Issue 12.58 | Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012
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LAWRENCEVILLE Ga., Nov. 6, 2012---Christmas Canteen 2012 is Aurora Theatre's original annual holiday musical extravaganza, which begins its run on November 23 and continues through December 23.
This living Christmas card overflows with nostalgic music that will evoke warm holiday memories. Gwinnett County's longest running theatrical holiday tradition combines the sentimentality of a television variety special with the high energy of a USO show. For thousands of North Georgians, it's just not Christmas until they hear their Canteen favorites. This year the show is jam-packed with more holiday tunes than ever. Christmas Canteen 2012 pays tribute to the men and women of the United States Armed Services both past and present.
Aurora's Festival of Trees supports both the United States Marine Corps
Toys for Tots drive and local food banks. From the whimsically clever
to the breathtakingly spectacular, the Festival of Trees decks the halls
of Aurora Theatre with over 30 trees decorated by local businesses. Show
viewers are encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite tree with a new
unwrapped toy or a non-perishable food to help ensure that everyone has
a great holiday season. Generous thanks to the Holtkamp Can Challenge,
who handles the food drive, delivering to local food banks.
of Lawrenceville has its free Parking Deck attached to Aurora Theatre,
at 153 Crogan Street.
NOV. 6, 2012 -- A great big THANK YOU to all of you who voted early. We just cannot bring ourselves to do it. We want to make sure that we hear every last thing, even the last robo call, up until voting day, before we cast our ballot.
the reason we thank you for voting early. It should made it a little easier
on those of us who vote on November 6, with smaller lines, because of
you early voters.. Actually, when we vote about 8:15 a.m., it's rarely
crowded. But we thank you just the same.
Well, we did some of the work for you, digging through the online returns to see what percent of votes the opposed candidates got previously. So, make your comparisons with the returns, from Gwinnett only, from this year's race.
School Board members have four year terms. Here are the results from 2008:
GWINNETT'S WORST TRAFFIC intersection, that of Georgia Highway 20 crossing Georgia Highway 316, is moving toward improving, though the completion of the work is not scheduled until the end of year 2014. Overall, it is a $37.4 million project, including 2.23 miles of new roadway and two new bridges over Highway 316. Contractor is GP'S Enterprises, Inc. of Auburn.
A key element in the project is placement of bridge beams over Route 316 at Collins Hill Road. The placement began last week, with more than half the beams now being placed. Work on the placement has been at night, with traffic stopped while the bridge beams are being put in place.
Harold Mull, district construction engineer for the Department of Transportation, explains: "We started on the bridge that will be part of Collins Hill Road first. The footings have been installed, pouring of the vertical concrete columns and caps that give the bridge its height is complete, and thus the skeleton of the bridge has taken shape. Now we are setting the horizontal bridge beams that will support the driving surface over 316. This is a major project milestone. There are 22 beams that will be set if the weather cooperates."
Once the project is completed, motorists will access Highway 316 via ramps instead of the existing intersections. "This project will build one interchange or exit to allow traffic from Highway 316 to access Highway 20 or to access Collins Hill Road using a system of long ramps. The existing signalized intersections at Highway 20 and at Collins Hill Road will be removed as the interchange is finished. It is similar to the system DOT has along I-85 from Highway 120 down to Pleasant Hill Road. Motorists get off the mainline of I-85 south at Highway 120 and use the parallel roads to access the exit they need," says Mull.
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Ballet Theatre will present its 17th annual production of The Nutcracker
from November 30 through December 16. Under the artistic directorship
of Wade Walthall, 11 public shows and five outreach performances are scheduled
at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Gwinnett Center in Duluth.
Join your friends and neighbors December 1 on Main Street in Lilburn for the annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by the City of Lilburn and the Lilburn Business Association. During this year's grand finale, Santa's Elf will parachute into City Park. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church and winds down Main Street to City Park.
Shepard, owner/operator of the Lilburn Chick-fil-A, will serve as Grand
Marshal. Marching bands will be featured along with more than 100 decorated
floats, tractors, and classic cars. Santa's Elf will land in City Park
at the end of the parade, approximately 11 a.m. Attendees are welcome
to take photos with Santa in the park and enjoy music and children's activities.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Back by popular demand, the annual Holiday Craft Market will be on Saturday November 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center. This event is free to attend and includes a Kid's Craft room, pictures with Santa, and bakery concessions available for purchase.
Vendors will feature a range of jewelry, pottery, soaps, fragrances, and so much more. Now in its eight year, the event includes one-of-a-kind works created by local artisans. "The artistry is truly remarkable," says Koren Wheeler, program supervisor at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center.
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation encourages the public to come out and see the variety of art pieces that are showcased throughout the center. Young, budding artists will be able to try their hand in the Kids Craft Room to create crafts, and a make-and-take ornament. There is a special 10 percent discount at select vendors for seniors and some for active military. There will be door prizes and raffles throughout the day. It's the perfect place to get a head start on your holiday shopping for friends and family. For more information or to become a vendor, call 770-417-2200.
Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center is located at 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Norcross. The Center holds classes in many different categories, such as dance, cultural arts, wellness, martial arts, fitness, and so much more. This location also includes a dance/aerobics room, pottery studio, large community room with catering kitchen, indoor and outdoor classrooms, and beautiful walking trails that connect to Pinckneyville Park and Soccer Complex. For more information on our facility visit our website at www.gwinnettparks.com.
"This book is a richly-detailed account of life in Germany during the 1933-1934 period when Nazi leader Adolph Hitler consolidated his power over the country, and started the world down the path to World War II and the Holocaust. The story is told mainly through the eyes of two Americans: William Dodd, a history professor who served as American Ambassador to Berlin during those years, and his 25 year old daughter Martha, who moved with her family to Germany when her father was appointed and then proceeded to immerse herself in Berlin's vibrant social scene. The title is a translation of the German word Tiergarten, the name of a large park in Berlin near the American Embassy that is a key site in the events described in the book, and, on another level, is a metaphor for life in Germany at the time."
(Continued from previous edition)
The construction of monuments began soon after the war, but most communities, financially wrecked by the conflict, had little money with which to honor the fallen. By 1900 three organizations, beginning with the Ladies Memorial Association and followed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the United Confederate Veterans, had undertaken a movement across the South to honor the veterans. These groups began to raise funds for monuments through bake sales, variety shows, lotteries, publication sales, donations, and socials.
Monuments were originally placed in a town's most prestigious location, such as along a major thoroughfare, on the grounds of the courthouse or city hall, or in a cemetery. Over the years, however, mostly due to changing traffic patterns, many monuments have been moved to safer locations; the monument in Albany has been moved at least four times.
first dedicated monument, constructed to the memory of "Our Boys
in Gray," was erected by the Linwood Sunday School in June 1866 and
is located at Fort Gordon, outside Augusta. Although at least two other
states claim the first Confederate monument, the monument at Fort
One of the oldest monuments in Georgia is the chimney of Augusta's Confederate Powder Works, which was dedicated as a Confederate monument in 1872 to save it from demolition. The first large monument, the angel monument at Stonewall Confederate Cemetery in Griffin (Spalding County), was dedicated in 1869.
About 25 monuments appeared during the 19th century, including those in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Elberton, Macon, and Savannah. The monument in Elberton helped to begin a multimillion-dollar granite industry.
More than 60 monuments were built and dedicated during the first two decades of the 20th century. These include many of the typical pedestal-shaft-soldier monuments found throughout Georgia. Examples exist in Brunswick, Cedartown (Polk County), Covington, Dublin, Eatonton, Gainesville, and Marietta.
The first Confederate monument to women of the Confederacy was dedicated in Rome in 1910. The construction of new monuments waned in the first half of the 20th century because of the hardships brought by World War I (1917-18), the Great Depression, and World War II (1941-45). From 1920 until 1980 approximately 25 monuments were dedicated in Georgia, including those in Canton, Commerce (Jackson County), Fairburn (Fulton County), and Toccoa (Stephens County), as well as the Confederate totem pole, which no longer exists, in Hall County at Blackshear Place.
A resurgence of interest in Confederate monuments, mainly among local chapters of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, resulted in the dedication of around thirty monuments between 1980 and 2005. Fine examples of the colorful monuments completed during this time period can be found in Colbert (Madison County), Chickamauga, Cumming, and Lawrenceville.
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2012 FEDERAL CANDIDATES
U.S. Congress, District 4
Congress, District 7
Georgia Public Service Commission, District 3
State Senate, District 9
State Representative, District 81
State Representative, District 93
Representative, District 95
State Representative, District 96
Representative, District 101
State Representative, District 105
2012 COUNTY CANDIDATES
Clerk of Superior Court
Gwinnett County School Board, District 1
Gwinnett County School Board, District 3
Gwinnett County School Board, District 5
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Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:
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THE WEEK AHEAD
24th Annual Eizenstat Memorial Lecture, featuring Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the United States Superior Court: 8 p.m., Nov. 7, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Avenue, Atlanta. The lecture is free and open to the community. Courtesy RSVP requested by email or by phoning 404.355.5222.
Consignment and Estate Sale: Nov. 9-10, Gwinnett Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville, sponsored by the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties. Details: contact by email or call 770-990-2206.
(NEW) HomeSafe Workshop: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 10, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Norcross. In cooperation with The Impact! Group and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, this workshop's goal is to provide information to homeowners to prevent foreclosures. Eligible homeowners approved for the program will close on a subordinate loan. The loan will be at zero percent interest for the assistance period. More details: www.theimpactgroup.org.
Veteran's Day Ceremony: 1:30 p.m., Nov. 11, Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville (at the back of the GJAC front parking lot.
Southern Wings Bird Club: 7 p.m., Nov. 12, second floor of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Author John Yow of The Armchair Birder will speak on coastal birds. More info.
ONGOING AND COMING SOON
Stitched Art Show by Adele Steele: Through Nov. 30, Chocolate Perks in Duluth. An opening will be November 4 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with quilt wall hangings, scarves, custom designed jewelry, totes, etc. Proceeds benefit the Gwinnett Women and Children's Shelter.
Gwinnett Technology Forum: 7:30 a.m., Nov. 13, Busbee Center of Gwinnett Technical college. The subject will be Untangling the Invisible Wires of today's Wireless Industry. Panelists will be Glenn Lurie, AT&T; Daniel Foster, Verizon Wireless; and Steve Brumer, 151 Ventures. There is no cost to attend.
(NEW) Buford Business Association Afterhours: 5:30 p.m., Nov. 13, Mirko Pasta, 3265 Sardis Church Road. Information on the holiday season will be presented. BBA board election results will be announced.
(NEW) Population explosion will be the subject at the Sierra Club meeting: 7 p.m., Nov. 15, Berkmar High School. Todd Daniel will be discussing the relationship between population and the environment in his program, "The Global Population Explosion - Here We Grow Again." For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gwinnett Economic Development Summit: 7:30 a.m., Nov. 16, Gwinnett Technical College. Speakers include Dr. Christopher Ray, principal of Gwinnett Online Campus; Dr. Mark Iken, Georgia Gwinnett College; Matt Hyatt, CEO of Rocket IT; Jeff Spence, COO, Innovolt; Stephen Fleming, Ga. Tech Innovation Institute; and Mayor Nancy Harris of Duluth. More info.
(NEW) 15th America Recycles Day: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 17, Recycling Bank of Gwinnett, 4300 Satellite Boulevard, Duluth. Come for free paper shredding, cash for aluminum cans, free recycling of foam food containers, cash prizes, and recycling of newspapers, cardboard, etc.
(NEW) Another America Recycles Day: 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 17, Coolray Field, home of Gwinnett Braves. Sponsored by Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division. This event will have paper shredding, electronics recycling, and tire recycling. Kid's activities, free food and giveaways are on tap.
Fourth annual Johns Creek Poetry Festival: 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 17, Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek. Featured speaker will be Judson Mitcham, new poet laureate of Georgia. Details: 770-876-2904.
Wink Art Exhibit: Through Nov. 24, Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford. Shown will be resident art with a hint of humor, a turn of the phrase or visual twist to make you smile. Details: 678-428-4877, or visit www.TanneryRowArtistColony.com.
Photo Exhibit: Through Nov. 28, George Pierce Park Community Room, Suwanee, during Community Center hours, Monday through Saturday. Frank L. Sharp presents "Israel, the Holy Land," while Wendell Tudor features "Images of the Sea," coastline and landscape images, including photographs from Canada.
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