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Barrow firefighters collecting toys on Saturday for Holiday Connection

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Firefighters with Barrow County Emergency Services will be joined by members of the Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in conducting the annual Empty Stocking Toy Drive.

“Crews and team members will be at the Barrow Crossing parking lot for three Saturdays accepting new unwrapped toys,” said Lt. Scott Dakin. “Again this year, all donations will be distributed to Barrow County children through the Holiday Connection.”

Crews will be out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Citizens can come by to drop off their new unwrapped gifts and see the firefighters, fire truck, ambulance and CERT members. If citizens cannot come by during these times they are welcome to drop by any county fire station.

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Pouring wine and exploring leisure learning options

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Chateau Elan wines were servedand enjoyed along with refreshments during the BULLI in Braselton winter term registration event.  See more scenes in Farah Bohannon's gallery below.

Chateau Elan wines were servedand enjoyed along with refreshments during the BULLI in Braselton winter term registration event. See more scenes in Farah Bohannon’s gallery below.

BULLI in Braselton winter term registration is under way

By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.com
The Braselton BULLI Winter term is gearing up to begin on Jan. 5, 2015, so registration is in full swing.
On Nov. 18, BULLI members gathered in the Avignon Room at Chateau Elan to listen to each of the instructors explain the courses they will teach. The evening began with a wine and social hour complete with small bites and good conversation. Registration will continue until Dec. 5, so contact Braselton Town Manager Jennifer Dees at 706-654-5720 to secure a spot. The winter term lasts from Jan. 5 until Feb. 20.

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Jefferson Holiday Market propels shoppers toward giving season

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Robyn Ryan, an independent Stampin’ Up consultant, was among the exhibitors at the Jefferson Holiday Market. See more scenes below.

Robyn Ryan, an independent Stampin’ Up consultant, was among the exhibitors at the Jefferson Holiday Market. See more scenes below.

By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.com

The Jefferson Holiday Market was a huge success, says Jackson County Family Connection executive director Linda Foster.

Foster said that not only did people come to get a head start on holiday shopping, but they left with information about Family Connection and how they can help needy families during the holidays. There were a lot of curious people who wanted to know what the Jackson County Family Connection was all about and Foster had the information to share.

Entry fees for the Jefferson Holiday Market, held Nov. 7-9 at the Jefferson Civic Center, were collected and a check for $3,330 will be donated to Family Connection, a collaborative organization that links businesses, agencies and citizens together for the betterment of children and families in Jackson County.

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Love Lights tree lighting is Dec. 1 in Gainesville

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The Love Lights banner is displayed in front of Medical Plaza 1 in Braselton, adjacent to the new hospital which will have its own Love Lights tree lighting in December of 2015.

The Love Lights banner is displayed in front of Medical Plaza 1 in Braselton, adjacent to the new hospital which will have its own Love Lights tree lighting in December of 2015.

As the holiday season nears, consider a special gift that will light up the lives of those time is short.

Donations to The Medical Center Auxiliary’s Love Lights which honor or memorialize friends, family and loved ones, lit up a special Christmas tree on the Northeast Georgia Health System campus in Gainesville, and 100 percent of all donations benefit Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Donations, which are tax-deductible may be made year-round and are celebrated at the annual tree lighting ceremony each December. This year’s ceremony – the 35th lighting of the tree — will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, in the Love Light Garden at the Northeast Georgia Health System North Patient Tower.

A donation of $10 is a Light while a $100 donation is a Star designation. A gift of $500 and above is an Angel designation.

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Scenes from the Celebrate the Holidays in Braselton 2014 Parade

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Celebrate the Holidays 2014 Braselton Parade

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