a house fire, tremendous job of cleaning is before you
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Ga., July 29, 2014 -- Because smoke had filled our entire house after
a lightening bolt struck nearby, a mitigation company was called to begin
cleaning up the damage. Kristy and I didnt understand at the
time, but have since learned that when smoke fills a house, everything
in the house must be removed and cleaned. That includes every drawer,
every piece of clothing, every pencil that was in a drawer
single item has to be removed.
the house repairs will soon begin taking place. This will include removing
sheetrock from the walls and even tiles off the backsplash in the kitchen.
Every area that was burned will have to be completely taken out and replaced,
including the floor joists. Most, if not all, of the carpet in the
entire house will need to be replaced.
After speaking with the fire investigator, we learned that lightning struck
the gas meter at the road, about 100 yards away. Then it followed the
underground line into the house. Fire traveled through the HVAC
and in a matter of seconds, drew smoke through the entire house.
Though the house itself wasnt hit, still the fire got into the house
through the underground gas line. Therefore, all of the ductwork in the
home must be replaced as well. A second lightening strike also hit
an outside air conditioning unit, and came into the house that way.
Almost all of our important documents were kept in a closet; the exact
spot where the fire traveled. While the documents werent burned,
they are a bit brown and will forever smell of smoke. We wish we had kept
them in a fireproof safe!
Our insurance carrier, State Farm, has been fairly quick to respond.
They set us up with a company that gave us guidance in locating a rental
home. We moved in one week to the day after the fire. That
company also set us up with furniture and basic housewares since all our
belongings are covered in soot.
Countless numbers of friends and family came to our aid, asking what they
could do to help. The only thing anyone could really do is laundry.
We soon found that it was virtually impossibly to remove the smoke smell
from most of the clothes with regular washing or dry cleaning. We
were forced immediately to go out and purchase the basic items that we
need on a daily basis.
Its been two weeks and at this time we still havent even begun
to look at the total time and cost it will take to repair the damage to
our home. This is going to be quite a process and require much patience;
something I have very little of.
Advice after going through all this:
sure your homeowners policy is paid for and up to date!
- Be sure
to keep all of your important documents in a fireproof safe.
- If you
have children, be sure to discuss an escape plan if there
ever is a fire.
is dangerous and can cause a chain reaction.
a photo inventory of everything you own.
If I knew
at 11:15 p.m. on July 9 what I knew at 4 a.m. on July 10, I would have
gladly poured a five gallon bucket of orange juice on our brand new carpet.
week for metro Atlanta with new Hall of Famers, Cyclorama
Editor and publisher
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2014 -- Two major events took place last week impacting Metro Atlanta.
Sunday was virtually an all-Georgia day in Cooperstown, N.Y., as each
of the inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame had something to do with
closely associated with the Atlanta Braves, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and
Bobby Cox, were inducted into the Hall, along with former Braves Manager
Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, who was at one time with the Braves organization.
Then there was Frank Thomas, an Albany native, also on the inductee list.
It was great day for baseball fans from Georgia!
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major announcement of last week was of the successful negotiations to
move the Atlanta Cyclorama from Grant Park to the campus of the Atlanta
History Center in Buckhead. This move will establish the Cyclorama painting
at the logical spot on the History Center campus, and will also restore
it to its original sizing, including part that was cut away when locating
at a building at Grant Park that was too small for the original. The Civil
War locomotive, The Texas, will also be moved to the site.
Its all part of an already-funded effort to erect a special building
for the world-famous painting and locomotive adjacent to the present History
What was especially pleasing to me what that the painting will now come
under the auspices of the History Center, with sufficient endowment to
maintain it properly. Under the auspices of the City of Atlanta, political
maneuvering often cut the maintenance budget of the painting. It was falling
into major problems and needs significant repair before it can be properly
years ago, the History Center was in negotiations with another City Administration
at City Hall for the move of the Cyclorama to be under the umbrella of
the History Center. For those of you who have had any dealings with the
Atlanta City Council, you may imagine how difficult these talks were.
Eventually, all came to nothing, as politicians would not negotiate, as
the History Center lamented the lack of upkeep of the Cyclorama. Through
lots of hard work, the History Center now has raised $32.2 million from
a select group of donors and foundations, including a $10 million endowment
for the long-term care of the Cyclorama. That gift comes from Lloyd and
Mary Ann Whitaker, who saw the need, which means that the Cyclorama can
be in great shape for viewers to see in perpetuity.
All in all, it was a good week for Metro Atlanta.
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may jinx it, but hasnt it been cool so far this summer?
* * * *
Fall Festival, coming on the last weekend in September, 27-28, has activities
going on all year. It takes a boatload of some 400 volunteers, to put
on what is one of the largest weekend festivals in Gwinnett. For instance,
here is a current list of upcoming Festival activities you might put on
September 13 at 6:30 p.m., Festival Concert with Rupert's Orchestra
on the Town Green.
September 18 at 6:30 p.m., the Taste of Duluth at the Payne-Corley House.
September 26 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Festival Community Lunch
at Duluth Festival Center.
September 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., Fair Weather Sneak Peek at the
Festival Food Court. Put these on your schedule.
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change in 100 days? That's how much time we have left before Election
Day. A few people will be happy, others sad, and most of us will be wondering,
What can we expect now?
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great issue with stance of writer who recommended book
Editor, the Forum:
I was appalled to read the review of Adolf Hitlers Mein Kampf
that you published because it grossly and dangerously misrepresented the
nature and value of the book. It suggested that the book is a detailed
analysis essentially a benign academic sociological treatise
of early 20th century Germany.
Kampf is anything but that. It is a political and racist screed written
by a lunatic who in a decade and a half after its publication would plunge
most of the civilized world into the bloodiest, most destructive war and
genocide in human history, costing the lives of tens of millions of people.
To characterize the book as anything but that is an insult to the millions
of innocent civilians and valiant service men and women who perished as
a result of the madness he unleashed.
Similarly, to say some of his solutions have some relevance
to our current economic situation is to give credence to policies that
dehumanized specific groups of people to justify their ultimate subjugation
or extermination. Mein Kampf is hardly a detailed analysis
of the failure of German culture
It is an account of an angry,
self-aggrandizing, bigots distorted view of a world he could only
understand in paranoidal and conspiratorial terms.
I am not suggesting that Mein Kampf should not be read. It should
be. But only because it provides a valuable window into the mind and logic
of a man who was unequivocally evil and can serve as a warning to anyone
who seeks simple expedient answers to complex problems proposed by demagogues
with more charisma than character. Mein Kampf should not be read
by people unfamiliar with its true nature and its ultimate consequences,
and who believe it is history.
I was so upset when I read his review that I clicked on unsubscribe. I
apologize. It was a gut response, not a reasoned one. Please reinstate
Dick Goodman, Suwanee
doesn't like being referred to in such a manner
Editor, the Forum:
In your comment column in the last edition, you seem to have insulted
at least 75 percent of voters. You said:
see, the wing-nuts on both sides always come out, and in a low turnout,
dominate the electorate, meaning that the rank-and-file (who didn't
vote) are not heard from. That translates into the moderates (the majority)
of either party virtually giving up their influence by not offsetting
the extremes. We'll be talking more about that in coming issues.
that the extremes do tend to vote during low-turnout elections, but I
would like to point out that there are also both conservative and liberal
voters who vote because it is the right thing to do. I am not sure that
I appreciate being classified with the wing-nuts, as I did vote on Tuesday.
Name Withheld by Editor
Dear Withheld: Sorry to have insulted you, and maybe others. But you
put yourself into the wing-nut category, not me. I was trying to indict
both sides. How did I go wrong? No matter which side you are on,
we do agree you did the right thing by voting.eeb
up candidacy of Michelle Nunn from one point of view
Editor, the Forum:
As the November elections are upcoming and in view of your comments recently
on the Senatorial candidates from Georgia, I thought I'd throw a few things
in the mix.
Michelle Nunn is the past CEO of Points of Life, a non-profit volunteer
service organization and the daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, Democrat,
from Georgia. She went to the all-girls private National Cathedral School
in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1985. She attended the University
of Virginia where she majored in history, which should be a plus,
as the younger electorate in our country is just plain dumb when it comes
to our history. I, being a history buff can appreciate this attribute.
from the University of Virginia in 1989 and earned a Master of Public
Administration degree from Harvard in 2001. The same year, she married
Ron Martin, Jr., who works in the real state business and is a stay-at-home
Michelle opted to keep her own name, saying it never occurred to her to
Well................DUH! Her father being Sam Nunn might have had
something to do with her decision wouldn't one think? "The
apple doesn't fall far from the tree." Georgia voters better
remember that Sam Nunn endorsed and backed Obama when he ran for President
the first time. Michelle Nunn was assessed by Emory University political
scientist Merle Black in 2004, when she considered a run for Zell Miller's
office, as having few political assets other than her father's name.
David Earl Tyre, Jesup
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Corners area will get new sidewalks, crosswalks
Crooked Creek Road will get new curb, gutter and sidewalks, pedestrian
crosswalks and drainage improvements thanks to an agreement between Gwinnett
County and Peachtree Corners. The project will add sidewalks to the east
side of Crooked Creek Road between Jay Bird Alley and the entrance to
Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, where it will connect to existing sidewalks.
The city and the county will each pay half of the estimated $375,000 project
cost and the Gwinnett DOT will manage the engineering, right-of-way acquisition
and construction. County funds will come from the 2005 SPLOST program
while the city will use a grant from the state DOT.
The new section of sidewalks, together with other projects in the area,
will link several neighborhoods to Peachtree Elementary School and improve
becomes new president of Rotary Club of Peachtree Corners
The Rotary Club of Peachtree Corners welcomed its president for 2014-2015,
Sam Evans, during a June 26 ceremony at Berkeley Hills Country Club.
He succeeds Todd Evans of Jackson EMC (no relation) the previous
a number of successes from the previous year the membership was challenged
by Evans (Sam) to make the citizens of the local community aware that
the Peachtree Corners Rotary Club is the best kept secret
in the area. Evans added that he would like to see the members more
active in the community by doing more outreach and reminded them of two
events coming up.
The Rotary Club of Peachtree Corners meets Mondays at noon at the Carlyle
House in Downtown Norcross and adheres to the Rotary International theme
of Service Above Self.
Sam Evans is a wealth adviser at Evans Wealth Management located in Duluth.
He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 2009. He
is a member of the Atlanta Society of Finance and Investment Professionals.
He holds a BS degree in Accounting and an MBA with a Financial Services
concentration from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. A resident
of Alpharetta, GA, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters,
playing golf and tennis and watching Auburn University football.
for these red flags when checking for-profit schools
Enrollment at for-profit schoolsincluding trade schools and online
universitieshas skyrocketed in recent years. Unfortunately, not
all schools offer a quality education and enrolling in a sub-par program
can be a waste of time and money. When checking out for-profit schools,
Atlantas Better Business Bureau recommends doing your research and
looking for seven red flags.
applying to a for-profit school, BBB recommends looking out for the following
recruiter uses high-pressure sales tactics. If a sales rep is subjecting
you to high pressure sales tacticsincluding bullying you or claiming
you have to sign up immediately, just walk away.
recruiter exaggerates potential income or guarantees a job. Beware of
any school that guarantees you will get a job after completing their
prices are inflated when compared to other options. In some cases, schools
are charging as much as $14,000 for a certification in massage therapy
while a similar certification at a local public college would have cost
school is not accredited. Ask the schools representative
about national and regional accreditation and then confirm with the
accrediting organization. You can check with the US Department of Education
to learn which post- secondary schools are accredited by approved agencies.
degree or program seems too easy to obtain. If the degree seems too
easy to earnthis includes simply taking a test online or earning
your degree based largely on life experienceit probably isnt
school does not disclose information as required. Dont be afraid
to ask plenty of questions when talking to recruiters and if you get
the runaround instead of clear, concise answers, its a bad sign.
recruiter encourages you to lie on financial aid forms. If you get caught
lying on your financial aid forms, not only will you have to pay the
government back the money you borrowed, you could be fined and sent
institutions you can trust please visit www.bbb.org.
Wind in the Willows
By Kenneth Grahame
lazy day by the river, simply messing around in boats, sounds
pretty good in these hectic days! A childrens novel by designation,
but a delight at any age, we follow the adventures of Toad, Ratty, Badger
and Mole as they become friends and explore the English countryside. All
is not idyllic as intervention becomes necessary when one of the friends
becomes a hazard to himself (and others), and needs assistance.
Ebbing and flowing like the river, the story is at times laid back and
quiet, while at other times, full of action. As then-president Teddy
Roosevelt once wrote to the author, I have come to accept the characters
as old friends, and they will become real to you as well! A wonderful
read to share with your children, with many examples of choices and the
consequences those choices bring.
Karen Garner, Dacula
invitation: What Web sites, books or restaurants have you enjoyed?
Send us your best recent visit to
a restaurant or most recent book you have read along with a short paragraph
as to why you liked it, plus what book you plan to read next. --eeb
Military Institute in Marietta provided aid to Confederacy
Established in Marietta and opened to students in July 1851, the Georgia
Military Institute (GMI) was the principal source of education for
new engineers and teachers in the state during the decade prior to the
Civil War (1861-65). Originally funded by private subscription and donations,
GMI began its official relationship with the state in 1852, when the legislature
chartered the school and presented it with muskets, swords, and a battery
of four cannons. Although GMI began with only three instructors and seven
students, it quickly attracted a large number of cadets from Georgia's
wealthiest families. Between 1853 and 1861, GMI's student body fluctuated
between 150 and 200 cadets.
110-acre campus included a parade ground, an academic building, four student
barracks, and a residence for the school superintendent. Like most southern
military schools of the late antebellum period, GMI based its curriculum
on the course of study at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New
York. Between 50 and 75 percent of students left GMI each year because
of the tough physical and academic standards.
Sometime during the 1850s the state legislature began subsidizing the
education of ten cadets yearly as a way of providing qualified engineers
and teachers for state projects. Upon graduation, those cadets were required
to perform two years of service to the state.
GMI's existence was threatened in 1861, when Georgia seceded from the
Union and Governor Joseph E. Brown called upon GMI superintendent Francis
W. Capers to provide drill instructors for the new Georgia volunteers
then flooding training camps in the state. Other GMI cadets left to serve
in newly forming Southern armies in 1861 and 1862.
The school survived by admitting more students, but the Confederate government's
April 1862 Conscription Act left cadets susceptible to the draft, again
threatening GMI's survival. Brown interceded on behalf of GMI and protected
the institution by making it home to the state's engineer corps. Brown
appointed Capers as chief engineer of Georgia with the military rank of
Although the cadet battalion spent most of the Civil War serving as funeral
details, provost guards, prisoner escorts, and drill instructors, the
arrival of Union general William T. Sherman's troops in spring 1864 forced
Georgia officials to reassign every available man to the active defense
of the state. Desiring to see his cadets enter service as a volunteer
unit and not under the draft, Capers led them into the regular Confederate
army in May. As Sherman's army approached Dalton, GMI cadets were assigned
to active duty in the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Although Sherman's
troops burned the GMI buildings in Marietta, the cadet battalion entered
active service against the Union men and contested the Union invasion
along the Chattahoochee River in July and during the siege of Atlanta
During the late summer and fall of 1864 Brown reassigned the GMI cadets
to protect the state capital at Milledgeville from Union cavalry raids.
In mid-November 1864 the cadets left Milledgeville as part of a ragtag
group of militia and convicts hoping to stop Sherman's march to the sea.
Despite their efforts Savannah fell in December, and the GMI battalion
spent the remainder of the war acting as guards in Milledgeville and Augusta.
The battalion officially disbanded on May 20, 1865.
After the war GMI alumni and Capers made several attempts to reopen the
school, but all attempts failed to garner the needed financial support
from the state. The Georgia legislature instead used the limited funds
available during Reconstruction on public education at nonmilitary schools.
The site is now the home of the Marietta Hotel and Conference Center,
the Hilton Atlanta, in Marietta.
like a painting, but it's real
editions mystery photo looks much to us like an oil painting.
Just where is it, and can you identify it also? If so, send
your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org,
and be sure to include your hometown.
weeks mystery photo was that of a bronze statue of Carolus
Linnaeus at the Chicago Botanic Garden, sent in by Bill McLemore
of McHenry, Ill. Identifying it was Karen Garner of Dacula,
who said: Carolus Linnaeus [1701-1778] was a Swedish botanist,
physician, and zoologist, who laid the foundations for the modern
scheme of binomial nomenclature, the international system of naming
plants and animals that is still in use today. He is known as
the father of modern taxonomy, and is also considered one of the
fathers of modern ecology. He is shown reaching eagerly toward
the plants in his path with a collectors enthusiasm. The
prominent bird in the sculpture a golden plover, which
can fly for thousands of miles refers to the many students
of Linnaeus who traveled the globe collecting plants for him to
name. Linnaeus is regarded as the father of Taxonomic Botany.
Also making the identification was Hillary Wilson of Duluth,
who frequents botanical gardens throughout the world.
This bright patch of Black-Eyed Susans colorize the land in front
of the Atlanta History Center on West Paces Ferry Road, captured
recently by Photographer Frank Sharp. Our roving photographer also
found a deer in this setting. No, thats not a real deer in
the background, though initially it sure looks like one.
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return to Suwanee Town Center Park on August 1 from 5:30 until
9:30 p.m. The tentative food truck line-up includes Freckled and Blue,
King of Pops, Mac the Cheese, MG's Burger Que, Nana G's Chicken and Waffles,
On Tapa the World, Pressed for Time, Smiley's Street Eats, Tex's Tacos,
and Tracey's Tasties. Students in the Suwanee Youth Leaders program are
responsible for planning activities and entertainment at the August Food
Truck Friday event.
Cup Criterium debuts Saturday, August 2, in downtown Duluth
at 1 p.m. With some 600 cyclists, this bicycle race will feature some
of the top professional and amateur racers in the Southeast, and offer
$15,00 in prizes. Races will continue throughout the afternoon. There
will be a festive atmosphere, with food, games and fun for kids and grown-ups
alike. For more info, call 678-475-3506.
the Bus and Stuff Your Belly, Saturday, August 2, $10
for two meats and trimmings, Noon to 3 p.m. at Farmhouse 17 on Holcomb
Bridge in Norcross. This benefits school children through your donation
of school supplies. Sponsored by Norcross Cluster Schools Partnership,
Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Farmhouse 17 and Communities in Schools.
for Aspiring Writers, at Suwanee Public Library, Thursday, August
14 at 6:30 p.m. Leading the workshop will be Author Joe Samuel Starnes
(author of Fall Line), using the topic: Research: A Writer's Best
Friend and A Writer's Worst Enemy- Using Research in Your Fiction.
For more details, visit www.gwinnettpl.org.
with members of Duluth City Council, Monday, August 4, at 6:30
p.m. at Point Berkeley International Village, 3645 North Berkeley Lake
Road. The program calls for an informal chat with Council members about
Development and Redevelopment in the Duluth area.
Monday, August 4 starting at 6 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and
Administration Center in Lawrenceville. Hosted by the Northeast Atlanta
Metro Association of Realtors, there will be a panel of experts to discuss
the programs and options available to eligible low, moderate, and middle
income homebuyers. For more information about the Housing Forum, contact
Tim Hur at 404-954-2322.
OBJECTIVES FOR GWINNETT
Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range
list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read
of a two-party system for county offices
statewide non-partisan judge election runoffs to the General
rail for Gwinnett from Doraville MARTA station to Gwinnett Arena
of Gwinnett Place CID area to
include Arena and Discovery Mills Mall
of tobacco in all Gwinnett parks
Briscoe Field a commercial airport for jet-age travel
diverse candidates for political offices and appointment to local
move of former St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Buffalo, N.Y., to
efforts to support the arts in Gwinnett
and expansion of city and Gwinnett historical societies
regulation of late-night establishments with alcoholic licenses
the legislature to meet once every two years.
of more community gardens.
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