October is "Fire Prevention Month"
October 2012
In This Issue
New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
Fire & EMS Open House
GA State Conference Highlights
CCG Auction!!!
Mayor Recognizes Music Icons
Water Works Receives NACWA Award
Mayor's Office Blood Drive Results
Healthy Food Quiz
Healthy Recipe
Upcoming Events
Other Upcoming Events
Quick Links
Pet Corner
October is American Humane Association's Adopt-A-Dog Month 
CPRE  What Can An Adopted Dog Bring To Your Life? There are as many responses to that question as there are dogs in this world! That's why during American Humane Association's Adopt-A-Dog Month celebration, we're encouraging people to adopt a shelter dog and experience the joy of finding their own answers.   Are you looking for?
  • an exercise buddy?
  • a best friend and confidant for your child?
  • a dog you can train with to learn animal-assisted therapy?
  • a partner in agility competitions?
  • a constant companion for your favorite senior citizen?
  • a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work?

An adopted dog can be all these things -- and so much more!

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality -- all waiting for a loving home. Or, if you prefer a particular breed that isn't currently available at a shelter, go online to find a breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you. Contact your local animal shelter & find out what a shelter or rescue dog can bring to your life!!

Animal Care & Control Center at 706-653-4512  Animal Control 


Remember: **CCG employees may adopt for FREE at the Columbus Animal Care & Control Center**

($50 charge for spay/neuter voucher applies)


Jack-O'-Lantern Carving Tips

Choose a large pumpkin. The larger the pumpkin, the easier it is to carve. Avoid any with bruises or moldy stem, as they will spoil faster. Pumpkins with a lighter color tend to be softer and easier to carve. When cutting out the top, place the knife at a 45-degree angle so the lid will have a place to rest when you replace it. If you cut straight down, the lid will fall thru. When cleaning the pumpkin, save the seeds. They make a healthy snack. Use large, heavy metal serving spoon or ice cream scoop to scrape the insides. If you plan to light the pumpkin, the back wall should be scraped as smooth as possible since this is where the light will be reflected. A 1-inch thickness of the wall is best. For a long life, soak the cleaned pumpkin a couple of hours in bleach water solution of 1 teaspoon bleach to 1 gallon water. Dry thoroughly, then rub inside and out, including all edges, with vegetable oil or petroleum jelly to prevent shriveling. Select a simple, bold pattern. Print out or draw the pattern on a piece of paper. Use small sharp scissors or a razor to cut out the areas you will be carving into the pumpkin. Tape the template onto the pumpkin and use a marker to trace the carving lines. Cutting slits in the paper will help to conform to the round surface. You will need a long serrated knife to cut through the thick flesh. Use a sawing motion and take you time cutting along the outside edge of the marker lines so there is no marker residue. Consider cutting off the bottom of the pumpkin, as well as the top. It will be more stable and easier to carve. If using a candle to light the jack-o'-lantern, be sure the opening on the bottom is large enough to fit over the candle. Place the candle on a fireproof base large enough to accommodate the pumpkin. . Be sure to leave the lid off if using a candle to avoid any fire hazard. Consider a flameless candle instead of the candle. Sprinkle the bottom side of the pumpkin with cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves to use the pumpkin as an air freshener as well. When not in use, place the jack-o'-lantern in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.


Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
August 2012

New Hires

Clerk of Superior Court

Alysia Banks


Judge of Probate Court

Tabitha N Mitchell


Juvenile Court

Mary Hayes

Lauren E Garner


Inspections & Codes

James Miley


Parks & Recreation

Jacob Gladish

Dwanice alexander

Elbert Elliott

Ian Perry

Jasmine L Snellings

Nikisha Thornton

Jasmine Walker

Amber Calhoun

Damien Phillips

Keith Russell

Tiera Bristow

Valeria Epps

Samantha S Frazier

Oveyana Gordon

Debra Jessie

Marilyn Rivera

Joseph Thompson

Nyketta Dennison

Robert Wilson

Kristal Cid


Police Department

William C Love

Phillip Sutton

Timothy Williams


Public Defender

Michelle Huiet


Public Services

Brandy Gamblin

Brandan Johnson

Joseph Kunze

Paul Lowery

Joshua Sellers

Billy Lee

Keith Smith

Carson Thomas


Sheriff's Office

Andrea M Sanchez


Edmond E Adams

Ernest Chappell

Thomas Ison




Fire & EMS

Monica Carstarphen  

SGT Investigations

James Harper   

Fire Sergeant with Medic Certification

Steven D Hord  

Fire Lieutenant BD

John Lassen  

Fire Lieutenant AD

Brian Nobles  

Fire Sergeant AD


Human Resources

Charleen Kendrick  

Training Coordinator


Inspections & Codes

William Tillman  

Plumbing Mech. Insp. Coordinator


Parks & Recreation

Christopher Bass Administrative Technician

Michael Britt  

Administrative Technician

Britney White  

PT Community Schools Activity Leader

Jarvis Williams  

PT Parks Maintenance Worker I


Public Services

Daniel Wehr  

Equipment Operator II


Sheriff's Department

Courtney Boden  

Medical Records Clerk

Donna Cox  

Deputy Sheriff Field Training Officer

Sherri Hearn  

HR Technician Sheriff

Rodney Huling  

Deputy Sheriff Field Training Officer

Pam Mathis  

Clinic Manager

Ardia McGruder  

Accounting Clerk



Gurvish Walker  

Fleet Maintenance Worker III




Fire Department

Kevin T Cantrell


26.5 Years


Sheriff's Office/Medical Clinic

Ronny O Bodine

Clinic Manager/G16

17 Years


Public Services

Joseph Brown

Fleet Maintenance Tech/G12

28 Years


Ralph Cooper Jr.

Public Services Crew Leader/G12

46 Years


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Newsletter Staff

Vickie Armstrong

Norma Ausburn

Sherry Garcia

Jackie Goodwin 

Reather Hollowell

Rosana Juestel

Donnie Kent

Jenni McDonald

Sheila Risper

Jenny Teague

Sofia White


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Fire & EMS Open House
Ask Questions and Learn About Fire Prevention


In honor of Fire prevention week October 7-13 Columbus Fire & EMS will hold an open house at four Fire Stations across the city. This will give citizens the opportunity to ask questions and to learn about Fire prevention, the services that we provide, the department's goals, and the department's planning strategies. Please make plans to attend. Dates and times are as scheduled below, if you have any questions about the event please contact Chloe Welk at 706-653-3500.


 Oct. 4 at Station 10 from 6-7p.m., 1441 Benning Drive

Oct. 11 at Station 7 from 6-7p.m., 5343 Buena Vista Road

Oct. 18 at Station 3 from 6-7p.m., 2000 American Way

Oct. 25 at Station 12 from 6-7p.m., 5225 Cargo Drive

Coupon House  

GA State Conference Highlights
Parks & Recreation Hosts GRPA

On Wednesday, September 26 the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department was proud to host the GRPA (Georgia Recreation and Park Association) District 3 Awards Banquet at the Columbus Civic Center. The banquet was the collaborative effort of the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, the Columbus Civic Center, the Columbus Convention and Visitors' Bureau, and the Columbus Sports Council. The banquet was a well-attended event and one of the largest in the history of District 3 with an attendance of 101 attendees comprised of recreation professionals, honored guests, local dignitaries and elected officials from the various parks and recreation communities.


The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department is very proud to announce that we had several award nominees honored at the banquet in addition to the department as a whole. The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department was awarded the Agency of the Year for the GRPA District 3 in the category of a community with a population of 70,000 or greater. Mrs. Becky Glisson was awarded the Administrative Support Award of the Year for GRPA District 3 for her service and dedication as Administrative Staff for the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department. Mrs. Holli Browder was awarded the Mary Roth Programmer's Award for GRPA District 3 for excellence in outstanding programming in the area of recreation. The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department was awarded the GRPA District 3 Innovative Camp of the Year for its Camp Fit4Fun a collaborative effort developed by the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department and the Live Healthy Coalition. The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department was awarded the Innovative Program of the Year for its Princess Within Program. The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department was awarded the Innovative Special Event of the Year for its 2012 City-Wide Easter Egg Hunt a collaborative effort between the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, Clear Channel Radio and the Fourth Masonic District   Mrs. Lillian Scarbrough was awarded the Volunteer of the Year for District 3 GRPA in the category of a community with a population of 70,000 or greater. Mrs. Irene Pate was also awarded the Volunteer of the Year for District 3 GRPA in the category of a community with a population of 70,000 or greater.


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CCG Auction!!!

Saturday, October 13, at 10:00 a.m. an Auction is being held at the Civic Center

east side parking lot. The auction will take place under the big tent, so bad weather shouldn't pose a problem.   Sale items can be previewed beginning at 8:00 a.m.


This year, the auction of salvage property is being held in conjunction with property of various public safety divisions from Muscogee and Russell Counties.

It includes valuable items such as jewelry, flat screen televisions and vehicles in addition to office furnishings that might be in need of repairs.


Each interested bidder simply needs to register and receive a number upon entrance. If purchasing a vehicle, a valid driver's license must be shown.   Purchases can be made by cash or check (no credit cards).

Mayor Recognizes Music Icons
Timeless Music Festival at Government Center

On SEPTEMBER 6th Mayor Tomlinson and other City Officials recognized artists who would be performing their number one hits live and in concert at the Civic Center, Friday, September 7th.


Glen Jones, The Barkays, A Taste of Honey, Sugarfoots Ohio Players, The Dazz Band, Yarbrough and People, Slave and the ConFunShun were live at the Government Center.


Before The Bar-Kays, ConFunkShun, Sugarfoot's Ohio Players and other iconic R & B/Funk music groups of the 80's took the stage September 7th at the Columbus Civic Center, they first appeared at City Hall where Mayor Teresa Tomlinson presented them with keys to the city for their unparalleled musical contributions. The press conference and reception honoring the artists was held on Tuesday, September 6, 2012, at 2 p.m. on the Plaza Level of the Columbus Government Center, 100 10th Street.


Others appearing in the concert were Grammy Award winners A Taste of Honey and the Dazz Band along with Yarbrough & Peoples, Slave LTD and soulful romantic Glenn Jones. Larry Dodson, lead vocalist for The Bar-Kays who last performed in Columbus in 2009, said that concert features the best music of all times sung by the same gold record artists that wrote and performed it originally. "These groups have been performing -- in the 70's, 80's, 90's and into the new century. Now they call us old school," said Dodson.   "With soul classic, R&B and Hip Hop radio stations like Davis Broadcasting's K92.7 FM and Foxie 105 FM going strong and playing our records, this is the music that generations of young people have grown to love. Timeless Music Festival recognizes the hunger that people have to see these groups live, and we're glad to be here in Columbus." Auction
Water Works Receives NACWA Award
Excellence in Management Recognition Program Award



Columbus Water Works has been selected to receive the Excellence in Management Recognition award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). Columbus Water Works is one of 12 clean water utilities to win the award in the United States in 2012.


The Excellence in Management Recognition Program recognizes public clean water utilities that have implemented and sustained successful programs that address the range of management challenges faced by public clean water utilities in today's competitive environment. NACWA is committed to clean water and a healthy environment and strives to help ensure that member agencies have the tools they need to meet these objectives. Columbus Water Works fulfills this commitment to clean water through its significant efforts over the past several years to maximize efficiency during an era of rising costs and ever expanding water quality challenges.


"The Columbus Water Workstruly embodies the spirit of the Excellence in Management Recognition Program. It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase the achievements and commitment of this utility and those of our nation to America's Waters," Ken Kirk, NACWA's Executive Director states.


For more information on Columbus Water Works water quality efforts, contact Cliff Arnett, Senior Vice President Division of Water Resource Operations at (706) 649 - 3458, or visit us at www.cwwga.org.

Mayor's Office Blood Drive Results

American Red Cross In commemoration of 9/11 Victims and First Responders, the Mayor's Office partnered with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. A total of 51 units of blood were collected, which will provide life saving blood and or blood products for nearly 153 patients in our surrounding area.

Parks & Recreation 911 Appreciations

A few of our Recreation and Senior Centers through Columbus Parks and Recreation showed remembrance of 9/11 through various events. At Shirley B. Winston Recreation Center, they showed their support in remembering the victims and their families by expressing their love on this day. As a kind gesture, a token of their love for the community, each patron who came to visit Shirley B. Winston on September 11th, was given a piece of candy. At Frank Chester Recreation Center, their staff honored local law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel and recognized them for their outstanding service to our community. RSVP hosted a 9/11 Empty Bowl painting project at Fox Community Center. Participants joined them at their convenience for this free all day event, and enjoyed fellowship while painting bowls to be donated to next year's Empty Bowl. To them, "9/11 was not just a day of lost and sorrow, but a day to express love, kindness, and compassion for our fellow man, woman and children."



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 humanresourcesdepartment@columbusga.org by October 15, 2012.   
CCG Employees Only

Remember, please state your answers using the choices listed!!


Test1. 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.

a. Potassium

b. Vitamin D

c. Selenium

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 the drink a lot of this.

a. Coconut Milk

b. Goat Milk

c. Cocoa

d .Wine


4. If a product's package reads "low cholesterol" it's also low in fat.

a. True

b. False


5. Which of these foods does not have a lot of cholesterol?

a. Steak

b. Bananas

c. Prawns

d. Butter

e. Eggs

September's 2012 Health Foods Quiz Winner- Michael Daniel, Inspections & Codes  


Answers the September 2012 Healthy Foods Quiz- 1.A; 2.D: 3.D; 4.C; 5.A


Healthy Recipe

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds   

Recipe 1 Cup Pumpkin Seeds

Seasoning, to taste


Rinse pumpkin seeds, using fingers to remove all pulp. Drain seeds and discard pulp. Spread out on a cookie sheet to dry overnight. Heat a large, heavy-bottomed, dry skillet over medium heat; add seeds. Shake and stir the seeds constantly as they are toasting to prevent burning. When the seeds begin to get golden, start to pop open, and release their aroma, they are done. Sprinkle the hot seeds with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, cayenne pepper or any seasoning you prefer. Toss to coat. Cool before storing in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 months or refrigerate up to 1 year.  

Upcoming Community Events
October 2012   


Clumbus Fair Greater Columbus Fair

October 16- 21- 6:00 pm

Columbus Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit  www.columbusciviccenter.org


CCG Wellness Week (Employees Only)

October 15-19, 2012  


Heart Walk 2012 Greater Columbus Heart Walk

October 20

1 Mile, 2 Mile, or 3 Mile Walk/Run

Woodruff Park-CSU Campus Downtown at the River Walk Stage Presentation starts at 9:00 am  

Walk Starts at 9:30 am

For more information, call 800-257-6941 ext. 6162 or 706-225-3630


Paint the Town Pink

October 20

5k Fun Walk, 5K Run, 1 Mile Fun Run, & Pink Pooch Contest

Registration begins at 7:30 am & Walk starts at 8:00 am

Flat Rock Park

For more information, call 706-660-1914 ext. 10 or visit  www.estartline.com


Columbus Cottonmouths Hockey

vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers

October 26 - 7:30 pm

Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit www.columbusciviccenter.org 


Fall Festival

October 23

Frank Chester Recreation Center

For Festival times please contact Tim Marshall at 706-685-8016 or tmarshall@columbusga.org.


1st Annual Outdoor Fall Carnival

October 30

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Kids ages 7-12 (Ages 6 & Under with Parents)

Enjoy an evening of food and fun!!

Shirley B. Winston Recreation Center

For more information, please contact 706-653-4958 or click on link. (link to event flyer)


CCG Supplemental Benefits & Health Fair (Employees and Retirees Only)

October 31

Supplemental Benefits Fair                 Health Fair

8:00 am - 2 pm                                   10:00 am - 2 pm

Trade Center- North Hall


Fall Festival

October 31 - 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Therapeutic Recreation Division will be hosting a Fall Festival. Join us for an evening of fun activities.

Pop Austin Recreation Center

For more information, please contact 706-323-8707 or pamlee@columbusga.org.


Fall Festival

October 31 -5-7 pm

Michael Fluellen Recreation Center

For more information, call 706-327-4142 or sterrell@columbusga.org


Tick or Treat Trick or Treat with us!!

October 31 - 5-7 pm

Northside Recreation Center, Carver Park Recreation Center, and Psalmond Road Recreation Center
For more information, call 706-576-5475, 706-568-4822, or 706-565-6060 (respectively)


Fox Community Center October Events

(Participation Adults 21 and over)


October 5

State Flower Show at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, GA

9 am - 5 pm

Transportation $7.00

Reservation Required

For more information, call 706-653-4653 or abrewer2columbus.org.


October 15

National Sweet Day

All Day!! FREE!!

Stop in the center for your favorite candy bar!!

For more information, call 706-653-4653 or abrewer2columbus.org.


October 16

National Boss's Day

Any time

Treat your boss to something special. Stop by the Fox Center for a special snack pack to give to your boss.


October 26

Garden Trick or Treat

Stop by to help plant some fall crops in the Community Garden. All participants will receive a small bag of candy.

For planting times or more information, call 706-653-4653 or abrewer2columbus.org.


October 31

Trick or Treat Luncheon

12:00 pm

Free with a dish to share.

For more information, call 706-653-4653.

Other Upcoming Events
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Safe Kids Safe Kids Columbus is a group of community members whose goal is to prevent traumatic accidental injuries and deaths in children under the age of 14 through partnerships, distribution of safety equipment and education on its proper use, public awareness, and advocacy. Safe Kids Columbus will be hosting their quarterly Volunteer Appreciation luncheon on Thursday, October 11 at the Fox Community Center. If you are interested in volunteering or finding our more information about this organization, please call 706-321-6183 or visit  http://www.safekidscolumbusga.com/index.cfm.


City Government Partners: Civic Center, Columbus Fire & Emergency Medical Services, Columbus Police Department, Columbus Police Department's Bike Patrol, Muscogee County Marshal's Office, and the Columbus Department of Parks & Recreation.


Carnival 1st Annual Outdoor Fall Carnival

Shirley B. Winston Recreation Center

Tuesday, October 30, 2012  -  4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Kids Ages 7 to 12

"Ages 6 & Under With Parent(s)"

Hosted by Shirley B. Winston Recreation Center
& Revelation Missionary Baptist Church 

Food, Programs & Game Activities!


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