Findley yard selected tops in May by club

ALBANY -- The residence of Charlie and Winnie Findley at 1203 Valley Road has been selected as the Yard of the Month for May by the Albany Daffodil Club.

"Great bones with lots of surprises," Club president Marideane Maxwell said of the May winner. "The yard is neatness personified."

The club will mark a full year of selecting top Albany showcase yards next month.

Albany NARFE chief wins district post

ALBANY -- Virgil Halte, president of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 643 Albany, was recently elected District II vice president at the state convention held in Augusta earlier this month.

In his seven years with NARFE, the watchdog for federal employees' benefits, Virgil has held several positions. He has been president for four years, vice president for a year, legislative officer for a year and is currently the NARFE Political Action Committee chairman. Virgil has also been selected by headquarters to serve on the ballot/teller committee in August at the National Convention at Grand Rapids, Mich.

NARFE Chaper 643 meets at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at Ole Times Buffet in Albany.

Vendor can apply for Fourth fireworks show

ALBANY -- The Albany Recreation and Parks Department is accepting applications from food and drink vendors for the annual city of Albany Independence Day Fireworks Celebration.

The event will take place on Sunday, July 4, at the Civic Center. Vendor spaces are available along the east side of South Front Street adjacent to Veterans Amphitheater.

A non-refundable $75 fee is due along with a vendor application by June 18. Vendor applications may be picked up at the Recreation and Parks Department Administrative Office at 1301 N. Monroe St. (at Tift Park), or applicants may download the form on the Recreation and Parks website at www.albany.ga.us (go to City Government, City Departments, Recreation and Parks, and Events). Please note there will be no sale of alcohol or fireworks at this event.

For further information, contact Kristin Caso at (229) 430-5222.

Carver Pool and Spray Park is opened

ALBANY -- The Albany Recreation and Parks Department has announced that Carver Pool and Spray Park is now open through July 30.

Public swimming hours are 2 p.m.- 7 p.m. Sundays-Tuesdays and Thursdays-Fridays. The pool will be closed Wednesdays and Saturdays. Daily admission is 25 cents for youth, and 50 cents for those ages 13 and up. A membership application is required and may be picked up at Carver Sports Complex or Carver Pool and Spray Park during normal operating hours. Children ages 3 years to 7 years must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian who is at least 18 years.

Carver Pool and Spray Park is located at 1021 S. McKinley St. For information, call (229) 430-5222.

Deadlines set for quota hunt applications

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division reminds hunters that Tuesday is opening day of the 2010-2011 quota hunt application period for alligator, deer, State Park, turkey and waterfowl hunts. Successful quota hunt applications are selected solely from the online applicant pool, so interested hunters must apply online through their personal accounts on the Division website, www.gohuntgeorgia.com.

"Since transitioning to an online application system, interest in quota hunts has increased and the selection process has been reduced from two weeks to within 48 hours," says WRD Assistant Chief of Game Management John W. Bowers. "We have greatly improved customer service, business efficiency and saved tens of thousands of sportsmen's dollars."

To be eligible for quota hunt drawings applicants must ensure that they have a valid online account and must apply before midnight by these dates: July 31 for alligator quota hunts; Sept. 1 for deer quota hunts; Sept. 1 for State Park quota hunts; Oct. 15 for waterfowl quota hunts, and Feb. 15, 2011, for turkey quota hunts.

Interested persons without pre-existing accounts should visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com and select "Quota Hunt," from the Home page under the "Permits & Services" menu to create a new account and submit applications online. Upon completion of the selection process, applicants will receive a status notification e-mail and also will be able to login to their accounts to view their updated status. In addition, complete lists of chosen participants will be available at www.gohuntgeorgia.com.

For more information on hunting seasons or the quota hunt application process, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com, contact Hunter Services at (770) 761-3045 or call a WRD Game Management Office.

More gator harvesting permits available

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Alligator quota hunting this fall has been increased by 150 permits for a total of 850 permits for this fall's hunting period, Department of Natural Resources officials say.

Last year, just under 6,000 hunters applied for the 700 permits that were issued. This year's alligator hunting season is Sept. 4-Oct. 3.

"The alligator is a renewable natural resource that scientific data indicates can sustain a regulated harvest on an annual basis," says DNR Wildlife Resources Division Assistant Chief of Game Management John Bowers. "This population stability creates additional flexibility in the areas that can be hunted and the number of animals available for harvest. This has allowed our agency to periodically increase the number of permits available while continuing to ensure the long-term conservation of the alligator population."

Interested hunters must complete and submit a quota hunt application online at www.gohuntgeorgia.com between this Tuesday and midnight July 31. For more information on the 2010 alligator hunting season, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com , contact a WRD Game Management Office or call (770) 760-3045.

Vacationers still planning Fla. trips

TAMPA -- The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is creating concern that some people may cancel their plans to visit Florida's Gulf Coast, but an AAA Auto Club South survey shows the impact so far is small.

Last weekend, AAA Auto Club South launched a AAA Consumer Pulse survey and asked almost 1,400 individuals who reside east of the Mississippi River whether the oil spill will impact their travel plans to Florida. Thirty-two percent of respondents said they had planned to visit Florida within the next 12 months and of those, 62 percent planned to visit Florida's Gulf Coast. Most are planning trips to Florida's West Coast (56 percent), followed by the Florida Keys/Everglades (37 percent), and the Florida Panhandle (28 percent).

The majority of respondents (87 percent) who plan to visit Florida's Gulf Coast said they have not changed their travel plans in the last 30 days for any reason and of those, 58 percent said they are unlikely to change their plans as news of the oil spill in the Gulf develops. Among the 13 percent of respondents who did change their travel plans, none attributed those changes to the oil spill, with most citing financial or other reasons.

Of those travelers who plan to visit Florida's Gulf Coast in the future, 43 percent said the oil spill will have little to no influence on their travel plans and 16 percent of respondents are impartial. However, 41 percent said the oil spill will have a slight to significant influence on their future travel plans to the Gulf Coast of Florida.