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GEHC celebrates Earth Day with owl pellet dissection and more

GEHC celebrates Earth Day with owl pellet dissection and more

BUFORD, Ga. – Enjoy an early Earth Day, as the GEHC hosts their event “Earth Day Around the World”. The event will enjoy a wide range of activities like games, guided nature hikes, crafts, solar t-shirts screening and trivia.

The event will allow visitors to dissect an owl pellet, the opportunity to meet a live Great Horned Owl and to discover the different types of wildlife one can find in their backyard.

In addition to the various activities, the Mill Creek High School Orchestra will perform.

In recognition of Earth Day, official say, there will be a $2.00 discount on regular admission for all ages.  Boy and Girls Scouts and their leaders can attend for a $1.00 and a non perishable food item if they are dressed in full uniform.  Teachers can also attend for $1.00 and a non-perishable food item with school ID. 

As always, GEHC members are admitted free.

Gwinnett County to demonstrate swiftwater rescue at Buford Dam Park

Gwinnett County to demonstrate swiftwater rescue at Buford Dam Park

BUFORD, Ga. – On April 11, the Gwinnett Fire Department's Swiftwater Rescue Team will be holding a non-motorized training exercise that will teach swimmers how to use bags and live bait to rescue a drowning swimmer.

The drills will be held on the Chattahoochee River at the lower pool at Buford Dam Park and the dam is scheduled to release water around 1:55 p.m.

The Corps will be demonstrating rescue attempts until around 3:00 p.m.

Red Oak Sanitation customers entitled to refund for services

Red Oak Sanitation customers entitled to refund for services

ATLANTA – Gwinnett residents and former customers of Red Oak Sanitation may, soon, be entitled to a refund; which will be paid as part of an agreement reached by the company and the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP).

Also, according to the agreement, “Red Oak Sanitation was no longer authorized to provide waste collection services to residents of unincorporated Gwinnett County with the implementation of the countywide solid waste program in July 2010”.

Recycle your old toilets for free

Recycle your old toilets for free

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by News for Neighborhoods) Gwinnett County residents have a free option for recycling old toilets. As part of its Toilet Rebate Program, the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources is offering toilet recycling to homeowners and renters. Bring your old and broken porcelain toilets to the Department of Water Resources Central Facility located at 684 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville for recycling. You must remove the toilet seat and any plastic parts, including handles.

The facility will accept toilets for recycling at any time.

Homeowners can help by fixing water leaks

 Homeowners can help by fixing water leaks

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by the Gwinnett County Government) Gwinnett water officials are urging homeowners to check for common leaks in toilets, faucets and underground irrigation systems as the county continues to conserve its water usage.

“A slow leak in a toilet can waste 10,000 gallons a year – enough to fill a backyard swimming pool,” says Lynn Smarr, Acting Director of Water Resources. She says putting a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank will reveal a flapper-valve leak if the coloring shows up in the bowl within 10 minutes. The County also offers a rebate program to encourage replacing pre-1993 toilets that use 3.5 gallons/flush with new WaterSense models that use only 1.28 gallons.

All Gwinnett water meters have a small black triangle that spins when even a tiny amount of water is going through the meter.

County fills $18 Million Gap in 2011

County fills $18 Million Gap in 2011

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by News for Neighborhoods) Gwinnett County's adopted 2011 budget included an $18 million deficit. While that gap represented less than one percent of the total budget, using fund balance to fill the deficit would have been unsustainable.

Everdry Roofing to provide free roof for Atlanta resident

Everdry Roofing to provide free roof for Atlanta resident

BUFORD, Ga. – Everdry Roofing Inc., a 100% female owned roofing business that won a “Best of Gwinnett 2010” is donating a free roof to some lucky Metro Atlanta resident.

This opportunity is, only, open to families and non-profits in need are eligible. Nominees will be judged on need, community involvement, and service to others. A panel of judges, who represent the Gwinnett Chamber members and leaders, will select five finalists and from the one finalist will be chosen to receive a full roof replacement, including all material and labor.

Nominations can only be made at facebook.com/everdryroofing Program nominations must be received no later than April 15, 2011. Recipients will be announced April 22, 2011.