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Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

MILTON, GA -- On Sunday, Nov. 7, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs are teaming up for the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program to remind families of a simple task that could make the difference in surviving a house fire.

Studies have shown that having a working smoke alarm doubles a family's chances of escaping a fire. This 22-year-old campaign encourages families to take action by changing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors during the switch to Standard Time.

Hopewell Youth Association Begins Spring Baseball Registration

MILTON, GA -- Online registration for Hopewell Youth Association's (HYA) spring 2011 recreational baseball season will begin on Monday, Nov. 1 on the group's website.

Based on the success and growth of HYA's baseball program, parents need to make sure they register their children as early as possible.

The registration process is split into three phases:

* Phase 1: Milton residents only
Monday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 14

* Phase 2: Milton residents and non-Milton-residing veteran HYA players
Monday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Dec. 12

* Phase 3: Open registration
Monday, Dec. 13 through Monday, Dec. 27

Late registration will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 28. A $70 late fee will be charged for any registrations after Dec. 27.

Milton Fire Department Begins CPR Saturdays

MILTON, GA -- On Saturday, Nov. 6, the City of Milton Fire Department will begin hosting a series of free lifesaving classes named "CPR Saturdays."

The classes, scheduled for the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m., will take place at Milton Fire Station No. 43 (750 Hickory Flat Road, Milton, 30004).

There is an online form available for those interested in CPR Saturdays. Residents can also visit the City of Milton website, click "Find a Form or Permit" and choose "Sign up for CPR Saturdays" under "Online Forms."

CPR Saturdays is part of the American Heart Association's "Family and Friends" curriculum and will cover CPR, rescue breathing, how to use an Automated External Defibrillator and rendering aid to a choking victim.

Bulky Trash Amnesty Day in North Fulton

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- The Public Works Departments of Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton, along with Keep Roswell Beautiful, are joining together to offer residents a chance to clean out their garages, basements and attics, and dispose of unwanted items at no charge.

On Saturday, Oct. 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., residents of Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton may bring certain items to the Roswell Public Works Divison (1810 Hembree Road, Roswell, 30076). Proof of residency will be required; utility bills are preferred, but Roswell residents with the city window decal do not need any other form of identification.

This event has been popular in the past, so some delays are expected. Materials will only be accepted on-site on the day of the event.

Alpharetta PAL Plans Scare Fair, Haunted House

ALPHARETTA, GA -- A community haunted house will open its creaky doors in downtown Alpharetta on Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30, when the Alpharetta Police Athletic League (PAL) converts its gym into a spooky scare zone.

On Friday, the haunted house (50 Jones Avenue, Alpharetta, 30009) will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., as police officers and firefighters dress up to deliver frights. Concessions will be available for a nominal fee.

On Saturday, the event will begin at 4:00 p.m. with outdoor activities, including a moonwalk, a cookout, cotton candy, popcorn and more.

Milton Seeking Veterans' Information for Veterans Day

MILTON, GA -- The City of Milton plans to display commemorative markers for Veterans Day, Nov. 11. In preparation, the City is adding veterans to its registry of service men and women.

Through more than two years of hard work and the generosity of citizens, Milton has amassed a list of more than 150 fallen veterans memorialized with markers placed on Deerfield Parkway during the week of the holiday.

Each year, residents ask how their family members may be added to the registry.

North Fulton Ready to Host Film, TV Productions

ATLANTA -- The best time to stoke the flames is when the fire is burning hot.

And that's exactly what North Fulton County is doing.

North Fulton joins 15 other communities across the state in being the first to earn the special designation of "camera ready" by the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. Being named camera ready means that a county has a program that provides film and television production companies with easier, faster and better access to local resources and location information.

2009 was a banner year for filming in Georgia, with more than 348 productions bringing an estimated $770 million to the state's economy, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Productions were shot in 50 Georgia counties over the course of the year, impacting local communities throughout the state.