Dedication of Little Free Library at Park Place Outreach Set for Sunday, June 3
WHAT: Dedication of Little Free Library at Park Place Outreach. The new Little Free Library, painted by local artist Kimberly Dawn Crowder, will be part of the Flannery O’Connor Book Trail, which runs from Savannah, Ga. to Milledgeville, Ga. Little Free Libraries encourage anyone to take a book and leave a book. The concept originated in Wisconsin in 2010 and has since blossomed into a network of more than 20,000 miniature libraries around the world.
The dedication ceremony at Park Place Outreach will include a special tribute to the late Francis Allen, the co-owner of Savannah’s Roots Up Gallery who started the Flannery O’Connor Book Trail in 2014 along with his wife, Leslie Lovell. The installation of the new Little Free Library and the continuation of the Flannery O’Connor Book Trail is made possible by contributions donated in honor of Francis Allen upon his passing August 30, 2017. In addition, the Downtown Garden Club of Savannah has donated time and effort to restore the garden at Park Place Outreach where the Little Free Library will be installed.
WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 2018
at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Park Place Outreach
514 E. Henry Street
NOTE: Members of the media are welcome to attend. Interviews will be available on-site with representatives from the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, Park Place Outreach and the Downtown Garden Club of Savannah.
ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH:
Park Place Outreach is a 12-bed temporary residential shelter for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth ages 11-17, centrally located on Henry Street in Savannah. Opened in 1984, the shelter offers youth a safe and loving environment, with 24/7/365 care by a staff of house parents and case managers. Park Place Outreach is the only facility in Savannah where homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit without an agency or parent referral. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped more than 6,500 individuals. For more information, please visit parkplaceyes.org or Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter on Facebook.
ABOUT THE FLANNERY O’CONNOR CHILDHOOD HOME:
The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, located at 207 E. Charlton Street in the heart of Savannah, Georgia, is dedicated to preserving the legacy of one of the South’s greatest writers. An established 501©(3) nonprofit organization, the Flannery O’Connor Home Foundation, Inc. has meticulously restored the author’s childhood home to reflect the authentic period furnishings of a Depression-era Savannah row house and to offer insight into the years that O’Connor lived in Savannah, from 1925 to 1938. The Home proudly presents a series of free lectures as well as other events throughout the year. For more information, please visit flanneryoconnorhome.org or call 912.233.6014.
ABOUT FLANNERY O’CONNOR:
Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia on March 25, 1925 and is the author of the acclaimed novels Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, as well as 32 short stories and numerous essays. Best known as a pioneering Southern gothic author who often wrote about morally flawed characters, O’Connor remains an important voice in American literature. She lived in Savannah until 1938 and drew inspiration from her childhood experiences in Georgia’s First City until her death from lupus in Milledgeville, Georgia on August 3, 1964. She received the National Book Award for Fiction posthumously in 1972 for The Collected Stories of Flannery O’Connor.
Melanoma Awareness Walk with Low Country Dermatology to be Held at Skidaway Island State Park on May 19th
Three-Mile Hike to Benefit Nancy N. and J.C Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion
(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month, Dr. Corinne Howington and Elizabeth Brennan of Low Country Dermatology will lead a melanoma awareness walk on Saturday, May 19th at 3 p.m. at Skidaway Island State Park.
Howington and her staff will lead a three-mile walk along the park’s scenic trails, sharing facts and prevention techniques for melanoma and taking questions. Water, sunscreen and some light refreshments will be provided.
National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month, designated by the American Academy of Dermatology, is celebrated in May to raise awareness of the risk of skin cancer and increase the chances of early detection.
“For those of us who live along the southern coastline, staying out of the sun is often not practical or desirable,” Howington said. “It’s important for everyone to learn some simple but essential ways to protect their skin from the sun’s dangerous UV rays before they and their family head off to enjoy the great outdoors.”
Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She and her staff will give participants SPF30 sunscreen, which has been shown to prevent the onset of skin cancer by a whopping 80 percent.
They also will share “did you know” facts during the hike, such as:
• Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and is the leading cause of death from skin disease.
• The American Association of Dermatology estimates the rates of melanoma in the United States for 2018 are:
– Approximately 178,560 new melanomas.
– About 91,270 of those cases will be invasive.
• Rates for melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years, and melanoma accounts for nearly half of all cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.
Indications of potential skin cancer include moles or growths that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, exhibit changes in color, have a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser or have evolved in size or thickness. Self-examine your skin; when caught early, melanoma is highly curable.
Registration for the event is $35, which includes the parking fee for the park. Proceeds will benefit the Nancy N. and J.C Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion in Savannah. Participants are asked to meet the group at Picnic Area-A after entering the park.
Tickets and more information for Low Country Dermatology’s Melanoma Awareness Walk can be found at https://cityspin.com/savannah/e/melanoma-awareness-walk/
ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.
Education and Agriculture Highlighted in Leadership Southeast Georgia’s Fourth Session Held in Bulloch County
(BULLOCH COUNTY) Leadership Southeast Georgia, a regional leadership development program, held its fourth of five sessions, focusing on educational and workforce factors that impact the region.
The session, held in Bulloch County, also addressed agritourism and its impact on the local economy.
“Educational and workforce factors are commonly discussed topics as they should be, but agritourism is something that a lot of folks don’t understand the significance of,” said Lee Beckmann, the leadership program’s chairman. “This class is going to come away from this session with a lot of new knowledge.”
On the first day of the session, the class heard a presentation on the Statesboro Blue Mile, an area of Bulloch County that is undergoing major restoration efforts, before taking a tour of the Blue Mile.
Later, the group visited Georgia Southern Universitywhere football coach Chad Lunsford led a tour of the Ted Smith Football Operations Center and university president Jaimie Hebert presented an overview and discussion of the school’s impact on the region.
After lunch on campus, the class traveled to Hunter Cattle, a local beef farm in Statesboro, and enjoyed a “GA Grown” dinner prepared by Chef Holly Chute, Executive Chef for the Georgia Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development, at the barn at Olde Homeplace.
The group began its second day at AgSouth Farm Credit where Jennifer Sammons Davis spoke to the group on how they support those in agriculture. The group also heard from Benjy Thompson of the Bulloch Co. Development Authority discussed the “Economics of Education”; Molly Bickerton, Director of Admissions for Ogeechee Tech, gave an overview of technical education as a post-secondary option and Scott Shelar, CEO of Construction Education Fund of Georgia, outlined issues related to workforce development.
Other speakers included: Mayor Jonathan McCollar, City of Statesboro; Chairman Roy Thompson, Bulloch Co. Board of Commissioners; Phyllis Thompson, President of Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce; Darron Burnette, Division CEO, Synovus; Keely Fennell, President, Blue Mile Foundation; State Representative Jan Tankersley; Senator Jack Hill; Kristan Fretwel, Hunter Cattle; Stephen Milner, Screven County Development Authority; and Commissioner Gary Black, Department of Agriculture.
Since January 1999, as part of Leadership Southeast Georgia, representatives of business, government, education and non-profit organizations in 10 southeast Georgia counties have taken part in creating a leadership network for regional community and economic development.
The annual five-month program is designed to grow and inspire engaged community leaders to improve the overall quality of life in the area. This year, the class is sponsored by Evans General Contractors, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., The Sack Company (SACK), Georgia Southern Universityand Georgia Power.
The next and final session will be held in Chatham County in May.
ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgiais a 501c(3) regional leadership program designed to advance the economic and community development in the 10-county southeast Georgia region and effectively build a network of regional leadership across county lines. With a focus on leadership and economic development, the program explores topics such as health and public safety, natural resources, military installations, education, agriculture, and transportation and infrastructure across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Screven counties. Since 1999, Leadership Southeast Georgiahas graduated 15 classes representing approximately 325 graduates from throughout the region. For more info visit: http://www.lsega.com/
Chris Tilton of Dewitt Tilton Group Attains Unlimited Contractor’s License in South Carolina
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah-based Dewitt Tilton Group has announced that company president and co-founder Chris Tilton has attained the South Carolina Unlimited Building Contractor’s license.
Although Tilton was previously licensed by National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies to work in Georgia and South Carolina, the unlimited license allows his company to take on a greater scope of commercial projects in the Palmetto State, as well as other types of building construction. It also allows Tilton access to take a business law exam in 26 different states for licensing.
“This certification means a great deal to me because my love for construction was born in South Carolina,” Tilton said. “The Lowcountry is an important place in my past, and it is a big part of my future.”
“When I was a child, we lived on Dove Street in the North Forest Beach area of Hilton Head Island, which was still a small, rural place,” Tilton said. “My dad was a South Carolina Lowcountry homebuilder and one of only three builders on the island back in the 1960s. From a very young age, I was often at the side of my father’s trim carpenter, learning the business as a hands-on helper.”
When Tilton moved to Savannah, he and his future business partner, Andrew Dewitt, became high school friends. They would later found the company that bears their names after seeing the need for a Savannah firm that would focus on new commercial construction and could manage every aspect of a project from pre-construction through completion.
Tilton is a licensed general contractor in Georgia and South Carolina and is a Georgia registered real estate appraiser. Andrew Dewitt carries certifications as a real estate appraiser in Georgia and South Carolina and is a member of the Savannah Board of Realtors. Together, they have more than 50 years of experience in the local construction industry.
MORE ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP:
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have more than 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities that guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com
Bethesda Academy Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Newly Renovated Pavilion by the Barnbuilders
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bethesda Barnbuilders, a local volunteer group, will finish work in March on a newly renovated pavilion for students and guests at Bethesda Academy. The school will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed structure on Monday, March 19 at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public and a light lunch will be served.
The Barnbuilders are doubling the size of the pavilion and adding a screened-in area. The group built the picnic pavilion in 2000 and have been expanding and improving it since.
The pavilion will be used for school functions and will be available for guests to rent for events.
“The Barnbuilders have a special place on Bethesda’s campus,” said Mike Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy. “Our students and faculty have watched this group dedicate Monday mornings to our school for the last 20 years, and these men are a true example of hard work and genuine character for our young men.”
The Bethesda Barnbuilders have met at Bethesda Academy every Monday since 1998. On average, 12 men work on various projects at the school each Monday between 8 a.m. and noon. The group consists primarily of retired men who live on Skidaway Island. This year, the group received a grant from the Landings Landlovers to offset costs of the pavilion renovations.
As Bethesda’s Maintenance Director, Beau Lynah did an analysis a few years ago to value the work completed annually by the Barnbuilders and believes a conservative estimate is right around $200,000 each year. Projects completed by the Barnbuilders include, among others, a repair of the alumni cottage, an athletic trainer suite and new football lockers for the JV team.
ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.
Preparing for and Hiking the Camino de Santiago
(HILTON HEAD, SC) Outside Hilton Head will host a discussion on ‘Preparing for and Hiking the Camino de Santiago,’ Thursday, March 8th at 5:45 pm. Marjorie Young will share her experience on preparing, packing, training and hiking the ancient 500-mile trek through northern Spain.
The trail starts in the Pyrenees in France and follows the mountain range into northern Spain and ends up in the ancient city of Santiago de Compostela, the alleged burial site of the Biblical apostle St. James. Many follow its route as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts and organized tour groups.
In 2016 at the age of 55, Marjorie Young of Savannah decided to hike the Camino de Santiago, in order to celebrate her 56th birthday on the Camino. The Camino de Santiago is listed as a World Heritage Trail, which was selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as having significance to the collective interests of humanity.
ABOUT OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD
Outside Brands is a multi-faceted, service-oriented company offering valued clients
everything they need to enjoy unsurpassed outdoor adventures. A part of the Hilton
Head community since 1979, Outside’s team of outdoor enthusiasts offers a
comprehensive array of products and services delivered through a network of retail
stores, leisure recreation activities, a Destination Management Company (Destinations
DMC), corporate teambuilding programs and a nonprofit, the Outside Foundation.
Outside Brands is committed to enriching lives as they introduce people to new places,
products and experiences that enhance their enjoyment of the great outdoors. For more
information, visit www.outsidehiltonhead.com, or call 843-686- 6996.
Peacock Automotive Names New Chief Operating Officer Jim Thayer
(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive is pleased to announce the addition of retail automotive veteran Jim Thayer as its new chief operating officer.
As the company’s new COO, Thayer oversees the daily operations of Peacock Automotive dealerships in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
“I genuinely admire Peacock Automotive’s philosophy of doing the right thing and putting customers and staff first,” said Thayer. “When the opportunity presented itself, it was just a natural decision for me.”
Thayer has more than 30 years of experience in the retail automotive business. He was most recently the retail operations manager for Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, one of the largest automotive dealer groups in the country, where he oversaw 34 dealerships in Texas and Missouri.
“There was no question that Jim was the perfect candidate for the position,” said Warner Peacock, Peacock Automotive’s President and CEO. “It’s more than skills. It’s our values and goals that are aligned, and that’s what will make this growing business successful.”
Thayer, a native of Michigan, will relocate to Bluffton from Dallas with his wife, Julie.
For more information about Peacock Automotive, please visit www.peacockautomotive.com/
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 21 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Subaru and Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/