Issue 12.76 | Friday, Jan. 18, 2013
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SUWANEE, Ga., Jan. 18, 2013 -- Winton Machine celebrates its 15th year in the manufacturing business in 2013. A leading manufacturer of tube fabricating and semi rigid coax machines, Winton Machine is one of two U.S. headquartered tube fabrication manufacturing companies in Georgia, and one of a select few companies manufacturing semi-rigid coax fabrication equipment worldwide.
Winton Machine was founded in December 1997 by Lisa and George Winton, the company owners. The company started by designing and building dedicated hand benders. Over the next 12 months, it acquired chip cutting machines. A few short months later, Winton Machine received its initial machinery order and the company moved into its first manufacturing facility. In the past 15 years, the company has expanded using Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and has moved to larger facilities four times. Today Winton Machine employs over 20 people and has a 7,000 square feet facility on Satellite Boulevard in Suwanee.
George Winton, co-founder and president of Winton Machine, says: "We feel strongly about being a local manufacturer and bringing jobs to Georgia. Our company is built on integrity -- doing what is best for the customer -- and providing complete solutions. One of our key competitive advantages is that we are capable of modifying our existing machine designs as well as engineering new solutions."
Winton Machine designs and manufacturers all of its machinery onsite in Suwanee. The company, which started with building one machine, now manufactures over 100 different machines and has also developed its own proprietary software. The company continues to expand its core line of tube fabrication equipment by adding customer-requested features and creating engineered solutions. Winton Machine has delivered high quality, U.S. made machines to over 500 customers in the United States and around the world, from China, South Korea, Russia, and Israel to Mexico, Ecuador and Sweden.
Winton adds: "We build our machines with common components, including bearings, sensors and microprocessors, and work closely with dedicated distributors worldwide to provide fast and efficient service. What sets Winton Machine apart is our ability to design and test at our location as well as the company's dedication to building and servicing our machines."
Winton Machine specializes in several industries: HVAC/Refrigeration, Aerospace, Electronics, Microwave and Military. They serve key companies and organizations in the U.S. and around the world, including American BOA, CIBA Vision, Electrolux, General Electric, Graco, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Playworld Systems, Titan Tool, and the United States Army, Navy and Air Force.
In addition, Winton's bending technology helped build the Mars Rover. Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), the team who recently put the rover on Mars, used Winton's RD20 machine for the tube bending for the working heat rejection system in the car-sized rover.
Winton Machine engineers high quality, American-made tube fabricating
solutions and has manufactured over 100 different tube fabricating machines.
Their web site is: www.wintonmachine.com.
JAN. 18, 2013 -- The United States agenda has moved from pure partisan politics over routine problem items like the budget, the war in Afghanistan and the economy, to another concern which we hope doesn't degrade into the partisan arena: the concern of our nation about mass violence and guns.
President Obama's key new mission is to get the Congress to become more reasonable and move forward on ways to make our country internally safer. The big stumbling block on the horizon is the National Rifle Association (NRA) and their intractable position on matters relating to gun control.
The Congress, and in particular the Republican-controlled house, seems to be a ventriloquist's dummy for the NRA, parroting the gun control forces. The Republicans seem not to realize that the mood of the country has shifted dramatically toward adopting positions more reasonable to control rampant shootings.
As Mother Jones says: "It is perhaps too easy to forget how many times" there have been mass shootings. In 2012 alone, there were 16 incidents of mass shootings, leaving at least 88 people dead.
Yes, some are in far-from-here places. But you must remember that the first mass shooting of 2012 came at a Korean health spa on Buford Highway in Norcross, where five people died last February.
Some of the other mass shootings in 2012 included:
Then on Jan. 16, 2013, two are dead at a shooting at the Hazard (Ky.) Community and Technical College.
Now comes President Obama, with a comprehensive plan to reduce such incidents. Highlights of his plan include:
Will his plan work? We hope so. Will it be easy? No.
Yet the President has acted, calling on the Congress to take "common sense steps" to act. The president has said: "While no law or set of laws will end gun violence, it is clear that the American people want action. If even one child's life can be saved, then we need to act. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love."
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Editor, the Forum:
Getting or staying healthy is no small feat today. Yet obviously, the rewards of being healthy are unrivaled -- which generates the motivation behind New Year's resolutions, vowing that this year will be different.
Before considering a course of action, start by asking yourself what does being healthy mean to you? Is it having enough energy to do what you want each day? Is it being pain-free and feeling good most of the time? Adequate strength and/or range of motion? Reducing or avoiding medications? Managing your weight at a reasonable level? Or, slowing the impact of Father Time?
Next, clarify your incentives. How motivated are you? The reality is most people want to spend as little time and effort as possible. Few relish spending endless hours working out or otherwise caring for their body. And that's fine, so long as your strategy is to work smart instead of hard. With few exceptions, people only exercise regularly if they have an over-arching reason, i.e. they like hiking, horseback riding, playing with their kids, or working in the yard. Then exercise serves a higher purpose. No higher purpose, no ongoing motivation.
Accept where you are. Your weight is what it is, your fitness level is what it is, you have treated your body the way you have. Scale back your expectations. Demand less in the beginning. Exercising once a week for a whole year far outweighs the benefits of exercising three times a week for a month or two, then life takes over, you miss a week or so, and your program is in the dumper. It's about sustaining, not endlessly stopping and starting.
Consider your relationship with your body. What can you do, and how can you modify your thinking to get on a better page with it? Being healthy is a lifelong process, not a six week solution.
Second Amendment backer wants these firearms regulations
Editor, the Forum:
I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, especially the first part that says "a well regulated militia." The key word in that amendment is regulation, which the courts have ruled that the government has a right to do when it comes to firearms.
We need to:
This is a common sense approach that will reduce mass gun violence over a period of time and does not infringe on any constitutional rights.
Are you a cop show junkie? Can't get enough of the Law and Order, CSI, or NCIS programs? Well, you may be interested in a "behind the scenes" program being offered by the Suwanee Police Department, a hands-on, eight-week program that promises to be more realistic, personal, and impactful than watching a good television cop show.
The Suwanee Police Department will offer its Citizen's Police Academy from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday evenings beginning February 19 at the Police Training Center at 2966 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.
Those wishing to participate must provide notarized applications by 5 p.m. Monday, February 4. Applications are available at www.suwanee.com. Applicants must be at least 19 years old, and City of Suwanee residents receive priority placement.
The program offers participants a better understanding of the day-to-day functions, risks, and experiences of Suwanee police officers. Topics addressed include crime scene processing, traffic stops, building searches, crime prevention, and narcotics identification.
Commissioners extend toilet rebate program for residents
Commissioners approved an agreement with the Metropolitan North Georgia
Water Planning District this week to continue Gwinnett County's participation
in the toilet rebate program. Since 2010, Gwinnett residents have replaced
more than 11,700 inefficient toilets, saving an estimated 221,800 gallons
of water each day.
The Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau (GCVB) announces changes to its board of directors for 2013.
The new chairman is Kevin Hill (General Manager of Hampton Inn Sugarloaf); Vice-Chairperson is Commissioner Jace Brooks; Treasurer, Marcy Adams (General Manager of Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place); and Secretary is Tony Contigiani (General Manager of the Hilton Atlanta Northeast).
Gwinnett County Commissioner Jace Brooks (District 1) was appointed to serve on the board on behalf of Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. Brooks hails from Suwanee and served on the City Council for 10 years.
Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson was appointed to the GCVB board to represent the Gwinnett Municipal Association. Johnson has served as the Mayor of Norcross since 2008.
Lois Solomon heads Gwinnett chapter of AARP
Lois Solomon has been installed as the 2013 president of the Gwinnett Chapter 2714 of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Inc. Ms. Solomon is no newcomer to fighting for the rights of seniors and community enhancement, having been a member for 16 years.
Other officers of the chapter include Marvin Aikerson, Grayson; vice president; Catherine Stringer, Buford, secretary; and Mary Wilson, Lawrenceville, treasurer.
The Dacula resident is a heritage activist, historian and social worker. Her beliefs exemplifies the AARP mission and vision of a society in which everyone ages with dignity and purpose, with AARP helping people fulfill their goals and dreams.
She says: "AARP's mission is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, education, advocacy, social needs and service. We provide a link at the local level between members, communities, and AARP's programs and service."
The Gwinnett Chapter was incorporated in 1976. It meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the Delmar Gardens Senior Center, 3100 Club Drive in Lawrenceville. For more information, contact Ms. Solomon at 770-822-4046.
"Part fiction, part history, the story of Trinity is the story of Ireland. The 'trinity' here refers to the British, the Protestants of Ulster, and the Northern Irish natives who sided with the Brits. In other words, these three are the enemies of Ireland. Covering the period between 1885 to 1916 with many flashback stories about the 700-year British occupation, repression and degradation of the Irish, this book is more history than fiction. The story of the complete and utter debasement of the Irish native is a sad and painful one and - for an Anglophile like me - quite difficult to stomach. The problems were way more complicated than just the differences between the Catholics and the Protestants. When you finish reading Trinity, you will really have an understanding of the problems between the Irish and the British. I loved this book!"
A noted biographer, essayist, and literary-review editor, John Donald Wade is best remembered for his participation in the Vanderbilt Agrarian movement of the 1930s and especially his contribution to the symposium that was to become that movement's manifesto, I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition (1930). Wade, a Macon County native who spent much of his life in Georgia , was not as prolific as some of his Agrarian colleagues, notably Donald Davidson, John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, and Robert Penn Warren, and as a result did not attain their fame. Still, he exerted an influence over the Agrarian movement, as well as the larger sphere of American letters, that belies his relative obscurity.
great-great-grandson of John Adam Treutlen, the first governor of Georgia,
Wade was born on September 28, 1892, in Marshallville. The son of Dr.
John Daniel and Ida Frederick Wade, he spent the first 18 years of his
life in this rural central Georgia town, and its conservative agrarian
values were to mark his work throughout his career. After earning a bachelor's
degree from the University of Georgia in 1914 and a master's degree from
Harvard University a year later, Wade went to New York City to begin work
on a doctorate at Columbia University. After two years, his academic progress
was deferred while he served as a second lieutenant in World War I (1917-18).
He completed his doctorate in 1924.
Biography soon became Wade's preferred genre, and he returned to it throughout his career. Sometimes called a modern Plutarch, he found the lives of important persons in the past to be exempla for living a good life. As a Ph.D. advisor, he pioneered the biographical dissertation and in so doing anticipated the interdisciplinary field of American studies.
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"The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy."
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.
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MLK Celebration in Gwinnett, Monday, January 20-21, put on by the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County. On January 20 at 3:30 p.m. at Meadowcreek High School, there will be a program, with a theme of "character and service." On January 21 at 10 a.m., a parade will wind from the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse to Moore Middle School. For more information, phone 678-856- 7602.
"Flesh eating bacteria" is the subject of the Health To You general meeting at the Snellville Senior Center, on Wednesday, January 23, at 2 p.m. Presenting the program will be Dr. Karuna Kusan, chairperson of the Infection Control Committee at Eastside Medical Center.
(NEW) Bob, a new play, by American playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, continues through February 10 at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville. Armed with nothing but an unfailing optimism, Bob is the epic, fast-paced comedy of one man's desire for greatness. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Call 678-226-6222 or visit online for details.
(NEW) Civil War Lecture Series at the Lovett School, 4075 Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta, continues a series of four lectures, on Thursday, January 31, at 6 p.m. The next speaker will be Dr. George W. McDaniel, executive director of Drayton Hall, a National Trust historic site, in Charleston, S.C. His topic will be "The Civil War, Vietnam and the Shaping of Values." Reservations are requested via (404) 262-3032, ext. 1717.
(NEW) Water Conservation Workshop: 7 p.m. Feb. 7. at Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. Attendees will receive indoor and outdoor water efficiency kits and a do-it-yourself home water guide. For more information about the workshop, send an email or call (678) 376-6722.
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