Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Peachtree and Simpson elementary schools, along with others in Norcross Cluster work on Chairs for Charity for the upcoming Norcross Art Fest.
The Norcross cluster schools, which include Peachtree and Simpson elementary schools, are participating in a project called Chairs for Charity. This fund raising event will be held at the upcoming Norcross Art Fest this Saturday and Sunday in downtown Norcross on Oct. 1 - 2. Groups and local citizens donate the chairs and stools to be used for this event. Arlene Beckles, chairperson of Chairs for Charity for the second year, collects these and then distributes them to the schools. Before they reach the students the chairs, and this year mailboxes, are “sanded, primed, and given a color base coat by parent volunteers,” explains Simpson Elementary art teacher Tracy Callas. At a booth at the Norcross Art Fest the chairs, stools and mailboxes…
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Persian mix is affectionate, and up for adoption. See her today at PETCO on State Bridge Road.
Beautiful Merrick lived happily with a family all her life, but then their personal circumstances changed and she found herself without a home. Angels took her into our adoption program and we are now looking for a second home and a second chance for this nice kitty. Merrick appears to be a Persian mix with a long luxurious coat. (It will need regular brushing!) She has a definite personality and will run up to you whenever you enter the room. She likes to hang around with her "people" and will be a great TV or reading buddy. She is a talker, and lets you know what she's thinking! Merrick lives with other cats and be ok as a second cat after a period of socialization. However, she very much considers herself "the queen" and would also do …
With less daylight hours to enjoy the outdoors make sure you're clearly visible to avoid an injury or accident.
PEACHTREE CORNERS -- The fall brings cooler temperatures and it also means there's less daylight to enjoy outdoor activities such as jogging and running. As the days are becoming shorter, some people continue to follow their bad safety habits into the winter months. I continue to be amazed by the number of runners – men and women – who wear dark clothing and run in the street (not on the sidewalk) while out for their early morning workouts. This fall I have taken to running outdoors in the early morning. I always wear a white shirt and a reflective vest, and I am contemplating purchasing a small LED safety light that is available in any number of sporting goods stores. I’ll do anything to be seen while running through our neighborhoods. …
Friday, September 23, 2011
It's that time of year again! The Gwinnett County Fair is in town, and our Patch photographer spent an afternoon capturing all the good old fashioned fun in pictures.
Sunday afternoon the temps were in the 70s and there were, appropriately, cotton candy clouds in a bright blue sky. It was a perfect day to head over to the Gwinnett County Fair. Walking through the gates is exciting for kids of all ages, as visitors are greeted by the sight of the Ferris Wheel looming above the booths of games, prizes and foods with their colorful flags snapping in the breeze. Inside the fairgrounds, visitors can hop on a thrilling ride, take a stroll through the barn and see prize-winning animals being shown by local farms and 4H members, watch one of the Miss Gwinnett pageants that have been around since 1955, check out the vendors in the Exhibit Hall or indulge in the cornicopia of delicious fair treats. This year, the…
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Children learn gymnastics at the Robert D. Fowler YMCA.
PEACHTREE CORNERS -- There is always something fun to do at the Robert D. Fowler YMCA, from water aerobics to learning a new skill to exercising your mind and body. This week Peachtree Corners Patch captured Ema Jones' afternoon gymnastics class where six young students worked on back bends and handstands. The future gymnists also practiced on the parallel bars and even learned to climb knotted ropes.
After 17 years in operation national organization announced it is closing its doors for good.
As was the case a couple of weeks ago when Angel Food Ministries announced it wouldn't be able to fulfill its September orders, a statement on the website Wednesday announced the organization's final demise. "Angel Food Ministries has considered many options regarding our future. At this time we regret to inform you that we have not found a solution that will allow Angel Food Ministries to continue to distribute food on a monthly basis and have decided to cease operations. We realize the pressure that this places on our host sites, community food banks and customers," the statement read. It went on to note that a small group of former employees and food vendors were working to find a way to serve those who had come to rely on AFM during …
Peachtree Corners' Alexis Cordero voted by student body and recognized during Friday's halftime show.
At Friday's Norcross High School football game, Alexis Cordero, along with Cornelia Torres-Hamlin and Maggie Tipton enjoyed a moment in the limelight during the halftime homecoming festivities. Cordero, pictured wearing a white sash and crown, was selected by a vote of the student body as the homecoming queen, Torres-Hamlin and Tipton, served as the queen's court. All three are friends and are on the varsity cheerleading team. Cordero, from Peachtree Corners, is a senior this year. Torres-Hamlin is a sophomore and Tipton, a junior, both are from Norcross. The homecoming court and queen are selected by the student body. The process includes three rounds of voting during the weeks leading up to homecoming to select the court and the queen. …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Popular Athens band announced the group is breaking up.
A simple, straightforward announcement on R.E.M.'s website told their fans and friends that after 31 years together, the band is breaking up. "As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band," the note says. "We feel kind of like pioneers in this--there's no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off," said Mike Mills in a statement on the website. Michael Stipe's statement said, "I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way. " "Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift," said Peter Buck to the band's friends and fans. R.E.M. began in 1980, playing in clubs and venues around …
First grade student Rachel Allen received Student of the Week award.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The Peachtree Corners Rotary Club was proud to recognize Peachtree Elementary student Rachel Allen from Mrs. Hehir-Tyler’s first grade class at its weekly meeting on Monday, Sept. 19. Student: Rachel Allen School: Peachtree Elementary School Grade: 1st Student Rachel has attended Peachtree Elementary since kindergarten and we are very proud of her accomplishments. She is caring, principled and balanced. She strives for the best in all she sets out to accomplish each and every day at school. Rachel consistently exhibits qualities that make her a good student, a kind friend, and respectful citizen. She always completes her assignments and actively participates in class activities. Rachel perseveres with enthusiasm and confidence, even when…
The Blue Devils take to the field during the district-wide marching competition on Tuesday.
The Blue Devils marching band, lead by band director, Lee Newman, took to the field for the district-wide marching competition at Mill Creek High School on Tuesday. Eighteen different bands from across Gwinnett County participated in the two day event. Even the Red Coat Marching Band from the University of Georgia performed on Monday evening at Grayson High School. Norcross' band, led by drum major Parker Buntin, performed their 10 minute half-time show during the exhibition.