Issue 13.30 | Friday, July 19, 2013
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DULUTH, Ga., July 19, 2013 - After tabulating data from the 2013 Great American Cleanup, the results are in. More than 16,000 people rolled up their sleeves to enrich the community by making Gwinnett cleaner, greener and safer. With 186 projects and events taking place throughout Gwinnett and more than 30,000 across the nation, the scale of this national grassroots effort to revitalize neighborhoods and renew civic pride is enormous.
Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful is dedicated to building and sustaining a community movement to improve our environment and quality of life. This movement inspires individuals to take personal responsibility for improving our community and environment. Great movements begin with small actions. The 2013 results speak for themselves. In just 3 months, Gwinnettians
Several dozen community organizations accepted the Gwinnett Challenge to make a bigger impact in 2013. They recognized that cleaner and greener communities are better places to live, and can contribute to better economies and greater civic pride. Each group designed their own project and competed to earn a Challenge Title and cash prize. Eight community groups were selected by a panel of judges for making the biggest transformation and impact on their neighborhood and community. Each Challenge winner earned a challenge title and a $500 cash prize.
The Green-up Your Neighborhood title was awarded to Tucker Woods Homeowner's Association. These volunteers gave 59 hours of their time and talents to improve their neighborhood. They cleaned five miles of roadway, collected more than 200 pounds of trash, and hosted a "Cleanup Party" with hotdogs and ice cream for the 25 neighborhood volunteers.
Lynnfield Park Subdivision Homeowner's Association volunteers rolled up their sleeves to put trash in its proper place. They removed more than 300 pounds of litter and recyclables from their neighborhood streets. Their efforts earned them the Stash the Trash title for 2013.
The Beautify Your Space title was earned by Duluth Matters. This group of dedicated volunteers beautified an old alley in downtown Duluth's historic district by clearing out trash, resurfacing the walkway, and repainting three large walls.
United Peachtree Corners Civic Association with the City of Peachtree Corners received the Put Litter in Place title. They removed nearly 2,000 pounds of litter and debris from 6 different locations, making Gwinnett's newest city a cleaner, greener and safer place.
The Recycle Now title went to LAN Systems. They hosted an Earth Day Recycling event and collected 4,526 pounds of used electronics.
Sycamore National Junior Beta Club earned the Grow Green title. They made craft items out of recycled goods, and sold them to generate funds to beautify their school grounds and enhance a pollinator garden.
Coca-Cola Refreshments set up a new paper recycling system in their office and brought the paper they collected to the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett, earning the Shred Your Stuff title.
It title was earned by Mother Nature's Minions Lanier High School Environmental
Club. These students collected 513 books that were donated for reuse to
the Gwinnett Children's Shelter and to Zindagitrust.org
for the children of Pakistan.
JULY 19, 2013 -- All the rain that has poured down on us in the Atlanta area this year may produce something besides greenery. We may see one of the worst mosquito seasons in years.
Now before you jump in your car to get more high-powered spray, or buy a bug zapper, hold on. There might be another way to combat the vast horde of mosquitoes we anticipate coming this summer.
No, nothing sophisticated, nor something you slather on your body, nor a high tech gizmo. In fact, you might even call the solution essentially low technology.
about an old-fashioned oscillating fan. You know, those simple machines
which move hot air around when you are sweltering? A little research,
as reported in the Science section of Tuesday's New York Times,
says that mosquitoes don't like flying in the wind generated by a fan.
Most electric fans, even the box type fans, will work, though it's thought that the old-timey oscillating fan blowing air about 45 degrees around a room or porch, or even the outside, works a little better.
The stirring up of the hot air doesn't need much power behind it. That's because mosquitoes are really slow flyers, moving along at about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour. (Granted, when you are trying to swat one, they seem to move much faster. Maybe it's because they fly erratically, not in straight-lines, but veer left and right when confronted by a fly swatter or rolled-up newspaper. Trying to splatter one can be frustrating.)
Now don't take our word, or that of the media, for cranking up the electric fan to combat mosquitoes. No less an authority than the American Mosquito Control Association, based in Mount Laurel, N.J., endorses the idea of using the electric fan to take on the small-but-tenacious mosquito.
Their scientists add another dimension besides the velocity of the stirred-up wind to combat the pesky mosquito. You see, we humans give off emanations (certain odors), that allow the culprit mosquitoes to know where we are. In effect, they zero in on us by our smell. When you have a fan blowing air around in the room, this helps confuse the mosquito. As we emit carbon dioxide and heat that mosquitoes recognize, in addition to odor, the fly a zig-zag path to home in on us.
Hey, there's documentation of all this. Entomologists from Michigan State University have studied all this, saying that with electric fans around, common mosquitoes "aren't strong enough to fly through the wind" that the fans generates.
Here's something else we learned. Most bites come from female mosquitoes, not the trustworthy and docile males. (Let's hear it for the males!) So, should you get lucky and zap a mosquito aiming for you, you not only have killed that mosquito, but you destroyed a female, cutting the possibility of producing more young mosquitoes. But if you are like I am, the chances of hitting a moving mosquito is almost unheard of, if not rare.
science tells us that when combating mosquitoes, think low-tech, and keep
your electric fan well-oiled.
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Editor, the Forum:
What a wonderfully written article on GGC Professor Dr. Jessica Damian. It may be worthwhile to mention, not for me nor for Jessica, that she is Salvadoran, which ironically makes English her second language.
Hispanics are building all facets of life in the United States, from the ground up through homes and businesses to the higher education sector. We wear hard hats, business suits, and academic regalia. We are proud of our contributions.
Wants two-party system to help right wrongs he sees
of Clayton, DeKalb, and Fulton have in recent years been successfully
sued for racial discrimination. The School Board of Clayton, and the School
Board of DeKalb counties have been warned because their behavior has put
their accreditation at risk. The individuals responsible for this are
Democrats. Clayton, DeKalb, and Fulton are under the absolute control
of the Democrat Party.
Property tax bills in Gwinnett County will look a little different this year because millage rates will vary based on the location of the property and what services the county provides. Gwinnett Commissioners voted Tuesday to adopt the millage rates to support the services Gwinnett County government provides to residents and businesses.
The bill will be broken out into service districts that include Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Police, Development/Code Enforcement and Loganville EMS. In addition, each property will continue to be assessed a levy for general operations and voter-approved debt and recreation. This billing method will give homeowners the ability to see exactly what services they are paying for and receiving from the County.
In unincorporated areas, the millage rate will be 13.75, up .73 mills from last year. The effect on a typical $157,000 home in unincorporated Gwinnett will be an increase of about $38 a year, up 5.5 percent in the county portion. A mill is one dollar of tax for every $1,000 of the assessed property value. The millage rate was 13.25 in 2009 and 2010, and it has been 13.02 the past two years. Before the recession, it had gradually declined from 14.95 in 1996 to 10.97 in 2007. The total taxable value of all property within the County is down another 1.2 percent this year and 20 percent overall since 2008.
Residents of cities that operate a police department will see an approximate nine percent reduction in the tax rate, while residents of the city of Loganville, which has its own police and fire departments, will have the largest decrease, about 33 percent. Those who live in a city that does not provide police services will see a millage increase of slightly less than three percent. The new districts are the result of state-mandated service delivery agreements negotiated last year.
of Lilburn officially has become the "sister city" of the Kosovo
city of Suhareka. City officials meet Monday night at a dinner attended
by a delegation of dignitaries from the southeastern European country.
About 22 dignitaries from Gwinnett County and Suhareka gathered for a "Welcome Dinner" hosted by the Gwinnett Chamber. A Sister City proclamation was read and the mayor of Suhareka was presented with a key to the City of Lilburn.
Mayor Blerim Kuqi was visiting in Lilburn this week with a group of eight
educators, medical professionals and government officials to Lilburn to
learn about the city government, network with local doctors and businesses,
and see the sights in the Atlanta area. Lilburn Mayor Johnny Crist, pictured
at far right with Kosovo visitors, plans to visit Kosovo in September
with a group of doctors, business people, and artists. It will be his
second trip to Kosovo this year. In June, Crist visited with Mayor Kuqi
while on a church-related trip to Kosovo and paved the way for this new
opportunity for cultural and educational exchanges.
Maner retires as city clerk in Lilburn after 20 years
Lilburn City Clerk Kathy Maner retired on Friday, July 5. After two decades
with the City of Lilburn, Kathy looks forward to traveling and spending
time with her two grandchildren.
her career with the City of Lilburn in 1993 as a receptionist in City
Hall, one of only three employees who handled everything from taxes to
sanitation billing. She became assistant city clerk in 2000 and city clerk
in 2001. She received designation as a certified City Municipal Clerk
through the University of Georgia in 2005.
On Oct. 7, 1916, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University, 222-0, in the most lopsided game in college football history. The trouncing was inspired in part by Cumberland's 22-0 whipping of the Tech baseball team the previous spring. Allegations were made suggesting that Cumberland had used professional players in the game, and Tech football coach John Heisman (who also coached the baseball team) vowed revenge. Georgia Tech scored 32 touchdowns, rushed the ball for 978 yards, and did not attempt a pass in the blockbuster win.
William Alexander, a seldom-used backup player for Heisman in 1908, later joined the coaching staff, becoming head coach in 1920, when Heisman left Tech to coach at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. "Coach Alex" was the first coach to lead his team to all four of the major bowls of the day: the Rose Bowl in 1929, the Orange Bowl in 1940, the Cotton Bowl in 1943, and the Sugar Bowl in 1944. Alexander also coached Tech to the 1928 national championship.
Bobby Dodd, who began his career as an assistant under Alexander, was the head coach at Tech from 1945 to 1966 and led the Yellow Jackets to the 1952 national championship. Dodd also led Georgia Tech to a 31-game winning streak from 1951 to 1953, including an undefeated national title season in 1952. His Jacket teams won eight consecutive bowl games and six high-profile bowls in a six-year period (1952-56), including the Orange (1952), Sugar (1953, 1954, 1956), Cotton (1955), and Gator (1956).
Already a member of the College Football Hall of Fame from his days as a player at the University of Tennessee, Dodd was inducted as a coach in 1993, becoming the second man to be inducted as both a player and a coach. (Amos Alonzo Stagg was the first.)
In 1990 Tech won its fourth national championship as an underdog team, overcoming long odds to win the title. Coached by Bobby Ross-who was the unanimous choice as 1990 national coach of the year and would lead the National Football League's San Diego Chargers to the Super Bowl four years later-the Yellow Jackets had won only five games total during the two previous seasons. After entering the 1990 season unranked in the national polls, the Jackets ended the year as the only undefeated team in major, or division I-A, college football.
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Trust yourself with your beliefs and doubts
"Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts."
If that person is interested in local history, consider getting him the recent book about Gwinnett history. (Move quickly, since the supply of books of the second printing is getting low.)
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
(or to you) as he adds his signature!
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(NEW) Dog Day at Lenora Park near Snellville: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 20. Rain or shine, come celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month and National Hot Dog Day with fun for the whole family and dogs! There will be inflatables, kid's activities and crafts, dog games, food trucks, a photo booth and vendors. Sponsored by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.
Fifth Annual Arts at Twilight: 7 p.m., July 20, downtown Duluth. The 2013 theme is Tour of Italy, with food, a silent auction, wine auction and entertainment. Details at 770-476-7328 for tickets or for more information or go to their website.
(NEW) Lizards are leaping: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 21-22 and July 28-30, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, near Buford. They can be seen sunning on a rock or fence post, scurrying up trees, and catching insect prey. Their non-threatening behavior makes them a favorite of the reptiles. Discover how they use camouflage to avoid predators, make a fun craft, and go on a hike to try and spot some local lizard friends. Visit www.gwinnettEHC.org for more information.
(NEW) Classes about vines in the garden: Noon to 1 p.m., July 25, Cooperative Extension Conference Room, 750 South Perry Street, Lawrenceville. Learn about versatile ornamental vines that can add beauty to gardens. There is no charge for this class, but pre-registration is required by July 23. For more information, call 678-377-4010.
(NEW) Brown Bag Concert: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 2, Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville. Pack a lunch and bring a picnic blanket to enjoy the park on the square. Relax with the sounds of the islands and enjoy Scott Douglas Steel Drums. Kids will even enjoy music, crafts, face painting, and more! Call 770-822-5450 for more information.
Moonlight and Music Concert Series, last Friday of each month, at 8 p.m., through September, on the Historic Courthouse grounds in Lawrenceville. The concerts are free, with tables for six available for purchase. For more information, contact the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association at 678-226-2639 or via email.
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