REFLECTION: Suwanee Resident Boo Kirsch Hynes snapped this prize-winning photo, one of 13 winners in the 2014 Snap Suwanee photo competition, which he entitled "Reflection." It shows a police officer at the city's 9-11 artistic memorial, which carries the title "Remembrance," on display at the Town Center Park. The inverted conical sculpture was created by Statesboro Artist Marc Moulton, with a historical timeline embedded in the cement pad.
Issue 14.24 | June 17, 2014
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MARIETTA, Ga., June 17, 2014 -- I recently competed in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate here in Georgia. In case you missed it, I came up just a tad short. (I finished last!)
I was surprised at the number of times that I was speaking to a crowd and one or more of the attendees were wearing a pistol on his or her hip. Coupled with my unique messaging and the death threat I had received, I often would keep an eye out for pistol-packing folks and the nearest exit - just in case!
I was not
surprised at how my messaging was well received in and around Atlanta,
while being more poorly received out away from metro Atlanta. Sometimes
folks in North or South Georgia discouraged me from even speaking to their
group. A few flat-out refused to allow me to speak to their group - oh
I was surprised at how well I liked Jack Kingston on a personal level. He and I don't see eye to eye on policy, but he's a likable guy.
Having never run a political race, I was surprised by the emotional lift a candidate gets from supporters and volunteers. It is incredible.
Before I entered the race I figured that the GOP establishment would try to keep me from being successful and that my "man bites dog" story would gain traction in the press easily and early on (after all, how many GOP candidates in the South or elsewhere are standing up for marriage equality and a woman's right to control her own body? -- I don't know of any others in Georgia). But the opposite happened -- the GOP was very fair and even-handed with me, while the press largely ignored me and made my task that much tougher. Hats off to the GOP!
I expected that my unusual (by today's metrics) campaign would naturally draw media attention, which would empower me to supercharge my fundraising. But the lack of media coverage actually hurt my fundraising. Potential donors often questioned whether I was actually in the race, because they frequently saw stories about the race that didn't mention me at all. I am not sure that the media understands how much impact their coverage early on in a race have on the ultimate outcome by impacting fundraising efforts.
I was also surprised to learn how many media outlets have a particular slant in such a race. As the race wore on, it became apparent that some media outlets had a favorite in the race, which resulted in favorable (and heavy) coverage for the favorite and little or none for a candidate like me. It was particularly galling that my hometown newspaper, the Marietta Daily Journal, refused to cover me.
Of course, I didn't lose because of the media. I lost because I didn't get enough votes. But better coverage early on might have given me a better chance.
Finally, going into the race I knew that politics is incredibly superficial. Indeed, the appearance of substance matters more than actual substance. Vacuous slogans are effective, while innovative, real-world ideas get lost in the fog. I knew that my campaign of real ideas (good ones at that) would be tough sledding. But it was terribly disappointing to not have been able to communicate those ideas more widely and more effectively. It is a true shame that my patent reform proposal to lower the cost of medicines in the U.S. is not getting wider attention, as that reform would do more to lower the cost of health care than anything proposed to date.
JUNE 17, 2014 -- If a Civil War buff, you should know about the Civil War Trails newsletter, which is following the 150th anniversary of Sherman's march to the sea. You can learn a lot at this site.
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Ever wonder why Robert and Bonaparte Allen decided to open tanneries in Buford in the 1870s?
We learned the other day in an article in Georgia Backroads written by Donna Shrum, an educator and free lance writer who lives in The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She reports that the father of the two Allen boys, Washington Allen, was himself a tanner. So they got their training at home, and naturally turned to the profession when young men, in Buford. By the way, the Backroads article is quite good.
Other articles included in this quarter's edition include about a wealthy slave in Savannah, an ode to U.S. Highway 41, and about the Macon music scene of the 60s and 70s.
If you're interested in Georgia lore, Georgia Backroads is one of the best of the current statewide magazines. Their articles are in depth, and well-researched. Plus you get to read of the interests of Publisher Dan Roper of Armuchee, and get to follow a quick-witted and down-home columnist, Mary Ann Anderson of Hazlehurst. In addition, this quarterly publication is usually filled with loads of older photographs, history and places to visit in the state. Subscribe here.
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Roundabouts: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests there is on average a 40 percent decrease in all accidents and a 90 percent drop in fatal ones, when a traffic intersection is replaced by a roundabout.
No doubt we need more roundabouts in our country. Other countries of the world have many of their intersections composed primarily of roundabouts. While to Americans they may seem difficult to negotiate, they work, and keep traffic flowing.
has recently put in its first roundabout, though on a street with a low
traffic flow. But these engineering marvels can also work on heavily-trafficked
areas, such as the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and at Marble Arch in London.
We remember that Brett Harrell, when mayor of Snellville, proposed a roundabout at U.S. Highway 78 and Georgia Highway 24. Most people roundly spoke against such a traffic circle there then, but now 10-15 years later, it seems to have more merit.
Proponents of roundabout say the sites are well-landscaped and that traffic through them moves at lower speeds, which reduces the severity of accidents. Which is going to be the next Gwinnett city to move in this roundabout direction?
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Erupting this week was controversy in a county in a lot of hot water lately, DeKalb County. (DeKalb is getting nearly as bad a reputation as Snellville.)
The current controversy is whether DeKalb County should spend nearly $5 million to refurbish an existing YMCA. Just to set the record straight, the two YMCAs in Gwinnett County were built with no governmental funds, all the money being raised privately.
generally the way YMCAs have operated: a private gift of cash or land,
and then a major fundraising program. Government funding of a private
enterprise, even when a non-profit such as a YMCA, raises more questions
than it answers.
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Editor, the Forum:
comment concerning "fairness" has another issue that you allude
to. It is the concept of "balance" as part of fairness, and
this leads more to polarization and a lack of consideration of alternative
viewpoints than anything.
Remembering another admonition: Turn off faucet when brushing
Editor, the Forum:
Your recent article hit home. Seems my sisters and I had the same rules imposed on us about "cleaning our plates." And, I enforced the same on my children.
I, my older
sister, and my twin sister were depression babies," older from 1930
and my twin and I born in 1935. The Great Depression was said to have
ended in 1939. However, had it not been for Japan bombing us at Pearl
Harbor in 1941, I think it would have lasted much longer. All that defense
work getting our nation ready for World War II surely helped alleviate
One thing you didn't touch on: turning off the water faucet when brushing your teeth. Think of the gallons of water that can be saved by doing this. This should be particularly important in the area you live in, considering the population growth and the total population of the Atlanta metropolitan area and your water use.
I can remember my drill instructor's words at Parris Island when we went to chow. "Take all you want on your tray, but you damn well better eat it all!"
A new charter
school will open in Norcross in the Fall, funded by the Gwinnett Board
North Metro Academy of Performing Arts is a start up Charter School, located at 182 Hunter Street in Norcross, where the charter school will lease the former Hopewell Christian Academy site.)
It will be a public school approved by the Gwinnett and State Board of Education, funded as other public schools, on full-time enrollment count. There is no cost to parents. It will offer instructions in kindergarten through sixth grade, adding seventh grade next year and eighth grade the following year. All students will wear uniforms.
Beauty P. Baldwin is the founding chair of the school. Ms. Baldwin, former Buford school superintendent, says: "Continuously, over the years, we have investigated ways of keeping students in school, or finding ways to get students who have dropped out, to return. It is so important that we educate our children in order for them to be successful producers, rather than users. We have not yet been successful in finding the answer. Now this new charter school has a new approach to begin to solve the problem."
North Metro Academy of Performing Arts is founded on a belief that in order to make a difference in whether children complete high school, and even continue in post secondary education, is from starting early, getting them focused on learning, and keeping that focus through middle and high school. Ms. Baldwin adds: "We believe that by integrating the performing arts with the academics, beginning in kindergarten, we can engage and motivate students who might otherwise struggle with behavioral, social and emotion issues that impede their academic achievement."
The school will tap into students' talents and leverage their success in performing arts to encourage them to do better in academics. The arts will be integrated into academics through song, movement, drama and design. Included will be instruction in music, theater arts, dance and production design.
Duluth Fine Arts League's Arts at Twilight coming June 21
The Duluth Fine Arts League will host the sixth Annual Arts at Twilight on June 21, at 7 p.m. at the Duluth Festival Center, located in the town green of historic downtown Duluth.
The Duluth Fine Arts League (DFAL) raises funds each year to support a high school fine arts scholarship program as well as sponsor other art events in downtown Duluth. During the last six years, DFAL has given $22,000 in scholarship money to high school graduates that have chosen to work on a fine arts degree in college or a post-secondary program.
This year's theme is "Hooray for Hollywood." The night will be filled with stars of all kinds, including famous look alike celebrities. DFAL President Kay Montgomery says: "Hooray for Hollywood is going to be a fun evening for our guests with a great dance floor and a unique silent auction. It is an event that showcases local artists, ranging from performing arts to visual arts."
Tickets for this year's event are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. The dress for the event is party attire or "old " Hollywood. The ticket includes food, drinks, entertainment and a silent auction. The event is once again being catered by Proof of the Pudding.
This year's silent auction is taking a new approach. The artistic members of DFAL have been working for months on repurposing old chairs to create a fresh unique look. Each chair has been creatively refurbished and will be available for purchase at the silent auction. Each chair will have its own story attached for the buyers to read which will make the chair even more special. For example, one chair was made from an old lake dock and is now a refurbished, patriotic Adirondack chair. Other silent auction items include original art from Cher Thompson Austin, Pam Smith, David Gentry plus items from Kathy Andrews Fincher collection, Gwinnett Braves tickets, jewelry from Gems Shopping Network, pottery and other items.
The Duluth Fine Arts League is a nonprofit organization established in 2008 as a task force by Mayor Nancy Harris and a group of 12 local citizens. The organization has been under the leadership of Kay Montgomery since 2012 and membership has grown to 87 members. Engagement is a high priority and the DFAL members are actively involved in community art related events such as Barefoot in the Park, New Dawn Community Theater, Duluth Public Art Commission and the Gateway Art Project.
Paddlers prepare for week-long journey down Chattahoochee
400 paddlers will traverse 110 miles of the Chattahoochee River June 21-27
as part of Paddle Georgia 2014, a week-long canoe/kayak journey organized
by Georgia River Network (GRN). Approximately 50 paddlers will also participate
in the weekend only version - Paddle Georgia Lite.
the ten-year anniversary for Paddle Georgia. In the event's first nine
years, more than 2,800 paddlers have traversed more than 900 miles of
water trails in Georgia. On the river by day, at night the participants
will camp at nearby facilities such as local high schools. For additional
fees, hot breakfasts and dinners are provided, along with sack lunches.
for the media, including a daily itinerary, directions to campsites, launch
sites, and take-out sites can be found on the Paddle
leaders have been selected for the Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2015 --
the 30th class of Leadership Gwinnett's signature program for established
community leaders. Armed with new knowledge, connections and perspectives,
Leadership Gwinnett graduates are prepared to take their places as effective
GGC professor wins lifetime achievement award at World Forum
David Barnes, a professor of biology at Georgia Gwinnett College, received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) at the 2014 World Forum on Biology, held recently in Savannah. Dr. Thomas Mundie, dean of GGC's School of Science and Technology, says: "Dr. Barnes has been invaluable in the development of our cell biology program. We were thrilled to hear of his selection."
The SIVB focuses on biological research, development and applications of significance to science and society. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors scientists who have achieved academic excellence in their field of study, made significant contributions to the field of in vitro biology, and/or in the development of novel technologies that have advanced in vitro biology.
Barnes obtained his bachelor's and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California - San Diego. He received the American Cancer Society Junior and Senior Faculty Awards and a National Cancer Institute Research Career Development Award. He is a native of Fayetteville, Ark.
Before joining the Georgia Gwinnett faculty in 2011, he was a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State University, and the director of Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology and the National Stem Cell Resource at the American Type Culture Collection, the world's premier biological culture repository, located in Manassas, Va.
He also was a staff scientist at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, a nonprofit institution in Bar Harbor, Maine, known for its use of marine organisms in biomedical research. Barnes has authored and co-authored more than 150 scientific articles and co-edited nine books on cell and molecular biology. He continues pursuing his work in aquatic organisms as models for cancer research.
You can go there and eat at the Suwanee location at Interstate 85 and Old Peachtree Road. Or you can do what we did recently, order a pound to go. Man, was it good! Perhaps it was because we got a considerable amount of side meat, crusted beautifully. But mainly, it was the large chunks of lean pulled pork, pink and tantalizing, all served with a tangy light barbecue sauce. We had it in sandwiches twice, then finished off a small portion on a pizza. That was good eating. The restaurant chain is out of Birmingham, Ala., and we've eaten their barbecue there. But so far as we are concerned, this is the best barbecue in Gwinnett County. Go and see for yourself!--eeb
Jackson Lee Nesbitt, a noted printmaker and painter of the American Scene, dedicated his artistic career to the portrayal of ordinary people going about the business of their lives. A native of Oklahoma, Nesbitt created scenes from the Midwest during the 1930s and 1940s, but in the 1950s, when interest in his work diminished, he moved to Atlanta and established a second career in advertising.
Thirty years later, Nesbitt (pictured at right) sold his business and resumed his artistic career from Atlanta.
Nesbitt 's father owned a commercial printing business. Jack, as Nesbitt was known, helped out in the family business until 1931, when he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Two years later Nesbitt enrolled at the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri. There he met his future wife, Elaine Thompson, who was a costume design student. Thomas Hart Benton, who joined the faculty in the fall of 1935, quickly became a close friend and mentor to the younger artist.
In 1937 the management of the Sheffield Steel Corporation contacted deMartelly concerning an etching commission. Because Nesbitt was an outstanding student, his teacher suggested him for the job. When Nesbitt arrived at the plant one afternoon, he was taken to the open-hearth furnace area, where he diligently sketched anonymous workers in that dramatic setting until 5 a.m. the following morning. On the strength of his sketches, he was commissioned to create a series of etchings illustrating different phases of the steel industry. The commission launched Nesbitt's career as a professional artist.
The commission with Sheffield Steel Corporation provided the financial security that enabled Jack and Elaine Nesbitt to marry on June 1, 1938. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute about the same time. Working as a freelance artist, Nesbitt augmented his commissioned work with genre scenes of the Midwest, and he routinely went with Benton on sketching trips to rural Arkansas. The landscape and people of the Ozarks often appear in the finished work of both artists.
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(NEW) Doing Business with Gwinnett workshop, Wednesday, June 18, in Suwanee at the University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus, 2530 Sever Road. Aimed at small businesses wanting to be a county vendor, small business owners will be able to network with buyers to establish relationships and to obtain information about current and upcoming projects. Attendees can register online for this event at www.gwinnettchamber.org/events. Seating is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
(NEW) Lifeguard Training Courses, at the West Gwinnett Aquatic Center, 4488 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Berkeley Lake. Three classes will be held on Friday, June 19, from 5 to 10 p.m.; and on Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Training will be by the American Red Cross instructors. Cost is $186 and participants must register by June 19 by going to www.gwinnettparks.com and use activity code WGAC11566.
(NEW) 78th annual meeting of Walton EMC is Saturday, June 21, at the Walton County Agricultural Education Center, 1208 Croswell Road, three miles south of Monroe on Georgia Highway 11. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with children's activities, health screenings and exhibits open at 9 a.m., and the business meeting at 10 a.m. The first 1,000 customer-owners to register will receive a LED lantern. Those registering by 10 a.m. are also eligible for door prizes, including a recycled Ford pickup truck. More details.
Family Fun Day, at Duluth Town Green, Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sponsored by Hi-Hope Service Center, the goal is to build awareness for families with members who have developmental challenges. Activities include a wheel parade, inflatables, arts and crafts and live entertainment.
Opening Celebration of Gwinnett Medical Center's first class of family medical resident physicians, Monday, June 23, at 3:15 p.m. at 665 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville (opposite the main GMC campus.) Come meet the first five residents of the program at the Strickland Family Medical Center, which will offer a range of services from treating newborns to seniors.
To Feel the Clouds is the current exhibit at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Nationally-known Georgia photographer John Slemp will exhibit 25 photos of aircraft and the medium they fly in-clouds, The exhibit remains up through June 28. More of his work can be seen at www.aerographs.com.
Free Brown Bag Concerts on the lawn at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville. Bring a lunch and enjoy music and other activities. Dates for the 11 a.m. Brown Bag concerts are on July 11 and August 1, all sponsored by the Gwinnett Parks and Recreation Commission.
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