Good morning, Lilburn. It's Wednesday, July 20 and the AC is turned on full-blast.
1. Staggering Numbers: Gwinnett County Public Schools made several press releases available to the public Tuesday in preparation for the upcoming school year. There’s lots of information to crunch before the first day of classes on Aug. 8, but what stands out is the sheer number of county kids who attend public school here. The state’s largest school system (by far) expects around 1,700 new students for the 2011-12 school year and estimates the total enrollment to be 162,459. That’s pretty jaw-dropping if you ask us.
2. Lilburn Middle Needs Vols: An organizational meeting is scheduled at 5 p.m. today at to bring together parents and the community before the start of the school year. Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas: extracurricular programs (like soccer and environmental club), celebrations, media center, field trips, parent events, transportation, phone calls and translators. If you want to help, let ‘em know. Even better, show up for the meeting.
3. Community Outreach: in Lilburn has an interesting event planned this weekend in extending its hand to the community. Its second community cookout of the summer is truly what the name implies — for the community, especially nonmembers. Trinity members are welcomed to attend, but there’s a price for admission. They have to bring a guest if they want to enjoy the fun, food and fellowship. Nonmembers get in for free. Starts at 5:30 p.m.
4. Sweating and Coughing: What do you expect for a mid-July weather report? High of 93, 30-percent chance of afternoon thundershowers and a Code Orange air-quality alert (unhealthy for sensitive groups). At least we’re not in Minnesota. It’s going to 96 in Minneapolis with an excessive heat warning today.
5. On This Date (With Trivia Question): On July 20, 1976, former Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron hit his 755th career home run — his final — while a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. His record stood until Barry Bonds broke it in 2007. Here’s the trivia question: Aaron’s final homer was hit in Milwaukee County Stadium against which team and pitcher? The first person to email Lilburn Patch gets a shout-out in Thursday’s “Five Things” feature. We’ll tell everyone just how smart you are.