Ga., Nov. 25, 2014 -- Gwinnett Medical Center's (GMC) Center for Weight
Management has announced that multiple bariatric surgeries have been performed
using the da Vinci® Surgical System. While the robotic system provides
the unique combination of a surgeon's knowledge and skill with the superior
dexterity and precision of a robot, the procedure also offers improved
patient experience, including less blood loss and quicker recovery times.
Debra Proulx, director of the Center for Weight Management at GMC-Duluth, says: "It's absolutely imperative that we continue to provide our bariatric patients with more surgical options as they choose this life-altering procedure.
Richard, our bariatric surgeon, continues to search for alternatives to
improve the patient experience, and we fully support this endeavor."
says Dr. Richard, "Some of the angles encountered during bariatric
procedures are slightly awkward and can make the procedure somewhat challenging.
With the robot, this additional challenge is minimized and we can suture
the area with improved precision."
who is also medical director of GMC's Center for Weight Management, said
another advantage of robotics is the clear, three-dimensional view of
the operative field which also impacts visualization and precise suture
placements. Thus, improving blood loss and decreasing recovery times.
In addition, the robot allows us to work in tighter spaces, control our
own camera and have a very steady operative view even when magnified.
GMC-Duluth surgeons also use the da Vinci® robot for Thoracic Surgery, prostatectomies (prostate removal) and gynecologic procedures such as hysterectomies and myomectomies (fibroid tumor removal).
Featuring surgical and non-surgical weight loss options for patients, GMC's Center for Weight Management is an Accredited Comprehensive Bariatric Center with Adolescent Qualifications by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Quality Improvement Program. Accredited Centers provide the hospital resources necessary for optimal care for morbidly obese patients and the support and resources to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, including pre- and post-surgery and beyond.
NOV. 25, 2014 -- Down Snellville way, its citizens have come together to preserve something that old-timers didn't think existed any more. It's the bell from the Snellville Consolidated School, which for years rang out when the school was beginning, for recess, change of class and school endings.
While it appears to be a simple project, it was much more complicated than thought at first. It took the combined effort of the Snellville Historical Society, and the Snellville High School Alumni Association to raise $13,000 for erecting the bell on its tower, and get the necessary drawings, permits, etc.
The consolidated school, which was located on U.S. Highway 78 adjacent to the Snellville Methodist Church, was at first 11 then 12 grades. It had originally opened in 1922, and once the growth started in Gwinnett, had an enrollment of more than 500 students. The school changed when South Gwinnett High opened in 1957, becoming first an elementary and then later a middle school. In the late 1970s, part of the rock school was torn down. Eventually the land was used for a Brand Bank branch and Krystal restaurant, and part of the school was converted into Snellville City Hall. The Methodist church acquired some of the property when the new City Hall was built across the highway. The new bell is located on land where the Viet Nam memorial originally stood on the City Hall property, before moving also across to the current City Hall property.
Two years ago, all this started when Accountant Dan Leclair, the late Windell Martin's son-n-law, mentioned to Grace Clower, the treasurer of the Historical Society, that he had the old school bell. It seems that when the school was torn down, Windell Martin ended up with the bell. No one, meanwhile, ever thought much about the bell, until Dan brought it up. The Windell Martin Family gave the bell for installation on the Tower.
After Dan mentioned all this, two groups, the Historical Society, and alumni, go together and decided to erect the bell tower near where the school had been.
Lots of work then began. First, Chad A. Smith, a local architect, designed the tower. A permit had to be obtained from the city. The committee working on the project chose Yonah Mountain Timber Builders of Toccoa, to take Smith's ideas and design it for fabrication. They also cut the cedar wood and eventually erected the tower. A metal roof was installed. Meanwhile, footings were readied, a retainer wall was built, rock added around the base, and Larry Davis gave the LED lights for the structure. Dwight Harrison had the bell sandblasted and painted.
A plaque spells out what the bell meant to the community, with the words: "SNELLVILLE CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL BELL. The bell rang daily to announce school beginning, recess, lunch, change of class. School ending. Bell donated by Windell Martin Family, October 2014, erected by Snellville Historical Society."
There's more: the bell was located outside the school, near the smaller auditorium, with its rope to ring the bell hanging by the roll-up windows. The principal kept time and was responsible for ringing the bell, while students often were asked to ring, as an honor. The bell was for ringing before there were automatic buzzers in classrooms and halls.
It rang for the first time in years when Tom Ewing, who heads the Society, and Emmett Clower, president of the alumni association, took the bell to an early meeting about a possible tower. "We rang it before we ate supper," Emmett recalls, "And that got people interested in building the tower."
Congratulations, Snellville, at retaining part of your history!
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Editor, the Forum:
Although I no longer live in Gwinnett County, two of my children attended, and graduated from, Gwinnett County schools. My sister now owns the home my parents purchased in 1976, and her grandchildren attend Gwinnett County schools, as their parents did.
My daughter Jessica (41 years old), a 1991 graduate from Central Gwinnett and from Georgia State, lived in the North Georgia mountains with her husband and twin 12-year old daughters. They had experienced some tough times financially, but overcame them and were living in what my daughter called her "dream home."
Early in October, she visited New Orleans with three of her best friends. She had a great time and was heading home on October 6, the front seat passenger in a PT Cruiser, driven by her friend Denise Rouselle Nye. At about 3:45 p.m., near Auburn, Ala., traffic slowed for an earlier accident and they slowed and stopped also.
However, a Toyota SUV behind them never even braked. At 65 miles an hour, the Toyota ran into the vehicle my daughter was in, shoving it into a stopped tractor trailer. My daughter died instantly, though fortunately, her friend survived. The at-fault driver (also a Georgia resident traveling home) initially said the sun was in her eyes, then admitted she "glanced down" at her cell phone. An investigation is underway. We do know now that the Toyota's driver's auto insurance had lapsed.
I can tell you all about my daughter, but pictures are worth a thousand words (or so it is said). If you visit Jessica Miller Smith Memorial Page you will see a beautiful young woman, in the prime of life, who adored her children and husband. She loved nature in all its forms and was passionate about making the world a better place for all children. An herbalist, she had plans to open a business with a friend, selling herbal remedies she prepared.
She loved autumn and had already decorated her home for the season. She had a knack for making Thanksgiving and Christmas delightful for her family.
We will all get through this, but we will never get over it. She was my firstborn, my shining star, a joy to be around.
Release, timing of info on Benghazi brings many questions
Editor, the Forum:
Republicans have been screeching "conspiracy!" about the Benghazi affair and now their own House Committee investigating the incident has released a report stating that the Obama administration essentially did nothing - repeat, nothing - wrong.
There definitely were mistakes made, but they were made by career intelligence personnel and not by any political appointees. The intelligence professionals gave the administration erroneous information on which they based their talking points. The administration did not deliberately spread misinformation; they merely passed on the info that they were given by the so-called professionals.
In short, there was no mishandling of the situation by the Obama administration and there was no cover-up.
The Republicans released this information on a Friday afternoon, the best time to insure that the news has less impact, since people make plans for the weekend. They hope that by Monday it will be old news.
Also they release it a bit over two weeks after the election. I wonder why?
Not only that, but don't you think John Boehner owes President Obama an apology?
A new active community park will be built soon to serve the recreational needs of the Lanier school cluster and Sugar Hill area in northern Gwinnett County. Funds from the 2009 SPLOST will pay for the $10.8 million contract commissioners approved recently with low bidder Astra Group Inc.
67-acre Level Creek Park will have a multipurpose field complex, central
concessions/restroom building, walking track, six lighted tennis courts,
interactive fountain, picnic pavilion, playground and paved trail. Construction
of a youth football press box will be funded by the Lanier Athletic Association.
District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks said, "We are happy to have community
partners like the Lanier Athletic Association to help us provide needed
recreational facilities and programs for our youth."
County Parks and Recreation, the number one parks and recreation agency
in the state of Georgia and a finalist for the top award presented by
the National Recreation and Park Association this year, operates 46 parks
and recreation facilities. Information can be found at www.gwinnettparks.com.
A new exhibit and sale, "Long Way Home," is a part of Kudzu Art Zone's continuing commitment to the community while supporting the arts in the Norcross area. The exhibit opens on Friday, December 5, while a reception on Sunday, December 7, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Regular hours of the exhibit are 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Half the proceeds of this exhibit from its sales will go to help support Rainbow Village, a transitional housing community for homeless families with children.
In the sense of the phrase "it takes a village," Rainbow Village is a place where homeless families with children can find refuge, recover and learn to rebuild their lives with the love and support of a community-based family surrounding them, with a goal of breaking cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence.
The art works are by members of Kudzu Art Zone and are eclectic in style, media, and techniques. Many of the artists are well respected, award-winning members of the metro Atlanta art scene. The opening reception offers an opportunity to meet the participating artists as well as viewing the individual artist studios located in the light, spacious facility in Norcross. The exhibit, "Long Way Home" is an excellent time to view outstanding art while helping a truly deserving charity this holiday season, as well as finding original art as appreciated, unique holiday gifts.
Kudzu Art Zone is located at 116 Carlyle Street in Norcross. The exhibit is free to the public.
Collins Hill Branch Library closes Dec. 8-17 for new carpeting
The Collins Hill Branch of Gwinnett County Public Library will be closed from Monday, December 8 to Wednesday, December 17, 2014 for carpeting and flooring projects. Book drops will be closed. Return borrowed items to another GCPL location or hold them until the Branch re-opens. Fines for items due during the closed period will be waived.
are encouraged to select alternate pickup locations for holds expected
to arrive at the Collins Hill Branch during this time. Hold times for
items already on the Holds Shelf will be extended through Saturday, December
20. Contact the Library Help Line with any questions or concerns at 770-978-5154,
or text us at 770-450-5305.
Key elements to revitalizing the area include creating pedestrian pathways, and enhancing the corridor with such elements as landscaping, street furniture, and other focal point features. The plans will also focus on ways to eliminate the divide that a major roadway such as Holcomb Bridge Road naturally creates.
Mayor Mike Mason says: "This is an important and vital part of the city. But the road now is full of fast-moving traffic and not particularly pedestrian friendly. We want to focus our attention on finding ways to re-connect the community."
The Holcomb Bridge Corridor is defined as the area along Holcomb Bridge Road between the Chattahoochee River and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and includes the area along both sides of Peachtree Corners Circle between Holcomb Bridge Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The area currently consists of a mix of uses including older multi-family housing, small offices and commercial development.
Diana Wheeler, the city's Community Development director, says: "The city would like to see this corridor redeveloped into a neighborhood center that serves as a main gateway into a special and valued part of Peachtree Corners."
The selected firm will identify types of commercial uses, types and locations for mixed-use developments and ways to tie in the various components of the plan to each other and to public spaces. The city will seek public input in February and expects the study to conclude by next summer.
New prescription discount program now available in Gwinnett
Rx prescription discount program has been launched in Gwinnett County.
In September, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement
with the company to offer prescription drug discount cards to residents.
The new card allows all county residents, regardless of income, age or
health status, to participate in the program and save on the cost of their
Rx card is now available for residents at most participating pharmacies,
local governmental offices, senior centers and libraries. Residents will
also be able to print the card, check prescription prices and view the
nearest participating pharmacy locations at www.coast2coastrx.com.
Set in small town Florida in the 70s, this caresses like an old friend, such as To Kill a Mockingbird. Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless black man to do yard work. Children call him the Pee-can Man since he picks up pecans from sidewalks and streets. Mothers call their children inside when he approaches. Ora Lee ultimately befriends the Pecan Man and draws him into her extended family. A man is murdered and the Pecan Man is blamed and arrested. Ora Lee is transformed by the relationship, as many who grew up in the mid-20th Century can understand. Ora Lee's relationship with the Pecan Man changes her relationship with her long-time black maid, enriching both women in remarkable ways. It's a beautiful book about simple humanity. The ending is startling in its revelations, which readers will not see coming. It's only 144 pages, but readers will savor every word.
A state legislator, governor, and U.S. congressman, Thomas Hardwick served Georgia over a long political and legal career.
Thomas William Hardwick was born on December 9, 1872. In 1892 he graduated from Mercer University in Macon. A year later he left the University of Georgia's Lumpkin Law School with a law degree and was admitted to the Georgia bar. In 1894 he married Maude Perkins, and together they had one daughter, Mary. His wife died in 1937, and the following year Hardwick married Sallie Warren West.
Hardwick, right, ran his own law practice from 1893 to 1895, when he became the Washington County prosecutor. In 1897 he ran for the Georgia House of Representatives and served as a legislator for the next four years, until he won a seat in the U.S. House, where he served his district until 1914.
Senator Augustus O. Bacon died in office, Hardwick took his seat in a
special election in 1914 and stayed for five years in the U.S. Senate,
where he became known for his opposition to U.S. president Woodrow Wilson's
war-preparedness legislation. William
J. Harris subsequently defeated Hardwick in the 1918 Democratic primary.
In spring 1919 Hardwick, along with several other national politicians and judges, as well as several Catholic churches, was the target of a mail bomb. He was not injured, but his housekeeper, who opened the package, was maimed. The U.S. attorney general, A. Mitchell Palmer, ordered the detention of 4,000 suspected Communists (mainly immigrants from the Soviet Union) in what was called the Palmer Raids.
They were held without bail, and many were deported without trials. The raids continued throughout the year and extended to union halls, homes, and anywhere socialist sympathizers or revolutionaries were thought to be gathered. In all, around 10,000 people were rounded up before the raids ended in 1920.
In 1921 Hardwick rebounded to win the Georgia governor's office, a position he held until 1923. Although he had led efforts to disenfranchise Georgia blacks at the turn of the 20th century, as governor Hardwick proved to be somewhat more progressive. He opposed the rise of the new Ku Klux Klan and advocated prison reform, issuing an executive order that ended the common practice of flogging inmates.
Hardwick also passed Georgia's first gas tax to build new roads and pushed for a graduated state income tax, which would not be adopted until 1931. Yet he was most noted for selecting Rebecca Latimer Felton as the first woman to the U.S. Senate.
Motivated partly for selfish reasons, Hardwick made the appointment after Thomas E. Watson died in office. He wanted to run for Watson's seat and hoped that appointing a woman, who would not even serve in office due to the fact that Congress was out of session, would make his road back to the Senate easier by winning him women's votes.
Instead, Hardwick lost the election to Walter F. George, who waited to take his new seat so that Felton could be sworn in as the first female senator, even though her term lasted only twenty-four hours.
In the 1922 gubernatorial campaign, Clifford Walker, a supporter of the Ku Klux Klan, defeated Hardwick. Hardwick spent the following year as a special assistant to the U.S. attorney general. In 1924 Hardwick again lost a Senate election, and in 1932 he lost his bid for governor in the Democratic primary. Later, he provided legal representation to the Soviet ambassador to the United States and urged the U.S. government to recognize the Soviet Union.
maintained a law practice in Atlanta, Sandersville, and Washington, D.C.,
until his death at age 71 from a heart attack on January 31, 1944. He
was buried in the Old City Cemetery in Sandersville, where a state historical
marker stands in his honor at the courthouse square.
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Issue 14.69 | Nov. 25, 2014
This edition will be the last published in November. The next edition will bear a Dec. 2 dateline.
"I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight."
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 678-277-0910.
Anne Byrn, the bestselling author of The Cake Mix Doctor series of cookbooks, is the Gwinnett Library's Meet the Author series next presentation. She will appear on Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m.. at the Peachtree Corners branch, located at 5570 Spaulding Drive The event is free and open to the public, with books available for sale and signing.
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.
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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