Valdosta Daily Times

March 30, 2014

Happy 70th anniversary to the Boys and Girls Club

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — On Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal will be in Valdosta to serve as the guest speaker for the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta’s 70th anniversary.

What a tremendous testament to the many volunteers who have given countless hours of their time to coach, mentor, and teach the young men and women in the various programs at the club over the years.

Founded in January 1944, the BGC has been a place of refuge, a home away from home, a place of learning and a proving ground for many sports and young athletes. Over the years, the mission has matured as the needs of the community have grown, and today, young boys and girls receive assistance that nurtures their minds and their bodies, and helps them grow into young, productive men and women in our community.

The number of families who have participated in the club as children, through their children, or as sponsors and volunteers is tremendous and far reaching. I understand that numerous alumni are returning to Valdosta this week to help celebrate and honor the club for their decades of service, as well as to acknowledge all that the club has done to impact their lives and the lives of thousands of children through the years.

The dinner Tuesday night is a fundraiser for the club, and if you are interested in attending, please call (229) 242-0676.

The Boys and Girls Club is always in need of adult volunteers, sponsors and donors, so if you have the time or wish to make a contribution, it’s an incredibly worthwhile organization that deserves your support.

Business Roundup

Things are perking up a bit around Valdosta.

Little Caesar’s second Valdosta location opened this week next to the Egg and I in the North Ashley professional plaza.

There’s a sign on Willy’s restaurant, which closed right after Christmas, that the restaurant is being reopened as a Hofbrauhaus, serving German cuisine. I’m excited. Lived in Germany, military wife, worked at the Stars and Stripes, and seriously miss schnitzel, the various wurst, pommes, spatzle, spezi, brochen, blaukraut, etc. Alas, it’s the one cuisine I’ve never mastered cooking. Can’t wait!

I keep hearing that a new Mellow Mushroom is opening on Baytree, with some speculation they’ll take Baytree Pizza’s former spot now that they’ve moved to the former location of Ruby Tuesday’s at the Valdosta Mall. They should be open there soon, and I’ll let you know as soon as I hear more about Mellow.

After being asked not to mention yet that there is a Planet Fitness coming to the Winn Dixie shopping plaza at Five Points, they put a sign up announcing it last weekend. There is also a new sign on the corner of North Valdosta Road and Inner Perimeter that officially proclaims Starbucks coming soon. And hopefully, construction will start soon on the new Dunkin’ Donuts on the corner of Northside and North Patterson.

The new Center for Personal and Family Growth LLC is now open on North Oak Street, offering counseling services and fitness training as well.

Next to the new Apna Bazaar Indian and Pakistani grocery store in Budd Plaza on North Ashley Street, there’s a new restaurant called Brother’s Grill House, featuring steaks, chops, gyros and wings.

The pet cremation business on North Patterson Street, Pets at Peace, is across from McLane Funeral Home and is also owned by the McLanes. Interesting concept and a much needed service.

I understand Manny’s on Baytree is closing, and a new restaurant will be moving in next month.

In the meantime, construction is ongoing in numerous locations around town, and hopefully, that’s a trend that won’t stop anytime soon.

If there’s something I missed, please let me know!