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News Briefs for April 10, 2024
Effingham Festival

Olde Effingham Festival set for April 20

Special to the Herald

The Olde Effingham Festival at the Living History Site is set for Saturday April 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The event will be at the corner of Pine and Early streets across from the Old Courthouse in Springfield.

The Effingham Museum will have displays from prehistoric to 1960, including Native American artifacts, Civil War-era items, the Veterans’ room and the Old Jail.

The Living History Site features 12 buildings dating from 1790 to 1950, including period-furnished homes, a barn, blacksmith shot, carpenter shop, the Blandford Depot, Rincon Post Office, and Bethel School. There will be demonstrations of old crafts and handiwork.

Daylong events include vendors with crafts, a bake sale, antique car displays, music, children’s activities, animals, and cannon firings. Also a photo show, doll show, and a plant sale by the Springfield Garden Club.

For more information, call 912-754-2170.


LDSS Monthly Family Support Meeting is April 18


Special to the Herald

SAVANNAH -- The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) announces its upcoming Family Support meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at 1525 Dean Forest Rd., Savannah, GA 31408. Enter through the side entrance labeled “100A”.

This monthly gathering is open to all families and individuals in the greater Savannah/Lowcountry area who have been touched by Down syndrome. Established in 2006, LDSS serves families across eight surrounding counties, providing vital support, resources, and a sense of community.

The meetings, held every third Thursday of the month, offer a valuable platform for families to connect, share experiences, and gain insights.

Each session typically features a guest speaker, providing valuable information and perspectives, followed by dedicated social time for families to interact and build relationships. Children are enthusiastically encouraged to attend, fostering a supportive environment for all members of the family.

“We’re excited to welcome both familiar faces and newcomers to our upcoming meeting,” said Joe Marchese, President of LDSS. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect, learn, and grow together as a community.”

The LDSS Family Support meetings are free to attend, and no RSVP is required. Simply join and be part of this vibrant community.


Second annual Earth Day festival set for April 20

The second annual Earth Day festival in Guyton will be held April 20 on the walking trail starting at the Caboose, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. More than 70 booths have been reserved from local vendors and Earth Day participants. There will be hands-on activities for all ages; and music provided by the Effingham County Orchestra. Click on for more information.