Georgia Cup Criterium will take place Aug. 2 in Duluth
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Ga., June 27, 2014 -- The inaugural Georgia
Cup-Duluth Criterium will debut on August 2nd, in the streets of Downtown
Duluth. With 600 cyclists and 15,000+ spectators, this event will feature
some of the top professional and amateur racers in the Southeast region
and beyond. The unique feature of this event will be the twilight
races for the Pro Women and Men that evening, Under the lights.
It will offer $15,000 in prize purses.
racing is one of the most common forms of bike racing in America.
The criterium, is a multi-lap race of 25-60 miles held on a closed course----generally
a mile or less in length. These races, which usually last one to two hours,
are extremely fast, with cyclists going 30 miles per hour and up, as they
jockey for position and sprint for lap primes (cash or merchandise
prizes, pronounced preems). The short, closed course, generally
with both right and left-hand corners, makes this type of racing easy
to watch for spectators, and more accessible for the media.
In criteriums, its go from the gun, as the strong riders
force the pace and the weaker ones struggle to hang on. Quick acceleration
and bike-handling ability are paramount. A successful criterium rider
will be able to dive into a tight corners at high speed, leaning the bike
over a gravity-defying angle, then power out of the turn and instantly
set up for the next. Its important to stay near the front; the first
few riders in the pack can take a corner with little or no braking. Those
toward the back jockey for the best line through the turn,
brake, and then sprint to catch up with the pack as it accelerates, developing
an accordion or slinky effect.
In an hour-long race where corners will number in the hundreds, the constant
braking and accelerating takes its toll. Riders who fall off the pace
and find themselves out of contention or lapped by the field, will usually
be removed from the race. A rider who crashes, flats or has some other
mechanical problem, however, may take advantage of a free-lap rule to
repair his or her bike, proceeding to a repair pit and re-entering the
pack in the position he or she left it a lap later.
This USA Cycling sanctioned and insured event, will start at 1 p.m. It
will feature races for all level of bike riders. Riders who have
not raced, or do not have much experience, will have an opportunity to
compete at 1 p.m. The racing will continue throughout the day, with a
large number of categories and classes available for racers to participate.
The goal of the Georgia Cup is to capitalize on the speed, adrenaline
and excitement of professional cycling and use it as a platform from which
to promote and encourage family fitness, health, and wellness. The
Georgia Cup Duluth Twilight Pro Criterium is more than a professional
cycling race. It becomes a festival of fitness, health, and wellness to
promote preventative health.
The Duluth Twilight will also host an exotic culinary excursion, featuring
mobile food vendors to capture your taste buds. Live music will flow through
the air and childrens laughter coming from the Kids Corner,
featuring inflatables, face painting, games and more.
additional information, contact: Alisa
Williams or call 678-475-3506.
USA ever see a body as effective as the 59th Congress?
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JUNE 27, 2014 -- For generations, Americans have been frustrated by the
inaction of its government. Commentators, from Mark Twain to Will Rogers
to todays talking heads, lament the inability of the government,
and Congress in particular, to move matters ahead and get something
once opined: We all joke about Congress but we can't improve on
them. Have you noticed that no matter who we elect, he is just as bad
as the one he replaces?"
One of the most progressive and important of sessions had to be the 59th
Congress, back during the fifth and sixth years of the Theodore Roosevelt
administration. Its accomplishments are massive, creating some of the
most important legislation of our country, all backed by the enormous
personality of the old Bull Moose, Teddy Roosevelt. This is highlighted
in the current best seller, Bully Pulpit, by the historian, Doris Kearns
Goodwin. This book tells primarily of the tremendous relationship between
Roosevelt and his good friend, Secretary of War, and successor as president,
William Howard Taft.
At one point, Ms. Goodwin quotes The New York Times in saying of
the 59th: During no session of Congress since the foundation of
the Government has there been so much done, first to extend the Federal
power of regulation and control over the business of the country, and
second, to cure and prevent abuses of corporation privileges.
Indeed, it was a major session of Congress. Here are three provisions
of 1906 which passed during this term:
Hepburn Act, creating the Interstate Commerce Commission, which
began regulating railroads. This was a major victory for the Roosevelt
Administration, since railroads had a stranglehold on shipping, favoring
many trusts and industries.
Pure Food and Drug Act, a consumer protection bill, which led to
the creation of the Federal Food and Drug Administration. This
eventually led to the banning of interstate traffic in mislabeled food
and drug products.
Federal Meat Inspection Act, giving the Department of Agriculture
wide power in the inspection and labeling of meat products.
of the most influential of media in those days was McClures magazine,
which had written much about all three subjects, railroads, drugs and
the meat industry. Pass they must, McClure's biographer wrote
of the bills: That verdict had already been reached by the people.
But it was only because of the intense focus on these industries by the
magazine media that progress was virtually mandated by the Congress because
of the light shed on these industries.
Even more was to come from this 59th Congress. Such tepid sounding legislation
as a employers liability law for the District of Columbia passed.
Then came the Antiquities Act of 1906, which gave the president the authority
by executive order, to restrict the use of particular public land owned
by the federal government. This allowed the president to create national
monuments on federal lands. The first use of the Act protected a large
geographic feature President Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower
National Monument on September 24, 1906. Roosevelt also used this Act
to create the Grand Canyon National Monument.
Two more elements from the 59th Congress were the creation of statehood
for Arizona and new Mexico.
All told, the 59th Congress added up to what the Detroit Free Press said:
The public confidence has been greatly restored in our lawmakers.
Forces came together in 1906-07 for the United States to make great strides
from its government. Perhaps some day, well see it again. Alas,
it may not happen during the sad state of the 113th Congress.
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the brakes on misclassification of independent contractors
Editor, the Forum:
The misclassification of employees as something other than employees,
such as independent contractors, presents a serious problem for affected
employees, employers, and to the entire economy.
Many trucking and delivery companies call their drivers independent contractors.
Some other businesses that do this are contractors, home health care employees
and gymnasiums (personal trainers).
I questioned some of these workers, it becomes evident that their company
controlled every aspect of their work. They were really employees, but
by misclassifying them, the company evaded labor laws and payroll taxes,
pushed costs onto workers, and skirted responsibility to provide basic
Lets target in on the trucking industry, thousands of drivers, are
required to front the costs of their own employmenttruck, insurance,
maintenance, and fuelbut the company tells them when, where, and
how to do the job.
Trucking isnt the only industry to adopt a business model where
profits flow from the bottom to the top. In recent decades, major employers
have engaged in wholesale restructuring, outsourcing work and re-labeling
formerly good jobs, contributing to the rise of income inequality.
Federal agencies like the Labor Department and the IRS are also concluding
that many of these workers are employees. And New York became the first
state to adopt misclassification protections specifically for the trucking
industry. What is Georgia doing about this serious exploitation of workers?
Our current Labor commissioner is doing nothing to solve this problem.
Misclassified employees are often denied access to critical benefits and
protections such as family and medical leave, overtime, minimum
wage and unemployment insurance to which they are entitled. Employee
misclassification also generates substantial losses to the Treasury and
the Social Security and Medicare funds, as well as to state unemployment
insurance and workers compensation funds.
George Wilson, Stone Mountain
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EMC part of largest solar energy projects in state
EMC will soon receive energy from one of the largest solar energy projects
in Georgia, President/CEO Chip Jakins has announced. Jackson EMC
is one of 27 Georgia electric cooperatives that will purchase the output
of the planned project for a 25-year period through Green Power EMC, the
renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations
ground-mounted solar array will be constructed near Hazlehurst, Ga., in
Jeff Davis County, and will be one of the largest solar generating facilities
in Georgia. The solar array will occupy approximately 135 acres
and will incorporate over 87,000 solar modules. Once completed,
the solar array will generate more than 43,000 megawatt hours of clean,
renewable electricity annually.
The project is being built by owner-operator Silicon Ranch Corporation,
based in Nashville, Tenn. Construction is scheduled to begin this
year, and the facility will be ready to produce electricity by the end
of 2015. According to Jakins, the 20 MW project will produce enough
electricity to serve about 3,000 EMC households.
Jakins said the Hazlehurst project is the result of a request for proposals
issued in late 2013 to add more solar energy to Green Power EMCs
portfolio. The company already purchases the output of two solar
projects, a 115 kilowatt (kW) rooftop array near Athens, Ga., and a 150
kW ground-mounted array near Warner Robins, Ga. He said the Hazlehurst
project will nearly double the total renewable capacity of Green Power
EMC from the current 32 MW to about 52 MW.
The addition of one of the largest solar projects in Georgia to
our power generation portfolio demonstrates our commitment to help develop
the states renewable resources, said Jakins. We
are excited to be a part of this major expansion of solar energy in Georgia.
Silicon Ranch Corporation is a top 15 solar owner-operator in the U.S.
and provides customized solar solutions based on the needs of its customers.
Silicon Ranch has been instrumental in assisting many of its customers
accomplish numerous firsts in their marketplaces. Silicon Ranch
also owns and operates Georgias largest solar farm in Social Circle,
Ham Radio operators plan field day June 28-29
Thousands of Ham Radio operators will be showing off their emergency capabilities
this weekend. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of
ham radio operators providing critical communications in emergencies,
including the California wildfires, Oregon and Michigan storms, tornadoes
and other events world-wide.
When trouble is brewing, ham radio operators are often the first to provide
critical information and communications. On June 28-29, Gwinnettians will
have a chance to meet and talk with these ham radio operators and see
for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about., hams from across
the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications
Harbins Park, 2995 Luke Edwards Road in Dacula, Gwinnett Amateur Radio
Society (GARS) and Gwinnett County Amateur Radio Emergency Services will
be demonstrating Amateur Radio continuously from 2 p.m. on Saturday through
2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
This annual event, called "Field Day" is the climax of the week
long "Amateur Radio Week" sponsored by the ARRL, the national
association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham
operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls,
schools and back yards around the country. Their slogan, "Ham radio
works when other systems don't! " is more than just words to the
hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use
of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised
in a crisis. More than 30,000 amateur radio operators across the
country participated in last year's event.
"We hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not
your grandfather's radio anymore," said Allen Pitts of the ARRL.
"The communications networks that ham radio people can quickly create
have saved many lives in the past months when other systems failed or
At Harbins Park, Main Entrance 2995 Luke Edwards Road, Dacula, GA
30019, Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (GARS) and Gwinnett County Amateur
Radio Emergency Services will be demonstrating Amateur Radio continuously
from 2 p.m on Saturday through 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Hill seeking area musicians to help form concert band
Musicians are invited to play in the inaugural season of the Broad
St. Concert Band at Sugar Hill. This new local concert band is starting
in Sugar Hill and invites surrounding communities to participate. If you
are currently playing or haven't played since high school, you're welcome
to come join, if 18 years and up. No dues are required!
The band will play in the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Sugar Hill on
August 2. Musicians interested in further information may contact Jeff
Cutchins, at 770-630-1582 or email.
boys' soccer team named number 2 in the nation
With the World Cup attracting the attention of millions of sports-lovers,
Greater Atlanta Christian School fans have local heroes to shout about.
Final high school rankings announced put the Spartans boys soccer
team as Number2 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches
Association of America July 17, 2014 ranking.
their season with a Georgia AA Championship title, the Spartans had their
first undefeated soccer season in school history (23-0-0). But its
not the trophies that Coach Thom Jacquet is excited about: Its
nice to see the boys receive national recognition from the NSCAA. But,
the effort and dedication these guys put into the season from the first
day of practice until the last was nothing short of remarkable.
A longtime coach, Jacquet has many accolades under his belt. This year
alone, he won his 10th Region 6-AA Championship at GAC and was named the
2014 NSCAA Georgia Coach of the Year (Private/Parochial division), the
2014 Gwinnett Daily Post All-County Boys Coach of the Year, and the 2014
DiVarsity.com 2A Boys Coach of the Year.
Nash Wagnon was named 2014 DiVarsity.com 2A Boys Player of the Year and
received a scholarship to play at Wofford College Several of Wagnons
teammates are heading to play this fall on scholarship: Davis Bryan (Newberry
College); Marius Heislitz (NC State); and Ryan Marcano (Virginia Tech).
Parks get $20,000 grant for healthy eating program
of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and the General Mills Foundation
have awarded $20,000 through the Champions for Healthy Kids Grants to
Childrens Healthcare of Atlantas Strong4Life Youth Ambassador
Program in partnership with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR).
The grant is given to nonprofit organizations across the U.S. promoting
healthy eating and active lifestyles targeted to kids and families. Childrens
is one of two organizations in Georgia that received the grant.
County is one of America's fastest-growing counties for the past 20 years
with a diverse population and a childhood obesity rate that is higher
than the national average. Together, the partnership trains older youth
as ambassadors that will then deliver wellness programs in their community,
with a major emphasis on sustaining healthy lifestyle choices. This program
creates awareness of the obesity crisis and the importance of proper nutrition
and increased physical activity. Youth participating in the GCPR program
learn about these issues are asked to complete a community project around
nutrition and physical activity.
As part of the Strong4Life Youth Ambassador Program, each Gwinnett County
park has put in place nutritional and physical activity standards. Leaders
at each of the parks have received training on these youth issues, including
eating vegetables and fruits, drinking water and limiting sugary drinks,
limiting screen time or incorporating physical activity in non-sports
related classes. The program also incorporates health and wellness standards
at the parks that will support healthy environments for all youth.
Hill author is finalist for Georgia Author of the Year
Sugar Hill resident and first-time author, Michael Nolden Henderson was
recently named a finalist in the 50th Georgia Author of the Year Awards
(GAYA) by the Georgia Writer's Association.
wrote his memoir, Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use
of Documentation, in 2013. In 2010, Henderson, a native of New Orleans
and graduate of Xavier University, became the first African American in
Georgia inducted into the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution.
His research into the relationship between a woman of color who gained
her freedom in 1779, and a French national who fought in the Revolutionary
War under Bernardo de Galvez in Spanish Colonial Louisiana, was the focus
of his book and of the 2010 segment of the PBS televised series, History
By Carl Hoffman
1961, the son of Nelson D. Rockefeller went to New Guinea searching for
primitive art for his father's art museum. Michael, 23, was rich, fit,
intelligent and fearless. He was passionate about art and excited about
meeting natives. One day, he and a friend paddled out to visit Asmat,
a wild tribe in the jungle. Their boat overturned and they were stranded
miles offshore. Rockefeller decided to swim ashore. He never returned.
Investigators concluded that he drowned. Now Hoffman has written an expansive
account saying the tribesmen of Asmat killed Rockefeller. They speared
him, scalped him, beheaded him, cooked him, ate him and then used his
limbs as weapons. This book is about the Rockefellers, primitive art,
Dutch imperialization and cannibals. But most of all, its about
the many investigations in search of Rockefeller. I recommend this book
with some hesitation. Its extremely detailed and certainly not for
everybody. (The full name of the book is Savage Harvest: A Tale of
Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive
Susan McBrayer, Sugar Hill
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native helps establish Chickamauga's community
Walker County, is historically significant for its importance to the Cherokee
Nation and for the bloody Battle of Chickamauga that nearly changed the
course of the Civil War (1861-65). The city was incorporated in 1891 and
since the early 1900s has been a textile-mill town. Nestled near the foot
of Lookout Mountain about ten miles below the Georgia-Tennessee state
line, Chickamauga is also a bedroom community for Chattanooga, Tennessee,
and a tourist attraction. In an effort to attract visitors, business owners
agreed to a makeover of the town's façade in the early 1970s.
The town is named for the area's original occupantsNative Americans
known as the Tsikamagi Cherokee. ("Chickamauga" is a phonetic
spelling and pronunciation of "Tsikamagi.") The Tsikamagi settled
in an area known as Crawfish Springs, which was named after Chief Crayfish
of the Cherokee Nation. Five hundred Tsikamagi fought with General Andrew
Jackson's soldiers against the Red Stick Creek Indians at the Battle of
Horseshoe Bend (March 27, 1814) in Alabama. In 1820 the Tsikamagi built
the first courthouse in Walker County, but they were forced to leave the
area in 1838 as part of the infamous Trail of Tears.
The Lee and Gordon families greatly influenced Chickamauga's post-Cherokee
history. In 1836 Gwinnett County native James Gordon established a plantation
at Crawfish Springs and built a gristmill two miles east of town on Chickamauga
Creek. Lee and Gordon's Mill, which contained the area's first general
store, was situated near a blacksmith shop and stagecoach stop. From 1840
to 1847 Gordon built his Doric-columned brick house (known today as the
Gordon-Lee mansion), which overlooks Crawfish Springs.
The Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 18-20, 1863, involved more
than 128,000 Confederate and Union soldiers. With 34,000 casualties, it
was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War; it was also the South's most
decisive victory. In 1890 much of the battlefield was established as the
nation's largest national military park. Upon Chickamauga's incorporation
as a city, the north-south streets were named after Confederate and Union
generals, including Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, John B. Hood, and
Thomas T. Crittenden.
On September 9-10, 1863, just prior to the Battle of Chickamauga, Confederate
General Braxton Bragg used Lee and Gordon's Mill as his headquarters.
The mill was taken and retaken several times by both the Union and Confederate
armies. In 1867 the mill was destroyed by fire. A replacement structure,
owned and operated by various parties, remained in operation until 1967.
The facilities later fell into disrepair, but in 1993 former mayor Frank
Pierce bought and restored Lee and Gordon's Mill.
CLUE: Todays Mystery Photo seems all decked out for
a holiday, such as the upcoming Fourth of July. But just exactly
where is this structure, and what significance is it? Tell
us your thought at firstname.lastname@example.org
and be sure to include your hometown.
editions mystery photo caused several people to mis-identify
the location, submitted by Beverly Lougher of Lawrenceville.
The first to get it right was Karen Garner of Dacula, who
opined: I believe this is one of the beehive
rocks in the Valley of Fire State Park, Mojave Desert, Nevada,
an hour from Las Vegas. She was right, as was Susan
Bacon of Suwanee and Jim Nelems of Berkeley Lake. But
no others recognized this photo.
Jackson EMC District Manager Randy Dellinger (with tie at left)
presents Annandale at Suwanee CEO Adam Pomeranz (with tie at right),
along with Annandale staff and clients, with a $15,000 Jackson EMC
Foundation grant check to purchase technology that will enable clients
to develop skills that will enable them to successfully live and
work independently. Jackson EMC Foundation also donated $5,000 to
Families of Children Under Street (FOCUS) of Lawrenceville and $2,500
to H.O.P.E. of Duluth.
members participating in Operation Round Up have their monthly electric
bills rounded up to the next dollar amount, with the spare
change going to the Foundation.
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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.
Community Band in performance, Sunday, June 29 at 3 p.m.
at the Norcross Cultural and Community Center. As the closing event to
the series "The Civil War in Georgia," the band performs musical
selections that reflect Georgia and the Civil War Era. Free admission.
The exhibit, "Stone Mountain: In the Path of War" will be open
next door in The Rectory an hour before and after the concert for visitors.
in the Park, the Fourth of July celebration in Lilburn, is
from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Face painting, balloon makers, food, music
and family photos will be on tap. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. shuttles
will transport attendees from parking lots at the International Farmers
Market, Salem Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, and Lilburn Middle
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.
OBJECTIVES FOR GWINNETT
Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range
list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read
of a two-party system for county offices
statewide non-partisan judge election runoffs to the General
rail for Gwinnett from Doraville MARTA station to Gwinnett Arena
of Gwinnett Place CID area to
include Arena and Discovery Mills Mall
of tobacco in all Gwinnett parks
Briscoe Field a commercial airport for jet-age travel
diverse candidates for political offices and appointment to local
move of former St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Buffalo, N.Y., to
efforts to support the arts in Gwinnett
and expansion of city and Gwinnett historical societies
regulation of late-night establishments with alcoholic licenses
the legislature to meet once every two years.
of more community gardens.
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