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Fellowship Christian perfect football season Moves on to semifinals ►►PAGE 34 The city of Milton’s holiday season was officially kicked off Nov. 26 at the annual tree lighting event. A musical performance by the Milton High School Choir, Christmas carols by candlelight, Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood and city council counting down to the big moment of the tree lighting got everyone into the holiday spirit.

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MILTON, Ga. — A woman reported a scam Nov. 21 after she was contacted by an unknown man threatening to shoot her brother. The woman had received a text from the man saying that her brother had been in a car accident and that she needed to call immediately. When the woman called back, the man said that he was holding her brother at gunpoint. He said the wreck was her brother’s fault, and they needed money for medical care. He said that the woman needed to send $300 to Puerto Rico or her brother would die. The price went up to $460 during the conversation. The woman contacted police about the call. When they contacted the woman’s brother, he said that he was fine and had been in the shower during that time. The man never gave his name, and the woman did not give any of her personal information to him. Police advised the woman that it was a scam and to block the number.

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The woman, in fear of her safety, didn’t try to confront the duo and gave them her purse. Over $1,000 worth of items was in her purse, including a smart phone, Louis Vuitton wallet, keys and cash. The two unknown men then drove off in a dark-colored Toyota Corolla without harming anyone. There were two witnesses for the incident, including the woman’s husband.

ported a theft Nov. 11 of $9,000 worth of jewelry from her home. The last time the woman saw the jewelry was Nov. 8 in her master bedroom. When she came home the next day, she saw some items in the room and the dresser drawers had been moved, but she did not notice anything missing at the time. The woman once again saw Nov. 10 that some items in her room had been moved. This time, she looked more thoroughly and realized that several pieces of jewelry and four gift cards were missing. The woman said that she did not have any workers in her house recently, but her son frequently has guests over.

Stolen identity used to open bank accounts MILTON, Ga. — A man reported identity theft Nov. 21 after he received multiple letters about accounts that he had not opened. The man first became suspicious when he received a letter stating that he had been approved for a bank account with a $16,900 credit line. He then received a card application from another bank that needed information and a debit card from yet another bank that needed activation. The man had not applied to any of these banks. The man finally realized that someone had stolen his identity when he received a confirmation letter from the U.S. Postal Service about an

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Is Laser Cataract Surgery Really Better? By Cameron Johnson, M.D.

In recent years there has been much publicity about laser–assisted cataract surgery. This surgery uses a laser to perform portions of the procedure. These include making small incisions, creating a round opening called a capsulorhexis on the front of the cataract, and breaking the lens into pieces which can be sucked out. These portions of the surgery are usually performed manually with surgical instruments.

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Using a laser allows these steps to be performed more precisely and to the same specifications every time. It has been predicted that by making the capsulorhexis with a laser, it may improve patient’s chances of not needing distance glasses after surgery due to the lens sitting in a more predictable location in the eye. Cataract & Refractive Surgeon

Also, when the laser is used to “soften” the lens up prior to removal, it takes less energy to remove the lens and this may result in less swelling of the eye and faster visual recovery. At this time, clinical trials have not yet proven laser cataract surgery to be superior to manual cataract surgery. One study did show less swelling and improved vision at 1 day and 1 week after surgery, but there was no difference in outcomes at 6 months. Most studies looking at the need for glasses after surgery have shown no difference in the percentage of patients dependent on glasses, although one showed a small improvement with laser surgery. Complication rates have been shown to be very low with both manual and laser cataract surgery, although there have been slightly higher rates reported with laser surgery. It is a testament to the great outcomes that are currently achieved with standard cataract surgery, that so far it has been difficult to prove that lasers are superior. More studies are needed to find the definitive answer to this question.

Does Cataract Surgery Last Forever? I am occasionally asked by a patient, “If I have cataract surgery now, will I need it again in the future?” They are always relieved when I tell them that cataracts do not grow back. In order to understand why, it is important to know that a cataract is the natural human lens that has gotten cloudy. When cataract surgery is performed, this cloudy lens is removed while leaving behind the “bag” that the lens was sitting in. A new, clear artificial lens it then placed in this bag. Once the natural lens is removed, it does not come back. The artificial lens is designed to last for the rest of your life. There are some patients who note their vision gradually becoming cloudy starting some months after cataract surgery. This can happen in about 20% of patients due to microscopic lens cells that remain in the “bag” after cataract surgery. Sometimes, these cells multiply forming a sheet of scar tissue behind the artificial lens. It this occurs, a low risk procedure can be performed with a laser to create a window in the scar tissue, returning the vision to the clarity that was present right after cataract surgery.

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MILTON, Ga. — A fire that started at Milton’s Chadwick Landfill Nov. 19 has been contained after sweeping over 10 acres. According to city officials, the fire apparently started in the landfill and spread to the adjacent grassy area due to strong winds. Milton Communications Manager Shannon Ferguson said she believes the landfill may be nearing capacity. “Our fire professionals advised that common fire issues at landfills can include heat generated by decomposing materials, sparks from heavy equipment, lightning, static electricity or

A fire at the Chadwick Landfill impacted 10 acres. arson,” she said. Investigators were onsite. The lack of rain might have played a role in the fire. Various surrounding agencies came to the scene including fire departments from Alpharetta and Cherokee County in addition to Milton. A brush truck

was requested from Forsyth County along with a dozer from Georgia Forestry Service, which plowed a “break” along the site to assist with containment. A combination of water and dirt were used to smother the blaze, and the on-site business contributed significantly to the response, said Milton Fire Marshal Matt Marietta. “Milton continues to be very grateful for the assistance we received from Cherokee County Fire and Alpharetta Fire and Emergency Services that brought needed resources to the scene,” Marietta said. “Through the diligent work of our firefighters and our automatic aid partners, we were able to quickly contain a large and growing brush fire that could have easily gotten out of control due to the high winds and dry foliage.”

Halcyon breaks ground on Greenway extension 12-foot paved trail expands along Big Creek By KATHLEEN STURGEON FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County’s future mixed-use development, Halcyon, recently broke ground on an extension to the Big Creek Greenway, expected to be completed next year. The Greenway is a 12-foot wide multi-use trail that currently spans 9.6 miles through Forsyth County. Halcyon’s developer is constructing an extension that will lengthen the trail by 0.75 miles along Big Creek. The expansion includes a new paved and lit parking lot, restrooms and a trailhead. This expansion will tie into the sidewalks along Ronald Reagan Boulevard, and will lead to the eventual connection to the Alpharetta Big Creek

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seamlessly into the walkable community of Halcyon, according to Patrick Leonard, principal of RocaPoint. “With the development of the Atlanta BeltLine and all of the wonderful economic, community and environmental progress that has resulted, we strongly believe we will see a similar pattern of success here in Forsyth County,” Leonard said. Nature trails and parks connect to the Big Creek Greenway, which has additional phases planned to expand the trail to 15 miles. Halcyon, currently under construction, will include more than 480,000 square feet of office and retail space, the only dine-in movie theater in the county, two hotels and 690 residential units, once completed. It will be located off Exit 12 on Ga. 400. | Milton Herald | December 1, 2016 | 5

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Milton Parks and Recreation Department recently was awarded top agency in the state. Additionally, Ken Sisson won Volunteer of the Year for both District 7 and the state by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association.

City parks and rec department named agency of the year Milton volunteer also wins state award By KATHLEEN STURGEON MILTON, Ga. — The city of Milton’s Parks and Recreation Department is now an award-winning group. The department was recently honored with the Agency of the year for District 7, or agencies with 20,001 to 50,000 population, by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association. The city competes for awards at the state level, but also at the district level which includes competing against Alpharetta, Cumming, Forsyth County, Johns Creek and Roswell, among others, according to Milton Director of Parks and Recreation, Jim Cregge. Additionally, one of Milton’s own volunteers was recently named Volunteer of the Year for both his local district and the state. Ken Sisson’s work with the Hopewell Youth Association earned him the top honors. “I’ve enjoyed serving the commu-

nity,” Sisson said. Cobb County Support Services Director and representative for the association Eddie Canon presented the award to Sisson at the Nov. 21 Milton City Council meeting. He said the city has done an amazing job with its parks and recreation department. This award was given to Sisson in recognition of his “unbelieve job in the community to make a difference,” Canon said. “Ken has been vital in the success of the recreation side of baseball,” Canon said. “Ken made sure the participants that truly wanted to learn the game of baseball and enjoy just having the experience had a place to play.” During the time Bell Memorial Park was closed for renovations, Sisson kept the program alive and moving forward, Canon said. And during that time the association donated $100,000 toward the park project. “The park is now reopened and the program is flourishing,” Canon said. “Ken has handed the program off to a new group of parents. Because of him there are many kids who will enjoy youth sports because of his dedication to the program.”

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Governor’s idea for failing schools needs rethinking Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to help Georgia’s failing schools had its heart in the right place but not its head. Georgia’s high school graduation rate is a dismal 72.5 HATCHER HURD percent according to Executive Editor the National ter for Education Statistics. That is not news. It has been dismal for the 60-plus years I have lived in this state. The idea of the governor of the state coming forward with a bold new initiative to help turn around those schools with the worst test scores is truly wonderful. But the Georgia voters read between the lines. The idea that some state-operated school district would be set up to take on up to 20 of those “failing schools” just didn’t pass the smell test. First, where are these students going to go? Was the plan to bus them all to the state Capitol for remedial math, English and ‘rithmetic? There were precious few details. Just how would the state miracle up these super teachers who would turn mostly poor students into scholars? Of course the first chink in the plan was to blame the schools, and by extension the teachers. (Note of disclosure here. My daughter is a teacher.) Yes, let’s blame the schools and not look at any of the socio-economic problems that affect students’ abilities to learn. Let’s not think about generational poverty and the fact that today’s high school diploma is not a ticket to a job paying more than minimum wage. This was the wrong election year to ask voters to trust the career politicians to fix broken schools. The governor won no points either in the way the state would fund what it was calling a “state-operated school district” for up to 20 schools among the 127 schools identified as failing. The Augusta Chronicle described the funding as coming from “a per-student share of all local, state and federal funds coming into the school districts in which the schools are located.” That’s right, the state would bleed white the poorest school districts

Yes, let’s blame the schools and not look at any of the socioeconomic problems that affect students’ abilities to learn. Let’s not think about generational poverty and the fact that today’s high school diploma is not a ticket to job paying more than minimum wage.

– which is where these 127 failing schools are most likely to be – to pay for what exactly? Details of just what this state-operated school district would look like are sorely lacking, except to say they would stay in the system for up to 10 years, all the while sucking local school districts dry. And who would be teaching these students? Why for-profit “charter schools.” That goes a long way toward explaining the money behind the expensive TV ad campaign leading up to the Nov. 8 constitutional referendum. There is a lot of profit in for-profit education. Look at the success Louisiana, Tennessee and North Carolina have had, we were asked. The truth is the jury is still out if these “cures” for the failing schools have made any real differences at all. No, this looks like just another attempt to make public tax money portable for any parent who wants to take their child to a private school. A school district spends between $5,000 and $8,000 to educate one child. So the charter schools want $5,000 to $8,000 to educate that same

child. There is just one problem. That figure is not the cost to educate anyone’s child. That number is simply created by dividing a school’s budget by the number of students. That is not the cost of educating a child. It’s a meaningless number actually. What a school budget includes is teacher salaries, teaching materials, bus driver salaries, buses (with gas and maintenance), the maintenance of buildings and grounds, maintenance people’s salaries, a cafeteria and cafeteria salaries … Well, you get the point. It is about 10 times what any virtual school incurs. So we understand where the profit is derived in for-profit schools. That is a pipe dream that politicians seem to favor because it makes them look like they are trying to solve a problem without using any of their tax dollars. Oh, it costs the taxpayers just the same. It’s just a political game of three-card monte. It’s all about misdirection. Now, should the governor and the General Assembly really want to put their skin in the game, let’s create a trouble-shooting program that sends additional assistance to these low-per-

forming schools. I don’t mean throw money at it. Throw teachers at it. You have students who are not performing. It is not because they can’t learn. So ramp up the instruction time. At 3:15, bring in the tutors. We have the bricks and mortar already in place. Start with kindergarten through third grade. That is where the twig is bent. Get them up to speed in reading, math and all the rest. Why start with the youngest under-performers? Well, when the bathtub is overflowing, the first thing you do is turn off the faucet. The money spent there will have the largest and most long-term effect. Give children the academic reinforcement they don’t receive at home. It’s not that poor parents don’t care. But if you are a single mom working the night shift, you can’t give that reinforcement. The payoff is a better educated workforce, which means people paying taxes and not receiving assistance. It means people going to work and not to jail. It means breaking the cycles of poverty and ignorance. Of course there is no profit in those kinds of schools. Or is there?

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Red Apple Montessori School transforms to Milton Montessori MILTON, Ga. — The Red Apple Montessori School, located at 3505 Bethany bend, has been working for over a year on a major expansion of their facility to enhance the learning experience of their students and to accommodate the rapid growth in the communities’ needs for quality education. In addition to the 6000 square foot addition to the school, the name will change to Milton Montessori School. “This change in the name represents a renewed commitment to the city of Milton as well as the surrounding Forsyth area to offer a K-5 state of the art educational curriculum and facility,” Biju Eappen, one of the school’s owners and operating officers, said. “Our company wants to be involved in the cities we serve and teach our students and families the concept of service learning. This idea is to connect children to their communities and provide opportunities for them to serve and give back.” School officials believe that by expanding the school, this will be a positive economic factor for the Milton community in particular, as families often want to locate close to their childrens’ schools and inevitably become homeowners/taxpayer and support the local businesses.

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MILTON, Ga.- Milton High School held their Signing Day last Wednesday, Nov. 9. In total, 12 students committed to playing a sport at their school of choice. Signees spanned from across 5 different sports. Courtney Hutchinson will play lacrosse for the University of Southern California. Sophie Baez will play lacrosse for Ohio State University. Hannah Demis will play lacrosse for Furman University. Bridget Deehan will play lacrosse for Notre Dame University. Jen Shield will play lacrosse for Radford University. Kelly Hyman will play lacrosse for Presbyterian University. Clara Warmath will row for Brown University. Alison Canaras will row for Syracuse University. Alex O’Connell will play basketball for Duke University. Rachel Skinner will play softball for Centre University. Bailey Reardon will play beach volleyball for Florida State University. Sydney Catts will play lacrosse for Furman University.

The 12 students sign for the college of their choosing, guided by Milton Principal Brian Jones and Athletic Director Gary Sylvestri.

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. – With one year remaining on a 5-year strategic plan, Fulton graduates are closing in on the 90 percent graduation goal by 2017. For the Class of 2016, the graduation rate of 86.6 percent was a slight increase over the previous year’s rate of 85.3 percent. But many schools remain far below the goal of a 90 percent graduation rate outlined in the 2012-2017 Strategic plan. Despite the challenges in some pockets of the school system, Fulton School leaders say they are pleased with the progress to date, and on track to hit the mark. “The work that our schools are doing to increase students’ graduation opportunities is amazing and inspiring,” said Superintendent Jeff Rose, Ed.D “Five years ago, some of our schools had stagnant progress in their graduation rates. Now, these schools have increased 20-30 percent in getting students to graduate on time.” In North Fulton, six of the eight traditional high schools have already exceeded the 90 percent graduation rate; the remaining two are less than 1 percent behind the goal. “At a 2016 rate of 86.6 percent, we continue to be on track for meeting our strategic plan goal of 90 percent of all students graduating by 2017,” Rose said. He pointed out the key numbers to look at are the increases made over a five-year period system-wide. “From 2011 to 2016, Fulton’s graduation rate increased 16.5 percent. While nearly all schools have shown gains, 10 of the district’s 18 high schools reported double-digit increases,” he said, pointing out in 2011 just 7 of 10 students graduated in four years. Statewide, Georgia’s 2016 high school graduation rate rose for the fifth straight year, from 78.8 percent in 2015 to 79.2 percent in 2016. “The 2016 graduation rate shows our schools continue to make progress by offering students an education that is relevant, keeping more students in school and on a path to a better quality of life,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “As part of our VISION 2020, we have a goal of exceeding the national average graduation rate by the year 2020, ensuring that more students will receive a meaningful high school diploma that prepares them for

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Alpharetta awarded state grant to improve roadway safety ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The city of Alpharetta has been awarded $26,985 through the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to promote the development and implementation of innovative programs to address highway safety issues. Through its Department of Public Safety, the city will use the state funds to expand its Bicycle Safety Campaign that is aimed at reducing the number of bicycle crashes, injuries and fatalities on Alpharetta roadways. Local officials expressed their appreciation to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for helping to make area roadways safer for cyclists and motorists. “In 2012 our Department of Public Safety partnered with Bike Alpharetta, a local cycling advocacy group, to launch the Bicycle Safety Campaign using similar funding from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety,”

Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle said. “The program allowed us to interact with a multitude of cyclists and drivers, provide education on the rules of the road, and enhancing safety for cyclists and motorists alike. This latest funding award will allow us to expand that program to reach more citizens.” Alpharetta Public Safety Director Gary D. George said, “I am appreciative of Officer’s Amanda Clay and Allen Elfreth for their dedication to our bike unit and for their efforts in writing an outstanding grant application. Because of their good work, we will be able to expand the bicycle unit’s services to the Alpharetta community.” To learn more about the Alpharetta Bicycle Safety Campaign, contact Officers Amanda Clay or Allen Elfreth at 678-2976383, or email or

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New Alpharetta Chamber president brings small business perspective Former cupcake dynamo wants to double membership By PATRICK FOX ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce President Kelsey Lynch is no stranger to small business. She’s owned one of the smallest businesses in the country. For four years, Lynch, 33, operated a successful pastry business out of her own kitchen, selling upward of 2,000 cupcakes and confections a week throughout metro Atlanta. “I’m definitely my father’s daughter,” said Lynch, who grew up in Rockdale County with a father who made a living by installing high-end accessories on after-market vehicles. “I always knew I wanted to have my own business,” she said. “I also learned from him that it’s not easy to have your own business. You have to understand exactly how to run it, the finances – there’s so much involvement. You have to be there seven days a week.” From an early age, Lynch loved to cook, and by the age of 20, she felt the itch to strike out on her own. She went to culinary school at Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky., not to learn cooking, but to learn how to run a restaurant. “They’re very thorough,” she said. “I had a great education there.” She earned a bachelor’s degree in pastry arts and spent the next three years as executive pastry chef in Louisville’s Makers Mark lounge.

that was about to sweep the country. “I just went to the bank and said I need a business loan, and they basically just laughed me out the door because I didn’t even have one client,” she said. “So I did it the Paula Deen way. I started making cupcakes out of my own house.” She drew up a menu and began selling and marketing her pastries everywhere she went. “I would make cupcakes for anyHATCHER HURD/HERALD body that would look Kelsey Lynch, the new Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce at me,” she said. “I president, takes the reins with a businesswoman’s perwould give people spective. cupcakes at the grocery store, at the bank, anywhere.” “I got to a point where I was 26 Then, one day, while meeting a years old and I thought ‘I’ve got to get friend for a meal at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina out of here because I’m going to end in Grant Park near her apartment, she up meeting someone and creating real decided to bring some cupcakes for her roots here, and I’m not going to do friend’s children. that.’” “The owner of Tin Lizzy’s actually So, she left Maker’s Mark and delivered our food to the table and nomoved back to Atlanta. ticed the cupcakes,” she said. “He saw That’s when she began brainstormthem and said ‘Where’d you get those?’ ing about how to start her own busi“When he saw some cool, ness. funky-looking cupcakes, it was interAt that time, there were some esting.” small cupcake shops opening up and She gave him a cupcake and he left. they were beginning to get some buzz Minutes later, he returned and told around town. her the cupcake was delicious and he In 2008, she decided to jump in, would like to add them to his menu. just ahead of the big cupcake boom “I was shocked. I couldn’t believe

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Interest rates skyrocket after election For the last three years, I have been comparing mortgage interest rates to a helium balloon being held low by external forces. Well, the turbulence from the GEOFF SMITH presidential elecAssurance Financial, tion shook that balloon free. On Nov. 8, Election Day, average mortgage interest rates for a 30-year fixed conventional loan as reported by Mortgage News Daily, sat quietly at 3.62 percent. The very next day, rates jumped to 3.75 percent, then to 3.87 percent, and they opened up the next week at 4 percent. Since Donald Trump’s election win, rates have steadily increased. Last Friday they closed at 4.19 percent. In the history of mortgage rates, 4.19 percent is still incredibly low. If you look at Freddi Mac’s average rate since they started tracking it back in 1971, the graph would show a steady decline from rates that peaked at 18.45 percent in October of 1981. It has only been since 2009, a year into the downturn, that rates first dropped below 5 percent. After the downturn, the Federal Reserve put in place two practices that helped drive mortgage interest rates down in hopes of stimulating the economy. They started buying about $90 billion in bonds a month, and they lowered the short-term interest rate they give to large banks for storing their money to almost 0 percent. The bond purchases lowered mortgage interest rates because movement of those rates typically run in lockstep with the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield. And when 10-year U.S.

Treasury bonds are bought in high volume, the yield goes up and thus, so do mortgage interest rates. By lowering their shortterm rates to banks, they encouraged banks to loan their money instead of storing it, which brings back higher returns to those banks. The higher returns help to pay for operating costs and lower mortgage interest rates. Since January 2014, experts have been predicting a large jump in mortgage interest rates as the Federal Reserve eased out of these two stimulus measures. They no longer buy bonds, and last December they barely increased their short-term rate to about 0.25%. But rates did not really go up. Investors from Europe and other parts of the world started buying up U.S. bonds. You see, bonds are seen as a safe bet because their returns are relatively stable, compared to those in the more-jumpy stock market. When investors are unclear about the stability of the economy, they move their money from the stock market into the bond market. So as the Federal Reserve backed out of its stimulus because it saw positive U.S. data, Europeans and others started buying bonds in reaction to poor European and Chinese economic data. I have been calling rates a helium balloon because it’s the bondpurchases that have been holding rates low. As soon as investors around the globe found something

in the stock markets to bet heavily on, experts knew that rates would jump. With Mr. Trump being elected president, investors moved all-in. According to articles in the Wall Street Journal, investors have bet heavily on expectations for reduced corporate taxation and regulation and great infrastructure spending. They have invested in companies that they think will benefit from this. Three of the major stock indexes including the Dow Jones, the Nasdaq Composite and the S&P 500, all closed last Friday at alltime highs. For years I have been telling active home buyers that they are in the unenviable position of hoping for bad economic data to push investors to bonds so that interest rates would lower. I quoted several people the week before the election at rates near and below 3.625 percent. In the last two weeks, many of them came back with houses under contract and I had to open their eyes to the reality that rates had jumped to over 4 percent. We are still historically very low. But try explaining that to a homebuyer who, just because it took them an extra week to go binding on a $400,000-house, now has to pay about $100 more a month. 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 | Milton Herald | December 1, 2016 | 17

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Forsyth enacts emergency billboard moratorium By KATHLEEN STURGEON FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved a 30-day emergency moratorium Nov. 17 regarding the conversion of billboards to LED signs. The moratorium bars applications for the conversion. County Attorney Ken Jarrard said billboards are legal in the county under its sign code. But the county doesn’t allow any new billboards and hasn’t for some time. “However, technology changes,” Jarrard said. “We certainly have seen the changes when the push to convert signage to LED signs occurred.” Nonconforming sign structures, or 

billboards, have been allowed in the past to change to LED signs, he said. There is a requirement the billboard owners work with the county to publish public safety notifications. Now, the county has seen some challenges on Buford Highway, he said. “We have an overlay on Buford Highway that no longer allows electronic message boards,” Jarrard said. “And yet right now we have at a minimum three signs that are in some sort of a position, asking for an upgrade to an LED sign.” Jarrard said there is an interest in reviewing as a “matter of right.” “Right now there are no limitations,” he said. He suggested discussing the issue further at a work session.


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party at Tongue and Groove. Some of the most ridiculous things would come through, and I’d say, ‘Sure, I’ll do that.’” The pace never let up, and she said she would never hire help because she was so careful about how her products were made, delivered and marketed to the public. “I felt the integrity of the company would be damaged if I didn’t have every single finger in every single part of it,” she said. “I didn’t want somebody to deliver the cupcakes for me because they would be a representative of the company.” The business kept Lynch either in front of an oven or on deliveries for seven days a week with no vacation, no days off. Then, in 2012, she learned she was about to make one of the biggest deliveries of her life. “When I got pregnant, it was not possible to continue because of how hard I worked,” she said. So, after talking it over with her husband, they decided to put the business on hold and possibly pick it up in a few years if the demand was still there. But, after the birth of her son Hayes, Lynch went to work as director of sales at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Alpharetta where she joined the Chamber of Commerce in 2014. She takes over from retiring President Hans Appen as the head of the 350-member organization. “I think Hans did a remarkable

job of making the Alpharetta Chamber very fun,” she said. “When I was a member while at Ruth’s Chris, I always enjoyed going to the events. They were fun, and they were just no pressure.” She said she wants to continue that legacy because it makes members feel more welcome. “I’m going to continue to do that,” she said. “I want our events to be fun and interesting and I want it to feel like a break from work.” She said such a system allows businesses to grow their reputations organically rather than through forced networking with people you may have nothing in common with. As for other goals, Lynch has set a mark of adding another 350 members within the next year. “There are 6,000 businesses in Alpharetta that can be a part of a chamber of commerce,” she said. “I know firsthand what it’s like to head up a small business. You have to get down on the ground and network and it’s just blood, sweat and tears every day. I know exactly how that feels.” She also knows that if she’d been introduced to the benefits of chamber membership back in her cupcake days, she would have jumped at the chance. “That’s the biggest mistake and regret I have,” she said. “Being a prior business owner and not knowing what a chamber was back then, I just didn’t know. I would’ve killed to have been a part of such an organization. “It’s such an easy thing for $250 a year and to be put in front of so many people in such a great platform. It’s phenomenal.” | Milton Herald | December 1, 2016 | 19

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Celebrate the incorporation of Johns Creek with the 10th Annual Founders Day Parade. Highlights include musical groups, local neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, civic clubs and businesses. The parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 starting at 10 a.m. on State Bridge Road, between Kimball Bridge and West Morton roads in Johns Creek. For more information, visit Looking to get the word out about your event? Submit it to our online calendar at NorthFulton. com/Calendar.


What: Get a running start to your day by participating in the Jingle Jog 5K. All preregistered runners are guaranteed to receive a technical, long sleeve T-Shirt. When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m. Where: Cumming Town Center, 2085 Market Place Blvd., Cumming Cost: registration starts at $25 More info and registration:


What: Meet over 40 fine arts artisans, artisans of the farm and kitchen and instrumental artisans – all while supporting local vendors selling handmade, eco-friendly goods. Free admission. When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell More info:


What: Annual fundraising event to provide feed and care for over 100 horses and other animals at this horse rescue facility. Activities will include hay rides, horse/reindeer rides, games, vendor booths and much more. When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Save-the-Horses Farm, 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming More info:


What: Find out how to volunteer at and support Habitat for Humanity during this 30-minute volunteer information session. When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:30-11 a.m. Where: Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 11060 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell More info and registration: vgibson@ or 770-415-1650


What: Roswell Fine Arts Alliance presents the Bizarre Bazaar. Artisans will offer a variety of items for kids and adults along with beautiful original seasonal paintings in the gallery. When: Dec. 3-4, times vary Where: Gallery on Fouts Road, 9100 Fouts Road, Roswell More info: christmas-2016


What: Art Center West studio’s annual holiday event offers handmade ceramic artworks for sale created by more than 40 members of Roswell’s Clay Collective. When: Through Dec. 7, times vary. Reception Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m. Where: Roswell Art Center West, 1355 Woodstock Road, Roswell More info:

What: The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band is taking the audience “Home for the Holidays” this year with traditional melodies. Join the celebration of Christmas, Chanukah and New Year’s Eve with joyous songs of the season. When: Thursday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Where: The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming Cost: $15 More info:


What: Come see the classic holiday musical about a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa and must prove his authenticity. When: Through Dec. 18, times vary Where: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta Cost: $20 for adults, $17 for children and seniors More info and tickets:


What: Thirteen artists from the Brushwork Society of Atlanta will present their artwork in the 2016 exhibition. Enjoy a variety of paintings, including landscape, still life and figurative work. All are for sale. When: Through Dec. 30 Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St., Roswell More info:



What: This year’s show features tons of family entertainment, from old TV Christmas specials to country Christmas, Christmas around the world and celebrating the troops in a USO segment. When: Through Dec. 4, times vary Where: Cumming Playhouse, 7030 Grassmoor Grange Way, Cumming Cost: $25 More info and tickets: or 770-7819178


What: Gather at Roswell’s grand Bulloch Hall for an intimate 45-seat performance of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic once again. Reservations required. When: Through Dec. 18, times vary Where; Bulloch Hall, 80 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell Cost: $16 for children and seniors, $18 for adults More info and tickets: bullochhall. org/a-christmas-carol.html


What: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting with children all evening in the gazebo during the lighting of the 45-foot live spruce tree with 10,000 white lights in the Corner Park of downtown. When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 5-9 p.m. Where: 2 South Main St., Alpharetta More info:


What: This quaint holiday tradition has become a Milton staple including Santa photos, photographic arts, caroling, s’mores, hot cocoa and fun. When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2-5 p.m. Where: Broadwell Pavilion, 12615 Broadwell Road, Milton More info:


What: This family event includes carolers from local schools, lighting of Town Square, a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by the mayor, and a special visit from Santa Claus. When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2-5 p.m. Where: Roswell Town Square, 610 South Atlanta St., Roswell More info:


What: Each year, Northside Hospital honors those affected by cancer with the lighting of giant Christmas trees. Enjoy live entertainment from local schools and groups, children’s activities and photos with Santa. When: Friday, Dec. 2, 6–8 p.m. Where: Northside Hospital-Forsyth, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming More info:


What: Get individual or family holiday photos with Santa taken for free. The photographer will be using a “green screen” so it is recommended that attendees not wear green clothing. When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-noon Where: Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main St., Suite 200, Alpharetta More info:

What: Children ages 12 and younger can enjoy affordably-priced holiday shopping, making arts and crafts, and face painting. Pictures with Santa are available Sunday. When: Dec. 3, 6—8:30 p.m.; Dec. 4, 1-4 p.m. Where: Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell More info:


What: Ice skate on the Rockefeller Center-sized ice skating rink in the plaza. Watch for theme nights and enjoy warm, tasty treats rink side. Enjoy special events throughout the season and sign up for ice skating lessons. When: Through Jan. 22, 2017, times vary Where: Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta Cost: general admission starts at $18 More info:


What: Meet Santa Claus in this immersive holiday experience. This season, the all-new attraction lets the family join Po and Friends for interactive games and an immersive, cinematic journey. Photo packages available. When: Through Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Where: North Point Mall, 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta More info:


What: The Alpharetta Library will be hosting a book sale. All proceeds will go toward supporting the library and its programs. When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info:


What: Join for a discussion of this month’s mystery book, “The Mountain Story,” by Lori Lansens. For ages 18 and up. When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2-3 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info and registration: marcia. or


What: Join African “Freestyle” Storyteller, Babatunde (Jason Louder) as he presents stories based on a young boy named Kweku and characters found in traditional African tales. When: Monday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-noon Where: Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell More info:


What: Join the group to enhance your conversational English as a Second Language techniques for beginner to intermediate English speakers. Ages 18 and up. No registration needed. When: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4-6 p.m. Where: Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Alpharetta More info: or 770-360-8897


What: Valerie Frey, author of Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions, will explore various aspects of your family’s heirloom recipes. When: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6-7:30 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info:

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Volunteers help stock the Chattahoochee Last week, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and an army of wader-clad volunteers of all ages helped stock several thousand rainbow and brown trout in the ChatSTEVE HUDSON tahoochee River Get Outside Georgia, Chattahoochee Media Group “Delayed Harvest” water at the Whitewater Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area near Mount Paran Road. One of several “volunteer-assisted” stockings that will take place over the next few months, this event provided a family-friendly opportunity for handson involvement in Georgia’s Delayed Harvest trout fishing program. The volunteers served as part of a “bucket brigade,” transporting fish from the hatchery truck to parts of the river that the truck cannot reach directly. Near-perfect conditions, including great weather and low water, combined to make this one of the most successful volunteer stockings in recent memory. “The low water let us spread the fish out in the river,” one volunteer observed. “Last year, it seems like I remember the water being a lot higher, and it was hard to move around in the river. But this time the low water made it easy and a lot more fun.” If you’ve never been part of a volunteer-assisted stocking event, you’re missing out on a great deal of fun. It goes like this: First, the volunteers gather at the Whitewater parking area. After putting on their waders they swap fish stories from previous DH seasons (yes, there may be a little exaggeration now and then) while waiting for the fish to arrive. Then, as the hatchery truck appears around the last curve leading to the parking lot, somebody shouts “Here they come!” and it’s time to get down to business. The truck maneuvers into position near the trail leading to the river, and the volunteers line up nearby with five-gallon buckets in hand. That’s when the fun begins. The volunteers bring their buckets to the truck, and the buckets are filled with water and loaded with trout. It’s a splashy, exciting and totally fun sight to see, and within minutes the first bucket is loaded and ready to go. Then, it’s a matter of carrying the fishladen buckets to the water, wading out

into the Chattahoochee and turning the fish loose. Do the fish stay where they’re released? “I’d like to think they do,” said one stocking veteran. “Though we’d like to believe that they’ll be waiting where we put ‘em, the fact is that those trout move around. They’ll spread themselves out fairly quickly.” That’s good news for Delayed Harvest anglers, too, for it means that you’ll soon find fish in many parts of the Delayed Harvest section of the Hooch. Once the stocking was completed, a number of folks stayed around to do a bit of fishing. The trout were cooperative, to say the least, and I heard a lot of excitement in the voices drifting across the water. It was especially encouraging to see the number of young people participating, and there was no sweeter sound than the words “Daddy, I caught one!” drifting across the water. And yes, some of the trout were big, but the smiles were even bigger. What’s the best fly for DH fishing? Favorites include pink Sucker Spawn or Y2K egg imitations, bright and flashy streamers, and buggy-looking nymphs such as Pheasant Tails. Black Wooly Bugger flies worked well too as do many other patterns. But you don’t have to be a fly fisher to pursue Hooch DH trout. Light spinning gear is also effective. Try a Roostertail, a Mepps Spinner or a white curly-tailed grub-and-jig. Just remember that on Delayed Harvest water, each lure can have just one single hook. Lures with treble hooks are not permitted with DH areas, and of course all fish must be immediately released.

In addition to the Delayed Harvest portion of the Chattahoochee, which extends from the mouth of Sope Creek downstream to the U.S. 41 bridge, Georgia has four other great Delayed Harvest fisheries. These include designated sections of Amicalola Creek, Chattooga River, Smith Creek and Toccoa River. Delayed Harvest regulations apply to the designated waters from Nov. 1 through May 14. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has done a stellar job of creating a great Delayed Harvest trout fishery in north Georgia, and I hope you’ll be able to get in on the fun. Plan to include some Delayed Harvest trout fishing in your wintertime outdoor activities this year. You’ll be glad you did. And watch for the next volunteer-assisted stocking. Most years, one is scheduled for the week of Christmas, a time which makes it easy for the entire family to participate. I’ll look forward to seeing you there! This is the perfect time of year to enjoy Georgia’s great Delayed Harvest trout season. Learn more about it in Steve Hudson’s comprehensive 84-page book entitled “GEORGIA DELAYED HARVEST TROUT GUIDE.” Packed with info on access and tactics for each of Georgia’s DH streams, it’s available from local outfitters, on Amazon, or direct from the author at

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worry, you can still have a tree, but be conscious of its size (make sure it doesn’t overpower your foyer or living room) and keep the decorations to a cohesive color theme. 2. Leave the Blow Up Decorations in the Basement: Too may exterior decorations can detract from your homes natural beauty and design. Powers also suggests you tone down any garish light displays and instead use simple string lighting to play up your homes architecture or draw attention to the gorgeous fir tree in your front yard. 3. Complement Your Palette: “Before you start untangling your tinsel, make sure your holiday collection matches your current décor,” says Powers. Use complementing colors, such as greens, golds and reds for earthy color schemes and white/silver decorations for rooms with more vibrant colors. 4. Create a Cozy Vibe: Powers suggests creating a warm and festive feeling by adding a few subtle touches such as a bowl of pinecones, an earthy

wreath or pot of cider simmering on the stove. Also, leave the personalized stockings off the fireplace for showings; buyers need to be able to visualize their own family in your home and removing personalized items will assist in achieving this goal. The good news is you can continue

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Best kept secrets for selling your home By Yvonne Tokos Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty Well Milton neighbors, the temperature has cooled and fall is finally here just in time for the holidays. So light up the fireplace and enjoy this great time for Georgia. For those considering selling your home now or in the spring, I feel as a REALTOR® you should be armed with the best information to maximize your chances of a successful sale. Here are a few best kept secrets for selling your home: The first impression is key: Spruce up the exterior and make your buyers feel at home upon entry. Always be “show ready” at all times: Declutter and depersonalize your home so buyers can visualize it as theirs; make space in closets so storage looks ample.

The kitchen comes first: When you sell your house you are really selling your kitchen. Remodeling dollars should be spent here first. Don’t over upgrade for the neighborhood in which you reside; you TOKOS won’t get your money back. Price your home right by hiring the right REALTOR®. It is the job of your REALTOR® to maximize your net gain on sale; make sure they are knowledgeable about your home and market and have your best interests in mind. I would be honored to assist you with all of the above, along with handling all the aggravation that comes with selling a home. Yvonne Tokos 770.231.4946

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The decision to sell your home is both a financial and emotional one. The choice to buy or sell a home is completely individual; therefore, when deciding on the perfect time to sell your home the following should be considered. Market conditions, selling reasons and is your home ready to sell? Reasons to Sell. Whether you have an expanding or shrinking family, a job change or a desire to move to a particular school district — your reason for selling ultimately impacts when you should put your home on the market. Market Conditions. Take a look at market conditions and where you see them going in the future. This is a good time to find out your loan payoff amount. You should have an accurate idea of what your sales proceeds will be after you have paid off all home loans and closing costs. Research recent sales prices of comparable homes in your community. Find a REALTOR® that is a great match for you and what you are looking for in the home selling process, as well as someone who knows the current market conditions to estimate a listing price and how long it may take for your home to sell. Selling for the Season. You can choose to sell at any time of year, with the new year quickly approaching this

is great time. Once the holiday season has died down, you should consider putting your home on the market. If your home attracts families and is in a sought-after school district, you are just as likely to get offers at the beginning RAWLINGS of the new year as you are in the summer. Buyers want to settle into their new home before school starts. Is your home ready to sell? An important element in determining when to list your home is its condition. You will need time to make repairs and improvements, deep-clean your home and clear away many of your possessions. If you have a large, disorganized home with overflowing closets and a garage with no space for a car, you may need weeks or months before you are ready to put your home on the market. Today’s buyers have high expectations of your home’s condition, so do not expect to be able to work on your home after it is listed. Your home should be priced correctly and in prime condition on day one in order to sell quickly and for the best price possible. Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty agents deliver results. Allow one of our dedicated professionals to assist you by visiting or calling our office at 770.442.7300.

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Crye-Leike continues to grow in the Atlanta market now open in Gainesville It’s been eleven years since Harold Crye, CEO of Crye-Leike Real Estate, expanded the company’s footprint into the Atlanta metro area. The fourth largest privately owned real estate company in the nation recently opened its eleventh office in the Atlanta Metro area at 956A Dawsonville Highway, Suite 301 in Gainesville. Crye-Leike is pleased to welcome Christy Crumbley as the new Managing Broker. Crye-Leike’s Gainesville office is currently open for business and ready to assist clients with all of their real estate buying and selling needs in Hall, Lumpkin, Dawson and surrounding counties. The office will host a grand opening ceremony this fall. “The Atlanta real estate market is strong and greatly improving like many of the markets Crye-Leike serves,” said Cofounder and CEO Harold Crye. “We see a lot of potential for the local market and are very happy to be expanding in and around the Atlanta area with additional offices opening soon in Lawrenceville, Dahlonega and Marietta.” “Being a full-service real estate brokerage firm, our goal is to make it convenient for our customers and sales associates to utilize all of our services before, during and after a home pur-

chase by offering reliable, efficient and convenient services for today’s busy lifestyles,” said Steve Brown, president of Crye-Leike Residential Sales. Crye-Leike Real Estate Services had a great year in 2015 achieving $5.7 billion in sales volume. Over a nine-state region, 3000 highly skilled Crye-Leike agents sold 31,400 properties. Crye-Leike’s sales outperformed the national average in the real estate market. Crye-Leike Atlanta has sales offices in Alpharetta/ Roswell, Norcross, Cartersville, Cumming, McDonough, Riverdale, Smyrna/ Vinings, Johns Creek and Woodstock in addition to a Residential Property Management, Commercial and Relocation division. As a full service real estate company, Crye-Leike offers real estate and related services, including: relocation services; commercial business and investment real estate services; property leasing and management services; insurance services; title & closing services; mortgage services; home warranty services; home services; auction services; business brokerage services; REO services for bank-owned & foreclosed properties and real estate schools.

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JC Christian high school opens in fall Providence Christian Academy plans 9th, 10th grades to start By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A new Christian high school will open its doors to the ninth and 10th grades next fall – well maybe it is not so new. Providence Johns Creek, the second high school campus for Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, will be a continuation of the success the school has known for combining a Christ-honoring school culture with a top-tier academic program since 1991. Brad Williams has been tasked with launching the new school. Williams has been with Providence almost from the beginning and will serve as associate head of school when it opens with two grades in the fall. “We will add the 11th grade in 2018 and the 12th grade in 2019, to complete the school,” Williams said. “By year three we expect to have 100 students.” The parent school in Lilburn has a K-12 program with a total of 660 students. It has no plans to expand the Johns Creek campus beyond high school grades, he said. Providence Academy was not looking to expand, but instead answered a call to meet unserved families. Williams, who lives in Johns Creek while working at Providence, was approached by four families he knew who wanted advice on starting a Christ-centered high school in the area.

“That got the leadership at Providence Academy talking. These families are entrepreneurial at heart, and while talking with us convinced the school that a second campus would be successful,” he said. “They convinced us that this corner of Johns Creek and South Forsyth County would be well served by a Christian campus. And they found common ground with Providence’s mission.” With additional growth slated to come to the area, the second Providence campus would be well-placed and well-suited to meet the growing demand. “The momentum in the community is really strong, and we have some smart people involved. We think the school will be ideal for Johns Creek-South Forsyth,” Williams said. “There are not a lot of schools like Providence.” Students at Providence Johns Creek will take advantage of Providence’s athletics, arts and academics, while in what officials are calling “the dynamic and innovative environment of the Johns Creek campus.” For the last 25 years, Providence has thrived as an independent, non-denominational K-12 school. Providence sees its mission as developing and equipping the next generation to “stand strong and firm in their faith” while encouraging each student’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth by “applying Biblical truth in the context of real life.” Providence promises a challenging and demanding curriculum that includes advanced placement and honors courses. In the National Merit Scholarship competition,



Providence Christian Academy has gained prominence as a top educational institution in a Christcentered environment.

Providence students repeatedly earn status as Commended Students and National Merit Scholars. Williams said he was in business for 20 years before selling his company. It was then God led him to become involved with Providence Academy. The campus will be in a remodeled business campus with “room to grow.” The student body here, as in its current campus in Lilburn, will be mostly protestant and taught with a Biblical worldview. What kind of students does Williams think Providence Johns Creek will produce? “We will equip these kids to go out and be successful moms and dads with a mission to spread the Gospel and be a light in their community,” he said.


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A silver bearded, elderly gentleman takes over the reins and saves Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when the store’s intoxicated employee is unable to do his Santa duties. All fall under the spell of kindly Mr. Kris Kringle until he claims that he is Santa. Meredith Willson’s Book, Lyrics and Music bring to life the holiday classic about a precocious little girl who wants a dad, her disillusioned divorced mom, and a former Marine Captain turned lawyer who must prove that Kris is the one true Santa Claus. laus.

Tickets at: or 770-663-8989 ACT1 Theater is located inside nside Alpharetta Presbyterian Church 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009 MERIDITH WILSON’S “Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical” Boo Book, Music and Lyrics by Meridtith WIlson; Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture; Story by Valentine Davies, Scr Screen Play by George Seaston. Mi Miracle On 34TH Street: The Musical is presented through sp special arrangement with Music Theater International (M (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also su supplied by MTI.www. MTISHOWS.COM. M Mike Glatzer Photography. Pictured are Jim Gray as Kris KKringle, Emily Sloboda as Susan Walker, Adam Darby as Fred Gailey and Carlye McLaughlin as Doris Walker.

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The fourth-grade NAFL Bears stand victorious after their championship game.

The third grade NAFL Bears team is just one of three NAFL teams who recently won a championship.

NORTH FULTON, Ga. — Three North Atlanta Football League teams recently took home the gold at their respective championship games. The fourth-grade NAFL Bears won Nov. 19 the Lanier Bowl Championship at Forsyth Central High School. The Bears’ 18 players brought home the hardware after a tough battle against

onship at Johns Creek High School. The Bears’ 12 players brought home the hardware after a battle against the Northview Titans.  Head coach Randy Guy led his team to victory, 34-6. At the same time, the K-2nd Grade (Flag) NAFL Bears Blue won on Nov. 12 in the North Metro Football League

NAFL teams win championships the Bennett Park Raiders. This year, the tackle teams were affiliated with Forsyth County Youth Football Association.  Head coach Neal Counts led his team to victory, 20-6. The third and fourth grade (Flag) NAFL Bears also won on Nov. 12 in the North Metro Football League Champi-

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By JOE PARKER ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell kept its unbeaten streak alive and will play in the semifinals this Friday after downing North Cobb 42-21 last week at Ray Manus Stadium. As has become the story of the Hornet’s (13-0) WILLIS three playoff wins, it was a stout defensive performance and an offensive showcase by quarterback Malik Willis that led Roswell over the Warriors of North Cobb (10-3). Roswell’s defense recorded six sacks, forced three turnovers and held North Cobb to negative yards rushing. Meanwhile, Willis and the Roswell offense compiled over 500 total yards of

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Sheldon Evans, who missed the opening round of the playoffs and saw limited action last week due to an ankle injury, returned with force, rushing for nearly 200 yards and a touchdown. offense. Willis threw for 187 yards and three touchdowns, to Corey Reed, Christian Ford and Jayden Comma, while rushing for over 120 yards and two touchdowns, including two touchdowns on rushes of 24 and 72 yards. Willis has recorded 13 touchdowns in the playoffs. Sheldon Evans, who missed the opening round of the playoffs and saw limited action last week due to an ankle injury, returned with force, rushing for nearly 200 yards and a touchdown. LeAnthony Williams recorded an interception, and Xavier McKinney and

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second. Roswell scored its first 21 points of the game off North Cobb turnovers. Williams’ interception set up Willis’ first touchdown pass to Corey Reed. Cumberlander’s fumble recovery set up a Willis to Comma pass for a score, and McKinney’s strip and fumble recovery set up Willis’ first rushing touchdown. North Cobb bounced back in the third quarter to cut the Hornets’ lead to 21-14 with passing touchdowns of 72 and 17 yards, the latter set up by a Willis fumble. After Roswell’s offense struggled to move the ball effectively in the third quarter, it was back to business in the fourth. Evans put the Hornets up 35-14 with a 7-yard rush, and Willis hit Christian Ford for 52-yards and scored on a 72-yard rush to put the nail in the coffin of the Warriors’ season. With the win, Roswell will make its second straight appearance in the semifinals this Friday against Westlake (10-3). Since both teams were No. 1 seeds from their respective regions, a cointoss decided that Westlake would host, putting Roswell on the road for the first time in the playoffs this season. Westlake’s stout defense is allowing 17 points per game in the playoffs, while its balanced offense has put up 24 points or more in the Lions’ previous six games.

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Roswell Rotary, CC of Roswell help First Tee Program ROSWELL, Ga. - The Roswell Rotary Club made a presentation to Tim Ferrell, Head Golf Pro at Roswell Country Club. They presented Tim a golf bag and a pair of golf shoes.  He will pass these on to a deserving member of the First Tee Program.   The First Tee Program makes golf available to deserving young people who otherwise would not have had an opportunity to participate in golf.

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Milton Steelers White team wins championsip MILTON, Ga. – The Third and Fourth Grade Milton Steelers White team won the championship in their division of the NAFL Flag Football league.

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Fellowship Christian still perfect, moves on to the semis Paladins earn firstever semifinal berth with lopsided win over Mt. Paran By JOE PARKER ROSWELL, Ga. – Fellowship Christian earned its first-ever 12-win season and first win in a quarterfinal game with a dominant 45-13 win over Mt. Paran (10-2) last Friday at Bob Lord Field. Fellowship (12-0) will face Prince Avenue Christian this Friday. Fellowship’s win was the second over the Eagles this season. The Paladins handed Mt. Paran its only previous loss of the season on Aug. 26, a 14-7 win as both teams began region play. Fellowship quarterback Jack Hardin continued his impressive season by throwing five touchdowns in the win, accumulating 216 yards passing and adding 122 yards rushing. Ryan Reid also had a standout performance, collecting six passes for 156 yards with three touchdowns. Mark Haigler had two receptions, both for touchdowns, as well as leading the Paldins in tackles. Though Mt. Paran accumulated 390 yards of total offense, the Paladins’ defense held the Eagles in check throughout the game. Fellowship forced two Eagles’ fumbles in the red zone, and Fellowship’s Cameron Gill returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown. Mt. Paran was just 5-12 on third down conversions and 0-3 on fourth down conversions. “They beat a good football team in Mt. Paran,” Fellowship Christian head coach Al Morrell said of his players. “Mt. Paran is a smash-mouth football team, and our kids hung in there with them, played tough defensively and held them to two scores.” The triple-option of Fellowship’s offense had much of its success through the air with 242 yards passing compared to 267 yards rushing. Hardin was 8-12 passing. “Offensively we moved the ball all night throwing the ball, and we ran the ball effectively. It’s a great night for Paladin football,” said Morrell. Mt. Paran looked poised to take the first lead of the game in the first quarter before a holding penalty negated a 22-yard rushing touchdown. On first and goal from the 8-yard line, an Eagles’ fumble was recovered by Fellowship defensive end Zach Murray. Fellowship responded with nineplay, 87-yard drive to take the 7-0 lead. Mt. Paran tied the game early in the

FCS quarterback Jack Hardin (11) threw for


216 yards and five touchdowns in Fellowship’s 45-14 win over Mt. Paran.

Offensively we moved the ball all night throwing the ball, and we ran the ball effectively. It’s a great night for Paladin football.” AL MORRELL FCS head coach

second quarter, and again had the ball first-and-goal when Fellowship forced a fumble, recovered by Billy McCurry. A 52-yard touchdown pass from Hardin to Haigler and a 33-yard field goal by Garrett Depew to end the half gave FCS a 17-7 halftime lead. The Paladins extended the lead to 24-7 early in the third quarter on the first of three Hardin-to-Reid touchdowns. Mt. Paran would score on a 70-yard drive in the fourth, but Fellowship quickly responded with Gill’s 49-yard pick-six to seal the win for the Paladins. The Paladins will travel this week to take on Prince Avenue Christian, the No. 2 ranked team in the state in Class

Fellowship Christian’s defense held Mount Paran to two touchdowns and forced three turnovers. A-Private. The Wolverines have a balanced offense, averaging 158 yards per game passing and 172 yards rushing. Its defense has held opponents to just 8.5 points per game.

Morrell said that his team will focus this week on preparing their game plan accordingly, but the game will undoubtedly be a tough test and the Paladins, “have our work cut out for us.”


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By JOE PARKER FORSYTH, Ga. – Blessed Trinity saw its season come to an end in harrowing fashion as the Titans fell to Mary Pearsons in a game decided in the final seconds. Mary Pearsons led 28-27 with just 37 seconds left before lining up for a fourth and 1 on BT’s 49-yard line, seeking a first down to run out the clock and end the game. The Bulldogs thought they had done just that when a pre-snap flag was thrown as a BT defender crossed the neutral-zone. However, the Bulldogs were charged with a false start, turning the fourth-and-short into a fourth and 6. After the penalty, the Bulldogs elected to punt. The Bulldogs’ punt, off the side of the kicker’s foot, sailed out of bounds at BT’s 45-yard line, a punt of just nine yards. BT was within striking distance with 31 seconds remaining. BT quarterback Jake Smith connected with Ryan Davis for 12 yards and then scrambled for 20 yards to put BT in field goal range at the 23-yard line with 14 seconds left. Smith completed a pass to Wes Leckie at the 11-yard line with seven seconds remaining to set up Brooks Hosea for a 28-yard field goal attempt. Hosea, with talent and consistency not often seen in high school kickers, was 4-4 on field goals on the night, hitting kicks of 44, 47, 26 and 38 yards. The latter two both came in the fourth quarter when BT was unable to maintain drives late. The Bulldogs called two timeouts in an effort to freeze Hosea, a Citadelcommit, in an effort to shake him into missing a field goal for just the second time this season. Whether the attempts to freeze him worked or whether the kick was untrue, Hosea’s kick sailed wide-right.

The loss was BT’s first to a Georgia-based opponent all season. Its previous two loses were to St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.) and McCallie (Tenn.). Blessed Trinity was making its fourth straight appearance in a quarterfinal game and its first since joining Class 4A. In a back-and-forth affair, BT took the lead in the first quarter on a 41yard touchdown pass from Jake Smith to Ryan Davis. Smith was 13-23 passing for 207 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Two Mary Pearsons touchdowns and two Hosea field goals gave the Bulldogs’ a 14-13 lead at the half. BT opened the third quarter with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Will Carlton, but the offense would not find the end zone for the rest of the game. Mary Pearsons scored on a 1-yard rushing touchdown and on a 69-yard pass to take a 28-24 lead. Hosea’s made a field goal of 38-yards with eight minutes remaining, but it would be the last score of the game. It was the end of BT careers for BT seniors Hosea, Colin Davis, Matt Maloof, Griffin Gilder and Jacob Bolton. BT should return Smith, a sophomore, as well as Steele Chambers, Jake Rudolf and J.D. Bertrand next year.

The loss was BT’s first to a Georgiabased opponent all season. Its previous two loses were to St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.) and McCallie (Tenn.).

Thirsty THURSDAY December 1st • 5:30pm-7:30pm Join the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce for our monthly get-together/networking event. Enjoy delicious food and drinks, and meet other professionals in the Alpharetta area.

L ti Ceviche Location: C i h Taqueria T i • 42 Milton Milt Ave, A Alpharetta, Al h tt GA 30009 Fees/Admission: $15 members • $25 guests Contact Kristen Franks at

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Little Helpers volunteer for Thanksgiving project MILTON, Ga. - A group of young volunteers put some muscle into a community Thanksgiving project. Little Helpers

from Marietta, Roswell, John’s Creek, Milton, Acworth and Lithonia rolled up their sleeves to help the Agape Youth

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF CITY CHARTER AMENDMENTS Re: Proposed Amendment to the Charter of the City of Milton, Georgia Notice is hereby given that the Council of the City of Milton, Georgia will consider amendments to subparagraph (b)(40)(A) of Section 1.12 and paragraph (b) of Section 6.11 of the Charter of the City of Milton pursuant to the Georgia Constitution, Article IX, Sec. II, Para. II and O.C.G.A. § 36-35-1, et seq., at the Council’s regular meetings on November 21, 2016 and December 5, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located in Suite 107E of City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107, Milton, Georgia 30004. The proposed amendment to the Charter of the City of Milton, Georgia shall reconcile and clarify Section 1.12 and Section 6.11 with respect to the maximum millage rate limitations applicable to ad valorem taxes on real property for operating budget and general obligation bond purposes. Copies of the proposed amendment are on file and available for the purposes of examination and inspection by the public with the City Clerk in the City of Milton City Hall and in the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court of Fulton County. Council of the City of Milton, Georgia

and Family Center in Atlanta with its annual Great Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway. They unloaded trucks filled with donated food, sorted the items and bagged them for needy families. Nearly 1,000 bags of food along with a turkey were handed out as part of this program. Agape empowers and supports

underserved families within its community to discover and embrace their full potential. Agape is fully enrolled and operating at capacity with 220 students K-12 in after-school programs and 80 students in the summer enrichment programs in a high-crime service area of over 2,000 low-income families. 

City of Milton Notice of Meeting Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting:

Board of Zoning Appeals December 20, 2016 7:00 P.M.


City of Milton City Hall 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Bldg 100 Council Chambers Milton, Georgia 30004-6119 678-242-2500

Consideration of primary variance(s): a. V16-011, 13385 Cogburn Road, Ralph Simms Requests(s): • To allow two existing accessory structures to encroach into the side setback • To allow one existing accessory structure to encroach into the rear setback (Section 64-416,c.i,d) b. V16-012, 13448 Hipworth Road, Patrick and Sarah Waite Requests(s): • To allow a pool, pool deck and pool equipment to encroach into the 75 foot impervious setback (Section 20-426,2) c. V16-014, 4010 Orchard Way, Randall Schmidt Requests(s): • To allow a pool, pool deck and pool equipment to encroach into the 75 foot impervious setback (Section 20-426,2) d. V16-015, 800 Mid Broadwell Road, Scott Reece Requests(s): • To allow the façade of a house to not be built parallel to the principal frontage (Crabapple FBC 4.4.1f) • To allow the frontage buildout to be less than 50% (Crabapple FBC Table10) e. V16-016, 825 Foxhollow Run, Nicole and Johnathan Smith Requests(s): • To allow a porch and deck to encroach into the 75 foot impervious setback (Section 20-426,2)

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Blotter: Continued from Page 2 address change that he had not made. He immediately called police and major credit bureaus to have monitors placed on his accounts. The man told police that he works for UPS and that the system, which had his personal information on it, was hacked a while back.

Yoga studio reports break-in, items missing ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A local yoga studio recently reported a burglary with over $1,000 worth of items reported stolen. The owner reported the incident after she came into the studio in the morning and saw that several items were missing. The lock box, with the key to the business, on the rear door had been broken into and the door was unlocked. Inside, a speaker, bladeless fan, an iPad mini and several pieces of workout equipment were missing. All of them were last seen the night before after the last yoga class.

Attempted purchase with fake ID fails ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A man was arrested Nov. 20 for first degree forgery after attempting to buy a phone using someone else’s account. Police were called to the Apple Store at North Point Circle by a loss prevention officer about a suspicious transac-

DEATH NOTICES Phyllis Brown of Roswell, GA, passed away on November 22, 2016. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors & Crematory Mary Connolly, 69, of Roswell, passed away on November 15, 2016. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Betya Datsenko, 81, of Roswell, passed away on November 19, 2016. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery Joanne Ewing of Alpharetta, GA, passed away on November 20, 2016. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors & Crematory

tion. The man, later identified as Yamil Guerrero-Diaz from Alpharetta, had attempted to upgrade and purchase a $750 iPhone 7 using someone else’s account number and a Pennsylvania driver’s license. While police were speaking to Guerrero-Diaz, he said that the account information was not his and that the license was fake. He also said that he is currently homeless. Guerrero-Diaz was arrested without incident.

Wanted person found in gym parking lot JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A wanted man was found and arrested Nov. 14 while police were conducting a business check. While police were checking in on a Lifetime Fitness on Johns Creek Parkway, they noticed a black Hyundai sedan parked in the back of the business, away from all other cars. The gym had recently reported multiple thefts and entering auto incidents. Police ran the car’s tag through their system and found a hit for the registered owner, 24-year-old Anthony Sayles of Johns Creek. Sayles was wanted by the Douglas County Sherriff’s Office on failure to appear on a shoplifting incident. Police arrested Sayles without incident when he returned to his car.

Arrests: Continued from Page 2 ►► Angelea Gale Motz, 22, of Onagh

Court, Milton, was arrested Nov. 1 on Old Dogwood Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana, possession of drug related items, headlight required and possession of a schedule I & II controlled substance. ►► Lucious Wright, 27, of Rampart Place, Stone Mountain, was arrested Oct. 29 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Harold Gardo Mentoe, 22, of Terrace Club Court, Norcross, was arrested Oct. 28 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana and failure to maintain lane. ►► Nicholas Delan Chapple, 33, of Old Dogwood Road, Roswell, was arrested Oct. 30 on Old Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana, improper display of license plate and brake light violation. ►► Justin Tyler Ivy, 23, of Landover Way, Suwanee, was arrested Oct. 24 on Holcomb Woods Parkway in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Andrew Gene Lovelace, 28, of Flatbottom Road, Ballground, was arrested Oct. 24 on Clubfield Drive in Roswell for possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

►► Rachel Maria Kohn, 23, of Skulley

Drive, Roswell, was arrested Oct. 23 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana, failure to yield and no license. ►► Jahbarie Othaniel Stewart, 25, of Parkmont Drive, Roswell, was arrested Oct. 26 on Old Roswell Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana and suspended license.

CITY OF MILTON PUBLIC NOTICE PH-16-AB-09 PLACE 13000 Deerfield Pkwy Bldg 100 Ste 107E Milton, GA 30004 DATE & TIME 12/5/16 6:00 PM PURPOSE Package Retail Sales of Wine and Distilled Spirits APPLICANT Barnyard Spirits, LLC dba Barnyard Spirits 15840 Birmingham Highway Milton, Georgia 30004 David Essary 404-272-4661

Jerome P. Goldstein, 80, of Roswell, passed away on November 15, 2016. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Richard Moses, 88, of Roswell, passed away on November 14, 2016. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Louis W. Hill, 80, of Johns Creek, passed away on November 20, 2016. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Lawrence Reid of Roswell, GA, passed away on November 21, 2016. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors & Crematory

Ruth Jameson of Milton, GA, passed away on November 21, 2016. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors & Crematory

Rose Mary Stewart, 95, of Dawsonville, passed away on November 17, 2016. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Eugene Alvin Wich, 97, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2016, at home and surrounded by family in Cumming, GA after two months under the care of hospice. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home Eugene Alvin Wich, 97, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2016, at home and surrounded by family in Cumming, GA after two months under the care of hospice. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home Barbara Ann (Paff) Weyenberg, age 79, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Mohammad Saeed Yazdani, 86, of Roswell, passed away on November 15, 2016. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

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