Your Green 2022: Delayed Gratification and Wealth

Have you heard of the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment conducted in 1972 by a Stanford University psychologist?
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GCPS Class of 2022: Seven Gwinnett seniors named Posse Scholars

Seven Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors have been awarded four-year, full-tuition scholarships by the Posse Foundation.
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Dacula HS senior among select group to earn Gates Scholarship

Micah Petit-Bois, a Dacula High School senior, recently learned that hard work during her K-12 academic career has earned her a prestigious scholarship for her undergraduate studies.
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Local News

GCPS Class of 2022: Seven Gwinnett seniors named Posse Scholars

Seven Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors have been awarded four-year, full-tuition scholarships by the Posse Foundation.
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Dacula HS senior among select group to earn Gates Scholarship

Micah Petit-Bois, a Dacula High School senior, recently learned that hard work during her K-12 academic career has earned her a prestigious scholarship for her undergraduate studies.
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Gwinnett Retired Teachers Celebrate 50 Years

If you are reading this, thank a teacher. That used to be a very popular phrase, but it is true.
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GSMST Named one of the best of the best

The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (GSMST) has been named one the best schools in the nation by the Jay Mathews Challenge Index.
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Brookwood student earns prestigious Cooke College Scholarship

Stella Kwon, a graduating senior from Brookwood High School, has been named a 2022 Cooke College Scholarship recipient.
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GCPS to host 5K race to support Book Mobile

On Saturday, May 7, at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center, GCPS will host the Book Mobile 5K and Fun Run.
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Gwinnett BOE approves new Chief Communications Officer, Melissa Laramie

At a special called meeting on April 22, 2022, the Gwinnett County Board of Education appointed Melissa Laramie as the school district’s new chief communications officer.
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Gwinnett County: A colorful kaleidoscope where everyone thrives

It’s wonderful to see the Gwinnett Citizen back in production after the worst of the pandemic, and I’m grateful for this opportunity to report on my recent State of the County address.
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Philadelphia Winn Chapter Awards DAR Good Citizen Awards to Five Gwinnett County Seniors

Each year, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Chapters have the opportunity to award the DAR Good Citizen Award to an outstanding student in the senior class of a public or private school accredited by their state board of education.
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The School of the Arts at Central Gwinnett High to host auditions for Conservatories

The School of the Arts (SOTA) at Central Gwinnett High School is looking for talented students with an interest in the arts.
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Gwinnett Young Professionals Opens Applications for 35-Under-35 Awards

Annual recognition program honors exceptional young business leaders
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Maile Steimer of Jones MS Earns Top Honors

Jones Middle School Media Specialist Maile Steimer is Gwinnett County Public Schools’ 2022 Library Media Specialist of the Year.
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Gwinnett's People, Place and Promise Through a Kaleidoscope

Key takeaways from Chairwoman Hendrickson’s 2022 State of the County Address:
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Apply by April 1 for Homestead Exemptions to Reduce Taxes

Everyone who owns and occupies a home in Gwinnett County is encouraged to apply online. Seniors 65+ with Georgia Net Taxable Income of $105,280 or less may qualify to eliminate school taxes.
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7th Annual Sip & Swine BBQ Festival to Play Integral Role in Home of Hope’s 35th Anniversary

Organizers Forecast the Largest Year to Date in Terms of BBQ Teams, Vendors and Attendees for KCBS-Sanctioned Event at Coolray Field to Benefit Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter
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Gwinnett Commissioners Make Appointment of New HR Director Official

Adrienne McAllister has served the County for nearly a decade
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Kelvin “Kelly” J. Kelkenberg Day Proclaimed in the City of Duluth

At last night's council meeting, Duluth Mayor Harris, Council Member Thomas and Council Member Whitlock presented Kimberly Kelkenberg, wife of the late Kelvin Kelkenberg, with a proclamation proclaiming February 14, 2022 as Kelvin "Kelly" Kelkenberg Day in the City of Duluth.
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Cornhole League, Liburchaun Parade

Highlight Spring Activities in Lilburn
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Johnsa Retires as City Manager in Lilburn

After 14 years with the City of Lilburn, City Manager Bill Johnsa has decided to retire.
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Gwinnett Celebrates the Work of School Counselors and names 2022 School Counselors of the Year

As part of National School Counseling Week, celebrated this year Feb. 7-11, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is highlighting the key role school counselors play in the academic success and overall well-being of all Gwinnett school children.
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Peachtree Ridge High School senior earns 2022 Gwinnett STAR Student title

An event which celebrates some of Gwinnett County’s brightest culminated with the naming of Chungin “Roy” Lee as Gwinnett County’s STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student, representing Gwinnett County’s public and private schools.
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Commissioner Watkins Hosts $100 Vaccine Incentive Event in Southern Gwinnett

District 3 Commissioner Jasper Watkins III is partnering with community organizations to host the Healthy, Vibrant and Vaxxed Walk-in Vaccine Clinic Saturday, Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lenora Park.
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Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia Hosts Nonprofit Academy February 24th

The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia is excited to announce the in-person return of their Nonprofit Academy: Starting Point on February 24, 2022.
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YMCA of Metro Atlanta Waives Joining Fees for New Members in February

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta has removed joining fees for new members through February.
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Brookwood High School raises record amount for CHOA

Students at Brookwood High School recently made a historic donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). The school’s Student Government Association (SGA) raised more than $37,000 through a variety of events such as the SGA Movie Night, Haunted F-Hall, Homecoming, and its signature event, Miracle Marathon.
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Lawrenceville Resident Named as Gwinnett Tech’s GOAL Student

To stand out in a crowd of thousands of students is no easy feat, but Gwinnett Technical College student Letisha Smith has done just that.
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Gwinnett County Opens Registration for Community Garden Plots

Dreaming of vine-ripe tomatoes and fresh green veggies? Now is the time to stake your claim at any of Harvest Gwinnett’s nine Community Gardens.
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Greater Atlanta Christian School Performs the classic Peter and the Wolf for Meadowcreek & GAC Elementary Students

Greater Atlanta Christian School's (GAC) Fine Arts Programs presented Sergei Prokofiev's classic Peter and the Wolf to Fourth and Fifth graders from GAC and Meadowcreek Elementary earlier this month.
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GCPS to host Virtual Certified Teacher Career Fair on Feb. 26

On Saturday, February 26, from 9 a.m. to Noon, Gwinnett County Public Schools will host a Virtual Certified Teacher Career Fair.
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Lanier High School receives $10,000 grant from Macy’s

Lanier High School has been awarded a $10,000 grant by Macy’s.
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Recent News

Your Green 2022: Delayed Gratification and Wealth

Have you heard of the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment conducted in 1972 by a Stanford University psychologist?
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Hey Y'all: Mama was an Affirmation of Life

Mary Grace Evans Ratledge June 27, 1918 – January 31, 2012 Mama was an Affirmation of Life
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Hey Y'all: Pickle

What is in a name? A rose called by another name shall smell as sweet. A friend called Pickle, will be a friend forever.
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Your Green 2022: Protecting Those We Love

The past couple of years, COVID-19 has many people thinking more about their own mortality, leading many to take steps to plan to protect their loved ones.
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“Character Over Color” Black History Month Banquet Distinguished Speakers Applaud America

Headliner at the Black History Month Banquet held the evening of February 19th and sponsored by the Gwinnett GOP, Dr. Alveda King, said, “Black History is American history.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: What is “Glamping”

I first heard the word “glamping” during an episode of “Escape to the Chateau” on the Peacock network a couple weeks back.
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Hey Y'all: Ricochet & Mell

A dear friend, Mell Hulme, recently died. Mel taught and coached at Central Gwinnett and Shiloh High Schools in Gwinnett County.
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Lt. Governor Duncan Addresses Public Safety and Mental Health Care with Co-Responder Program

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan unveiled a bipartisan plan on January 31 that promotes collaboration between local law enforcement agencies and certified behavioral health specialists through the establishment of a statewide co-responder model.
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Mandatory training begins in February for entry level commercial drivers

There is less than one month before a new Federal Regulation begins that sets standards for mandatory training of entry-level commercial drivers – Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT).
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Your Next Great Adventure

Recently I was asked by several people about how I became a writer and got my books published. I didn’t exactly go about things in the normal way.
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Screening, HPV vaccine essential in fight against cervical cancer

Though monumental strides have been made in the fight against cervical cancer — historically one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women — extensive screening and the administration of the human papilloma virus are crucial to eliminate cervical cancer as a national health problem.
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Hey Y'all: Five Gold Rings

Are you a jewelry lover? I am. I adore rings. They are my most favorite form of jewelry.
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New 2022 Georgia Fishing Regulations are available now

Start planning your fishing adventures for the new year and be sure to review the updated 2022 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide, says the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
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86th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival Dates Announced, April 8-10, 2022

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the festival’s return to Piedmont Park next spring for all the arts, music, family fun and outdoor celebration for which it is known. The festival began in 1936 to celebrate the blooming of the dogwoods and has remained Atlanta’s favorite springtime tradition. It is also the nation’s third-oldest fine arts festival.
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Georgia Receives Oral Antiviral COVID-19 Treatments

Molnupiravir and Paxlovid™ Available at Select Retail Pharmacies. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is announcing the allocation of Merck and Pfizer oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 to select retail pharmacies in Georgia.
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Your Green 2022: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. Here are some things you should consider:
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Your Green 2021: Age 72 or older? Don’t forget your RMDs!

What is an RMD? In the year in which you turn 72 (was age 70 ½ before 2020), current IRS guidelines require you to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) , from your Qualified retirement accounts (tax advantaged accounts).
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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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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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