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Hundreds attend kickoff of “Live Well in Maconga” wellness initiative

On Wednesday, June 8, the Macon-Bibb County Human Resources Department held its first “Live Well in Maconga” Wellness Fair for its employees, and more than 450 employees attended were able to learn about the new wellness program and ways in which their entire families can live healthier lives.

Throughout the day, they visited 25 different health and wellness vendors; get free biometric screenings (blood pressure, height, weight, and body mass); participate in seminars on surviving the heat, how to prevent chronic disease, the Zika Virus, budgeting, and more; sample healthy food and learn how to cook them; and see fitness demonstrations.

To find out which people and departments won that day’s prizes,
and to see pictures from the exciting day, click here.

EMA, Animal Welfare want to help keep your pets safe

June is National Pet Preparedness Month, and Macon-Bibb County’s Emergency Management Agency and Animal Welfare Department want you to take steps now to make sure your pets are safe during an emergency or severe weather. To learn how to prepare your pets for emergencies, check out the the guides from FEMA or GEMA.

“Pets are part of our families, and it’s just as important for people to have a plan for them as it is for their husbands, wives, and children” says EMA Director Spencer Hawkins. “June is especially important for us in Middle Georgia as we face extremely hot temperatures and the threat of severe weather and even tornadoes. We want to make sure people know what to do with their pets in all conditions.”

Macon-Bibb names Student Leadership Award recipient

At the June 7 Commission Meeting, Macon-Bibb County named and honored the 2015-2016 recipient of the Bert Bivins, III Student Leadership Award, which is given to a member of Macon-Bibb’s Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) cohort. This year’s recipient is Sharrieff Muhammad, a recent graduate of the Georgia Cyber Academy and the first homeschool student to participate in the program.

“We have observed his work among his peers; we have noticed his creativity we appreciate his participation, his punctuality, and that he is a natural leader,” says Charles Coney, Macon-Bibb’s Assistant County Manager.

To read more about the Mr. Muhammad, the Award, and GCAPS, click here.

 

Dozens of animals rescued during Happy Tails event

On Saturday, June 4, Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare and partners held its first Happy Tails Adoption Event the shelter. More than 200 people visited that day to see what animals could be adopted and how they could volunteer and support one of the many rescue groups in the region. By the end of the event 14 animals had been adopted and 25 rescued by area groups from Animal Welfare, and 8 more had been adopted from Peach County Animal Rescue. “Happy Tails was a great success, especially considering it was the first one we’ve hosted,” says Animal Welfare Director Sonja Adams. “We were able to save almost 50 animals and educate hundreds of people about animal safety and care, and how they can support their community rescue groups.” To read more about the event and how to adopt, copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.maconbibb.us/happytailsasuccess/.

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.

 

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. 

Animal rescue groups hosting Happy Tails Adoption Event

On Saturday, June 4, Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare and partners will hold the first Happy Tails Adoption Event from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the shelter (4214 Fulton Mill Road). People can come to the shelter to see what animals are available for adoption there and with several local rescue groups, including Peach County Animal Rescue, Pawsome Southern Rescue, Gentle Gians, All About Animals, Pixel, and Furever After.

“We wanted to open our doors to the general public and show them what great animals there are at Animal Welfare and with our local and regional rescue groups,” says Director Sonja Adams. “I want to thank our partners in the rescue community for their continued support and for being part of this event. Our entire staff is looking forward to helping host more of these throughout the year as we work together to find permanent homes for these animals.”