10/13: Great Days of Service coming; Meteorologists; Medicare for all

GwinnettForum  |  Number 17.53  |  Oct. 13, 2017

THE 18th GWINNETT GREAT DAYS OF SERVICE are approaching.  Volunteers from all walks of life come together annually to beautify and strengthen our community and help those in need. To read more about this massive operation, go to Today’s Focus below.


TODAY’S FOCUS: 18th Annual Great Days of Service Coming Oct. 20-21; Volunteers Needed
EEB PERSPECTIVE: Those Weather People Psyched Us Out Again
ANOTHER VIEW: Stand for What Is Morally Correct: Medicare for All
UPCOMING: Ninth Fort Daniel Faire To Be Saturday, October 21 at Hog Mountain
NOTABLE: Peachtree Corners Firm Helping Cotton Growers in Georgia
RECOMMENDED: Maple Street Biscuit Company, Duluth
GEORGIA TIDBIT: Fiery Explosion Marks the End of the CSS Savannah
TODAY’S QUOTE: This Idea Poses an Interesting Thought about Infinity
MYSTERY PHOTO: Giant Figure Has A Horn to Welcome People in This Mystery Photo
LAGNIAPPE: Lawrenceville DAR Chapter Supports Elisha Winn Fair
CALENDAR: 21st Annual Italian Car Day in Norcross on Saturday


18th annual Great Days of Service coming Oct. 20-21; Volunteers needed

By Celeste Weaver, Lawrenceville, Ga.  |  The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services is actively enlisting volunteers for its 18th annual Gwinnett Great Days of Service volunteer event, scheduled to take place on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Last year’s event involved 27 sponsors, and 63,700 volunteers worked on 403 projects that benefitted 65 agencies.

The Gwinnett Great Days of Service benefits local non-profit agencies that provide goods and services to people across our community who are struggling and need assistance with basic needs such as food, shelter, medical services, and education. Ellen Gerstein, Gwinnett Coalition Executive director, say: “We have identified more than 500 service projects this year that will benefit so many people and causes across our community. Whether you like to paint, construct, plant, organize, clean, stock shelves, write notes of encouragement, or more, we’ve got something for everyone!”

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. This is a great opportunity for individuals, schools, civic and social groups, churches, associations, corporations, and families to play an active role in strengthening our community.

There are lots of projects to choose from, so volunteers can choose the project that fits their skills, interests, or preferred location in Gwinnett. People can volunteer as an individual, a group, family, or company. To sign up for a service project, visit www.volunteergwinnett.net. The volunteer registration deadline for this year’s event is Tuesday, October 17.

Because of the wide breadth of projects available, volunteers can choose based on location, a cause they are passionate about, or a volunteer activity that they are skilled at or enjoy. There are still many projects needing adopting. Every helping hand is one more hand up for the community-serving agencies that this event supports.  It’s a great way for citizens to connect to great causes and explore ways they can plug in year-round to make a difference.  

Gwinnett Great Days of Service has engaged more than one million volunteers over its 18-year history and is known to be one of the largest volunteer initiatives in the country. This annual event helps raise awareness of needs in our community, supports the missions of local non-profits, offers corporate team building opportunities and teaches service learning to our youth.

About Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services: The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the health and human service needs of everyone in Gwinnett County, Georgia. It does so through collaborative community planning, applied research, community education, membership diversity, consensus building, advocacy, and innovation.


Those weather people psyched us out again

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher   |  Those weather forecasters did it again. They psyched us into thinking that Hurricane Nate last weekend would bring widespread wind and rain to Georgia.  Instead it turned into a Tropical Depression and rushed northeastward from the Gulf Coast, leaving us with relatively little rain and wind. We really didn’t mind.

But their frenzied forecasts got to me. Intending of going to the Georgia mountains last weekend, we stayed home instead, as it looked like life in the mountains would be difficult at best because of the storm.

It caused the Norcross Art Fest to cancel the second day of the Festival, that is, Sunday. As it turned out, that was perhaps a good idea, as the weather stayed drippy all day Sunday, though there were not the high winds predicted.  Outdoor exhibitors were perhaps pleased, for they would make few sales on such a day.

It was a case of the weather-people not quite getting it right again.

Our of our daughters thinks that one of her nieces (our granddaughters) ought to become  a meteorologist, since she would stay employed even though she would probably continue the tradition of producing  forecasts that missed the mark. It sure happens these days.

Today’s modern weather people at least are relatively confident in their forecast, smiling and telling us what they expect to happen. And most of us gobble up all that information, run to the store to buy the products necessary to stock up for a storm, and start awaiting the outcome.

There’s no doubt that modern weather forecasts can save lives, and reduce property damage by all of us taking note and getting prepared for nasty weather. Government officials these days are quicker to suggest evacuations when extreme weather is predicted, then back it up by making it mandatory many times to leave an area. That’s taking the safe side.

Some hard-nosed people, however, want no part of evacuations, wanting to ride out any harsh weather, and stay to protect their surroundings.  We must admit that if we lived in a coastal area, and especially in an area like the Florida Keys, we would probably skee-daddle. We  wouldn’t want either to put up with the storm, or in the storm’s aftermath, when we could be without power, food or even housing. We’ve no doubt “become soft,” but we have become used to being more comfortable than daring.

One of our favorite movies, Key Largo (Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson  and Lionel Barrymore), is a first-rate drama. Though it has a story all its own, what really impresses me about that movie is the dramatization of a hurricane arriving, plus how some people can actually survive such a battering.  

And every time we hear of another hurricane being stirred up in the Atlantic, our mind returns to Key Largo. And if you haven’t seen it recently, it’s worth seeing again next time it’s shown on television. (It’s available on DVD only from Netflix.)

So if your children or grandchildren show an interest in science of the weather, encourage them toward the study of meteorology. They’ll always be in demand.

We’ve always understood that  the top colleges to study this “science” of weather are Texas A&M, Penn State and Florida State, though many other schools offer the degree. That’s pointing someone with interest in the weather to college.


Stand for what is morally correct:  Medicare for all

By Jack Bernard, Peachtree City, Ga.  

Stand! For the things you know are right! It’s the truth that the truth makes them so uptight.” — Sly and the Family Stone.


People of my generation remember this song. It stood for what we all believed… a better world through involvement and advocacy.

Slowly but surely, the children of the 1960s have been worn down and made into complacent, cynical, apathetic middle class grandparents. A cynic is an idealist who unfortunately has been driven down by reality one time too many.

I know of no one who currently has Medicare who believes that it should be taken away via privatization and made into a voucher system (the Ryan-Price supposed health reform “solution”). Radical right wing reform efforts are just not supported by the public.

Seniors who are 55-64 are especially vulnerable to health care problems. As a whole, they are sicker than those under 55. Plus, because in large part to age discrimination, it is more difficult for these individuals to hold onto their jobs and to find jobs if laid off. With an employment based insurance model, these seniors are at an automatic disadvantage.

Medicare is supported by our citizens, more so than any other Federal government social program. Shouldn’t other Americans, those under 65, have the chance to participate in Medicare?

Those of us in our 60s and 70s know what the right course is for our nation in regard to health care reform: Medicare for all Americans. It is time that we stood tall and said it out loud.

There are some fine advocacy organizations which service the senior community. I am an active AARP member and have seen the good that they do on the local, state and national levels..

Some progressive senior groups have begun to advocate for single payer. Others, such as the AARP, have taken a wait and see attitude.

But, the time for hesitancy is long gone. Now is the time for bold action.

My fellow seniors: stand for single payer, coverage for all Americans as a right. Go back to your senior advocacy organizations and ask that they “stand” for what is morally correct: Medicare for all.


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Ninth Fort Daniel Faire to be held Oct. 21 at Hog Mountain

As the leaves of fall descend from stately oaks 1,200 feet above sea level, Fort Daniel opens up its secrets to all who will enter the ground that marked the western point of Georgia in the early 1800s.

The rediscovery of Fort Daniel has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Backstory” and the research of the site has yielded discoveries that further develop the understanding of one of Metro Atlanta’s first non-native settlements.

This year’s Frontier Faire promises fun for the whole family. People of all ages can participate in supervised archaeological excavations. Past excavations on the site have uncovered Spanish coins, musket balls, Native American pottery, buttons, nails, and much more. Visitors will be able to visit the Fort Daniel Museum and tour the Fort Daniel Archaeology Lab along with the popular ArchaeoBus, Georgia’s mobile archaeology classroom.

Additionally, visitors can interact with re-enactors firing flintlock muskets, watch frontier life demonstrations, and shop at the Hog Mountain Trading Post. Native American food preparation and hominy making will be demonstrated.

First built sometime in the early 1800s “the fort at Hog Mountain” was originally a frontier fort located near the juncture of two treaty lines that separated the early settlers from the Cherokee to the west and north and the Creeks to the west and south.

As the War of 1812 grew to affect the southern United States, Major General Allen Daniel, commander of the Fourth Division of the Georgia Militia, ordered Brigadier General Frederick Beall, commander of the Second Brigade of the Georgia Militia, to supervise the construction of “a new fort at or near the place whereon the present fort stands which shall be sufficient for the reception of 200 men.” Beginning in January 1814, the newly reconstructed “Fort Daniel” was the staging ground for construction of a road through Creek territory to the Standing Peachtree on the Chattahoochee River (in present Atlanta) where another fort would be constructed, Fort Peachtree. This road became the original Peachtree Road, following the Eastern Continental Divide.

The Frontier Faire on Saturday, October 21, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. Persons joining the Fort Daniel Foundation at the Frontier Faire this year, will get $5 off the membership fee.

The Frontier Faire is cosponsored by the Fort Daniel Foundation and Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society. Fort Daniel Archaeological Site is owned by Gwinnett County and is managed by the Fort Daniel Foundation. Site address is 2505 Braselton Highway, Buford.

Rock Springs Park has lighted dog park, new playground and soccer

A new phase of improvements at Rock Springs Park officially opened that celebrated the addition of a lighted dog park, a new playground, and a soccer complex.

With the happy shrieks and delighted laughter of children on the adjoining playground in the background, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said that events like the park ribbon cutting are among the more fun aspects of her job.

“One of the advantages of having served in Gwinnett County for as long as I have is that I can look back at the beginning of some of these projects and see what has come about,” she said. “It’s always amazing to me that what actually got built exceeds my expectations. That’s a real credit to our Parks and Recreation staff and our private-sector partners working these projects.”

The $5.9 million project was funded by revenue from the 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Nash said that many projects enjoyed by the public wouldn’t get built without the taxpayers’ continued support of the sales tax.

The park expansion project includes an 11,600-square-foot playground with an open shelter. The playground features climbing structures, swings, and even a zip-line. The new park additions also feature a 2.3-acre dog park, connections to the existing loop trail, a new park entrance, and 340 additional parking spaces.

The new soccer complex has three fields and a concession-restroom building, but the fields won’t be available for play until the spring when the grass is established. The Collins Hill Athletic Association will offer soccer beginning in spring 2018.


Peachtree Corners firm helping cotton growers in Georgia

Together with the UGA Extension Office, the  Gwinnett-based AgTech company Trellis completed a 2017 water conservation project with local cotton growers from 11 counties across southwest and southeast Georgia. Trellis supplied and installed three wireless soil moisture stations (66 total) and a cellular base station on each of the selected farms (22 total) to help growers make better irrigation decisions during the growing season.

The goal of the project was for growers in Georgia to conserve water while still irrigating efficiently and affordably: Existing soil moisture systems cost thousands of dollars, but the Trellis product made this project possible. The initiative also introduced many growers to soil moisture sensors, a tool many had never used before, and improved the experience for those who had.

Evan Mobley, a grower from Burke County, says: “I’ve been working with soil moisture probes for 15 years, and Trellis system is the first one that I trust.”

Before the sensors were installed, Trellis helped train county agents on the system and how to interpret the soil moisture and temperature data collected by the sensors.

Calvin Perry, one of the superintendents of the UGA Stripling Irrigation Park in Camilla, and one of the managers of the project, says: “Since installation, Trellis has configured their dashboard to provide secure access to informative views of the soil moisture data to all on the project and farmers.” He adds: “Trellis has proven to be a solid, responsive, and reliable vendor for providing soil moisture sensing hardware and data visualization dashboard.”

Last month, Trellis removed the wireless sensor stations and cellular base stations in preparation for harvest, but already growers have seen positive effects as a result of the Trellis system.  

Trellis, Inc. is a two-year-old AgTech company that has developed a soil moisture monitoring system that assists growers in saving on irrigation costs and improving crop yields. It is an AgTech company founded in 2015 and currently operating out of the hardware startup incubator Prototype Prime in Peachtree Corners 

The company, headed by co-founder Liz Buchen and her team, worked together with the UGA Extension Office on a water conservation project along with local cotton growers from 11 counties across southwest and southeast Georgia. Trellis supplied and installed its product to help growers make better irrigation decisions during the growing season.

Trellis helps growers and consultants save on irrigation costs and improve crop yields with its easy-to-use and cost effective (10 times less expensive than comparable products) soil moisture monitoring system.

Pharmacy and medical students participate in white coat tradition

First-year pharmacy and osteopathic medical students at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) in Suwanee will undergo a rite of passage on Friday, October 20; the students will take steps toward becoming pharmacists and physicians by receiving their white coats.

A tradition for beginning health career professional students, the White Coat Ceremony stresses the importance of compassionate care for the patient, as well as professionalism and scientific proficiency. Both ceremonies for pharmacy and medical students will be held at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

The White Coat Ceremony for the pharmacy class of 2021 will take place at 11 a.m. Pharmacy preceptor Chikanele Onyegam, PharmD, MPH, will address students about what it means to wear the white coat.

The White Coat Ceremony for the DO class of 2021 will take place at 2 p.m. and will feature guest speaker Paul Evans, DO, the founding dean of the osteopathic medical program at GA-PCOM. He currently serves as the vice dean and director of physician leadership development at Western University of the Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest, Lebanon, Oregon, and as the director of the Bryan Institute for Leadership and Education.  

The students will be joined by faculty and family members who will celebrate with them as they reflect on the beginning of their professional journey. A reception will follow each ceremony.

Former PCOM student returns to Suwanee campus to teach

Kristie Petree, DO ‘13, has come home, so to speak. A 2013 DO graduate, she recently returned to Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) as an assistant professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine.


In this position, Dr. Petree interacts with first and second year DO students teaching Osteopathic Principles and Practice and joins the practice of the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic that extends the outreach of the campus to those in need of osteopathic manipulative treatment.

While a student at GA-PCOM, Dr. Petree was chosen to be one of the inaugural Osteopathic Undergraduate Teaching Scholars. Before becoming a faculty member at GA-PCOM, Dr. Petree taught for a year at The Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine in Buies Creek, N.C., where she was an assistant professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine.

Dr. Petree completed an osteopathic internship at E.W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich., in 2014, before completing a residency in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She served as chief resident and was named the 2016 Resident of the Year by the American Academy of Osteopathy.

Dr. Petree was raised in Florida and earned a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Sugar Hill names new members of the city’s Youth Council

The City of Sugar Hill has named the 2017-2018 Youth Council members. This is the fourth year for the Youth Council program. The  accomplishments of the program include the creation of a middle school education event during Georgia Cities Week and creation of a group of teens (Youth Ambassadors) who focus on volunteer work in and around the community.  The group has been recognized as the example of Youth Councils around the state. Members include, back row, Mike Sullivan, Laura Ann Acker, Youth Secretary Ethan Shaw, Youth Mayor Pro Tem Kaan Cubukcu and Camden Doker. On the front row are  Camryn Flores, Maya Chanda, Youth Mayor Spencer Grace Williams and Youth Ambassadors Chair Nida Merchant.

Loganville pets can get free rabies shots this weekend

Pet owners in the Loganville area can bring their pets to Bay Creek Park pavilion on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for free rabies shots. 

Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement is partnering with Planned PEThood, Animal Alliance of Georgia, Society of Humane Friends of Georgia and Canine Pet Rescue to host a rabies shot clinic. The County has a supply of about 300 inoculations for dogs and cats.

The free vaccine clinic, located at 175 Ozora Road in Loganville, is intended for Gwinnett residents in the 30052 ZIP code, so please bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or a utility bill. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a cat carrier.  


Maple Street Biscuit Company, Duluth

Reviewed by Cindy Evans, Duluth  |  My husband, Mark, and I just ate at the newly opened Maple Street Biscuit Co. in Duluth restaurant for lunch. It was good and the service was excellent. I had their ‘Sunshine in the Garden,’ with two sunny side up eggs and a biscuit on the side. My husband had a bacon and cheese stuffed waffle.

Their maple coffee is also delicious. We ate outside which was nice. They are open every day for breakfast and lunch except for Sunday. There’s more  info on their website: https://maplestreetbiscuits.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


Fiery explosion marks the end of the CSS Savannah

(Continued from previous edition)

Following the surrender of Fort Pulaski after a ferocious two-day shelling by Union guns on April 10-11, 1862, the gunboat Savannah served as a receiving ship at the city of Savannah. Its name was changed to the Oconee when the new Confederate ironclad CSS Savannah assumed the name in early 1863. In June 1863 the Oconee sailed toward England with a load of cotton to be exchanged for ammunition and other supplies but sank on August 18, 1863, before reaching its destination.

The  final ship to carry the name, the CSS Savannah was one of six ironclad rams built by the Confederacy. Although the ship saw limited action, its presence was a significant deterrent to Union plans to invade the coastal region of the Savannah River. The ironclad was constructed by F. Willink at the Savannah Shipyards. Its iron plates were manufactured in Atlanta, then transported to Savannah, where they were cut, drilled, and mounted. With a length of 172.5 feet, a 34-foot beam, and a 12.5-foot draft, the Savannah featured a conventional hull and casement with single screw, with 4 inches of iron armor over 22 inches of wood.

The Savannah’s armament included two 7-inch rifled cannons and two 6.4-inch Brooks guns. The engines, built in Columbus, were significantly underpowered. Although considered among the best ships built by the Confederacy, the Savannah boasted an estimated top speed of only six knots. It took almost 30 minutes to make a 180-degree turn. The crew consisted of 180 officers and men. 

Launched on February 4, 1863, the ironclad Savannah was transferred in June to naval forces under Flag Officer William Hunter on the Savannah River. The ship remained on the river and did not engage in battle until Union general William T. Sherman approached the city of Savannah in December 1864, at the end of his march to the sea. Unable to prevent the city’s capture, the Savannah remained on the river for two days to protect William J. Hardee‘s withdrawal across an improvised pontoon bridge, built with the help of the Savannah’s crew. 

On December 20, 1864, the ironclad engaged in a spirited daylong artillery duel with Union guns, becoming the last ship of the Confederacy to fight in Georgia waters. When the Savannah attempted to escape, the ship was trapped by the South’s own torpedo mines, leaving it a “trapped lion,” in the words of General Sherman. On December 21 Tattnall ordered the Savannah to be burned to prevent capture. The ironclad was run aground on the South Carolina shore and set afire. The ensuing explosion was reported to have lit up the night sky for miles.


Giant figure has a horn to welcome people in this Mystery Photo

Today’s Mystery Photo shows a giant figure tooting in visitors to what appears a chained off area, maybe a park. Can you figure out where this is? Send your answer to elliott@brack.net, and be sure to include where you live.

Apparently the last Mystery Photo was in the cream puff category, as several readers immediately responded with the right answer. It was, appropriate for the baseball playoff season, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. It came from Ross Lenhart of Pawley’s Island, S.C.

Lou Camiero, Lilburn was first in, saying: “This is an easy one. Cooperstown, N.Y. Baseball Hall of Fame. I’m sure George Graf will have more to say about it.”

Others recognizing the photo were Ruthy Lachman Paul of Norcross; John Titus, Peachtree Corners;  Margaret Halbert, Duluth; and Susan McBrayer, Sugar Hill.

George Graf of Palmyra, Va. gives more detail: “When it was converted from a high school gym into the Hall of Fame, the building at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown retained a small bowling alley that was in the gym. But that area has since been turned into offices. Pete Rose isn’t in the Hall, but the bat from Rose’s 3,000th career hit is.  Cooperstown’s normal population is just 2,200 people, but on HOF induction weekend, it swells to over 30,000.”

IN THE PREVIOUS EDITION, we incorrectly identified who sent in the Mystery Photo. It was Sandy and Rick Krause of the Toronto Chamber Chamber of Commerce, sent to us on August 5, 2014. At least we finally got it in!  Our apologies to the Krause family.


Philadelphia Winn Chapter of DAR supporters at Elisha Winn Fair

Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Lawrenceville were in attendance at the Elisha Winn fair giving away books to visitors. Among the members attending were, from left to right, Past Regent Peggy Freeman, Regent Kitty Watters, Literacy Chairman Debra Houston, Corresponding Secretary Lee Schermerhorn, First Vice Regent Ann Story, Historian Randi Minor, Cynthia Davis, and Cheryl Hall with grandchildren Molly and  Hudson Schmidt.


(NEW) 21st Annual Italian Car Day in Norcross on Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Lillian Webb Park. Marque awards, a raffle  and silent auction and Italian new car dealer demos are part of the program. For the first time, French cars will also be included. The Italian Car Day is free to attend and visitor parking will be available in area parking lots and designated streets.

Information Session on how communities can prepare for emergencies, disasters and adversities. This will be Saturday, October 14 starting at 10 a.m. conducted by the Department of Health of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Mosque, 1800 Willow Trail Parkway, Norcross. For details, email atiaghani@yahoo.com.

Seventh Annual St. Matthews Episcopal Church Show, Saturday, October 14, beginning at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine. The church is located at 1520 Oak Road in Snellville.  The show will be in the church parking lot. Cars, trucks and Motorcycles will  be on display. Proceeds will benefit The Place of Seven Springs in Snellville, which is a food bank and thrift store serving underprivileged families. For more information, visit www.stmatthewscarshow.com.

Southern Wings Bird Club Auction will be Monday, October 16 at 7 p.m. at Rhodes Jordan Park Community Center, 100 East Crogan Street in Lawrenceville. Bring items to sell, for the home, for the birds, for the garden or for the tummy. More details: www.southernwingsbc.com.

Virginia Willis, Southern chef and cookbook author, is among those who will be at the Good Taste Atlanta Cooking Showcase on Thursday, October 19 at 6 p.m. at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. The event is sponsored by the Gwinnett County Public Library and Gwinnett Daily Post. Admission is $20. Library patrons can save $5 by using promo code SAVES. For more information, visit GoodTasteAtlanta.com

(NEW) Drug Take-Back Day is October 28. Dispose of expired or unwanted medication in a environmentally safe manner by dropping them off in front of the Sheriff’s Office at 2900 University Parkway (jail location). Drugs may be disposed of between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

(NEW) Water Resources Fall Festival is on October 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Yellow River Water Reclamation facility at 858 Tom Smith Road in Lilburn. Learn how water is reclaimed, cleaned and returned to the environment. Wear a Halloween costume, enjoy games, decorate a pumpkin, have a hot dog and win prizes at one of the best wastewater treatment facilities in the nation.

(NEW) Extra Mile 5K Walk/Run will be held November 4 at Suwanee Town Center Park starting at 8 a.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The Extra Mile 5K benefits Annandale Village at Suwanee, to bring awareness to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injuries. To register visit www.Extramileclub.com.

RE-SCHEDULED: The Fall Community Forum on Domestic Minor Human Trafficking has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 2140 Beaver Ruin Road, in Norcross. For more details, contact Muriam.Nafees@gwinnettcounty.com.


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