7/25: Veterans monument; Political considerations; Rotary donation

GwinnettForum  |  Number 17.32  |  July 25, 2017  

DULUTH’S NOT-YET-DESIGNED LIBRARY is getting a $50,000 donation from the Duluth Rotary Club. The club is donating the funds to enhance the Children’s Program study area. For more details on this significant contribution, see Another View below.
COME TO DOWNTOWN DULUTH and enjoy Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Music Foundry, with several shows every week.  While there, eat at Dreamland BBQ, Piatto Fresh Kitchen, PURE Taqueria, Epicurean, O4W Pizza, or The Cottage on Main.  Food Truck Fridays, with free entertainment, are going strong.  The fountain is always an exciting draw for kids, so visit and bring the whole family!  And, don’t forget the Duluth Fall Festival, September 30th and October 1st, so mark your calendars now!  Also, the Free Festival Concert on Saturday, September 23rd with “Departure, the Journey Tribute Band.”  For more information www.duluthfallfestival.org.
TODAY’S FOCUS: Monument Honoring Veterans Well Underway in Peachtree Corners
EEB PERSPECTIVE: Here are Some Political Considerations at Three Different Levels
ANOTHER VIEW: Duluth Rotary Club To Donate $50,000 For New Duluth Library
SPOTLIGHT: Lail Family Dentistry
FEEDBACK: Letters Concerning National Health Care, and Ethnic Fears
UPCOMING: Norcross Plans Two Business Listening Sessions This Week
NOTABLE: Gwinnett Tech Expands Emergency Medical Class to North Fulton
RECOMMENDED: The Duchess by Danielle Steele
GEORGIA TIDBIT: CDC in Atlanta Is Outgrowth of Malaria Control War Effort
TODAY’S QUOTE: Harry Truman and What He Thought of General MacArthur
MYSTERY PHOTO: Artistic Picture May Throw Off Your Search of Mystery Photo
CALENDAR: Workshop on Business Development Coming to Lilburn Library

Monument honoring veterans well underway in Peachtree Corners

By Bob Ballagh, chairman, Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument Association  |  A move is well underway for the establishment of a Veterans Monument here on the proposed Town Green. Already more than $155,000 has been raised toward the monument goal of $500,000. No local tax monies will go toward this monument.

Click to see a larger image of the monument’s location.

In March 2015, Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason called together residents to discuss the possibility of building a Veterans Monument for the city. The committee’s vision was to build a monument to honor all military veterans, past, present and future, for their service to the United States of America, and to celebrate the preservation of freedom throughout the world.  The group formed a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument Association (PCVMA), to raise money to build the monument.

The City Council had designated a prominent place for the monument on the Peachtree Corners Town Green. By late 2015, the monument design was set to be a serene and dignified place where individuals can sit and reflect. It was designed so that veterans, schools and civic organizations could hold ceremonies at the monument.

The monument will cover an oval brick plaza of about 3,000 square feet, anchored visually by seven separate sculptures. A central pillar topped with an eagle, to represent the presence of the U.S. Armed forces across the world, will be framed by the American, Georgia, and Peachtree Corners flags flying behind it. Six sculptures represent each of the Armed Forces and the seventh sculpture, representing the Federal Military Reserve component, will provide an “Honor Guard” for the Eagle and the flags. Chad Fisher, an artist with his studio near Philadelphia, Pa., is donating his artistic talent and labor to make the sculptures.

The brick plaza will accommodate engraved brick pavers, which members of the community and other interested parties may purchase. Benches will be built into the outer wall and granite wall tops will be engraved with the dates of America’s wars and significant military operations.

The monument’s interactive component is perhaps its most important element. Two kiosks and a smartphone/tablet app will allow visitors to read or listen to descriptions about the monument’s various elements and historical information. Content for the interactive component is being prepared by the Norcross High School Junior ROTC program students, who have adopted the monument as their civic project. The interactive component will also contain links to information about the veterans, a brick locator, and links to various other historical web sites.

Local residents are welcome to purchase a paver to honor their family members and friends who have served or are currently serving. Honorees do not need to live in or have a direct connection to Peachtree Corners. All veterans living in Peachtree Corners are invited to add their names to the PCVM roster of veterans to be included in the monument’s interactive component.  Families are invited to add the names of deceased veterans who resided in Peachtree Corners.

The original design was done pro bono by Taylor Hadaway of Post Oak Partners of Cumming.  Later his drawings served as the basis for TSW Architects to complete the detailed design and engineering.

Other members of the board include Doug Heckman, vice president; Frank Drewry, treasurer; Emily Carley, secretary; Tom Beaty, Judy Putnam, Steve Hamlet, Mike Mason and Alex Wright.


Here are some political considerations at three different levels

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher  |  Today it’s time for political thoughts on three levels.

National thoughts

For someone to write about the national scene these days, well…..it’s frustrating.

Time you jell your thoughts, here our President comes with an even more bizarre development, or he tweets on an entirely new subject, or he confuses you further by contradicting what he said the day before. And all along, the wheels of government barely move, with most attention on first one Russian government story after another. And the sad part is that it is the President who keeps the Russian story going with yet another comment.

Meanwhile, the Democrats  have to do little, since the Republicans can’t seem to get a plan with a chance of passing.  So the Democrats stay on the sidelines, happily content to see the pressure on the GOP.

Yes, we know that the times are always changing, but the political clime seems to reverberate much faster than it did just a few years back. You yearn for the “quiet” days of the Bush, Clinton and Obama.

Meanwhile, Pentagon continues to come up with new developments and troop deploys to Afghanistan, that rat hole which is eating up more and more American dollars, while putting more of our young people in harm’s way. Won’t we ever realize we can’t finalize this war? The Russians are way ahead of us on this front, having dusted their hands of Afghanistan years ago. And they are located right next door, not around the world!

Georgia thoughts

Since July 1, a new Georgia law, coming from our Legislature, and signed by the governor, allows concealed weapons on Georgia college campuses. So far there have been no incidents from the “campus carry law,” though college officials have adopted all sorts of comments on implementing this new law.

The new measure has some twisting developments. Those with a campus-carry license can go without question all across the campus, including buildings, classrooms, student center and administrative areas.

But these same people, can’t take concealed weapons to sporting events, residence halls or facilities where there are visiting high school students. It begs the question that if a campus student has a permit, what does he do with the weapon when he goes to a dorm?  The law prohibits it from being in a locker on campus. Does he hide it somewhere, or lock it in a  car? That’s mystifying.

And another strange aspect: while students may have a campus carry permit….faculty can’t.

Those of us who were opposed to the campus carry bill are still scratching heads to figure out how this will benefit our state. And the big question: does all this make our college campuses safer?

Gwinnett scene

Local Democrats are grinning these days about the interest potential candidates have shown for the 2018 primary season. More Democrats are coming to candidate training sessions than ever before. And, we hear from those close to the party, that the caliber of these people is of high quality.

Combined with the relatively strong showing that Gwinnett Democrats made in the 2016 election, it may bode for a stronger Democratic Party than in recent years. We anticipate that Democrats could surprise some Republican candidates and may win one or two more races in Gwinnett in 2018.

Yet it won’t be a wholesale turnover, we suspect. Gwinnett Republicans pulled a zinger in 1984, when 17 out of 18 Democrats lost in the General Election. The only Democrat who won didn’t have any opposition.

OOPS DEPT. A few eagle-eyed readers recognized that the City of Auburn is located on U.S. Highway 29, not Highway 129. It was our fault. Our apology….and hope no one tried to get to Auburn on U.S. Highway 129.


Duluth Rotary Club to donate $50,000 for new Duluth library

By Sally Boyles, Duluth, Ga.  |  The Rotary Club of Duluth will contribute $50,000 over the next five years to the new Duluth Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library in historic downtown Duluth. The money will enhance the Children’s Program/Story Area. The club presented a check to the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) during their recent breakfast meeting at the 1818 Club.

Comments from the club’s current, past and future leadership reflect the commitment of members (the club averages 50) to the legacy project.

Houston Bass, president says: “The Rotary Club of Duluth has served our community for the past 30 years, and this year the theme internationally for Rotary is ‘Making a Difference.’ I am proud to be part of a group that is so committed to making such a significant and lasting difference in our community today and for years to come.”

Mike Ballenger, past president, adds “Rotary Club of Duluth is excited about the opportunity to support the new state-of-the-art library that will be built right here in our own backyard. Literacy has always been a key focus of Rotary, and helping to enhance the Children’s Program/Story Area in the new library will provide additional learning opportunities for our local youth as they improve their reading skills.”

Randy Redner, president-elect , contributes: “Lifelong learning is critical to the growth of any community. Libraries, such as the one we are going to build in Duluth, are the only places I know that foster this learning from birth to our golden years.”

GCPL Executive Director Charles Pace, on accepting the gift, says: “The Gwinnett Public Library is honored and humbled to receive this donation from the Rotary Club of Duluth. These funds will provide additional furnishings, technology, and other enhancements to the children’s space in the new Duluth Branch.”

GCPL Development Manager Shelly Schwerlzer was beaming when she said: “Our community is blessed to have the support of devoted civic organizations such as the Rotary Club of Duluth to help Gwinnett County offer the best public libraries to its residents.”

The Rotary Club of Duluth, part of Rotary International, is a welcoming, energetic breakfast club which  meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. each Wednesday at the 1818 Club. Members volunteer for numerous community service projects as well as host an annual car show in downtown Duluth (April) and a golf tournament at the Reunion Golf Club in Hoschton, (October) as fundraisers to support Operation One Voice, Rainbow Village, Relay for Life, Duluth Library, End Polio, and other meaningful endeavors. For more information, visit http://www.duluthrotary.com.


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Remembers Canadians coming to USA for serious health care

Editor, the Forum:

Where George Wilson gets his “facts” is always a mystery to me (GwinnettForum, July 21) . This time his “facts” tell us that all those countries with Single Payer Health Care are wonderful and the U.S. is the home of “abysmally less effective health care.”

I’ve only made two trips to Canada in my business career. On both occasions my hosts repeatedly wanted to talk about the disaster their health care was in Canada. When they needed something serious done about a medical  problem, they went to the United States to avail themselves of some “abysmally less  effective health care?”

Those Canadians who cannot afford to go south just have to be satisfied with “free.” If only I had known about George’s “facts” at that time, I could have set them straight.

— Alex J. Ortolano, Duluth

What good is superior health care if the citizen cannot afford it?

Editor, the Forum:

My response to Mr. Gregg Stopher (GwinnettForum, July 21) on his letter regarding single-payer medical care would be to seriously questioned if he recognizes what he says.

The issue is not the existence of superior health care in the US.  Oh, yes, it is here.  No question.

The issue is the availability of that health care to the general populace. Sure, Arab sheiks, London billionaires, and Chinese tech moguls come to us for health care.  They can afford it!  Too many ordinary, non-billionaire citizens in the United States cannot.

What good is it to have this superior medical care if the average person cannot afford it? Answer: Unless the average citizen can afford it, it is utterly useless.

— Robert Hanson, Loganville

Problem with combating ethnic fears is often learned at home

Editor, the Forum:

I agree with Mr. Schneiburg (GwinnettForum, July 18) that the actions he outlines to combat ethnic fear would be beneficial, but the work will be hard, particularly since the ethnic fear is often first learned in our families.

— John Titus, Peachtree Corners

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City of Norcross plans two business listening sessions this week

Be part of the Norcross Business Listening Sessions.

The City of Norcross’ Economic Development Department will be hosting a series of listening sessions with the local business and corporate communities. The purpose of the listening sessions is to engage participants on Norcross’ overall business climate and to learn how well business is going.

The goal is to assist the economic development department in shaping Norcross’ business environment and how local government can help businesses to grow.

The sessions will be:

  • Tuesday, July 25, from 5:30 until 7 p.m. at Summerour Middle School,321 Price Place in Norcross; or
  • Thursday, July 27 at 5:30 until 7 p.m. at Susan Stripling Elementary School, 6155 Atlantic Boulevard in Norcross.

These sessions will be highly interactive and will include real-time audience responses. Participants are asked to bring their smart phones and other devices. Space is limited. RSVP to tara.smith@norcrossga.net/

Housing aimed at millennials now underway in Peachtree Corners

A highly-visible corner of Peachtree Corners is now under development, with a 39 acre housing development. Mayor Mike Mason says that the Overlook at Twin Lakes project is well underway. The 295-unit high-end housing complex is designed to target professional millennials. The unit is located on the west side of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard at Reps Miller Road. Plans call for the 39-acre development to be located on two lakes in Technology Park. This development will have “resort-style” amenities including a pool, boat dock, hiking/biking trail, cyber café, fitness facilities and a dog park.


Gwinnett Tech expands emergency medical class to North Fulton

Gwinnett Technical College will expand the College’s Emergency Medical Services program to their Alpharetta-North Fulton campus. Beginning this fall semester, Monday, August 14, students will be able to take classes at the Alpharetta-North Fulton campus. The Emergency Medical Services program is designed to help train students to safely respond to and provide emergency medical care to those in need.

Dr. D. Glen Cannon, president, Gwinnett Technical College, says: “We are excited to expand our program to our Alpharetta-North Fulton campus. It has always been our plan to expand this program to the community of North Fulton. We dedicated space and equipment during the construction stages.”

Gwinnett Tech’s Emergency Medical Services program has a 100 percent National Registry Paramedic exam pass rate, a 100 percent job placement rate and has seen a 50 percent enrollment increase since Spring 2017. According to the Metro Atlanta Chamber, 30 percent of all job openings in metro Atlanta are in the healthcare field, with emergency medical professionals in high-demand. Graduates of Gwinnett Tech’s Emergency Services program enjoy careers in public safety, local police and fire services, urgent care clinics and hospital emergency departments. The Gwinnett Tech Paramedicine program was Georgia’s first nationally accredited paramedicine EMS program.

Michael Johnson, emergency services program director at the college, says that: “The College worked closely with North Fulton leaders in the Emergency Medical Services and Fire and Rescue community to develop a solid curriculum that meets regulatory standards. In doing so we are able to reach more potential students and help serve community needs.”

The Emergency Medical Services program teaches students hands-on learning with labs that include clinical experience, simulations, mock medical and trauma scenarios and computer interactive situational awareness training. The program offers a Paramedicine degree, Paramedicine and EMS Professions diploma or Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Responder, and Emergency Medical Technician certificates.

Gwinnett Tech’s late application deadline for fall semester class is Thursday, July 27. For more information please contact Kim Smith at kimberlysmith@GwinnettTech.edu or at 678-226-6966.


The Duchess by Danielle Steele

From Karen Harris, Stone Mountain  |  Angelique Latham has grown up in beautiful Belgrave Castle under the watchful and loving eyes of her father, the Duke of Westerfield. She is the daughter of his second wife, Marie-Isabelle, who was descended from a French Marquis.  Their life is happy and peaceful until his death, after which her brothers, Tristan and Edward, abandon her, forcing her from the estate. Angelique endures hardships but is undaunted with a hearty resourcefulness and grit with which she establishes Le Boudoir, a high-class establishment for men seeking companionship and pleasure.  Tumultuous events occur and her life takes yet another turn until fate steps in to right the previous injustice done to her.  This Danielle Steel novel rivals Thurston House as one of my favorites! In fluid and easy language, this heroine overcomes all. This book kept me eager for the next events.

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


CDC in Atlanta is outgrowth of malaria control in war effort

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with headquarters in Atlanta, has been a key factor in combating many of the health issues facing the United States. It is the nation’s premier public health agency, and a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

After World War II (1941-45), Joseph W. Mountin, a physician and public health leader, formed a plan to convert the Malaria Control in War Areas (MCWA) office to a peacetime agency to monitor and control infectious diseases. CDC was organized as the Communicable Disease Center on July 1, 1946, in Atlanta.

CDC originally had fewer than 400 employees, who were housed in the old MCWA offices in downtown Atlanta. Most of the scientists were entomologists and engineers who had worked for MCWA, which during the war had controlled the spread of malaria in the southeastern states, where most of the U.S. basic military training was done. CDC was established to serve all states and eventually expanded to include all communicable diseases. Over time, CDC became known as a center for training among public health professionals around the world.

After World War II (1941-45), Joseph W. Mountin, a physician and public health leader, formed a plan to convert the Malaria Control in War Areas (MCWA) office to a peacetime agency to monitor and control infectious diseases. CDC was organized as the Communicable Disease Center on July 1, 1946, in Atlanta. Mountin had high hopes for the new institution, which was part of the U.S. Public Health Service. CDC originally had fewer than 400 employees, who were housed in the old MCWA offices in downtown Atlanta. Most of the scientists were entomologists and engineers who had worked for MCWA, which during the war had controlled the spread of malaria in the southeastern states, where most of the U.S. basic military training was done.

In 1949 Dr. Alexander Langmuir came to CDC to head the epidemiology branch.

Soon afterward he launched the disease surveillance program to collect, analyze, and disseminate disease data to public health practitioners. The disease surveillance program became an integral part of public health practice and the basis on which CDC’s mission of service to the states was built. In 1951, after the Korean War (1950-53) began, the Epidemic Intelligence Service was created as a two-year postdoctoral program that combined training in epidemiology with service to the states. The threat of biological warfare caused Langmuir to train epidemiologists to watch for intentional threats in addition to protecting the public against natural health threats.

The young agency struggled to survive. Emory University gave CDC land on Clifton Road in 1947 to build its headquarters, but construction did not begin for another decade. Two major health crises in the mid-1950s helped CDC establish its credibility.

(To be continued)


Artistic picture may throw off your search as Mystery Photo

Here’s an artistic piece that we’ll use as the Mystery Photo this week. Actually, the very few clues in the background may throw off your search. When you think you have the answer to where this is located, send your idea to elliott@brack.net.

That Mystery Photo of a towered building hidden behind trees was recognized by Jo Pinder of  Baltimore, Md., formerly of Gwinnett:  “That is the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. George Washington resigned his commission here. It is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capitol.” She’s right. It was sent in by….ooops, we lost the name of the sender.

Ross Lenhart of Pawley’s Island, S.C. also recognized the Mystery.  Then George Graf of Palmyra, Va. wrote: “The Maryland State House was the first peacetime capitol of the United States and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capitol. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783, to August 13, 1784. During that time, General George Washington came before the Congress to resign his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and the Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the Revolutionary War.”


Payment certificate from Georgia Rail Road and Banking Company

Here’s a replica of a stock payment certificate from the Georgia Rail Road and Banking Company, provided to us by Robert Hanson of Loganville. The key element here is that one of the signatures on the certificate is that of James Camak, who was the cashier of the company, essentially running it. He was also the person who earlier surveyed the northern boundary of Georgia, which later caused great consternation because the state failed to provide him with adequate equipment in those days, and the boundary question still lingers with Tennessee.


Free Photography Workshop is coming to the Grayson Public Library on July 25 at 6 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. There will be 31 photographs on display.

(NEW) BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS: Join Gwinnett County Public Library and SCORE Atlanta for a workshop that shows you the fundamentals to consider before starting a business.  Learn financial realities, success factors, assessing the market, business plan elements, and much more. This workshop will be Thursday, August 3 at 6 p.m. at Gwinnett Library’s Lilburn Branch, 4817 Church Street, Lilburn.  It is free and open to the public.  RSVP to events@gwinnettpl.org. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

Ribbon Cutting at the Centerville Senior Center, 3075 Bethany Church Road, at 10 a.m. August 8. Following the ceremony, enjoy a tour of this state-of-the-art facility, and enjoy lunch with the seniors.


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