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June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month

June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month

Mayor Reichert proclaimed June to be National Gun Violence Awareness Month in Macon-Bibb County at the June 7 Commission Meeting. He and the rest of the Commission encouraged people to wear orange and raise awareness of the senseless violence that harms families and communities across the country.

Commission recognizes Education Support Professionals

At its June 7 meeting, Mayor Robert Reichert announced that May 20 had been proclaimed Education Support Professionals Day in Macon-Bibb County in conjunction with the Bibb Association of Educators Awards. The Commission took time that evening to recognize this year’s Education Support Professional of the Year, Rutland High School Head Custodian Beverly Harris.

In addition to the Education Support Specialist of the Year, BAE also awarded the Read Across America winner, Vineville Academy, a $500 Barnes and Noble gift certificate. Also, a student from Vineville and Alexander II each received a Nook e-reader.

To read more about the BAE Awards and to see pictures from the recognition, click here: www.maconbibb.us/esprecognition2016/.

Bicycle tour, outdoor movie hosted as part of MACON CONNECTS Ideas Festival

Everyone is invited to take a bike tour of some of Macon-Bibb's newest or recently improved parks and greenspaces, including Tattnall Square Park, the Dog Park, Washington Park, Bernd Park, Daisy Park, and Oakhaven Park. The tour will end up in Oakhaven Park (at intersection of English and Oakhaven Avenues), where people will be enjoying an outdoor showing of The Avengers that will begin at dusk. “We’ve made a great deal of improvement to our parks, and even created some new ones,” says Parks & Beautification Director Stephen Lawson. “We really want to show people all that’s been done, let them experience a great family activity in one, and hear from them what they’d like to see us do in the future.” The tour is part of a series of events called the MACON CONNECTS Ideas Festival. From June 14-16, people will be able explore all possibilities for improving mobility and connections in Macon-Bibb.

Eagle Scout Project approved for Macon Dog Park

Commissioners gave the green light to another Eagle Scout Service Project. Candidate Rob Desmet wants to build a dog rinsing station at the Macon Dog Park located on Adams Street. Desmet is a 17-year-old with Macon’s Troop 10. To read his proposal to the Commission and details on the station, click here.

 

Macon-Bibb supports creation of Cotton Avenue Historic District

What do a local dentist and civil rights leader, Capricorn Records, a sloping road, and segregation have in common? They’ve each played a role in the mission to get Cotton Avenue designated as an official Historic District. The Commission is requesting that Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning designate the area as such.

That dentist and civil rights leader is Dr. D.T. Walton, Sr., and contributions to our community led to a portion of Cotton Avenue being named for him many years ago. That portion of road – which runs from College Street, down by the Government Center, and all the way down Cotton Avenue to Mulberry and 2nd Streets – is what people are hoping will become a historic district.

To read more, click here. 

Macon-Bibb named a City of Ethics

Macon-Bibb County recently received notification from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) that it met the qualifications to be recertified as a Georgia City of Ethics. Macon-Bibb will officially be recognized at an awards luncheon at GMA’s annual conference in late June in Savannah.

To read more about this recognition and distinction, click here.

23rd reunion of the USS Macon

On Thursday, May 25, people that served on the USS Macon held their 23rd reunion at various locations throughout the city. This was the second time they had held the reunion here. You can see pictures from their visit to Government Center by clicking here.

During their visit, they spent time at the Washington Library studying artifacts and articles before traveling to Government Center to see the replica of the ship on display and to meet with Mayor Reichert. To thank him for hosting them, they presented him with a piece of planking from the USS Macon and official reunion shirt, hat, pen, and lapel pin. Organizers noted there were two men in the group who helped commission the USS Macon in 1945.