News for Sunday, May 13, 2007

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Mexican chef to visit Decatur to sign his new cookbook

If you'd like to learn how to make dishes such as coconut ceviche, queso fundido and crab enchiladas, don't miss Roberto Santibanez's visit to Decatur. The chef is the author of "Rosa's New Mexican Table" (Artisan, $35), a cookbook that features a wide range of dishes from the Rosa Mexicano restaurants.

Santibanez will discuss and sign his book at noon Wednesday at the Cook's Warehouse at 180 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur. Food will be provided by Rosa Mexicano Atlantic Station.

Home-cooked without the hassle

The only thing we need more of is less

The problem with this country today is not, as the fear mongers would have us believe, that we have too little of anything. The problem is that we've got way too much of everything.

Take information, for example. Call me crazy, but I don't really care to know about Brangelina's relationship problems or Meg's plastic surgery or Britney's personal hygiene.

Unfortunately, I can't even go through the checkout line at Kroger without being force-fed that kind of unsavory information, unless I close my eyes. The one time I tried that, I wound up paying for somebody else's Depends.

Another thing we have far too much of is food. Remember how our mothers used stories of starving children in order to guilt-trip us into choking down our vegetables? I suppose those children might be out there somewhere, but I've never seen them. The children I see are waddling back to the buffet line for the fourth time.

Nowadays, the prevailing mentality at most eating establishments, fast-food or otherwise, is "super-size it!" Personally, I say no thanks to "biggie" fries, unless they come with a free pair of "biggie" jeans.

And then, finally, there are the warehouse stores, those stadium-sized uber-markets whose motto should be, "Buy More - Because You Can!"

The main complaint I have with warehouse stores is that you can't just run in and pick up a few things, unless by "a few things" you mean a pallet of toilet paper, 500 pounds of dog food, 12 dozen eggs and new patio furniture.

The supposed advantage is that you save a lot of money by buying in bulk. I get the buying in bulk part - and I've got the basement to prove it - but I'm not totally sold on all those money-saving claims. The truth is, I've never gotten out of one of those places for under $200 - and that was without the patio furniture.

I use the phrase "gotten out" advisedly, by the way, because that describes perfectly the process of exiting a warehouse store. You don't just leave, like at a normal store. You have to "get out," as if you've spent time in lock-up. (Not that I'm speaking from personal experience ...)

Or, to be more precise, they have to let you out. An employee literally guards the door, armed with a yellow highlighter, and suspiciously eyeballs your shopping cart (or your fork lift), checking its contents against your receipt.

I've always wondered, what exactly are they worried about? Do they really think I'm going to stuff five gallons of mayonnaise or a 20-pack of ink cartridges down my pants?

The one thing the warehouse stores have going for them, I guess, is that they don't have magazine racks at the checkout lanes. Then again, who needs the tabloids when you just bought an entire pallet of toilet paper?

Rob Jenkins is associate professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College. E-mail him at rjenkinsgdp@yahoo.com.

Landowners upset about proposed power substation

AUBURN - Since the early 1900s, 52 acres on Dee Kennedy Road near Auburn has been in Violet Lyle's family. She inherited the land from her grandfather, gave 5 acres to each of her seven children, and hoped to see her grandchildren enjoy it.

Now, Georgia Transmission Co. would like to acquire 5 acres belonging to Lyle's daughter, Connie O'Brien, and construct a substation there. The high-voltage power lines running from the proposed substation would cross the family acreage where two other siblings have built homes, as well as Lyle's adjoining 20 acres.

"We never intended to sell it," Lyle said.

Letters to the Editor

Police should ticket jaywalkers

I agree with the Norcross police effort to ticket drivers who run crosswalks while people are waiting to cross ("Norcross police begin enforcing pedestrian safety," May 9, Page 1A).

North comes back from big deficit late in Game 1 before edgingRoswell again in Game 2

SUWANEE - Both Mother Nature and the Roswell Hornets proved to be equally stubborn opponents, but North Gwinnett overcame both to sweep its first round Class AAAAA state baseball playoff series Saturday afternoon at North's McDaniel Field.

Shows offer honest look at motherhood

Some TV characters are in your living rooms so often, it's easy to become close to them. In some cases, they may even seem like members of your own family.

This Mother's Day, we wanted to recognize our favorite television mothers.

While moms like June Cleaver and Carol Brady came immediately to mind, the more we thought about it, the more we realized how much we appreciate modern depictions of parenthood - especially the more realistic television mothers.

Sure, they sometimes seem frazzled, but no matter how crazy things get, you can always tell how much these moms care about their children. In fact, they've made us care about them.

Mint-flavored water, Splenda-sweetened tea are great for cooling down

With summer on the way, cool treats are a must in the kitchen of any Georgia home. From ice-cold mint water to a new take on ice cream, check out a few of the cool items we've found.

Road closures

• Bethany Church Road between Waters Way and 1,000 feet east of Spring Ridge Circle will require intermittent lane closures from

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May for road widening and improvements.

Tiny dancers

All theirs

GAC boys top Stars for first outright championship

NORCROSS - There was no sharing this time. No runner-up finish. This state championship was all theirs.

Quarterback's death offers tough lessons

It has been a heart-wrenching week for the family of Daniel Peek and the many people who knew him. A large number of those people paid their respects during visitation for the Brookwood quarterback Friday and Saturday, and the funeral will be held Monday at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth.

Wesleyan gets out to early lead, rolls into second round

NORCROSS - The Wesleyan Wolves' quest for the Class AA state championship got off to a lightning-fast start on Saturday as they finished off a two-game sweep of Adairsville in the first round of the state playoffs.

Convention may draw attention to Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE - Mark Rountree is pondering hoping for the worst next weekend.

Meal-assembly stores make getting dinner ready a snap

With a burst of chatter, the ladies' Bunko group from Brookwood Hills came in the doors of My Girlfriend's Kitchen, touting empty laundry baskets, rolling luggage and several varieties of coffee, beer and wine. The laundry baskets and suitcases were for taking home their finished meals. The refreshments were to aid in the enjoyment of making said meals.

It was the group's first time venturing into this particular kitchen, but you'd never have known it. After laying out their spread, filling their glasses and putting on their aprons, they were ready to start making meals.

"I'm really excited to see how this turns out," said Kathleen Waldrop, coordinator of the group's festivities. "We meet every month, and we'd heard this place was here and was great, so we thought we'd try it out. It all looks and smells fantastic. I can't wait to get started."

Training complex still not finished

LAWRENCEVILLE - A state-of-the-art police training facility is not yet "100 percent functional," though recruits began classes there last week, officials said.

Chick lit sequels can be as appealing as original novels

Shelf Life: Rachael Mason

In chick lit, young women often leave their hometowns to seek success in the big city. Though this storyline is common, it can still be executed in thousands of different ways, most of which are pretty entertaining.

GAC's Treadaway, Schneider win state titles as team finishes second

JEFFERSON - Greater Atlanta Christian hurdler Hunter Treadaway didn't have the best of luck at last year's state track meet.

I-85 work to occur at night

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials are hoping the only putting people have to worry about this week is on the golf course.

Trader Vic's birthday celebration will benefit Keep AtlantaBeautiful

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Anna Ferguson at 770-963-9205, ext. 1308, or anna.ferguson@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Lightning starts attic fire

Gwinnett firefighters responded to three reported lightning strikes on Saturday, only one of which resulted in a house fire.

Tampa's Ybor City was once the cigar capital of the world

Staff Contributor

As I walked down 7th Avenue, or "La Setima," in Tampa's Ybor City, admiring its iron balconies, street lamps and brick buildings, I was reminded of the Florida city's history.

The first Cuban immigrants arrived here in 1886, bringing their culture and talent as cigar rollers. Two years later, Ybor City was the cigar capital of the world, producing, at one time, 100 million cigars a year. But today imposing nightclubs and bars dominate Ybor City - a far cry from the place of freedom and opportunity for the first Cubans 120 years ago.

Dave Kaplan enters 25th year as tournament director

DULUTH - Each year for the last 25 years, Dave Kaplan has spent 51 weeks preparing for a one-week golf tournament.

Secrecy rule likely to signal Public Service Commission's future

An under-publicized piece of the fallout from last year's elections was a potential shift in the political dynamics governing Georgia's Public Service Commission.

Election law likely to raise ruckus

A bill that is headed for early action in the House of Representatives threatens to create a major controversy over the conduct of the 2008 election.

Wedding Announcements

McGee - Alverson

Elizabeth Noel McGee and Zachary Ferrell Alverson were married April 21 on Tybee Island. The Rev. Jack Boylston officiated the ceremony.

Oil barons gauging regular Americans

Every time you gas up your vehicle and that hose locks into the tank, you, American person, are getting hosed. The energy scam we are presently experiencing is one smooth operation.

This time, the Arabs aren't raising prices on barrels of oil. This time it's not saber-rattling from Iran that is driving up the price of gas. No, this time the problems are in Whiting, Ind., and Norco, La.

Engagement Announcements

Payne - Martin

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Payne of Kennesaw announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina Lynn Payne of Little Rock, Ark., to Capt. Jason William Martin of Little Rock, Ark., son of Sharon Martin of Flowery Branch.

Mill Creek beats Alpharetta in deciding Game 3

HOSCHTON - After starting the season 1-7, it looked like Mill Creek might not make it back to the state baseball tournament.

Literary Calendar

Monday

Michael Beschloss, author of "Presidential Courage," will discuss and sign his work at 7:15 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. in Decatur. The free event is sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book. Call 404-370-8450, ext. 2225 or visit www.georgiacenterforthebook.org.

Birth Announcements

March 29

Anna Marie Moore was born on March 29, 2007, to Dana Marie Moore and Cliff Moore of Loganville. She weighed 6 lbs., 7.5 ozs. and was 181⁄2 inches long.

Cub Scouts treat their moms to special 'prom'

SNELLVILLE - For decades proud dads have been able to take their little girls to father-daughter dances. Now proud moms finally have their day to dance.

State baseball roundup: Grayson doubles up North Cobb, claims first-round series

ACWORTH - Grayson's Shaun Harrison made a potential game-saving diving catch in the top of the seventh inning to secure the Rams 5-4 victory in Game 2 of their Class AAAAA state baseball playoff series Saturday with North Cobb.

Providence girls hold off Walker for state title

LILBURN - Rain and lightning forced the Providence Christian girls to delay their state soccer quest. But the weather couldn't wash away their championship dreams.

Brazilian adds splash to swim team

Some people make a big splash wherever they go. Like Isabella Coutinho.

Brookwood blanks McEachern to advance

SNELLVILLE - The Brookwood Broncos only managed four hits on Saturday.

Track notes: Parkview's Lynch defends 800 title

JEFFERSON - Marcelis Lynch was hoping to set a new 800 record in the boys track and field championships on Saturday.

Gwinnett Gab

Auditions planned

WINDER - Auditions for the summer children's play will be held June 9 at 10 a.m. at the Barrow County Leisure Services Center on 2nd Street in Winder.

No prepared material is required, but children must be at least 6 years old. Rehearsals will be held during June and July in order to present the play at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. July 14. It is sponsored by the Winder-Barrow Community Theatre.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

PARTEN, JANICE

Mrs. Janice Whited Parten, age 58, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2007. She was preceded in death by her father, Mr. John Whited. She is survived by her: Husband: Mr. William "Butch" Parten, Buford, GA; Sons and Daughters-In-Law: Dale and Angela Parten, Buford, GA, Kenneth "Coty" and Stacey Parten, Oakwood, GA; Five Grandchildren: Devin Parten, Tyler Parten, Casey Parten, Austin Adams, Colton Parten; Mother: Mrs. Stella Whited, Buford, GA; Sisters and Brothers-In-Law: Moselle Teat, AL, Virginia and Fred Welborn, Buford, GA, Sue Eley, Flowery Branch, GA, Shirley and Jerry England, Buford, GA; Brothers and Sisters-In-Law: John and Elease Whited, AL, Charles and Alice Whited, AL, Jimmy and Regina Whited, AL, David and Tina Whited, Cumming, GA, Donald and Carol Whited, AL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. Parten was born April 29, 1949 in Jackson County, AL. She was a homemaker and a member of Island Ford Baptist Church, Buford, GA. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 14, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at Island Ford Baptist Church with Rev. David Pruitt and Rev. Carroll Pruitt officiating. Interment will follow in the Island Ford Baptist Church Cemetery, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home at Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133. www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

DORAVILLE

ANDERSON, JAMES

James Ronald Anderson, age 68 of Doraville, died May 11, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.*

NORCROSS

FLAHERTY,

MARGARET

Margaret "Marge" Epps Flaherty, age 68 of Norcross, died May 12, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.*

MCDUFFIE, MAYME

Mayme Sue McDuffie, 87, of Norcross, died May 10, 2007. Graveside services, 2 PM, Monday, May 14, 2007, in Marietta City Cemetery, Rev. Johnny Foster officiating. A graduate of Marietta High School and Southern College of Business, she had been employed with Coca Cola; and had been active in Marietta Jr. Women's Club and the Buckhead Garden Club. She is survived by daughter-in-law, Sandra Henley, Arlington, Texas; four grandchildren, Chad Henley (Christina), Tatum Hunter (Tom), all of Texas, Nancy Dutton (Don), Lauren McDougald (Mike), all of Georgia; eight great-grandchildren; three nieces; one nephew; cousin, Jenny Lee Henderson; special friends, Anita Burton, Charlotte Green. She was predeceased by husband, W E. McDuffie; and brother, Otis Cowan. Visitation 4 to 6 Sunday, Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home.

SNELLVILLE

RAWLINS, RANDALL

Randall Rudolph Rawlins, age 86 of Snellville, GA, died Friday, May 11, 2007. Arrangements by Wages Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.*

WINDER

CHANDLER, HELEN

Mrs. Helen Collins Chandler, age 78, of Winder, Georgia, formerly of Commerce, Georgia died Friday, May 11, 2007. The body was cremated. Memorial services will be held 2:00 Monday, May 14, 2007 at Evans Funeral Home Chapel, Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.*

Randall Rawlins

Randall Rudolph Rawlins, age 86 of Snellville, GA, died Friday, May 11, 2007. Arrangements by Wages Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Helen Chandler

Mrs. Helen Collins Chandler, age 78, of Winder, Georgia, formerly of Commerce, Georgia died Friday, May 11, 2007. The body was cremated. Memorial services will be held 2:00 Monday, May ...

Mayme Mcduffie

Mayme Sue McDuffie, 87, of Norcross, died May 10, 2007. Graveside services, 2 PM, Monday, May 14, 2007, in Marietta City Cemetery, Rev. Johnny Foster officiating. A graduate of Marietta ...

James Anderson

James Ronald Anderson, age 68 of Doraville, died May 11, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Margaret Flaherty

Margaret “Marge” Epps Flaherty, age 68 of Norcross, died May 12, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Janice Parten

Mrs. Janice Whited Parten, age 58, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2007. She was preceded in death by her father, Mr. John Whited. She is survived ...