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Ga. Cities Week gets underway
Events include fishing derby, essay contests, worker appreciation
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Georgia Cities Week is fast approaching, and beginning Sunday cities across the state will be celebrating the theme “City Life.”

Georgia Cities Week, sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association, is officially Sunday through April 23, but here in Bryan County, Richmond Hill is getting off to an early start while Pembroke has plans to extend the festivities well into May.

In Richmond Hill, officials will be holding a variety of events, including a fishing derby Saturday in J.F. Gregory Park, art and essay contests for local students, employee recognition, large item trash collection and more.

“We’re very proud of our city and the services we provide that make it attractive to residents and visitors,” said Mayor Harold Fowler. “Cities provided the infrastructure for growing businesses, quality of life for individuals and families and are a gathering spot for people throughout the region.”

Large item trash pickup began this morning and will continue through Friday. This opportunity is only available for Richmond Hill’s current water account users in residential zoning areas. For more information about large item pickup, call 756-3345.

Next on tap is the fishing derby Saturday morning at J.F. Gregory Park. Sponsored by Fort McAllister Sport Fishing Club and the city of Richmond Hill, registration begins at 7 a.m., with fishing from 8 a.m. to noon. Free hot dogs and sodas will be provided for registered participants. For more information, call 312-3387 or 756-3851.

For anyone who hasn’t seen some of the city’s facilities, there will be an open house of City Hall, as well as the Richmond Hill Police and Fire departments from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 20. And a Children’s Art Show will be on display from Monday through April 22.

Other events include an invite-only Business Breakfast at the Richmond Hill City Center with Congressman Jack Kingston, R-Ga., as guest speaker, and an employee awards luncheon, also at the City Center.

For more information about Georgia Cities Week events in Richmond Hill, call City Hall at 756-3345.

In Pembroke, Georgia Cities Week will first come to life with a new mural downtown.

“The theme of Georgia Cities Week is ‘City Life’ this year,” said Pembroke City Council member Tiffany Walraven. “In honor of the theme, the mural painted downtown represents life in the city, past and present. There are quite a few buildings on the painting that reflect businesses that used to be part of downtown.”

Festivities in county’s northern city will get started Tuesday with a private luncheon for city volunteers, as well as a dedication of a bench, purchased by United Way for Senior Citizens, at McFadden Place and a brick dedication at Memorial Park downtown.

The city will hold a Grand Easter Celebration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 during the Whistlestop Farmers Market downtown, which will include and Easter egg hunt, photos with the Easter bunny, bouncy funhouses, games, prizes and more.

And sometime during the week, the city will recognize Roxie Williams as Pembroke’s oldest resident at more than 100 years old. Because final details were still being planned, further information was not available at presstime.

Other events include a pizza party for the winners of the “If I Were Mayor” student essay contest the week of April 25; the citywide yard sale – now known as the Rummage Sale at Whistlestop Farmers Market – May 7, call 653-4413 for booth information; and an outdoor movie night May 7 at the city baseball fields, where “How to Train Your Dragon” will be presented, sponsored by the Cub Scouts and the Pembroke Downtown Development Authority.

For more information about Georgia Cities Week events in Pembroke, call City Hall at 653-4413.

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