11/17: On Gateway 85 Gwinnett; Gerrymandering; RINOs

GwinnettForum  |  Number 17.63  |  Nov. 17, 2017

YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO GAS UP and travel to North Georgia to see colorful leaves this year, as Roving Photographer Frank Sharp shows with these red maple trees growing in the parking lot of the Gwinnett Library headquarters in Lawrenceville. However, in the past few days, many of the colorful leaves seem to have already fallen.  Together with the sunshine and not yet cold weather, this has made an ideal temperature for this part of Georgia.
TODAY’S FOCUS: Gateway 85 Gwinnett Is New Name for Former Gwinnett Village CID
EEB PERSPECTIVE: Push Your Legislators For an Independent Group To Draw Voting Lines
ANOTHER VIEW: Thoughts Considering Who and Who Is Not a RINO
SPOTLIGHT: Georgia Gwinnett College
FEEDBACK: Three Letters To Make You Scratch Your Head and Think
McLEMORE’S WORLD: Rector’s Son
UPCOMING: GGC Honors Stricklands for Funding Cell Biology Research Lab
NOTABLE: Eight GGC Nursing Students Win Awards at State Convention
RECOMMENDED: The High Sheriff of Greene by Claire U. Hertzler
GEORGIA TIDBIT: Savannah River Flows 313 Miles from Lake Hartwell to the Atlantic
TODAY’S QUOTE: Even Mystery Writers Recognize What Lying Will Produce
MYSTERY PHOTO: After an Easy Mystery Photo, This One May Be More Difficult
CALENDAR: Lawrenceville To Host 30th Annual Tree Lighting on Thanksgiving

Gateway 85 Gwinnett is new name for former Gwinnett Village CID

Officials just after the unveiling of the new Gateway 85 Gwinnett sign.

By Margaret Lisi, Norcross, Ga.  |  After more than 10 years of operating as the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, the organization announced today that it has rebranded to place the focus on the community, its businesses and opportunities that create quality growth.  The new name is “Gateway 85 Gwinnett ,” announced at an unveiling in front of the CID’s offices at I-85 and Indian Trail Road on Wednesday.

Shiv Aggarwal, Gateway 85 chairman, says: “Gateway 85 Gwinnett signals that the community improvement district and its works are well known with many significant accomplishments.”

Executive Director Marsha Anderson Bomar agrees, saying, “We are a culturally robust area with a range of significant real estate opportunities and incentives for development.” She added that the CID is strategically positioned for mobility by all modes of transportation.

“Successfully completed projects in the district paved the way for this bright future so we rebranded to reflect that new reality,” Bomar adds, pointing to the organization’s new tagline “Positioned for Prosperity.”

The organization’s new identity and look were launched at a ribbon cutting event with the help of the Gwinnett Chamber, Partnership Gwinnett, local elected officials and guests.

Among those speaking besides Aggarwal and Bomar where Dr. Dan Kaufman, president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce; Nick Masino of Partnership Gwinnett; Glenn Stephens, county administrator; Bucky Johnson, Norcross mayor; and Mike Mason, Peachtree Corners mayor.  The two cities fall within the Gateway 85 Gwinnett geographic zone and are partners with the CID.

The unveiling revealed   a prototype monument sign for the district similar to those that will be used to mark the major entry points into the district. Banners and project sponsorship signage are some additional ways the brand will be seen in the area.

Bomar adds: “We’re very excited to take this big step into the future, leading the growth of the District with a fresh look and attitude. We’re looking forward to welcoming businesses, investors, developers and visitors to our vibrant community.”

The Gateway 85 Gwinnett Community Improvement District (CID) is the largest in the state of Georgia. It is a public-private partnership funded by commercial property owners in the 14-square mile area spanning the I-85 corridor in southwest Gwinnett County. The CID, formed in 2006, represents more than 550 commercial owners, accounting for more than $1 Billion in commercial property value. Within the CID, 5,000 businesses employ more than 60,000 workers, making it one of metro Atlanta’s major employment centers.

The Gateway 85 Gwinnett team works to increase commercial values, promote economic development and enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and/or play in the district.


Push your legislators for an independent group to draw voting lines

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher   |   Gerrymandering is nothing less than a majority government being unfair to the minority of its citizens in a particular area.

It is also an obvious case of bullying by the majority government. If it happened on the playground, people would yell, holler and stop it.

Yet it has happened repeatedly in our halls of government, and no major challenge has risen to outlaw this practice. Why can’t our legislators understand this unfairness, and move to outlaw it?

It’s something that both our American political parties have practiced for years, trying to ensure that power remains in the hands of the at-that-time majority government. Once the party in power changes, the incoming majority party routinely continues this unfair practice, content to wait without change so that they can eventually have this advantage again.

It’s so like a tennis match, the power volleying back and forth over the years between the parties.

So far, the U.S. Supreme Court has failed to outlaw this onerous practice. Yet a case before the Supreme Court this term may set a precedent that outlaws the unfairness of gerrymandering. We certainly hope so.

A Wisconsin case which may come before the Court is in a most obviously gerrymandered state. One party in that state won only 48.6 percent of the vote yet commanded 60 of the 99 seats in the Wisconsin Assembly.

If unfairness in drawing voting districts lines was stricken down, our country would have a better system of governing. And government would then reflect the will of the majority, while at the same time being responsible to the minority.

Some states have moved to eliminate this unfairness. Instead of allowing those who benefit to configure the system, these states have started independent commissions to determine where voting district lines will be. California, Arizona, Idaho and Washington have independent commissions to draw voting districts.

Gerrymandering is so rampant that it can easily be seen in the very shape of voting districts. When you see voting districts lines that squiggles this way and that, in awkward configuration, that almost always means gerrymandering.

Constantly changing districts by such squiggles creates confusion among the voters. They do not easily understand the voting districts, and often get disillusioned, which can lead to simply not voting.  One North Carolina district, for instance, essentially followed a narrow section of Interstate 85 in gerrymandering that state. Legislators do not care: it gives them the majority they want.

Eliminating gerrymandering will mean there will be less “safe” districts for either party.

This in itself will encourage more good candidates to seek office, with a real chance of being elected, instead of being frozen out which gerrymandering insures.

After all, what our paid officials should be seeking is fairness to all, regardless of party. That would make for more faith in our government, and a stronger, united nation. Who argues with that?

Everyone should champion good government. Elimination of gerrymandering is a first step toward better government.  Push your legislators to work toward establishing an independent commission in Georgia to draw district lines in congressional and Statehouse elections!


Thoughts consider who and who is not a RINO

By Jack Bernard, Peachtree City, Ga. RINOs?


“The great corporations …the State not only has the right to control them, but it is duty bound to control them.”– Teddy Roosevelt.

“Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY) introduced a bill to extend Medicare to all—retaining existing Medicare cost sharing and coverage limits.”– Wikipedia.

“We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”– Dwight David Eisenhower.

“Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.”– President Trump quote regarding Charlottesville racists

If a self-identified Republican belief in the philosophy exemplified by the first three quotes… and not the fourth… is he a RINO, a Republican in Name Only? According to many right-wingers on social media, the answer is a resounding “Yes.”

Corporations exist to make profits… and I feel must be regulated. Government is generally inefficient and wasteful. But, with two percent overhead, Medicare should be expanded. Objectively, it is more effective and efficient than private enterprise.

The Trump budget proposal increases defense expenditures without auditing single-source, cost-plus contracts with corporations contributing to Congressional campaigns. Like Rand Paul, I believe intelligent cuts must be made in our military budget. I dislike racism, which pervades our society. I defend the right of black Americans to take a knee.

Do the views above make me a RINO?

Speaker Paul Ryan wants to do away with Medicare as we know it (via privatization and vouchers). When first enacted, the Medicare bill was approved by a majority of Republicans in the House, as well as 13 GOP Senators. Without this support from “RINOs”, Medicare would not have become law due to opposition from Southern Democrats.

With GOP support, Richard Nixon started the Environmental Protection Agency. He believed humans were  responsible for climate change and pollution.

In 1993, 47 percent of Republicans believed that it was more important to control guns than to protect the rights of Americans to own guns. Two decades later, only a fourth support gun control (Pew).

Per the Washington Post (8-12-17): “The quest for lower taxes does not define Republicanism until the 1980s, and matters of faith play almost no role in the GOP’s plank until the 1990s.”

Now, we have President Trump’s plan to raise the deficit while giving tremendous tax cuts to the wealthy. And, “conservative” Ryan’s excuse: voodoo economics will balance the budget!

My position is that the people currently heading the GOP are the RINOs. They need to leave, not me.


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Sees comparison in modern America and the fallen Roman Empire

Editor, the Forum:

Why is America falling? It’s a modern parable. Why did the Roman Empire fall? There were no more Romans!

The Roman Empire was by far; one of the most dynamic examples of the rise and fall of an empire. Among causes of why it fell:

  • Collapse of the monetary resources;
  • Grossly exaggerated taxes to sustain an evolving socialist style government;
  • Over expanding the size and depth of the empire:
  • Allowing overwhelming influx of foreigners with negative issues: multiple languages, multiple religions, multiple racial faction;
  • Massive deep state corruption and laws to protest the politicians;

Rome was a major power throughout that part of the world for several millennia. It was the greatest financial power, had military superiority, efficiently taxed people, and had a stable government in their Senate.

America is following almost a perfect example of the fall of Rome. Why will America fall? There will be no more Americans.

— Jim McCraw, Dacula

Feels two letters used broad brushes to “paint” arguments

Editor, the Forum:

The November 14, 2017, Gwinnett Forum featured two Feedback letters regarding federal taxes. I believe both writers used overly broad brushes to “paint” their arguments.

Mark Evans of Duluth indicated his mother accepted recent news reports that over 45 percent of American households paid NO TAXES, going on to say that she is one of them.  What they meant to say was that these households paid no federal, individual income taxes.  Many hard working people, who pay no federal individual income taxes, pay social security taxes, sales tax, property tax, gasoline tax, beverage taxes, tobacco taxes, and, whether directly or indirectly, a myriad of import and excise taxes.

Mr. Evans goes on to talk about “the rich” and taxes when he means high income earners.  Certainly some high income earners are “rich”, but that term is overly broad and has lost much of its meaning.  Unless one counts himself among “the rich,” then that term, as currently used, seems to mean only some easy to despise “other.” “

Tim Keith of Sugar Hill seems to believe “Wealthy people hire lawyers to set up trusts to reduce the value of their estates and avoid the tax man.”  Certainly some people do estate planning to reduce the amount of taxes their estates pay, but few “wealthy people” avoid the tax man completely. In fact, with the high estate tax exemptions, only the wealthy pay estate taxes.

Mr. Keith wonders where one can get a list of names of people who actually pay the estate tax. The Internal Revenue Service publishes very informative statistics regarding the federal estate tax. Go to irs.gov and search for “estate tax statistics” and you will get an array of links to IRS reports containing helpful statistics.

— Michael L. Wood, Peachtree Corners

Too many people are killed by guns, and not just by police

Editor, the Forum:

In response to George Wilson’s recent article regarding guns and the Second Amendment, first George should check his actual facts. There is no such thing as an “assault rifle.” That particular term was invented in order to demonize the scary-looking semi-automatic rifle.

If you take an ordinary .22 caliber rifle and refit it with a polymer stock, now it’s an assault rifle. It is functionally no different that the rifle that American kids grew up learning to shoot. The fact that one can purchase large capacity magazines for any number of rifles does not make them inherently more dangerous.

As for his concern that the Second Amendment is a device of the white devils: the right to keep and bear arms saved many black folks lives in the turbulent days of Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era. That right has been a great equalizer in protecting black families from many threats, both black and white, continuing to this day. That right is not refused to any person, of any color or creed. Any law-abiding citizen may avail themselves of the right of self-protection with a firearm.

I’ll decry that Mr. Wilson is perpetuating the myth that blacks are killed by police indiscriminately and excessively. In 2015, police shot 995 people in the USA. Of those 995 people, 744 of those incidents were the result of a direct attack on an officer. That’s not indiscriminate, nor irresponsible. Of those 995, only 259 were black. Whites accounted for another 497 shootings.

Too many people are killed with guns in general, not just by police.

— Rick Hammond, Lawrenceville               

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Rector’s son


GGC honors Stricklands for funding cell biology research lab

Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) recently honored Sandra and Clyde Strickland during a lab dedication ceremony for their contributions to the institution.  They recently funded enhancements to the cell biology research lab which now bears the name of Clyde L. and Sandra J. Strickland.

Dr. Tom Mundie, dean of the School of Science and Technology, says: “The Stricklands’ humanitarian efforts will benefit many generations to come, both directly and indirectly. The connection starts with our current SST faculty and students but goes on to reach individuals who will be impacted by the research conducted in this lab.”

Improvements to the lab include emergency power lines, fluorescence microscopes, additional incubators, additional refrigeration equipment and a dark room. The renovated space will allow students to conduct projects such as a scheduled study on how changes in water quality alter the immunological environment of local fish and research on how cellular damage caused by Radical Oxygen Species can lead to cardiovascular disease and cancers.

Pillars of the community since moving to Georgia nearly 50 years ago, the Stricklands have become known as one of Gwinnett County’s most generous philanthropic couples. Their scholarship gifts to GGC have allowed recipients within both the School of Business and the School of Health Sciences to continue on their paths to successfully graduate with their bachelor’s degrees.

Time to bring out your camera for annual Snap Suwanee Contest

The City of Suwanee is accepting submissions through December 31 for its annual Snap Suwanee photo competition. The annual photography competition provides a means for participants to share images that convey something telling about the Suwanee community, and is open to professional and amateur photographers alike, but the photo must be taken in Suwanee.

The mission of the contest is to celebrate the City of Suwanee; therefore, all photos entered will ideally be composed of subjects and locations within the Suwanee city limits within the past two years (with the exception of the #TBT category).

A panel of judges will select images that best depict Suwanee in each of the following categories:

  • Uniquely Suwanee: People experiencing city events, volunteering, and enjoying themselves.
  • My View: Images illustrating a favorite Suwanee view or perspective.
  • Active Suwanee: Snapshots from exploring Suwanee trails and parks.
  • Oops: Art: Photos of Public Art.
  • Suwanee-hee-hee!: Humorous/novelty shots
  • #TBT: Historical photos from Suwanee days gone by.

An overall Judges’ Choice winner will also be named. Winning photographs will be exhibited for an approximately one-year period at City Hall beginning in March. Visit Suwanee.com for more information and an entry form.


Eight GGC nursing students win awards at state

Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) nursing students won eight competitive awards at the recent 65th Annual Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS) Convention, including the highly coveted NCLEX Bowl Championship.

Eight members of the college’s delegation of 22 students vied for the state title in the NCLEX Bowl, a team quiz competition based on the nursing profession’s licensing examination. The Grizzlies missed only three questions to win the championship.

Other awards earned by Georgia Gwinnett students individually or on behalf of the college’s GANS chapter included the following:

Keyara Harris, ’17, of Lithonia won the Member of the Year Award, the GANS member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the nursing profession and to the community. This is the third year in a row that a GGC student has won this award.

Julie Yang, ’17, of Bethlehem won the Breakthrough to Nursing Award, which recognizes the GANS chapter that impacts the community. Yang’s project was a program developed to engage and educate approximately 100 high school students about nursing careers through a Health Occupations Service Association event. Yang also won the Mary Long Breakthrough to Nursing Scholarship, which honors students exhibiting leadership and participation in activities highlighting cultural understanding and mentoring relationships.

Emily Barfield, ’18, of Monroe won the Financial Excellence Award, which recognizes excellence in GANS chapter financial management.

Jerusha Cook, ’18, of Social Circle won the Political Involvement Award, which recognizes a chapter’s political advocacy related to nursing students or the nursing profession.

Savannah Weaver, ’17, of Lawrenceville won the Emily McNelly Scholarship, which honors the GANS member who best exhibits leadership, scholarship, advocacy and a passion for the art of nursing.

Hurricane Irma knocks 78,820 Walton EMC customers off line

Hurricane Irma caused lots of damage away from the coastal areas. Walton EMC reports that in their service area, 78,820 homes and businesses were without power at some time during the time as the storm moved through North Georgia. At the height of the outage, some 50,000 customers had no electricity. Walton EMC says that 99 percent of its customers had power restored within 78 hours.

Statewide, some 1.55 million customers had no electricity, the most ever in one storm in Georgia.

In such major outages, electric utilities help one another to restore power as quickly as possible. Visiting crews assisting Walton EMC came from licking Valley Electric Co-op in West Liberty, Ky., Mecklenburg Electric Co-op in Chase City, Va.; Four County EMC of Burgaw, N.C.; DSI of Hope Mills, N.C.; Pike Corporation of Mt. Airy, N.C.; Georgia Right-of-Way of Forsyth, Ga.; and Monroe Utilities of Monroe, Ga.

Walton EMC reported the most broken power poles ever from one storm: 154. Power firms are required by law to keep a clear space of 15 feet on both sides of power poles. This helps prevent many outages, but tall trees outside this space can still fall across lines, causing outages.

Two hotels operating at one site Sonesta Gwinnett Place in Duluth

Sonesta International Hotels Corporation’s first dual-branded property, Sonesta ES Suites, opened this week at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place in Duluth. It is the company’s first extended stay hotel. The two properties will operate under one roof, while delivering two distinctive Sonesta experiences that can accommodate visitors regardless of their length of stay and purpose of visit.

In June, Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta began transforming one of its two hotel towers into the Sonesta ES Suites Gwinnett Place Atlanta, which will welcome guests in 81 newly designed efficiency, studio and 1- bedroom suites. The new hotel due to open November 15 will feature spacious bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, and separate living areas providing room and versatility for those traveling for extended time. The complimentary daily breakfast, evening social and on-site laundry facilities save guests time and helps to manage budgets, while complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and self-service business center help guests stay connected to work and home. The brand’s Everyday Surprises are created to delight our guests and remove some of the drudgery of being on the road and away from home.

Guests of Sonesta ES Suites Gwinnett Place will be able to take advantage of all the existing amenities and services available at Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta.

Truth’s Community Clinic wins $5,000 grant from Atlanta foundation

Truth’s Community Clinic, a Lawrenceville non-profit organization, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Ragan and King Charitable Foundation of Atlanta. The foundation makes grants to educational, religious and charitable services and programs within the state of Georgia.

According to Scarlett Rigsby, executive director of Truth’s Community Clinic, the grant will be used to meet the facility’s operating costs. The clinic, which was founded in 2003, provides non-emergency primary care, including medical, dental and pharmaceutical services, to low-income uninsured families in the east Gwinnett County area. Patients with insurance and Medicaid are not accepted. Healthcare services at the clinic are free, although a $20 donation is suggested to help defray expenses.


The High Sheriff of Greene by Claire U. Hertzler

Back in the 1920s, Greene County, Ga. (county seat is Greensboro) was a center for moonshining. Some said it was the best moonshine in Georgia. Eventually, the county commission wanted to clean up this racket giving their county a bad name, hiring a 21 year old from Paulding County, who had a short list of experience chasing moonshiners during prohibition. He was L.L. Wyatt, who would become a living legend, not only ridding moonshiners, but enforcing the law in a genial and pleasant way. It was because of his ingrown integrity, as he went a lifetime as a kind, honest, patient and engaging lawman, whom even those breaking the law liked. He gained nationwide attention, yet was the same gentle person his whole life. The author, from Greensboro, who now lives in Decatur, has warmly written about this honorable high sheriff.–eeb

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


Savannah River flows 313 miles from Lake Hartwell to the Atlantic

The Savannah River, one of Georgia’s longest and largest waterways, defines most of the boundary between Georgia and South Carolina. The river originates at the confluence of the Seneca and Tugaloo rivers in Hart County in eastern Georgia. The confluence also forms Lake Hartwell, a large reservoir built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Though the Savannah itself begins in the Piedmont geologic province, its tributary headwaters originate on the southwestern slopes of the rugged Blue Ridge geologic province of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Diversion dam on Savannah River

On a map, the basin roughly resembles an arrowhead. It encompasses 10,577 square miles, of which 175 square miles are in southwestern North Carolina, 4,581 square miles are in western South Carolina, and 5,821 square miles are in eastern Georgia. In Georgia, the basin drains portions of 27 counties.

From Lake Hartwell, the Savannah River flows southeasterly for 313 miles across the Piedmont and the Upper Coastal Plain until it empties into the Atlantic Ocean approximately 15 miles downstream from the city of Savannah. As such, the Savannah is an alluvial stream, meaning that its waters originate in the mountains and the Piedmont and flow across the Coastal Plain to the ocean. The alluvial rivers transport large amounts of sediments, which contribute to the sand deposits on coastal islands, and of nutrients that nourish life in the river.

At the U.S. Geological Survey river gauge near Clyo, in Effingham County, the Savannah’s average annual flow is 12,040 cubic feet per second, one of the largest discharges of freshwater from any river in the Southeast. (One cubic foot equals about 7.4 gallons.) The gauge at Clyo, approximately 61 miles upstream of the mouth of the Savannah, is the most downstream gauge that records river discharges. Below this point, the Savannah is tidally influenced, and conventional river-flow measurement is unreliable.

On its journey to the sea, the Savannah flows through forests, agricultural lands, large hydroelectric reservoirs, and extensive swamps. It is known for its high bluffs, some of which were the locations of prehistoric Native American villages.

The river provides drinking water to two of Georgia’s major metropolitan areas, Augusta and Savannah, and assimilates their treated wastewater. It is also a source of drinking water for the cities of Beaufort and Hilton Head in South Carolina and for many smaller municipalities in the basin. In addition, the Savannah supplies water for the Savannah River Site, which includes the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, in South Carolina, as well as for the two nuclear reactors of Plant Vogtle, a major electricity-generating facility operated by Georgia Power Company in Burke County.

On the coast, the Savannah River is the shipping channel for the Port of Savannah, the nation’s tenth-busiest port for oceangoing container ships, which is operated by the Georgia Ports Authority. Before emptying into the Atlantic, the Savannah forms a braided network of tidal creeks, salt marshes, and freshwater marshes, much of which constitutes the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, one of Georgia’s prime bird-watching spots.


After an easy Mystery Photo, this one may be more difficult


Sharp-eyed observers will probably recognize that today’s Mystery Photo is not from around here. And aren’t there some clues as to where it may be?  And this we would label as difficult, especially compared to the previous mystery. Figure it out and send your answer to elliott@brack.net, and be sure to include where you live.

Lots of readers quickly recognized the most recent Mystery. First in was John Titus, Peachtree Corners, who wrote: “My guess is that it is the covered bridge at Stone Mountain.”  He was right. The photo came from Jerry Colley of Alpharetta.

Then the onslaught of those getting it right included: Sandy Moore, Loganville; Stewart Woodard, Lawrenceville; Mandy McManus, Lilburn; Patty Clemons, Lawrenceville; David Bell, Berkeley Lake; Neal Davies, Decatur; Rob Keith, Peachtree Corners; Roger Hagan, Lilburn; Lou Camerio, Lilburn; Bob Foreman, Grayson; Cindy Hall, Al Hombroek, and Marlene Ratledge Buchanan, Snellville;

Allan Peel of San Antonio, Tex. gave a detailed answer: “I believe that this photo was taken looking out from the inside of the Stone Mountain Covered Bridge, that leads to Indian Island in Stone Mountain Park Lake. When I first saw the photo, I thought ‘This is going to be a tough one to figure out.’ My first impression however was that the dark “X’s” resembled the lattice work of a “Town Lattice” covered bridge. Your hint that it was near, but not in Gwinnett County, had me Googling covered bridges in Georgia. Looking for a popular site, led me to the covered bridge in Stone Mountain, which is in Dekalb County. Researching this particular bridge further confirmed that it was indeed a Town Lattice design, and a view from Google maps put it all together, as it matches the nature of the scenery in the photo.

“Incidentally, the Stone Mountain Covered Bridge was originally built in 1891 and is 151-feet long and 20-feet high. It was originally located in Athens, but was moved to its present location in Stone Mountain Park in 1969.”


Songwriter Radney Foster will appear Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m. at the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth. Foster is a prolific songwriter. His newest work, For You to See the Stars, is in both CD and book format.  The book is a collection of short stories and each is coupled with a song from the 10-track album. The performance is through the Gwinnett County Public Library. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

(NEW) 30th Annual Tree Lighting on the ground of the Historic Gwinnett Courthouse will be Thanksgiving Day, November 23, at 5:30 p.m. Some 30,000 lights will illuminate the30 foot Norway spruce tree. Food vendors and family-friendly activities will also take place.

(NEW) Holiday Punch at Lionheart Theatre, November 30 to December 3. An adult night out or Christmas Party with friends.  See seven ten minute plays to put you in the holiday spirit. Tickets are $20 each (no discounts for this event.) House made and gourmet meats, cheeses, pates and assorted breads and crackers, too, plus a beverage. For reservations, see lionheartre.org.

(NEW) The Food for Thought Conference of the Georgia Farmers Market Association will be held November 30 to December 1 at Gwinnett Technical college. .The conference is an interactive two-day conference that will propel forward the vision for those in agriculture businesses. The conference is designed to equip and empower those in the sustainable agriculture community through a host of workshops and demonstrations. To register visit: Food for Thought Conference. Cost is $175 for members and $225 for non-members.

Ribbon cutting of the Lilburn Activity Building, on December 5 at 4:30 p.m. The building is at 788 Hillcrest Road, and was formerly the Lilburn Library. It is now under the supervision of the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Department.

(NEW) Christmas Gala Holiday Pops will open the 2017-12018 subscription season by the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra on December 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church. Tickets for this public performance are $32 for adults; $27 for seniors; and $16 for students. For tickets, call (678) 748-5802 or visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org.


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