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Don’t forget the day of Relay on its way

Maybe it is because of the astronomically high count of yellow pine pollen that has enveloped our community. That yellow tint has coated vehicles, driveways, Easter suits, everyday shoes and even your pet cats and dogs.
Maybe it is because while Tax Day April 15 looms, some of us continue to receive our second and third mailed copies of the U.S. Census as our neighbors haven’t gotten their first returnable one.
Maybe it is because we have understandably become entranced with the pride, the splendor and the history of our community’s annual livestock festival.
Maybe it is simply two words: “The Economy.”
Whatever the reason we must ease off the brake and thrust that gas pedal to the floorboard as we enter the final weeks before our county’s version of the Relay For Life, the signature event of the American Cancer Society.
It is possible, we, as the Sylvania Telephone, have not done enough to etch the upcoming fund-raising events and the 12-hour remembrance ceremony into people’s memory banks, but it is assured that the Relay committee and the local 10-member teams are busting their humps to generate money to put a halt to dreaded killer known as cancer.
This year’s Relay theme revolves around birthdays. Surviving cancer means individuals can have more birthdays.
That birthday theme certainly was conveyed on the Relay committee’s livestock festival parade float that rolled down Main Street Saturday. The float, which won first place in the non-profit category, had a gigantic birthday cake that was decorated with ribbons of various colors – each symbolic of the different types of cancers.
Among those teams who have gotten a jumpstart of fundraising are the Screven County Hospital and Screven County Elementary School.
As one way of increasing funds, the elementary school raised more than $1,000 as students each paid $1 so they could come to school dressed in their pajamas for one day.
Always a strong supporter of Relay with committee chair Willene Dickey spearheading the effort, Walls Diner employees opened the restaurant doors for its annual Sunday lunch last month to collect money for the campaign.
Donations for Relay are gladly accepted, but scheduled events during April also provide entertainment opportunities as the community gives.
On Saturday, the Relay For Life pageant will begin at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Admission is a $5 donation.
The Survivors Dinner, which honors those who have battled cancer, will be April 13 at the Cail Community Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A community-wide yard sale in tandem with Keep Screven Beautiful will be held in the morning near the city amphitheater April 17.
Residents -- male and female -- are asked to wear hats to their respective church services April 18 to honor the local efforts for Relay For Life. Later that same day a Poker Run will wind through locations of Screven County.
“Bank Night” will be April 24 at the Bank of Newington Sylvania branch. This is for teams to turn in as much as they have collected thus far.
The actual 12 hours of Relay will be from 4 p.m. April 30 until 4 a.m. May 1. And for good measure on May 15 Clarke’s in Newington is scheduled to hold a fundrasier and a lawnmower race will be held at the speedway.
Screven Countians have always come together to make Relay successful. Now is the time to pool our resources – both monetary and physical – to make it happen.