Buzz: Junior Service League helping Salvation Army guests make the next step. Special tax committee meets Thursday. Mall’s Rome Reads program returns. Master Gardeners get ready for the holidays.

Buzz: Junior Service League helping Salvation Army guests make the next step. Special tax committee meets Thursday. Mall’s Rome Reads program returns. Master Gardeners get ready for the holidays.

Some of the ‘Baskets of Hope’ from the Junior Service League of Rome for the guests seeking shelter at the Salvation Army. Contributed photo.

 

The Junior Service League of Rome’s first Member Drive “Good Samaritan” project of the league year was for the Salvation Army Baskets of Hope program. JSL board members assembled these baskets at our first meeting of the year. Baskets of Hope is a new program initiative which provides shelter guests with needed supplies as they transition from an emergency shelter setting to permanent housing. These laundry baskets are filled with personal and household items (house warming-type items) which will allow guests to continue to experience dignity as they transition into permanent housing. Baskets of Hope sponsored by the JSL were designated specifically for the women from the shelter program. Individuals and other organizations interested in supporting this program can contact the Salvation Army at 706-291-4745.

The 2017 Floyd County SPLOST Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10,  at the Rome Floyd County Fire Department Headquarters 409 East 12th St. in Rome. For more: Floyd County Clerk’s office at 706-291-5110.

Mount Berry Mall’s Rome Reads program returns. It is designed to promote reading through special events held at the mall. Rome Reads features two events for partnering elementary schools. The first is a Spirit Night that encourages reading and support local libraries. The event features interactive games for students who can use their reading skills to win prizes. For every student that attends, the program donates $1 for the school’s library. The second event is a Recognition Night that celebrates the reading achievements of students at the end of the school year. The event features a presentation of certificates by local leaders and a wall of recognition displaying the names of student readers. The program is free. Elementary schools looking to join Rome Reads can email ourcityreads@hullpg.com to sign up. The program is also seeking partnerships from local businesses.

The Floyd County Master Gardeners will present a free informational community workshop on ‘Decorating for the Holidays.’ The workshop will be on Saturday, Sept. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. at Chieftains Museum on Riverside Parkway. Master Gardener Nelly Luthi will show you how you can beautify your home with decorations from nature. To register, please call the Floyd County Extension Office, 706-295-6210. Please check out Floyd County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers on Facebook for more interesting information about gardening in our area.

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