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CLINE: ALS challenge breaks the ice on raising awareness

Have you dumped a bucket of icewater over your head yet? Chances are you either have or you’ve seen a friend, relative, co-worker or celebrity do so through a video posted on social media. The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS is a campaign to raise awarness and funds for the disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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CLINE: Giant tomato plant casts shadow over my own garden

Our Top 10 online stories this week supported what a lot of us already know — people enjoy reading about big fish and big garden plants. We covered those bases with a record-setting brown trout and a tomato plant that has its eyes on the Guinness Book of World Records.

CLINE: Gwinnett cities offer Atlanta alternative

This past weekend you could have watched a professional bicycle race in Duluth, or visited Sugar Hill to see an impressive car show, ride a zip line or see some good bands, including one fronted by movie star Kevin Bacon.

CLINE: When it comes to success, it takes a village

Sunday’s Hall of Fame speeches are a reminder that you don’t get anywhere in the world without some help.

CLINE: Remembering when a job was just for the summer

Do you remember your summer jobs? Are they good memories?

CLINE: Coaches find great way to experience ‘Americana at its finest’

Cliff Ramos said he always gets a lot of feedback when he talks about his summer travels with his good friend Steve West. For six years now the two Greater Atlanta Christian wrestling coaches have made their “go where the road takes us” trips a summer staple, traveling for a week to 10 days with no schedule and no plan, just a map and their imaginations.

CLINE: Bugged by baggage

It’s hard to fly out of Atlanta and not bemoan the fact that when you live in Gwinnett you have to leave for the aiport so early that you could easily drive to Nashville before your tray is in an upright and locked position. That goes with the territory here, where you often have to arrive two hours early to ensure not being five minutes late.

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CLINE: Harvey makes her mark in 25 years with American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society’s Gwinnett office has a different feel this week. There’s nothing wrong really, just an important piece missing after 25 years.

CLINE: Farmers markets about the experience as much as the food

National Farmers Market Week, Suwanee, Suwanee farmers market, Town Center Park, Amy Doherty, farm-raised eggs, locally grown

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CLINE: Believe it or not: Kevin Bacon coming to Sugar Hill

“Why would Kevin Bacon come to Sugar Hill?” It was a good question.

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CLINE: Memories of kind men and Friday nights of the past

We learn as we get older that the good times don’t go on forever, and sometimes you hear a familiar name in a way you wish you never would.

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CLINE: Brewing up an event in Duluth

This week Greg Lindquist is busy preparing for the second incarnation of Beer Fest Duluth: Brews and Tunes, an event that will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Duluth Town Green. The irony is that come Saturday, the man who loves to sip a cold one and has made a business of beer won’t have time for nary a drop.

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CLINE: Caretaker of the clubhouse

Nick Dixon is the Gwinnett Braves’ clubhouse manager, but the title does little to explain his duties, not that any short description could. When it comes to taking care of the players, there’s not much Dixon doesn’t do.

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CLINE: Local cities doing their part to recognize Memorial Day

There is no lack of things going on this week. We just completed the earliest primary in state history, and up next is the last day of school, signaling the start of summer vacation for the kids which begins with a three-day weekend. It’s a respite that comes with a chance to cook out and hit the lake or pool, but obviously there is deeper meaning behind this holiday. And thankfully that will be highlighted as Gwinnett’s busy week continues with ceremonies recognizing Memorial Day in Snellville, Duluth and Dacula.

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CLINE: Buford Schools say goodbye to a pair of old pros

That feeling is even more profound for teachers who know the coming weeks are their last. There are a couple of those in the Buford City Schools system feeling that way these days, a couple of men who have put in more than 60 years combined in the education field.

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