LITTLE GEM: No, this isn't New England, but merely upper Gwinnett County. It's a scene from the Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail at Little Mulberry Park near Dacula and Auburn, which has been designated a National Recreation Trail as of May 31. Read more in Notable.
Issue 12.21 | Friday, June 15, 2012
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WINDER, Ga., June 15, 2012 -- My wife is addicted to the sea, and seems compelled to dip her toes in salt water at least once each year. It's almost as if her ancestors developed limbs and crawled from the sea only four or five generations back -- which would come as no big surprise to me. Not that she would actually go into the surf, mind you. She hasn't done that since she saw "Jaws."
Every spring she gets a faraway look in her eyes, a sure sign we will soon pack the car and venture down to the sea again. She starts reading brochures and searching the Internet for the perfect place to get her salt water fix.
Television is awash in resort commercials all winter. Of course, as anyone who has ever vacationed at the shore would know, those commercials are completely bogus.
There are no obese, pale women with slathers of sunscreen, stretched out on the sand like a pod of beached whales. There are no men dressed in striped shirts and plaid Bermudas, wearing sandals and black socks. There are no rowdy, obnoxious, whiny children in these commercials. In fact, the beach is deserted except for one handsome couple strolling hand-in-hand along the shore.
And the beach itself is always pristine. You see no mats of slimy seaweed, no rotting jellyfish, and no litter of any kind. And of course there are no trash cans filled with rotting food and swarming with flies. Why would they need trash cans?
It's easy to imagine how these commercials are filmed. The crew arrives, and the director picks up a bullhorn.
everyone! This beach is now closed, so gather up all your junk and get
out of here. Hey Fatso! Yes, you with the plaid Bermudas pulled up to
your armpits! Grab that stinking seaweed over there and take it with you."
All of it is far removed from any reality, designed to lure people like my wife and strip them of every cent of the vacation money they have squirreled away all winter.
I was in bed watching television a few nights ago as Whatshername once again demonstrated her superior intellect by reading a book. When a resort commercial came on, her attention was immediately drawn to the television and she got that familiar faraway look in her eyes.
When the commercial ended and her attention returned to the book, I decided I should have some say in the vacation planning.
"You can cross that place off your list, because I refuse to go there."
"And why is that, Mister Travel Expert?"
"Why would I pay money to go to a place with that name? I get plenty of that here at home."
"Why do you keep fighting the idea of a hearing aid?"
Her voice rising, she said, "Beaches! It's B-E-A-C-H-E-S!"
I should have let it go, but I get tired of her always having the last word. After a few minutes to gather my thoughts, I spoke up again.
"No matter. I had already decided on that other resort. It sounds more like my kind of place."
"Oh? And which one is that?"
You know, the one with those great commercials."
She gave me a look, put down her book and switched off her lamp. I had won the match. I had the last word!
JUNE 15, 2012 -- Many of us have been to a so-called Founders' Day, whether it is of a church, a college, or some civic organization. For instance, the Zoar Methodist Church in Centerville celebrated their 200th anniversary back in 2011. While there is little written evidence that the church is that old, they point out that the 100th anniversary of that church was held in 1911, which means the church must have been founded in 1811. That's older than Gwinnett County (1818).
While we may have attended other Founder's Days, few of us have been present at the founding of an entity. But Gwinnettians will get that opportunity on July 1, when Peachtree Corners becomes a city. And so you can visit the 16th city in Gwinnett, and say forever that you were present at the start of their time as a governmental entity.
The site of the activities both of the second annual Peachtree Corners Festival and the ceremony marking the beginning of the city will be on The Corners Parkway and Woodhill Drive, one block west of Peachtree Parkway. On Saturday the Festival is scheduled to be held from10 a.m. until 8 p.m., while on Sunday the time is from noon until 5 p.m.
A festive, but small, parade (3/10th of a mile) is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the official ceremonies and presentation of guests near the exhibit site. Because of the difficulty of scheduling a band during the summer, it appears that no band will lead the parade this year. However, a color guard will be present, as will a patriotic reenactment of the placing of the United States flag over Iwo Jima, led by Marine volunteers.
Beginning last year before the people of Peachtree Corners had voted themselves as a city, the Festival can boast of being older than the city.
Congressman Rob Woodall, now a resident of Peachtree Corners, will be the parade marshal. Mayors from neighboring towns are scheduled to be on tap to welcome Peachtree Corners into cityhood. Other local elected officials are invited. The master of ceremonies will be Steve Silverio.
There will be a road race, car show, arts and crafts exhibits, plenty of food and even sponsorship opportunities. And, they promise, lots of fun. Some 120 booths have been taken for the Festival so far.
Last year, the festival took in close to $50,000, and made a profit of over $13,0000. Debbie Mason says that the profits are planned to go into beautification of the city, but so far, no projects have been selected. "We hope to work with the city over the project selections," she says.
The overall Peachtree Corners Festival is headed by Linda O'Conner, president; Debbie Mason, vice president; Vicky Parker, secretary; and Scott Webb, treasurer.
If you're are interested in participating in the Festival, you might email these people:
All this makes the weekend of June 30-July 1 very special for Peachtree Corners. You can participate in its launching and forever boast "I was there at the beginning!"
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Editor, the Forum:
the point, I loved your comment "What we hope will happen for the
voters this election is that they will more closely scrutinize the background
and experience of the candidates than ever before." In the golden
age of the print media, this was the job of local newspapers. With a population
that Gwinnett has, we could support two or three local county wide papers,
back in the day before the Internet.
I had the privilege to serve as poll manager in the 2008 election cycle and can tell you far, far too few folks vote in our elections. Voting is an honor, duty and privilege we have as citizens; it is not a right. We citizens, i.e. registered voters, need to do our due diligence in this election. Rest assured that where there are several candidates one or two of them are propped up and supported by the "Good Ole Boy" network which is hoping for business as usual albeit with more care.
artists' work and 220 hooked rugs are currently on display at the Gwinnett
Environmental and Heritage Center as part of the "Off the Hook -
Exploring Our Rug Hooking Heritage" exhibit. The event teaches about
the origins of the hand hooked rug almost two centuries ago and its development
into an art form and mode of self-expression in the 21st Century. Designs
are widely varied from folk art to geometrics to heritage-style rugs and
Suzanne Holtkamp, member of the Atlanta Dogwood Chapter and organizer of the exhibit, says: "This exhibit is a feast for the eyes as well as a thoughtful presentation of our heritage. Many people don't realize that hooked rugs had their origins here in North America. Besides, where else can you see a mermaid next to a husband's mourning portrait rounded out by a quilt-style geometric?"
In addition to the modern rugs, the exhibit includes an antique rug and tools section, educational displays and even beginner's classes. Some of the featured artists have been rug hooking for up to four decades. A hooked rug exhibit of this size and scope doesn't happen every day and can be a gift to the community. To learn more, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. Museum admission is required and additional fees apply for certain activities.
County to widen Georgia 20, add sidewalks for Club Drive
Widening of Georgia Highway 20 in Sugar Hill and improvements to Club Drive south of Gwinnett Place Mall are on tap for Gwinnett.
Gwinnett Transportation Director Kim Conroy says that Route 20 from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to the Forsyth County line is the last remaining two-lane section of this heavily traveled road in Gwinnett. "The County is buying right of way and easements from about 200 properties there, and we will manage the construction when it starts early next year." Commissioners approved an agreement with Georgia DOT officials that will bring another $30 million in state and federal funds for utility relocations and construction in addition to the $39 million in state and federal funds Gwinnett is now using for land acquisition.
A separate project will build a new four-lane bridge for Route 20 over the Chattahoochee River to improve traffic flow between Sugar Hill and Cumming. Forsyth County is working with the state to widen the road on their side from James Burgess Road to Samples Road. Planners expect traffic to increase from 30,000 vehicles per day to 50,000 over the next 20 years.
also has awarded a construction contract for new sidewalks as well as
curb, gutter and road shoulder improvements along Club Drive from Cruse
Road to Club Drive Park. This work, funded by the 2009 SPLOST program,
will fill in missing links in existing sidewalks. A future project will
add sidewalks from the park to Pleasant Hill Road. Ohmshiv Construction
LLC, the lowest of six bidders at $452,904.50, expects to complete the
work by the end of this year.
The Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail at Little Mulberry Park has been designated a National Recreation Trail as of May 31, 2012.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis announced this addition, bringing the total to 1,400 miles of trails in the National Trail System, spanning 23 states. National recreation trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation.
Jarvis says: "Today's trails join a network of more than 1,150 previously-designated trails that span more than 13,650 miles. When we marked National Trails Day on June 2, I encouraged everyone to explore a trail -- new or old -- and enjoy the natural world."
Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash says: "We are very excited to be a part of the National Trails System and appreciate this designation from the National Park Service. Little Mulberry Park is an asset to our local parks system, and the Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail provides a wonderful opportunity for residents to enjoy Gwinnett County's natural landscape."
Little Mulberry Park, located at 3855 Fence Road, in Auburn, encompasses 890 acres including five miles of paved multi-purpose and soft surface trails for equestrian and hiking; pavilions, playground, lake, overlook area at one of the highest elevations in Gwinnett County, restrooms, grill, and the Karina Miller Nature Preserve.
Local staffer again to be Olympic assistant athletic trainer
once, but twice has Gwinnett Medical Center's Harris Patel won a spot
as an assistant athletic trainer for the United States Olympic Committee.
This summer, Patel will be working as a member of the medical staff for
the U.S. Track and Field team, once again.
work with Olympic athletes to make sure they are medically sound, dealing
with injury prevention and determining the best treatment for injured
athletes. Patel is required to be there 24/7, providing assistance for
these athletes far from home. The goal for him and the USOC is to help
these athletes perform at their best level, and hopefully bring home gold
medals to share with the nation.
"We all know the earth is spinning around at an incredible speed. So when we jump up, why do we come down in exactly in the same place? Wouldn't the earth move forward underneath us while we were up in the air? Dawkins discusses this and other intriguing puzzles in his latest book. The British scientist addresses several aspects of the universe by writing one chapter on how ancient myths explained a phenomenon and another chapter with today's scientific explanation. He reminds us that everything easily explained by science today was once thought to be magical and mysterious. Written in a somewhat quirky style with amusing drawings, this book is designed for non-scientists and is very readable. The complete title is "The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True."
William H. Parkins was the most significant architect practicing in Georgia in the immediate decades following the Civil War (1861-65). A New Yorker who had lived in South Carolina in the 1850s, he returned to the postbellum South and settled in Atlanta. There Parkins started the state's most successful architectural business, which lasted until his retirement in the late 1880s.
As Atlanta grew in the postwar years, Parkins formed a number of business partnerships and gained the commissions for the most prestigious buildings in Georgia. The design work was generally Italianate, Second Empire, or a combination of the two, as in the Kimball House Hotel.
Along with Atlanta's Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (1873-80) and the First United Methodist Church (1870) in the Gothic revival style, these buildings established Parkins as the state's leading architect. As late as the early 1880s when Parkins was in partnership with Alexander Bruce, he was still producing significant buildings with Mansard roofs and Italianate details, such as the courthouses for Fulton and Hancock counties.
He also produced buildings in other popular styles. In Randolph County (site of his retirement "plantation"), Parkins designed a Queen Anne/shingle style college building and courthouse with strong Romanesque revival features. In Atlanta he produced a Moorish style synagogue and a wide array of business buildings in a High Victorian style, sometimes with Gothic revival details. (The 1880 Young Men's Library Building was a good example.)
It was as a businessman, however, that the architect was most influential. Parkins expanded his practice by aggressively gaining commissions throughout Georgia and in several surrounding states. He also established various related businesses, including one in the 1870s with William Jennings to sell building supplies, the Atlanta Construction Company of 1887, and a partnership with Lorenzo Wheeler and Hannibal Kimball to build the new Kimball House Hotel (the original burned in 1883) in 1884-85 and develop suburban property. Along with Wheeler, Parkins also offered an interior decorating service-something new to Georgia. Thus he was not only a prominent designer but also a forerunner to later Georgia architectural firms that were run as multifaceted businesses. This trend helped make the state a regional powerhouse in the field.
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Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:
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Free Benefit of Music in Snellville: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., June 15, and 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., June 16, on the Snellville Towne Greene. Part of the Snellville Summer activities. Proceeds benefit Aimee Copeland. More info.
76th Annual Meeting, Walton EMC: 10 a.m., June 16, Walton County Agricultural Education Center, 1208 Criswell Road, three miles south of Monroe. Entertainment, prizes and election of officers will take place. More details.
Blueberry Festival in downtown Norcross: 4 p.m., June 16. Blues artists will be in Betty Mauldin Park from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. For a complete festival schedule and details, visit www.aplacetoimagine.com.
(NEW) Ring the Bells for 1812: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 18. The Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host this event at the gazebo in the Historic Gwinnett Courthouse in Lawrenceville. The event commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The public is encouraged to bring a bell and ring it at noon. Of particular interest to Gwinnettians, Captain James Lawrence, the namesake of Lawrenceville, fought as a naval commander in the war. Wounded in battle and later dying in it, Captain Lawrence gave one of the most famous naval cries in history, "Don't give up the ship!"
SOON AND ONGOING
Career and Job Fair at Gwinnett Village Community Alliance: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 22, Victory World Church, 50905 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross. Approximately 30 employers will be there. This is the Alliance's third Fair. Learn more by email or call 770-402-4697.
Miles-4-Smiles Race/Walk: Beginning 9:30 a.m., June 23, Tribble Mill Park, Lawrenceville. This second annual Amanda Riley Foundation event consist of a 10K, 5K and Mile Walk/Run, with the course certified as a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Details via email.
Field Day of the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society and Gwinnett Amateur Radio Emergency: Starting at 2 p.m. June 23 and lasting for 24 hours. The event is at Sweetwater Park, 800 Bethesda School Road near Lawrenceville. The public is invited to attend and see ham radio's new capabilities. For more details, go to www.gars.org or call 770 840 9664.
Cultural Food Camp for ages 8 to 12: 10 a.m. to noon, June 25 to June 29, Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville, Cost is $12 per person. To pre-register, call 770-985-4713. Children with learning disabilities are welcome.
(NEW) T-SPLOST INFO program: 7:30 p.m., June 25, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5575 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners. Sponsored by the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association. Jane Hayse, director of transportation at the Atlanta Regional Commission, will speak.
Championship Chess and Tennis Summer Camp for ages 7 to 14: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., June 25 to June 29, and July 9 to July 13, Centerville Community Center. Cost is $65 per week ($3 sibling discount). For curriculum information, contact instructor Rodney Lewis at 770-560-1071.
Kudzu Art Zone will present Evelyn Breit, a figure and landscape artist, demonstrating her figure drawing technique: 7 p.m., June 25, Art Zone, 116 Carlyle Street, Norcross. More information.
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