IT WAS A “DOUBLE RAINBOW” that attorney Jack Wilson said he saw when he arrived at 7:40 a.m. at his office in Lawrenceville just behind the GJAC building Tuesday. He immediately shot this photograph. Jack says that “I was finishing a phone call from my Mom, who called to wish me a happy birthday. Two great birthday gifts, and a great way to start the day.”IN THIS EDITION
TODAY’S FOCUS: Sugar Hill To Cut Ribbon Sunday on Its New “Sweet Life” Mural
EEB PERSPECTIVE: Have You Faced Problems with Your Keyless Auto Not Starting?
SPOTLIGHT: United Community Bank,
FEEDBACK: More on Legalized Gambling, Lying and Bicameral Legislatures
UPCOMING: Aurora Upcoming Performance Concerns Re-Writing of History
NOTABLE: Suwanee Seeking Design For Its Annual SuwaneeFest Celebration
RECOMMENDED RESTAURANT: Fergusson’s on the Square, Hoschton
GEORGIA TIDBIT: State of Georgia Has Yet To Recognize Ebos Landing as a Landmark Site
TODAY’S QUOTE: We Can Only Hope To Be Guided By The Intelligent Half
MYSTERY PHOTO: One Person Knew Immediately Where the Photo Was Taken
LAGNIAPPE: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Was Recently in Lawrenceville
CALENDAR: Walk the Talk Event on Saturday, February 11 at George Pierce ParkTODAY’S FOCUS
Sugar Hill to cut ribbon Sunday on its new “Sweet Life” mural
By Varessa Butts | In keeping with the commitment of turning Downtown Sugar Hill into a vibrant destination, the city’s Arts Commission announces that the ribbon-cutting of the “Sweet Life” mural in Downtown Sugar Hill will be this weekend.
Mayor Steve Edwards, the City Council and city staff invite the public to join in on the excitement at the mural ceremony on Sunday, February 12, 2017. The Suite Spot will be hosting an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with the actual ribbon-cutting taking place at 3 p.m.
The artwork is on the east-facing exterior wall of the city’s former City Hall Building, which is located on the corner of Level Creek Road and West Broad Street. The building now functions as The Suite Spot, a business incubator and co-working space. The mural depicts local Artist Jennie Osiek’s interpretation of the city’s slogan, “The Sweet Life.” She is a Sugar Hill resident who won a contest where the public voted on their favorite design, while a selection committee made the final decision of the artist to paint the mural. The cost of the mural was approximately $19,500.
Council Member, avid art enthusiast and the catalyst for the city’s Arts Commission, Marc Cohen, expounds on the meaning of this mural. Cohen states: “Art is a significant part of a vibrant community. Another key aspect is collaboration. This mural project exemplifies what makes Sugar Hill a great place to live, work, play, and explore. This mural has been a long time coming and, we hope it is just the first of many public art installations throughout the city.”
The project was a collaborative effort between the Downtown Development Authority, Arts Commission, the Historic Preservation Society, the Youth Council and The Sugar Hill Business Alliance. These groups hope that this mural will not be the last.
Discussions are already underway for the next art installment in downtown Sugar Hill. Council Member and history buff Brandon Hembree echoes Cohen’s sentiment and is grateful for the hard work that went into this project, “Public art enriches our lives and helps build a sense of community and place. Thank you to artist Jennie Osiek, the many volunteers on the Downtown Development Authority, Arts Commission, and Historic Preservation Society, and city staff that made our first downtown mural a possibility.” Hembree is a founding member of the city’s Historic Preservation Society, and recognizes the importance of preserving the hometown feel of the city as it continues to grow.
Mural Artist Jennie Osiek best summed up the project as well as the city’s culture saying, “I’m so proud and thankful to be a part of a community that genuinely cares about the arts. Art is a visual form of a beautifully written novel. I cannot image a sweeter life than one that is surrounded by the sunlight of love.”
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Have you faced problems with your keyless auto not starting?
By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | Ah, modern science! How many wondrous ways does it help us today.
Most of the time.
Well, that routine has been halted for some of us who have automobiles from the last several years. No longer is a key required, now with the keyless-entry. This system has several good properties, freeing you from having to search for your keys.
Trouble is, habits are hard to break. While your mind knows that you no longer only need the smart “key” (without a key) on your person, or for women, in their purse, what happens automatically when you walk to your car about every time?
For me, it’s putting my hand in my pocket to pull out the key, which by then I realize I don’t need. But habits are hard to break. Now I simply touch the locked car, and the door can be opened. I push a button, and viola! The engine starts. No key.
Yet one nagging thought comes to mind every time I get in the car. “What if the car doesn’t start when I punch that button?”
Modern science has carried me through 19,000 miles with this keyless automobile, it starting every time. So, no worries, right?
It happened one day last week. Punch the button, the radio came on, the lights came on, but the engine did not. Punch again. Nothing. It’s what I had always dreaded.
With the lights on steady, and the radio playing, obviously the battery was not dead. No matter how many times I punched the button, no start.
So time to call my local mechanic, about two miles away. “Yeah, I’ve always worried about that,” he said. “There’s nothing I have here that can help you. Best to call the dealer.”
So a call to Mike Hayes, about 18 miles away. He heard the problem, talked to a specialist, and advised: “Get out of the car, lock the door, give it about a minute, and try again.” (Previously I had been in and out of the car a few times, but each time I punched the START button, nothing.)
So, returning to the car, the door unlocked perfectly, I pushed the button, and ……what? The car started.
Mike had explained that the problem might be the computer system needing to reboot. Apparently getting out and locking the car does that. So I drove away relieved.
Then I got to thinking what the computer technicians told me when I retired, I asked what I was going to do without them, since they often easily repaired a reluctant computer. Their advice: “About 95 percent of the time, when we fix your computer, we simply turn it off, wait a few seconds, and turn it back on. We’re not all that wise, but that works most of the time.”
And yes, alone in my office in Technology Park without computer support, switching on and off has usually worked.
So, now we find that if your keyless automobile ever fails to start, recognize what has happened. The automobile is heavily dependent on several small computers in your automobile. When something fails, go back to the basics, switch the auto off, get out, lock the car, and wait a while. Then it ought to work.
Didn’t know that you were driving a computer, did you?
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More on legalized casino gambling and protecting citizens
Editor, the Forum:
Your conservative readers presented typical responses about “personal freedom” and “personal responsibility” in defense of legalizing casino gambling in Georgia. Please let me respond briefly.
Alan Schnieberg asserts that “We don’t need government to interfere with: protecting our environment; public education; health insurance; consumer protection; banking; or any other government interference with personal freedom.”
If you change “don’t’ to “do” and “interfere” to “regulate”, then you have a statement that reflects decades of federal and state legislation aimed at making all of the identified areas operate in the long-term interest of Americans. I expect Mr. Schnieberg has benefitted from government regulation in all or most of these areas. Make America great again, indeed!
Patrick Malone wonders where the State Constitution assigns government the responsibility of protecting citizens from themselves.
I have two thoughts: 1) the “government” has legislated or the courts have held that establishments that sell alcohol to an obviously inebriated patron have responsibility to stop serving that patron. So perhaps casinos, if they get approved, should have the responsibility of to stop “serving” patrons obviously active in their addiction to slot machine gambling; 2) people with gambling addiction are no more fully responsible for themselves than those with alcohol or drug addiction. Therefore, the government has every right and responsibility to legislate and enforce laws to break the cycle of addiction to gambling, just as it has with alcohol and drugs.
— Mike Wood, Peachtree Corners
Since lying is legal, people can believe any source they want
Editor, the Forum:
Let me address this to a recent contributor, Jack Bernard, in the February 7 GwinnettForum.
One point missed on gun control in your article is that automatic and semi-automatic weapons have been used in the majority of mass shootings. No one has of yet given me a reasonable explanation as to what use these military weapons could be used for outside of military operations. Boar hunting? They are poor weapons for self defense as well since you need two hands generally to operate one.
I loved the premise of your comments. However, I would also point out that it is perfectly legal to purport lies through news channels. Do you remember the News Corp. SCOTUS case, where Roger Ailes claimed accurately in court documents that Fox News was entertainment not a news source. The high courts ruling supported this as well.
The real challenge is that lying is basically legal despite what our parents, teachers, pastors and priests all taught us in elementary school. This leaves people free to believe whatever sources suit their already defined world view. We have long ago lost our moral compass, but sadly it is now very obvious to anyone with good common sense.
There is only one path to healing our nation and that is an honest and frank conversation about reconciliation with Native Americans and African Americans. In every war-torn region we send our peace keeping NGO’s, the only programs that work to rebuild communities always must include reconciliation between the differing sides. This is not reparations in any sense of the word it is simply about emotional healing. Thanks for your article.
— Roger Hagen, Lilburn
Dear Roger: You haven’t written in ages. Welcome back!—eeb
Takes on Wilson’s thought that big states need more senators
Editor, the Forum:
George Wilson recently wrote: “Furthermore, we now have some major structural deficits in our constitution. Namely the lack of representation by large states like California, Texas and New York. California has the sixth largest economy in the world, but only two U.S. senators.”
Seriously, does Mr. Wilson not understand the concept of our bicameral federal government? Is he suggesting that these states should have more Senators because their economy is larger? We need to bring back civics to our public schools. Apparently it hasn’t been taught for many years.
The Senate, originally the state’s representatives to the federal government, was deliberately limited to two senators per state. This was done to ensure the larger states wouldn’t have excessive control of the Senate. The House of Representatives is the people’s representative with states having a number of representatives based on population.
Should you allow the Senate to have the number of Senators determined by population, then the five largest states would control. Smaller states such as those in New England and sparsely populated states in the west would be ignored by any presidential candidate as it would only take a few states to drive the direction of the nation. I for one wouldn’t want the country run by California, Texas and New York, all very liberal states by the way. This indeed would simply be another form of gerrymandering that Mr. Wilson is railing about.
–Tim Sullivan, Buford
Dear Tim: Thanks for your comments. I wondered if our readers would let Mr. Wilson by on this without comment. –eeb
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Aurora’s upcoming performance concerns rewriting of history
Theatre goers are invited to step into a splintered world of strange imaginings as Aurora Theatre presents the world premiere of the femme fantasy story SWEEP, February 10 –March 5, 2017. The magical quest, written by rising Latina playwright Georgina Escobar, follows two sisters’ attempt at resetting history’s imperfections by hunting both Biblical and modern-day targets through a set of alternate realities called the “multiverse.” Imaginative and adventure-filled, this zany, time-traveling escapade is a can’t-miss production for the New Year!
Director Abigail Vega says that “One of the most riveting facets of SWEEP is the exploration of the idea that history can be re-written to create different outcomes today. This fantastical thinking paired with an action-packed plot will entertain and captivate audiences, all while inviting them to experience an entirely new perspective on reality.”
“Multiverse” hit women, Luna and Siri, are armed with deadly broomsticks, sweeping the world’s mistakes into oblivion one human flaw at a time. But when they fail to clean up Adam and Eve’s apple situation, the two superhero sweepers find themselves unleashed on a cosmic journey through time. With Dragon Con sensibilities, this world premiere production is rife with the humor and adventure of a great graphic novel that will leave audiences stunned and surprised.
SWEEP will star some of the region’s leading actors, including Candice McLellan, Jasmine Ellis, Cody, and India Tyree. Throughout the 90-minute performance, the talented cast will portray multiple characters, adding even more entertainment to the fantastical plot.
Regular show tickets range from $20-$30 and can be purchased online at bit.ly/SWEEPTickets or by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222.
Regular show times are as follows:
- Thursday –Friday: 8 p.m.
- Saturday: 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Sunday: 2:30 p.m.
- For more information on SWEEP or other Aurora Theatre programming, visit auroratheatre.com.
101 Academy provides behind-the-scenes on how government works
Why do fire trucks respond to medical emergencies? How does the county decide where to spend its sales tax dollars? How does the county turn sewage into clean water?
Nicole Hendrickson, Gwinnett County community outreach program director, says: “Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy is intended to deepen participants’ understanding of their local government and community issues and concerns. As part of the program, participants visit various departments for in-depth briefings and demonstrations. Graduates also learn how they can become more involved, and are often tapped to serve on influential committees and boards.”
Applications for the spring class are available online at www.gwinnett101.com. The deadline is March 3.
Participants must be at least 18 years old and be a resident or business owner in Gwinnett or a student attending a Gwinnett college or university.
Orientation is on Tuesday, April 11 with regular classes on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Graduates will be recognized by the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, June 27. The class is limited to 30 participants who will be chosen by a selection committee.NOTABLE
Suwanee seeking design for its annual SuwaneeFest celebration
The City of Suwanee is looking for designers, artists, and creative people to submit logo designs for Suwanee Fest 2017. The designer of the winning logo will see his or her design on official festival t-shirts and marketing posters, as well as receive a $500 prize.
The theme for the 2017 festival, to be celebrated September 16 and 17, is…well…the city is not entirely sure. The city wants it to center around construction: community at work, building the future, paving the way –get the idea? But the creative team has hit a roadblock (get it?). So this year, the tagline is open to interpretation as well.
- The competition is open to professional and amateur designers of all ages. Designs may be hand-drawn or computer-generated. Entries should be submitted in printed and electronic format. The deadline for submissions is April 1 (no fooling). See suwaneefest.com for additional guidelines and an entry form.
Fergusson’s on the Square, Hoschton
Reviewed by Susan McBrayer, Sugar Hill | ‘Charming’ is the best word I can think of to describe Fergusson’s on the Square in Hoschton. I ate there for the third time Saturday and I look forward to returning soon. This restaurant is a real jewel in an unexpected location – a big statement in a small town. It’s so pretty and so quaint ~ with a hint of the Victorian era. This more than 100-year-old space has exposed brick, interior arches, antique furnishings, beautiful place settings and dainty décor. It’s a bit like dining in someone’s home. The restaurant specializes in afternoon teas but also offers a small lunch menu of soups, sandwiches and salads. I recommend that you make reservations because Fergusson’s is only open three days at week – Thursday through Saturday – and only three hours each day. Find this cute restaurant at 39 City Square, Hoschton, 30548, on Facebook and at http://www.fergussonsonthesquare.com.
- An invitation: what books, restaurants, movies or web sites have you enjoyed recently? Send us your recent selection, along with a short paragraph (100 words) as to why you liked this, plus what you plan to visit or read next. –eeb
State of Georgia has yet to recognize Ebos Landing as a landmark site
(Continued from previous edition)
The Wallace Quarterman account of transforming the hardships of slavery into the magical powers of freedom has been retold by a distinguished array of African American artists throughout the last century. Virginia Hamilton and Julius Lester rendered the tale for children. Julie Dash celebrated the memory of Ebos Landing in elegant visual terms with her film Daughters of the Dust (1991). Perhaps most important, Nobel Prize–winning writer Toni Morrison used the myth of the flying Africans as the basis for her novel Song of Solomon (1977).
Morrison’s literary masterpiece recounts the story of a young African American man, Milkman Dead, who has been crippled by persistent racism and limited opportunities. Having grown up in the industrialized North, Milkman returns to the South in search of his ancestral roots. In the course of his travels, he learns from oral histories that his family is descended from an African shaman who possessed the power of flight. Having regained the knowledge of his family and his African heritage, Milkman recovers his lost ancestral powers at the end of the novel and takes flight at what appears to be the moment of his death.
This soaring climax fittingly captures the power, hope, and magic inherent in the myth of the flying Africans and offers an important insight into why this tale has been cherished for so long. By transforming the painful memories of slavery and racism into the emancipating power of flight, the story of the flying Africans continues to play an important role in maintaining a cultural connection to Africa and empowering generations of black Americans.
Although the myth of the flying Africans will undoubtedly be told for many decades to come, a fitting coda to this particular version of the tale might be found in the consecration of Ebos Landing in the summer of 2002. The St. Simons African-American Heritage Coalition invited Chukwuemeka Onyesoh from Nigeria to designate Ebos Landing as holy ground and to put the souls of the enslaved to rest.
“I came here to evoke their spirits,” Onyesoh explained, “to take them back to Igboland.” Participants in the memorial traveled from Haiti, Belize, Canada, New York, and Mississippi, among other places to watch and pray as elder Igbo tribesman danced and sang under the aging cypress trees hung with moss.
Sadly, no historical marker commemorates the site of Ebos Landing, which is adjacent to a sewage treatment plant built in the 1940s. The African American community, however, continues to mark the sacred site in their own, more private ways. Some local fishermen on St. Simons, for example, will not cast fishing lines or crab nets in the fecund waters of Dunbar Creek for fear of disturbing the ghosts of the Igbo.
Despite the fact that the state has not yet recognized Ebos Landing as a landmark, the many stories ranging from folktales to Nobel Prize–winning novels surely constitute a kind of literary memorial worthy of the remarkable story of the flying Africans.
- To view the Georgia Encyclopedia online, go to http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org
One person knew immediately where the previous photo was taken
Does the color of these stones in this building give you a clue as to where this Mystery Photo might be?. And do the people gathered on the left side tell you anything? Send in your thoughts to email@example.com and be sure to include your hometown.
Last edition’s Mystery Photo was a stunner to most everyone except Karen Burnette Garner of Dacula. She’s the artist who recently retired from the school system. She correctly identified the photo as from Good Harbor Beach, in Gloucester, Mass. However, she was immediately disqualified, for about a year ago, she had sent in the photo, and apparently forgot the photo was hers! Her mystery submission was like pitching a shutout against all the other readers! Congratulations in sending in a difficult photo!
It will not surprise GwinnettForum readers to learn that finally, after much work, George Graf of Palmyra, Va., nailed the mystery. He says: “This one was extremely difficult. Clues were nearly non-existent and enlarging only made it very blurry. I just stumbled upon the answer with dumb luck. It Gloucester, Cape Ann, Greater Boston Area, Mass. I believe it’s Good Harbor Beach and the big building on the promontory is called ‘The Birdcage.’ I send another view.
“In 1878, a Gloucester judge named Sherman had the foresight to develop his waterfront parcel of land known as Sherman’s Point. The New England shingle style ‘summer cottage,’ which can be seen from Good Harbor Beach, cost less than $10,000 to build. The roof was topped with a center cupola and locals quickly dubbed the seaside house ‘The Birdcage.’ The 7,500 square foot house sits upon a 1.8-acre peninsula that affords views of the beach on one side and the open Atlantic on the other where Salt Island and Thatcher’s Island can be seen in the distance.”CALENDAR
World Through the Lens Photo Show at the Tucker Library, 5234 LaVista Road. Photographer Frank Sharp’s images ae on display through February 25. The library is open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Detention Pond Maintenance Workshop will be February 9 at 6 p.m. at the Collins Hill Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. By capturing and retaining runoff during storm events, detention ponds control both stormwater quantity and quality. The pond’s natural physical, biological, and chemical processes then work to remove pollutants. Join this free workshop. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.
Cartooning for Teens and Cool Adults, with Lawrence Hardy. Drop-ins Welcome. Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw from your imagination? Want to learn how to draw action figures, faces and more? Welcome artist Lawrence Hardy as he shows you the fundamentals of drawing. The class is for the beginning to intermediate artists. Come sharpen your skills and pencil at Kudzu Art Center! February 10 through March 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register for classes, go to www.kudzuartzone.org. Kudzu Art Zone is located in Norcross at 116 Carlyle Street, Norcross, phone 770-840-9844.
Georgia Backroads magazine Editor and Publisher Dan Roper will speak at noon on Friday, February 10 at the Georgia Archives in Morrow. His talk will be on “Searching for Beulah Buchanan.” She died suddenly on Thanksgiving Day 1917. By chance, the author came across her abandoned grave in the pine woods one day in 1991 and wondered who she was, what had caused her death, what had become of her family, and what had happened to the little community that had once existed there. It took him more than 20 years of research to find the answers to these questions. After the talk, join in at the Archives for a special celebration in honor of Georgia’s 284th birthday. Georgia State Senator Valencia Seay and Archives Director Christopher Davidson will speak briefly, and refreshments will be served.
Author Amber Brock will visit Barnes and Noble in Peachtree Corners on Wednesday, February 11, at 3 p.m. as part of the Gwinnett County Public Library’s author series. She writes historical fiction novels set in the glamorous 1920s. She teaches English at a girls’ school in Atlanta,. Brock will speak to fans and aspiring authors about the writing and publishing process and book promotion strategies as well as her book, A Fine Imitation. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
(NEW) Live Health Gwinnett will sponsor a Walk the Talk event on Saturday, February 11 at 9 a.m. at George Pierce Park in Suwanee. Dr. Alan Wang Salude Transitional Care and Rehabilitation CEO and Medical Director, will discuss the importance of staying active, heart health and more while walking with participants. Walk the Talk is a free, informative walk with health and wellness professionals at an enjoyable, easy pace. For more information, visit www.livehealthygwinnett.com or contact Marie Pinela at 770-822-3197.
(NEW) Birding in Taiwan is the subject of the February 13 meeting of the Southern Wings Bird Club. The club will meet at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center at 7 p.m. Speaker will be Sandy Dearth, visit www.southernwingsbc.com.
Internal Revenue Service Coffee and Questions will be Saturday, February 18 at noon at the Centerville Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville. IRS Manager Lonnie Melancon will be on hand to take questions. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.
Wine About the Issues on February 21 at the 1910 Public House in downtown Lilburn to two legislators, Sen. P.K. Martin and Rep. Clay Cox. Sponsored by the Lilburn Woman’s Club, attendees can enjoy a complimentary beverage and light hors d’oeuvres. Seating is limited. For more details, contact to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Photography Workshop at Collins Hill Library Branch, 455 Camp Perrin Road, on February 21, at 6:30 p.m. Join the Georgia Nature Photographers Association for this informal talk and Q&A photography workshop. They will provide information about cameras, editing software, and tips for getting better photographs with the equipment you already have.
(NEW) Oil and ‘Cold Wax’ is the focus of a new class at Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross. Expand your personal vocabulary and vision through a series of exercises that will loosen you up and help you discover techniques of moving paint. The class explores cold wax and other media to create expressive, richly surfaced paintings, using pigment sticks, graphite, ink, pastels and oil paint. This runs from February 22-25, from, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For details, supply lists or to register for classes, go www. kudzuartzone.org or phone 770-840-9844.SERVICES
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