Issue 14.77 | Dec. 31, 2014
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ANDERSONVILLE, Ga., Dec. 31, 2014 -- Following General Sherman's decisive march to the coast in 1864, the prison population at Andersonville increased from a few hundred United States prisoners to over 5,000 men. Many of these prisoners had been held in numerous prisons across the South, and each man hoped never to see Andersonville again.
That winter their worst fears were realized when they re-entered the dreaded stockade in December. At Andersonville they found a plowed stockade, and increased rules that reflected a concerted reorganization of the prison by its commander.
Jan. 1, 1865, Captain Henry Wirz issued a new set of rules and regulations
for the prison under his control, hoping to curb escape attempts. The
orders issued in January introduced two roll calls each day, and reintroduced
the withholding of rations if a single prisoner was unaccounted for. Prisoners
could request an audience with Wirz, but they were also reminded that
no prisoner should cross the deadline, speak to a guard on post or purchase
anything from the guards. To do otherwise would risk being shot.
All programs are subject to change due to weather and other concerns.
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Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, Ga. and 10 miles northeast of Americus, Ga., on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter.
National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park
System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds
are open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The National Prisoner of War Museum
is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is free. For more information
on the park, call 229 924-0343, or visit at www.nps.gov/ande/.
2014 -- When you spend some of your Christmas vacation with your granddaughters,
you learn. They both like board games. Many of the new games are obtuse,
or complicated, or just not fun. But one gift this year proved popular
with them, and with me, too.
a simple game from Endless Games ($29.99, or discounted as low as $14.63)
called "Name Five." We took to it immediately. It had a "board,"
where individuals or teams took trips through many landings to get to
the center of the board, and be declared the winner. Another quick but
tough way to win the entire game was to answer correctly five questions
in a row. No one did with us playing.
of the categories were really hard. asking the players to name five of
the Seven Seas; five soap operas (hard for me), or five songs with mountain
in the lyrics; or five living celebrity families. Or bad invention dates.
It was not as easy as it looks.
We all know that often board games flop. We think this Name Five game has enough zest, provides lot so fun in its interactions, and makes you think quickly, so to become a success. You'll enjoy it, especially if you play with your grandkids.
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more thought at this time of year: Am I the only one wondering if
all this hull-a-boo of the North Koreans trying to stop distribution of
The Interview could be a most devious ploy by none other than Sony to
get attention directed at what many think is a weak and not very good
movie? After all, Sony could rely on the North Koreans having little to
say. And, from the publicity and the packed houses at theatres, if it
was a ploy, it worked!
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Editor, the Forum:
The people who praise President Obama for normalizing relationship with Cuba see the money that can be made but are looking past the evil of the regime that controls Cuba. They point to nebulous pie in the sky and say that in time the Cuban government will see the error of its ways AND make nice to their own people.
The Castro brothers are very old people. Their passing on would have been the Cuban people's best chance for freedom. Now we will likely see a passing of the rule from one Communist to another Communist. To think that the Communists of 50 years ago were meaner than the Communists of today is ignoring the facts of life in Cuba for the ordinary Cubans. These apologists for the Castro brothers say, "It may be bad but it will get better" (AND, in the meantime, they will make a lot of money).
I have read about the murders AND confiscations of private property of Castro's liberation in this book: Exposing The Real Che Guevara by Humberto Fontova.
I always cringe when I see a young person walking around with a T-Shirt on with that famous picture of Che Guevara on it. The best that can be said of the wearer is that he does not know who Che Guevara is.
Is President Obama's "new" Cuba going to bring back the murdered? Is the "new" Cuba going to release the many political prisoners still rotting in jail? Is the "new" Cuba going to return the businesses that were confiscated & homes that were confiscated?
I do not need to go to a Cuban beach to sit and sip a drink with a little umbrella in it. I can do that on lots of beaches in this free country.
Remembers stint in Washington in a CIA front
Editor, the Forum:
Let's consider movies that show the "truth" about the CIA watching over our military. The last movie I shared should be Lambs for Lions. I ended up working for a front for the CIA in which we were constantly being visited by those who wore the Annapolis ring.
So, one day I asked if they knew my brother in law, (who also graduated from Annapolis), and they said they did, but did not like him, as he -- my brother in law -- was "too black and white."
We had one employee who thought I was placed there to keep an eye on him! I kept telling him that I had called the office to see if they needed any help and that is how I got the job. He never believed me and would keep his door open and talk VERY loud, so I could hear him, even though I would go to close it and he would tell me not to.
One morning he asked me if I had heard the latest out of D.C. and went on to say: "One of our guys got in to talk with the president" (Clinton was president at that time). "Our guy" meaning the CIA. We were an international business.
Tourism and Trade Association (LTTA), in partnership with the City of
Lawrenceville will host the 11th Annual Lawrenceville RINGS New Year's
Eve celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Attracting thousands of attendees
to the City's Historic Downtown Square, Lawrenceville RINGS Festivities
will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude with a fireworks celebration to "RING"
in the New Year at midnight.
Suwanee treecycling campaign in Jan. 3 at Sims Park
cut Christmas tree is past its fragrant, sparkly prime, give it a new
sense of purpose through the City of Suwanee's "treecycling"
campaign, which is part of Keep Georgia Beautiful's annual Bring One for
the Chipper program.
Volunteers will be available to assist with unloading and northern red oak, redbud, and dogwood seedlings will be handed out (while supplies last) from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, January 3.
Snellville presents works of two artists starting Jan. 8
The walls of the City Hall Art Gallery will feature the works of Marcella Hayes Muhammad and Leroy Banks beginning January 8.
Muhammad focuses on African-American themes through the styles of abstract and realism. She says: "Formal art training and many years of practice have allowed me to use more than one form of style to express myself. As a retired teacher, I am more of a narrative painter using my skills with realism to capture history and culture from the African-American perspective. I strive to create emotion and thought from my art. I use my signature style that I developed and have named Plastic Space abstract which explores the motion of light around objects, to tell stories of my culture and history."
located in the Community Room of City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, is open from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Muhammad and Banks' art will be
on display until February 26. There will be a reception for this exhibit
from 2 to 6 p.m. January 17.
Nominations are now open for the Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2016 (August 2015 - May 2016). Now entering its 31st year, this nine-month-long Leadership Gwinnett program has been the choice course for the community's influential and esteemed leaders.
Meeting and interacting with influential leaders in business, government, arts, education and health and human services, drives positive change to the region. Nominate your circle of established leaders in business, government, education and nonprofit organizations for the next class of change-agents. There is no organization in Gwinnett with greater connections and relationships than Leadership Gwinnett.
are due March 31. The initial program for the 2015 class starts in August.
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Another of the Leadership Gwinnett programs is Glance Gwinnett.
This is a shorter-term program, lasting 2.5 days. The next Glance Gwinnett program will be from February 19-21, 2015. Nominations deadline is February 10. For those colleagues who cannot participate in the longer leadership program, Glance Gwinnett is an action-packed program that introduces participants to an overview of Gwinnett. Glance registrants will get a "glance" of the arts, economic development, city and county governance, education, health and human services, and more. The program delivers information about the challenges in Gwinnett and how, as leaders, they can commit to engagement on whatever level they wish. Many of those participants leave with wanting more and are applying to the full program.
Essay to determine winners of Constitutional Officer Scholarships
Officers of Gwinnett County, Sheriff Butch Conway, Clerk of Courts Richard
Alexander, Probate Judge Christopher Ballar and Tax Commissioner Richard
Steele, in partnership with the Constitutional Officers Association of
Georgia, tell of a scholarship contest for Georgia high school seniors
and current college undergraduates.
Major road improvements coming from city-county SPLOST funds
Three major road improvements, eight intersections, 35 sidewalk/pedestrian safety upgrades and 14 resurfacing projects will share city and county funds from the current SPLOST sales tax program. Acting Transportation Director Alan Chapman shared details about the projects with commissioners during a briefing on Tuesday.
is a significant and expanding component of agriculture in Georgia, ranking
second only to the production of poultry. This industry represents production,
processing, and marketing of vegetables, fruits, nuts, trees, flowers,
and shrubs. Horticulture also includes such service trades as florist
shops, landscaping services, and garden centers.
growing season and warm sandy soils of the Coastal Plain in the southern
part of the state are ideal for most vegetables and fruits, including
tomatoes, peppers, watermelons, and squash. The central Piedmont's sloping
hills and clay soils are good for in-ground production of ornamental trees
and shrubs and for the production of peaches.
Development of horticultural products has a long history, beginning with the first settlers that came to Georgia. The first colonists depended upon locally grown produce and selected seeds from plants that yielded well. Seeds of vegetable, apple, melon, corn, and squash varieties were handed down generation to generation, shared between families, and maintained.
This practice extended through the 1950s, making the culture of vegetables and fruits a staple activity for most rural Georgia families. Many of these original lines, now known as heritage varieties, are still grown by gardeners interested in history or are maintained in breeding programs geared toward developing plants tolerant of Georgia's climate.
Floriculture, or the science of growing flowers, has had an interesting history since the beginning of the 1800s. During the Victorian era flowering houseplants, indoor terrariums, and extensive perennial gardens became popular. Use of bedding plants such as marigolds became widespread in the late 1940s, after World War II (1941-45). In the 1970s, as interest in the environment grew, houseplants again achieved phenomenal popularity. By the mid-1980s the use of pansies for winter color became so extensive in Atlanta, and later statewide, that it nearly doubled the incomes of most greenhouse owners. Another trend is a return to the use of perennials, and the market now has more than 1,200 cultivars to choose from.
The combined current economic value of horticulture is more than $2.4 billion. The vegetable segment is by far the fastest growing and the largest, representing more than $635 million in farm gate value (the value of a product when it leaves the growing site), a sixty-three-fold increase over the last thirty years. The fruit and nut segment of the industry produces pecans, peaches, and other fruits, which generate more than $210 million in farm gate value.
Perhaps most visible to the average citizen, the greenhouse and nursery segment is also growing rapidly, along with housing starts, large chain home-improvement stores, and an awakened interest in gardening. The farm gate value for greenhouse, nursery, and turf production is well over $516 million annually. The horticultural service industry, which represents retail florists, lawn care services, and landscaping and garden centers, generates more than $1 billion annually. Overall, the horticulture industry has expanded fifteen-fold since 1970, making it one of the few consistently profitable segments of agriculture in Georgia, and one in which even small family-owned businesses can still thrive. Georgia's excellent airports and highways make it possible to ship products worldwide.
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