By Kim Wade
Tabatha Lovitt, a homemaker, student and mother to a Special Olympics participant, faces the questions this week:
May 16: Free Nutrition and Fitness Class – Get healthy with the Goodwill Job Connection at 9701 Ford Ave. with their free nutrition and fitness class from 11 a.m. to noon. Learn about basic nutrition, healthy recipes, fitness, stress management and goal setting. For more information, please call 912-373-8432 or visit http://goodwillsavannah.org/.
ATLANTA - The Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is holding its fourth annual online photo contest to coincide with Preservation Month in May. This year's theme is "The Civil War in Georgia."
Supporters for the Bryan County Bark Park in Richmond Hill flocked to Marker 107 in Kilkenny Thursday night for a wine and cheese fundraiser to donate money needed to begin work on the proposed 1.5-acre dog park in DeVaul Henderson Park.
Charlie, a human-walker that is looking for a long-term family, lives now at Bryan Animal Caregivers:
May 2: Richmond Hill Historical Society Lecture – The Richmond Hill Historical Society will feature Danny Brown's talk titled "The Nashville" at their monthly lecture series. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 756-3697 or visit www.richmondhillhistoricalsociety.com/calendar.html.
Living in coastal Georgia can present unique opportunities. Discovering an alligator living in your subdivision might be one of those.
Jack "Trapper Jack" Douglas, an alligator and nusiance animal trapper from Savannah, faces the questions this week:
April 25: Bark Park Wine and Cheese Fundraiser – Learn more about the proposed Bryan County Bark Park at a dog-themed fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. at Marker 107 at Kilkenny Creek. Guests can sample a wide range of fine wines, savory cheeses and delicious hors d'oeuvres while enjoying relaxing views and live music. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at door. A silent and live action will also take place. For more information, visit http://www.bryancountybarkpark.com.
Children gather Tuesday around local wildlife expert "Trapper Jack" Douglas to pet an alligator at the Richmond Hill Farmers Market in J.F. Gregory Park. Douglas had live alligators and rabbits for children to pet, and a plethora of wildlife mounts on display. Read more about Douglas in Wednesday's Life on the Hill.
Bryan Lodge No. 303 of Richmond Hill raised more than $500 to benefit the Salvation Army during its yard sale and pancake breakfast in March.
On April 23, thousands of people around the world will give more than 2 million free books to friends, family and strangers as part of World Book Night.
Caitlyn Boza, the outgoing editor of Life on the Hill, faces the questions this week, her last in the area:
April 18: Business After Hours – Jump 'N Jacks Family Fun Center will host the April Business After Hours at 5:30 p.m. at its location in Richmond Hill. Join members of the Richmond Hill-Bryan County Chamber of Commerce for light refreshments and networking. Call 756-3444 for more information.
You can't tell where you're going unless you know where you've been," said Sarah Volker, former president of the Richmond Hill Historical Society - that's where Coastal Georgia historian Buddy Sullivan comes in.
Magdalena Bresson was out with her camera at the 2014 High School Sailing Regatta at Lake Mayer in Savannah.
Jan. 16: First Christian Academy open house - First Christian Academy will open its doors from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday for parents of infants through fourth-graders interested in touring the campus, previewing the curriculum and meeting the teachers and administrators. Along the way, parents will also get a sneak peak of the gym, the classrooms, the technology center and future programs being introduced this school year. First Christian Academy has been educating children for more than 10 years. For more information, call 912-756-3407 ext. 124 or visit www.fcaeagles.org.
Modern-day Fort McAllister is home to educational events and celebrations, but 150 years ago, it was home to Joseph McAllister, captain of the Hardwick Mounted Rifles - a cavalry unit made up exclusively of men from Bryan County, predominantly from around Hardwick, Keller and what was then known as Ways Station.
Jan. 9: Yappy Hour - Bark Park organizers will hold their monthly fundraiser for the county's dog park slated for Henderson Park from 6-8 p.m. at Fish Tales Restaurant. The group will release the annual plan for fundraising and the building plans for the park. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Visit www.bryancountybarkpark.com/ for more information.
For some, January is all about getting back on track after a gluttonous holiday season and resolutions could be focused on getting in better shape, eating well or jumping into new hobbies. The Richmond Hill YMCA offers a few health-minded programs to help people meet their goals.
Members of the Bryan County Fire Department were busy Christmas with Santa Runs, Breakfast With Santa, Toys for Tots and more. Santa and BCFD members also went out to the South Bryan Recreation Department on Dec. 18 to meet with kids involved in the SBRC Special Needs Activities Program, also known as SNAP. From all reports, a great time was had by kids, firefighters and Santa himself. The accompany photos were shot by Bryan Browning.
Jan. 1: 13th annual Tybee Polar Plunge - After a night of merrymaking and ringing in the new year, gather two or more friends and enter the "Gang of Goofs" costume contest for the chance to win some great prizes, including a coveted engraving on the "Le Goof" trophy for the first-place team. Proceeds benefit the restoration and renovation of the Tybee Post Theater. The parade begins at 11 a.m., and the plunge is at noon. Admission is $25. For more information, go to tybeepolarplunge.com.
Few things grant holiday cheer like carolers singing, hot chocolate and merrymaking in the cool air.
Q: Your red-cheeked sibling from up north seems to get all of the credit these days, but we thought we'd give ol' Bubba Claus a little well-deserved publicity this season, too.
Dec. 28: Beaches and Borders tour of Tybee Island - Enjoy a two-hour exploration of the salt marshes and beaches of Tybee Island from 9:30-11:30 a.m. A naturalist guide will explain the cultural and natural history of the coastline. Reservations are required. The cost is $25 per person and $15 per child under 12 accompanied by a parent. Fees include the use of binoculars and spotting scopes. For more information, call 786-5801.
Whether it is through community partnerships, donations or compassionate volunteers, Richmond Hill continues to support the Bryan County branch of the United Way of the Coastal Empire.
Paige Hewlett took her camera to the Holiday Market last weekend.
Dec. 18: Holly Days Small Business Days - Local businesses in Richmond Hill will once again extend normal business hours for a seasonal small business promotion sponsored by the Richmond Hill-Bryan County Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the businesses that are participating, visit www.rhbcchamber.org or call 756-3444.
Magdalena Bresson and other staff members took their cameras out to Saturday's parade in Richmond Hill.