Buzz: Saluting ‘Healing the World with Optimism’ winners. Cancer coalition forms new focus group. Master Gardeners to be on site for plant sale.

Buzz: Saluting ‘Healing the World with Optimism’ winners. Cancer coalition forms new focus group. Master Gardeners to be on site for plant sale.

From Model High: “Rome Noon Optimist Essay Contest Luncheon. Congratulations to juniors Kyndall Burnes and Luke Naddy; and 8th grader Sara Grace Abernathy.
On March 13, the Noon Optimist Club held its annual Oratory contest at the Palladium in Rome. The theme was  “Healing the World with Optimism.”
Model was represented by 14-year-old Sara Grace Abernathy, who placed first, and Natalie Long, who placed second and is 13. From  Armuchee and placing third was Mary Grace Taylor, 15; Joshua Hash,  who is 15, and Gracy Padget, 16. Each is commended for the outstanding job they did as they were all very impressive.
The top three each won a cash prize and a medal.  First place $200, second place $150 and third place $100.
The next step for Sara Grace Abernathy and  Natalie Long will be the area contest.  The winners will then go on to the district contest on Saturday, April 24  in Tucker where the top three finishers will divide a total of $5,000.00 in college scholarships.

The Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition is hosting a focus group for fathers of children aged 11 – 18. The focus group will be a virtual event on April 20 at 6 p.m. Each participant will receive a $25 Walmart gift card.

The purpose of this focus group is to gather thoughts and opinions on how the NWGRCC can best serve fathers and their children when it comes to cancer awareness and prevention. Each year, the NWGRCC hosts a ‘Let’s Talk’ dinner series throughout the Northwest Georgia region. The Let’s Talk educational program offers a dinner and presentation designed to encourage open communication and discussion within families of middle school girls.

A female healthcare professional (physician, NP or PA) presents a program on “coming of age” issues, including PAP tests, cervical and breast cancer early detection & prevention, HPV & vaccine, self- breast exams, acne, tobacco use and other topics requested by the mothers and daughters.

The success of this event has lead the NWGRCC to shift attention to including fathers and their children in the discussion. To register for this focus group, email

The Floyd County Master Gardeners will have an “Ask an Expert” booth during the pick up times for your plants from the Chieftains Herb and Plant Sale.  Plant pick up is at the Community Building at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds from 3 until 7 p.m. on Friday, April 16 and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.  For safety reasons, you will remain in your car and your plants will be loaded for you.  After your plants are loaded, you will drive to the booth to ask your questions.  A Floyd County Master Gardener will be happy to answer your questions.  We will also have soil sample bags and informational pamphlets available for you.
Please contact Chieftains Museum at 706-291-9494 or for more information about the sale and to place plant orders through April 10.  For more information about your yard and plants, please contact the Floyd County Extension Office at 706-295-6210.
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