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Ga., June 4, 2010 -- A new garbage and recycling program begins on Thursday,
July 1, 2010, in unincorporated Gwinnett County. City residents are not
affected by this new plan. Gwinnett County is mailing letters to all residential
property owners on May 28 with details about the new plan, the assigned
hauler and new garbage and recycling pickup day.
of the new program, Gwinnett County has contracted with five private haulers
that will each serve a designated area of unincorporated Gwinnett. Residents
can visit www.sustainablegwinnett.com
to access a tool to find out which company will collect their garbage
JUNE 4, 2010 -- After serving slightly less than a year in Afghanistan, a Lawrenceville National Guard unit is to be recognized in a parade Saturday morning and ceremony at the Fallen Heroes Memorial in front of the Gwinnett Courthouse.
At 9 a.m. Saturday, A Company, First Battalion of the 121st Infantry Regiment of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will march on Pike Street from just east of the Historic Courthouse to Langley Drive, then march toward the current Justice and Administrative Center to halt at the Fallen Heroes Memorial.
There a brief ceremony will memorialize two of the unit's own who lost their lives within the last year in Afghanistan. The men lost were First Sergeant John David Blair of Plainville, and Staff Sergeant Alex French IV of Milledgeville, both members of the Lawrenceville National Guard unit.
Sergeant Blair was killed on June 20, 2009 in Mado Zayi, Afghanistan, when a rocket propelled grenade hit the turret of the vehicle where he was a gunner in a convoy of several vehicles. He is buried in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. He was age 29 years old. Prior to military service, he was a sheriff's deputy in Gordon County.
Sergeant French's death came on Sept. 30, 2009 near Kwhost, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive. He was 31 years old at the time, and is buried in Scenic Memorial Gardens in Milledgeville. He is survived by his wife and three children. Prior to his activation, he was also a sheriff's deputy, in Bibb County.
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For A Company, this was the second recent tour overseas. It arrived in Afghanistan in May of 2009 and returned to Fort Stewart, Ga. in April, 2010, for de-activation from overseas. There are approximately 150 members of the unit, composed of non-traditional soldiers, though only about 100 were overseas recently. The unit is commanded by First Lt. Aaron Anderson of McDonough. The first sergeant is David Osborne of Macon. The Saturday parade is their first time together since returning home.
Earlier, the unit was activated in December, 2004 for five months training at Fort Stewart and at Fort Irwin, Cal. The unit served first in Kuwait in 2005, crossed into Iraq, and was stationed near Baghdad International Airport to provide security for a main supply route. It returned home from Iraq in April, 2006.
The 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team itself dates back to 1825. Its members saw service in the Civil War, when it was part of the Confederate Army. Under different structures and units, its members saw service in the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, in Desert Storm, in the Gulf War, and in Bosnia.
Today it is headquartered at the National Guard Armory, located on East Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.
We urge Gwinnettians to turn out Saturday to welcome their troops back home.
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As an aside, a personal note: For two years, I was a member of the greater unit being honored Saturday when I was in college in Macon. It was then known as Headquarters Company of the 48th Infantry Division. We were never activated, serving our summers in hot, steamy Fort McClellan, Ala. We're proud of our service in this unit and elsewhere, as we logged four years in the Guard and Reserves and 3.5 years on active duty. But that's another story.
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Summer art classes for adults and for children start the week of June 7 at The Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth. There will be several types of classes for adults and children, all open to the general public. Complete descriptions of classes and online registration are available at www.thehudgens.org.
Classes offered this summer include wheel-thrown, handbuilt and raku pottery; creative and realistic drawing; painting in oils, acrylics and watercolors; jewelry making in silver, copper and brass with stone setting and casting and twisted wire; fiber arts with weaving and non-woven techniques; and digital photography courses. Most classes last eight weeks, meeting once per week.
For children, The Hudgens offers classes in beginning, intermediate and advanced pottery, oil pastels, cartooning, fiber arts, and multi-media, as well as a special 'storytime studio' class for young children ages 4 to 7 to attend with a parent or other adult. One-day workshops for adults include sessions in bookbinding, composition, all-natural soap making and hand lotions and toiletries making.
The Hudgens also offers Summer Art Camps for children 5 to 12 years old. Each camp session focuses on a different theme, and campers will rotate through four different fine art classes every day, including drawing and painting, multimedia, ceramics, and drama, culminating in a dramatic production and art show on the final day of camp.
Camps go from Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with before and after care available for an additional charge. Art Camp dates and themes are: In the Forest, June 7-18; Go Global, June 21-July 2; Art Story, July 12-23; and Green Extreme, July 26-30. Two week sessions are $350 for members, and the one-week session is only $175 for members.
Gwinnett Sierra Club plans picnic June 17, stream clean-up
The Gwinnett Sierra Club is planning its annual group picnic on Thursday, June 17, at 6:30 P.M. at McDaniel Farm park in Duluth. For questions or directions, contact Tom Morrissey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-513-4069.
June 19, a Saturday, the Club will have its monthly Suwanee Creek monitoring
event following its meeting. Rain or shine, it's anticipated to begin
at 11 a.m. This is a learning opportunity and fun for families to learn
about the importance of maintaining the health of our local streams. For
more information and to attend, contact Michael Hallen at 678-200-0455
or Lynn or Michael Beach at 770-985-5135 email@example.com.
A half million dollar donation to the Hope Clinic in Lawrenceville will enhance the service of the local non-profit clinic. The donation came through the Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia from Sandra and Clyde Strickland, who have been donors to the Hope Clinic for several years.
Principally, the Strickland donation will fund the completion of a new location at 121 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. This location more than doubles the clinic's current space making it possible for expanded patient programs and services. A portion of the money will help to augment current medical staff and equipment.
Pam Martin, executive director of the Clinic says: "The Stricklands have been such valuable friends to the Hope Clinic. This donation will take us a very long way in completing the new building and growing our current services."
Founded in 2002, the Hope Clinic is a non-profit primary care practice servicing the 5,000 needy patients annually. Patient costs are based on household income instead of actual expenses of providing the care. Donations to the clinic are used to fund the difference between the cost of providing care and the amount charged to the patients. As a primary care preventative medicine model, the clinic seeks to facilitate a broader awareness about the impact, socially and economically, of effective preventative medicine. For more information about Hope Clinic, visit www.hopeclinicgwinnett.info.
Gwinnett schools rank high in helping in Clean Air Campaign
This recent year has been a spectacular year for many schools in Gwinnett County because of the advocacy efforts many have taken to clean the air. The Clean Air Campaign works with 49 schools in Gwinnett County to find solutions to reduce both traffic congestion and air pollution.
Because of the high participation rate (39 percent) of schools, Gwinnett ranked second of the 'Top Five Counties' in the Clean Air Schools programs. Students worked enthusiastically to make a difference for the environment by promoting no-idling initiatives and alternative modes of transportation. As a result of their efforts, Gwinnett County has witnessed a significant decrease in smog-forming emissions, with Gwin Oaks Elementary and Snellville Middle School having the greatest reduction of idling vehicles on school grounds.
Nearly 200 schools across the state have taken action to be part of the solution to improve Georgia's air quality. Those who would like to learn more about Clean Air Schools and how the schools in each county continue to be an advocate for environmental change, should call the Clean Air Campaign at (404) 419-9232.
Gwinnett Clean Air Schools include:
Computer modeling for the study was done by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which is supported in part by the National Science Foundation. “I’ve had a lot of people ask me, ‘Will the oil reach Florida?’” according to NCAR scientist Synte Peacock, a scientist quoted on the NCAR release about the study. “Actually, our best knowledge says the scope of this environmental disaster is likely to reach far beyond Florida, with impacts that have yet to be understood.” Read the full release.
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The final ship to carry the name, the CSS Savannah was one of six ironclad rams built by the Confederacy. Although the ship saw limited action, its presence was a significant deterrent to Union plans to invade the coastal region of the Savannah River. The ironclad was constructed by F. Willink at the Savannah Shipyards. Its iron plates were manufactured in Atlanta, then transported to Savannah, where they were cut, drilled, and mounted. With a length of 172.5 feet, a 34-foot beam, and a 12.5-foot draft, the Savannah featured a conventional hull and casement with single screw, with four inches of iron armor over 22 inches of wood.
The Savannah 's armament included two seven-inch rifled cannons and two 6.4-inch Brooks guns. The engines, built in Columbus, were significantly underpowered. Although considered among the best ships built by the Confederacy, the Savannah boasted an estimated top speed of only six knots. It took almost 30 minutes to make a 180-degree turn. The crew consisted of 180 officers and men.
Launched on February 4, 1863, the ironclad Savannah was transferred in June to naval forces under Flag Officer William Hunter on the Savannah River. The ship remained on the river and did not engage in battle until Union General William T. Sherman approached the city of Savannah in December 1864, at the end of his march to the sea. Unable to prevent the city's capture, the Savannah remained on the river for two days to protect William J. Hardee's withdrawal across an improvised pontoon bridge, built with the help of the Savannah's crew.
20, 1864, the ironclad engaged in a spirited daylong artillery duel with
Union guns, becoming the last ship of the Confederacy to fight in Georgia
waters. When the Savannah attempted to escape, the ship was trapped
by the South's own torpedo mines, leaving it a "trapped lion,"
in the words of General Sherman. On December 21 Tattnall ordered the Savannah
to be burned to prevent capture. The ironclad was run aground on the South
Carolina shore and set afire. The ensuing explosion was reported to have
lit up the night sky for miles.
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