Norcross News - July 2018

Norcross News Covering No cross, Peachtree Corners & Duluth • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 7 • JULY 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! Been Doing the Peachtree for 40 Years Now! The 2018 edition of the AJC Peachtree Road Race signals my fortieth consecu- tive year as a partici- pant and I’m thrilled. At 67, I’ve done The Peach for well more than half my life. The Peachtree incorporates thousands of lives into a marvelous tap- estry every year and this July I find myself grateful to God more than ever: for another year of good health, living and still loving my larger hometown of the ATL and the annual oppor- tunity to proceed 10K (6.2) miles down the middle of a hallowed route, in ancient times a winding Indian trail atop a granite ridge, that is to me the greatest main street of the greatest city in the world. My first experiences doing distances on Peachtree were when I was a kid taking segregated trackless trol- leys and buses of the Atlanta Transit System with my brothers and sister long before MARTA. The vener- able old 23 Oglethorpe line was a tremendous tour of Peachtree, starting in rural Brookhaven. Continued on page 8 Oh, the humanity! Peachtree runners under gigantic U.S, flag, a Race Icon, and traditional start banner at Lenox Square ( ) Ronald Acuna, Up From Gwinnett, has ‘Dream Come True’ with Braves While wearing his “Striper Green” jersey of the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers farm team, Acuna demonstrated power hitting form. When he signed in 2014 with the Atlanta Braves for $100,000 as an international free agent, scouts didn’t rate Venezuelan Ronald Acuna Jr. as a highly touted prospect, so he says he never felt pressure. But from the start he hit for average and power for various Braves farm teams: Gulf Coast, Danville (VA), Rome (GA) and Mississippi. Acuna played fine spring ball with Atlanta but the team optioned him to the newly- named AAA top-tier Gwinnett Stripers, making him more than ready. The rise of Ronald Acuna had been so dramatic that before the season began Baseball America rated him No. 1 Major League (ML) prospect. His play at Gwin- nett was so exceptional that on April 25 the Braves promoted him to Atlanta. In his first 6 games Acuna was 10 for 24 with 5 doubles, 1 homer, 4 RBI, 3 walks, a .481 on base percentage and .750 slugging percentage. Continued on page 8