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Brumbelow Road gets green light

A NIGHT WITH THE STARS

Signal agreement may trigger more cooperation By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com

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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, center, is the keynote speaker for the Johns Creek Chamber gala, “A Night with the Stars.” With him are Chamber President John Bemont, left, and JC Chamber Chairman Craig McCoy, CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. See full story, page 24

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The newly configured City Council took a step toward laying to rest one of the controversies of the recent city elections when it signed off on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city and Roswell that will clear the path for a traffic signal at Brumbelow Road and Nesbit Ferry Road. The fruits of that agreement by the new council may go well beyond just one agreement about a traffic light. It seems to have triggered an interest among Johns Creek, Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton on a number of issues. In a Jan. 27 workshop, Mayor Mike Bodker brought

for approval a memorandum of understanding he and Roswell Mayor Jere Wood had hammered out. It followed closely the original MOU proposed by Roswell with some modifications made. “The discussions were good,” Bodker said. “We not only covered this item, but Mayor Wood brought up the potential for working on other border issues with Roswell.” One of those might be to replace the intersection with a traffic circle, but that would be sometime in the future, Bodker said. The advantage of a joint project is that it receives a higher priority for federal funds if it is a traffic improvement for multiple jurisdictions. Other traffic issues could become joint North Fulton projects. Roswell and Alpharetta have both expressed interest in working more closely on joint projects of

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Bernardi at helm of city’s economic development New JC Advantage president/CEO maps out growth strategies By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek Advantage – the city’s public-private economic development corporation – has successfully completed its fundraising campaign, and new JCA President and Chief Executive Officer Courtney

Bernardi has signed on to crank the engine and start growing businesses and jobs in the city. Bernardi, formerly the head of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce’s Office of Economic Development, came aboard in January to begin the city’s economic development efforts.

With a war chest of $1.4 million (see sidebar Page 8), Bernardi is ready to hit the ground running. In her new position, it will be her job to bring in new businesses while retaining the 2,500 existing businesses in the city. “We will be implementing a plan with five strategies to improve the city’s business and economic outlook. Not only business attraction and retention – but recruiting new

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A stalker who allegedly fired at the home of a former college professor was arrested Jan. 26, three days after the incident in Hoover, Ala., near where the stalker lived. James Monroe Jones Jr., 31, of Vestavia Hills, Ala., was arrested in Alabama after Johns Creek Police issued a warrant for his arrest. The victim’s husband told police he was awakened Jan. 23 by a loud bang just after 5 a.m. After checking the home, he

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Drunken man threatens patrons ROSWELL, Ga. – An Atlanta man was arrested Jan. 16 after allegedly making threats at a local restaurant. Police were called out to the Chili’s restaurant on North Point Parkway at 9:30 p.m. after a call of a rowdy patron who would not leave. Staff pointed to Gregory Kehl, 58, of Atlanta, who was allegedly drunk and trying to talk to other customers “making them uncomfortable,” reported the officer. A check of Kehl turned up outstanding warrants in Iowa and Tennessee, however neither state would extradite. Police asked Kehl to leave and he agreed. Five minutes later, 911 received another call from the restaurant saying Kehl had returned and was threatening customers by saying he had a gun on him. He allegedly told one woman he would kill her. A search of Kehl resulted in no weapons, however he was arrested for making terroristic threats and trespassing.

discovered a bullet hole above the front door. The spent bullet was found in the foyer. Police say the round was likely fired by a rifle from the street and traveled through several walls ricocheting around the house. Police surmise the shot was intended for a room where two children sleep. “It was a very close call,” said Lt. Chris Byers with the Johns Creek Police Department. The husband said he immediately suspected Jones, whom he says has been stalk-

Victim chases men down Ga. 400 MILTON, Ga. – A Milton resident chased the men who robbed him down Ga. 400 Jan. 14. The victim told police he was at his apartment on Deer Creek Place about 9:30 p.m. and went to his truck parked outside to retrieve his wallet. When he got the wallet, a man came at him dressed in all black and holding a knife. The victim handed the robber his cash, at which point a black Crown Victoria pulled up and the suspect got in. The victim got into his own truck and chased the suspects down Ga. 400 to the intersection with I-285, where he lost track of them. He came back to his apartment and called police. The suspects’ car was registered to a Snellville address.

Teen charged with shoplifting ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A Milton woman was arrested Jan. 12 at North Point Mall for allegedly stealing more than $500 in clothing. Employees of the Macy’s store told police they saw Rama Dadam, 18, of Deer Trail, Milton, select several items of clothing and go into

ing the victim for 10 years. Jones allegedly called the home the prior day. Jones had been a student of the woman one semester at a university JONES in Alabama. Since that time, the man had a fixation on her and has stalked her the last decade. “He had called the home the day before the shooting and told her he was going to kill himself and take somebody out with him,” Byers said. A neighbor had a a fitting room. She would allegedly leave the room with less clothing than when she went in. She did this several times, employees said. In total, Dadam had $767 worth of items on her when she tried to leave the store. She was arrested for shoplifting.

Teens accused of egging cars MILTON, Ga. – Four teens were accused Jan. 19 of throwing eggs at passing vehicles. At nearly 11 p.m., police began getting calls near Bethany Bend of cars driving and having eggs thrown at them by a passing vehicle. At least three vehicles were hit and one was damaged. Police managed to spot a vehicle matching the description of the suspects at Francis Road and Thompson Road. When police pulled it over, there were four teens inside. The teens said their vehicle had been egged that night, although the reporting officer noted there were no marks of eggs on the vehicle. Eventually the teens admitted to throwing the eggs. The victims declined to press charges and the parents of the teens agreed to pay for the damages caused.

security camera that caught a car that may have belonged to Jones.Byers said there was enough evidence to take out a warrant on Jones. Johns Creek Police worked with the police in Hoover, Ala., which is adjacent to Vestavia Hills, to catch Jones. Two days later, Jan. 26, Hoover Police found and arrested Jones after spotting his car in Alabama. Jones was charged with sending harassing communications, stalking, making terroristic threats, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and discharging a firearm in a street.

Landscaping items found missing MILTON, Ga. – Several pieces of landscaping equipment were stolen Jan. 13 from an Arnold Mill Road business. The victim told police the items were kept in an unsecured truck at the back of the businesses. The truck was accessible from a secured gated entry that was not opened. Taken were two Stihl back power blowers, Stihl hedge trimmer, and Stihl weed trimmer, all valued at over $1700.

Wedding ring goes missing MILTON, Ga. – A $5,600 wedding ring went missing Dec. 26, with several suspects possible. The victim told police the ring was worn Christmas Day and then placed into a jewelry drawer. Two days later, the ring was gone. It was a circlecut stone with a halo ring of smaller diamonds surrounding it and valued at $5,600. During the time it went missing, the victim said there were representatives from a cable company, heating company and cleaning company all in the home near where the ring was stored.


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Council: Continued from Page 1 mutual interest. “Once two or more cities are involved, the feds consider it a regional project and it gets a higher priority as well as federal money,” Bodker said. “Traffic doesn’t recognize borders. If all parties agree to the projects, it’s a win-win for everybody.” The memorandum of understanding for Brumbelow Road was passed unanimously

by Johns Creek. Roswell is expected to take up the matter at its next meeting. In other City Council business: A proposed funeral home at the southeast corner of Bell Road and Medlock Bridge Road was denied without prejudice at the applicant’s request. After meeting with neighboring homeowners, the applicant agreed to withdraw. Since the zoning request had been advertised, a denial was needed rather than a simple withdrawal. An agreement with the

Georgia Department of Transportation to make $800,000 in safety improvements, bike lanes and trails on Barnwell Road was unanimously approved for the first phase ($200,000 and a $50,000 match by the city). A plan for 49 townhouses at the corner of State Bridge Road and Morton Road was unanimously approved. Previously zoned as commercial, no viable plan had worked in the previous five years. A special election date of May 20 has been tentatively set to fill two vacant council

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VOTE KEY: Y = yes; N = no; A = abstain; * = absent seats. This date is the one designated for state and federal election primaries. By coinciding with the state’s dates, the city will save any additional expense for the special elections. However, out of legal prudence, the actual approval will be withheld until the Feb. 10 meeting, when Councilman Ivan Figueroa has vacated his seat (Feb. 1). A resolution that will end all litigation between the city and Mayor Mike Bodker over the recent investigation passed 4-1-1 with Figueroa voting nay and Bodker abstaining.

Knights of Columbus donate to Veterans Walk JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Marty Wilson, membership director of the Knights of Columbus, St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, left, presents a $2,000 check Jan. 22 to Johns Creek Veterans Association President Wayne Kidd for the JCVA’s Veterans

Memorial Walk. The Knights of Columbus have raised $7,200 for benches at the Veterans Memorial Walk at Newtown Park. The Veterans Memorial Walk will be a contemplative tribute for the men and women who served in uniform.

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off the alarm as she left the home. When officers asked if they could search the home to verify there was no one in danger, Jenkins refused. He also refused to identify himself. Jenkins was arrested for obstruction. “He refused to cooperate with the officers by providing his identity, which is required by law,” said George Gordon, spokesman for Alpharetta Department of Public Safety. “The officers were facing an unknown situation involving a panic alarm. The officers did not know if someone was inside injured, deceased or if a burglary had taken place or even if the scene was safe. “This incident could have

been avoided if the male had provided the information needed on scene to our police officers,” Gordon added. A search JENKINS of the home turned up nothing amiss. Jenkins is a four-time Grammy-nominated musician. His first single, “Soul Survivor,” which featured singer Akon, became a top 10 hit. He has had several run-ins with law enforcement in the last 10 years. After Hurricane Katrina, he opened his house to homeless victims.

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek’s economic development corporation – Johns Creek Advantage – last week announced that JCA had raised $1.453 million in private and public pledge “investments” that will fund the organization through 2017. JCA said that this amount is 116 percent of the $1.25 million goal. The “Victory Celebration,” held at Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, was attended by nearly 100 private and public sector leaders who have supported the JCA campaign and who will be influential in carrying out the organization’s mission. JCA leadership publicly thanked Country Club of the South for its generosity in hosting the event. 

The program chronicled the evolution of JCA, highlighted JCA’s critical role as an economic driver and included the formal introduction to the community of newly hired President and Chief Executive Officer Courtney Bernardi. Speakers included Neil Stevens, JCA Board chairman and executive vice president and chief operating officer of KeyWorth Bank; Tom Tate, JCA Board chair-elect and president of the law firm of Andersen, Tate and Carr; Mayor Mike Bodker; Bernardi; and Craig McCoy, JCA immediate past chair and CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. In the coming months, Bernardi and her team at JCA will deploy campaign funds to

ramp up JCA’s economic development program with primary goals of growing businesses and jobs in Johns Creek, stimulating capital investment and sustaining the outstanding quality of life enjoyed by Johns Creek residents. Johns Creek Advantage is a 501(c)(3) economic development organization for the city of Johns Creek. For information, contact JCA Coordinator Bethany Lavigno at coordinator@ johnscreekadvantage.org or Bernardi at cbernardi@johnscreekadvantage.org, or call 404-937-6450. To become an investor in JCA, contact Campaign Director Sean Mikula at 404-5506167 or smikula@gopower10. com.

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business is always Job One,” Bernardi said. That means recruiting to the city’s strengths. She ticks them off with ease: • The city’s overall quality of life. • Fabulous schools. • Low crime rate. • Educated workforce – 94 percent high school diploma; 64 percent college degree or higher. • High value homes with average family income of $132,000. The city is 8 miles from Ga. 400, 10 miles from Interstate 85 and 45 minutes from the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Johns Creek won’t be recruiting a large number of companies with large employee bases. But the city is attractive to regional and national headquarters and health care-related companies, Bernardi said. “Alcon and State Farm have a large presence here, and we love that. But that is not our primary targeted market. We have the things headquarters want – those quality of life issues,” she said. The things Johns Creek is best known for all relate to quality of life issues – golf, a city orchestra and arts center and dance and music studios. These are amenities many areas do not have. It’s not like you can order them up, Bernardi said.

We also have to let state economic developers know we are united with the city to recruit new businesses. When they see we have skin the game – have an active and vigorous economic development effort.” COURTNEY BERNARDI JCA President and Chief Executive Officer

These typically bring highsalary white collar jobs, which in turn have a larger effect on the city’s existing economy. “What you won’t see is big-box manufacturing coming here. So we will tailor our message for the kinds of businesses we see as a fit in Johns Creek,” Bernardi said. This will be small businesses, especially entrepreneurial technology companies. “Steve Jobs and Bill Gates started their companies in their garages,” she said. The JCA will also have an “opportunity fund” to deal with unforeseen opportunities and challenges that require a quick reaction. This allows the JCA to respond without jeopardizing other initiatives or forcing the JCA to go back again and again to its supporters. “It gives us flexibility to meet the unknowns,” she said. Bernardi’s first project will be to “create a presence” for Johns Creek to show business locators that the city is a viable

participant when they look at locations in Georgia. “We will start with the state’s economic development arm and the utilities such as Georgia Power and Georgia EMC,” she said. “We have to let them know that Johns Creek is not only an eager participant, but that we can handle things when they come looking. “We have to display what our plusses are – what we have to sell to a business looking to relocate,” Bernardi said. First up is building a “killer” website that will show the city is a player and has a good story to tell about itself. “We also have to let state economic developers know we are united with the city to recruit new businesses. When they see we have skin the game – have an active and vigorous economic development effort,” she said. What Bernardi said the JCA will ultimately create is what she called a climate for success.


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New City Council to revisit charter changes Mayor wants old powers restored By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com JOHNS CREEK, GA. – Under the home rule powers of local municipalities, the Johns Creek City Council had stripped the mayor of the power to fire the city manager and the city attorney. With a new City Council empaneled, Mayor Mike Bodker is looking to get those powers back. Councilwoman Kelly Stewart also is championing a return to a stronger mayor, saying it makes sense to have the council’s structure to mirror that of board of directors. “It would be consistent with the way things were done before, and make all of those appointments the same,” she said. When the original city charter was created, the mayor would appoint a city manager, city attorney and city clerk and have those appointments ratified by a majority of the City Council. In 2011, with a rift deepening between Bodker and council, the councilmembers used the home rule powers

to amend the charter that spring. The charter was already scheduled to be re-examined that summer by a charter commission BODKER made up of citizens. That was established in the original City Charter to have a review of how the charter was holding up. David Kornbluh, a board member of the Johns Creek Community Association, was a member of that charter commission, and recalls that the commission was “guided away” from examining those changes made by council. “I think it would be a good idea to revisit those changes now,” Kornbluh said. “That would make the charter consistent again. And it would make sense to me after what happened.” By “what happened,” Kornbluh meant the division between Bodker and council over what the powers of the mayor ought to be. That City Council rewrote the charter to say that the mayor’s job was to “represent the will of council.”

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They sought to rein in what they saw as Bodker’s excessive use of authority as mayor. The city manager and city attorney were brought into those squabbles thus politicizing those offices. Stewart’s resolution would bring things back to pre-2011, where the manager, attorney and city clerk served “at the pleasure” of the mayor. “The nominations still must be approved by the full council,” Stewart said. “But as it is now, the manager serves for an indefinite term. That is what led to the recent occurrences.” She referred to the situation where the manager was under fire for misconduct, but he asserted it was retaliation for his efforts as a “whistleblower.” In the end the manager agreed to a severance deal to avoid any litigation. Councilman Ivan Figueroa

I think it would be a good idea to revisit those changes now ... That would make the charter consistent again. And it would make sense to me after what happened.” DAVID KORNBLUH Board member of the Johns Creek Community Association

disagreed. He said rather than protect the manager, serving at the pleasure of the mayor gave the mayor a hold over the city manager. “With the mayor having termination powers, that would possibly color the manager’s thoughts if what he said he might upset the mayor and get him fired,” Figueroa said. “So am I getting the best information, or the information that saves his job?” Councilman Brad Raffensperger also opposed changing the process. “I know the city manager didn’t always listen to us. But I want a city manager who will tell us when we’re wrong,” he said. Under home rule, the coun-

cil may amend the charter. However, the action must be advertised for 60 days, and public meetings held to get the sense of the community. Raffensperger and Figueroa suggested that the council wait until the vacant seats are filled in the special election in May, so that a full council could decide. But that would not be until May, and even then there may be runoffs which would extend the matter into the summer. Stewart said that would also impede the search for a new city manager. “Are we going to get the caliber of city manager we want, when we can’t even tell him under what conditions he will serve?” she asked.


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Fulton Schools hones teacher selection process Wants to ‘weed out’ low potential candidates By CANDY WAYLOCK candy@northfulton.com ATLANTA – Each year, more than 9,000 applications flow into the Fulton County School System (FCSS) seeking teaching positions in the 100 schools that make up the district. Of that total, fewer than 10 percent, around 600 to 700 each year, will be hired. While the quantity of applicants is certainly there, Fulton Schools leaders are trying to ensure the process identifies quality as well – weeding out the “low potential” from the “high potential” applicants early on. “We have invested a lot of time and effort to improve our principal selection process … the natural logical next step is how we select teachers,” said

Nathifa Carmichael, talent manager for the FCSS. This year, the system will launch a new recruitment process that will put applicants through a more in-depth pre-screening before they ever land in the pool of candidates principals will consider. With mandates in place at the state and national level to evaluate teacher effectiveness, the stakes are high to ensure the best teachers are at the front of classrooms, said Carmichael. “We set out to think differently about our approach to hiring teachers [and] identify the applicants who have the greatest potential to enact change and achievement in our students,” she said. Over the past few months, school staff members have worked to develop a selection framework consisting of exercises and rubrics, information gathered from principals and a team of “teacher selectors” who will assist in the evaluation process.

“We reached out to our top performing teachers and pulled them in to help with the [evaluation process],” said Carmichael. Currently, all applications are considered based on resume, transcripts and other “check the box” information. If deemed complete, the applications go directly into a candidate pool for principals to consider. Under the new process, the system will use a balance of technology and human interaction to determine the pool prior

to the principal involvement. Carmichael explained the technology part first filters out those applications that do not meet professional standards, and then passes the approved applications to the selectors. The applicant will then go through a phone interview with a selector who has been trained to ask questions that reveal the applicant’s personal side and rate communication skills and other attributes that aren’t easily identifiable just on paper. “Teaching is as much an

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Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth ‘Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!’ Night’ at Dancing Goat exhibit hits Roswell JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – One of William Shakespeare’s most endearing and enduring comedies, “Twelfth Night,” will be performed at the Dancing Goat Theatre. It is full of many of Shakespeare’s comic devices: disguises, mistaken identity, a shipwreck, reunited twins, mismatched lovers and a play within a play. Directed by Margarita Moldovan, the play draws upon the carnival-like spirit associated with Twelfth Night, which marks the end of the Christmas season. The play presents a world where social norms are disregarded and desire seems to gain free reign. The play opens with a shipwreck in which twins Viola and Sebastian are separated, with Viola thinking her brother is dead. So Viola disguises herself as a man-at-arms, which leads her into the service of the Count Orsino. As the count’s new confidant, the stage is set for confusion and spiteful fun. There is an “Upstairs-Downstairs” element (think “Downton Abbey”) in which the servants are as involved as their masters in all the mischief that results. “Twelfth Night” evokes the Feast of Epiphany and celebratory season more in keeping with New Year’s Eve. The result is one of Shakespeare’s true comic

If you go What: “Twelfth Night” When: Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. Where: Dancing Goat Theatre, 10700 State Bridge Road Cost: All seats $15 Group discounts for all shows. Educators, Johns Creek employees 50 percent off

masterpieces. The production is produced by Performing Arts North (PAN). It is a nonprofit theater organization that offers classes, camps, workshops and performing opportunities in all aspects of drama and theater. Throughout the year, PAN produces Shakespearean productions offering high school and college students the opportunity to perform classical theater as well as new productions that offer thoughtful, challenging theater for adults. Children also have the opportunity to perform in a series of children’s shows that encourages learning and exposure to other cultures through their favorite children’s stories.

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Dr. Seuss’s private hat collection to tour for the first time ROSWELL, Ga. – Few authors are better known than Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. Yet, to this day, his secret art and his fantastical hat collection are virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Geisel created paintings and collected hats that he secreted away in a hidden closet at the Dr. Seuss estate. This is the first time that Dr. Seuss’s hats have ever traveled outside his home. In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,” a special “Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!” exhibition has been mounted that combines these two secret collections. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, has opened up the estate’s legendary “hat closet” to allow the public a peek at Dr. Seuss’s hat collection. The exhibition delivers a unique opportunity to view Dr. Seuss’s superb hat collection and view their direct impact on his works of art. Traveling in a specially retrofitted old-fashioned steamer trunk, this exhibition premiered at the New York Public Library, which was the first of 16 stops across the country. World-renowned Dr. Seuss Collec-

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LifeLine’s Pet of the Week: Storm FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – Want a sweet dog that is playful, loves kids and is free? Then Storm is your girl.   Storm is a beautiful labbull terrier mix who is 11 months old and weighs 45 pounds. This loving girl gets along great with other dogs and loves to snuggle with people.  Storm is already spayed and vaccinated, so she is ready to go home today. LifeLine’s Fulton County Animal Services has waived her adoption fee, but potential adopters must meet the regular screening criteria in order to adopt Storm.      If you’d like to meet Storm, please contact Kerry at 404613-9157 or email her at kmoyershorton@fultonanimalservices.com. To view dogs or cats available for adoption, please visit the shelter at 860 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta, or go to www.fultonanimalservices.com/adopt. Managed by LifeLine Animal Project, Fulton County Animal Service’s mission is to provide a humane environment

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Patriot Community Soccer registration open JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Patriot Community Sports spring soccer registration is open now through noon Feb. 7. Coed recreational soccer teams are forming for U4 to U8, as well as a Premier Rec program for U10 and U12. U4 to U8 teams are coed and practice once a week and have games on Saturdays at Mount Pisgah Christian School. Premier teams are single-gender and practice twice per week and play within the CMSL League. PCS soccer teams are open to all students in the commu-

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Will to Live Foundation 5K to raise suicide awareness ‘Where There’s a Will There’s a Way’ supports teen suicide prevention By RYAN PIERONI ryan@northfulton.com

Peterson signs with Western Carolina ROSWELL, Ga. – Mount Pisgah Christian School senior Devin Peterson signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Western Carolina University. Pictured from

left are Athletic Director Blake Davenport, mother Janet Peterson, sister Paige Peterson, father George Peterson and coach Marvin Latham. Seated is Devin Peterson.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Will to Live Foundation will hold Feb. 8 its fourth annual “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way” 5K. The race will begin and end at River Trail Middle School, 10795 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek. The 5K race is the Will to Live Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, but it is also one of many events that the foundation puts on to

raise awareness about teenage suicide. “The fact that it’s happening every two hours in America – a teenager is taking his or her life – it’s truly an epidemic,” said John Trautwein, president of the Will to Live Foundation. “We don’t feel that people talk about it enough, so that’s what the foundation strives to do. “And we do it through the voice of the kids, which is really powerful,” he said. The race was organized mostly by two Northview High School students, Claire Finn and Hayden Cox, a sophomore and a senior, respectively. Finn and Cox coordinated about 100 student volunteers to work the race. The theme of the race, and of the foundation itself, is teamwork. There will be all sorts of teams forming for the race, from middle and high school sports teams to community groups and even “Team

If you go What: “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way” 5K When: 9 a.m. Feb. 8 Where: Race begins, ends at River Trail MS, 10795 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek Cost: $20 in advance or with a team; $25 on the day of the race Information: www.will-to-live.org

Reagan,” a team made up of friends of Reagan Beene, the Cambridge High School freshman who committed suicide in December. Trautwein said the goal of the foundation is to “move forward in a positive way, and create a better atmosphere where kids are reaching out to each other for help and guidance in order to increase their will to live, and decrease teen suicide.”

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Where does your kindness reside? “You is beautiful. You is smart. You is important.” – from the movie “The Help” Sometimes what we write actually has a real impact on people. I heard back from a number of readers after I wrote a column in which I asked people to be kind and consider the silent struggles others may be experiencing. Your feedback makes what I do for a living worth it. Here is a link to that column (http:// bit.ly/1hPHd2d ), and what follows are some additional thoughts. In the single-digit weather we had last week, my son Carl was at a convenience store at night and noticed a guy in dirty, soiled clothes slip a hot dog into his backpack and then walk out of the store. Out of the corner of his eye, Carl glanced over at the clerk who, out of the corner of his eye was watching the ragged man. The clerk then quickly glanced down and away when his gaze crossed the path of Carl’s eyes. It was raining hard outside that cold night when Carl drove off. He passed the wet homeless guy walking down the sidewalk eating his hotdog. Then he realized that his headlights were

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still off. Sometimes I feel like life for many people must feel like walking around in endless circles – slowly, with no direction, no destination, not a whole lot to look forward to. I can’t imagine what that must feel like. But I should. Early yesterday morning as I was waiting in the parking lot of my gym before I went inside to work out, I spotted a car approaching. It was still dark out, and all I saw were headlights. As the car drew closer, I noticed that it looked like it had been in an accident – or several. The side of the car was scraped and dented and at least one of the windows was actually plastic held on with tape. The car used to be white but was now dirty and looked like it has been driving through mud. It circled the parking lot then parked behind me some

distance. No one got out. I was concerned and somewhat worried that the driver of this car was up to no good. When I went into the gym, I mentioned to the attendant that she may want to have someone check out the “sketchy” car in the parking lot. She looked alarmed and asked me what the car looked like. “That’s a homeless family,” she said, “that comes a couple times a week and we let them clean up here.” I went down to start my workout, but before I could get to the door, I stopped cold in my tracks. Later that day, I received a text from the attendant. “I gave your gift to the mother in her car,” she wrote. “She was incredibly grateful and asked me to please thank you so much.” The message in my previous column was that, “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.” But that’s not all. We need to understand the context within which our kindness resides. The context is that “it takes a village,” but you aren’t really in one until you realize that the other people in that village are your flock. That you are the shepherd and your

Sometimes I feel like life for many people must feel like walking around in endless circles – slowly, with no direction, no destination, not a whole lot to look forward to. I can’t imagine what that must feel like. staff is to protect them – not you. Please pay it forward. Anything. Anything at all. Every day. That clerk did. Be that clerk. I will swing by that convenience store tonight and

give whoever is at the register enough money to pay for a hot dog and not explain. He won’t have a clue unless…well unless, he is that shepherd who glanced away from Carl’s eyes.

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ATLANTA — Dan Parmer, president and chief executive officer of Harry Norman Realtors, Dan Forsman, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia FORSMAN PARMER Properties, and Shaun Rawls, operating principal for Keller Williams Rawls Group, were recognized in Swanepoel Power 200’s “200 Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate in 2013.” The SP200 is considered to be the most comprehensive list of influential key decision makers, trailblazers, innovators and comRAWLS pany chieftains assembled in the residential real estate brokerage industry. Parmer was ranked No. 121 on the list. Forsman ranked 152 and Rawls ranked 160. This was the inaugural issue of the SP200. The list was assembled by an editorial team, using algorithms to measure each candidate’s influence, his tenure, office held and decision-making power within that office, financial resources and geographic reach. For the complete list, visit www.swanepoel.com/ power200.

Remax’s Mitch Kaminer receives 2013 Realtor of the Year Award

ROSWELL, Ga. — Mitch Kaminer, associate broker with ReMax Paramount Properties, owner of Kaminer Property Management and past president of the Atlanta Board of Realtors, was honored with the 2013 Realtor of the Year Award by the Atlanta Board of Realtors at the organization’s annual awards event. Kaminer, who has been a board KAMINER member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors since he started his real estate career in 1994, was recognized for his support of the organization’s goals and is known throughout the Atlanta real estate industry for his initiatives and numerous board and committee positions.

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ROSWELL, Ga. — The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) presented its Quality and Patient Safety Award to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell for its project that improved stroke care. The project, titled “Time is Brain: Multidisciplinary Approach to the Emergency Care of the Stroke Patient,” won third place in the hospitals with 100 to 299 beds category. These annual awards recognize Georgia health care organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes. North Fulton’s project improved the efficiency of the hospital’s stroke program and treatment of ischemic strokes, which occur as the result of an obstruction in a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. For more information, visit www.nfultonhospital.com.

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I want to have Mugs on Milton brewing in Alpharetta room to negotiate The title of this column is a comment I have heard many times. Another one is, “I have to get this much out of my home.” I’m not trying to diminish a home seller’s needs or wants, but it’s kind of like my first car. This was a dirty, dark brown Gran Torino that burned oil faster than it burned gas. I just knew it was worth $1,500 (I paid $400 for it), but that was before I had to put in a new engine. OK, I’m sorry to everyone reading. I’m not comparing your home to my crappy first car. But, I am saying that arriving at the value of your home involves more than what you need out of it, and overpricing it does not mean you will always get an offer. Here are a few considerations: 1. Evaluate similar home sales both in and out of your community. Be realistic when considering condition, lot and features. 2. Look at competition in

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and out of your community as well. You may be the best price within your subdivision but we know that buyers will be looking in a larger area. Just understand how you compare to those homes too. 3. Develop a strategy for who you think your “typical buyer” would be. Think about what features or benefits of your home and community should be highlighted and then create marketing to match that strategy. 4. Finally, price appropriately. Yes, people like to negotiate but typically you’ll get more money for your home without a price adjustment than if you had an adjustment. It is better to say no to low offers than not get any at all.

Business: Mugs on Milton Opened: January 2014 Owners: Jennifer Newton and Gretchen Smith What: Mugs on Milton is a community coffee shop featuring specialty coffee, tea and freshbaked treats. Where: 35 Milton Avenue, Alpharetta Hours: Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Sunday. Call: 770-268-8544 Web: mugsonmilton.com

Stars and Strikes opens fifth location Business: Stars and Strikes – Sandy Springs Opened: December 2013 Owners: Jack Canouse and Chris Albano What: Georgia-based Stars and Strikes officially opened the doors to the company’s fifth and largest family entertainment center. The newest location offers a

contemporary redesign that’s both kid-friendly and adult focused. Stars and Strikes’ Sandy Springs location offers eight upscale, private bowling lanes, 20 traditional lanes, two-story laser tag arena, game room, chef-driven restaurant, full bar and private party rooms. Where: 8767 Roswell Road,

Sandy Springs Hours: From 10 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to midnight on Sunday. Phone: 678-965-5707 Email: info@StarsAndStrikes.org Website: www.starsandstrikes. com


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LOCAL LIVE MUSIC » JAZZ GUITARIST AND SINGER BOB BAKERT

Jazz guitarist Bob Bakert comes to the Velvet Note. Combining all of the influences of contemporary American music, Bob Bakert’s show is a carefully crafted set including original music as well as many favorites. Drawing from iconic acoustic artists like James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot as well as blue eyed soul and jazz-blues artists like Boz Scaggs and Robben Ford, Bob and his band mates will give new treatments to many classics from the “Great American Songbook.” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31. 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 855-583-5838 or visit thevelvetnote.com.

ART » SOUTHEASTERN PASTEL SOCIETY EXHIBITION

curator of the exhibition will take place on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 5 – 9 p.m. The show runs 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Feb. 2 - 16. 932 Canton St., Roswell. Please call 770-993-4783 or visit annjacksongallery.com.

NORTH FULTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ART SHOW

The Roswell Art Commission is sponsoring this year’s North Fulton High School Art Show with the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance and the Roswell Visual Arts Center located in Roswell Park. A total of $2,000 will be awarded to further a student’s art studies and community businesses will give additional donations at a reception. 6 – 9 p.m. Jan. 24 through Feb. 6. 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Please call 770-594-6122.

call 770-664-2410 or visit offbroadwaydance.com.

SHAKESPEARE'S “TWELFTH NIGHT”

Drawing upon the carnivalesque spirit associated with Twelfth Night, the play presents a world where social norms are disregarded and desire seems to gain free reign. “Twelfth Night” is one of Shakespeare's true comic masterpieces. 7 p.m. Every Sunday, Friday and Saturday through Feb. 1. Dancing Goat Theater, 10700 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, Johns Creek. Please call 678-847-7499.

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BIG APPLE CIRCUS

Catch the high-spirits and pulse-racing thrills of the world’s greatest circus artists in one ring under the Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the ringside. Watch rowdy pups perform amazing tricks, double trapeze artists soar high above and teeter-board acrobats fly through the air. Also: a bashful clown, a cavalcade of magnificent steeds and a couple of amazing wire-walkers. 7 – 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Jan. 30 through Feb. 17. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-0102 or visit vzwamp.com.

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"ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR." The Off Broadway Kids Musical Theatre Troupe proudly presents "Once on This Island," a charming Caribbean adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's "Little Mermaid." 7:30 – 9 p.m. Jan. 31 through Feb. 9, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Off Broadway Dance Theatre, 12315 Crabapple Road, Suite 122, Alpharetta. Please

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SOUTHEASTERN STAMP EXPO

This national stamp show features an exhibition of 2,000 pages of rare stamps, a 20-dealer bourse, youth activities with free stamps for children, seminars and collection appraisals. A great time for any collector or hobbyist. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday. Jan. 31- Feb. 2. Hilton Northeast Atlanta, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross. Please call 770-335-5606 or visit stampclubs.com.

The Roswell Historical Society will host Cathy Hodge, who will present Mysteries and Secrets of the Roswell Mill. Feb. 6. 7 p.m. Historic Gardens of Great Oaks, 786 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. Please visit roswellhistoricalsociety.org.

“THE BOOK OF MORMON”

The nine-time Tonywinning show, including best musical, is coming to the Fox Theatre. Written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of the television show “South Park,” “The Book of Mormon” is a humorous story of two Mormon missionaries who travel to war-torn Uganda to share their scriptures, but have trouble connecting with the problems that the Ugandan people face. Show times vary. Jan. 28 – Feb. 2.

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WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY 5K

The Will to Live Foundation’s 4th annual 5k run will start at River Trail Middle School and will support the Will to Live Foundation, a group dedicated to educating on and preventing teen suicide. 9 a.m. Feb. 8. 10795 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek. Please visit will-to-live.org.

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Pastel Renaissance is a juried event that features more than 50 exquisite pastel paintings by members of the Southeastern Pastel Society. Meet the artists at the Opening Reception Jan. 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. for light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. The opening reception is free and open to the public. Paintings are available for purchase. Every Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 25 – March 7. Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek. Please call 770-623-8448 or visit johnscreekarts.org. Ann Jackson Gallery, one of Atlanta’s premier fine art galleries, is honored to present Hats Off to Dr. Seuss. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,” Dr. Seuss’s never-before-seen hat collection will be exhibited at the gallery. An opening night reception with the

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“BUILT TO AMAZE”

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey present “Built to Amaze,” an extraordinarily engineered circus experience where children of all ages can find out what it takes to build “The Greatest Show On Earth.” Unique in its design and awe-inspiring in its construction, more than 110 of the world’s best performers, both human and animal, have been assembled to help build a super circus and showcase never-before-seen heartpounding performances. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Feb. 5 – 9 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center and Feb. 12 – 17 at the Philips Arena. The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Please call 770813-7500 or visit ringling. com.

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The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra present an exceptional night of music featuring internationally renowned pianist Piotr Folkert. 8 – 10 p.m. Feb. 1. Northview High School, 10625 Parsons Road, Johns Creek. Please call 678-748-5802.

YMCA TRY A THON

The Try A Thon is an event of four group exercise formats—cycle, swim, dance and Crossfit/bootcamp. Six hours, one amazing day. Try one or try all. Register as an individual or a team of up to four. Supports the YMCA “Why It Matters” annual giving campaign. Get involved by participating, volunteering or buying a sponsorship. 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1. 3655 Preston Ridge Road, Alpharetta. Please call 770-663-3532 or visit ymcaatlanta.org.

GRAMMY AWARD WINNING GUITARIST ED GERHARD

The Six String Social Club presents Grammy Award winning guitarist Ed Gerhard. 7 and 9 p.m. Feb. 8. Ragamuffin Music Hall, 585 South Atlanta St., Roswell. Call 770-3657738 or visit sixstringsocialclub.com.

LSO VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents "A Romantic Valentine's Day" gala at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. The evening's performance features internationally renowned tenor saxophonist-James Houlik Russell Peck's "Upward Stream" saxophone concerto. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Please call 770-623-8623 or visit ludwigsymphony.org.

READING WITH RINGLING

Reading with Ringling is a unique reading program that earns kids a Ringling Bros. circus ticket just by doing their library reading. Children ages 2 to 12 simply need to enroll with a librarian and report their reading results. Participants need to record at least five books to earn a free ticket to shows at the Arena at Gwinnett Center and Philips Arena. Rob Lok, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey’s “Ambassador of Laughter” will make special appearances at select libraries throughout metro Atlanta to help kick off this program. Through Jan. 31. All branches of

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CHATTAHOOCHEE CHALLENGE 10K

This official qualifier for the 2013 Peachtree Road Race along the Chattahoochee River is a fast paced benefit for the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Registration is $28 in advance or $35 on race day for the 10k, and $15 for the fun run. All participants receive a t-shirt. 8 a.m. Feb. 8. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit chattnaturecenter.org.

SUPER BOWL PARTY AT THE ROSWELL TAP

Come down to the Roswell Tap to watch the Super Bowl. Also enjoy food and fun activities. Your donation will help support the Bears Cares organization of Roswell North Elementary School, 5 – 11 p.m. Feb. 02. 1090 Alpharetta St., Roswell. Please call 770-992-9206.


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FSA math Olympiad dominates tourney NORTH FULTON, Ga. — Fulton Science Academy Private School’s math Olympiad team continues to dominate math tournaments this year. After winning first place in three different math competitions, FSA’s math team attended the 2014 Dunwoody High School Invitational tournament on Saturday, Jan. 18 and won first place as a team with an overall score of 157 points. The second-place team, Webb Bridge Middle School, followed at 152 points. Additionally, FSA eighth-grader Brian Shoffeitt won first place individually among all students. Earlier this school year, Fulton Science Academy Private School also won first place as team in the 2013 Luella High School Math Competition, the 2013 War Eagle Math Competition

(Accelerated Division) and the 2013 Rockdale Math Competition. Fulton Science Academy’s math team includes Shoffeitt, Jean Moorman, Charlie Furniss, Hasan Unal, Araneesh Pratap, Katherine Li, Mira Mutnick, Julian Hamelberg, Aditya Choudhari, Ananya Terala, Karuna Kumar and Elaine Wen. “I applaud all math Olympiad students and math teachers for their tireless efforts, hard work and dedication,” said FSA Principal Kenan Sener. “Achievements like this do not come easy. We have now started preparing our students for national and international math competitions, and we hope to bring many trophies to our wonderful city of Alpharetta in a very near future.”

Barnwell students perform ‘Happily Ever After’ Musical runs Jan. 30-31 at Centennial High JOHNS CREEK, GA. – Barnwell Elementary fourth and fifth grade students will perform an original fairy tale medley musical Thursday

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Atlanta Athletic Club GM Borders in Golf Hall of Fame First club manager ever inducted

I’ve had so many people who have lifted me up and helped my career ... And the Atlanta Athletic Club provided me with an amazing workplace.”

By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com JOHNS CREEK, GA. –Chris Borders, for 35 years the general manager of the Atlanta Athletic Club, is the first club manager brought into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. Borders, who lives in Woodstock, joined architect Bob Cupp, PGA professional Stephen Keppler and longtime amateur competitor Frank Eldridge Jan. 18 at the 25th annual induction ceremonies at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Borders retired in March 2013. “This is pretty special, especially since it’s happening at the Atlanta Athletic Club,” Borders said. “To receive this honor and have it here could not be more special.” PGA Master Professional Rick Anderson, the director of golf at AAC since 1989, knows him as well as anyone. They came to AAC in 1976 as clubhouse manager, and Anderson came aboard as assistant teaching professional in 1981. They worked together until 1985 when each took a hiatus from AAC. Borders left to be general manager at Horseshoe Bend, and Anderson left took the job of head pro at a club in North Carolina. But in 1989, Borders were at back working at AAC where only Border’s retirement ended their association. “So we spent the last 25 years here,” Anderson said. “As for what Chris meant to the Atlanta Athletic Club, I think

CHRIS BORDERS Retired AAC club manager

Chris Borders is the first club manager inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. the fact that he was here for 10 years, then they brought him back four years later to stay another 25 years says it all,” Anderson said. “When the Board of Directors brought him back it speaks to what they saw in him and the confidence they had in his leadership. There’s probably nobody that loves the Atlanta Athletic Club as much as Chris Borders.”

In appreciation, the Board of Directors also gave Borders an honorary membership to the club. “I’ve had so many people who have lifted me up and helped my career,” Borders said. “And the Atlanta Athletic Club provided me with an amazing workplace.” The new GM and COO Kevin Carroll has continued to take the club in the right direc-

tion, Anderson said. “But everyone misses seeing Chris every day. But he still comes around every week to play a few rounds, and AAC still taps into his vast knowledge of the history of the club.” He should know a lot of the club’s history. He helped make a lot of it. “Chris was here for all of the major championships held here. He helped the club host the 1976 U.S. Open, the 1981 PGA Championship, the 1982 Junior World Cup and 1984 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. And as general manager he was involved in the 1990 U.S. Women’s Open, the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur and 2001 and 2011 PGA Championships.” Borders grew up in the small town of Reynolds, and some personal star guided him to his career at an early age. He not only lettered three years in golf, by the time he was 14, Borders was running the town’s nine-hole golf course. After attending Mercer University on a partial golf scholarship he served as an officer with the U.S. Army. There, someone knew what to do with Borders. During his time in service he oversaw

three Army courses in Hawaii and constructed and operated a driving range while serving in Vietnam. U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn was the next to spot his talent, steering Borders to be the general manager at Houston Lake Country Club in Perry. He stayed two years before leaving for Florida State University to earn a degree in hotel and restaurant administration. The degree in hand, he next landed at the Atlanta Athletic Club in 1976. Borders oversaw extensive renovations of the club’s two golf courses and the clubhouse. He also conceived and played a large role in creating the Bobby Jones Room, which houses much of Jones’ memorabilia. “Chris has an ability to organize things,” said Jim Thorne, a former president of the Atlanta Athletic Club. “He knows what works and what doesn’t work. It makes a big difference.” Borders was also involved in mentoring and professional development as a member of the Club Managers Association of America and was Club Manager of the Year in 1992.


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JC Arts Center gets ‘bowled over’ Fifth annual Bowls fundraiser Feb. 8 By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Everybody wins a bowl at the fifth annual Bowls event that will take place at the Johns Creek Arts Center Feb. 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. A highlight of this annual Johns Creek Arts Center fundraiser is the chili sampling and cook-off from 4 to 6 p.m. In addition to the bowl of chili, patrons will get to choose a ceramic bowl to take home with the price of a ticket. Since its beginning, the Bowls fundraiser has become a much anticipated winter event in Johns Creek, said JCAC Director Gail Hisle. “This is a family-oriented community event that offers pottery aficionados the opportunity to purchase one-ofa-kind handcrafted ceramic

bowls. And it gives local chili chefs the chance to show off their culinary skills in a friendly cooking competition,” she said. “And they get to compete for the coveted Chili Master Ceramic Trophy Bowl.” Every year, volunteer ceramic students and instructors from the JC Arts Center create hundreds of handcrafted ceramic bowls specifically for this event. The donation of ceramic bowls is the artists’ and instructors’ way of “paying back” the JCAC for the classes they have to pursue their art. Each patron gets to vote for their favorite chili cook as well as take home a unique handcrafted bowl created by one of the arts center’s talented artisans. Proceeds from Bowls provide much needed support for the arts center, a nonprofit institution, providing quality

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The JC Arts Center Bowls event has ceramic bowls that are practical, beautiful and some just plan whimsical. arts education throughout the North Fulton area. Tickets for Bowls are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. They may be purchased online or in person at the Johns Creek Arts Center. There is no charge for children to attend this event. The purchase of a ticket entitles each patron to a handmade bowl of their choice, a sampling of the chili and other refreshments. Additional bowls will be available for purchase, and there will also be a silent auction of lovely high-quality larger ceramic pieces. Bowls will also feature musical en-

If you go What: Johns Creek Arts Center Bowls fundraiser When: Saturday, Feb. 8 from 3 -7 p.m. Where: JC Arts Cente6290 Abbotts Bridge Road Building 700, Johns Creek, GA Cost: $25 per family at door; $20 advance available Go to www.johnscreekarts.org. or at JC Arts Center for tickets tertainment, ceramic demonstrations and the opportunity to try working with clay in the JCAC ceramic studio. For information or to pur-

chase tickets for this event, contact the Johns Creek Arts Center at 770-623-8448 or visit the website at www.johnscreekarts.org.


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Some 300 job seekers attended the RUMC Job Fair at Roswell United Methodist Church. However these employers came to offer jobs to qualified candidates. The RUMC Job Networking ministry is all about matching people with jobs and getting their lives back on track.

RUMC Job Networking partners with Roswell Inc 350 attend biweekly seminars, job fairs By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell Inc (formerly Roswell Business Alliance) Executive Director Steve Stroud wants to bring jobs to Roswell and North Fulton. That means not only attracting new businesses but having the trained business force for those companies. That is why Stroud wants his organization to be a co-sponsor of the Roswell United Methodist Church’s jobs outreach ministry – RUMC Job Networking. For more than 25 years, RUMC Job Networking has been helping employers find qualified and motivated employees in the North Fulton area. “Jobs are what we are all about,” said Stroud “Our primary goal is to facilitate and promote successful business in Roswell. What could be better than connecting our partners, our local businesses, with qualified, local job seekers? It’s a perfect match.” So Stroud was at the Monday, Jan. 13, networking session as Roswell Inc made its official announcement that it was partnering with RUMC Job Networking. Roswell Inc joins the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Roswell in RUMC’s efforts to get people who want to work matched up with jobs. “This strategic partnership with Roswell Inc will

Our primary goal is to facilitate and promote successful business in Roswell.” STEVE STROUD Roswell Inc (formerly Roswell Business Alliance) Executive Director

facilitate even more success for Job Networking, and for Roswell,” RUMC Job Networking Co-Leader Jay Litton said. “Despite having supported job seekers for over 25 years, many people still don’t know we exist. “Our grassroots branding, along with the help of Roswell Inc, will help us promote our meetings and our resources to both employers and job seekers alike.” RUMC Job Networking began in 1988 and has been so successful, that it is often sought out by other communities to mentor churches and other organizations to jumpstart similar organizations in their communities. Participants are coached on every aspect of job networking from preparing resumes and the do’s and don’ts at the interview to using more sophisticated job-search techniques on

If you go RUMC Job Networking is held the second and fourth Mondays of each month beginning at 12:30 p.m. and concluding at 9 p.m. with either an evening keynote speaker or a mini job fair. Complete agendas can be found on the website at www. rumc.com/jobnetworking. The program is open to all and is free of charge, although a donation of $3 is accepted for dinner.

the Internet and Linkedin.com. “We see people all the time who are talented in their fields, but may not have had to go through the interview process in 15 or 20 years,” said longtime RUMC Networking volunteer Katherine Simons. “Whether your needs are just brushing up or something more detailed, we can help.” On the second and fourth Mondays of each month, RUMC Job Networking sessions begin at 12:30 p.m. with workshops led by business people who know what employers are looking for. The last one ends at 5 p.m., followed by a free dinner supplied by the Rotary Club. At 7 p.m. are more classes, which are followed at 8 p.m. by a keynote speaker. One of the popular offerings is “Attire to Hire.” For those who want to spruce up or update their interview with a new wardrobe, Attire to Hire is a boutique run by the church. Free interview clothes that have been donated and drycleaned are available. Every two to four weeks,

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RUMC has a job fair at 8 p.m. instead of a speaker. At the last meeting, there were representatives from companies with more than 700 jobs to fill. “Think speed dating. You have company reps who pitch their positions while you pitch yourself, so you don’t waste time,” Simons said. “Some companies may be very large, or you may be talking to the owner who has just one opening. “But if you can fill that one, that’s all you need.” At the Jan. 9 meeting, there was one speaker everyone wanted to hear from, and that was Perri Wagner. She has been coming to the job fairs, and just came back to tell everyone that this was her first day at her new job with Ryder. “You’re not in competition with the people next to you. Just don’t let your tank get empty,” she said. Her parents Roger and Gail Davis were there also, beaming. But they are there every second and fourth Monday. The Davises have been volunteers at RUMC Job Networking for years.

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Gala: Praises work chambers do for communities Continued from Page 24 By CAROLYN ASPENSON carolyn@northfulton.com

Isakson said. The unity of Johns Creek businesses and residents made the city strong, and the chamber plays a big role in that, he said. Isakson encouraged the attendees to come together for the country and create a bipartisan government in the same way they came together for Johns Creek. Chamber Chairman Craig McCoy, Emory Johns Creek Hospital chief executive officer, gave the state of the chamber address and thanked the members for their commitment to the chamber. “We’ve had incredible growth not only within the chamber itself, but within the various events and programs we offer, too,” he said. McCoy said the first business expo in 2012 had about 54 exhibitors and in 2013, it grew to about 90. “Over 1,200 people attended the 2013 expo, and it was a huge success,” he said. The chamber honored 11 members and two businesses for leadership and spirit. Pat Quigley of Vail Dunlap and Associates, who received a Spirit Award, said the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce is a boon to the city. “I’m excited to be a part of the chamber,” he said. “They are doing wonderful things for businesses in Johns Creek and it’s an honor to be a part of it.”

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The Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce award winners include Maria Rose (JCCC marketing and operations director); Betsy Liermann (Shaklee Nutrition) Spirit Award; Debra Potter (Perimeter Church) Business Spirit Award; Tim Velleca (Qdoba Mexican Grill) Business Spirit Award; Will Caraway, Leadership Award; Lee Dawkins (American Family Insurance) Spirit Award; Samantha Michaels, Leadership Award; Dan Simken (Real Life Photography) President’s Award; Ben Plowman (Sphere Innovation Group) Spirit Award; Jared Jones (American Family Insurance) Spirit Award; Pat Quigley (Vail Dunlap) Spirit Award; Susan Grissom (Grissom Law) Leadership Award; and John Bemont (JCCC president).

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JOHNS CREEK Ga. — U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, the guest speaker Friday, Jan. 24, at the annual Johns Creek Chamber gala at the Atlanta Athletic Club, made special note of the role chambers of commerce play in Georgia’s economy. Isakson praised the JC Chamber for its success in bringing the community and businesses together. A capacity crowd of more than 200 guests including several elected officials attended the gala. Isakson said he wanted to pay tribute to the volunteers and people involved in the chamber for all they’ve done for the city. “Volunteer work is not easy,” he said. “But it’s a labor of love and is the difference between an average community and a great community.” Chambers also serve the country as a bulwark against subversive agents who would destroy democracy. “No country, no community, no county ever turned communist, socialist or fascist until three things happened,” he said. “First, the government got control of the means of communication. Second, the government got control of the means of education and its curriculum, and third, it got control of the trade associations that ran the businesses and promoted businesses in the community,”

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Spirit Award winner Pat Quigley of Vail Dunlap and Associates and his wife Judi before awards recipients were announced. Quigley’s wife said she was extremely proud of her husband and his commitment to the chamber.

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Gwinnett Medical Center Duluth was the presenting sponsor for the gala. From left are Thomas Shepherd, Philip Wolfe, Sen. Johnny Isakson, Wayne Hill, Carolyn Hill, Mike Levengood and Peggy Levengood.


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Pisgah’s Lady Patriots give back to community Help feed homeless JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Over the Christmas break, the Mount Pisgah girls’ varsity basketball team learned teamwork off the court and got into the holiday spirit by volunteering at a local church. The team helped prepare meals for 140 homeless men, women and children. “It is my goal every year to do some sort of service project with my basketball team,” said head coach Jennifer Osborne. The first year Osborne was at Mount Pisgah, the team ‘adopted’ a family and went to Walmart to buy presents and other items on the family’s wish list. The next year, the Lady Pats went to downtown Atlanta and served a prepared meal for battered women and their children and then sat down to have conversations about their lives. This year, they decided to go to a church in Smyrna that houses women and children and also feeds a men’s homeless shelter. “We had to go to the grocery

store, buy the food, prepare the food and then serve the food to 140 homeless men, women and children,” Osborne said. “The girls were also able to go outside and play basketball with the kids, and they all loved it,” she said. “It was amazing to see how the interaction between the girls and children was so genuine.” The girls loved the experience and valued being able to give back what they had to others, she said. “It felt good [to be able to help others] because I know I’m privileged to be able to go there and help,” said freshman Dakota Williamson. Fellow freshman Paige Peterson said, “We take a lot of things for granted. We are extremely blessed.” Senior Taylor Latham added, “I think the small things count the most. The little things we did for the women and children there made a big impact.” Osborne said the experience has truly brought the team closer and has provided something good for these girls who love basketball.

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City of Johns Creek Public Meeting for SR 120/Abbotts Bridge Road (Operational Improvement Project) Project CSHPP-0007-00(310), P.I. No. 0007310

RFQ #14-072 VIDEO STREAMING PROJECT The City of Johns Creek is accepting sealed Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified firms to provide a video streaming solution to allow citizens online access to official meetings and events. Sealed RFQ’s will be received no later than 2:00PM on March 13, 2014 in the City of Johns Creek Purchasing Office, 12000 Findley Rd., Suite-400, Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097. RFQ’s received after the above time or in any other location other than the Purchasing Office will not be accepted. A mandatory Pre-Submittal Conference will be held on February 25, 2014 @ 10:00AM at City Hall in the Taylor Farms Conference Room (3rd Floor). RFQ packages are available on the City of Johns Creek website (www.johnscreekga.gov) . Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office at (678) 512-3233. RFQ’s shall be presented in a sealed opaque envelope with the RFQ number and name clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. The name of the company or firm submitting an RFQ response should also be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. ONE (1) COPY OF THE RFQ ON CD MUST BE SUBMITTED. RFQ’s will not be accepted verbally or by fax or email. All offerors must comply with all general and special requirements of the RFQ information and instructions enclosed herein. The City of Johns Creek reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive technicalities and informalities, and to make award in the best interest of the City of Johns Creek. John Kachmar City Manager

The Mount Pisgah Lady Patriots also excel off the court.

Mike Bodker Mayor

On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30005, the City of Johns Creek will hold a Public Meeting concerning SR 120/Abbotts Bridge Road (Operational Improvement Project), Project CSHPP-0007-00(310); P.I. No. 0007310 in the northern part of Fulton County. SR 120/Abbotts Bridge Road (Operational Improvement Project) proposes to reduce traffic congestion by providing turn lane improvements along an approximately 1 mile section of roadway. A 5-foot sidewalk will be installed along the south side with an 8 to 10-foot sidewalk on the north side of SR 120/Abbotts Bridge Road. The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public with an opportunity to view the proposed project; ask questions and comment on the project. The meeting will be conducted between the hours of 4:30p.m. and 6:30p.m. The meeting will be informal and the public is invited to attend anytime during these hours. There will be no formal presentation. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) information: The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling (Cindy Jenkins, Transportation Engineer – 678-512-3269). Comments concerning this project will be accepted until Thursday, February 13, 2014. Please submit your comments to: Tom Black, P.E. Director of Public Works Attn: Cindy Jenkins City of Johns Creek 12000 Findley Rd., Ste. 400 Johns Creek, GA 30097 Email: info@johnscreekga.gov (678) 512-3200


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Ludwig Symphony offers Valentine’s romance

Atlanta Opera soprano Megan Mashburn will join the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra along with saxophonist James Houlik and Mexican guest conductor Jose Luis Hernandez Estrada for a Valentine’s performance Feb. 8.

NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents “A Romantic Valentine’s Day” gala on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. The evening’s performance features internationally renowned tenor saxophonist James Houlik from Chicago performing the Atlanta premiere of Russell Peck’s “Upward Stream” saxophone concerto. With him are Mexican guest conductor, the flamboyant Jose Luis Hernan-

ITB NUMBER #14-069 ROAD IMPROVEMENTS ON OLD ALABAMA ROAD, JONES BRIDGE ROAD AND NESBIT FERRY ROAD The City of Johns Creek is accepting sealed Invitation to Bid (ITB) from qualified construction firms for the road improvements on Old Alabama Road, Jones Bridge Road and Nesbit Ferry Road. Sealed ITB’s will be received no later than 10:00AM on March 10, 2014 in the City of Johns Creek Purchasing Office, 12000 Findley Rd., Suite 400, Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097 at which time ITB’s will be opened and publicly read aloud. ITB’s received after the above time or in any other location other than the Purchasing Office will not be accepted. Deadline for questions is February 21, 2014 at 5:00PM. The City of Johns Creek, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d—42 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, part 21, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, sex, or national origin in consideration for an award. ITB packages including plans are available on the City website at www.johnscreekga.gov. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office at (678) 512-3233. Please refer to ITB #14-069 and name, Road Improvements on Old Alabama Road, Jones Bridge Road and Nesbit Ferry Road, when requesting information. ITB’s shall be presented in a sealed opaque envelope with the ITB number and name clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. The name of the company or firm submitting an ITB response should also be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. THREE (3) ORIGINALS AND ONE (1) COPY OF THE ITB ON CD MUST BE SUBMITTED. ITB’s will not be accepted verbally or by fax or email. All offerors must comply with all general and special requirements of the ITB information and instructions enclosed herein. The City of Johns Creek reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive technicalities and informalities, and to make award in the best interest of the City of Johns Creek. John Kachmar City Manager

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City of Johns Creek Board of Zoning Appeals, Public Hearing: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. City of Johns Creek Council Chamber 12000 Findley Road, Suite 300 Johns Creek, Georgia 30097 The following Variance proposals located within The City of Johns Creek are scheduled for Public Hearing as stated above. Case Number: Petitioner: Present Zoning: Property Location(s): Variance Request:

V-14-003 Ken Gary, Esquire CUP Conditional 9000 Block of Barkston Way Allow a 50-foot encroachment into the 75-foot stream buffer (50 foot undisturbed buffer, 25 foot impervious surface setback)

dez Estrada conducting Tchaikovsky’s romantic “Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy,” and Atlanta Opera soprano Megan Mashburn interpreting two arias of Donizetti. Maestro Thomas Ludwig, former music director of the New York City Symphony and resident conductor for the American Ballet Theatre with Mikhail Baryshnikov at the Metropolitan Opera House, will lead the 80-piece orchestra in a varied and colorful program that also includes the majestic Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minor. Houlik, called “the world’s great saxophone virtuoso” by the London Daily Mail, has had over 85 saxophone concertos written for and dedicated to him in a career that has seen him solo with the London Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic and major orchestras across the globe. Soprano Mashburn makes her LSO debut with two arias by Donizetti – “O luce di quest anima” from Linda Di Chamounix, and “Quel guardo il cavaliere” from Don Pasquale. Guest conductor Estrada first made his mark as winner of the 14th TCU/Van Cliburn Piano Institute Competition. Estrada studied conducting in Venezuela under El Sistema.

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If you go What: Ludwig Symphony Orchestra’s “A Romantic Valentine’s Day” gala When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell Cost: Tickets: Call 770623-8623 or go online at www.ludwigsymphony. org. Adults: $22. Seniors: $19. Students: $12.

The experience encouraged him to write a book – “Aesthetics of Generosity.” In 2013, he joined Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela for their Latin American tour and Salzburg Festival performances. John Lemley of WABE will be master of ceremonies. In keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s Day, every woman will be given a rose. For more information and tickets, call 770-623-8623 or visit www.ludwigsymphony. org. —Jonathan Copsey


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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Three Chattahoochee High School architecture students earned monetary prizes and pages in

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place winner, received a $100 Apple store gift card. Lucas Ferreira took second place and won a $50 gift card, and Arianne Perez, the third place winner, received a $25 gift card. The students are in their second year of Gregg Mervich’s architecture class at Chattahoochee. This past fall, the students learned all aspects of designing a home, including rooms and space needed in new home design. The students then tackled their own custom design of a four-bedroom, 2.5-bath, two-story home. The design parameters were set by Jim Wells, owner of Atlanta Plan Source. Wells has been judging final designs and determining winners for the past four years. “I am constantly amazed at the level of creativity and talent these high school students display,” Wells said. “It is always a challenge to determine the winners because all the designs are so good.” Wells’ plan books are sold at home stores around the nation. One of his house plans

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Three Chattahoochee architect students from left Mike Ditto, Lucas Ferreira and Arianne Perez won monetary prizes from Atlanta Plan Source. They also have the opportunity to be published in the next house-plan book published by Atlanta Plan Source. has been the highest-selling plan in the U.S. for numerous years. The architecture students took their design ideas from bubble sketches to line sketches and then used Autodesk’s premier building design software, Revit, to draw their house plans. The software allows students to do exterior and interior three-dimensional renderings of their plans as well as floor plans. The final set of plans included a foundation plan and electrical plan as

well. “It is fun to watch the students develop their skills during the four years they can take the architecture class here at Chattahoochee High School,” said Mervich. Mervich’s upper-level architecture students are now working on designing an observation tower for downtown Atlanta as a part of the American Institute of Architects Atlanta chapter’s high school design contest.


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Wilson Creek students run for funds to help school JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – As an alternative to traditional school fundraisers that ask parents and students to sell gift wrap or candy, Wilson Creek Elementary in Johns Creek recently participated in a Boosterthon Fun Run, sponsored by the Wilson Creek School Foundation. Principal Andrea Cushing announced the students raised $36,000 for the school by gathering pledges from friends and family. Sponsors could pledge a per-lap amount or commit to a flat donation toward their student’s Boosterthon Fun Run. On the day of the event, the Boosterthon Fun Run team set up a “speedway” behind the school. Students ran around the speedway for about 30 minutes to upbeat, high-energy music while parents and teachers gathered around the track to encourage and cheer them on. The Boosterthon Fun

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Pictured from left are Principal Andrea Cushing, foundation Treasurer Terry Morgan and foundation president Betsy BrownClement with a check for $36,000, representing proceeds from the foundation’s fall 2013 Boosterthon Fun Run. Run allows every student at the school to participate in a fundraiser that encourages healthy living and stresses character education traits such as friendship and good sportsmanship. This year’s event was sponsored by Atlanta Classic

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David Campbell Porter, 45, of Roswell, passed away January 15, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Cecile Price, of Cumming, passed away January 16, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Juas Reid, 84, of Cumming, passed away January 15, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Don Sauls, 74, of Alpharetta, passed away January 15, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. Noah Showe, 88, of Alpharetta, passed away January 13, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

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Carol Sue Stiles, 79, of Cumming, passed away January 18, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. John Stuart Thibadeau, 88, of Cumming, passed away January 16, 2013. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Ruth Walls, 85, of Chamblee, passed away January 14, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Marshall Warbington, 79, of Dahlonega, passed away January 16, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. George Harry Webster, 90, of Dunwoody, passed away January 21, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Jacquelin Wells, 81, of Marietta, passed away January 20, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. David Ray West, 90, of Alto, passed away January 18, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Hazel Dimsdale Wilson, 87, of Alpharetta, passed away January 16, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.


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