WWII veteran a living, historic icon

Louis Castano, a Colombian immigrant answers calling to serve country.
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A conversation with Clyde Strickland: America needs a “Faith-lift”

In light of the disaster that was 2020, and the hope of 2021 getting off to a better start, it’s easy to sit back and be an armchair quarterback when it comes to making sense of current events, specifically what happened on Wednesday Jan. 6.
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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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Local News

WWII veteran a living, historic icon

Louis Castano, a Colombian immigrant answers calling to serve country.
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A conversation with Clyde Strickland: America needs a “Faith-lift”

In light of the disaster that was 2020, and the hope of 2021 getting off to a better start, it’s easy to sit back and be an armchair quarterback when it comes to making sense of current events, specifically what happened on Wednesday Jan. 6.
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Lawrenceville Native Recognized as NSA Souda Bay's 2020 Junior Sailor of the Year

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Christian Prior receives his 2020 Junior Sailor of the Year certificate from Capt. Rafael C. Facundo, commanding officer, Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, Dec. 16, 2020.
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Preservation Site of Hooper-Renwick School Reveals Plan to Create First Themed Library in Southeastern United States

The City of Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement to create a new themed library as part of the Gwinnett County Public Library system at the site of the former Hooper-Renwick School, Gwinnett's only African-American public school for decades.
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Lilburn Landmark Closes After 62 Years

If you’re nostalgic for the “good ole’ days” of 1950s Lilburn, you’re going to be very disappointed with the next sentence.
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Give Them a License to Get a Little Wild This Year!

This holiday season, give the outdoors enthusiast on your list a "license" to get a little wild.
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GA Driver Services Schedules January Closing for System Upgrade

Plan Ahead; Renew 150 Days Before License Expiration Date. The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) urges customers to plan ahead for driver's license/ID services in January.
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Holiday Lights in Downtown Duluth

Are you always on the lookout for the next best instagrammable backdrop? Well, Duluth is decked out and lit up for all your festive selfies and holiday portraits!
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Secretary of State Releases New Video Warning About Safe Donating this Holiday Season

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has launched a new video warning Georgians to be informed when the donate during the holiday season.
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Gwinnett Opens Talks with Developer on Former 1996 Olympic Tennis Venue

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday authorized negotiations with Fuqua Acquisitions II, LLC to develop a signature project on the site of the former Olympic Tennis Center in the County's southern corridor off U.S. 78 along the border with DeKalb County.
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Secretary Raffensperger Launches Investigation Into Groups Encouraging Fraudulent Registrations

Secretary Brad Raffensperger has launched an investigation into several groups, including America Votes, Vote Forward, and The New Georgia Project, that have repeatedly and aggressively sought to register ineligible, out-of-state, or deceased voters before the January 5 Senate runoff elections.
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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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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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Lawrenceville City Council Considers Installation of Speed Cameras in School Zones

Speed study shows high percentages of speeders in several school zones in Lawrenceville.
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Gwinnett Property Taxes are Due Dec. 1

Pay online and incur no added convenience fees through Dec. 1.
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More Gwinnett students earned Georgia Seal for Biliteracy than students from any other district in the state

Nearly 400 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students earned the Georgia Seal of Biliteracy in 2020. The seal recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.
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Lilburn native fills out a postal directory form in the post office aboard USS Ralph Johnson

ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 12, 2020) Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Paul Vance, from Lilburn, Ga., fills out a postal directory form in the post office aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114).
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Gwinnett's 2021 Proposed Budget Focuses on Strategic Priorities

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash presented her final proposed budget on Tuesday to guide County spending for the 2021 fiscal year.
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PGA of America Offers Short-Term Employment Opportunities in Support of 2021 Championship Events through PGA JobMatch

PGA JobMatch for the PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and Ryder Cup is open for applications at PGAImpact.org through Dec.19th.
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Georgia DOT Suspending Lane Closures during the Thanksgiving Holiday

To ease Thanksgiving traffic congestion statewide, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) announced today the suspension of construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled interstate highways and state routes from 6 a.m. Wed., Nov. 25 to 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30.
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DNR Announces Grants For Wildlife-Viewing Projects

Georgia is offering a helping hand to projects that help people experience the animals, plants and natural habitats emphasized in Georgia's State Wildlife Action Plan.
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Five Forks and Loganville Middle Schools MSGL Fall Season Co-Winners

Five Forks and Loganville Middle Schools were co-winners of the Middle School Golf League Fall Season. Members of the co-winning teams included Five Forks: Abe and Jack Allred, Logan Coffman, McKinlee Proctor and Charles Robinson; and from Loganville: Payton and Riley Green, Jackson McAleer, Allison Mays and John McElroy.
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The I-85 Widening From SR 53 to Just North of US 129 Breaks Ground

The I-85 widening project is the largest investment in roadway mobility improvements in the state's history. The Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP) project will provide mobility improvements in Jackson County.
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Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA Breaks Ground on John Manning Playground

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta recently started construction of the John Manning Playground, a new state of the art playground for the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA in Peachtree Corners, an initiative introduced in Fall 2019 that was halted due to the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Peachtree Corners to Install Safety Cameras with License Plate Technology

At its October meeting, the Peachtree Corners City Council unanimously approved a contract for 25 license plate reader (LPR) cameras to be installed at major ingress/egress points to capture vehicles entering and exiting the city.
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Gwinnett Offers Help To Prevent Eviction with CARES Act Funds

Gwinnett County will use funds from the CARES Act to make past due rent payments directly to landlords in order to prevent many imminent evictions and keep tenants stably housed.
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Eat Local Bingo in Duluth

To help support local businesses, the City of Duluth is introducing Eat Local Bingo and excited!
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Lilburn commemorates centennial of 1920 Fire

A devastating fire that raged in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 1920, almost wiping out the downtown area of Lilburn, will be commemorated on the 100th Anniversary of when the community’s heroic volunteer “bucket brigade” saved the town.
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Mountain Park has a rich history

Mountain Park certainly has a rich history, dating back to Gwinnett County’s birth in 1818, and before that when the Creek and Cherokee Indians lived here. And the name Trickum played a major part. Some residents still refer to the FFT/Rockbridge intersection as Trickum, a name that’s been here since early days.
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Mountain Park Group active in historic area

A community steeped in history dating back 200 years, Mountain Park east of Stone Mountain and Atlanta continues to grow as one of the best places to live in Gwinnett County.
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Recent News

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Early Warning Signs of Dementia

The most common reason people call my office seeking in-home care is that the caller is responsible for a loved one suffering from dementia and that loved one can’t be left alone. One of the most important things we can ask when dealing with loved ones as they age is “what are the early warning signs of dementia?”
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Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

In life, we all feel like we have been cheated at times. We do not always get what we think we deserve. When this happens, we can suffer from resentment.
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Living

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How To Shop For Homeowners Insurance

Most people simply select a policy for homeowner’s insurance quickly when they are in the process of buying a home. With everything else that is going on at the time, homeowner’s insurance seems like just one more thing to sign off on and move on. Plenty of errors can slip through the cracks if you don’t take your time when shopping for homeowner’s insurance.
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Five reasons to see your banker before you buy your next house

Spring marks the official start to the home-buying season. Whether you’re looking to expand or downsize, it is a great time to take advantage of the low-interest rates and the favorable housing market. But, before you take your first home tour or make any type of offer, here are a few reasons to speak to your banker first:
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When and How Often to Review Trusts

You don’t necessarily create a trust and just forget about it. You may revise a revocable trust whenever your circumstances change. Perhaps you want to add a beneficiary. A trust can be revoked or amended at any time as long as you, its creator, are mentally competent. Having an updated trust will reduce the chances that your property will pass through probate.
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5 Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Wondering if it’s time to pull the pull the plug on your old HVAC system? These 5 signs will help you know when you need to replace the old rust bucket with a modern, efficient and reliable air conditioner for your home.
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Rotary Fellowships

Rotary Club of Lawrenceville is ending another productive year in June as a “Bronze” club. While this is not as prestigious as earning “Gold” club status, it still requires the efforts of many people to make it happen.
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6 Tips to Help Your Home Beat the Summer Heat

These top home cooling tips will help boost your comfort when the dog days of summer arrive.
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Which Parts of Your Financial Plan Need an Annual Check-up / Tune-up?

Many people assume financial plans made today for tomorrow are good forever, but that can amount to a costly mistake. Here’s a quick list of what needs an annual tuneup:
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In the market for a new home?

Here’s Why You Should See A Mortgage Lender First. House-hunting can be equal parts exciting and stressful. But if you take the time to speak to a mortgage lender before you see a realtor, you might be able to relieve a little bit of the stress. Here are four ways of talking to a mortgage lender first will help.
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3 Big Reasons to Get an A/C Tune-up

With hot weather right around the corner, it’s critical to know how to get the most out of your HVAC system. Just like changing the oil in your car, did you know your system was designed to have twice annual maintenance?
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April Means Maternal and Child Health Month for Rotary

In much of the world, malnutrition is a concern for children due to extreme poverty. Rotarians address these concerns all over the world but let’s not forget the children in our community who are also facing food challenges.
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Five Forks and Loganville Middle Schools MSGL Fall Season Co-Winners

Five Forks and Loganville Middle Schools were co-winners of the Middle School Golf League Fall Season. Members of the co-winning teams included Five Forks: Abe and Jack Allred, Logan Coffman, McKinlee Proctor and Charles Robinson; and from Loganville: Payton and Riley Green, Jackson McAleer, Allison Mays and John McElroy.