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.
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.