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1C January 23, 2019 Around Monroe County Forsyth Juliette High Falls Bolingbroke Culloden Smarr MONROE COUNTY O m Jan. 23 Five Below jab ap- pnkams There will be a Job Fair br Five Below at Monroe County Chamber of Com- merce, 10 W Cham- bers Street, Forsyth on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 26 r- hmr-Dmet r Dance The Annual Father- Daughter Dance will be at Hubbard Elementary School on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 7-9 p.m. Dress is Sunday best. Enter- tainment by Gator the DJ. Tickets are $10 and are available at United Bank, Southern Smiles and Middle Georgia Realty. Jan. 27 F'm mil Peace Uni- versity I ogmm Financial Peace Uni- versity group coor- dinators Terry Proffltt and Katie Rowland will be at Forsyth United Methodist Church Wesley Fel- lowship Building, 68 W Johnston Street on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. to begin the program] Learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future. FPU is a nine- lesson course taught by Dave Ramsey and his team of financial. experts. Learn step by step how to handle money using biblical wisdom and common sense. Life-changing videos, online tools and resources and group accountability teach how to create and stick to a budget, save for emergen- cies, pay off debt and plan for the future. For more information or to sign up, go to fpu. com/1081466. Jan. 28 t, nroe cm,nty Hospital to hold Renovmion Ground- tlon Monroe County Hos- pital invites everyone to join its Renovation GroundbreakJng Cel- ebration on the front lawn of the hospital, 88 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Forsyth on Monday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. Refreshments will follow the ground- breaking. Ceeldng ,u ih your Inetal~t lunch & hem Monroe County UGA Extension Will' present a Lunch & Learn on "Cooking with your Instapot" on Monday, Jan. 28 at Monroe County Clubhouse. Lunch vill be pro- vided. Registration fee is $10, and RSVP is required by Jan. 24. For more information, call 478-994-7014 or email uge2207@uga edu. e By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net Those who ran, volun- teered or just hung out at the 4th Annual Re- membering Gunnar 5K on Saturday, Jan. 19 were treated to some of the best of Monroe County in rural scenery, spirit of unity in supporting a cause, fellow- ship with good folks and a down home breakfast buf- fet. The Gunnar 5K starts and ends at Paran Baptist Church on Highway 42 North. It promotes aware- ness of Congenital Heart Defects and is named in memory of little Gunnar Gifford, who only spent 12 days in this world before passing away after Congen- ital Heart Defect surgetT. Proceeds from the event help maintain the centuries old Paran Baptist Church Cemetery where Gunnar rests. The route is a backroad out-and-back with long downhills and long uphills stretching through beauti- ful farm and timber land, with goats, a few horses and a llama watching the runners. There was some misty rain, but it was unseasonably warm for January. An enthusiastic children's race about a mile long preceded the 5K. The Dirt Dawgs travel softball team from For- syth was along the route encouraging runners and making sure all went smoothly. Girl Scout Troop 60011 was out to help and By Diane Glidewell news@mymccnet There were entertaining experiments on stage to watch and experiments in the lobby to do yourself as students, parents; siblings and others cam~ to see what the Big qhinkers Science Ex- ploration of Atlanta would bring:w Forsyth. What it take a few orders for cook- ies. The troop is made up of Brownies and Daisies, the youngest divisions of Girl Scouts, and Gunnar's big sister, Bre, is a member of the troop. The ladies of Paran Baptist provided breakfast and good cheer, and Paran Baptist's new preacher, John Tarrer, participated in the race and told everyone they are always welcome at Paran Baptist Church. A number of members of the Army and Air Na- tional Guard ran and some brought family members. Kelly Gifford (Bourbon), the race organizer and Gunnar's mother, served in the Army National Guard and worked for the Guard fifll time for many years. There were four four-legged competitors in the 4th Annual Gunnar 5K, including two PTSD service dogs. Participation medals and T-shirts (in a choice of blue or gray) went to all who completed the race. About 75 registered for the race, and there were about 30 volunteers. A bounce house and a "balloon man" entertained the children before the race. The top three male and female runners took home trophies. First place male and female went to brother and sister, Jody Glidewell (26) and Rosey Vasquez (31) of Jackson. Second place male was Peter MacDonough (33) of Fayetteville, and third brought was information in an "aha!" way intended to whet appetites for more learning. Monroe Cotmty Schools hosted Family STEM (Sci- ence Technology, Engineer- ing, Math) Night at Monroe County Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, Jan. 15. K.B. Sutton and Monroe County Middle School parent coordinator Srandi Pye arr,ged for the Above, runners get ready to start the 2019 Gunnar 5K. Below, left, a member of Girl Scout troop 60011 of Forsyth gives a wave along the course. Below right, a tree with hearts with the birth and death dates of children with Congenital Heart Defects had center place on the breakfast table. place was Luke McBride (13) of Forsyth. Second place female was Georgia Southwestern College soc- cer player Victoria Moore (19) of Kathleen, and third place was Cora Lewis (12) of Jackson. Morgan Mcelmurray of Forsyth won the raffle for a Yoga kit from Humble Warrior Wellness & Yoga. Sponsors of the Gunnar 5K were Speir Electrical Contractors, Clark Memo- rials of Macon, Humble Warrior Wellness & Yoga, Patriot Express Laundry of Forsyth and Freeman Rent- als of Forsyth. Left, Kennedy and Braylen help Noreen the Science Queen demonstrate the power of air. Above, participants make super balls. Below, left, Noreen treats volunteers to a hair-raising experience with static electricity. Below right, students enjoy results of the cotton candy making demonstration. (Photos/Diane Glidewell) program, which was open to students of all Monroe County schools and to the communi~ The informa- tion was targeted at students in elementary school and their families. Pye said Big Thinkers Science Exploration had done a program in Monroe County before and she knew they would provide a good experience for everyone who came to Family STEM Night. Pye is planning another good program for Family Literacy Night on March 26. Noreen Raines, CEO of Big Thinkers, hosted the Family STEM Night pro- gram with energy and lots of audience participation. After earning a B.S. in chemistry from Agnes Scott College, she founded Big Thinkers in 2008. Its website prodaims her goal as "inspiring life- long learning through fun science education" Introducing herself as Nor- een the Science Queen, she conducted six-plus experi- ments with air, that invisible stuffthat is all around us. Nine young volunteers came to the stage to help with the experiments either s'mgly or in groups of two. After about an hour-long stage presentation, Family STEM Night moved to the lobby of the Fine Arts Center where there were hands-on opportunities to make and take slime, super balls and cotton candy and to experi- ment with static electrid . Kimberly Clayton, branch manager of Monroe County Library, was present with lots of Legos and building options. The lobby was filled with science projects recently completed by Monroe County elementary school students. !