Good morning, Lilburn. It's Friday, July 22. Here's you daily list of somewhat interesting fodder.
1. Battle of Atlanta: Today marks the 147th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, which was fought in what now are neighborhoods south and east of downtown. While Atlanta didn’t fall for another six weeks, it was a key win for the Union Army during the Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign. Thanks to our friends at the East Atlanta Patch, here is a full schedule of activities Saturday and Sunday for people of all ages.
2. Baby It’s HOT Outside: It’s the cut-and-paste time of year for weather prognosticators, who can pretty much forecast a high in the 90s with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms virtually every day of the summer. Not saying weather forecasting is an easy gig — the computer models, radar loops and all that jazz are all pretty cool — but we don’t need any [Fill In The Blank]-o-Meter to tell us what we already know this time of year. For the record, it’s going to be in the 90s with a chance of afternoon storms today.
3. Shop for Students You Don’t Know: If you’re interested in doing some school shopping for kids in need, this would be a good weekend to do it. With classes starting Aug. 8, local charities will need time to distribute items before school starts. The Lilburn Cooperative Ministry, which is supported by more than 30 churches in the area, is looking for donations of school supplies like backpacks, notebooks, looseleaf paper, pencils, pens, index cards and more. Many retail stores have lists of what school supplies are needed.
4. Trivia Answer: The evidence is mostly anecdotal, but Lake Lucerne, the 40-acre lake located near Stone Mountain Highway in unincorporated Lilburn, once had a less exotic name. We asked what the former name was in Thursday’s “Five Things” feature in what is becoming a popular daily tidbit. The first (and correct) answer — Opossum Lake (or just Possum) — came from Kelly Miles, who has lived on Riverside Drive at the lake since birth. Kelly’s emailed answer at 7:07 a.m. beat four other correct responses (thanks to all). Apparently, the name was changed simply because locals didn’t like the original name. One misnomer over the years about the name is that “Lucenre” is French for opossum. Actually, according to FreeTranslation.com, the French word for opossum is "sarigue."
5. Friday’s Trivia Question: What is the origin of the City of Lilburn’s name? Got the answer? Email us at Lilburn Patch. The first correct answer gets a shout-out in Monday’s ‘Five Things.”