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Last Chance to Donate to Bank of North Georgia's ongoing Holiday Toy Drive

Last Chance to Donate to Bank of North Georgia's ongoing Holiday Toy Drive

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by Bank of North Georgia)  There are literally thousands of families in desperate need of assistance during the holiday season, so the Bank of North Georgia is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive from November 26 through December 17 at all 42 branches in metro Atlanta. Last year, the bank collected a total of 1,850 toys for children.

“Bank of North Georgia is very much at the heart of community life in Metro Atlanta, supporting those institutions and programs that make the communities we serve desirable places to live and work. Our branch teams are excited to embrace a local charity this season by collecting new, unwrapped toys to help local families. We are hoping that all children will have a joyous holiday this year,” said Don Howard, Chairman and CEO of Bank of North Georgia.

Each branch selected a local charity to support as outlined below.

Photogenic baby from Cumming will be featured in the new issue of Babytalk Magazine

Atlanta, GA--  A local Cumming baby, Kolsen Chisholm, was a finalist in the Babytalk/GMA Digital Cover Contest and is featured in Babytalk’s December/January 2011 issue!

Kolsen was one of eight semi-finalists and received an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for a professional photo shoot in September.  From the photos taken at the shoot three finalists were selected to appear on Good Morning America Digital where visitors voted to choose the winning baby, who appears on the cover of the December/January 2011 issue of Babytalk magazine.

On set, Kolsen was given the name "Cheeks" and his "It Factor" was his bright eyes.

59% Off lake Lanier Island's Magical Night of Light! You pay $25 for a $60 Pass

Atlanta, GA--  59% off Lake Lanier Islands Magical Night of Light:  With this Half Off Depot deal, you pay $25 for a $60 pass to tour the Magical Night of Lights this holiday season.  Each voucher admits one car with 1-9 passengers. 

Our MomsLikeMe.com website has more great deals including, a half off deal at the Zoo and a half off the cost of a gourmet cajun turkey delivered to your do

Hall County Approves 2 Payment System for Taxpayers

Atlanta, GA--  Hall County property owners have the option to pay taxes in two installments starting with the 2011 tax year. The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to change from one to two due dates, following the results of a referendum by the voters on Nov. 3.

Tax Commissioner Keith Echols will mail a tax bill on Aug. 1 that includes two payment coupons. The first installment will be due Oct. 1, at which time at least half of the total must be paid. Late payments accrue interest of 1-percent per month. The remainder is due Dec. 1. If the entire amount is not paid by Dec. 1, a 10-percent penalty will be charged after 90 days, in addition to 1-percent interest per month.

Penalties and interest for Hall County property taxes are set by state law, unlike municipal taxes. The City of Gainesville allows taxpayers the option to pay in two installments, but the first due date is not mandatory. The Oct.

MARITIME FOUNDATION HOSTS 5TH ANNUAL PARADE OF LIGHTS ON DECEMBER 4

MARITIME FOUNDATION HOSTS 5TH ANNUAL PARADE OF LIGHTS ON DECEMBER 4

Atlanta, GA-- Registration for participants is open for the UYC Maritime Foundation Boat Parade of Lights, set for Lake Lanier on Saturday, December 4.  This year the organization is seeking boats to participate in a Lighted Boat Parade on Lake Lanier.  It will also include “A Taste of the Lake” and activities for every age at Aqualand Marina. Phil Niekro and Bruce Erion will be masters of ceremonies.

North Forsyth High DECA Taking a Stand Against Texting While Driving

Atlanta, GA--  North Forsyth High School DECA in Cumming is taking a stand against texting while driving.

DECA is an association of marketing students that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools around the globe. The North Forsyth chapter is currently the third largest in the state of Georgia out of about sixty and are active in the community with causes such as autism, breast cancer, and the humane society.

This year, DECA has chosen to promote awareness against texting while 
driving. Representing the campaign are juniors Paige Tanaka and Madeline 
Portscher. The chapter has organized events such as a t-shirt day with 
statistics written on the shirts. November 15-19, they conducted a Pledge 
Week to encourage the students to not text while drive.

Recycle Electronics & more at America Recycles Day Event and Keep Hall County Beautiful

Atlanta, GA--  In recognition of America Recycles Day, Hall County Resource Recovery and Keep Hall Beautiful will be collecting recyclables from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Hall County Farmers Market. The Farmers Market is located at East Crescent Dr. and Jesse Jewell Parkway near I-985 Exit 24.

Items accepted for recycling

Electronics, full list online ($10 charge for televisions)

Eyeglasses

Home thermostats

Mercury thermometers

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (limit four per household – no businesses, please)

There also will be mobile document shredding available with a limit of four boxes per household (no businesses, please).