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Marni Cleveland has been the district transportation supervisor for Little Mill Middle School, Chestatee Elementary School and Chattahoochee Elementary School for three years. During that time, she has done everything from helping improve bus routes to transferring students to a different bus after a turkey busted the windshield of one vehicle. Story page 14.

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A 55-yearold man said he was robbed at gunpoint while approaching an ATM near his home on Atlanta Highway. The man said he walked to the Bank of America in the parking lot of the strip mall near his house. He said as he approached the ATM, two men wearing hoodies came from

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Employee retains credit card info, gives to friends FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — An 18-yearold employee of Belk off Lakeland Plaza was accused recently of forgery. The employee told the deputy he had been retaining customer’s credit card information since February by taking a photo or keeping a physical copy of the receipt when he was operating a cash register. Once he had the information, he said he would give it to his acquaintances and advised them to use the account information to shop at the store. The acquaintances would buy items and gift cards and occasionally gifts for the employee. He said he never asked for anything and never told them the truth about how he got the card information. During his employment at Belk, the man said he had obtained card information from at least 10 credit card accounts and cost the store about $2,200 in financial loss. The employee refused to give deputies the names of his acquaintances, but he said he knew who they were.

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behind the machine. They pointed a gun at him and then forced him on the ground. Once on the ground, he said one suspect held a revolver to his head, cocked it and told him not to move. The other took his wallet from the man’s back pocket and took the $450 in cash he had while leaving the rest of the

contents and threw it at him. After they took his money, the man said a car pulled up and the two got inside the car and left. He said it happened so quickly he couldn’t describe the men or car, also because he was afraid to look up. The crime scene was being processed.

Store associates said they became suspicious when they saw a purchase made entirely of gift cards. A search showed the transactions were loaded by the employee. They also saw on store footage the employee taking photos of information. Later that day, the deputy received a call from one of the apparent acquaintances who said he received a text from the employee saying he had met with law enforcement. He said the employee gave him information from a credit card account he said belonged to his mother and was authorized to buy clothes on the card. The man said he used it once and tried to get two $10 gift cards, but the employee put hundreds of dollars on it instead. The employee couldn’t be arrested due to lack of victim information.

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Walmart customer arrested for shoplifting FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A woman scammed the Walmart off Atlanta Highway out of more than $27 worth of merchandise recently. The 21-year-old was in the selfcheck-out line at the store when she swiped the tag for a $5 wallet and then placed multiple items in her bag. She paid $53 and then left the store. The Sheriff’s Office was called and found the woman should have paid $80 for shirts and shoes that were not

Man investigated for dispute with teen FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A man was accused of punching an 18-year-old in the face after the teen and his friends refused to leave a sports field. The teen said as he was leaving the Lanier Land Park field after playing with his soccer ball, when he was approached by a 56-year-old man. The man started yelling at the teen, telling him to hurry off the field. He then apparently took a swing at the teen “for no reason.” The man, however, said he went onto the field to assist referees with clearing the field. The head referee asked the teens several times to leave the field but they refused. The man said he then took the soccer ball and tossed it off the field to get them to leave. After tossing the ball, the teen ran toward the man and pushed him, so the man reportedly pushed him back. The deputy told both parties they were in the wrong and they should have both stayed off the field. | Forsyth Herald | June 14, 2018 | 3


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Cumming Council agrees to lease playhouse to restaurant owners By CARSON COOK CUMMING, Ga. — After operating in the red for much of its existence, the Cumming Playhouse has a new manager. Following weeks of consideration, the Cumming City Council voted at a June 6 work session to move forward with plans to transfer management of the facility to the owners of a local restaurant. The council selected the proposal of Kelly Tam, who with her husband, former County Commissioner Brian Tam, owns the restaurant located below the Playhouse, Tam’s Backstage. “Our success in the restaurant has been largely in part to the success of the Cumming Playhouse,” said Kelly Tam, who views the arrangement as a “happy marriage” of the two businesses. Beginning January 2019, the Tams will pay a $5,500 monthly lease and take on the responsibilities of managing, staffing and cleaning the playhouse. The city will still pay for maintenance, insurance and utilities. In 2017, repairs and maintenance made up $21,531 of the expenses. The city has been looking for ways to get out of the business of managing the facility which has run up bills of about $149,000 a year, Mayor Troy Brumbalow said at an April 3 workshop. Since its creation in 2005, the playhouse has lost almost $2 million. City officials selected the Tams’ pro-

posal after considering offers from four other parties. “[Tam’s proposal] brings the most money back into the city — it was the highest lease payment per month — and I do feel they have a vested interest in trying to make the playhouse a great success as they are also the owners of the restaurant located in the basement,” said City Administrator Phil Higgins. During the city’s operation of the playhouse, community arts programs could lease the space for performances for a $1,500 nightly rental rate or for a 50 percent share of ticket sales. Kelly Tam said they plan to continue to run the theatre in a similar fashion, attributing the success of the facility to the variety of theatre groups that have performed there. “We’re excited about the potential of adding a few shows here and there to increase the offerings, but mainly we’d like it to be run much like it has been,” Tam said. In other city workshop business, the council approved an amendment to the vape shop ordinance that passed in May. The ordinance will require that businesses that sell non-traditional tobacco paraphernalia, items that could be used for the injection of illegal drugs, store these items away from the door and in a more hidden location. This amendment would bring the ordinance in line with similar legislation in other cities by closing loopholes that


The Cumming City Council has voted to transfer management of the Cumming Playhouse to the owners of Tam’s Backstage. would allow businesses that violate the ordinance to easily obtain new licenses, said City Attorney Kevin Tallant. If someone has their license suspended or revoked, close family members and the business location would be unable to purchase a new license for 12 months. The ordinance will go into effect July 1.

The council also appointed 14 people to the Fair Board. Michelle Daniels was selected as interim president and Mary Helen McGruder as interim secretary until the board can appoint its own leaders. The council also approved requests to advertise for bids for server virtualization and bids for asphalt resurfacing.

Cumming proposes sales tax projects to county By CONNER EVANS FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Cumming

Mayor Troy Brumbalow has announced the city’s wish list of projects if Forsyth County residents extend the current local option sales tax this fall.

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In a meeting with Forsyth County Commissioners June 5, the mayor outlined projects the city would pursue based on a 3.1 percent cut of the total proceeds, which are estimated at around $274 million. The county has yet to decide whether the term for the sales tax will be five or six years. Since it was introduced in 1987 – and renewed by voters in subsequent years – the sales tax has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into new buildings, transportation improvements and park acquisitions throughout Forsyth County. Brumbalow said the city wants to pursue funding a new northern bypass connecting Ga. 9 and Pilgrim Mill Road. The new connector, he said, would help alleviate congestion in the area and improve east-west traffic flow. The mayor also suggested funding for a new veteran’s memorial that would be connected to a park for greater public utility, a new road from Ga. 20 to

Sawnee Drive, an expansion and renovation of Dodds Creek rec center and an aquatic center expansion. Brumbalow said the city has yet to determine a dollar amounts for the proposed projects. So far, the county has outlined its spending plan for future sales tax revenues. They include about $49 million, or 18 percent of its share, for transportation improvements, $40 million to parks and recreation projects and renovations and $23.5 million for public safety. Smaller categories include $10 million for water supply improvements, $9 million in facility improvements and $9 million for a new library on Fowler Road. Brumbalow said the city’s list of projects was prepared to have the double effect of improving conditions in the surrounding county, outside the city limits. “We couldn’t even field an under-10 baseball team without the county’s help,” he said. | Forsyth Herald | June 14, 2018 | 5



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Public Safety official voted to Forsyth School Board By KATHLEEN STURGEON FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The current deputy director for the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety will soon be the newest member of the Forsyth County Board of Education. Wes McCall was elected May 22 as the new Board of Education District 1 member by garnering 53 percent of votes. He started working with the Alpharetta Fire Department in 1998 and continued after the agency consolidated into the Public Safety Department in 2006. McCall was placed on a management transition team to navigate creation of the new department. It was during this time, he was introduced to the law enforcement side, and he currently leads over 250 employees offering state-of-the-art 911, police, fire and emergency medical services to the community of Alpharetta. His journey to the school system started in 2010 when McCall and his wife had a choice to make regarding their child’s education. They debated private school or public school and being highly involved parents. “When we walked into my son’s kindergarten open house, I asked the teacher what they needed help with,” McCall said. “That’s what started me being involved with the schools. I volunteered twice a week going on reading to the students, doing math with them and whatever the teacher needed.” What started as being an advocate for his son, McCall said soon turned into being an advocate for all students.

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Commissioners draft plan to restrict short-term rentals By CONNER EVANS CUMMING, Ga. — The Forsyth County Commission has proposed action to address growing concerns about how rental properties are managed near Lake Lanier. At its June 7 meeting, commissioners discussed changes to an ordinance regulating short-term rental properties. Largely due to the attraction of Lake Lanier, Forsyth County now contains more than 400 short-term rental properties, many in residential areas and whose owners advertise on sites like Airbnb and Vacation Rental by Owner. The new ordinance would hold that shortterm rental transactions must be for a minimum of six nights and that only two individuals are allowed per bedroom or 15 total guests. Short-term renters would have to apply for a permit to be renewed annually. During the public hearing, residents supporting the ordinance expressed concerns over transient guests passing through their area as well as noise and traffic. “People should have the ability to do what they want with their property but not at the expense of their neighbors,” Forsyth County resident Steve Paul said. “This is commercial business, not residential.” Some operating short-term rentals opposed the ordinance, saying it would penalize renters who are acting appropriately within the law. “Punishing bad behavior is OK, but don’t punish good citizens,” said Bob McAfee, who rents property for short-term stays. “Only a small percentage of short-


Forsyth Commissioners continue to tune the county’s short-term rental ordinance. Many property owners along Lake Lanier who rent out homes through sites like Airbnb could be impacted by the ordinance. term renters are bad apples.” After a public hearing that required extra time, Commission Chairman Todd Levent said he agreed with the comments about bad apples, not wanting to punish the many because of the few. Commissioner Laura Semanson, whose district includes most of the rental properties affected, asked how they could distinguish commercial properties from residential. “What if we allowed the three night rentals, but only for twice a month?” Semanson said. “The transient nature of guests seems to be a main concern as well as

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Fowler Park now features trail for visually impaired FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The local Lions Club chapter has opened a new braille trail with sensory gardens for the visually impaired at Fowler Park. The Braille Trail is located near the entrance to the Big Creek Greenway in Fowler Park. The trail is approximately 200 yards in length and is composed of eight braille signs and two sensory gardens. The Braille Trail has guide ropes located on the right side for visually impaired individuals to navigate the trail. Braille signs are placed throughout the trail with information about Forsyth County, Fowler Park, the Forsyth County Lions Club and the sensory gardens.

Lions Club International, founded to assist the visually and hearing impaired, completed the project in honor of its 100th anniversary. “Since there wasn’t a braille trail within Forsyth County, we wanted to give our community a trail that could be used by both the seeing and visually impaired,” club member Shaun Wright said. The sensory gardens were installed by students from Kelly Mill Elementary School and are stationed at two points on the trail to provide sensory stimulation as well as to provide a habitat for the endangered Monarch butterfly. Fowler Park is located at 4110 Carolene Way.

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Transportation supervisor works beyond the buses By KATHLEEN STURGEON FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Variety comes with almost every job. But few match the variety Marni Cleveland sees every day as district transportation supervisor for Little Mill Middle School, Chestatee Elementary School and Chattahoochee Elementary School. For the past three years, Cleveland has held this position where her day can go from smoothing out bus schedules, relocating students to a new route, to getting a call that a wild animal has disabled a bus. She’s been with the Forsyth County Schools Transportation Department for seven years as a team leader and bus driver before becoming a supervisor. Being able to have the same schedule as her children was a major benefit to joining the school system. “You never know what you’re going to get here,” Cleveland said. “I make sure the kids are behaving, no one is crying or beating up somebody. It’s always an adventure. I never know what I’m going to get. In this position, I never know what kind of day it’ll be or what will happen.” She mainly has to work with the students, drivers and parents to make sure everything is going well and on time, but occasionally she has to deal with bigger issues. “A few weeks ago one of the drivers was driving down Jot Em Down Road, and a big turkey ran out and busted the windshield of the bus,” she said. “Luckily, I was in a bus leaving Chestatee so I was right behind them. The driver and I pulled over, and we got all the kids on the new bus. Some kids were saying they got hit with glass, so we called 911. Everyone was fine, but it was a mess.” That isn’t the only instance Cleveland has dealt with wildlife. “One day, a goat ran under a bus,” she said. “The things that happen can be a little outrageous. We’re here to protect the kids 100 percent of the time. My job is to take care of the kids and drivers and make sure the drivers succeed in getting the kids home safely.” Her district is very hands-on, she said, by being involved with the kids. Some of the schools give the students devices to entertain them on the drive to and from school. “Up here, a lot of the kids don’t have phones in this area,” she said. “Little Mill and Chestatee are Title 1 schools. They can’t be kicked off the bus, so we have to come up with other options. There are no other ways for them to get


Marni Cleveland’s role as district transportation supervisor ranges from making sure the buses are running on time to helping get a goat out from under a bus.

to school.” The area Cleveland oversees is so spaced out, some students endure trips of up to 30 minutes one way. “Up here, we don’t have a lot of subdivisions,” she said. “The kids leave school and have to go on a 20-minute drive before we get to our first stop. The routes are a lot longer up here and the kids tend to not sit still when they’re on the bus for so long. It’s a long day for the kids. There’s nothing we can do. Our bus stops change all the time. We focus on the safety of the kids. It’s adventurous, a lot of stress but very rewarding.” The lifestyle in the northern end of the county is different from that in the south, she said. “At Christmas time, got were given money so we got some bikes,” Cleveland said. “I had one little boy tell me all he wanted was bacon and eggs so I got that for him. This is my calling to come and help these kids. These kids just need somebody to talk to or make a difference in their life. We aren’t sure what their home life is like and a lot are better off here at school.”

This is a testament to the changing trends in retail. Today’s consumers are looking for authentic experiences and a strong sense of community. CHERI MORRIS, president of Morris & Fellows 15 | Forsyth Herald | June 14, 2018 

City Center poised to open curtain on retail, restaurants Summer should bring first wave of shops opening in downtown By PATRICK FOX ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Visitors to Alpharetta now have a pretty good picture of what their downtown will look like over the coming decades. Six years in the making, the city’s new downtown – an $85 million project —will begin the early stages of opening for business. “By the first of September, the entire site will be open, although not all of the stores will be open,” said Cheri Morris, president of Morris & Fellows, which heads the retail portion of the project. For the past year, much of the five-acre site has been cordoned off with fence and tarps as construction crews completed a mixed-use development that includes 20 retail shops, 11 restaurants, a four-story office building with retail on the first floor and apartments. DataScan, a technology finance service company, will be the sole tenant for the office building’s top three floors. The company is moving in this month. Morris said it’s unusual in the industry to have nearly all the sites leased before the first business opens its doors. “It is virtually unheard of to be fully leased this far ahead of opening,” she said. “This is a testament to the changing trends in retail. Today’s consumers are looking for authentic experiences and a strong sense of community.” The commercial phase of the project began in March 2017, two years after the city completed work on a new City Hall and 445-space parking deck on the 25-acre downtown site. The city also deeded space to a new Atlanta-Fulton County Library branch, which abuts City Hall. “We’ve expanded Alpharetta’s downtown historic district by six city blocks,” Morris continued.

All throughout the design and construction phase, she said, the buildings followed architectural precepts of the city’s history. Some of the buildings will be replicas of what stood on the site 100 years ago, she said. “And since downtown developed over the last century and a half, it was very important that we bring a similar generational feel to our property,” Morris said. “We did this through historically styled buildings and classical park spaces within a traditional street grid.” The retail model itself is new – at least in terms of the giant mall phase that swept the industry for close to 30 years. “We’re just an early adaptor to the retail revolution that is replacing the big-box retail with smaller spaces that give customers more choice and more hands-on service,” Morris said. Mikka Orrick, owner and operator of Shade Street Food, is all behind the idea. No stranger to the restaurant business, Orrick opened Ceviche Taqueria in Roswell 10 years ago and later added another successful location in Alpharetta. She hopes to open Shade Street Food in City Center this September. “I really wasn’t anticipating doing another restaurant until I saw the presentation for City Center,” she said. “I walked in, and Cheri sold me immediately… It was kind of obvious to me where [my next restaurant] needed to be.” Shade Street Food will be a full-service restaurant featuring chef-inspired street food along with local and global cocktails, craft beer and wine. It will seat about 70 customers, including outside accommodations. “I think it’s amazing,” Orrick said. “I’m actually from Alpharetta, I went to the old Milton High School. So I’ve seen everything develop from the time I could drive down the street and wave to people to what it is now.”


Cheri Morris, president of Morris & Fellows, stands at the entrance to the ever-visible City Center development that will occupy five acres of Alpharetta’s new downtown.

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The vacations are here Some of you know that last week I declared this summer the Summer of Leisure. As such, it was of great interest to me to learn that our metro area was ranked the 11th best city in the U.S. for a staycation. The study was undertaken by WalletHub and measured normally overlooked data like most swimming pools and tennis courts per capita, as well as the most GEOFF SMITH zoos, aquariums, golf courses, museums, Assurance Financial, spas, beer gardens and ice cream shops per capita. It wasn’t any surprise to me to see that Orlando, Florida took the top spot. It’s hard to compete with a city that is surrounded by every theme park imaginable including the big ones like Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World. And more obscure ones modeled after dinosaurs, alligators, Legos and the Bible. We also got beat out by Honolulu. I assume the report was completed before the volcanoes erupted a few islands away. But you know what they say, a day near an active volcano in Hawaii is still better than a day anywhere else on the planet. It’s also hard to compete with cities on the coast like Charleston, San Diego, San Francisco and Portland. Since most people go to the ocean to vacation, it makes sense that they were in front of us. Las Vegas beat us out too. But if you live there, you probably already have most of your life savings invested in the casinos, so you might have no choice but to stay home. And then there is Chicago, which I can’t knock. We did a short vacation there a couple summers ago and had a blast. So I think 11th is very respectable and something to be proud of. I actually think if they would have measured lakes per capita, we might have moved up a spot or two. If you have yet to delve into lake life, you are missing out. Lake Lanier is kind of the party lake with several restaurants and bars and a lot of boat traffic. But there are lakes all over with different styles, including some beautiful smaller lakes up in the mountains. We were lucky to get to go on our friend’s boat last weekend on Lake Allatoona. It’s a relatively quiet lake, close to the metro area, and with miles of undeveloped shoreline. We had a blast pulling the children around on tubes and anchoring in quiet coves. The metro area has become massive though. To the point where it’s not just the metro area anymore. The suburbs really are no longer suburbs, but their own little cities. What I mean by that is I live in Roswell. And there are awesome things going on every weekend here between free concerts along the river, the nightlife of Canton Street, a great performing arts program and tons of parks to hike in. I could stay





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here and be entertained around the clock. Or, I could take a trip up to Alpharetta and find a whole different atmosphere of events, parks and entertainment. Or to Duluth, or head west to Marietta. I hear the square in Marietta has added a bunch of fun amenities over the last two years. Got to get out there. I hear the Taste of Marietta was a fun event – which is another thing. You could hit the “Taste Of” circuit and be content for most of the year. And whereas the suburbs aren’t really the suburbs, intown Atlanta isn’t really just intown Atlanta. It’s not one thing anymore. It’s an incredibly dense collage of unique neighborhoods, each with their own distinct style, festivals and things to do. You could spend a year picking a different neighborhood to visit each weekend. I’m not sure that will keep us from heading to the beach this summer, but it certainly will make the rest of the year more fun and interesting. Geoff Smith is a mortgage banker with Assurance Financial focusing on residential home loans for refinances and home purchases. Geoff Smith 770-674-1433 Personal: NMLS#104587 Business: NMLS#70876 *The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of Assurance Financial Group




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Appen Media Group announces staff updates ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Appen Media Group has announced staff changes for its Alpharetta-based news operation. Appen announced on May 23 the promotion of staff writer Joe Parker to editor of the Milton Herald. Parker has previously worked as a freelancer for Appen Media and joined the company full time last January. “I am extremely excited to further my role with the Milton Herald and continue to provide its readers comprehensive coverage of local matters,” Parker said. Parker will oversee the Milton Herald and continue his PARKER role as sports reporter for all of Appen Media’s publications. “Parker has been an integral part of our newsroom from the day he got here,” said General Manager Hans Appen. “He is a tireless worker who pours everything he has into his beat and his articles.” Additionally, Carson Cook has joined the staff as a full-time reporter concentrating on Johns Creek. Cook is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she was recognized by the communication department as the Outstanding Senior of 2018. COOK “I am genuinely looking forward to getting to know the North Fulton community,” Cook said. “I will do my best to contribute quality, in-depth reporting on local issues.” Cook previously worked as assistant news editor for The University Echo and most recently freelanced with the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “We are thrilled to add a reporter of Carson’s caliber to our newsroom,” Appen said. “She checks all the boxes we were looking for, not the least of which is a passion for community journalism and an understanding of the responsibility her job entails.” | Forsyth Herald | June 14, 2018 | 17

Roswell native joins staff as summer intern ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Appen Media Group welcomes a new summer intern to the newsroom. Conner Evans has joined the editorial staff at Appen Media for the next few months. Evans, a Roswell native and graduate of Centennial High School, is a rising sophomore at the University of Richmond. He plans to double major in English and journalism. When he’s not in class at Richmond, he is the new music director of the campus radio station, WDCE 90.1 FM. He is also on Richmond’s improv comedy team and club Quidditch team. He works on campus at a salad bar, and occasionally writes for the newspaper, though he has now shifted his writing focus to the radio station’s website. “I hope to bring a love of writing here,” Evans said. “I do so much in my free time that somehow my radio co-host and I wrote a 70-page radio drama, which will hopefully air sometime this fall. I also hope to bring some energy and curiosity that might spark some interesting story ideas while I’m here.” Evans said he wanted to intern at his local newspaper to learn how reporting and journalism operates at the foundational level. “Local news is where everything started

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GARDEN TOUR MONDAYS ALPHARETTA POP FESTIVAL Alpharetta PopFest is a free, family-friendly outdoor music festival that is aimed at raising awareness and funding for the research of Alzheimer’s disease. The day will feature music from six artists, as well as an interactive children’s show featuring original art and stories. Join the fun at Brooke Street Park, Alpharetta on Saturday, June 16, 3-9:30 p.m. For more information, visit Looking to get the word out about your event? Submit it to our online calendar at

EVENTS: NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP What: Photographer Giddle Price will teach techniques for composing and executing beautiful photographs of nature. Participants supply their own cameras. When: Friday, June 15, 10 a.m.-noon Where: Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell Cost: $25 More info and reservations: roswellgov. com or 770-992-1731, Ext. 4


What: Come out and enjoy food, drinks, vendors, inflatables and beach games followed by a concert by A1A, the official and original Jimmy Buffet tribute show. Free. When: Saturday, June 16, 6-10 p.m. Where: Milton Bell Memorial Park, 15245 Bell Park Road, Milton More info:


What: Join us for a free group exercise classes with Fitness in the Park. All classes are weather-permitting and open to the public. When: Saturday, June 16, 9-10 a.m. Where: Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell More info:


What: The Roswell Fire Department will host two free community CPR classes. Participants must be at least 12 years of age and must be a Roswell resident. When: Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Where: Fire Station 7, 8025 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta More info and registration: roswellgov. com or 770-594-6225

FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING EVENT What: Shred sensitive documents and recycle cooking fats, oils and grease,

fluorescent bulbs, and gently-used clothes and shoes. When: Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: 11360 Lakefield Drive, Johns Creek Cost: Free; $5 fee for non-residents to recycle fluorescent bulbs More info:


What: Help a senior know that someone still loves them by spending time with one on Father’s Day. When: Sunday, June 17, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Roswell Nursing and Rehab, 1109 Green St., Roswell More info:

What: Enjoy a free 30-minute tour of the gardens and historic plants on the grounds of Barrington Hall. When: Every Monday, through Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m. Where: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell More info:


What: Start the weekend early the third Thursday of every month with a free family-friendly festival. Free regular trolley service connects the two venues. When: Thursday, June 21, 5-9 p.m. Where: Canton Street and Roswell Square More info:


What: Alpharetta’s weekly gathering returns with rotating food trucks and music each week. Six to eight food trucks from the Atlanta area will come out to help kick off the weekend early. When: Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., through Oct. 11 Where: Old Roswell Street in Alpharetta’s historic district More info:


What: Combines the Zumba Gold program with the strength training techniques of the Zumba Toning program, creating a health-boosting dance fitness program. When: Monday, June 18, 10:30 a.m. Where: Park Place at Newtown School, 3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek More info:


What: SMART Recovery Family and Friends uses science-based tools to provide support for those who are affected by the addictive behavior of someone close to them. When: Monday, June 18, 7-8 p.m. Where: DecisionPoint Wellness Center, 10700 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, Johns Creek More info:


What: Dive to the pool, and enjoy a free screening of “Leap!” Bring floats or lounges. The movie is free, but participants must pay pool admission. When: Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. Where: Roswell Area Park Pool, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell


What: Enjoy a fast-paced musical based on the classic tale by Kenneth Grahame using Bunraku puppets. When: June 11-16. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: Tickets are $5 each. Summer passes available at $30. More info and tickets: roswellpuppets. com


What: Set in the eighteenth century and featuring a dozen lavishly costumed 30” marionettes, this production of Cinderella is a Tanglewood Marionettes showpiece. When: June 18-23. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: Tickets are $5 each. Summer passes available at $30. More info and tickets: roswellpuppets. com


What: Margaret Novotny is a freelance photographer who loves to showcase nature at its best through vivid compositions that tell a story. When: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 1-Aug. 31 Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell More info:


What: The Alpharetta Farmers Market features fruits, vegetables, natural meats, fresh flowers and herbs, and a variety of home goods. When: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., through October Where: Old Canton Street in downtown Alpharetta More info:


What: Don’t miss the opening day of the Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market. Mix and mingle with friends, shop for fresh items and enjoy talking to the vendors. When: Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. – noon Where: Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St., Roswell More info:


What: Participants will learn about the naturalization process and will receive free study materials and flash cards. Bring Green Card/Permanent Resident ID. When: Friday, June 15, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info:


What: This award-winning ventriloquist uses magic to specialize in blending a meaningful message with fun and laughter. When: Friday, June 15, 11 a.m.-noon Where: Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Alpharetta More info:


What: Observe how different sized instruments make sounds of different pitch. Identify sources of sound, use a model eardrum, make salt dance and

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water fly. When: Friday, June 15, 1-2 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info:


What: Keysha Lee will teach participants how to effectively use their personal smartphones, iPad, tablets, and video cameras to produce a polished professional movie trailer. When: Saturday, June 16, 1-4 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info:


What: Group leaders cover different topics that include the details of the energy centers, subtle system and more. All levels welcome. Each class is different. When: Tuesday, June 19, noon-1 p.m. Where: East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info: or 404-613-4050


What: Music and art combine in one amazing workshop, presented by Out the Box Art Studio. Ages 6-11. Limit 20. When: Wednesday, June 20, 12:30-2 p.m. Where: Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Alpharetta More info and reservations: or 770-360-8820


What: Kids will rock out with the music from The Wizard of Oz during this highenergy workshop, presented by Forefront Arts. Ages 7-11. Limit 20. When: Thursday, June 21, 12:30-2 p.m. Where: Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Alpharetta More info and reservations: or 770-360-8820

PET ADOPTIONS: FORSYTH COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER What: Pet adoptions When: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: The Forsyth County Animal Shelter, 4065 County Way, Forsyth County More info: 678-965-7185


What: Pet adoptions When: Every Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Where: PetSmart, 6370 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta Additional adoptions: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fulton County Animal Services, 860 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta More info: 404-613-4958

Postcards from Trout Camp It’s been a quiet week in Rabun Gap, except for the excited shouts coming from the 24 young people participating in an unforgettable event known simply as “Trout Camp.” STEVE HUDSON Now in its 15th Get Outside Georgia, year, Trout Camp is a program of the Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited, with the cooperation of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service. Since its inception, some 360 youths, ages 12-15, have participated in the week-long camp, which is held at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in northeast Georgia’s Rabun County. Each camp is limited to 24 campers, with two campers being chosen by each of the 12 Georgia chapters of Trout Unlimited. Long-time trout fishers and Trout

Unlimited members Charlie and Kathy Breithaupt have been involved with Trout Camp since it’s inception in 2004. Charlie serves as director of the camp, while Kathy is coordinator. “The exposure that these young people get to conservation and trout fishing is priceless,” Charlie said. Kathy said the camp provides campers with hands-on exposure to what she describes as the “overall experience of fishing and conservation.” It’s a seed that’s planted when they’re young, added Mack Martin of Atlanta Fly Fishing School, one of more than 25 volunteer mentors from across the state who give their time to make Trout Camp happen. One of those mentors was me, and I had a blast. Rodney Tumlin, a member of the Cohutta Chapter of Trout Unlimited (which meets in Kennesaw) and the AP environmental science teacher at North Paulding High School, is on-site director for the camp.

“I love everything about Trout Camp,” he said. “We have graduated a lot of great young people. They’re the future of conservation.” What do the campers do during camp week? They enjoy a broad curriculum that includes not only casting and fly tying instruction but also entomology, in-stream insect sampling, stream craft, hands-on stream rehabilitation work, trout stocking, a visit to a trout hatchery and (of course) fishing. Lots of fishing! The fishing is eagerly anticipated by the kids, to say the least. Each camper is helped by an experienced mentor. Participants fish a number of different types of water, and by week’s end every camper had caught trout. In fact, there’s nothing more fun than helping a young person catch and land his or her first trout. I can attest to that from personal experience! To learn about area Trout Unlimited chapters and the programs that they offer, visit

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Retainers-Hold that Smile! By Dr. Jeffrey Jordan Jordan Orthodontics Creating the perfect smile takes time, energy, effort, and money, all valuable assets! However, keeping a beautiful smile requires a little maintenance, like most things in life. Fortunately, today’s orthodontic patients have the option of either fixed or removable retainers. Stories surrounding lost retainers have become family legends, leading some patients to choose a fixed wire. A very thin wire is glued to the back of the teeth after treatment. With continuous coverage, the fixed wire has a 24/7 advantage, but requires more attention when cleaning the teeth. Also, the wire can become loose and must be repaired quickly before the teeth move. In addition, fixed upper wires can sometimes interfere with the patient’s bite. Consequently, most patients opt for a fixed lower retainer and a removable upper retainer.

The removable retainer, available in a variety of colors and with decals, has become an individual statement! Many adults prefer the clear retainer that can double as a whitening tray. Like any other habit, the continual JORDAN wearing of the retainer at night requires discipline, but the rewards are great. Since teeth can shift back to their original position, the consistent use of a retainer encourages teeth to stay straight until the tissue around the teeth can reorganize. Even with your best efforts, sometimes, the habit of maintaining your teeth slips and years pass. At Dr. Jordan’s office, we want to welcome you back. Sometimes all it takes is a little tweaking to restore your teeth to their former glory!

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Nurses now do more than ever (NAPSI)—The next time you visit someone in a hospital or other health care setting, you may be surprised at just how much of what happens there is done by nurses. Study Shows Recently released results from a University of Phoenix College of Health Professions survey found that the role of nurses has grown dramatically in recent years. More than eight in 10 registered nurses (RNs) say health care professionals besides physicians (nurse practitioners, registered nurses and so on) are playing or will play a larger role in the overall management of patient care. University of Phoenix, which offers leading-edge graduate, undergraduate, certificate and nondegree programs aimed at preparing students to improve the quality of health care in their communities and the industry, sought to understand the evolving role of nurses and what this changing environment means for the future of health care. In addition to playing a larger role in managing patient care, it found, about a third of RNs say they’ve seen an increased role in doing tasks traditionally done by a physician. This may be due in part to specialty tracks available to nurses, including nurse practitioner programs. “Our nurses play a pivotal role in getting patients back to health in an increasingly demanding environment,” explained Dr. Lisa Radesi, academic dean for the School of Nursing at University of Phoenix. “As the health care industry

continues to evolve to support an aging population, advanced technologies and a multifaceted insurance system, we must recognize the demanding work our nurses do and prepare them to be successful in this complex environment.” Looking Forward When asked how they expect their role to change within the next five years, RNs cited the following for most anticipated changes: • Increasing involvement with information systems (43 percent) • Increasing involvement with regulations (43 percent) • Increasingly greater role in the management of overall patient care planning (40 percent) • Increasingly greater leadership role (36 percent). About a third of RNs say they’ll be focusing more on the emotional wellbeing of patients, while nearly three in five strongly agree that good people skills are just as important as technical skills when giving quality care. A Promising Career As opportunities continue to increase in the profession—the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent by 2026—RNs say their facilities should focus on preparing health care professionals with greater leadership skills. Learn More For further information about the College of Health Professions, visit www.



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One of the most frequent questions that I receive as a Mohs surgeon and dermatologist is why skin cancers often arise in one’s 60s, 70s or 80s when the sunburns occurred as a child or young adult. The answer is likely related to the immune system. The immune system plays a much larger role in skin health than people typically consider. Your skin is the interface between you and the outside world. It is responsible for protecting you against most viruses, bacteria, fungi and other pathogens. It also protects you from environmental threats such as many toxins and carcinogens. Unfortunately, your skin itself can be damaged as it protects you, and that damage can accumulate. When the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays strike the skin, the DNA of many cells takes damage. Your cells have proteins whose job it is to detect DNA damage and repair it, but no process is perfect, and some mutations are permanently incorporated into your skin cells’ DNA. Most of the time, the damaged DNA results in the cell not working or dying, but occasionally the damaged gene is one that controls growth or cell behavior. These mutations accumulate, and the next time that the cell grows or divides it increase the chance that an additional random mutation will push the cell over the edge into being a cancer. Some genes normally cause a cell to grow, and mutations in these genes can cause a cell to grow or divide more than it should; these genes are called oncogenes. Other genes are responsible for putting the breaks on cell growth and for telling a cell when it is not time to grow and divide. When these genes are mutated, it can be like taking the breaks off of a car aimed downhill. The car gathers speed and there’s no way to stop it. These genes are called tumor suppressor genes. If a cell begins to grow and divide excessively and at a person’s expense, the cell is now cancerous. At this point, it is up to the immune system to protect the individual by killing the cancerous cell. Nearly everyone knows that the immune system is important for fighting infections, but fewer people are aware of the immune system’s role in fighting cancer. The immune system is equipped with a number of cells that seek and destroy cells gone bad. The key is differentiating self from non-self, and a large portion of

a medical school immunology course is dedicated to understanding how white blood cells called T cells generate proteins that allow them to tell whether a cell is healthy or unhealthy. If a cell is unhealthy, the T cell will often trigger DR. TAYLOR the unhealthy cell’s death and protect the person from the unhealthy cell. Sometimes, the T cell is unable to kill the rogue cell. As we age, everything becomes a little more rusty. Hearing often weakens. We usually cannot run as fast as we used to. And our immune systems do not do as good a job of surveillance as they once did. We often do not appreciate just how much our immune systems do to protect us from cancer. If you spent a summer in the sun as a child, then your immune system likely killed a dozen or more cancers that resulted from UV radiation without you ever knowing it. We know this because some people are born with genetic diseases that make their immune systems and DNA editing processes fail to function, and these individuals can develop countless skin cancers at a very young age – often ten or more per year starting in their teens. As we become elderly, additional cells slip by our immune system and are able to take hold and begin to grow as a cancer. The decline in our immune system helps explain why skin cancer often arises long after sun exposure took place. Modern medicine has brought exciting changes, and our knowledge of the immune system is allowing us to kill cancers by stimulating the immune system rather than by using traditional chemotherapies. For very shallow basal cell carcinomas, I often discuss with my patients a medicine called imiquimod which can stimulate your own immune system to kill the cancer, sometimes avoiding surgeries. For patients with metastatic melanoma, the most exciting therapies of the last few years again stimulate the patient’s immune system to fight the cancer and thereby avoid many of the side-effects we think about with chemotherapy. If you or a loved one has skin cancer, consider Dr. Brent Taylor, a board certified dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs surgeon. Knowledge about skin cancer and immunology allows for a multimodal approach to treatment that is modern, sophisticated and most importantly puts the patient first.

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Teeth in one day Assisted living with passion and purpose By Ushma Patel, D.M.D and Brittany Corbett, D.D.S Center For Advanced Dentistry

We had a chance to catch up with the President of Brickmont Senior Living, Cheryl Kochensparger, to find out how Brickmont Senior Living at Milton came to be. Here’s what Cheryl had to say. WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN SENIOR LIVING? My brother and I were searching for the perfect senior living setting for my mother. We wanted certain amenities with a nicely appointed feel, larger living suites and an overall elegant, vibrant atmosphere that was affordable. We really couldn’t find anything that fit the bill. WHAT IS IT ABOUT BRICKMONT THAT SETS IT APART FROM THE OTHERS? In our research, we found that pricing for assisted living and memory care was really confusing and never really consistent. Most pricing is dependent upon “levels of care” which can always be increased. We have all inclusive pricing which gives our residents and families peace of mind. Additionally, we had been in the hotel business for many years we knew we could build and create a beautiful environment with a strong focus on customer service and hire experienced professionals to ensure the best care, activities and dining; all for an incredibly affordable price. We are a smaller company and that allows us to be really nimble and accommodating – we want to be the community of choice. IS THERE ANYTHING NEW ON THE HORIZON WITH BRICKMONT SENIOR LIVING? We have all kinds of exciting things in the

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Keep the spring in your step: Good reasons to exercise after age 50 (NAPSI)—For many older adults, growing older seems to involve an inevitable loss of strength, energy and vigor—but that need not be, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The frailty and decreased energy associated with aging are largely due to muscle loss due to inactivity. And when it comes to muscle, the old saying is true: “Use it or lose it.” What To Do One of the best ways to keep muscles healthy and strong, the CDC advises, is through exercises called strength training. Why To Do It Done regularly, strength training builds bone and muscle and helps to preserve strength, independence and energy. These exercises are safe and effective for women and men of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health. In fact, people with health concerns— such as arthritis or heart disease—often benefit the most from lifting weights a few times each week. Strength training, the CDC adds, can also reduce the signs and symptoms of: • Arthritis—It reduces pain and stiffness and increases strength and flexibility. • Diabetes—It improves glycemic control. • Osteoporosis—It builds bone density and reduces risk for falls. • Heart disease—It reduces cardiovascular risk by improving lipid profile and overall fitness. • Obesity—It increases metabolism, which helps burn more calories and helps with long-term weight control. • Back pain—It strengthens back and abdominal muscles to reduce stress on the spine. What’s more, studies have shown that people who exercise regularly sleep better and have less depression, more self-confidence and self-esteem, and a greater sense of well-being. Fortunately, strength training exercises are easy to learn, and have been proven safe and effective through years of thorough research. What’s more, you may be relieved to learn, there are ways to train without undo strain, aches and pains. Doctor’s Advice To help, Bob Arnot, M.D., an awardwinning journalist, author of 12 books on nutrition and health, host of the “Dr. Danger” reality TV series, previously Chief Medical Correspondent for NBC and CBS News, and Chief Foreign Correspondent for MSNBC and NBC, offers

this advice: • Find a few minutes at least two to three times a week to maintain general fitness. Try three or four five-minute bursts of activity such as walking or climbing the stairs at the office. • Take two or three more minutes a day for yoga breathing and movements to help your body maintain balance, usable strength, flexibility and muscular restoration. • Spend another few minutes every day and before any vigorous exercise doing calf stretches and forward bends. • Stay hydrated before, during and after your workout. • To reduce your risk of muscle soreness after exercise, consider a massage, an Epsom salts bath or intermittent hot and cold showers, as well as proper stretching and cooldown. • Muscle strains and muscle pulls are major health concerns for weekend athletes. Signs you should look for alerting you to rest your muscles and avoid overtraining are a higher than normal resting heart rate, disrupted sleep due to an elevated heart rate, muscle cramping and muscle twitching. • Eat right. In addition to lots of fruits and vegetables and a few lean meats, consume foods with magnesium, which helps fight inflammation, and with vitamin B12—especially if you’re over 50—such as fortified cereals. Drink three cups of fat-free or low-fat milk throughout the day or consume the equivalent in yogurt, cheese or other dairy products. Consider an anti-inflammatory diet— cut out sugar, potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant. • Go topical. Topical pain relievers such as creams, gels and patches work locally. For example, the Salonpas Lidocaine 4% Pain Relieving Gel-Patch provides the maximum strength of lidocaine available without a prescription. According to the Center for Medicare Advocacy, “[Lidocaine] is a highly effective pain reliever and its unique nonnarcotic and nonaddictive properties make it a benign alternative to opioids, without the risks and devastating side effects of opioids.” These unscented patches can desensitize aggravated nerves and provide numbing relief generally within an hour of application. Learn More For further health hints from Dr. Arnot and others and information on relieving aches and pains, go to http:// | Forsyth Herald | June 14, 2018 | 27


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Ankle & Foot Centers relocates to Northside Forsyth FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Ankle & Foot Centers of North Georgia and the office of Dr. Eric Kron have moved from their location on Market Place Blvd to the Northside Hospital Forsyth campus, as of April 16. The new office is located at 2000 Howard Farm Drive, Suite 340 in Cumming. Kron will continue to offer the same services and appointments can DR. KRON be made with the same number, 706-265-6600. Kron is board-certified in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery and utilizes the latest in minimally invasive surgery and conservative care to return patients to a high functional level. The practice offers specialized services for degenerative arthritis, sports medicine, injuries and fractures, and develops unique, patient-centered treatment plans to fit your specific needs and lifestyle. Ankle & Foot Centers of North Georgia has two locations in Cumming and Dawsonville. For more information, visit

Forsyth County student honored by national program FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Srikar Karra, a recently graduate of South Forsyth High School, has been selected to participate in the Economics for Leaders program at the University of California, Berkeley from June 25-July 1. Karra is one of 40 students from around the country being accepted into the Foundation for Teaching Economics program. The students were selected because they demonstrated leadership potential. During the week-long program, students attain an understanding of economic reasoning principles and how to employ such concepts for successful and effective leadership.


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abuse problem in the schools. “It’s on the rise in Forsyth County,” he said. “It’s hitting the high school students. We need to do a better job as a school system to acknowledge that and then educate on how to deal with it. If you look at the opioid crisis in Forsyth County, it’s on the rise. It seems school violence has become a norm.” He said he believes there is a need for community leaders outside the school system. “We need to have leaders to bring the school system together on these,” McCall said. “I want to build a connection to the community. The Board of Education needs to be connected to the community and it hasn’t been that way. The independent schools do a good job of connecting with their parents. But the Board of Education as a whole does not do well.” Additionally, he hopes transparency will improve. “I want to be transparent and share what’s going on with the school system,” he said. “A lot of times you don’t get the full story or facts. If we’re looking at enrollment numbers or drug problems, we need to know the facts.” At the end of the day, McCall said he loves serving the public. “There are two things the government should be leaders on: public safety and education,” he said. “I’m fortunate to be in both now. Forsyth County has some great schools and teachers. I want to make sure they can continue to have the support from the community.”

her area and will be widened to six lanes soon. “As that happens, it’ll be some wonderful opportunities for commercial businesses,” she said. “While that’s in the planning stages, I hope to work with businesses and have the correct businesses coming in onto Ga. 20 and Ga. 9 and build up that business revenue inside Forsyth County.” That helps keep the millage rate down, she said. “Right now, tax revenue for Forsyth County rests primarily on the backs of the private property owners at around 80 percent,” Cooper said. “We want to balance that out and get it much lower than 80 percent. We want new businesses to come in and add to that revenue to balance out the tax digest.” The new county Comprehensive Plan which was adopted in 2017 is a guide for zonings and developments, and she said she’ll use it as a base guideline. “That’s something everyone can look at and see what the direction is,” she said. “There should be no surprises. Each zoning that comes before me, I’ll look at individually. They can be similar, but each is unique and needs to be looked at to get the best fit for the area.” Forsyth County is at a crossroads of deciding which type of growth it wants to pursue, she said. “We are the most affluent county in Georgia and we are such an attractive site,” Cooper said. “We can either have radicle growth that can clash with our plans to have a comfortable community, which is what attracted all of us here. Or, we can be on top of that and plan this, bringing in the right businesses


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in the right area as well as controlling residential growth.” She said she will focus on providing good representation to District 1, which runs from Cherokee County down Ga. 20 on both sides, includes the city limits of Cumming and goes toward Lake Lanier. “I wanted to see a representation of the individuals who live in District 1,” she said. “I’m not interested in special interest groups. I don’t care if one is a member of one or not. The issue is the people in District 1 want the best representative. What excites me is them coming to me and having faith in me. I’m confident I can do the job.”

In Memoriam

JJohn Gerard Dusek

John Gerard Dusek, age 49, died unexpectedly at his Cumming, Georgia residence on June 3rd. He was well known to many in Forsyth County as owner, operator of Friendship Auto Parts until 2010. He was active in the community, directed local AA meetings and assisted the Garden Ministry at St. Brendan Catholic Church. He is survived by his three children—Jessica age 22, Rebecca age 21, and John Gerard age 18, his parents

John and Ann Marie (Pescatrice) Dusek, his brothers Joseph and James, and other loved family members. John will be remembered for his sense of humor, generous heart, and willingness to help others whenever needed. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Brendan Catholic Church, 4633 Shiloh Road in Cumming, Georgia at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 15, 2018. Memorials may be made to “Special Populations Tennis”.

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