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May 15, 2019 Around Monroe County Forsyth Juliette High Falls Bolingbroke Culloden Smarr UPCOMING EVENTS IN MONROE COUNTY May 17-19 "Independence Day at Happy Meadows," plays at The Rose "Independence Day at Happy Meadows," written and directed by Laura King, opens Friday, May 10 at The Rose on the square in Forsyth. This story is set in an assisted living facility where the cast of five women prove that you don't quit living even when you are retired. Box Office is open May 8-9 from 4-7 p.m. and two hours prior to show time beginning Fri- day, May 10. Shows are May 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and May 12 and 19 at 2!30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $]2 for Seniors, Stu- dents and Military. For more information, visit www.theback- Iotplayers.org May 17 Forsyth Farmers Market Forsyth Farmers Market is open on Fridays from May- October. The market is on North Jack- son Street, behind Persons Banking Company. It offers fresh produce and other local goods. To become a vendor, call 478-994-7747 or email tpierson@ cityofforsyth.com. Deputy Michael Nor- ris Golf Tournament The Deputy Michael Norris Golf Tourna- ment will be Friday, May 17 at Forsyth Golf Club, 400 Country Club Drive, Forsyth, 8 a.m. reg- istration,9 a.m. tee time. The 4-person ns welcome: 7th annual Kids' Fishing Rodeo By Diane Glidewell news@mymc~nef Georgia Department of Correc- tions held its 7th Annual Kids' Fish- ing Day at the GDOC Tift campus headquarters on Saturday, May 4. About 75 children, along with their families, came out to Lake Camaru on the Spring morning to try their luck at enticing some fish onto their lines. Alyssa Frierson, 10, of MeansviUe hooked the biggest fish of the da) a 7-pound, 14 ounce catfish. Her grandfather, Rodney Marks, who is a GDOC employee, said it was the biggest fish Alyssa has ever caught. Plans are to save the fish for a Fathers Day Fish Fry the family has planned. Alyssa caught the big cat on a little Zedco 202 rod that belonged to her great grandmother. She used the cut-up hot dog bait provided for the event by GDOC. The prize for the biggest string of fish, which weighed 4 lb. 13 ounces for ages 7 and under went to Jace Jackson for a string of five fish. Second prize for the biggest string for 7 and under was hooked by Zallora Cash. Winners for the big- gest string of fish for ages 8-11 were Frierson and Tyler Johnson, whose catch weighed in at 6 lb 6 ounces. The winner for ages 12-15 was Jason Pringle. Each of these winners took home cash prizes for their success. Justin Clay of GDOC said that no child went home empty-handed even if the fish were not biting where they cast their lines. Thanks to the generosity of many local sponsors, including restaurants like Dairy Queen, E1Tejedo and Hong Kong Palace, there were more than enough door prizes to go around. For most of the children and family members, it was more about spending time together outdoors than about the prizes. Several multi-generational groups spent the morning fishing together. One father said that his grandfather had taught him to fish and now he is teaching his son. "Did everybody have fun today?;' asked GDOC Commissioner Tim Ward after all the weigh-ins were finished. "That's what it's all about." The lake is stocked by Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo is a partnership to support the com- munity. "We encourage employees to come out with their families:' said Clay. "It's good bonding time, and it's becoming a tradition." Alyssa Frierson, 10, and her grandfather, Rodney Marks, show off the 7 lb 14 ounce catfish she caught near the dock at the GDOC Kids Fishing Rodeo. Right, a young angler shows off his wrig- gling catch. Far right, children gather around the pool where the biggest fish were kept until time to weigh the catches and award prizes at the Kids Fishing Rodeo. (Photos/Diane Glidewell) scramble will have 1st and and place prizes for two flights, mulligans, door priz- es and a hole-in-one prize. $60 per player includes lunch, green fees and cart. Con- tact Michael Bittick at 478-808-5658 or m.bittick @aft.net for more information. May 18 High Falls State Park Triathlon ' Friends of High Falls State Park will spon- sor a Triathlon on Saturday, May 18 at 8 a.m. with a 3-mile trail run, M-mile road bike ride and 1-2 mile paddle. It The children at K.B. Sutton Elementary have been learning about various career clusters from experts in each field. Fifth grade students study economics and the career cluster of Finance and Banking. Mr. Stuart Pippin of United Bank pre- sented the types of jobs available in the bank- ing sector, as well as some of the expectations of the workers and training that is provided by the banks to help their employees. Ms. Gilda Stanbery, Executive Director of the City of Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau, presented to students about the Hospitality and Tourism career cluster. She explained how Forsyth works hard to welcome visitors into the community by promoting local businesses and community activities, such as The Forsyth Fox Hunt. combines the chal- lenges of a trail run, limited traffic for a bike ride on paved country roads and a beautiful lake paddle with a kayak, paddle board or canoe. Bring your own or rent a kayak at the state park for $15. Entry is $50. Sign up at ultra signup. com. T-shirts to all participants; medals to all finishers; prizes to top three males and females in each CALENDAR Page 5C Continued from Front to be a much bigger school than I am used to. Now it's seven years later and I'm 16 years old. I'm a sophomore at Mary Persons High School and live in a nice county that I've made a lot of friends. I never thought of playing any sports because I didn't ever have that many friends on the team. Now I have played volley- ball my ninth grade year of high school and I made friends with my teammates who were all very encouraging to me. They would cheer me on when I had good days and bad days on the court. The coaches of the team are some of the most amazing coaches I have ever had. The volleyball team was like family to me, which I have made amazing memories with on and off the court. Now I am practicing for tryouts that'U be over the summer so I can play volleyball my junior year. I also enjoy going to Mary Persons because my teachers are great at teaching the lessons so that students obtain information and have fun while doing it. Some of my teachers I feel I am comfortable enough with that if I had a per- sonal problem I could talk to them about it. Some of my favorite memories I have made in Monroe County would be when I go to breakfast with my dad and he takes me to school once a week. We take turns picking where to go for breakfast. We would either go to Dunkin Do- nuts, Hardees, or McDonald's. We used to go to Dairy Queen when they served breakfast and this sweet employee had memorized our order and she would always ask about school. It's six years later and I don't know that employee's name and I don't think that she knows mine, but she still asks me about school and how my life is go- ing. Now we mainly go to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast and my dad and I loved one of their employees who was always happy at her job. I never saw that employee not smil- ing. I just recently got a job work- ing at Scoops. I want to be like my dad and my favorite Dunkin Do- nut employee who is always happy or be the friendly employee that makes your experiences a custom- er better. There's a lot of employees in Monroe County who already display these great qualities, which is also one of the reasons I love the Cotique. The woman who works there always has a smile on her face and she's great at helping me shop and giving me opinions on things that I try on. Monroe County offers so many great things. There are interesting and fun events that occur every year like the Forsythia Festival, which is one of my favorite things about Monroe County. You can hang out with friends and family. You get to shop around and eat good food. Monroe County is a small county but the memories made here are huge and worth a lifetime. I I !