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Consideration to modify site plan at 13660 New Providence Road, Mill Springs Academy.
Consideration of an ordinance to adopt amendments to the fiscal 2014 budget. Consideration of a resolution appointing a member to the City of Milton Planning Commission by appointing a board member for District 2/Post 1.
Consideration of a resolution for Crowne Castle’s application for utilization of City of Milton right of way for telecommunication facilities, as authorized by law. Consideration of an application for the abandonment of a portion of Holly Road.
Withdrawal of an application to rezone 22.3 acres at 975 Birmingham Road and 15755 Birmingham Highway to develop 55 single family residences.
Milton • March 17 Withdrawal of an application to rezone approximately 66.40 acres on New Bull Pen Road to develop 52 single family residences.
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Milton artist Michael Dillon forges on a 500-pound mechanical helve hammer in his Birmingham Highway shop.
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MILTON, Ga. – Milton City Council will allow a utility company to locate equipment on city land. Council approved the item unanimously at their March 17 meeting, but that was just a formality. Under state law, a city cannot refuse the request from a telecommunications company to place utilities in an area for service. “State law allows a utility provider like Crow Castle to make an application and, if we do not approve it, state law deems it approved anyway,” said City Attorney Ken Jarrard. Houston-based Crown Castle, which owns, operates and leases towers and other infrastructure for wireless communications wanted approval to place its systems within the city’s right-of-way.
There are no plans for towers, but there may be fiber optic cables installed in the right-of-way. By approving the application, Crown Castle would still have to abide by Milton’s city laws governing placement and the look of any new utility or tower. “They must still comply with our telecommunications ordinance,” Jarrard said. Once the company has towers up and running, the city will be paid a percentage of their revenues from the towers. Also at the meeting: Milton officially owns most of the land in Crabapple that will one day hold its City Hall. City Manager Chris Lagerbloom told the City Council “This is a great thing for us and our community,” Lagerbloom said. At their Feb. 3 meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to make an offer for roughly $950,000 to buy two parcels of land behind the shops on Crabapple Road, totaling 2.5 acres of land.
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MILTON, Ga. â€“ Two people were arrested March 16 after allegedly spending the day breaking into vehicles in Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton. They were caught at the Target in Milton. An employee of Target told police she saw two people â€“ a man and a woman â€“ walking through the parking lot looking into vehicles and entering them. Video surveillance footage from the store confirmed this. An officer said he remembered the pair from an earlier incident at the Kroger on
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DUI arrests â–şâ–ş Domingo Justin Henare,
22, of Jonesboro was arrested March 1 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and display of license plate. â–şâ–ş Brandi Michelle Harper, 28, of Springberry Court, Alpharetta, was arrested March 2 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI. â–şâ–ş Jason C. Lockhart, 30, of Azalea Circle, Cumming, was arrested March 2 on Davis Drive in Alpharetta for DUI and disorderly conduct. â–şâ–ş Melanie Berry Fricks, 52, of Timber Point, Milton, was arrested March 2 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. â–şâ–ş David M. Youngblood Jr., 41, of Summerlin Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested March 3 on Kimball Bridge Road in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. â–şâ–ş Eduardo Roel Jr., 21, of Eagles Mere Court, Alpharetta, was arrested March 4 on Mayfield Road in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to obey a
Crabapple Road and they were driving a gray Dodge truck with a University of Georgia â€œGâ€? on the back window. Such a vehicle was found in the Target parking lot. Inside was the female suspect, Kayla Lynn Dobbs, 26, of Wilkie Road, Alpharetta. Dobbs denied knowledge of any stolen items or that her boyfriend Jared Robb Lively, 26, of Cumming was breaking into vehicles. Target video footage confirmed Dobbs entered into vehicles while Lively watched. Lively was found walking
on Ga. 9 near Deerfield Parkway. Inside the vehicle were cash and a passport that allegedly came from an incident earlier that day from the Chipotle on Windward Parkway when a ve-
traffic control device. â–şâ–ş Adam Lewis Burke Sobel, 26, of Cameron Forest Parkway, Alpharetta, was arrested March 5 on Kimball Bridge Road in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. â–şâ–ş Juan Barroso, 33, of Findley Chase Court, Johns Creek, was arrested March 6 on Kimball Bridge Road in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. â–şâ–ş Curtis Vincent Donatto, 59, of Rill Crest Court, Alpharetta, was arrested March 6 on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane and failure to change address on driverâ€™s license. â–şâ–ş Christina Lynn Branson, 22, of Cabots Cove Court, Alpharetta, was arrested March 8 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane, driving on wrong side of roadway and driving within a gore. â–şâ–ş Jeffrey A. Gilley, 47, of Hyde Road, Cumming, was arrested March 8 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and driving on the wrong side of the roadway. â–şâ–ş Charles John Deignan, 19, of Broadwell Oaks Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested Feb. 28 on Mid Broadwell Road in Alpharetta forÂ DUI, underage consumption of alcohol, disorderly conduct, too fast for
conditions, failure to maintain lane, duty upon striking fixed object and operating an unsafe vehicle. â–şâ–ş Mark Victor Oldfield, 55, of Wills Mill Road, Cumming, was arrested Feb. 28 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI. â–şâ–ş Noah Wyn Smith, 26, of Sherwood Way, Cumming, was arrested March 1 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane, brake light requirements and failure to change address on driverâ€™sÂ license. â–şâ–ş Jason John Gennero, 27, of Sengen Trace, Alpharetta, was arrested March 1 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, stop sign violation, speeding and failure to maintain lane. â–şâ–ş Jeremy Mager Nolan, 30, of Mansfield was arrested Feb. 22 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. â–şâ–ş Fabian James Ahmad, 25, of Westbury Lane, Johns Creek, was arrested March 7 on Weathervane Drive in Johns Creek for DUI and failure to maintain lane. â–şâ–ş Victoria Ellen Durkan, 21, of Brook Hollow Trace, Alpharetta, was arrested March 2 on Kimball Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI, failure to maintain lane, suspended license and duty upon striking a fixed object. â–şâ–ş Eugene Yusun Choi, 24,
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hicle was reported broken into. A Georgia ID card was found. The owner was contacted and claimed his vehicle was broken into at the Platoâ€™s Closet on Ga. 9 in Roswell. Also found in the truck were prescription bottles with pills inside and baggies filled with suspected cocaine. Dobbs was charged with entering auto. Lively was charged with entering autos, possession of schedule II drugs, possession of schedule IV drugs and not keeping drugs in their original container. of Kia Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested March 2 on State Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI and failure to maintain lane. â–şâ–ş Wendy Lee Sharp, 39, of Mortonâ€™s Circle, Johns Creek, was arrested March 6 on Plantation Bridge DriveÂ in Johns Creek for DUI and failure to maintain lane. â–şâ–ş Emmaline C. Cull, 35, of Fairway Ridge Drive, Johns Creek, was arrested Feb. 21 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI and failure to maintain lane. â–şâ–ş Teresa Lynn Cox, 43, of Woodstock was arrested Feb. 25 on Hardscrabble Road in Roswell for DUI and speeding. â–şâ–ş Laura Beth Plank, 26, of Woodstock was arrested Feb. 26 on Mill Street in Roswell for DUI and failure to obey a traffic control device. â–şâ–ş Mark Robert Gores, 52, of Brookside Drive, Roswell, was arrested March 3 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI, speeding and open container. â–şâ–ş Rachel White Keach, 40, of Tynewick Drive, Roswell, was arrested March 6 on Willeo Road in Roswell for DUI, failure to maintain lane and failure to obey a traffic control device. â–şâ–ş Stephen F. Clarke, 55, of
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Fake plates allow Easter egg thief to escape MILTON, Ga. â€“ Someone stole more than $200 from the Milton Target March 3 and used a stolen license plate to hide their identity. Store employees said they spotted a woman exit the store with a shopping cart filled with items. She came to their attention because she had allegedly stolen items from the store in the past. A check of surveillance footage showed this woman had not paid for any of the items in her cart. She got into a white Volvo car and drove away. A check of the license plate number showed it belonged to a silver Mustang whose owner did not look like the woman. Among the items taken were a $99 rug, Easter decorations and Easter eggs.
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MILTON, Ga. — The Milton Grows Green committee held its first Adopt-a-Stream training event on Saturday, March 8. Residents learned how to do water quality monitoring for Milton streams. Ten Milton residents met with Sharon Smith of the Fulton County Water Services Division at Birmingham Park to learn how to perform four basic water quality tests – pH, temperature, conductivity and dissolved oxygen level. Each resident was able to perform the tests themselves using water from a local stream. “The training is for residents interested in learning how to do water quality monitoring,” Milton Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
Cindy Eade said. “And focuses on chemical and biological testing.” Data from the tests would be logged on the Georgia Rivers Alive website and used for research and information, Eade said. Board member Jack Lindon said the committee is hoping to recruit additional residents to learn how to do the tests. “Our goal is to have these trained individuals adopt a Milton stream site to test on a monthly basis,” he said. Lindon said the program, run by Milton Grows Green volunteer Jennifer Griffiths, is open to adults and kids ages 10 and up. “They will all get to learn about science and have fun doing it,” Lindon said. The Milton Grows Green group has been thinking about beginning an Adopt-a-Stream program since 2008, Eade
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Working at the biological testing table are Priti Bloor, William Bloor, Christopher Bloor, Julie Pinckney, Cindy Eade and Juanita Barr. said. “We are now ready to coordinate with Fulton County to provide the training and the water testing supplies that the city will borrow to begin the program in several of Milton’s streams and riverways,” Eade said. “It will help the city achieve
some of its stormwater education goals and promote community awareness of this precious natural resource,” she said. For more information and to sign up for training, contact Milton Goes Green at mgg@ cityofmiltonga.us.
Common Core survives legislative attempts at revisions House Education Committee fails to send bill for full vote By CANDY WAYLOCK email@example.com ATLANTA – Georgia lawmakers chose the safe route during the 2014 legislative session, paying considerable lip service to revising the Common Core educational standards, but opting to take no action – at least for this year. The 152nd session of the Georgia Legislature ends its 40-day run this week, allowing legislators to head home and campaign in earnest for the May 20 primary election. Every seat in the delegation is up for re-election this year. Few issues impacting K-12 education will come out of this year’s session, unless the idea of being able to say “Merry Christmas” in public schools (Senate Bill 283) or allowing schools to be built with wood (House Bill
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – The Fulton County School System Pension Board voted to accept the appeals of five school system employees who had challenged a recent decision by the board regarding pension payouts. The employees, all soon to retire from the Fulton County School System, will be exempt from new rules of the pension board related to benefits. Last month, the board voted to close what they viewed as a loophole that rewarded some retirees for retiring early, as opposed to at the end of their contract. The board voted to consider the retirement date as the last day of the employee’s work calendar, even if the last day of work is earlier. The early retirement potentially adds several hundred dollars to the employee’s
monthly pension based on a formula that takes into account summer pay. The Fulton Pension Plan covers primarily non-instructional staff, including bus drivers, maintenance, custodial, cafeteria, as well as teachers who have been with FCSS continuously since 1988. Teachers hired after July 1, 1988, are covered under the state Teachers Retirement System (TRSGA). Pension board officials say the revision was necessary to ensure all employees are treated uniformly, and was simply a re-interpretation of the plan. The change impacts only a small percentage of the system’s 14,000 employees. However, those who were affected by the new interpretation said they stood to lose thousands of dollars over the life of their pension; money they had been promised and expected.
State curriculum is law since 1985 ATLANTA – Georgia law requires the state adopt a curriculum outlining what kids are expected to learn in each grade. Since 1985 when the law was passed, the state has run through the Quality Core Curriculum, followed by the Georgia Performance Standards (2003) and now the Common Core (2012). The Common Core standards were developed in 2008 as an initiative of the National Governor’s Association. The goal was to provide a framework of education objectives across the country. Common Core does not dictate how states meet the standards, so curriculum development is still the responsibility of each state. While there is some federal grant money available to states to help implement the standards (Race to the Top), there is no other federal oversight. The Fulton County School System opted to not participate in any programs linked to Race to 301) meet that standard. Revisions to the Common Core standards was a marquee topic from day one of the session, easily passing the Senate, but stalling in the House Education Committee last week.
the Top funding. Georgia education leaders say the Common Core standards were adopted after two years of review and feedback – not in secrecy as many opponents maintain. “Georgia sought feedback within the state rather than just relying on the national data,” said Angela Palm, legislative director for the Georgia School Boards Association. “After receiving feedback, [the standards were] adopted by the State Board [in June 2010]. All the documents are still online and available for review.” Legislative leaders appeared hesitant to throw out the Common Core entirely, noting teachers would then be faced with adhering to their third set of standards in a decade. Alienating teachers is a risky proposition during an election year, as former Gov. Roy Barnes learned in 2002.
Senate Bill 167 did not seek to pull Georgia out from among the 40 states that follow the standards. Instead, the bill proposed to effectively gut the standards by prohibiting any state assessments tied to the
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One employee said all employees set to retire this year had individual meetings with pension officials this year where they were given “multiple scenarios as to when we could/would retire.” The scenario of retiring in April, despite a contract that ended in May, was the most advantageous, he noted. “We all have these scenarios in writing from the pension office. This has been a retirement option in Fulton County for many years. Obviously, with that one being the best, we all chose that date,”
said the 30-year employee who asked not to be identified. He was most concerned the change was not discussed with any of the employees, so few knew about it until March when the vote was taken to end the practice. “We should have been informed throughout of any change, and it should never have been put in effect in the middle of a school year,” he said. Fulton School officials were unsure if others could continue to appeal the decision, or if the waivers are only for the group of five initial appeals.
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The Art Barn partners with Milton Speech for summer camps MILTON, Ga. — The Art Barn at Morning Glory Farm has announced new youth programs for the summer. Owner Susan Shaw, also known as “Farmer Sue” to the children, has collaborated with Amy Squires of Milton Speech Pathology and Kerry Burke, Reinhardt University English instructor and co-founder of the Etowah Valley Writers Institute, to create new summer programs. “These amazing ladies offer unique programs for children that inspire young learners with a variety of needs and interests, and as an added bonus, moms may find that there are multiple programs suited to one or more siblings helping to cut down drive time all over town,” said Shaw.
The Art Barn offers five camps to choose from: Art and Animals, Social Skills/Social Thinking, Farm Phonics and Summer Reading, Handwriting without Tears and Chicken Scratch, a creative writing camp. Shaw has been running programs since 2000 that include educational farm-to-table field trips, birthday parties, afterschool programs and summer camps. The Art Barn at Morning Glory Farm, located at 208 Roper Road in Canton, offers a unique place for learning, surrounded by farm animals, wooded trails and gardens. For more information, visit www. TheArtBarn.com or call 678-319-0286. —McKenzie Cunningham
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MILTON, Ga. – Two Milton boys took first place at the State Technology Competition’s robotics division March 8. Twins Michael and Jack O’Conner, 10, both attend Birmingham Falls Elementary School in Milton. They created their own robot, capable of maneuvering a maze by itself. Their robot is called the “I.R.P.A. Bot,” which stands for “Infrared Programmable Autonomous Bot.” It uses infrared light sensors to detect walls and other obstacles. When it detects such a thing, it veers away. With two sensors, it can easily navigate corridors without touching the sides. It pings its surroundings 60 times a second to constantly keep updated on where it is using the infrared. “Infrared light is invisible to us, but it is used in lots of things, like night vision,” said Jack. “Our robot is like a heatseeking missile. The heat is the infrared light.” The result is a simple but effective machine. There were several iterations before I.R.P.A. As many as 10 different versions were created before the robot was
finished, finally making its way through a maze without a problem. The boys bought a kit with pieces, and they had to learn how to construct and then program something that can move. After about two months of construction and testing, I.R.P.A. was ready for competition. “It works perfectly now,” said Michael. “We had to experiment with different resisters and lots of trial and error.” The state competition was March 8. Michael and Jack took home first place in the robotics division. The robots in the competition were to perform their task without any human interaction. “Nobody in our class was doing any technology [in the competition],” said Michael. “And robotics sounded cool.” This was the first ’bot the boys had ever built, figuring what works and what doesn’t, even learning BASIC computer coding to make a program. “It was nice to let them struggle with the stuff,” said the twins’ father, Bill. “They were on their own for a lot of this.” But do not think the boys are going to lie back on their
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Milton-Windward Rotary serves students in Guatemala MILTON, Ga. – In February, members of the Rotary Club of Milton-Windward rolled up their sleeves and went to work to support the Safe Passage organization in Guatemala. Safe Passage empowers the children of families who work in Guatemala City’s garbage dump by creating opportunities and fostering dignity through the power of education. Within a safe and caring environment, nearly 600 children receive schooling and afterschool supervision to prepare them for a better life.
Many of their parents earn less than $1.50 a day scavenging through the garbage in search of items with recycling value. This is the fourth year the club has journeyed to Guatemala to foster goodwill and classroom enrichment. MiltonWindward Rotary members purchased school supplies for the local Safe Passage classroom. For more information on the Milton-Windward Rotary Club, visit them online at www. windwardrotary.com. —Jonathan Copsey
Members of the Milton-Windward Rotary Club in front, from left, are DGE Robert Hagan, Bill Compton and DG Blake McBurney. In back are Christine Barrett, B. Mayes, Sharon Mayes, Cleve Hill, President Mike Swago, Jackie Pierce, Joe Modica, Margi Urquhart, Keith Heffron, Joie Hain and Bill Pinkerton. The Georgia Mustangs 00 14U fast-pitch softball team in the back row, from left, are head coach Chris York, Laura Brown, Maya Schechter, assistant coach Ralph Bottini, Lindsey Noernberg, assistant coach Kevin Wassilchak, Jasmin Henry, Anna Culpepper and assistant coach Doug Culpepper. In front, from left, are Hannah Lavoie, Campbell Armstrong, Avery Wassilchak, Tori Bottini, Charli York and, in center, Daisy Jo Valeo.
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Continued from Page 1 tables, while hundreds of small tools of all shapes and sizes dot along tables and shelves. This is where Dillon makes his art. Specializing in metals, Dillon uses his forges to create sculptures of all shapes and sizes. He was recently chosen by the city of Duluth to create its first piece of public art after a nationwide search. Milton officials are considering his work to be used in Bell Memorial Park once its renovations are complete next year. Dillon went to the Kansas City Art Institute, graduating in 1990. He and his family ended up in Roswell, where he worked as an architect before shuttering the office and moving to Milton to work as a full-time artist. “Milton is a great community,” Dillon said. “It’s beautiful. A lot of my work is inspired by nature. This is a great place for me to be inspired. I can walk out of my house and be in my shop and be in the woods. It’s a dream come true for me.” In his studio, Dillon says he can build just about anything
he wants, be it architectural work or sculpture. He has cranes that can carry up to two tons of metal around his workshop. Many of the machines in the shop are post-war or earlier that he has salvaged from scrap heaps. He cleans them and fixes them. He likened working with metal to Play-Doh – when it is heated sufficiently, it becomes pliable and can be stretched and shaped. Some of his metal work – staircase railings and gates – have been used in the estates of Atlanta’s wealthy, including several pieces for Home Depot founder Arthur Blank. “I make beautiful objects,” he said. “This is the best I can do right now, but I always feel I can do better. It is an aspiration to make work that inspires people and me.” The Duluth piece has occupied more than a year of his time. However, Dillon said he enjoys seeing his art on display for the public. “Having my art on public display is important to me,” he said. “I can share my visual vocabulary with the people, so what inspires me will hopefully inspire others.” Dillon’s art can be viewed at his website, www.dillonforge.com.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – For the second straight week, the Georgia Mustangs 00 14U fast-pitch softball team won a travel tournament championship, this time winning seven of eight games at the USFA Shamrock Showdown in Fayetteville March 15. Coached by Chris York, the Mustangs competed for the title within a field of nine teams from across Georgia, including a two-game sweep of Game Ready Athletics 00 from Alpharetta. The previous week, the team cruised to its first 14U championship at the USSSA Demarini Season Opener Tournament at Turner Lake in Covington.
Overall, the Mustangs have outscored opponents 80-32 in runs, winning 13 of 16 games, including five shutouts in both tournaments. The team then traveled to McDonough to compete in CAM Sports’ three-day King of the Mountain tournament featuring more than 30 other 14U teams. York leads one of five teams within the Georgia Mustangs organization, based out of the Alpharetta/Milton area and led by Tim Todd. The other teams include a 12U, 14U 99 and two 16U. For more on the team, visit them online at http://www.mustangsfp.com/index.html. —Jonathan Copsey
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“We were in a hidden room,” he said. “People had to go out of their way to find it.” The door was unmarked except for a sign that said “Courage.” For the exercise, Maxwell said he chose the aerial silks. “The aerial silks seem to be the biggest classes at CirqueFreaks,” Maxwell said. “It’s a Cirque staple.” The silks are two long ropes hanging from the ceiling. The user climbs up and hangs from the ropes. “You’re climbing up in the air,” Maxwell said. “It’s visually appealing, and for people who want to get involved, it’s one of cooler things to start off with.” Despite the intimidating look of the silks, Maxwell said
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Arrests: Continued from Page 2 Cashiers Way, Roswell, was arrested March 8 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Cary Malheiros Burchett, 31, of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested March 9 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI, failure to signal and possession of marijuana.
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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — In a red shawl and an ornate black hat, Susan K. Friedland is immediately recognizable as an artist. It was something projected from her being, her appearance and mannerisms. A Johns Creek resident, Friedland just opened up an exhibit of her photography in the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville. The exhibit, titled “Windows to the Soul,” features photographs from across America, from her home in Georgia to New York and San Francisco. The collection features not only photographs, but shadowboxes, a sculpture and an encaustic (a piece composed from layers of wax and other materials over a photograph). Two incidents in her life pointed to her dedication in photography. An avid horseback rider, thirty-five years ago, she was thrown from her horse and injured, sustaining severe damage to her eye. The doctors said she would never have full vision again, but over several months, her vision came back. Her recovery went so well, she was asked to teach photography in Augusta, then in Boston, Mass., and finally back in Atlanta. Friedland has two children, both living now in New York. One of them has autism. “One of the things I’ve learned from being the parent of an autistic child is to never, never, never give up. Keep at it. Whatever it is that you are trying to do in your own life, keep at it,” she said. Friedland moved on to another portion of her exhibit,
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titled “An Unbridled Spirit,” which features three photographs of horses. “Horses have led me to be the photographer I am today,” she said, as she explained the intent and process behind each photograph. Mannequins are a large portion of Friedland’s work, and it started with her affinity for dolls. “I loved Barbie, and in fact I had gone on from loving Barbie to having a whole collection of mannequins. So my art evolved from Barbies to larger Barbies,” she said with a laugh. Another main feature of the exhibit is Friedland’s sculpture, “The Golden Door.” The piece is composed using a mannequin and various objects, and represents the strong feminine figure, but also brings to mind the Statue of Liberty. The statue incorporates the same quote from the poem “The New Colossus,” found inside the Statue of Liberty. Friedland’s exhibit will run through April 6 at the Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Drive in Cartersville. Her website is susankfriedland.com.
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DaVinci’s Donuts 131 S. Main St. Alpharetta 678-392-2523 Closed Monday and artistic,” Rudd said. The couple came up with the idea when Andrew began thinking about starting their own business. But the question becomes, “What do you want to do?” “I would be really happy to make doughnuts for the rest of my life,” Rudd said. “I used to make them with my mom and my kids.” She started out making them in her garage, testing out recipes and flavors. The salted caramel is Rudd’s signature doughnut, she said. However maple and bacon as well as tiramisu are also popular. It is very much a family business, with three employees, consisting of the Rudds and another worker. There are five employees if you count the
Norman’s Landing donates to United Way FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Norman’s Landing presented a check for $1,841 to the United Way on Feb. 2. The funds were raised from the restaurant’s quarterly ping pong tournament and donations. On March 25 and March 26, the Spring Ping Pong Tournament will take place at the restaurant at 7 p.m. Singles play will be March 25, while doubles take place on March 26. Cost is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt. Call 770-886-0822 for more information.
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DaVinci’s Donuts opened March 19 to a large fanfare. The South Main Street business makes and serves gourmet doughnuts.
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Bethany Village under new owners MILTON, Ga. — Cincinnati, Ohio-based Phillips Edison-ARC Grocery Center REIT II announced the acquisition of its first grocery-anchored shopping center, Bethany Village. Bethany Village, 13800 Ga. 9 and Bethany Bend in Milton, is an 81,674-square-foot Publix-anchored shopping center. “Anchored by a leading grocer and backed by solid real estate fundamentals, Bethany Village sets the example for the types of properties we will look to acquire. It serves as a great foundation as we continue to build our portfolio based on tenant, geographic, industry, lease term and credit diversification,” said Jeff Edison, chief executive officer of Phillips Edison-ARC.
ROSWELL, Ga. — Once Upon a Child has a new address. The business, which sells and purchases gently used and new children’s clothing, toys, furniture, equipment and other children’s merchandise, moved from their location at Roswell Market Place to 580 East Crossville Road, Suite 370 in Roswell. Visit www.onceuponachildroswell.com or call 678-461-8450 for more information.
Steve Bailey joins Harry Norman Johns Creek JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Harry Norman, Realtors welcomed Steve Bailey as a realtor in its Johns Creek and Duluth offices. Bailey, a native of Georgia, can be reached at 678-687-9127 or by visiting www. stevebailey.harrynorman.com.
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CUMMING, Ga. — The Harry Norman, Realtors Forsyth County office has been recognized as Harry Norman’s “Highest Increase in Closed Units and Sales Volume” for 2013. The office has only been open for two years, but within that time, it has expanded from eight agents to 61 agents with 125 current listings. For more information, call 770-497-2000 or visit www.HarryNormanForsyth.com.
Rudds’ two young boys. “There are lots of things happening downtown,” said Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle at the official opening of the business. “Lots of good changes are coming to Alpharetta.”
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ROSWELL, Ga. — Dahlberg Family Chiropractic is officially open. On March 14, the new business run by Dr. Amy Dahlberg and Adam Dahlberg invited the community to 9410 Willeo Road, Unit B in Roswell for their ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It is my honor to serve you and your family through chiropractic care,” said Amy Dahlberg. “Especially with our special focus on children and their care for long-term healthy playing.” For more information, call 770-212-9414 or visit www.dfchiropractic.net.
ROSWELL, Ga. — The European Antique Pine Warehouse and Barn Doors, makers of custom tables, doors and other furniture, has moved to historic Roswell. Headed by Michael and Kim Griffin, the business builds reproduction pine furniture with Old World building techniques, including dovetailed joints and hand-carved embellishments. The new location is 1110 Alpharetta St. in Roswell. Visit www.europeanantiquepine.com or call 770645-8762 for more information.
MILTON, Ga. — Wayne and Nancy Sault have opened Brightway Insurance in Milton. In January, the Milton couple opened their doors to the agency that shops over 100 top-rated insurance carriers to create a customized package for customers. Located at 980 Birmingham Road, Suite 723 in Milton, they can be reached at 770-375-2001 or on the Web at www.BrightwayInsuranceMilton.com.
Ace Hardware store opens in Crabapple ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The new Ace Hardware Crabapple store, located at 12350 B-1 Arnold Mill Road, opened its doors March 11. Ace Hardware Crabapple is the first store opened by local residents and owners Herb and Gwen Velazquez. The store has been designed to reflect the needs of the Crabapple community, including solutions to everyday home improvement needs, as well as an extensive array of high-quality products in categories such as paint, lawn and garden. The grand opening will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 11. It will feature special sales, discounts, giveaways and promotional activities. Ace Hardware Crabapple is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 470-2687862.
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While inventory of homes will rise seasonally, we still have yet to see any substantial increase in the number of homes for sale in North Fulton and Forsyth County. In fact, currently North Fulton inventory is down about 11 percent from this time last year and up only a modest 3 percent in Forsyth County. The lower inventory is leading to lower unit sales. Comparing February of this year to last, the number of home sales declined by 3.8 percent in North Fulton and 16.5 percent in Forsyth. This is a telling statistic. Buyers are waiting for what they like, and what they like is value. Buyers will pay top price but only if the home offers what it should for top price. Here is more proof: 30 percent of all homes sold in both North Fulton and Forsyth County last month went under contract in less than two weeks. Those homes were in the right condition and were priced correctly. Further, we know buyers will pay those prices because average sales prices are up 11 percent in Forsyth County over last February. For the same period in North Fulton
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Buyer’s or seller’s market? The real estate market in metro Atlanta has shifted dramatically in the past 18 months. And that shift has brought both buyers and sellers an unprecedented opportunity to achieve the American dream. Determined buyers are able to buy, and motivated sellers are able to sell, but the question is always asked: Is this a buyer’s market of a seller’s market? I believe the answer to both questions is “Yes!” Yes, this is a buyer’s market because: There is an ample supply of reasonably priced homes currently available in the Atlanta area, resale homes are still a bargain compared to their pre-recession levels, sellers in many areas are still willing to
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Caregiver service opens in Johns Creek Business: TRUMARK Home Care Inc. Opened: January Owners: Rhonda Polhill and Kelly Hall What: TRUMARK Home Care provides caregivers and companions for all ages in your home, in the hospital or any facility you may need caregiver services. Care is provided by licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants
or certified nurses’ aides and caregivers. Where: 11555 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 100 in Johns Creek Hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call: 678-597-3065 Email: Kelly@trumarkhomecare.com Website: www.trumarkhomecare.com
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Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride, has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. March 29. 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 855-583-5838 or visit thevelvetnote.com.
THEATER » ACT1 THEATER'S ‘THE MONEY IN UNCLE GEORGE'S SUITCASE’
When Uncle George invites his whole family up for a weekend of fun at his rustic cabin, he actually wants them together so he can read his will. But between the bequeathing and his rambling stories, George drops the bomb that somewhere on the property is a suitcase holding four hundred and eighty thousand dollars. What follows is a hilarious farce of pettiness, slander, and greed. But George's gift is much more important than mere money, even though the relatives don't see it that way - at first. 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Through March 30. 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. Please call 770-663-8989 or visit act1theater.com.
‘ALADDIN’ AND ‘CITY LIGHTS’
The Atlanta Dance Theatre presents a two part show.
Stone Mountain Bluegrass Festival and Artists Market. This two-day festival is the best recipe for a New Southern Tradition. Mixing bluegrass musicians and self-taught southern artists and artisans is a combination worth savoring. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. March 29 – 30. 922 Main St., Stone Mountain. Please call 404-873-1222 or visit stonemountainvillage.com.
A new production of the classic fairy tale “Cinderella” will be presented by the Gwinnett. Ballet Theatre at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center. The story of a girl and a glass slipper, set to the music of Respighi. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on March 29 and 2:30 p.m. on March 30. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Please visit gwinnettcenter.com for ticket information.
CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO
The number one problem in the Atlanta real estate market for the past five years has been the sea of foreclosures that decimated property values, home selling prices have increased by more than twenty percent in the past eighteen months, and there is a dramatic decline in the inventory of homes for sale in the metro area. But now, home prices are rising and sellers are getting above appraisal value for their homes again. So what does all this mean? Is it a buyer’s market or a seller’s market? It appears to me that both sides of the transaction are benefiting from the current state of our economy. And from this perspective, it actually seems to be getting better on a monthly basis.
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First is a performance of a choreographed interpretation of the classic tale “Aladdin.” Then, following intermission, an urban dance performance of “City Lights,” featuring an original soundtrack by an Atlanta recording artist. Show times vary. March 28 – 29. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Please call 404-438-3028 or visit atlantadancetheatre.org.
"1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories," presented by the Flying Carpet Theatre Company and the Center for Puppetry Arts, is a story of a princess who saves a kingdom with cliffhanges and catchy tunes.Show times vary. Through April 6. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Sptring St., Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-873-3391 or visit puppet.org.
SPRING FESTIVAL ON PONCE
The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Spring Festival on Ponce on April 5 – 6, 2014. Visitors will enjoy fine art and crafts, children’s area, live acoustic entertainment and local food and beverage concessions including gourmet food trucks. This event is organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and volunteer artists to benefit the local community. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. April 5 - 6. 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave., Northeast, Atlanta. Please call 404-873-1222 or visitfestivalonponce.com.
Named by the Southeastern Tourism Society as one of the top events for March 2014, The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces is proud to announce the Fifth Annual
Join in in creating a woodland from cardboard at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Bring empty cardboard boxes or tubes and other recyclable items to CNC on spring break week, where everyone will work to raise a thriving forest ecosystem from everyday items. 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. March 31 - April 2. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit chattnaturecenter.org.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center presents a day of farm animals, crafts and learning. Noon – 4 p.m. March 29. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit chattnaturecenter.org.
ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL
Join the more than 20,000 people who attend the Atlanta Film Festival each year and enjoy an incredible variety of documentaries, shorts, narratives, animated films and more. As an Academy Award qualifying festival, this is your chance to be among the first people in the world to see the short films that could be nominated for best picture. 6 p.m. March 28 through April 6. 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. North, Atlanta. Please call 678-929-8103 or visit atlantafilmfestival. com.
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TASTE OF WEBB BRIDGE
The tenth annual Taste of Webb Bridge will host 25 local restaurants, a cake walk and entertainment by WBMS students. 5:30 – 8 p.m. April 1. Webb Bridge Middle School, 4455 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta. Please visit tasteofwebbbridge.com.
GREAT BRITISH CAR FAYRE
A warm and friendly gathering of British car and motorcycle enthusiasts will join downtown Alpharetta’s delightful setting. Join in for family fun, food and British cars of all shapes and sizes. 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. March 29. Milton Ave. and Main Street, Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-0102 or visit awesomealpharetta.com.
Mello-Drama Productions presents “Oliver” at the Cumming Playhouse, the classic musical based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. Show times vary. March 27 – April 19. 101 School Street, Cumming. Please call 770-781-9178 or visit playhousecumming.com.
FARM DAY WITH THE ART BARN
ATLANTA SCIENCE FESTIVAL EXPLORATION EXPO
STONE MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL AND ARTISTS MARKET
will host their 23rd annual “Tossed Out Treasures,” the ultimate flea market at Tom Jumper Chevrolet. The sale is touted as having the ultimate bargains on high end treasures including home décor, jewelry, silver, sports equipment, art, furniture, clothing and more. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. March 28 – 29. 7200 Roswell Road, Atlanta. Please call 404-983-7406 or visit sandyspringssociety.org.
EVENTS » Explore your inner scientist at the Atlanta Science Festival Exploration Expo. This family-friendly event offers non-stop events, experiments, exhibits, games and entertainment. Open to the public, admission is free. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. March 29. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. West Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 770-332-4992 or visit atlantasciencefestival.org.
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CAFFEINE AND OCTANE
This gathering of all different types of cars, from new to vintage, foreign to domestic, and stock to ultra-modified, this morning is for car and coffee enthusiasts alike. 8 - 11 a.m. April 6. 12600 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. Please visit caffeineandoctane.com.
RACES & BENEFITS » CHASTAIN CHASE
The Chastain Chase 6k will wind through beautiful and historic Chastain Park. The event benefits the Cancer Support Community Atlanta (an affiliate of Northside Hospital) and will fund support and education programs for cancer patients in the area. Event begins and ends at Road Runner Sports. 8 a.m. April 6. 3756 Roswell Road Northeast, Suite 16, Atlanta. Please call 404-843-1880 or visit cscatlanta.org.
RUN THE RIVER 5K/10K
Experience Spring along the Chattahoochee and enjoy a flat, fast, scenic course. 10k begins at 8 a.m, with 5k and the Fun Run following. March 29. St. Andrew Catholic Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. Please call 404-408-8508 or visit runtheriver.org.
JAZZ ORGANIST TONY MONACO
Tony Monaco, jazz organ virtuoso, will be playing at the Velvet Note. Monaco's electric organ playing will please the ear of any jazz aficionado. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. March 28. 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 855-583-5838 or visit thevelvetnote.com.
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The Road Ahead: Planning For Retirement Pointers and Programs To Help Make The Most of the Golden Years (NAPS)—If you or someone you love is among the 13 percent of Americans over 65—or soon will be—there are a number of things that may pay to know when it comes to retirement planning. What You Should Know According to the U.S. Census Bureau, persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.6 years, meaning retirement could last for decades. To make the most of your retirement years, careful and strategic planning is critical. There will be many decisions to make, including whether you need to make lifestyle changes, whether you want to continue working, what goals and priorities you have, sources of income and benefits, and how you want to spend your time. Often times, it can be helpful to consult with a financial services professional to make these decisions—and maybe, the place that you work. 6 Decisions to Consider Financial professionals say it’s important for your financial plan to include products that provide lifetime income. Six key planning elements to think about before retiring include: • Decide how you want to structure your retirement savings. If you are married you may wish to consolidate accounts, while others will choose to keep accounts separate. • Communicate openly with your significant other and talk through your financial differences. Set goals and spending budgets so you are in agreement about how to spend during retirement. • Learn about your pension and what rules apply to your pension and retirement savings. • Establish a Social Security game plan. Work through the numbers and decide if it’s more beneficial to draw those benefits through your spouse’s working years or your own. • Consider age when purchasing financial protection products. Is one spouse significantly older? • Seek legal counsel about all your estate planning options. Wills, living wills, trusts and powers of attorney are all legal means of ensuring your wishes are carried out. It is also important to update all these documents any time there is a change in your marital status or family structure. Helpful Resources An easy, but often overlooked resource in retirement planning is your current employer and the resources it offers. Through the workplace, many Americans can take advantage of a program that provides an opportunity for
The more you know about yourself and your finances before you retire, the better off you may be afterward. personalized guidance. For example, one St. Louis woman never knew she’d be an entrepreneur in retirement until she participated in an employer-offered program, and met Todd Gentry, CFP, ChFc, CAP, a Financial Services Representative and Special Needs Planner. Through the retirewiseSM program, a MetLife-driven comprehensive educational program offered to individuals in the workplace, Gentry was able to assist this woman facing early retirement reach unexpected success. “Through the retirewise program, we help participants identify and achieve their retirement goals,” Gentry noted. “We cover topics from savings and investments, employer benefits and creating an income plan for retirement years.” Tim Essman, a Financial Services Representative with Wealth Strategies Group in San Diego, helped another woman who had worked for 35 years achieve her dream of visiting her Italian relatives, which included the purchase of a condo in Italy. “Programs like retirewise encourage individuals to think about their retirement and provide tools and resources to help them reach success,” says Jeff Tulloch, vice president at MetLife. “At the conclusion of our program, for example, participants and their spouses have the opportunity for a complimentary face-to-face consultation with a specially trained representative to take the training to the next level and move toward execution. It can be extremely helpful to ask your employer or HR representative if they offer such a program.” Overall, it’s a good idea to first envision what you want your retirement to look like and then work with an advisor to see that vision come to life. He or she can help you articulate the retirement you want and help you finance and plan based on current and future financial planning trends.
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Milan Eye Center chosen to be the first to use the Ziemer Laser What is a cataract and what is cataract surgery? Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and today cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans age 40 and older. At some point in our life, we will all develop a cataract. The natural lens of the eye yellows and becomes cloudy with age as a result of biological changes of the proteins inside the lens. The function of the human lens is to focus incoming light onto the back of the eye. As your lens ages, light from the outside worlds becomes more and more distorted as it enters your eye. Difficulty reading, needing more light to read, experiencing glare and haloes at night and, even poor sleep patterns can be explained by cataract formation. The treatment for cataracts involves a painless, 10 minute surgery to remove the “clouded lens” or “cataract” and replace it with a man made intraocular lens implant. It is the most common surgical procedure in the US and around the world and is considered to be an extremely successful and safe procedure with a success rate approaching 99.5%. What is laser cataract surgery? With traditional cataract surgery, all the steps of the surgery are customarily performed “manually” by the surgeon using handheld tools. Laser cataract surgerythe next evolution of cataract surgery with the Ziemer Z6 laser offers a greater amount of precision, predictability and safety to these steps leading improved visual outcomes and more precise targets. With the Ziemer Z6 Laser System, your surgeon can offer you unmatched accuracy and a more predictable and customized cataract procedure. Based on your medical history and pre-operative evaluation, you and your surgeon will discuss the options available for your desired visual result. Together you can discuss a treatment plan which may include using the LDV Z6 to create the precise laser incisions in the cornea along with an advanced lens implant that may allow for improved near, intermediate or distance vision. This tailored treatment may reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery. How is laser cataract surgery different from traditional cataract surgery? In traditional cataract surgery, incisions in the cornea are made using handheld instruments including blades
to access the cataract. Your surgeon will then use a surgical device to manually create a circular opening in the lens capsule of the eye that holds the cataract. The Ziemer Z6 laser can be used to make the corneal incisions precise and the opening in the lens capsule as circular as possible, in the right location, and sized to fit the replacement lens. Your surgeon can also use the laser to break up and soften the hard cataract. Softening the lens with the laser enables your surgeon to then remove the cataract more gently and with significantly less ultrasound energy than is used in traditional manual cataract surgery. What are the benefits of laser cataract surgery? • A highly customized treatment • A treatment with little or no discomfort • A more precise and predictable treatment • A gentler and easier cataract removal • Generally, a more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation • The opportunity to receive tailored treatment with advanced technology multifocal lenses, which may reduce the need for glasses or contacts after surgery Am I a suitable candidate for laser cataract surgery? Your surgeon and you will decide whether you are a suitable candidate based on your eye anatomy, type of cataract and type of lens implant that you desire. Most patients are candidates for having some of the steps of cataract surgery performed with the Ziemer Z6 laser. How long has the procedure been performed? Thousands of cataract pro-
cedures have been successfully performed using femtosecond laser systems, and femtosecond lasers have been used in eye procedures for decades. The most familiar use of femtosecond laser technology is LASIK. Femtosecond lasers represent an advanced standard in precision laser cataract surgery and the Ziemer Z6 platform was FDA cleared in 2013. What should I expect on the day of surgery? Your day in surgery should be no different than a routine cataract case. The Ziemer Z6
laser is positioned next to the surgeon and is utilized seamlessly during the cataract surgery process. You will be given mild IV sedation that will likely keep you pleasantly unaware of the goings on in surgery. There is no pain, needles or stitches as part of the procedure. What should I expect after surgery? After surgery, you can generally expect your vision to be improved within 24 hours. Generally, patients experience no pain after surgery.
Slight scratchiness of the eye is common and they prescribed eye drops will help with any of these symptoms. Many patients return to work or normal activities the next day and even drive themselves to their post-op day one appointment! How long does the procedure take? You can expect to be at our center for 2 hours. And you will be in the procedure room for 20-25 minutes. Call Milan Eye Center at 678-688-4575 for more information.
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Dance is it! If you have kids you have, no doubt, sought out activities to channel their energy in a structured, yet fun way. Dance classes are a great alternative to team sports, and most studios offer lessons for children as young as two or three. Participating in dance classes can be beneficial for kids of all ages. Dancing is a physical activity which promotes flexibility, coordination and stamina. The repetitive movements involved in dance can promote strength, increase balance and coordination and improve overall health. In addition to being a physical activity, dancing in a classroom setting involves social interaction and teaches children important skills like turn-taking, following direction, and being a part of a “team” environment. Becoming a skilled dancer requires focus, discipline and practice skills that can be useful in other areas of a child’s life. Studio 23 is excited to offer summer camps this year. See our ad or call for details 770442-0023
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The right size bike and helmet mean more comfort and a greater ability to control and ride. by up to 85 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Just as a bike must be sized correctly, so should helmets. It’s best to try on a helmet, but if that’s not possible, measure around the recipient’s head at the forehead to determine which size to purchase. Make sure the helmet meets safety standards by looking for a sticker on the inside from the Snell Memorial Foundation, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ASTM International, or the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). • Before taking a spin on a new bike, check that it’s put together securely and that additional safety equipment, such as horns or lights, have been installed correctly. Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing and learn all safety rules. For more safe bicycling tips, go to ShareTheRoad.AAA.com.
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Eye Protection Crucial When Playing Sports (NAPS)—Sports require sharp vision and young athletes need to keep their eyes protected to prevent injury and keep them in the game. While thousands of children suffer sports-related eye injuries each year, there are steps that parents and coaches can take to prevent them. The Problem According to the National Eye Institute (NEI): • Most eye injuries among kids ages 11 to 14 occur while playing sports. • Every 13 minutes, an ER in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury. • Eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children. An Answer That’s why the American Optometric Association (AOA) stresses the importance of wearing well-fitted, protective eyewear when athletes are playing sports or participating in other activities.
(NAPS)—When it comes to buying your youngster a new bike, AAA’s Rhonda Shah says it’s vital that you find one that’s the proper size. How To Size A Bike You’ll know the bike fits the child when he or she can sit on the seat and balance the bicycle with the balls of both feet touching the ground and without leaning to one side or the other. If the bicycle seat is in the lowest position and the child cannot touch both feet to the ground, the bike is too large to be ridden safely. “If you want to give the bike as a surprise present,” says Shah, “you’d be wise to go to the bike shop with the child’s measurements and a tape measure in hand.” Measure the child’s inseam to the ground. The distance from the top of the bike’s horizontal bar (or where it would be on a girl’s bike) to the ground should be an inch or two shorter than that. Other Safety Suggestions • Consider brake design. Children’s bicycles typically have either hand brakes or coaster brakes, which engage when pedaling backwards. Keep in mind that hand brakes can be dangerous for younger children, who have smaller hands and less strength in the wrists. • Everyone, regardless of age or skill level, should wear a bicycle helmet on every ride. Head injuries are the leading cause of death in bicycle crashes but wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet has been shown to reduce the risk
As much as 90 percent of injuries can be avoided with appropriate eye and face protection such as safety glasses and goggles, safety shields and eye guards designed for sport. If your child wears prescription glasses or sunglasses, safety goggles should be worn over them. The NEI notes that polycarbonate lenses provide the most suitable protection from sports injury. This type of material is lightweight, scratch resistant and can be designed to meet most eyewear designs or prescriptions. In addition, polycarbonate is 10 times more impact resistant than similar materials. Protective eyewear not only defends your children’s eyes from harm, it may enhance playing ability. The NEI says children can play better when they’re less afraid of getting hit in the eyes or face while participating in sports. Scheduling regular eye
exams with an optometrist is important for all children—not only to ensure their vision isn’t hindering their academic and day-to-day activities but to identify problems that could impede their performance in a particular sport. Sports have different visual demands. In soccer, for instance, a player needs good peripheral vision to see a teammate or opponent in the corner of his or her eye, while in hockey, a player needs good dynamic visual acuity; that is, the ability to see objects moving very fast. An optometrist can discuss your child’s needs with you and recommend the best eyeglasses, contact lenses or sports vision training program for particular sports and daily regimens. Learn More For further information about protecting and enhancing your child’s vision and how to find an optometrist nearby, visit www.aoa.org.
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Art Camp With Amanda Jones: Our 4th annual Summer Camp Series! Check out our new Specialty Camps! Students explore several mediums (drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, printmaking, jewelry making), as well as field trips. Low student to teacher ratios. GENERAL ART CAMP: “Rock Star Week”: 6/9-6/13, 9:30am2:30pm, ages 6-12. “Alice in Wonderland Week”: 6/16-6/20, 9:30am-2:30pm, ages 6-12. SPECIALTY ART CAMPS: “Teens Only Night Camp” 6/2-6/6, 7:30pm9:30pm, Ages 13-18. “Special Needs Mini-Camp” 6/236/27, 9:30am-12:30pm, ages 6-12 (Specialized instruction by a trained instructor for students with high functioning Autism, Aspergers, PDD-NOS, ADHD & Sensory Processing Disorder). Special discounts for siblings, returning campers & camper plus friend. www. amandajonesart.com or call 770-865-7262 Art Camp With Amanda Jones: Our 4th annual Summer Camp Series! Check out our new Specialty Camps! Students explore several mediums (drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, printmaking, jewelry making), as well as field trips. Low student to teacher ratios. GENERAL ART CAMP: “Rock Star Week”: 6/9-6/13, 9:30am2:30pm, ages 6-12. “Alice in Wonderland Week”: 6/16-6/20, 9:30am-2:30pm, ages 6-12. SPECIALTY ART CAMPS: “Teens Only Night Camp” 6/2-6/6, 7:30pm9:30pm, Ages 13-18. “Special Needs Mini-Camp” 6/236/27, 9:30am-12:30pm, ages 6-12 (Specialized instruction by a trained instructor for students with high functioning Autism, Aspergers, PDD-NOS, ADHD & Sensory Processing Disorder). Special discounts for siblings, returning campers & camper plus friend. www. amandajonesart.com or call 770-865-7262
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The 7th Annual Vivace! Summer Middle School Band Camp is for band students in the North Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, Gwinnett & Forsyth County area. Students experience full band, master classes, jazz band/improvisation, marching band techniques, music composition taught by certified teachers. Eligibility: For current 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grade band students who have been in their public or private school band program OR have taken private lessons at least 1 school year. Also, we have recreation time, end of camp ice-cream party & concert. Cost: $195 by May 1st, $215 thereafter. Sibling, District, & All State discounts are available. REGISTER AT www. vivacecamps.com. Contact: Jay Hutcherson, email@example.com. 678-478-8098
CIRCUS CAMP: a camp experience designed to introduce children to Circus & Performing Arts. Our philosophy: Building the self-esteem of children 5+ through the magic of Circus Arts. Interactive: Children do things they’ve only seen in the Circus. Trapeze, Tightrope, Unicycling, Juggling, Magic, throw a pie in a clown’s face, much more! Entertaining: Children are taught by Circus Professionals and treated to a live show everyday. Magic Shows, Aerial Shows demonstrating advance tricks, Juggling, Unicycling, more! Performance: Friday Afternoon the children become Circus Stars, performing a live Circus for Family and Friends,. going home truly feeling like Circus Stars. Multiple locations. Location & pricing: CircusCamp.org and our Facebook page
General PEACHTREE PARK PREP is recognized as the premiere SUMMER DAY CAMP of North Fulton. With a blend of weekly field trips & in-house CAMP fun, coupled with a fitness BOOT CAMP, PPP is the right choice for “in the sun fun” and exciting venues all over the Southeast ! This year PPP will feature trips from the North Georgia mountains, to Chattanooga, and all over Atlanta. PPP will introduce the campers to community service events & the new fitness BOOT CAMP program, off-site with trainers! Rising 1st-6th Grade.PPP also boasts the BEST SUMMER CAMP...EVER! for toddlers and preschoolers !! Check us out at peachtreeparkprep.com
Horse Willow South Riding School, NEW Johns Creek location with INDOOR ARENA is a United States Pony Club Center. We offer all levels of instruction. Ages 5 - 12. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Learn to ride in a fun, safe program with skilled instructors and experienced horses. For the true
Preschool Johns Creek United Methodist Church Preschool summer camp program consists of 1-week themed sessions: Weeks of June 9th, June 23rd, July 7th, July 14th & July 21st. Mon-Fri, 9:30am1:30pm, 2-5 years. $130/week, registration fee $30. 770-4181730 or 770-497-8215 ext. 1003. www.JohnsCreekUMC. org Johns Creek Presbyterian Preschool. Ages 1-6. Goo-ology Camp: June 2-6 will provide naturally curious children an opportunity to investigate Science through songs, books, and hands–on experiments. Of Knights, Princesses and Dragons Camp: June 16-20 enters the world of long ago using play acting, costumes and imaginations. Under the Sea Camp: Aug. 4-8 investigates the wondersof the sea aboard the preschool’s submarine using sea life art, ocean movement songs and sea creature puppet shows. Pete the Cat Camp: Aug. 11-15 will be movin’ and groovin’ with thiscool cat through songs, rhythm and rhyme. It’s All Good! 9:30am-1pm. 770-476-1166 for camp and preschool info. www.jcpcusa.org/preschool@ jcpcusa.org
Tumbletots PreSchool: 2-6 yrs, 9:30-1:30. May 27-Aug. 27. Choose your weeks & days! Art, music, story, themes, fun indoor playground. 770-729-9660 www.funtots.com. Peachtree Corners
Rowing Learn The Olympic Sport of Rowing with Atlanta Junior Rowing Association. Ages 12-18 co-ed, no exp. necessary. Five 2-wk. sessions with U.S. Rowing certified coaches. Choose from 2 morning or 1 evening session. Held at the Chattahoochee River, 245 Azalea Drive, Roswell. $175/session. Learn the fundamentals of sweep rowing and begin a basic workout program with the largest and most successful youth rowing program in Georgia! All campers are grouped each session by age, size and skill level, and ages 12-18 may attend any session. However, offered new this year for High School campers only: 3 1-week sessions at $150/session. To register/ or for more info: Jean Veeneman, 404-218-5802 or www. ajracrew.com
Science Science Camp conducted by High Touch-High Tech, Inc. since 1994. Degreed professionals instruct fun science from CSI discoveries, Robotics, Bugs & Rockets, to Fossils, Flowers, Space,& Volcanoes- Your older child can experience science coming to life in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Light, Sound, and Electrical energy. Does your younger child like dinosaurs, gemstones, or animal studies? Then our age appropriate camps are for them. Also- STEM camps- Science, Technology, Engineering & Math camps too! Snacks and recess games will be provided. ‘Pizza Fridays’ available at an additional charge. Completed K-5, 9am-3pm. 770-667-9443. Locations: Roswell, Cumming, Marietta, Lawrenceville,Vinings, and Dunwoody. www.sciencemadefunatl.org Zoo Atlanta is an accredited Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) member. Our mission inspires values and wildlife preservation through education and outdoor family fun. From native wildlife to critically endangered species, offering close encounters with 1,500+ animals from around
northfulton.com | Milton Herald the world, highlights include Mei Lun and Mei Huan, the U.S’s only twin giant pandas; the nation’s largest zoological gorillas and orangutans collections; plus global center of excellence for reptiles and amphibians studies. Up-close-and-personal experiences; giraffe feeding, behindthe-scenes Wild Encounters with African elephants, giant pandas, lemurs, Aldabra giant tortoises.... 363 days/ year. Keeper talks, interactive wildlife shows, education programs, special events year-round. zooatlanta.org; 404.624.WILD
Sports Bridgeway Christian Academy Summer Skills Camp- Alpharetta. 6/2-5 Boys Basketball - BeginnerAges 7-13, Monday-Thursday, 9-1 $125. 6/9-12 - Boys Basketball - Advanced-Ages 9-13 Monday-Thursday 9-1 $1256/16-19-Girls Basketball-Beginner-Ages 7-13 Monday-Thursday 9-1 $125. 6/23-26-Girls BasketballAdvanced-Ages 10-13 Monday-Thursday 9-3 $150. 7/ 7-10-Co-ed Tennis-Ages 10-14 Monday-Thursday 9-11 $75. 7/21-24 Girls Volleyball-Ages 10-14 Monday-Thursday 9-1 $125. 7/28-31 Co-ed Jumping for Jesus Ages 5-10 MondayThursday 9-12 $100. 7/28- 31 Co-ed Soccer-Ages 10-14, Monday-Thursday 8:30-12 $125. Register, plus additional information: Bridgewayca.org. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennis Windward Tennis Camp in Alpharetta: 8 one-week day camps from June 2 through August 1. Half Day or Full Day. Available info at www.windwardlakeclub.com or please call 770-442-5783
Overnight Camps Adventure & Travel Camp Rockmont: An interdenominational Christian summer in Western North Carolina focusing on male development. Activities include camping, hiking, kayaking, blacksmithing, homesteading, canoeing, crafts, guitar, and more! Rockmont seeks to foster a better understanding and respect for self and others; an appreciation for the environment; greater self-reliance, and selfesteem; and strong Christian values. www.rockmont.com
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Animal Camps Animal Camps for ages 7-18;Cub Creek Science Camp; Feed monkeys, pet kangaroo, take classes in Veterinary Medicine, Animal Care, Survival Skills, Crime Science, Zipline, Pottery, Archery, Culinary Science, Swimming, Crafts and so much more. Air-conditioned cabins, delicious meals, great staff, unbelievable activities; ACA accredited. Animal Camp Jamaica offers an Amazing 13 Day, Teen Adventure / Marine Biology Program. Snorkel every morning along shallow reefs of the Caribbean Sea. Explore different parts of the island each afternoon including: kayaking along the coast, visiting the dolphins and sting rays of Dolphin Cove, taking a Segway tour through the jungle, climbing the world famous Dunn’s River Water Fall.www. MOScienceCamp.com. www. AnimalCampJamaica.com | 573-458-2125
Georgia Camp Westminster
SUMMER CAMPS • Sponsored Section provides the best in Christian camping experiences. Nestled among 120 rustic acres in Conyers, Georgia, this camp is located just 20 miles east of Atlanta. Summer sessions, ages 6-17, offer activities that will encourage personal growth, instill new confidence, and help awaken faith. Each fun-filled day is dynamic, enriching and interactive. Campers are immersed in a beautiful, natural environment with counselors equipped to nurture, instruct and encourage. Morning and evening programs are designed to challenge each camper physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Friendships are spontaneous and enduring, as strong bonds are formed and deepened. Create summer memories that last forever! www.campwestminster.org
North Carolina Camp Rockmont for Boys, residential/day, is an interdenominational Christian summer in Western North Carolina with a focus on male development. Activities include camping, hiking, kayaking, blacksmithing, homesteading, canoeing, crafts, guitar, and more! Campers live in a cabin of 8-12 boys their age, select 4
skills to learn and develop, and participate in large-group activities with their age group. Rockmont seeks to foster a better understanding and respect for self and others; an appreciation and concern for the environment; greater selfreliance, self-respect, selfconfidence, and self-esteem; stronger Christian values; and a greater understanding of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. www.rockmont. com; (828) 686-3885. South Carolina Camp Cherokee, the Upper Palmetto YMCA’s Resident Camp, was established in 1945 and currently serves boys and girls ages 6-14. Our Camp is located in beautiful Kings Mountain State Park in Blacksburg, South Carolina. Our goal continues to be helping everyone reach their potential by building self-esteem, friendships and character in a safe environment. We offer one or two week camping sessions with activities including Camp Fires, Swimming, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Zip Lining, Canoeing, Crafts, Soccer, Flag Football, LaCrosse, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, Archery, Themed Dances, Kayaking, Environmental Education, Sailing, Disc Golf and a Horseback Riding Program. www.campcherokee.org or call 803-329-9622.
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Understanding Friendship (NAPS)—A heartwarming story of friendship that teaches children about love and acceptance has been created by Paul Harvey, Jr., author, playwright, pianist, composer, award-winning journalist, National Radio Hall of Fame inductee, and the son of legendary radio and television broadcaster Paul Harvey. His first children’s book, “E: A Tale for Everybody,” with illustrations by Bryan C. Butler, is a charming and unusual story that introduces Sara, a precocious and curious cicada faced with the anxious reality of so much
to learn and do and so little time to do it in (cicadas emerge every 17 years but live for only about 40 days). Determined to discover meaning in her life and to make the most of the time she has, Sara becomes enamored of a human boy named Sam who soon grows fond of her as well. Friends and family of both, however, seem to disapprove. Teachers and parents can use the book as a teaching tool to help kids learn about friendships; and how to respect and embrace those who are different from themselves.
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Request for Bid BELL MEMORIAL PARK RENOVATION BID NUMBER 14-PW5 Sealed Bid Due Date: May 1st, 2014 2:00PM Local Time OPTIONAL PRE-BID MEETING BELL MEMORIAL PARK APRIL 14TH AT 10:00AM Milton City Hall To be publicly opened approximately 2:05PM in the Courthouse The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids. The City of Milton is requesting submittals from interested parties for a public private partnership. The request for sealed bids (BELL MEMORIAL PARK RENOVATION) is posted on the following websites: http://www.cityofmiltonga.us or http://ssl.doas.state.ga.us/PRSapp/PR_index.jsp
zombies. Thanks to shows like “The Walking Dead” and a slew of movies, the undead have made a lively comeback in popular culture. However, unlike the Gothand-glitter craze that accompanied vampires, there is one interesting aspect of zombies that has taken hold – survival. Survivalists do not necessarily plan on hordes of the undead lumbering through the countryside. Instead, they look at what would happen if our daily conveniences fail us. If our power goes out for a few days, what would we do? What if it was more than a few days and instead a few weeks? What if the winter snows we had lasted for more than a day, but a week? Or there were 6 inches falling
instead of one? Such minor problems can turn into matters of life and death very easily. And if whole populations are faced with such a choice, problems arise. Look at New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Thousands were left without power, water and basic necessities of life. The city quickly disintegrated into hysteria and violence. Are you prepared? Beyond stocking up on water, rations and blankets, our friends were picking out their team for “The End” – a good handle on weaponry is a must. A farmer and a mechanic are also needed. But ultimately, where would you go?
A secure homestead is to be found immediately. It must be easily defensible and yet easy to find in an emergency. As we were driving back from South Carolina, I found myself looking out the window at houses and other buildings along the roads. Would that make a good place to hide? Does it have everything I would need – defense, water source, possibly a farming area? Even if the end of the world is not high on your list of things to worry about, it’s a fun activity to ponder. Beyond having an emergency kit in your cars and home, keep an eye out for your future zombie home and things that could be useful. Your life may depend on it.
NOTICE OF LOCATION AND DESIGN APPROVAL Project Number CSHPP-0007-00(313), Fulton County P.I. Number 0007313 Notice is hereby given in compliance with Georgia code 22-2-109 and 32-3-5 that the Georgia Department of Transportation has approved the Location and Design of this project.
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Letter to the Editor: ‘Greenprint’ important for Milton Dear Editor: Every day, many of us drive by the pastoral landscape that is the unique character of the City of Milton. Every day we are apt to see deer crossing the road, horses, cows, chickens and even wild turkeys. And then one day those open fields or wooded hills are gone. It is on that day that we realize we have taken for granted the pleasure a natural view can provide and the respite it can give from our hectic lives and the unending traffic. Preserve Rural Milton, the nonprofit organization recently formed to protect the rural heritage and character of the
city, has begun what hopes to be a successful collaboration with the City Council and administration in the procurement of a greenprint. This document will identify and prioritize plans for the protection of wildlife habitats, iconic open landscapes and other rural, agricultural and usable spaces within the city. It will complement the current comprehensive plan (which outlines the projection for growth and development) by providing the guidance by which the city will retain its unique character. But the greenprint is not procured within a bubble. The development of this plan and subsequently its
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implementation, will require the support of the citizens of Milton; the true stakeholders in the city’s future. Through the educational opportunities which Preserve Rural Milton will provide for landowners and the public, all stakeholders will come to understand the various options available to landowners who, for example, may be faced with developmental pressure. There are options and the procurement of the greenprint will act as a guide to determine the best use of the conservation options available. But the greenprint can only be developed with the support of, and for the benefit of, those of us who live in and enjoy the
city of Milton. As a board member of Preserve Rural Milton, I am very pleased with the progress being made in our collaboration with the city. As a resident, I could not be more grateful for this initiative. And, as a conservation professional, I am very excited to utilize my skills locally to ensure that the landscape I admire every day will remain intact for the benefit of all of us. From a professional perspective, I assure you that the proposed objectives of Preserve Rural Milton and the potential for both residential/ conservation development and the protection of our landscape (via a greenprint) has been success-
ful in many like communities around the country. I know it will be successful here; so long as the development of the greenprint, with community support, takes place soon. I ask you to think about supporting Preserve Rural Milton next time you drive past your favorite scenic view or admire the red-tailed hawk perched on a pine looking for its next meal. These are the characteristics that have inspired Milton to be chosen as having the “highest quality of life in the state of Georgia.” Let’s work together to keep it that way. Laurel A. Florio, J.D., Milton
Linda Sue Bockman, 85, of Roswell, passed away March 14, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.
Eleanor Frances Holman, 80, of Roswell, passed away March 10, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.
Louise J. Sheets, 78, of Cumming, passed away March 15, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.
Scott Bulber, 37, of Suwanee, passed away March 15, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.
Elaine Honsa, 91, of Sandy Springs, passed away March 16, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.
Date of Location Approval: March 3, 2014 The project is located in the City of Milton just west of the community of Crabapple, and Land lots 1098, 1099, 1134-1136, 1169, 1170, of the 2nd District and 2nd Section of Fulton County. The project consists of adding left turn lanes on SR 372 (Crabapple Road/Birmingham Highway) and Broadwell Road; improving the typical section and alignment of the existing local roads McFarlin Lane/Parkstead Lane/Branyan Trail from the existing intersection of McFarlin Lane with SR 372 (Birmingham Highway) to the end of existing Branyan Trail; and extending the Branyan Trail approximately 500 feet, of new location roadway, to intersect with SR 372 (Crabapple Road) at Crabapple Chase Drive. Two single lane roundabouts are also proposed; one at SR 372 (Crabapple Road) and Crabapple Chase Drive, and the other at SR 372 (Birmingham Highway) and McFarlin Lane. The project length is 0.31 miles along SR 372 (Birmingham Highway, milepost 1.54)/Broadwell Road, 0.43 miles along SR 372 (Crabapple Road, milepost 0.86)/Mayfield Road, 0.45 miles along McFarlin Lane/Parkstead Lane/Branyan Trail/Crabapple Chase Drive.
Annie Cumbie, 97, of Dahlonega, passed away March 16, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.
Lillian Inez Bennett Darracott, 93, of Cumming, passed away March 10, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.
Drawings and/or maps, and/or plats of the proposed project as approved are on file and are available for inspection at the Georgia Department of Transportation: Sebastian Nesbitt Area 2 Engineer firstname.lastname@example.org 1269 Kennestone Circle Marietta, GA 30066 770-528-3238
Louise M. DeLuria, 78, of Milton, passed away March 17, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.
Any interested party may obtain a copy of the drawings or maps or plats or portions thereof by paying a nominal fee and requesting in writing to: Genetha Rice-Singleton State Program Delivery Engineer email@example.com 600 West Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30308 404-631-1860 Any written request or communication in reference to this project or notice SHOULD include the Project and P.I. Numbers as noted at the top of this notice.
Betty Brown Frankfurth, 79, of Roswell, passed away March 10, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors. 20 YEARS
Leila Shumate, 81, of Cumming, passed away March 14, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Shanna Smith, 22, of Roswell, passed away March 13, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Michael Surman, 56, of Roswell, passed away March 12, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.
Donald Richard Rood, 86, of Roswell, passed away March 11, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors. Betty S. Thrasher, 87, of Alpharetta, passed away March 10, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors. Stuart Ross, 81, of Roswell, passed away March 16, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.
Josefina Rubio, 80, of Milton, passed away March 17, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.
Ellen Mary Smith, 66, of Roswell, passed away March 8, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.
Terry Walker, 78, of Canton, passed away March 17, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.
Ruth Annette Stone Voyles Redmond Watson, 88, of Cumming, passed away March 15, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.
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