11/3: About sepsis; Tom Ross and the Montagnards; Tax reform

GwinnettForum  |  Number 17.59  |  Nov. 3, 2017

HERE’S A VIEW of the South Campus of Eastside Medical Center in Snellville. Eastside Medical Center celebrated 20 years of behavioral health services with a community open house on October 26. For more details, see below.
IN THIS EDITION
TODAY’S FOCUS: Be Aware of the Signs That You Might Be in “Septic Shock”
EEB PERSPECTIVE: Local Resident Led Team To Rescue 187 Montagnards in Vietnam
ANOTHER VIEW: Republican Tax Cut Will Favor the Richest One Per Cent
SPOTLIGHT: Georgia Campus  — Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
McLEMORE’S WORLD: Never Seeking Directions
FEEDBACK: Four Letters Respond To Previous Thoughts
UPCOMING: Eastside Medical Center Marks 20 Years of Behavioral Services
NOTABLE: Norcross Recognizes Volunteers of City Boards and Commissions
RECOMMENDED: John C. Calhoun, American Portrait by Margaret L. Coit
GEORGIA TIDBIT: St. Simons Island Neptune Park Named for Former Slave
TODAY’S QUOTE: Bum Phillips Reflecting on Two Types of Football Players
MYSTERY PHOTO: Try Your Noggin on Determining Where This Photo Is Located
CALENDAR: AARP and Library To Offer Senior Defensive Driving Course
TODAY’S FOCUS

Be aware of the signs that you might be in “septic shock”

By Charles Summerour, Duluth, Ga.  |  GwinnettForum recently published a letter which mentioned the problems of having “septic shock.” But what the author in reality was talking about was the general term, sepsis, which by definition is “the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection.” I’m an advocate for sepsis awareness, and you should know some basic facts about sepsis.

You can save lives by knowing the signs and symptoms of sepsis.

This treatable condition kills more than 258,000 Americans every year. In fact, every two  minutes, someone dies from sepsis—that’s more than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Knowing the signs of sepsis can increase your chance of survival since the rate of survival drops eight percent every hour it is not treated.

Adults over 65 are 13 times more likely to be hospitalized than those under 65. World-wide, more than five million children die from sepsis each year. Every day there are an average of 38 amputations performed because of sepsis

Sepsis is the leading cause of deaths in hospitals, with 85 percent of all sepsis cases coming through emergency rooms. Many hospitals have actively joined the aggressive treatment and have established protocols needed to treat and prevent sepsis in their patients.

Sepsis is the result of an infection—bacterial, viral or fungal. If you develop a combination of these symptoms:

S- Shivering, fever, or very cold.

E- Extreme pain or general discomfort.

P- Pale or discolored skin.

S- Sleepy, difficult to rouse, confused, or

S- Shortness of breath.

Call 911 or go to a hospital and say, “ I am concerned about sepsis”–particularly if you recently had an open wound (cut, scrape, bug bite, etc.), surgery, or some type of invasive procedure, or infection.

Rarely does a month go by that a friend or acquaintance experiences sepsis either personally or in their family. Know the signs. Get involved and join the fight at sepsis.org. Sepsis Alliance is the leading proponent of all things sepsis, and provides many resources for patients, medical providers, and sepsis survivors. If you want to learn from survivors and hear heart-felt tributes stories from loved ones of some who did not survive—just click on “Faces of Sepsis.”

You might even want to read my story, as I am a sepsis survivor myself. Also, should you desire, I am available to do presentations to your civic, church or other group about this often ignored disease. Just saying “Sepsis” has proven to be a start toward more awareness—so more survive.

EEB PERSPECTIVE

Local resident led team to rescue 187 Montagnards in Vietnam

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher   |  In the last year, a more complete understanding of the War in Vietnam has come to light for Americans, primarily via the Ken Burns documentary through the Public Broadcasting System.

Many now agree that the United States should not have been so involved in that war. After all, our country lost 60,000 of our finest, while another 150,000 were wounded in that undeclared war.

Next Thursday, Gwinnettians can get a further understanding of one soldier’s distinctive contribution to that war, as 30-year Peachtree Corners resident Tom Ross will speak  on November 9 at 6:30  p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, as part of a veteran’s observance. Cost is $10 for a spaghetti supper. Veterans are invited at no charge. The address is 400 Holcomb Bridge Road in Norcross.

Ross is president and CEO of Ross Jewelry Company of Buckhead. He landed in Vietnam in 1968 as an Army Special Forces Green Beret first lieutenant. He began writing his story within two weeks after returning home. He outlined it then, but it was not until 2004 that he eventually published his hardback book, Privileges of War, a Good Story of American Service in Vietnam. It is available through the Internet.

Ross

Ross arrived in South Vietnam in January 1968, in the middle of the Tet Offensive and was stationed at Nha Trang, a coastal city. He had volunteered for duty with the Fifth Special Forces group, as an Operations and Intelligence Officer and adviser to the South Vietnamese troops.  His station was responsible for the defense of Nha Trang, and the northern defense for Cam Ranh Bay.

Though much of Ross’ time in Vietnam was something of continuous contact with the enemy, it was always dangerous yet somewhat disconcerting. Those in that war knew that it had become unpopular back home. Yet the Americans were still facing a real, hidden and often undetected enemy every day.  Many days it wasn’t going well for them. The Americans could never tell when the Viet Cong might be attacking their base.

While in Vietnam, Ross was in constant danger, going out on patrols in the jungles while advising the South Viet Nam Army.  The pinnacle of his time in Vietnam came when he learned of Montagnard villagers who were being enslaved, some for eight years, in support of the Viet Cong. The Montagnard tribesmen were a minority in Vietnam, and largely stuck to themselves in the 3,000-foot-tall mountains. Ross describes them as “half naked, half starved” uneducated people caught in a war they did not support.

Lt. Ross felt responsible for a Montagnard man who had escaped the Viet Cong, and was convinced that his family could soon be killed by the enemy.  So Ross organized and coordinated several American advisers, a company of South Vietnamese soldiers, American helicopter transportation and gunship support, to make three different forays on successive days deep into the jungle in Viet Cong territory. They eventually rescued 187 Montagnard women, children and men from the grasp of the Viet Cong.

Remember, these were all volunteers undertaking this assignment. On the last insertion into enemy territory, a CBS newsman, David Culhane, and his camera crew filmed it all. A few days later it aired on the CBS Evening News. Look at this six minutes segment about this rescue:

After a year in Vietnam, Tom Ross returned safely to his home in Pensacola. He had served his time admirably.  Ross doesn’t consider himself a hero. But ask those freed Montagnard tribesmen, and they’ll tell you another story.

ANOTHER VIEW

Republican tax cut will favor the richest 1 percent

By George Wilson, contributing columnist  |  The “lion’s share” of the Republican tax cuts are likely to go to the top one per cent at a time when they are taking a larger share of the economy than at any time since the 1920s. Almost nine out of ten of the dollars America has earned since 2009 have gone to that fortunate elite. Mr. Trump and Congress would give them even more. The price will be paid by the middle class. It would mean fewer dollars for infrastructure — another forgotten campaign promise — and fewer to shore up entitlements that Mr. Trump convinced voters he would protect.

This will lead to even greater income inequality and social unrest. Already his policies have contributed to rising health insurance premiums, higher drug prices, continued crushing student loan debt, pollution and climate change. In addition, to another broken campaign promise of ending wars and the massive expenditures that this involves, we are increasing the number of troops engaged in conflicts from Afghanistan to Africa. We now have troops in over 170 countries. The rise of other countries’ influence; i.e.  China, Russia, and Iran, will continue as this   administration struggles with diplomacy. The demise of America’s influence and prestige continues rather dramatically around the globe. This is specifically what Putin in particular wanted to happen.

The rampant malfeasance of corporations continues at an accelerated rate with regulations being written by corporate lobbyists. The drug industry has contributed to an opioid epidemic that kills 98 Americans every day. The smell of corruption is starting to permeate the Capitol. The pollution of streams and the air will increase. The beverage industry continues to contribute to the obesity of Americans and plastic pollution. Banks and other financial institutions have taken away your right to have your day in court as arbitration is forced upon its customers. Soon many local television stations will emulate Fox and start pouring out right-wing propaganda as the Federal Communications Commission changes the rules.

It’s no secret that millions of Americans are being left behind by an elite group of wealthy individuals who are exercising greater and greater control over our nation’s economy, the media, and our political process.

This president and the dominate party are not “making America great again:” they are rapidly bringing her and her citizens down.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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McLEMORE’S WORLD

Never seeking directions

FEEDBACK

Forsyth County resident wants no major roads in the county

Editor, the Forum:

About the toll roads, and how you think it would be “Welcomed” in Forsyth and Cherokee Counties. Big mistake!! mistake in thinking that way.

Remember several years ago when, then Governor Barnes, tried to shove the Outer Loop down our throats? It failed miserably!  So, what you have here is the Outer Loop

with lipstick and eye makeup trying to fool the citizens of the counties. Got news for you, No one wants another expressway running through our county. It’s bad enough that

Georgia Highway 20 is being expanded to four lanes and destroying a lot of homes, businesses etc.

So, take your, for lack of a better word, “Pig with lipstick” and go peddle it to Dawson County ’cause the good citizens of Forsyth and Cherokee do not want another road to destroy the countryside.

— R.L. Powers, Forsyth County

Dear Mr. Powers: Let’s also remember that while Governor Barnes proposed the relief road, it was Gov. Sonny Perdue who was the one who halted the Outer Loop being built –eeb

One proposed toll road interchange is at Braselton Highway (Ga. 124)

Editor, the Forum:

Thanks for posting the conceptual plan for Sugarloaf as a toll road; it’s of great interest to me as I live very close to where it will go…which brings up my point. You said that there will be a full interchange at Old Peachtree Rd, but the accompanying map actually shows the interchange at Georgia Highway 124 (Braselton Highway.)

I’m not sure how I feel about it being a toll road. It may limit its use, which may limit congestion relief in the surrounding areas. However, I must admit I’ve been surprised at how much the HOT lanes on I-85 are being used, so my concern could well be misplaced. I’m almost always supportive of things supported by user fees.

I agree with you that Forsyth, Cherokee and Bartow counties should tie into Sugarloaf, finally creating the badly needed east-west connector north of I-285.

— Lee Hutchins, Hog Mountain

Yep, Lee, you are right. The interchange is at Braselton Highway, which is an extension of Old Peachtree Road in this area. –eeb

Enjoys GwinnettForum, but gets tired of some political thoughts

Editor, the Forum:

Over the years I have enjoyed the news and information conveyed in GwinnettForum, especially local or county news (after all that is what its name implies).  But I think especially partisan letter writers are unnecessarily making the it into a political paper, going away from why I read every issue, even though I no longer live in Georgia. After all, there is enough politics everywhere else.

The controversial radio talk show host In the 1960s, Joe Pyne, once  said, “We all know there is a lot of garbage around, but that does not mean we want to see it in our front yard every day.”

— Jim Nelems, Bluffton S.C.

Jim: Understand. Yet at the same time, what the Forum seeks is to stimulate ideas and conversations. We should print all sides, even though we don’t agree with some of the thoughts.—eeb

Wants someone to explain many policies from new administration

Editor, the Forum:

Help. I’m confused and need Republicans to explain their support of our current governments policies.

Such policies as: slashing payments that help people sign up for health insurance; allowing insurers to sell policies that provide inadequate coverage; allowing coal companies to dump mining debris into our waterways; not requiring companies with federal contracts to fix their labor and safety violations; allowing for-profit colleges to receive federal funds without any student protections; allowing oil and mining companies to make undisclosed payments to foreign governments; and allowing telecommunication companies to use and sell consumer personal information.

These are but a few policies that were reported in last Sunday’s NY Times.  I also am troubled by the administration’s weak policy toward Russian influence in our elections. Most importantly I am confused about the unwillingness of Republicans to work with Democrats in order fix our broken system.

So if there’s any supporter of our current government that could explain these policies, I would appreciate such insight.

— Alan Schneiberg, Sugar Hill         

Send us your thoughts.  We encourage you to send us your letters and thoughts on issues raised in GwinnettForum.  Please limit comments to 300 words.  We reserve the right to edit for clarity and length.  Send feedback and letters to: elliott@brack.net

UPCOMING

Eastside Medical Center marks 20 years of behavioral services

Eastside Medical Center celebrated 20 years of behavioral health services with a community open house on October 26, at their south campus hospital located at 2160 Fountain Drive in Snellville. At this event, Eastside Medical Center honored the past, celebrated the present, and shared their excitement and commitment to the future of behavioral health services.

Gathered at Eastside Medical Center’s 20th Anniversary were, from left, Tim Brady, regional vice president TriStar and Mid‐America Divisions with HCA; Trent Lind, CEO of Eastside Medical Center; and Melvin Everson, Director of Business and Industry Training at Gwinnett Technical College.

Recognition was given to Eastside’s behavioral health physician team that trailblazed the path to building the hospital’s program. Eastside’s behavioral health physicians include Dr. Jae Pak, Dr. Muhammad Ahmed, Dr. Joshua Morris, Dr. Russel Wagner, and Dr. Jay Weinstein. Pauline Phipps and Brenda Samuels, behavioral health caretakers at Eastside Medical Center, were given recognition for being a dedicated part of the program since inception 20 years ago.

Attendees heard from Eastside Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer Trent Lind, and Vice President of Behavioral Health Margaret Collier, give the hospital’s vision for the future in regards to mental health services.

Collier said: “Above all else our ‘why’ is our commitment to those whom we serve and our efforts to improve the quality of human life,, where one out of four individuals in America are diagnosed with a mental illness and every 19 minutes someone dies from an accidental overdose. This is certainly a crisis, not only in our community, but within the state of Georgia and further, our nation.”

Eastside Medical Center has recognized the need to provide a behavioral health program that continues to expand year over year to meet the needs of the growing community as mental health services continue to be an underserved healthcare need throughout the community. Over the last two decades, the hospital has increased behavioral health beds from 10 to 61. It has also expanded services to include geriatric and adult services, as well as ECT therapy.

In July of 2017, Eastside announced that they have collaborated with Navigate Recovery Gwinnett to build a program that will provide peer recovery coaches to patients in need of this service during their visit to the emergency room. The program aims to launch in Eastside’s Main and South ER locations late fall of 2017.

NOTABLE

Norcross recognizes volunteers of city boards and commissions

From left are  Charlotte Osborne, Tree Board Chair; Arlene Beckles,   Elections Board; Deb Harris, Discovery Garden Park Chair; John Bemis, Downtown Development Authority Chair; Bob Grossman,  Norcross Public Arts Chair; Gail Newton, Housing Authority Chair; Jeff Hopper, Architectural Board Chair; Al Karnitz, Planning and Zoning Board Member; Melissa Middleton, Sustainable Norcross Chair; Ashely Baumann, Historic Preservation Commission Board Member; and Brett Conn, Community Development Clerk/Sustainability Coordinator.

During this season of giving thanks, the City of Norcross recently recognized those who volunteer their time and continually help the city to be “A Place to Imagine” at a Boards and Commissions Appreciation Night.

Awards were presented to the 12 boards and commissions that serve the City of Norcross.

Councilmember Pierre Levy spearheaded the event as a way for the city to show its gratitude and support for its many volunteers.  He said: “Behind every successful city, there will be a network of volunteer citizens who care deeply about the city where they live, work and play and who are prepared to stand up and be counted, We are grateful for all those who serve on the City of Norcross’ various boards and commissions. We would not be ‘a place to imagine’ without their hard work and dedication.”

In two ceremonies, 223 PCOM students don their first white coats

Founding Dean and former Chief Academic Officer Paul Evans, DO ’79, returned to the campus to deliver the keynote address to 136 osteopathic medical students and their family members and friends during the 13th annual White Coat Ceremony held at the Infinite Energy Theater in Duluth. “I had the privilege to preside at the first white coat ceremony in 2005,” he said, “when Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) was the first osteopathic college in the deep South.”

At the morning ceremony, Dr. Evans explained that the white coat “has been a symbol of the healthcare professions for many generations” and that “wearing it is a privilege bestowed upon all those who earn a place in the healing arts.”

At the afternoon White Coat Ceremony held for 87 first year pharmacy students,  Dr. Chika Onyegam, a pharmacist who precepts PCOM School of Pharmacy students at the Veterans Administration, addressed the PharmD class of 2021.

She said that “pharmacists are often cited as professionals that Americans trust the most,” noting that patients want pharmacists to be humble, empathetic, kind, knowledgeable, detail-oriented and front-line educators.  She called on the students to “pay attention to the patients we encounter” and to become patient advocates.

Class chairs Morgan Fuller (DO ’21) and Lilytte Tagala (PharmD ’21) delivered their respective class addresses, while soloist Obianuju Nwamah (DO ’21) sang “I Believe” to an appreciative audience.

Recalling that she spent her summers working at her father’s practice, DO student doctor Fuller said, “I’ve ended up at the right place at the right time.” She reminded her class that their white coat pockets “will carry our commitment to learning and advocating for our patients.”

Tagala noted that, to her, the white coat will be “a visual reminder we will persevere and not give up…we are all on this journey together.”

RECOMMENDED

John C. Calhoun, American Portrait by Margaret L. Coit

Reviewed by Tim Keith, Sugar Hill  |  John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) was an influential, pro-slavery, states rights U. S. Senator and plantation owner from South Carolina. This biography explains why Calhoun defended slavery. He wanted to perpetuate the Southern agrarian society as an alternative to the industrialized North. He thought slavery was the glue holding Southern civilization together, believing the South would crumble into poverty and social chaos without it.  In 1850 he told Congress that the South would secede from the Union if Southerners could not keep their slaves. He proposed to Congress that a state should have the right to ignore any Federal law it didn’t like and urged expanding slavery into the new Western territories.  Both bills failed.  He lacked the vision to accept ideas like developing modern industrial technologies in the South and gradually abolishing slavery. He defended slavery without compromise even though much of the world had progressed beyond it.

An invitation: what books, restaurants, movies or web sites have you enjoyed recently? Send us your recent selection, along with a short paragraph (100 words) as to why you liked this, plus what you plan to visit or read next. –eeb

GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA TIDBIT

St. Simons Island’s Neptune Park named for former slave

Neptune Small was a slave from Glynn County, in coastal Georgia, who accompanied members of the Thomas Butler King family to fight in the Civil War (1861-65).  Small was born into slavery on September 15, 1831, on Retreat Plantation, the home of the King family of St. Simons Island. He was chosen to look after the older King sons and bonded quickly with the third son, Henry Lord Page King (known as Lord), who was only five months older. Together they learned to read and write under the tutelage of Anna Matilda Page King, Thomas Butler King’s wife.

Small

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Henry Lord Page King and his brothers enlisted in the Confederate army, and Small accompanied King as his manservant. For almost two years Small cared for King as they marched across the country and fought the battles of the Peninsula (Virginia), Richmond (Virginia), Sharpsburg (Maryland), and Harpers Ferry (West Virginia).

On December 13, 1862, during the battle of Fredericksburg (Virginia), King volunteered to carry a dispatch from Major General Lafayette McLaws to Brigadier General Thomas R. R. Cobb. He was shot while returning to his regiment after delivering the dispatch. Small waited for King until dark, but when he did not return, Small began searching the battlefield, where he found King’s body.

The next morning Small enlisted the help of some officers to make a pine box to carry King’s body to Richmond. There, he purchased a coffin and then accompanied the body to Savannah. It is believed that King’s brothers and sisters joined Small in Savannah to bury their brother in a temporary grave—it was not safe to return the body to their home on St. Simons Island, as the Union forces were using it for their island headquarters.

Although U.S. president Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 made Small a free man, Small returned to the front to serve R. Cuyler “Tip” King, the youngest son, until Confederate forces surrendered in 1865.

After the war, Small traveled to Savannah to accompany Lord King’s body to the family plot at Christ Church Cemetery on St. Simons. The King family gave Small a piece of property on their plantation, where he built his home and lived for many years with his wife, Ila, and their children. Later, a portion of his property was sold to the city of St. Simons and turned into a park that bears his name and overlooks the ocean pier.

As a free man, in what may have been a humorous reference to his stature, he chose the last name “Small” and returned to Retreat Plantation, where he continued working for the King family. In addition to helping them rebuild, tending to the gardens, and keeping up the graveyard at Christ Church. Small also helped to plant the rows of oak trees that still line the entranceway to Retreat.

Small lived more than 40 years as a free man. He died at the age of 75 on August 10, 1907, and is buried in a cemetery for Retreat Plantation slaves and their descendants.

MYSTERY PHOTO

Try your noggin on determining where this photo is located

 

So you think you are up to date on incidents in our past. Take a look at this photograph and tell us where you think it is, and what it represents. Send your answer to elliott@brack.net, and be sure to include where you live.

Allan Peel of San Antonio, Texas immediately recognized the recent Mystery Photo, which was sent in by Susan McBrayer of Sugar Hill.

Allan wrote: “Since I was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, living there from 1951 to 1987, I immediately recognized the Montreal skyline in the background and the St. Lawrence River in the mid-ground.  From there, it took a little sleuthing and I am pretty sure that this was a photo taken at the Snow Village, located on the South Shore of Montreal in Parc Jean Drapeau. The park was named after the former, two-time Mayor of Montreal (1954-1957; 1960-1986) who was responsible for bringing the World’s Fair to Montreal in 1967 and the Olympics in 1976 (both events that I was able to attend!).  Snow Village opens and operates between Jan and March of each year, although it has run into financial problems at times and does not always open.”

Guessing about the photo was George Graf of Palmyra, Va.  He said he thought it was “Snow Village, Parc Jeanne-Drapeau on Île Sainte Hélène, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, but I’m not totally sure that my guess is correct.

“The Montreal Snow Village is inspired by similar European installations, such as the snow villages in resorts like Ylläsjärvi, Finland and Brixen im Thale, Austria.  Snow Village Canada’s venture in Montreal represents the first snow and ice installation of its kind in a major metropolitan area, worldwide. The village (made entirely out of ice and snow) includes an Ice Hotel offering 14 standard rooms and 10 prestige suites, six igloos, a heated glass igloo, a restaurant accommodating 60 guests, a bar with terrace seating up to 250 guests, a convention centre to hold corporate meetings and events and an Ice Chapel. In addition there are numerous ice sculpted replicas of some of Montreal’s landmark buildings and monuments.’

LAGNIAPPE

District health departments break ground for new building

The Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments recently broke ground on a new district administrative building, located at 2570 Riverside Parkway in Lawrenceville.  The new building will be approximately 31,000 square feet and will house district staff offices, meeting and conference rooms, and warehouse space. Construction is scheduled to begin in October with an anticipated completion date of June, 2018. From are Jim Giffin, GNR district administrator; Margaret Bowen of Forum Development Services; Dr. Lloyd Hofer, district health director; District Board of Health Members Joy Monroe, Louise Radloff  and Mike Mason; Dr. Earl Grubbs of Gwinnett Co. Board of Health and David Will of Royal-Will Law Firm.

CALENDAR

(NEW) AARP Defensive Smart Driver Course will be Thursday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Suwanee Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. .  Learn defensive driving techniques and how to compensate for age related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time.  Plus you may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details! The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations can be made by emailing events@gwinnettpl.org.  Bring a bag lunch; coffee will be provided. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

(NEW) Fraud Prevention Workshop: On Saturday, November 11, the Lilburn Woman’s Club Domestic Violence Program and Lilburn Police Department will host a Fraud Prevention Workshop for seniors to be held from 10 a.m. in the meeting room in the new Lilburn City Hall on the bottom level across from the library.  The presentation is free and open to the community.  Mike Johnson, Lilburn Police Community Outreach Liaison, will be the speaker and will be accepting questions at the end of his presentation.  Come and learn how to take protective measures against fraud.

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. Colonel Fred Van Horn, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, will be the keynote speaker. Veterans are encouraged to attend and be recognized.

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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