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DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in Cumming can take their furry children to the Windermere Dog Park which is an off-leash dog park. The park has a large playing field for children and a nature path, also with an off-leash rule. The park is located at 3355 Windermere Parkway in Cumming.

Sandy Creek Park in Athens is one of the largest dog parks in the area.

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

NORTHEAST METRO – The University of Georgia’s football office is home to prominent figures, great history and much heart. Along with all of those things and a number of tireless staff members, it’s also home to former UGA football standout Bryant Gantt and his, almost innate, dedication to the community of UGA football and Athens.  

Gantt, now a program coordinator and recruiting assistant at the school is one of the instrumental forces behind the team’s new mentorship program. Early last year, along with Gantt, Coach Van Halenger, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity and the Associate Athletic Director Carla Williams came together to create a program that paired current UGA football players with leaders in the Athens community for a “different type” of mentorship program. They aimed to connect the players with the Athens community.

DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI Celebrated its New PlantBottle® Packaging by Giving Back to Local Eco-Samaritans

The first 100 percent recyclable beverage packages made with plants were made readily available on April 4, 2011 to people across the U.S. To recognize the little things people do to live more sustainably, a DASANI Blue Crew attended two big events in Atlanta on April 16 and April 17 and thanked residents for partaking in eco-friendly activities. The local effort helped to celebrate the national launch of DASANI PlantBottle® packaging – a 100 percent recyclable bottle made of up to 30 percent plants.

More than 1,000 Atlanta residents were “caught,” by the DASANI Blue Crew, being environmental do-gooders.

GEHC celebrates Earth Day with owl pellet dissection and more

GEHC celebrates Earth Day with owl pellet dissection and more

BUFORD, Ga. – Enjoy an early Earth Day, as the GEHC hosts their event “Earth Day Around the World”. The event will enjoy a wide range of activities like games, guided nature hikes, crafts, solar t-shirts screening and trivia.

The event will allow visitors to dissect an owl pellet, the opportunity to meet a live Great Horned Owl and to discover the different types of wildlife one can find in their backyard.

In addition to the various activities, the Mill Creek High School Orchestra will perform.

In recognition of Earth Day, official say, there will be a $2.00 discount on regular admission for all ages.  Boy and Girls Scouts and their leaders can attend for a $1.00 and a non perishable food item if they are dressed in full uniform.  Teachers can also attend for $1.00 and a non-perishable food item with school ID. 

As always, GEHC members are admitted free.

Gwinnett County to demonstrate swiftwater rescue at Buford Dam Park

Gwinnett County to demonstrate swiftwater rescue at Buford Dam Park

BUFORD, Ga. – On April 11, the Gwinnett Fire Department's Swiftwater Rescue Team will be holding a non-motorized training exercise that will teach swimmers how to use bags and live bait to rescue a drowning swimmer.

The drills will be held on the Chattahoochee River at the lower pool at Buford Dam Park and the dam is scheduled to release water around 1:55 p.m.

The Corps will be demonstrating rescue attempts until around 3:00 p.m.

Red Oak Sanitation customers entitled to refund for services

Red Oak Sanitation customers entitled to refund for services

ATLANTA – Gwinnett residents and former customers of Red Oak Sanitation may, soon, be entitled to a refund; which will be paid as part of an agreement reached by the company and the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP).

Also, according to the agreement, “Red Oak Sanitation was no longer authorized to provide waste collection services to residents of unincorporated Gwinnett County with the implementation of the countywide solid waste program in July 2010”.