Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
GrapeNew
A 2020 VISION
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Tifton Grapevine
As I sat at my laptop to once again craft a column for the New Year , I decided to re-read the words I wrote a year ago on New Year's Eve .

At that time, I made some resolutions for 2019 to be a better person . For the most part , I have followed them but find that I am still working on some of those goals . Thus, I have an updated list for 2020, adding new goals and retaining others as reminders .

I truly believe that if we all strive to do the following things, not only will we be better people but we will help create a better world .

In 2020, resolve to:

  • Be grateful for each day. Life is a gift.

  • Be prayerful. Show reverence to God and belief in the power of prayer.

  • Be nicer than you have to be. Smile. Treat everyone with kindness, no matter who they are or their station in life. 

  • Be forgiving. Do not hold grudgesForgive others, even if you may think they don't deserve it. By forgiving others, we free ourselves.

  • Be respectful – of others' feelings, of their time, of their beliefs.

  • Be active. Move – don't sit on the sidelinesGet up, and get involved. Participate. Do not procrastinate and handle tasks as they arise.

  • Be healthy – in mind, body and spirit.

  • Be appreciative of others. Tell them what they mean to you. Thank them for what they do and what they have done for you.

  • Be forward-looking. Remember the past but don't reside there. We have the ability to create our future through our thoughts and our actions.

  • Be healthy – in mind, body and spirit.

  • Be aware. Notice all that is around you, especially the "little" things, which are often not little at all.

  • Be a risk-taker. Embrace change, for that is one thing upon which we can depend.

  • Be positive. Your attitude determines your altitudeRecognize and reflect the good in the world, for there is much good to be found.

Let's make 2020 a meaningful year and make the coming new decade the best one of our lives.
'POLAR BEARS' TO PLUNGE FOR LOCAL NONPROFITS
The  Tiftarea YMCA  is hosting the Seventh Annual Polar Bear Plunge  at  11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1,  in the Tiftarea YMCA's pool at the  Stafford Aquatics Center at Hunt Park on Westover Road

Ten  participants are competing to  raise money  for their respective  local charity . The individual raising the  most money  for his or her nonprofit , with the stipulation that they  must slide down  into the  plunge pool , receives  100  percent of the proceeds for their  charity

All other  charities  receive a  50  percent split with  Tiftarea YMCA  if their corresponding representative  takes the plunge . The outdoor temperature is forecast to be 50 degrees when competitors will take the plunge Wednesday morning.

This year's participants and their local charities are:  Jason Bishoff Tiftarea YMCA;    Wingate Whitley , PattiCake House ; Bret Wagenhorst,  Meals on Wheels ; Mike Beeman,   Ruth's Cottage ; Andy Ring , Called to Care ; Heather Johnson , The Soup Kitchen ; Clint Hurst , Urban Elevation ; Paul Horst , Tiftarea Greenways Association ; Todd Garner , H-3 Center ; and Andrew Marzen , Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence .

In the accompanying photo , Marzen is pictured in a TuTu , which he was challenged to wear to raise money for the education foundation . Marzen has called his fundraising quest "TuTus for Teachers."

For information about the Polar Bear Plunge and Tiftarea YMCA , Click Here!
GNAT DROP
"Matt the Gnat" will drop at midnight in Downtown Tifton to usher in the year 2020 .

Tift County   is hosting the  2nd Annual Gnat Drop   on  New Year's Eve  with festivities beginning at 7 p.m.   in front of  Tift County's Charles Kent Administration Building   on  Tift Avenue Live music   and  food vendors   will be available.

This year's  entertainment   includes  Kasey King, Soulful Serenades, Blak Pearl   and  Harold E. Thomas & Danger Zone.

The audience may bring lawn chairs to the site.
DDA IMPROVING 9 MORE CROSSWALKS DOWNTOWN
The Tifton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is installing nine more visually identifiable  crosswalks  this week in  Downtown Tifton .

The first phase was done during this past summer and included new  herringbone-patterned  crosswalks at  Second Street  and  Love Avenue , at  Third  and  Main streets , and across  Main Street  at the  Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts.

This second phase begins on Thursday, Jan. 2, and continues on Friday, Jan. 3 , weather permitting. The following streets will be affected by crosswalk installments after 5 p.m Thursday and into the early morning hours of Friday :

  • Two crosswalks at Main and Fifth streets
  • Two at Main and Ninth streets
  • Two at Library Lane and Tift Avenue 
  • Two at Main Street/Love Avenue and First Street
  • One at Tift Avenue and Third Street East

Traffic control personnel will be on site to maintain traffic flow. Each crosswalk takes roughly 45 minutes to an hour to install.

The  DDA  began working on the project in  2018  to make safer, more  visually appealing crosswalks  downtown. Considering that  Main Street  is a U.S. and state route with an  average annual daily traffic count  of  5,760 vehicles per day between  Third and Fifth streets,  the  DDA  procured a  rural grant  from the  U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the crosswalks.
YOUR NEXT PET IS WAITING AT
THE TIFT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER
This happy boy is available for adoption or rescue for the new year.
Emma is spunky and playful, and is ready to run and play.
Visit "furever" friends at the Tift County Animal Shelter, 1-6 p.m.,
Mondays-Fridays, at 278 Ga. Highway 125 South in Tifton.
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