Tucker Times - June 2018

Tucker Times Covering Tucker, Northlake, Clarkston and Stone Mountain • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 6 • JUNE 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! Open Mic Night and Libraries Rock Summer Concert at Tucker-Cofer Library in June David ‘Kaz” Kazinov (center) joins ‘Throck Morton’ members Alan Thornton (l) and Terri Thornton during a recent Open Mic Night at Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library. If you sing, dance, recite poetry, do magic or have an act you’d like to share, your local library wants you. Every month Adult and Teen Services Librarian, Jason Bayer will be hosting an Open Mic Night at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library that is sure to be a fun time for all. The open mics have been going on every other month or so for some time but now they’re happening every month. It’s an all ages event and best of all it’s free. You can sign up on the day of but space is limited so it’s best to do it early by calling 770 270-8234 or visiting the branch at 5234 Lavista Road, Tucker, 30084. Open mics are 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Upcoming dates are June 12, July 17 and August 14. Also, be sure to mark your calendar for the Libraries Rock Summer Music concert, Saturday June 23, 5 – 7 p.m. when singer Lola Cole will combine her Mississippi blues roots with her native Georgia soul for a show that will salute jazz, blues and funk music. The always fun When Ukuleles Attack opens. –Photo and story Dean Hesse Smoke Rise Veteran Inducted into Army OCS Hall of Fame Alfred J. Lipphardt of Smoke Rise, a residential community in the Tucker and Stone Mountain area, was this past winter inducted into the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) Hall of Fame for 2018 at a ceremony at Fort Benning, GA. Pres- ent with inductees were family and guests. The OCS Hall of Fame hon- ors graduates of the Army Officer Candidate School who have distin- guished themselves in their military record. Members inducted in past ceremonies include former VP of the U.S. Bob Dole, and now Alfred Lip- phardt is in this elite, patriotic group. Commissioned as an Infantry Officer after graduation from OCS in 1966, Lipphardt served active duty until 1977, separating with the Army with rank of Captain. Rising from Infantry Platoon Leader, he was a Liaison and Chief Sup- port Branch in Vietnam. He served as a Photo Intelligence Interpretation Office in Washington, DC. In the Atlanta area he was a Counter Intelligence Officer at Ft. McPherson and also a Company Commander in Forest Park. Lipphardt’s training and military education after OCS included the Military Intelligence Aerial Surveil- lance Office Course and Advanced Course. He also stud- ied at the Foreign Service Institute, Department of State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School. Among Alfred Lipphardt’s military decorations are the PurpleHeart, Bronze Stars with aVDevice for Heroismand also for Meritorious Service and a National Defense Service Medal. The Army awarded him a Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm and Vietnamese Staff Service Medal 1st Class. A member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) since 2002, Lipphardt has advocated for service members and veterans in the halls of Congress. VFW awarded him its high- est recognition with its VFW Triple Crown of Achievement. Alfred J. Lipphardt has reached a peak in official recognition for a distinguished military career. Continued on page 9