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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Hundreds of concerned parents attended the second Forsyth County Drug Awareness Summit on Feb. 25. Law enforcement brought out actual drugs and paraphernalia to show parents exactly what to look for at home. The new information was presented with the purpose of empowering parents with knowledge about the types of drugs children are doing and share resources available for those who have already become addicts. “Parents want to help their kids,” said Cindy Jones Mills,

• Forsyth County had 43 calls to 911 regarding overdose in 2013 • There were 19 overdose deaths in 2013, 15 of those due to heroin or other opiates. • In 2013, 14 percent of Forsyth County high school seniors used marijuana in the last 30 days. • Eight percent used other drugs in the last 30 days. • Four out of 5 kids will try drugs/alcohol before they graduate high school.

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Boyfriend arrested in toddler’s death By ALDO NAHED aldo@forsythherald.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A 3-year-old toddler was found dead Feb. 25 in north Forsyth County. Christopher E. Truett, 25, of Butts County, who was babysitting at the time, has been charged with one count each of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated battery, according to Forsyth

County Sheriff’s investigators. Truett, who is the boyfriend of the 3-year-old’s mother, is currently being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center. The preliminary autopsy from Georgia Bureau of Investigation states the child died as a result of blunt force trauma, Sheriff Duane Piper said.

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Buster Evans steps down as superintendent Gov. Deal appoints Evans to prison’s education initiatives By ALDO NAHED aldo@forsythherald.com

Wyatt Pruitt was found dead Feb. 25 in north Forsyth County.

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County School Superintendent L.C. “Buster” Evans announced he would step down from his post and take on a new job with the state. Gov. Nathan Deal tapped Evans to increase the number

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Woodstock was arrested Feb. 15 on Haw Creek Drive in Cumming for DUI, possession

saw glass around one of the cars in the parking lot. He also saw a man wearing a dark hoodie sitting in a dirty 90s or early 2000 white Ford Expedition. Deputies said a 2013 Ford F-150 had its back window smashed and driver’s side lock punched out. There was a 2005 Toyota Tundra parked several spaces to the left with similar damage. Across the street at Norman’s Landing, one man said his 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche had its rear window shattered. He said his $750 iPad, checkbook and tax documents were stolen from the car. At about 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the same night, three cars were reported broken into at MBH Yoga, 4320 Settingdown Village Road. A woman told deputies she walked out of the studio at about 7:30 p.m. to her 2013 Honda Pilot and saw her rear passenger’s side window had been broken.

Peachtree Parkway, told deputies he recorded the Feb. 15 incident on video surveillance and said the value of stolen items is about $45,000. At about 8:30 p.m., a black Dodge Challenger pulled into the parking lot and parked close to the front of the store. A woman dressed in a red shirt and khaki pants got out and walked inside. She was also wearing a hat, gloves and a scarf that wrapped around her face. She pushed a cart into the electronics section and stood in an aisle for a few minutes. Then, she walked over to the stockroom and went inside. She was seen placing the items of marijuana, open container and failure to maintain lane. ►► Brandt Mardarace Green, 32, of Gainesville was arrested Feb. 15 on Keith Bridge Road in Cumming for DUI, open container and hit and run. ►► Jimmy Wayne Morris, 25, of Dawsonville was arrested Feb. 15 on Mount Tabor Road in Cumming for DUI, reckless driving, too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane and expired license.

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She said her Coach purse was taken, which contained a prescription for 15 tablets of Loratab, a checkbook and credit cards. Another woman told deputies she walked to her 2011 Lincoln MKX from the studio at about 7:45 p.m. and saw it broken into the same way. She also said her Coach purse was stolen, which contained two prescription bottles of Klonopin and Loratab. At about 8:30 a.m. Feb. 16, deputies were dispatched to the Preserve at Fieldstone, in southwest Cumming off Drew Campground Road, after five cars had been broken into during the night. Victims said their cars had been entered through windows and unlocked doors, and then ransacked. Items said to be missing included loose change, sunglasses and a tennis racket.

into duffel bags that she had put inside the shopping cart. After filling the bags, she left the store and took off in the Challenger. About five minutes later, what appeared to be the same car was spotted in the parking lot. What is believed to be the same woman took a shopping cart and repeated the same crime.

False crime called in about ‘gunman’ CUMMING, Ga. — Deputies responded to a 911 call about a person being held up for pills and meth, but no “gunman” ►► Alyssa Phyllis Trovato,

25, of Treeridge Parkway, Alpharetta, was arrested Feb. 16 on Windermere Parkway in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Andrea M. Gibson, 39, of Payne Court, Cumming, was arrested Feb. 6 on Pilgrim Mill Road in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Sang Joon Park, 36, of Suwanee was arrested Feb. 6 on Winning Colors Court in

was found. According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report, about 7 p.m. Jan. 5, deputies were dispatched to a home in the 5000 block of Archer Avenue and found no one in duress. Deputies said they spoke to a woman who lived there, and she said she lately has been getting threatening calls from a former friend who is now in prison. Earlier that day, she said he left a voicemail threatening to kill her and her family. Deputies listened to the initial 911 call and said the caller

See BLOTTER, Page 24 Suwanee for DUI and limited permit violations. ►► Charles Cary Eubank Jr., 66, of Gainesville was arrested Feb. 7 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Aaron Bernard Parrish, 28, of Tanner Court, Alpharetta, was arrested Feb. 9 on Bethelview Road in Cumming for DUI and failure to obey an

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Drug arrests ►► Ethan Brock Vance, 19, of

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Spruell Circle, Alpharetta, was arrested Feb. 17 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for possession of marijuana. ►► Jonathan Cody Davis, 25, of Young Deer Drive, Cumming, was arrested Feb. 5 on Young Deer ►► Drive in Cumming for possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamines and probation violation. ►► William George Stanford, 44, of Dawsonville was arrested Feb. 19 on Blacks Mill Road in Dawsonville for possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and taillight violation. ►► David Christopher Wiggin, 18, of Oakwood was arrested

Feb. 6 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana. ► ► Se Hwan Chung, 18, of Suwanee was arrested Feb. 6 on Nichols Road in Suwanee for possession of marijuana. ►► Ethan James Charles, 21, of Jot Em Down Road, Dawsonville, was arrested Feb. 6 on Jot Em Down Road in Dawsonville for possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. ►► Amir Bajraktarevic, 19, of Browne Circle, Cumming, was arrested Feb. 8 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for possession of marijuana and failure to maintain lane.

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Two candidates chase Sen. Murphy Michael Williams, Jack Schiff vie for Senate District 27 By ALDO NAHED aldo@forsythherald.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — State Sen. Jack Murphy has at least two announced challengers in the upcoming race for Senate District 27 in Forsyth County. Murphy, who was first elected in 2002, said he will make a formal announcement seeking to serve his fifth term next week. Murphy will face political newcomers Michael Williams, who has been campaigning since October, and Jack Schiff, who entered the race last week. Williams, who plans to qualify to run in the Republican primary May 20, has a background in accounting

Summit: Continued from Page 1 who founded the Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council. “The kids are educated, but it’s the parents, they don’t know what to look for, they don’t know that the residue around the computer could be black tar heroin.” Mills, who is a Forsyth County Commissioner, helped put the event together after she became aware of the growth in drug-related deaths. There were 19 overdose deaths in Forsyth County in 2013. She and other county leaders formed the Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council to promote prevention programs and providing resources for residents. In November, the first drug summit started the discussion, but there were many unaddressed issues, Mills said. “Through doing this, I’ve been so touched by the people who have shared their story

Evans: Continued from Page 1 initiatives within the department and assist in the implementation of the governor’s criminal justice reforms. “While the decision to retire as Forsyth County school superintendent was not an easy one, I look forward to helping nonviolent offenders achieve the kind of quality education that will allow for new growth and prosperity in Georgia’s workforce.” Evans has served as superintendent of Forsyth County Schools since 2008. Previ-

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and business, and says he’s committed to supporting tough ethics legislation, reducing the size and scope of government, improving the state’s economy and ensuring local communities control their children’s education. “I have always been motivated to work hard and get ahead, to make a living for myself and grow jobs to help and unfortunately for some many, they’ve lost their child,” Mills said. “We’ve had people from all walks of life that drugs have had such a negative impact. It has not only taken their family, it has destroyed their family.” Forsyth County Solicitor General Donna Gopaul encouraged parents to snoop on their children’s social media accounts. “If your children are seeing pictures of other teens using drugs they are more likely to use drugs or try,” Gopaul said. “You as parents are a powerful influence on these children.” Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies Sgt. Richard Thompson and Deputy First Class Tom Little made an impactful presentation showing what law enforcement has been trained to spot illegal substances affecting mood or behavior. The deputies’ presentation covered marijuana and synthetic marijuana, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and prescription drugs. Little, who specializes in DUI training, said the informaously, he was assistant superintendent of schools in Bleckley County and became the first board appointed superintendent for EVANS the Bleckley County School System. He is a trustee and chairman of the Teacher’s Retirement Service of Georgia. “With seven out of every 10 Department of Corrections inmates lacking a high school diploma or GED, it is of the utmost importance that while individuals are in our criminal

others provide a living for their families,” Williams said. “But too often, government gets in the way. I’m running because I want to serve WILLIAMS the people by making government smaller, less intrusive and more accountable.” Schiff, who touts himself a fiscal conservative, has worked with small businesses and large multinational companies. Schiff says he has experience improving efficiency, eliminating waste, building better products and delivering high quality services. Schiff said his focus

will be to reduce administrative costs and improve services for citizens of Forsyth County and the state by supporting regulations and laws that spend “our tax dollars wisely.” “For months, people all across our county have reached out and asked me to consider running for the District 27 Senate seat,” Schiff said in an announcement. “Our family took these requests seriously and we conducted an informal poll to see if the people of Forsyth wanted or expected a change. The answer was yes.” For more information on Williams, visit www.MichaelWilliams2014.com. For more information on Schiff, visit https://www.facebook.com/Jackschiffforsenate. For more on Murphy, visit http://1.usa.gov/OKo5Kd.

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Deputy shows parents how to spot drug paraphernalia. tion was so parents can more confidently spot when their children are using drugs. Thompson showed parents apples, soda cans and other items that were warped to be used as pipes. “A lot of the things we showed were the required parts and pieces so when parents come across this stuff they’ll say ‘I’ve seen that before it’s not good, it belongs to something, let me get on the internet and do a little more research,’” Thompson said. The deputies shared drug

nicknames, how they can be consumed and signs of drug manifestation. Tables were set up with additional information and some held private discussions with law enforcement and addiction recovery centers. “It has heightened my awareness” said a parent after the summit. “This is what kids are doing. Even more to be concerned about is prescription drugs.” Find more information at www.forsythcountydrugawarenesscouncil.org.

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Youngblood selected as one of Georgia’s top youth volunteers FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Remington Youngblood, 12, of Forsyth County and Colin Humble, 18, of Marietta were named Georgia’s top two youth volunteers of 2014 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring youths for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Youngblood, a seventhgrader at Riverwatch Middle School, established the nonprofit Change4Georgia that has collected more than $50,000 in cash and donated items to soldiers, veterans and their families. A couple of years ago, Youngblood was looking for a way to serve his community. “After calling 15 different places, I discovered my age was a major roadblock,” he said. “I finally asked my mom if I could start my own program.” As the great-grandson of a Marine who fought in World War II, Youngblood decided to focus his efforts on soldiers and veterans. Humble, a senior at Walton High School, helped start an outreach program at his church that provides essential items to homeless veterans, distributes food to families in need, serves a weekly hot meal and reconditions bicycles to help the homeless get around.

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City of Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and Remington Youngblood at an event in January. As state honorees, Youngblood and Humble each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and a paid trip in May to Washington, D.C., where they will join the top two honorees from each state for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2014. The program also recognized six other Georgia students as distinguished finalists for their impressive community service activities. They include Alyssa Howard, 14, of Roswell who founded Kids Who Care; Lauren

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Leadership Forsyth announces info sessions FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Leadership Forsyth is now searching for new members for the 2015 class. Candidates should be prepared to explore the diverse facets of leadership in Forsyth County through exposure to courses taught by professors from a local university and the provision of experiential excursions to local dynamic businesses/governmental agencies. For more, attend an hour-long information session. The dates and locations are: • March 12 at 8 a.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd. in

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Commissioners honor employees for weather response FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – At their Feb. 20 meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recognized the county departments and agencies that responded to the two recent winter weather events and thanked them for providing the community with outstanding services. “While these weather events certainly dis-

rupted our lives and impacted us all, I think we can agree that overall Forsyth County fared quite well,” said Commission Chairman R.J. (Pete) Amos. “And that is in no doubt due in large part to the amazing county staff.” —McKenzie Cunningham

Annual Forsyth Senior Expo to be held Sat., March 15 FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Forsyth County Senior Services is hosting the 12th annual Forsyth Senior Expo on March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd. in Cumming. The Forsyth Senior Expo

is an opportunity for senior citizens as well as their families and friends to learn about planning for the future. The free event provides a venue for information regarding a variety of topics including home care, senior living, legal services and more. Health screenings, door

prizes and refreshments will be available. For more, call Forsyth County Senior Services at 770781-2178. For more information about being a vendor at the Forsyth Senior Expo or about sponsorship opportunities, call 770-781-2178. —McKenzie Cunningham


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Water essay winner honored FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Hyuk Lee was recognized for being the Forsyth County winner of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District 2013 Water Essay Contest at the Jan. 16 meeting of the Forsyth County Board of

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Gravitt led Cumming and Forsyth County officials and community members in efforts to bring higher education to the area. His work resulted in the Cumming campus of UNG opening in August 2012 with more than 500 students enrolled. Proceeds from the annual UNG Scholarship Ball funds scholarships for UNG students, another area in which Gravitt has supported the university. Tickets for the 2014 Scholarship Ball are $100 per person and available online via ungalumni.org/scholarshipball. The ball will be held at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming. For more information, contact Jeff Boggan via email at jeff.boggan@ung.edu or by calling 678-717-3750.

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Master naturalist volunteers recognized FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recognized the efforts of the Forsyth County Master Naturalist Extension volunteers at their Jan. 16 meeting. The master naturalist volunteers are comprised of trained volunteers committed to conserving the natural resources of the county and educating community residents about the importance of preserving natural ecosystems

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Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate stirs controversy ‘Fighting flag’ adopted as new design By RYAN PIERONI ryan@northfulton.com NORTH FULTON, Ga. — A new car license plate is stirring up old wounds, but Sons of Confederate Veterans say it’s a just a celebration of their Southern heritage. At the beginning of February, the state Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicle Division approved the new license plate designed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and made it available to all Georgians. The license plate, as described in a statement released by the group, features, “a beautiful Confederate battle flag image in the background,” which covers the full expanse of the plate. The design is a choice available to all Georgia motorists renewing or applying for a tag, and $10 of the tag’s fee goes to the Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The group’s release regarding the plate design also states the money received from these fees will go toward cleaning and preserving monuments and statues and the production of educational literature

and posters. “All people should have the right to celebrate their history and heritage,” said Ray McBerry, spokesman for the Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, when asked about the criticism the plate received. “We find it ironic – and hypocritical – that those who have publicly bemoaned our celebration of Southern heritage are in fact celebrating their own history and heritage in the month of February,” McBerry continued. “The idea that someone would feel that they have a right to publicly celebrate their own history and heritage, but that others should not be allowed to, is hypocritical at best.” Maynard Eaton, spokesperson for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, disagreed. “To display this is reprehensible,” Eaton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We don’t have license plates saying ‘Black Power.’” The Georgia state flag featured the Confederate battle flag from 1956 to 2001, but was changed due to mount-

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TopGolf to hire 450 workers for new Alpharetta facility ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A global golf entertainment company plans to hire more than 450 workers for a new location in Alpharetta. The TopGolf chain plans to open a 60,000-squarefoot facility in May at 10900 Westside Parkway in Alpharetta. TopGolf is now accepting applications for bartenders, servers, kitchen staff, bussers, food runners and hosts/hostesses. TopGolf will also hold a series of auditions next month that will include team-building activities, relay races with serving trays, a dance competition, “XFactor-style” interviews and an “Idea Factory,” where applicants plan a special event for TopGolf. The recruitment days will be held at the new TopGolf site from March 22 to April 13 on Saturdays, Sundays and two Mondays. Applicants can apply online at www.topgolf.com/

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Modern OB/GYN expands office in John Creek JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Modern OB/GYN, a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology practice, announced the expansion of their office in Johns Creek. Drs. John and Ingrid Reyes are a board-certified husband and wife obstetrics and gynecological team. Their philosophy is to provide medical care while maintaining communication, up-to-date education and compassion for their patients. Modern OB/GYN is located at 10692 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 100-A in Johns Creek. For more, visit www.reyesobgyn.com or call 404446-2496.

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Resurgens Orthopaedics welcomes Dr. Peak CUMMING, Ga. – Resurgens Orthopaedics has added surgeon Dr. E. Louis Peak to its practice. Peak joins Resurgens as one of the first fellowship-trained total joint surgeons north of the Atlanta Perimeter. He is a graduate of Emory University’s School of Medicine and his areas of expertise include adult rePEAK constructive surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder; hip, knee and shoulder joint replacement; total joint revisions; and computer/robotic-assisted surgery. Peak will see patients at the Resurgens Cumming (1100 Northside-Forsyth Drive, Suite 340) and Roswell (1285 Hembree Road, Suite 200-A) offices. For more information, visit www.resurgens.com.

ATLANTA – The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation announced the addition of nine new members to its Board of Trustees. The Children’s Foundation Board is charged with raising critical funds to help meet the growing needs of one of country’s leading, nonprofit pediatric health care systems. New trustees include Paul Bowers, president and chief executive officer of Georgia Power; Jack Cay IV, president of Palmer and Cay; Kristine Faulkner, vice president and general manager at Cox Communications; Dr. Jim Fortenberry, Children’s pediatrician-in-chief; Nick McKay, CEO of EnviroScent; John Montag, president and chief information officer of A. Montag and Associates; Alison Moran, CEO of RaceTrac Petroleum; Cameron Sherrill, community volunteer and former president of Friends; and Tyler Woolson, senior vice president and chief financial officer of GeorgiaPacific. In 2014, the Board of Trustees will focus its efforts on an annual gross fundraising goal of $61 million, including raising critical funds for Marcus Autism Center, Children’s at Hughes Spalding and childhood obesity prevention.

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The Providence Group of Georgia, from left, David Grace, Stephen Fuller, Pete Jolly, Warren Jolly, Mike Smith, Jon Roby, Matt Hoffman and John Merder prepare to break ground on Bellmoore Park, a new Johns Creek community.

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Providence Group breaks ground in Johns Creek Largest development in North Fulton in more than a decade JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Providence Group of Georgia officially broke ground on its newest community, Bellmoore Park. Located in Johns Creek, Bellmoore Park is the largest residential development to be started in the northern arc of Atlanta in more than a decade. “We officially signed the contract for this property in September 2012 and 18 months later we are excited to celebrate the groundbreaking of Bellmoore Park,” said Warren Jolly, president of the Providence Group of Georgia. “We have felt from the beginning that this property has the potential to be the most significant new community in the North Atlanta market and we know that in five years, Bellmoore Park is going to set a new standard of quality and attention to detail that all other communities will aspire to replicate.” The Providence Group of Georgia hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Bellmoore Park. Representatives from the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce, city of Johns Creek and the news media joined in celebrating the occasion.

Upon completion, the 224-acre Bellmoore Park will feature more than 600 single-family homes priced from about $400,000s to more than $1 million. Homes at Bellmoore Park will showcase a wide variety of designs that appeal to home buyers looking for a luxurious, low-maintenance lifestyle. Bellmoore Park will also offer amenity areas located on the most pristine acres within the community. The centrally located, 9-acre amenity area will feature a spacious clubhouse with fitness center, expansive, manicured lawns for outdoor events, two pools and eight lighted tennis courts. The amenity plan also includes 4 acres of landscaped community parks and 50 acres of undisturbed natural areas. The entrance will be gated and will include a guard house for future community security. A team of architects including Stephen Fuller with Stephen Fuller Designs, David Grace with A Classical Studio and Bassenian Lagoni, an architectural firm from California worked on the project. “We are determined to develop the most innovative, livable and unique home designs the Atlanta market has seen in a generation,” Jolly said. “We are very excited to be working with such an amazing team of architects.” Visit www.bellmoorepark.com for more information.

The best year in home sales we’ve seen in years was 2013. For metro Atlanta, the average sales price for both single-family homes and townhomes/condos increased a whopping 26 percent. The big jump was due mainly to many parts of metro Atlanta declining much further than we witnessed in North Fulton and Forsyth County during the recession. In our area on the north side, we saw more modest price increases. Comparing 2014 to 2013, unit sales jumped 11 percent in North Fulton and 21 percent in Forsyth County. So it was a little surprising to see that so far, for 2014, home sales are down 14 percent in North Fulton and 12 percent in Forsyth County compared to the same period last year. I suppose we could blame it all on the Polar Vortex. It certainly didn’t help that we were all hunkered down for a large part of two different weeks. Our team is seeing a marked increase in activity since we’ve thawed, that’s for sure. But there is more to this story.

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Presented by the Center for Puppetry Arts, “Weather Rocks!” is a show for children 4 and older all about the weather. From a newsroom in the clouds, five energetic meteorologists rock out with tunes about rain, snow, hurricanes, sunshine and more. Show times vary. Through March 23. 1404 Spring St. Northwest, Atlanta. Please visit puppet.org for tickets.

‘ANNE OF GREEN GABLES’ AT THE DANCING GOAT THEATRE

Set in the early 1900s, on Prince Edward Island off the coast of Nova Scotia in Canada. The story depicts life of Edwardian times, and tells the story of Anne and her move to Green Gables. The story has all the elements of life: youth, age, families, joy, sorrow, hope, disappointment, love and rivalry. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 1 – 8. 10700 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, Johns Creek. Please call 770-772-0762 or visit performingartsnorth.org.a

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Pastel Renaissance is a juried event that features more than 50 exquisite pastel paintings by members of the Southeastern Pastel Society. Paintings are available for purchase. Every Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. through March 7. Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek. Please call 770-623-8448 or visit johnscreekarts.org.

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Chattahoochee High School presents their spring musical, the timeless classic, “Grease,” based on the 1978 film. 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. March 6 – 9. 5230 Taylor Road, Johns Creek. Please call 770-521-7600 or email hoochtickets@gmail.

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When Uncle George invites his whole family up for a weekend of fun at his rustic cabin, he actually wants them together so he can read his will. But between the bequeathing and his rambling stories, George drops the bomb that somewhere on the property is a suitcase holding four hundred and eighty thousand dollars. What follows is a hilarious farce of pettiness, slander, and greed. But George's gift is much more important than mere money, even though the relatives don't see it that way - at first. 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. March 7 - 30. 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. Please call 770-663-8989 or visit act1theater.com.

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The Atlanta Opera presents “Faust,” an operatic telling of the classic German legend. Sung in French with projected English translation, “Faust” tells the tale of an elderly scholar, dissatisfied with life, who makes a deal with the devil in exchange for magical powers. Show times vary. March 8, 11, 14 and 16. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.

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Pirate and Princess Day at the Georgia Aquarium will feature a day of fun activities for all ages. Kids 12 and under dressed as pirates or princesses will receive free admission with each paying adult. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. March 8. 225 Baker Street, Atlanta. Please call 404-581-4000 or visit georgiaaquarium.org.

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food, amazing bands, and dancing at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Come eat, drink and help cure Cystic Fibrosis. The exciting live and silent auctions will be packed with something for everyone, including trips, dining, adventure, jewelry, gift certificates and a raffle for the Triumph motorcycle. 7 – 11 p.m. March 8. Please call 678-297-0102 or visit shamrockinforacure.com for tickets.

‘EVENING OF HOPE’ GALA

The Evening of Hope Gala, hosted by the American Cancer Society is an event to honor local cancer survivors, and to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing, and other elegant activities provide a warm and inviting atmosphere for sponsors, guests, supporters and volunteers. 6 p.m. March 8. Country Club of the South, 9365 Barnwell Road, Johns Creek. Please visit ascevents.org for tickets.

JLA SHAMROCK 'N ROLL ROAD RACE 5K/10K

The Junior League of Atlanta's Annual Shamrock 'N Roll Race hits the streets of Atlantic Station. This is the 10th year for the race filled with fun for the whole family, with a 5k, 10k, and even a tot-trot for the little ones. 8 a.m. - Noon. March 9. 1380 Atlantic Drive Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-261-7799 or visit jlatlanta.org to register.

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GEORGIA DAFFODIL SOCIETY AT CNC

The Chattahoochee Nature Center will bask in the gold, yellow, white and pink glow of hundreds of daffodils for the American Daffodil Society Southeast Regional Daffodil Show. Noon – 5 p.m. March 8. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-609-8010 or visit chattnaturecenter.org.

‘LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL’

A musical adaptation of the movie of the same name, “Legally Blonde: the Musical” is a musical comedy that tells the story of Elle Woods, who enrolls in Harvard Law School in an effort to win back her exboyfriend. 7 p.m. March 13 – 15 and 20 – 22. Milton Auditorium, 13025 Birmingham Highway, Milton. Please visit miltontheatrecompany.com.

‘BYE BYE BIRDIE’

When Conrad Birdie, rock and roll star, is drafted, his agency devises a publicity stunt to have Conrad premiere one last song. 7 p.m. March 14 – 15 and 20 - 22, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 15. Lambert High School Auditorium, 805 Nichols Road, Suwanee. Please visit atldrama.org.

ORCHID SOCIETY SHOW HIGH HEELS AND HIGH TIMES

High Heels and High Times is the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties' largest fundraiser. Now in its sixth year, it is an afternoon of fashion shows for girls in 5th to 8th grade, raffles, food and shopping with some of our favorite vendors. 2 p.m. March 9. 1775 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. Please call 770923-1775 or visit jlgnf.org.

RACES & BENEFITS » SHAMROCKIN' FOR A CURE

For its sixth year, Shamrockin’ for a Cure returns to Alpharetta to rock the night with great

WATER DROP DASH 5K

The 2nd Annual Water Drop Dash 5K is a fast, flat course along the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River in Roswell, Georgia This event will kick-off national WaterSense Fix a Leak Week to raise awareness and encourage metro Atlanta residents to conserve water. Join us for a postrace family water festival full of giveaways, activities and free face painting. All race participants receive free all day admission to the Chattahoochee Nature Center on race day. 7:30 a.m. March 15. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 404-463-3267 or visit waterdropdash.com.

Hosted by the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the Orchid Society, this show will feature hundreds of orchids on display and for sale, as well as educational seminars. Free with garden admission. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. March 7 – 9. 1345 Piedmont Ave. Northeast, Atlanta. Please visit atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

ST. BALDRICK’S FUNDRAISER

A head shaving event with the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a non-profit that funds research to help find cures for children with cancer. 1 – 5 p.m. March 9. Harp Irish Pub, 1425 Market Blvd, Suite 1339, Roswell. Please visit stbaldricks.org.


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Where do you think we are headed? Mortgage rates are a popular subject as they continue to decrease moving into 2014. What does the decrease mean for buyers? Depending on which way you view it, we can draw several conclusions. The view is that the market is coming back, and lower mortgage rates equal happy buyers as they move through the purchasing process. While these rates are expected to remain low for the short-term, the economy is expected to improve and lead to higher mortgage rates and home prices in the long-term. What does this mean to the experts? Who are the experts? These are industry leaders who live and breathe the statistics,

facts and analysis when it comes to the housing market and mortgage rates. According to an article on Realtor. com, “Mortgage Rates Continue Downward Trend,” the experts point to a decline in both mortgage rates and housing prices over the last several weeks. This is supported by a recent survey conducted by Freddie Mac. The article states, “This week the average rate on a 30year fixed loan dipped to 4.32 percent from 4.39 percent, according to the latest survey from mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. One month ago, that rate stood at an average of 4.51 percent.” This decline is due to concerns that the market will not be strong enough to handle a large increase in home prices in the short-term. Despite the concerns, many believe we will continue to see mortgage rates rise significantly over the longterm in 2014.

The reason behind the expected mortgage rate increase is that the housing market is coming back. The market is on the upward trend, and this will lead to rising home prices and rising mortgage rates. Neal J. Leitereg writes in the article, “The bond-purchase program has helped offset dramatic gains in real estate prices and kept affordability elevated while the market has stabilized. Despite the recent economic reporting, the housing market at large continues to show signs of recovery.” Whereas the economy and the housing market are not predicted to be strong enough to handle a large come back in the short term, they are poised for long-term growth, and we should expect this to happen in the next several years. We hope you will consider our firm as you begin your next real estate transaction. Call me for a recommendation of an agent who can assist you in the process. Office: 770.442.7300

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Johns Creek Arts Center Summer Camp 2014 The sounds of summer and the voices of happy children will fill the air beginning May 27 as the Johns Creek Arts Center commences its eighth year of summer camp. The JCAC provides one of the most extensive and exceptional summer camps in the North Fulton area. JCAC camps have been a recipient of the Nickelodeon Parents Choice Award for excellence. Typically, more the 900 children attend camp each summer. The skilled and creative educational staff at the Johns Creek Arts Center prides itself in offering a unique arts experience. Each year the teaching staff selects a general theme that serves as the impetus for many creative and innovative projects. The 2014 theme is Myths and Legends. Campers create projects inspired by mythology from all over the world. Each week long camp focuses on mythology and legends of Greece, Asia, Northern Europe or America. Different weeks focus on different legendary traditions. Drawing and painting camps are offered for children four through seventeen. The art center also offers a number of specialty camps including Cartooning, Clay, Creative Writing and Illustration, Video Gamemaker, Theatre Camp, Jewelry Camp, Mosaics Camp, “Just Me & My Girl�, a camp for elementary age girls and their favorite doll companion, and Creative 3D Art. Before and aftercare are available for the convenience of working parents. For more information please contact the Johns Creek Arts Center at 770 623 8448. The complete summer camp schedule is also available online at www.johnscreekarts.org


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Day Camps General • PEACHTREE PARK PREP is recognized as the premiere SUMMER DAY CAMP of North Fulton. With a blend of weekly field trips & in-house CAMP fun, coupled with a fitness BOOT CAMP, PPP is the right choice for “in the sun fun” and exciting venues all over the Southeast! This year PPP will feature trips from the North Georgia mountains, to Chattanooga, and all over Atlanta. PPP will introduce the campers to community service events & the new fitness BOOT CAMP program, off-site with trainers! Rising 1st – 6th Grade.PPP also boasts the BEST SUMMER CAMP... EVER! For toddlers and preschoolers!! Check us out at peachtreeparkprep.com

Horse • Willow South Riding School,  NEW Johns Creek location with INDOOR ARENA is a United States Pony Club Center.  We offer all levels of instruction.  Ages 5 – 12. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Learn to ride in a fun, safe program with skilled instructors and experienced horses. For the true horse enthusiast!! www.willowsouth.com  $375 includes water bottle and camp shirt!  Send email to info@willowsouth.com. Sign up early to reserve your spot!  June 2 – 6, June 9 – 13, June 16 – 20, June 23 – 27, July 7 – 11, July 14 – 18, July 21 – 25, July 28 – August 1.  August 4 – 8.

Music • The 7th Annual Vivace! Summer Middle School Band Camp is for band students in the North Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, Gwinnett & Forsyth County area. Students experience full band, master classes, jazz band/ improvisation, marching band techniques, music composition taught by certified teachers. Eligibility: For current 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grade band students who have been in their public or private school band program OR have taken private lessons at least 1 school year. Also, we have recreation time, end of camp ice-cream party & concert. Cost: $195 by May 1st, $215 thereafter. Sibling, District, & All State discounts are available. REGISTER AT www.vivacecamps. com. Contact: Jay Hutcherson, director@vivacecamps.com. 678-478-8098

Pre School • Johns Creek Presbyterian Preschool. Ages 1-6. Goo-ology Camp: June 2-6 will provide naturally curious children an opportunity to investigate Science through songs, books, and

SUMMER CAMP • Sponsored Section hands–on experiments. Of Knights, Princesses and Dragons Camp: June 16-20 enters the world of long ago using play acting, costumes and imaginations. Under the Sea Camp: Aug. 4-8 investigates the wondersof the sea aboard the preschool’s submarine using sea life art, ocean movement songs and sea creature puppet shows. Pete the Cat Camp: Aug. 11-15 will be movin’ and groovin’ with thiscool cat through songs, rhythm and rhyme. It’s All Good! 9:30am-1pm. 770-476-1166 for camp and preschool info. www.jcpcusa.org/ preschool@jcpcusa.org

Science • Science Camp conducted by High Touch-High Tech, Inc. since 1994. Degreed professionals instruct fun science from CSI discoveries, Robotics, Bugs & Rockets, to Fossils, Flowers, Space,& Volcanoes- Your older child can experience science coming to life in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Light, Sound, and Electrical energy. Does your younger child like dinosaurs, gemstones, or animal studies? Then our age appropriate camps are for them. Also- STEM camps- Science, Technology, Engineering & Math camps too! Snacks and recess games will be provided. ‘Pizza Fridays’ available at an additional charge. Completed K-5, 9am-3pm. 770-6679443. Locations: Roswell, Cumming, Marietta, Lawrenceville,Vinings, and Dunwoody. www.sciencemadefunatl. org • Zoo Atlanta is an accredited Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) member. Our mission inspires values and wildlife preservation through education and outdoor family fun. From native wildlife to critically endangered species, offering close encounters with 1,500+ animals from around the world, highlights include Mei Lun and Mei Huan, the U.S’s only twin giant pandas; the nation’s largest zoological gorillas and orangutans collections; plus global center of excellence for reptiles and amphibians studies. Up-close-and-personal experiences; giraffe feeding, behindthe-scenes Wild Encounters with African elephants, giant pandas, lemurs, Aldabra giant tortoises.... 363 days/ year. Keeper talks, interactive wildlife shows, education programs, special events year-round. zooatlanta.org; 404.624.WILD

Soccer • Bridgeway Christian Academy Summer Skills Camp- Alpharetta. 6/2-5 - Boys Basketball - Beginner- Ages 7-13, Monday-Thursday, 9-1 $125. 6/9-12 - Boys Basketball - AdvancedAges 9-13 Monday-Thursday 9-1 $1256/16-19-Girls Basketball-Beginner-Ages 7-13 Monday-Thursday 9-1 $125. 6/23-26 Girls BasketballAdvanced-Ages 10-13 Monday-Thurs-

day 9-3 $150. 7/ 7-10-Co-ed Tennis-Ages 10-14 Monday-Thursday 9-11 $75. 7/21-24 Girls Volleyball-Ages 10-14 MondayThursday 9-1 $125. 7/28-31 Co-ed Jumping for Jesus Ages 5-10 Monday-Thursday 9-12 $100. 7/28- 31 Co-ed Soccer-Ages 10-14, Monday-Thursday 8:30-12 $125. Register, plus additional information: Bridgewayca.org. dcohen@ bridgewayca.org

Tennis • Windward Tennis Camp in Alpharetta: 8 one-week day camps from June 2 through August 1. Half Day or Full Day. Available info at www. windwardlakeclub.com or please call 770-442-5783

Overnight Camps

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North Carolina • Camp Rockmont for Boys, residential/day, is an interdenominational Christian summer in Western North Carolina with a focus on male development. Activities include camping, hiking, kayaking, blacksmithing, homesteading, canoeing, crafts, guitar, and more! Campers live in a cabin of 8-12 boys their age, select 4 skills to learn and develop, and participate in large-group activities with their age group. Rockmont seeks to foster a better understanding and respect for self and others; an appreciation and concern for the environment; greater self-reliance, self-respect, self-confidence, and self-esteem; stronger Christian values; and a greater understanding of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. www.rockmont.com; (828) 686-3885.

Animal Camps • Animal Camps for ages 7-18;Cub Creek Science Camp; Feed monkeys, pet kangaroo, take classes in Veterinary Medicine, Animal Care, Survival Skills, Crime Science, Zipline, Pottery, Archery, Culinary Science, Swimming, Crafts and so much more. Air-conditioned cabins, delicious meals, great staff, unbelievable activities; ACA  accredited. Animal Camp Jamaica offers an Amazing 13 Day, Teen Adventure / Marine Biology Program. Snorkel every morning along shallow reefs of the Caribbean Sea. Explore different parts of the island each afternoon including: kayaking along the coast, visiting the dolphins and sting rays of Dolphin Cove, taking a Segway tour through the jungle, climbing the world famous Dunn’s River Water Fall.www.MOScienceCamp.com. www.AnimalCampJamaica.com | 573-458-2125

Georgia • Christian-based. Accredited. Campwoodmont.com. Open house 5/18. 423-472-6070 • Camp Westminster provides the best in Christian camping experiences. Nestled among 120 rustic acres in Conyers, Georgia, this camp is located just 20 miles east of Atlanta. Summer sessions, ages 6-17, offer activities that will encourage personal growth, instill new confidence, and help awaken faith. Each fun-filled day is dynamic, enriching and interactive. Campers are immersed in a beautiful, natural environment with counselors equipped to nurture, instruct and encourage. Morning and evening programs are

South Carolina • Camp Cherokee, the Upper Palmetto YMCA’s Resident Camp, was established in 1945 and currently serves boys and girls ages 6-14. Our Camp is located in beautiful Kings Mountain State Park in Blacksburg, South Carolina.  Our goal continues to be helping everyone reach their potential by building self-esteem, friendships and character in a safe environment.  We offer one or two week camping sessions with activities including Camp Fires, Swimming, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Zip Lining, Canoeing, Crafts, Soccer, Flag Football, LaCrosse, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, Archery, Themed Dances, Kayaking, Environmental Education, Sailing,  Disc Golf and a Horseback Riding Program. www.campcherokee.org or call 803-3299622

Special Needs • Camp Oasis, Winder, GA. Serving 2nd-12th graders with Crohns & Ulcerative Colitis. June 22-27. $300, also scholarship options. Apply by 5/15: ccfa.org/camps. Mary EsnaAshari, 404-982-0616. mball@ccfa. org


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Animals adapt with the changing of the seasons. How well-adapted are you for school’s-out survival? Safari Day Camps at Zoo Atlanta help you get prepared for classroom breaks throughout the year. Choose award-winning day camp adventures featuring animal encounters, exclusive Zoo tours, educational exploration and enriching outdoor activities for campers ages kindergarten through fifth grade. Try Safari Day Camp for spring, summer and winter breaks, or check out one of the Zoo’s many School’s Out! Safari Day Camp

options for one-day holidays or teacher workdays. Activities are age and gradeappropriate, and themes change regularly for an always-fresh experience. The fun doesn’t end with the fifth grade. For older children, try Summer Safari Quest Day Camp, a scienceintensive experience tailored for rising sixth graders to rising eighth graders, and Summer Safari Quest Trek Camp, a travel camp including educational excursions to the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Stone Mountain Park, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Tellus Museum, Alliance Theatre and many more.  Ready to adapt for the next season? Book a program today on zooatlanta. org, or call 404.624.WILD to learn more. Visit zooatlanta.org for reservations, information and answers to FAQ’s about Safari Day Camps at Zoo Atlanta.


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“Nature Kids” Summer Camp Where no child will be left inside It’s all about being outside and enjoying the fun and excitement that nature offers The Best Summer Camp in Town is at Kids ‘R’ Kids on Old Atlanta Rd. Cumming, GA. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy is a SACS Accredited, privately owned and family operated learning facility. We offer an amazing summer camp each year. Our camp is well spoken of and has a reputation next to none other. We have well trained staff and awesome camp counselors. Our state of the art innovative school and summer camp will give your child the opportunity to explore the outdoors and have the summer of a lifetime. We have put together everything you are looking for in a perfect camp setting. We offer both junior and senior camps. Parents are able to select any weeks or days of their choice. This year’s summer camp theme is Camp Nature Kids. Get ready for an unforgettable ten week odyssey that transforms campers into miniature scientists, explorers and adventurers as they investigate the awe of the

wide and wonderful world beyond their back door. Our summer camp themes include: • Off the Beaten Path, Digging in the Dirt, • Wild about Wildlife, Bugs and Slugs, and Nature Rocks. • One of the most popular attractions at our Summer Camp is the onsite Water Park! Some of the exciting field trip opportunities include: Tree Top Quest, Sky Zone, Chestatee Wild Life Preserve and Zoo, World of Coke, Chattahoochee Nature Center and Medieval Times! Of course, no summer would be complete without a trip to The Georgia Aquarium and an overnight camping adventure. Stop by for a complimentary tour, meet the teachers and summer camp counselors, see the summer camp grounds and see what Kids ‘R’ Kids can offer your child this summer. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy, 3036 Old Atlanta Road, GA. 30041, 678-648-3175, www.kidsrkidscumming.com info@krk52.com

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Safe, wholesome summer fun Camp Cherokee, the Upper Palmetto YMCA’s Resident Camp, was established in 1945 and currently serves boys and girls ages 6-14.  Our Camp is located in beautiful Kings Mountain State Park in Blacksburg, South Carolina.  Our goal continues to be helping everyone reach their potential by building self-esteem, friendships and character in a safe environ-

ment.  We offer one or two week camping sessions with activities including Camp Fires, Swimming, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Zip Lining, Canoeing, Crafts, Soccer, Flag Football, LaCrosse, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, Archery, Themed Dances, Kayaking, Environmental Education, Sailing,  Disc Golf and a Horseback Riding Program. www.campcherokee.org or call 803-329-9622

SPORTS BROADCASTING CAMP is back for our 7th year in Atlanta

July 14-18, 2014

Boys and Girls 10-18 will have an opportunity to learn from the Pros Meet Sports Celebrities Nation’s #1 Sports Make Sports Anchor Tapes Broadcasting Make Play-By-Play Tapes of the Camp Super Bowl & NBA Finals Make Reporting Tapes from a Pro Stadium Participate in Sports Talk Radio and Pardon The Interruption (PTI) shows and much more

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Healthy Doses of Challenge »

How summer camp prepares us for life Watching my parents drive away from my college residence hall the first day of freshman orientation was a surreal experience. Though they would only be a phone call away, I was on my own. Many new decisions and challenges lay ahead. It was all happening, ready or not. But I was ready. I was ready because I had been to camp. By design, a camper experiences small doses of fear and challenge throughout his session at camp. In

her book, The Price of Privilege (2008), psychologist Madeline Levine affirms that “by allowing [children] to get occasionally bruised in childhood we are helping to make certain that they don’t get broken in adolescence. And by allowing them their failures in adolescence, we are helping to lay the groundwork for success in adulthood.”   The first night away from home, the first camp out, first ride down the zip line, and first attempt to roll his kayak

are all challenges that may not be easy to face initially. But he learns a profound lesson as the boy is helped along by fellow campers and staff, namely, that he is capable of moving beyond disappointment and perceived failure and into new growth. When he encounters challenges later, whether that same session, back at home, or when he navigates the college experience, he is more ready because he developed the necessary skills at camp.


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Concorde Fire U15 girls win region championship NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The Concorde Fire U15 ECNL team showed hard work and dedication as they won the Southeast Conference region championship and head to the national finals in June. In back, from left, are Jozy Morche, Kameron Downs, Brittany Colangelo, T.J. Anderson, Susannah Cole, Bonnie Shea, Abigail Mitchell, Mollie Belisle and Alex Melnyk. In front are Angeline Daly, Nicole Aussin, Sarah Eskew, Kayla Ruiz, Emma Wood, Mollie Williams and Madison Murnin.

South Forsyth wins championship CUMMING, Ga. – South Forsyth Middle School took on Riverwatch Middle Feb. 7 at West Forsyth High School for the Forsyth County seventhgrade boys’ basketball championship game. The South Forsyth Eagles won the game 48-38 and were crowned county champions. This was the third time this season that the two schools battled on the court. South Forsyth won the first game, while Riverwatch won the second in overtime. The county

championship was a nail-biter until the end, when the Eagles pulled out a victory for their school. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Matt Fazzalaro (statistician), Ryan Flick, Ryan Foster, Korey Kramer, Sean Diemert, Jordan Drilling, Trey Hines and Braxton Beaty (manager). In back are coach Kevin Waddell, Sean McInnis, Landon Sims, Tyler Wright, Thomas Hickey, Karston Miller, Logan Maxfield and Taylor Lewis.

Lady Paladins place second in championship Lambert Lacrosse Booster FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga.—The Pinecrest Academy Middle School Girls Lady Paladins basketball team placed second in the North Atlanta Metro League (NAML) AA Championship with a loss to Mt. Bethel Lady Eagles on

Feb. 7. The Lady Paladins finished their regular season 13-1, 10-0 in their region, 15-2 overall, and second in the NAML AA. —McKenzie Cunningham

106 fencers compete in Individual Championship JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Northview High School held the Individual Fencing Championship on Saturday, Feb. 22, which hosted 106 competitors. The top eight ranking men included Luben Jelezarov from Pope High School, who ranked first, followed by Ian Lenthart (Pope High School), Ross Manning (Chattahoochee High School), who tied with Preston Yun from (Lambert High School), and then Alex Dhom (Chattahoochee High School), Harold Liu (Northview High School), JeanPierre Oberste (Northview High School) and Jason Calvert (Chattahoochee High School). For women, Katie Van Riper from Pope High

School ranked first, followed by Caitlin Stanton (Alpharetta High School), Dorothy Cannella (Centennial High School), who tied with Sophia Skokaniac (Pinecrest High School), and

then Christi Nakajima (Pope High School), Rachel Halper (Alpharetta High School), Julie Zhang (Johns Creek High School) and Amanda Hobby (Cambridge High School). — Shubhi Tangri

Club establishes scholarship awards program FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – The Lambert Lacrosse Booster Club (LLBC) has established a boys’ and girls’ scholarship program to assist deserving male and female students who have participated in their programs with college expenses. “As a community, we should not underestimate the life lessons learned by our athletes while playing lacrosse and the future benefits to our program,” said Brian Richey. “We have established this awards program not only to assist with college expenses, but to foster a passion for the sport and physical fitness that will grow with students into their adulthoods.” Funds will be raised from events, and corporate, individual and matching contributions will be used to build the fund principal. The inaugural year of the program will be for 2014 graduating students of Lambert High School. To make a tax deductible

As a community, we should not underestimate the life lessons learned by our athletes while playing lacrosse and the future benefits to our program.” Brian Richey Lambert Lacrosse Booster Club

donation to the fund, visit store.longhornlacrosse.com/ donate.asp. For more information, email scholarshipfund@longhornlacrosse.com. —McKenzie Cunningham


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Dear Editor: In the Feb. 12 edition of the Forsyth Herald, a headline read “Ga. 400 still the future: Economic outlook positive.” Another local publication also ran an editorial on Feb. 9 essentially reprinting the story, giving Mr. Norton a hearty stamp of approval. I believe the coverage has failed its readers. The article reads like a Chamber of Commerce press release, completely void of any scrutiny. Mr. Norton is the president of a real estate and insurance firm in Gainesville. I applaud his success and am quite sure he is a good man. However, Mr. Norton’s opinion on development is biased, the same as asking the ringmaster if he likes the circus. Mr. Norton lauded the school system as part of Forsyth’s appeal. It is ironic that the schools are directly affected by the unabated residential development he supports. Mr. Norton failed to mention that the schools are severely overcrowded. Overcrowded schools typically lead to a decline in education by forcing the school system to focus on quantity rather than quality. Mr. Norton even warns us that improvements must be made to the water and sewer lines, with no discussion of water supply. Forsyth County draws its water from Lake Lanier, but has no guaranteed rights for future withdrawal. It seems we stick our head in the sand when the lake is full, but seem surprised during droughts. The state is still facing lawsuits from Alabama and Florida, and the outcome is uncertain. Proceeding with the current level of development without a water plan is unwise. Development requires more water, and the county has a limited supply. Not mentioned in the article is the fact the Mr. Norton stated the county has a need to balance housing stock at multiple price levels to balance the homes on “millionaire’s row.” I personally do not live on millionaire’s row and have no idea where it is located. I do, however, believe that we all want to keep out property values high. Housing stock at multiple price points is real estate code for high density development. High density development means more students, more

Mr. Norton is the president of a real estate and insurance firm in Gainesville. I applaud his success and am quite sure he is a good man. However, Mr. Norton’s opinion on development is biased, the same as asking the ringmaster if he likes the circus. traffic, but most importantly more real estate commissions. The most disturbing part of the article was that Mr. Norton held Gwinnett County as a measure of successful development. He was excited that Forsyth County permitted 2,400 homes is 2013, compared to Gwinnett’s 2,500. The once heralded school system in Gwinnett is in decline. The county is now full of strip malls, gas stations and apartments. Is this the future of Forsyth County? My intention is not to insult Mr. Norton. On the contrary, I would be doing the exact same thing if I earned a living in real estate. The issue is the reaction of local press. Not only did they report verbatim Mr. Norton’s presentation, which acts as an editorial equivalent of “hooray.” Many in the county feel that Forsyth is headed down the wrong path. We are building the wrong things too fast with little regard for the future. The local press has presented a real estate report as factual news. They have failed to scrutinize any part of the report, and in my opinion have failed to properly inform the citizens of Forsyth County. –Steve Benefield Forsyth County, Ga.

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The technological revolution changed the world instantly, but it has taken businesses, corporations and markets years to adapt, many of which are still in transition. But now we are reaching the point at which some of our laws need to catch up with the times, too. Energy policy is a good place to begin. In 1973, the state of Georgia passed the Territorial Electric Service Act, which carved up the state and gave different energy companies territories in which they could supply energy. It passed as Georgia rapidly expanded during the time and companies were putting up power lines all over the place – some even cutting the lines of rivals. The government hoped to centralize the power grids, maximize efficiency and set a standard for energy companies that consumers could trust, as these companies were now required by law to provide a certain level of service. It is, for all intents and purposes, a series of government-run monopolies. Though the bill served its purpose 40 years ago, it is in need of revision to help both the consumer and the environment. State Rep. Mike Dudgeon of Johns Creek hopes his bill can make all the difference.

Blotter: Continued from Page 2 sounded calm and causal. The caller said everyone at the house was “high for four days” and they had pills and “crystal meth” in the house. He added that a person had a gun and was “robbing his mother for pills.” Deputies said the phone call sounded suspicious, as though the man was making things up on the spot and adding lies as he went along.

Thief steals cash while helping woman CUMMING, Ga. — A woman’s car broke down at a gas station, and the “help” she got took advantage of her situation, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. A woman told deputies she pulled into the Chevron gas station, 8585 Browns Bridge Road, at about 6 p.m. Feb. 3.

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This isn’t the first goround for a pro-solar bill. Previously, bills failed to pass because companies like Georgia Power argued against thirdparty contracts since Georgia Power is legally required to provide a certain amount of energy – which cannot be as easily guaranteed with solar energy – and because they own all the power lines someone would need to execute a third-party energy source. The way the law is worded, any excess energy a consumer produced from their own solar panels could only be sold to the company in their territory. There was also an attempt to overrule some homeowners’ associations, which often have strict rules about solar panels on roofs and prevent residents from providing their own energy. But Rep. Dudgeon aims to narrow the focus a bit. He wants to give Georgians the ability to rent solar panels from non-utility companies, rather than pay around $40,000 up front, which is When she parked, her car quit working. A man came over and asked the woman if she needed help. She told the man she was going to put ether into a part of the engine because nothing else seemed to be wrong with it. While she popped the hood, the man jumped into her driver seat. She said she did not know how long he was in the car, but, once she saw him, she told him to get out. The car did not start, so the woman grabbed her belongings and started to walk home. When the woman got home, she saw $49 missing from her purse. Deputies said they reviewed the video surveillance, and the woman’s story was true.

Man disturbs hotel customers CUMMING, Ga. — A man kicked doors and acted like he had a weapon hidden in his

currently the easiest way of providing your own environmentally friendly energy in Georgia. “If it’s for your own use, you should have the right to do whatever you want,” said Dudgeon. “If that’s your property and you want to do solar, you should be able to finance that however the heck you want.” Twenty-two states already passed similar laws, and in those states, solar energy is more common than states with similar laws to Georgia. Additionally, the law puts the onus of environmentally friendly change on the companies that already have a guaranteed consumer base, because consumers don’t have a choice in the matter and therefore cannot cause a change in the demand. “Solar technology has gotten to the point where it’s almost ready to be mainstream without a lot of subsidies, and we should not be standing in the way of adoption of it – especially for legal or technical reasons based on the Territorial Act,” said Rep. Dudgeon. Though the bill creates more competition and benefits the environment, the bill is not likely to pass this year. Rep. Dudgeon said via email the plan was to negotiate the bill and get it ready to pass in early 2015.

pocket when he was disturbing customers at a hotel, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. An employee of Value Place extended-stay hotel, 860 McFarland Parkway, called 911 about 5:30 Feb. 15 after a customer said a man was yelling outside her room and threatening to kill people in the building. When deputies arrived, the man had his hands in his pockets and made it seem like he was concealing a weapon. Deputies searched the man and found a pack of cigarettes. They said he had “soiled himself” at some point. The man said he was upset because the manager would not let him back inside the building. Then he began to ramble about the death of his parents and the mafia, which made deputies believe he suffered from a “psychiatric condition.” The 54-year-old was charged with simple battery, simple assault and criminal trespass, all misdemeanors, and taken to Forsyth County Detention Center.


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Mary Elizabeth Burke receives Local Girl Scout hosts seniors’ prom Girl Scout’s Gold Award Work at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve earns leader top award CUMMING, Ga. – Mary Elizabeth Burke of Cumming will receive the Girl Scout Gold Award March 2 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The highest national honor in Girl Scouting is achieved by less than 5 percent of all Girl Scouts. For her Gold Award project, entitled “Remembering Autrey Mill,” Burke spent more than 90 hours planning, coordinating and completing the refurbishment and restoration of 12 informational kiosks at the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center in Johns Creek. Additionally, she created an educational module on cotton and trained personnel at the center to administer the program. She has been an active Girl Scout for 11 years and serves as an ambassador in Troop 23426 under the leadership of Karen Mujica and Nancy Meredith in the Dunwoody Service Unit. She has participated in Girl Scout Camp CEO, a mentoring program in which high school girls spend a weekend with Atlanta’s top female execu-

tives in a leadership development environment. She was a committee member on the Destinations Scholarship Committee that awards scholarships to local area Girl Scouts who qualify for the adventure abroad program. An honor student at Wesleyan High School, Burke is also a member of the National Charity League and has completed 450 hours of community service. In 2011, she received the U.S. Congressional Award for Youth for demonstrated merit in the areas of community service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition. That same year, she received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for Youth’s Gold Medal given by President Barack Obama for distinguished community service. She serves on the National Teen Advisory Board for Girl Talk and is a member of Youth Leadership Forsyth. She worked as a legal intern for the Atlanta Bar Association last summer and hopes to pursue a law degree at Georgetown

Bock hosted the first prom last May as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project. Currently, 5 Bock percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award annually. Bock will receive her award next month at the Girl Scout Gold Award ceremonies at the Fox Theatre. —McKenzie Cunningham

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Richard Blanton, 90, of Watkinsville, passed away February 24, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Judith Kelly, 49, of Roswell, passed away February 22, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Dennis Lee Crawford, of Forsyth County, passed away February 19, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home.

Elaine C. Keir, 62, of Franklin, NC, passed away February 22, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home.

Reece Daniel Elseroad, 4, of Cumming, passed away February 17, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home.

Darlene Klubeck, 79, of Roswell, passed away February 23, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Catherine Gridley, 75, of Roswell, passed away February 22, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

John Raymond Hendricks, Sr., 83, of Cumming, passed away February 17, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

By CAITLYN WALTERS walters@northfulton.com CUMMING, Ga. — Giddy Girl Scouts held their heads high while leading a press conference of their own. On Feb. 7, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta launched National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend with a press conference at One Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree Street NE, to let the girls share what cookie selling is really about. The Scouts hosted the press conference themselves and shared the five skills they learn while selling cookies – goal setting, decisionmaking, money management, people skills and business ethics. As “CEOs of their own cookie sale business,” several girls spoke about their experiences like Junior Scout of Forsyth County, Erin Keough.

CUMMING, Ga. – The second annual Senior Citizens’ Prom was held on Feb. 15 and hosted by Girl Scout Sarah Bock at Forsyth County’s Sexton Hall. The Valentine-themed dance featured the Sounds of Sawnee Jazz Band and raffle prizes donated by Barnes and Noble Books, Coldwater Creek and Norman’s Landing. South Forsyth High School students, members of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s and Fire departments and Sexton Hall staff volunteered their time to assist with the festivities.

Lyman Gilbert Hertzler, 96, of Roswell, passed away February 24, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Sheila C. Knight, 55, of Ball Ground, passed away February 20, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Larry C. Pitts, 64, of Gainesville, passed away February 21, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Brenda Ragsdale, 71, of Marietta, passed away February 24, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

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Erin Keough, Forsyth County resident and Junior Girl Scout, speaks about the leadership and business skills she has gained through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Also, Melissa Brandon, director of product sales at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, shared how the cookie program has an impact on the local community and how it can prepare girls to become future leaders.   Afterward, attendees enjoyed the test tasting portion of the conference with milk and

cookies. Cookie sales end on March 17, and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta reminded everyone the sale not only satisfies the annual sweet tooth but also helps girls realize their full potential of becoming a strong, confident and resourceful citizen. For more information, visit www.gsgatl.org.

Evelyne Kaufman Jones, 88, of Atlanta passed away February 20, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Kenneth Lee Jones, 59, of Cumming, passed away February 21, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Jerome Sheffield, 58, of Suwanee, passed away February 19, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Russell Veale, 53, of Alpharetta, passed away February 20, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.


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