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LOTS OF ORANGE: The pumpkin patch at the Norcross Presbyterian Church at 3324 Medlock Bridge Road is in its 13th year. Funds generated from the sale go to local charities, including Norcross Cooperative Ministry, Rainbow Village and Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity. More than 2,000 pumpkins await your choice. The patch will remain open 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. through October 31.

Issue 14.58 | Oct. 17, 2014

TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Race at Annandale

EEB'S PERSPECTIVE
:: Simpsonwood update

CANDIDATE PROFILES
::
Meet candidates, more

FEEDBACK
::
Pharmacy Board ruling

UPCOMING
::
Halloween events, more

NOTABLE
::
Culinary winner

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
:: Hayes Family Dealerships

RECOMMENDED
:: The Zhivago Affair

QUOTE
:: Popularity of TV?

GEORGIA TIDBIT
:: Gov. M.E. Thompson

MYSTERY PHOTO
:: Ever seen a 3-5-3?

LAGNIAPPE
:: Beautiful lotus bloom

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TODAY'S FOCUS
Annandale hosts 5K race/walk to tackle disabilities
By MICHELLE HACKNETT
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SUWANEE, Ga., Oct. 17, 2014 -- On Saturday, November 8, at Town Center Park in Suwanee, hundreds of walkers and runners will join together in the spirit of caring and giving to make a powerful difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries by participating in the Extra Mile 5K Walk/Run to benefit Annandale Village.

With the number of individuals diagnosed with a developmental disability growing at an alarming rate, the Extra Mile 5K Walk/Run is designed give hope to people living with and affected by an intellectual disability. These disabilities include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and those that have experienced a traumatic brain injury.

Hundreds of families, friends, businesses, schools and community organizations are expected to lace up their sneakers to turn hope into reality as the funds that will be raised by the participants and sponsors will support a comprehensive range of programs and services to allow individuals with developmental disabilities to lead lives that reflect quality, value, self-worth, and achievement.

Many will walk or run in honor, in celebration, or in memory of a loved one. Many others will participate out of a simple concern for individuals and families impacted by some form of developmental disability.

For Mike Dillard, he and his family and friends will be walking in honor of his sister, Dottie, a four-year resident of Annandale Village. He says: "Not only will we be walking in honor of my sister, we will be walking to rally around and support all people with disabilities. The strongest, most powerful tool we have to ensure people with disabilities are not forgotten is community awareness. I can't think of a better, more meaningful way to make every step count than by taking part in the Extra Mile 5K Walk/Run."

It is estimated that there are between 3.2 and 4.5 million individuals in the United States with sensory, mental, physical, or other developmental disabilities that impair their ability to effectively care for themselves. However, accessing appropriate services is an ongoing challenge due to an array of disparities seen in the health, rehabilitation, and social service arenas.

Keith Fenton, Chief Development & Marketing Officer of Annandale Village, says: "The Extra Mile 5KWalk/Run brings an enhanced capacity to inspire and involve all people in supporting life-changing programs and services for people with developmental disabilities. Once across the finish line of the 5K Walk/Run, walkers and runners will not be quite complete with their 3.1 mile journey. In a symbolic and inspiring moment, walkers and runners will be paired with a member of the community who will be directly impacted by their awareness and fundraising efforts for a celebratory victory lap. They will go the 'extra mile' together."

Event details

The event will take place rain or shine. Sign-in/registration begins at 8 a.m., the opening ceremonies start at 9 a.m., and the run/walk commences at 9:30 a.m. The location is Suwanee Town Center Park.

  • Course Information: The 5K course is USATF certified is a Peachtree Road Race qualifying event. For runners, CHIP Timing & Results will be provided by Smart Athletics. Results will be posted online immediately after race at www.extramileclub.com.

  • Event Registration: To register or for more information, please call (770) 932-4885 or visit www.extramileclub.com or www.annandale.org.

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
Simpsonwood is topic again, and this time perhaps some hope
By ELLIOTT BRACK

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OCT. 17, 2014 -- A topic that seems to resonate with Gwinnettians is the question of what will happen to land that the late Miss Ludie Simpson of Norcross gave to the Methodist Church in 1973. For years the North Georgia Conference Center of the United Methodist Church has operated a conference center on the property, and today also has established its conference headquarters on the property.


Brack

To bring those not up to date on the subject, Miss Ludie gave the land to the church in perpetuity, asking that the Methodists build a chapel in honor of her mother, and that the church never subdivide the land.

The Methodists built a chapel that bears her mother's name, then developed the North Georgia Conference Center of the church on the grounds. For years, Methodists, and other denominations, used the original 243 acre tract as a retreat and conference center along the banks of the Chattahoochee River in what is now Peachtree Corners. For years the Center prospered. In fact, for many years the place was so popular that groups had to book 18 months in advance for weekend space. During the week, the Elderhostel hosted programs there.

But then, coupled with the recession, and also with some questionable management decisions, the Center fell on hard times. The Methodists were losing more than $1 million a year on the property in recent days. That led to the decision by the Conference to close the property and put the land up for sale.

In particular, the Methodists went to court, and got approval to break the covenants that the Conference had agreed to with Miss Ludie…..so that they could sell the land.

That's when the uproar began. Lots of people were upset that the Methodists would seek to even think of going back on their word to Miss Ludie. But the courts ruled in favor of the church. The Methodists went as far as to list the property for sale, hoping to attract a significant buyer.

Now after lots of people have chimed in on this situation, we hear that a commercial offer has been made on the property. The Methodists have called a special Conference session for October 25 to discuss the property, and decide upon offers for its remaining 226 acres. (The present-day Simpsonwood United Methodist Church occupies some of the original property.)

Now through the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association (UPCCA), we learn that Gwinnett County's Commission has made a "fair market" offer for the entire tract. At one time, the county had interest in about half the tract, with Federal Parks System also showing interest. Now it appears that the county wants the total area.

A release from the UPCCA says: "We believe this offer is consistent with the wishes of our community, and offers the church the opportunity to retire its debt and enhance its ministry efforts." It adds: "This offer is also consistent with the original stated intent of Miss Ludie Simpson and the North Georgia Conference," which dates back to 1973.

That's the latest we hear. By the end of October, we also hope that the situation can be resolved for all parties….and that Miss Ludie can rest easy in her grave.

SPOTLIGHT
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FEEDBACK
Upset with self-serving pharmacy board's new policies

Editor, the Forum:

Responding to an April 2013 Georgia law, the eight member Georgia Board of Pharmacy (seven of whom are pharmacists) on October 1 designed and instituted, with little awareness or publicity, new rules to make it more difficult and more expensive for Georgia residents to enjoy the convenience of prescription drugs delivered to their mailbox from out of state mail order pharmacies.

The new rules, not even published until last week, require all out of state pharmacies to complete a confusing and unnecessarily detailed nine page application including a 20 year work history of corporate officers and dispensing pharmacists, copies of drivers licenses or passports, and other minutia such as essay type questions and certified copies of documents, not to mention a fee of $1000 annually. It gives the Board 25 days to approve each application--dates that cannot reasonably likely be met, given board staff.

Further, no longer can certain prescriptions be left in a mailbox, rather the prescription must be personally delivered with a signed receipt. How will this work? How many patients will be standing by their mailbox or at the post office for the attempted delivery? Imagine a letter carrier having to knock on dozens of doorbells, or climb stairs in an apartment building where mailboxes are clustered on the ground floor! Of course they will not. Instead, an overnight carrier will have to be used and this adds to the cost.

The Board claims this will cut down on theft. But where are the statistics on theft? And how exactly is this law to be enforced? How can the state of Georgia bring a New York pharmacy into a Georgia court?

My local pharmacist is a life saver and gets most of my business. But I should have the right to choose, not government making the choice for me by restricting competition and in effect, raising prices.

-- Jim Nelems, Peachtree Corners, Georgia

Dear Jim: Your points are valid. But think another way: how will the state of Georgia know that anyone is using an out-of-state pharmacist? Will the self-serving Pharmacy Board send investigators into other states? The ramifications sound restrictive, but if I were an out-of-state pharmacist, I would ignore this unreasonable bureaucratic attempt by our short-sighted board. --eeb

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UPCOMING
Parks system schedules 6 events celebrating Halloween

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) will be celebrating Halloween from now until Halloween with events at various parks. There is an event for everyone, regardless of age or ability and some for even the furry friends.

Below are the various events and locations:

  • *October 17, Return of the Mummy and Son Ball at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., $11 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0910.

  • October 24, Halloween Family Fun Fest at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., $6 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0920.

  • October 25, Trick or Treat Trail at Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Event is free. For more information call (678) 277-0890.

  • October 25, Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Party at Bogan Park Community Recreation Center from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., $8 per dog. For more information call (678) 277-0850.

  • October 25, Haunted Halloween Festival at Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., $10 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0860.

  • October 25, Howell at the Moon Zombie Walk/Fun Run at Shorty Howell Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., $ 15 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0906.

Deadline in December to get on calendar for Suwanee events

Races, festivals, concerts, movies, food trucks, and more - oh my! If your organization would like to be part of the City of Suwanee's eclectic event calendar in 2015, now is the time to submit an application. The City will accept applications for privately sponsored 2015 community events through December 10. Applications, which are available at suwanee.com, should be submitted with the $25 application fee; additional fees will be assessed for approved events.

Once the City's 2015 event calendar is approved in January or February, no additional events will be added. Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee approval. Events will be evaluated based on dates requested, event type, and overall variety. All events should be free and open to the public.

Each year, Suwanee Town Center hosts more than 40 community events - nearly half of which are planned by private groups and community organizations.

NOTABLE
Culinary Arts student at Gwinnett Tech wins top prize in contest


Winning dish: Citrus Seared Duck Breast with Herb Goat Cheese

Eljesa Haxhiu, a Culinary Arts student at Gwinnett Technical College, who lives in Dahlonega, has won first place in a national recipe contest for Maple Leaf Farms, an Indiana-based producer of duck products. She earned $2,500 for her creation, Citrus Seared Duck Breast with Herb Goat Cheese. Her prize is also a win for Gwinnett Tech. The college's Culinary Arts program will receive $1,000 in duck products.

Eljesa Haxhiu, a Culinary Arts student at Gwinnett Technical College, who lives in Dahlonega, has won first place in a national recipe contest for Maple Leaf Farms, an Indiana-based producer of duck products.

Eljesa's success is not without hard work and dedication that expands well beyond the classroom. "I spent about two weeks, literally every moment I was awake and asleep, thinking about what I wanted to pair the duck with and how I was going to plate it. I honestly felt like I won a million dollars because of all the time I spent working on my recipe."


From left are Jermaine Whirl, dean of the Gwinnett Tech Business and Art Design; Clark Raines, Maple Leaf Farms; Eljesa Haxhiu; and Kerri Crean, Culinary Arts program director, Gwinnett Tech.

Kerri Crean, Culinary Arts program director at Gwinnett Tech, has high praise for Eljesa. "It is the dream of all instructors for a student to walk into their classroom who helps them to grow. Eljesa's passion and dedication to the craft inspires me to be a better instructor and continue to grow as a chef every day."

Already an award-winning chef, Eljesa won a gold medal in Culinary Arts at the Georgia SkillsUSA State Competition and moved on to compete at the national level. To enhance her skills and cultivate her creativity, she participated in a cooking internship at Five and Ten in Athens.

Eljesa has plans for her winnings. "I plan on using the money to take a trip this winter break to go to Kosovo, where I am from. I will be doing some research and development to open a restaurant in the future," she said. In the meantime, Eljesa has been hired as a lab assistant for the Culinary Arts program at Gwinnett Tech, where Crean believes her experiences will be inspiring to the other students.

Sugar Hill seeks growth in Youth Ambassador program

The City of Sugar Hill is welcoming all ninth through twelfth grade students in Sugar Hill to help grow and change our city by joining the Youth Ambassadors program. The City will provide resources to equip students with leadership skills, civic engagement, and volunteerism and open their minds to the importance of education.

The goals of this program are to help students with the planning and implementation of events, obtain tangible knowledge of city policies and businesses, understand the importance of secondary education, receive volunteer hours for high school credit and college applications and work directly with City Department heads to shape change in the city. Information can be found by contacting Megan Carnell.

RECOMMENDED
The Zhivago Affair
By Peter Finn and Petra Couvee

If you loved the book, if you loved the movie, if you love Omar Sharif, if you love history (especially Soviet/Russian history), if you love true spy thrillers and true CIA stories, if you know some of the story behind Boris Pasternak's acceptance then later denial of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958, then you will really enjoy this book. The authors used newly declassified information to put the pieces together and tell the whole story of the Russian novel, Doctor Zhivago. It's well written and in chronological order, starting with Pasternak's working with the manuscript, having readings with close friends and family, smuggling the manuscript out of the country, the CIA smuggling the published book back into the country and ending with the aftermath of Pasternak's death. The Russian names are a bit of a challenge, but the story is well worth the challenge. I highly recommend it. (The full title is The Zhivago Affair: the Kremlin, the CIA and the Battle over a Forbidden Book.)

-- Joseph Castellano of Stone Mountain

  • An invitation: What Web sites, books or restaurants have you enjoyed? Send us your best recent visit to a restaurant or most recent book you have read along with a short paragraph as to why you liked it, plus what book you plan to read next. --eeb

GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA
Thompson runs twice more against Herman Talmadge

(From previous edition)

After the legislature elected Herman Talmadge governor in January 1947, both Ellis Arnall and Melvin E. Thompson refused to recognize the election. Nevertheless, Talmadge exercised gubernatorial power for more than two months. The state's highest court finally ended the Talmadge governorship by ruling that his legislative election was invalid and that Thompson should serve as acting governor until the next general election in 1948. The court directed that at that time the voters would choose someone to complete the remaining two years of Eugene Talmadge's term.

Seldom had a governor begun an administration under such trying conditions as Melvin Thompson (right) did in 1947. He addressed the legislature for the first time as governor two days prior to its adjournment. The lawmakers were bitter over the judicial removal of Talmadge, whom they had elevated to the governorship, and they refused to pass an appropriations bill or to provide additional revenue to fund Eugene Talmadge's platform of expanded state services.

Despite lingering bitterness over the three governors controversy, Thompson could claim some accomplishments in his brief tenure as governor. He managed to increase state spending without new taxes, thanks to an unanticipated increase in state revenue. His achievements included raising teachers' salaries, increasing spending for education, expanding the roads and bridges building program, and improving the state's park system. However, he considered his greatest accomplishment to have been the state's purchase of Jekyll Island.

Herman Talmadge defeated Thompson in the 1948 Democratic gubernatorial primary, and two years later he defeated Thompson in a race for a full gubernatorial term as well. In 1954 Thompson unsuccessfully sought the governorship again. Finally, the persistent Thompson ran against Talmadge in 1956 for a seat in the U.S. Senate and lost. After this defeat, Thompson never sought elective office again. He retired to the south Georgia city of Valdosta, where he became a successful real estate agent. He died in 1980.

Thompson's low-key personality paled in comparison with the flamboyant personalities of his contemporaries who occupied the governor's office. Unusual circumstances elevated him to the state's highest office. Unfortunately for him, he never convinced the voters that they should elect him to a higher office than that of lieutenant governor. He is buried at McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens, Valdosta, Ga.

MYSTERY PHOTO
Just your normal 3-5-3


CLUE:
Just your normal home residence, a "three-five three" on three stories, right? But where is it? Give us your thoughts by sending to elliott@brack.net, an be sure to include your hometown.

Last week's sideways house wasn't that, and several people realized it. Philomena Robertson of Duluth wrote: "The supposedly crooked house is in San Francisco, Calif. But that is really not true. The house is straight, the road is slanted, and the photographer turned his camera to align with the road, rather than with the house."

Ginny Harrell
, also of Duluth, adds:"It is an apartment building in San Francisco, but it is not leaning. The street is steep and picture taken at a slanted view." Bob Foreman of Grayson writes: "I am going to go out on a limb and guess that this photo was taken on a street in San Francisco, California. Of course, it could be a street somewhere else, but I am thinking only in San Fran could someone live on such a ridiculously steep street. Either that, or it is some very serious earthquake damage, and I see no signs of that."

Hoyt Tuggle, Lawrenceville, says: "There's nothing wrong with the house. It's on quite a hill and the photographer turned his camera to make it look as if the house is crooked." Others recognizing the location were Neal Davies of Tiger; Karen Garner of Dacula; Kay Montgomery of Duluth; Howard Williams of Snellville; and Lou Camerio of Lilburn, who adds: "Every builder should visit this house in San Francisco."


LAGNIAPPE
Close-up


Often GwinnettForum features the work of Lawrenceville photographer Frank Sharpe, usually taking pictures of nature and local scenes around Gwinnett. Now comes this lotus flower picture, and it's a real close-up bud. Frank says: "This flower was discovered purely by accident. One hot day in Bali, Indonesia, my wife and I ducked into a Starbucks shop on the busy street. We elected to sit in the shade in the back. We were surprised to find this huge lotus in a pond by the patio."


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TODAY'S QUOTE
Perhaps One Reason for the Popularity of Television

"Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other."

-- The late donor of advice to Americans, Ann Landers (1918 - 2002).

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2014 CANDIDATE PROFILES
For the 2014 General Election, GwinnettForum asked all candidates facing primary opposition in Gwinnett County, and also asked all statewide candidates, to provide answers to six questions to post on our web page. You can read their answers below by clicking on the links.

Gubernatorial and Libertarian candidates were not contacted. Candidates with no opposition are not listed.

PROFILE KEY

  • (NR) indicates a candidate did not respond to our interview request.

  • (NoQ) means the candidate visited with GwinnettForum, but did not send answers to six questions.

  • indicates a candidate has received GwinnettForum's endorsement.

FEDERAL CANDIDATES

U.S. SENATE

M. Michelle Nunn (D) (NR)
David A. Perdue (R)

Amanda C. Swafford (L)

U. S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 7

Robert "Rob" Woodall (R) (NR)
Thomas D. Wight (D)

U.S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 10

I.K. "Kenneth" Dious (D)
Jody B. Hice (R)


GEORGIA STATEWIDE CANDIDATES

GOVERNOR

Jason J. Carter (D)
J. Nathan Deal (R)

Andrew T. Hunt (L)

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

L.S. "Casey" Cagle (R) (NR)
Connie J. Stokes (D)

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Gregory K. "Greg" Hecht (D)
Samuel S. Olens (R)

COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

Gary W. Black (R) (NoQ)
Christopher James Irvin (D)

COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE

Ralph T. Hudgens (R) (NR)
"Liz" Johnson (D)
(NR)
Edward T. "Ted" Metz (L)

COMMISSIONER OF LABOR

J. Mark Butler (R)
Robbin K. Shipp (D)

SECRETARY OF STATE

Doreen Carter (D) (NR)
Brian P. Kemp (R)

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Valarie D. Wilson (D)
Richard L. Woods (R)

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

H. "Doug" Everett (R) (NR)
John. H. Monds (L)
(NR)

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

Daniel A. Blackman (D)
Lauren "Bubba" McDonald(R)

Robin Aaron Gilmer (L)


GEORGIA LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES

SENATE DISTRICT 9

P.K. Martin (R)
Timothy Andrew Swiney (D)

SENATE DISTRICT 40

Tamara Y. Johnson (D)
Francis R. "Fran" Millar (R)

HOUSE DISTRICT 81

James R. "Jim" Duffie (R)
M. Scott Holcomb (D)

HOUSE DISTRICT 94

Karen L. Bennett (D) (NR)
Bradley J. Young (R)
(NR)

HOUSE DISTRICT 95

Amreeta Regmi (D)
Thomas R. "Tom" Rice (R)
(NR)

HOUSE DISTRICT 105

Joyce H. Chandler (R)
Renita Hamilton (D)

HOUSE DISTRICT 114

L. Thomas "Tom" Kirby (R) (NR)
G. Keith Thomas (D)
(NR)

2014 GWINNETT LOCAL CANDIDATES

SOLICITOR GENERAL

Gregory McKeithen (D) (NR)
Rosanna M. Szabo (R)

COUNTY COMMISSION, District 2

Lynette Howard (R) (NoQ)
Jaime "Jay" Trevari (D)

SCHOOL BOARD, District 4

Bob McClure (R)
Zachary Rushing (D)
(NoQ)


GWINNETT CALENDAR

Creatures of the Night Festival, Friday, October 17 at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. See real, live examples of creatures that could inhabit your own backyard, such as an owl and an opossum. Activities include night hikes, an indoor scavenger hunt, crafts, nocturnal trivia, and a night sky presentation in a Discovery Dome. Food trucks will also be present. Program fees can be paid at the door, but guests are encouraged to register early and pay online at www.gwinnettEHC.org.

Fall Festival and Health Fair at Kingdom Now Ministries, 1805 Shackelford Court near Norcross, Saturday, October 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free health screenings include: HIV testing, Diabetes screenings (glucose), Blood pressure screenings; Vision and Dental screenings, and more. For more information email nrankine@hotmail.com.

(NEW) Meet and Greet in Lilburn on Tuesday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. at A Taste of Paradise Restaurant, 4805 Lawrenceville Highway. This is sponsored by the Lilburn Community Partnership and the Lilburn CID. Presentations will be made by Doug Stacks, director of planning and economic development for the City of Lilburn, and by Gerald McDowell, executive director of the Lilburn CID. There is no cost for the event. For more details, email Michael Taylor.

(NEW)Lights On Afterschool at Alexander Park, between Lawrenceville and Snellville, on October 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The theme for this free family event is Hollywood: A Walk Among the Stars. Kids and adults are encouraged to dress as their favorite stars, walk the red carpet, take part in hands-on activities, and enjoy active games, live music, food trucks and inflatables. This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Gwinnett Parks Operations Director Tina Fleming at (770) 822-8875.

Duluth Chili Cook-Off, Thursday, October 23 from 6-8 p.m. on the Town Green. Participants will be judged based on six different criteria: texture, flavor, consistency, spice & taste, aroma, and color. Two winners will be crowned: Chili Champion and People's Choice. City Council Members will compete in the heated battle. Music will be provided by the Bicho Brothers.

Meet the Author: Amon B. Neel Jr., AARP Columnist, will appear October 24 at the Bethesda Park Senior Center to discuss his best-seller, Are Your Prescriptions Killing You? How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, Healthier with Fewer Drugs. The event is free. Books will be available for sale and signing.

New Art Exhibit, Figuratively Speaking, opens Friday, October 24, at Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle Street, in Norcross. This exhibit is free to the public and continues through November 29. An opening reception is October 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more info, call 770-840-9844.

Writers' Workshop, featuring Danny Schinitzlein, bestselling author of Perfecting your Picture Book, Saturday, October 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Five Forks Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. Partner in the workshop is The Southern Breeze region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

(NEW)Suwanee Trick or Treat will be Saturday, October 25 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Suwanee Creek Park, 1170 Buford Highway. Use your witches' brooms to sweep up prizes and your dancing shoes to do the monster mash with Parker, Suwanee's oversized canine mascot. Activities include festival games, crafts, inflatables, dance competitions, and pictures with Parker. A free hot dog lunch will be available while supplies last. Trek or Treat is designed especially for children 10 and younger. Attendees are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

(NEW)The Gwinnett Food Swap will be hosting a special food event on October 26 from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Wynne-Russell House. A Girl Scout tradition, Gross Goodies features foods that look disgusting but are actually quite tasty. Girl Scouts and guests of the Gwinnett Food Swap (and especially children) are encouraged to bring zipper bags to collect swapped treats to take home. Costumes are welcome. To register or for more information, contact Leslie Edwin at 404-791-5483.

Re-roofing of the Library at Peachtree Corners will begin on October 20, with the library being closed through October 26. Fines for books or other checked out material will be waived and holds can have pick-up locations reassigned to another library branch. Contact the Library Help Line with any questions or concerns at 770-978-5154.

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.

MORE EEB PERSPECTIVE

10/17: Simpsonwood update
10/14: German student visits
10/10: GwinnettForum's endorsements
10/7: Why so few candidates?
10/3: Regents on smoking, USS Georgia

9/30: Ostracize women-bashers
9/26: Policing peril, disasters
9/23: Scottish referendum, more
9/19: Gwinnett's special weekends
9/16: Four legacy candidates
9/12: Remembering Jim Cowart
9/9: DeKalb to offer Sunday voting
9/5: The 2014 elections
9/2: Police personnel raids

FOCUS ARCHIVES

10/17: Hacknett: Annandale race
10/14: Smith: Choral Guild concert
10/7: Dubin: Reducing recidivism
10/3: Hendrickson: T-shirt winner

9/30: Nelson: Move around
9/26: Buchanan: Keeping out the sun
9/23: Nichols: Hudgens Prize judges
9/19: Hendrickson: Great Days of Service
9/16: Paul: Recent visit to Israel
9/12: Hassell: Land Trust
9/9: Varga: Peace Corps novel
9/5: Szabo: Solicitor's caseload
9/2: Foreman: Phone hacking

CONTINUING OBJECTIVES FOR GWINNETT

Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.

  • Development of a two-party system for county offices
  • Moving statewide non-partisan judge election runoffs to the General Election
  • Light rail for Gwinnett from Doraville MARTA station to Gwinnett Arena
  • Extension of Gwinnett Place CID area to include Arena and Discovery Mills Mall
  • Banning of tobacco in all Gwinnett parks
  • Making Briscoe Field a commercial airport for jet-age travel
  • More diverse candidates for political offices and appointment to local boards
  • Physical move of former St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Buffalo, N.Y., to Norcross
  • Creative efforts to support the arts in Gwinnett
  • Advancement and expansion of city and Gwinnett historical societies
  • Stronger regulation of late-night establishments with alcoholic licenses
  • Requiring the legislature to meet once every two years.
  • Development of more community gardens.

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