Snellville Christian Church to Host Small Business Fair

Snellville Christian Church will be hosting a small business fair featuring over 25 local business owners.
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Hey Y'all: In Communicato

There are pros and cons to being without electricity. I realize that having pros may make no sense to some of you, but it is true.
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Creekland Middle School Wins the MSGL Fall Season

Creekland Middle School won the Middle School Golf League Fall Season team competition. Members of the winning team included Ava and Mya Ali, Benjamin Stier, Thomas Teffner and Brandon Williams. Loganville Middle School was second and Five Forks third.
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Snellville Christian Church to Host Small Business Fair

Snellville Christian Church will be hosting a small business fair featuring over 25 local business owners.
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Creekland Middle School Wins the MSGL Fall Season

Creekland Middle School won the Middle School Golf League Fall Season team competition. Members of the winning team included Ava and Mya Ali, Benjamin Stier, Thomas Teffner and Brandon Williams. Loganville Middle School was second and Five Forks third.
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5 sites to visit on Veterans Day, plus Nov. 11 events

Many of Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are home to remnants of forts and earthworks dating back to the 17th century. At these special places, history doesn’t just live on plaques and markers; it literally comes alive during re-enactments held occasionally during the year.
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City of Lawrenceville Announces 2021 Election Results

Austin Thompson elected to Post 3 Council seat; Marlene Taylor-Crawford elected to Post 4 Council seat
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PCOM Georgia Team Helps Paint Gwinnett Pink

Clad in pink and wearing masks, 26 students, faculty and staff members walked a mile on the PCOM Georgia walking trail to help raise money to enhance mammography services in Gwinnett County.
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City of Lawrenceville Opens Glass Recycling Station at Public Works

The City of Lawrenceville is now offering a brand new option for recycling. A drop-off Glass Recycling Station is now available at Lawrenceville Public Works located at 435 W. Pike Street in Lawrenceville.
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City of Peachtree Corners Welcomes CrabsRUs at PCBA Ribbon Cutting

On Wednesday, October 27, representatives of the City of Peachtree Corners officially welcomed CrabsRUs to the city’s offerings of locally owned and operated restaurants.
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Gwinnett Corrections Hosts Career Fair November 13

Gwinnett County Corrections is hosting a career fair on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 750 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville. The department is hiring for Correctional Officer and Correctional Officer Senior positions.
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Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing November 1 - May 14

Are you ready to Go TROUT Fish Georgia? Beautiful weather and fantastic scenery await you in the northern part of the state, and beginning in November, trout fishing on Georgia’s delayed harvest trout streams will be in full swing, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
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Relocated Norcross Gwinnett County Public Library Branch Opens to the Public

Gwinnett commissioners on Tuesday cut the ribbon for the relocated Norcross branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library alongside officials from the library and the city of Norcross.
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3rd Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony to honor America Heroes

Please join the Philadelphia Winn Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), to honor American heroes at their 3rd Annual Wreaths Across America ceremony. This observance will be held on Saturday, December 18th at 12:00 Noon at the East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens, 87 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, Ga.
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County Leaders Cut Ribbon for Renovated Wastewater Facility

Purchased in 1972, Crooked Creek is Gwinnett’s oldest wastewater facility. The latest enhancements bring the plant to a higher treatment standard while improving safety, efficiency and reliability.
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Reagan Medical Center Welcomes Three Top Healthcare Professionals to Serve Ever-Growing Gwinnett Patient Base

Lawrenceville – Reagan Medical Center, one of metro Atlanta’s leading providers of care across a broad spectrum of patient needs, recently announced it has secured the services of three highly-respected healthcare providers.
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Five things you can do to improve mental health

Since the start of the pandemic, there’s no denying stress and anxiety have been on the rise. Social and political unrest has also put additional strain on an already uncertain climate. According to the American Psychological Association, 47% of adults have felt an increase in stress since the beginning of 2020. If you have not experienced it, chances are someone close to you has.
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GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club Donates Dictionaries to all Lilburn Area 3rd Graders

The Dictionary Project was started in Lilburn by the GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club several years ago, and each year we strive to provide special dictionaries to all area 3rd grade students in Lilburn elementary schools.
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Lilburn Made History by Using Ga. EPD Program To Clean Up Massive Illegal Tire Dump in City

It’s all cleaned up now, but back in the spring, there was a huge illegal tire dump in the City of Lilburn.
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Gwinnett County Beekeepers Keep Busy Spreading the Word About Perfect Prolific Pollinators

Entomology experts estimate that honeybees have been on Earth 40 to 150 million years. The importance of these valuable pollinators has never been greater.
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Buchanan named Independent Author of the Year Award for mystery

Congratulations to Marlene Ratledge Buchanan! Marlene has been named Georgia Independent Author of the Year for her mystery, A Place with a Past .
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The Gwinnett Standard: A commitment to excellence

In my first State of the County address, I talked a lot about the high expectations we set for ourselves in Gwinnett County Government.
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A teacher at heart, Leigh McIntosh builds business from need to help others

When Leigh McIntosh was a child, she spent a lot of time helping her mother teach. Being one of those students who got all the reading, writing and ‘rithmatic stuff, a lot of her day was spent helping others who were having trouble with those basic Three R’s.
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Family Promise Battling Homelessness One Family at a Time

Family Promise of Gwinnett County recently announced the creation of a new weapon in its battle against homelessness in Gwinnett County.
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School Board approves new principal and district-level leader

At its regular February business meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named Dr. Al Taylor as Interim Associate Superintendent of School Improvement and Operations.
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Hey Y'all: I’m Back. Maybe. Sort of. Half way and Ticked Off.

I am back. Well, OK. I am partially back. Since Covid didn’t kill me, I decided to throw myself down a flight of stairs.
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Gwinnett Co. Library Offers Second Language Programs for FREE

These days, there seems to be plenty of time on everyone’s hands due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic here in Gwinnett County and all over the world.
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County Offices Close For Presidents Day Holiday, No Change To Solid Waste Collection Schedule

County offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, and will reopen during normal business hours on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.
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State Election Board Refers Voter Fraud Cases for Prosecution

The State Election Board on Wednesday referred 35 cases of election-law violations to the attorney general or local district attorneys for criminal prosecution.
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YMCA of Metro Atlanta Announces Reduced Membership Rates Through February

FREE RESET Challenge offers members and nonmembers workout motivation, access to the Y, and more The YMCA of Metro Atlanta today announced it is offering prospective members reduced pricing through February. New members can save up to $100 on a Y membership, and for a limited time, current members that refer a friend, can save 20% on fees.
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Lawrenceville Police Department to Begin Two-Part Parking Enforcement Campaign on February 1

Beginning February 1, 2021, the Lawrenceville Police Department will begin a two-part Parking Enforcement Campaign focusing on public education and awareness. The purpose of this campaign is to promote public safety by reducing the number of illegally parked vehicles within the city limits.
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Alzheimer’s Association Offering Unique Virtual Education On The Benefits Of Holistic Approaches To Dementia Caregiving

A free month long virtual workshop to provide participants with information and education on four types of holistic therapy including aromatherapy, music and art therapy and yoga.
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Despite efforts, homelessness in Gwinnett County still a big problem

There is a problem in Gwinnett County when it comes to finding a place to live. To coin an old, old story, “There is no room at the inn.”
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Recent News

Hey Y'all: In Communicato

There are pros and cons to being without electricity. I realize that having pros may make no sense to some of you, but it is true.
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Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and Senate Majority Caucus Release Draft of Georgia Senate Map

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, Senator John F. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Redistricting and Reapportionment Committee, and members of the Senate Majority Caucus released a proposed draft of Georgia’s Senate Districts.
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Congratulations Christina and William

Christina Lynn Hernandez and William Alton Costley, Jr. were married on September 6, 2021.
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Hey Y'all: Welcome Back

Has this not been a year to forget? Just think about what we have been through. None of it is fun or pretty.
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The Gwinnett Standard: A commitment to excellence

In my first State of the County address, I talked a lot about the high expectations we set for ourselves in Gwinnett County Government.
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Eddie’s Notes - Safety in Regular Maintenance

Murphy’s law "Whatever can go wrong will go wrong." The chances of toast falling with the buttered side up depends on the cost of the carpet.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: Society’s Dregs

You read the headline. If this is you – and it is because we’ve all done it at one time or another in our lives, even me – I hope this offends you enough to do something about it, especially in this COVID-19 world.
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Your Green 2021: What Women Need to Know About Retirement

A report released in 2020 by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) finds that across all age groups women have substantially less income in retirement than men (National Institute on Retirement Security, NIRS 2020).
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Cornhole League: It’s in the Bag!

A popular competitive sport is making a return to Lilburn this spring.
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City Council Recognizes Wesleyan Senior for Achieving Eagle Scout Rank

Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is the highest accomplishment awarded by the Boy Scouts of America and one that undoubtedly deserves recognition.
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Hello 2021, My Wish is for Happiness

In 2021, I wish for more happy moments. Last year was probably the worst year, worldwide, for a lot of people.
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Eddie’s Automotive Service: What? 33 Years!!

To quote Bob Seger, “Twenty years, where’d they go?” Except for me it’s “33 years, where’d they go?” Oh my, where did the time go.... it went so fast.
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2021 Spring Season Middle School Golf League registration to open Jan 31

The Middle School Golf League announced on-line registration for the 2021 spring season will open January 31 and is scheduled to close on February 23.
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Hello 2021, My Wish Is For the Return of the Mundane

We can all come to the conclusion that 2020 was a year of hardship. It felt similar to a fever dream, with droves of different events crashing into each other to create this horrible collage of political tensions, social injustice, and global disease.
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Alzheimer’s Association Offering Unique Virtual Education On The Benefits Of Holistic Approaches To Dementia Caregiving

A free month long virtual workshop to provide participants with information and education on four types of holistic therapy including aromatherapy, music and art therapy and yoga.
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Hey Y'all: Some days....

This morning had a beautiful beginning. No cats had thrown up during the night.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: I cleaned off my desk today

All this was predicated by a warning from my grandchildren’s Mimi: “When I get home whatever’s on the floor gets tossed in the driveway.”
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List of safe and stable shelter provides essential protection and nurturance for individuals and families for Gwinnett

Safe and stable shelter provides essential protection and nurturance for individuals and families. If you need permanent or temporary housing, consider the following resources.
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Philadelphia Winn Chapter NSDAR Presents 2021 Outstanding Teacher of American History

Every chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has the option to select an Outstanding Teacher of American History from their own community. The Philadelphia Winn Chapter in Lawrenceville selected Mr. Johnny Griffin as their 2021 nominee.
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Gov. Kemp Signs Executive Order Eases Requirements to Expand Health Professionals' Eligibility to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

Governor Brian P. Kemp on Friday signed an Executive Order to ease requirements and allow more medically trained professionals to safely administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: Games We Used To Play

There’s a saying out there that goes something like this, “The older I get the better I used to be.”
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Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) and its Community-Based Mentoring Program celebrates National Mentoring Month

GCPS is spotlighting community-based mentoring and intends to increase the number of quality mentoring opportunities in order to connect more young people with caring adults.
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Microsculpture Blows Tiny Worlds Up into Larger-Than-Life Portraits in Outdoor, Nature Setting at Fernbank

Experience insects in a way never seen before through stunning, large-format and detailed images that sheds a new light on the insect kingdom
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Go Fish Georgia! 2021 Georgia Fishing Regulations are available

Kick off the new year by using the 2021 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide as you make all your fishing plans says the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
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Hey Y'all: January 2021 with COVID

This is a very short Hey Y'all note to thank so many of you for your prayers and kindnesses.
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Proper planting of trees is essential for their success

Although fall and winter are the best time to plant trees, we often do not get planting fever until spring, which is also a good time. Regardless of when planted, proper installation methods are essential to having healthy, attractive trees in your landscape. Take time to do it right, and you will reap the rewards.
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SBA Re-Opens PPP to Community Financial Institutions First with dedicated access

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal Jan. 11.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: Beware 'Natural Flavoring'

Let’s just get the gross part out of the way now.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: No Mas Resolutions

I am not a fan of the whole New Year’s resolution thing.
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3rd Strike Against Voter Fraud Claims Means They're Out After Signature Audit Finds No Fraud

No fraudulent absentee ballots were identified during signature audit in Cobb
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New Gwinnett County Commissioner Carden commends Sheriff Taylor's decision to end participation in 287(g) Program, disband Jail Response Team

On January 1, 2021 after newly sworn-in Gwinnett County Sheriff Keybo Taylor announced his office is opting out of the anti-immigrant 287(g) program as well as disbanding the Rapid Response Team in Gwinnett's jail, Gwinnett County Commissioner Kirkland Carden commended the move.
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Your Green 2021: Charitable Giving – Leaving a Legacy and Helping Others

Are you at the point in your life where you are seeking alternative ways to provide funds or leave a portion of your estate to support a cause close to your heart?
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Fact Check: Georgia Senate Masquerades Failed Treasure Hunter as Hacker and Election Security Expert

During a recent Georgia State Senate hearing at the end of December, failed treasure hunter , J. Hutton Pulitzer, or Commander Pulitzer (no record of military experience), claimed that he had "hacked" Georgia's voting system. The treasure hunter provided no evidence during the Senate hearing that he had done so, only claiming it had happened.
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A New Year’s Prayer

For 10 years I published a Newsletter for Eddie’s. Now, most of our marketing and ads are done through Social Media. This year has been difficult to say the least. Several of you have told me you miss the newsletter.
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Secretary Raffensperger Cracks Down on "Line Warming" Loophole

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has taken action to crack down on political organizations and advocacy groups that use "line warming" as a loophole to conduct political activity in violation of state law.
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Your Green 2021: Investment Year-End Tax Planning

As we end one year and begin another, there are things you need to think about doing to maximize your retirement assets, gain any available tax benefit, and/or avoid any tax penalty that may be linked to your investments.
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Judge Rejects Election Lawsuit Based on Bad Data

(ATLANTA) – A federal judge Wednesday added to the long string of recent courtroom victories for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger by ruling against four groups trying to reinstate the voter registrations of thousands who no longer live in Georgia in time for the Jan. 5 runoff.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: On Being Dan Brown…

Until the DaVinci Code novel hit the bestsellers’ list 15 years ago, I didn’t have any problem being Dan Brown, other than being a victim of my own misfortune.
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City of Peachtree Corners Awards $2.66 Million in Grants to Small Businesses

To support the city’s small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Peachtree Corners has awarded federal grants totaling $2.66 million to 118 qualified local businesses.
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Peachtree Corners National Guard service member recognized for pandemic response

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Aaron Lefton, commander of the state's COVID-19 response force, recognized members of the task force for excellence during the past seven months of duties during ceremonies held in the Capital Region and Central New York November 11-12, 2020.
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Real Snow Playground coming to Duluth!

Grab your snow boots and mittens because it’s about to snow in Downtown Duluth!
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Secretary Raffensperger and Spalding Delegation Call for Resignation of Spalding County Elections Director

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and the Spalding County legislative delegation - Sen. Marty Harbin, Rep. David Knight, and Rep. Karen Mathiak – are calling for the resignation or termination of Spalding County Elections Supervisor Marcia Ridley following serious management issues and poor decision-making during the November 3 general election.
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Jackson EMC awards nearly $25,000 to Gwinnett teachers

Fifteen Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) teachers from eight middle schools earned nearly $25,000 in grants from Jackson EMC in November through their Bright Ideas grant program..
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Eastside Medical Center Honors American Education Week By Installing G.R.E.A.T Little Minds Book Exchange at Hospital

On November 16, Eastside Medical Center honored American Education Week with the installation of a G.R.E.A.T. Little Minds book exchange at their main campus hospital located at 1700 Medical Way in Snellville.
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Your Green 2020: How Can I Afford College?

High school seniors, and their parents, are making decisions now about which colleges they will apply to attend.
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Hey Ya’ll: It Finally Happened

I have a hobby and it is shopping. I like to look at things. I love to feel the fabrics. I adore trying on clothes. I am one of those who fixes clothes back on the hangers.
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8 ways to support a dementia caregiver during November - National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. To mark these events, the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter is encouraging people to lend a helping hand to more than 540,000 Georgia family members and friends serving as Alzheimer’s caregivers.
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Georgia experiences 350% increase of Absentee Ballots Rejected for Signature Issues in 2020 election

The number of absentee ballot rejections for signature issues increased approximately 350% in the November 2020 election in Georgia from the 2018 election, about the same rate of increase as the total number of absentee ballots accepted.
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New Vegan Bakery Coming to Peachtree Corners

Cinnaholic "rolls" out third metro Atlanta location in Peachtree Corners.
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Hey Ya’ll: Sugar Brained

I went to the doctor the other day and stepped on the scales. I was told not to remove my shoes.
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Eddie's Notes: Giving Thanks for You

At this time of year, we as Americans pause our busy lives to give thanks to our creator and enjoy some of the blessings we have been given. This year will be different.
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Many types of hollies thrive in the landscape

Our climates allow for many interesting and attractive plants to be part of our home landscapes. Perhaps no one is more durable or comes in as many shapes and sizes as the holly. More than 300 recognized varieties exist, with more being introduced each year.
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Are electric vehicles ‘clean’?

The widespread view that fossil fuels are "dirty" and renewables such as wind and solar energy and electric vehicles are "clean" has become a fixture of mainstream media and policy assumptions across the political spectrum in developed countries, perhaps with the exception of the Trump-led US administration.
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Your Green 2020: A Harvesting Plan for Retirement Assets

Retirement planning does not end at retirement. The need to continue to grow assets to produce more cash flow remains important for most.
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It’s Ta-Ta Time Again

I was trying to choose a topic for the October column. Should it concern the centennial anniversary of women’s rights, Halloween, or Covid-19, a nightmare in itself? Then it clicked. October. Pink. Ta-ta month!
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Gwinnett County Health Department Pushes Flu Vaccines in the Community

The Gwinnett County Health Department is pushing flu shot availability to the community by offering different avenues to get the vaccine. While the vaccines are available at all Gwinnett County Health Department locations, several community options are available.
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Polio in the Time of Covid19

October 24 is World Polio Day. Rotary International has reason to celebrate. The last cases of polio caused by the wild poliovirus has been eradicated from the African continent.
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Your Green 2020 | Credit Score: Why Does it Matter?

Many people don’t realize the importance of building and maintaining a good credit score to their overall financial well-being.
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Keeping termites under control in Georgia

In Georgia, homeowners need to be vigilant for termites since their damage can be expensive to repair, and their presence is often difficult to detect.
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The Trades

We live in a time and age where more and more things are becoming automated. There are however a few things that just can't be automated such as a doctor's touch, an electrician installing a new outlet, a plumber clearing a clogged drain, or a mechanic repairing a car. I have friends in all these trades and can say we are all struggling to get our young people interested in the trades.
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Eastside Heart and Vascular welcomes new cardiologist, Edward Clermont, MD

Eastside Medical Center is proud to welcome Dr. Edward Clermont to Eastside Heart and Vascular.
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New physicians join Northside Hospital - Drs. Zaman, Kelli, Levengood, Guynn, Hill

Northside Hospital welcomes new physicians.
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Hey Ya’ll: Breakfast with the Buchanan’s

As many of you can imagine, breakfast at our house is pretty much catch as catch can. Truthfully, that describes most any meal at our abode.
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Northside Hospital Paint Gwinnett Pink goes virtual Oct. 24

Registration is open for the 2020 Northside Hospital Paint Gwinnett Pink 5K Walk/Run for Breast Cancer. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's event will be socially distanced and virtual, concluding with a live-streamed award ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 24.
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Your Green: Senior Fraud – Prevention and Action

Scams to exploit money and information from consumers age 60+ are at an all-time high.
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Trusting Jesus with Jennifer Cook

This is such a strange time for our country. It is a strange time for each of us individually. Who thought we would be walking around the stores wearing a mask?
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Safety in Regular Auto Maintenance - the best offense is a good defense.

Vehicle maintenance is the same way. This year, especially, you never know when or what will happen next, and if your vehicle has not been maintained regularly it may not be ready to go when you really need it.
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Environmentally friendly insecticides for the home garden

Throughout the growing season, our garden plants are troubled by numerous insect pests and diseases. Though conventional pesticides are useful, using those considered 'organic' and of low toxicity can also be the right choice.
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Your Green 2020: Financial Words of Wisdom for Graduates!

Time is money—literally. For a recent graduate, time might also seem like an abundant resource, with many thinking they have plenty of time to save for their future – later. The traps of bad credit and debt snare many unsuspecting young adults and cling to their financial history for years. Here are some financial tips to help those starting out in their independent adult lives whether graduating from high school or college:
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God is in control

There are so many belief systems that are floating around right now. Some folks think the government is in some kind of conspiracy. Many think that this is far worse than they are telling us. While others believe that everyone is being far too dramatic and it’s not as bad as they are saying.
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Your Green: CARES Act – Financial Relief

Unprecedented in scale and scope, a $2 trillion stimulus bill was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) , provides stimulus for individual Americans, healthcare workers, small businesses, and certain industries hit hard by the pandemic. This is the third relief package to address the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
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Eddie’s Notes : Batteries- You’ll get a charge out of this!!

“Car Batteries” - Safety First! Most car and light truck batteries are made of lead & acid in a plastic housing. Working with batteries can be very dangerous, use goggles for your eyes and rubber gloves for your hands before attempting any battery service.
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Local trees troubled by pine beetles

Over the past year, the Extension office has received numerous phone calls from residents concerned about pine trees on their property that are turning brown. What could be troubling these trees?
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There’s No Such Thing as Being 
Too Southern

On November 7, 2019, Lewis Grizzard was inducted into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame. Grizzard was one of the South’s storytelling treasures.
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The Physical

Today was my physical. I swear I can’t win. I have been trying to give up sugar and gluten again.
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Ain’t No Grave

In Luke’s gospel, he shares a story of Jesus, his disciples and a large crowd with him going to the Galilean town of Nain. When they enter to the town, there is a funeral procession taking place.
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What is Opacity?

Sheer fabrics allow the most light to enter a room, but they offer the least amount of privacy. On the other end of the spectrum, blackout fabrics block nearly all light from entering a room, and they provide the most privacy. Which is the right choice for you?
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Your Green: Coronavirus – Help with Financial Challenges

In addition to our worries about the impact of the Coronavirus on our health; the social distancing, isolation, and shut downs required to help contain the virus have impacted or will impact many individuals and businesses as well. Much is being done to try to counter these impacts to help keep our economy strong. We anticipate further relief is on the way, but here are some highlights of the things occurring in the U.S. right now.
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What? 32 Years!!

To quote Bob Seger, “Twenty years, where’d they go?” Except for me, it’s “32 years, where’d they go?” Oh my, where did the time go... and it went so fast.
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Estate Planning 2020 | Should a Trust be Part of Your Planning?

When it comes to estate planning, the most familiar document is the last will and testament. Most people have a basic understanding that a will allows you to appoint a personal representative (an executor) upon your death and directs that person to distribute your assets as you specify.
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Your Green 2020 - Delayed Gratification and Wealth

Have you heard of the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment conducted in 1972 by a Stanford University psychologist?
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Legislative Bait and Switch - HB302

Last year they were touted as property rights bills. This year, they’re being promoted as affordable housing bills. In fact, they are neither.
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Your Green: The Secure Act of 2019

The SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) (“the Act”), was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019. The Act makes some significant changes to Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) rules as related to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and other retirement plans, in addition to changes in other areas. This is one of the most comprehensive retirement plan reforms in more than a decade, and this is a brief overview of a few highlights that may be of interest.
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Snellville Takes the Lead in New Educational Opportunities

It all started with an e-mail. Sent by Eric Van Otteren, Snellville’s director of economic development, it contained a link and a question. The link was to an article about the city of West Sacramento, CA, starting a digital badge program for its residents. The question was, “What do you think?”
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When choosing a window treatment

When choosing a window treatment, custom is the best way to get the desired look and feel that you want. It can be accomplished without breaking the bank and when done, the results will be worth every penny.
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Rotary and World Understanding Month

In the Rotary world, February is known as World Understanding Month because the focus is on goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world. In an age where people cannot seem to agree on the most trivial things, the fact that millions of Rotarians are actively seeking to be understanding of others is refreshing.
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If Jesus was hitchhiking, would you pick him up?

Then Jesus said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” Luke 9:23-24
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How to Build a Time Machine

You spend a lot of time trying to make life easier for your family. You care for them and try to protect them from trouble and pain. You know that no one lives on this earth forever. You know how difficult it is to deal with the death of a loved one and don’t want your family members struggling to wrap up your affairs. You wish there was a way to look out for them after you are gone.
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What is Your EQ?

As a student, have you ever wonder what your IQ score is or wished it were higher? Well, no matter the level of your Intelligence Quotient or IQ, when it comes to happiness and success in life, EQ or Emotional Intelligence is just as, if not more important, than IQ. Emotional intelligence helps you build stronger relationships, succeed at school, and achieve your career and personal goals.
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Rotary New Year 2020

I spent the last year writing articles explaining the Rotary philosophy and what Rotary emphasizes each month of the year. I have shared volunteer activities, with numerous pictures of Rotarians engaged in making a difference in the community. I have asked for volunteers and asked for people who are like-minded to step up and join our efforts to “do good in the world”.
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Cheaper To Keep Her! (The car of course)

Recently a customer stated they had put a lot of money in their vehicle lately and were thinking a trade was in order.
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A 2020 New Year’s Resolution That Doesn’t Involve Working Out or Dieting

It’s that time of year again. Yes, it is New Year’s resolution time. Was making a will one of your unfulfilled resolutions from past years? Is it on your “to-do” list for 2020? The good news is that with a modest investment of time and effort, you will be able to check this off your list in just a couple of weeks and you won’t even have to go to the gym to get it done!
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Your Green 2020 - Growth versus saving for retirement

Very few people could “save” enough for retirement with today’s long life expectancies and earlier retirements. If you just “save” – yet do not have growth that exceeds both income taxes and inflation, you are more likely to run out of money.
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Two eyes for an eye

The year was 1960. A large shopping center had just opened. There were no upper-levels for parking. My destination was a restaurant. I pulled into the parking lot. It was full. I drove down a few aisles and saw a couple entering their car. I whipped around two aisles. I was too late. Another car was in front of me.
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Concentration: An Important Component of Study

Concentration is the ability for someone to control attention. It is critical for optimum learning to take place! There are many causes of poor concentration; such as distracting noises, boredom, daydreaming, hunger, worry, dislike of a subject, television, computer, technology, social media, feeling overwhelmed with an assignment, lack of commitment, constant interruptions, lack of sleep, fatigue, and poor diet.
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MARTA Expansion...

By all indications, the fix is in- Gwinnett County taxpayers will be funding a $1 billion boondoggle known as MARTA expansion. In March, 2019, voters defeated a transit referendum that included plans to extend MARTA about 4 miles to Jimmy Carter Blvd, at a cost of $250 million per mile. Although the referendum included plans to add a variety of bus-based forms of public transit, voters found a cost of one billion dollars to extend a heavy rail line to be unpalatable.
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As Ourselves

Growing up, I was taught to respect others and their perspective on life. I often find it interesting to learn about how other people grew up, learn about their life experiences and explore insights into their culture.
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You are Your Children’s Most Important Teacher!

When your children’s birthdays and other special occasions occur, it is often difficult to decide what to give them as presents which represent your love and affection and which have long term benefits. What gift can you give your children like this? One answer is to be their primary teacher because education begins with you!
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Many insects have beneficial attributes

Many people are disturbed at the sight of insects, seeing them as a threat that should be eliminated at all costs.
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Live oaks are the state tree of Georgia

If you have ever been to Savannah or Charleston, one thing you are sure to have noticed is the large oak trees lining the streets.
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Meningioma Brain Tumors: Symptoms & Treatment

The diagnosis of a brain tumor can be life-changing for a patient and their family. The good news is that not all tumors that originate in the brain are malignant. Approximately 1/3 of primary brain tumors are meningiomas. Usually, these are benign. Depending on their location, they can often be cured with surgery and in many cases, the patient can return to their work and normal activities.
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Meet Mike Kim

As your local Community Outreach Representative for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, my goal is to help you understand and receive the health care benefits you are entitled to.
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Local community joins Holtkamp Heating & Air to celebrate new headquarters & 25th Anniversary

Holtkamp Heating & Air was thrilled to open the doors of their brand new office to the public for a recent open house. The event took place in their new, energy-efficient headquarters on I-85 in Suwanee. Attendees enjoyed tours of the new facility, hot food right off the grill, ice-cold drinks, kids face painting and more.
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Right Now is the Best Time to Prepare for the Unexpected

In the middle of a Georgia summer, the days are long and it seems like we’ve got more time for the things we enjoy. The kids are out of school, and work slows down a little. If we’re lucky, we get some extra time with our family, spend lazy days at the pool, and vacation with children and grandchildren. It can feel like summer will last forever.
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Heart healthy habits for seniors

Dr. Alan L. Wang graduated with his M.D. in 1996 from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1999. He is also board-certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
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Intimacy with God

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalm 42:1-2
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Rotary Club of Lawrenceville Celebrates Learning

While summer is certainly not over, school is back in session and the entire community begins a new, ten-month period of accommodating various school requirements and supporting educational initiatives. In Gwinnett County, traffic increases tremendously and the ease of commuting to work during the summer becomes a wistful memory.
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

“Mirror, Mirror on the wall, Who’s the fairest of them all?” “Well, it ain’t you, sister! You look like a broken blister. Who told you long hair was flattering It only makes you old and shattering.”
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How much do window coverings cost?

I will answer that question with more questions. The pricing is approximate, per window.
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When should you replace your toiletries

We’ve all been there—you pull out a bottle of dipping sauce or salad dressing and it’s (way) past the expiration date. Yikes! Even though many perishable items, like those of the food variety, have the date clearly printed, it’s still surprisingly easy to overlook or forget about. And that’s not even including other items, like toiletries, that don’t always have a clear expiration. Case in point: your razor.
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For High School Freshmen - Launch to 9th Grade

G Gratitude and Grades – Decide upon your course selection, be thankful for each new day and work hard to earn high grades.
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New Business checking account

If you are a small business owner and have yet to separate your personal and business checking accounts, now may be the perfect time to do so. Separate accounts offer many benefits like a simpler way to control finances and extra protection for your personal assets.
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Insuring Your Home - The Importance of Replacement Cost vs. Market Value

Unfortunately, disaster can strike at any time. No one is immune to the threat of losing his or her home due to any number of possible hazards. But a recent survey found that most homeowners are seriously underinsured.
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Ubuntu

Ubuntu is an African philosophy which speaks of humanity and the oneness of all.
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CIC Floors — Local experts on floors, wallpaper countertops

Husband-and-wife team Cesar and Clara Olguin have built their business on a foundation of family values, craftsmanship and quality materials.
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Zoe Wellness Center — Restoring Body Balance one person at a time

Zoe Wellness Center, a Duluth-based weight loss and ‘body balance’ spa, is taking the Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta area by storm. Dozens of clients are reporting a weight loss of up to 30 pounds in just 30 days through a technology-driven, medication-free program designed to accelerate noticeable change that will last.
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Your Green: What Women Need to Know About Retirement

A report released in March 2016 by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) finds that across all age groups women have substantially less income in retirement than men. By age 65, 80% of women are more likely than men to live in poverty. Women age 75 to 79 were three times more likely to fall below the poverty level than men.
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What is Respite Care?

In most family caregiver situations there is a single person who does the majority, if not all, of the caregiving. Even if there are multiple adult children involved there is almost always a “point person” who is in charge. Often, there is only one person involved.
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Bridge the Gap Ministries brings mercy to the courthouse

For those on the wrong side of the law, court is rarely a visit to look forward to. But as the founder of Bridge the Gap Ministries (BTG), Chaplain David Burgher believes there is hope for every case.
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Summer Energy-saving Tips for Your Home & Appliances

There are many things you can do to prevent your air conditioner and other appliances from running up your energy bill in the summer. First, consider investing in a programmable thermostat. These devices can automatically adjust the temperature while you’re out of the house or sleeping, so your air conditioner only turns on when it’s needed most. Need help with installation and understanding how it works? We’re always here to help.
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