North Georgia Communities Feed Thanksgiving meal to Firefighting volunteers working away from home

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Raging fires have been spreading through dry land in the North Georgia Mountains for weeks.  A few sprinkles of rain fell in the past few days but really didn’t make much of an impact.

 The dry conditions and roaring wildfires kept many firefighters from a break to visit their family, even for Thanksgiving day.  A large portion of the firefighters in the Georgia Mountains came from California, where they have had a lot of experience fighting wildfires.

The local community appreciates the firefighters and a local church in Chatsworth decided to show it on Thanksgiving Day!  The First Baptist Church of Chatsworth fed over 400 out of town firefighters who didn’t make it home to be with their families.  Locals from various areas including Blue Ridge brought food to the Church to assist in the program to feed the firefighters.  Much of the food cooked in their homes and a local Ingles Market also took orders from those who wanted to donate a meal but didn’t have time to cook.

 

A local man told us,  “It’s a small effort to say a big thank you to those firefighters protecting us and our homes.”

Firefighters have been working tirelessly for weeks to battle the wildfires and a home cooked meal of turkey was an extension of the gratitude felt by the folks in the North Georgia Mountains.

 

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Trick or Treat Downtown Jasper ~ Halloween 2016

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Happy Halloween in Downtown Jasper!  Great weather and a great crowd!  Several businesses came out and gave candy in the safe zone on the in downtown Jasper! Lots of candy and costumes ~ Enjoy the slideshow below:

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Halloween Health and Safety Tips

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Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.

Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Going trick-or-treating?

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Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

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Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

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Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

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Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

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Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.

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Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

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Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.

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Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lens.

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Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

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Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

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Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

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Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

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Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

Happy Halloween!

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