Issue 14.27 | July 1, 2014
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SUGAR HILL, Ga., July 1, 2014 -- Over the past 10 years, the City of Sugar Hill has engaged its citizens to determine what investments or improvements would make Sugar Hill a better place to live. The city has listened and now boasts world class parks, a new city hall and a unique town lawn and amphitheater. The recently completed streetscape has also laid the foundation for future investments downtown. The next move is building a downtown. For the past few years, the city has systematically acquired strategic properties preparing for this moment.
Mayor Steve Edwards says: "There is an art to building a City. This strategic and methodical process is like a game of chess where there are nearly limitless outcomes to consider when making a major move. June 26th was the day that Sugar Hill made just that move."
Recently during the Mayor's Meet and Greet with businesses, residents, and community leaders, plans were announced changing the landscape and improving quality of life of Sugar Hill residents.
Sugar Hill's next step is to bring a mix of both commercial and residential properties into downtown. Edwards said: "To show our community how committed we are to bringing people to downtown, we are announcing what we are calling the EpiCenter at Sugar Hill. You are the first to hear these plans and City Council just voted to agree on the terms for this land purchase." The development of this project will take place in a series of planned phases.
Artist's renderings and images of the EpiCenter at Sugar Hill were unveiled with "oohs, and ahhs" echoing throughout the crowded room. The EpiCenter will consist of a sports gym, lap pool, and a community theatre wrapped with commercial space for restaurants, retail and offices, all to be managed by the city's Downtown Development Authority.
Mayor Edwards elaborates: "The timing is right for this investment considering the impact of the widening of Georgia Highway 20. We will see the City become a commercial hub and our goal is to keep commerce, jobs and spending in Sugar Hill. There are 30,000 vehicle trips a day on Route 20 and once the widening project is completed, the Department of Transportation is projecting 50,000 trips a day. This is not to mention the traffic currently traveling on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. Downtown Sugar Hill sits at the epicenter of this commercial hub."
Taylor Anderson, Chairman of the Sugar Hill Downtown Development Authority, feels: "Life in Sugar Hill just got little sweeter, thanks to the plans for the EpiCenter. We are grateful for the leadership and vision of the mayor and council and look forward to being their partner in the years ahead."
JULY 1, 2014 -- There's a regularity to the arrival of summer we detect as we walk our dog, Hercules, around the block. You see, on June 21, every year, and this year, 2014, we saw the sun rising straight down the street where we live, at 61 degrees northeast, in Atlanta. (That's figuring there are 360 degrees in the sun's arc.)
It happens every June 21. It's so regular! It says that the world has not turned upside down over the last year. It says that though we may be shooting at one another, that sports teams win and lose, that people come into life and leave ..that the world continues at a pre-determined, regular interval, no matter what. It's speaks that God is not a tricky God, and give us another reason we can believe in God.
21 the sun moves most northward each year, and is the beginning of summer.
It also means that it sets in the most northwestern arc, at 299 degrees
northwest in Atlanta, a difference of 238 degrees, giving us the longest
day of the year at 14 hours 24 minutes in Atlanta. Though it rises right
down our street, it sets at about 57+ degree angle to the street in summer.
Here's the interesting point for the arrival of spring and fall. On both these days, the sun will rise at 89 degrees, almost directly east in Atlanta, and set at 271 degrees, almost directly west.
That's also the day you can try that old suggestion and see if you can stand an egg on its end, if you are careful. Some say that you should be on the equator to pull this off, because of the sun's equidistant position between the poles of the earth. At that time of the equinox, special gravitational forces apply, so the story goes.
find that David Emery, writing in About.com's Urban Legends, says this:
"I'm not saying it can't be done - standing raw eggs on end, I mean
- it certainly can, but it takes patience, eggs of just the right shape
(trial and error is the only way to find them), a pinch of salt, if all
else fails. And - here's the biggest "secret" of all - it works
equally well any day of the year."
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Editor, the Forum:
I agree with you about the total non-productiveness of Congress. The quickest way to get the House of Representatives to NOT pass a bill is for the Senate to pass it. (And to a certain extent, vice versa.)
One error in your article: the Interstate Commerce Commission was created in 1887, not by the Hepburn Act of 1906. By 1906, the ICC as it was originally created was more or less a toothless tiger as the Supreme Court nullified item after item of the Interstate Commerce Act (Sound familiar?) The Hepburn Act reinstated the Commission's power to regulate railroad rates, among other things. This was monumental, as railroads were the primary form of transportation - both freight and passenger - in 1906.
In reading the list of accomplishments of the 59th congress, I get the feeling that none of these acts would pass today, as the Republicans in the House would be extremely reluctant to pass legislation that had any possibility of putting a crimp on the ability of their corporate masters to make a profit, no matter how many members of the general public die from food poisoning or tainted medicines.
for an affordable and fun way to spend July 4th with your family? The
Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC) invites you to celebrate
the nation's birthday at its Fabulous Fourth Family Fun Night on July
Lawrenceville's Norwood wins talent search; to perform at Lenox
A Lawrenceville resident has been named the vocal victor by Lenox Square's talent search, "Atlanta Next Legend." He is Norwood, 23, who will perform a 20 minute set at 6 p.m. at Lenox Square's Fourth of July celebration. Norwood is the son of Nancy and Eric Norwood, previously of Lawrenceville and now residing in San Diego. Norwood, who was home-schooled, at age 16 began classes at Georgia State. He was born at Gwinnett Medical Center, where his father was an administrator.
Norwood grew up singing with his mother in church. After discovering his passion for entertaining through music classes and live performances, Norwood decided to make music his life focus and pursue a professional singing career. As a multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician, dancer and actor, Norwood has become one of the hottest pop artists in Atlanta.
Since the launch of his professional career in 2009, Norwood has performed as an opening act for B.B. King and played as a featured artist for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards pre-party in Los Angeles, the 62nd Lighting of Macy's Great Tree, the famous Atlanta Peach Drop in 2011 and an Atlanta Braves pre-game concert. He was also named Macy's Rising Star of 2009 and became a national spokesperson and performer for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's "Text with Respect" campaign.
Commission plans public hearings on proposed 2014 millage
County Board of Commissioners will hold three public hearings to receive
comments on the proposed 2014 millage rates. Two hearings will be held
on July 7 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and the third will be on July 14 at
6:30 p.m. All three hearings will take place in the auditorium of the
Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, also known as GJAC, located
at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.
Commissioners plan no change to the millage rates that were established in 2013 to support new service districts that fund specific government functions such as police, fire and emergency medical protection. If the county maintains the same millage rates, actual taxes levied on most properties should be approximately the same as the estimate of property taxes included on the assessment notices that were mailed in April. The proposed total millage rate for properties located in unincorporated Gwinnett County would remain the same at 13.75 mills.
Snellville asking for entries in ghost story writing contest
Snellville is asking for entries on writing a ghost story! Write the history and death of a Snellville Ghost!
Winning entries will be published in "Snellville Scene" will "Come to life" in the inaugural Snellville Ghost Tour in October. Submission period is through July 30, 2014.
Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) has been recognized with an American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes GMC's success in implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients. GMC is the first hospital in Georgia to receive the Gold Plus performance distinction.
Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 people have the most severe form of heart attack, a STEMI, known as ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. It's critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by opening the blocked vessel with an angioplasty or by giving clot-dissolving medication. Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these and other heart attack patients.
Phil Wolfe, president and CEO Gwinnett Medical Center, says: "Achieving exceptional results for our patients drives us to make the best life-saving decisions ranging from medical diagnosis to technology. This recognition reinforces our processes and the skills of our cardiac care experts."
Hospitals that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold Performance Achievement Award have demonstrated for 24 consecutive months that at least 85 percent of eligible STEMI patients (without contraindications) are treated within specific time frames upon entering the hospital and discharged following the American Heart Association's recommended treatment guidelines.
The Plus Award is an additional award provided to receiving centers that meet bronze, silver or gold criteria and in addition are able to achieve first door to device time of 120 minutes or less (for transfers). Receiving centers must have an achievement score of 75 percent or greater for the plus measure.
Leadership Gwinnett taps Hill-Rodriguez as new director
Leadership Gwinnett has announced that Dr. Shenila Hill-Rodriguez, director, Program Management of Fiserv, Inc. has been appointed to the organization's foundation board of directors.
Her career spans 25 years with various leadership roles at BellSouth, Travelport, and Fiserv As an active member of the Gwinnett County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Hill-Rodriguez has served as its president. She received a bachelor of science in mathematics from Johnson C. Smith University, a master's degree in technology management from Mercer University and a doctor of philosophy, organization and management with a specialization in leadership from Capella University.
Picture India in the 1880s, during the English domination, and add in a bit of historical precedent and you have a pretty good story! Kipling loosely based his tale on the adventures of James Brooke, an Englishman who became the first White Rajah in Borneo, and American traveler Josiah Harlan, who was named Prince of Ghor, in Afghanistan. Two ragged ex-military rogues, Daniel and Peachy, meet with a young newspaper writer (styled after Kipling) by chance and find a common bond through their Freemason backgrounds. The meeting is fleeting, but is soon followed by another, this time asking for use of the writer's maps and information. Daniel and Peachy have decided to take their modern artillery and become kings in northern India/Afghanistan. The novella tells of their successes and royalty until a fateful event brings death and destruction.
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Gordon Lee served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1905 to 1927 and is considered to be the father of education in Chickamauga. Upon his death in 1927, Lee left $250,000 and 15 acres for a new high school. Previously, post-Civil War education in Chickamauga had been limited to a simple log cabin near the Lee home. The Gordon Lee Memorial High School is one of the more highly rated academic institutions in Georgia.
the first railroad was built through Crawfish Springs. A syndicate bought
the land and used some of it to develop a summer resort, complete with
the Park Hotel, which opened in 1891. Around this same time the Central
of Georgia Railway built a stone depot for visitors to the hotel, and
both the tracks and depot remain today. After passenger service ceased
in the 1950s, the city schools, library system, and recreation department
used the depot, which now houses the Walker County Regional Heritage and
Model Train Museum. Occasional tourist train excursions stop at the Chickamauga
Like many other Georgia towns, Chickamauga is growing steadily. According to the 2010 U.S. census, the population was 3,101, an increase from the 2000 population of 2,245. Chickamauga has a city school system, a library, a visitors' center, recreation facilities, and a variety of merchants and eateries. Annual festivals include the Down Home Days celebration in May, and the War Between the States Day and the Arts and Crafts Festival in September.
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Sparkle 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 School.
(NEW) Meet Author Karin Slaughter on July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Peachtree Corners Barnes and Noble store. Slaughter will discuss her new book, Cop Town, her first stand-alone novel. This will be Slaughter's exclusive Metro Atlanta appearance on her national book tour. She is being presented by the Gwinnett County Public Library.
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.
(NEW) Peachtree Corners State of the City Address by Mayor Mike Mason will be July 21 at 7:30 a.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Norcross. The breakfast event is hosted by the Peachtree Corners Business Association. Admission is $5 for Association members and $20 for others. For details, send an email here. Reservations are required.
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