Issue 14.71 | Dec. 5, 2014
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Ga., Dec. 5, 2014 -- Through the power of Google, I found the GwinnettForum
article on the Simmons Building. It was the only comprehensive treatise
on the history of the land I know about that building.
other source is from The Georgia Catalogue, by the late John Linley,
professor at the University of Georgia's School of Environmental Design.
In his section of the 20th Century, he touted the Regency Hyatt Hotel
and Simmons Mattress headquarters in Norcross as being in the vanguard
of the 20th century architecture. This evidently pleased him as he stated
that "Georgia has rarely been in the forefront of architectural progress."
He would have been pleased as the prestigious Museum of Modern Art requested
photos for a display of contemporary design.
have a personal interest in this story as I was the architect of record
of the Simmons Building, and considered my relationship with Grant Simmons
as a seminal experience in my life. Our firm, Thompson,
Hancock and Witte, now enjoys a national and international practice
thanks to Grant Simmons. There was a whole plethora of people that did
not want the Chattahoochee River despoiled by having the banks of the
river sullied and in-silted by another developer's building. These people
sought to block the way for the endeavor chanting "NO, NO, NO, NO!
in the press, in meetings and in any forums on the subject intentions
a stressful experience for both Grant and myself, but in the end, the
very resistance and that word "NO", actually turned out to be
the Rosetta Stone key that helped us interpret NO as actually standing
for "New Opportunity!" If one just understood "NO"
was, in reality, the key to a significant epochal design. It forced an
approach and outcome that was incredible and would not have occurred if
anyone originally had said "Yes!"
There was a movie made on the history of the Simmons Building, start to finish, by a New York film company, entitled The Building At Jones Bridge, which to my knowledge won a Golden Eagle award for films in the category of "non-theatrical" venues at the Cannes Film Festival. I am interested in seeing if there are any original copies of this film. Since GwinnettForum seems to be the most prolific arena for historical items on the comings and goings in Gwinnett, I wondered if anyone had any knowledge of that film company's name that made many trips to Gwinnett?
a very poor third print copy of it, but it is very grainy.
My association with Grant Simmons led to being introduced to John Imlay, who was trying to convince the U.S. Golf Association to move to Atlanta, to discuss the river property. Later on I was introduced to Harry Easterly via John, Harry being the executive director of the USGA. He eventually asked our firm to assess the land area to see how it could fulfill the USGA's goals using a new computer software program we had developed, called "The Land Wizard."
the USGA what they could build on a property and how much each of various
design options would cost them all without the expensive cost of a serious
of design studies.
the software program, but bowing to the pressure to stay in Far Hills,
N.J., asked me if I would apply the program to the property that they
had in Far Hills for "Golf House." That was how I was able to
arrange for our firm to design their new corporate headquarters for United
States Golf Association in Far Hills. That then began the opening of doors
for our firm to do golf related projects all over the U.S.
speaking, Gwinnett County was my birthplace as a professional. How blessed
I was to live in that time.
DEC. 5, 2014 -- At many gatherings, that is banquets, civic clubs and other public functions and even in the Congress, usually someone is asked to open the meeting with a prayer. It is something of an honor to be asked to give the invocation.
Those who give good prayers often work hard on them, not taking it as extemporaneous and off-the-cuff remarks, but a serious undertaking. However, it is seldom that the audience feels the need to laugh during such remarks, as most speakers hold the line to limited seriousness.
Not Wayne Sikes of Snellville this week when making the invocation at the Gwinnett Rotary Club meeting. He may be one of the few people who could speak this prayer, with his background of having attended both the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, where he graduated with an Industrial Management degree.
Here's Wayne's prayer:
Yes, Wayne's opening prayer Tuesday was a unique way to open a meeting. Isn't it good to get a sudden jolt of laughter, when you least expect it?
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How about an assignment for you today. How about completing the start of a short story?
Recently a grandfather was talking about his grandson. It seems the grandson, 11 years old, had an assignment from his teacher. It was to write a short story.
What had the grandfather going was the way the boy started the story, he delightedly told. You see, the grandson's beginning of his short story was simply this:
Wow! What a beginning. It is an opening sentence that grabs you. Note how simple it is, and how from these four words, all sorts of possibilities intrigue you immediately. No doubt about it, the grandson had a knack for using the right words.
So ..let's extend this grandson's beginning. We ask that GwinnettForum readers pick it up from there, writing us no more than 100 words to allow the story to take off in any direction you want. We'll print the best, and who knows? Perhaps someone might take off and write a complete short story or even a novel from it?
Send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org, please. And get writing soon. It's not a long undertaking, though it might start your mind thinking a bit more.
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Come celebrate the holiday season at The Waffle House Museum, site of the first Waffle House restaurant. The Waffle House Museum is located at 2719 East College Avenue in Decatur.
The Waffle House Museum will be open on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from noon to 3 p.m. to celebrate the 59-year heritage of a Southern icon during this festive time of year. Along with taking tours of the 1955 diner replica, guests can also make their own waffles and purchase a special, limited edition Waffle House mug ornament for only $5. This event is free to the public.
Pat Warner, Waffle House vice president of Culture, says: "Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year in our restaurants and has become a tradition for many families. The museum highlights where this tradition was born."
The holiday season goal is to provide customers with a unique and comfortable dining experience especially during the holidays. At every restaurant, the bright yellow sign welcomes Customers like an old friend, the jukebox plays a variety of Waffle House and Christmas songs and associates give customers a heartfelt greeting as they walk through the door.
ArtWorks Gwinnett seeks nominations for Fusion Awards
arts organization serving Gwinnett County, ArtWorks Gwinnett, will recognize
contributions made in the arts in Gwinnett at the fourth annual FUSION:
ArtWorks Gwinnett Art Awards on Monday, February 2, 2015 at Aurora Theatre
Gwinnett Tech and Georgia Tech are partnering to present "Bridging the Generational Gaps in Your Workforce," a luncheon event in the Manufacturing Growth Education Series.
event will be held December 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Busbee
Center on the campus of Gwinnett Tech. The cost is $15 and includes lunch,
networking, presentation, case study and Q&A. Manufacturing Supply
Chain Council Members receive a $5 discount.
Woodall to give keynote address at GGC fall commencement
Congressman Rob Woodall (R-7th District) will give the keynote address
at Georgia Gwinnett College's Fall Commencement Ceremony. More than 300
students who have earned their degrees will graduate on December 18, at
10 a.m. The ceremony will be at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. A native
of Georgia, Congressman Woodall serves the 7th district of GA in the U.S.
House of Representatives and serves on the House Committee on Rules, the
House Budget Committee, and the House Committee on Oversight and Government
Reform. He also serves as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee's
Budget and Spending Task Force.
The City of Lilburn now has a blueprint to help direct the city's goals for economic development over the next decade.
A strategic business plan was developed through a partnership between the City of Lilburn and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The strategic business plan defines clear directional goals and accountability measures as well as a shared vision for the community.
Mayor Johnny Crist says: "A strategic plan is required of any organization that desires to grow. Without a plan, it is easy to get mired in the mundane and lose sight of the goal. I am so proud of our council, which has formulated a five-year strategic plan that will help focus our time, energy and money."
The following goals were outlined and are accompanied by a detailed five-year action plan:
Suwanee seeking artists for 2015-17 SculpTour through Jan. 9
Suwanee SculpTour, an approximately one-mile walkable public art encounter, has brought 44 different art pieces created by 32 artists to downtown Suwanee over the past four years. In May 2015, a new batch of artists will be represented by the sculptures selected for Suwanee's fourth consecutive SculpTour.
Proposals from artists for the 2015-17 Suwanee SculpTour are now being accepted through January 9.
Artist Gregory Johnson of Cumming, whose work has been displayed in each of the three Suwanee SculpTours and is currently included in about 20 other public art exhibits around the United States and Canada, says he has gotten "tremendous spin-off" from his participation in SculpTour: Johnson sold two sculptures to Salude, a transitional care and short-term rehabilitation facility that recently opened in Suwanee.
Johnson says that he believes Suwanee's public art exhibit is one of the best in the country because of the presentation and accessibility of Town Center Park. "Suwanee has the park, amphitheater, restaurants, and shopping," he says. "It makes it nice. Some places have a City Hall, arts center, library, and park at which they exhibit art, but they're all a mile apart from one another. You end up having to walk 4-5 miles to see it. In Suwanee, you're able to scan the horizon and see several art pieces. It's intimate and well-planned."
Two years ago, the City received approximately 60 SculpTour proposals from artists. Typically, 12-15 pieces are selected by the Public Arts Commission for the nearly two-year exhibit.
Estuaries, where freshwater mixes with saltwater, are dominant and vital ecosystems along Georgia's coast. They are transition zones between river and sea and provide critical habitat for an assortment of plants and animals. More than 70 percent of Georgia's recreationally and commercially important fishes, crustaceans, and shellfish spend at least part of their lives in estuaries.
In general, an estuary is a semi-enclosed body of water with a free connection to the ocean. There, saltwater from the ocean is measurably diluted with freshwater from a river or stream.
Freshwater also may come from local storm runoff and groundwater. The major estuaries of Georgia generally connect with the Atlantic Ocean through large bodies of water called sounds, which lie between coastal barrier islands and separate them. From north to south on Georgia's coast, they include Wassaw Sound, Ossabaw Sound, St. Catherine's Sound, Sapelo Sound, Doboy Sound, Altamaha Sound, St. Simons Sound, St. Andrews Sound, and Cumberland Sound.
Saltwater in the sounds is diluted by freshwater from five major Georgia rivers that originate inland and flow to the coast: the Altamaha, Ogeechee, Satilla, Savannah, and St. Marys rivers. The Altamaha, for example, contributes freshwater to Altamaha Sound; the Ogeechee to Ossabaw Sound; the Satilla to St. Andrew Sound; and the St. Marys to Cumberland Sound. Some estuaries, however, may have little or no input from major freshwater streams. No large freshwater river, for instance, enters Wassaw Sound near the city of Savannah. Its freshwater sources include direct rainfall, local drainage, and groundwater.
Georgia's estuaries have formed integral relationships with tidal salt marshes. The marshes develop in estuaries where the rate of sedimentation equals or exceeds the rate of rising sea level. Tidal creeks link the marshes to estuaries. Together, the estuaries and the marshes are some of the most biologically productive ecosystems on Earth.
Sediment and nutrients are delivered to the estuaries by the freshwater rivers and by tides and currents from the sea. The mixing of nutrients, sediments, and water from land and sea creates a murky brown, biologically rich mixture. The enriched estuarine water flows into the marshes with the tide and nourishes Spartina alterniflora, or smooth cordgrass, and an array of other organisms. The marsh, in turn, produces huge amounts of food that flow back into the estuaries with the tide.
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(NEW) Tree Lighting in Norcross, Friday, December 5, at 7 p.m. Come enjoy this Norcross tradition with your neighbors and family! Carolers and festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Santa Claus and many more surprises await kids of all ages ~ Fa La La La La....
Route Change: Because of construction on Main Street, the City of
Lilburn has changed the route of its annual Christmas Parade, which will
be at 10 a.m. on December 6. The parade will still occur on Main
Street, but it will begin on Poplar Street instead of at First Baptist
Church of Lilburn.
Duluth's 36th Annual Tree Lighting will be Saturday, December 6, near city hall and will kick off at 4 p.m. There will be activities including arts and crafts and other events before the lighting at 6 p.m. BB Harris Elementary and Duluth High School Chorus sing holiday classics. Santa and his reindeer will be present.
Sugar Hill's Tree Lighting will start at 5:30 p.m. on December 6 at the Bowl, behind City Hall. Anticipated among the activities will be ice skating, trains, music, food, hot drinks and the annual Tree Lighting, plus of course, Santa. The event will last until 8:30 p.m.
(NEW) Holiday Open House at the Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford, Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Two dimensional works include watercolor, oil, acrylic, encaustic, mixed, and a variety of drawing media. Three dimensional works include metal and paper sculptures, traditional clay and raku. The site is at 554 West Main Street in Buford.
(NEW) Holiday Party at Kudzu Art Zone, Sunday, December 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. See the artist's work, and listen to quirky classic rock from The Burning Sensations. Snacks, desserts and beverages will be provided by the artists.
(NEW) Water Conservation Workshop, at Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, Tuesday, December 9 at 7 p.m. Residents who attend will receive a low-flow retrofit kit, outdoor water efficiency kit, do-it-yourself home water audit guide and information on how to apply for the County's toilet rebate program. Residents can register for the workshop by sending an email with their name, address and phone number or calling (678) 376-6722.
Dinner Theatre in Sugar Hill, Thursday and Friday, December 11-12 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, 1166 Church Street. Presenting The Crudgemuffin's Christmas Traditions is a humorous look at the silly traditions families can perpetuate, as directed by local playwrights Ane Mulligan and Michael Wright with revisions by co-directors Bob Seelig and Marty Snowden. The dinner theater is catered by Catering for Atlanta, and is a fundraiser for Players Guild @ Sugar Hill, one of the City's newest arts groups. Tickets are $35 and are available at www.playersguildsugarhill.net.
Marry or Re-Marry at 10:11 a.m. on Dec. 13, 2014, (that's 10:11 on 12.13.14, FYI) by registering to take part in a free mass wedding ceremony at Pinckneyville Park Community Center. The ceremonies will be conducted by Chief Magistrate Kristina Hammer Blum and Gwinnett Probate Judge Christopher Ballar. Couples must have a valid marriage prior to the wedding, or bring their original license and identification. More info: 770 822-8250.
Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.
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