Issue 12.70 | Friday, Dec. 21, 2012
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Dec. 21, 2012 -- Beginning the day after Christmas, our Gwinnett community will continue the annual tradition of Christmas Tree Recycling through Keep Georgia Beautiful's "Bring One for the Chipper Program."
The annual tradition of Christmas Tree Recycling began in 1984 as a partnership between Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, 13 local governments, Georgia Power and Jackson EMC, to reduce the illegal dumping of trees on roadsides. It is estimated that Gwinnettians have recycled more than 1,400,000 trees and saved valuable landfill space since the program began.
Residents are encouraged to give back to nature and bring their Christmas tree, stripped of all lights and decorations, to one of approximately 30 local drop-off locations listed below between December 26 and January 18. Artificial trees will not be accepted.
Real Christmas trees are biodegradable. They can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. Most of the mulch will be used to improve walking trails and beautify Gwinnett County parks. Precious landfill space will also be saved as the average Christmas tree weighs twenty pounds and fills up almost as much landfill space as a washing machine.
Once the trees are collected from the drop-off locations, community volunteers will chip them into mulch at the "Bring One for the Chipper" event, scheduled for Saturday, January 26, from 9 a.m. until noon, at Bethesda Park in Lawrenceville. Residents interested in volunteering at this event should visit the Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful website or call 770-822-5187. All volunteers must be at least 14 years of age to participate.
For the past nine years we have recycled the most trees in the state. Annually, Gwinnettians recycle one out of every six Christmas trees recycled in Georgia. Placed end to end, the trees collected in Gwinnett last year would stretch from Norcross to the city of Forsyth, Georgia. More than 25,000 trees were recycled last year. However, because of the economy, we expect fewer trees this year.
Participating drop-off locations are listed below, and on the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful website, www.gwinnettcb.org.
Christmas tree drop-off sites in Gwinnett County are:
DEC. 21, 2012 -- Three short items for catching up today.
First, here's a big Whoop-di-do for the Gwinnett County Commission finding funds to purchase the four acres of the endangered Fort Daniel site, up in the Hog Mountain community.
Why this is so important is that the site is one of the most historic in Gwinnett, having been the location of a military fort, really a "listening post" in the early days of Georgia, even before Gwinnett was a county. There was a possibility the site might not get funds for protecting it. Though details have not been thoroughly researched yet, there is indication that construction of the first fort on the site began at least as early as 1811. The fort became more important once the War of 1812 began, since the native Indians were aligned with the British.
Later on, the fort was connected with another fort, where Peachtree Creek dumps into the Chattahoochee River. That site was named Fort Gilmer. The road connecting the two forts took the general path of the ridgeline from one fort to the other ..which we know today as the Eastern Continental Divide.
But the biggest connection to local history is the name of the road connecting these two forts. Fort Gilmer was known as the fort at the Standing Peachtree ..and that's where all these many Peachtree Roads in Metro Atlanta got their names. Then the whammy: it wasn't a peach tree at the fort, since a peach tree won't grow in a wet river bottom but a "Pitch" tree, that is, pine tree, making all the many Peachtree streets .roads ..traces ..mis-named. But who want to live on Pinetree Road?
ANY TIME a sitting politician changes a position for a good reason, this politician should be applauded, no matter the reason for the change.
So we salute Senator Saxby Chambliss today, as he sounded even more reasonable recently when he renounced his early pledge of 20 years ago of "No new taxes." While we understand the popularity of that ill-advised pledge, it's not a very good position for a thinking politician, since it doesn't give the politico any room to maneuver.
After all, the very essence of leadership in our government must be nothing shy of continual compromise. Since you can't get everything you want, we hope the people we elect will stay shy of specific promises, and go to the Statehouse or to Congress and pledge only to "do their best" for their constituency. That may mean "trading" with other elected officials to get legislation passed, of course, without compromising broad positions. But if you put yourself in a box (like no new taxes), you are less effective, since you can't maneuver politically.
So, hats off to Senator Chambliss! Now let's hope that his new position will lead to solutions of situations like this pending "fiscal cliff."
TAKE A GANDER today below at the several letters responding to our earlier comments on the Connecticut shootings, and our highlighting the National Rifle Association and automatic weapons as the core of the problem.
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Editor, the Forum:
Thank you for your strong stand on assault weapons. So many assault weapons are on the market now that the law must also ban the sale of magazines. Yes, the government must purchase such weapons from dealers and from individuals and establish stiff penalties for violation of the law.
Banning assault weapons and magazines does not limit our freedom. Proclaiming that these weapons cannot be banned and must be available to every individual increases the worship, especially by the deranged person who wants to commit mass murder. The horrifying direction of this society must be changed. We must veer slightly to the left.
Editor, the Forum:
Under current U.S. law, automatic weapons are already illegal to own unless one is a licensed gun dealer or collector. An automatic weapon is one which can discharge multiple rounds with a single trigger pull. That sort of weapon is not what was used in Newtown.
The weapons used by Mr. Lanza were semi-automatic, which means that the spent round is ejected and the new round is loaded automatically, but each firing sequence must be initiated with a unique trigger pull.
While I appreciate your emotional response to a very emotional situation, these discussions should begin and end with facts, and not hysteria.
Editor, the Forum:
I agree with banning automatic weapons or look a-likes and the 30, 60, and 100 shot clips as well -maybe first.
Editor, the Forum:
We read, and agree, with your article on "Gun Control." It is clearly written. EVERYONE should be able to understand !!! NO ASSAULT WEAPONS ( except for military and law enforcement) has nothing to do with taking away our gun rights. It is just using common sense.
Editor, the Forum:
"Cannons, howitzers, battleships, AK-47's and automatic pistols?" You left out bazookas! Come on now, you can do better.
from the content of your article on the sale of automatic weapons, that
you want to blame the NRA for the recent slaughter at the school in Newtown,
I am a Life member of the NRA, since 1974. I have a conscience and resent the implication that NRA members are a bunch of unfeeling louts. A lot of us are former military, patriots, love our country, and are alarmed at the direction our beloved country is moving.
As for the sale of "automatic weapons," being ex-Army yourself, you know better and should be ashamed of yourself for printing this misinformation. You are referring to "semi-automatic" weapons, as the type the punk in Newtown used to slaughter those blessed little children and adults. The AR-15 rifle is a semi-automatic, magazine fed rifle in 5.56 mm caliber,(.223 Remington). It is not select fire, as M-16 is.
Fully automatic weapons can only be legally owned by individuals who first must apply for a permit through the BATFE. (Bureau of Alcohol, Tax, Firearms and Explosives.) An extensive background check is done on the applicant and he or she is not necessarily guaranteed a permit.
One cannot walk into a gun shop in the U.S. and purchase a fully automatic firearm. I don't know of any that sells them anyway. You should print an explanation of this, or maybe a retraction?
Please don't let your emotions get you in lock-step with the likes of Chuck Schumer, Feinstein, Bloomburg or Hillary. They all have an agenda.
"Gun control" is all about "people control" and you better believe it! Being a history buff, especially a military history buff, I remember what all the past despots did when they came into power. First, they banned all firearms. Hitler and Stalin did it. Look at England. (or Great Britain, whatever ) .what a mess.
Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) will send four exceptional student delegates on an all-expense paid leadership trip to Washington, D.C., June 13-20 for the 2013 Washington Youth Tour (WYT).
Candidates must be a high school sophomore or junior at least 16 years of age at the time of the trip, with demonstrated leadership, academic excellence and interested in learning about leadership, civic service, American history and U.S. government. Nominees will be chosen by their high school guidance counselors/teachers or are home-schooled students living in a Jackson EMC member's household who are interested in the program.
The four winners of this award will earn the title of a WYT delegate and an all-expense paid leadership trip to Washington, D.C., joining more than 100 of Georgia's brightest students and roughly 1,500 students sponsored by electric membership cooperatives across the country.
Randall Pugh, president and CEO of Jackson EMC says: "Beyond the educational value of the trip and the back stage pass to countless historical and inspirational sites, students are given the opportunity to grow and develop their leadership potential."
Only one semi-finalist will be selected to represent their high school. Applicants must submit their application packet to their counselor or guidance office immediately. Deadlines vary by school.
All of the details, an application and FAQ's are available from high school counselors or on the cooperative's website at www.jacksonemc.com/youthtour.
Progress being made on Georgia Gwinnett athletic complex
Gwinnett College Grizzlies are preparing to hit the fields in February
as construction of GGC's $13.5 million Varsity Athletics Complex hums
along near the campus' main entrance on Collins Hill Road.
Suwanee's Public Arts Commission seeks proposals from artists or teams of artists for original outdoor sculptures to be included in the third Suwanee SculpTour, a public art exhibit in downtown Suwanee. The next SculpTour will be extended to a period of nearly two years, from May 2013-March 2015.
Economic and Community Development Director Denise Brinson says: "SculpTour has received an enthusiastic, positive response from visitors and the community. The current exhibit has been so popular that we'll be sorry to see it go in March after only 10 months. So, for that reason as well as to make more efficient use of private funding resources, we've decided to extend SculpTour to a 22-month exhibit period."
The deadline for submissions is January 25, 2013. The Request for Proposals is available on the Business Matters/Requests for Proposals page at www.suwanee.com.
The Public Arts Commission will select between 10 and 20 sculptures, depending on available funding for the 2013 SculpTour exhibit, which will open in May. Selected artists will receive a stipend for loaning their sculpture to the exhibit. At the end of the exhibit in March 2015, again depending upon funding, the City of Suwanee may purchase one or more of the pieces for display in one of Suwanee's public spaces.
Submissions will be evaluated based upon originality/creativity, relation to architecture and themes of downtown Suwanee, general community appeal, maintenance/longevity, quality of materials and execution, ease of installation, and other factors.
SculpTour is a component of the City of Suwanee's commitment to public art as a way to enhance quality of life and economic development as well as to further distinguish Suwanee as a vibrant, creative community.
Lawrenceville nurse Hayes wins hospital heroes award
Gwinnett Medical Center's Gayle Hayes, R.N., has been awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association's (GHA) annual Hospital Heroes Awards luncheon recently in Atlanta. Hayes, who was one of only 10 individuals statewide to receive the award, was recognized for her tireless work in helping veterans as well as her daily dedication to supporting her colleagues.
Hayes has not only been a nurse at Gwinnett Medical Center for several years, she has also helped staff the IMPACT program, a comprehensive perioperative medical assessment program for patients undergoing elective surgery. The program is designed to reduce the incidence of complications.
In the community, Hayes volunteers as a qualified CPR instructor to keep the hospital's requirements up to date. She was recently named to the board of directors for Creative Enterprises in Lawrenceville, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting adults with disabilities find employment. She is also a master gardener, and gives her time to help special needs adults grow their own gardens.
GHA's Hospital Heroes Awards are presented every year to 10 individuals who display outstanding service to the health care field; in addition, one individual is presented with a Lifetime Achievement award, signifying at least 30 years of service.
Patrick is new Buford human services coordinator
Gwinnett Health and Human Services Division Director Pat Baker recently announced that Norcross Human Services Center Coordinator Ingrid Patrick is succeeding Harriet Wharton as the Buford Human Services Center coordinator.
retirement party, Baker noted her deepest appreciation for "Harriet's
15 years of dedicated service to Gwinnettians young and old." She
added, "Harriet has attended many meetings and worked on many projects,
so she has earned the right to spend lots more time with her husband and
Gwinnett Place CID names two new board members
Two new members were elected at a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District. They are:
In 2012 the American Diabetes Association honored Kaufman with the Father of the Year award. He serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Camp Sunshine, a non-profit organization that holds year-round programs and summer camps for children with cancer. He also serves on the board of the Jewish Education Loan Fund and on the regional board of the Anti-Defamation League.
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In 1970 Vandall Kline Brock joined the faculty at Florida State University, where he helped found a new writing program. He served as both teacher and co-director for the program, which eventually achieved a national reputation. Brock also founded Anhinga Press in 1972. Based in Tallahassee, Anhinga began as a small organization that sought to bring writers together. Anhinga continues to thrive and holds an annual competition for poetry, a tradition that began in 1983.
Brock's personal publishing career also met with success. Beginning in the summer of 1961 his poems appeared in anthologies and in such publications as the New Yorker, Georgia Review, and Yale Review. He also published several chatbooks. In 1977 the periodical Poets in the South published a 42-page feature on Brock that included a critical essay on his poetry and a selection of his work.
Along with his work with Anhinga Press, Brock also served as the poetry editor of National Forum: The Journal of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society from 1978 to 1984. In the 1990s he founded and became the editor of International Quarterly.
Following his teaching and publishing house successes, Brock published a series of full-length collections, including Spelunking (1978), The Hard Essential Landscape (1979), The Window (1981), and Unspeakable Strangers: Descents into the Dark Self, Ascents into Light (1995). Unspeakable Strangers, perhaps Brock's most powerful work, deals with the Holocaust. Brock released a new collection of poetry called Lightered: New and Selected Poems in 2005.
Brock retired from Florida State University in 1999. He lives in Tucson, Ariz., with his second wife, Flavia Maria Da Silveira Lobo, a Brazilian writer and translator, and two sons.
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"It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper."
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
Brack) at 770 840 1003 and tell me how to dedicate a book to a friend
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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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