SHIMMERS UP YOUR SPINE? Go inside the Suwanee City Hall and you can see hanging the initial public art display which the city council purchased. Its called Shimmering Echoes by Seattle Artist Koryn Rolstad, who has designed environmental public art for a multitude of locations around the world. Mounted in two areas, Suwanees cascading sculpture includes 12 groupings suspended from railroad-inspired aluminum track frames; 1,900 elliptical-shaped eco-resin elements in shades from translucent white and rose tones to yellow, green, and aqua as well as a reflective holographic radiant; and about a mile of 1/32-inch stainless steel cable all held together with some 4,000 clips and another 4,000 washers. Altogether, the sculpture weighs in at 240 pounds (120 pounds per grouping). For more on Suwanees public art effort, see Councilman Dick Goodmans comments below.
Issue 12.67 | Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012
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SUWANEE, Ga., Dec. 11, 2012-- In 2007 the then-Suwanee Mayor, Nick Masino, noted that communities of distinction have monumental architecture and memorable art. For the first part of that, Suwanee was already building a new city hall that might be described in terms like post-modern railroad station. Today it is an icon for Suwanees unique approach to creating community.
The mayors comment five years ago kicked off a process that would address the second part. It began with a committee of citizens and business people who looked around the country to learn what others were doing to introduce art to their communities. Their recommendations to city council ultimately resulted in Suwanees 2008 public arts ordinance, which in turn created the Public Arts Commission (PAC).
In a fit of optimism, the PAC decided it could bring art to Suwanee by tapping the community spirit of the real estate developers. The developers, who were then covering much of the city with strip shopping centers, office parks and residential communities, were given a simple message: Be good citizens and voluntarily devote one percent of your development cost to art.
Before the first developer could step up with his one percent, however, the real estate bubble burst. The few developers who walked in with plans under their arms quickly let the PAC know they couldnt spare even just one percent to be good citizens.
But the city decided to put its money where its mouth was and committed to spending one percent of the new city hall cost to acquire original art for the building. The PAC then went ahead to commission the original sculpture that now hangs in the lobby of City Hall.
Two years later the PAC launched SculpTour, an annual exhibit of sculptures from artists across the country. Each year from May through the following March, 15 or more sculptures are installed at locations in and around Suwanees Town Center Park. Now, in its second year, the SculpTour is funded entirely by private donations. No tax money is involved.
In the meantime, developers returned, installing art or making cash contributions for art. Voluntarily! Advance Auto Parts purchased a sculpture from last years SculpTour for its new site, while Ultra Car Wash commissioned a steel sculpture from famed Atlanta artist Andrew Crawford, for its new facility. Meanwhile, QT made a generous cash contribution when it built its new station in Suwanee. And a Suwanee couple purchased another SculpTour piece, donating it to the city in memory of a family member.
Most recently the city commissioned a Georgia artist to create an installation for a piece of World Trade Center wreckage that the city obtained last year. It will be a memorial, a history lesson and another permanent piece of public art in Suwanee.
The keys to the success of a public arts program include:
DEC. 11, 2012 Trying to understand how the United States got to where it is now, how we can improve, and what we should be striving for, is a most complicated subject. One author, Hedrick Smith, has tackled the overall subject brilliantly in his new book, "Who Stole the American Dream?"
The author methodically walks the reader through the events from 1971 to the present. He even gives a rough outline of what needs to happen to move the United States forward in a bold and energetic manner.
Smith, a former reporter for The New York Times, shared a Pulitzer Prize for the Pentagon Papers series, and won another Pulitzer for reporting in Russia from 1971-74. His television reporting on systemic problems in modern American has been well received. Besides authoring books on America, he also won Emmy Awards as a producer.
In other words, Smith has studied the American scene for years, and has some ideas of what the country needs to do to right itself. Add that he writes with an easy style, which makes his most recent book easy to read.
Smith dates the ideas in the book from 1971, when he says that Corporate America got a call to arms on what it needed to do to get laws passed in Washington to help industry that set the course of history since then. Previously, Corporate America didnt flex its muscles as much. Now American businesses routinely are power brokers on Capitol Hill, not always to the benefit of the countrys residents.
Smith argues that the country is economically divided .the one percent who are super rich versus the rest of us, the 99 percent. He calls this the unraveling of the dream for middle America.
One of his favorite topics is how Germany has reacted since 1985, as American piles up deficits in trade, while Germany has an export surplus. He notes that German workers pay has grown five times as fast as Americans pay in this time, while maintaining solid trade unions. The German high pay has eventually produced even higher profits for German firms.
Meanwhile in the USA weve had a reduction in the taxes on the rich, with the middle class left behind. All in all, this has resulted in a power shift toward an increasing super rich, and a dismantling of the American dream and middle class.
What the USA needs, he feels, is a Domestic Marshall Plan, one that he admits will be difficult to achieve because of the continued crisis in politics through partisan bickering. Smith proposes this 10 step Domestic Marshall Plan, which includes:
Hard? Yes. But achievable? Yes. One of the keys to doing this is to stimulate the middle class, Smith says, into a potent force. He sees comfort in the recent Tea Party movement, as it sought to press a national agenda in Washington. Hedrick Smith looks to such a surge in civic energy by the middle class as the hope for our nation in the near future.
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R. Bernard, Jr., of Douglasville, an attorney and member of the University
System of Georgia Board of Regents, will present the commencement address
at Georgia Gwinnett Colleges December 20 winter ceremony, to be
held at the Gwinnett Center. More than 250 students will receive their
degrees at the ceremony, a full 100 more than last years winter
represents the 13th Congressional District on the Board of Regents, the
governing body for the University System of Georgia. Former Governor Sonny
Perdue appointed him to the board in 2007 for a seven-year term. He is
managing partner of Sherrod Barnard, a law firm in Douglasville.
serves as chairman of the Audit, Risk, and Compliance Committee, and previously
served two terms as chairman of the Organization and Law Committee, which
oversees the legal affairs of the 35 public universities and colleges
in Georgia. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Bernard was named chairman of the
University System of Georgia Foundation, Inc., which is a cooperative
organization of the Board of Regents. The foundation administers scholarships,
grants and awards in furtherance of the public universities and colleges
captain in the United States Marine Corps, Bernard graduated from the
University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law. He
served as an officer in the Marine Corps Judge Adjutant General corps.
Bernard formerly served as a special assistant attorney general, vice-chairman
of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, and served on the Governors
Bernard is youth baseball coach with two Georgia Pony Baseball State titles (Mustang 2008 and Bronco 2009) and a USSSA Georgia Travel Baseball 12U (AA) State Championship (2010).
Cardinal Lakes Community Association offers garden spots
The Cardinal Lake Community Association (CLCA) announces the opening of a Community Garden to public membership. The garden is to be located on Cardinal Lake Circle, about a half mile past the community club house.
The Garden will be on grounds that the Association owns. Approximately 30 plots, mostly 5x6 feet, will be offered for a annual fee (plus $15 service fee for all). The lots will be available to Cardinal Lake Association members first, but there will probably be space for others, too. Association members get a 50 percent discount. The overall dimension of the Garden is approximately 100x70 feet.
Plot sizes and rentals:
The Atlanta Community Food Bank says, "Community gardening stimulates social interaction, encourages self-reliance, beautifies neighborhoods and produces nutritious foods, while reducing family food budgets."
A portion of the fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the Garden will be donated to the Duluths Hands of Christ Food Bank.
with an interest in growing their own fresh food in a garden plot should
contact Tom Stricker,
or phone 770-476-8581. Application forms for the plots are available
for download at https://cardinallake.com/
Gwinnett business idea could be worth money in the originators pocket!
third year, an Amazing Entrepreneur Contest is being sponsored in the
county. Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, in partnership with the
University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Jackson
Electric Membership Corp., are funding the contest.
year, the contest entry has been simplified to allow a business plan summary,
rather than a traditional, full-length business plan, to be submitted.Additionally,
the contest now offers two categories: an Established Business category
for small businesses less than 36 months old and with a current business
license and a Pre-Venture category for businesses not yet in operation.
winner of the Established Business category will a total of $8,165 in
prizes for the winning idea. That includes $2,500 in cash; consultation
with attorneys Arnall Golden Gregory ($2,500 value); a trip to Sage Softwares
customer conference; a one-year Gwinnett Chamber membership ($500 minimum
value); passes to attend four sessions in the Chambers Gwinnett
Business Institute program ($180 value); three copies of Microsoft Office
2010 ($1,500 value); and a scholarship to the SBDC Grow Smart program
($985 value), among other prizes.
of the Pre-Venture category will receive a scholarship to the SBDC Start
Smart program ($495 value) and accounting services from John Dillard,
CPA ($300 value). All contestants receive a free Business Plan class at
Applicants will be judged based on the business plan summary. Full contest rules and details are available on the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest website.
Holiday hours for memorial park of American war prisoners
the winter holiday season, the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville
National Historic Site will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012;
and New Years Day, January 1, 2013. The park entrance, prison site, and
picnic area will also be closed on these two days.
National Cemetery will be open to the public each of these holidays. On
other days around the holidays, the park will be open to the public from
8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Holiday access to the National Cemetery will be through
the Cemetery gate, located just north of the city of Andersonville on
Georgia Highway 49.
National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of the city of Oglethorpe,
and 10 miles northeast of Americus, on Georgia Highway 49. The national
park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National
Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter.
husband and I recently had sandwiches at the just-opened Larry's Giant
Subs on Peachtree Parkway (close to The Flying Biscuit and Dreamland Barbecue).
I definitely enjoyed my eggplant Parmesan hot sub and the customer service
was very good. My husband liked his meatball sub and we settled into our
booth and enjoyed viewing the location's fun decorations. When we
go back, we may try the chicken or turkey cold subs or one of their natural,
organic selections. They are located at 5270 Peachtree Parkway, Suite
118, Norcross. Web site: www.larryssubs.com.
Benjamin Taliaferro served as a Continental soldier during the American Revolution. He moved in 1784 from Virginia to Wilkes County, Georgia, where he established himself as a planter and an upcountry political leader. Taliaferro served as a trustee for the University of Georgia, a state representative, a president of the Georgia senate, a member of the anti-Yazoo faction, a superior court judge, and a member of Congress. Taliaferro County, in east central Georgia, is named in his honor.
Benjamin Taliaferro (pronounced "Tolliver") was born in 1750 in Amherst County, Va., to Mary Boutwell and Zachariah Taliaferro, both members of prominent Piedmont families. During the American Revolution Taliaferro avidly supported the American independence, or Whig, cause. He served in two local rifle companies before transferring with his unit to the Sixth Regiment of the Continental army in March 1776. Taliaferro distinguished himself at Trenton and Princeton, N.J., and as one of Colonel Daniel Morgan's 500 crack riflemen at Saratoga, N.Y. By June 1779 Taliaferro had joined Colonel Richard Parker's First Virginia Battalion to aid Georgia Whigs in their fight to end the British occupation of Savannah.
Parker's regiment resided in Augusta before and after the Siege of Savannah in October 1779. The Virginia troops arrived at a time when conservative and radical leaders jockeyed for control of the remnant Whig government. Taliaferro had a chance to observe Georgia Whig politics firsthand before his regiment marched to reinforce Benjamin Lincoln's Southern Army defending Charleston, S.C. After American forces surrendered the city on May 12, 1780, Taliaferro returned to Amherst County, Va., as a paroled prisoner of war. There he married Martha Meriwether in 1782.
Two years later Taliaferro joined a migration effort led by his former militia commander, George Mathews. A well-known merchant and land speculator of Augusta County, Va., Mathews served briefly in Georgia near the end of the war and brought news of its rich upcountry lands back to Virginia. As did most of Mathews's group, Taliaferro settled in Wilkes County, Ga. With his first wife he had a family of nine children: Benjamin, Mary Amelia (Emily), Louis Bourbon, Betsy, Martha, David, Thornton, Margaret, and Nicholas. A second marriage produced a tenth child, Zachariah.
Taliaferro worked to recreate the traditional planter-elite status maintained by his Virginia ancestors. He operated a thriving tobacco plantation along the Broad River and in the process became one of the largest slaveholders in Wilkes County. Taliaferro's activities quickly gained him recognition as an influential member of the Goose Pond community. He used this status to build a network of support from family, Virginia acquaintances, and upcountry leaders whom he had met while stationed in Augusta. Taliaferro's efforts garnered him legislative appointment as one of the first trustees of the University of Georgia and as a county magistrate. His coalition of Wilkes citizens elected him to the Georgia Assembly in 1786.
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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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Remembering Richs in the Atlanta Holidays: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 11, Norcross Welcome Center and Museum. Author Jeff Clemmons will share stories from his newly-released book about Richs Department Store, and sign copies. Enjoy caroling and refreshments, including Richs famous coconut cake. For more details, dial 678 421 2048.
(NEW) Dual Book Signing: 11 a.m. To 3 p.m., Dec. 15, Books for Less, 2815 Buford Drive, in Buford. Three authors will be present Sue Cass, author of Pursuit, a novel set in Georgia; Jonathan French, The Exiled Heir, a fantasy novel; and Elliott Brack, who wrote the history: Gwinnett, A Little Above Atlanta.
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