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BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

NORTHEAST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’re compiling a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

If your date is a romantic, Athens-Clarke County Greenways and Riverside Parks are hosting a Full Moon Hike. This guided hike will be lighted by the full moon, which occurs on April 26. The hike begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. Athens residents will be admitted for a $2 fee, all non-residents will be charged $5.

Homeowners can help by fixing water leaks

 Homeowners can help by fixing water leaks

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by the Gwinnett County Government) Gwinnett water officials are urging homeowners to check for common leaks in toilets, faucets and underground irrigation systems as the county continues to conserve its water usage.

“A slow leak in a toilet can waste 10,000 gallons a year – enough to fill a backyard swimming pool,” says Lynn Smarr, Acting Director of Water Resources. She says putting a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank will reveal a flapper-valve leak if the coloring shows up in the bowl within 10 minutes. The County also offers a rebate program to encourage replacing pre-1993 toilets that use 3.5 gallons/flush with new WaterSense models that use only 1.28 gallons.

All Gwinnett water meters have a small black triangle that spins when even a tiny amount of water is going through the meter.

Glenn wins 2nd title of year at bench press meet

Glenn wins 2nd title of year at bench press meet

BUFORD, Ga. – Veteran bench-presser and Georgia IronDawg team member R. Garry Glenn of Oakwood earned his second title of the year when he took the over-50 age category at the Buford BodyPlex Bench Press meet on Sunday.

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Polar Plunge at Lake Lanier to Raise Money for Special Olympics Georgia

Polar Plunge at Lake Lanier to Raise Money for Special Olympics Georgia

BUFORD -- (Gwinnett Co. Sheriff’s Department) The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department will be participating in the February 17th, Polar Plunge at Lake Lanier to help raise money for Special Olympics Georgia.

The second annual Polar plunge event will be at the island’s Beach and Water Park in Buford. More than 250 plungers have registered from various agencies and businesses across metro Atlanta. The Gwinnett Sheriff’s team has approximately 20 plungers waiting to brave the icy waters.

The Polar Plunge is at 2 p.m. and the gates open at 11 a.m. There will be food, music, costume contests, a bounce house, dunking booths and Special Olympics athlete appearances. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics.

County Receives Two Donations

County Receives Two Donations

LAWRENCEVILLE – Commissioners today accepted donations from two organizations, one that will help with transportation needs for seniors and persons with disabilities and another that brings an interactive learning exhibit to Gwinnett County.

The Friends of Gwinnett Senior Services donated $39,371 to be used for the Transportation Voucher Program in Gwinnett. Recently, federal funds were granted from the New Freedom Act to support a limited number of seniors and persons with disabilities with vouchers to support the cost of transportation for essential trips with priority given to medical appointments and medical procedures.

Public transportation, including paratransit, is limited to certain corridors in the county and cannot meet the transportation needs for all those who need special transportation.

Buford Woman Wins $500,000 on Instant Lottery Ticket

Buford Woman Wins $500,000 on Instant Lottery Ticket

ATLANTA – Mary Restauri of Buford is all smiles, especially since winning $500,000 following an office visit to the dentist. Restauri, 54, won her top prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks.

“The dentist’s office called and said I needed to pick up a delivery before closing,” she said. “So, I left to go to the dentist.”

Afterward, Restauri stopped at S Tobacco Shack, 4450 Nelson Brogdon Blvd N.E. in Sugar Hill, where she purchased the ticket. The lucky lottery winner scratched her ticket in the store’s parking lot and raced back in to verify her winnings.

“I looked at the clerk, and he gave me a high five and a hug,” she said. “I started jumping around, making a fool of myself.”

Restauri works as a merchandizing representative.

Mother Continues Her Fight Against HIV, Despite Her Son’s Death

Atlanta, GA--  Marty Mitchell’s son, Brett Lykins, was diagnosed with HIV at age seven. Premature at birth in 1980, Brett had received a blood transfusion that infected him with the disease. As he grew up, Brett proudly served as the youth spokesperson for AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run until age 18. Though he passed away in 2007, at age 27, his mother continues to tell his story and hopes that one day, the virus that cut her son’s life short, will be a thing of the past.   

After Brett was diagnosed, Marty attended a couple of support meetings at AID Atlanta, but was living in Duluth and needed a group that was closer to home. “In 1989, I read about a couple in Loganville whose son was dying of AIDS,” she recalled. “They started a support group in their gun shop with an answering machine, which later led to the creation of AID Gwinnett.”

Brett went to public school and his mom did her best to play the hand they were dealt.