Decatur honored 14 Hometown Heroes for contributions made to the Decatur community on December 6 at the December Decatur Business Association meeting held at Agnes Scott College. The 2011 Heroes are Alan Ashe, Marc Brennan, Roger Bryant, Jodi Dick, Daniel Flores, Walter Kellar, Lori Leland Kirk, Louis and Sandra Rice, Susan Riley, Mark Sanders, Melissa Stratton, Seegar Swanson and Kyle Williams.
Each year, Keep Georgia Beautiful works with private sponsors to organize the Bring One for the Chipper Christmas tree-recycling event. The Chipper program involves hundreds of Georgia communities and thousands of volunteers. Since its inception, the program has recycled over 4.8 million Christmas trees. Mulch from these trees has been used for playgrounds, local government beautification projects, and individual yards.
Adjoining the Emory campus and with historical associations to the university, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is critical to not only America’s but also international well-being. It provides health information, engages in critical research and tracks down the source of epidemics worldwide.
For the second year, a group of talented designers will transform The Deanery on the grounds of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead into “Inspiration House,” a wonderful addition to the 2012 Cathedral Antiques Show and Tour of Homes (www.cathedralantiques.org).
The world famous Atlanta Boy Choir has been invited to join Russia’s renowned Glinka Choir in presenting a concert on June 4 in The Great Hall of the Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, Russia. Although the Atlanta Boy Choir has appeared in Russia several times since 1990, this is the first time they have been asked to perform with another Russian choir in The Great hall of the Philharmonic.
Morningside Elementary School is among 26 schools throughout the state that earned the 2011 Georgia Schools of Excellence in Student Achievement recognition. Morningside Elementary was among only 13 schools recognized for being in the top 10 percent of schools, as measured by state assessments in reading and mathematics.
In prehistoric Native American times in what is now North Georgia, long before there were even tribes, the cultural capital was at Etowah, near modern-day Cartersville—still the site of the fantastic Etowah Indian mounds. Connecting Etowah to an Indian trading post at the site of present day Augusta, Georgia, was a long trail, a kind of “interstate highway” that crossed a ford on the Chattahoochee River at today’s Roswell.
Making this recent holiday season bright, Blue Star Connection brought gifts of beautiful, new musical instruments to patients working with music therapists throughout the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta three-hospital system.
All the shops in Downtown Tucker were wonderfully decorated in festive holiday fashion and made Christmas so much merrier in Tucker. Tucker Historical Society held its Annual Storefront Window Decorating Contest on Tuesday night during the Christmas on Main Holiday Festival. The judges visited all the shops and, after much consideration, the winners were announced. Kelly Holloway, owner of the Custom Frame Shop, won 1st Place, Jonathan Carr, owner of PPS (Palliative Pharmacy Solutions), took 2nd Place, and Larry Schupbach, owner of Village Shoe Service, was awarded 3rd Place