Sunday, April 8, 2012

3rd Annual Historic Senoia Bicycle Tour April 28

The Senoia Area Historical Society (SAHS) is sponsoring a leisurely, 3-hour bicycle tour of historic Senoia for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. The tour is great for people interested in the history of the area, interesting architecture, family lore, the sites of such movies as Fried Green Tomatoes, The War, Andersonville, and Broken Bridges, or who just want some Saturday fun.

The tour takes place on Saturday, April 28th, starting at 9:00 a.m. It will begin and end at the SAHS Headquarters/Museum at 6 Couch Street in Senoia, where riders will have the opportunity to view a brief history of the town and images of some of Senoia’s key citizens and structures from the past, then ride through the Senoia Historic District, making stops in front of homes and churches. Afterward, enjoy light refreshments and have a chance to win a door prize and take a walk through time. Enjoy Senoia’s restaurants, shopping, and the ”art of green” sidewalk art show afterward.

Recommended donations are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 13. All proceeds benefit the Senoia Area Historical Society. Donations are tax deductible. Helmets are required. Due to frequent stops, walkable cycling shoes are recommended. Riders looking for a longer ride may choose a self-supporting 25-, 40-, or 50-mile Senoia Southsider route afterwards.

Spaces are limited and reserved on a first come, first served basis. To register, email Bonnie Bobbitt at Include names of riders, contact information, and any questions you may have.


From Peachtree City: Take SR74 to Rockaway Road. Turn right on Rockaway and go 2.9 miles to Couch Street. Turn right on Couch. Historical Society is on the right at the end of the block.

From Sharpsburg/Newnan: Take SR16 to Broad Street (traffic light; Crooks on left and Bank of Coweta on right). Turn left and continue .6 mi to Couch Street. Turn left on Couch. Historical Society is on the right at the end of the block.

From Fayetteville: Take SR16 to Broad Street (first traffic light after SR85). Turn right and continue .6 mi to Couch Street. Turn left on Couch. Historical Society is on the right at the end of the block.

From Griffin: Take SR16 to Broad Street (first traffic light after SR85). Turn right and continue .6 mi to Couch Street. Turn left on Couch. Historical Society is on the right at the end of the block.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Georgia Southern University “Snacks for Soldiers” 5K Race Takes Place April 21

Georgia Southern University will host the ROTC Eagle Battalion’s 5K Race on Saturday, April 21 to benefit the University’s “Snacks for Soldiers” program.

“Snacks for Soldiers” provides deployed members of the military with non-perishable snack items. Georgia Southern began the program last fall and has already collected and shipped nearly 15,000 snacks to military personnel overseas. The program is currently sponsoring the 3rd Infantry Division out of Ft. Stewart, Ga.

“Georgia Southern University wants these men and women to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers,” said Colonel George Fredrick, ROTC Eagle Battalion Commander. “We plan to send more than 900 boxes of snacks to Afghanistan during the next year, so we’re asking everyone to support ‘Snacks for Soldiers.’”

The 5K will begin at 7 a.m., April 21 at Georgia Southern’s Recreation Activity Center pavilion. Early registration costs $12 and ends April 13. Registration is $15 until April 20 and $20 the day of the race. In addition to running or walking in the 5K, members of the community who would like to support the effort can donate a box of snacks or the cost of shipping. Each box contains 46 snacks and costs $26 to fill and ship.

 For information about registering for the 5K or donating to the “Snacks for Soldiers” program, please visit

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Glads Throttle Florida 6-2, Maintain Division Lead

The Gwinnett Gladiators dominated the Florida Everblades 6-2 Saturday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center to put more distance between the South Division rivals. The Glads (17-9-6-3) extended their division lead over the Blades (18-14-1-2) while snapping Florida’s seven-game regulation unbeaten streak.

Captain Paul Flache notched his second goal on the season to put the Gladiators on top in the first period with a shot between the five-hole of Everblades netminder Pat Nagle at the 7:00 mark. Tyler Murovich and Chris Clackson picked up the assists.

It was déjà vu for Gwinnett’s defenseman Dallas Jackson as he sniped a powerplay goal just inside the blue line to put the Glads up 2-0, just 55 seconds into the man advantage in the first. Jackson scored a similar goal in Friday’s win over Florida. Gladiators Justin Milo and Nikita Kashirsky tallied a point each eith assists on the goal.

The third goal of the period started with a pass from Gladiators defenseman Brad Miller to Colin Vock who passed the puck to Murovich. The Pittsburgh, PA native then danced though the defense to sneak it under the glove hand of Nagle to give the Glads a 3-0 advantage 14:47 into the first.

Forward Matt Marquardt posted the first goal of the game for the Blades at 18:59 in the opening period. Marquardt was recently acquired in a trade by Florida with the Bakersfield Condors. Regardless, Gwinnett led through one period 3-1.

Returning forward Bendickson fell right into sync with the team when he notched a goal for the Glads with a backhanded marker under the stick side of Nagle in the second period. Clackson and Flache collected helpers on the fourth goal for Gwinnett.

At 10:03 into the middle period, Everblade forward Mathieu Roy had a goal with an assist from Trevor Bruess to make the score 4-2.

Late in the third period, Gwinnett’s Shane Sims collected the second powerplay goal for the Glads with a rocket from the point at the 16:12 mark. Kashirsky and Milo added their second point each for the game with the helpers.

Pat Galivan put the nail in the coffin with an empty netter with a 1:05 left in the game to give the Glads a 6-2 advantage. Galivan tallied his 11th goal on the season and snapped a 12-game scoreless drought.

Marc Cheverie collected his fourth win of the season with 30 saves.

The Glads will be back in the Arena at Gwinnett Center next Saturday to take on the Greenville Road Warriors at 7:05 p.m.

Friday, November 25, 2011

1980 Dawgs, Georgia Football Legends and Others at the Varsity on Saturday

The crew from "1980 Dawgs" will once again be joined by Georgia Football Legends, Scott Woerner, Rex Robinson and possibly other members of the 1980 team. They will be at the Varsity on North Ave, before and after the game on Saturday where they will be meeting fans, signing copies of "1980 Dawgs" DVDs and talking Georgia football. DVD copies will be available for purchase. The "1980 Dawgs" movie ( ) has been getting great reviews. It contains in-depth interviews with 27 players, coaches and media members from that season, combined with key game footage highlights of each game - a perfect gift for Bulldog fans, just in time for the holidays.

Where: The Varsity, North Ave., Atlanta.
When: This Saturday, 9:00 am - 11:30 am and right after the game for two hours.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Long Time Racer to Hit 31st Annual Peachtree City Classic

He hasn’t run all previous 30 Classic races, but he ran the first one in 1981, has run most of them since, and plans to run the next one this October. In 1981 Bill Brackin was living in Riverdale and heard about a race over in Peachtree City that he wanted to do. He ran it and was so impressed with the scenic cart paths, that he decided he wanted to move to PTC to live. He did just that a couple of years later and has been a fixture in the Fayette County road racing scene ever since. Bill says that as best as he can recollect, the race started and finished at City Hall in those early days. But as the race grew in stature and popularity, it eventually moved to the Fred Brown Amphitheater where it still is today. Bill will be lacing up his shoes again this year for the 31st edition.

The races will take place Saturday, October 15th, along the scenic golf cart paths of Peachtree City. It is one of the most popular runs not only in Georgia, but in the Southeast as well. The race is unique in its use of paved cart paths for the race. This scenic race is run mostly on the paths through the greenbelt areas, by lakes, through small tunnels, in the beautiful planned community of Peachtree City. The 15K was voted the best 15K course in Georgia by Georgia Athlete Magazine and always a sellout, so participants are strongly encouraged to register early. This year’s race director, George Martin, is looking forward to the using computerized timing chips for the tenth consecutive year.

The Classic actually consists of three different races: a women’s 5K, a men’s 5K, and the 15K open. All races are run on separate TAC-certified courses, and start and finish at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater. The 5K races for men and women are open to the first 800 entrants in each category. The popular 15K is open to the first 1500 entrants. All finishers in the different races will receive a special commemorative edition technical shirt to mark the 31st year of this Classic event.

A Pre-Race Expo will be held at the Fred Brown Amphitheater on Friday, October 14th, from 4:30 – 8:30 PM. A Race Day Expo will be held on Saturday from 7:00 – 11:00 AM also at the Frederick Brown Amphitheater. The Expos will include health and fitness products, sponsors, and selected vendors.

Applications are available at various locations in Peachtree City, Newnan, and Fayetteville, including local recreation departments, libraries, and sporting goods stores. Applications are also available at World Gym, Ultimate Fitness, T&G All Sports, Smith and Davis, Play It Again Sports, and AIS Computers. You can also register on line at If you have any further questions about the race, you can send e-mail to

Monday, August 1, 2011

Fayette Senior Services Adds 10K to Annual Run/Walk and Establishes New “Fayette Charity Classic” to Benefit Fayette County Non-profits

Fayette Senior Services (FSS) annual March For Meals 5K/1 Mile Run Walk will have a new look and expanded purpose when the 4th annual event is held next year on March 17, 2012. Thanks to help from the City of Fayetteville and the Fayetteville Police Department, FSS will be adding a challenging new 10K route to its existing 5K and 1 mile run/walk. In addition, FSS has renamed the event The Fayette Charity Classic with proceeds to not only benefit non-profit Fayette Senior Services, but other Fayette County charities as well. The Fayette Charity Classic 10K as well as the 5K will both be USA Track and Field (USATF) certified and qualifiers for the Peachtree Road Race.

Dawn Davis, FSS Health, Wellness, and Program Manager is the event’s race director. Davis worked closely with Capt. Lynn Crawshaw of the Fayetteville Police Department to develop the route that begins at Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center located at 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville (across from the Fayette County Justice Center). Says Davis, “By expanding the event to include a 10K we are able to leverage the success of our former March For Meals Run/Walk. Our goal was to attract a larger audience to a fitness activity and in turn increase awareness–and financial support–for the programs and services that we provide to our community’s seniors.” Davis adds, “We then took our expanded event one step further and designed it to help other Fayette County charities, many of which continue to face challenges as a result of the current economy. It’s a win-win for Fayette Senior Services, the charities who wish to participate, and the community as a whole.”

Event details and registration packets are still being finalized and are expected to be available soon. Anyone interested in receiving more information should send their name, address, and phone number to Fayette Senior Services, Inc. For more than 30 years, Fayette Senior Services, Inc. (FSS), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been making a meaningful difference in the emotional, social, and physical well-being of older adults; preserving their independence, improving their quality of life, and connecting them to the community. FSS offers supportive services such as Meals On Wheels, Transportation, In-Home Personal Care/Homemaker Services, Information Assistance, Care Management, and more. For active older adults age 50 and better, Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center offers a wide variety of social, leisure, fitness and recreational activities and the award-winning Ultimate Café. For more information visit or call 770-461-0813.

Peachtree City: 5K to Stop Sex Trafficking; Wellspring Living, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

5K run sponsoring Wellspring Living, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to aid in the rehabilitation and restoration of women and children who have suffered childhood sexual abuse and exploitation. The Stop Injustice Run draws more than 250 participants each year around the Atlanta area. Teams of 12 or more are encouraged to register and name their team by August 26th in order to have team name listed on the T-shirt. Prizes will be given to the 1st and 2nd place runners in each division. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and official time card.

WHY: To benefit the organization’s recovery homes and educational and therapeutic programs designed for women and children seeking a refuge from human trafficking.

Registration Fee: $30

Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.

The Bridge Community Center
225 Willowbend Road
Peachtree City, GA

***BACKGROUND: There are approximately 100 girls under the age or 18 who are sexually trafficked on a typical night in Georgia. The average life expectancy of a girl in forced prostitution is 7 years with homicide or HIV/AIDS as the cause of death. Wellspring Living offers residential rehabilitation programs and advocates for victims of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation.