10/27: New credit union branch; Our divided nation; more

GwinnettForum  |  Number 17.57  |  Oct. 27, 2017

HERE’S WHAT A NEW OFFICE of Peach State Credit Union will look like in Lawrenceville on Pike Street. This new building will replace the current office on the square in Lawrenceville. For more on this new move, see Today’s Focus below.
TODAY’S FOCUS: Peach State Credit Union Breaks Ground on New Lawrenceville Branch
EEB PERSPECTIVE: Divided Nation May Continue Without Major Political Changes
SPOTLIGHT: Aurora Theatre
McLEMORE’S WORLD:  Just a volunteer
FEEDBACK: Animal control officer, four-lane, more
UPCOMING: Norcross Among Areas Joining Community Housing Initiative
NOTABLE: Generosity Produces Play Site for Simpson Elementary Handicapped
RECOMMENDED: 100 Years of Snellville History by James W. Cofer
GEORGIA TIDBIT: William Bartram Writing a Book While First Fathers Wrote Constitution
TODAY’S QUOTE: What Fats Domino Thought of His Musical Manner
MYSTERY PHOTO: This May Be a Logo, But It Is Still a Mystery
LAGNIAPPE: Roving Photographer Captures Prize in Tennessee Competition
CALENDAR: Drug Take Back Program This Weekend in Snellville.

Peach State Credit Union breaks ground on new Lawrenceville branch

Helping with the groundbreaking are  Tyler Williams, president/owner of Consultants and Builders, Inc.; Lee Merritt, vice chairman of the Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority; Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson of Lawrenceville; Peach State President/CEO Marshall Boutwell; Peach State Branch Manager Cheryl Henry; Peach State Chairman of the Board Rick Davis; and Rick Cost, Peach State board member and supervisory committee chairman.

By Heather Griffin, Lawrenceville, Ga.   |  Peach State Federal Credit Union this week celebrated the future home of their newest branch in downtown Lawrenceville with a groundbreaking ceremony.  Attending were credit union board members and staff members as well as representatives from the city of Lawrenceville.

The branch will be constructed on the property between North Pike Street and North Clayton Street by Consultants and Builders, Inc. of Norcross.

Construction is set to begin in the coming weeks and is slated to be completed in fall 2018. The new branch will feature state-of-the-art teller pods with a goal of providing faster, more efficient service to members. Staff from the existing branch in downtown Lawrenceville will transfer to the new branch upon its opening.

Peach State’s President/CEO, Marshall Boutwell says: “As a long time supporter of the arts and cultural development in our community, we’re proud to contribute to the Aurora Theatre’s growth and Georgia Gwinnett College’s expanded fine arts offerings through the sale of our existing branch, which was adjacent to the Aurora Theatre. The entire block where the building sat will be used by the Aurora. We believe that our members will enjoy the new branch in a convenient location less than a mile from the bustling downtown area, with the same trusted staff members that they have always done business with.”

The credit union’s existing branch in downtown Lawrenceville was sold earlier this year to the Downtown Development Authority of Lawrenceville Georgia (DDA) for the purpose of developing and expanding the arts and cultural offerings in Gwinnett’s county seat. According to the DDA, the project, estimated to be completed in 2020, will house a 500-seat auditorium, a common area for meetings and networking functions and classrooms for Georgia Gwinnett College’s fine arts program while preserving and utilizing the existing theatre facilities.

  • About Peach State Federal Credit Union: Peach State is a $359 million credit union that serves more than 49,000 members in Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Jackson, Oconee, Richmond and Walton counties in Georgia, and Aiken County in South Carolina. As a financial cooperative, Peach State’s mission is to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of its member-owners. For more information, visit www.peachstatefcu.org.
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Divided nation may continue without major political changes

“We would lose something important to our political life if the conservatives were all in one party and the liberals all in the other.  This would make us a nation divided into either two opposing and irreconcilable camps or into even smaller and more contentious groups such as have plagued recent European countries.”—-President Harry Truman in his book, Mr. Citizen.

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher   |   These words by Harry Truman, unfortunately, seem to prophesy what the United States has become. And that’s not good.

American politics today are two armed camps, with no one mediating and trying to bring these two vastly different groups together. You wonder how long this closely-divided stand-off can continue, and what the eventual outcome may be.

We can’t imagine the United States going down as a nation, but if we can’t come to some understanding of the middle road of our democracy, who’s to say our nation won’t fail?  It might be that the politics poisons the business world, and companies fail left and right. It might be the stock market collapsing, sending us (and maybe the world) in deep Depression.

And in such a situation, who’s to say a dictator, a Putin, or a powerful African chief, or someone in India, China or even North Korea, might come to dominate the world.

How about all these thoughts from someone who innately is an optimist?  These days you can’t help but produce these depressing thoughts.

TRUMPSTERS WILL SMILE with glee with these next thoughts: who is on the scene to soar to new heights and offer a significant challenge to President Trump in 2020?  Or 2024?

The way it now appears, the answer is no one.  By that we mean not only no one in the Democratic camp, but no Super Personality in the Republican ranks either. While some Democrats are working on becoming more recognizable, no one has moved to the fore, and party messaging seems pitiful now. The Democrats will nominate someone, but no superstar has emerged yet.

And if that is the case, the stodgy continuation of far-right nationalism may take the place of open democratic government, as chilling a thought as that might be.

Certainly the Democratic leadership at present has no shining star to challenge President Trump in the immediate future. For while this country may have given Hillary Clinton a majority of the votes, the way the country has become gerrymandered means that the next election cycle will probably be a continuation of the same overpowering minority rule. Too many safe seats in the Congress force this reality.

About the best hope for the United States to come back to the center would be for the courts to rule that gerrymandering of several Congressional districts is unconstitutional. The courts could command that the country ensure some form of bipartisan commission in every state to ensure no gerrymandering.

For instance, the Huffington Post reports that in Iowa, the nonpartisan Legislative Services Bureau determines boundaries of electoral districts. The bureau forbids considerations of incumbent impact, previous boundary locations, and political party proportions while satisfying federally mandated contiguity and population equality criteria. Iowa’s resulting districts are generally regular polygons, not strangely shaped, politically motivated lines.

Already California has an independent re-districting commission, which is working well. Perhaps other states will eventually move this way, to help save us.

It may be that only some more reasonable drawing of district lines can help bring us back to the center, and ensure that our democracy can continue.


The Aurora Theatre

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Just a volunteer

Editor’s Note: Years ago, the Rev. Bill McLemore sent  us cartoons to publish in GwinnettForum. After checking in with him lately, we find he’s still enjoying cartooning.  So beginning in this issue, we’ll feature another McLemore cartoon each issue. After all, we all need at least one smile a day.-eeb


Appreciates way animal control officer dealt with injured deer

Editor, the Forum:

Last week a young female deer was hit by a car in front of our house and ended up in our front yard. The dead deer on the side of the road is so common, we hardly even notice, but this was a very different situation.

She was very much alive, moving and trying to stand. It was heartbreaking and we didn’t know what to do!  After wringing of the hands proved unproductive, we called Gwinnett County Animal Welfare.  We braced ourselves, not knowing if she might be euthanized upon arrival, or what!

Well, this Angel from Heaven arrived in the form of Officer Megan Leatherman. She was so calm and gentle, a soothing influence on man and beast alike. She approached slowly and cautiously, talking quietly to the animal. The deer (and humans) visibly relaxed and improved under her ministrations.

She got down on the ground and gently probed with her hands to determine the extent of the injuries. Finally, she and my husband lifted the deer into the back of the county van. Of course, we don’t know the final outcome for the deer, but we are confident that it was humane and appropriate for the situation.

Officer Leatherman was a total presentation and a wonderful reflection on the department!  My husband told her that he appreciated what she did and her response was “nobody ever tells us that!” So, here’s a big THANK YOU to her and all the underappreciated workers at Gwinnett County Animal Welfare!

— Denise Lewellyn Stout, Lawrenceville

Likes idea of multiple county four-lane from I-85 to 1-75

Editor, the Forum:

After reading your thoughts on the possible multi-county plan to use toll roads to finish the much needed outer loop to connect I-85 with I-75, I must admit I totally agree with your article.  I’m almost always in favor of user fees that allow citizens to choose to support or not and paying for that choice.

I have a Peach Pass and chose when I need to use it versus not, and in my mind that is preferable to raising road taxes.  Your concept could keep both state and federal governments out of involvement in that roadway process and allow those counties to control their own destiny.  Hooray!  Now let’s get that same solution on IRS taxes with the Fair Tax plan on purchasing tax versus our current ineffective and inefficient system of income taxes.

Steve Rausch, Peachtree Corners

One guy had unusually lucky trip via Georgia Highway 20

Editor, the Forum:

So what is cheaper, build a brand new toll road from scratch or improve the one we have? I recently came through east Cherokee, from just east of Canton, to my home in Buford via Georgia Highway 20 close to rush hour on a Friday, left Kennesaw State University at 3:30 arrived in down town Buford at 4:30-ish. It wasn’t a bad ride.

Tim Sullivan, Buford

Dear Tim: Your trip, I believe, was a lucky one. When I have driven that road, it’s mighty crowded, and especially takes forever to negotiate through the Mall of Georgia area.  But really, do you think people at the Mall, in Sugar Hill, Cumming and Canton want a major improved Georgia Highway 20 coming through their town, what with 18-wheelers, buses, cars and trucks?  Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the limited access highways work to move traffic better…..and safer.–eeb                 

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Norcross among areas joining community housing initiative

The City of Norcross is one of five Georgia communities that have been newly selected to receive assistance with their housing needs through the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH), a public-private initiative that helps communities strategically grow their economies and enhance the quality of life through housing-related solutions.

Other areas that will begin the program in February 2018 include the collaborative of Troup County/Hogansville/LaGrange/West Point and the cities of Byron, Cochran and McRae-Helena. The communities were recently recognized at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) annual fall conference in Savannah.

Specifically for Norcross, a team of over 20 housing subject matter experts and stakeholders with organizations serving the Norcross area have been selected to work on the City’s housing issues.  The team will have shared leadership, coordinated by Chris Moder, Norcross economic development director, and Lejla Slowinski, Gwinnett Housing Corporation executive director.

Among the housing issues anticipated to be addressed are: affordability; quality / aging housing inventory; low rates of home-ownership; absentee landlords; and others. This is a three-year initiative, with opportunities for communities that have previously participated to continue to receive assistance in identifying funding and other resources to implement housing programs focused on the unique needs of individual communities.

Communities currently enrolled in the program are Athens-Clarke County, Bartow County, Commerce, Dublin, Evans County, Fairburn, Millen, Monroe, Rockmart, Union City, and Warrenton

Fifth Suwanee Wine Fest will be Nov. 4 at Town Center Park

Suwanee’s fifth annual Suwanee Wine Festival will be Saturday, November 4 at Suwanee Town Center Park from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at suwaneewinefest.com and in store at Big Peach Running Co. and Beverage SuperStore in Suwanee.

Attendees will enjoy cooler fall temperatures at Suwanee’s outdoor park while tasting wines from all around the world. Beverage SuperStore has created a premium wine-tasting menu to feature more than 150 of the world’s blends. Local wineries Sharp Mountain Vineyards and Sweet Acre Farms will also be onsite.

Beer fans are invited to attend the festival and relax in the Georgia craft beer/college football tent.

The festival experience will also be enhanced with live music, plus artisanal products for sale from local vendors and artists, lawn games such as cornhole and giant jenga, and food for purchase from Local Republic and Strange Taco, with samples provided by The Fresh Market.

A portion of festival proceeds will benefit local nonprofit Annandale Village. On the morning of Suwanee Wine Fest, November 4, Annandale Village is hosting its fourth  annual “Extra Mile Run/Walk 5K” at Town Center Park to kick off the day’s festivities! More details: suwaneewinefest.com.

Gwinnett middle schoolers to participate in college and career event

Nearly 5,000 eighth grade students will be at the Infinite Energy Arena on November 16 for a learning and networking opportunity few middle school students ever get. Feeder middle schools for Gwinnett County Public Schools’ fourth annual College and Career Academies will get to meet roughly 400 local business owners and employees while being exposed to the many jobs Gwinnett County has to offer.

Goal of the event is to help students entering Academy schools, those at Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Discovery, Lanier, Meadowcreek, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett, prepare for which academy best suits their future aspirations. Exhibitors interacting with students will offer career advice and explain the importance and impact of their businesses.

Eight artists to display their work at Kudzu Gallery beginning Oct. 28

If you have visited Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross you have seen the work of the eight artists who maintain studios there and maybe glimpsed them at work. Now is their time to shine, presenting their best works in a comprehensive exhibit in the gallery.

“Blue Mystique” by Wanda Walston

The exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. and continues through Friday, November 17.

Kudzu Art Zone is located at 116 Carlyle Street in downtown Norcross. The galleries are open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p. m   Its facilities are large and host many classes, workshops and events, all free and open to the public. See the website:  kudzuartzone.org for more information.

The artists who have individual studios in the facility work in a range of media and styles.

  • Kathy Kitz is a watercolor artist and past president of the Georgia Watercolor Society. Many of her recent works are abstracts, well designed and harmonious.
  • Wanda Walston displays changing styles, always evolving and working beautifully with any medium. She has a strong sense of design front and center in her work.
  • Diana Dice is an award-winning artist, working and experimenting with new media and techniques. Her abstract or whimsical paintings are an original delight for viewers.
  • Lynda Ellis excels at portraits, very lifelike and depicting “real people” in oils; she also paints wonderful landscapes
  • Anne Labaire, a successful and in-demand artist, has a style all her own and is a master of color and design. Viewers never know what will be on her easel.
  • Kathy Collins produces soft and peaceful landscapes that make a viewer wish they were there.
  • Betty Loud, a prolific artist, who also does landscapes from many sites, reflecting her extensive travels.
  • Cathy Crock is an artist of many subjects, from portraits to animal portraits and still life subjects, all with a great sense of design and color. Cathy also employs her many organizational and leadership skills as president of Kudzu Art Zone.
  • For more information, see the website:  KudzuArtZone.org.

Generosity produces play site for Simpson Elementary handicapped

Simpson students enjoy new handicapped playground

For most elementary-age students spending time on the playground is an important part of their day. But for some students at Simpson Elementary School, it meant sitting and watching while others played. The reason – the playground for the school’s special education students age 3–5 years old did not accommodate wheelchair-bound children.

Principal Bron Gayna Schmit says: “All they could do was sit, enjoy the weather and watch the other children play.”

This past spring the teachers began to formulate a plan – to find a way to raise enough money for a new playground that would be designed to accommodate wheelchairs and offer appropriate sized equipment for young children.

The cost, $55,000, would seem insurmountable to some. It only brought out the best in this Peachtree Corners school staff and community.

Principal Schmit and her Pre-K staff secured permission to set up a Go Fund Me page. Within just one month, it had amassed $50,000 of the $55,125 needed. A new site, surrounded by tall pines, was selected and eight weeks later, the playground, featuring a wheelchair accessible path and numerous interactive play elements suitable for the needs of the young students, was ready to open. Some of the monies to pay for the new playground came from private donations, and from students also contributing.

On October 20, staff, Special Education students, parents, Gwinnett School dignitaries including Dr. Gwinnett County Board Member Mary Kay Murphy, Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason, Councilmember Lorri Christopher and other supporters, gathered to celebrate the official opening of the new 8,000 square-foot playground with a ribbon-cutting event.

Principal Schmit says: “Our students are the real benefactors of everyone’s generosity. We are blessed to have so many supporters in the community and across the nation who donated to this wonderful cause.”

All Gwinnett County employees getting pay raise in coming year

Gwinnett County Commissioners have fulfilled a promise to adjust compensation for all county employees, and in particular sworn law enforcement officers, to bring salaries closer in line with market and assist with recruitment and retention.

Sworn law enforcement officers in police, sheriff and corrections and E911 communications officers will receive a four percent increase in their pay. In addition, all eligible employees will receive a three percent market adjustment, which also applies to the employees who are getting an hourly percent increase.

Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash says salary adjustments are needed not just in law enforcement, but across the organization as a whole.

“County employees went without a pay raise for four years during the recession,” Nash says. “While this Board was able to reinstate increases starting in 2014 with a market adjustment and each year thereafter with annual raises tied to performance, a further adjustment is needed to address hiring and retention issues. Our competitors are granting pay increases, too, and, frankly, we have to keep up or risk losing talented employees to other agencies.”

For third straight semester, Gwinnett Tech enrollment jumps

For the third semester in a row, Gwinnett Technical College has recorded the highest enrollment numbers in the College’s 33-year history. This fall, more than 8,400 students across the region are filling classrooms for exciting educational programs and career opportunities.

Fall semester 2017 recorded a 13 percent boost in enrollment over a year ago. This past spring, the College saw a 14 percent jump in enrollment over the previous spring enrollment. In fact, for the 2016-2017 academic year, Gwinnett Tech had a record enrollment of more than 11,000 students with more than 2,000 graduates.

This surge in enrollment is tied to a few key factors, including several new high-demand career programs; more interest from veterans in enrolling; and a dramatic increase in the number of Gwinnett and North Fulton county high school students in Dual Enrollment programs. A total of 1,218 fall enrollees are from students in high schools.

Bomar joins board of American Society of Civil Engineers


Gwinnett Village CID Director Marsha Anderson Bomar has been named to the board of directors of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a 150,000 member organization which had its meeting recently in New Orleans, La.  Bomar earned a bachelor of science in mathematics and a master’s in transportation planning and engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. She also holds a master’s in civil engineering with a concentration in transportation from Princeton University. She is the author of hundreds of publications, articles, and studies. She is also a city councilman in Duluth.


100 Years of Snellville History by James W. Cofer

People in the Snellville area can look forward to a book in 2018 by Jim Cofer entitled 200 Years of Snellville History. We’ve just read the early proofs of the not-yet-finished history, and we can report: it’ll be well-received by local folks. Here’s why: it’s crammed with stories of how people got along in Snellville’s development, telling about the pioneers of the 1800s, their tools on the farm, explaining sawmilling and hog-killing time; and even having its own Snellville Hall of Fame chapter. Cofer particularly quotes from old letters dating back to the founding of the city, which prove especially interesting, and from the people who made modern Snellville. You’ll have to wait a few months, but when this comes out in 2018, grab a copy, for we suspect it’ll sell out soon. Thanks, Jim Cofer, for your prodigious effort over several years. –eeb

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Bartram writing a book while First Fathers wrote Constitution

(Continued from previous edition)

William Bartram’s notes of the Augusta Indian Congress offer the best description of events, because the official minutes of the meeting have been lost. The Cherokee chiefs agreed to give up a huge tract of land in exchange for the cancellation of the debts they owed to traders.

The Creek leaders, who claimed a portion of the same territory and who were not in debt, heaped scorn on the Cherokees. Even though the Creek elders were persuaded to sign the treaty, young warriors deeply resented the loss of their hunting grounds. Bartram accompanied the surveying party that marked the boundaries of the new cession and recorded his delight in all he saw.


Events determined the course of Bartram’s travels. The Indian conference had drawn him to the Georgia backcountry, and an outbreak of Indian hostilities thwarted his plan of touring the Indian country. He returned to the Georgia coast, and in the spring he retreated to the comparative safety of Florida. He accompanied a party of traders in the employ of James Spalding to Indian villages. Cowkeeper, the headman of Cuscowilla, gave Bartram the name “Puc-puggy,” the Flower Hunter. He later canoed up the St. Johns River, battling alligators and revisiting sites he had seen with his father.

When Governor Wright signed a peace treaty with a delegation of Creek leaders in October 1774, Bartram decided that it was safe to embark on his deferred tour of the Indian country. Though he did not refer to it in his journal, the Revolutionary movement gathered momentum in Charleston and along the Georgia coast. Bartram, by choice and disposition a Quaker, tried to remain neutral.

Bartram’s effusive description of the Cherokee mountains continues to attract tourists today. After visiting the Cherokee villages along the Little Tennessee River, Bartram returned to join a trading caravan headed for Mobile, Ala., and the Creek country. He avoided Augusta and Savannah, where Sons of Liberty made life difficult for those who wished to remain neutral. Bartram’s journal provides the most valuable historical record of Creek life at the time of the American Revolution (1775-83). His travels took him to Mobile and Pensacola, Fla., and by boat to the Mississippi River.

When he returned to Savannah in January 1776, the Revolutionary War had begun. Georgians under the command of Bartram’s friend Lachlan McIntosh fought against British warships in the Savannah River. Neutrality was no longer an option for the Quaker. Though he did not mention it in his book of travels, Bartram’s private papers reveal that he actually participated in a skirmish with British soldiers and their Indian allies along the Florida border. As soon as he could, Bartram put the war behind him and returned to his father’s garden in Pennsylvania as something of a celebrity. He enjoyed eight months of companionship with his father before John Bartram died in September 1777.

Bartram wrote his book while the Founding Fathers drafted a constitution for the republic. He saw divine guidance at work in the shaping of the new country. “I foresee a magnificent structure and would be instrumental in its advancement,” he wrote. His book exalted the human spirit and celebrated the richness of America’s natural world. He called upon Americans to respect the rights of Indians, to eradicate slavery, and to live up to the best in themselves.

Bartram died at his family home near Philadelphia on July 22, 1823.


This may be a logo, but it still a mystery

Today’s Mystery Photo was taken on the side of a building, and looks much like a logo. The building which it is on is quite distinctive in itself. Now figure out where it is. Send your answer to elliott@brack.net, and be sure to include where you live.

Alan Peel, once of Peachtree Corners and now of San Antonio, Tex., was first in to identify the previous Mystery Photo. By the way, the photo came from Susan McBrayer of Sugar Hill.  Alan writes: “This is the Biloxi Lighthouse, located on Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, Miss., right in front of the Biloxi Visitor Center. It was completed and placed in service in 1848. The lighthouse is not leaning. You can see that the street light poles in the center of the image are straight up-and-down, but those to the left of the image are leaning inward. This is very likely a distortion caused by the camera lens, which often happens when photographing tall buildings on the edge of the frame. Lens distortion causes tall items on the edge of the frame to lean inward from bottom to top.”

Other spotting the mystery were Jim Savedelis, Duluth; Annett McIntosh, Duluth; Bob Foreman, Grayson; Molly Titus of Peachtree Corners; Emmett Clower, Snellville; Sandra Moon, Loganville; and Lou Camerio, Lilburn, who asks: “Do you know there are over a 1,000 lighthouses just in the 50 United States.”

George Graf of Palmyra, Va. says of the mystery photo: “The Biloxi Lighthouse was erected in 1848 and was one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South. It is the city’s signature landmark and has become a post-Katrina symbol of the city’s resolve and resilience. The tower was completed in the spring of 1848 under the supervision of Henry Scoles, and Marcellus J. Howard was assigned as the first keeper. Part of Keeper Howard’s job was to service the nine lamps and 14-inch reflectors, supplied by Winslow Lewis, that comprised the lighting apparatus. In 1856, a fourth-order Fresnel lens replaced the array of lamps and reflectors. The light was civilian operated from 1848 to 1939, and is notable for its several female lightkeepers, including Maria Younghans, who tended the light for 53 years.”


Roving photographer captures a best-in-show prize

Roving Photographer Frank Sharp was in his home area of Union County, Tenn., right outside of Knoxville,  recently and entered this photo in the Tennessee Heritage Museum photo contest. All the photographs must be made in Union County. To his surprise, this photo of a statue of Christ along a side road was selected as Best in Show in the People Category!  So a big Hurrah! to Frank!


Kids in costume enjoy Halloween at Trek or Treat.

(NEW) Trek or Treat in Suwanee is a popular event each year where all the little princesses, monsters, super heroes, and witches will have the opportunity to do a costume test run at the annual event on Saturday, October 28 from 1 until 3 p.m. at Sims Lake Park. The event, designed for children ten and younger, includes fall festival-style games, music, contests, and inflatables. For more information contact Amy Doherty at adoherty@suwanee.com or 770-904-3387.

Drug Take Back event is scheduled in Snellville on Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Snellville Police Department. The event is designed to allow residents a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs that would be dangerous in the hands of children and potentially abused by others. A drive-through will also be provided. For more information, call 770-985-3555 or asullivan@snellville.org.

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.

Author appearance: bestselling author and Edgar Award winner Stuart Woods will talk and sign books on Monday, October 30, at 7 p.m. at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, at 10 College Street. The event is presented by the Gwinnett County Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. A silent auction and beverage bar will be sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Woods’ latest book, Quick & Dirty, is an action-packed adventure featuring Stone Barrington. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.orgor call 770-978-5154.

A Candidate Forum will be held in Lilburn on October 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lilburn City Hall. Meet the candidates running for Post 3 on the City Council: Shabaka Fletcher, Phillip Holland and Eddie Price.  Moderator will be Emory Morsberger. The event is presented by the Lilburn Woman’s Club and the City of Lilburn.

(NEW) Fourth Annual Shine a Light event will be November 2 starting at 6 p.m. at the Gwinnett Historical Courthouse. At the event, the community can learn about the latest treatments for lung cancer, meet caregivers and listen to patients share their stories of survival. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

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.

(NEW) Holiday Craft Market: Saturday, Nov.11, at 10 a.m. at Pinckneyville Park. Free Admission! Do some early holiday shopping for unique pieces that make fun gifts for everyone! Enter the cookie recipe swap for a chance to win a prize. Kid’s activities will make it fun for the whole family! Artists, food vendors, and crafters, call 678-277-0920.

Veteran’s Day, November 11 at 11 a.m., will be observed by Gwinnett County at the Fallen Heroes Memorial, in front of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Building.

Trafficking Forum (rescheduled): 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.

Ribbon Cutting of a fire training tower at Maxwell School of Technology will be at noon, November 14, at the school located at 990 McElvaney Lane, Lawrenceville. For more information, all 770 822 7180.


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