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A simple New Year’s resolution for better health can get a jump start with an invigorating First Day Hike at any of a number of state facilities across Northwest Georgia.

In the Rome area, a Ranger led hike will take place around Lake Antioch at the Rocky Mountain Public Fishing Area in the Big Texas Valley. The stroll will take participants along the banks of Antioch Lake, where the Ranger will share this area’s unique history, flora and fauna. The trail is considered moderate in difficulty. The walk will begin from the Visitor Information parking lot at 8:30 a.m. There is a standard $5 parking fee. Call 706-802-5087 for additional information.

The Sloppy Floyd State Park in Summerville will offer a Ranger-led hike of two miles to the Marble Mine. This trail is considered moderate in difficulty. The walk will begin from the park office at 2 p.m. Call 706-857-0826 for details.

A couple of events are scheduled for Red Top Mountain State Park. The Iron Hill Trail will be the focus for a Ranger-led hike through the wooded pathways of the historic iron ore industry. The hike will leave from the Iron Hill parking lot. Call 770-975-0055 for details.

Later that night an AmeriCorps Ranger will lead a full moon hike on the Lakeside Trail. On this Super Moonlit night, the rangers will lecture about the moon while using black lights to help illuminate the trail. Visitors are also encouraged to bring flashlights. Additional information is available at 770-975-0055.

Finally, up at Fort Mountain State Park a hike will visit the historic Stone Wall, historic CCC Fire Tower and West Overlook for some breathtaking views. This is a moderate, rocky one-mile hike with plenty of nature, history and sightseeing. There is a $5 fee in addition to the normal $5 parking pass. You can call 706-422-1932 for details,

Parks across America will participate in the seventh annual national event that was conceived of to help promote the parks and encourage Americans to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

First Day Hikes originated more than 25 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation – a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. Last year, more than 62,000 people took part in guided hikes that covered over 114,165 miles on 1,300 different hikes across the country.

Holston Gases expanding

Holston Gases, with facilities in Rome and Dalton revealed their expansion in Carrollton last week. The new facility would be located at 719 Bankhead Highway.

Holston Gases President Robert Anders said the addition of an office and distribution facility in Carrollton better allows the company to serve clients in east Alabama and West Georgia.

Holston Gases is a regional distributor of industrial, medical, and propane gases as well as welding, safety and industrial supplies. The company, headquartered in Knoxville, has been in business for more than six decades. It now has more than two dozen locations in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.

Calhoun, Cartersville hospitals seeking major improvements

Both the Gordon Hospital and Cartersville Medical Center have filed applications with the Georgia Department of Community Health for certificates of need for major projects.

The Gordon application is for an expansion of renovation of the hospital valued at $22.7 million

The Cartersville Medical Center project is for the renovation and expansion of the emergency department at surgical suites valued at $13.8 million.