Captain Planet Foundation Visits and Cooks with BRES

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BLUE RIDGE, GA – Blue Ridge Elementary School (BRES) students participated in a mid-morning gathering and cooking activity hosted by Ingles Supermarkets, Dole Packaged Foods, and Captain Planet Foundation to celebrate their Project Learning Garden and Sustainable Initiative.

BRES received a “learning garden” grant from Ingles and Dole in 2019 for their on-campus garden to teach students about growing their own vegetables and living sustainably. The school changes out the plants with each season.

Assistant Principal Gini Bell commented that the kids love the garden and during tomato season, they were outside picking handfuls daily to take home.

Currently, strawberries, peppers, green beans, and lettuce are growing and students harvest them. They also have a cooking class every two weeks to learn about preparing food.

Tasha Gomes, the Learning Garden Manager with the Captain Planet Foundation led the children throughout the presentation. She taught them how to sauté vegetables, season meals, and properly use a knife.

She also instructed the children to not “yuck anyone’s yum” explaining that everyone had different tastes and not to make anyone feel bad for liking something different.

All the students eagerly ate their sautéed green beans and salad, grown and prepared by themselves. Many agreeing that they would like to eat these meals again.

The Captain Planet Foundation began in 1991 and was founded by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle. It’s based on the cartoon, Captain Planet and the Planeteers and strives to ensure that the next generation is environmentally conscious. The organization has conducted over 2,000 hands-on environmental education projects with schools and non-profits that serve children in all 50 U.S. states and in 23 countries internationally.

The Project Learning Garden program provides a context for multidisciplinary learning, ranging from nutrition and science to social studies, math and language arts. Students benefit by expanding their palates, taste-testing healthy foods, and learning about food origins; engaging in authentic science field investigations; manipulating the environment to understand math in real-life applications; recreating historical activities; and writing across all these disciplines.

Only four schools received the grant from Dole and Ingles in 2019, which marked the second year that the organizations partnered to offer Project Learning Gardens to schools in Ingles’ market area. Ingles Grocery stores cover six southeastern states with its headquarters in Asheville, NC.

Ingles works with local farmers to carry more local food than its competitors, and the company has donated more than 18 million dollars to local schools through its Tools for Schools program. The two programs together teach children the cycle of food is a great opportunity for all.


North Georgia Communities Feed Thanksgiving meal to Firefighting volunteers working away from home

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Raging fires have been spreading through dry land in the North Georgia Mountains for weeks.  A few sprinkles of rain fell in the past few days but really didn’t make much of an impact.

 The dry conditions and roaring wildfires kept many firefighters from a break to visit their family, even for Thanksgiving day.  A large portion of the firefighters in the Georgia Mountains came from California, where they have had a lot of experience fighting wildfires.

The local community appreciates the firefighters and a local church in Chatsworth decided to show it on Thanksgiving Day!  The First Baptist Church of Chatsworth fed over 400 out of town firefighters who didn’t make it home to be with their families.  Locals from various areas including Blue Ridge brought food to the Church to assist in the program to feed the firefighters.  Much of the food cooked in their homes and a local Ingles Market also took orders from those who wanted to donate a meal but didn’t have time to cook.


A local man told us,  “It’s a small effort to say a big thank you to those firefighters protecting us and our homes.”

Firefighters have been working tirelessly for weeks to battle the wildfires and a home cooked meal of turkey was an extension of the gratitude felt by the folks in the North Georgia Mountains.


Rough Ridge Fire Update


TJ Maxx plans Grand opening in Blue Ridge


TJ MAXX plans to have its grand opening on Sunday, November 13th.  Doors will open at 8AM.

The new store is located in the Ingles shopping Plaza in Blue Ridge, GA off HWY 515.

T.J. MAXX coming to Blue Ridge soon


Soon there will be a new place to shop in Blue Ridge, GA.

Coming soon to a location near you!  The store will occupy a space in the Ingles Market shopping center in Blue Ridge, GA.  Spokesperson for the stores told FYN it is expected to open this Fall.  Look for exciting information on its grand opening soon.

T.J. Maxx, often styled T.J.Maxx, is an American department store chain. With more than 1,000 stores, T.J. Maxx is a major clothes retailer in the United States.

Fannin Fire Department Gets New Truck


Fannin County Fire Department gets a new Ford F350 4WD vehicle and Fire Chief Larry Thomas described the truck as “much needed.”  Volunteers raised the funds to purchase the vehicle which will be used at Mineral Bluff at Fire Station #2.  Thomas told us the Fire Station #2 had one 4 wheel drive unit but this one is smaller and will make things easier.

Much needed equipment is generally purchased through the budget, however volunteers raised donations for this purchase.  Chief Larry Thomas has been Fire Chief with Fannin County for almost 15 years.  Thomas wanted to thank the Committee who worked so hard, the volunteers who worked equally hard, and all the folks who donated to raise the funds.


Please remember the BBQ Benefit – Live Music – November 14th 2015 11am – 3pm at The Community Hall in Epworth, Georgia $7 per ticket. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of the Fire/Rescue Truck for Fannin County Fire Department.  Sponsored by:  Tri-State Methodist Men.  Fannin Fire Department will be doing Car Seat Safety Check, Life Force will be there, and Sparky!



Halloween Health and Safety Tips

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Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.

Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Going trick-or-treating?

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Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

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Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

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Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

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Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

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Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.

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Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

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Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.

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Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lens.

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Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

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Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

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Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

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Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

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Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

Happy Halloween!

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FYN is happy to announce the winners of the “Let It Snow” Photo Contest. The many snow photos everyone submitted were wonderful. Thank you all for your snow pictures. The winners were selected by independent judges. Congratulations winners!

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