A Day at the Beach

A trip to the beach can be a fun, relaxing way to spend your summer vacation. Included are some tips to keep your beach trip safe. Obey the signs. Warning flags come in different colors and have different meanings depending on which state you are in. Green flags usually indicate ideal swimming conditions while red flags usually indicate strong current and rough surf. If swimming is permitted during red flag conditions, it is best to swim near a lifeguard station for additional safety. Be prepared for ocean swimming. Ocean swimming is much different than swimming in a pool. There are strong waves, marine life, an uneven ocean floor, and possible sharp shells or rocks. Rip currents often form near piers and therefore swimming near them is not recommended. If you find yourself stuck in a rip current, it is important to swim parallel to the shoreline. Once you are out of the current, turn and swim towards the beach. It is best not to swim alone. If you are just beginning to swim, a life jacket should be worn for added safety. Pack the necessities. The beach gets hot in the summer. It is important to stay hydrated and cool. Some beach necessities include water, a beach umbrella or hat, sandals, sunglasses, sunscreen, a towel and a chair. Heat stroke or exhaustion can occur from too much sun exposure. If you have nausea, dizziness, headache, fatigue, or feel uncomfortable in any way, seek shade and drink water to cool down your body temperature. If symptoms persist, see a medical professional as soon as possible. Be aware of the weather. Check the weather before planning a day at the beach and pay attention to the weather while you are at the beach. Storms can roll in quickly. Thunderstorms with lightening do not mix well with open beach spaces and ocean water. If you are at the beach when a storm comes in, exit the water immediately and seek shelter until the storm passes. Share your day at the beach with your pets. Some beaches allow pets on the beach during certain seasons and some allow them all year long. If pets are allowed on the beach you are visiting, follow the rules allowed by the beach and be sure to clean up afterwards. Bring water to keep your pet hydrated and safe. Following these tips will help to ensure that you have a fun and safe day at the beach! For more information on beach safety, visit www.coastalchange.org.

Articles That Make Your Mind Go Back In Time

So I don’t know if you all saw recently an article about clothes patterns but there has been just over 83,000 clothes patterns that have been put online for downloading. Boy when I read that, the memories started flowing. I can remember when both of my grandmothers, Louise Dupree and Lorene Meeks, would sew and quilt. I always wanted to sew and quilt too. To be like your grandmothers when I was little was someone everyone wanted to be. I can remember one time with Granny Dupree was going to help me to learn how to piece a quilt together before the quilting process. I learned to cut the patterns. She used a card board box to cut a square design to follow then you used your cloth material scissors which was the scissors only used to cut material and nothing else. I would cut material and then learn to sew each square together. I just never got as far as I needed. She would always show me how to do things. Now about those scissors…. She meant business! You were not to cut anything but cloth material and if you did you were in BIG trouble. And please don’t think you could cut paper with them and not get caught.. WRONG! I got caught every time! She didn’t even have to see you do it. She could tell by the way the scissors cut. I definitely miss the good ole days of being young and learning from my grandmothers. Now even though I did not learn to sew or quilt, I do have all those memories of spending time with them and watching them sew and quilt. Sharing those memories with others make those times wonderful to remember.

Pinson Methodist Kids

Pinson Memorial United Methodist Church offers an afterschool program for children Kindergarten through the 5th Grade. They pick the children up from their school and return them to the church. They offer play time, a snack, and a short Bible lesson with some type of craft. The program is from 3pm – 5pm. Parents will pick up their children in the alley at the back of the church by the playground. Volunteers from the church are with the children at all times. There are at least two to three volunteers with each group. They will begin the new year with the PMK program on August 21, 2017. This year they will have the Primary School children on Monday from 3-5 pm and the Elementary School children on Wednesday from 3-5 pm. If you are interested in joining the program, please contact Pam Peacock 229-881-0422 or the church office 229-776-3358. They have limited space. The mission of PMK’s is encompassed by Proverbs 22:6. It says to train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it. We believe foundational teaching about God’s love is an important part of shaping and forming a child to become the person God created them to be.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® 2017

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday, October 21 at Modern Gas in Leesburg. Nearly 300 people from the Albany area including Dougherty, Lee, Terrell, Randolph, Sumter, Crisp, Worth, Mitchell, Baker, Early and Clay counties are expected at this year’s event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Walk participants will complete a two-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Participants will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. In Georgia alone, there are more than140,000 people living with the disease and 519,000 caregivers. In the United States, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Register today. Sign up as a Team Captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at georgiawalk.org. Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association® mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Alzheimer’s Association® The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org® or call 800.272.3900.

Three Squares Helps the Community

Three Squares diner in Sylvester collected money to purchase eight book bags for Called to Care of Worth County. The mission of Called to Care is to ease the suffering of vulnerable children domestically and abroad by engaging and equipping the body of Christ in our community to minister through adoption, foster care and missions. 

Dollywood Company Welcomes Foster Families

The Dollywood Company welcomes foster families from the following states to spend time together at their parks: Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia. These ticket requests must be submitted through the representing foster organization, and the number of tickets requested must match the number of children listed on the foster license. Each family is only allowed one request per park per year. For information regarding their Foster Families program please inquire at guestservices@dollywood.com. As the Lutheran Services of Georgia says so well, “Every child deserves a loving and caring family”. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please reach out today. Open your heart and your home to a child in need. Become a foster parent today!

First Ever Obstacle Course for New Recruits with the Sylvester Police Department

The Sylvester Police Department started their first-ever obstacle course test for new recruits hoping to join their department reported WALB. Recruits looking to join the police force will now have to go through an intense obstacle course test in 15 seconds.  Patrolman Bryon Todd is testing out the new physical agility test for future recruits.  “Physical fitness is a large part of this field I mean you’re going to be chasing people, jumping fences,” said Todd.  Todd recently joined the force and has already ran after suspects on foot. “When it comes down to getting to an area fast some areas cars can’t reach, you got to be able to get out of your car and run to it,” explained Todd.  Chief Anson Evans adopted the test to mirror what he experienced coming up as a young officer in Dekalb County. “It’s very important that we get the best officers that’s in the best physical shape as possible,” said Evans, to prepare recruits for the rigors of the police academy. In the course, recruits will do a running circle routine, drag a 150-pound dummy, crawl through a tunnel and jump a five-foot fence without touching it. “Being young, being agile, being able to communicate with the public…you got to have physically fit officers,” said Evans.  Starting next May, senior officers will also have to pass the physical fitness test. “It’s hard to recruit in South Georgia, I think that’s a myth, it all depends on how you’re recruiting,” remarked Evans.  “I believe that it’s for the best, he’s doing what he feels is right and I agree with him 100 percent,” said Todd.  On this past Friday morning, 33 recruits experienced the rigorous test. If they pass, then they can go onto to the police academy. If not, then they’ll have to retake the test in six months. 

City Manager Showing Off His Dance Moves

The City Manager for the City of Sylvester, Autron Hayes, stays extremely busy with the day to day operations for the city but he is never too busy to take time out to stop by Summer Camp hosted by The City of Sylvester and Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections. Mr. Hayes stops by the camp at least once a week and on this particular day he stopped by and danced. The children had an absolute blast with Mr. Hayes. I personally enjoyed watching the facebook video. He was having a great time and so were the children. Be sure to check out that video on the Family Connection page. Thank you Mr. Hayes for having fun with the children this Summer.


Pennsylvania-based American Textile Co., a producer of name brand and non-branded mattress protection products, pillows and bedding with a large operation in Tifton, has announced some corporate promotions and hirings as it strengthens its growing business.  Among the promotions, Mark Milani, previously vice president of quality and engineering, has been named vice president of manufacturing and distribution. In his new role, Milani oversees the company’s newly constructed  state-of-the-art warehousing and distribution facility in Tifton, along with four other American Textile Co. locations in North America. He joined American Textile in 2012. The additional Tifton facility is the first tenant in the new Tifton-Tift County Development Authority’s Industrial Park and will more than double American textile’s shipping capacity to keep up with growing customer demand in both traditional retail and e-commerce sectors. After opening its first facility in Tift County in 2011, American Textile Co. expanded it in 2012 and opened another building in 2014. This latest 384,000-square-foot building significantly expands its Tifton operations. The expansion comes on the heels of a high-growth year for American Textile Co. in which the company increased capacity at its Dallas, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, locations. American Textile Co. employs more than 1,100 people worldwide.
Source: Tifton Grapevine

Library Foundation Bringing Elton John – Billy Joel Tribute Dinner, Concert is Tift Library Foundation Fundraiser

Return to the 1970s for one night only as the Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation brings to Tifton “Face2Face: The Billy Joel-Elton John Tribute.” The fundraiser for the Library Foundation will be on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. As in past years, there will be an optional dinner before the concert. Taking turns at an onstage piano, the dual impersonators of the Billy Joel-Elton John Face2Face Tribute show conjure the piano men in both sound and image. Backed by his band The Stranger, Mike Santoro, a  Levittown, N.Y., native flashes his fingers up and down the keys before he jumps up to grab the mic to belt out such high-energy Billy Joel classics as “Only the Good Die Young” and “Uptown Girl.” For the second half of the show, Ronnie Smith dons the iconic sunglasses and bedazzled suits of a young Elton John as he charts his style from the 1970s to the present. Bittersweet anthems such as “Rocket Man” mix with more whimsical material such as “Crocodile Rock” and “Bennie and the Jets.” Guests will get the chance to dance the night away to the string of hits by both artists. Sponsors will be able to reserve tables soon. More information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. For information, call Foundation President Frank Sayles Jr. at 478-227-7126.

Source: Tifton Grapevine