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Above: After several months of speculation and negotiations, Costco plans for a big box store in Cumming will be moving forward. Construction likely to commence later this month. Main image: Costco at Windward Parkway in Alpharetta. Full story, Page 4 Aldo nahed/staff

Amos reappointed Forsyth County chairman Jones Mills appointed vice chair, Tam reappointed secretary By ALDO NAHED FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Each year at their first meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners elects three officers, including a chairman. At the Jan. 2 regular meeting, county commissioners re-elected R.J. “Pete” Amos as chairman. “Thank you for all that you’ve done this past year,” said Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills, who made the nomination.

District 4 Commissioner Jones Mills was appointed vice chair and District 2 Commissioner Brian Tam was reappointed secretary. Amos was elected in 2010 to serve as the District 1 commissioner. His term expires in this year and he has indicated he would like to run for a second term. The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is made up of five members, each living in a specific district and elected by district to serve four-year terms.

All votes were 4-0, with Commissioner Jim Boff absent because his father is hospitalized. During the first meeting of the year, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners also voted on its internal rules, which will be in effect throughout the calendar year and meetings. A vote on intergovernmental agreement will now require a “simple majority,” instead of a “super majority.”

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The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners appointed officers at their first meeting of 2014. From left, Commissioner Brian Tam was appointed secretary; R.J. “Pete” Amos was reappointed chairman and Cindy Jones Mills was appointed vice chairwoman.

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Marcus Vick, a former college football star at Virginia Tech and younger brother of former Falcons player Michael Vick, was arrested and charged with driving while high on marijuana on Bethelview Road near Ga. 400. About 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, a Forsyth County deputy spotted a black Lexus LX570 headed south on Bethelview Road north of Ga. Highway 9 with an expired car registration from August 2013. The driver, Marcus Deon Vick, 29, who lives off Bethelview Road in Cumming, was pulled over.

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DUI arrests ►► Steven J. Glinski, 23, of

Glen Glade Way, Cumming, was arrested Dec. 18 on McFarland Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and speeding. ►► Tracey Tuttle Bohannan, 54, of Buford was arrested Dec. 11 on Market Place Boulevard in Cumming for DUI. ►► Brent Thomas Hesse, 24, of Mableton was arrested Dec. 17 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Aaron Christopher Hyder, 39, of Shillham Court, Cumming, was arrested Dec.

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The deputy said in the report that Vick did not have a Georgia driver’s license and smelled of marijuana. When asked, Marcus allegedly admitted to having smoked earlier in the night. There was about $1,000 in cash folded vick in different bundles in Marcus’ front pocket. Marcus said he is self-employed and works in sports marketing and memorabilia, according to the incident report.

There were no drugs in the car. During the inventory of the car, his 31-year-old male passenger had a small bag with about $6,000 in cash. Marcus’ girlfriend later picked up the car. Vick was taken to Northside Hospital Forsyth where a nurse administered a blood test and submitted to Georgia Bureau of Investigation for analysis. He was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, driving with an expired tag and driving without a license. All three are misdemeanors. He was booked at Forsyth County Detention Center and posted bail of $4,130.

23 on Old Atlanta Road in Cumming for DUI. ►► Danielle Jordan Tinsley, 20, of Windy Hill Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested Dec. 19 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane and wanted person. ►► Darci Britton Childers, 46, of Highland Gate Drive, Cumming, was arrested Dec. 20 on Atlanta Highway in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Jennifer Lynne Luhrs, 39, of Mount Tabor Road, Cumming, was arrested Dec. 5 on Freedom Parkway in Cumming for DUI, defective tires and violation of a limited permit. ►► Timothy Joseph Foltz, 57, of Woodstock was arrested Dec. 16 on Canton Highway in Cumming for DUI. ►► Mario Rivera-Alvarez, 29, of Thompson Road, Alpharetta, was arrested Dec. 17 on McFarland

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rear-ended a truck and drove away, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. At about 2:30 p.m. Dec. 24, deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Ga. 9 and Peachtree Parkway after a woman said a man hit her 2012 Ford Escape and drove off. The woman told deputies she was stopped for a red light when a dark colored truck hit

her rear bumper. She said the driver went around her, ran the red light and turned left onto Peachtree Parkway. She said as he drove away, she was able to see part of the license plate number. Later, the driver of a dark blue Dodge truck was pulled over in the 1700 block of Vinery Avenue for an unrelated incident. Deputies said the man had

DUI, failure to maintain lane, following too closely, open container and no license.

Drug arrests ►► Jennifer Eads, 24, of

Fayetteville was arrested Dec. 18 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for possession of marijuana and defective headlights. ►► Gregory Roy Hayes, 32, of Acworth was arrested Dec. 20 on Buford Highway in Cumming for possession of methamphetamines, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, obstruction of a police officer, failure to maintain lane and violation of a limited permit. ►► Ian Albert Sherrod, 22, of Concord Trace, Alpharetta, was arrested Dec. 21 on McGinnis Ferry Road in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, tag light requirement

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of Athens was arrested Dec. 21 on Buford Highway in Cumming for possession of methamphetamines and possession of a schedule III controlled substance. ►► Leland Hawke Amerson, 19, of Shady Grove Road, Cumming, was arrested Dec. 16 on Shady Grove Road in Cumming for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drugrelated items and underage possession of alcohol. ►► Rashad Charles Conner, 22, of Duluth was arrested Dec. 17 on Colony Park Drive in Cumming for possession of methamphetamines and possession of a schedule III controlled substance. ►► Robin Sharee Smith, 40, of Shady Grove Road, Cumming, was arrested Dec. 17 on Shady

See ARRESTS, Page 3 a hard time standing and denied the hit and run incident. While deputies processed the incident, they were informed the man may have taken medication and drank alcohol. They were also informed he left a suicide note at his house. The man said he did not take anything, and then asked why deputies were talking to

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saw a man walking into the duplex. The complainant identified him as the man with the cellphone. Police spoke to the man, a neighbor in the duplex, and he allegedly admitted to being the “Peeping Tom.” Officers asked if he took pictures or videos of the woman, but he said no. In the police report, officers noted the man would speak English one moment, and then act like he was unable to understand. Officers looked under the house and found a dust path leading to the woman’s vent. It looked as if someone had been moving around that area, but officers said there were no signs that could specifically link anyone at the time because the dust path could have been from construction-type work. The suspect was taken to the Cumming Police Department for questioning, but officers said they could not establish probable cause for an arrest.

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CUMMING, Ga. — It’s back on. After plans stalled and construction was halted in the summer, a long waiting period of negotiations and much doubt ensued; but the wait appears to be over. The construction of the Costco Wholesale on the northeast corner of Bald Ridge Marina and Market Place Boulevard off Ga. 400 at exit 15 is expected to pick back up at the end of the month. “We’re very hopeful that Costco will start building early this year,” said Emory Lipscomb, the attorney representing the owners of the property. “We are working through getting the grading work that we were doing. We were held up due to the tremendous amount of rain that we’ve had, but we hope that maybe even this month that they will take over and start building there.” Lipscomb said Costco Wholesale will be handling the construction of the



about 150 new jobs. Plans were first submitted to the city of Cumming last February, and construction crews began to grade the site. In May of 2013, Costco Wholesale received approval by the city for the sale of alcohol at its future facility, but

by June, the negotiations were halted when the warehouse store giant told the landowner of the proposed property on Bald Ridge Marina Road it was “terminating the purchase agreement.” News that Costco is going to move forward with its Forsyth County location was welcomed by dozens of Forsyth Herald readers, who shared and commented on a Facebook post. Kimberly Barnes said she was, “Excited!” “I hate driving to Windward, and I like that my sales tax dollars will now stay in Forsyth,” Barnes wrote. James Trobaugh said: “Thank goodness, as much as I’m not looking forward to this next to my house, I’ve really grown tired of looking at the muddy mess that is there now.” The $55 per year membership warehouse club has hundreds of locations worldwide including nearby Alpharetta and Buford.

Library launches Teen Advisory Board Aims to draw youth to library By ALDO NAHED FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Are you an energetic, innovative student interested in developing leadership skills? The Forsyth County Public Library is looking for you to join the Teen Advisory Board. Any tween or teen in sixth through 12th grade who uses the county public library and wants to impact their community may join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). TAB will provide the opportunity to participate in and influence teen services at the library. Members will suggest, plan and promote teen programs in addition to brainstorming ways to make the library more teen friendly. “By using local teens to plan, promote and execute programs, the library aims to

offer high-interest programs to teens that will welcome them into the library,” said Laura Bradley, program manager for the Forsyth County Library. TAB will involve teens directly in the library and instill in them a sense of pride and responsibility for the programming and collection. The board will also provide library staff a direct link to teen patrons and will allow an opportunity to foster deeper relationships with them, Bradley said For libraries nationwide, teen programs are consistently a challenge. With so many other obligations and activities in the community, attendance for teen programs is typically modest. The county library hopes that creating a TAB will encourage teens to attend library programs.

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Last year, area teens from sixth grade and up attended Manga Day, including from left, Ally Lowrie of North Forsyth High and Gabrielle Vazquez of Forsyth Central High. The Forsyth County Library is launching a Teen Advisory Board to offer advice on programs that attract teens. Bradley and the youth services supervisors from each of the four library branches will lead the meetings. The board, comprised of teens from all four library branches, will meet once a month at the Cumming Library branch, 585 Dahlonega Street, to discuss issues that relate to teens and the library. The first meeting takes place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16 The library will provide snacks, and all interested teens are invited to attend. To be a member of TAB, teens must be able to attend these monthly meetings and

be active participants in the group. They may also choose to spend additional time each month attending library teen programs, researching possible teen programs, writing book reviews or doing other TAB activities. Being a part of the TAB group will allow teenagers to gain leadership experience while also having a voice in their community. Each teenager will also earn community service hour time for being an active participant in TAB and for attending meetings and events. To learn more, visit www.

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Register for youth baseball and softball Register by Jan. 19 for spring 2014 season FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Parks and Recreation is inviting local youth ages 5 to 18 to sign up for spring baseball and softball. Four registration sessions will be available Saturday, Jan. 11 and Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 12 and Jan. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. Registration sessions will be held at the following loca-

tions: • Bennett Park Baseball and Softball- Chestatee Elementary – 6945 Keith Bridge Road, • Coal Mountain Park Baseball and Softball- Coal Mountain Park Community Building – 3560 Settingdown Road, • Central Park Baseball and Softball- Central Park Recreation Center – 2300 Keith Bridge Road, • Midway Park Baseball and Softball- Fowler Park Recreation Center Community Room – 4110 Carolene Way, • Sawnee Mountain Park Baseball and Softball- Sawnee Mountain Park Community Building – 3995 Watson Road, www.leaguelineup. com/sawneemountainpark • Sharon Springs Park Baseball and Softball- Sharon Springs Athletic Association Building – 1950 Sharon Road, Booster clubs are taking online registration now. Visit the website of the park of your choice for registration information.

Bennett Park and Sawnee Mountain Park do not hold online registration. Youth baseball and softball is offered for ages 5 to 18. The age control date for youth baseball is the athlete’s age prior to May 1. The age control date for youth softball is the athlete’s age prior to Jan. 1, 2014. Both sports allow youth athletes who turn 5 years old before Sept. 1 to participate. Each youth athlete must present a birth certificate. Practices are scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 17 with games beginning the week of March 17. The season will culminate in a postseason tournament scheduled to begin on May 16. For more information, call Clayton Munnell at 770-7812215 or email ccmunnell@

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Northside recognizes its first baby born in 2014 CUMMING, Ga. — Northside Hospital-Forsyth has welcomed its first baby of 2014. William Dakota Alan Wallace was born Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at 1:10 a.m., weighing in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 20 inches long. Parents Pamela Wallace and Gary Pennington couldn’t be more excited. “He is so sweet and special,” said Pamela. William joins his big sisters Alexis, 9 and Jade, 7. In recognition of the first baby of 2014, the hospital gave the family a giant diaper cake with a teddy bear and other various baby care items. The Women’s Center at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, which opened in August 2008, saw 2,236 deliveries in 2013. For more information, visit –Aldo Nahed

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Lakeside Lions victorious at Dunkfest CUMMING, Ga. — The Lakeside Lions seventh-grade girls took first place in the annual Basketball Dunkfest at Dobbs Creek in Forsyth County. The tournament was held Dec. 20-22. The team won despite close games over Little Mill, Piney Grove and South Forsyth Middle. Lakeside went 4-0. Pictured, from left, are Sara Stiers, Hannah Algren, Gina Fishler, Natalie Moran, Taylor McGrath, Peyton Reese, Lauren Kelly and Carolyn Clark. The team was led by coach Brian Clark, not pictured.



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Soccer Shots hopes to open up in North Fulton schools this year. Two-year-olds may learn coordination while kids up to second grade will learn tactics and team exercises. “We use the platform of sports and team sports to drive home character development that is age-specific,” he said. Grant was living in Birmingham,

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Luxury home sales in North Continuous learning improves your success Fulton at six-year high Luxury homes, as I’m classifying for this article, are homes above $1 million. The sales of high-end homes in North Fulton have been climbing for a while now. We’re seeing unit sales at the same level we witnessed in the beginning of 2008. In fact for 2013, luxury home sales have nearly doubled the numbers of 2010, the bottom of the market for high-priced homes. The recovery at this price point started later than the rest of the market. What initiated the recovery was a pick-up in cash buyers who grabbed the opportunity early on as soon as they saw the recovery begin. Now, with those deals long gone, some builders have moved back into the luxury space to take advantage of missing new construction homes in that price point. It is a very positive sign to see highend home sales continue to strengthen, but it still pales to the recovery of

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home sales in the lower price points. In North Fulton, the majority of home sales occur in the $200,000 to $400,000 range. Although the increase of new construction in our area and the communities poised to start building in the next few months will be in the $450,000 to $650,000 range. Both of these trends, along with the low unemployment rate in our area, will ensure that demand will remain strong and property values will continue to rise next year.

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Hair Images has new Johns Creek location JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Hair Images has opened a new location. Owner Rabarb Aladin said her business is a full-service salon specializing in haircuts, color, eyebrow threading, waxing, facials, up-dos, bridal makeup and henna. “Your image is our business,” Aladin said. The business is located at 10305 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite


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Arborist joins Caldwell Tree Care ROSWELL, Ga. — Dave Woodrow, a longtime Roswell resident and tree expert, has joined Caldwell Tree Care in Roswell. Woodrow brings 35 years of sales experience to Caldwell Tree Care. Woodrow previously worked for Lanier Worldwide and was a founder of Precyse Solutions. He will be responsible for seekwoodrow ing new business opportunities and expanding relationships with current clients for Caldwell’s tree and plant health care divisions. Caldwell Tree Care is located at 280 E. Crossville Road. Call 770-992-1973 for more information.

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Style Points is an Atlanta-based jazzand-whatever’s-fun combo formed in 2003. Members are engineers, teachers, students and writers by day, and musicians by night. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 10. The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 855-583-5838 or visit

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love. Stan’s adorable story begins after a chance encounter with a dog that has been sent outside in the wintry cold. The dog tells the snowman about a warm stove inside the house, and with a “crack-crackle” in his heart, Stan falls in love with the wood-burning beauty. The unlikely romance, doomed from the start, is only the beginning in this hilarious and heartwarming tale as Stan later discovers that a young snowwoman is swooning over him as well. Show times vary. Jan. 2. – Feb. 2. 1404 Spring St. Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-873-3391 or visit


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Join Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Horticulturalist Lisa Cole for this introduction into the amazing world of healing plants. This beginners’ class focuses on herbs and oils used since antiquity to treat a variety of ailments, with an emphasis on women’s needs and particular energizing blends that help to chase the winter blues away. Class includes a hands-on presentation and crafting of floral water and teas for participants to take home. 10 a.m. Jan. 11. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit


Night hikers at the Chattahoochee Nature Center come to discover nightlife like never before. Take a guided hike on a woodland trail or river boardwalk, all by the light of the moon. 7 – 9 p.m. Jan. 18. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit


Learn all about Relay For Life of Alpharetta, how you can get involved and the impact you can make in the fight against cancer. 6 – 7 p.m. Jan. 9. State Bank and Trust, 2380 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Please visit


The Forsyth County Public Library will host an exclusive seminar for writers featuring author David Darracott. This two-hour seminar will focus on the process of planning and completing a novel. Registration required. 2 p.m. Jan. 11. Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road, Cumming. Please visit


Join Dirty Spokes for this 7- and 3.5-mile race through Central Park in Cumming. Registration required. 7 a.m. Jan. 18. Central Park, 2300 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming. Please visit


The Healing Sounds Program of Northside Hospital-Forsyth will be holding their fundraiser "Pastries and Performance." Come by for a bite of sweet treats and sweet sounds. Entertainment provided will include local guitarist Chuck Beckman, harpist Lorretta Marks, the Main Street Strings, and others. 2 – 4 p.m. Jan. 11. 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming. Please call 770-844-3587.



Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary season in the fall, downtown Atlanta’s only outdoor ice skating rink at Centennial Olympic Park is an annual holiday tradition. Visitors enjoy covered observation seating, theatrical lighting on the real ice and holiday music. 4:30 – 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4:30 – 11 p.m. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 20. 265 Park Ave. West Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-222-7275 or visit


The High Museum of Art presents Art In Bloom 2014, a three-day showcase of floral designs interpreting highlights in the museum's permanent collection. Enjoy a weekend full of special events and related programming, especially for the floral enthusiast. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. Jan. 10 – 12. 1280 Peachtree St. Northeast, Atlanta. Please call 404-733-4400 or visit


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Feld Motor Sports presents Monster Jam at the Georgia Dome. Monster Jam is the world’s most popular truck tour, performing to more than 4 million fans annually at arenas and stadiums worldwide. Monster Jam events consist of three fan-favorite elements – the “Party in the Pits,” racing and freestyle. This year’s show features classic names such as Grave Digger, Avenger, El Toro Loco and more. 2 – 9 p.m. Jan. 11. 1 Georgia Dome Drive Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-223-9200 or visit

Pinecrest Academy, a PreK– 12, college-preparatory Catholic School invites the community to an open house. Guests will receive informational packets, hear a brief talk, and then have the opportunity to tour the 68-acre campus with student ambassadors or via self-guided tours.  Refreshments will be served. 1 – 3 p.m. Jan. 12. 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. Please call 770888-4477, x245 or visit

PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE ATLANTA BOAT SHOW Georgia’s biggest boating event, the 2014 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show offers a haven to discover the boating lifestyle and prepare for summer on the water. Visitors to the show can shop deals on hundreds of the latest boats, from luxury yachts to fishing vessels and family cruisers, plus the newest gear and gadgets. The show also offers nautical fun for all ages, including daily boating, fishing clinics and the Swampmaster Gator Show. Jan. 9 – 10 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Jan. 11 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Jan. 12 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 285 Andrew Young International Blvd Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 954-441-3227 or visit


The Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show brings thousands of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals to the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. The event features seminars where guests will have the opportunity to interact with some of the animals. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday

and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11 – 12. 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. Please call 770-963-6522 or visit


Snakes, snakes and more snakes will be at the Chattahoochee Nature Center with Jason Clark, star of the Animal Planet series “SnakesKin.” Clark will be bringing out venomous and nonvenomous snakes during this exciting and humorous show. Watch as Kingsnakes and rattlesnakes leave their cages behind and meet some of their reptilian friends. Clark shares how to identify and be safe around snakes while recounting adventures from wildlife removal emergencies. At the reptile wagon, get an up-close view of live, native reptiles in this exciting traveling exhibit from the Southeastern Reptile Rescue. Snakes, tortoises and even alligators are waiting to be discovered. Also enjoy reptile related arts and crafts activities. Noon – 4 p.m. Jan. 18. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit



The Milton Boys Lacrosse 6th Annual "Run for Cover" 5K Run benefitting North Fulton Community Charities and Milton High School Boys Lacrosse. All participants are requested to bring an article of winter clothing or non-perishable food item for NFCC. Registration required. 11 a.m. Jan. 11. 13025 Birmingham Highway, Milton. Please call 404-5381395 or visit


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Healing Sounds to hold ‘Pastries and Performance’ fundraiser Program at Northside features music, pastries and prizes By RYAN PIERONI CUMMING, Ga. — For 15 years, the Healing Sounds program has been bringing music to Northside Hospital patients and staff. But the program needs community support to continue. On Jan. 11, Healing Sounds will hold their “Pastries and Performance” fundraiser at the Northside Hospital-Forsyth, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive in Cumming. “The point of the Healing Sounds program is to bring music to the hospital,” said Nancy Mack, the event’s spokeswoman. “Because music heals; it’s that simple.” Healing Sounds has musicians perform for hospital patients, visitors and staff. The musicians often play in the lobby of the hospital or at patients’ bedsides. In the past, the musicians also played for child patients of the hospital, as well as those in post-operation. “So we’re trying to broaden the program,” Mack said. “In order to do that, we’re having a fundraiser to bring in some funds, so we can bring

If you go What: “Pastries and Performance” fundraiser for the Healing Sounds program Where: Northside Hospital-Forsyth, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 11 Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door Information: Call 770-844-3200 The Main Street Strings playing at a past Healing Sounds performance. more musicians in to provide this fabulous service for the patients.” The event will have multiple musicians and groups, including local guitarist Chuck Beckman, harpist Loretta Marks and the Main Street Strings. As the name implies, coffee and pastries will be served to accompany the music, and door prizes will be awarded. Tickets can be bought at the door for $12 or in advance in the hospital gift shop for $10. For more information, visit

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Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy Cumming Dance Academy Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy, located at 3036 Old Atlanta Road in Cumming, is an excellent quality childcare facility that combines learning with playing. From the well-trained staff members to the innovative school, children are given the opportunity to explore the world around them, establishing the basis for their future learning experiences. Infants through school age children can learn and play in the spacious school which includes: a cafeteria, playgrounds with age appropriate equipment, computer lab, library, water park, large covered patio, smart board technology, and much more! At every stage of your child’s journey, Kids ‘R’ Kids develops new and challenging ways to open the mind and expand the imagination – it’s what we call Smart Fun. Our foundation of love and trust is accompanied every step of the way by our teachers, parents and peers. Kids ‘R’ Kids now includes private Playball, Fun Bus, Soccer, Robotics, Chess, Ballet and Tap Lessons. Regardless of your need, whether

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Bridgeway Christian Academy Expands Preschool & Kindergarten Programs This fall, Bridgeway Christian Academy plans to expand its five day kindergarten program to include a half day class as well as a full day option for the 2014-2015 school year. Both classes will utilize a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students for entry into first grade. In addition Bridgeway will also offer three, four, and five day options for the School’s three and four year old preschool classes. “These additional classes will allow parents to select the best option for their child based on academic readiness and developmental maturity as well as their individual educational philosophies”, said Rob Starner, Head of School for Bridgeway. What’s more, the 2014-2015 tuition rates make Bridgeway an affordable option for young families. The maximum class size for Bridgeway’s preschool and kindergarten classes is 14 with a lead teacher and an assistant. The smaller classes create an op-

timum learning environment, making it possible for teachers to work with students individually. Serving families with children in preschool through eighth grade, Bridgeway fosters a Christ-centered culture that encourages parent involvement and reinforces the beliefs and values taught in the Christian home. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Bridgeway utilizes proven curriculum that challenges students while emphasizing a biblical worldview. Parents of rising preschoolers – fifth grade students are invited to attend an interactive Open House – Cupcakes & Classrooms- Saturday, February 8th, from 2 – 4 pm. For additional information, or to schedule an individual tour, contact the BCA Admissions Office at 678.942.1126, or

Rivers Academy Students are Focused on Service When the concept of Rivers Academy was conceived, an academic program which provides students with a college preparatory curriculum while allowing them to pursue their individual passions, the founder also understood the need to provide a complete school experience.  The school offers an environment that includes many extra academic offerings, along with a strong sense of school spirit, social events and opportunities to serve both the local and the global community. When you walk into the Alpharetta campus you immediately get a sense of the students level of academic commitment along with their kindness

towards each other and the desire to satisfy the needs of the community. For the past month, the Rivers’ chapter of National Honors Society started their first annual Giving Tree, collecting donations from our families and staff for the community store at North Fulton Community Charities. The students also participate in many fundraisers throughout the year that support our relationship with the Daraja Choir and 410 Bridge Ministries. Additionally, the Entrepreneurship class will embark on a semester long project getting involved with many Atlanta enterprises to have hands-on experiences combining business opportunities with issues that impact local problems.

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Fulton Science Academy Fulton Science Academy Private School offers students of Georgia a real difference in education. The school focuses on S.T.E.A.M. education to meet the growing demand for higher level logic and reasoning skills necessary for future student success. Additionally, the school works to develop student presentation, writing, organization, and timemanagement abilities from the earliest grades. They offer advanced and gifted curricula taught for greater retention and achievement by a nationally award winning faculty. The small and structured environment, along with uniforms, keeps students focused on their studies. Since there are little to no discipline issues, the faculty and administration can uti-

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Alpharetta Christian Academy Alpharetta Christian Academy is adding middle school for the 20142015 school year. Since the middle school will incorporate block scheduling with math and science taught on separate days from language arts and social studies, students will have the option of half time or full time enrollment, making it possible for homeschooled students to be enrolled. The middle school will be housed in a separate area from the preschool and elementary areas. ACA currently educates children academically and socially from ages eighteen months to fifth grade and in a flexible and loving environment. Our phonics curriculum begins in prekindergarten and gives children the tools needed for reading and compre-

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McGinnis Woods Country Day School McGinnis Woods Country Day School is a private, non-parochial school offering a challenging Preschool, Elementary and Middle Grades Education. The school is located in Alpharetta on the border of Forsyth and North Fulton counties. The Preschool accepts children as young as 6 weeks and the Elementary School teaches students in PreK 4 through 8th grade. McGinnis Woods Country Day School has top accreditations, including GAC, SACS and NAEYC. It is also a member of the Georgia Independent School Association. The mission of McGinnis Woods is to inspire students with the Passion to excel. This goal is accomplished by providing superior academics through hands-on, minds on approaches which foster self confidence and self esteem;

inspiring a lifelong love of learning. Small classes with low student-teacher ratios, allow for frequent one-on-one learning. Superior educational resources are implemented to maximize the classroom experience of our diverse student population. Frequent guest speakers, monthly field trips and community service round out the curriculum. Integrated use of Interactive Whiteboards, a school wide broadcast system, computer labs, laptops and tablets support the rigorous curriculum. Competitive Sports and Robotics teams train year round. After school programs and clubs are also available. Please join us at an Open House on Saturday, January 25 between 12 and 1 pm or visit www.mcginniswoods. org to learn more. Tours are available upon request.


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Montessori Kids Academy is located at 3034 Old Atlanta Road in Cumming, next to the Publix shopping center. We are a SACS/CASI accredited school and a member of the American Montessori Society. We currently participate in the Georgia Student Scholarship Program, a tax-savings program created to enable parents to use their money tax-free for education. Montessori Kids Academy offers a traditional Montessori student-focused constructivist teaching style. Our growing school teaches children from 18 months to 3 years of age in our preprimary classroom, 3 years to 6 years of age in our primary classrooms, and 6 to 12 years of age in our elementary classrooms. We strive to maintain a low student to teacher ratio in each classroom. The school is housed in a 20,000 square foot, state-of-the-art building complete with a children’s garden, outdoor classroom, spacious library, learning kitchen, computer lab, indoor café, outside picnic patio, two music rooms, and traditional Montessori furnishings. The following daily enrichments are offered as part of our Montessori curriculum at no additional cost: Chinese, Spanish, Music, Art, Cooking, and Organic Gardening. We also provide a P. E. class and Chess for our elementary students. Transportation to and from regular field trips is provided by the new Montessori Kids Academy school bus. Students enjoy daily yoga in their classrooms and the computer lab.

Montessori Kids Academy also offers an academic summer camp where students can learn while having fun. While at camp, the students will continue with Montessori Language Arts and Mathematics materials and lessons. Each week’s theme will bring new excitement to the students as they learn about the world around them as well as tap into their creativity and imagination. We invite you to our Open House Saturday, January 11th from 11:002:00, or you can call to schedule a tour to see our traditional Montessori School that makes a difference around the world as well as at home.

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Financial resolutions (NAPSI)—Adding college tuition savings planning to this year’s resolutions can be wise. According to the College Board, the average annual tuition for a private college in 2012 was $40,000. Sixty percent of teens expect to need student loans for their future college costs, though many are already helping to save money toward these costs while in middle school and high school, reports Private College 529 Plan’s first annual Teen College Savings Barometer, conducted by ORC International. To help decrease the cost of private higher education, Private College 529 Plan (PC529), operated and managed by more than 270 private colleges and universities, lets families secure today’s tuition rate for tomorrow’s education. PC529, the only pre-paid plan for private school tuition, offers rewards for starting to save as early as possible. These strategic tips from Nancy Farmer, President of Private College 529 Plan and former Missouri State Treasurer, can help families keep their resolution: • Set up a direct deposit account for tuition so the money is saved automatically. • When childhood milestones occur, like no longer needing diapers, use that extra money to increase your monthly college savings amount. • Allocate at least some portion of your annual tax refund for your child’s

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What’s your hearing fingerprint? By DR. DEBORAH WOODWARD Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Center No two fingerprints are alike. No two snowflakes are alike. Everyone’s DNA is unique and personal. And believe it or not, the same goes for your hearing. The way you hear is shaped by many things, starting with the unique physiology of your ear. But it does not end there. Hearing is also shaped by life experiences, lifestyle, and your individual physical and mental makeup. A musician listening for harmonies and rhythms; a football player listening for signals over the roar of a stadium; or a parent identifying their child’s voice in the school play – all have different hearing preferences, even if their hearing, as measured by a medical

audiogram, “looks” identical. This uniqueness becomes especially important to people coping with a hearing loss. While they all need amplification, they need to apply it in different ways based on the unique way they live and hear. Why basic hearing instruments fall short The reason that mail order hearing “devices” are so unsatisfying is that the “one-soundfits-all” design actually fits NO ONE! Some may offer a few adjustments that can change the amplification but they can only go so far. Speech may sound “tinny” or mechanical at times with these devices and you will have trouble distinguishing speech from background noise or locating the source of sound in a room. Think of eyeglasses with the wrong prescription.

The frames may fit your face well but your vision is blurry. The right hearing instrument is as unique as you are Think of it as a micro-brain that works in harmony with your own brain to differentiate sounds based on your unique hearing profile. An advanced wireless signal processing system supports features that guard speech, help you focus your hearing, orient you in a room, and more. “Unique” begins with you Advanced new technology is still only part of the story. Through a new, more individualized hearing evaluation process, a Doctor of Audiology can actually program your unique hearing ability with lifestyle and speech preferenc-

es down to an incredible level of detail. This information tells the instrument how to react automatically to the different hearing situations you encounter in the course of a day. Whether it’s a conversation in a car, lunch with friends, a business meeting, sporting event, concert, TV show, or just quiet time at home. And, settings can always be adjusted at the same high level of detail by your hearing care professional as your needs change.

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ADHD – not just in children anymore Adult ADHD is associated with multiple comorbidities such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other personality disorders. Adult ADHD is a valid psychiatric disorder of adulthood distinct from these other conditions. Adult attention deficit disorder differs from the childhood variant because the hyperactivity in adults may be replaced by other symptoms such as anxiety, impulsivity and inattentiveness. In fact, prior to 2002 there were no diagnostic guidelines, but there have been great advances since. Some of the symptoms that characterize Adult ADHD are:

ADHD is a relatively common psychiatric disorder among adults. The prevalence is thought to be 3.5%-5.3%, which accounts for more than 11 million cases in the United States alone. With increased public awareness, adult ADHD became a topic of great interest so clinicians should be able to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with this disorder. Etiology is still uncertain. Genetics however is believed to play a prominent role, followed in importance by acquired injuries to the brain. ADHD was widely thought to be strictly a disorder of childhood. Now there are numerous scientific papers and clinical trials that acknowledge the existence of an adult version of this disorder, which can be traced back to the younger years. Before this time ADHD in adults was known as Minimal Brain Damage or Dysfunction (MBD).

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What is a cataract and what is cataract surgery? Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and today cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans age 40 and older. At some point in our life, we will all develop a cataract. The natural lens of the eye yellows and becomes cloudy with age as a result of biological changes of the proteins inside the lens. The function of the human lens is to focus incoming light onto the back of the eye. As your lens ages, light from the outside worlds becomes more and more distorted as it enters your eye.

Difficulty reading, needing more light to read, experiencing glare and haloes at night and, even poor sleep patterns can be explained by cataract formation. The treatment for cataracts involves a painless, 10 minute surgery to remove the “clouded lens” or “cataract” and replace it with a man made intraocular lens implant. It is the most common surgical procedure in the US and around the world and is considered to be an extremely successful and safe procedure with a success rate approaching 99.5%.

What is laser cataract surgery? With traditional cataract surgery, all the steps of the surgery are customarily performed “manually” by the surgeon using handheld tools. Laser cataract surgerythe next evolution of cataract surgery with the Ziemer Z6 laser offers a greater amount of precision, predictability and safety to these steps leading improved visual outcomes and more precise targets. With the Ziemer Z6 Laser System, your surgeon can offer you unmatched accuracy and a more

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predictable and customized cataract procedure. Based on your medical history and pre-operative evaluation, you and your surgeon will discuss the options available for your desired visual result. Together you can discuss a treatment plan which may include using the LDV Z6 to create the precise laser incisions in the cornea along with an advanced lens implant that may allow for improved near, intermediate or distance vision. This tailored treatment may reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery. How is laser cataract surgery different from traditional cataract surgery? In traditional cataract surgery, incisions in the cornea are made using handheld instruments including blades to access the cataract. Your surgeon will then use a surgical device to manually create a circular opening in the lens capsule of the eye that holds the cataract. The Ziemer Z6 laser can be used to make the corneal incisions precise and the opening in the lens capsule as circular as possible, in the right location, and sized to fit the replacement lens. Your surgeon can also use the laser to break up and soften the hard cataract. Softening the lens with the laser enables your surgeon to then remove the cataract more gently and with significantly less ultrasound energy than is used in traditional manual cataract surgery. What are the benefits of laser cataract surgery? • A highly customized treatment • A treatment with little or no discomfort • A more precise and predictable treatment   • A gentler and easier cataract removal Generally, a more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation The opportunity to receive tailored treatment with advanced technology multi-focal lenses, which may reduce the need for glasses or contacts after surgery Am I a suitable candidate for laser cataract surgery? Your surgeon and you will decide whether you are a suitable candidate based on your eye anatomy, type of cataract and type of lens implant that you desire. Most patients are candidates for having some of the steps of cataract surgery performed with the Ziemer Z6 laser. How long has the procedure been performed?

Thousands of cataract procedures have been successfully performed using femtosecond laser systems, and femtosecond lasers have been used in eye procedures for decades. The most familiar use of femtosecond laser technology is LASIK. Femtosecond lasers represent an advanced standard in precision laser cataract surgery and the Ziemer Z6 platform was FDA cleared in 2013. What should I expect on the day of surgery? Your day in surgery should be no different than a routine cataract case. The Ziemer Z6 laser is positioned next to the surgeon and is utilized seamlessly during the cataract surgery process. You will be given mild IV sedation that will likely keep you pleasantly unaware of the goings on in surgery. There is no pain, needles or stitches as part of the procedure. What should I expect after surgery? After surgery, you can generally expect your vision to be improved within 24 hours. Generally, patients experience no pain after surgery. Slight scratchiness of the eye is common and they prescribed eye drops will help with any of these symptoms. Many patients return to work or normal activities the next day and even drive themselves to their postop day one appointment! How long does the procedure take?  You can expect to be at our center for2 hours. And you will be in the procedure room for 20-25 minutes. Call Milan Eye Center at 678-381-2020 for more information.

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A “traditional” philosophy Best wishes for the New Year! Today I want to talk to you about yearly traditions. As we begin the New Year, we offer you and your loved ones Dr. ushma our very best patel wishes. We hope that you had a wonderful holiday season. One of your New Year resolutions may be to stay healthy. A healthy mouth leads to a healthy body and overall well-being. I notice a lot of people go through their own “mini-makeovers” this time of year as well. They perform updates on their homes, make hair appointments to spruce themselves up for the New Year, and come in for teeth whitening procedures to erase coffee, tea, and wine stains and brighten up their smile. Yes, that onset of cold weather triggers a lot of activity for all of us. These reminders bring me to a question for you: What triggers your medical upkeep? Do you have certain times of the year that you plan your routine visits to your fam-

ry for my patients, most people would still prefer to avoid them altogether if possible. Crowns and root canals are more costly than preventative care, and they take more time in the office to address and fix. With just two visits per year for a typical dental patient, I can keep you in preventative mode over the course of your lifetime. We can head off problems before they start and keep more money in your wallet, increase the overall health of your body and help you spend less time at the dentist. My philosophy is simple: See me on a regular basis to avoid seeing me even more often than you’d like! What system do you have in place for preventative care? Please remember to schedule those routine appointments for you and your family before your body triggers an issue for you that could have been entirely prevented! Call your Dr. Ushma Patel D.M.D with Center For Advanced Dentistry at 678-8947926 to make your appointment or visit us on the web at for more information. Mention this article and receive a $100 off your next dental visit (New Patients Only)!

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month By PENNY DAUGHTERY, RN, MS, OCN Gynecology Oncology Nurse Navigator Cervical cancer strikes more than 12,000 women each year, but thanks to increased use of annual Pap screenings, the incidence and number of deaths from this slow-growing cancer have decreased steadily. Importance of Screening Most cervical cancer is caused by specific strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which is spread through

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Injured dog abandoned at hotel CUMMING, Ga. — A couple checked out of their hotel room, but left their bleeding dog, according to a Cumming Police incident report. An employee of Sun Suites Hotel, 555 Lake Center Parkway, told officers they found Dec. 21 a bleeding dog running around the hotel. When officers arrived, they said the black and white dog was visibly shaking and

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scared. Another employee told officers he saw a couple packing up their car before leaving the hotel. He said the dog tried to jump in the car with them, but the couple would not allow it. Then, they drove away. After checking the room the couple stayed in, officers saw blood stains on the bed and a bloody towel in the garbage. Employees said the couple owed $84 plus a pet deposit. Officers contacted the number listed on the hotel’s rental agreement and spoke to the woman’s mother. The mother told officers her daughter and the boyfriend did own the dog. The mother said her daughter also owns a horse that is supposedly not receiving proper care. Officers said Animal Control will follow up on this incident. The dog was taken to Dr. Lanier Orr’s office to receive medical attention. Officers were told the injuries were agreement for the item to pass. Also, county staff raised issues that were addressed to the board, including one that pertains to public comments during meetings. The current language states the Board of Commissioners does not allow public comments from “announced candidates for public office” or salaried members of county staff. The rule was changed to | Forsyth Herald | January 8, 2014 | 25

“more than likely a medical issue and not cruelty.” Officers will charge the couple with pet abandonment.

Thief steals bag of Christmas gifts CUMMING, Ga. — After shopping, a man returned to his car to find a bag full of Christmas gifts gone, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. On Dec. 23, a man in the 1200 block of Old Alpharetta Road told deputies between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., someone entered his car while he was at work and stole a bag of gifts. He said an engagement ring, diamond earrings, ereader, an iPad and more items were inside the missing bag. He said all the items totaled $6,700. Deputies said the car did not appear to have been forced into, and nothing else in the car appeared to have been looked through or missing. now allow comments from salaried members of county staff. “We’ve had members of county staff come before you during public comment and for whatever reason that wasn’t caught,” said Ken Jarrard, county attorney. Tam said that recently a judge spoke to commissioners. “That would qualify,” Tam said. “It’s important to hear what they have to say.”

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DEATH NOTICES Margaret E. Aita, 101, of Cumming, passed away December 29, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Josephine Anderson, 74, of Atlanta, passed away December 22, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Veronica Ayers-Hohn, 65, of Decatur, passed away December 31, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Shelba Jean Bright, 66, of Alpharetta, passed away December 27, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Ollie Chastain Brooks, 92, of Bethlehem, passed away December 24, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Wallace Burns, 87, of Atlanta, passed away December 24, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Phyllis Norrell Burruss, 58, of Cumming, passed away December 26, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. William T. Callahan, 86, of Lilburn, passed away December 24, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Marion Carmignani, 93, of Canton, passed away December 20, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Linton Troy Daniel, 71, of Cumming, passed away December 23, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Claude Paul Ferri, 84, of Alpharetta, passed away December 24, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Charles Timothy Garmon, 58, of Cumming, passed away December 30, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Andrew Harris, 36, of Atlanta, passed away December 30, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. James Hawsard, 63, of Cumming, passed away December 26, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Guthrie Henderson, Jr., 83, of Alpharetta, passed away December 22, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

James R. Shaw, 91, of Sandy Springs, passed away December 25, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Eloise Joy, 86, of Gwinnett County, passed away December 25, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Bessie M. Smith, 87, of Alpharetta, passed away December 25, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Frank T. Ray, Jr., 90, of Cumming, passed away December 26, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Edith B. Shackelford, 92, of Roswell, passed away December 23, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Jeannette Solnick, 73, of Alpharetta, passed away December 21, 2013. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Horace Sweatman, 72, of Royston, passed away December 28, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.


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