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July 4 Flood Run on Braselton’s Mulberry RiverWalk added to Centennial activities lineup

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Flood-Run-2016-flyer-finalAs the town of Braselton is celebrating its 100th anniversary, the slogan “It’s Better in Braselton” is taking on special meaning this July 4 holiday.

While the Peachtree Road Race is a popular place to be on Independence Day morning, Jacob Flood is encouraging other like-minded people to opt instead for Braselton Mulberry RiverWalk and join him, family and friends for the second annual Flood Run, starting at 10 a.m.

And best of all, it’s free. You can register at www.tinyurl.com/floodrun2016 and contact the event organizer at thefloodrun@gmail.com.

Mulberry RiverWalk, a walking path developed by the town with perennial gardens, footbridges and picnic areas along the 200 acres purchased by the town to protect the community’s drinking water supply, was a Godsend for Jacob Flood after his 2011 surgery to repair ruptured discs in his back. After suffering for years with back pain, his surgeon recommended walking more and his wife, Christine, walked with him as he regained his strength and eventually began running.

“We knew about the trail but hadn’t used it until [he needed to] as a health necessity” and the trail became fun. He even enlisted a co-worker to join in and they began running and ended up liking the exercise so much that the Peachtree Road Race became his goal.

“I always like trail running more than on the streets or sidewalks,” said Flood, who notes the beauty of Mulberry RiverWalk which winds along the river and goes under tree cover means a refreshing outdoor environment for wellness pursuits so close to home.

Although rain kept some friends away in 2015, the excitement for this year’s event grew to the point that Flood, who works as a permit coordinator for Actavo Engineering in Braselton, determined he should check with the town about any needed permits.

Jacob Flood is looking forward to the second annual Flood Run on July 4 along Braselton's Mulberry RiverWalk. He sits on a bench at the shady entrance to the trail which begins on Liberty Church Road near Highway 211.

Jacob Flood is looking forward to the second annual Flood Run on July 4 along Braselton’s Mulberry RiverWalk. He sits on a bench at the shady entrance to the trail which begins on Liberty Church Road near Highway 211. See his photo gallery below of some of the scenes along the RiverWalk.

Flood met with Town Manager Jennifer Dees and he found her helpfulness overwhelming when she welcomed the Flood Run into the Braselton Centennial Celebration activities. The town is marking the 100th anniversary of its founding throughout the year with a special Aug. 20 celebration on tap. She said the trail run/walk is a perfect complement to the town’s offerings on July 4 which include a festival in Braselton Park from 5-9 p.m., a 6 p.m. parade and fireworks at dusk.

Flood said he was seeking permission for the growing gathering, and “What I got was an amazing response from Jennifer in addition to her offering up tremendous help and resources,” said Flood.

“What do you need?” asked Dees, who is delivering with Braselton “Be Local. Buy Local” support, Braselton Visitors’ Bureau Authority backing and volunteers as well as connections to other sponsors. Debra Swantek was enlisted to assist with web services and other promotional aspects of the fun.

S&S Ace Hardware is sponsoring and providing overflow parking on the grassy area in front of the store located just yards from the entrance to Riverwalk off Liberty Church Road near Highway 211. Garbage Hound is sponsoring garbage cans and collection.

Longstreet Clinic, which will have its Braselton offices in Highpoint Medical Center when that project is completed, is also partnering in the event. Also a regional Advocare distributor is going to set up some samples and give information on health-oriented products.

Other sponsors are also welcome, and if additional sponsorship comes in, the vision of adding T-shirts to next year’s run may come in 2016. The prospect of goodie bags and other offerings is growing the run beyond Flood’s expectations. He said a small entry fee may be added next year to finance much-in-demand shirts. Fliers are going up and there will be signage, banners and post dressing on the new mileage posts.

Although not long after the 2013 Peachtree Road Race, Flood had another medical setback when his appendix ruptured, requiring emergency surgery and slowing his activities to nothing, he returned to the trail when he regained his strength. While he acknowledges his appearance on the trail changes with the seasons and his busy work schedule, he’ll be there at least once a week.

Jacob Flood, who was the winner of the first Flood Run, is hoping he’ll be joined by others who want to experience Braselton’s Mulberry RiverWalk which now has mile markers, thanks to the town responding to his request for signage to assist walkers and runners gauge their progress.

Flood said he hasn’t previously been one to get involved in community happenings but the excitement and engagement he is seeing from Braselton is encouraging him to be a volunteer in other happenings including the Pooches in the Park on June 11. Learn more about that event at the Buy Local Braselton Facebook page.

Interested in becoming a Flood Run sponsor? Contact Jacob Flood at thefloodrun@gmail.com or see tinyurl.com/facebookfloodrun2016.

Arts council seeking volunteers and members

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The Jackson County Arts Council needs you.

Celebrate the Arts student art show, fine art scholarships for our seniors, a fine art exhibition and gala for our members and friends, art classes for children and adults — these are just a few of things we hope to accomplish in 2016-17, but we need your support, according to JCAC president Teddie Lohmeier.

“We need volunteers to serve on our board, join our committees and work at events. We need a storage place for our art display panels and a place to meet and hold classes. We need donations and members. We need your creativity and ideas,” said Lohmeier.

“Help make Jackson County a vibrant and exciting art, music, dance and drama destination,” she said.  “We promote, encourage and advocate for the arts in Jackson County.”

Lohmeier expressed appreciation to all who supported the arts council during the past year. Donations to the 501-c-3 are tax deductible.

Learn more about the Jackson County Arts Council at www.jacksoncountygaarts.com and see Jackson County Arts Council GA on Facebook.

Vietnam veterans at the Village of Deaton Creek welcomed home

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Sen. Butch Miller thanked retired Navy Capt. Saul Levenson for his military service in the Vietnam era. Dale Bell of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service also assisted in the recognition of Vietnam veterans during the May 18 program at the Village of Deaton Creek. See more scenes in LeAnne Akin's photo gallery below.

Sen. Butch Miller thanked retired Navy Capt. Saul Levenson for his military service in the Vietnam era. Dale Bell of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service also assisted in the recognition of Vietnam veterans during the May 18 program at the Village of Deaton Creek. See more scenes in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

To celebrate more than 100 of the men and women now living in the Village of Deaton Creek who served in the military during the Vietnam era, a May 18 program was presented by that community’s Military Support Club.

With colorful banners featuring the flags of each branch of the military serving as the backdrop, the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor Program provided the belated opportunity to honor the veterans for their service and sacrifice during the 11 years of the United States military’s involvement in Vietnam.

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Saul Levenson, a member of the Military Support Club, welcomed the large gathering to veterans and family members to the community’s clubhouse. He said the Vietnam War “was misreported them and is misremembered even now” but it’s time to provide hometown thanks and honors to our veterans.

After the pledge of allegiance and singing of the national anthem led by Capt. John Harris, State Sen. Butch Miller brought greetings from the office of Gov. Nathan Deal. He expressed thanks to those who arrived back home during the tumultuous times and never got the welcome home they deserved for protecting the freedoms we enjoy today.

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June 11’s Pooches in the Park: A dog gone good time in Braselton

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Pooches-in-the-ParkPooches in the Park, Braselton’s first ever dog event, will be held Saturday, June 11 in Braselton Park, and it promises to be a dog gone good time for pets and people alike.

All dogs are welcomed but must be on a leash and under control at all times.

Being held in Braselton Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a few booth spaces remain for vendors and sponsors, especially pet-related businesses.

Prize baskets will be awarded to the winners of the contests which will be entertaining for all to watch.

Dog and family-friendly activities including a costume parade and contests are scheduled and vendors will be promoting their services and selling their wares.

Entries in the pet look-alike contest are being accepted until June 1 (submit one photo of owner and look-alive pet to apinnell@braselton.net) will be going on the Buy Local Braselton Facebook page to allow for online voting. The top seven will be invited to participate in the 12:30 p.m. June 11 contest at Pooches in the Park to determine to overall winner.

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