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Freedom Fest Fireworks Show Fund Raiser Begins in Eastman

Freedom Fest Fireworks Show Fund Raiser Begins in Eastman

Support the Freedom Fest Fireworks Show in Eastman beginnig Monday, May 16, 2011 by purchasing a patriotic bow for your home, mailbox, or car.

The fireworks show occurs annually in Eastman, and is sponsored by the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce, City of Eastman, and Dodge County. 

In an effort to grow the fireworks show, the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Comemrce will host a bow sale.  Bows are available in two sizes, and can be purchased at Marketplace, Martha Sheldon Florist, Piddlin' Peddler, and the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce. 

For more information, please call the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce at 478-374-4723 or visit www.eastman-georgia.com.

Cochran Masonic Lodge Pancake Breakfast May 21.

Cochran Masonic Lodge #217 F&AM will have a pancake breakfast May 21 from 7-10 am at the lodge.  Cost is $5 for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice, tea, and coffee.  Uniformed Law Enforcement Officers and Emergency Personel dine in for free.  Proceeds benefit the Joe Lassiter Secret Santa Fund which provides Christmas to local families.  The Masonic Lodge is located at 217 Masonic Drive.

One man with many voices to raise funds for ABC Women's Clinic.

One man with many voices to raise funds for ABC Women's Clinic.

BJ Thomas was at the Cochran City Auditorium Friday night.  So was Lionel Richie, Garth Brooks, and even Kenny Rogers.   Well, not exactly.  Michael Kelly did use those voices and many more in a benefit for the ABC Women's Clinic.  Kelly is a vocal impressionist and will perform songs in the voice of the original artist.  He used those many voices in a benefit for the ABC Women's Clinic mobile unit.  The mobile unit is an RV that travels to Cochran  and  provides free Christian-based pregnancy services to women including  pregnancy tests, sonograms, and counseling.

Cochran Masonic Lodge and Pilot Club to have GACHIP ID Program.

Cochran Masonic Lodge #27 F&AM and the Pilot Club of Bleckley County will conduct a GACHIP Child ID program at the Bleckey County Learning Center (pre-k) and Bleckley Primary School May 18 and 19. 

Parents with children in these grades can contact the learning center at (478)934-9094 and Bleckley Primary at (478)934-2280 for more information.

Softball tournament to benefit Bleckley woman battling cancer.

Trina's Prayer Pals's Benefit Co-ed softball tournament will be held June 11 at the Cochran-Bleckley Recreation Department.  Tournament start time is 8 am.  Entry fee is $150 per team. 

Concessions and t-shirts will be available.  All money will go to the Trina Anderson Fund.  Anderson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.  She underwent two lumpectomies followed by four rounds of chemotherapy and 6 weeks of radiation. 

Despite this, she learned she was prenant with her son Braley Cole Fountain in January 2010.  He was born on September 16 of that year.  However, in March of this year, she learned the cancer had returned and had metastasized to her lungs, liver bones and brain.  Anderson is currently at home spending time with her family.

Registration is due by May 31.  To register or for more info, contact Amy Gurr at amy.gurr@hotmail.com or 478-697-0208.

Hillside Park Spring Music Festival May 19-21.

Hillside Bluegrass RV Park will have its 22nd annual Spring Music Festival May 19-21 at the park located at 592 Georgia Highway 87.  The festival will feature a variety of bluegrass acts including The Dale Kennedy Band and the Florida State Bluegrass Band. 

Cost of admission is $10 Thursday, $15 Friday, and $20 Saturday.  A three-day pass costs $30.  Under 15 admitted free with paid adult.  Cabins are available to rent for $35 per night, tents camping costs $12.

Reservations are suggested.  They can be made online at www.hillsidebluegrassrvpark.com Call 478-934-6694 or e-mail hillsidervpark@bellsouth.net for more information.

The Relay does go on: Bleckley Relay for Life held.

The Relay does go on: Bleckley Relay for Life held.

With gas and food prices high, fundraising of any kind is difficult.  Even for the American Cancer Society.  This year's Relay for Life held at Middle Georgia College's NeSmith Soccer Field was somewhat smaller in terms of participation and money raised.  But it didn't stop the hundreds who did attend from continuing the Relay's purpose of "Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back."

This year's theme was "Cancer doesn't take a holiday."  Team campsite were decorated in holiday themes ranging from the Fourth of July to Cinco De Mayo.  Each had food and other entertainment options.  For most of the night, participants celebrated the survivors.  When the lights began to fade, and luminary bags lit up around the track, it was time to remember.  A solemn luminary ceremony paid tribute to those who have survived as well as those who lost the fight against cancer.