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Youth Commission students shadow government leaders on Groundhog Day

Our student leaders are already planning for their futures and what better way to get real-world experience than by shadowing our government leaders! On Groundhog Day this year (Feb. 2) our young men and women were paired up with department heads to learn the ins and outs of government, and how we operate.

Neighborhood to use old Boy Scout hut in Henry Burns Park

The building in the picture above may be familiar to many of you - it housed Boy Scout Troop #5 starting in 1932. It's been empty for a while, but now a neighborhood association will be responsible for upkeep and use. They're renting it from the county for $1.00 a year. You can read more about the agreement in the commission resolution. 

Macon-Bibb resident Garrison Hammontree was part of Troop 5 and became an Eagle Scout in the 1960's when he was 13 years old. "This hut played a big role in my life as a child and as a teenager. I'm glad to see it's still standing and that there's a plan to take care of it. It's a big part of this community," said Hammontree.

Commission renames Rosa Jackson Center Gymnasium

The Rosa Jackson Recreation Center on Maynard Street just reopened after a year of major upgrades and renovations! There's a brand new gym, but the old gym holds many stories, and it's still there (pictured above.) Now, it will bear a name to match its legacy. The gym is now officially called the James E. Smith Gymnasium. The athlete and community leader has made major contributions to the surrounding neighborhoods and was Parks & Recreation Department's Rec Center Director from 1989 to 2015. You can read more about Mr. Smith here. 

To see photos from the ribbon cutting & family fun day at Rosa Jackson, visit our Facebook page. Don't forget to like, tag your friends, and share!

 

More money coming to continue Filmore Thomas Park plan

Filmore Thomas Park is less than a year old and leaders are already planning ways to enhance the popular spot even more! Phase Two of the new Filmore Thomas Park will include a multi-use field, second entrance and parking lot, a pedestrian bridge, and sidewalk. Commissioners voted to approve $23,000 in blight funds to pay Rowland Engineering to form the plan for phase two. You can read more about it here. 

To see a MaconBibbTV video on the park's grand opening festivities, click here.

Hundreds march with message of peace and unity

At this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, people gathered at Recreation Centers in the North, East, West, and South parts of Macon-Bibb, then all marched to meet downtown at Government Center. Mayor Robert Reichert spoke about how old Dr. King was when he gave his iconic 'I Have a Dream Speech.' King was only 34 years old. Reichert then challenged everyone- no matter how young or old, to make a difference in their community. You can watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the march, here. 

Photo Organizing: Save Your Favorite Framed Photos

Photo Organizing: Save Your Favorite Framed Photos

It's time to take your favorite photos out of their frames! Now is the time to scan them so you have a digital copy.

Learn more here.

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How to Conquer Your Clutter and Get More Organized

How to Conquer Your Clutter and Get More Organized

I generally have two kinds of home organizing clients. The first calls me out of a sense of obligation…her husband is fed up with the clutter, she feels too guilty/bad/ashamed to have somebody over, but she’s not 100% on board with this decluttering and organizing thing but she wants to be.  The second calls me because she is ready…she has tripped over the last toy, she is done being frustrated by getting dressed in her wreck of a closet, she is sick of looking at the piles of papers on the kitchen counter. After talking for a while, she looks me in the eyes and says “I am just ready. Where do we start?”