SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY COMPLETES PLAYGROUND RENOVATION WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HODGE FOUNDATION

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY COMPLETES PLAYGROUND RENOVATION WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HODGE FOUNDATION

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 16, 2021 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) has completed the renovation on its elementary playground thanks to the generous support of The Hodge Foundation. The playground has now been covered with cushioning and a synthetic turf with a rest area beneath a shaded pavilion with picnic tables to keep kids cool and safe while they enjoy the outdoors.

The Hodge Foundation, Inc. is a Georgia Domestic 501© (3) nonprofit Corporation that has been supporting charitable organizations with focus for youth and family services in Savannah, Ga. since 1962. This independently owned organization provides grants and scholarship funds to local school and institutions in the Coastal Empire.

“Our kids are ecstatic that we have renovated and extended the playground. We thank The Hodge Foundation for selecting Savannah Classical Academy for this generous investment,” said SCA CEO Barry Lollis. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our campus and invest into our children, both academically and recreationally. The donations we receive play a huge part in what we are able to provide for our students.”

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community.

For more information about Savannah Classical Academy, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org

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ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH INVITES SAVANNAH COMMUNITY TO WORKSHOP WITH PROMINENT AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST SHANE CLAIBORNE SUNDAY, DEC. 5

ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH INVITES SAVANNAH COMMUNITY TO WORKSHOP WITH PROMINENT AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST SHANE CLAIBORNE SUNDAY, DEC. 5

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 16, 2021 – Asbury Memorial Church is slated to host best-selling author, speaker, and activist Shane Claiborne on Sunday, Dec 5. at Asbury Memorial Church, located at 1008 E. Henry St., Savannah. Claiborne will deliver his sermon, during Asbury Memorial’s 11:15 a.m. worship service before leading an afternoon workshop at 2:30 p.m. The wider Savannah community is encouraged to attend these inspiring events which are free and open to the public and there is plentiful parking available.

Claiborne speaks over one hundred times a year, spreading the Word of God at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe. His sermons focus on peace-making, social justice, and Christ. He has worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia, an organization supporting neighbors in building a neighborhood where everyone belongs and thrives. He is the co-founder of Red-Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Claiborne is a champion for grace; leading him to advocate for the homeless in our jails, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion for ending the death penalty and help stop gun violence.

“We are excited about hosting Shane Claiborne at Asbury Memorial,” said Rev. Billy Hester. “We realize that people who attend other churches may not be able to hear him during our worship service, but we hope they will join us at the workshop that afternoon at 2:30 p.m.”

Claiborne has written numerous bestsellers, including Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, his classic The Irresistible Revolution, and his newest book, Beating Guns. He has been featured in many films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, TIME, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on many television channels across the world from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame. To learn more about Claiborne, visit www.shaneclaiborne.com.

Asbury Memorial is a Christ-centered, forward-thinking, all-inclusive congregation that celebrates the joy of God creatively and is committed to remaining a welcoming and affirming congregation for all. For more information about Asbury staff and their worship services, please visit their website at www.asburymemorial.org.

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NEXT SESSION OF HSF’s “PEOPLE, PLACES AND STORIES” LECTURE SERIES FOCUSES ON HISTORIC TAX CREDITS

NEXT SESSION OF HSF’s “PEOPLE, PLACES AND STORIES” LECTURE SERIES FOCUSES ON HISTORIC TAX CREDITS

SAVANNAH, GA – Nov. 16, 2021 – Historic Savannah Foundation will host Brent Watts, president of Cabretta Capital, as the next presenter in the “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series. The presentation, titled Tax Incentives for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties” and set for Thursday, Dec. 2, will share information on the potential benefits of historic rehabilitation tax credits, the requirements for qualification, and the steps to take in the application process. Additionally, Watts will give a history of the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program and will provide an update on its current status.

Watts is from Savannah and graduated from Benedictine Military School. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance with a concentration in real estate from the University of Alabama. He got his start at a boutique tax credit syndicator in Atlanta in 2005, where he worked for 10 years. He started as an analyst and served in many roles, including as head of acquisitions, chief compliance officer for a registered investment advisor, senior vice president and shareholder. Watts is the founder of Cabretta Capital Corporation and serves as its president. He has acquired skills in partnership structuring, acquisitions, financial modeling, underwriting, fund management, and asset management. He has structured dozens of private placements and has provided equity for well over 100 multi-family, hospitality, and office properties during his career. Watts has been working extensively in low-income housing tax credit properties, historic tax credits, and several other tax advantaged programs since 2005.

“Brent’s experience in the field of Historic Tax Credits is extensive, and he’s able to take a subject that can be complex and intimidating and break it down so that it’s not just understandable, but also interesting,” HSF Education and Research Associate Kimberly Newbold said. “Taking advantage of the tax credit program has the potential to save owners of historic properties, a substantial amount of money, so you’re not going to want to miss this presentation.”

Watts’ lecture, held at HSF headquarters at 321 E. York Street, is free for HSF members and $10 for non-members. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-lecture gathering at 5:30 p.m. to socialize and enjoy a glass of wine. The event will be open to the public, but space is limited to 25 guests, so reservations are recommended. Members may RSVP for December’s lecture by emailing Justin Bristol at jbristol@myhsf.org. The $10 nonmember registration fee can be paid by visiting HSF’s website, www.myhsf.org.

For more information on the “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series contact Kimberly Newbold at 912-483-7294. For information about other HSF events, please visit myhsf.org or call 912-233-7787, and follow HSF on their social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, the organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 410 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. For more information about the work of the Historic Savannah Foundation, visit www.myhsf.org.

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LOCAL VETERAN LAUNCHES VETERAN-CENTRIC REAL ESTATE COMPANY TO HELP MILITARY FAMILIES ENJOY HOMEOWNERSHIP, BUILD FINANCIAL SECURITY

LOCAL VETERAN LAUNCHES VETERAN-CENTRIC REAL ESTATE COMPANY TO HELP MILITARY FAMILIES ENJOY HOMEOWNERSHIP, BUILD FINANCIAL SECURITY

BRYAN COUNTY, GA. – NOV. 1, 2021 – A local veteran is launching a new type of real estate company to help military families enjoy homeownership and build financial security. Eric Lukkarinen was a soldier in the U.S. Army until 2001. After completing his service, he was a Realtor for 20 years, amassing sales experience with a concentration in buyer and seller residential transactions. His primary residential focus has been on military sales with use of VA loan packages and overall income-producing real estate management with specific experience regarding military PCS/relocations. Lukkarinen loved serving his country, but always had an eye on the future, a desire to give back to his community, and an entrepreneurial inclination, which drove him to officially launch his own company, American Veteran Properties.

With his business plan firmly in place, Lukkarinen has hired staff, including his team of qualified and experienced real estate professionals, many of whom are veterans or military dependents. The Bryan County-based American Veteran Properties is the first of its kind in the region, but eventually, Lukkarinen hopes to set up branches of the company near every major military base in the nation. First, though, he’s eager to put his brand-new business to work for the community he calls home, making AVP synonymous with quality service, family support and local advocacy for military wealth building.

“Good things happen when you take care of people, especially the people tasked with taking care of us. When you ease the burden on military families in this way, they’re happier and healthier. Service members enjoy their jobs more and exceed expectations; when money isn’t a worry, the big picture improves dramatically and so does quality of life. Thus, our country is better-protected. It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” Lukkarinen said.

To celebrate the opening of American Veteran Properties, Lukkarinen chose to support a veteran-oriented nonprofit, Combat Boots 2 the Boardroom, which aims to transform lives by promoting the economic independence of veterans and their families through education, soft skills training, professional image transformation, and support while seeking employment. AVP is sponsoring Combat Boots 2 the Boardroom’s upcoming Annual Gala and Auction on Nov. 20 at the Richmond Hill City Center. According to Lukkarinen, it’s just one of many ways he plans to support the military and veteran community through personal and business efforts in the coming years.

“We’re thinking of this Gala as our company’s first major networking event – kind of an unveiling – and we hope to meet a lot of great people and make some valuable new connections,” Lukkarinen said. “We’ll have some nice promotional items and giveaways at our sponsor table, so I hope folks will stop by to chat, get to know us, and pick up some small complementary gifts. We’re honored to be a part of the event and of this wonderful community.”

Soon after completing his service in the military, Lukkarinen became a real estate agent and, while working in the Bryan, Liberty and Chatham county areas, became aware of a niche that wasn’t being filled regarding the specific needs of military families. He also wants to provide career opportunities to other veterans after their service ends by having them join his team as agents or in other capacities.

“No one was teaching them how to take advantage of their benefits to make their families comfortable while building upward mobility and growing their personal wealth,” Lukkarinen said. “It’s an extremely important concept that, if utilized correctly, can greatly improve a service member’s quality of life and set them up for a nice life following their exit from the military.” 

American Veteran Properties offers the highest quality advice and support for military members to make the best decision for themselves and their families, in addition to helping military members enjoy homeownership while building and growing personal wealth. For more information, please visit americanveteranproperties.com, call 912-385-3000, email sales@americanveteranproperties.com or visit them on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

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ORGANIZE YOUR TRUCK BED!

ORGANIZE YOUR TRUCK BED!

Few things can make your life easier than an organized truck bed.

Stop fishing and fumbling around looking for tools and gear. Forget spending time untangling ropes and extend the life of your equipment. 

At LINE-X of Savannah, we stock all the aftermarket organization accessories you need to get your truck bed in perfect order.

Don’t know where to start? Here are some great options for truck bed organization.

  1. DECKED

DECKED is the ultimate in customizable storage solutions. If you’ve got a truck, the last thing you want is chaos in the truck bed. DECKED systems easily organize your truck bed and ensure the safety of your bed and accessories. A DECKED system is secure, weatherproof, and easy to customize. Whatever the size of your truck bed, a DECKED system will ensure maximum organization and safety. Plus, you can’t beat that streamlined look!

  1. BED SLIDE

There is no better way to access everything you store in your truck bed than a Bed Slide. Just grab the handle and pull. You’ll instantly have the contents of your truck bed at your fingertips. It doesn’t get any easier. Plus, Bed Slides are weather resistant and have a lifetime warranty.

  1. TOOLBOX

A toolbox offers security for your tools, organization for your truck bed, and will extend the life of anything you need to store. Check out some of our favorite brands:

  1. CAMLocker’s toolboxes are full of style, security, and dependability. With over 30 years of experience manufacturing toolboxes, CAMLocker is a highly trusted name in the toolbox industry. CAMLocker manufactures crossover, chest, side mount boxes.
  2. UWS toolboxes offer a secure storage solution for your truck bed. Manufactured in the USA and available in a wide range of styles and sizes, UWS will have a toolbox for you. These toolboxes feature UWS’s patented RigidCore lid, durable aluminum construction, and convenient access from both sides of your vehicle.
  3. A Weather Guard truck box promises quality construction and durability. Weather Guard toolboxes are popular with professionals because they are strong and can take anything. With this kind of construction, you’ll never have to worry about your tools again. Once you’ve locked your tools away in a Weather Guard box, you can be confident they are safe from theft or damage.

If one of these toolboxes doesn’t sound like it will fit your needs, we have several more options. Come visit us in the shop and we can help you make the right choice.

  1. TONNEAU COVER

A cover is a must for organizing your truck bed and keeping everything safe and secure. With the following options, you’re sure to find the right cover.

  • Folding-Also allowing for quick access to the bed, folding covers offer a different, more rugged (but still sleek) look. Folding panels are also available in hard or soft materials, such as vinyl or canvas.
  • Retractable–Power or manual cover that retracts into a canister and is flush with the rails, this cover offers ease of access to cargo in the bed. Retractable covers are available in hard or soft panels.
  • Rolling-Rolling covers are opened by rolling the top from tailgate to the back of the cab. With seamless vinyl siding and lightweight materials, complete access to the truck bed is easy.
  • Fiberglass– These truck bed tonneaus or camper tops are the pinnacle of styling and protection.  Made from one piece of fiberglass, this cover will keep everything in your bed safe and weatherproof.
  1. UNDERCOVER SWING CASES

An Undercover SwingCase offers one of the most versatile type of storage options. Forget climbing into the back of your truck or reaching over a pile of gear. With a SwingCase, simply pull the lever and the storage box comes to you. Weather resistant and built to last, Undercover’s SwingCase can be custom fitted to your truck.

  1. LADDER RACKS

Work equipment is expensive. Why not protect it? Ladder racks increase cargo space, protect ladders, and reduce risk of injury. Kargo Master ladder racks will fit all sizes of trucks. These strong racks will stand the test of time.

No more excuses. It’s time to get that truck bed organized. Come visit us at LINE-X of Savannah and we’ll help you choose the best organization accessories for your truck. With these storage accessories, you’ll be able to tackle anything!

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY APPOINTS NICK LAVERY AS NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY APPOINTS NICK LAVERY AS NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 8, 2021 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) has appointed Nick Lavery as the new athletic director for the school. In this role, he will oversee all SCA athletic teams and teach SCA students the importance of physical education through daily activity.

Nick Lavery started working for SCA when he was appointed to the upper school as PE teacher and the head coach of varsity boys’ basketball team. For three years, he has led students in a wide range of sports and physical activities. Lavery received a BS from Valdosta State University in Health and Physical Education and is certified to teach grades K-12. While teaching skills and technique are important in his classes, his primary goal is to help students find joy in movement. The teamwork, commitment, and cooperation skills the students learn through physical education are lifelong tools that can be applied to their future goals and endeavors. As Athletic Director, Lavery is continuing to grow the athletic department to build a robust student-athlete culture.

“Mr. Lavery has been a great addition to our teaching staff here at SCA and we are delighted to promote him to this new role of athletic director,” said SCA Executive Director Barry Lollis. “The students engage with Mr. Lavery and enjoy his teaching which motivates them to be active. We believe that he will excel in this role and elevate our athletic department even further.”

The Savannah Classical Academy athletic department offers an exceptional student-athlete experience with high expectations on the court and field as well as in the classroom. There is opportunity year-round for students to participate in team or individual sports. Sports offered this year include volleyball, basketball, soccer, cheerleading and cross country/track with a goal to add more options over time. The program at SCA strives to produce well-rounded student athletes.

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community.

For more information about the athletic department or the mission of Savannah Classical Academy, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org

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SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM CONTINUES FALL WORKSHOP LINEUP, RUNNING THROUGH NOV. 27

SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM CONTINUES FALL WORKSHOP LINEUP, RUNNING THROUGH NOV. 27

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 4, 2021 – Savannah African Art Museum will continue its fall workshops lineup, slated to run through Saturday, Nov. 27. All workshops are free for patrons who register, although donations are appreciated. The museum’s staff requires masks to be worn at all workshops.

The Nov. 13 workshop, “Exploring  the Significance of Amulets (charms) Used in Central and West African Culture,” will be facilitated by SAAM intern and fine artist Helen Zellner, who is a Savannah State University Student. Attendees will have an opportunity to create their own amulets at the workshop, which will be held on SSU’s Campus at the Kennedy Fine Arts Building in room 212 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

“Exploring Animal Symbols in African Culture and Art” will close out SAAM’s fall workshop series from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. At this workshop, participants will create a piece of art representing their favorite animal or one they feel represents them by drawing, molding clay, using animal stamps, and more. It will be held in in the SAAM garden.

“This fall, we are enjoying a lineup of hands-on and informative workshops that people of all ages are participating in,” Education Coordinator Lisa Jackson said. “Seeing people engage during our workshops, while learning about African cultures, is one of the many reasons we love doing what we do.”

To register for the workshops, please visit the Eventbrite link located under the desired workshop’s page on SAAMs website at www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org/ 

The Savannah African Art Museum is a non-profit institution devoted to spreading awareness and appreciation of African culture. They hold a collection of over 1,000 objects that hail from West and Central Africa. The museum’s collection spans over 28 countries and represents over 180 cultures.

For more information about the museum, access virtual tours, workshops, and initiatives, please visits www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org or follow SAAM on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest using the handle @SavannahAfricanArtMuseum.

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SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY STUDENT AWARDED REACH GEORGIA SCHOLARSHIP

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY STUDENT AWARDED REACH GEORGIA SCHOLARSHIP

SAVANNAH, GA – Nov. 4, 2021 – Today, Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) student Maria Martinez along with 11 other students from the area became a REACH Georgia scholarship recipient. REACH Georgia was founded in February 2012 with a mission to ensure that Georgia’s low income, academically promising students have the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college, and achieve postsecondary success.

In order to become a REACH Scholar, students must be nominated by a counselor, principal, superintendent or anyone else within the school system who recognizes the student’s potential for academic success. The REACH Georgia Scholarship “rewards students for self-accountability, promotes parent involvement and provides motivation and support; all factors that we know are critical in student educational achievement,” said Former Georgia Governor Nathan Deal at the launch of the program.

In an effort to raise high school graduation rates in our state, REACH Georgia and REACH Georgia School Systems give support to the selected REACH Scholars beyond a financial scholarship. REACH Scholars are also given the academic and social support to ensure they graduate from high school and attain a college degree or certificate. REACH Georgia’s multi-step approach leads to success for each child.

“Savannah Classical Academy is extremely proud of Maria for her dedication and commitment to her success in school. SCA students are held to a high academic standard through rigorous courses so that students prosper now and throughout their academic careers,” said SCA CEO Barry Lollis. “SCA values our partnership with the REACH Georgia program over the years and will ensure that Maria has the right tools and support for her academic success.”

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community.

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REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER

The Halloween pumpkins, scary costumes and candies are all being put away for another year here in Coastal Georgia, but back in the land of my birth, children are excited for their own, very English celebration tomorrow night as they shoot fireworks, huddle around bonfires, drink hot chocolate and chant “Remember, remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot”!

Guy Fawkes Day always falls on November 5th, and it is often referred to as “Bonfire Night” in England.  It is a commemoration of the foiled Gunpowder Plot of 1605 by disgruntled Catholics to blow up Parliament along with the Protestant King James I, and then replace him with a Catholic monarchy.  Originally called Gunpowder Treason Day, children growing up in England just accept as normal the rather macabre tradition of making scarecrow-like straw effigies of the traitor Fawkes then burning his lifelike figure on top of a roaring bonfire on the night of November 5.

All this goes back in history to a story that every English child learns in school. It all began the night before a general parliamentary session scheduled for November 5, 1605, with the King planning to attend.  An anonymous letter sent to authorities warned of a plot to kill the King and blow up the Parliament Building.  The building was searched, and a Justice of the Peace discovered Guy Fawkes hiding in the cellar of the Parliament building guarding a whopping two tons of gunpowder.  Under torture, Guy Fawkes revealed that he was a participant in an English Catholic conspiracy organized by Robert Catesby, leader of the rebelling Catholics, to annihilate England’s entire Protestant government, including King James I.

His fellow conspirators were also caught, and, after a brief trial, they were all sentenced to be publicly hanged, drawn, and quartered in London – the penalty for high treason in these barbaric days.  A prisoner who was sentenced to be drawn and quartered was subject to one of the most disgusting and cruel methods of execution ever devised. It involved a person being hanged, cut down before dying and then disemboweled, castrated, beheaded, and cut into pieces. This punishment was also thought to put the person’s ascension into heaven in jeopardy even after confession, since it was widely believed that bodies had to be kept whole at death so they could rise at the second coming. On January 30, 1606, the gruesome public executions began in London, and on the next day Fawkes himself was called to meet his fate. While climbing to the hanging platform, however, he jumped from the ladder and broke his own neck, dying instantly, sparing himself from his sentence of an even more brutal death.

Anyway, back to contemporary celebrations of bonfire night.  For weeks in advance of November 5, young people build both huge piles of wood for bonfires and their effigies of Guy Fawkes.  In years past, children would go door to door asking for ‘a penny for the Guy’.  The money raised usually went towards buying fireworks and sparklers or occasionally for charity.  The mood is happy and celebratory.  My childhood memory is that it was usually freezing cold and often wet by early November in England, so we would bundle up in coats, hats and mittens as we lit the fires at sunset and watched them burn for hours.  We usually drank hot cocoa to keep warm and ate hot baked potatoes cooked in the fire’s embers.  If we were lucky, we would also have some hot English sausages called ‘bangers’.  The firework displays were a real highlight, with the fireworks symbolizing the gunpowder that would have been used to blow up Parliament and would have changed English history forever.

In the early days of the United States, the Guy Fawkes night holiday came over with the English colonists and continued to be celebrated in New York and Boston into the 19th century.  However, it was eventually eclipsed by Halloween, an originally Irish tradition which of course is also macabre in its own way with ghosts, ghouls and goblins.  Today back in the UK, thanks to globalization and the internet, Halloween is now becoming more popular there as well. The fact that Guy Fawkes Night takes place less than a week after Halloween means that it is not uncommon to find parties in Britain in late October or early November that celebrate both events.

 

There is more information at www.history.com

I say goodbye this week with the full 17th century English traditional rhyme, which I learned at a young age with all my British classmates:

“Remember, remember the fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot

I see no reason why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot

 

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, ’twas his intent

To blow up the King and the Parliament

Three score barrels of powder below

Poor old England to overthrow

By God’s providence he was catched

With a dark lantern and burning match

Holloa boys, holloa boys

God save the King!

Hip hip hooray!

Hip hip hooray!”

 

God Bless America and the United Kingdom!

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Lesley grew up in London, England and made Georgia her home in 2009.  She can be contacted at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com  or via her PR and marketing agency at www.lesleyfrancispr.com

GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH TO HOST 11TH ANNUAL CLEAN ENERGY ROADSHOW

GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH TO HOST 11TH ANNUAL CLEAN ENERGY ROADSHOW

SAVANNAH, GA – Nov. 3, 2021 – Georgia Tech-Savannah is slated to host the 11th Annual Clean Energy Roadshow with Georgia Public Service Commissioner, Tim Echols, on Thursday, November 18 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on campus, 210 Technology Dr. Savannah.

This zero-cost resiliency and sustainability educational seminar for government and commercial fleets will feature renewable natural gas, propane and electric vehicle conversions for light, medium and heavy-duty applications. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor showcase of state-of-the-art alternative fuel vehicles, including Georgia-based, Club Car small-wheel utility vehicles, Blue Bird electric and propane school buses and a class 8 Waste Management CNG Refuse hauler.

Experts will discuss how rural and urban communities could use and benefit from clean energy vehicles in both private and commercial transportation. Participants will be offered a walking tour of the various low-emission and zero-emission vehicles, and later a post-event guided technology tour of the Port Fuel Center in Port Wentworth – a few miles away from the GA Tech Savannah campus. Lunch is provided and the event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

“We are pleased to have Tim Echols back on campus to host this year’s Clean Energy Roadshow to educate our local business and government leaders, along with the public, about the advantages of alternatively fueled vehicle technology. Every year, the road show connects with participants and provides them with additional resources, utilities, suppliers and advice on funding and project implementation for low and zero emissions,” said Diane Lee, executive director of the GT Savannah Campus. “Since the Roadshow’s inception, hundreds of clean fuel projects have started in Georgia; and we are glad to be able to bring this opportunity to the local community here on our Savannah campus.”

For the full agenda and to register for this free event, please visit www.CleanEnergyRoadshow.com

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes, and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.