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August 2012


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(AUGUSTA, GA) Two members of the the Laney Walker/Bethlehem core development team, Chester Wheeler, Director of the Augusta Housing Department, and Jesse Wiles, President of APD, headlined a national conference in Washington, DC this past week on neighborhood revitlization.


(AUGUSTA, GA) Augusta’s Finance Department and Augusta Tomorrow are reporting that Augusta’s sales tax collections for July 2012 were ahead of last year’s collections and ahead of budgeted revenue projections. "Along with the continued investment in the downtown area and new industries coming to our city, this is definitely a good sign of the strength of our local economy," commented Mayor Copenhaver.


(AUGUSTA, GA) New Bethlehem Community Center is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Kid Power After School Program. This energetic program will help children succeed in school and in life. All Richmond County students in grades K5 through 8 are eligible to attend. Call (706) 722-0086 for details.


(AUGUSTA, GA) The Laney Walker/Bethlehem Development team is offering presentations to area employers on affordable home ownership opportunities in Augusta’s downtown area. For more information, contact Shawn Edwards at 


(AUGUSTA, GA) The Wallace Branch of the Augusta Public Library has a packed calendar of events this week, including: a beginners internet search program (Aug. 7, 6 – 7:30), Summer Crafts for Kids (Aug. 8, 10 am), and Learning how to create an email account(Aug. 9, 6-7:30).


(AUGUSTA, GA) The 2012 Blocks Are Beautiful video is here! See highlights of this year’s celebration of community in Laney Walker/Bethlehem at







(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society will Graduate 19 from CAMP BUDDY Aug 3, 2012

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(EFFINGHAM/SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will complete another successful Camp Buddy on Friday, August 3 at 12:00pm when 19 campers will receive graduation medals during ceremonies to be held at Marshpoint Elementary on Whitemarsh Island Road.

The Effingham County Camp Buddy graduated 11 campers on July 29, 2012.

About Camp Buddy:
Geared for children (ages 3 to 12) with
 Down Syndrome, Camp Buddy offers educational, therapeutic and recreational activities that are specifically designed with these special kids in mind. Speech, physical and occupational therapists are on board to help campers improve fine and gross motor, speech and social skills. By accomplishing these things their confidence is built up and their unlimited potential is realized.

This year, four seniors from the Armstrong Atlantic physical therapy program volunteered at the camp and were joined by several local high school students who are planning to pursue careers in special education, speech, occupational and physical therapy. Two adult camp assistants, both who have Down Syndrome, rounded out the camp staff roster as they lent a helping hand and inspired everyone with their energy and positive personalities.

Camp Buddy bridges the summer-time gap between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next. “All of these differently-abled children work very hard during the school year and make tremendous gains academically. Our therapy based camp is strenuous but absolutely necessary to promote retention of these gains” says Molly Marchese,the mother of one of the campers, Ella, and an organizer of Camp Buddy.

Speech and social skills improve during the school year so it is crucial that these children do not lose that momentum when school closes for the summer. Camp Buddy helps the children to prepare for the upcoming challenges they face as they advance through the school system.

Highlights at this year’s camps included food therapy with Chef Nick Mueller (Chef Nick Mueller & Company Catering), as well as bike, tricycle, and scooter board riding, activities that not only build motor skills, but also increase the camper’s confidence. Music, dance time, arts and crafts added to the fun.

Each camper is sent home with an individualized therapy plan, a medal, a certificate and a wonderful sense of accomplishment achieved through this exceptional day camp experience.

Camps are funded by money raised through the organization’s annual Down Syndrome Buddy Walk held each October and the continuous support of the local community.

The seventh annual Buddy Walk for the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society is planned for October 6, 2012 at Forsyth Park. During October, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, more than 300 Buddy Walks will occur throughout the United States. Last year over 4000 people came out to support Down Syndrome awareness in the Savannah area. For more information about the Buddy Walk, please contact John or Candy Bogardus at (912) 728-8505.

About the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society:
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a support group to benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. We encourage people to bring their children. We are an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society.

For more information about LDSS or to register for next year’s camp contact John Bogardus at (912) 728-8505.