Cherry Log Fire Station: a promise fulfilled?

Community, News

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Holding their groundbreaking ceremony over the weekend, Gilmer County has already spent months clearing land and preparing the lot on Pink Pig Lane for a new fire station.

With a contractor moving forward, officials gathered together to formally break ground on the building’s construction. Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston visited with Gilmer County Commission Chairman Charlie Paris, Gilmer County Post Commissioner Dallas Miller, and Gilmer Public Safety Director Tony Pritchett as they joined with local citizens to celebrate the project.

Officials turn the first shovel of dirt in the groundbreaking ceremony for Cherry Log's Fire Station.

Officials turn the first shovel of dirt in the groundbreaking ceremony for Cherry Log’s Fire Station.

With the original fire station in the area closed several years ago, citizens have continually expressed the importance of replacing it. A fire station in the area was promised but proved to be slow going. According to local resident Ernest Watkins, many of those in the area lost faith and didn’t believe the station would ever be built. Watkins told FetchYourNews (FYN) the station means everything to him as he had two sons who became volunteer firefighters and having the new location represents the culmination of his community coming together and being heard in what they are wanting.

Opening the ceremony, Pritchett spoke on the importance of the project saying, “Community fire and emergency response capabilities for our citizens are the most vital and important services a local government can provide.” He went on to thank the current Board of Commissioners for making the project a priority and following through with the community through consistent hurdles and obstacles they encountered.

Chairman Charlie Paris thanks Cherry Log residents for their patience in building the Fire Station.

Chairman Charlie Paris thanks Cherry Log residents for their patience in building the fire station.

Chairman Paris echoed the sentiments on the community thanking the Sisson Family who donated the land for the fire station as well as the people of Cherry Log saying, “You’ve been promised for years and years now that there is going to be a fire station here. It has been my objective to make that happen … This groundbreaking today is actually a confirmation of our promise to you that this is going to get built. We are going forward on it.”

Paris thanked citizens for their patience in the project as he and the current board have worked through the trials and tougher points of completing it.

The contract sets the station to be completed within six months from now. This sets the station to be open before next winter and available for any needs such as warming centers or shelters like any other station. Paris confirmed the new building will be a volunteer station and that the county already has volunteer firefighters planned at the location. The new location, dubbed Fire Station No. 3, will be an unmanned station that utilizes the volunteers to man the position.

With the ceremony completed and construction underway, Paris said the next step will be preparing equipment and readying the transfer of that equipment to the facility.

Public Safety Director Tony Pritchett looks on as Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston offers a few words for the fire station groundbreaking.

Public Safety Director Tony Pritchett, right, looks on as Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston offers a few words for the fire station groundbreaking.

Ralston praised the community’s efforts throughout the project saying he wanted to show his support for them. The “community spirit and pride” were what Ralston said laid the foundation. The fire station represents a “capstone” on their efforts locally. He went on to say he was very proud of the community and all they had accomplished.

His sentiment was later echoed by Paris who told FYN in a one-on-one interview that it was the community who stayed with the project. Considering some citizens becoming demoralized after the years they had waited for the project, Paris said, “The fact that we have done this, this is hard to ignore … They just wanted it to happen, and now that it is, I think the folks here are pretty happy with it.”

Paris also praised his Post Commissioners Dallas Miller and Travis Crouch for their support in the project saying, “There has never been a question about whether Cherry Log needed to have a fire station.”

Moving forward, citizens will continue to watch the project progress through construction and paving, marching ever closer to finally completing a promise years in the making.

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Check It Out @ Gilmer County Library

Community

This Week @ Gilmer County Library: January 24, 2018 – January 31, 2018
Heath Lee – Library Manager

Youth Programs
Family Story Time
Wednesday January 24 @ 10:30 AM & 4:00 PM
Wednesday January 31 @ 10:30 AM & 4:00 PM
Family story times are designed for families with children of all ages. Story time is followed by a craft activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Young Adult Programs
Teen Memory Jar
Monday, January 29 @ 6:00 PM
Decorate a special place to keep memories and souvenirs of the year 2018. Grades 6-12

Adult Programs
Access to Science Book Club: Meaning – Rescheduled!
Thursday, January 25 @ 6:00 PM
Our first installment of a new Informal Science Book Club. We are discussing The Professor and the Madman: The making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester. Presented by GCL. Free books available as supplies last. Themed meal provided.

Branch Weaving
Friday, January 26 @ 9:00 AM
Join us for creativity and conversation. This month build your creative toolkit with Branch Weaving. Choose your branch style, yarn color, and stitch pattern. All materials will be provided or you may bring your own yarn.

Fiber Arts & Alpacas
Saturday, January 27 – All Day
Join us in the cultivation of our fiber arts community with an afternoon of speakers, demonstrations, crafts, and live alpacas.

TechBytes – Resume Writing
Tuesday, January 30 @ 2:30 PM
Come prepare for your next job opportunity. Learn basic formatting, needed information, and what employers are looking for.

 

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf

Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:30 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Library Location & Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

Check It Out @ Gilmer County Library

Community

This Week @ Gilmer County Library: January 17, 2018 – January 24, 2018
Heath Lee – Library Manager

Youth Programs
Family Story Time
Wednesday January 17 @ 10:30 AM & 4:00 PM
Wednesday January 24 @ 10:30 AM & 4:00 PM
Family story times are designed for families with children of all ages. Story time is followed by a craft activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Young Adult Programs
Coding Club
Thursday, January 18 @ 4:00 PM
Learn the basics of computer coding. Each meeting will build on the previous, but you can work at your own pace. Join anytime! Ages 10-18.

TAB
Monday, January 22 @ 6:00 PM
The Teen Advisory Board helps plan and implement library programs for teens. All teens ages 12-18 are invited to attend this meeting. Applicants interested in joining the Teen Advisory Board can pick up a registration form at the library.


Crochet It!
Tuesday, January 23 @ 4:00 PM
Do you crochet? Come join other tweens & teen who crochet. It’s a time to share your projects and learn new things. Ages 10-18.

Adult Programs
Nutrition Knowhow
Wednesday January 17 @ 9:30 AM
Learn how to eat heathy without spending a lot of money, the value of having a grocery list, what it means to eat healthy foods, and portion control to prevent weight gain. Presented by Jessie Moore, UGA Family and Consumer Services Agent.

Budgeting Basics
Wednesday January 17 @ 1:00 PM
Learn how to stretch your food dollars, the importance of paying bills on time, and how to keep track of your spending. Presented by Jessie Moore

Access to Science Book Club: Meaning
Thursday, January 18 @ 6:00 PM
Our first installment of a new Informal Science Book Club. We are discussing The Professor and the Madman: The making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester. Presented by GCL. Free books available as supplies last. Themed meal provided.

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf

Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:30 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Library Location & Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

Check It Out @ Gilmer County Library

Community

This Week @ Gilmer County Library: January 10, 2018 – January 17, 2018
Heath Lee – Library Manager

GCL will be closed January 15, 2018 for the MLK, Jr. Holiday.

All Ages Programs
Kendama Club
Tuesday January 16 @ 4:00 PM
A Kendama is a Japanese skill toy that has become popular all over the world. Use one of our Kendamas or bring your own and share your tips and tricks with others. All levels welcome! Ages 9+, 9 and under with adult supervision

Youth Programs
Family Story Time
Wednesday January 10 @ 10:30 AM & 4:00 PM
Wednesday January 17 @ 10:30 AM & 4:00 PM
Family story times are designed for families with children of all ages. Story time is followed by a craft activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Lego Crew
Saturday January 13 @ 2:00 PM
The Lego Crew has a different theme each month. Children can work alone or in teams to make their special creation, which will be displayed in the library until next month’s meeting. All ages, under 9 years of age with an adult please.

Adult Programs
GCGSI Monthly Program – Colonial Midway Museum
Thursday January 11 @ 2:00 PM
Join us as Constance Martelia “Telia” Cunningham describes the history, artifacts, and genealogical resources of the Colonial Midway Museum located in a, 18th century, raised cottage style home in Riceboro, Ga. Refreshments served at 1:30

Be A Better Driver: AARP Safety Course
Friday January 12 – All Day
Refresh and update your driving skills. Attendance is free or you may choose to register, pay a $20 fee ($15 for AARP members) and be eligible to receive a certificate at the end of the day accepted by most insurance companies for an insurance discount. Discount eligibility is at the discretion of your insurance company.

Nutrition Knowhow
Wednesday January 17 @ 9:30 AM
Learn how to eat heathy without spending a lot of money, the value of having a grocery list, what it means to eat healthy foods, and portion control to prevent weight gain. Presented by Jessie Moore, UGA Family and Consumer Services Agent.

Budgeting Basics
Wednesday January 17 @ 1:00 PM
Learn how to stretch your food dollars, the importance of paying bills on time, and how to keep track of your spending. Presented by Jessie Moore

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf

Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:30 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Library Location & Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

Karla’s Korner – Last week to get in that Christmas shopping for giving or gifting this year

Community, Gilmer County Chamber

Karla came in this morning in the full Christmas spirit. She had on her Santa hat, Santa shirt and even fun sunglasses. Her giving tip for this week was one that is super important. The Gilmer County Family Connections and DFCS is asking for your help to provide all the foster children with toys and goodies for Christmas. This is a great way to give back to the families and children in your community that may otherwise be without. She had a couple great local places to find those last minute gifts for your family and friends. Check out the calendar of events for all of the small town Christmas events going on this weekend. As always thank you to the Gilmer County Chamber for sponsoring this segment.

Mountain View Elementary/Family Connection donations

Mountain View Elem

​ELLIJAY, Ga. – Mountain View Elementary teachers and staff donated 93 toys to Family Connection. Pictured is Tina Watkins, our school counselor who organized this event. Also pictured is Mr. Larry Naylor, who assisted in getting these toys delivered to Family Connection where they will go out to families in our community.

Check It Out @ Gilmer County Library

Community

This Week @ Gilmer County Library: December 13, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager

GCL will be closed December 23-26, 2017 for the Christmas Holidays.

All Ages Programs
Christmas Around the World in VR
Wednesday, December 13 @ 4:00 PM
Learn how Christmas is celebrated around the world! From legends of Santa to traditions in different countries. Make ornaments & crafts. Experience the holiday in virtual reality. Children 9 & under with adult supervision.

Kendama Club
Tuesday, December 19 @ 4:00 PM
A Kendama is a Japanese skill toy that has become popular all over the world. Use one of our Kendamas or bring your own and share your tips and tricks with others. All levels welcome!

Experience Virtual Reality
Thursday, December 28 @ 4:00 PM
Discover a universe of possibilities and explore the world like never before. This Virtual Reality experience will take you to faraway lands, put you in the center of a Cirque du Soleil performance and will bring you face to face with a giant from a bygone era.

Youth Programs
Teen DIY Card & Gift Tags
Monday, December 18 @ 6:00 PM
Get in the holiday spirit by making Christmas cards and gift tags for your friends and family while listening to music of the season. Snacks provided. Grades 6-12.

Adult Programs
Lunch & Learn Knitting
Wednesday, December 13 @ 12:00 PM
Bring your lunch, needles, and yarn. Create and have fun; everyone is welcome!

Wyatt Earp
Thursday, December 14 @ 6:00 PM
Join us for an evening with author Mark Warren as we delve into the life of this historic figure of the Western frontier. Refreshments will be served.

Morning Creatives
Friday, December 15 @ 9:00 AM
Join us for creativity and conversation. This month build your creative toolkit with Photo Transfer Ornaments and DIY Holiday Tags. Bring a printed copy of your own photo or choose from our collection. All materials provided.

TechBytes: Basic Computing
Tuesday, December 19 @ 2:30 PM
Learn the parts of a computer, the basics of how to use a computer and how to access the internet.

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf
Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:30 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Library Location & Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

Karla’s Korner – Winter Wonderland and how to shop local for the men in your family

Gilmer County Chamber

For those of us in Georgia it is very rare that we get a December snow at all. It is even more rare for us to get such a good one like we had this past weekend. The North Georgia mountains were especially beautiful covered in all that snow. Karla has been giving us some great tips on how to give and gift locally this Christmas over the last couple weeks. Well she certainly didn’t disappoint today. This week’s giving ideas are:
1) Sign a child up for “Kids 1st Foundation” and the child will receive one free book per month up to a certain age.
2) Facing East Yoga is helping gather toys for local foster children. To donate a toy for a foster child contact them or the Gilmer Chamber.

Also, Karla has been giving us tips on how and where to shop local this Christmas. Well we all have that man in our family that is just so hard to buy for, right? Well she is here to help us all out.
1) Ace Hardware – They have a huge selection of things every man would love including clothes, Yeti cups, tools, and even recliners and other furniture.
2) Wheels and/or Tires for your mans ride. There are several great places to get a new set of these in town.
3) Guns and Ammo – North Ga Gun Range has a huge selection and will help you find just the right one for the man (or woman) in your life.

 

Karla goes on to give us some great local events that will be happening for New Years. To get all the details on these things and more visit the Gilmer County Chamber website today.
As always we would like to thank them for sponsoring this segment.

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