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Coyote attacks teen jogger 15-year-old’s dog fights off coyote in Sugar Mill By HATCHER HURD

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Council asks builder, residents to work out agreement Residents worry density to worsen traffic By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The City Council was in a quandary at its Nov. 18 meeting over the proposed mixed-use development at Bell Road and McGinnis Ferry Road. So they have asked the community and the developer to negotiate a settlement and come back Dec. 2. The residents argue that there are far too many houses and townhouses on the 52-acre tract. And the City Council would have liked to oblige them, but using the

density as calculated under the zoning formula is not out of line with regulations. To make matters worse, the property owners are already in litigation with the city over the attempt to rezone the property in 2012. That case was put in abeyance pending a successful rezoning with a new builder, The Providence Group, owned by Warren Jolly. As part of the McGinnis Ferry Character Area, the McGinnis side calls for Mixed Use of office, commercial

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A 15-year-old girl jogging in her Sugar Mill neighborhood barely escaped injury when a coyote chased her and her black Labrador-mix Calvin. The dog and the coyote fought, and Sarah Demartino hit the animal with her cellphone. The attack came last week after Sarah had decided to go for a run around 10 p.m. “I told Sarah to take the dog with her,” said her father Bill Demartino. She started out walking and soon sensed someone or something was following her. “I could hear leaves rustling behind me, so I speeded up. Then I heard it speed up too,” Sarah said. “Then I looked around and saw what looked like a German shepherd following us.” She began to run, which unfortunately is exactly the wrong thing to do when confronted by a coyote. That triggers its attack instinct. (See box on page 15.) “I was running into the yard of a neighbor’s house, and my dog and the coyote were fighting. I hit it with my phone and got blood on it. I think it was the coyote’s, because Calvin didn’t have any injuries,” Sarah said. She ran and knocked on the neighbor’s door and once inside called her dad. “I got in the car and picked Sarah up. We then drove down



Bill Demartino plays with his black Lab-mix Calvin that fought off the coyote that attacked his daughter Sarah while jogging in the Sugar Mill community.



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charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault. The Roswell Police Department responded to an armed robbery call Wednesday, Nov. 13. A Pizza Hutt employee said around 11 p.m., a man walked into the restaurant and pulled out a handgun and demanded money. After the suspect took the money from the victim, he fled on foot. The victim was able to

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Roswell, was arrested Nov. 3 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI and driving on the wrong side of the roadway. ►► Kosei Usui, 37, of Suwanee, was arrested Oct. 29 on Cavendish Place in Johns Creek for DUI. ►► Adia Shanee Robinson, 30, of Willow View Knoll, Johns Creek, was arrested Nov. 1 on Jones Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI. ►► Darren Philip Mcalister, 23, of Weatherend Court, Alpharetta, was arrested Nov. 1 on Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI.

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was arrested Nov. 2 on Old Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Shekela Harshaw, 26, of Harbor Landing Roswell, was arrested Nov. 2 on Old Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Phyllisia Denise Blakely, 19, of Lithonia was arrested Nov. 2 on Old Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Christopher A. Hernandez, 21, of Rocky Creek Drive, Roswell, was arrested Nov. 3 on Highway 9 in Roswell for possession of marijuana, following too closely and hit and run. ►► Dwayne Adair Johnson, 20, of Hampton Square Drive, Johns Creek, was arrested Oct. 29 on Avensong Crossing in Milton for possession of marijuana and loitering.

Two other officers arrived and subdued Mink. Mink was charged with shoplifting and resisting arrest.

she arrived at work Jan. 31 at a North Point Mall-area store and placed her purse in her desk drawer. When she left work, she found a credit card missing. A call to the card company informed the victim the card was used twice – once for $9.83 at a local Subway sandwich shop and once for $47.07 at a nearby QuikTrip gas station. The victim went to the Subway and viewed their

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Hampton Square Drive, Johns Creek, was arrested Oct. 31 on Webb Bridge Way in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana and brake light violation.

numerous CDs and video games. Store employees of Fry’s Electronics told police they saw Austin Garrett Mink, 19, of Cumming, take three CDs and three video games – total value of $107.85 – and try to leave the store without paying for them. He was stopped as he left the store. When police arrived, Mink allegedly became combative, fighting with police and saying his life was over.

of Marietta was arrested Oct. 30 on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related items. ►► Alverso N. Cook, 36, of Lexington Farm Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested Oct. 30 on South Main Street in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, insurance violation and suspended registration. ►► Golda Kai Ferguson, 31, of Quail Run, Roswell, was arrested Nov. 4 on Market Boulevard in Roswell for possession of marijuana, expired tag and suspended registration. ►► Jordacher Paul, 25, of Harbor Landing, Roswell, was arrested Nov. 2 on Old Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Felostone Pierre, 28, of Harbor Landing, Roswell,

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Continued from Page 2 surveillance footage, which showed her coworker, Justin Cornell Herbert, 25, of Marietta, allegedly use the card. On Nov. 5, Herbert was located after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Fake check lands woman in jail ALPHARETTA, Ga. – An Atlanta woman was arrested Nov. 7 after she allegedly tried to cash a fake check at a local bank. Employees of the BB&T Bank on Windward Parkway told police Sandy Burns, 43, of Atlanta, came into the bank and presented a check for $920.78 to be cashed. The bank account it was drawn from has had several fake checks associated with it and raised alerts with the teller. The owner of the account was contacted and denied issuing any check to Burns. When police arrived, Burns said she was approached by a man called “Mr. Frank� downtown and offered work cleaning. When the job was done, she was given the check with instructions to cash it and split it with Frank. Burns was arrested for forgery.

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gen, 21, of Sunfish Bend, Alpharetta, after he was allegedly spotted driving on Deerfield Parkway without wearing a seatbelt. When the officer spoke to Pridgen, a smell of marijuana allegedly came from the car. Pridgen said he was coming from Milton’s City Court, located on Deerfield Parkway. He had appeared facing possession of marijuana charges. Inside the car was found a small amount of pot in a baggie along with a glass pipe. Pridgen was arrested for possession of marijuana and driving without a seatbelt.

Guns stolen from Freemanville home MILTON, Ga. – A young man possibly stole a safe filled with guns Nov. 6 from a Freemanville residence. The victim told police he was missing a safe from his home. Inside the safe were three weapons – a Beretta Model 85 with blue finish, a Smith and Wesson police special and a blue .22-calibre revolver. It is unknown how someone made entry into the house.A neighbor told police he saw a stranger in the backyard of the burgled home. He confronted the young man, asking what he was doing. The suspect allegedly said he needed to use a phone. The neighbor offered his own phone. The suspect allegedly seemed hesitant about accepting the offer and pretended to dial a number before abruptly hanging up, claiming no one was answering. He then left. The suspect is described as between 25 and 30 years old with medium-length black hair. He had tattoos on both arms and possibly his neck as well. | Johns Creek Herald | November 21, 2013 | 3




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Veterans Memorial Walk breaks ground at park Part of Veterans Day observance By MADISON THORBURN-GUNDLACH JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Veterans Association held a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 9 at Newtown Park for the Veterans Memorial Walk. The monument will be a meditative park dedicated to area veterans, their families and supporters. Organizers hope it will be finished in time for Veterans Day 2014. Located on 4 acres just south of Park Place – the city’s active adult senior center at Newtown Park – the memorial walk will include a handicap-accessible, landscaped trail with black granite memorials for each major conflict dating from World War I. The memorials will be simply designed

Council: Continued from Page 1 and retail with a residential component. Jolly is proposing 85,000 square feet of office, 124 townhouse units and 116 single-family homes. The property was initially zoned for 299,000 square feet of office, retail and residential when the Comprehensive Land Use Plan envisioned the area as the eastern gateway to the city. But the east side of McGinnis Ferry has never become the retail-office hotbed that was envisioned. In 2012, a plan was brought forward and approved by staff and the Planning Commission, but the plan was changed to be all residential when it came before the council. The City Council refused to approve all residential saying it must conform to the mixed-use required by the Land Use Plan. This plan does that, only everything is doubled. Where the previous plan was 40,000 square feet of office, this contains 85,000 square feet. But it also has twice the residential and this has Bell Road residents alarmed. At the Nov. 18 meeting, they turned out to ask that the

with the name and years of the conflict and its campaign service medal affixed. At the entrance plaza will be a brick sitting wall and flags for each branch of service. A gazebo will rest in the midst of the walking paths. Donations for the walkway, monuments, park benches, entrance plaza and gazebo will be accepted by engraved pavers for the project. The engraved pavers will be located near the monuments. “The memorial would offer a contemplative place for people to pause and remember the men and women who served their country,” said Johns Creek Veterans Association President Gerry Lewis. “Currently, there is no memorial to our veterans in Johns Creek.”

plan be rejected. Bell Road resident David Meskell said the community does not oppose the development, but finds the residential density too much. It dwarfs the density on the other Bell Road subdivisions, he said. “This project was denied with less density than has been proposed,” Meskell said. “This plan has densities two to three times that of our properties.” But it is all in the math. Meskell is correct when the density is computed using the acreage that homes are built on. But the developer is correct also. Since the homes are part of a Mixed Use zoning, he is entitled to compute the density of the housing units based on the entire 52-acre tract. Compared to the original 299,000 square feet the site was zoned for, this project is a down-sizing. Planning and Zoning Administrator Justin Kirouac said both calculations are equally justified. But the property is zoned Mixed Use and the property is already under litigation after the city denied a change from Mixed Use. Residents point out the higher density of homes will not only add to near-capacity schools but choke already


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The memorial would offer a contemplative place for people to pause and remember the men and women who served their country.” GERRY LEWIS Johns Creek Veterans Association President

This will give Johns Creek veterans and their families a local place to reflect on the service and sacrifice of America’s men and women in uniform, he said. “It is not a place to celebrate war, but to provide our residents a place to honor the legacy of those who served and those serving,”he said.

clogged roads in the city. Resident Denise Harold said Bell Road is a rural road and was never built to carry the demand it has now, much less when more cars from 116 homes on Bell Road try to enter during rush hour. “Before you add any more cars to our roads, you must take of the roads first,” Harold said. Other residents pointed out while the property that fronts McGinnis Ferry is in the McGinnis Character Area, most of the residential is on Bell Road which is a much less dense character area. But the City Council may

have backed themselves into a hole by insisting the parcel retain its Mixed Use classification. If the city goes back before a judge having denied this plan, it may be in a difficult position having denied what they insisted on originally. That may be why they want to see a negotiated settlement among the homeowner associations and the developer and property owner. If all sides can come up with a formula they all can live with, it may be the best solution all the way around. But the clock is ticking.

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Police: No action against city manager in assault case Investigation finds no evidence to pursue case By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The five-week investigation into an assault charge against Johns Creek City Manager John Kachmar levied by a citizen he accosted after a City Council meeting Oct. 7 is over. No further action will be taken now that the complainant Gerry

Bush has decided not to pursue the case further. Bush had alleged that after the meeting, Kachmar had confronted a woman who KACHMAR had spoken at the meeting and was critical of the city’s lack of response. Bush said when he intervened, Kachmar then turned on him verbally and jabbed a finger in his chest. That was the basis of

the assault charge. The night of the incident, Kachmar approached Christy Johnson, a resident who made critical comments about the lack of help she had received from his office about a proposed roundabout on Sargent Road. She complained she had not been given the information she requested. She said Kachmar then berated her for “lying” and concluded by saying, “You are a liar.” Then Bush yelled at Kachmar as he was walking away, upon which the city

manager turned back and as Bush described, “got in his face.” Bush said he did not speak further to Kachmar. But Kachmar continued to speak to him using profane language. Bush said he thought Kachmar was trying to provoke him into a fight. Kachmar has admitted he was angry at what he considered unfair criticism mounted by political supporters of Mayor Mike Bodker who was then locked in a heated election campaign with former Councilwoman Bev Miller. Kachmar said he had records of dozens of email responses to Johnson’s requests, and that he felt she was just trying to embarrass him and his office. When Bush shouted a slur at him, he turned back to face him partly because he did not want anyone to think he “was intimidated.” Both Kachmar and Bush are well over 6 feet tall. After 13 interviews by police, no witness could say for sure there was physical contact. Fulton County Solicitor Carmen Smith told Johns Creek Police her office would not pursue the case unless the complainant – Bush – filed a complaint in the Fulton County Solicitor’s Office in Atlanta “just like any other ordinary

citizen.” Bush said he decided to let the matter drop. “After hearing the initial reports from the police and the witnesses’ comments that they didn’t see anything, it didn’t really surprise me,” he said. “We were really close together. “I just wanted to bring his actions to the public’s attention,” Bush said. “His language and his overreaction to the situation was way out of line. What he said to Christy Johnson was way out of line.” Those actions still need to be acted on by the City Council, he said. At the time, it was in the final month of the elections, and the council split on what action, if any, to take with Kachmar. Bodker and Councilwoman Kelly Stewart both called for Kachmar’s resignation and chastised the other councilmembers for dragging their feet to take any action over the incident. The other councilmembers said they were prevented from taking action while the matter was the subject of a police investigation. They spoke to the need to follow “due process” in an employee matter. At press time, the City Council had yet to take any announced action in the matter.


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We created a business plan that saves money and moves toward a more efficient model that redirects money back into the classroom... In the end, that’s a win-win for everyone.” ROBERT AVOSSA Fulton Schools Superintendent Avossa. “In the end, that’s a win-win for everyone.” But Fulton commissioners decried the action, saying the system is removing resources from an area of need and made it difficult for South Fulton parents to access the school board. “I’m not trying to get into any [other] government’s business, but there were no public hearings as to the equity issues involved with moving the building from this end of the county to the north,” said Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards of South Fulton, who sponsored the resolution. Fulton School Board President Linda Schultz said the move has been considered

for years and public hearings are not held when discussing land acquisitions. She did note communication with the public is an issue that the board continues to work on. “I don’t believe it’s prudent to discuss land deals in public, but we need to improve on our communication regarding our current administrative structure,” said Schultz. “We decentralized our administration staff last year [and] support staff at the learning communities work closely with the communities they serve. That will not change.” In all, six existing buildings will close over the next year, and will be replaced with learning centers in North and

South Fulton to consolidate services, as well as the new headquarters. The commissioners passed the resolution on a 5-0 vote, with North Fulton Commissioner Liz Hausmann absent. The resolution came toward the end of the seven-hour meeting on Nov. 6, and Hausmann had departed for an evening appointment. “I do not support the resolution,” said Hausmann. “The consolidation of the school system administration makes operational and financial sense [and] the decision is data driven. I find it very unfortunate that the Fulton County Commission would take a position that is purely emotional.” Hausmann previously served on the Fulton County Board of Education. Edwards said moving the headquarters out of South Fulton sends the wrong message to residents and the business community. “One thing we have in [South Fulton] is the perception of a bad school system, and it has hurt our economic development efforts in the area,” said Edwards. “And with moving the headquarters up to Sandy Springs, it gives the impression that you are aban-

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Says state working to be business-ready at Jackson Healthcare fundraiser By HATCHER HURD ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has spent a lot of time in North Fulton building relationships with area Republicans and elected officials. This time, he came to ask for some tangible support, and they turned out. Cagle held a fundraiser at Jackson Healthcare’s office building Nov. 12, and kicked off his campaign for re-election next year. He said Georgia has gained a reputation as a good place to do business, and pointed to Site Selection magazine, a top economic development publication, which made Georgia the No. 1 state to do business – up from No. 4 last year. “As the lieutenant governor, I understand the resources Georgia has that contribute to that reputation,” Cagle told his supporters. “We have the No. 1 international airport with Hartsfield-Jackson, we have the fastest growing port in

That investment will help us now and for years to come.” CASEY CAGLE Lieutenant Governor


Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, center, is joined by Greater North Fulton Chamber President Brandon Beach, left, and Rick Jackson, host of the event. Savannah, the World Congress Center and we are going to get better.” Cagle’s high priority now is workforce development, creating the workers, computer programmers, information technologists and electrical engineers that will be needed to attract high-paying jobs in technology, business and health sciences fields that the state wants to attract. That is why he worked to get the $25 million for the Gwinnett Tech campus in North Fulton. “That investment will help us now and for years to come,”

Cagle said. Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce President Brandon Beach – who also works with Cagle as a state senator in the General Assembly – said Cagle is looking forward to Georgia’s future. “That’s why I’ve hitched my wagon to him now,” said Beach. “He understands economic development, and understands jobs for North Fulton and Forsyth. I’ve seen firsthand how he works for Georgia and for North Fulton.”


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Chattahoochee NatureCenter names new director Piedmont Park Conservancy VP Chris S. Nelson takes reins ROSWELL, Ga. – The Chattahoochee Nature Center Board of Trustees announced Nov. 14 the appointment of Chris S. Nelson as new its executive director, effective Jan. 1, 2014.   Nelson has been the executive vice president and chief of operations of the Piedmont Park Conservancy Inc. for the past 14 years. Nelson replaces Ann Bergstrom, who had been executive director for the past

15 years. The Piedmont Park Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that works with the city of Atlanta for the preservation of historic Piedmont Park. Since its inception over 20 years ago, the conservancy has successfully restored the historic portion of Piedmont Park as well as raised $64 million for park beautification, maintenance and programs.

The 127-acre Chattahoochee Nature Center is one of the largest nature centers in the southeastern United States. In his capacity as executive director, Nelson will be responsible for all operations and development for the Chattahoochee Nature Center, reporting to its board of trustees.  “We are thrilled that Chris is joining the Chattahoochee Nature Center,” Maureen Cowie, president of the CNC Board of Trustees, said. “He brings a wealth of operational, managerial and fundraising experience from his role at Atlanta’s

We are thrilled that Chris is joining the Chattahoochee Nature Center...He brings a wealth of operational, managerial and fundraising experience from his role at Atlanta’s premier park.” MAUREEN COWIE President of the CNC Board of Trustees

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Runoff council election has early voting option JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A runoff election for City Council Post 3 is scheduled for Dec. 3. At this time, early voting will be from Wednesday, Nov. 20, through Wednesday, Nov. 27, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Early voting will take place at the North Fulton Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30350. In addition, electors are able to request and receive an absentee ballot. Applications for absentee ballots are available at City Hall, Ocee Library and Spruill Oaks Library. Voters who requested absentee ballots in the Nov. 4 election will be mailed absentee ballots for the runoff, according to the Fulton County Board of

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Part of large expansion project By JONATHAN COPSEY ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Amana Academy, an Alpharetta charter school, has completed an $8.5 million expansion of the school and is poised to expand further. “This is a milestone for a startup charter school,” Amana Executive Director Ehab Jaleel said. The school raised $8.5 million through a bond program to build the middle school wing, which is the first phase of their building program. The next phases include building an elementary school wing and renovating the central “big box” section. The new wing features 12 classrooms and two science labs as well as a multipurpose room. The $5 million to $6 million needed for the next phases will be funded through private monies. There are 720 students enrolled in the school. The student population is divided into four classes per grade and 24 kids per class. Jaleel said that when the school initially wanted to expand, they tried to buy out their building from the landlord. When that did not work out, they went elsewhere. “We looked at two dozen properties,” Jaleel said. That included one office complex on Windward Parkway that seemed to fit

the bill. The city and nearby residents forced the school to look elsewhere. That search led them right back to the current building, a renovated grocery store in a strip mall shopping center. “We came back here,” Jaleel said. “That set the stage for us to focus on one thing.” The school took out the bond to expand and buy the entire property, which is a plus, he said, because the school is their home and, situated next to Wills Park, in a prime spot for education. Using the bond money, the school bought the property and began expanding one wing of the school – which is the middle school. Jaleel said the school and its board were especially careful about their expansion, coming hot on the heels of the failed expansion and subsequent revocation of the charter of the Fulton Science Academy. By working with the school system, Amana overcame the hurdles and succeeded. Amana was started in 2005 and is unique in teaching its students Arabic, being one of the few public schools to do so. “Amana” means “stewardship” in Arabic. “It’s amazing what you can do with a grocery store when you put your mind and shoulder to it,” said Ken Zeff, Fulton Schools’ chief strategy and innovation officer, which oversees charter schools. On hand for the ribbon cutting of the new wing were numerous local dignitaries, including Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle, Fulton Commission Chairman John Eaves and Sen. Brandon Beach.

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• Coyotes are usually reclusive animals and are shy of people. However coyotes that have adapted to urban and suburban environments may come to realize there are few real threats and will approach humans and even feel safe visiting their yards even when people are present. • Hazing coyotes is the method recommended by the Denver, Colo., Hazing Guidelines for handling the coyote migration problem. • Hazing uses a variety of deterrents to discourage undesirable behavior and encourage coyotes to be less brazen or even leave the area. These methods begin with being “loud” and “large.” • People should shout, stand and face the animal, waving their hands and acting aggressive. Above all, DO NOT RUN from a coyote. If a coyote is confronted by something that is not afraid of it, the animal will retire. • Here are the Denver coyote guidelines: • Never leave food outdoors where coyotes can find it, especially on a regular basis. • Keep pets on a leash and indoors. • Do not approach an injured or sick coyote. Their behavior may be unpredictable. Call Animal Control. • If coyotes are in your area, wear a whistle or small bullhorn to make loud noises if one approaches. • Coyotes habituated to an area where people live need to be discouraged by hazing: making loud noises, approaching waving one’s arms and shouting at it. It may take several hazings to convince the coyote to leave an area permanently.

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the street looking for the animal and saw it,” Demartino said. “We hadn’t gone very far when we saw it in a yard. It looked a little like a shepherd, but its ears point straight up, and I knew it was a coyote,” he said. Demartino said he was frustrated when he contacted authorities about the coyote sighting. “I called the Johns Creek Police Department, but they told me to call 911. The 911 dispatcher said to call Animal Control. I called Animal Control and they said to call the Department of Natural Re-

sources. The DNR told me to call Animal Control,” he said. Now Demartino wants to warn people that while seldom seen, coyotes are in our midst. They have been increasing their range out of the Southwest as other predators such as wolves and cougars have been evicted from suburban environments. Meanwhile, coyotes have been reported recently in such urbanized areas as Buckhead. There have been coyotes in North Fulton for at least 20 years. They have become a problem in many states, and while normally skittish of humans, they can become “habituated” (losing their fear of humans) and should always be confronted and “hazed.” (See box, left.)


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The Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors welcomed the formal start of the new chamber Nov. 13 at the Metropolitan Club. be as encumbered with more regional macro issues such as sewage, transportation and roads. “We will be focused on business to business, and introducing and networking with people doing business in Alpharetta,” said Merkel. As the city grows, Merkel said such networking will become more difficult, so there will be an increasing need to keep people connected in a personal way and businesses connected effectively to other businesses – particularly within Alpharetta. “I want everybody at this table to meet everybody at that table and see if there is an opportunity,” he said. Hans Appen, general manager of Appen Media Group and chief executive officer of the new Alpharetta Chamber, said there will be many opportunities for the chamber to

work with the GNFCC for the greater good of the region while Alpharetta’s keeps its focus on Alpharetta. “I expect this region to grow at an aggressive pace for the immediate future, and it will take the all-out efforts of all the chambers to keep up with the pace and support it,” Appen said. “It’s our collective ball to run with or drop, and I prefer to run with it.” Appen Media Group publishes this publication. According to Merkel, the Alpharetta Chamber’s goal is to have 400 members by the end of the year. With attendance of almost 325 on opening night, he may just reach that goal.  The first official meeting of the new chamber will take place Jan. 16, 2014, also at the Metropolitan Club, for a “coffee and commerce” event. For more information, visit them online at

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Taylor Brooks Salon and Spa and Piper Lillies Gift Shoppe owner Julia Butler, center, is congratulated by Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker, right, and Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Kent Davies, left.

Gift shop, salon hold ribbon cutting JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A popular salon has moved to a new location and opened a gift shop and boutique in the process. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Taylor Brooks Salon and Spa, a family-owned hair salon and spa in Johns Creek, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new location and on-site gift shop — Piper Lillies. The businesses are located at 11705 Jones Bridge Road. Piper Lillies offers a variety of personal gift items and home accessories, as well as a bridal registry, embroidery, custom invitations and stationery. On the same location, a 6,000-square-foot salon accommodates 24 stylists, a makeup bar featuring Jane Iredale skin care makeup and spa featuring PCA Skin and Yon-Ka Paris, a natural skin care line. For more information, call 770-772-0510. | Johns Creek Herald | November 21, 2013 | 17

both residential and land. Murphy’s focus is on senior transitions and simplifying the myriad of housing and finance options for seniors and their families. BUYSMAN MURPHY Buysman has lived in the Atlanta area for close to 20 years and is a Windermere expert. She has six years of real estate experience along with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas. Murphy can be reached at 770-497-2000 or email, and Buysman can be reached at 770-497-2000 or email For more information, visit

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Harry Norman Realtors announced it has hired two new Realtors, Gannon Murphy and Jill Buysman, in the Forsyth County/ Lake Lanier office. Murphy comes to Harry Norman as a resident of Forsyth County for more than 20 years. He has experience in managing and marketing real estate,


Pieper O’Brien Herr hires new architect ALPHARETTA, Ga. — An architecture, interior design and graphic design company based in Alpharetta has added a new member to its team. Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects announced Kelvin B. Hall has joined as project manager. Hall is a registered architect who earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Prairie View A&M and a master of architecture from Rice HALL University. For more information, visit or call 770-569-1706.


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SUWANEE, Ga. — Debbie Cortjens with Solid Source Realty was awarded the Accredited Buyer’s Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council. Cortjens joins more than 30,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the ABR designation. All were required to successfully complete CORTJENS a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, both in addition to submitting documentation verifying professional experience. Call Cortjens at 770-331-6855 or email Debbie.

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American Heart Association recognizes NF Hospital ROSWELL, Ga. — North Fulton Hospital was recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) with the Gold Plus Award for Stroke Care. This marks the third consecutive year that North Fulton Hospital has received the Gold Plus Award, which is the AHA’s highest award for providing quality care to stroke patients. North Fulton Hospital’s stroke program was also placed on the AHA’s new Target Stroke Honor Roll. North Fulton Hospital’s Stroke Center has been a Certified Stroke Center since 2005. The center has five neurologists and two neurosurgeons on staff, in addition to its program coordinator. For more information, visit or call 770-751-2600.





Three join KeyWorth Bank JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — James F. Pope, president and chief executive officer of KeyWorth Bank, headquartered in Johns Creek, announced the addition of three new associates. Jason Cawthon will serve as IT systems administrator. Shirley Piedrahita was named financial services representative at the Haynes Bridge office, and Allison Snell will be a financial services representative at the Johns Creek office.


Advertising exec named to Leadership Ga. class CUMMING, Ga. — Conner Atkinson Poe, Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia executive director, was named to the Leadership Georgia class of 2014. Leadership Georgia trains and builds a network of emerging young leaders from across the state. Past participants include a number of

Grand opening at Arbor House Interiors ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Arbor House Interiors, a new residential and commercial design firm, held its grand opening Oct. 2. Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC) Chief Executive Officer Brandon Beach, GNFCC staff members and other local officials attended the grand opening on Church Street in Alpharetta. James and Corinne Carmack, Arbor House owners, expressed gratitude to the city and chamber for the warm welcome and said they look forward to becoming involved business owners in the community. Their goal is to provide clients with the highest quality interior design services on the market.

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Harry Norman CEO Palmer sees signs of ‘balanced market’ Real estate market seeing positive gains By ALDO NAHED CUMMING, Ga. — Numbers are good when you’re at the top. Dan Palmer, the president and chief executive officer for PALMER Harry Norman, Realtors, brought good news to about 40 agents at the company’s Forsyth/Lanier office — they are leading the real estate market in the area. Palmer has the numbers from First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), a data services provider for real estate professionals in Georgia, to back it up, too. When looking at FMLS numbers at all price points and every property type, Harry Norman closed on $2.08 billion in property from January through October 2013. Compared with the same time-frame last year, they had $1.5 billion.

The second company on the list, Prudential Realty, had $1.3 billion in closing. In the North Fulton and Forsyth area, the closed sales volume was $415 million, up from $289 million last year. “We are taking advantage of the market better than the other companies are,” Palmer said. “This is a testament that the consumer is choosing us.” Palmer told realtors gathered at the company meeting on Nov. 12 the current market is benefiting sellers. “We’ve been on this seller’s market and that doesn’t last long,” Palmer said. “We are flipping over from a seller’s market, not to a buyer’s market, where it’s been for five years, but more to a balanced market.” From October last year to this year, there has been an increase of 566 listings to 21,394 from 20,828. “Not much of an increase, but we’ve turned a corner where it’s no longer negative, it’s positive,” Palmer said. And although six months of inventory is equal to a bal-

Closed Volume Forsyth County & North Fulton. anced market, Palmer said the past four months have been on track. “We are in the right area,” Palmer said. “Our focus is getting listings.” Palmer later said the key that consumers are concerned about is the increase in the

price of their homes. “For five years, we were selling homes below cost because the market was so depressed in metro Atlanta,” Palmer said. “And it’s good to see homeowners getting some of that equity back. It’s been up for 18 months, the num-

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The Lost Christmas Eve tour comes to the Arena at the Gwinnett Center. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is an American prog-rock band that incorporates orchestral and classical influences into heavy metal and rock music. The band has sold over 10 million records world wide. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Please call 770-813-7500 or visit,


Macklemore and Ryan Lewis broke new ground by independently releasing their debut full-length album, “The Heist,” which shot to the No. 1 slot on iTunes, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts and was certified Gold without the support of a traditional record label. They recently made Billboard history as the only duo to send their first two singles to No. 1 on both the Hot 100 and Top 40 Radio charts with new single “Can’t Hold Us” and breakout smash “Thrift Shop.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22. Arena at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Please visit


A leading piano group formed by three top representatives of their instruments, the Marcus Roberts Trio is one of the easiest recommendations in jazz. Featuring Marcus Roberts, Rodney Jordan and Jason Marsalis, the group plays originals and versions of standards that are full of surprises, yet somehow always accessible. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30. The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 855-583-5838 or visit


Presented by the Center for Puppetry Arts, Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Show times vary. Nov. 7 – Dec. 29. 1404 Spring St. Northwest at 18th, Atlanta. Please visit


The Shakespearean tragedy, performed by the Shakespeare tavern. King Lear is dying, and is preparing to split his kingdom up among his three daughters, but first he asks them to tell how much they love him. Two present flattering answers, and the third remains silent, saying no words can describe it. The rest of the tale is the story of betrayal and the struggle for power. Show times vary. Through Dec. 1. 499 Peachtree St. Northeast, Atlanta. Please call 404-874-5299 or visit

success, others have not, and Mother may be facing her last Christmas. Amid much laughter and witty dialogue, the family discovers something you’ll want to discover with them. Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. Nov. 29-Dec. 22. Please visit


An exhibition that explores the art, design and evolution of Paris' beloved Tuileries Garden and its impact on artists through time will premiere at the High Museum of Art. The Louvre and the Tuileries Garden will feature more than 100 works, some of which have never been seen outside of France. Oct. 26 to Nov. 19. 1280 Peachtree St. Northeast, Atlanta. Please visit


The Holiday Boutique at 2 Rules Fine Art is a threemonth art show featuring 26 artists. Find paintings, prints, jewelry, glass, wood, pottery, sculpture, fiber and photography, with special discounts being offered for this show only. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Nov. 8 – Jan. 25. 85 Church St., Marietta. Please call 404-355-6897 or visit


The spectacular lantern festival and multicultural theme park makes its Atlanta debut at Turner Field. Guests will be able to travel the world in one visit while viewing the largerthan-life lantern designs of international landmarks. 5 – 11 p.m. Nov. 21 – Jan. 5. 755 Hank Aaron Drive Southwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-314-1994 or visit



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Kick off the holiday season with Milton’s fourth annual Tree Lighting at the corner of Ga. 9 and Webb Road (in front of Target). Enjoy performances by the Milton High School chorus and an Off Broadway Expressions dance troupe. After Milton’s mayor and councilmembers light the tree, St. Nick will arrive by fire truck to pose for photographs amid holiday music and refreshments. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Please visit


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Festive holiday wreaths will be displayed throughout Barrington Hall and will be available for purchase. All proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 1-15. 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. Please call 770-640-3855.


Pony rides, hay rides and more. Proceeds benefit the Save the Horses, a no-kill shelter. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dec 1. Save the Horses Shelter, 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming. Please call 770-886-5419 or visit



The oldest and largest "Nutcracker" production in North Fulton. Sugarplums will be dancing in your head as you witness more than 300 cast members perform. Nov. 29 – Dec. 8. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Please call 770-998-0259 or visit


Part of a worldwide storytelling event at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Nov. 22. 830 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell. Please call 770-640-3253 or visit


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Johns Creek Girl Scouts sell their handmade crafts and holiday items. Items for sale will include jewelry, soap, ornaments and more. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov. 23. Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Please call 404-431-7079.

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Hausmann launches commission re-election bid Seeks second Fulton term By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – When Fulton Commissioner Liz Hausmann held her re-election kickoff Nov. 13, no fewer than 15 elected officials turned out to support her – including two state senators, the speaker pro tem of the state House, three Fulton Board of Education members and two mayors. More than 100 in all were on hand has Hausmann announced she was running for a second term. “I have been able to accomplish some good things in my first term on the commission. And we have come a long way in the last 20 years. When I ran, I not only wanted good government, but to foster good relationships with the cities and do some fence-mending,” Hausmann said. She said she believes she has accomplished a good deal. Since she took office, she said the commission: • Made a quick settlement on

the sales tax distribution, which lessened the county’s share but increased cities’ shares. • Began work on a new county public safety radio system. • Held the line on the county millage rate. • Cut $20 million in funded – but unfilled – county jobs. • Froze new employee hiring until need could be shown for the hire. • Oversaw construction of three new North Fulton libraries. “And these libraries will be open and staffed for our citizens to use,” Hausmann said. Hausmann also served on Gov. Nathan Deal’s Judicial Review Task Force to improve local government. She also said she is looking forward to working with two new North Fulton commissioners that will be elected due to redistricting. “I don’t know what party, race or sex they will be. But they will be from North Fulton districts and are long overdue,” she said. Hausmann will be representing District 1 in next year’s nonpartisan election, which


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Liz Hausmann had many elected officials show up to show their support for her campaign. From left are state House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, Mayor Mike Bodker, Hausma is bounded on the south by the Chattahoochee River and the west by Ga. 400. A new District 2 will be the west side of Ga. 400 north of the river, with Sandy Springs-Buckhead making up District 3. “I hope we will be able to get even more done,” she said.

Board of Education member Katie Reeves was there to support Hausmann who served on the BOE with Reeves. “In her four years on the board, she served the county well through some amazing issues,” Reeves said. State Sen. Brandon Beach

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the Fulton County Republican Party. She said she is a “conservative voice on the County Commission.” “With redistricting and two more compatriots on the board, residents will get real service from Fulton County, from the courts to the libraries,” Jones said. “She knows the 350,000 residents of North Fulton are entitled to something for their tax money.”


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Ga. 400 tolls to end Nov. 22 ATLANTA — The State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) announced the Ga. 400 tolls will officially end Friday, Nov. 22, weather permitting. Toll collection is scheduled to end after rush hour to lessen the impact on the Ga. 400 commute. In July 2012, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the state would pay off its bond debt and end tolls on Ga. 400 by December 2013. Southeastern Site Development Inc., of Newnan, was contracted for the construction component of the project. Construction will be man-

Enough tolls have been collected to pay for the original construction of the road and the new connector ramps to I-85, plus other needed projects in the Ga. 400 corridor.” CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON SRTA Executive Director aged through the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). “The ending of Ga. 400’s tolls fulfills a promise made to

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Construction zone: • The toll plaza is an active construction zone, with a 45 mph speed limit. • Peach Pass users are encouraged to keep their account active even though the Ga. 400 tolls are ending, so the account can be used if they need to bypass traffic using existing I-85 express lanes, or the planned I-75 express lanes south of Atlanta (coming in 2016) and I-75/575 express lanes in the Northwest Corridor (coming in 2018). construction of the road and the new connector ramps to I-85, plus other needed projects in the Ga. 400 corridor.” “This road has had a tremendous economic impact on the city of Atlanta, the Buckhead business district, north Fulton County and other communities along the highway.” The first phase of a fourphase demolition project began on Friday, Oct. 25, with restriping in the Peach Pass electronic toll lanes and modification and removal of redundant “toll” signage. In Phase II, preparation for no tolling continues with the completion of restriping and

the installation of concrete barriers between the Peach Pass and cash lanes in anticipation of the eventual shifting of traffic into the electronic lanes when toll collection ends. Once tolls end and traffic is shifted during the winter holidays, no heavy demolition work is expected to take place during Phase III. Phase IV will begin in January 2014 and will include removal of plaza toll booths, the canopy, reinforcement and filling of the tunnel stairwells. The demolition project will be completed in the fall of 2014. —Shubhi Tangri

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6 new Eagle Scouts invested for Milton District NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The Milton Boy Scout District, which includes the cities of Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Milton, announced its newest Eagle Scouts who passed their boards Oct. 24. Among the requirements of attaining Eagle rank include the completion of an approved civic project. Nathaniel Maiwald of Troop 317, sponsored by Perimeter Church, chose as his project the organization and collection of reading and sunglasses for distribution to the needy in

Guatemala. Maiwald collected more than 500 pairs of glasses. He also had to measure and label each pair using a lensometer. Daniel Rowland of Troop 3143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, decided he would design and build 12 metal clothing racks. For this project, Rowland had to cut and thread all the pipes for the clothing racks. Lucas Murray of Troop 3143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist

Church, elected to landscape the front of Johns Creek High School. Murray dug out, cleaned out and weeded an 800-square-foot area and planted trees and shrubs. Quinton Aubrey Haley of Troop 143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, took as his project the design and construction of a 10-foot by 10-foot storage shed with outdoor overhang for Grace Chapel Church in Cumming Wilson Gao of Troop 2000, sponsored by Johns Creek

Presbyterian Church, took on as his project the job to landscape and beautify and add enhancements the Eric Amman Memorial Garden at Johns Creek Presbyterian Church. Gao also created and organized an commemorative opening ceremony for the garden. Garrett Fetner of Troop 317, sponsored by Perimeter Church, decided on the job of organizing and collecting of shoes for Soles4Souls charity. Fetner collected 805 pairs of shoes, which will be shipped all over the world to those in need.

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JCHS students donate greeter desk JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Fourth-year engineering students at Johns Creek High School presented Autrey Mill Middle School with a handcrafted, wooden greeter desk for the entrance of the school. The students participate in a class called Research, Design and Project Management led by Steve Sweigart, and they completed the desk as their first project of the school year.

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Wilson Creek students pumped JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A typical school day for some students at Wilson Creek Elementary School contains more than just the three Rs. Physical education teacher David Conner is sponsoring an early morning Cardio Club for fourth- and fifth-grade students. The Cardio Club is a voluntary seven-week exercise program that follows the “Couch to 5K” guidelines. More than 40 students participate in the club. Three mornings a week, be-

fore the sun is up and the first school bell rings, students arrive at the Wilson Creek gymnasium to alternate walking with jogging and running for 35 minutes. Research studies have demonstrated that exercise increases mental acuity, boosts attention and motivation and helps manage behavior problems. On average, the positive results continue for four to 10 hours after exercising, carrying students through the entire school day.

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Unbeaten Patriots begin state playoff quest Veterans excel as younger players step up

By MIKE BLUM JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – When first-year Mount Pisgah head football coach Mike Forester took a look at his team’s 2013 schedule, he was thinking an 8-2 record would be a good mark to shoot at. The Patriots were playing the same schedule as in 2012, when they went 6-5. And of the nine opponents on both schedules, three of them manhandled Mount Pisgah by three or four touchdowns. What a difference a year makes. The Patriots faced their first serious roadblock early in the season when Mount Pisgah fell behind 16-0 at the half in the third game of the season against Our Lady of Mercy. “Here we go again,” Forester thought. But the Patriots rallied in spectacular fashion to win 1716 on a last-second field goal, and things took off from there. The team reeled off seven more victories, and Mount Pisgah closed out the 2013 schedule with a 10-0 record, sending the Patriots into the Class A private school playoffs as the second-ranked team among the 16 playing for a state title. “I was thinking 8-2, not 10-0,” Forester said during the Patriots’ off week between the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs. Mount Pisgah opens the postseason Friday night at home against Pacelli of Columbus, which went 6-4 to capture a rare state playoff berth. A victory will send the Patriots into the second round, again at home, against the Holy Innocents-Landmark Christian winner. It’s unlikely the Patriots will be looking past their opening opponent, as they only have to take a look back at their own playoff situation last year. Mount Pisgah barely qualified for the playoffs as the 16th team in a 16-team draw, and nearly knocked off No. 1 Athens Academy in the first round. That performance helped spur the Patriots to its 10-0 record in 2013, with Mount Pisgah having to overcome the loss of two key linemen midway through the season. At the Class A level, most top players have to play extensively on both offense and defense, so the loss of your best lineman for disciplinary reasons and the team’s defensive ace can be a mortal blow. But the Patriots have sur-

vived a knee injury to junior Shingi Chigwere. “He’s as good a defensive lineman as there is in 1-A football. That’s a huge missing piece [to lose],” said Forester. Both Chigwere and the other missing lineman started on offense, which forced the Patriots to adjust their offensive approach, but hasn’t noticeably affected the team’s production. Mount Pisgah put up some big numbers in just about every game, led by standout junior quarterback Aaron Winchester and a large cast of players who have shared the rushing and receiving duties. Winchester has completed 117 of 215 passes for 1,803 yards and 24 touchdowns, and also leads the team in rushing with 85 carries for 664 yards. “Aaron has had an incredible year,” Forester said. “He’s the prototypical Russell Wilson-type player. He can hurt with his arm and his legs. He’s an outstanding runner with great speed and can sit back in the pocket and throw it. He makes it hard for defenses.” The Patriots are a pass first, run second offense, with three players splitting the rushing duties and three others helping share the receiving load. Senior Browning Dunn and juniors Oz Dixon and Ben Miller have combined for 830 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground, and are also the most productive receivers, with 62 catches for 1,185 yards and 17 TDs. Seniors Tommy Pease, Patrick Messinger and Ian Ainsworth have 10 TDs and 600 receiving yards among them, making it impossible for defenses to key on any one player. The Patriots average around 195 yards per game passing and 175 rushing despite some major changes in the line. Sophomore Nick Bernier and freshman Jack Geier have helped pick up the slack up front despite their youth. Forester also made some offensive adjustments “so we don’t put them in impossible situations.” Defensively, sophomore Garrett Brasher and freshman Noah West “have stepped up,” Forester said. Junior Blake Smith moved from nose guard to tackle in place of Chigwere and has turned in “an outstanding season,” according to his coach. The Patriots have been able to compensate for the defensive losses up front with some strong play from the lineback-

Senior halfback Browning Dunn rambles for yardage in a game earlier this season. ers and defensive backfield, even though there have also been some occasional position changes in both areas. Junior Nicky Piccapietra has helped key the defense at linebacker, along with fellow junior John O’Connor and sophomore J.R. Cendoya. Senior safety Jacob Delk is leading the team with six interceptions. “He’s an amazing player,” Forester said. “Jacob seems to be where the ball is all the time,” Messinger, Dixon and Ainsworth round out the secondary. One concern for Forester going into the playoffs is his team’s relatively weak schedule, which included only one game in the latter stages of the season against an opponent with a winning record. The Patriots’ other close call this season was a 28-24 win over Mount Paran, which finished the season third in the Class A private school ranking and is the No. 6 playoff seed. “That’s a little bit of a concern,” Forester said. “Pacelli has been in four tough games and they’ve played three top 10 teams. We haven’t been challenged like they have.” The Patriots needed late rallies to win both their closely contested games, scoring two touchdowns in the last five minutes against Mount Paran. Pacelli, which went 6-4 and tied for fourth in its region, is similar in style to Mount Pisgah, Forester said. But in the end, it matters little who the Patriots open with. “There are no weak teams

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left. We’re down to 16 teams,” the coach said. This has been an extremely successful first season as a head coach for Forester, who was a defensive coordinator for more than 20 years in Alabama before joining the Pisgah

coaching staff in that capacity last year. When Doug Dixon stepped down after the 2012 season, Forester was named head coach, to which he admits he never aspired. But he has excelled at it in his first season.

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Manthey powers Titans to win in playoff opener By MIKE BLUM ROSWELL, Ga. – Blessed Trinity suffered a serious loss early in last Friday’s playoff opener when standout sophomore tailback Milton Shelton injured his knee early in the game on a wet field, Nov. 15. But senior Chad Manthey came off the bench to enjoy another huge game, rushing for 228 yards on 37 carries as the Titans defeated Jackson County 41-14 to reach the

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second round of the Class AAA playoffs. The Titans (8-3) will play at home Friday against White County, a team they have defeated three times the last two seasons. Manthey rushed for 600 yards and eight touchdowns in a recent three-game stretch with Shelton sidelined, and again came through when his team needed him. The Titans ran the ball 57 times for 297 yards against the Panthers, while sophomore quarterback Connor Davis turned in another excellent performance, completing 12 of 13 passes for 173 yards and a 54-yard touchdown to Colin Bradley, who has four TD catches the last three weeks. “Milton went out, I think it was the second series, and Chad came in and did what Chad does,” Blessed Trinity coach Tim McFarlin said. “Connor made some good throws. His only incompletion came when the receiver slipped.” McFarlin said the Blessed Trinity defense played well against a speedy opponent, using the “bend but don’t break” method. The Titans limited Jackson County (4-7) to a pair

of first-half field goals, breaking open the game with three touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 24-6 at the half. The BT defensive effort was keyed by sophomore lineman Logan Craighead. “Logan was unbelievable. He had seven solo tackles, two sacks and three or four hurries. He was relentless,” McFarlin said. Davis and Bradley connected for their touchdown in the second period and Manthey scored on a 13-yard run. Carter McManes, who McFarlin said was a big contributor at linebacker along with Pat Jasinski, also plays tailback in the Titans’ short yardage package. He scored the first of his three touchdowns in the second quarter and added two more TDs in the third period. Marc Nolan closed out the scoring for BT in the fourth quarter with his second field goal of the game. White County will be a familiar foe for the Titans, as the two teams also met in the state playoffs last year after a regular season game. BT won 21-19 in the regular season last year at White County, 35-14 at home in the playoffs

and 30-0 in Roswell early this season. The Warriors (9-2) have won five of six since, losing only to state power Buford. “They’ve gotten better,” said McFarlin in a bit of understatement. McFarlin and White County coach Bill Ballard are friends, stemming back to their meeting in the 2006 state championship when McFarlin was the head coach at Roswell and Ballard was at Peachtree Ridge. The loss to Blessed Trinity this season resulted in Ballard deciding to play some of his top defensive players extensively on offense, and the Warriors have improved since. White County utilizes a run-oriented offense similar to that of St. Pius, and defeated Adairsville 52-28 in the first round last week. “They’re not the same team we beat earlier in the season,” McFarlin said. “Our kids know that. They’re playing a good football team Friday.” A victory Friday would put the Titans in the quarterfinals against the Peach CountyWashington County winner. Unbeaten Washington County is one of the top-ranked teams in AAA.


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Grauss, Butcher, Watkins shine as Raiders score first playoff win By MIKE BLUM ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Alpharetta Raiders scored the first playoff victory in the school’s history, defeating the South Gwinnett Comets 41-23 last Friday night, Nov. 15. The win advances the Raiders to the second round of the state AAAAAA playoffs at home this Friday night against state-ranked Collins Hill, one of three teams to tie for first in Region 7, considered the state’s strongest in AAAAAA. The Raiders (9-2) came away with a decisive victory against the Comets, but some of the game statistics did not exactly give the impression that Alpharetta led by 25 points before a late South Gwinnett touchdown. Offensively, the Raiders had minus 31 yards rushing, completed just 12 of 30 passes and gained a total of only 184 yards with a modest 11 first downs. Defensively, the Raiders yielded more than 300 yards passing, with the Comets run-

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ning 83 plays from scrimmage to 49 for Alpharetta. Alpharetta also gave up a touchdown on a kickoff return, but the Raiders did more than enough in other aspects of the kicking game to offset the one breakdown. The Raiders won thanks to some standout defensive work by linebacker Bryce Grauss, end Andrew Butcher and cornerback DeAndre Watkins, with Grauss and Watkins also figuring in the success of Alpharetta’s special teams. The Raiders sputtered offensively for much of the night, but hit enough big plays through the air to offset a non-existent running game and some inconsistency in the team’s explosive passing attack. “It’s been a long time coming,” Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes told his team after the game. “This wasn’t easy. Not only are we region champions, we get another week.” South Gwinnett, the No. 4 seed out of Region 8 with a 5-5 record, controlled the game through one quarter, but

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Over and out: Alpharetta’s Bryce Grauss (42) grabs a leg and Auzoyah Alufohai (79) prepares to finish off South Gwinnett’s Malik Brown (5).

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South Gwinnett quarterback Malik Brown (5) has no room to run against Alpharetta’s Matt Moore (24), Jalin Johnson (93) and Troy Simon (30).

Raiders: Continued from Page 29 Along the way, Alpharetta converted its only third down of the game, as well as a fourthand-9 from the South Gwinnett 43. The Comets’ Fred Langston returned the kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and pulled his team within 17-16 when he hauled in a 70-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the third quarter. But South Gwinnett missed the PAT, one of a series of mistakes by the Comets in their kicking game that the Raiders capitalized on. A roughing-the-punter penalty on fourth-and-25 extended Alpharetta’s next series, with King hitting James Marbaugh twice for 29 yards to set up a 34-yard field goal by Waller. The Comets were driving to a possible go-ahead score when Butcher’s second sack on the drive forced a fumble, with the Raiders recovering at the South Gwinnett 19. A 42-yard catch by Suter (three receptions, 100 yards) gave the Raiders a scoring opportunity, but they stalled at the Comets’ 23. No matter. A high punt snap by South Gwinnett gave the ball to Alpharetta at the Comets’ 10. King hit Marbaugh, who made a juggling catch for 8 yards and the score to make it 27-16 early in the final period. A second interception by

Watkins gave the Alpharetta offense the ball on the Comets’ 43, and King connected with a wide open Daniel Clements for the touchdown on the next play. The final Alpharetta score also came after an interception, with Grauss making the pick at the Raiders’ 12 and taking it the length of the field before a horse collar tackle 1 yard shy of the end zone denied him the touchdown. Miles Smith scored on the next play to make it 41-16 before the Comets drove to a touchdown inside the final minute. Grauss, playing with a damaged kneecap that forced him out of the game at one point, had 13 solo tackles, three for losses, and five assists in a determined performance. Butcher was credited with two-and-a-half sacks and was a constant presence on pass plays, with the Comets getting most of their yards though the air on quick tosses to the outside. King wound up with 215 yards passing and three touchdowns, but missed some open receivers, completing just 40 percent of his attempts. “Offensively, we made some big plays when we needed to in the second half,” Dukes said. After the Comets got back in the game on Langston’s two long touchdowns, Dukes credited his defense “with making up for that mistake and forcing some turnovers.”

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State-ranked Collins Hill a big challenge for Raiders By MIKE BLUM ALPHARETTA, Ga. – In the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs, teams from Gwinnett County went 7-1, sweeping the four teams from Region 5 and going 3-1 against the three Forsyth teams representing Region 6. The lone non-Gwinnett team to advance was Alpharetta, which will face one of Gwinnett’s best in the second round of the playoffs Friday night. The Raiders will host Collins Hill (10-1), one of three Region 7 co-champions, all of whom are ranked among the top seven teams in the state. While Alpharetta has played only one team still alive in the AAAAAA playoffs, the Eagles have four opponents left in the bracket after opening with an impressive 41-7 victory over Walton in their first round game. Collins Hill does not have the resume of some of the other top Gwinnett teams, but has been a consistent playoff presence since 2004. The Eagles have made the playoffs nine of the last 10 years, but this is just the third time they’ve been beyond the first round. Alpharetta is coming off its firstever playoff victory last Friday, Nov. 15, against South Gwinnett after three years of playoff frustration. The Raiders (9-2) are on an eightgame winning streak, including a perfect 7-0 mark in region play, but have not faced a top caliber team since losing to Lovejoy 24-23 in mid-September. The Raiders nearly won that game despite eight turnovers, most occurring in Lovejoy territory. Collins Hills owns wins over Dacula, Peachtree Ridge and North Gwinnett, all playoff winners last week, with the Eagles’ lone defeat a 28-0 drubbing

by Norcross midway through the season. The Eagles took apart North Gwinnett, the state’s top-ranked team, 53-28 and are averaging 48 points per game in their last eight victories. After an initial look at the Eagles on film, Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes said the Raiders “have our work cut out for us.” Collins Hill has a quarterback “with a strong arm,” Dukes said, but his bigger concern is running back Tyler Henderson, who scored four touchdowns against Walton, including a 60-yarder. “He’s as fast as any running back we’ve played,” Dukes said of Henderson. “He is a very explosive player.” While the Eagles have been successful offensively against every team they’ve played other than Norcross, their defense yielded at least 28 points in four of their last six games. “I think we will have some opportunities,” Dukes said, with the Raiders relying on the arm of Austin King and the team’s deep group of receivers. The Raiders’ offensive and defensive units will be fully tested by the Eagles, and Dukes said his players “welcome that challenge. If you can’t get up for Collins Hill, you don’t have a pulse.” Alpharetta played against passoriented South Gwinnett with a defense that included a freshman forced into a start at cornerback, and Dukes is hoping his standout linebacker will not be hampered by a kneecap injury that briefly sent him to the sidelines last Friday. “Bryce [Grauss] is a special, special player,” Dukes said. “You can’t get him off the field. He’s a tackling machine and a playmaker, and he’s the spirit of our team and a great kid.”

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(GDOE). Schools designated as “highest performing schools� are those that place among the top 5 percent of Title I schools in the state with the highest performance over three years for all students on the statewide assessments. In Georgia, students in third through eighth grades are assessed each year with the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs). High school students are assessed primarily on the End of Course Tests (EOCTs). This is the second year that River Eves Elementary earned recognition as a high performance school. The Roswell school has an enrollment of 850 students, and Principal Neil Pinnock has led the school since 2007. “Of course I’m very proud of the school and the students and teachers, but most of all this award shows we are leveraging our [Title I funds] in the right way to ensure that all students – and not just those who need additional assistance – are achieving at the highest levels,� said Pinnock.

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Of course I’m very proud of the school and the students and teachers, but most of all this award shows we are leveraging our [Title I funds] in the right way to ensure that all students – and not just those who need additional assistance – are achieving at the highest levels.� NEIL PINNOCK River Eves Elementary School Principal In 2012, Georgia received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for the federal mandates under the No Child Left Behind Law. As part of the waiver, the GDOE changed its accountability system to identify high achieving Title I schools as Reward Schools instead of Title I Schools of Distinction. Title I is a federal program that provides additional funding to schools

serving children in high poverty areas and who are most at risk for not meeting the state’s performance standards. The funds are distributed by the federal government, through the GDOE, to assist in educating students who are economically disadvantaged. River Eves Elementary will be recognized as a Reward School during the Title I conference later this school year.

tion – but held out hope the school board will continue its practice of rotating board meetings between the south and north. The Fulton School System is 78 miles from tip to tip, and one of the few – if not only – school systems in the nation that is not geographically contiguous. Traveling from one end to the other requires traveling through the Atlanta School System. Schultz said the school board will discuss the issue of where board meetings will be held once the Sandy Springs headquarters is operational,

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Chattahoochee’s star volleyballer Templeton signs with Miami JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Chattahoochee High School’s Haley Templeton has committed to play volleyball at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami is an NCAA Division I school that competes in the ACC. Templeton, a four-year varsity letterman, was captain in 2012 and 2013 and was the starting setter for four years. The Cougars were state finalists in 2013 and 2010 and semifinalists in 2011. In addition, the Cougars were area champions in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Templeton, who was selected to the all-area and the Georgia all-state teams all four years, was voted to the Georgia senior all-state team in 2013. She was Setter of Year for

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JCUMC presents family musical ‘The Forgotten Carols’ JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Southeastern tour of “The Forgotten Carols” will make one of its final stops at Johns Creek United Methodist Church Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The show was last performed at the church in 2011. Written by Michael McLean, this magical family musical has played in West Coast theaters for more than 20 Christmas seasons. This year marks the third annual Southeastern tour produced by Theos Theatricals.  The producing team includes Emmy Awardwinning television producer Michael Young, who has just relocated from Los Angeles to Johns Creek, and Greg Smith, a minister and pastoral counselor from Auburn, Ala. “‘The Forgotten Carols’ made Christmas 2011 more meaningful and exciting than any Christmas I can remember since becoming a pastor,” said the Rev D.B. Shelnutt Jr., senior pastor of the church. 

“The message, the music and the acting were superb.” “The Forgotten Carols” features professional actors joined on stage by the local church choir. This special event shares the true meaning of Christmas through the heart-warming story of Constance, a rigid nurse, and John, her very unusual patient. With warmth and kindness, John takes Constance on a journey through the untold carols of Christmases past, eventually breaking through her iron-clad exterior and guiding the young nurse to the Christmas carol waiting to be sung inside her own heart. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for groups of 10 or more and $12 for students. For ticket information, visit or call the church office. Like the show on Facebook at Theos Theatricals.

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‘Synagogue Without Walls’ holds services in Johns Creek storytelling. Led by Herstik as well as musician David Crosner, the evening will be filled with song, moments of reflection and joyous Shabbat celebration. The evening is an invitation to the many unaffiliated Jews and their significant others who long to participate in a

Jewish community, where the soul and spirit are touched by a deep sense of spiritual possibility; where tradition and the present are woven together to create a purpose-filled Judaism; where questions are welcomed and the heart is filled with a longing to experience the Divine Presence.

“Synagogue Without Walls” is an effort of Herstik to bring Jews together who are open to possibilities and seeking spiritual fulfillment. Herstik has served the Jewish community for over 36 years, most recently retired as senior rabbi of Congregation Dor Tamid in Johns Creek.

The Shabbat service will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the Seven Oaks Clubhouse, 12275 Seven Oaks Parkway in Johns Creek. An Oneg will follow the service. There is no fee. For more information, call 678-977-5236 or email info@rabbironatlanta. com.


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Marjean Birt named GOP Woman of the Year Ga. Federation of Republican Women honors her 56 years of service By HATCHER HURD ROSWELL, Ga. – It would not be fair to say Marjean Birt was born a Republican. But she does insist she became a Republican when she was 5 years old. That was when her father became disenchanted with President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal politics and became a Republican in Erie, Pa. “My father had always been a conservative Democrat, and when he didn’t see eye to eye with Mr. Roosevelt, he changed parties. And I went with him,” said Birt. Birt has never looked back at her party affiliation. There are not many (if any) Fulton County Republican Party members who can remember when Birt was not involved in local GOP politics. But her lifelong work began 56 years ago in Erie, where she joined the Erie County Republican Women’s Club. Birt soon became chairwoman, doubled the membership to more than 1,000 women and expanded its board to 41 members. She also campaigned and


helped elect the first Republican mayor of Erie. She has been involved in GOP presidential elections since heading the Barry Goldwater campaign in Erie in 1964. After marrying Lucas Birt and moving to Alpharetta, she continued her Republican ways, campaigning for GOP candidate Bo Calloway’s unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign. She has supported GOP candidates ever since. U.S. Rep. Tom Price, RRoswell, was only half-joking when he said, “You can’t get on the Republican ballot for office in Fulton County without Marjean’s approval.” She worked as a voter registrar and poll worker during elections. She was instrumental in starting the Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club, serving almost continuously as its president. “Marjean has been a longtime member and has done so much,” said Helen Story, a Marietta member of the Ga. Federation of Republican Women. She was among three candidates nominated for the honor at the Oct. 26 statewide

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Library Class Schedule Line Dancing Most Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enjoy improved physical and mental health with this fun, relaxing activity. Taught by Jean Chen, longtime line dancing instructor. New participants always welcome. No registration required. Northeast/Spruill Oaks branch, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022 For information, call 770360-8820. Dahn Yoga Classes Most Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Classes combine stretching, breathing and meditation and are for beginners. No registration is required. Each class limited to first 25 participants. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose, comfortable clothes. Northeast/ Spruill Oaks branch, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022 For information, call 770360-8820. Free ESL Classes Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginning and intermediate levels. Thursdays, 11 a.m. for be-

COMMUNITY ginner and intermediate levels; 12:15 p.m. for advanced. In-class registration is ongoing. No textbook needed. Northeast/ Spruill Oaks branch, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022 For information, call 770360-8820. Friends of the Northeast Library Book Club Most first Wednesdays of each month Dec. 4: “Rules of Civility” Enjoy interesting and lively discussions. New participants always welcome! Northeast/Spruill Oaks branch, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022 For information, call 770360-8820.


Submit your news & photos to Adult Volunteer Orientation Most Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Ages 15 and older. Reservation required. Northeast/Spruill Oaks branch, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022 For information, call 770360-8820. Lego Club Tuesday, Dec. 17, 4 p.m. There isn’t a theme for December. You can work on whatever you want! Ages 5-10. Registration required. Roswell branch, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075 For information, call 770-6403075.  Conversational French Class Thursdays, 11 a.m. Join library French tutor John Cook for beginning


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Aerospace engineer and science educator Kevin Howard presents a special science program for homeschoolers. Each workshop will focus on a different scientific topic. Ages 6-10. Registration begins Nov. 22. Roswell branch, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075 For information, call 770-6403075. Wire Beaded Snowflakes Wednesday, Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m. This is always fun during the holidays. These are easy, pretty and an expression of your creativity. Ages 5 through adult. Ocee branch, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek 30005. For information, call 770-360-8897. Terrariums for Teens Thursday, Dec. 12, 4:30 p.m. Create a terrarium with easy-to-care-for succulents and/or prickly plants. Adorn your room with greenery or give someone a really cool gift. Registration recommended and begins Nov. 13. Alpharetta branch, 238 Canton Street, Alpharetta 30009 For information, call 770740-2425. | Johns Creek Herald | November 21, 2013 | 37 Friends of the Roswell Library Book Sale Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m. Come to our Friends of the Roswell Library book sale featuring books all genres of books for all ages. All proceeds benefit the Roswell Library. Roswell branch, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075 For information, call 770-6403075. Holiday Crafts and Jolly Stories Tuesday, Dec. 17, 4:30 p.m. Craft time and stories for the holiday. Ages 5-9. Northeast/Spruill Oaks branch, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022 For information, call 770360-8820. Managing Health Care Expenses in Retirement: Saturday, Dec. 28, 4 p.m. Presented by Ed Stefan, MBA, CFP and Clare Stefan. Reservation is required. Please contact 770-799-7016 or clare. Sandy Springs branch 395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta 30328. For information, call 404303-6130.

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Faye L. Christopher, 67, of Dawsonville, passed away November 4, 2013. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Tokunbo Coker, 72, of Alpharetta, passed away November 9, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Carol Davis, 64, of Roswell, passed away November 7, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Home.

Heather Hampton, 33, of Alpharetta, passed away November 9, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. Velma Herbkersman, 93, of Roswell, passed away November 10, 2013. Arrangements by Norhside Chapel Funeral Directors.

John Joseph Hopkins, 83, of Roswell, passed away November 10, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Marvin Hoeflinger, 71, of Johns Creek, passed away November 12, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Ruth Hurney, 92, of Lawrenceville, passed away November 8, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Lidia R. Johnson, 88, of Dunwoody, passed away November 9, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Rita Letterman, 67, of Alpharetta, passed away November 3. 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Arne Lidback, 78, of Alpharetta, passed away November 10, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Richard Mesa, 91, of Alpharetta, passed away November 1, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Joyce Elaine Morse, 81, of Cumming, passed away November 7, 2013. Arrnagements by Byars Funeral Home. Thomas Schmidt, 69, of Woodstock, passed away November 2, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Harold Marder, 92, of Atlanta, passed away November 3, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Charlotte Seipel, 94, of Alpharetta , passed away November 4, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Jewel Masters, 76, of Roswell, passed away November 3, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Jonita Shuman, 61, of Roswell, passed away November 1, 2013. Arrangments by Northside Chapel Funeral Home.

Patricia Malvern Stevens, 62, of Snellville, passed away November 8, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. William Terry, 89, of Atlanta, passed away November 2, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Carrie Thomason, 97, of Cumming, passed away November 9, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Johnnie Lou Turner, 86, of Cumming, passed away November 11, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Elsie Wilkes, 91, of East Point, passed away November 9, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Laura Wilsmann, 53, of Roswell, passed away November 4, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

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The new Horseshoe Bend Country Club located in Roswell seeks team players to join our Food & Beverage Team as full-time or part-time employees. Applicants must have at least one year of experience in a casual and/or formal a la carte dining environment. Successful candidates should exhibit a positive, friendly, courteous, & customer service oriented demeanor. Additionally, candidates must possess exceptional verbal communication skills, be extremely reliable & polished in appearance. Candidates must have reliable transportation as we are not on MARTA or bus line. We are an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER & a DRUG FREE WORKPLACE; we also E-Verify all employees. Our benefits include: * Competitive wages * Holiday Bonus Program * Medical/Dental insurance for full time employees * Paid time off * Uniforms * Golf playing privileges * Discounts on food & merchandise. Please send your resume to eolson@horseshoeb or apply in person: 2100 Steeplechase Lane, Roswell GA 30076.

A l p h a r e t t a Presbyterian Church (www.alpharettapres. com) is seeking a dynamic and creative person of faith to lead our vibrant youth ministry program. We are a 960 member church blessed with a large number of very active middle and high school students. Our youth ministry offers Sunday school classes, Sunday night youth group, retreats, and summer mission trips. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with emphasis in Theology, Divinity, or Education and/or work experience in Youth Ministry is required. This is a 30 hour/week position. A full job description is posted on the church website. Interested candidates should send a resume and three references to dym@alpharettapres .com.

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