9/1: Wash your hands; Elevations in Gwinnett; Electoral College


GwinnettForum  |  Number 17.41  |  Sept. 1, 2017  

NEW WHITE COATS: Nineteen new physician’s assistant students at the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee donned their white coats and took the pledge of professionalism recently. The pledge says: “I will hold as my primary responsibility the health, safety, welfare and dignity of all human beings.” Note that only three of the 19 are male. The students are, from left, Rachel Todd, San Diego, Calif; Montana Banks, Liberty, Utah; Shelby Kaminsky, Seminole, Fla.; Sabrina Toles, Easton, Penn. Shoua Shue Casillas, Lawrenceville; William Johnson, Queens, N.Y.; Brittney Beckmon-Forrester, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Lindsay King, Marietta;  Rachel Metz, McDonough; Eric Eck, Buford; Amy Wei, Duluth; Michelle Wood, Phoenix, Ariz.; Tram B. Vu, Lawrenceville; Ryan Yenovkian, Monterey, Calif.; Amanda Vicznesky, Nauvoo, Ill.; Samantha Kleiber, Robbinsville, N.J.; Brandi Parker, Tallapoosa; Hunter Dennard , Soperton; and Anna Maraia, Seattle, Wash. Note the geographic diversity of the Ga.-PCOM students!

Editor’s Note: The next issue of GwinnettForum will be o September 6, as we observe Labor Day on September 5. –eeb

IN THIS EDITION
TODAY’S FOCUS: Mother’s Admonition Still True: “Make Sure You Wash Your Hands”
EEB PERSPECTIVE: Ever Think About What the Elevations Are of Gwinnett Cities?
ANOTHER VIEW: Deplores Rigged Elections; Looks To Eliminate Electoral College
SPOTLIGHT: Heaven and Associates, P.C.
FEEDBACK: Moving Statues to Stone Mountain Park Just Might Work
UPCOMING: Snellville Welcomes Entrepreneur with Business Accelerator
NOTABLE: Lionheart Theatre Captures Four Atlanta Theatre Awards
RECOMMENDED: Ideal by Ayn Rand
GEORGIA TIDBIT: Indians Living in Georgia Were Primarily an Agricultural People
TODAY’S QUOTE: One Way To Look Fresh and Bright at All Times
MYSTERY PHOTO: New Mystery Photo Inside a Building Also Termed “Difficult”
LAGNIAPPE: Railway Museum’s Mural Gets New Attention by Local Artist
CALENDAR: New Art Exhibit Now Open at Pinckneyville Community Center
TODAY’S FOCUS

Mother’s admonition still true: “Make sure you wash your hands”

(Editor’s Note: Two people we know, who had knee replacements, have been severely sick recently with infections. One understood it was because they did not take medications before going to the dentist. Another was directly the result of a staph infection. This article should be a warning to those with replacements of this type. –eeb)

By Name Withheld, because of privacy concerns  |  “Germs”… those ugly “invisible” creatures that cause havoc on our immune systems. In recent years we’ve all heard about the super germs called “Staph Infections.” That’re defined as:  “An infection caused by bacteria commonly found on the skin or in the nose.” It goes further by stating that “Staph can be spread person-to-person and is very contagious.” Doctors tell us there are over 30 different types of staph infections.

One of most well-know is: MRSA — Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, pronounced as “mir-sa.” It is one of the worst and is resistant to most types of antibiotics, especially the ones in the “cillin” family, like penicillin, etc.

Growing up as a young boy, I often heard my mother say: “wash your hands”, “cover your mouth when you sneeze.” It seems those words can literally mean the difference between life and death. Here’s my story, and one that I am hearing more and more about from my friends.

In February 2016 I had Total Knee Replacement surgery. The surgery was a complete success and after a number of months of physical therapy I was enjoying life with my “new knee.” Then in April 2017 my world came crashing down around me. Apparently (unbeknownst to me) I developed a “Bakers Cyst” behind my new knee and one night it decided to rupture. To make matters worse, again unbeknownst to me, I had that nasty MRSA bug lurking in my body.

I visited two General Practitioners d as well as my Orthopedic doctor for diagnosis and treatment. All were focused on the known Baker’s Cyst, but for whatever reason, none were looking for MRSA. Finally after three months, my Orthopedic doctor ordered blood tests as well as ultrasound and the MRSA infection was discovered. He immediately got me in to see his associate – who “specializes” in infectious diseases that attack joint replacements, like knees, hips, and shoulders. Now when someone specializes in this type of medicine, that should tell us all how common and serious this staph infection business really is.

By this time (three months) the MRSA had really taken a toll on my health and was literally eating away at both the knee replacement itself and my bone. There was great concern that my body was going into Septic Shock (Google that; not good). Within a matter of days I was on the operating room table having my knee replacement taken out entirely. Basically, they took out the “knee”, flushed out my leg with bleach, replaced my knee with a plastic antibiotic spacer (to hold the knee together) filled me with antibiotics and sewed me up. Then, I was put on twice daily doses of a super strong IV antibiotic for six weeks.

It’s now eight weeks since my surgery and all indications from my blood work show that I’ve beaten this nasty MRSA monster. As I write this, I am preparing for my third major knee surgery in the space of 18 months!

This surgery will be to perform a new total knee replacement. As stated earlier, I since have heard a number of stories like mine. This MRSA stuff is serious and can be deadly… it almost got me. So please – wash your hands!

EEB PERSPECTIVE

Ever think about what the elevations are of Gwinnett cities?

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher  |  With the current flooding among the low levels of Texas and Louisiana, it made us wonder just how much elevation in feet cities in Georgia were above sea level. In Texas, Houston, for instance, is 80 feet above sea level, while Corpus Christi and Galveston are both only 6.89 feet above sea level. You can see why flooding is a problem in those low, flat areas.

In Gwinnett, the highest elevation of a city is in Buford, at 1,184 feet above sea level. The tallest elevation above sea level in Gwinnett is 1,286 feet, on the eastern side of Interstate 85 about a half mile north of Thompson Mill Road, maybe a quarter mile south of the Hall County line.

Now here’s something that really surprised us: the lowest elevation among Gwinnett cities is at Braselton, 909 feet above sea level. That’s because the Mulberry River runs through the town. And remember, water always seeks the lowest areas.  We would have thought lowest elevation would have been the southern end, around Snellville. But not according to what we found out.

And remember that the Eastern Continental Divide divides Georgia into two major watersheds, flowing to the Atlantic, and to the Gulf of Mexico. The Divide enters Georgia near Black Rock Mountain State Park near Clayton at 3,640 feet elevation. It leaves Georgia in the St. Marys watershed near Fargo, Ga., at 112 feet, and part of the Okefenokee Swamp.

Checking key cities in Georgia, Atlanta measures in at 1,050 feet above sea level. The lowest big city is Brunswick, at only 14 feet above sea level. Savannah, with its high Yamacraw Bluff, is at 49 feet above sea level.

Now if you lived in some coastal areas other than Georgia, you can also start measuring in only double digits. Charleston is 20.01 feet above sea level, Jacksonville 16.08 feet, and check out Miami, only 5.91 feet above sea level.

Think what a rising sea could do to Miami! You wonder if people in Miami even wonder about climate change?  Miami people?  Naw!

A FORMER RESIDENT of Gwinnett, the late Wayne Shackelford, will be inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame. The posthumous induction will be September 22 at The Classic Center in Athens. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with a dinner and awards at 7 p.m.  For years Mr. Shackelford was Gwinnett County agent, before he became the administrative assistant (county manager) for Gwinnett County. He later was the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation. Those interesting in attending should RSVP by September 7 at www.caes.uga.edu/alumni.

ANOTHER VIEW

Deplores rigged elections; Looks to eliminate Electoral College

(Editor’s note: The author of these thoughts was a senior level executive with several national healthcare firms. After retirement, he served as Chair of the Jasper County Board of Commissioners and Republican Party, and now lives in Peachtree City.—eeb). 

By Jack Bernard, Peachtree City  |  True democracy can come only through systemic reforms

In the late 60s, the man signing me up to vote wore a George Wallace sticker. I laughingly asked him if he was really a supporter. He just smiled and I thought no more of it. When I went to vote, I was not registered and could not vote.

Bernard

That experience has made me especially sensitive to charges of voter fraud and rigged elections. Accordingly, I am most disturbed about Russia’s attempt to subvert our presidential election. And, even though I thought that Hillary Clinton was a very poor candidate, it incensed me that the FBI got directly involved in the election.

But, this election was undemocratic in a more fundamental way… via the Electoral College. Trump lost the popular vote by millions, the largest margin in history. But, because the Constitution was written by the elites in the Colonies who did not trust the common man, he is our president.

Although many conservative politicians often say we are living in the greatest democracy, we are not. Americans are living in a republic dominated by the smaller more conservative states. Furthermore, in the presidential election, the Electoral College undemocratically devalues the votes of Americans in the larger, more progressive states.

Therefore, it is disturbing when President Trump says that he won “by a landslide.” And, more disturbingly, he is not just saying the words. He is acting as though the American people have given him a mandate to be king. Gone are the unifying themes of his acceptance speech.

For instance, examine his cabinet, filled with right wing billionaires and generals. Reince Priebus was too traditional and was booted out. Simply put, there is no moderation of any kind in this administration, nor any understanding of the concept of political compromise to benefit the nation.

This brings me back to where I began: “rigged” elections. Someday, we will abolish the undemocratic 18th Century Electoral College.

And, someday, we will democratically elect someone who really does speak for the majority of Americans and can unite us. Let’s all hope that day comes soon.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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FEEDBACK

Moving statues to Stone Mountain Park just might work

Editor, the Forum:

New Dr. M.L. King statue at the State Capitol

Your thoughts about moving statues to Stone Mountain Park were insightful and just might work. Agree that statues shouldn’t be destroyed. They need a home, but not on public squares any more.

As for Stone Mountain Park, the downside to relocating more statues there is many people who go to Stone Mountain (or did) now don’t even want the carving, and maybe much less more statues. But the carving is part of our history, too.

Every community should solve its own situation in its own way. The best solution maybe is to relocate statues from public grounds to a place where they can be preserved, and then used to teach history of the Civil War, the Jim Crow era and today.

And yes, the Martin Luther King statue unveiling on the State Capitol grounds was a good day for Georgia.

— Billy Chism, Toccoa

Coincidental thought about Budapest monumental park

Editor, the Forum:

Several days ago, my wife, Kathy, and I were talking about the Borglund statues at Stone Mountain, and Kathy said, “Remember that park in Budapest with the Soviet Monuments? Rather than destroy art, Stone Mountain might become such a place.”

And last evening I finished Camino Island. I am a faithful Grisham reader and am less enthusiastic than you. I love books, writers, and editors, but this read too much like a “romantic novel”, so my own review will not be as enthusiastic. But it did put me on another track. Last evening I started to re-read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise that I enjoyed as a teenager. I really enjoy GwinnettForum.  Thanks and. Cheers.

— Ross W. Lenhart, Pawleys Island, S.C.

Like New Orleans, it will take years to rebuild Texas

Editor, the Forum:

Just like Katrina, someone in government or media needs to stand up and tell all of us that there will be no superheroes to wave a wand or cast a spell to rebuild all the houses, apartments, and buildings overnight in Texas.  There is just the aftermath of a huge water mess.

Many in Houston came from New Orleans after Katrina.  This immediate large need is something to be studied.  There will be future Harveys.  We don’t seem to have good answers to handling catastrophes like this.

I suppose there will be another large displacement of people.  Maybe other Texas cities will find new residents or maybe we will see some come to Atlanta, like Katrina.  This area of Texas will adjust, but it will be greatly different as it is rebuilt over the years.

— Byron Gilbert, Peachtree Corners

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UPCOMING

Snellville welcomes entrepreneur with business accelerator

Josh Sweeney with Eric Van Otteren

A new business accelerator is coming to Snellville through the efforts of entrepreneur Josh Sweeney.

For the last eight years, Josh Sweeney grew Atcore Systems, a software consulting firm. As the startup company grew to 15 employees and went through multiple offices, Sweeney says he felt first hand the challenge that work space plays on a small business.

“As we grew, we had to start looking at office space,” he remembers. “This led to the search for a temporary sub-lease space that matched our current size, but also offered an easy termination for when we reached maximum capacity. Once we outgrew this space, the only option was to move into a traditional leased office space. Companies that lease out traditional office space require multi-year commitments and also want assurances of the business’s longevity.”

In the business’s early days, working from home presented multiple challenges. From these struggles came GarageWorx, a new business incubator located at 2385 Clower Street, near City Hall.

GarageWorx currently has three services with a fourth service in the works. An entrepreneur can get a single “Hot Desk” to work from, a permanent “Dedicated Desk” or a “Private Office” inside GarageWorx. Inside the confines of GarageWorx, entrepreneurs can be around other like-minded business owners in confines which includes internet and Wi-Fi access, snacks and restrooms.

“Being around other driven entrepreneurs and witnessing their achievements, gives you the energy and drive to succeed,” Sweeney said. “The other benefit is collaboration. GarageWorx is an open forum for ‘needs and leads.’ Daily conversations can often result in the exchange of wisdom, useful contacts and laughs.”

“Many people are surprised at the amount of value that comes from working in an incubator,” Sweeney said. “They discover that it’s not just about a desk. At first people equate the membership with the cost of the desk. Later they realize that the culture, the motivation, and the energy from being around others is far more valuable than just the desk. They are building their business, building relationships and building a future.”

City officials are excited about the venture and hope it spurs business growth locally.

DDA Chairman Buddy Scott says that “GarageWorx is a great way to pilot business development in Snellville with the help of the city and DDA. This is a program that will yield great business opportunities for years to come.”

Snellville Economic Development Director Eric Van Otteren adds: “GarageWorx is a next step in growing an entrepreneurial mindset in Snellville and is a significant effort between city leaders and the Downtown Development Authority of Snellville to turn the tide on the city’s daytime exodus to jobs in other places. The City of Snellville is known as an entrepreneurial community. GarageWorx is focused on growing suburban entrepreneurship through high paying jobs here in Snellville.”

New senior living facility with 130 lots coming to Snellville

There will be more housing options in Snellville for those 55 and over in the near future. The city has approved a 130-lot age restricted single­family detached subdivision on a more than 36-acre tract of property located at the intersection of Ridgedale Road and Pinehurst Drive. The development will be gated and will have ingress and egress points on both Pinehurst Drive and Ridgedale Road, city officials said. Plans call for a density of approximately 3.59 units per acre. In addition to the home sites, the development will include walking trails, a clubhouse and other open space and amenities for residents of the subdivision. The proposed development is bordered on all sides by low-density residential land uses.

NOTABLE

Lionheart Theatre captures four Atlanta Theatre awards

Lionheart Theatre Company of Norcross had a huge day at the Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Awards (MAT), taking home eight wins for its production of A Raisin in the Sun. The 11th annual MAT ceremony recognizes the actors, directors, designers, and theaters for their contributions to the performing arts in community and non-union theatres in the metro Atlanta.

Lionheart’s production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Joan McElroy, won:

  • Best Overall Performance of a Play;
  • Best Ensemble in a Play;
  • Best Leading Actress, Celeste Campbell as “Lena Young”;
  • The Moira Thornett’s Best Director Award for a Play, for Joan McElroy and Assistant Director Ken Crease;
  • Best Major Supporting Actress in a Play, to Jessica Wise as “Beneatha Younger”;
  • Best Sound Design of a Play, to Robert Peterson;
  • Youth Award in Play, to Christian Gamble as “Travis Younger”; and
  • Best Set of a Play, Tanya Moore.

Also from Gwinnett County, New Dawn Theatre’s Sherry Ingbritsen and Celeste Campbell won the MAT’s Board Award for a Play for Costume Design for A Few Good Men.

Norcross resident Dorey Casey won the Youth Award in a Musical as “Young Violet” in Act 3’s Production of Violet. Casey is a senior at Greater Atlanta Christian School and is a Lionheart Camp Counselor.

Lionheart’s next play will also be a poignant drama, August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts and directed by Myrna Feldman. The play opens September 15. Then, Lionheart’s popular Lawless Spirits a walking tour of Norcross’ historic and infamous past, will run from Oct.26 to 29. All tickets are available at www.lionhearttheatre.org.

Suwanee’s HOPE Court wins awards; Give kids second chance

The Georgia Municipal Court Clerks’ Council is recognizing Suwanee Municipal Court with the distinguished Program of the Year award for Suwanee’s HOPE Court. The awards committee selected Suwanee’s HOPE Court for its efforts in educating first-time youth offenders and providing them a second chance at maintaining their driving privileges.

Cuadra

In 2015, a Georgia law was changed to allow offenders under the age of 17 to potentially appear in front of a jury, rather than a judge in a municipal court, as the law stated prior. Suwanee Chief Judge Norman Cuadra thought that this type of trial would be detrimental to a youth with a minor violation, and began creating a way to retain jurisdiction over these cases. That’s how the City of Suwanee’s HOPE Court was born.

Judge Cuadra says: “It’s doesn’t take much for a young driver to have his license suspended. We want to help these kids who have made mistakes – like most teenagers do – and not have them face potentially life-altering consequences on a first-time minor offense.”

He adds: “We wanted an opportunity to educate these teenagers, and hopefully not see them again,” said Judge Cuadra. “Instead of suspending their licenses or driving their parents’ insurance up with points, HOPE Court offers the chance to impact their lives and have greater consequences in the long run.”

The first of its kind in Gwinnett County, HOPE Court provides a second chance for first-time offenders under the age of 21 who have committed lesser crimes such as speeding, texting while driving, open container, shoplifting, and drugs. These youths can plead guilty and receive a modified sentence – usually a small fine, community service, and/or attending the Teen Victim Impact Panel class at the Gwinnett County court – and have the incident wiped from their records. To date, the HOPE Court has had over 757 successful participants.

Snellville Police place second in group in Governor s Challenge

Snellville’s Police Department placed second in its category at the 18th Annual Governor’s Challenge Awards last week in Savannah. The strong showing in the category for agencies with 26-50 officers was the highest the Snellville Police Department placed in recent years.

The competition is hosted by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Deputy Director Jim Andrews presents the Snellville award to Police Lt. David Matson.

RECOMMENDED

Ideal by Ayn Rand

Reviewed by Karen Harris, Stone Mountain  |  Originally written as a novel and transformed into a play, Ideal underscores the need for “ideals” in life and how we turn our back on these if offered the opportunity. It revolves around the life of Kay Gonda, a larger than life movie screen goddess wanted for murder. She visits six different fans seeking shelter from police. Each had written her letters about the value she brings to their existence. She asks to stay for one night in order to allude the police. All but one can not or will not help her. I read the novel first and then the play, since both literary forms evoke different responses from the reader. The reader can experience each version differently with more activity and involvement in the play than in the novel. As only Ayn Rand can, she speaks for the artist in riveting prose that excites, devastates and challenges….the idealist.

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

GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA TIDBIT

Indians living in Georgia were primarily an agricultural people

Archaeologists in Georgia have named the period of Georgia prehistory from about A.D. 1350 to 1600 the Lamar Period.

This is one of the best-known archaeological periods in Georgia, and it was during the latter part of this period that the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto made his famous expedition through the state. The Lamar Period is named for the Lamar mound site at Macon, situated on a detached part of the Ocmulgee National Monument. The Lamar site was extensively excavated in the 1930s, and only limited work has been conducted there since that time. The two-mound site was undoubtedly visited by de Soto and his army of 600 Spanish soldiers in the spring of 1540.

The Lamar Period societies in Georgia were Mississippian agricultural chiefdoms, led by venerated chiefs who lived on the summits of the flat-topped mounds in the centers of their villages.

These farmers planted large fields of corn, beans, and squash in the rich, moist flood plains of the major Georgia rivers. Warfare was common between the 20 or so chiefdoms scattered over the state. Built during the Lamar Period were many of the largest and best-known mound sites in Georgia: Lamar, Etowah, Scull Shoals, Nacoochee, and Rood’s Landing, among others. Frequently these local chiefdoms were under the control of other, more powerful societies, forming what archaeologists call paramount chiefdoms or provinces. The total population of Georgia at the time of de Soto’s first visit was probably well over 100,000 people. The written accounts of his trip list the names for many of these Lamar Period chiefdoms, including Capachequi, Toa, Ichisi, Ocute, and Coosa.

The women of the Lamar chiefdoms made pottery of a distinctive style, which makes archaeological sites of the period easy to identify. Lamar pottery was made throughout Georgia and well into the adjacent states. The similarities among pottery found over such a huge area imply that people frequently moved their families from the territory of one chiefdom to another.

The more that archaeologists study the thousands of known archaeological sites of the Lamar Period, the more complicated and interesting this period becomes.

Archaeologists now know, for example, that the frequency of warfare differed markedly from one region to another and that most of the mound centers were occasionally abandoned for periods of up to 75 years before being reoccupied. The percentage of people in a chiefdom who lived at or near the mound site, as opposed to those who lived in individual farmsteads miles away, varied considerably across the state. Since the mid-1970s archaeologists have carefully reconstructed the patterns of growth and decline of many of the Lamar Period societies in Georgia.

MYSTERY PHOTO

New Mystery Photo inside a building also termed “difficult”

Today’s Mystery Photo also must be considered “difficult,” since it’s taken inside a building, and not widely seen. A reader thought the design was interesting and sent it in. Now you tell us: where’s it located. Send your name and hometown to elliott@brack.net.

When Jerry Colley of Alpharetta sent in the most recent Mystery Photo, we thought it would be difficult for anyone to recognize. We were right. The only one who recognized it, which won’t come as a surprise to regular readers, was George Graf of Palmyra, Va. He told us: “It’s at Morgan Falls Overlook Park, in Sandy Springs, Georgia.”  He’s right.

Meanwhile, Jerry Colley supplied this information about the photo: “This is a tough one, unless you live in Sandy Springs.  It’s all that’s left of the home of William and Sarah Martin Power and their nine children.  It sits next to the Chattahoochee River in Morgan Falls Park, a Sandy Springs park.”

A member of the family, James Power, started Power’s Ferry, which ran until 1903.  Powers Ferry Road is named after him.  He adds: “The Powers Ferry was a route northwest from Atlanta, upstream from Pace’s Ferry. James Power (1790–1870), a plantation owner, established this Chattahoochee River ferry in 1835, before Atlanta was founded. The ferry remained in service for nearly 70 years, until a bridge was built in 1903. Union Army soldiers used the ferry crossing in 1864, during the Atlanta Campaign of the Civil War.” The ferry was near the present crossing of the river of Interstate 285.

NOTE: The mystery photograph two issues ago (the Crystal Bridges Museum) was submitted by Molly Titus of Peachtree Corners. A clerical error removed her name from the last edition.

LAGNIAPPE

Railway Museum’s mural gets new attention by local artist

Ann Odum of Duluth is all smiles as she cleans her hands after her handprint was made part of this giant mural inside the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth. Candice Morgan, who is with the Duluth Historical Society at the Museum’s old depot, helps her clean her hands. Ann added detail to this mural, which was painted years ago by artists from Shakerag. The museum is current seeking more information about the artists who originally painted the mural, which has been up for about 40 years. The new signature says that the work is by “Ann Odum and friends.”  Ann Odum also contributed two 4×5 foot paintings of downtown Duluth for the old depot Historic Center office at the Museum..

CALENDAR

(NEW) Favorite Places, Favorite Things is a new art exhibit now open at the Pinckneyville Community Center at 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The works reflect each individual artist’s depiction of objects and locations that bring them joy, and this is evident in their glowing imagery. Ranging from small, precious still life paintings to an enormous landscape of red rock mountains of the southwest, this is an eclectic exhibit. Hours of the exhibit are from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday. This exhibit closes on October 3.

Fall Vegetable Garden Workshop: Join Gwinnett County Public Library and Gwinnett County Extension Agent Timothy Daly for this workshop on September 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Five Forks Branch of the Library. .  Daly will discuss the many vegetables that can be grown in our area and how to care for them to produce a bountiful harvest.  There is no charge but preregistration is requested by August 31 by contacting the Gwinnett Library at events@gwinnettpl.org.

Tours of Lilburn: Mayor Johnny Crist will host four tours in Old Town Lilburn on Saturday, September 9. These one-hour, air-conditioned bus tours will educate residents about future development sites in the city. The bus, provided by Providence Christian Academy, will transport 14 passengers on each tour, beginning at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. The tours begin at Lilburn City Hall-Library, 340 Main Street. To sign up for a tour, contact Public Relations Director Nikki Perry at nperry@cityoflilburn.com or 770-638-2223.

A service animal can make a difference in a veteran’s life. Join Pulitzer Prize Winner Ellis Henican and Musician Doc Todd, a combat veteran, on September 10 at 3 p.m. at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center to hear of this program from these two people. Henican is the co-author of Tuesday’s Promise – One Veteran, One Dog, and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives, which is the follow up to the late Ret. Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan’s bestselling memoir Until Tuesday.  The book illuminates the disturbing reality of those living with PTSD and the hope and inspiration brought to so many by one man and one dog. Todd’s new CD Combat Medicine is dedicated to personal healing and restoration to give veterans a voice through music.  The program is presented by the Gwinnett County Public Library and is free to all.

(NEW) Virtual Dementia Tour: Spend 20 minutes experiencing life as it is like for those experiencing dementia.  This powerful free simulation teaches how to better respond and support those with dementia. This Tour is hosted by Gwinnett County Public Library in partnership with Second Wind Dreams.  The program sheds light on the positive aspects of aging.  This event will take place at our Suwanee Branch, 361 Main Street, Suwanee, on Thursday, September 14 from 10 a.m. until noon. The event is free but registration is required at www.iswdd.org. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

(NEW) Kudzu Art Zone’s annual 12×12 show begins on Sept. 15 and closes on October 8. The original art is all 12×12 inches original works. The paintings are an eclectic group of work on canvas.  Proceeds will support Kudzu’s efforts to bring art to the community through exhibits, classes, workshops and art camps for deserving children. A silent auction, with bidding closing at 2 p.m. on October 8, is part of this show. It is open during his year’s Norcross Art Splash. Kudzu Art Zone is located at 116 Carlyle Street in Norcross and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., also open for the reception on October 8. For details see website: www.kudzuartzone.org or phone 770-840-9844.

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