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SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2007


Design-A-Duck contest is back

The second annual Design-A-Duck contest is under way, offering cash prizes to the winners.

The fundraiser for the Volunteer Center of Morgan County is open to businesses, organizations, churches, individuals and school groups.

Each participant receives a duck decoy to decorate anyway he chooses. A business could decorate one to resemble a uniformed employee, or a school could paint one in team colors.

The contest costs $25, and the entry fee is tax-deductible. Prizes are $100 cash in each category: best representation, most comical and best of show.

Ducks must be turned in by Aug. 18 for judging.

For more information or to enter, call the Volunteer Center at 355-8628.

Paul Huggins

‘I Sing for Ice Cream’ contest

Purity and Point Mallard will present an “I Sing for Ice Cream” karaoke contest Thursday.

Singers of all ages can show their soloist skills before a panel of judges at the J. Gilmer Blackburn Aquatic Center.

All participants will receive certificates for free Purity ice cream products. Winners will receive a variety of prizes, including free ice cream products, dinner at Ryan’s buffet, movie tickets, and a 2008 season pass to the water park.

Interested singers can sign up Thursday until 5 p.m. at the aquatic center. Competition begins at 6 and ends at 8.

Winners will be featured on the Point Mallard Park Web site. For information, contact Julianne Lowman at 341-4903.

Paul Huggins

Back-to-school NAACP picnic

Decatur-Morgan County Branch 5024 of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its fifth annual Back-to-School/Stay-in-School picnic July 21 at Delano Park.

The picnic for students in kindergarten through 12th grade will feature free hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and school supplies (while they last). Students and their parents must be present to receive the school supplies.

The picnic starts at 10:30 a.m. near the tennis courts.

Bayne Hughes

Free swim lessons start July 23

Ronald and Shana McKinnon and Decatur Youth Services will present Swim Camp 2007 starting July 23.

The five-day camp offers free swimming lessons to children ages 4 to 15. The camp will be each weekday through July 27 at Carrie Matthews pool. Each day will have two sessions: 9 to 9:45 a.m. and 10 to 10:45 a.m.

Space is limited. Call Andrea Percle or Haley Westbrook at 341-4952 to register.

Paul Huggins

Decatur’s Citizens Police Academy

Decatur police are taking
applications for the annual
Citizens Police Academy, designed to acquaint citizens with the Police Department and its officers.

“Attendees have an opportunity to see the community as the officers see it and learn why officers do things the way they do,” said Barry Thomas, coordinator for the event.

Applications must be received by Aug. 15, and classes will begin Sept. 4. Classes will be Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. There is no charge.

To apply, go to decaturalaba, click on the link for the Police Department, then Community Programs, then Citizens Police Academy. Or go to the Police Department front desk or call 340-7442 or 301-3139.

Graduates of the class have an opportunity to ride along with an on-duty police officer, and may also continue their affiliation by becoming members of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and performing volunteer work for the department.

Members may work in almost any unit.

Seth Burkett

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