(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)
From Lilburn-Mtn Park Patch:
Freezing temps will turn standing water into ice on area roadways, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Originally posted on the Douglasville, GA Patch
By GREG HAMBRICK (Patch Staff)
January 5, 2016
6 Winter Driving Tips as Temperatures Drop
It’s getting cold in the region and the Georgia Department of Transportation is warning drivers of the threat of black ice, particularly during overnight hours when the temperatures are at their lowest.
1. Black ice is a thin, often invisible sheet of ice that forms on the roadway, especially on bridges and overpasses and low lying areas. It can form at any time when temperatures drop below freezing and there is any form of moisture, from sprinklers, run-off or precipitation on the roadway.
2. With the winter season upon us, Georgia DOT reminds everyone to remain vigilant with these key steps:
3. The threat of black ice on roadways is possible whenever there is a winter weather event. Beware of black ice (especially on bridges and overpasses) and watch for fallen trees or power lines.
4. Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary; postpone travel until daylight hours when road conditions such as black ice are more visible.
5. Do not pass a Georgia DOT dump truck spreading the salt/gravel mixture, as gravel may kick up and could break car windshields. Follow at least 100 feet behind Department vehicles.
6. Be aware of Georgia DOT crews working to clear the snow and ice from interstates and state routes.
7. SLOW DOWN at least half your normal speed and use a low gear as you drive.
8. Treat a non-working traffic signal as a four-way stop.
Environmental and Heritage Center
Get out of your house and into the trees at the EHC's newest exhibit, opening January 18th.
Families can spend some quality time hanging out in the trees with a visit to the Environmental and Heritage Center's newest exhibit, TreeHouses: Look Who's Living In The Trees.
The focus of this exhibit moves up, in, around and even underneath trees. TreeHouses includes fun, hands-on ways to explore the important roles that trees play in providing homes for all sorts of wild things (including people!). Incorporating all of the senses, this popular exhibit engages forest explorers of all ages in nature explorations and the ecology of sustainable harvesting of this important natural resource.
In this exhibit, families can:
- Look for signs of animal tree dwellers as they walk through an indoor tree house and across a wobbly connecting bridge
- Play a computerized forest game where they can harvest trees without harming wildlife
- Watch how a forest becomes a house
- View the tree houses people have built around the world- even design and build their own
- See stereoscopic 3-D images of some of the smaller animals we can find living in trees
- Listen for animals inside the tree house and try to guess their sounds on an "animal dance floor"
- Peer down from inside a "crow's nest"
- Revisit favorite fictional tree dwellers, from the Ewoks of Star Wars to Winnie the Pooh
- Wander through a "kitchen" to discover not-so-obvious tree connections in our own houses
TreeHouses will open to the public on January 18, 2016. The exhibit was produced by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (EcoTarium, Worcester, Massachusetts; ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, Vermont; and the Children's Museum of Maine, Portland, Maine) with major support from Jane's Trust. Additional support was provided by Cabot Family Charitable Trust and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. It is sponsored locally by the EHC Foundation and will be on the campus through May 7, 2016.
The Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) plans to explore STEM (science - technology - engineering - math) with a special event that highlights the field of forestry as well as the unique "green" features of the EHC.
Out On A Limb: STEM Forestry Fun will take place at the EHC on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The program fee for the event is $8 per person. Children two and younger and EHC members are free.
The EHC was the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building in Gwinnett County. Its green features include one of the largest, sloped vegetated roofs in the country.
Activities for the Out On A Limb: STEM Forestry Fun event will feature LEGO EV3 robotics as students help a "roly poly" run a risky maze in search of food and shelter and learn about the role these armored arthropods play in the forest community. Participants will also learn about the relationship between architecture and ecosystems and understand how green building methods benefit the forest.
The event will coincide with the opening of the EHC's newest traveling exhibit called TreeHouses: Look Who's Living in the Trees.
Click here to register.
Join us for a brisk night trek through the EHC's winter woodland! Dare to discover the dormant denizens of the dusk hours as we look for signs of creatures above and below ground that are adapted to survive the winter. You will also look up through the bare trees into the night sky to look for planets and constellations of the northern hemisphere.
EHC Night Treks are quarterly events. The next one will take place on April 8, 2016
$8 per person
EHC members are free
Ages 8 and above
Click here to register.
Ever wonder what happens at the museum after hours? Join us for
a special drop-in festival titled Night @ the Museum and see how the EHC exhibits come to life after dark.
- Investigate The Mystery Museum Tour
- Listen To Historic Stories Around A Campfire
- Participate In A Glow In The Dark Green Building Scavenger Hunt
- Observe The Blue Planet Sensory Theater
- Experience The Discovery Dome
- Explore The TreeHouses Exhibit
$8 Program Fee per person. Free for members and children 2 and under.
Pre-Order Family Pizza Package served at 6:30pm.
Pizza deal is pre-registration only. To order Pizza click here.
January 29, 2016, 5pm-10pm
Click here to register.
Adults, are you looking for a fun and unique night out?
Join the Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation for Lab Coats and Libations on Friday, February 12, 2016, as we explore the exciting properties of chocolate. Examine the cultural history of one of humanity's most celebrated foods while experimenting with the science behind the delicious taste!
This program promises to be a fun, adult evening and will surely satisfy your taste buds. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate chocolate and enjoy a relaxing glass of wine.
This program is for ages 21 and older.
Program Fee $15
EHC Members $10
Click here to register.
Join the Environmental and Heritage Center in the Great Backyard Bird Count Learn about birds through crafts and activities inside the Center, then take a hike and count birds with us. There will be a special early morning bird walk as well.
For information on pricing and activities visit www.gwinnettEHC.org
February 27 from 11am until 2pm
Celebrate cultures around the world with the Girl Scouts. Join the EHC for an international learning opportunity as each participating troop will have information to share about a specific country, a sample of that country's cuisine and a "swap" that you can purchase.
There will be a special program fee of $2.00 per person. EHC members are admitted free.(There will be a separate Girl Scout charge of a dime per beverage/food item and swap.) This program is open to everyone!
Join the EHC for a program honoring the diversity found in the Caribbean area of Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the United States. Learn about the Garifuna culture and discover this rich history that blends traditions from Carib Indians with those of West African slaves. Examine their unique history, language and culture and participate in hands-on activities for kids.
Program included with Center admission.
1pm - 5pm
Registration Deadline for Spring Semester Home School Classes Is Approaching Fast!
Be sure and sign up today for some great enrichment classes connected to both science and social studies!
For more information and to register click here.
Summer Camp 2016 Registration Info
It may be cold outside right now but summer is right around the corner! Be sure and join the EGC for Summer Camp 2016. There are multiple camps offered at both the McDaniel Farm and Yellow River Post Office for ages 2 to 13!
Beat the rusha and register early by becoing an EHC Member. Summer camp registration opens for EGC Members on FEb. 1, 2016. For the general public registration opens on Feb. 15, 2016.
Detailed descriptions, camp dates and pricing will be available online at www.gwinnettEHC.org on Jan. 25, 2016.
News from Gwinnett County
Christmas Tree Recycling
Once the holidays are over, don't forget to recycle your Christmas tree. From December 26 through January 16 residents can drop off their live, undecorated trees at one of the convenient locations in Gwinnett County. The trees will be chipped during Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful's Bring One for the Chipper event on Saturday, January 23 from 9:00am to noon at Bethesda Park, located at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville, near the soccer fields. The mulch from the trees will be used for County parks, roadway landscaping, facilities, etc.
Please note that unless you have a yard waste contract with your hauler, trees will not be collected curbside.
Art on the Chattahoochee LOGO DESIGN CONTEST
(Peachtree Corners, GA., Jan. 12, 2016) – Your graphic design could be the fashion statement at the fifth annual Art on the Chattahoochee and win you $250 in cash. Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) is calling all designers to help promote the 2016 Art on the Chattahoochee Festival with a visual that that builds excitement for the event.
First Prize winners will receive special recognition and prominent placement of logo on all promotional material, including t-shirts, flyers, posters and website. There will also be a cash prize of $250 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third place winners generously awarded by the Gwinnett Parks Foundation. Submission is free and deadline is 5 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2016.
In 2016, Art on the Chattahoochee will have a new location at Simpsonwood Park and a 3K Fun Run to kick off the event. The winning design will be featured on the runners’ t-shirts and all promotional material. Art on the Chattahoochee will be held on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring unique work of local artists, live performances, artist demonstrations, food trucks and a Budding Artist Kids’ Zone.
The logo design contest is open to all ages, for design criteria and submission rules, or Art on the Chattahoochee call 678-277-0920 or visit www.gwinnettparks.com. Simpsonwood Park is located at 4511 Jones Bridge Circle in Peachtree Corners.
Gwinnett County Operating Budget Adopted
Gwinnett commissioners adopted a $1.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2016 during their meeting on January 5, 2016. The adopted budget holds the line on property tax rates while funding services cut during the recession, addressing concerns about workforce recruitment and retention, and investing in essential infrastructure and critical community needs.
Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, "This budget invests in the big picture, focusing on what's really important for our community. It also is in line with our history of sustainable, conservative financial management by looking at future implications of today's decisions."
The operating budget totals $1.1 billion. It includes an additional $7.2 million to cover election expenses and expand hours and locations for advance voting. It also unfreezes 25 police positions and restores staff at the animal shelter and in parks maintenance. There will be additions to a special victims unit in the District Attorney's office, 30 new police officers, nine new firefighter/paramedics, 12 new part-time sheriff deputies, three new Juvenile Court positions and another magistrate judge.
The capital budget of $363 million funds design for a new state patrol building, a courthouse expansion, construction of a new medical examiner/morgue building, senior center renovations and body cameras for police officers and sheriff's deputies.
Read more about the 2016 budget or click here to view the adopted 2016 budget resolution.
The Gwinnett County Extension is offering varieties of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs, apples, pomegranate, native azaleas, and other landscape plants as part of their annual plant sale.Orders will be taken now through March 17, 2016. Visit www.gwinnettextension.com or call 678.377.4010 to request an order form.
Offices Closed Monday, January 18
All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of the residents of the County, will be closed Monday, January 18 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 19. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not a trash and recycling holiday for solid waste service providers in unincorporated Gwinnett County, so trash and recycling collections are scheduled as normal. The Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recycling Call Center will be closed that day, but hauler call centers will be open. Residents can search for their solid waste hauler to find their hauler's contact information. Residents who live in a city should contact their trash and recycling provider to find out if collections will be delayed due to the holiday
The Gwinnett United Ebony Society will host a parade that will begin on Langley Drive in Lawrenceville at 10:00am and end at Moore Middle School, which is located at the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Johnson Road. TVgwinnett will be at the event so you can catch highlights on demand on the county's website.
Martin Luther King Jr. Great Day of Service
In the spirit of the MLK Day holiday, the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, together with Volunteer Gwinnett and the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute, will host the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Great Day of Service event. Volunteers can sign up as individuals or groups at www.volunteergwinnett.net.
The Gwinnett Voter Registrations and Elections Division needs dedicated citizens to serve as paid poll officials for the busy 2016 election year. Successful poll officials demonstrate patience, enjoy working with people, take direction well, possess basic computer skills, and are detail-oriented. If you are interested in applying, please visit www.gwinnettcountyjobs.com and select the Elections Poll Official position
Be prepared for extreme temperatures
While most Georgians enjoy relatively mild winters, the state has experienced significant snow and ice events in the past. Snow and ice can disrupt transportation and cause power outages, making it important for Gwinnett County residents to be prepared. Here are some tips to help you prepare for potentially disastrous weather emergencies this winter:
- Be informed: Listen to a NOAA weather radio and monitor other media outlets for weather-related information.Learn about the terms used to describe winter hazards.
- Make a plan: Create an emergency plan for your family and be sure to prepare for your senior and disabled family members as well as your pets.
- Build a kit: Build an emergency kit for both your home and car. Include food, water, adequate clothing, and blankets for at least three days.
Learn more at www.gwinnettsafety411.com.
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