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Man charged with forgery Found with counterfeit Social Security cards CUMMING, Ga. — A man pulled over for a routine traffic stop was in possession of fake Social Security cards, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. Deputies pulled over Noe Hernandez-Mendez, 28, of Cumming, by the intersection of Settingdown Road and Church Road. Hernandez handed deputies an invalid Washington state driver’s license. After getting permission to search him, deputies found a

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Mentor Me inspires local youth Karen Carroll oversees mentoring program for children By JADE RODGERS CUMMING, Ga. — There is an age-old adage that “time is fleeting,” but the mentors of Mentor Me North Georgia are in the business of making memories that will last for a lifetime. Mentor Me was established in 2002 as a nonprofit Leadership Forsyth class project and became Mentor Me North

Georgia in 2008. Implementing a careful screening process, Mentor Me matches kids, ages 6-17, with a responsible adult who will serve as their mentor and friend. Karen Carroll perches at the helm of this incredible project as the program director of Mentor Me. Part of the matching process for mentors and kids includes coordinating location and interests of the subjects matched. Car-

roll endeavors to ensure that matched volunteers and kids have a long and healthy pairing through Mentor Me. “We like to show the kids new things and provide positive guidance. We want to make sure personalities are going to mesh,” Carroll said. Throughout the nonprofit’s years of service in Forsyth County, hundreds of children

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bottle of eye drops, a lighter and a pair of women’s panties in his vest pocket. Deputies also found two Social Security cards in the Hernandezcenter console Mendez of the car. The man said they belonged to his friends. The numbers were not on file and were determined to be fakes. Hernandez was charged with forgery, a felony, and driving without a valid license, a misdemeanor. He was taken to Forsyth County Detention Center.

Forsyth County voters meet the candidates By ALDO NAHED FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County’s qualifying period was earlier this month, so we asked candidates wishing to run in the May 20 primary and Nov. 4 general elections to introduce themselves to our readers. No Democrats qualified in local elections, so races will be decided by voters before the general election. This week, we will introduce candidates for District 27 in the Georgia Senate; incum-

bent Jack Murphy faces Jack Schiff, Lauren McDonald and Michael Williams. In the District 24 Georgia House race, Rep. Mark Hamilton will face Sheri Gilligan. District 3 County Commissioner Todd Levent, who represents southwest portions of the county, faces challenger David Hole. In District 1, covering most of Cumming and western parts of the county, Commissioner Pete Amos is running unopposed.


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Victim watches as thieves steal TV FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A woman saw two men carrying a television that looked like hers, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. On March 4, a woman in an apartment complex off Estuary Trail in Alpharetta told deputies she saw the two men loading the $1,600 TV into the back of a sport utility vehicle. When she got to her ground-level apartment, she saw the front door was forced open. The woman said her apartment was ransacked and $2,640 in jewelry, an $800 iPad, another $800 TV and clothes were also taken. Deputies reviewed video surveillance and saw a red Jeep Cherokee leave the complex about two minutes before the victim called 911. The Jeep entered the complex by following another car through the gate and had a “paper tag.”

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employee left the business after being questioned about a social media photo sharing site she managed, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. The owner of Advanced Plastic Surgery, 6920 McGinnis Ferry Road in Suwanee, told deputies the former employee left on Feb. 26 after posts on Instagram did not conform to company standards. The next day, a text message was sent to a doctor at the practice that demanded a $30,000 payment or the former employee would bad mouth the company publicly. The former employee said if she did not hear from them by 9 p.m., she would contact her lawyer and move forward with her plans. Other employees in the office told police they heard the suspect say she would go to the media as well as post negative comments about the practice online. The employee had keys to the business, and the doctor said he was afraid she would harm the reputation of the practice or cause damage to the property.

$4.6K in construction materials stolen CUMMING, Ga. — A construction site manager reported materials missing from several homes under construction since September 2013, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident reports.

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On March 6, the site manager of homes in the Waterstone Falls subdivision told deputies materials were stolen from four sites. He said $1,176 in steel lintels, which are used to support brick work, was stolen from two homes off Waterstone Drive. Another home off Waterstone Drive had 348 pieces of siding and related materials worth $3,477 missing since Sept. 21, 2013.

Burglars throw rock through glass door FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — When an employee arrived for work, she found glass on the floor, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. At about 7:30 a.m. March 3, the employee told deputies she went to open the business of Flanders Scientific, 6215 Shiloh Crossing in Alpharetta, and saw the broken glass from the second door entrance to the suite. She said two boxes containing 117-inch computer monitors were missing from the desk just inside the door. Deputies reviewed video surveillance and saw two men throw a rock through the glass door at about 6:45 a.m. One suspect bent down and quickly entered the door, walked a few steps inside and took the computer monitors. There was also a suspect who was seen driving a car by

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Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Maurice E. Ewell-Hale, 20, of Duluth was arrested March 5 on Peachtree Parkway in Suwanee for DUI and failure to yield to vehicles when entering the roadway.

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26, of Chestwick Place, Cumming, was arrested March 2 on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Cumming for possession of methamphetamines. ►► Trenton Drew Cronan, 28, of Strickland Road, Alpharetta, was arrested March 3 on McFarland Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of methamphetamines. ►► Richard Scott Cantrell, 50, of Mashburn Drive, Cumming, was arrested March 5 on Mashburn Drive in Cumming for possession of marijuana. ►► William Jerry Hunt, 40, of Short Street, Cumming, was arrested March 6 on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Cumming for possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related items. ►► Peter John Abrahamson, 44, of Daves Creek Drive, Cumming, was arrested March 7 on Samples Road in Cumming for possession of marijuana.

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Humane Society president steps down Schullstrom to take over as new president By ALDO NAHED CUMMING, Ga. — The Humane Society of Forsyth County has a new president. Lance White, Humane Society of Forsyth County

president of the board, announced last week that he would step down. White said he accepted a paid position as the presiWhite dent of “Angels Among Us Pet Rescue.” “Although we are sad to lose Lance White from our organization, we are excited

that he will be joining such an amazing organization that does so much for homeless animals all across the Southeast,” the Forsyth County Humane Society said in a news release. Current Vice President Mark Schullstrom was named president of the board of the Humane Society of Forsyth County. Schullstrom has been vice president for two years. “It is impossible to replace

someone like Lance with all that he has done for this organization and this community,” Schullstrom said. “I look forward to putting into practice all of the things I have learned from him as I take on the challenge of this new role.” Under White’s leadership, the Humane Society grew from adopting 400 animals per year to more than 1,500. For more information, visit

Peachtree Parkway group to beautify medians District expects project to keep up with growth By ALDO NAHED FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — There are about 37,000 motorists who commute through Peachtree Parkway (Ga. 141) every day. This is a main artery that connects Johns Creek in Fulton County with unincorporated Forsyth County — affecting residents from Dawson through Gwinnett counties. “Ga. 141 and its appearance set the tone of how they look at Forsyth County,” said Carter Patterson. “We want to set a good example for them for what it’s like to live here in Forsyth County.” But with trash strewn throughout the seven-mile stretch and overgrown medians in the Forsyth side, Patterson says, “It’s been embarrassing.” Patterson, who chairs a newly formed nonprofit called

A median at Peachtree Parkway shows unkempt and overgrown vegetation along with litter from motorists. Peachtree Parkway Improvement District, is about to change this road’s perception. As of March 1, the Peachtree Parkway Improvement District took charge of maintenance and cleanup of the roadway. In April they will unveil the first part of the project across from Big Creek Elementary. The project will is through an agreement with 4 Seasons Landscaping Group in partnership with Mullinax Landscaping and Shrubbery. The Georgia Department of Transportation, which was in charge of mowing the median two-to-three times a year is

handing over the baton to the Peachtree Parkway Improvement District. “And as you can imagine, the grass and the weeds were so tall, it was quite unsightly,” Patterson said. While the area has the Peachtree Overlay District to make sure buildings follow a certain design specification, there’s nothing in place for roads. Patterson contacted his County Commissioner, Brian Tam, and asked what can be done. “Tam suggested I form a group to raise donations to make the medians happen,”

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Patterson said. Patterson, along with Kristin Morrissey, a board of education member, who is co-chair of the Peachtree Parkway Improvement District, went to homeowners associations and business leaders to make their case. One thing they learned along the way is the county or state does not typically landscape medians. These are taken care of by community improvement districts (CID). While Forsyth County may soon get a CID at McGinnis Ferry Road, there was nothing planned for Peachtree Parkway. The nonprofit group has already garnered the unanimous support from homeowners groups and businesses. Walmart, which is opening a new location on Peachtree and Mathis Airport parkways has donated $15,000. Community Business Bank and Scott’s Automotive have pitched in along with the Bridle Ridge Homeowners Association, the Longlake HOA and the Peachtree Court Property Owners Association. GDOT has allotted the $17,500 over to the organization. The county will receive the funds from the GDOT and pass the money to the organization. Morrissey said she hopes this spurs others to step up and do their part. “We are lighting a fire,” Morrissey said. “We are hoping that as the businesses and the community around there see how good it can look, that they will take it upon themselves to take care of their own area, their own right-of-way and do the maintenance.” Morrissey said most of Ga. 141 is already zoned commercial and that this will attract higher quality businesses and development “that is destined to come.” “We want to set the bar higher than what it is right now.” For more information, visit

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Candidates: May 20 primary election officially underway Continued from Page 1 In the Forsyth County solicitor general race, incumbent Donna Gopaul, appointed to the post by Gov. Nathan Deal, faces challengers Bill Finch and Susan Zereini.

Next week, we’ll introduce voters to the Forsyth Board of Education candidates, where incumbent Ann Crow faces challengers Amanda Nixon and Mark Weiss for the District 1 seat, which includes Cumming and western Forsyth.

Kristin Morrissey, the District 2 board member, which covers south Forsyth, is unopposed. The Georgia House District 26 race will feature incumbent Geoff Duncan and former state Rep. Tom Knox.

State House District 22, which covers a small portion of Forsyth County, will be a rematch of the special election runoff that Sam Moore won to fill the remaining term of Rep. Calvin Hill, who passed away from leukemia in October.

Meagan Biello and Wes Cantrell are vying for the District 22 race along with Moore. State Sen. Steve Gooch in District 51 and state Reps. Mike Dudgeon, District 25, and Kevin Tanner, District 9, are unopposed.

Candidates for County Commission District 3 Name: Commissioner Todd Levent City of residence: Cumming Occupation: Forsyth County commissioner for District 3 and owner of Midway Warehouse Family: Wife Dana, and two children at WFHS, Jared and Alex Website: Email: toddleventforcommissioner@ Phone: 770-380-4286 Why are you running? To help encourage economic growth, government transparency and maintain the quality of life we have all come to love in this great community of ours. This will require reasonable and well thought out growth and planning. I want to ensure low taxes through wise fiscal decisions and support public safety as it protects our community. Ultimately, I want to build upon my accomplishments to ensure they are well represented. I have loved serving during my first term and would

be humbled and honored to represent them for another term. Why are you the best candidate? I have no hidden agendas, as I am not a developer or a Levent large landowner, nor do I have any friends that are. I serve the will of the people and understand that the seat I serve belongs to the people. As a former marshal and small business owner, I understand public safety and business. I have completed all government classes that pertain to being a commissioner through the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and UGA. This includes advanced certifications. I have voted against apartments more than any other commissioner on the board today and other high density

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Name: David Hole City of residence: Cumming Occupation: Builder Family: Wife Kem and three children Website: Email: Why do you want to run? As a father, husband, successful small business owner and conservative, I share our community’s values of hard work, integrity and heritage. I have spent my career creating private sector jobs and working to improve our community. With a deep knowledge and commitment to economic growth, I will fight to reduce government spending, cut taxes and foster an environment that protects both local jobs and our high quality of life. My campaign is not centered on “running for office,” but rather continuing to serve a community that has given my family and me so much. What makes you the best candidate? For more than 20 years, I have called

District 3 my home. I have had a unique opportunity to witness the changing landscape of our community and have faced the same challenges and opportunities that other families have encountered. I will be an Hole unwavering advocate for homeowners while also working to grow our local economy and hold our elected leaders accountable. My experience does not come from a career in politics – it comes from running a small business, creating private sector jobs and volunteering in the community. I understand that our community’s greatness comes from its citizens – not from elected leaders seeking to appeal to wealthy special interests. What goals do you wish to accomplish if elected?

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Candidates for State Representative District 24 Name: Rep. Mark D. Hamilton City of residence: Cumming Occupation: Business owner Family: Married, three daughters and three grandchildren Website: Email: or Call: 770-844-6768 Why do you want to run? I am in my eighth year in the Georgia House of Representatives and still have additional work to do for the citizens of Georgia while representing the citizens of Forsyth County. My constituents have honored me with their support, and I ask for their support again. I have gained a reputation for effective conservative leadership that takes on difficult issues that matter to Georgia citizens. What makes you the best candidate? I have eight years of proven effective conservative leadership in the Georgia House of Representatives and have successfully authored, co-sponsored, supported and passed compre-

hensive legislation that has provided Georgia the No. 1 ranking to do business in the country while also earning the ranking of the lowest state tax per capita in the country. My working relationship and Hamilton support from Gov. Deal, Speaker Ralston, my colleagues as well as well-respected organizations such as the NFIB, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the NRA, Georgia Right to Life and others position me to continue making Georgia and Forsyth County a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Name: Sheri Gilligan City of residence: Cumming Occupation: Adjunct instructor and substitute teacher Family: Husband Patrick (22 years), four daughters and two grandsons Website: Email: Call: 770-744-1628

What goals do you wish to accomplish if elected? I will continue to work to keep taxes low and government small while protecting our individual and constitutional rights. I will also continue to fight to bring state transportation infrastructure funding to our growing needs.

What makes you the best candidate? An elected official must never forget who they are serving. To achieve that, when talking with people, legislators must take the time to listen – really listen. I will represent you in Atlanta, and not Atlanta to you. If elected, you will have direct access to me and I will work to improve trust in government

Why do you want to run? We need new leadership – independent, conservative leadership that is not beholden to special interests or the speaker’s demands. The people of the 24th District of Georgia deserve someone who will listen to their concerns and stand up for them regardless of the political pressures.

and increase our quality of life. I will work with other legislators to come up with solutions to problems that have plagued our county and state. What goals do you wish to accomplish Gilligan if elected? Increase transparency and accountability. All committee votes on enacting bills should be recorded – no more voice votes on amendments or to place a substitute bill. Constituents cannot hold their representative accountable if they don’t even know how they voted. Forsyth County has some of the best schools in the state. In order to maintain that high level of excellence, we must put local school boards in charge of education. Local school boards should decide on the teaching methods that work best for the students in their care. No top-down plan

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Candidates for Forsyth County solicitor general Name: Donna Gopaul City of residence: Cumming Occupation: Solicitor general Family: Single Website: Email: Why do you want to run? As solicitor general, I have been a strong voice for our conservative Gopaul values. Now more than ever, Forsyth County needs a common sense conservative who understands the challenges and opportunities facing our families and our businesses. As a devoted public servant, I understand that our community is strong and vibrant because of our citizens – not because of our government. My governing philosophy is simple: I believe that government should do a few things and do them well. Among the things government must do well are enforcing the law, administering justice and protecting our homeland. I am asking to continue serving as solicitor general because I am passionate about ensuring our community is a safe community in which our families and businesses can thrive. What makes you the best candidate? I am uniquely qualified to continue serving as solicitor general because I have a strong understanding of the vital role this office plays in not only keeping our streets safe but also attracting new business and promoting a high quality of life for our residents. As the only candidate with experience managing the solicitor general’s budget, I have been able to save taxpayers $200,000 while reducing red tape and enhancing the level of customer service enjoyed by those that interact with Forsyth County’s judicial system. While other candidates are campaigning based on promises, I am campaigning based on my record of service to the citizens of Forsyth County. What goals do you wish to accomplish if elected? As solicitor general, I will continue looking for innovative ways to decrease the solicitor’s budget while also increasing the rate at which we dispose of cases. Since being appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal, I have worked to increase the accessibility of our office and introduce methods for ensuring transparency. My goal is simple: I will continue to be a servant to our community, not a politician.

Name: Susan Zereini City of residence: Cumming Occupation: Attorney Family: Married with two sons Website: www.zereiniforsolicitor. org Email: zereiniforsolicitor@gmail. com Call: 678-928-1147 Zereini

Why do you want to run? I am running for solicitor general because I have the experience, the passion and vision to lead this office. I have a vested interest in this community as a wife, a mother and a homeowner. As a veteran prosecutor, you can count on me to be tough on crime. I want to use my talents and vast experience to help keep Forsyth County safe for not only my family, but for all of the citizens of Forsyth County. What makes you the best candidate? Experience. I have 13 years of prosecutorial experience – more than twice as much as my opponents combined. I am the only candidate with both misdemeanor and felony prosecutorial experience. I am a lifelong Republican with conservative values. I also have managerial experience, supervising both attorneys and support staff, which has given me the ability to lead and work well with others. I am also experienced in handling large budgets, dating back to my work for Itochu International, a Fortune 500 company, and in my role as a deputy bureau chief overseeing Project Redirect, an alternative sentencing program for violent gang members, and in my role in the creation of the Cherokee County Drug Court, which was the first misdemeanor drug court in the state of Georgia. What goals do you wish to accomplish if elected? My goals include leading the office in a fair and just manner. To do that, I will be tough on crime by holding people accountable for their actions. I will not only utilize incarceration as a punishment, but also use the alternative courts, such as DUI court and drug court, to rehabilitate offenders so they become productive members of society. This will stop the cycle of repeat offenders, thus reducing the

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Name: Bill Finch City of residence: Cumming Occupation: Attorney Family: Leah, my wife of 23 years, daughters Anna Cathryn, a sophomore at Georgia Tech, and Rachel, a sophomore at North Forsyth High School Website: www.billfinchforsolicitor. com Call: 678-513-1360


Why do you want to run? I want to run for the solicitor general’s position because I believe that my passion for seeking justice and my multi-faceted experiences makes me unrivaled among the candidates for this position. I believe that justice should be tempered with mercy. As a prosecutor, I’d endeavor to always abhor the act but be ever mindful of the humanity of the actor. It will always remain my prayer that God grant His wisdom upon me that I always do what is just and what is fair on every case before me. What makes you the best candidate? I am a practicing lawyer with 16 years of experience in Forsyth County. Before going into private practice, I served for eight years as a Fulton County police officer. After graduating from law school, I had the privilege of working in the Forsyth County Solicitor’s Office and I am proud to have been a past president of the Forsyth County Defense Bar. I have been fortunate to participate in the criminal justice system in multiple roles, from being a police officer making cases to a lawyer both prosecuting and defending cases. I would very much like the opportunity to bring my experience to the job of solicitor and invest that experience in service to the citizens of Forsyth County. What goals do you wish to accomplish if elected? The effective prosecution of crime protects you and your community, and the efficient prosecution of crime protects your tax dollars. Effective and efficient prosecution of crime is crucial to keeping our neighborhoods and roadways safe for the citizens. Traditionally, solicitor general is not a position

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Candidates for State Senate District 27 Name: Jack Murphy City of residence: Cumming Occupation: Businessman and state senator Family: Wife Linda, seven children and 11 grandchildren Website: www.VoteMurphy Email:

Name: John “Jack” Schiff City of residence: Cumming Occupation: Businessman Family: Wife Jodi and daughter Website: Email: jack.schiff@

Why do you want to run? In a time when Washington is controlled by a ruling class that holds our conservative values in contempt, Georgia needs a proven leader who has a record of standing up to the federal government. For more than 12 years, I have been a strong advocate in cutting taxes, eliminating unnecessary spending and safeguarding the American Dream. I am seeking re-election to continue my service as a strong advocate for our families, businesses and taxpayers.

Why do you want to run? Forsyth County and the state of Georgia are crying out for qualified, conservative leaders to step forward to be the voice of the people and for the people. I am a leader who listens...a leader who is guided by the will of the people he serves. After much prayerful thought and discussion, my wife and I decided that my background in business, passion for high quality education and workforce development, coupled with a conservative system of values are what make me seek to serve the people of Forsyth County as the next senator.

What makes you the best candidate? Rising above political rhetoric to deliver real results, I have worked to balance the state’s budget each year, reduce spending by $3 billion and eliminate the annual car tag tax. While some candidates talk about what they hope to achieve, I have an unwavering record of standing on the frontlines to defend our most sacred individual liberties. In a time when Forsyth County is facing new opportunities and challenges, our community needs a leader that can get things done. As a respected member of senate leadership, I have a unique ability to leverage existing relationships and to navigate the legislative process to benefit our community. To elect someone else is to put our community at risk of taking a back seat to the interests of other, more powerful senators. What goals do you wish to accomplish if elected? Leading the charge to expand tax cuts and reduce wasteful spending, I had the honor of being named a recipient of the American Conservative Union’s Defender of Liberty Award. When re-elected, I will continue passionately fighting for our conservative values of faith, family, freedom and life. With an unwavering commitment to our conservative principles, I will continue standing on the frontlines to defend the liberties we hold most sacred.


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What makes you the best candidate? I have been truly blessed to have enjoyed success throughout my academic, business and personal life. I graduated with honors from Florida Southern College while working full time and starting a family. I’ve been married to the same wonderful woman for 30-plus years. I’ve worked with small businesses and multinational companies to eliminate wasteful spending, control costs, build better products and deliver high quality services. Even through the nation’s worst economic recession since the Great Depression, I’ve been able to manage our finances in such a way as to avoid some of the financial hardships that others have endured. I am the only candidate in the race who has supported countywide spending reductions, worked on state-level issues like insurance reform and on the federal level to reduce entitlements. My record of success in academia, in business and in my personal life makes me the best candidate. I will bring to the State Senate ideas, passion and experience that will make our state stronger economically, more sound educationally and more fiscally accountable to the taxpayers.

Name: Lauren W. McDonald III City of residence: Cumming Family: Wife Claire and three children Occupation: Funeral director Email:


Why do you want to run? Service to Forsyth County and its citizens is something that I practice each and every day – whether it is through my personal business, being a fireman for 25 years or coaching our youth every day in the evenings. Each day, my family wakes up and we discuss what kind of impact we can make on others. I teach my kids respect for others and the importance of community service. Claire and I know that family values can only be taught by parents, and we, as parents, must lead by example. I want my kids to understand how important it is to serve your fellow man. It can be through business, ministry, the military, public safety or running for public office. What makes you the best candidate? I am in touch with the people of Forsyth County. I am the only candidate for the Senate that works in Forsyth County, volunteers on many volunteer boards in the county and at the local schools, retired from the fire service in Forsyth County, spent 12 years as our county coroner and coaches your children within our great park system in both football and lacrosse. I know we have traffic issues because I too spend many hours just like you on our roads. I listen to the many concerns citizens have and I want to always try to help each person with resolve to their individual issue. As our next senator, I will represent this community with faith and values that have been instilled in me by my parents many years ago. I want to earn the trust of the citizens of Forsyth County and be their next senator from the 27th District. I need the help of everyone to make this journey a success for our county.

Which goals do you wish to accomplish? Tax reform is vital and is a top priority. The Tax Foundation ranks Georgia 32nd in the nation in terms of our overall tax situation. Our corporate tax rate is about right, but our individual income tax is extremely high. We have to reduce or eliminate government waste in the state to drive income tax to relieve that burden on our citizens. Meaningful ethics reform is vital. I’ll work hard every day I’m in the Senate to bring about meaningful ethics reform that will restore the people’s trust in government. Education has always been my

What goals do you wish to accomplish if elected? A. I want to make sure that every citizen knows that I would be representing them in the Senate. My door will be open to all and I will personally return your call as soon as I can. In fact, if you have questions even now during the campaign my cellphone number is 678-5240066. I hope you will call me directly. I feel that there has been a lot of disconnect between the senator from District 27 and the citizens of Forsyth County. This seat belongs to the citizens of the 27th District and I will never forget that when elected. B. I will work with both city officials and county officials to collaboratively solve the surface street and state highway issues that are choking

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Name: Michael Williams City of residence: Cumming Occupation: Small business owner Family: Wife Virginia and four children, all of which attend or have graduated Williams from Forsyth County public schools. Website: Email: Why do you want to run? Every election year, we hear talk from politicians about their support of “tough ethics laws.” And every year, we see the same “tough ethics laws” come out of the Legislature riddled with loopholes and exemptions with no real change. I am committed to sponsoring real ethics reform legislation, no loopholes, no special exemptions. I also believe in reducing the size and scope of government, improving the state’s economy and ensuring our local communities control our children’s education. I am running for State Senate because I have personally felt the hardship brought on by a government that overreaches its authority and places obstacles in the path of those who want to better themselves and their community. What makes you the best candidate? I have a background in accounting and business. I have owned and operated a chain of 18 successful franchise businesses that I sold in 2013. I am in the process of opening a new franchise restaurant in Cumming. I now want to put my time to use working on solutions for the people of this district and the state of Georgia that can improve the lives of all residents. My background as a small business owner puts me in a unique position to understand how laws passed at the Capitol affect our residents from both a business standpoint and as a parent with four children. What goals do you wish to accomplish if elected? We need better transparency with our elected officials and the money that is coming and going through campaigns. I will work to introduce legislation that will require all elected officials to submit campaign bank account records with their campaign disclosures. I believe this will go a long way in creating a more transparent and honest environment. I also want to focus my efforts on reducing the size of state government and protecting residents of Georgia from the overreaching federal government.

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NASA astronaut delivers virtual presentation to Piney Grove MS By CHARLES ATKEISON @AbsolutSpaceGuy FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Former NASA astronaut Dr. Don Thomas delivered a virtual classroom presentation “Living and Working in Space” to the students of Piney Grove Middle School on March 11. Thomas, a veteran of four space shuttle missions, spent 44 days in space orbiting the

Earth nearly 700 times and traveling 17.6 million miles. Nearly 100 of Piney Grove’s sixth-grade students watched Thomas deliver via Skype a 45-minute talk on the thrills of lift-off aboard the space shuttle to how astronauts live and work in space. Students asked several questions to the retired astronaut, including, “What was his favorite view of Earth?” and,

“How can someone grow up to be an astronaut?” Thomas said he enjoyed seeing Mount Everest from 200 miles above; and outlined how a college education will help students reach their goals in life. In his new book “Orbit of Discovery,” Thomas chronicles several Ohioans who paved the way in aviation and space, and includes a detailed look at his flight aboard shuttle Discovery.

Forsyth Parks and Recreation hosting community yard sale FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Forsyth County Parks and Recreation invites citizens to take part in a community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 in the Central Park Recreation Center parking area, 2300 Keith Bridge Road in Cumming.

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Smoking cessation program launched at Northside Hospital CUMMING, Ga. — In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health, Northside Hospital has launched a new smoking cessation program to help smokers quit their habit. The program will offer participants tips on how to quit, manage stress, avoid weight gain, cope with withdrawal symptoms and much more. The seven-week sessions will use a combination of in-person classes and webinar formats to allow group discussion and interaction from the conve-

Northside Hospital offers free prostate cancer screenings ALPHARETTA, Ga. – To help raise awareness of prostate cancer, Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute is offering free prostate cancer screenings to the community. Registration is required for the screenings, which will be offered at the Northside/Alpharetta Medical Campus at 3400 Old Milton Parkway, Building C, Suite 100 from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 6. To register, call 404-845-5555 and press “0.” Health care professionals will screen adult men for symptoms of prostate cancer and offer prostate-


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specific antigen blood tests and rectal exams at no charge. Uninsured men, ages 40-75, who have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer and haven’t had a prostate exam within the past year, are eligible to participate. Spanish interpreters will be available during the screenings. Northside Hospital treats more cases of prostate cancer than any other Georgia hospital and leads in groundbreaking procedures for better outcomes and less invasive treatments for the disease. —McKenzie Cunningham

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Feed Forsyth to hold Easter canned good drive CUMMING, Ga. — When school dismisses for the summer, more than 10,000 children in Forsyth County have no guarantee for their lunch. To help out, several community food pantries provide “Summer Sacks of Love” for these children during the summer months. Feed Forsyth is holding an Easter canned good drive from March 31 through April 21 to provide the food for the Sacks of Love. Items can be dropped off at participating community businesses including SR Homes at 1424 North

Items needed include • Box of cereal or grits • Snack bars • Trail mix packets • Fruit cups or 15-ounce cans • Canned tuna 5-ounce cans • Canned chicken 5-ounce Brown Road, Suite 100 in Lawrenceville and Van Baird State Farm Agency at 7758 McGinnis Ferry Road in Suwanee. For the complete list of

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Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation, and CASA will use the funds for child abuse prevention. The foundation distributed $2.9 million in the annual awards ceremony at the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center in Duluth. For more information, visit —McKenzie Cunningham

DAR to celebrate Arbor Day with veterans CUMMING, Ga. — As part of an Arbor Day celebration, the Chestatee River chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will honor local veteran residents of Chestnut Ridge Nursing Home by planting a tree in their honor on April 25. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with the dedication followed by a coffee and cake reception. The DAR’s veterans’ programs seek out ways to honor these brave men and women who have served the country. For more information, visit or call Annelle Jones, the regent of the Chestatee River chapter, at 678-9473802. —McKenzie Cunningham

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Mandatory concussion baseline test beneficial to young athletes By CAROLYN ASPENSON CUMMING, Ga. — Cumming resident Stacie Garramone cheered as her son scored a goal for South Forsyth High School’s freshman lacrosse team against Druid Hills. But she stopped cheering when he walked himself off the field. “When he scored, the referee threw the yellow flag and I figured it was a penalty,” she said. “I didn’t realize the goalie left the field for hitting my son.” Garramone said her son Cameron, 15, was hit in the side of his helmet, snapping his head sideways. “The goalie has both hands on his stick and hit him next to his ear,” she said. “He walked himself off the field and when the coach asked why, he didn’t know.” Garramone’s son was out for the rest of the game, but seemed fine, so he went to school the next day. “He called me from school and told me his head was throbbing and he felt sick to his stomach,” she recalled. “So I brought him to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at the Collection and he was diagnosed with a concussion.” Garramone’s son is one of thousands of young adults diagnosed with concussions each year, and the number is rising, experts say. “We see kids with concussions several times a week,” said Dr. Russ Mitchell of Northside Emergency Associates. Statistics show football is the No. 1 traumatic brain injury sport in the country, with sports like lacrosse, soccer, cheerleading and gymnastics following closely behind. Last year, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed the Georgia Youth Concussion law to protect children from sustaining injuries from unnoticed or untreated concussions. The law requires parents to sign a concussion-information form before their child can participate in sports and that any child with a possible concussion be removed from the sport until they’re cleared to play again by a medical professional. “Cameron took the baseline test before the season started,” Garramone said. “And when he took the concussion test at Children’s, he failed.” Garramone said the test helped her understand the severity of his injury and is glad the state requires them. “With the test, we have more information than just asking our child how they feel,” she said.

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• Appears dazed or stunned • Confused about assignment • Forgets plays • Is unsure of game or opponent • Moves clumsily • Answers questions slowly • Loses consciousness (even temporarily) • Shows behavior or personality changes • Forgets events prior to injury (retrograde amnesia) • Forgets events after injury (anterograde amnesia) • (Source: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)

Common symptoms of a concussion • Confusion • Clumsy movement or dizziness Her son’s treatment plan incudes rest, limited stimulation and activity until his symptoms are gone. Garramone’s son didn’t black out from the injury, but that’s not always the case with a concussion. Dr. William Primos, of Children’s Healthcare, said

• Nausea or vomiting • Memory loss • Tiredness • Upset stomach • Vision problems • Sensitivity to noise and light • Numbness or tingling anywhere on the body • Loss of balance or trouble walking • Mentally foggy, cannot think clearly or remember things • Slurred speech or other changes in speech • Irritable or more fussy than usual • Acts differently than normal (does not play, acts fussy or seems confused) • More emotional, perhaps very sad or nervous • Different sleeping patterns (Source: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)

traumatic brain injuries like concussions vary in intensity. “Each injury is unique dependent upon the location and intensity of the hit, as well as several other factors,” Primos said. Recoveries vary, too, but Primos said it’s all about rest and limited stimulation.

“As the symptoms dissipate, activities are slightly increased,” he said. “We have a very specific system to determine the rise in activities.” Primos encourages parents to take children to the doctor after they are hit in the head. “What may seem like

Cameron Garramone, 15 took a hit during a South Forsyth lacrosse game against Druid Hills and suffered a concussion. something minor can actually be serious,” Primos said. “And certainly not worth the risk.”


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Local artists showcase talent By CAITLYN WALTERS CUMMING, Ga. — Sawnee Artists Association invites the community to its 13th annual March “Art” Madness members show and sale. From March 22 through April 5, local artists will showcase their talents at Parsons’ Gifts and Gallery, 525 Lakeland Plaza. The president of SSA, Kris Straukas, said there will be about 150 pieces of art displayed during this event ranging from paintings, photography, wood, jewelry and more. “We are expecting this year’s event to be spectacular,” Straukas said. “This is a great opportunity to promote our members and provide a wonderful, local art exhibit for the

residents of Forsyth County.” Straukas said the organization works together with local charities and organizations for community outreach at each of its three annual events. During March “Art” Madness, they will be working with two organizations. One is the MSG Foundation (MarcusSharon-Gunter), which helps provide meals for the hungry and provides programs to assist the Forsyth Disability Coalition along with senior and disabled citizens. The second, Age Well Forsyth, works with Alzheimer’s respite care. The second show, called “Colors of Fall,” will combine its previous “Through the Lens” photography exhibit and the “Colors of Fall” exhibit, which will be a public juried show and sale.

We are expecting this year’s event to be spectacular.” Kris Straukas President of Sawnee Artists Association The third event, the Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech, is scheduled for Nov. 15 and Nov. 16. SAA is a nonprofit organization. It will be moving to a new monthly meeting location at the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, a Forsyth County Senior Services center. For more information, visit

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. – It is not often one gets to see some of the best Broadway songs performed live on stage, especially by some of the stars who sang them on the Broadway stage. But with the Arts Council’s help, that is what is happening at Brenau College. Neil Berg’s “101 Years of Broadway” recreates the biggest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Evita” and “Cats.” These Broadway performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. “101 Years of Broadway” presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as the best songs from Broadway’s newest hit shows. “It makes sense because it is the greatest American music with the greatest American Broadway stars in one night. What’s not to love?” said Berg, the show’s producer. Berg’s role is to lead his audience through the history of Broadway Theatre and introduce to them his illustrious cast of Broadway veterans who are, in many cases, recreating roles they played or originated on Broadway or various national and international tours.

When these memorable vocals are combined with some stellar live instrumental performances, the end result is an auditory feast traversing from the organic depths of pathos, humor and pleasure gleamed by finely polished professionals. To Berg’s credit, this concert is not of the cruise ship variety. There is formidable talent in this ensemble, which recreate magical Broadway moments rather than posture and rest on its credible resumés. Among the stars onstage: Carter Calvert is best known for originating her role in the Tony-nominated, “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues” on Broadway. The New York Times wrote, “Carter Calvert effervesces: her voice echoes chimes in the night” and “Her smoldering grip on ‘Fever’ is positively dangerous.” Lawrence Clayton has appeared nationally as Jean Valjean in the 25th anniversary production of “Les Miserables.” Off-Broadway roles include Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Madison Square Garden. Chuck Wagner has performed on Broadway as Athos in “The Three Musketeers,” Rapunzel’s Prince in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” and Javert in “Les Miserables.” Berg is the composer/ lyricist of the hit off-Broadway musical “The Prince and the Pauper,” which ran for two

If you go What: The Arts Council proudly presents as part of the Arts Council Pearce Series “Neil Berg’s ‘101 Years of Broadway.’” When: Wednesday, March 26, at 8 p.m. Where: Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium Cost: $35 adults; $32 seniors (65+); $28 students. Call (770)534.2787 or www. Directions: From Ga. 400, go north to Exit 17 (Gainesville exit) and turn right off exit ramp. Turn right onto Browns Bridge Road (at Walgreen’s). Continue on Browns Bridge Road for about 16 miles. It becomes Jesse Jewell Parkway. At the intersection of Jesse Jewell Parkway and E.E. Butler Street, turn left onto E.E. Butler. Turn right onto Washington Street. Pearce Auditorium is ahead after first stop sign. years at the Lambs Theater in New York City. The New York Times raved, “‘Prince and the Pauper’ [soars] on wings of theatrical fun.” Berg is currently the composer for the new Broadway-bound musical “Grumpy Old Men,” based on the Warner Brothers movie classic starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

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New bookstore opens at VERY UGLY Sharon Forks Library DRIVEWAY? Ribbon cutting March 22

CUMMING, Ga. — Due to the tremendous success of their bookstores at the Cumming Library and the Post Road Library, the Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates are opening their third bookstore at the Sharon Forks Library. Housed inside of the library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road in Cumming, the cozy Sharon Forks Friends Bookstore will provide patrons with another place to shop for fantastic deals on adult fiction and children’s books. The grand opening ribbon cutting of the Sharon Forks Friends Bookstore will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22. The store will stock both hardback and paperback adult fiction as well as children’s fiction and nonfiction items, ranging from board books for babies through young adult titles. As with the other bookstores, all of the proceeds will

go back into the library. The Cumming Library’s Friends Bookstore will remain the flagship store and has the largest selection of nonfiction books along with fiction, children’s items and other media like magazines and CDs. The Friends Store at the Post Road Library opened in August 2013 and offers adult fiction, children’s and select nonfiction books. The FCPL Friends and Advocates are excited to offer the community another lowcost bookstore location at the Sharon Forks Library. The store will have the same operating hours as the Sharon Forks Library and will be open seven days a week. FCPL Friends and Advocates are still in need of volunteers to help staff the store. Volunteer duties will include assisting customers and helping keep the shelves stocked. No heavy lifting is required. If interested, please email them at To learn more about the FCPL Friends and Advocates, visit –Aldo Nahed

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The Cotillion of South Forsyth is back for the second year!

We had a wonderful response last year and are excited for this season! This is a new tradition for 7th-9th grade students.Our program focuses on traditional and popular dances as well as manners that are important for young people. You can expect your child to gain confidence, learn how to greet, shake hands and converse with adults. We will also discuss technology etiquette and social media. Classes are Sunday evenings starting March 23. 7th grade is 4:30-6:30pm. 8th/9th grade is 7-9pm. All events are held at the Polo Golf and Country Club. Registration is now open. For more information and to register, contact Valerie Macdonald, Director 770-781-5580 The Cotillion Group is a widely-known organization that has been teaching students across metro Atlanta for over twenty-five years. The program is very excited to be extending into Forsyth County.

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Northwestern Middle School will host their first 5K, and all proceeds will go to the Children's Cancer Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. There will be a Health Fair after the race. 7:30 a.m. March 22. 12805 Birmingham Highway, Milton. Please call 330-475-4843 or visit

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An exclusive free screening of the documentary film entitled “Race to Nowhere.” This dynamic film challenges administrators, teachers, parents and communities at large to "rethink the methods by which we prepare our children for success in life." 7 – 8:30 p.m. March 20. 61 Old Canton St., Alpharetta. Please call 770-475-0081 or visit




The Chattahoochee Nature Center presents a day of farm animals, crafts and learning. Noon – 4 p.m. March 29. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit


The Sandy Springs Society will host their 23rd annual “Tossed Out Treasures,” the ultimate flea market. The sale is touted as having the ultimate bargains on high end treasures. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. March 28 – 29. 7200 Roswell Road, Atlanta. Please call 404-983-7406 or visit


Josh Lawrence’s band, the Josh Lawrence Jazz 3, fuses influences from New York City and Philadelphia into a fresh new sound called Soul Bop. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. March 22. The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Please visit

The story is set in the late 1950s and is inspired by Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army. When Conrad Birdie, an Elvislike rock and roll star, is drafted, his agency devises a publicity stunt to have Conrad premiere one last song and to kiss a girl from his fan club on The Ed Sullivan show prior to going overseas. Hilarity ensues as the small town of Sweet Apple, Ohio, welcomes the super star and is thrust into the spotlight. March 20 - 22, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Lambert High School Auditorium, 805 Nichols Road, Suwanee. Please call 678-471-5312 or visit

Experience art and flowers in a fresh way when the Johns Creek Arts Center presents the fourth annual “Art in Bloom,” a celebration of timeless art interpreted by some of the Southeast’s most talented floral designers. Presented in collaboration with the Johns Creek Arts Center Guild, “Art in Bloom” follows the concept of pairing the art of floral design with twodimensional art pieces. A benefit for the Johns Creek Arts Center, “Art in Bloom” opens with an exhibition and gala 7 p.m. March 20. 10700 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Please call 770-623-8448 or visit


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. Eventually, she uses her knowledge of law to successfully defend exercise queen Brooke Wyndham, who has been accused of murdering her billionaire husband. 7 p.m. March 20 – 22. Milton Auditorium, 13025 Birmingham Highway, Milton. Please visit for tickets.

The Atlanta Dance Theatre presents a two part show. First is a performance of a choreographed interpretation of the classic tale “Aladdin.” Then, following intermission, an urban dance performance of “City Lights,” featuring an original soundtrack by an Atlanta recording artist. Show times vary. March 28 – 29. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Please call 404-438-3028 or visit


Roswell High School Performing Arts Department proudly presents “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a musical comedy set in the ’20’s about Millie, a small town girl who moves to New York City to marry for money, where she quickly learns to enjoy the flapper lifestyle. March 20, 21 and 23. Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Roswell High School, 11595 King Road, Roswell, Ga. 30075. Please call 770552-4500.


Made even more popular by the 2007 movie version starring John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer, Hairspray is a musical with 1960’s-style dance music and rhythm and blues songs. Set in 1962

Submit your event online at Baltimore Maryland, teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program similar to American Bandstand. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes an overnight celebrity and is befriended by Corny, who shares her liberal political views. Show times vary. March 21 - 23. 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 111, Alpharetta. Please call 770-998-8111 or visit atlantaworkshopplayers. com.


West Forsyth High School presents the musical ‘A Tale of Two Cities.’ Based on Charles Dickens' masterpiece, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ is a musical that focuses on the love triangle between young beauty Lucie Manette, French aristocrat Charles Darnay and drunken English cynic Sydney Carton - all caught in the clutches of the bloody French Revolution. March 20-22 at 7 p.m., March 23 at 3 p.m. West Forsyth High School, 4155 Drew Rd., Cumming. Please call 678232-0099 or visit wfhsswp. com.

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The 10th Annual "All Kids Count" Gala is taking place Saturday, March 22nd at 7p.m. at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Rd NE. Help make a difference in the lives of Georgia's children in foster care. The Foster Care Support Foundation is celebrating 17 years of service. Proceeds from this event help fund provisions for an average of 3,000 abused and neglected children annually. With your help, we can reach even more. Special Guests: Monica Kaufman Pearson and Illusionist Joe Turner. Silent and live auction, elegant buffet dinner, open bar, dancing, all for a most worthy cause.


Explore your inner scientist at the Atlanta Science Festival Exploration Expo. This family-friendly event offers non-stop events, experiments, exhibits, games and entertainment. Open to the public, admission is free. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Marchg 29. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. West Northwest, Atlanta. Please

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Camp Bow Wow and Home Buddies Alpharetta are hosting their 5th annual Clovers and Canines celebration at the camp. This loving event doubles as an adopt-a-thon for animals in need of homes and as a fundraiser for local shelters and rescues. Noon – 4 p.m. March 22. 1755 Grassland Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 678-807-8505 or visit


The 3rd Annual Run So Chris Can Walk 5K is a benefit fundraiser for Project Walk Atlanta, an organization dedicated to improving quality of life for those affected by spinal cord injury through intense exercise based therapy. 8:30 a.m. March 22. 2100 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. Please call 404-610-5447 or visit


Experience Spring along the Chattahoochee and enjoy a flat, fast, scenic course. 10k begins at 8 a.m, with 5k and the Fun Run following. March 29. St. Andrew Catholic Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. Please call 404-408-8508 or visit


The Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon will travel through metro Atlanta’s most interesting and historic areas, including the Sweet Auburn District, Inman Park, Decatur, Druid Hills, Virginia-Highland and Midtown areas. Along the way, runners will pass landmarks, including the King Historic Site, Carter Center, four college campuses and Piedmont Park. Race day will also include the Luckie 5K at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta’s Luckie Marietta District. 7 a.m. March 23. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Avenue West Northwest, Atlanta. Please visit

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Georgia’s 2013 gains deceiving after fast start 2014 a ‘wait and see’ year By HATCHER HURD ATLANTA — Georgia took great steps toward economic recovery in 2013, but the state began to fade by September. Now some of the enthusiasm has waned a bit, said Rajeev Dhawan, director of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University. His forecast for Georgia in 2014 splits the difference, saying he is “guardedly optimistic” for the state economy. The good news in Georgia is unemployment shrank one full point in 2013 and Georgia added 89,200 jobs. The jobs addition was a healthy 40 percent increase over 2012. The Atlanta region was again the big jobs generator, creating 60,500 (68 percent) jobs in the state. Dhawan differentiates total jobs and “premium jobs.” Premium jobs are higher paying and thus more likely to jump other industries such as home-buying, which has such a large ripple effect through its ancillary industries. But employment and jobs creation were decelerating at the end of the year after a fast start in 2013. First, job growth in the state would have been “abysmal” except for gains in the retail and hospitality sectors, and those jobs are mostly lower-paying jobs and contribute little in overall economic growth. Education and health care added only 4,000 jobs in the last half of 2013 after adding 11,000 jobs in the first half. Georgia’s corporate sector grew

by 29,000 jobs for the year, but lost 4,000 in the last six months. So while aggregate jobs numbers are up, they are somewhat Dhawan deceiving. Tax collections in Georgia also started fast, but then shrank back. Collections hit a high of 9.6 percent in the first half of 2013, but were an anemic 0.7 percent by the last quarter of the year. On the bright side, manufacturing added jobs in the second half of the year, which erased its losses in that sector. Dhawan credited that to cheap domestic energy prices along with steady demand from the automotive sector. Nationally, new auto sales were excellent, selling numbers in 2007 territory, 15,000-plus. Car sales are another favorite leading economic indicator of Dhawan’s, though they are less so when dealers are giving up to 97-month loans to move them, he said. The tech sector took a hit after showing real signs of recovery. After a steady drain in tech jobs going back to 2001, Georgia began an uptick in 2011 when it added 1,300 jobs and then leaped ahead with another 3,500 jobs in 2012. But 2013 ended with a net loss of 1,200 jobs. That this high-paying catalyst sector failed to grow was disconcerting. “These numbers are a big

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*Calendar year change is defined as the difference between 4th quarter of one year to next year’s quarter. puzzle, and I hope that benchmark revisions in March will correct the anomaly,” Dhawan said. There may be causes for the slowdown in the tech sector, such as a companion slowdown in the health care industry, a big user of technology products. Perhaps venture capital is going back to Simi Valley “looking for the next Facebook or Zynga” jackpot. Dhawan still has faith in Georgia’s tech sector, predicting it to grow little in 2014 before “picking up steam in 2015 and 2016.” Of Atlanta’s 57,000 new jobs predicted in 2014, almost 20 percent of them fell in the premium job range. Jobs are predicted to rise in the metro area to 69,800 by 2016 with a healthier 16,400 premium jobs (23.6 percent). The stock market performed extremely well. Stocks were up 30 percent in value, which he laid at the feet of the Fed. It had its ear to the ground. When then-Fed chief Ben Bernanke began talking of “tapering off” influencing the interest rates by buying up

Education and health care added only 4,000 jobs in the last half of 2013 after adding 11,000 jobs in the first half. Georgia’s corporate sector grew by 29,000 jobs for the year, but lost 4,000 in the last six months. treasury notes, he backed off reinvigorating confidence in the market. “The Fed succeeded in reflating portfolios … [but] that gravy train is now over,” Dhawan said. “Pallid economic reports at home – the last two reports were anemic – and in China’s manufacturing sector have ignited a rout in stock markets worldwide.” In 2014, there is not a lot the U.S. can do except “roll with the punches,” as China tries to right itself, he said. Stock market volatility will be the rule not the exception in

2014, according to Dhawan. “It will keep consumers more cautious than they have been. As a result, growth and investment from the corporate sector will moderate,” Dhawan said. Georgia, like the rest of the country, will have to wait and see what the global economy, especially China, does in the coming year. If it begins to click enough to benefit the state’s Fortune 500 companies, better economic times could come into focus. “That normalcy is still quite a while away,” he said.

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Local chef wins national contest CUMMING, Ga. — Cole Smith, a cook at Mellow Mushroom at the Collection at Forsyth, has created a winning dish. Smith, who graduated from North Forsyth High in 2008, entered his “Slow Ridin’ Chicken Salad” in the company-wide contest. Sales of the dish at the Collection location, 410 Peachtree Parkway, where Smith works, have been great, a manager said. Mellow Mushroom had polled servers, bartenders, prep and line cooks from 160 locations to curate the new Homegrown Picks menu, which are only available through March 31. Additional options on the Homegrown Picks menu include Suwanee resident Ben Power’s “Thaidal Wave Hoagie,” named the overall winner in the contest, and “Quirky Turkey Club Pie,” a pizza creation with turkey, bacon and apples by Virginia resident Victor Alavarenga. Visit for more information.


NAMA Allied Member of the Year ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Randy Smith has been named the NAMA Allied Member of the Year. The NAMA Industry Awards are presented to individuals and their companies that best exemplify consistent support of the vending and coffee service industry. NAMA’s Allied Member of the Year vending award recognizes an SMITH individual and the company that has exhibited the highest level of integrity, dedication and leadership in the vending industry. Smith was the president and chief executive officer of Georgia Vending Services, a full-service vending company in Atlanta, from 1996 until 2008. Since 2008, Smith has served as the president and CEO of LightSpeed Automation in Alpharetta. LightSpeed Automation develops, installs and supports new technologies used to increase operational

ROSWELL, Ga. — Sal Damico, a local resident and businessman in the Johns Creek area, has been named as one of the Top 25 Lexus sales consultants in the Southeast region. Damico has more than 36 years of auto experience and has been with the Nalley Lexus Roswell dealership for about four years.


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Mark Spain ranks as top team for Keller Williams ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Keller Williams International Inc. recently honored the Mark Spain Team as the No. 1 real estate team worldwide out of nearly 95,000 Keller Williams agents in closed units. In 2013, Spain and his team closed 1,420 transactions for a gross sales volume of $264 million. The Mark Spain Team has been SMITH in the top 20 since joining Keller Williams in 2011. Mark Spain also ranked No. 12 for closed transactions last year in the Wall Street Journal. The team crossed the $1 billion mark in career gross sales several years ago and is now closing in on $2 billion. Based out of the Keller Williams Realty North Atlanta office in Alpharetta, the team specializes in assisting homebuyers and sellers throughout the metro Atlanta region. For more information, call 770-886-9000 or visit www.

KDC adds George, Maddux to Atlanta team ATLANTA — KDC, a commercial real estate development and investment company, has hired industry veterans Jim George and Robert Maddux. George joins KDC following a 30-year career with Cousins Properties.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Creative Blinds and Decor was the recipient of the Envision Design Combination Treatment Award at the 2014 Envision Design and Ingenuity Workroom Competition. Winners were announced in February at the U.S. window treatment industry’s only trade show, Vision14: International Window Coverings Expo in Las Vegas. Connie Valente is the owner of Creative Blinds and Décor, which is located in Alpharetta and has been serving metro Atlanta since 2003. This is the fifth international award received by the company, and it was recently awarded the Best of Houzz 2014 for customer satisfaction. For more information, visit or call 770-605-8973.


Allnex opens new headquarters and technology center ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Allnex announced the opening of the Americas Headquarters and Technology Center at 9005 Westside Parkway in Alpharetta. The new center brings sales, marketing, technical service and research and development organizations and several functions that support Allnex’s four key business groups. The uniting of several smaller research laboratories and the talents and expertise of about 95 employees under one roof will help the company further develop the Allnex brand. For more, visit


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Local entrepreneurs give new business insights Tips from new business owners By JONATHAN COPSEY NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The economy is finally taking off. This has plenty of entrepreneurs jumping up to take advantage of burgeoning sales. Two men from Milton and Alpharetta started new companies. The men not only want to make their mark on the world, but also have experience starting new businesses. Ronnie Andrews, of Milton, has started several of his own companies. His latest is “Call Loop,” is a voice and messaging platform. “I’ve been in IT for 15 years,” Andrews said. “During that time, I worked at many different companies, including some of largest in the country.” For the past five years, Andrews has been looking to start his own tech company. There is a myth in the country about where to begin a company, he said. “Often, people tend to view entrepreneurialism in the context of Silicon Valley,” Andrews said. “Few people think of Atlanta or the North Fulton area as a place to start a business. There are many companies clustered around here.” North Fulton should be a no-brainer, Andrews said. There are a mass of data centers, fiber optic networks and

Fortune 1,000 companies. Not to mention the proximity to Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. “Our area is a great place to start a business,” he said. Beyond the location, almost everything can be found online, including help starting a business. “It’s never been easier to start a business,” Andrews said. There are dozens of free or cheap services to create a company website. Dozens more resources that can help get a company incorporated. “I found the creation process simple,” he said. After creation, it’s a matter of finding customers. For North Fulton, that can mean one of several high-tech companies that line Windward and Westside parkways. Milton resident Earnie Olin, founder of “Creative Colors International,” says these are his clientele. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Olin came to Atlanta for work, like most transplants. He owned a custom counter top company. After that he worked a variety of office jobs but got tired “wearing suits and ties.” So he started looking for new business ideas. He finally settled on becoming a franchisee with Creative Colors International, which largely deals with auto dealerships. “The dealer gets a trade-in to sell and maybe there is a tear in the seat or the color is

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Pick something you enjoy doing. “You’re going to be doing it every day and every night,” Olin said. “It’s all-consuming.” Be sure the founding members can work as a team. “Half of marriages end in divorce,” Andrews said. “So it’s not surprising many startups end the same way. Being sure you have a solid team to begin with is No. 1.”

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worn off,” Olin said. “We will re-dye it back to the original clean. “We can fix cracks in the door panels, deodorize and do anything that can refurbish the inside of a car. It’s the equivalent of giving the engine a tune-up, but we give the interior a tune-up.” And he does that at a fraction of the cost of getting new materials. The same is true for home and office furniture. Olin chose to franchise with Creative Colors because it had no Atlanta branch. He is the trailblazer for the company and hopes to employ 10 people in the five years in the North Atlanta market. “I chose to franchise with them because, like John Dillinger said when asked why he robbed banks, ‘That’s where the money is,’” Olin said. “There is the opportunity to grow and build something for myself and my family. As a sales person, generally the person you fight the most isn’t the customer, it’s the boss. Everybody wants to make their own decisions. That is why I did this.”

Release products early and often. “Don’t wait for the perfect product or perfect idea,” Andrews said. “If you can get an initial product to the market, you will learn from customer feedback what the market is wanting. You can tailor the product to what the market is asking for and have greater success.” Flexibility in the pricing, marketing and business model are necessities. The business model you first drafted is not likely to be the final one, Andrews said. Get plenty of cash. “Most new businesses fail because they are underfunded,” Olin said. “You need a lot more money than you think you need. Whatever you think you need, you should double it.” The trick is to have at least a year’s worth of capital in the bank. Many people start with three to six months’ worth, which only gets them until the business begins to bloom. “It takes time for a business to catch on.” Reach out to mentors. Plenty of other people have started their own companies and have hit the same pitfalls. Learn from them and their mistakes and lessons. “Having those relationships will save a lot of pain,” said Andrews. “Rather than learning through trial and error, you can learn from their wisdom.” Do due diligence, especially if you go with a franchise. “I have gotten real close to looking at different businesses and gotten close to the end and discovered something huge and a deal breaker that a lot of people tried to hide from me,” said Olin. “You have to be careful and step lightly. You really have to do your homework.” Call the franchisees in the company directly for honest opinions of the company.

Bling Boutique moves to Piper Lillies in Johns Creek Business: Bling Boutique Owners: Sherri Dawson and Debbie Kodish What: Bling is an in-house vendor at Piper Lillies with boutique clothing, jewelry and accessories. Owners Sherri Dawson and Debbie Kodish previously ran a traveling boutique business, hosting parties at friends’ homes, country clubs and other venues.

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Four ideas for outdoor spaces Workout Anytime opens 50th location This week, we’ll see the first day of spring and I’m sure I speak for most of my readers when I say hallelujah! After the cold, wet and frozen start to our year, I think we’re all ready for the warm weather. When things begin to warm up, my first thoughts are about spending more time outside. Whether it’s on the deck, in the garden or the backyard, I like to bring the indoors outside. Outdoor spaces are important to home buyers and something a seller can highlight for great results when selling a home. Here are four outdoor ideas both buyers and sellers will love: Define your spaces If you have a large deck or patio space, create a dining space that is separate from a casual seating area. Planters can make a great border and bring the garden up on the deck. Lattice can further define space and offer privacy if neighbors are close by. If you cook it, they will come Outdoor kitchens can be a beautiful addition but can also be expensive. Most of us

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have a grill (or more than one). Don’t simply stick them in the corner. Think about the traffic pattern from the kitchen and to your outdoor dining area. Add a side table or stand and you’ll have a great outdoor cooking area for far less than a kitchen, and it will look better than an old grill in the corner. Made in the shade We all know how hot the summers can get. A pergola or arbor offers screening from the sun and is perfect for hanging plants, speakers or even a fan if you can get electrical to the location. Accessories round it out Consider lighting; from candles to a string of lights on your pergola. Nobody wants a floodlight shining on them. A fire pit, water feature, garden plaques or wrought iron pieces help complete that indoor/outdoor feeling.

MILTON, Ga. – When Paul Jackson and Randy Clevenger, owners of Milton’s Workout Anytime, say you can work out anytime, they mean it. The streamlined, no-frills gym on Bethany Bend and Ga. 9 is open 24 hours a day. Workout Anytime sells itself as the “best workout per square foot in the industry.” Open 24 hours a day, they cram equipment into their locations and have $15 month-to-month memberships. Workout Anytime Vice President of Development Randy Trotter said this makes it easy for people to sign up. “It takes away any objection to join,” he said. “The two things people look out for are long-term contracts and costs to membership. We eliminate that.” Jackson was a member at the Cumming location before he and his wife, Lynn, bought it. “We liked the concept,” he said. The pair joined with Clevenger to open Milton’s location, which Jackson said was a simple choice. “There are two schools close by, a fairly dense population and really no competition,” he said. The location is in the Publix shopping center at the corner of Ga. 9 and Bethany Bend. Milton’s Workout Anytime is about 5,000 square feet and has three employees. Milton’s location marks the 50th Workout Anytime store to open. Trotter said the Dun-

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The Workout Anytime in Milton has opened for business. From left are owners Paul Jackson, Lynn Jackson and Randy Clevenger. woody-based company is aggressively expanding throughout the country. “We doubled locations in 2013 and expect to double again in 2014,” he said. “The fitness business is on fire and our concept works.” For more information, visit or call 678-947-0905. The Milton location is at 13800 Ga. 9 in Milton.

Atlanta’s housing market Attracting the younger generation with social media expected to be strong With the spring sales season just around the corner, many homeowners are wondering if this is the right time to buy or sell their home. I’m here to say that now is the time. Analysts believe that 2014 is going to be a very strong year for the Atlanta housing market. According to the National Association of Builders, new home starts were up almost 70 percent in 2013 in the Atlanta metro area. We have not seen this type of increase since before the recession. The current inventory of available homes continues to remain low. As the spring season approaches, builders will have to work hard to keep up with an increasing demand. This creates a great opportunity for homeowners who are looking to list their homes. Lower inventory means less competition! As consumer confidence in the market continues to climb, the demand will be even greater as more and more buyers enter the market. From a buying perspective, interest rates are rising but continue to remain

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low. Buyers should take advantage of the lower rates now. With consumer and builder confidence on the rise and the increase in construction spending stimulating the economy, rates are predicted to rise as the economy stabilizes. With all of the positive changes occurring in the Atlanta real estate market, we believe now is the perfect time to buy or sell a home. The Forsyth/Lake Lanier office can be reached at 770-497-2000, ashley. or visit their website at www.HarryNormanForsyth. com.



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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. T he 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 seven-

teen. 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

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Cumming Dance Academy bringing the magic of dance alive for others Life-long dancer Niki JerniganWatkins had a dream of turning her passion and talent for dance into a teaching career and bringing the magic of dance alive for others. Driven by her passion and talents, Miss Niki as she’s fondly known by students, is realizing that dream for a tenth year running as the owner and artistic director of Cumming Dance Academy. Given her professional history and accolades for performance and teaching, it’s no surprise that Cumming Dance Academy has succeeded with Miss Niki at the helm. A marker of the academy’s success came in 2009 when Cumming Dance Academy’s new facility opened. The 7,000 square-foot facility located at 419 Tribble Gap Road in Cumming affords the academy more space for staff, students, and parents. In 2012, CDA continued to grow with the expansion of and new location of CDA II Performance Academy. A 4,000 square foot space where students can not only continue their dance training; but CDA II Performance Academy now offers classes in voice, drama, acting, musical theater and more! Cumming Dance Academy is a place of instruction for both serious and recreational dancers and offers classes for children from 18 months to adult. CDA classes are led by a professional staff with decades of experience and impressive performance credits.

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CDA has many performance groups for the more dedicated dancers, that include “Miss Niki’s Elite Performance Classes”, a Hip Hop CREW, and 3 Company Groups. For more information on CDA – please visit our website at and follow us on facebook at: cummingdanceacademy

Cumming Dance Academy, Inc. Offering several exciting summer camps for ages 2 to adult. Call or visit our website for more details

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Lionheart Gardens, located on 6 acres adjacent to Sonora Creek Horse Farm is an organic garden and experiential learning environment. Campers will enjoy an open environment to explore nature, woodworking, farming, gardening, ceramics, swimming and horseback riding.  Campers will share experiences to learn about growing and eating healthy food, maintaining sustainable garden practices, and organic farming.  Sensory driven creative activities, games, drama, and music will be offered. Teachers and professionals from The Lionheart School will direct the camp. Hippotherapy will be provided by a licensed Occupational Therapist. The camp will offer work ex-

periences for older campers in farming, animal and environmental sciences. An enthusiastic camper last summer reported, “Whether we’re scavenging for bugs, starting seeds, weed racing, feeding the chickens, nature hiking, sculpting clay, swimming or horseback riding, it’s fun.  We ran around from the moment we arrived at the farm to the moment we left.  I liked learning about the life cycle of plants and the garden games.  I can’t wait to come back next year!”  Sessions are available June 2-6, June 9-13, July 7-11 and July 14-18.   Ages 6-21 are welcome; limited space available. An application is available at  

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Big fun under “The Big Top!” CIRCUS CAMP is a camp experience designed to introduce children to CIRCUS, PERFORMING, and VISUAL ARTS. Campers age 5 thru teens. Circus Camp’s philosophy is to build the self-esteem of children through the magic of Circus Arts. It’s truly The Greatest Camp On Earth. Circus Camp

is Interactive: Children get to actually do things they’ve only seen in the Circus. Trapeze, Tightrope Walking, Unicycling, Juggling, Magic, even take a pie to face and much, much more. Circus Camp is Entertaining. Children are taught by Circus Professionals and treated

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5/27-30, 6/3-6, 6/17-20, 6/24-27, 7/8-11, 7/15-18, 7/29-8/1 • Max 15 • golfers/camp - Ages 7 & up • 5/1 golfer to Class A Professional • (AAC East Course) Contact Scott Shannon at or (419) 297-1055 for more information. Ultimate Junior Tennis Camp June 16-20 • Ages 8-16, All playing abilities (AAC West Course) Annual Golf & Tennis Camp (Swim Too!) July 14-18 • Ages 7-16 • (AAC West Course) Contact Terre O’Brien at or (404) 388-0909 for more information. West Course East Course 1785 Dinsmore Road 3430 Highway Nine N. Alpharetta, GA 30004 Alpharetta, GA 30004

to a live show everyday after lunch. They get to see a real Magic Show, Trapeze Artists doing the advance tricks on the equipment, Clowns doing Clown skits, Juggling and Unicycling Shows. Circus Camp is Performance. Every Friday Afternoon we turn the tables and the children become the Circus Stars, performing a live Circus for Mom, Dad, Family and Friends. They go home truly feeling like Circus Stars. Multiple Locations: Decatur, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs & Select YMCA’s. Sessions June 2-August 1, Sessions & Pricing vary per location. Register online: or Call 404-370-0001. Visit our Facebook page & look at our Circus Stars in action and like us too!

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students with high functioning Autism, Aspergers, PDD-NOS, ADHD & Sensory Processing Disorder). Special discounts for siblings, returning campers & camper plus friend. www. or call 770-865-7262  

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Art Camp With Amanda Jones: Our 4th annual Summer Camp Series! Check out our new Specialty Camps!  Students explore several mediums (drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, printmaking, jewelry making), as well as field trips. Low student to teacher ratios. GENERAL ART CAMP: “Rock Star Week”: 6/9-6/13, 9:30am2:30pm, ages 6-12. “Alice in Wonderland Week”: 6/16-6/20, 9:30am-2:30pm, ages 6-12. SPECIALTY ART CAMPS: “Teens Only Night Camp” 6/2-6/6, 7:30pm9:30pm, Ages 13-18. “Special Needs Mini-Camp” 6/236/27, 9:30am-12:30pm, ages 6-12 (Specialized instruction by a trained instructor for

ATLANTA WORKSHOP PLAYERS PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS: The Creative Adventure of A Lifetime Awaits! Develop artistic skills & find inspiration with Master Teachers with successful careers in TV/Film & On Broadway! Whether you choose Day Camps or Overnight Camps, you will learn a lot, have fun, network, and make lifelong friends. Earn IMDB credits, challenge yourself, and AUDITION for Casting Directors & Agents! Classes in Improv, On-Camera, Dance, Aerial Silks, Musical Theater, Stage Combat, Mime & much more! At AWP creativity, eccentricities and personal growth are celebrated and nurtured in all students, paving the way for our kids to create great art! “Real dreams are uncrush-

able.” Register now at www.

Circus CIRCUS CAMP: a camp experience designed to introduce children to Circus & Performing Arts. Our philosophy: Building the self-esteem of children 5+  through the magic of Circus Arts. Interactive:  Children do things they’ve only seen in the Circus. Trapeze, Tightrope, Unicycling, Juggling, Magic, throw a pie in a clown’s face, much more! Entertaining:  Children are taught by Circus Professionals and  treated to a live show everyday.   Magic Shows, Aerial Shows demonstrating advance tricks, Juggling, Unicycling, more! Performance:  Friday Afternoon the children become Circus Stars, performing a live Circus for Family and Friends,.  going home truly feeling like Circus Stars.  Multiple locations. Location & pricing: and our Facebook page

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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

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!!  $375 includes water bottle and camp shirt!  Send email to 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. Contact: Jay Hutcherson, 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 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. Tumbletots PreSchool: 2-6 yrs, 9:30-1:30. May 27-Aug. 27. Choose your weeks & days! Art, music, story, themes, fun indoor playground. 770-729-9660 Peachtree Corners Johns Creek United Methodist Church Preschool summer camp program consists of 1-week themed sessions:  Weeks of June 9th, June 23rd, July 7th,  July 14th & July 21st. Mon-Fri, 9:30am1:30pm, 2-5 years. $130/week, registration fee $30. 770-4181730 or 770-497-8215 ext. 1003. www.JohnsCreekUMC. org

Rowing Learn The Olympic Sport of Rowing with Atlanta Junior Rowing Association. Ages 12-18 co-ed, no exp. necessary. Five 2-wk. sessions with U.S. Rowing certified coaches. Choose from 2 morning or 1 evening session. Held at the Chattahoochee River, 245 Azalea Drive, Roswell. $175/session. Learn the fundamentals of sweep rowing and begin a basic workout program with the largest and most successful youth rowing program in Georgia! All campers are grouped each session by age, size and skill level, and ages 12-18 may attend any session.  However, offered new this year for High School campers only:  3 1-week sessions at $150/session.  To register/ or for more info: Jean Veeneman, 404-218-5802 or www.

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Science 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, behind-the-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.; 404.624.WILD 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. 770-667-9443. Locations: Roswell, Cumming, Marietta, Lawrenceville,Vinings, and Dunwoody.

Sports Bridgeway Christian Academy Summer Skills Camp- Alpharetta. 6/2-5 Boys Basketball - BeginnerAges 7-13, Monday-Thursday, 9-1 $125. 6/9-12 - Boys Basketball - Advanced-Ages 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-Thursday 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 Monday-Thursday 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:

Overnight Camps 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. www. | 573-458-2125


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 designed to

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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, selfconfidence, and self-esteem; stronger Christian values; and a greater understanding of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.; (828) 686-3885.

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. or call 803-329-9622

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South Forsyth wins Ga. Teen Chef Championship FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — South Forsyth High School took first place honors over the weekend of March 7-9 as part of the Georgia ProStart Championships, a teen chef competition. This is the second time South Forsyth High School has won the state championship, and last year the teen chefs also won third place in the national competition. South Forsyth’s team was comprised of Corey Nolan, Jamey Brazier, Olivia Fisse, MaKenzie Petrin and Jisun Ham. The juniors and seniors had to prepare a three-course meal, including an appetizer, entrée and dessert, in front of a panel of esteemed chefs in one hour and with no electrical appliances or running water. South Forsyth High School’s menu included an appetizer of poached halibut with smoked salmon wrap, tomato vinaigrette with a celeriac root puree; an entrée of sautéed breast of leek-stuffed chicken, fennel sausage, braised cabbage, honey-glazed carrots, rosemary polenta with a field mushroom sauce; and a dessert of vanilla

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Georgia Tech ATLANTA – Local students recently earned academic honors for the fall 2013 term at Georgia Tech. Undergraduates with a 4.0 grade point average for the semester received the distinction of Faculty Honors, and students who achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher were named to the university’s Dean’s List. Faculty Honors Alpharetta: Rabeea Ahmad, Brennen Bukovics, Daniel Furman, Michael Gilkenson, Megi Guliashvili, Jerry Lung, Meagan Elizabeth Morrow, Leah Purdy, Holly Richer, Stephen Roegge, Mary Shinners, Mark Solarski, Anirudh Sundararaghavan, Carey Susina and David Zisek. Cumming: Hannah Earle, Casey Hirschmann, Jared Kleinwaechter, Justin Reichling, Alexander Roe, Ryan Simpson, Mackenzie Sloan, Ethan Smith, Max Stockslager, Natasha Vasandani and Graham Wright. Duluth: Michelle Partogi Johns Creek: Sara Billings, Diego Carvallo, Sikha Das, Michael DeLaGuardia, Alan Dong, George Lindy, William Padget, Akash Patil, Seth Radman, Jessica Roberts, Katherine Sledjeski, Priyanga Srinivasan, James Sutehall, Kathleen Sweeney, William Wagenseil, Mitchell

From left are Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Corey Nolan, Jamey Brazier, Olivia Fisse, MaKenzie Petrin, Jisun Ham, Derin Moore, Dawn Martin and Suzanne Smatt. cheese Bavarian, strawberry-rhubarb gelee, pecan brittle with a Granny

Webster and Youmei Zhou. Milton: Kelly Albano, Zachary Bailey, Cambre Kelly, Kathleen Murphy, Andrea Schodorf and Kathleen Zhang. Roswell: Aislinn Ayres, Angela Berry, Katherine Cannella, William Clark, Gerald Demeunynck, Andrew Warren and Sarah Wilson. Suwanee: Emily Benjamin, Benjamin Cho, Alexa Corbit, Ryan Hawks, Kelliann Morrisey and Kyle Scott. Dean’s List Alpharetta: Bayan Ahmad, Martynas Alcala, Parastoo BaradaranMashinchi, Catherine Bullock, Blake Carson, Elizabeth Coco, Matthew Connors, Poonam Dalwadi, Emily Davidson, Elizabeth Deaver, Dylan Garrett, Daryl Halima, Sabrina Haque, Haley Hoang, Katherine Horton, Lauren Jarrett, Seongyu Jung, Shibani Kansara, Katherine Kardomateas, Heather Keefe, Namrata Kolla, Hans Kreuk, Sean Lachenberg, Brian Lee, Lauren Levinson, Deron Mai, Julian Martin, John Mastrangelo, Nairita Nandy, Aroon Narayanan, Richard Papantonis, Alexander Raabe, Jonathan Radivoj, Allison Rohal, Sanchari Roy, Nicholas Savage, Kaleigh Sawyer, Kirsten Schulz, Anupama Sekar, Dalton Sherwood, Alexander Sierota, Carrie Simpson, Mark Stathos, Christopher Stubel, Tanya Su, Rohan Verma, Patrick Whitney and Ellesse Wilten. Cumming:

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Kevin Arpin, Andrew Bedenk, James Bonifield, Christopher Chapman, Madison Chilton, George Cooksey, Chloe Cooper, Nathan Echols, Mary Kathryn Elliott, Soheil Faghihi, Anthony Ferrari, Michael Glover, Jayme Holmes, Ashlyn Keller, Jessica Kline, Lily Long, Kayla McGee, Alexis McLeod, Jay Michal, Aida Mokube, James Nelson, Jacob Newman, Taylor Pruitt, David Rojo, Christina Snyder, Benjamin Thomas, Casey Trimble, Alexandra Underwood, Lauren Wilder, Rachel Witt, Sean Wood and Derek Zittrauer. Duluth: Farina Irani, Samir Jain, Sophia Rashid, Sanjay Ravi and Rebecca Yoo. Johns Creek: Harrison Aiken, Nicole Alampi, Sara Allen, Sergio Beresuita, Casey Chae, Clarence Chang, Monique Chang, William Coons, Mitchell Couper, Kurtis Eveleigh, Andrea Fletcher, Nicholas George, Ansley Grantham, Amruta Houde, April Hsieh, Kelly In, Taylor Kelly, John Kenny, Sai Kondabattula, Shannon Kratz, Arush Lal, Tri-An Le, Erinn Manby, Jenna McConnico, Mark Miller, Kevin Muench, Christine Park, Michael Parque, Binita Patel, Taylor Raese, Aino Rainio, Allison Riley, Priyadharshini Sampathkumar, Bharat Sanders, Katherine Schoettler, Monica Shum, Ann Suh, Divya Vedula, Amy Voytek, Todd Zhen and David Zhou. Milton: Natalie Bohdan, Julie Bu, Lauren Caldwell, Quinn Campbell, Amelia Goydich, —McKenzie Cunningham

Carolyn Hanley, Lauren Lewis, Lauren Parisian, Warren Shenk, Kaitlan Stott and Ashley Wright. Roswell: Alec Blenis, Brian Bradley, Jacky Cheng, Ariana Daftarian, Brian Edmonds, Ryan Gant, Alexandra Logan, Kevin Mahmoudi, Evan Mangan, Cassandra Merrigan, Kelly Meyer, Sarthak Mohapatra, Laura Morgan, Anisha Naidu, Sarah Poole, Jordan Senken, Elizabeth Shaw, Teckmon Siaw, Christopher Sweat and Domingo Uceda. Suwanee: Brandon Anglese, Kirsten Carella, Soham De, Subhendu De, Allison Dell, Brandon Dudgeon, Nicole Garcia, Rahul Iyer, Rohan Iyer, Ryan Kerns, Jimin Kim, Conrad Lawson, Christina Leamon, Alice Lee, Jessie Newman, Kate Overstreet, Shiv Patel, Katie Poynter, Emily Ritter, Carly Smith, Suzanne Solis, Ikenna Uzoije and David Williams.

Lincoln Memorial University HARROGATE, Tenn. – Lincoln Memorial University conferred the degrees of 652 graduates on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at its annual winter commencement exercises. The following local residents receiving education specialist degrees were among the graduates: Shawn Scali of Suwanee; Lizzette Nixon of Alpharetta; Patricia Grammens of Suwanee; Jennifer Koleff of Suwanee; Janette Shealy of Alpharetta; Jacquella Goble of Johns Creek; Neal Daniels

of Cumming; Christopher Baker of Cumming; Andrew Doman of Cumming; Kristine Joplin of Cumming; Elizabeth Watterson of Cumming; Kelli Garcia of Cumming; Kevin Waddell of Cumming; Stacy Dockter of Alpharetta; Lora Keys of Cumming; Michele McInnish of Alpharetta; Myriam Downey of Cumming; and Elizabeth Goldsmith of Roswell. Dean’s List: In addition to the local graduates, Brittany Jenkins, a biology major from Alpharetta, was named to the Lincoln Memorial University fall 2013 Dean’s List. To be placed on the Dean’s List, students must have a 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

Choate Rosemary Hall WALLINGFORD, Conn. – Shane Phillipps of Alpharetta and Myong Shin of Suwanee were both named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Choate Rosemary Hall. Phillipps is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew W. Phillipps of Alpharetta. Shin is the son of Mr. Dai C. Shin and Ms. Kyung S. Ji of Suwanee.

Harding University SEARCY, Ark. – The following local residents are among more than 1,200 Harding University students included on the Dean’s List for achieving a grade point average of 3.65 or higher for the fall 2013 semester: Caroline Embry, a sophomore from Alpharetta; Kath-

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Naval Academy accepting applications for Summer STEM Program ATLANTA—Applications are now being accepted through April 15 for the United States Naval Academy Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Program. The Summer STEM Program is an overnight academic program designed for rising eighth through eleventh grade students in good academic standing who have an interest in math and science.

Varsity: Continued from Page 30 erine Embry, a senior from Alpharetta; Garrison Gerard, a freshman from Suwanee; Kayla O’Connor, a junior from Suwanee; Victoria Sams, a senior from Suwanee; and Brooke Tabor, a senior from Duluth.

West Virginia Wesleyan College BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – Cassandra Della Fortuna of Roswell has been named to the 2013 fall semester Dean’s List at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Wesleyan’s Dean’s List requires students to earn a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

Louisburg College LOUISBURG, N.C. – At the beginning of each spring semester, Louisburg College recognizes athletes who achieved high levels of academic success during the previous year. On Jan. 15, the college recognized more than 100 athletes during the Hurricane Scholar Athletes Awards Ceremony, including Kenneth Miller, a baseball player from Duluth, and Jeffrey Sneed, a baseball player from Cumming.

Armstrong Atlantic State University SAVANNAH, Ga. – Marissa Rimbert of Suwanee earned a bachelor’s degree in education with a major in early childhood education from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. In addition, Esther Tweneboah from Alpharetta earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Armstrong Atlantic State on Dec. 7.

Oklahoma City University OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Emma Stoneking of Cumming has been named to the Dean’s Honor Roll for the fall 2013 semester at Oklahoma City University for maintaining a

The program gives students the opportunity to experience real-life application of math and science principles through hands-on practical learning. Students will learn from Naval Academy professors in lab facilities that provide a unique learning environment outside the traditional classroom. The academy’s current students, Midshipmen, help run the Summer

grade point average of 3.5.

Tennessee State University NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Porscha Clark, a biology major from Roswell, and Suzannah Harner, a psychology major from Alpharetta, both earned Dean’s List honors for achieving a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the fall 2013 term at Tennessee State University.

Coastal Carolina University CONWAY, S.C. – Blais Furse of Roswell and Steven Whitaker of Alpharetta both qualified for Coastal Carolina University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2013 term.

Hofstra University HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Aaron Waisler, a junior majoring in radio production and studies from Alpharetta, has been named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Hofstra University for earning a 3.4 grade point average or higher.

James Madison University HARRISONBURG, Va. – Johns Creek resident Alexandra Lynn Savage has been named to the Dean’s List at James Madison University for the fall 2013 semester for achieving a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.899. Savage is a junior who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree is interdisciplinary liberal studies.

Virginia Military Institute LEXINGTON, Va. – Cadets Matthew D. DeRito, a sophomore from Alpharetta, and Garrett B. Manarin, a freshman from Alpharetta, have both been named to the Virginia Military Institute’s fall 2013 Dean’s List for earning a grade point average of at least 3.0 for the term. DeRito, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas DeRito, is majoring in history and international studies. Manarin, whose parents

STEM Program and act as mentors to students. The Summer STEM Program is held in three sessions: June 2-7 for rising eighth and ninth graders; June 9-14 for rising tenth graders and June 16-20 for rising eleventh graders. All students selected to participate pay approximately $350 for the summer program and are responsible for

are Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Manarin, is majoring in mechanical engineering.

New River Community College DUBLIN, Va. – Camille Crofford of Alpharetta has been placed on the Dean’s List in recognition of academic excellence for attaining a 3.2 grade point average or higher during the fall 2013 semester at New River Community College.

Hampden-Sydney College HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – Quentin McCall Smith and Alan Jerome Fish, both students at Hampden-Sydney College, were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester. Smith is a graduate of Roswell High School and is the son of Richard and Sylvia Smith of Roswell. Fish is a graduate of Forsyth Central High School and is the son of Nancy Fowler Fish of Suwanee. To earn this distinction, students must achieve at least a 3.3 semester grade point average.

providing their own transportation to and from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Applicants will be notified of their application status by May 1. For more information about the Summer STEM Program and the application process, visit or call 410-293-1858. —McKenzie Cunningham

earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average, and students named to the Dean’s List have earned a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99. Dean’s Scholars: Mitchell E. Auger of Alpharetta; Isabella V. Brown of Milton; Melissa Childs of Johns Creek; Brittney A. Head of Cumming; Lauren G. Head of Cumming; Kathleen M. O’Neill of Alpharetta; Hannah L. Kelly of Suwanee; and Jennifer C. Pitt of Suwanee. Dean’s List: Kate M. Berardi of Cumming; Austin T. Coleman of Duluth; Megan E. Holder of Alpharetta; Bryan D. Hudson of Roswell; Amanda L. Jewell

of Duluth; Stone M. Kelly of Milton; Regan M. Schoch of Johns Creek; William B. Skidmore of Cumming; Emily S. Clance of Suwanee; and Kristen N. Reeves of Suwanee.

University of Georgia ATHENS, Ga. – Patrick Brunson of Johns Creek has been initiated into the Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Georgia. Brunson is a senior majoring in genetics. The son of John and Terri Brunson, he is a 2010 Northview High School graduate.

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University of MassachusettsDartmouth NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Dipak Karthikesan of Alpharetta was named to the Chancellor’s List at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in recognition of earning a fall semester 2013 grade point average of 3.8 or higher.

St. Bonaventure University ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Jaisree Iyer, a fourth-year student from Duluth, has been named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List at St. Bonaventure University. Iyer is majoring in biology.

Piedmont College DEMOREST, Ga. – The following area students have been awarded academic honors for the recently completed fall semester at Piedmont College. Students named as Dean’s Scholars for the semester have

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Kickstarter: the future of funding Unless you are the federal government, $1 billion is a lot of money. But that is exactly what the Web-funding company Kickstarter has just surpassed. Kickstarter started with an ideal in mind. Imagine a website that allows artists to pitch their ideas not to some board room or a bank, but directly to the community. And then the community can help fund it, using micropayments, often no more than a few dozen dollars. The project has a fundraising goal in mind, and if they do not meet that goal, no money changes hands. If they do meet the goal, the project gets funded and the project gets made. Kickstarter has grown exponentially since I first heard of it a few years ago in an article in the New Yorker. Now it is used to fund everything from music albums to video games to movies and clothing lines. All from the public, the very people who might buy these goods – 5.7 million of them from around the world. According to the site, more than half of the $1 billion was pledged in just the last year, suggesting the next milestone might not be too far away and Kickstarter is only now gaining steam. People from the United States dwarf all other countries in their giving powers, with more than $663 million contributed. The next closest rival is the United Kingdom with

Finch: Continued from Page 7 that is run on the “issues” because the Legislature, County Commission and City Council are responsible for developing policy and creating law, and the solicitor general is charged with enforcing those laws. However, I do have guiding principles that I want to bring

Gilligan: Continued from Page 7 which centralizes control of these standards and politicizes

Zereini: Continued from Page 7 crime rate. Another goal is to have investigators become post cer-

more than $54 million. Even Antarctica got into the action, with 11 donations given, totaling a little over $3,000. I’ve donated a few times to projects mostly started by friends of mine, and I am sure

many people reading this have also donated. It doesn’t feel like giving money to strangers. It doesn’t even feel like giving money to a charity. Instead, it feels like giving to friends, even if I have never met them before. Such a site is a result of our Internet-fueled culture and I see cloud-funding models pop up more in the future. As our society becomes more niche oriented – mass media can only go so far before people’s own ideas and habits drown it out – people will look for more ways to express their individualism. A good example – take 24hour news programs. If you watch Fox News and support what you see and hear, you are not likely to switch over to CNN or MSNBC. You’ve got an outlook on the world the others just don’t support often enough. Similarly, those who don’t like what they hear on the cable news are more likely to turn to Internet news sources. Similarly, if you like a brand of music that the record industry doesn’t make enough of, you are more likely to help fund projects that support that music. On Facebook, people do this with their profile pages and “liked” pages. On Kickstarter, they do this via their checkbooks. How long before building or commercial projects are funded this way?

to the office of solicitor general. I believe the application of these principles will create an environment for effective and efficient prosecution: •Always do the right thing. This goes beyond simply doing what is legal. My staff and I will strive to be fair and just at all times in our jobs. •To be a good steward of the county’s resources. Just like individuals, government has a limited amount of resources to work with. In these tough

times, everyone is on a budget. I will consistently and constantly strive to deliver the highest level of service to the citizens while keeping the cost of service as reasonable as possible. •To establish an atmosphere of professionalism and civil discourse. Court is necessarily an adversarial process; however, it does not have to be antagonistic. I pledge to create an atmosphere of professionalism and civility between the state and opposing parties.

education. Tax reform that not only includes looking at ways to reduce and eliminate state income tax, but that the state can no longer redistribute wealth. Currently, too many of our

tax dollars go to fund roads to nowhere in the state while our citizens are stuck on every state route/highway in the county. It is time to look at how the money is allocated and keep our dollars working for us in the county.

tified by the state of Georgia. This will better prepare them to investigate cases independently or in conjunction with local law enforcement. Post certification will help to keep them safe and enhance their ability to make stronger cases against offenders.

I also want to educate the community on the importance of the role of the solicitor general’s office, and the misdemeanor crimes prosecuted by this office. I want to get out into the community and work in conjunction with local schools to educate our youth.

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A path to traditional math in Georgia Dear Editor, There has been a flurry of comments and speeches about what is both good and bad about Senate Bill 167. It’s called the “Anti Common Core Bill.” However, Common Core is not mentioned in the bill. From this school board member’s view, here is what I see as positive – curriculum freedom for both the state and individual district. Why is that important? Almost a decade ago, the state of Georgia began the “Great Math Experiment” with Georgia’s students. Under the leadership of Kathy Cox, then state school superintendent, the state ushered in Integrated Math. With great fanfare, parents and school board members were told this would really help Georgia students understand math and excel on both national and international tests. Turns out, that’s not really true. From the beginning, parents questioned the research behind the switch from traditional math to the new model, citing general unhappiness around the country with school systems or states that experimented with it. New York tried and abandoned it for ineffectiveness before Georgia ever started down this path. The implementation of this new model has not gone well, to understate it. One need only speak to a high school student or look at the lack of available math tutors to see the effect. Math tutors in Fulton County command $50 an hour now, if you can find one. There are a host of specific issues with Georgia’s math program; however, the

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our roads and stifling our economic development. C. Our kids need a real champion in Atlanta. With the lake, the parks and the schools, Forsyth County is blessed with riches; but we must make sure that we fight to keep our resources at home

most important thing is that some parents and districts would like to go back to traditional math – desperately. In Fulton County, our board and superintendent are unanimous in wanting to return to a traditional sequence of Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2. The State DOE has told us, “Go ahead, teach traditional math. But your students will still have to take an integrated test.” That test will make up 20 percent of the student’s grade and have an effect on teacher evaluations – per Georgia’s laws and rules. S.B. 167 specifically outlines a path for an individual system to go through a process that includes their stakeholders and adopt a curriculum other than that adopted by the state. Of course, the assessment piece is critical to this option. Right now, our legislators are considering an amendment that would require the state to provide a traditional math assessment. It is very important that that amendment be included in S.B. 167 to allow Fulton to move forward. The Great Math Experiment has now been going on for almost 10 years. It’s time for Georgia to allow districts to choose to stop treating our students like lab rats. This bill at least provides a path for an individual community to decide what is best to teach their children. If you want traditional math back in Georgia in Fulton County, contact the governor, your legislators and the State Board of Education and let them know. –Katie Reeves

leaders to remember that they are public servants who should not abuse their power for personal gain. I will work to change the environment from one of titles and political pandering to one of leadership and action. in the 27th District. Our kids and our families should not have to send our hard-earned money to other affluent counties like Gwinnett to help fund their schools. As our next senator, I will protect our parks, our schools and our natural resources for our kids and grandkids. This job is about the future, and we must set the path for the next generation’s success.

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Mentor: Continued from Page 1 have been mentored. Carroll said referrals typically come from school counselors and parents, but any child can apply to take part in the Mentor Me program. They simply need to be looking for an affirming influence in their life. Typically, the children served by Mentor Me stem from single-parent homes or homes where they are being raised by non-immediate family members. However, the mission of the nonprofit is to help children reach their potential, which can be accomplished regardless of the child’s home life. Having a mentor increases a child’s self-esteem, promotes curiosity about new things and opens children up to different and exciting experiences. Children left at home alone too much may regress or plateau in their studies and in life. “Sometimes moms are working all the time or have three or four kids and don’t have time to be a role model,” Carroll said. “I have a child I matched who was amazed just to have a sit down, family dinner with their mentor.” Mentor Me helps kids to not only envision a better life

Levent: Continued from Page 6 zonings. I have fulfilled all of my campaign promises to date. My experience allows me to hit the ground running and continue serving the homeowners on day one. What are your goals if reelected? One of my main goals is to continue toward sensible growth to ensure low taxes,

Schiff: Continued from Page 8 passion. I have proven this by helping Forsyth County’s best and brightest students bridge the digital divide. Georgia has to improve its education system.

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for themselves, but teaches them that anything they dream about can be accomplished with the right attitude. There are important factors that distinguish a mentor from a parent. Parents are expected to be responsible for a child’s basic needs: food, shelter, clothing and discipline. Mentors are not intended to fill this role. Subsequently, a mentor can be a resource of comfort and trust for a child when a parent might not. “Some of our mentors help with academics,” Carroll said. “There are some things kids won’t talk to their parents about, but the mentor is someone they can talk to.” The volunteers of Mentor Me help children find the positive reinforcement they need to make good decisions in life and stay away from drugs, delinquency and teen pregnancy. Every child is different, so it is up to mentors to determine the activities they will partake in with their matched child. Activities can range from an afternoon of baking cookies to taking the child on vacation. “I started mentoring in 2011,” Carroll said. “You can incorporate your family in the process.” In reference to the child she currently mentors, Carroll said, “My kids always ask when we are going to pick up Taylor.”

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Karen Carroll with Taylor visiting Stone Mountain Park. Volunteers like Carroll all have different reasons and inspiration that have pushed them to work with Mentor Me. “My parents were awesome,” Carroll said. “I always had someone I could count on. I wanted to be that for someone. I think that’s why most people mentor, for that reason.” It is all about making the child feel like they are listened to, like they are special, and

rising property values and excellent schools. It is very important that our citizens understand that the mass growth they see today is from zonings that took place between 2000 and 2009. I worked diligently for six months with the new developer of The Traditions to downsize from 1.1 million square feet of heavy commercial use to 182,000 square feet of village shopping. The residential portion was reduced by approximately 45 percent. This allowed for larger lots and higher-end homes.

Continue working with the GDOT for road improvements on Highway 9, Post Road and other state highways. I want to continue working to foster a better working relationship between Sheriff Piper and the board of commissioners in hopes for a more reasonable budget in 2014 and 2015 and to bring back the south precinct with working patrol units for better response times. Having water independence is a high priority as well. In conclusion, I want to continue to fight for the best interest of all homeowners.

Let me be clear. Common Core is not the way. I will vigorously oppose any attempt to revive or rebrand it. Georgia must maintain control over it schools. In 2012, I founded Rewarding Minds, a nonprofit that provides academically highachieving high school students computers, software and print-

ers in an effort to help them compete on a level playing field. Since inception, Rewarding Minds has grown by almost 400 percent and was presented with the “Friends of the School” award from the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce in 2013. That is the kind of innovative thinking we need in education.

Carroll does just that. “Mentor time is their time,” she said. It takes a special person to be a mentor. You have to believe in the power of positive influence. “I have felt strongly about [Mentor Me] since before I became the program director,” she said. “One person can make a world of difference to a child.” Thanks to people like Car-

DEATH NOTICES Robert P. Amitrano, 65, of Alpharetta, passed away March 5, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Larry M. Nations, 63, of Suwanee, passed away March 5, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Ruby F. Barrett, 94, of Cumming, passed away March 11, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Ida L. Polo, 92, of Roswell, passed away March 3, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Robert Daly, 67, of Milton, passed away March 5, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

JoAnne Ellis, 50, of Cumming, passed away March 6, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Dan Lingerfelt, 74, of Cumming, passed away March 9, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

roll, the children of Forsyth County are experiencing that difference every day and have a better chance to be happy, healthy and productive adults. Mentor Me is always looking for new volunteers to help the children of Forsyth County. Currently, there are more kids on the wait list for a mentor than volunteers to provide for each child. Find out how you can become a mentor at www.

Billy Lanier Martin, 77, of Cumming, passed away March 6, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Walter M. Smith, 87, of Marietta, passed away March 6, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Betty Castleberry Turner, 80, of Cumming, passed away March 7, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Alma Elizabeth Young, 80, of Milton, passed away March 11, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

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