City by city briefs: May 4


Raffle proceeds to go toward renovating city’s caboose

A BBQ Basket — everything you need to barbecue except the meat — is being raffled off at the city of Auburn’s History and Heroes Celebration on May 17.

Tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and can purchased at Auburn City Hall, 1369 Fourth Ave., during normal business hours. The winner does not need to be present.

All proceeds will go toward painting and renovating the caboose outside city hall.


Two Fridays left in Barrow fire’s annual boot drive

During the next two Fridays, firefighters with Barrow County Emergency Services will continue collecting funds for their annual “Give Burns the Boot” drive.

Fire personnel were roaming the streets Friday to collect donations for the program, which helps fund the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and also goes to Camp Oo-U-La, a camp held at Fort Yargo exclusively for burn-injured children. Fundraising efforts will continue throughout the community on May 9 and 16.

“Last year we were recognized by the burn foundation for the totals given,” Barrow boot drive coordinator Lt. Ernest Weant said. “We placed fifth for total given of all departments in the state of Georgia, which shows the great support of our citizens. Please give generously when a firefighter asks for your support.”


Residents express concerns about nesting birds

Residents in Berkeley Lake have expressed concern about nesting birds in the city. Mayor Lois Salter wrote in a recent newsletter that all birds of prey and song birds, along with active nests and eggs, are federally protected. Those kinds of birds include hawks, owls, eagles, cardinals, robins and chickadees, but not pigeons, English house sparrows and grackles.

“Someone cutting a tree with a known and visible nest of a federally protected bird like a hawk is subject to some hefty legal action at the state and federal level,” Salter wrote. “Many times old trees with holes in them are habitat to nesting owls, pileated woodpeckers and other cavity dwellers, so if the tree is not a threat to the household, it’s better to allow it to stand for wildlife.”


Braselton Adopt-A-Stream earns state honor

Georgia’s largest volunteer cleanup program, Rivers Alive, recently named Braselton Adopt-A-Stream as the state’s best group working to improve waterways.

Braselton Adopt-A-Stream is a volunteer group coordinated by environmental specialist Yvette Wise. According to Wise, members collected 815 pounds work of trash, tires, paint and other garbage from local creeks, Mulberry River and roadsides.

“We couldn’t do this work without all the volunteers and sponsors,” Wise said.


BBA Afterhours event to be held at North Gwinnett Co-op

The Buford Business Alliance’s next Afterhours event will be held on Tuesday, May 13 at the North Gwinnett Co-op. The event, held the second Tuesday of every month, helps alliance members and guests plan upcoming events and provides “a forum for ideas to promote and improve Historic Buford.”

Any local resident or business interested in joining the BBA can attend. The North Gwinnett Co-op is located at 4395 Commerce Drive in Buford. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods.


Satellite voting location in Dacula

Early voting for the May 20 General Primary/Nonpartisan Election has started, and the Dacula Park Activity Building at 2735 Auburn Ave. in Dacula will one of the satellite locations where voters can cast their ballots ahead of the election. Residents can vote at the Dacula satellite location from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 12 through 26. For additional information, call 678-226-7210.


Charity concert to benefit soldiers

A benefit concert by Angela Reign put on by the Charity Benevolent Fund is scheduled for 8 p.m. on May 22 at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. Proceeds will benefit soldiers and their families with food, rent, utilities and medical expenses. The organization will also have a 5K at Chastain Park at 8 a.m. on May 24 also benefiting soldiers and their families. For more information, visit www.angelareign.com.


Southeast Gwinnett Co-op seeking donations of lunch foods

The Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry located in Grayson is gearing up for the summer months, when donations go down and client counts go up, by requesting donations of lunch food items.

Requests include tuna, canned meats, soup, Ramen and canned pasta. The co-op is also asking for donations of individually packaged or bulk chips, granola bars, fruit cups, cereal, grits, oatmeal, Slim Jims, peanut butter crackers, shelf stable Jello or pudding cups, cookies and juice.

The co-op is located at 1200 Athens Highway in Grayson and hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call 770-985-5229.


City seeking proposals for landscape and maintenance services

The city of Lawrenceville is soliciting competitive sealed proposals from qualified service providers for the provision of Landscape and Maintenance Services at 16 locations within city on an annual contract with three additional one-year options to renew.

To request a copy of the RFP email Steve North, assistant city manager at steve.north@lawrencevillegaweb.org.

A pre-proposal conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 in the council chambers at Lawrenceville City Hall, 70 S. Clayton St. in Lawrenceville. All service providers are encouraged to attend.

Questions regarding proposals should be directed to North at steve.north@lawrencevillegaweb.org no later than 4 pm. Thursday, May 22. The email subject line must read “RFP Questions.” The city will respond to questions no later than Wednesday, May 28.

Proposals are legal and binding upon the bidder when submitted. Proposals will be received until 3 p.m. Thursday, June 5. Any proposal received after that date and time will not be accepted.


Co-op offers food stamp assistance

The Lilburn Cooperative Ministry not only provides food for families in need but also offers assistance for people applying for food stamps.

A representative will be available three days a month. In May, the assistance will be available from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday, May 5, Wednesday, May 14, and Friday, May 30. For families interested in signing up for food stamps, a representative will be available at Lilburn Co-op three days a month. Dates available for food stamp assistance include: Monday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

See more at: lilburncoop.org/#sthash.oOdF3ca1.dpuf

For families interested in signing up for food stamps, a representative will be available at Lilburn Co-op three days a month. Dates available for food stamp assistance include: Monday, May 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday May 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

See more at: lilburncoop.org/#sthash.oOdF3ca1.dpuf


Grayson Technical Program to hold summer camp

The Grayson Technical Program will hold its third annual Middle School Camp from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9 through 12. Programs include Culinary Arts, Music Technology, Photography, Robotics and Video Production. Any GCPS rising seventh-, eighth- or ninth-grader is eligible to attend this hands-on experience. See graysontech.org for more information and to register. Registration begins on Monday. Half-day sessions cost $75, while the full-day program is $150.


Farmers market to open

Norcross’s summer farmer’s market season opens this week.

Fresh foods will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Thrasher Park. The Whistle Stop Farmers Market, featuring more than 35 vendors will continue at the same time on Tuesdays throughout the summer.


Sign toppers going up

New sign toppers are being installed in Peachtree Corners.

Eight years after the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association originally installed sign toppers in the community, leaders are working to install the new signs on top of street signs. The new design incorporates the logo of the new city.

The cost for a topper and bracket is $60.


Event to help entrepreneurs

The Snellville Entrepreneur Council will help local business owners with an upcoming seminar on accessing capital. Small business loan officer Maria Peck of ACE (Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs is the featured speaker.

The Solutions Seminar, one of three planned for the year, will be held 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at Snellville City Hall. The $50 cost includes lunch.

Attendees must register by Wednesday, May 14 at www.snellville.org/summit or at economicdevelopment@snellville.org or by calling 770-985-3502.


City looking for residents born in 1939

The city of Sugar Hill is looking for residents born in 1939 to participate in its own 75th anniversary celebration.

Residents celebrating their 75th birthday this year — or those who know them — are urged to contact Scott Andrews at sandrews@cityofsugarhill.com. Those interested can “play a special part” in the city’s Aug. 2 celebration.


Arts in the Park returns for fourth year

Arts in the Park will return to Town Center Park for the fourth year on May 17, with a theme of Peace, Love & Arts in the Park. Artwork to be exhibited will include jewelry, painting, pottery, woodworking, glass, photography, iron and multimedia.

“I love all the creativity in the air,” NGAA President Vickie Johnson of the annual festival said in a press release. “It’s exciting for me to see how young people really get into this. There’s just such an energy. It’s really an extension of Suwanee’s play, live and smile. It’s the creative side of Suwanee.”