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Posted: May 9, 2010 12:00 a.m.

Around the well: Social Circle residents resemble daffodils in April

Despite T.S. Eliot's description of April as being the "cruelest month," in Social Circle April turned out to be our kindest month in terms of citizen involvement. Social Circlites were like little daffodils, with happy faces emerging from the wetness and doldrums of winter. Four city events produced record turnouts and more volunteerism than we have seen in a long time.

Our annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 4 attracted 167 "hunters" and more than 400 attendees, counting parents, grandparents and friends. Under the auspices of the Social Circle Better Hometown Program, the Easter Egg Hunt was superbly organized by two young men: Bryan Hoover, Campus Minister of the new youth oriented Avenue Church, and Brian Johnson, Youth Minister of the Social Circle United Methodist Church. Both of these young men are motivated by their faith to become involved in the community.

At the event, two inflated jumpers were available for children as well as candy and stuffed Easter eggs. Mr. Larry Knox and members of the Mars Hill Baptist Church prepared lunch for the event at reasonable cost. Lucky recipients received door prizes provided by Wal-Mart, bicycles donated by ADF in Social Circle and ice cream cone coupons from Lou's Soda Shop and Grill. Pinnacle Bank, the Bank of Social Circle and Councilman David Keener made monetary contributions of dollar coins to fill special Easter eggs.

On April 13, the Social Circle Kruizers held their monthly car show and block party as a cancer benefit honoring several of their members. Proceeds of the event went to support the Relay for Life cancer fundraising and awareness program and the M.D. Anderson cancer research center in Houston, Texas. The donations came from entry fees, and the BHT Program in Social Circle sponsored a toy car for a 5-year-old cancer survivor. The Kruizers Car Club, which holds monthly car shows in downtown Social Circle, was formed by Social Circle resident Dave Bradberry and coordinated by Belinda Peters, also from Social Circle. Exhibitors are drawn from car clubs throughout this region and proceeds from entry fees are donated to local charities. More than 100 classic American cars were displayed and more than 200 people attended the April event. Music by the Eli Carlan Band and food from local vendors added to the festive atmosphere. The next Kruizer's block party will be held on Memorial Day in honor of our troops.

On April 13, Councilmember Ann Peppers hosted a "Meet & Greet" coffee at the Social Circle Visitor's Center to introduce the Social Circle Better Hometown Ambassadors to downtown merchants and the business community. The event was attended by representatives from the city council, the Better Hometown Board of Directors, Social Circle Downtown Development Authority and other organizations in the community.

The BHT Ambassadors program was initiated by Better Hometown Manager Mike Miller, who called on Ms. Jamie Peterson to help get the program started. Through this program, Mr. Miller wanted to honor his former neighbor, Councilman David Terry, who loved Social Circle and died unexpectedly in 2008. Special recognition at the coffee hour was given to Ms. Peterson, who successfully recruited and trained 18 volunteer "Ambassadors" to man the Visitors Center and meet and greet visitors to our city. Ms. Candy Shipley from Pond Lake read a lovely poem as a tribute to Councilman Terry which concluded with:

"This little town that I'm so proud to call home
Is a great place to settle after the years that I've roamed,
I take pride in calling David Terry my friend
And I admire his dedication right up to the end."

City Manager Doug White presented an overview of the new redevelopment plan for the downtown area including first phase "promenade" from downtown to the Blue Willow Inn to be implemented in the next few months. The promenade is of particular interest to downtown merchants because of its potential for bringing more visitors to shop in local stores.

Finally, our semi-annual citywide clean-up was held on April 17. Participants met at the Social Circle Community room for sausage biscuits and coffee and were entertained by 5-year old Molly Callahan who, via DVD, explained how she draws Spongebob Squarepants. Eighty-one participants attended the event, including a great turn out by students from the Social Circle High School and members of our local Boys and Girls Club. In describing the event, City Manager Doug White said: "It was a great day in Social Circle. I always feel great when so many people come out to help keep our community looking its best."

Clean City Social Circle Committee initiated an adopt-a-street program in 2007. Social Circle schools, businesses, churches, civic groups and neighborhood associations each agreed to adopt a segment of Social Circle city streets as their regular cleanup areas. City-wide cleanups are scheduled twice a year, in the fall the week before our annual Friendship Festival and then again in the spring.


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