Shelly Hall, Director of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program, strives to educate local citizens on the importance of 'situational awareness' and to be alert of their surroundings to avoid becoming a victim of crime. In order to reach the public, she speaks to various groups at least monthly-whether to school-age children, church groups, or other civic or social organizations. She says that education is empowering.
In the event that you become a victim of a crime, there are many services available at the Victim-Witness Assistance Program. The program, established locally in 1989 under the umbrella of the District Attorney's Office, responded to a growing need for victim services and support as the crime rate increased and mandates called for more victims' rights. The program serves Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Talbot, and Taylor counties. When a crime occurs, the victim is informed of their rights at the scene and assigned a victim advocate who will notify them of upcoming court proceedings, answer questions, and provide support during the criminal justice process. Many victims stay in touch years after the conclusion a case just to check in and make sure the offender is not getting early release.
If you would like further information about the District Attorney's Victim-Witness Assistance Program, please call the main office at (706) 653-4426. If your group would like to schedule the Director to speak at an event, call Shelly Hall directly at (706) 225-3618.
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The Sol of Wa
New Eatery with Flare
The City of Columbus is proud to announce The Sol of Wa© as the winning bid 2012 for concessionaire services at the Consolidated Government Center located at 100 Tenth Street Columbus, GA 31902 on the main level in the Government Center.
The owner, Kai Lawrence, began serving the public on October 15, 2012 at 11:00 am during the lunch hour, after a brief ribbon-cutting and dedication at the Government Center with city officials, business owners, and the media.
The Sol of Wa © menu consists of traditional soul food such as barbecue chicken, collard greens, and cornbread dressing, as well as vegetarian "soul food" which was introduced during a blind taste-test and met with overwhelming approval. Most plates of entrees and sides are priced competitively under $7.00.
As a member of Mrs. Obama's Healthy Initiative, Ms. Lawrence felt the inclusion of vegetarian selections would diversify the menu and create an opportunity for the City of Columbus to take a leadership role among local governments to get in step with the First Lady's initiative.
The hours and days of operation for The Sol of Wa© are:
Monday thru Friday
Breakfast - 7:00 am - 10:30 am
Lunch - 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
For "Sol To Go" orders call 706-653-4070
You may also visit us online at www.thesolofwa.com for the daily menu.
We invite the community to stop by and enjoy a delicious and new selection of breakfast and lunch items cooked with soul, by The "Sol." For more information regarding the opening, please contact The Sol of Wa © Executive Administrator, Natasha David-Walker at 404-551-7189.
Veterans - On The Job Training BenefitsYou May Be Eligible for On the Job Training Benefits
The Georgia State Approving Agency for the GI Bill wishes to spread the word about an On-the-Job Training benefit program. It seems that most people, including veterans, are not aware of this benefit. Recently hired (up to 36 months ago) Columbus Consolidated Government employees who are veterans may be eligible for GI Bill benefits. Veterans must have left the service with an honorable discharge no more than 10 years ago. Members of the Reserve Components may also be eligible. More information may be obtained by calling the Georgia Department of Veterans Services State Approving Agency at 404-656-2306. Additional information is available at the following website: www.sdvs.georgia.gov, or contact Human Resources, 706-653-4059.
Parks and Recreation Receives Quality Service Award
Deputy Director, Travis Landrum, Community Schools District Supervisors, Millie DelToro and Shelley Stephens, attended the Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) in Duluth Georgia, last weekend. The GAYC was created in 1966 to address the needs of Georgia's children ages birth through eight. It coordinates the efforts of its members with the efforts of other organizations to promote the general welfare of Georgia's young children. Landrum, DelToro, and Stephens accepted the Quality Service Awards-COA Accredited Provider. Congratulations!
Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner
Turkey breast is lower in calories than the dark meat, but most of us prefer the traditional whole turkey. If you do prefer the whole turkey, avoid "self-basting" turkeys since they likely will contain added fat. Stuff the turkey with onion, halved lemons or apples and sprigs of fresh herbs such as sage, marjoram, thyme and/or rosemary instead of the traditional stuffing. Spray the turkey with an oil spray and season it with salt and pepper instead of rubbing the skin with butter or oil.
If you use turkey drippings to add flavor to your gravy, strain the liquid and pour it into a glass separator. Let it set a while. Some of the fat will rise to the top and can be skimmed off easily. Using low-fat, low-sodium broth based gravy would be even better.
Instead of using butter and cream to make your mashed potatoes, save the water left from the boiled potatoes. The water is starchy and will make the potatoes creamier. Add low-fat broth, evaporated skim milk or even some fat-free sour cream. Roasted garlic and herbs add more flavor, too.
Stuffing is a favorite Thanksgiving tradition. Unfortunately, it's hard to slim down a recipe for stuffing. When baked in the turkey, it absorbs fat. Rather than putting the stuffing in the turkey, bake it in a casserole. Avoid using sausage or bacon. You might even consider using wild rice and grains rather than the bread.
Instead of a traditional pumpkin pie, look for a crust-free recipe or one with a reduced-fat graham cracker crust since most of the fat in a pie comes the crust. Also, try a homemade cranberry relish instead of canned cranberry sauce.
|Healthy Food Quiz|Test your Diet IQ and Enter in for a Chance to Win a Prize
Test your Diet IQ and Enter in for a Chance to Win a Prize. All questions have to be correct to be eligible for the drawing. Please send answers to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 15, 2012.
CCG Employees Only!
Remember, please state your answers using the choices listed!! (All questions have to be correct to be eligible for the drawing.)
**Please note that a winner was not selected for October's 2012 Health Foods Quiz.**
1. Fresh produce is always healthier for you than frozen produce?
a. True-Freezing depletes the healthful nutrients
b. True-It's just common sense
c. True-Frozen food is often eaten months after picking, so much of the nutritional value has diminished
d. False-Produce is often picked before it has had enough time to develop the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals
2. Eating oily fish like salmon and sardines supplies your body with this, which in turn helps your body absorb calcium.
b. Vitamin D
d. Vitamin A
3. Heart disease is very rare among the Kuna people who live on islands off the coast of Panama. That's probably because they drink a lot of this.
a. Coconut Milk
b. Goat Milk
4. If a product's package reads "low cholesterol" it's also low in fat.
5. Which of these foods does not have a lot of cholesterol?
|Upcoming Community Events|November 2012
Jokers Wild Comedy Tour
November 3 - 8:30 pm
Come to the Columbus Civic Center for an evening full of laughs and entertainment at the Jokers Wild Comedy Tour.
Columbus Civic Center
For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit www.columbusciviccenter.org
Columbus Cottonmouths Hockey Games
vs. Knoxville Ice Bears
November 6 - 7:30 pm
vs. Knoxville Ice Bears
November 16 - 7:30 pm
vs. Louisiana Ice Gators
November 17 - 7:30 pm
vs. Knoxville Ice Bears
November 20 - 7:30 pm
vs. Mississippi Surge
November 30 - 7:30 pm
For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit www.columbusciviccenter.org.
November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month
Lethargy. Excessive thirst. Frequent urination.
If your pet is displaying any of these common signs, he or she may have diabetes.
If you didn't know your dog or cat could develop diabetes, you're not alone. Many owners don't realize diabetes can affect pets too, so learning that your dog or cat has the condition can leave you with many questions.
While there's no cure for diabetes, proper care can help your pet live a happy, healthy, active life. The more you know about diabetes, the better you'll be able to work with your veterinarian to successfully manage your pet's health.
Your veterinarian is an essential partner in your pet's diabetes care. Only your veterinarian can diagnose diabetes and provide appropriate preventive and management programs.
For more information, please log on to www.petdiabetesmonth.com/
Remember: **CCG employees may adopt for FREE at the Columbus Animal Care & Control Center**
($50 charge for spay/neuter voucher applies)
For more information, call the Animal Care & Control Center at 706-653-4512 http://www.columbusga.org/publicservices2/Animal_Control/