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FINALISTS: Three Georgia Gwinnett College information-technology students were finalists in this year's prestigious Georgia STEM Education Awards in the Classroom Technology Category for their new application advancing a widespread, student feedback system, the clicker, which enables teachers and professors to query students at a moment's notice. From left are Dr. Evelyn Brannock, GGC assistant professor of information technology, Kyle Dornblaser; Derek Donaldson; and GGC assistant professor of information technology Dr. Bob Lutz. Not pictured is information technology student Robert Curtis. The students developed a no-cost, smartphone-laptop and tablet-enabled app as an alternative to a dedicated device, and it is now being piloted in classrooms on campus.

Issue 13.53 | Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

:: New Gwinnett Med Center program

:: Perhaps it was the uniforms

On national scene, SPLOST

Ponds, essay contests, more

:: Jackson EMC CEO to retire


:: Mingledorff's

:: Saving the president's reputation

:: Breaking Bad

:: Lull, painting changes artist's focus

:: Only one was eagle-eyed

:: Looking north


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Medical Center moving to start graduate medical program in 2014
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Oct. 8, 2013 -- Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) is taking another step to inaugurate a Graduate Medical Education Program. The Center is hiring Dr. Kevin Johnson as the director of family medicine residency for the program. Dr. Johnson's primary role is to develop the residency teaching program which will transform physicians who have graduated from medical school into board certified family physicians.


Dr. Johnson will guide the development of a robust curriculum highlighting the diverse medical specialties covered by family medicine. In June of 2014, the first class of five future family physicians will start their three-year residency.

According to Phil Wolfe, GMC's president and CEO, the program will help address the current shortage of physicians in family medicine and internal medicine in the north metro community. The program is supported by Georgia Board of Regents, Georgia Physicians Task Force and The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, which has endorsed the medical center's commitment with grant funding.

Dr. Mark Darrow, director of GMC's Graduate Medical Education, says: "As a physician who practiced in rural America, Dr. Johnson understands the complex nature of family medicine and the wide skill set needed. He will educate the resident physicians about the care of every member of the family and they will get the opportunity to develop and manage a practice of their own while in training."

Dr. Johnson's clinical practice encompasses the entire age spectrum, including maternity care, infants and children, geriatrics, inpatient medicine, and wellness care. He also served as a hospitalist in the Department of Medicine at Womack Army Medical Center in Ft. Bragg, N.C., and is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine with a certificate of added qualification in hospice and palliative medicine.

Dr. Johnson brings expertise in family medicine education from Wilmington, N.C., where he was assistant program director for the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. He has also completed a fellowship in family medicine faculty development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with focused education on curriculum development and primary care research.

The new director of the family residency program as of August lives in Suwanee with his wife and daughter. He got his undergraduate degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Hospital officials are anticipating that an internal medicine program will be introduced in the future.

Was it the uniforms that caused Tennessee to jinx the game?

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OCT. 8, 2013 -- Did the uniforms do it? The University of Georgia's comeback victory in overtime over the University of Tennessee last week in football made us wonder: was it the uniforms that the Volunteers were wearing that did them in?

To me, the uniforms are horribly ugly, apparently dark blue-gray with some hint of Tennessee orange, but not much. In the past, we remember the distinctive Tennessee Orange jerseys, often with white pants, or vice versa. This uniform was striking, and we might add, traditional. If ugliness can lose a ball game, Tennessee wore the wrong jerseys. Perhaps new coach Butch Jones needs to consider his uniform options as he seeks to post a better record.

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Since we're talking football, the rebirth of football at my alma mater, Mercer University, has excited graduates and the people of Macon. But no longer can Mercer brag it is "undefeated since 1942," as the Bears (4-1) lost to San Diego on the West Coast last week, by a decisive 45-13 score. Football at Mercer is changing the way many Maconites spend their fall afternoons. So far, they've been smiling big….but the Bears face a much tougher schedule the rest of the way. After all, their four victories so far have come from playing three schools that did not have football teams last year (Reinhardt, Berry and Warner). But…so far, much better than expected for the Bears.

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Oh, what you can find in a police blotter! Publisher Walter Geiger of Barnesville saw this on a police blotter in an adjacent town recently. It shows what our police force has to deal with on a daily basis.

A woman called 911 to report she had just sat down in her car and her steering wheel, pedals and radio had been stolen. She was told to sit tight for help was on the way. A deputy was dispatched. Upon arriving at the scene, the deputy found the theft victim.

She was sitting in the back seat of her car.


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October 20 will mark the birthday of the man who designed St. Paul's Cathedral in London, architect Christopher Wren, born in 1632. In addition to his accomplishments as an architect, he knew Latin, could draw, did work in medicine and mechanics, was a brilliant mathematician and astronomer, and a philosopher, too.

He particularly disliked swearing, according to Garrison Keillor of "The Writer's Almanac" on public radio. When Wren was overseeing the construction of St. Paul's, he issued this official order: "Whereas, among laborers, etc., that ungodly custom of swearing is too frequently heard, to the dishonor of God, and contempt of authority; and to the end, therefore, that such impiety may be utterly banished from these works, intended for the service of God, and the honor of religion. It is ordered, that customary swearing shall be a sufficient crime to dismiss any laborer that comes to the call; and the clerk of the works, upon sufficient proof, shall dismiss them accordingly. And if any master, working by task, shall not, upon admonition, reform this profanation among his apprentices, servants, and laborers, it shall be construed his fault; and he shall be liable to be censured by the commissioners."

This makes you wonder: would something like this work in 2013 for television, our most public forum? Probably not, since someone would say we are trampling on their individual speech right. That's sad. We've got our own hearing rights, too!


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Looks forward to 2014 to see who voters kick out

Editor, the Forum:

You're right, the radicals are in charge of Capitol Hill. They are called Progressives, whose intent is to "fundamentally change America." So far they have met success in imposing income redistribution, Obamacare, and a collapse of our foreign policy.

The so-called moderate Republicans you refer to fondly are in reality the crowd who "goes along to get along," specifically to get along with Progressives and the media. (I no longer call it the liberal media ---everyone knows it's liberal.)

And I was shocked to read your suggestion that "moderate" Republicans should kick out the "radicals." Only the voters living in their districts can kick them out! They are the ones who put them there to start with.

Finally, you mention a return to basic Republican principles. What are those principles? I would define them as fiscal responsibility, pro entrepreneur, and small government. Individuals are encouraged to reach his or her American dream (however they define it) without intrusion of or dependence upon the government. Republicans believe in strong foreign policy that protects American interests. As I state these principles, I see that they are the tenets of our American Constitution.

You may be surprised to see who the voters will kick out in 2014. Many Democratic Congressmen are worried about the voters back home, given that every poll shows that the new health care law continues to be unpopular. I conclude, Mr. Editor, according to your view, you would consider our Founding Fathers as radicals.

-- Debra Houston, Lilburn

Dear Debra: Certainly the British considered the Founding Fathers as radicals. What today's moderate Republicans need to do is become "statesmen," even if it cost them the election, in curbing the radical right of their party. That usually doesn't happen, but all can have hope.--eeb

Nation should use strategies of common core areas of agreement

Editor, the Forum:

Thanks for focusing a politically eye-glass to the ongoing Congressional dysfunction and shutdown of government in your comments [Oct. 4]. You make valid points in asking certain groups to "get along" with peers they deem not worthy of anybody's attention.

However, asking minorities to "get along" with the majority powers hasn't worked before and I don't hold much hope that it's going to work now. I propose another plan which is neither new nor unique to this country or to other global powers: using conflict resolution strategies.

In a nutshell, this is how it works: Find common core areas of agreement; find needs of each opposing group; find negotiable "nice to haves" of opposing groups; and then re-construct - together - a set of plans that retains dignity, individuality, and self respect of each group while developing threads of trust among each other.

Our nation uses these strategies with hundreds of countries around the world. It's time to practice these skills at home and put Congress back on a mutual trust footing, return citizen trust in government, and get all the viewpoints to perform the job we elected them to do.

-- Gail H. Johnson, Gainesville, Va. (formerly Gwinnett)

Look at many benefits from previous SPLOSTs; vote SPLOST again

Editor, the Forum:

Let me urge all Gwinnett citizens to support the SPLOST in the upcoming election. I have been on the SPLOST Citizen Review Committee for several years, and have seen first hand what this has done for all of Gwinnett County.

In Duluth, you only have to look at our Duluth City Hall, Duluth Town Green, Taylor Park and our Public Safety Center to get an idea of all SPLOST monies have done for us. And there are numerous other projects here also, such as roads, parks, buildings, etc. that have been paid for with SPLOST funds. This is true all over Gwinnett. The county has projects galore that have been done with SPLOST funds that help all of us.

This is a completely fair tax, and isn't hard on anyone. In fact, many of the funds come from outside the county, through our malls, etc. If you want Gwinnett to continue to improve, and have better roads and infrastructure, please talk this up, and go to the polls on November 5 and help us get this passed! For more information go to

Duluth, and our entire county, are much better places because of SPLOST!

-- Kathryn Willis, Duluth

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Detention pond owners could reduce their stormwater tax

Property owners who have a detention pond on their property could possibly reduce their stormwater utility fee.

Gwinnett County Stormwater Management Division is holding a detention pond maintenance workshop on Thursday, November 7, from 7 p.m. at Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. The workshop will cover how to recognize when a problem exists, how to maintain the vegetation and structural integrity of detention ponds, and tips on control of possible pest populations. Attendance at the workshop may help attendees qualify for a five percent credit toward next year's stormwater utility fee.

Winn DAR chapter to sponsor two different essay contests

The Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring two national essay contests. Eligible students may come from any public, private or home-schooled students in the Archer, Central Gwinnett, Grayson, north Gwinnett, Parkview and Shiloh clusters. (Other DAR chapters will be sponsoring essay contest in other school areas.) Cash prizes will be awarded to winners.

The American History Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5 through 8. The title of the essay is "The Lives of Children during the American Revolution." Writers should pretend to be a boy or girl during the colonial fight for freedom. Using historical facts, discuss how the war is affecting your life. Each student may portray either an historical child or a fictional child living during that time. The length should be from 300 to 1000 words (depending on grade level.) A reading list for research will be provided (see email address below).The American History Essay Contest winner will receive a check for $100 and a Bronze Medal.

The Christopher Columbus Essay Contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12. The title of the essay is "How Do Americans View Christopher Columbus and George Washington Today?" This question should also be considered, "What can Americans apply in their own lives from the experiences of these men?" The length should be between 800 and 1,200 words. The Philadelphia Winn DAR Chapter will award the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest winner a check for $200.

Winners from each Essay Contest will automatically be entered into the Georgia State Level contests, followed by Division Levels and National Levels. Additional prizes are awarded to winners at State, Division, and National levels. Winners will be featured in local Gwinnett County news media, and they may wish to use their achievements in a future job resume or college application.

Deadline for both contests is November 30. For more information concerning reading resources, title page, essay form / guidelines, bibliography, submission rules, etc., email and write PWDAR Essay Contest in the subject line.

Instructors' works on exhibit at Kudzu Art Zone beginning Oct. 11

Kudzu Art Zone is presenting an exhibit of its instructors' works from Friday, October 11 to Saturday November 2.There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The artist/instructors featured are Lynn Weisbach who is teaching an in-depth perspective class; Connie Reilly, a well known portrait and figure artist; Judy Greenberg, a watercolorist focusing on design and color; Lala Streett, who teaches an "Artists' Choice" class; Sissy Saffell, who incorporates collage and figures in her innovative work; Debra Barnhart whose class explores print making techniques; Diana Dice, leader and critic at the weekly Open Studio Painting sessions; and Lucy Brady who has taught drawing classes.

Kudzu is located in Norcross at 116 Carlyle Street. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Pugh announces coming retirement as CEO of Jackson EMC

Randall Pugh, president and CEO of Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) since 1984, has announced that he will retire from the cooperative on or about March 31, 2014.


Pugh says: "The past 29 years at Jackson EMC have been the most rewarding and satisfying of my career. Through the dedication, support, and hard work of our employees, we have developed Jackson EMC into the premier member-owned electric cooperative in America, second to none when it comes to customer service excellence, service reliability, competitiveness, corporate ethics and employee dedication."

Otis Jones of Lawrenceville, chairman of the Jackson EMC board of directors, says of Pugh's retirement: "We feel extraordinarily fortunate to have had a man like Randall Pugh leading this cooperative. The knowledge he has amassed in his 45 years in the power industry have enabled him to successfully manage this organization through the challenges of unprecedented growth, technological change and an historic economic downturn, all with the best interests of our members in mind. He has led this cooperative to achieve national recognition for exemplary customer satisfaction. He leaves our cooperative strong, financially sound and well prepared for the challenges of the future."

Jones added that the Jackson EMC board of directors has appointed a committee to begin the search and selection process for the new President/CEO.

A native of Buford and graduate of the University of Georgia, Pugh began his career in rural electrification at Walton Electric Membership Corporation in Monroe in 1968, serving as general manager from 1977-1984.

Pugh serves on the board of directors of Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Georgia Systems Operations Corporation and Georgia Department of Economic Development.

He is a past member of the board of trustees of the Gainesville College Foundation, and is a member of the executive board of the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America, member and past president of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce, member and past president of the Jefferson Rotary Club, and serves as honorary chair of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Jackson County Capital Campaign.

Gwinnett Tech's cardiovascular program gets initial accreditation

Gwinnett Technical College has achieved an important milestone in its Cardiovascular Technology program, earning its initial accreditation.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs announces that it is awarding Gwinnett Tech's Cardiovascular Technology associate degree program with initial accreditation. GTC launched the program only a year and a half ago, accepting its first students in Spring Semester 2012.

Program Director Kristen Buoy says: "We are ecstatic that the program has joined the ranks of other accredited programs in the college. From inception, we have worked to develop a top-notch program. Our primary goal has been to provide the best training and education for our students in the community." She said to achieve the goal, faculty and staff have drawn from the Technical College System of Georgia curriculum, JRC-CVT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology) standards and used the program's advisory committee input.

The program graduated its first class of students in July 2013. There are currently 25 students enrolled in the program which is part of Gwinnett Tech's Imaging Sciences offerings.

Breaking Bad (TV series)

"Breaking Bad's main character Walter White made a startling admission in its finale: "I did it for myself. I liked cooking meth. I was good at it." Whoa! No one in the Inferno, or the Sopranos, or the Wire or the Shield, admitted that they had free will. Most, like Michael Corleone justified themselves, "I had to do it for my family." Richard III and Macbeth blamed the stars or the weather or the witches. Shakespeare's transcendent characters admitted what they did---Hamlet, King Lear and Othello. Oedipus claimed free will brought him low: 'Apollo - he ordained my agonies - these, my pains on pains! But my hand that stuck my eyes was mine, mine alone -- no one else -- I did it all myself!' Sophocles heard it long ago upon the Aegean, the turbid ebb and flow of human misery."

-- James J. Murtagh, Atlanta

  • An invitation: What Web sites, books or restaurants have you enjoyed? Send us your best recent visit to a restaurant or most recent book you have read along with a short paragraph as to why you liked it, plus what book you plan to read next. --eeb

Chance lull and painting of cardinal changes artist's focus

(From previous edition)

Athos Menaboni and his wife settled into a small apartment and survived financially through commissions acquired through the prominent Atlanta architect Philip Trammell Shutze. Menaboni designed murals for Swan House, the home of Emily and Edward Inman that is now part of the Atlanta History Center. That work led to additional commissions for private homes, public buildings, and places of worship. The couple developed a reputation for rehabilitating injured and abandoned animals, particularly birds.

In 1938, during a lull in commissioned work, Menaboni (right) had time to paint from memory a cardinal, which was inspired by the work of John James Audubon and Menaboni's own careful observations of the animal in nature. This single painting opened a new avenue of work for Menaboni when Molly Aeck, a visiting interior decorator and friend, saw the painting and sold it to a client. Menaboni soon built two aviaries on the grounds of his home and eventually obtained federal and state permits to capture rare and protected species in order to study them. In his pursuit of accuracy Menaboni occasionally studied carcasses of birds and specimens in museum collections, but he preferred to capture an animal's distinct personality by observing it in nature. He was meticulous in painting both the birds and the flora of their habitat. Using thin layers of oil paints for a translucent quality, he painted on wood, silk, canvas, glass, and mirrors.

The height of Menaboni's career occurred during the 1940s and 1950s, when he created yearly Christmas cards for Robert Woodruff, the president of the Coca-Cola Company. His work appeared in advertisements and magazines, which led to the publication in 1950 of the book Menaboni's Birds, with illustrations by Menaboni and text by his wife. He also illustrated the American bird article in The World Book Encyclopedia in 1957, and his work was exhibited widely during this time.

Menaboni died on July 18, 1990, from complications of a stroke. The couple left their estate to Callaway Gardens, and their papers are in the collection of the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University in Atlanta. In addition, papers relating to the holdings left to Callaway Gardens are located in the Troup County Archives in LaGrange.

The Albany Museum of Art opened an exhibition entitled Living on the Wind: The Bird Paintings of Athos Menaboni in 2001, and in 2009 an exhibition of Menaboni's work entitled Athos Menaboni: Portrait of a Painter opened at Kennesaw State University

This might be tough

CLUE: Ah yes, not much to work with and this could dumbfound you unless you have happened to visit this site. Perhaps the banner hanging down can give you a slight clue. If so, send your guess to, and be sure to mention your hometown.

The mystery photo in last week's edition stumped everyone but our resident expert, Bob Foreman of Grayson, who knew it was Healen Mill, located in Hall County near Lula, Ga. The mystery was sent in by Beverly Lougher of Lawrenceville, who says that the mill is now on property owned by Hall County. The original plan was to restore it and create a park. It was originally Head's (Healan) Mill, c. 1852, and is on the North Oconee River. From Georgia 365/23, turn right on Whitehall Road. Take the first left and mill is about a half mile on the left at the river.

Looking north

Here's another high-level photograph made by Frank Sharp of Lawrenceville. Among the landmarks you can see are the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the bottom left, the 191 Peachtree Tower, the Bank of America Tower, the tallest building in the Southeast, what was once the BellSouth tower, and in the far center, the IBM tower. Note the downtown connector snaking its way northward, adjacent to Georgia Tech dormitories and in the left center, Bobby Dodd Stadium at Grant Field. Frank shot this with a Canon EOS Rebel with an ultra wide Tokina Lens at F8, ISO 100, hand-held at about 1/30 of a second.


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One Way President Obama May Escape Dithering Reputation

"History is ready to call Obama a dithering president, but he could escape that reputation if the Republicans in the House are able to shut down funding for any extended period."

-- Former newspaper publisher Reg Murphy of Sea Island, quoted in The Blackshear Times on Sept. 25, 2013.

What to get anyone interested in Gwinnett County

Looking for a great and distinctive gift for someone?

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:

  • Atlanta History Center, Atlanta
  • Books for Less, Buford
  • Gwinnett Historical Society, Lawrenceville
  • Vargas and Harbin Gallery, Norcross

You can also order books through the Internet. To do that, go to 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!



The Duluth Fall Festival has come and gone, and was the most successful in its 31 year history. There were more vendors than ever before, with 375 booths, including 140 sponsors. The weather was the most perfect yet. There have been festivals before with no rain, but it was usually too hot, and this year there was even a touch of fall in the air. The 400 volunteers were on the spot in their new green festival shirts, and most showed up exactly when and where they had signed up online to be.

There were more people attending than we have ever had! The booths and carnival were busier than ever, and a fun and enthusiastic feeling was everywhere. The Festival hopes that you were in Duluth to enjoy this amazing weekend! In the meantime the Committee is already working on next year. Duluth's mayor, Nancy Harris, will be the leader in 2014. So put Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28, 2014, on your calendars now, and make your plans to be at the Festival next year.

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Lots to do this fall: Here is a list of the Fall Festivals and similar activities in Gwinnett this fall:

  • Through Oct. 27: Pumpkin Festival, Stone Mountain
  • Oct. 12: Lilburn Daze
  • Oct. 12: Taste of Suwanee
  • Oct. 12: Mall of Georgia Fall Festival
  • Oct. 19: Sugar Hill Fall Festival
  • Oct. 19-20: 41st Annual Highland Games, Stone Mountain
  • Oct. 26: Snellville Fall Festival
  • Oct. 26: Craft Fest and Spider Web Spooktacular, Auburn
  • Oct. 26-27: Braselton Antique and Holiday Festival
  • Oct. 26-28: Boofest in Norcross' Thrasher Park
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 3: Indian Festival and Pow-Wow, Stone Mountain
  • Nov. 14: Hot Tamale Chili Cookoff, Grayson

(NEW) Master Photos of the World Exhibition from the photography of Frank Sharp: Now through November 29, Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville. Sharp is known for his keen photographic eye, as he captures geography and history through the culture and traditions of countries he has visited. For more information, call 678-277-0179. There is no charge.

Meet and Greet at Summit Chase Country Club, Tuesday, October 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sponsored by Snellville Tourism and Trade. For more information, contact Kelly McAloon.

Open House and Exhibit Reception: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 10, Brenau University campus in Norcross. The campus is located at 3139 Campus Drive, Suite 300. The event will include two art exhibitions and a talk by Photographer Lee Anne White. For more information, call Yarden Hixson at 770-446-2900.

(NEW) Terror on the Trail at Sims Lake Park in Suwanee. To be the weekends of October 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26, starting at 7 p.m. with the final tour at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. The City of Suwanee and the Aurora Theatre team up for this tour. Details at

(NEW) 17th Annual Atlanta Italian Car Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 12, Lillian Webb Park, Norcross. Come and enjoy various Italian automobile designs.

(NEW) Halloween-for-Haiti Carnival and Haunted Trail: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., October 19, Christ Episcopal Church, 400 Holcomb Road, Norcross. Food, games, live music and ghost stories. The Haunted Trail is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wear costumes and join in the fun. Proceeds benefit Haiti mission of the church.

Open House at Georgia Gwinnett College: October 19, for prospective students interested in attending the college in 2014. Sessions will cover the admissions process, financial aid, GGC's unique student success programs, transferring credits to GGC and services offered to the disabled. Seating is limited and registration is required. High school seniors and juniors can register online.

(NEW) Auction at Southern Wings Bird Club meeting: 7 p.m., October 21, Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. Bring sale items for the garden or the home.

(NEW) Redefining Re-development Forum: 7:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., October 31, Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville. Joe Minicozzi, nationally known keynote speaker, will speak on the value of smart redevelopment and its related importance to the tax base. His remarks will be based on a study considering Gwinnett redevelopment opportunities. Cost is $55 for individuals. For more information, contact

Food Trucks at Pinckneyville Park: 5 p.m. to 9 pm. each Tuesday in October. The trucks will gather at the parks' baseball/softball field. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Norcross Youth Baseball and Softball Association. Music will be provided. For details, visit

Block Party with food trucks: Each Friday, starting at 6 p.m., through October 25, in downtown Duluth. Enjoy a downtown restaurant or get food from the trucks. A movie will be screened at 8 p.m. It's a community block party with your neighbors and you never know who you might meet!

The Fall Fling: 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., November 9, Hilton Atlanta Northeast. This is the main event for the Norcross Cluster Schools Partnership. It benefits the children of the public schools in Peachtree Corners and Norcross. Tickets are $50 per person online or by calling (770) 849-0078.


12/3: New Jackson EMC book

11/26: Kennedy, Lincoln funerals
11/22: On nuclear deterrence
11/19: Big film shot in Gwinnett
11/15: Braves and Gwinnett
11/12: A look at modern sub
11/8: Thoughts on SPLOST passage
11/5: How library gets authors
11/1: SPLOST election has dangers

10/29: Vote for SPLOST 2013
10/25: Simpsonwood Center
10/22: Ga. House 104 endorsement
10/18: Best use of 21-acre site
10/15: Paulding airport idea
10/11: Norcross depot leasing
10/8: Tennessee's uniforms, more
10/4: What's with GOP moderates?
10/1: 1 commissioner in some counties

9/27: 80,000 expected
9/24: Birthday secret
9/20: Using the right word
9/17: On nullification
9/13: We're "war weary"
9/10: Woman's club statue
9/6: Considering 2016 race
9/3: On Syria, Labor Day


12/3: Tkacik: 1st Families of Gwinnett

11/26: Myers: New PCOM program
11/22: Tuggle: On recent elections
11/19: Hanson: Wilson Foundation
11/15: Webb: On teaching English
11/12: Stilo: Aurora wins awards
11/8: Hall: 2014 golf event
11/5: Miller: Salvation Army grows
11/1: Sawyer: Schools, SPLOST

10/29: Dison: Helping the disabled
10/25: Fuerst: Creative educators
10/22: Ortolano: Honeymoon suite
10/18: Stewart: Artist in Australia
10/15: Giese: New campus director
10/11: Ahmad: Pakistani tragedy
10/8: Gwinnett Med's grad program
10/4: Levengood: SPLOST's millions
10/1: Keleman: Hail to retire

9/27: Jones: Jackson EMC's 75th
9/24: Toggerson: Health care event
9/20: Suwanee Day ahead
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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 General Government 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
  • Requiring the legislature to meet once every two years.
  • Development of more community gardens.


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