Issue 14.65 | Nov. 11, 2014
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NORCROSS, Ga., Nov. 11, 2014 -- I am the enthusiastic owner of a new Tesla automobile! I am the Mayor of Norcross, which is Certified Gold as a Green Community by the ARC. As a member of the Board of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, I was interested in doing my part for the environment, but I did not realize it would be so much fun!
I get many questions about my Model S because it has only been produced for a year. I designed the features I wanted in the vehicle. There were many options, including upgraded stereo, moon roof, the dashboard, two seats for the trunk, different wheels and color, etc.
I put in the electronics packages, trunk unlocking, and raised suspension. I thought the standard sound system was awesome, so I didnt pick an upgrade there. All this came as I financed and purchased the vehicle online. It took about two months to produce and deliver it to the dealer in Marietta, back when there was no dealer in Atlanta.
It took them two hours to go through the features and explain the charging procedure of the electric vehicle. The wait was worth it.
Tesla is made in the USA and is 100 percent electronic driven, with a range of 208 or 285 miles, depending on which model you purchase. It seats five and there is an optional seat that can be added in back to carry two others. It is not inexpensive to purchase, but the operating cost and tax benefits are impressive.
The actual cost was $81,000. There is a $7,500 federal tax credit and a $5,000 Georgia tax credit. The cost of electricity for an entire year is estimated at $650. I have found that my monthly electricity bill at home now runs about $45 a month higher because of the charging of the car. (You can get, but I did not, a super charger for about $2,500 more, which charges the battery in about an hour.) I simply plug it in at night, and its fully charged the next morning. I have a 220 outlet in my garage that fully charges my car in about seven hours. Tesla is putting quick charge stations all over the country that will charge the car to 50 percent in 20 minutes and 100 percent in an hour. It can be charged at a slower rate at any electric charging station.
When previously driving a gasoline-powered car, I usually drove about 1,000 miles a month.
A Tesla is fun to drive for a number of reasons. The first is that it can go from 0-60 miles per hour in less than five seconds. In addition, it has a 17 inch touch screen control module with on board Internet and plenty of bells and whistles like Slacker Radio, Google GPS and sync for phone, contacts and calendar. It handles and rides like a luxury sports car and the styling is exceptional.
in the news again for a newer version that is all-wheel drive and goes
zero to 60 miles per hour in just over three seconds amazing! Thats
tempting, but I think I will keep mine for a while. If you ever get the
opportunity to test drive one, watch out! You may find that you have as
much fun as I do.
NOV. 11, 2014 -- A recent cruise up the Hudson River had an unexpected outcome, filling in on my understanding of the initial industrial development of our country.
For the last two years, we have enjoyed river cruises in France and Portugal. So this October we turned to a cruise up the Hudson. We were on American Cruise Lines, with one of the features regular lectures on important aspects of the Hudson. We also thought that cruising in October would mean colorful leaf scenes, which was somewhat disappointing. At river level, you just dont see the colorful trees you would see at a higher elevation.
Sea level elevation was one of our surprises of the trip. The Hudson River at Troy, N.Y., some 157 miles up river from New York City, is roughly the same as at New York. The ocean tides actually affect the water level in Albany and Troy. We never knew that! Its one of the reasons on Sept. 3, 1609 that Henry Hudson could easily sail into the internal up country, as the river runs deep and with no rapids or obstructions.
It also allowed the riches of the interior of the state, first raw products, and later manufactured goods, to get a worldwide market. This mystified us, then gave us a greater understanding of the early industrialization of our country. This also led to the enormous wealth of early manufacturers, having a ready market for their goods.
Two key sights along the river are Hyde Park, home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. We took a bus from the ship to those places.
Hyde Park has both the Roosevelt home, and the Roosevelt Library just a short walk apart. You can slightly see the Hudson River from the house. We learned that the Roosevelt Library was the first of the presidential libraries, and was dedicated on June 30, 1941, with FDR actually as the speaker at the opening. A history buff could easily spend a day at the home and at the library. Some people are surprised at the size of the Roosevelt home, not extremely large, but larger than most houses of that day. It seemed a comfortable place for the president, having been modified with its own elevator where the president could pull himself with ropes to the second floor. The home is supposed to be just as the president left it on his death, with the house now part of the historic site.
We visited the Military Academy on a cold, rainy day, getting off the bus only to visit the student chapel and visitor center. Traveling on a bus through the grounds, you get a feel of the military life for students. Its definitely a campus for study and work, with little space (or time) for casual campus life as at other colleges.
Overall, we enjoyed the cruise. It can be as relaxing or strenuous as you want. The best part may be the way the ship eliminates having to seek a restaurant while on a vacation. You get great choices on the menu, and as one veteran cruiser told us, if you dont want what is on the menu, why, the staff will cook something else for you. One day I had a simple hamburger when the other items were not to my liking.
is not for everyone. But for many, its a pleasant way to see more
of an area, while you are being pampered. We enjoyed the Hudson tour.
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Editor, the Forum:
I take issue with your comment, "Republican political operatives clearly convinced the electorate that the leadership by the President is missing." Actually, the president convinced the electorate that his leadership is missing. Examples: his public appearance expressing sadness on the ISIS beheading of a young American journalist, followed by a gleeful round of golf; the admission he had no strategy against ISIS; his assurance Ebola would never make it to our shores.
Americans sense our nation is headed in the wrong direction. We see traditional marriage weakened, faith mocked, patriotism ridiculed. We see free speech weakened through political correctness, a political class intent upon dividing us as a people, and half-baked Progressive ideas imposed on us as if we were children who cannot decide for ourselves.
Furthermore, Americans feel anguished over the health care debacle, an economy still struggling from the Great Recession, and a frightening influx of illegal immigrants, many of whom bring disease, drugs, criminal intent, and maybe even terrorism into the heart of our nation.
Meanwhile, political operatives race-bait, engage in class warfare, and accuse Republicans of a war against women. This election repudiated those claims AND the operatives who declared them.
Nonetheless, Republicans stand on shaky grounds if they don't fight for the clear message voters sent them. In fact, it is detrimental to both parties if they fail to realize that the American people have found their voice.
Arcado Elementary School Principal Penny Palmer Young will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2014 Lilburn Christmas Parade.
Arcado Elementary was recently selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a winner of the 2014 Green Ribbon Schools Sustainability Award. Arcado was one of only two schools in the state of Georgia to receive this honor. Principal Young, a graduate of Brookwood High School, has worked at the school for five years.
The annual Lilburn Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 6. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will move along Main Street to City Hall. Parade applications are due by November 14 at 5 p.m.
Following the parade, children will have the opportunity to have professional pictures taken with Santa. Other holiday events include the Citys annual tree lighting, which will take place on Tuesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. In addition to the lighting of the tree, the Lilburn Middle School Chorus will provide live entertainment, and holiday coloring contest winners will be announced.
GGC student wins national award toward becoming a doctor
Georgia Gwinnett College student Stephany Sifuentes, 23, plans to be a surgeon and does not shy away from the hard work required to make her dream a reality. That work includes college, meeting family obligations and working at the Panda Express near the Mall of Georgia in Buford. Sifuentes was recently named one of only 50 company employees nationwide to earn one of the Panda Restaurant Groups Panda Leaders awards, which provides $2,000 toward college tuition and fees.
Ive always wanted to be a doctor, said the freshman biology major. It is the one career that has kept my interest.
In 2001, Sifuentes family moved from Texas to Lawrenceville. She graduated from high school in 2012 and spent the next two years caring for her younger brother and working. A three-year veteran at Panda Express, she worked her way up to assistant manager and often exceeds 40 hours per week.
Sifuentes cites her familys support and work ethic are particularly meaningful in keeping her medical school dream alive along the way. In 2014, she enrolled at Georgia Gwinnett College the first member of her family to pursue a bachelors degree. She says: I am very impressed with GGC. The faculty are all so helpful and willing to provide guidance. GGC is also affordable, which is very important for me.
Despite her long work hours and family obligations, Sifuentes maintains excellent grades, which she knows will be key to getting into medical school. In fact, she strategically makes scheduling decisions to ensure that her studies do not suffer. I particularly appreciate how my employer is so supportive of my working toward a college education, she said. In fact, my manager even encouraged me to apply for a Panda Leader award.
Duluth accepting nominiations for 7th LEAD class
The seventh installment of Duluths LEAD (Learn, Engage, Advance Duluth) Academy is to begin on February 5, 2015. It will consist of six Thursday evening sessions held from 6 to 9 p.m., with one Monday meeting. Sessions will take place at City Hall. A light dinner/snacks will be provided each week
Citizens will engage when they are armed with good information and LEAD provides that foundation. Enrollees will be empowered to help address community issues when they understand how each can help. This program will provide insight into the decision making process and provide an avenue for participants to help advance the community to a better future. The deadline for applications is January 5, 2015.
The IMPACT! Group was honored by Wells Fargo with a $1,000 grant at the Days of Giving celebration in North Atlanta recently at the Marriott Perimeter Center. Wells Fargo Area President Scott Asher, who led the ceremony, is shown with Tom Merkel of The IMPACT Group. To some a $1,000 grant may seem small,Asher said, but we know each of these great groups will be able to make a huge difference with this, he said. And collectively this will have a major impact in our community. Merkel said: These funds will go directly to the operations of our IMPACT! For Vets program, which provides a complete spectrum of housing options as well as financial literacy for our Veterans and their family members. Of the 48,000 veterans who live in Gwinnett County, approximately 3,600 of them are facing serious housing issues or homelessness.
Parks Association recognizes Gwinnett having top park agency
Recreation and Park Association has recognized Gwinnett County Parks and
Recreation as the number one park agency in the state serving populations
of 150,001 during the groups annual conference held November 3-6
in Jekyll Island, Ga.
The Restoration Movement began about 1800 by Protestants who wished to unify Christians after the pattern of the primitive New Testament church. Restorationism is an indigenous American religious movement that avoids creeds, declaring "no creed but Christ" in the hopes of bringing all Christians into accord with the New Testament pattern described in the book of Acts. Today numerous congregations in Georgia exist as the result of the Restoration Movement.
The Restoration Movement began in several places on the frontiers in Kentucky and southwest Pennsylvania. The success of the Cane Ridge Revival (a Kentucky camp meeting) persuaded Barton Warren Stone, who had taught school in Georgia, that all denominations needed to work together in order to reap the harvest of souls on the frontier. Together with several other ministers, he organized the "Christian" (or restoration) movement.
In 1807 Thomas Campbell, a Presbyterian minister of the Seceder Presbyterian Church of Scotland, immigrated to America. He had by this time adopted the idea of restoring the primitive church of the New Testament. After he was suspended from his Presbyterian ministry for practicing open communion, he formed the Christian Association of Washington (in Washington County, Penn.). In 1809 he published Declaration and Address, a treatise rejecting denominationalism. That same year Campbell's son Alexander (pictured at right) joined him in Pennsylvania after completing his studies at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where he had learned about the ideas of James Alexander Haldane and Robert Haldane regarding restorationism.
The Christian Association of Washington was reconstituted as the Brush Run Church, and by the summer of 1812 Alexander Campbell believed that the New Testament mode of baptism was by immersion. The Campbells joined the Redstone Baptist Association in 1813. The younger Campbell then began preaching and debating publicly throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and western Virginia.
In 1832 the "Campbellites," or Disciples of Christ, as they preferred to call themselves, joined with the "Christians," or followers of Stone, at Lexington, Ky., and grew rapidly. However, half of Stone's group did not join the new group, forming instead a Christian fellowship that merged nearly a century later, in 1931, with the (Puritan) Congregational Church (part of the United Church of Christ since 1957).
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(NEW) Tribute to Veterans, Tuesday, November 11, at 11 a.m. at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. The keynote address will be given by the Adjutant General for the state of Georgia, Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth. Honor guard units from the Gwinnett County Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Sheriffs Departments and the Lawrenceville Police Department will also take part in the event. Gwinnett County residents who have served in any branch of the armed forces and their families are encouraged to attend and participate in the event.
(NEW) Art Demonstration: Wednesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. at Lilburn City Hall: The Lilburn Arts Alliance welcomes mixed media and watercolor artist Susie Schklar, who will demonstrate ways to become a more confident, colorful and creative artist. Working in contemporary and abstract form, Susie Schklar expresses her compositions on canvas and paper.
Bestselling Author Rick Bragg will speak November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Red Clay Theatre. His subject will be his new book, Jerry Lee Lewis, His Own Story. Tickets are $5. A medley of Lewis' songs will be performed by Kurt Scobie prior to the Bragg appearance. The Red Clay Theatre is located at 3116 Main Street, Duluth. For more information visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154. Bragg is now a writing professor with the University of Alabama Journalism program. The program is presented as a partnership between Gwinnett County Public Library and Eddie Owens Presents.
(NEW) Open House at the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Friday, November 14, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. The campus is located at 625 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee. For more information, call 678 225 7500. Register to attend the open house online here.
Men of any age who would enjoy being a part of an "A Capella Experience," set aside Tuesday, November 18, at 7 p.m. to pay a visit to The Stone Mountain Chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society at a special guest night program. It will be at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church, 4480 Peachtree Corners Circle in Peachtree Corners. For more details, call at 770-978-8053 or visit www.stonemountainchorus.org.
Exhibit of eight
artists continues through December 2 at George Pierce Park
Community Center in Suwanee. Eight female artists will showcase their
talents, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, color pencil, mixed media,
collage, and pen and ink with color pencil. For more information, call
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