-cleanup/.

If you would like to join Philadelphia Winn Chapter NSDAR, please email philwinndar@gmail.com.

Hotel Equities names maintenance chief of year

ATLANTA -- During the annual Hotel Equities Maintenance Conference, the firm named Gwinnett County resident Andre Walton the Maintenance Chief of the Year for his all-around performance and leadership.

Walton serves as the chief engineer at the Courtyard by Marriott Mall of Georgia, north of Atlanta, where he reports to the hotel's general manager Sal Capriola.

"Andre is an invaluable team member and asset at our hotel," Capriola said. "His can-do attitude, promptness in addressing maintenance issues and drive to perfection through his craft all translate into problem-free stays for our guests and a smooth operation for our associates."

Walton enjoys traveling, fishing and baking, especially his famous red velvet cake, in his free time.

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