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Briefs: Trek or treat Saturday

Park to host trick or treat event

Suwanee Creek Park will host a free trek or treat event at 11 a.m. on Saturday as pumpkins, monsters, princesses take part in festival-style games, crafts and activities, and “trek or treating” along the Suwanee Creek Greenway. Suwanee’s mascot, Parker the Dog, will be at the event and encourages those coming to dress in their Halloween costume. Activities will include a costume parade, face painting, games, crafts and pumpkin hunt. A DJ will be on hand to instigate dancing, games, and fun. Hot dogs will be served while supplies last.

Peachtree Ridge teacher named finalist for TOY

Physics teacher Dean Landers of Peachtree Ridge High this week was named a finalist for the Gwinnett County Public Schools Teacher of the Year award. Landers teaches juniors and seniors and has five years in education, all in Gwinnett. Landers began his college career as a mechanical engineering student, but switched his career path to education after a semester abroad teaching English to Spaniards.

“Not only was it fun, but I was good at it,” he said.

Landers has a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in science education from Georgia State University.

Landers is one of six finalists for the annual award, presented at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Gwinnett Center. A selection committee of 11 GCPS educators narrowed the field from 26 semifinalists that began as a list of 131.

Gwinnett’s Teacher of the Year will receive an annual award of $1,000 and the other level winners will each receive $750 each year, for as long as they are employed with GCPS. The finalists will receive a one-time award of $500, and each local school winner will receive a one-time award of $200.

Toast at Town Center wraps up

The final Toast at Town Center of the year is at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The theme of the monthly street festival is “Night of the Living Dead.”

Peachtree Ridge homecoming this week

Homecoming Spirit Week at Peachtree Ridge High is scheduled for this week leading up to the Lions’ football game against Norcross and Homecoming dance on Saturday. Homecoming court members will be chosen in PRIDE this week and Homecoming King and Queen will be chosen by Senior PRIDEs the week of Oct. 22. Students may invite a non-PRHS student as a date to the dance, but all students attending the dance should be in high school. They will be expected to show photo ID at the door. Students should pick up their Homecoming tickets Monday through Friday during lunch.

City to purchase financial software

The city of Suwanee has issued a request for proposals to purchase new financial software that will allow it to accept online bill payments, and have systems better communicate with each other. The current system is about 10 years old, and city officials made it a priority in the 2013 budget. The City Council is expected to receive a recommendation on the software in January.

North team wins first at state

A team from North Gwinnett took first place in the state competition of the Family, Career, Community Leaders of America Culinary Knowledge Bowl earlier this month. The team consisted of Dale Higgins, Megan Cromie, Erica Paik and Mina Song. In the final round Cromie answered all three bonus questions to win.

PIB medians move forward

City staff has reported to the City Council that work on the Peachtree Industrial Boulevard medians is planning to be completed this planting season. Russell Landscape Group has doubled its effort to find product to plant that will survive the dry and windy conditions along the road. City officials have said the project was designed to be cost efficient with low maintanence, but the native grasses would take about two growing seasons to settle in.

I-85 project expected to finish by Christmas

The long-awaited Interstate 85 landscaping project, that was delayed by a drought and the service delivery dispute with Gwinnett County over the last six years, began this week and city officials expect it to be completed by Christmas. The project is a mixture of landscape and hardscape, and will have 11 small plazas near the corners of the interchanges and north bound and south bound ramps from I-85 to Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. There will also be three plazas where Sawmill Road meets Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and a variety of benches and trash cans. The landscaping will include 250 trees, 6,000 shrubs, and some sodded areas.

Howl-O-Ween event on Oct. 28

The Georgia SPCA will have a Howl-O-Ween pet parade and costume contest at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 28. Prizes will be given away to pets and pets and owners in categories such as best overall, scariest and most original. Parking will be available at neighboring businesses north and south of the Georgia SPCA Adoption Center on Buford Highway.

North Beta Club to host event

The North Gwinnett High School Beta Club’s second annual “Haunted High School” is schedule for 6:30 p.m. t 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. The theme is “North Gwinnett - School for the Frightfully Gifted!” Music will be played in the courtyard and hot cocoa and marshmallows will be served. All proceeds go to UNICEF, an organization to support children’s causes worldwide.

Scarecrow contest to be held this fall

The Harvest Farm Community Garden Managing Board is hosting its third annual scarecrow competition. Gardeners, residents, schools and clubs are invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: scariest, funniest, most creative, best scarecrow made by a child and best scarecrow created from recycled materials. Place the scarecrows in your plot or inside the perimeter of the fence if you don’t have a plot at the garden. Judging will take place Oct. 31, and winners will be contacted on Nov. 1. Attach the following information to your scarecrow: your name, email address and phone number. Scarecrows will remain on display in the garden until Nov. 30 when they may be picked up; otherwise, they will be disposed of.

For more information, email Kim Thompson at kimdthompson@bellsouth.net or call 678-644-5793.

National citizen survey to be mailed soon

Suwanee is preparing to participate in its third National Citizen Survey, which is a scientific survey conducted by a partnership with the International City Managers Association and the National Research Center. The surveys will be mailed to recipients in early November. Among the questions are “Why did you move to Suwanee in the last five years?” and “Why did you attend Suwanee Day?”

— From Staff Reports