Issue 11.46 | Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011
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Ga., Sept. 6, 2011 -- Opening on September 20, the Hudgens Center for
the Arts will present Lucinda Bunnen: Selected Works, a photography
exhibit featuring work by the Atlanta photographer Lucinda Bunnen. The
exhibit will showcase over 60 photographs from her two current bodies
of work, H2O All About Water and Mexico. Angela Nichols,
programming and education director at the Hudgens, says: "Her works
are fascinating in the way that she takes a closer look at ordinary things
others may just pass by, and sees the extraordinary in them."
explains that she will "Often let go of my preconceptions and let
chance and intuition take over. Being stuck with what you know often keeps
you from seeing what you don't know. With no premeditation, spontaneity
can take over, which is the keystone of my best work."
SEPT. 6, 2011 -- The legendary newspaper editor, Horace Greeley, said "Go West, young man!" At least one Gwinnettian has found that advice sound, as young Knox Summerour of Duluth is gaining more acclaim as his career takes off in Los Angeles, Calif.
Knox, son of Annette and Charles Summerour, is primarily a trumpet player, but he has worked in several areas of music to find even more success.
Perhaps the most notable recent event was his co-composing music for a documentary film, The Legend of Pancho Barnes. This film recently won a 2011 Los Angeles Emmy for the best film in the Arts and Culture category.
A charismatic figure, Florence "Pancho" Barnes was one of the most important women in 20th century aviation. A tough and fearless aviatrix, Pancho was a rival of Amelia Earhart's who made a name for herself as Hollywood's first female stunt pilot.
Just before World War II she opened a ranch near Edwards Air Force Base that became a famous -- some would say notorious -- hangout for test pilots and movie stars. Known as the "Happy Bottom Riding Club," it became the epicenter of the aviation world during the early jet age.
Chuck Yeager celebrated breaking the sound barrier there in 1947, and Howard Hughes and Jimmy Doolittle caroused in the bar. The Club's destruction by fire in 1953 is seen by many to mark the end of a Golden Era in post-WWII aviation. In the same fashion Pancho herself has become something of a legend, a fascinating yet enigmatic icon whose swagger is often celebrated, but whose story has been largely unknown.
Summerour co-composed the score of the film with Nathan Wang, and he also plays trumpet in the film. The film is narrated by Tom Skerritt, and Kathy Bates is the voice of Pancho Barnes; it also features interviews with Buzz Aldrin and Chuck Yeager, among others. The film is currently circulating on PBS stations around the States.
There's more. Knox music was featured in a new product called "iBase", which is an interactive music player that also functions as a three-tiered platform. User-chosen figurines can be placed to interact with one another in song, story-telling, dialogue or any combination. To hear and purchase Knox' music that was featured at the convention, click here. Knox partnered with Wow Creative, Inc. of Taiwan to help promote their new product iBase at this year's Taipei Comic Exhibition in Taipei City, Taiwan, which drew a record 550,000 visitors from August 11-16.
Attaboy, Knox! Keep wowing them on the West Coast, with your trumpet and music! Horace Greeley would be proud of you.
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One of our neighbors will be wary if he sees a yellow truck in the area again.
The other morning at daylight he rolled a black wheelbarrow out to the street, loaded with top soil, to do some yard work. However, first he began his morning saunter around the block before the hot weather sat in. As he walked on the first leg of the route, he noted a yellow truck driving around the block.
Returning home, there was no wheelbarrow. The dirt from the wheelbarrow was scattered on the street. And the yellow truck was the only vehicle that he met while going around the block.
Warning: watch out for yellow trucks cruising your neighborhood. And be wary of anyone wanting to sell you a black wheelbarrow.
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Editor, the Forum:
Folly Beach, S.C. is facing the replacement of two bridges on the Causeway coming into town, and looked into burying power lines. South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) was quite cooperative and helpful, and cost wasn't such an issue (since they had to replace existing lines and poles anyway).
But the engineering requirements did the dirty. Underground lines need to surface for maintenance and repair purposes every 900 feet, and they surface in large, unsightly cement boxes which, moreover, are prone to flooding in a bad storm because they're only about five feet high. Faced with that information, the Folly committee studying it decided to stick with poles.
an extensive presentation and lengthy discussion. The Folly Beach committee
was put off both by the aesthetics (as I remember it, five feet by three
feet by five feet cement boxes sticking out of the marsh view) and the
risk of flooding. SCE&G was very professional, and unless they were
There was a civil engineer advising the committee. I'm assuming he would have blown the whistle if SCE&G had been stretching the truth. However, it's worth noting that Kiawah Island has buried power lines across their causeway and on the island.
Problems in Berkeley Lake produce no challengers to offices
Editor, the Forum:
The City of Berkeley Lake is really having issues as noted by the lack of participation (no incumbent opposed) in the upcoming election. Perhaps, in my opinion, the City is borderline bankrupt based on the fact that most if not all city officials are working for nothing or almost nothing.
The City hopes that FEMA will help with the dam repairs, but after the recent issues with Irene, I wonder if FEMA will have any money and the citizens will get tagged with paying for another large bond. Whoever gets elected will have to negotiate us through this mess. Looks like nobody wants to take on that challenge and is resigned to let those that got us here figure out how to get us out.
USA needs more "can-do" people like Seabiscuit's owner
Editor, the Forum:
It's Labor Day weekend and after re-watching Seabiscuit, I realized just how badly our White House needs a Charles Howard, the owner of Seabiscuit and who was born in Marietta, Ga.! He was someone who had grease under his fingernails and understood what makes America the country we use to be, a place where "just because a life has been banged up, you don't throw it away" attitude and where second chances are the norm or at least use to be. Just look at what Mr. Howard, Tom Smith, his trainer, and Red Pollard, his jockey, achieved, thanks to a most improbable horse named "Seabiscuit."
America where anyone (Howard had been a bicycle repairman) can rise above his so called 'lot in life', become successful and help to create jobs that put many to work, saving homes and families.
The DVD Warm Springs really helps us in understanding how President Roosevelt became more "humanized," since he grasped just what so many common people were experiencing during the Depression and helped get America back on solid ground. Remember that Republican President Ronald Reagan, someone who had, plenty of times, gotten grease under his fingernails and calluses on his hands, never backed down from letting others know that he was "an FDR man" without any apologies!
Come on Corporate America, and you inventors out there-all ages! Our country has plenty of places, nationwide, to start putting your ideas to work and a job force that is the best, worldwide, to get our country "up and running" again! The USA is a place that is ready to welcome back jobs/positions/careers that have been sent elsewhere. Enjoy the site.
The Lawrenceville Woman's Club and Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association (LTTA) are planning a Historic Cemetery Tour on Saturday, September 24. Trolleys will depart from the Lawrenceville Visitors Information Center (233 East Crogan Street) every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The Tour is to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Georgia.
After the tour, Oyster Bay Seafood Café will be serving boxed lunches at the Visitor Information Center. Tickets are $15 with a boxed lunch or $10 without a lunch.
The Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery is located just outside the Historic Square and is burial site of many historical figures, including Gwinnett County's founders, William Maltbie and Elisha Winn, as well many Confederate soldiers. Many notable Lawrenceville citizens, such as Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson, Wayne Hill, Valerie Wages, Anthony Rodriguez, and Mary Long will be reenacting significant figures. Proceeds will benefit Partners Against Domestic Violence.
Treetop Quest to open canopy adventure at Heritage Center
Gwinnett's one-of-a-kind canopy adventure course will have an official ribbon cutting Friday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. It is located at the foot of the crisscrossing zip lines and monkey bridges at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center pavilion.
County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter and the chairman of the French American Chamber of Commerce, James Blair, will be in attendance, as well as many members of the Gwinnett County and French/American business community. Special guests include members of the fourth grade class of Freeman's Mill Elementary who, each equipped with their own pair of scissors, will also assist with the ribbon cutting.
Q&A opportunities with Treetop Quest parent company President Luc Peyre and other guests will immediately follow. The afternoon continues with free adventure tours open to guests beginning at 1:30 p.m.
in Space traveling exhibit coming to Gwinnett this fall
A new traveling
exhibit inspired by the International Space Station is coming to Gwinnett
County. It will be at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center from
September 12 until December 31. The exhibit is called Living in Space,
and it is inspired by the International Space Station (ISS) - the single
largest international aerospace project ever undertaken by humankind.
in Space was created by the Children's Museum of Memphis and is sponsored
locally by Cisco and the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation.
County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash has appointed five Gwinnett
residents to serve on the County's budget review team. The group will
work with Nash and county staff to set priorities and make recommendations
for the 2012 budget.
members are: Herman Pennamon, Southern Company's community relations manager;
David Crews, CFO of Viewpoint Health; Lois Love, a Gwinnett County retiree
who served as the county's capital budget manager; Laurie McClain, a CPA
with McClain & Company, PC; and Norwood Davis, CFO of 12Stone Church.
Pennamon and McClain, were both members of last year's budget review committee,
and also served alongside Davis on the Engage Gwinnett citizens committee
for the future of Gwinnett.
Piedmont Park in Atlanta will host the second annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival September 10. There will be multiple food vendors, with live entertainment for the whole family.
The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival is the first festival of its kind in Atlanta that centers on the Metro Atlanta community and their love affair with ice cream. There will also be community agencies (both public and private non-profit) to provide health screenings and valuable resource information.
America is the ice cream capital of the world, producing over 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream per year and costing $11 billion. Each American consumes around 22 quarts of ice cream a year. Vanilla is the most popular flavor in this country, snagging anywhere from 20 to 29 percent of sales. Chocolate comes in a distant second, with about 9 to 10 percent of the market.
Piedmont Park is located at 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive in Atlanta. For information about the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival, call 404-271-0658.
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Prospects for Elberton's New South granite industry looked bright at the turn of the century. One of the industry's most significant firms to emerge early in the 20th century was the Long-Blue Granite Company, owned and operated by another granite pioneer, Dr. Nathaniel G. Long. In 1904 Long exhibited some of his blue granite at the St. Louis World's Fair, where it won a gold medal for excellence and quality. Italian immigrants were also beginning to filter into the county. Prior to World War I (1917-18), the most prominent sculptor of both statues and monuments was Peter Bertoni, an Italian immigrant.
During the 1920s, immigration from Italy and the northern United States boomed, as skilled laborers came to Elbert County to pursue a livelihood in the granite business. Among the many new arrivals were Charles C. Comolli, founder and owner of the Georgia Granite Corporation, and Richard Cecchini, a highly skilled stone sculpturer. Another newcomer to Elberton at this time was B. F. Coggins, an Atlanta businessman, who began a conglomerate of granite businesses all united under an umbrella organization known as the Coggins Granite Industries. During the 1930s as the country suffered through the Great Depression, Comolli, Coggins, and other granite entrepreneurs enjoyed prosperous times, and the industry flourished with the creation of new sheds and the opening of additional quarries.
After World War II (1941-45) Elberton's granite industry entered its most prosperous era, lending credence to its claim that it was the granite capital of the world. In 1951 the Elberton Granite Association was founded; it has since grown to become the largest association of granite quarriers and manufacturers in the United States. To boost Elberton's granite interests, the Elberton Granite Association soon began issuing a quarterly magazine, still in publication, known as the Elberton Graniteer, which highlights noteworthy accomplishments and activities related to the town's industry.
That industry continues to expand, and the availability of the stone as an economic resource has not noticeably declined since the opening of the first quarries late in the nineteenth century. From humble beginnings, Elberton's granite industry not only has grown to achieve worldwide recognition but also has emerged as one of the most important extractive industries in the state. The Elberton Granite Museum, which houses historical photographs, objects, tools, and monuments related to Elberton's granite history, is free of charge to the public.
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Congressman visits: Noon, Sept. 6, Snellville City Hall. Hear Rep. Rob Woodall at the Snellville Commerce Club. Free to Commerce Club members, and $15 for others to attend.
(NEW) Recycling event: 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 10, Rhodes Jordan Park Community Center in Lawrenceville. Electronic recycling is free, but there is a $10 charge for auto tires and a $5 per box charge for paper shredding. Volunteers will also paint a mural and install landscaping at the Center. The event is sponsored by Gwinnett Parks and Recreation Department.
Duluth Fall Festival Concert, featuring Rupert's Orchestra: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 10, downtown Duluth. Enjoy music by opening act Betty Seni, while Rupert's Orchestra will take the stage at 8 p. m. Admission is free.
11th annual Suwanee Day 5k/10K Classic, Sept. 10, starting at Town Center Park. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the 10K at 9 a.m. Register at www.suwaneeday.com. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Suwanee Day features a parade, arts, crafts, entertainment, children's activities and fireworks. Admission is free.
Living Honorarium Unveiling, Duluth Town Green, Sunday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. This will be a monument dedicated to everyday heroes in the military, fire and police forces. The idea came from Shirley Lasseter, a current county commissioner, when she was mayor. For more information, contact Alisa Williams at 678-475-3506.
Gwinnett Technology Forum: 7:30 a.m., Sept. 13, at Gwinnett Tech's Busbee Center. This Forum will focus on state legislative issues that affect technology. Hear presentations from Rep. Mike Dudgeon of Forsyth County and Ms. Marlit Hayslett, with the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
General Membership Meeting, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce: 11:30 a.m., Sept. 14, The 1818 Club, Duluth. Speaker will be Paul Bowers, CEO of Georgia Power Company. For reservations, go online here.
Taste of Duluth: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 15, Payne Corley House in Duluth. For more information, go to www.duluthfallfestival.org.
(NEW) Fair on the Square, Lawrenceville's third annual Community Fall Festival: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 17, at the Historic Courthouse. Among the activities will be a fresh food market, artist market, entertainment and a variety of vendors. The Fair is partnering with the Lawrenceville Co-Op ministry, asking those attending to bring non-perishable food items for the co-op. For more information, visit online.
Meet the Author: 7 p.m., Sept. 21, at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center. Author Stuart Woods will discuss and sign his books. Sponsored by Gwinnett County Public Library. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.
Rainbow Village Gala: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 22, Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek. Wilmington Trust is the presenting sponsor. Dinner, entertainment and a silent auction will mark the 20 years of celebration. Entertainment will be with Blue Sky Atlanta. Reserve seats.
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