Issue 12.42 | Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012
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Ga., Sept. 11, 2012 -- The prestigious Hudgens Prize Visual Arts Competition
is back for a second year, with another cash award of $50,000 and an invitation
for a solo exhibition for the talented artist who wins. The Hudgens Prize
is one of the largest art awards given in the entire nation, and is open
only to Georgia residents. The purpose of the competition is to elevate
and promote the arts in Georgia, as well as to offer a transformational
opportunity for the winning artist.
Osborn, executive director at the Hudgens, says: "We are excited
to again be able to offer such an important award competition to the artists
of Georgia. Besides bringing the work of all the entered artists to the
attention of world class jurists, the competition awards a large cash
stipend to the winning artist that should allow them to concentrate fully
on their art, without financial strain and distractions, which is an invaluable
Prize was first awarded in 2010, to artist Gyun Hur of Atlanta. Hur received
both national and international recognition following her receipt of the
award, including selection for an Artadia Award and exhibits in Chicago
and Hong Kong, and had her solo exhibit at the Hudgens in December 2011.
SEPT. 11, 2012 -- It was the Buford tooth doctor, Jim Davis, who put the idea in my head. He and Cheri love to take river cruises in Europe. So we boarded a river cruise for a week on the Rhone River from Chalon to Arles. The second week we met one of our daughters in Madrid, and poked around that city, plus took a side trip to Toledo (30 minutes by train) primarily to see the art of Goya and El Greco in the Toledo cathedral in that distinctive, historic town.
Traveling by river boat is most relaxing. I like unpacking just once. But you are in mighty tight quarters of 140 square feet! Yet you stay in your room little.
The activities were plentiful, docking in a different town each day. The cruise started in Chalon, since it is the more northern town where the Saone, a tributary of the Rhone, is navigable. That's 79 miles above Lyon. Altogether, we traveled 260 miles on the river, going through 15 different locks. The locks are huge, as the ship is more than a football field in length, and had on it 66 cabins and a full staff of 36 people.
We knew no one on the trip, but managed to meet, often at dinner, people from Canada, a retired banker and his wife from London, an Australian couple, another from South Africa, two ladies from San Diego, and couples from San Francisco and Endicott City, Md.
We knew nothing about World War II in the south of France. A month or so after the D-Day invasion, the Free French moved north from the Mediterranean Sea. Prior to this, there was only bombing in Southern France by the Allies to take out German targets. Lyon was mostly spared, though Avignon and Arles were hit hard. However, Lyon was hurt seriously when retreating Germans blew all the bridges in Lyon to slow the Allied advance.
Our hardest day was enjoyable but long: four different trains from Arles to get to Madrid, making the final fast train to Madrid with only one minute to spare. Top speed I noted on the indicator was 301 km/hour, a ride mighty smooth at that!
One thing is for sure: traveling as part of a tour group, whether on a bus, airplane or ship, is easy for one particular reason: others suggest events and destinations. However, once you get off the ship, and become your own tour guide, as we did in Madrid, there is the tendency to limit your activities, since you tell yourself, you have had a long day, and it will be good to rest. But you can't see a city like Madrid if you mosey around and do nothing. We especially enjoyed an initial "Hop-on-Hop off" bus tour to acquaint us with this capitol of Spain.
We were in an apartment. Each morning I got out early, picked up pastries for breakfast, then visited sights, the palace and central square, and museums. After all, you can't see such distinctive places at home! The art at the Prado Museum in Madrid is most spectacular, and well done! Not only that, my High Museum card got us in for free!
Yep, we enjoyed our sojourn to France and our first time in Spain. Thanks, Jim and Cheri Davis, for putting in our mind years ago thoughts about a river cruise.
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Editor, the Forum:
Last week Democrats stooped to a new low in Charlotte, N.C. Voting no longer matters to the party which consistently doesn't understand what kind of government America has. Often referring to "our democracy," Democrats should read the Constitution which describes a Republic, as does the Pledge of Allegiance.
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland made a motion to suspend rules of the convention to allow voting without debate to amend the Party Platform recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A voice vote was taken three times, clearly NOT in favor of the amendment by the two-thirds majority required to pass. It was then passed by the Party Chair.
suspension of rules for this amendment has nothing to do with governing
the United States. Why claim to be the party of democracy while ignoring
democratic processes? The amendment was adopted essentially by edict.
me pause to ask why? Why would the Democrats need to recognize a capital
in another nation? Republicans have made similar calls in their own conventions.
Why are both parties concerned where the capital of Israel is located?
I can only think it is pandering for the votes of Jewish and apocalyptic
"Christian" lobbies in the United States.
Good Samaritan Center looking to double appointments
Editor, the Forum:
Let me tell you of a milestone we at Good Samaritan Health Center reached just a few days ago. On August 31, our second patient of the day was our 4,000th appointment of the year. We celebrate this milestone because it demonstrates God has blessed our ministry; we are not left idle, but instead are working hard each day to heal the sick and share the Gospel with the lost.
to provide 6,000 appointments this year, a significant growth in our service
to the community when compared to the 3,139 appointments we provided in
2011. It's to us a sign that our ministry is crucial to the health of
our community, and that we might continue our work even when we are not
sure when the necessary resources will come.
Country levies more restrictions on cars than on firearms
Editor, the Forum:
from Norcross ("Feels solution to gun issue is education, not legislation.")
brings out the old argument that cars kill more people than guns and no
one wants to ban cars.
there are more restrictions on a device that is not intended to kill than
there are on one that was designed and manufactured for the express purpose
Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, and sometimes, without warning. It is especially important for those citizens with disabilities and other special needs to decrease the impact of a disaster by taking steps to prepare BEFORE an event occurs. For Annandale Village, this is the message it hopes to disseminate when it serves as host of Get Ready Gwinnett!, a day-long disaster preparedness educational symposium and resource fair.
event is free at the Annandale Village in Suwanee. Registration is required.
It is presented by the Gwinnett Emergency Preparedness Committee of the
Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services.
North Gwinnett arts group plans plein air event Oct. 27-28
North Gwinnett Arts Association will host the 2012 Fall Plein Air art event in Suwanee on October 27-28. So it's time to get your paint brushes, chalk, pastel, etc... ready for creating art in the open air.
Artists of all mediums are invited to participate. Deadline for registration is October 20. People may sign up online or at Open Studio every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ceremony and reception will take place from 6 p.m. at Ippolitos in Suwanee
on Sunday, October 28, and is open to family and friends.
The City of Duluth, led by the Gateway Art Project Committee (GAPC) and Mayor Nancy Harris, seeks to commission an artist to design and implement a piece of art to grace the center of the new roundabout located at the intersections of West Lawrenceville Street, McClure Bridge Road and Irvindale Road (There is a fourth roadway that will also connect in the near future).
GAPC was formed in January 2012 to plan and implement the process of choosing
a piece, or pieces, of public art to be installed in the center of the
roundabout. This initial site-specific project is the first public art
piece the City hopes to purchase to enhance the beauty and culture of
downtown Duluth. This location is considered to be a "gateway"
into downtown Duluth, in a residential setting, and is an important symbol
to welcome citizens and visitors alike into historic Duluth.
Martin Richenhagen, CEO of AGCO, says: ."It is important to AGCO to be good citizens in the communities where we and our customers operate. We are proud to support the city that has been our home for almost 20 years."
The call to artists and additional information about the project may be viewed at www.duluthga.net/community/publicart.
Sanders Capital of Norcross is now a unit of United Capital
United Capital Financial Advisers announced last week that Atlanta-based Sanders Financial Management has joined the registered investment advisory company as the first firm from Georgia to join United Capital as it expands its footprint in the Southeast.
Sanders Financial, founded by Emily C. Sanders, CPA, has about $222 million in assets under management and 160 family relationships. Seven employees, including former Sanders President Owen Malcolm, have joined United Capital, which now employs 285.
With this acquisition, United Capital Financial Advisers has 40 offices located around the United States. As of June 30, United Capital and its affiliates have $14 billion in assets under advisement.
In joining the RIA headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., Sanders' Atlanta office will help promote United Capital's proprietary systems Honest Conversations and the Money Mind Analyzer. They will also support endeavors aimed at female investors.
Sanders and Malcolm will continue to serve as partners and managing directors of Sanders Financial Management, now a division of United Capital Financial Advisers.
from previous edition)
Nap Rucker compiled a lifetime .500 record of 134 victories and 134 losses while performing for teams that posted a cumulative .442 winning percentage during the time he pitched. His thirty-eight shutouts accounted for 28 percent of his wins, the second highest percentage in baseball history.
Every year from 1908 to 1912 he was among the National League leaders in numerous pitching categories, including appearances, complete games, innings pitched, strikeouts, shutouts, and earned-run average. Baseball Magazine selected Rucker for its National League all-star team four times and to its best-in-baseball squad three times.
The legendary Major League Baseball Hall of Fame manager John McGraw deemed Rucker the best left-handed pitcher of his era, and venerable sportswriter Ring Lardner chose Rucker for his all-time all-star team. In 1967 Rucker became the third professional baseball player (after Luke Appling and Ty Cobb) to be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Rucker retired as a player after the 1916 season and scouted for Brooklyn from 1919 to 1934 and again in 1939 and 1940. He discovered many players who went on to successful major league careers. He also helped to launch the baseball career of Earl Mann, who, as president and owner of the Atlanta Crackers, was one of minor league baseball's most respected and successful executives.
Rucker was also a prominent businessman and politician in Roswell. He owned a plantation, several cotton farms, and a wheat mill, and he invested in the local bank. Rucker was elected unopposed as Roswell's mayor during the Great Depression, and he brought the town its first supply of running water. After serving as mayor, he was the city's water commissioner for many years.
Rucker died at the age of eighty-six on December 19, 1970. He is buried in the cemetery of Roswell Presbyterian Church.
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(NEW) An Evening with Walter Reeves, popular garden expert: 7 p.m., Sept. 13, Norcross Community Center. Sponsored by the Norcross Garden Club. The club will also have its gardens, next door, open for a tour prior to the event, beginning at 5 p.m.
(NEW) Honeybee Festival: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 15, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford. There will be bee games, story time, crafts, honey samples, and cooking demonstrations with honey by a local Publix grocery store. A number of beekeepers will be on hand to discuss their craft and also to sell their local honey and beeswax products.
(NEW) Gwinnett Technology Forum: 7:30 a.m., Sept. 18, Busbee Center at Gwinnett Technology College. Speaker will be Rich McDonald, global director of the Executive Briefing Program for NCR of Duluth. He will speak on how the company, through technological innovation and advancement in multiple channels, helps its customers achieve next generation productivity gains.
(NEW) Genealogical workshop: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 29, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lawrenceville at 3355 Sugarloaf Parkway. Sponsored by the church, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, William Day Chapter, and Sons of the American Revolution, Atlanta Chapter. Learn how to use census records, courthouse records and other sources, many on the Internet, to start to research and document your family history.
(NEW) Children's author to appear: Gwinnett Kid's Read, Too! features children's author Carmen Deedy. She will appears on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Lawrenceville Library Branch, 1001 Lawrenceville Highway. She will greet fans and promote her newest book Return of the Library Dragon. Illustrator Michael White will also make an appearance.
(NEW) Sign-Up Time for Gwinnett Great Days of Service. This year's event will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, 2012 with over 300 different projects to choose from. This annual event offers Gwinnett residents the opportunity to donate their time and energy to doing community service and helping those in need. For more information and to sign up, visit this site.
Third Annual Gala of the Northeast Atlanta Ballet: Sept. 29, Northwood Country Club. Now in its 16th season, the goal of the night is to raise $25,000 toward providing high quality, affordable arts programming, with live orchestra for all performances, and unsurpassed performing opportunities for aspiring dancers. More.
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