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Volunteers from DataScan Technologies are shown working
at the Forsyth County Sustainable Community Orchard at
Chattahoochee Pointe Park. The orchard is a community effort
made possible by Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, Forsyth
County Parks and Recreation, the Forsyth County office of UGA
Extension and a host of volunteers from the community.

In one UGA Extension class offered
through the local parks and recreation
department, Gwinnett County agent
Ines Beltran teaches participants how
to make healthy smoothies at home.

At the Olivia Haydel Senior Services Center in Rockdale County, senior
ladies create crafts and friendships through weekly crochet classes taught
by the local UGA Extension office.

stops. The program is based loosely on UGA
Extension's success with the Fulton Fresh
Mobile Market that has been delivering fresh
produce, along with a healthy dose of nutrition
information, since 2011.
DeKalb County resident Roger Hopkins, an
active 67-year-old, meets up with the mobile
market at the Lou Walker Senior Center. "It
keeps us from having to drive too far to the
farmer's market, and when our community
is able to find fresh vegetables like this,
it's a good thing," he said. For Hopkins the
mobile market is convenient and keeps him
from having to drive and avoid the crowds
at other markets, but for some of the older
members of his community, it's a lifeline to
a healthier diet.
The success of the mobile market is due in
large part to buy-in from the community and
in part to cooperation between departments
in DeKalb County's governments and the UGA
Extension Office, said Von Baker, DeKalb
County Family and Consumer Sciences and
EFNEP UGA Extension agent. A team at
DeKalb County Public Works' fleet maintenance department retrofitted the mobile market bus, a hand-me-down prisoner transport
bus from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.

A bus driver for the county's Department of
Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs drives
the bus, and the DeKalb County Board of
Health helps get the word out.
Having a healthy diet is important, but having a healthy mind is, too. In Rockdale County,
Extension program assistant Dorsey Sharpton
teaches a crafting class two days per week at
the Olivia Haydel Senior Services Center. The
senior citizens in the class create handcrafted
purses out of recycled yarn, but above that,
they create and nurture a newfound network
of friends.
The ladies make yarn from recycled plastic
bags or plastic tablecloths, use it to make
crafty creations they donate to nonprofit
organizations or share them with family
and friends.
Vanessa Johnson came to the class to help
overcome a bout of depression. "I sang opera,
so when I lost my voice, I was depressed. I
met Dorsey and she was so nice to me, she
made me want to come to the class," she said.
Johnson is struggling to learn to crochet but
she enjoys the fellowship of the group.
For information about UGA Extension programs in your county, contact your local UGA
Extension office.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Summer 2017

President’s Message
Director’s Message
Haralson County: Location and Rural History Provide Opportunities for Success
Parks and Recreation: An Investment for Today and Tomorrow
ACCG and GDOT Dedicate Historical Marker
County Senior Services Help Residents Flourish and Thrive
UGA Extension Educates Communities through Partnerships with Parks and Recreation Departments, Senior Centers
Q & A with Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames: Counties and Workforce Development
County Health Departments Work to Improve Communities
From Wellness to Wellbeing: LGRMS Assists Counties with Providing Comprehensive Health Programs to Local Government Employees
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Intro
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover1
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover2
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 3
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 4
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 5
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 6
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 7
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - President’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Director’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 10
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 11
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Haralson County: Location and Rural History Provide Opportunities for Success
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 13
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 14
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 15
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Parks and Recreation: An Investment for Today and Tomorrow
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 17
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 18
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - ACCG and GDOT Dedicate Historical Marker
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - County Senior Services Help Residents Flourish and Thrive
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 21
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 22
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - UGA Extension Educates Communities through Partnerships with Parks and Recreation Departments, Senior Centers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 24
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 25
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Q & A with Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames: Counties and Workforce Development
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 27
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - County Health Departments Work to Improve Communities
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 29
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 30
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - From Wellness to Wellbeing: LGRMS Assists Counties with Providing Comprehensive Health Programs to Local Government Employees
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 32
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover3
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover4
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