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Peachtree City UPDATES - Week of Nov. 8, 2010

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Veterans Day Remembrance this Saturday, traffic alerts for Hip Pocket and Harbor Loop, fire hydrant maintenance, new CVB web site, and more!

Shop PTC / Find it in Fayette! ®
Reminder decals have been distributed to the major shopping centers in Peachtree City and are on display. Remember, save gas, save time, and save money – Shop Peachtree City / Find it in Fayette!® If you see a decal during your local shopping, consider it a small “Thank You!” for supporting the local economy. Find out why shopping locally is so important at !

If you operate a local business and would like to display the official Shop PTC/Find it in Fayette!® door decal in November & December, they are available at PTC City Hall.

Veterans Day Remembrance on November 13 accepting Toys for Tots
Peachtree City’s official Veterans Day Remembrance will be held on Saturday, November 13, 10:00 a.m., at the Commemorative Air Force hangar at Falcon Field. Sponsored by local VFW, American Legion and Marine Corps League veteran groups and the City Recreation Department, this year’s event will highlight the Korean War in observance of the 60th anniversary of the start of that war. Toys for Tots will also be collected for the coming holiday season. Visit for more information and to watch a video about the event.

Traffic Alerts
Hip Pocket Road – This week, Public Works will be making repairs to the path along Hip Picket Road. Some work may require temporary lane closures – please use extra caution in this area when crews are present.
Harbor Loop – Next week, Harbor Loop (Fishers Bank neighborhood in Glenloch Village) will be closed to through traffic for a stormwater pipe replacement. The work will begin on Monday, November 15, and is expected to be completed on Thursday, November 18.

Fire Hydrant Maintenance & Painting
In the next few weeks, the PTC Fire Department will be repainting all public fire hydrants in the City. The first phase will involve painting the hydrant bodies a metallic silver to improve visibility at night and in bad weather. Then, the FD Explorer Post will paint the hydrant caps and tops a color that corresponds to the hydrant’s water flow. Please make sure fire hydrants on your property are clear of bushes and debris. Every effort will be made to prevent overspray from getting on plants and grass but it is a possibility. The silver paint will take several days to dry, so avoid contact to prevent damage to clothing. Please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 770-631-2526 with questions or concerns.

PD hosting Facebook & Online Safety Forum on November 18
The Peachtree City Police Department will host a Facebook and Online Safety Forum on Thursday, November 18, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., at 350 S. Hwy 74. The forum is free of charge and is designed to provide an overview of the safety and security features available on Facebook and safeguards for online activity. The department would like to reach out to entire families, as well as individuals who would like to attend, because the views of parents can sometimes be quite different from the views of teens and young adults. The forum is open to the first 40 registrants – sign up via email with and please provide the first and last name and age of each registrant. This forum is recommended for everyone 13 years of age or older. Light refreshments will be provided.

CVB launches new web site
Do you have friends & family coming to town for the holidays? The Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) can help. The new CVB web site, , includes a hotel-booking feature for all Peachtree City hotels, a restaurant and shopping directory, directions, local weather, and upcoming events.

New Leash Law – Drake Field now “Voice Command” ready!
The signage has gone in at Drake Field, between City Hall/Library Plaza and Lake Peachtree, designating the areas that include “voice command” as an option for local dog owners and providing the rules of the park. Please remember that only dogs that will respond to and obey voice commands should be allowed off-leash. Dog owners remain responsible for any actions of their pets.

Don’t Forget . . .

City Council Workshop – Tuesday, November 9, 6:30 p.m., at City Hall. Council will further discuss the 2011 Resident Survey, The Gathering Place, and the approval process for transportation projects.

Mac Madness Basketball Fundraiser – McIntosh vs. Creekside – Thursday, November 11, at McIntosh High. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Varsity Girls game at 6:00 p.m., Varsity Boys game at 7:30 p.m., plus silent auction and family fun. Adults: $5.00, Students: $3.00.

Starr's Mill High School production of HAIRSPRAY – Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, November 11, 13, & 14. Times: November 11 & 13, 7:00 p.m., November 14, 2:30 p.m. Tickets $10 for students, $12 for adults, available at SMHS (193 Panther Path) office or at the door.

McIntosh High School production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – DATE CHANGE - Friday, Sunday, and Wednesday, November 12, 14 & 17. Times: November 12 & 17, 7:00 p.m.; November 14, 2:30 p.m. McIntosh High School, 201 Walt Banks Rd. Tickets are $5.00 (13 & under), $8 for students, $10.00 for adults (Congratulations on the regional one-act competition win, and “break a leg” at the state competition on November 13 in Macon!).

Braelinn Elementary Fun Run and Harvest/Holiday Bazaar – Saturday, November 13. Fun Run registration begins at 8:00 a.m., 1-mile event at 8:30 a.m., 5K at 9:00 a.m., and Tot Trot at 10:00 a.m. The bazaar will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., with vendors, Santa, photos of the kids, holiday crafts, and a cakewalk. More information at .

Peachtree City Veterans Day Remembrance – Saturday, November 13, 10:00 a.m., at the Commemorative Air Force hangar at Falcon Field. Sponsored by local VFW, American Legion and Marine Corps League veteran groups and the City Recreation Department, this year’s event will highlight the Korean War in observance of the 60th anniversary of the start of that war. Light refreshments will be available. Call the PTC Recreation Department at 770-631-2542 for more information.

Starrs Mill HS Pantherettes Mini-Dance Camp for girls K-5 – Saturday, November 13, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the SMHS school cafeteria. The camp will feature dance, crafts, games, and snacks. Registration is $30 and parents can register their daughters through the Community School Lafayette Educational Center, 770-460-3990, ext. 470.


<p>It is a fact that once, in the distant past, it was the imperial power of the trolls that broke the aqir and nearly ruled Azeroth entire. From the day that a clan of unknown wanderers discovered the Well of Eternity and began their <a href="" target="_blank">health tips</a>&nbsp;transformation into what we today call night and blood elves, the trolls have found themselves pushed back. They've been driven from their homes again and again. Trolls are often decried for their cannibalistic ways -- but to a troll, is it and can it be cannibalism to eat the flesh of the beings that have never shown kinship or respect for your people? The beings who have stolen your homes, time and again, ever harrying you out of your sacred places and ancestral territory?</p>
<p>Trolls know many secrets. They know much of magic and ancient power. They have lost more than some races can ever claim to have had. Even as they fractured and divided, even as Gurubashi turned against Amani, Drakkari against Sandfury, trolls have never forgotten this one fact.</p>
<p>All land was troll land once. And it will be again, if some have their way.</p>
<p>Ecce Zul'jin, leader of the Amani. Quite possibly, this is the greatest troll warrior who has ever lived. With a certainty, this is the greatest troll warrior of the past several thousand years.</p>
<p>The history of the Amani</p>
<p>Little is known of Zul'jin's life before his involvement in the Second War. But to discuss Zul'jin is to discuss the Amani, their origins, their history and their fierce determination to survive and hold on to their ancestral home in the face of a continued attempt by elves and men to steal it from them.</p>
<p>The trolls were divided into two rival empires following the ancient war with the aqir, when troll warriors and trolls mystics faced the servants of the foul and unspeakable Old Gods and drove their ancient empire down into shattered, divided ruins. Yet the was so costly that the victors suffered the same fate as the defeated. Broken in two, the ancient kingdom ruled and shepherded by the Zandarlar priest-kings was no more.</p>
<p>In its place, troll tribes stared across the ancient continent of Kalimdor, divided at first merely by distance. In time, however, the rise of the kaldorei and their command of arcane magic ripped a kingdom out of the belly of the former troll lands. The elven rise permanently fractured the trollish saviors of the world into warring tribes that even began to become racially distinct from each other and from the Zandalar, from whom all trolls descend. Nursing their strength after the terrible wars with the aqir, the trolls could not pose a serious threat to the night elven people and their new magics.</p>
<p>So the trolls could do nothing when reckless night elven mages tore the world apart. Indeed, to the trolls, the great sundering of the ancient continent of Kalimdor came without warning. No night elf enlisted troll aid to fight off Sargeras or oppose Deathwing. No might kaldorei druid or cunning demon hunter thought enough of the trolls to even inform them that the queen of the night elves had gone mad and allowed an ancient evil loose upon the world. No, the trolls were unaware and unable to prepare for any of the disaster that would come and swallow what was left of their once-grand empire.</p>
<p>Of the two largest troll nations, the Amani were fortunate in that their ancestral lands were relatively far away from the epicenter of the destruction. While no one could be said to have been unaffected by the hideous forces that tore one primal <a href="" target="_blank">ed hardy clothing</a>&nbsp;continent into three, the Amani were relatively unscathed and still somewhat unified. Indeed, of all trolls, only the Drakkari to the far north could be said to have come out the other side of this cataclysm less damaged. In what might have been a golden age for the Amani, they were separated from their ancient night elf foes by an ocean and their Gurubashi rivals by an entire continent.</p>
<p>The invaders attack</p>
<p>Sadly for the burgeoning Amani renaissance, events proceeded differently. While the forest trolls of what today is called northern Lordaeron attempted to rebuild, a pack of pallid, magic-addicted elves invaded their homeland and began the slow, interminable process of pushing the trolls out. When the trolls proved too difficult for the elves to eradicate, they found allies in a strange group of aliens who had arrived in the extreme north of what today is known as the Eastern Kingdoms, a people calling themselves humans. The trolls had already been fighting a series of skirmishes with these invaders as they established rude, uncivilized kingdoms up and down the continent, but in no way could the ancient civilization of the trolls possibly imagine that these hairy pink savages could in any way be a threat to them.</p>
<p>Then the elves did the unthinkable and not only allied with these barely cultured, unknown refugees from seemingly nowhere, but they also taught them their arcane secrets. The humans, under the rule of the clever savage Thoradin, united into a kingdom calling itself Strom (no doubt in imitation of superior troll culture), and Thoradin treacherously allied with the elven invaders just as the trolls were finally pushing them out of their stolen settlements in Quel'Thalas. This union of thieves and intruders managed to break the back of the trolls in what came to be known as the Troll Wars.</p>
<p>The coming of the great leader</p>
<p>Thousands of years passed, with the elves and humans slowly nibbling away at what little territory the trollish people of northern Lordaeron had left. But the Amani never fell. And it was to the Amani that Zul'jin came in time, born into a tribe on the decline, beaten into defeatism by the elves of Quel'Thalas.</p>
<p>Slowly, he rose to prominence. Who halted the decline of the Amani and the splintering of the tribes of Zul'Aman? Zul'jin. Who led raid after defiant raid, snatching moral victory from the teeth of the high elf oppression? Zul'jin did. By cunning, by force of arms, Zul'jin slowly began the process of retrenching his people and helping them regain a sense of themselves and the power they had once commanded.</p>
<p>Make no mistake. When Orgrim Doomhammer came to the trolls with offers of an alliance, Zul'jin saw no reason to participate. The Amani were there before anybody. What did they need a bunch of green mongrels from some other world to help them against their ancient enemies? How could these interlopers possibly understand the Amani dream? In the end, however, the orcs of the Horde proved that they were willing to go almost as far as the Amani to destroy the ancient elven and human enemy, and in an act of rescue, proved to Zul'jin that his people still were not at their former pinnacle of power; better to learn from your enemy's successes than to emulate your own failures. And so Zul'jin, uniter of the tribes of Zul'Aman, leader of the Amani, offered a troll's hand in alliance with another race for the first time.</p>
<p>Only he could have done so. In order to understand this, you have to understand how constant was the decline in fortunes for the Amani over thousands of years. The Troll Wars had ended nearly 3,000 years earlier, and in that time <a href="" target="_blank">ugg</a>&nbsp;until the birth of Zul'jin, the trolls of the northern Eastern Kingdoms had sunk into a savage barbarism of infighting and tribal chaos. Zul'jin changed that by himself. His actions were so notable that even the trolls of the Stranglethorn Vales and the long-absent Zandalar trolls knew his name. His reputation as a leader was so secure that even tribes that had never seen him spoke of him. His joining forces with Doomhammer came as close as anyone had since the alliance with the Arathor to completely destroying the hated high elves.</p>

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