Issue 12.59 | Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
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Ga., Nov. 9, 2012 -- It is not as if Kettle Creek Battleground will soon
disappear. Land generally does not vanish unless an ocean swallows it
or developers cement over it. It is unlikely an ocean will rise high enough
to swallow the site where a militia force of Patriots defeated and scattered
a Loyalist militia force on Valentine's Day, 1779, outside Washington,
Ga., nor will commercial development threaten the backwoods battlefield
in the near future. However, like any battleground that defines American
heritage, we must recognize its worth and maintain its grounds.
As a native Georgian, even I knew nothing about Kettle Creek. I often ignored the marker on the side of the freeway. The Revolutionary War seemed too distant to care about. But an important Patriot victory Kettle Creek was. It confirmed the inability of British forces to hold the interior of Georgia or shield a large number of Loyalist recruits outside immediate British protection.
I learned these details when I joined the Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Lawrenceville, which is one of several organizations that donate to the preservation of Kettle Creek. Out of curiosity, my husband and I stopped by the site when returning from vacation in June.
We drove down a largely deserted road that ran about seven miles. Then we turned onto a short one-lane road that led us deep into the woods. "War Hill" stood before us. On top lay pristine graves of Patriots who fought in the battle. The tranquility of the woods struck me as I noted the monument commemorating the event. I found it hard to believe that men had fought a frenzied battle for freedom in such a peaceful place. Birdsong filled the air instead of musket fire. Surely, the dead rest soundly in such a soothing forest.
I asked myself, "What more does Kettle Creek need?" The answer came quickly --- visitors. It needs visitors to learn about the war's Southern Campaign. It needs visitors to see the role Georgia militias played. It needs visitors to recognize that Bunker Hill was not the only spot where Patriots spilled their blood for a new nation.
If we do not visit and maintain Kettle Creek, regardless of the markers, monument, and graves, we will forget the battle (as I feel we already have). As mentioned earlier, Kettle Creek has friends, among them the Allen Howard National Society Children of the American Revolution of Lawrenceville. These kids raise funds so one day perhaps a two-lane road may lead into the site. Kettle Creek needs restroom facilities where a busload of tourists may freshen up. It needs a museum to illustrate and educate people on what happened there.
words, the Patriots who fought at Kettle Creek need us. At the very least,
we owe them our gratitude.
NOV. 9, 2012 -- After virtually two years of campaigning, the election is over. While we may complain about the length of the campaigns, especially compared with some parliamentary countries where they can elect a new government within a few weeks, overall, we stand satisfied with the long campaign. Eventually, new items come out which influence both the campaign and the candidates, giving the electorate more information, many times which proves both interesting and sometimes decisive.
Granted, we lament the inanities of the campaign, the robo calls, and what appears to us the wasteful overspending ..and politicians who fail to take down their yard signs quickly.
But we get by. And to you who did not support Mr. Obama for president, remember our country is resilient. After all, we survived both Franklin Roosevelt and Richard Nixon.
While it appears that little has changed on the national scene, with Mr. Obama getting four more years, and with no change in the majorities in the House and Senate, we suspect there has been more change than is initially obvious.
It's clear to us that the Republican controlled House should be realizing now that the GOP must be a little more reasonable if they are to gain the ascendancy. Now having fought with the Democrats and President Obama for four years, the GOP gained nothing in this election. Isn't it obvious that some compromise, on the debt ceiling, or how to deal with the budget, or military spending ..might make the Republican more relevant to the people, if they should show some willingness to compromise?
So far their stone-walled approach may not have lost them control of the House, but what have they gained? Voters apparently do not like the Republican inability to sit down at the table and work toward statesmanlike results.
Others point to the inability of the Republicans to move from hard positions on many issues that would attract a wider audience ..particularly the Latino vote. With this being the fastest-growing big population in the nation, the GOP's harsher positions on what matters to Latinos does not bode Republicans well in the future.
Then there's the female vote, where the Republicans did not do well. The ultra-conservative position on many issues must be moderated if the GOP is ever to gain in this important category.
Then of course, there is President's Obama himself, having learned on the job for four years, taking an almost tentative approach. He needs to be stronger, come out of his shell, and forge a relationship with the House, perhaps at a Camp David summit, that will show leadership and get results.
MEANWHILE HERE IN GEORGIA, the new Republican Party maintained a tight control over the House and Senate. It's really not much different from the Democrats of old, controlling the governorship, the Senate and House over many long years.
Labels may have changed, but the way of getting something done hasn't changed much.
It's certainly not healthy for the state of Georgia, in our opinion, for any party to have such a tight lock on government. What is needed, we feel strongly, is for there to be a healthy Loyal Opposition to the party in power, so that everything isn't automatically hand-stamped. We need alternatives, but we also need to have a strong opposition party being a watchdog over the party in power.
As it is now, the most difficult job in the state is for the Democratic Party in Georgia to re-build itself so that it can be a real Loyal Opposition, instead of merely the annoyance that it is today to the GOP. Then we can see not only a two-party system, but overall better government for our state.
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will be built soon along North Berkeley Lake Road under a contract approved
Tuesday by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners. The pedestrian safety
project includes sidewalks, curb, gutter and improvements to the roadside
shoulders along North Berkeley Lake Road west of Lakeshore Drive to Bush
Run The Reagan seeking volunteers, runners for Feb. race
Widely known as "Gwinnett County's premier Road Race," Run the Reagan has been the rallying point for road races around the county and beyond and is celebrating over a decade of commitment to the community and the community service organizations that benefit directly from the race, the Gwinnett Community Clinic and Young Life Ministries.
These days the organization is seeking hundreds of volunteers, and thousands of runners, to participate in the 2013 race. The 2013 Run the Reagan will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013, rain, snow, ice or sunshine.
Run the Reagan was created as a premier event providing local runners an opportunity to participate in a local road race and draw positive attention to Gwinnett County. It also provides a fun atmosphere for families to participate together in a healthy activity, and raises funds to meet the needs of families and children in our community. All proceeds from Run the Reagan, the 18th running, will benefit the following charitable organizations:
The race features a 1 Mile Fun Run (untimed), a 5K Fun Run/Walk (untimed), a 5K (timed), a 10K (timed) and a Half-Marathon (timed). The 5k, 10k and Half Marathon courses are USATF certified and can be used as a 2013 Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Timed runners who participate in the Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K will be issued a ChronoTrack D-tag to be worn on their shoe during the race.
Planned enhancements benefiting the students of Providence Christian Academy signify a substantial investment in the Lilburn Community Improvement District (CID).
The "Providence Tomorrow" campaign seeks to further the school's objective to better serve its students and their families with improved technology as well as new facilities and programs for fine arts and athletics.
In addition to purchasing student iPads to augment the learning experience, the school's $4.5 million capital effort supports the development of an 11-acre sports complex to include a multipurpose field and track facilities. Providence is also now able to offer its first-ever football program.
Providence Headmaster Dr. Jim Vaught said the school has a history of providing new uses for underutilized properties, including the conversion of former retail buildings for educational purposes.
"In our 20-year history, we've used space that was never fully developed and put it to good use for the children of Lilburn and surrounding areas," Vaught said. "We hope that we provide a stabilizing presence in our city and will continue to do so for many years to come."
CID Executive Director Gerald McDowell said Providence Christian Academy is one of Lilburn's unique private education amenities. The school's investment efforts, along with world-class Gwinnett County Public Schools, will gain the attention of businesses and individuals seeking a strong community.
Senior Services Center to get new kitchen to expand program
Gwinnett commissioners have voted to complete the "one-stop" Senior Services Center at 567 Swanson Drive in Lawrenceville. The Phase Two addition will add a new kitchen for home-delivered meals and other senior nutrition programs.
Talbot Construction, Inc., of Suwanee was the lowest of five responsive bidders at $2.14 million to build the 12,000-square-foot addition. Like the original building, the addition is completely funded by a federal community development block grant. Construction will take about a year.
capacity will allow Senior Services to raise more revenue by selling up
to 2,000 more prepared meals to caregivers and seniors. They currently
prepare about 600 daily meals in the home-delivered and congregate meals
programs. There are 130 qualified seniors on a waiting list.
Gingerbread houses to feature "green products" this season
Green Gingerbread Houses -- are there such things? Who doesn't love making adorable Gingerbread Houses with the family or visually wondering at the intricate works of professional Gingerbread House architects?
But what if we could make these Gingerbread Houses environmentally-sustainable? As part of the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center's December Green Holiday programs, it will host a Sustainable Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit. Designers will create environmentally-friendly houses out of edible materials that highlight sustainability and green building design.
To enter, each participant must have at least three sustainable building elements in the design, such as solar panels, rain barrels, green roof, windmills, etc. Participants may use a traditional gingerbread recipe, a recipe for dog biscuits, bird seed cakes, or any other edible products. The structure can include birdseed, pinecones, leaves, twigs anything from nature.
Drop-off of entries will begin November 24; judging will take place the week of December 3; and the awards will be presented during the Green Holiday event on December 15 from 11 a.m. until noon. Visit www.gwinnettehc.org for more information, contest rules, and the entry form.
Northeast Community Foundation honors 3 from Gwinnett
The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia celebrated philanthropy and community partnerships last week by recognizing three individuals posthumously. Honored by the Foundation with the Paul and Jean Duke Humanitarian Awards were the Barbara King, J.W. Benefield and J.D. Caswell, all deceased in the last year.
Judy Waters, Executive Director, says: "Each in their own way was purposeful about their philanthropy and gave of themselves in ways that will continue to leave a true legacy for years to come. We are privileged to have presented their families this award in their memory."
Over the past 27 years, the Foundation has given a total of $48 million to local charities.
In the top photo, members of the Benefield family who were present include, from left, Ann Davis, Susan Cooper, Randy Davis, Sara Benefield and Justin Davis.
In the bottom photo are members of the King family and friends, including Adam Herndon, Melissa Bussman, Karen Saltiel, Kelly Herndon, Mark Herndon, Mike King, Winston Herndon and Sheenagh King.
"The setting is Seattle, the year is 1942, and Japanese-Americans are being rounded up to be sent to interment camps as a safety measure by the U.S. Government....against all of laws of the country. The story is told as a saga between a young Chinese-American and a Japanese-American, both second generations Americans, and is, as the title suggests, sweet and bitter. The book shows the hardships of rounding up 117,000 loyal Japanese Americans, and keeping most in detention for three years, no matter what their profession or political leanings. It's one of the darker chapters in American history, of which no citizen can be proud."-- eeb
The Macon Telegraph is the state's third-largest newspaper, after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Augusta Chronicle, as well as the primary source of print news for residents in Middle Georgia.
The Macon Telegraph was founded as a weekly by Myron Bartlet in 1826, three years after the incorporation of Macon. The paper became a daily in 1860 and was published during the Civil War (1861-65) as the Macon Daily Telegraph and Confederate. In 1884 Jerome Pound, a 16-year-old employee, left the Telegraph to found a competitor, the Macon News.
William T. and Peyton T. Anderson bought the Macon Telegraph in 1914. In 1930 the Andersons bought the Macon News and combined staff positions from the two papers. Although under the same management, the papers enjoyed a friendly rivalry, with the News publishing in the afternoon, and the Telegraph in the morning.
Peyton Anderson's son, Peyton Anderson Jr., took over the papers in 1951, and the Macon Telegraph developed a solid reputation for aggressive reporting and editorial freedom. Anderson sold both papers in 1969 to Knight Newspapers, which later merged with Ridder Publications in 1974 to become Knight Ridder. The Macon Telegraph changed ownership once again in spring 2006, when its parent company, Knight Ridder was purchased by the McClatchy Company.
The city's two papers merged in 1983 to become the Macon Telegraph and News. In 1985 the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for articles by Randall Savage and Jackie Crosby that probed ways in which the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology handled academic deficiencies by scholarship athletes.
After a major redesign in 1990, the paper reverted to its original name, the Macon Telegraph. In 2001 Sherrie Marshall became the newsroom's first African American, and first female, editor.
The Macon Telegraph boasts an impressive and eclectic list of alumni. Sherry Howard and Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb, two of the first African Americans in the Telegraph newsroom, went on to editorial management positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Washington Post respectively. Tom Johnson became the publisher of the Los Angeles Times before leaving for CNN in Atlanta. Other former staff members who were alumni are Carrol Dadisman, who later became publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat; Don Carter, retired Knight-Ridder executive; and Elliott Brack, publisher of Gwinnett Forum and GeorgiaClips.
In the 1930s a Telegraph reporter, Susan Myrick, was selected to be the dialect coach as well as the "arbiter of manners and customs" on the film set of Gone With the Wind. In the late 1970s Brett Butler was the first woman to serve as circulation district manager for the paper; she later became a stand-up comedian and television star.
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MORE COPIES AVAILABLE
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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THE WEEK AHEAD
Consignment and Estate Sale: Nov. 9-10, Gwinnett Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville, sponsored by the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties. Details: contact by email or call 770-990-2206.
HomeSafe Workshop: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 10, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Norcross. In cooperation with The Impact! Group and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, this workshop's goal is to provide information to homeowners to prevent foreclosures. Eligible homeowners approved for the program will close on a subordinate loan. The loan will be at zero percent interest for the assistance period. More details: www.theimpactgroup.org.
Veteran's Day Ceremony: 1:30 p.m., Nov. 11, Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville (at the back of the GJAC front parking lot.
Gwinnett Technology Forum: 7:30 a.m., Nov. 13, Busbee Center of Gwinnett Technical college. The subject will be Untangling the Invisible Wires of today's Wireless Industry. Panelists will be Glenn Lurie, AT&T; Daniel Foster, Verizon Wireless; and Steve Brumer, 151 Ventures. There is no cost to attend.
Buford Business Association Afterhours: 5:30 p.m., Nov. 13, Mirko Pasta, 3265 Sardis Church Road. Information on the holiday season will be presented. BBA board election results will be announced.
ONGOING AND COMING SOON
Stitched Art Show by Adele Steele: Through Nov. 30, Chocolate Perks in Duluth.
(NEW) Open House at Gwinnett Village CID offices: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 15, 5855 Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Visitors will learn of anticipated improvements at the Jimmy Carter Boulevard-Buford Highway intersection.
Population explosion will be the subject at the Sierra Club meeting: 7 p.m., Nov. 15, Berkmar High School. Todd Daniel will be discussing the relationship between population and the environment in his program, "The Global Population Explosion - Here We Grow Again." For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gwinnett Economic Development Summit: 7:30 a.m., Nov. 16, Gwinnett Technical College. Speakers include Dr. Christopher Ray, principal of Gwinnett Online Campus; Dr. Mark Iken, Georgia Gwinnett College; Matt Hyatt, CEO of Rocket IT; Jeff Spence, COO, Innovolt; Stephen Fleming, Ga. Tech Innovation Institute; and Mayor Nancy Harris of Duluth. More info.
15th America Recycles Day: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 17, Recycling Bank of Gwinnett, 4300 Satellite Boulevard, Duluth. Come for free paper shredding, cash for aluminum cans, free recycling of foam food containers, cash prizes, and recycling of newspapers, cardboard, etc.
Another America Recycles Day: 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 17, Coolray Field, home of Gwinnett Braves. Sponsored by Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division. This event will have paper shredding, electronics recycling, and tire recycling. Kid's activities, free food and giveaways are on tap.
Fourth annual Johns Creek Poetry Festival: 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 17, Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek. Featured speaker will be Judson Mitcham, new poet laureate of Georgia. Details: 770-876-2904.
(NEW) Basket Weaving Workshop: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Nov. 17, McDaniel Farm Park, 3252 McDaniel Road, Duluth. Ideal for those 10 and older. Admission is $10 per person. Participants must pre-register at www.gwinnerrehc.org. Organized by the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center.
(NEW) Book Signing: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 17, Books for Less, 2815 Buford Drive, Buford. Doug Dahlgren of Decatur will be signing Four Samaritans, the fourth in The Son series.
Southern Wings Bird Club: 7 p.m., Nov. 19, second floor of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Author John Yow of The Armchair Birder will speak on coastal birds. More info.
Wink Art Exhibit: Through Nov. 24, Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford. Shown will be resident art with a hint of humor, a turn of the phrase or visual twist to make you smile. Details: 678-428-4877, or visit www.TanneryRowArtistColony.com.
Photo Exhibit: Through Nov. 28, George Pierce Park Community Room, Suwanee, during Community Center hours, Monday through Saturday. Frank L. Sharp presents "Israel, the Holy Land," while Wendell Tudor features "Images of the Sea," coastline and landscape images, including photographs from Canada.
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