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Burn Ban Lifted, tomorrow

On Oct. 1, 2010, residents of Hall County will again be allowed to burn natural plant growth with the proper permits:

• A residential burn permitis for someone who wants to clean up their yard and wants to burn leaves and small tree limbs (no bigger than 3 inches in diameter). To obtain a residential burn permit, call 770-536-2442. This is an automated line and residents should follow the instructions. At the end of the recording, they will receive a burn permit number good for that day only.

Firefighters to recognize Breast Cancer

From October 1st-9th, Gainesville and Hall County Firefighters will be wearing pink T-shirts to in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The two fire departments together sold almost 1,000 shirts, netting $2,000 for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation.

Ultimate Block Party at The Goodard School

The Goddard School has joined the Play for Tomorrow movement. Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party: the Arts and Sciences of Play, is a new, global movement designed to recognize and celebrate the power of play. The purpose of the Ultimate Block Party is to demonstrate the power of fun and games, for learning, and to help reinforce that how we play as children helps form who we become as adults.

Field of Dreams Baseball Begins Today

Hall County Parks and Leisure Services’ Field of Dreams fall baseball season officially beings today.  Chopper, the Gwinnett Braves mascot, will be on site this Tuesday to surprise the children participating in the league.  Stop by for a chance to snap a picture with one of the area’s favorite mascots.

Participants will meet at the field on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., for the next six weeks. Registration is required, although, there is no fee to participate. 

Located in Alberta Banks Park, the “Field of Dreams” is a place where every child can play! Complete with a rubberized, accessible baseball field and playground, this sports complex even meets the needs of children with physical and developmental disabilities.

Field of Dreams is open to all school aged children and participants do not have to reside in Hall County.

The People's Bank: Winder, Closes

On Friday, September 17, 2010, The Peoples Bank in Winder, was closed by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. All deposits, excluding the Cede & Co. deposits, were transferred to the acquiring institution. For further information, please visit the FDIC web site: The Peoples Bank (www.fdic.gov).

First Lake Lanier Pet Fest on Sept. 25th

Next week, the first Lake Lanier Pet Fest will take place at Laurel Park (3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville) on September 25-26. This family and pet-friendly event is expected to draw thousands from Atlanta, Athens, Gainesville and the North Georgia Mountains to see the nationally-sanctioned Dixie Dock Dogs diving competition, which starts on Friday. Admission is $5 per car, per day; additional charges will be assessed for some activities.

A variety of talented local and national artists will perform live music on the shores of Lake Lanier, with this year’s headliner Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls; a folk rock duo that met during high school in Metro Atlanta.

The festival will feature herding and agility dog demonstrations, inflatable fun for the kids, and pets available for adoption.

Tony Gonzalez Reenacts 1,000th Catch

Saturday, at the Atlanta Falcons Practice Facility, Tony Gonzales will reenact his 1,0000th career catch with the winner of his “1000th Catch” Twitter Contest winner, Clayton Jones.

Tony Gonzales along with this nutrition company All Pro Science, held a twitter contest, in which, fans tweeted Gonzalez explaining why they deserved to win. The winner received an autographed game glove and a trip for two to Atlanta to re-enact the catch with Gonzalez.

The Falcons tight end made his 1,000th career catch in Pittsburgh during the September 12th game against the Steelers, making Gonzalez the only tight end in league history with 1,000 receptions. The Falcons plan to commemorate Gonzalez’s catch by declaring September 19, 2010, “Tony Gonzalez Day” at the Georgia Dome and by holding a brief ceremony in honor of his 1,000th catch.