Monday, September 3, 2012
For Labor Day, Patch looks at how jobs have changed during the last century.
Monday, September 3, 2012
This is a story about jobs that, by and large, simply don’t exist in the United States anymore. Or if they do, are holding on by the fiber-optic thread that will soon extinguish the occupation for good. Some are ancient history, like the iceman who has not cometh since the Eisenhower Administration. And others – including the minimum wage Wal-Mart “greeter” - were here just yesterday. A LESS DISPOSABLE TIME At The Sun newspaper of Baltimore – where many wonder if reporters will eventually go the way of the typewriter (and the skilled folks who repaired them) – there used to be an aged, exceedingly polite elevator operator named Barney Barney. [Yes, his first name and his last name were – inexplicably - the same.] Though extraordinary …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Where can you go to celebrate the end of summer without spending a ton on gas?
We focused our list on places that could be enjoyed in one day. Here's our suggestions which are presented in alphabetical order. Athens – There’s more to do in Athens than just cheer on the Dawgs. Just about 50 minutes away from Peachtree Corners, you can easily get there and back on one tank of gas. Check out the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art or the Georgia Museum of Art. Or tour one of the city’s many historic houses. When your day is done, dine at one of Athens many delicious restaurants. Check out Athens Patch’s directory for where to find great eats. Augusta – Home to the Augusta National Golf Club and James Brown, there’s plenty to see and do in Augusta. The drive is about two and half hours. Take a one-hour boat tour on the…
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Statistics show metro Atlanta is not the safest place to drive.
Peachtree Corners drivers, if you're headed through Spaghetti Junction this Labor Day weekend, keep both hands on the wheel. Metro Atlanta drivers are almost 30 percent more likely to get into an accident than the national average, according to a study released by Allstate Insurance. The report ranks Atlanta 161st on its list comparing accident records of the nation's 200 biggest cities. The average Atlanta driver is in an accident every 7.7 years. The city with the best drivers, according to the report, is Sioux Falls, S.D., with an average of 13.8 years between collisions. Allstate offers these tips to help you keep safe: Big-city driving Small town and suburban driving Do you consider yourself a safe driver? What are your best/worst …
Hurricane Isaac is being blamed on the recent increase at the pumps, but how high will gas prices rise?
Drivers in Peachtree Corners were feeling the pain at the pump on Wednesday afternoon. The cost of a gallon of gas has been steadily inching its up over the summer. Prices at the Peachtree Corners QT on Peachtree Parkway and Peachtree Corners Parkway at 2 p.m. were edging up to the $4 mark for a gallon of regular gas. According to a report on WPXI.com, a news station in Pittsburgh, "Gasoline prices have risen in recent weeks because of the higher oil prices and refinery problems in the Midwest and West Coast. At $3.75, the national average is at its highest level since May 9 and it is up about 42 cents from the low reached on July 2." In July 31, the average gas price in Atlanta metro area was $3.52 - as of Aug. 29, 2012, the cost has …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Sure, school is back in session, but the kids don't have to be the only ones hitting the books this month.
Although Labor Day marks the last hurrah for white pants, barbeques and kids up late on a Sunday night, it is not the end of the season. People, until the clock strikes midnight on Sept. 21, it's still summer. And that means there's just enough time to squeeze in another good book while you're settled into your favorite lounge chair. Not sure what to read for your last hurrah of summer? Fear not, we've cobbled together some best-sellers from The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, along with a few staff favorites from summers past. All you need to make your experience complete is a nice cold glass of iced tea lemonade. Fiction Non-fiction Be sure to tell us in the comments box below about your favorite summer read.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
A report says the pedestrian death rate in Georgia is 25 percent higher than the overall U.S. rate.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Peachtree Corners residents spend a lot of time riding bikes, jogging and walking in their neighborhoods. But did you know that overall, Georgia is a dangerous state for pedestrians? Since 2001, the number of pedestrians killed rose each year through 2010, the Morris News Service has reported based on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. In 2010, 168 people were killed while walking, up from 146 in 2001. The 2001 total accounted for 9 percent of Georgia's roadway deaths. In 2010, pedestrians made up 13.5 percent of the state's fatality total. Things don't seem to be getting any better. In Metro Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, 82 pedestrians had been killed by mid-August, compared with 63 through the same …
Monday, August 27, 2012
A number of boating fatalities occurred on the popular lake this summer; the Georgia Department of Natural Resources offers important boating safety tips for the upcoming three-day weekend.
Labor Day weekend is typically the last big hurrah for recreational boaters, water and jet ski enthusiasts to enjoy Lake Lanier once more before cooler weather sets in. But this this summer has been a particularly deadline season for boating accident fatalities on Lake Lanier. According to the Department of Natural Resources, there have been 96 boating incidents, 9 boating-incident-related fatalities and 33 drownings on Georgia Waters. Conservation rangers have also issued 167 boating-under-the-influence citations. This year a number of the fatalities involved nearby residents: "Holiday weekends create a need for increased safety awareness from all boaters," said Lt. Col. Jeff Weaver in a Georgia DNR press release. "As always, conservation…
Monday, September 5, 2011
You know that the holiday is the unofficial end of summer, but did you know the reason we celebrate?
What is believed to have started in New York City as a parade of Union workers in 1882, is now the full-fledged, government sanctioned, end-of-summer tradition we know as Labor Day. Two years after that first parade Congress passed a bill establishing a federal work holiday and President Grover Cleveland designated the first Monday in September as Labor Day. So before you rush out to a barbecue or pool party in honor of the holiday, here are a few things you might not know about our American workforce, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau:
Thursday, August 11, 2011
A Peachtree Corners gardener shares ideas for throwing a fun pool party using a watermelon for entertainment!
As Gwinnett County children start school this week, lazy days at the pool transition to occasional weekend visits until swim season is over come September. Also clinging to the last bits of summer is watermelon season, now upon us. And if you want to be the most popular person at your upcoming Labor Day pool party, show up with a huge watermelon in hand. Seriously, all you need to entertain kids (and adults) for hours at pool party is one watermelon (OK, maybe a second as a backup). Seeded watermelons are ideal, not only because they are juicier and tastier, but because they are flat out more fun. My birthday is in mid-August, and as a kid, we often had birthday pool parties that consisted of hilarious games of greased watermelon, …