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IN FORMATION: Members of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point line up in formation on Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia before the Army-Navy football game last weekend. Prior to the cadets marching on, midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy were also in formation on the field. For more on the Army-Navy game, see Elliott Brack's perspective below.

Issue 12.68 | Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Time to consider giving just a little

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
:: Army-Navy game was stirring

McLEMORE'S WORLD
::
Another cliff

FEEDBACK
::
Alternatives to burning bush

UPCOMING
::
Hudgens' deadline; Carol extended

NOTABLE
:: Fort Daniel, more

ALSO INSIDE

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
:: Gwinnett Village CID

RECOMMENDED
:: The Age of Miracles

GEORGIA TIDBIT
:: More about hard-to-pronounce hero

LAGNIAPPE
:: Necktie fashion models?

GWINNETT CALENDAR
:: Lots of events on tap

TODAY'S QUOTE
:: Why everything will be all right

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TODAY'S FOCUS
You can help others tremendously by giving up just a little
By CATHERINE BRACK
Special to GwinnettForum | Permalink

[Editor's note: with year end in mind, there are ways you can be of immense help to others in need. (And this step can also help reduce your taxable income.) We get this from Catherine Brack, director of External Relations for the Center for Democracy and Technology, the leading Internet privacy rights organization working at the intersection of technology and policy.-eeb]

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 14, 2012 -- The holiday season is a boon for the U.S. Postal Service, with mailboxes stuffed with catalog offerings, packages from friends and loved ones and solicitations from nonprofits for support. Many of us take advantage of the shopping deals and are thrilled with the unexpected treats, but what do we do with those charitable donation appeals?


C. Brack

There are an estimated 2.3 million non-profit organizations operating in the United States, which boils down to one charity for every 175 Americans. These institutions contribute over $800 billion to the US economy, and represent 5.5 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.

I have worked in the nonprofit environment for the bulk of my career, and volunteer with other organizations - folks who build houses, teach arts to kids and ensure that people with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to compete in the Paralympics. As much as each individual nonprofit's mission differs from another, they all have one common element - the end-of-year appeal.

We Americans are generous. Each year, we donate $300 billion to charity, or two percent of our disposable income. But what does that $300 billion mean, really? Is it enough, or just enough to make us feel good?

Do you know what really makes us feel good? Stuff.

Every year, Americans spend $4 trillion dollars on dining out and shopping.

Whoa!

Don't get me wrong. I like a good meal out or night on the town, and, if we're working with stereotypes here, I have a hard time passing up a shoe sale. But FOUR TRILLION DOLLARS? Really? We're spending 13.3 times more eating out and on the latest sale than we are helping each other?

So, I got to thinking. What does $25, or $500, or $1,000 buy?

  • A week of Starbucks ($25) buys one athlete's International Paralympic Committee (IPC) license, which allows people with intellectual disabilities to compete in high level sports. (Athletes Without Limits)

  • A mid-range dinner for two ($50) buys a military comfort kit for wounded warriors. (American Red Cross)

  • A new pair of shoes ($100) plants 100 trees. (Nature Conservancy)

  • A new phone ($250) buys six first aid kits and 50 blankets for people in need of emergency healthcare in war zones. (Doctors Without Borders)

  • A new flat screen TV ($500) buys siding for a home for someone in need. (Habitat for Humanity)

  • And $1,000, if you like really fancy TVs? It buys 500 books for kids. (Reading is Fundamental)

Now, look -- you may not care about any of the charities I've listed here, but that's not really the point. Every small donation can make a huge difference. As you make your decisions this year about your charitable contribution, could you give up a latte or the latest technological gizmo to help out others?

ELLIOTT BRACK
Even in cold Philadelphia, Army-Navy game is fun to attend
By
ELLIOTT BRACK
Editor and publisher

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DEC. 14, 2012 -- Many December Saturdays, we've watched the annual Army-Navy football classic on television. It seems like the teams always play in cold, sometimes rainy and even snowy weather in Philadelphia. I remember thinking: "Why would you want to go to that game in that type of weather?"


Brack

Yet when an invitation came, via my son through the Secretary of the Navy, to attend the 113th meeting, we jumped at the chance. Some say the game is one of the 100 Best Sporting Events to attend. After being there last week in Philadelphia, I agree. It was fun, exciting and stirring. (By the way, though invited, each attendee pays for a ticket, at $75 each.)

First the weather: we hit a good day, 52 degrees and overcast, but with little wind and no precipitation! It was real "football weather," in the best sense.

The overwhelming aspect I took away was the stirring of pride I felt as both West Point and Annapolis marched onto the field in mass. These academies mold the leaders of tomorrow's military. These young men and women are the pick of the crop, physically fit, and beam with pride.

For the 3 p.m. game, the Navy began marching onto the field at 12:15. They were in dark blue long coats, with their white hats highlighting their appearance. The Army followed at 12:45 in their gray, cape-draped great coats. It took nearly 30 minutes each to march on in companies, and stand on the field facing their stands.

What really caught my attention was these burly-looking units in tight company formation … sometimes led by a short, female company commander. It shows how far our country has come … and it also tells me that that female company commander was sharp and smart, beating out the guys for leadership!

In particular, when the Army massed in their long gray overcoats and hats, from the stands the companies appeared as giant Army tanks taking aim at the crowd! (See photo above.)


Vice President Biden talks with midshipmen at the game .

Once the game got started, often when there was a TV timeout, there were short, patriotic presentations to various military groups. The 67,000 in attendance gave each one a rousting ovation.

The Navy had won the previous 10 games, but this year Army showed its mettle. The sides were evenly-matched, tied at 10-10 at the half, then led by the Army 13-10 late in the fourth quarter. But with the Army near the Navy goal and threatening to score again, alas, a fumble, with Army losing the ball. Shortly after, Navy drove for a final touchdown and victory, 17-13, to a stunned Army team.

Usually, either our country's president or vice president attends. This year it was Vice President Joe Biden, spending the first half with the Army, the second half with the Navy. We were on row 25, in section 119, about the 40 yard line, with the vice president and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus of Mississippi a couple of rows in front of us, to our right, about 10 seats away. Yep, Secret Service people were all around us. One guy said he saw the form of an automatic weapon outlined under a raincoat. Luckily, it wasn't needed this day.

We doubt we'll even attend another Army-Navy game. But we can tell you we enjoyed attending in 2012, in rather nice weather for Philadelphia in December.

McLEMORE'S WORLD
Another cliff

SPOTLIGHT
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FEEDBACK
Suggestions for red in your garden instead of burning bush

Editor, the Forum:

Thanks to Rick and Sandy Krause for their thoughtful response warning readers about the plant called Burning Bush in the Forum on December 4, 2012. As they noted, "Winged burning bush (Euonymus alatus) is an invasive species of the woodlands of eastern North America and is on the list of 'Invasive Plants in Georgia: Significant Threat,' as determined by The University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health."

This plant and others, introduced from other parts of the world, are used as landscape additions. But without the natural predators or controls of their homeland, they escape into Georgia's native forests and woodlands. There they may degrade the habitat that wildlife depends upon, crowding out native species and leaving the critters, birds and pollinators we all love without food, shelter or a place to raise their young.

What's the appeal of Burning Bush in the garden? In fall its foliage turns a brilliant pink or red, creating an eye-catching show at a time when much in the rest of the landscape is diminishing in color intensity.

Responsible gardeners and homeowners may want the show, but realize the folly of planting a species that adds to the degradation of our native places. For an alternative, try our native Winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) or Possumhaw holly (Ilex decidua). These hollies, with handsome, smooth green foliage in summer, lose their leaves in winter, "to show off their exquisite red berries. The fruit display of deciduous hollies is quite often even more impressive than the evergreen counterparts because the leaves do not hide the fruit. During the winter, the striking red fruit are the main attraction against the dark brown, naked stems," according to Vincent A. Simeone in "Wonders of the Winter Landscape."

Winterberry is available at local garden stores, including Buck Jones Nursery in Grayson, which reports having such cultivars as Winter Red, Berry Nice and Sparkleberry. Woody's Wholesale Nursery in Duluth and Randy's in Lawrenceville stock Winterberry, as well. Be sure to ask for a female specimen to yield berries. Since these plants are dioecious, meaning male and female flower parts are carried on separate plants, the gardener must tuck a male plant -- Southern Gentleman is one -- in an out-of-the-way place to pollinate the showier female.

-- Carol Hassell, Suwanee, executive director, Georgia Piedmont Land Trust

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UPCOMING
Deadline is Feb. 1 for Georgia's second Hudgens Art Prize

The Hudgens Center for the Arts is now accepting applications for the second Hudgens Art Prize. The winner will receive $50,000 and a solo exhibition at The Hudgens Center.

The competition is open to any individual artist living as a full time resident in the state of Georgia, age 18 and up. Visual artwork of any medium will be considered. There is a $30 non-refundable entry fee that entitles each artist to submit up to five entries. Four artists will be selected by the jury panel to display work in the Finalist's Exhibition. Each of these four artists will receive a $1,500 cash stipend to cover the expenses of the exhibition. All artist applications must be submitted online by February 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm (EST).

For 2012, the juror panel consists of Doryun Chong, associate curator of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Toby Kamps, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Menil Collection, Houston, Tex.; and Heather Pesanti, curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.

For eligibility requirements, more information and to access the online application, visit www.thehudgens.org.

The Hudgens Center is a non-profit organization that has been focused on the arts since its establishment in 1981. The Hudgens' mission is to bring art lovers, leaders and learners together through quality programs and exhibits. That mission is accomplished through visual arts initiatives, such as year round fine art exhibits and classes for all ages, and community arts initiatives, which reach out to underserved populations.

Solo performance of A Christmas Carol extended to Dec. 23

The popularity of Aurora Theatre's newest holiday tradition cannot be contained in a mere 10 performances. The run of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been extended through December 23, 2012. Now in his sixth year, Anthony P. Rodriguez is delighting audiences with his solo performance of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Similar to the way Charles Dickens performed his stories by the fireside in Victorian England, Mr. Rodriguez focuses on the classic art of storytelling. Using his voice and mannerisms, Rodriguez brings life to: Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the astonishing ghosts found in the greatest Christmas story of all time.

NOTABLE
Commission purchase saves early Hog Mountain landmark

A landmark that was established before Gwinnett was a county is being preserved, after action by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners this week. The county approved the purchase of the 4.32-acre Fort Daniel historic site in northeastern Gwinnett for the appraised value of $241,000 with funds from the 2009 SPLOST sales tax program. The property, sold by Ann P. Grant, includes a 1,500-square foot house.

Board Chairman Charlotte Nash said, "We look forward to working with community groups such as the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society and Friends of Fort Daniel to provide educational opportunities for Gwinnett County youth and families."

Local militia built Fort Daniel about 1810, before the incorporation of Gwinnett County in 1818. Major General Allen Daniel was Commander of the Fourth Division of Georgia's militia at the time. The fort replaced or refurbished a 1790s frontier fort on the same site. Local archaeologists and historians located the remains of the fort in 2009 and registered the site on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's Places in Peril.

District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau said, "This is an outstanding and long overdue opportunity to preserve and protect our history and heritage for future generations."

The Fort Daniel site is located in the Hog Mountain community at 2505 Braselton Highway in northeastern Gwinnett County. For more about Gwinnett's heritage programs, visit the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center online.

Schklar wins lifetime GARS Award
"Hams" focusing on Gwinnett

Norm Schklar of Norcross, a "ham" radio operator, has been named a Lifetime Member of the Georgia Amateur Radio Society (GARS), President Kyle Albritton announces.


Schklar

Within GARS, Norm has served as president, board member, activities director, field day band captain, Aluminum Overcast participant, Techfest organizer and many other duties. He is a founding member of the Greater Atlanta Ham Council. This year he focused some of his energy on HamJam, which is a fundraising activity that provides scholarships and activities for youth.

Meanwhile, local "hams" are pointing to January 12, 2013, when GARS, in association with the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Emergency Service, will hold the 16th annual TechFest at the Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville. The hours are from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Unlike Field day, or the typical "ham" swap meet, this is not a contest or race. It is a chance to experience modes of our hobby that you might have never seen. Or to show your friends and family what Amateur Radio is about. For more information, send an email here.

Gwinnett Fire Department gets swift water rescue equipment

Gwinnett's fire service will get a new swift water rescue truck to be based at Fire Station 14 in Buford. It is specially designed to transport rescue crews and equipment to emergencies on the Chattahoochee River or Lake Lanier. Funding comes from the 2009 SPLOST sales tax program.

Southeastern Specialty Vehicles in North Carolina will build the truck on a Ford F-550 chassis to comply with codes and standards of the National Fire Protection Association. Commissioners approved the $229,461 purchase on Tuesday. The price includes negotiated cost savings of $36,647.

Fire Chief Bill Myers said the swift water rescue team played an instrumental role during the 2009 flood and responded to 36 calls in 2011.

Gwinnett commissioners also accepted a $20,000 grant from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to replace tools and equipment used on the Search and Rescue truck based at Fire Station 24 near the Mall of Georgia. In recent years, that vehicle was instrumental in responding to the Buford tornado, a tornado outbreak in North Georgia and a deck collapse in downtown Atlanta.

A second grant, for $16,764 from the Georgia Trauma Care Network, will help replace trauma-related emergency medical equipment used by firefighter/EMTs throughout the county.

Gwinnett commissioners approve projects in three areas

Gwinnett Commissioners have approved a major renovation of the 15-year-old Bogan Park Aquatic Center. The project includes new roof panels, new HVAC and filtration systems and locker room renovations to improve operational and energy efficiencies.

The aquatic center provides year-round recreational swim opportunities for all ages and includes two indoor swimming pools - a competition pool used for swimming lessons, lap swimming and swim/dive teams and a family leisure pool consisting of a water playground, lazy river and water slide.

Funding for the renovation project comes from the 2005 SPLOST program. The $3.15 million contract was awarded to low bidder Bryson Construction Inc.

The aquatic center will close in February and reopen in September. Gwinnett's other indoor aquatic centers at Bethesda Park, Collins Hill Park, Mountain Park and West Gwinnett Park will be open as usual. Pool pass holders can use their passes at any Gwinnett County aquatic facility.

Gwinnett's Water Resources department received approval by commissioners recently for projects in the Lilburn and Peachtree Corners areas.

One project will replace 3,500 feet of PVC water pipe with new eight-inch ductile iron pipe in the Holly Ridge subdivision in Lilburn. Reeves Contracting Company was the lowest of eight bidders at $393,040. The work will take about 180 days.

The second project will build storm drain facilities and restore 2,580 feet of stream on tributaries of the Chattahoochee River in the Peachtree Station subdivision in Peachtree Corners. The $710,476 contract with low responsive bidder, The Dickerson Group, will be paid by the Water and Sewer Renewal and Extension Fund as part of the requirements of the federal permits for Gwinnett's highly treated wastewater discharges. The contract allows 270 days to complete the work.

RECOMMENDED
The Age of Miracles
By Karen Thompson Walker

"The rotation of the earth had suddenly started to slow down in a California suburb. Days grow to 20, 30, then 40 hours. Life changes radically. The environment is a major testing ground for relationships and stability. Has gravity shifted? Is it day still at 10 p.m. or night at 3 p.m.? Do a.m. and p.m. still exist? Over time the suburb becomes split between those who live by clock time and those who try to adjust to the 'new' earth. This story is told through a sixth grade girl, who valiantly navigates changes within her family, her friendships and her own coming of age. I could not put this book down and continue to ruminate over the questions it raises. The author leaves questions unanswered thus freeing the reader to wonder just how little we really know about life, existence and the 'miracle' of living each day."

-- Karen J. Harris, librarian, Norcross Branch, Gwinnett County Public Library

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GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA
Benjamin Taliaferro opposes proponents of Yazoo land sales

(Continued from previous edition)

As a state legislator Benjamin Taliaferro consistently supported issues favoring upcountry growth and economic development. Throughout his political career Taliaferro remained a proponent of conservative Republican principles. He fashioned an alliance with low-country planter-elites who shared those same values, including John Milledge and Lachlan McIntosh, a former commander at the Savannah siege. These connections enabled Taliaferro to act as a powerful upcountry assembly member. When Georgia reorganized its government in 1789, Taliaferro entered the state senate, serving as its president from 1792 to 1796.

Taliaferro's most notable role as an upcountry leader came with his opposition to the 1789 and 1795 Yazoo land bills. Both statutes involved a legislative effort to sell Georgia's western territories to private land companies. Taliaferro's stand against the 1795 sale and the widespread bribery engaged in by its supporters attracted the attention of James Jackson, a U.S. senator from Georgia. Jackson resigned from the Senate and organized an anti-Yazoo faction to repeal the land sale and remove its supporters from office.

Taliaferro briefly considered an appointment from Governor George Mathews (his friend and former commander) to replace Jackson in the Senate but declined. His decision to remain in the state prompted the Jackson-dominated assembly to extend Taliaferro an appointment as superior court justice to stop Yazooists from exerting their influence in the state courts. Supporters of the Yazoo bill challenged Taliaferro's authority and accused him of violating his standards of Republican independence in favor of factional interest. Taliaferro resorted to at least one duel to defend his character against the abuse of his political enemies.

In 1798 Taliaferro agreed to submit his name as a Congressional candidate. He won the election and worked with Georgia's federal legislators to arrange a settlement concerning the state's western lands. Their efforts paved the way for an 1802 land cession to Congress. Illness forced Taliaferro to retire from office in 1802. Although upcountry leaders approached Taliaferro in 1813 to serve in the U.S. Senate, he refused. Taliaferro died at his Broad River plantation in September 1821 at age 71.

LAGNIAPPE
Necktie fashion models?


No, it's Seventh District Congressman Rob Woodall with Chuck Paul of Norcross, who was visiting in Washington with the representative recently. Showing his bipartisanship, Mr. Paul is shown at the right on the portico of Congressman John Lewis' corner office overlooking the Capitol, a signal of Mr. Lewis' seniority in the Congress


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TODAY'S QUOTE
Why everything is going to turn out all right

"I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right."

-- Evangelist Billy Graham (1918-).

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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

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.

MORE EEB PERSPECTIVE

12/21: Fort Daniel, Chambliss
12/18: Ban assault weapons
12/14: Army-Navy game
12/11: Who stole American dream?
12/7: Lock 'em in a room
12/4: On Partnership Gwinnett

11/30: Hera Lighting
11/27: Voting out scalawags
11/20: Arts alive in Gwinnett
11/16: Hope Clinic needs help
11/13: Casino coming?
11/9: GOP and Georgia Dems
11/6: Early voting, more
11/2: Will Sandy impact election?

10/30: Georgia and GI Bill
10/26: Barge making name
10/23: Our 2012 endorsements
10/19: Pet peeves, more
10/15: Long plane flights
10/12: NO on Amendment 1
10/9: Elisha Winn Fair
10/5: Lots of construction
10/2: Texting while walking

9/28: WSB sets lower bar
9/25: State Archive fracas
9/21: Charter concerns
9/18: Benefits of living here
9/14: Continuing objectives
9/11: Trip to France, Spain
9/7: Community pride

8/31: Conversation on guns
8/24: More robocalls ahead
8/21: Newspaper museum
8/17: Seem easier to vote?
8/14: Western ridges, fall line
8/10: Runoff endorsements
8/7: New UGA health campus
8/3: Primaries raise more questions


FOCUS ARCHIVES

12/21: Wiggins: Recycle trees
12/18: Two canal cruises to take
12/14: C. Brack: Give a little
12/11: Goodman: Suwanee's art
12/7: Duke: Director of Encouragement
12/4: Dorough: Food co-op

11/30: McHenry: CID redevelopment
11/27: Sutt: Gwinnett arts' questions
11/20: Urrutia: Grad wins award
11/16: Collins: Las Vegas
11/13: Barksdale: Storm prep
11/9: Houston: Kettle Creek
11/6: Stilo: Christmas Canteen
11/2: Crews: View Point Health

10/30: Willis: Amendment One
10/26: Brown: Doc's research
10/19: Hudgens Prize jurors picked
10/15: Urrutia: $2 million gift to GGC
10/12: Young: Lilburn city hall
10/9: Long: Charter schools
10/5: Jones: PGA golf to return
10/2: DeWilde: Suwanee's red code

9/28: Stilo: Pinter's Betrayal
9/21: Love: Model for Nigeria
9/21: Walsh: Childhood obesity
9/18: Ashley promoted
9/14: Wiener: CID's initiative
9/11: Olson: $50K Hudgens contest
9/7: Stilo: Acting classes for all

8/31: Havenga: Great Days of Service
8/24: Griswold: Casino for OFS site
8/21: Brooks: Taking the Megabus
8/17: Summerour: Newspaper family
8/14: Sharp: Newport visit
8/10: Thomas: On schizophrenia
8/7: Carraway: Amendment wording
8/3: Willis: Ready for school parents?


CONTINUING OBJECTIVES FOR GWINNETT

Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.

  • Development of a two-party system for local offices
  • Transparent operations to restore faith in Gwinnett's County Commission
  • Moving statewide non-partisan judge election runoffs to the General Election
  • Light rail for Gwinnett from Doraville MARTA station to Gwinnett Arena
  • Extension of Gwinnett Place CID area to include Arena and Discovery Mills Mall
  • Banning of tobacco in all Gwinnett parks
  • Making Briscoe Field a commercial airport for jet-age travel
  • Approval of Educational SPLOST in 2013
  • More diverse candidates for political offices and appointment to local boards
  • Physical move of former St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Buffalo, N.Y., to Norcross
  • Creative efforts to support the arts in Gwinnett
  • Advancement and expansion of city and Gwinnett historical societies
  • Stronger regulation of late-night establishments with alcoholic licenses

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