Norcross News - August 2019

Norcross News Covering No cross, Peachtree Corners & Duluth Volume 29, No. 8 • AUGUST 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Continued on page 4 Gwinnett Teacher Returns from NASA Summer Institute Late August marks the time for returning to school and Rebecca May, who teaches computer science at Paul Duke STEM High School, 6850 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross 30371 is surely inspired to perform her duties with a refreshed sense of purpose. Selected earlier in the year to partici- pate in the nationally competitive NASA Liftoff Summer Institute at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, she spent the week of June 23-28 in a terrific learning experience there. All teacher-participants selected were up-to-date in their knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer- ing, and Mathematics), but an intense Rebecca May, a faculty member at Paul Duke STEM High, studied in June program at Johnson Space Center, Houston. John Meager got his first train set in 1945. “I figured I got it when I was seven years old and it was one of the best Christmases I ever got.” Said the Bir- mingham Alabama resident. “My mother used to tell me that she bought it on the black market because during WWII all the metal was going toward the war effort.” Meager went on to work for the railroad and says he still has that first train engine his mother gave him. Twenty-year-old EthanO’Donoghue of Lilburn said his fascination with model trains goes back to when he was 4 or 5 years old and he saw his grandfathers’ train on Christmas. O’Donoghue says while most of his friends are on Xbox or PlayStation, he appreciates the level of detail that goes into model trains. Jonathan Pizza lives in Marietta and is originally from Hoboken New Jersey. “I used to ride the train every day to go to school in New York.” He says. Pizza inherited the love of model railroading from his father. “We’ve had a master layout in the family for 30 years.” Model Train Hobby Spans Generation Ethan O’Donoghue (l) & John Meager check out a model train at Legacy Station in Lilburn. (Photo: Dean Hesse) Continued on page 5