NUMBER ONE: Fans of Norcross High School were elated at the end of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAAA championship football game, which Norcross won 21-14. The Blue Devils came roaring back in the fourth quarter to capture their first state football championship over Lovejoy High. (Photo by Chuck Paul.)
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DEC. 18, 2012 -- Okay, you adventurers thinking about traveling next year, let's go cruising! (It might be a good surprise Christmas gift for your spouse!)
Set for next spring, GwinnettForum is offering an overseas venture for those who enjoy world traveling. The destinations are Holland and Portugal, plus short visits in two other countries, Belgium and Spain.
In previous years, we have assembled groups of people to travel to other-world destinations. Back about 10 years ago, a group of 16 of us went to Alaska. Then a few years later, we were surprised to find 42 people anxious to visit in China. Both were marvelous journeys, coming off smoothly.
Last year we went alone to check out river cruises, to the Rhone River valley in France with Premier River Cruises. In talking to them about destinations, we have come up with first a popular cruise, that in Holland. Then they suggested a cruise to visit a country that many Americans pass by, Portugal. Those wishing to join the group may participate in either one or both of these cruises in Europe. After the first week's cruise, the group will fly directly to Porto, Portugal to begin the second week.
There is one catch: for space on cruise ships this late in the season, the availability is limited. So the date is fixed, with the sailing date for the Tulip Time trip to Holland of April 9, 2013. There will be a week on board AmaWaterways AmaLyra, moseying around Holland and Belgium, with the highlight (for me) of visiting the world famous Keukenhof Gardens in Holland, right at tulip time!
Then beginning on April 16, that's the sailing date for a trip in Portugal to explore that country's beautiful Douro River valley on board the AmaVida. There will even be one day's visit to Salamanca, Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
So anyone reading GwinnettForum and even a little bit interested, should visit the web sites of the two cruises. Here are three sites to visit:
Prices for the tours are $2,799 and $2,899 (depending on what deck you are on) for the Tulip Time cruise, plus $147 port tax. For the Portugal leg of the trip, prices are from $3,169 to $3,469, plus another $147 port fee.
Airfare from Atlanta to Amsterdam, and the return from Lisbon to Atlanta, is $1,200. There is also a $450 ticket to fly from Amsterdam to Porto, Portugal.
So why a river cruise? Let's face it: river cruises are not for everyone. In general, it is an older group of passengers, who just simply like the idea of unpacking once during a week, and taking in the pleasures of the ship and the villages along the route, all done in a leisurely fashion. Enjoy the good cuisine of the ship, never having to search for just the perfect restaurant. Enjoy the complimentary wine and beer on the menu, and the activities that the ship's company presents, telling the history and the customs of the country you are visiting.
are interested, just let us know. Move quickly to guarantee space. Send
me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org),
and we'll send you details of the two trips. We suggest that the overseas
cruise will be something you will never forget!
2012 -- Even whisper anything about controlling guns, and the wrath of
the National Rifle Association comes down on you in force.
must be even members of the NRA with a conscience who are troubled by
the periodic outburst of relentless massacres of innocent people with
automatic weapons. Surely some of the NRA members recognize that the United
States must take steps, at least beginning steps, to control the outbursts
and senseless killings by deranged people who spray down the innocent
with repeated bullets from uncontrolled automatic weapons.
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Army-Navy story prompts letter of son's accomplishments
Editor, the Forum:
The article on your going to the Army/Navy game this year in Philly, I gotta tell you, I've been there and had a tear in both eyes for the entire game.
remember that my son got accepted to the Naval Academy through the hard
work of then Congressman Ed Jenkins and Former Superintendent of Schools
J.W. Benefield. He served 24 years, achieved his Master's Degree in Monterey,
Calif. and retired as a lieutenant commander. He flew the S3 Viking jets
off several aircraft carriers. He is now employed with Target Stores.
his career I also had another ride along trip on the USS John F. Kennedy
aircraft carrier where we cruised from Bermuda to Jacksonville. While
onboard we watched the awesome display of talent by our country's top
pilots and their support teams.
Just thought you'd like to know.
Likes quality of GwinnettForum, coverage of wider community
Editor, the Forum:
I was just browsing the most recent Gwinnett Forum and was again reminded of what a pleasure it is to read a quality newsletter. I appreciate your thorough coverage of a [much] large[r] geographic area, with an eye to raising the sense of community.
commissioners have to upgrade the traffic management system at the Traffic
Control Center by expanding use of the Georgia DOT's NaviGAtor system.
GGC receives $500,000 DOT grant for pedestrian pathways
been awarded a $500,000 Transportation Enhancement (TE) Grant by Georgia's
Department of Transportation to implement a pedestrian pathways project.
The project will connect the college's Admissions Building and the Valentine
Building along Collins Hill Road to Building A, the Parking Deck, and
University Center Lane near the campus' new loop road and varsity athletics
vice president for Facilities and Operations, says: "This project
will be a major step in the completion of our vision for the campus as
a pedestrian friendly community. This transformation began last summer
with the completion of a streetscape project near the Library and Building
H. These projects will make traversing the campus much easier for those
DNR grant, SPLOST, combine to fund connecting trail
from a $100,000 Recreation Trails Grant from the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources, Gwinnett commissioners have approved a new greenways
trail connection in Lilburn.
Announcement has been made of outstanding Gwinnettians who will be honored at the 65th annual Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce awards dinner on February 1, 2013. The dinner will be in the Hughes Ballroom of Gwinnett Center in Duluth.
Winning the Citizen of the Year award is Barbara Howard of Suzanna's Kitchen of Duluth.
Other award winners include:
of Lilburn honors employees for service, achievements
The City of Lilburn has recognized employees for their dedicated service and achievements. The City currently has 56 full-time and six part-time employees.
Police Officer Trey Taylor received the first Bentley Cup Award. This new award is named after Stephen Bentley, a longtime Lilburn police officer who lost a battle with cancer earlier this year. The award goes to the officer who achieved the highest level of excellence during the annual weapons qualification. Taylor scored 97 percent. He has been with the department for three years.
awards went to:
Gwinnett Tech promotes
Post to VP of student affairs
Julie L. Post is Gwinnett Technical College's new vice president of student affairs.
She joined Gwinnett Tech in 2004, and has been in administration at Gwinnett Tech since 2005, focusing on institutional effectiveness since 2007. In that realm, she also managed the college's initiatives for Special Populations, Disability Services and Veteran's Affairs.
She also created and launched the college's Customer Care Center and oversees its operations. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University, Post earned a master's degree in the art of teaching from Marygrove College and will complete the doctoral program in workforce education at the University of Georgia this spring.
As a poet who craved a connection with language from an early age, Van K. Brock began to contemplate a career in poetry while studying as an undergraduate at Emory University in Atlanta. Since his days there as both a student and a teacher, Brock has published several books of poetry.
Vandall Kline Brock was born on October 31, 1932, near Boston in Thomas County to Gladys Lewis, a teacher, and William Arthur Brock, a farmer. He first encountered poetry when his mother read it to him on a regular basis. He also began reading a great deal for himself. As a child, he told his mother that he wanted to be a poet.
At 16 Brock entered Florida State University in Tallahassee as an engineering major. He soon transferred to the Georgia Institute of Technology, where a humanities course caused him to change directions. He transferred to Emory University in the winter of 1952 to major in humanities and graduated two years later.
After attending Garrett Theological Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., from 1954 to 1956, Brock returned to Atlanta and began working in the Medical Records Department at Emory. While this job consumed his nights, he spent the rest of his time reading major contemporary poets and experimenting with his craft.
During this time Brock met Paul Engle, the director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, who asked him to enter the graduate program at the University of Iowa. Brock graduated with an M.A. in English in 1963 and an M.F.A. in poetry in 1964. He returned to Atlanta in 1964 and took a job teaching English, creative writing, and humanities courses at Oglethorpe University from 1964 to 1968. He then moved back to Iowa to complete his Ph.D. in modern letters, which he earned in 1970.
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"Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know... the birth of Santa."
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:
You can also order books through the Internet. To do that, go to www.elliottbrack.com to place your order. For mail orders, there is a $5 shipping and handling fee. Purchases are also subject to the 6 percent Georgia sales tax.
Or call me (Elliott
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(NEW) Lawrenceville Rings: 6 p.m. until midnight, Dec. 31, historic courthouse, downtown Lawrenceville. The 9th annual New Year's Eve Celebration will feature be family fun, inflatables, dancing, shopping, and at midnight, fireworks to usher in the new year. Free lawn seating for a 9 p.m. concert. Details online.
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