The uniquely compelling "Ford era" of Richmond Hill's history is a significant fiber in the tapestry of our community.
David Minning is president of the Richmond Hill Recreation Association:
For 59 years, the Richmond Hill United Methodist Church (RHUMC) has held an annual barbeque to promote fellowship and raise funds for church programs.
Lewis Tuttle, assistant chief, Richmond Hill Fire Department: 1. What do you feel is your greatest achievement?
Nov. 18: Alzheimer's Awareness Luncheon - Join Richmond Hill Senior Center for lunch at 11 a.m. to learn about recognizing the early signs of Alzheimer's Disease, safety tips for elderly loved ones, resources and more. To RSVP or for more information, contact Wendy Sims at 653-3824.
When Grover Avera, 83, first learned of Honor Flight Savannah – a non-profit group that provides day trips to and from Washington, D.C. for World War II veterans to see the memorial created in their honor – he was interested, but a bit skeptical.
1. What, to you, is perfect happiness?
Nov. 11: Capt. Matthew Freeman 5K Run for Peace - Support the Freeman Project and remember the sacrifice of Capt. Freeman with this race on Veterans Day. Fees are $25 for advanced registration and $30 on race day. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and race begins at 9 a.m. For information on registering and to learn about the Freeman Project, please visit www.freemanproject.org.
Kelley Clements of Richmond Hill is truly a hero.
Nov. 3: Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum Day - The Richmond Hill Senior Center hosts a day at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum (175 Bourne Ave., Pooler). Learn the stories of courage, character and patriotism displayed by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force from World War II to present. Event begins at 10 a.m. at the museum, followed by lunch at Western Sizzlin in Pooler.
A day of fun and fishing for Bryan County's special needs children was held at Ford Plantation on Saturday.
Haley Guisinger Longo, a fifth-grader at Carver Elementary School, recently had the honor of meeting former President Jimmy Carter in his hometown of Plains, Ga., when her entry into the "Plains, Peanuts, and a President" postcard contest placed third in the state for her grade level.
1. What do you feel is your greatest achievement?
Oct. 28: "Picasso for a Night" Adult Painting Class - Local artist Carol Hartley hosts this event, designed for any experience level. Work step-by-step to create a finished "Lighthouses" painting in one evening. Cost is $45 per person and includes all supplies. Pre-registration is required. Contact Carol Hartley at 659-0098 for additional details and registration information.
Dec. 14: Winter Muster at Fort McAllister - Celebrate the final battle of the Confederate troops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fort McAllister. The battle will take place at 5 p.m. A self-guided tour will be held right after the battle at which time the visitors will view the destruction of war first hand. Admission is charged. Call 727-2339 for information.
After serving more than three decades as the park manager of a popular state historic park, retirement is a return to the simple things for Danny Brown - spending time with his family, connecting with his community and putting down some roots.
Church members sent in photos from Consumed Church's EPIC Thanksgiving Dinner. More than 100 people joined Consumed Church on Thanksgiving Day for its Engaging People in Community, or EPIC, Thanksgiving dinner. The food was provided by Consumer Groups, the small-group Bible study, and the United Way of Bryan County.
Dec. 6: Opening lighting ceremony & Chili Cook-Off - The city of Richmond Hill will kick off the season with the lighting of the holiday lights and sampling award-winning chili from local chefs from 6:30-9 p.m. in J.F. Gregory Park. Cook-off booths will be filled with chili chefs and craft vendors. Cash awards are given to the best-tasting chili in town. Enjoy a variety of food, entertainment and more.
Instead of shopping the Black Friday chaos this year, the Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce is asking residents to think about shopping, playing and dining locally.
Paige Hewlett, herself a miltiary spouse, had her camera out Saturday when 1st Lt. Matt Dudley was welcomed from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan by his wife, Dhannon and their three boys, Isaac, Eli and Titus.
Nov. 30: The Nutcracker - Savannah Ballet Theatre presents Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet featuring area dancers as well as professionals at the Lucas theatre for the Arts in downtown Savannah. Show times are 2 and 8 p.m. The matinee show is $12 for general admission, and the evening show is $18-$38 for reserved seating only. For more information, call 912-525-5040 or visit www.lucastheatre.com.
As the holiday season draws near, the focus turns to the importance of family and community. And that's just what author, veteran and Bryan County native Carletha M. Oliver does as she uses her childhood and family memories as the historical basis to her soon-to-be-released novel, "Exceptional."
An outdoor movie brought out animal lovers who wanted to support the developing Bark park.
Nov. 21: Nutrition and fitness classes - The Goodwill Job Connection, located upstairs from the Goodwill Store in Richmond Hill at 9701 Ford Ave., will host a free nutrition and fitness classes from 11 a.m. to noon. Subjects covered include basic nutrition, fitness, stress management and goal setting. For more information, call 373-8432.
Matthew Freeman would be nearing his 34th birthday if he were here to see the hundreds of Richmond Hill friends and community members race in his memory on Saturday in the annual Capt. Matthew Freeman Memorial Run in WaterWays Township.
Virginia Wiedower, one of Matthew Freeman's sisters, answers some questions about her brother and the charity that was established in his honor after his death:
Nov. 15-16: Family camp-out - Before the weather really gets chilly, kids can join the family at Hunter Cattle Co. Farm for a weekend of camping, exploring and adventure. Guests to the Brooklet farm will enjoy a wagon-ride with the Hunter Cattle family at sunset on Friday, dinner under the barn, a moonlit walk through the grounds, campfire stories and s'mores and a big country breakfast on Saturday morning. Kids can choose to spend the night or hang out for just the day, but all tickets need to be purchased before the event. For ticket prices and more information, visit ...
A Christmas just isn't the same without a tree in the living room and presents from Santa. But the harsh reality is that many children everywhere, including in Richmond Hill and surrounding Bryan County, will go without this year due to family hardship and various other difficulties.
Julia Harrison took her camera out for the Run for Dana 5/K Run/Walk Nov. 2 fundraiser.