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May 19, 2018

Carole Townsend

The village is changing

There’s an old African proverb that claims, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The proverb is often attributed to Hillary Clinton’s 1996 book titled It Takes a Village, but Clinton actually borrowed the phrase and the concept from the African continent. The wise claim is expressed in several different languages there, and while the premise seems perfectly clear on the surface, some have put forth the idea that Clinton meant that the state can raise your child better than you can. That’s a conversation for another day.

Charlotte J. Nash

Volunteers: Putting Time and Talents to Good Use

The adage “when you want to get something done, ask a busy person to do it” came to mind last month while I was attending a volunteer recognition program at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Our Department of Community Services honored 32 individuals and 48 groups who volunteered a total of 875,000 hours in the health, senior services, animal control, elections, and parks and recreation divisions. The other 11 County departments and many elected officials’ offices use volunteers, too.

Beware of scams

Dogwood Forest of Grayson Helps Seniors Avoid These Common and Costly Scams

As beautiful as this world can be, it can also be very cruel. Often criminals choose to violate those who they deem the most vulnerable and senior adults are often the target. Scams range from phone scams to cyber scams, but more often than not, every scam targeting seniors has one motive: to steal your money.

Katie Hart Smith

Cut From the Same Cloth

I tasked myself to reupholster my kitchen chairs a few months ago. I gathered my sewing supplies, hammer, tacks, and a staple gun. With the ideal fabric selected and no set design ironed out, I let my creative mind wander. A vision unfolded.

Bill York

I don’t drink…

Aware of consequences early in life taught me to avoid places where alcoholic beverages are served. I know if a drunk commits a felony I could be considered guilty by association.