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Activist or troublemaker? Two years later, Nydia Tisdale still told to shut off video camera By ALDO NAHED aldo@forsythherald.com CUMMING, Ga. — Nydia Tisdale set up her camera April 17, 2012, at the Cumming City Council chambers only to be told by longtime Mayor H. Ford Gravitt she could no longer videotape the city’s meeting. Tisdale sued the mayor and city for infringing on the state’s open meetings law and her rights as a citizen. While the federal and state lawsuits are still entangled in the courts, the camera-wielding activist continues to be ALDO NAHED/Staff

Georgia Institute of Technology’s model airplane came in third place at the SAE Aero competition.

Future aerospace engineers compete Model plane designers from 75 universities participate By ALDO NAHED and HATCHER HURD aldo@forsythherald.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The six members of the Union College team put the final touches on their model airplane during the SAE Aero Design event that took place April 11 through April 13. The team finagled with the electric motor and made sure the one-horsepower plane was OK to fly. Then, team advisor Brad Bruno, who has been bringing

teams to the SAE Aero Design East for four years, let out a long sigh. “I said we were not going to use tape this year,” Bruno tells his team. Bruno, whose New Yorkbased team ended up in eighth place at the SAE Aero Design East 2014 regular competition, said events like this help to prepare teams for the real world. “Nature is a harsh mistress,” Bruno said. “If they made a mistake, it will show in a big way.”

But even with mistakes, the 75 universities represented and seven countries worldwide dubbed the event “a success.”  The facilities and community were accommodating, from hotels and restaurants to the Forsyth Conference Center and Georgia Model Aviators airfield on Old Federal Road in north Forsyth.  Competitors came from all over the world to the Georgia Model Aviators Club field on

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booted from meetings. The latest was Wednesday, April 16, nearly two years to the day after her initial encounter in Cumming. This time, Tisdale was told to shut off her camera at an event held by the Republican Women of Forsyth County. Peggy Green, secretary for the Republican Women of Forsyth County, said she didn’t want to have Tisdale record the event because she’s a “troublemaker.” The Forsyth Herald and Forsyth County News were

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Alleged bank robber runs out of gas, luck FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect in the robbery earlier this month of the Chase Bank at 1710 Buford Highway. On Tuesday night, April 15, Stephen C. Plunkett, 39, of Dallas, Texas, was taken into custody at 10:45 p.m. after he ran out of gas on Ga. 400 near McFarland Parkway. On April 9, Plunkett allegedly used a note and an “explosive device” in the drivethru at Chase Bank on Buford Highway in Cumming. He used a Hyundai rental under his name out of Texas to pull off the bank robbery. The car was reported stolen after it was not

returned. Plunkett got an undisclosed amount of cash and the device used to rob the bank turned out to be fake. Plunkett On April 15, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Unit had identified Plunkett based on fingerprint evidence located at the scene. Plunkett was driving a Chevrolet Silverado truck when he ran out of gas on Ga. 400

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Killed her in front of their kids By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com MILTON, Ga. – A Cumming resident was given life in jail without parole April 4 for the shooting death of his former girlfriend three years ago in Milton. Christopher Erdman, 27, of Cumming pleaded guilty to murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, cruelty to children and weapons offenses for the murder of 25-year-old Shannon Lawrence, June 5, 2011. Erdman and Lawrence, the estranged mother of his two children, 1 and 2 years old at the time, had organized to meet in the parking lot of the Birmingham Highway Wells Fargo Bank in Milton. They met to exchange custody of the children.

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During their exchange, Erdman grew angry and pulled a gun, firing four shots at Lawrence. She was struck in the pelvis, lungs and twice in the back of the head while lying on the ground. The episode hapErdman pened in plain view of the couple’s young children.  After the shooting, Erdman put Lawrence’s body in the back of his truck, loaded the children inside and drove to his father’s home in Cumming. Erdman left his children at his parents’ house, and then both he and his father took Lawrence to Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming. He told police he shot her because she threatened him with a knife. The state initially wanted to seek the death penalty for Erdman.

Circle, Cumming, was arrested April 10 on Buford Highway in Cumming for DUI, possession of marijuana, suspended license and failure to use seatbelts. ►► Charles Walters, 63, of Preston Pointe Way, Cumming, was arrested April 7 on Buford Highway in Cumming for DUI and failure to yield. ►► Sheila Louise Chitwood, 48, of Parks Road, Cumming, was arrested April 6 on Keith Bridge Road in Cumming for DUI and child endangerment. ►► Allen Stapler, 40, of Dawsonville was arrested April 7 on Atlanta Highway in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Chester Price, 44, of Marrywood Court, Alpharetta, was arrested March 28 on Brookwood Way in Cumming for DUI and child endangerment. ►► Catherine Hood, 35, of Dawsonville was arrested March 28 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for DUI and failure to signal lane change.

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Playful prank goes too far FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Two employees took pranking each other to an extreme, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. On April 9, an employee of Samuel and Sons, 1900 Grassland Parkway, told deputies he was assaulted by another employee. He said his co-worker hit him in the arm with three pieces of lumber. Deputies saw a small cut on the victim’s left forearm, which appeared swollen and tender to the touch. The victim said he and the co-worker played pranks on each other by placing different items inside their work gloves. He said one morning, the co-worker hid nails inside his

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However, they eventually accepted a plea deal at the request of the victim’s family. “They have had a long, tumultuous relationship,” said Milton Police Spokesman Lt. Shawn McCarty at the time of the murder. “We have reports from Cherokee County where the sheriff’s office was called [for domestic violence]. It appears this has progressively gotten worse in the last six or eight months.” Lawrence sought a temporary protective order against Erdman in Forsyth County. She said Erdman was acting aggressive and possessive of her after she left him, sending her hundreds of text messages and hounding family and friends. She ended the relationship following a report on Aug. 4, 2010, where Erdman allegedly struck their young daughter. “At this point, I am very afraid of him,” wrote Lawrence in the Jan. 31 protective order request. gloves. He thought the prank was taken too far, so he got him back by stapling the coworker’s work coat sleeve shut. The co-worker confronted the victim and threatened to either staple his work coat or break his ribs with the piece of lumber he had in his hand. The victim thought the coworker was bluffing, but the co-worker then pulled his arm back and struck him with the piece of lumber. The co-worker left after the incident, and deputies have been unable to reach him.

Man poses as cop, cuts in line CUMMING, Ga. — Two men got into an argument while waiting in line to buy ammunition, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. On April 9, a customer of Academy Sports, 302 Peachtree Parkway, told deputies another man had cut in front of him. He asked the suspect to

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Lenny’s Subs to open third location Baldridge Marina shop to open in early May By ALDO NAHED aldo@forsythherald.com CUMMING, Ga. — Lenny’s Subs will open a new location near Baldridge Marina at Lake Lanier. Lenny’s Subs owner Bruce Longmore said he has been coming to Lake Lanier for 30 years. “There’s this deli sandwich shop located at Baldridge Marina, and I’ve been trying to get a Lenny’s there for quite some time,” Longmore said. “It finally came open this year.” The new location will take over the former Dockside Sandwich Company at 1850

Bald Ridge Marina Road. This will mark Longmore’s third Lenny’s location. He owns locations in Alpharetta and Cumming at Market Place Boulevard. Longmore said he hopes to open by early May. This will be a conventional Lenny’s Subs, meaning that they will hold regular hours and at some point begin delivering to the south end of the lake. Longmore said another benefit he has is that he can pull staff from other locations when business is expected to increase, such as on the Fourth of July. “We live on Lake Lanier and we’re very passionate about the lake,” Longmore said. “We expect to have a thriving business over there.” Visit www.lennys.com for more information.

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Georgia DOT: Don’t put signs in rights of way of way is defined as the strip of land over which facilities such as highways, railroads or power lines are built and maintained. It is a wise practice to ask the property owner where the right of way line is when you get permission to install your sign on their property.” Signs that are removed from right of way by department personnel will be held for a short while and then destroyed. To prevent the loss of signs, do not place signage within the state-owned rights of way. —McKenzie Cunningham

For example, signs that advertise yard sales, real estate for sale or political candidates on department land adjacent to roads are not allowed and will be removed by GDOT personnel. “In the midst of this political season, Georgia DOT would like to clarify the laws that deal with signs along state routes and interstates,” said Bayne Smith, GDOT district maintenance engineer. “As part of our routine maintenance work, the department will remove any and all signs from our right of way. Right

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represented at this event. “We did not want the controversy,� Green said. “I don’t think she has the credentials of a journalist.� The luncheon event was at Norman’s Landing restaurant in Cumming, and featured speakers included Forsyth County District 3 Commission candidate David Hole and solicitor’s general candidate Susan Zereini. A number of other candidates also showed up and were given a few minutes to introduce themselves, including school board candidates Amanda Nixon and Mark Weiss; District 3 County Commissioner Todd Levent; state Senate candidates Sen. Jack Murphy and Lauren McDonald III; and Georgia House District 24 candidate Sheri Gilligan and District 26 Rep. Geoff Duncan. Tisdale is a blogger for AboutForsyth.com, where she accepts donations for her work videotaping meetings throughout the community. She has dubbed her work “Nydeos.� “I consider myself part of the press,� Tisdale said after the event. “Non-traditional press.� Tisdale, a resident of Ro-

swell, got involved in Forsyth County in 2009 when she was then a property manager for a 90-acre tract off Old Atlanta Road. She and others were adamantly opposed to a landfill development off Ronald Reagan Boulevard. Ever since, Tisdale has continued to be active in politics both in Forsyth and Fulton counties. The latest incident, according to Tisdale, was “unnecessary.� Green was captured on camera saying “You’re not welcomed here.� Tisdale said. “It was very rude and disrespectful.� Tisdale said she had helped to promote the event on several Facebook private groups, and many in attendance later said they were there because they had heard about the event from her. “I am not going to be idle; I will take some action,� Tisdale said. On April 18, Tisdale filed an incident report with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. When asked why she took so long to file the report, she claimed “she was waiting on an apology from Ms. Green.� Although no warrants were issued, the case remains active with the sheriff’s office.

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Naturalists promote environmental causes in Forsyth By ALDO NAHED aldo@forsythherald.com CUMMING, Ga. — In honor of Earth Day, April 22, the Forsyth County Master Naturalists encouraged residents to save the bluebirds and to helped educate residents on native trees along the Big Creek Greenway. The volunteer group, which researches and shares their knowledge about native trees of Georgia, are putting together an interpretive tree trail along the Greenway. So far, they have placed 15 storyboard signs including information on the Willow Oak tree, Flowering Dogwood tree and the American Hornbeam tree. “It’s only $150 to sponsor a sign,” said Jeannie Glisson Davis, a Forsyth County Master Naturalist. “We have a goal of 50 storyboards by late 2014.” For the bluebirds, there are nine custom-built nesting boxes, which are part of the group’s bluebird trail project,

also strategically installed along the Greenway. The homes provide a safe haven and attract the bluebirds, whose population started to decline in the 60s. “We were losing those nesters,” Davis said. “The bluebirds began arriving shortly after we installed the nesting boxes and now pairs occupy each box.” The Georgia Master Naturalist program is an adult environmental education course developed by the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Training involves lectures and hands-on experience to explore ecosystems, habitats and human impacts on those environments. Graduates of the program become Forsyth County Master Naturalist Extension Volunteers and work to promote natural resource stewardship. To learn more, visit http:// fcmn.sharepoint.com or www. ugaextension.com/forsyth.

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Family celebrates Tax Day baby at Northside-Forsyth KFCB ATLANTA — While many spent the day in line at the post office, filing online or finishing other last-minute tax details, one Marietta family spent Tax Day celebrating the birth of their son, David Reese, who was born at 1:02 a.m. at Northside-Forsyth Hospital. The baby, born to David and Michelle McGinnis, was recognized as the Path2College 529 Plan Tax Day baby and awarded $1,529 for his college savings from Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan. “College is very important, especially these days, and every dollar helps,” said David McGinnis. “We were not expecting this, but are very happy to give him a head start for college.” Path2College officially kickedoff its annual statewide Newborn Sweepstakes on Tax Day, where one baby born in Georgia this year will receive $5,529 toward his/her college savings. The hospital where the baby is born will also receive $1,529. Parents, grandparents and guardians of Georgia babies born in 2014 may go to www. Path2College529.com until April 14, 2015, for official rules and to enter for a chance to win the Newborn Sweepstakes. —McKenzie Cunningham

hosts electronic recycling FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Forsyth County residents will have the opportunity to recycle their old, unused electronics during the upcoming electronics recycling event hosted by Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB). The event will be held May 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cumming Fairgrounds’ parking lot at 235 Castleberry Road. Accepted items for recycling include laptops, stereos, CD players, cellphones, microwaves, cameras and more. The minimum donation per carload drop-off is $5 while an additional $20 fee will apply for each television. For a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, visit www.forsythco. com or call KFCB at 770205-4573. —McKenzie Cunningham


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Forsyth Fire Department to hold annual boot drive FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Fire Department will join more than 100 fire departments across Georgia to help “Give Burns the Boot” during their upcoming annual boot drive benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (GFBF). Motorists can expect to see firefighters at intersections throughout the county on three upcoming Saturdays, May 3, 10 and 17. Donations collected during the boot drive will be utilized for fire safety and prevention education, the support of medical facilities, the assistance of burn survivors in their recovery and Camp Oo-U-La, Georgia’s only camp held exclusively for burn-injured children. A portion of the total funds raised will be returned to the Forsyth County Fire Department to support local fire prevention and education efforts. A new feature added in 2013 is the option to donate

online via the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation virtual boot drive. To give, visit www.giveburnstheboot.org and look for the

Forsyth County Fire Department page. For more information on GFBF, visit www.gfbf.org. —McKenzie Cunningham

Forsyth Century Challenge benefits Humane Society FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter will be the beneficiary of the inaugural Forsyth Century Challenge cycling event on Sunday, May 4 at West Forsyth High School, 4155 Drew Road in Cumming. Billed as the “best ride of your life,” the Century Challenge offers a 17-, 32-, 67- and 100-mile scenic loop, as well as support during the ride. The Humane Society will sponsor the Century Challenge Festival from 11 a.m. to 4

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p.m. with food, vendors, entertainment, raffles, pet adoptions and more. Booths are 12-by-12 feet and are $100 for food vendors and $25 for retail vendors. For more information, to reserve booth space or to donate a product for the raffle, contact Laura Wolf at shelterops@forsythpets.org. For details on the Century Challenge and to register for the ride, visit www.active.com/cumming-ga/ cycling/races/forsyth-century-challenge-2014. —Aldo Nahed

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Publix donates to The Place of Forsyth FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — On behalf of Publix Super Markets’ customers, district managers Monty Formby and Keith Bridge, as well as Scott Barnes, store manager, presented Sandy Beaver, executive director of The Place of Forsyth County, with the proceeds from the 2013 Food for All campaign. During the holiday season, Publix held the Food for All campaign with customers and associates contributing by purchasing cards in $1, $3 or $5 amounts. In 2013, Publix customers and associates donated more than $2.4 million to the effort. The funds raised are used to support local programs designed to fight hunger and advocate for self sufficiency on a local, regional, national and international level. —McKenzie Cunningham

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — During the month of April, Northside Hospital will offer free wellness programs and classes for cancer patients and their families. Another program that runs every Wednesday until April 30 is a special mind and body wellness workshop. Lead by Ellen Sichel, the class runs from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Northside Hospital-Forsyth building, 1400 Medical Office Building in Classroom A or B. The mind and body workshop teaches attendees to

transform their relationship with stress and pain into a lifeenhancing solution through breathing strategies and relaxation techniques. The gentle yoga taught in the program can renew the body, lower stress and bring a sense of inner calm and wellbeing to patients. Yoga can also be an important aid to the body in its fight for recovery against cancer. An RSVP is required for the class, and comfortable clothing is advised. For more information visit www.cscatlanta.org. —Lindsey Conway


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Network brings tech programs to Northside Inaugural event May 8 By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. – There are 600 technology companies within the borders of Alpharetta and a further 300 only a short distance from it. Alpharetta is making strides to claim the title of “Technology City of the South.” However, much of the regional technology conferences and events are still centered on downtown Atlanta. “We all share the same challenge, trying to get to some excellent programming in downtown or in Buckhead,” said Karen Cashion. While there may be quality programs available downtown, it can be a trial for a worker in the northern suburbs to make it downtown for a 7 p.m. event. “There was a need for more programming,” she said. Cashion decided to bring some of that energy and programming back up north by starting the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network (GATN). “I was hearing from technology companies that there

If you go What: Greater Alpharetta Tech Network When: 5:30 p.m. May 8 Where: The Metropolitan Club on Windward Parkway More Info: www. gatnconnect.org is not a lot of programming on the north side of town,” Cashion said. For the initial year, Cashion said she plans to have an event once a quarter. After that, more networking and programming will be planned. Atlanta Tech Village founder and serial tech entrepreneur David Cummings will speak about creating a community of innovation at the official launch of the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network (GATN) on Thursday, May 8, at the Metropolitan Club on Windward Parkway. Before founding Atlanta Tech Village, the largest technology entrepreneur center in the Southeast, Cummings was co-founder at Pardot, a B2B marketing automation company that was acquired by ExactTarget in 2012. Months later, ExactTarget

...We are starting to put this area on the map in tech. This is an exciting time to launch this group.” Karen Cashion Creator Greater Alpharetta Tech Network

was acquired by salesforce.com for $2.5 billion. GATN’s launch event is complimentary, and all technology company executives and their professionals are invited to register. Cashion said membership in GATN is limited to technology executives, chambers, nonprofits and elected officials. “There is a tremendous amount of excitement in the tech community,” Cashion said. “We are starting to put this area on the map in tech. This is an exciting time to launch this group.” For more information on GATN, visit www.gatnconnect. org.

From left are Forsyth County District 4 Planning Commissioner Alan Neal, District 5 Planning Commissioner Robert Hoyt, Planning Commission Chair Pam Bowman, Dr. Joe S. Moses, District 2 Planning Commissioner Jayne Iglesias and District 3 Planning Commissioner Greg Dolezal. (H. Craig Nolen was not in attendance).

Planning Commission recognizes two former members FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — At their March 25 meeting, the Forsyth County Planning Commission recognized former members Dr. Joe S. Moses and H. Craig Nolen for their service. Resolutions in recognition of the dedication, leadership and performance of Moses and Nolen during their tenure on the Planning Commission were read aloud at the meeting. Moses began his service as an appointed member on the Forsyth County Planning Commission in 2010, representing District 5. Nolen began his service as an appointed member on the Forsyth County Planning Commission in 2011, representing District 3. –Aldo Nahed


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Back row, from left: Anna May Carder, Carson McCoy, Ava Marinelli, Ben Chisam, Ethan Adamson, Luke Woods and Amy Chisam (Coach). Middle, from left: Lynne Lake Wolfmeier (Coach), Carolin Addison, Brody Sanderson, Siddhi Chitgopkar, Siva Appana, Aishi Tyagi and Payal Patel. Front, from left: Pooja Patel, Kyra DeLoach, Sam Carder, Jacob Rogers, Rohan Kil, Ben Carder, Vishnu Yella and Rohan Anne.

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Back row, from left: Gus Dickerhofe, Ashlyn Kaczkowski, Ariane Tallant (Coach) Hailey Coyne, Chris Kaloudis, Konrad Gilbert, Laura Fedorchuk (Coach) and Thomas Butler. Middle, from left: Noah Amick, Caroline McCallar, Jaden Findlay, Grant Roth, Jasmine White, Mikey McCurdy and Dustin Bonk. Front, from left: Aiden Abunassar, Alex Sircy, Katrina Walden and Merrick Theobald.

Lambert HS hosts regional Science Olympiad Vickery Creek, Kelly Mill ES placed 1st, 2nd FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga.—Lambert High School hosted an elementary school regional Science Olympiad competition on April 12. The event was run by Dr. Kelly Price, as well as volunteers from the Science Olympiad teams from Lambert HS, South Forsyth HS, and Lakeside Middle. About 300 students in from fifteen schools and homeschool programs

competed, including twelve schools from Forsyth County. There were 18 events, and each team sends a pair of students to compete. Some of the events were written tests or labs and others engineeringtype competitions. Teams are then awarded points based on their placing: 1st – 1 point, 2nd – 2 points, and so on.

For the Forsyth regional, the top 5 teams earned invitations to the state tournament at Kennesaw State University on May 17. The top teams and their results were: 1. Vickery Creek - 60 points (6 first place medals, 4 second place medals, 3 third place medals) 2. Kelly Mill - 97 points (2 first places, 3 second places, 3 third places, 2 fourth place medals) 3. Sharon - 106 points (2 first places,

2 third places, 2 fourth places) 4. Fulton Science Academy - 113 points (1 first place, 3 second places, 1 third place, 1 fourth place) 5. Chattahoochee - 119 points (3 first places, 1 second place, 2 third places) Science Olympiad is a national program of elementary through high school level. For more information, visit www. soinc.org. —McKenzie Cunningham

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ALE YEAH BEER TASTING

Local merchant Ale Yeah will host a beer tasting at Barrington Hall. There will be several types of beer to sample. Registration required. 6:30 – 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. April 25. 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. Please call 770-9922246.

Collins and book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. Show times vary. April 24 – 26. 2765 Bethany Bend, Alpharetta. Please call 770-754-5738 or visit kingsridgecs.org.

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ALPHARETTA ARTS STREETFEST

The streets of Historic Downtown will be filled with nearly 100 artists, musicians and performers. Enjoy a beautiful spring weekend as you stroll through outdoor galleries filled with fine art. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. April 26 and 27. 2 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please call 678-2970102 or visit awesomealpharetta. com.

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The '60s/'70s themed event will have a Silent Auction, live music, cash bar and food. The proceeds from this event benefit the services Family Haven provides to victims of domestic violence. 7 – 11 p.m. April 25. 6844 Majors Road, Cumming. Please call 770-889-6384 or visit forsythcountyfamilyhaven.info.

The LSO presents "A Cherry Blossom Spring Fling,” a gala closing concert for its seventeenth season at the Gwinnett Center-Performing Arts Center. The evening's performance features internationally-acclaimed Korean violinist Hye-Jin Kim interpreting SaintSaens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and the rare Dvorak Romance in F, Malek Jandali, American/Syrian pianist and composer, in the premiere of his Piano Theme and Variations, and local Russian artists Olga and Jacob Yampolsky performing the double concerto for violin and viola by Max Bruch. 7:30 p.m. April 26. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Please visit ludwigsymphony.org.

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DRAKE WALK

The fifth annual Drake Walk to benefit local non-profit organization The Drake House, presented by DataScan consists of 1 mile and 5k routes that go through beautiful historic downtown Roswell. There will be lots of fun for the whole family at the finish line festival as well. Registration required. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 3. 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. Please call 770-587-4712 ext. 307 or visit thedrakehouse.org.

Kick off the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest at this one day event, showcasing eight of the Alpha Arts Guild’s talented and accomplished artists, each displaying numerous pieces of work in various mediums. Register onsite to win an original work of art. Refreshments will be served. Free. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 26. Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please call 678297-0102.

THEATER » ‘TARZAN THE MUSICAL’

ALABAMA IN CONCERT

Alabama, the legendary country band formed by three cousins from Alabama, is coming to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. 7:30 – 11 p.m. April 27. 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-0102 or visit vzwamp.com.

King’s Ridge High School presents “Tarzan the Musical.” Based on Edgar Rice Burrough’s, “Tarzan of the Apes,” and the 1999 smash-hit Disney animated film, “Tarzan” tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa, and is raised by apes in the jungle. “Tarzan” features music and lyrics by pop icon Phil

special needs — Emory Johns Creek Pediatric Patients (NICU) and the Preschool itself. This year’s proceeds will support the same causes. Bring your friends and family to enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival rides, inflatables, games and more JCUMC Preschool. Tickets sold at the door. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 26. 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Please call 770-497-8215.

‘BUTTERFLY: PARALLEL LIVES’ BOOK SIGNING

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‘INTO THE WOODS’

Forsyth Central Stage invites you "Into the Woods" at the Forsyth Central High School's Performing Arts Center. This whimsical steampunk version of the classic American musical by Steven Sondheim is a mash up of both various fairy tales and time. The story centers around Cinderella, Jack with his beanstalk, Rapunzel, a baker and his wife, a wolf, a giant, two princesses and a witch who have their fates intertwined when they enter a mysterious forest to see their wishes come true. But, the true power of the play comes when we find out what happens after “happily ever after.” 7 p.m. Through April 25. 520 Tribble Gap Road, Cumming. Please call 770-886-2388 or visit forsythcentralstage.com.

‘THE GOLDEN AGE OF TELEVISION’

For decades, they've been part of our families — Lucy Ricardo, Ralph Kramden, George Burns, Ed Sullivan and the Golden Girls. Now, the Georgia Senior Follies pay tribute to these and other fabulous characters in "The Golden Age of Television." Don’t miss this evening of music and laughter for the whole family. Show times vary. May 2 - 18. 101 School St., Cumming. Please call 770-781-9178 or visit playhousecumming.com.

EVENTS » 9TH ANNUAL KIDS HELPING KIDS CARNIVAL

Johns Creek United Methodist Church Preschool is having their 9th annual "Kids Helping Kids" Carnival. Last year's Carnival was a huge success, with over 2,000 people in attendance and raising over $47,000 for Camp Sparrowwood — a camp for children with

Local author Monette Massard will host a book signing event for her book “Butterfly: Parallel Lives” at the Anthony Gallery. During the event, Massard will share some of the challenges that she has faced throughout her life (including battling cancer and infertility, as well as domestic abuse), and the inner strength that she had to call upon to overcome these issues to become the woman she is today. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. 6 p.m. April 26. 5822 North Vickery Street, Cumming. Please call 770-710-3887 or visit monettemassard.com.

prize award to brew the award-winning recipe at Red Brick Brewing. Proceeds benefit Heritage Sandy Springs, a nonprofit community organization. Tickets are $30 in Advance or $40 at the Door. Designated Driver/ Non-Drinker tickets also available for $10 at the Door. 4 – 8 p.m. April 26. 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs. Please call 404-851-9111 or visit hssbeerfest.com.

‘SPRING INTO SPRING WITH NEW SALAD IDEAS’

Guest author Claudine Destino presents a cooking demonstration, “Spring into Spring with New Salad Ideas.” Claudine Destino is the author of “Confessions of a Kitchen Diva.” All are welcome and this event is free. Registration required. 6 - 7:30 p.m. April 28. Spruill Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek. Please call 770-360-8820 or visit afpls.org.

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ANNUAL GARDEN FAIRE

Bulloch Hall's Annual Garden Faire heralds the start of spring planting season and provides a onestop shop for everything you need to make your gardening dreams reality. This free gardening event, hosted by North Fulton Master Gardeners, will have something for every level of gardener — from novice to seasoned. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. April 26. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. Please visit bullochhall.org.

ROSWELL CYCLING FESTIVAL

The Roswell Cycling Festival will take place on Canton Street, and feature many fun events for cyclists of all ages. The festival will begin with the Mayor’s Ride, followed by races of various categories, and a kid’s bicycle safety course. 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. April 27. Canton Street, Roswell. Please visit roswellcyclingfestival.com.

FIESTA 5K/15K CHALLENGE

HERITAGE SANDY SPRINGS BEER FEST

Sandy Springs' only beer festival returns to the heart of Sandy Springs. The 4th Annual Heritage Sandy Springs Beer Fest features over 100 craft beers for sampling, live local music, great food, tons of giveaways and more, all in a beautiful outdoor setting. Homebrewers can compete in the Moondog Growlers HomeBrew Competition and win big with a grand

As the name suggests, the Fiesta 5k/15k Challenge is not your ordinary race. Casual runners and walkers enjoy the 5k or the Fun Run, while endurance runners will want to participate in the 15k distance. The Fiesta 15k/5k Challenge is the perfect way to kickoff Cinco de Mayo. The race brings everyone out for a morning of health and fitness, awareness for ALS, and celebrating life. 100 percent of race proceeds and donations benefit the Emory ALS Center. 7:30 AM. May 3. 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming. Please call 678-491-0639 or visit fiestarunga.com.


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Alpharetta company honored by EPA One of six in state with Energy Star award By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored an Alpharetta company as a recipient of the 2014 Energy Star awards. Burton Energy Group, of Alpharetta, received the Partner of the Year award for the second consecutive year. Burton is one of six organizations in Georgia receiving the award.  A total of 127 organizations will be honored for their commitment to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. The winners were selected from 16,000 Energy Star partners, including manufacturers,

retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies and home builders, for their dedication to protecting the environment through greater energy efficiency. “We’re proud,” said George Plattenburg, a managing partner of Burton. “It’s a reflection on the great work that our clients are doing and that we support them on.” The 12-year-old company moved to a Mansell Road location two years ago from Roswell. It employs 22 workers. Plattenburg said the company helps clients manage and lower energy consumption costs, largely in utilities such as electricity, water and sewer. They work with many large, national companies such as hoteliers, banks, retailers and

manufacturers. “It’s not unusual for these people to literally spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year on energy,” Plattenburg said. “We help them develop strategies and help track their progress.” More companies are warming up to the idea of conserving energy for two reasons, he said. First, it saves money in the long run. Second is sustainability. “EPA applauds this year’s Energy Star Partner of the Year Award winners, who have demonstrated innovative strategies to help their customers, partners and stakeholders save energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Their commitment to saving energy helps fight climate change while also helping their bottom line.” Products, homes and build-

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Georgia companies that received Energy Star Awards are: Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence:  Servidyne, Atlanta The Home Depot, Atlanta   Partner of the Year:  Beazer Homes USA Inc., Atlanta Burton Energy Group, Alpharetta Hoshizaki America Inc., Peachtree City Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, Decatur The complete list of winners can be found at www.energystar.gov/awards.

ings that earn the Energy Star label prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. EPA. From the first Energy Star-qualified computer in 1992, the Energy Star label can now be found on products in more than 70 different categories, with more than 4.5 billion sold. Over 1.5 million new homes and 23,000 office buildings, schools and

hospitals have earned the Energy Star label. Since the Energy Star program began, American families and businesses have saved $297 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from Energy Star. For more about Burton Energy Group, please visit www. burtonenergygroup.com.

Sprouts Farmers Market opening Johns Creek store Forsyth County store to open in 2015 By ALDO NAHED aldo@forsythherald.com PHOENIX, Ariz. – Sprouts Farmers Market is kicking off its Southeast expansion by opening a Johns Creek store in 2014, and a Forsyth location in 2015. Other Georgia locations opening in 2014 include Snellville, Dunwoody and Norcross. Next year a Cumming location will open at Lakeland Plaza, a company spokeswoman said. Sprouts Farmers Market

will soon finish construction on four of their healthy grocery stores in the Atlanta area. The Johns Creek market, 3630 Peachtree Parkway, will open Sept. 17. The Snellville location, 1250 Scenic Highway, Suite 1704, will open June 18. On July 16 and the company opens its Dunwoody location, 2480 Mt. Vernon Road. A Norcross location opens Aug. 20 at 5130 Peachtree Parkway, All stores are also hiring for 500 full and part-time

positions including store managers, department managers, clerks, cashiers, administrative coordinators and cashiers. Sprouts, which has about 15,000 employees companywide, offers consumers a complete grocery store experience featuring fresh produce, bulk foods, dairy, meat and seafood, bakery, vitamins and supplements and more. “For more than a decade,

Sprouts has focused on helping our customers reach their health goals by providing high quality natural and organic products at prices the everyday grocery shopper can afford,” said President and CEO Doug Sanders in a news release. “We are excited to introduce Atlanta-area residents to Sprouts beginning this summer.” Sprouts was recently

named one of the top five supermarket chains by Consumer Reports, based on feedback from more than 27,000 shoppers who rated 55 grocers. This marks Sprouts’ first expansion into the Southeast. Earlier this year, the company opened its first store in Overland Park, Kan. Sprouts sources its own produce and plans to support the Atlanta market through its Dallasbased distribution center. For information, visit www. sprouts.com or for a career, visit sprouts.com/careers. Interviews will be scheduled for select candidates in early May.

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Professional building modernized in Roswell ROSWELL, Ga. — Bauman and Company has invested $1.5 million in a complete renovation of the North Fulton Professional Building, a four-story, 94,000-square-foot multi-tenant office building located in Roswell, adjacent to North Fulton Hospital. Built in 1991, the building underwent a yearlong modernization that includes a new roof and air conditioning system, plus a total redesign and refurnishing of the lobby and public spaces. “Our improvements focused on two objectives,” said Billy Bauman, president of Bauman and Company. “First, to reduce operating costs for tenants and second, to enhance the aesthetic environment for employees as well as visitors.” A photo tour of the renovated building is available at www.northfultonphysiciansbuilding.com. For more information about the firm, visit www. baumanco.com.

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BusinessBriefs In addition to Northside Hospital as title sponsor, the North Fulton Community Improvement District will be a platinum sponsor. The event’s after party and entertainment will be sponsored by Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at $2,500. Individual tickets for the black tie optional event are $200 each and can be purchased online at www.GNFCC.com/events. For more information, email Debbie Ryals at dryals@gnfcc.com or call 678-397-0556.

ATLANTA — The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC) will host its 41st annual Chairman’s Gala on April 26 at the St. Regis Atlanta. The Chairman’s Gala is the highlight of the year for the chamber and provides a showcase for North Fulton’s successes. The evening’s festivities will include remarks from several distinguished guests and an announcement of the winners for key chamber awards. Freda Hardage, GNFCC Board chair and director of foundation services at Northside Hospital, will be honored at the event.

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Lee selected as ‘Super Lawyer’ ALPHARETTA, Ga. — George E. Lee, of the Lee Immigration Law Group, was selected to the 2014 Georgia Super Lawyers list. Each year, about 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. The Lee Immigration Law Group is located at 2520 Northwinds Lee Parkway, Suite 450 in Alpharetta. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com. For more on Lee Immigration Law Group, call 404-892-8300 or visit www. leelawusa.com.

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Sawnee EMC participates in ‘Touch a Truck’ event CUMMING, Ga. — On April 1, Sawnee EMC participated in the first annual “Touch a Truck” event sponsored by the Forsyth County Library System. The event took place at the Post Road Library, with approximately 500 people in attendance. In addition to a Sawnee EMC bucket truck, there were nine other vehicles from various companies

M&H Design Group opens in Alpharetta ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Mernaz Dejgir and Hayedeh Badiei have opened M&H Design Group, a full-service residential interior design agency serving North Fulton homeowners. M&H Design Group specializes in a wide variety of styles including traditional, contemporary and transitional. The agency’s designers make home visits to create floor plans and design presentations as well as provide furniture, accessories, paintings and window treatments. Their showcase office is located at 100 North Main St. in Alpharetta. For more information, call 770-674-9000 or visit www.MandHDesignGroup.com.

Journey Family Chiropractic opens in Alpharetta ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Journey Family Chiropractic has opened its doors at 320 Prospect Place in Alpharetta. Owned by Dr. Keisha Pitt, Journey Family Chiropractic offers care to all ages with the goal to help patients accomplish a quality state of health. For the month of May, Journey Family Chiropractic will donate half of their proceeds to Beacon of Hope, a pregnancy resource center located in Johns Creek. With this donation, Pitt hopes that families will become more aware of the resources out there for young mothers. Journey Family Chiropractic is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit www.journeyfamilychiro.com or call 404-590-6118.


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North Fulton housing snapshot Now that the sales data is all in for March, we can take a look at the quarterly home sales for North Fulton. Comparing the first quarter of this year to 2013, the biggest thing that jumps out to me is the drop in total transactions. In a market recovery, which we are experiencing, conventional wisdom would be that sales would rise. That is happening around the country in various places, but in North Fulton they have actually dropped by 10 percent. However, we are seeing asking prices rise and, in turn, sale prices rise a good bit (9 percent and 12 percent, respectively). Total days on mar-

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ket is down 27 percent, but keep in mind this is an average across all price ranges. There are a few factors that could be affecting the drop in the number of home sales. Interest rates are a little higher, for instance. Also, as prices rise, inventory at the lower price points has nearly disappeared and loan requirements

have tightened; first-time buyers are getting closed out of the market to a certain degree. But I think the real culprit is the jump in prices coupled with the low inventory levels. As buyers are presented with the decision of paying more, they are more closely scrutinizing value. That value would be found in overall size, condition and location of the property. And, by most accounts, if a buyer isn’t finding what they want, they’re choosing to keep looking rather than settle. These are the factors a home seller needs to scrutinize when pricing their home today. I’ll share quarterly numbers for Forsyth County next week.

The skinny on fat taxes, fatter returns As I mentioned in a previous article, when you sell an investment property, IRS rules will allow you to purchase a “like” property, of equal or greater value and defer the capital gains into the new property. In real life, this can mean a difference in big bucks in your pocket or a big, fat tax bill. More and more investors are choosing the big bucks in their pocket route. In a real life example, we just completed a transaction for a client that chose to undergo a 1031 exchange. He sold a building on the west coast that had been the home of his business enterprise for many years. His tax bill was going to be around $300,000 on a one million dollar profit. That’s a big bite for anyone

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to stomach. Through the 1031 exchange, we found a fitting property that generated $140,000 in cash per year... and that’s after all his expenses, including his new mortgage. It doesn’t take a genius to agree with this client’s decision. To go from the threat of paying $300,000 in taxes or collecting almost half of that per year in revenue for the next foreseeable future, is the way any savvy investor would

choose. On top of that, we estimate that this investor will collect over $1.5 million in revenue over the next 10 years, the value of the property will increase by $1.3 million and he gets valuable tax deductions during the next ten years. Not bad...turning a $300k debt to the tax man into $2.8 million. Of course, this strategy can be utilized by anyone. Do you own a beach condo that you enjoy, or renting a house that you couldn’t sell? If so, use this same 1031 exchange technique to create a fat return for the future. Brian Patton, CCIM is a commercial real estate investor, broker, author and radio show host. Call 770-634-4848. or visit his website: www.CapitalListings.com

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Hiring athletes for sales roles Are you looking to add sales resources to your small business to help you grow your revenue? Are you wondering what the best criteria are for identifying the best sales people in the marketplace? Having hired, trained, mentored and coached hundreds of sales professionals in my career, the best sales reps I’ve ever had were athletes. Now you may ask why athletes make good sales professionals, and the answer is quite simple. Athletes have attributes associated with them that are almost identical to the attributes you want with sales professionals. For starters, athletes are self-disciplined. They also possess incredible organizational skills. Having the self-discipline and organizational skills to build relationships, surface new business opportunities and close business is very similar to their history of practicing and preparing for a game, event or a match in the sport they played. Another critical element in successful sales professionals is their competitiveness. They need to have a will to always

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win, with a relentless and self-motivated attitude that they can. Athletes have the same core foundation. Whether they played individual or team sports, they demonstrated over and over again that they were competitive. And athletes who actually played team sports are an even a better choice. Most small businesses don’t operate well without seamless teamwork. Hiring an athlete for a sales position who has a history of playing team sports will almost guarantee they will fit in and be a team player with their peers and other employees. If you are looking to hire good sales professionals, look no further on their resume than the sports activities that they have done in the past. You can’t go wrong hiring an athlete for a sales role in your small business.

Co-founder of Radarsign joins Atlanta nonprofit board ALPHARETTA, Ga. – PEDS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making metro Atlanta safe and accessible for all pedestrians, has named Charlie Robeson to its board of directors. Robeson is a resident of Alpharetta and is the co-founder of the Alpharetta-based company Radarsign. The Radarsign team has collaborated with PEDS since 2007, working closely with government agencies, community organizations and others to increase pedestrian safety.

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We are proud to be licensed as an Assisted Living Community which allows us to deliver expanded care and services to residents. As a result, residents are often able to stay in their new home without ever having to move. The Oaks at Hampton is conveniently located off Highway 400 in North Forsyth County and is close to shopping, entertainment, outdoor activities, restaurants, doctor offices, and hospitals. We hope you are able to come by for a tour at your earliest convenience. For more information, please contact Andrew Greeson at 678-965-5700 or visit us online at www.oaksseniorliving.com.

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Rotary essay winners ponder ‘Laws of Life’ By ALDO NAHED aldo@forsythherald.com CUMMING, Ga. — The South Forsyth Rotary club hosted the Laws of Life essay winners from South Forsyth and West Forsyth high schools. The Laws of Life Essay Contest is a program of the Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education. The contest encourages students to articulate their values and ideals and it recognizes and rewards students who demonstrate positive character. “It’s the largest essay contest in the nation,” said South Forsyth Rotarian James Daniel. Each essay had to be on the “Law of Life” topic, meaning a wise saying that contains words of truth, lasting meaning or inspiration. The South Forsyth Rotary Club was sponsor for South and West Forsyth high schools. The grade level winners received a $50 scholarship and were invited to read their es-

says during the Rotary meeting on April 16. Rachel Bowers, 18, a West Forsyth High School senior, placed fourth in the state. She was awarded a $300 scholarship. Other local students who were recognized by Rotary include: Emma Northcutt, a sophomore at West; Jessica Tang, a sophomore at South; Gregory Wagner, a junior at South; Nicholas Shepherd, a senior at South and Jayde Werner, a freshman at South. Bowers, who plans to attend University of North Georgia to study astrophysics, said it was a surprise that her untitled essay about “the highest form of wisdom — kindness,” was selected by state judges. “It was an honor,” Bowers said. For more information, visit www.georgialawsoflife.org. For more information on the South Forsyth Rotary, visit www.southforsythrotaryclub. org.

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Daniel to take over Lambert football program FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Lambert High School announced it has hired Louis Daniel as head football coach. Daniel brings more than 14 years of coaching experience, including nine years of assistant coaching at Sequoyah High School (2000-2009) where he was part of a staff that compiled a 62-28 record. He more recently has served as the offense coordinator at Lambert High School (2009-2013) where he was part of a staff that compiled at 3617 record. “Coach Maxwell built a great staff and got this program off to a phenomenal start,” said Daniel. “Keeping the coaching staff intact will help us to carry on the tradition of winning here at Lambert.” Daniel inherits a five-yearold program coming off a 6-5 season in AAAAAA where the Longhorns were the Georgia Region 6 runner-ups. – Staff

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Ambush girls win Conyers soccer tourney NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The Ambush girls’ U11 team won the RYSA tournament in Conyers on Feb. 23. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Abby Creasy, Chloe Ford, Kayla Stern, Rachel McGowan, Abby Fields, Abby Rose, Lily Singer and Danielle Baptiste. In back are coach Nadine Kezebou, Amanda Klein, Rachel Fike, Margaux Guillet, Nia Worrell and Imani Ratliff. – Staff

Bald Ridge Lodge hosts 5th golf fundraiser CUMMING, Ga. – The fifth annual “For the Boys” Golf Classic, a fundraiser for Bald Ridge Lodge (BRL), will take place at Polo Golf and Country Club on May 27. Registration starts at 10 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. In addition to team competition, two contests highlight this year’s BRL Golf Classic. Golfers can win prizes with hole-in-one and putting contests. Local auto dealer Billy Howell Ford is offering a car as a prize for the hole-in-one

competition, and three places will be awarded in the putting contest. A box lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A, with dinner courtesy of Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. It is $160 for an individual golfer and $600 for a foursome. Team and individual online registration is available at www.BaldRidgeLodge.org. “Our goal is to raise over $35,000 for the Bald Ridge Lodge programs,” said Mark Myers, BRL treasurer and tournament coordinator. “Proceeds from this tournament will go directly to programs

that help these deserving young men”. Bald Ridge Lodge is a nonprofit stabilization and assessment center located in Forsyth County that serves boys ages 12-17. BRL provides counseling, mentoring and community support to those who are in the custody of the Depart-

ment of Family and Children Services or referred by the local Juvenile Court. For more information, contact Heidi Snarey or Barbara Kastner by email at hsnarey@ baldridgelodge.org and bkastner@baldridgelodge.org, or by phone at 770-887-1220. —McKenzie Cunningham

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Brenau University GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Artwork by local Brenau University students qualified for inclusion in a special exhibition at the prestigious High Museum of Art in Atlanta in February. Work by Dedrie Kunze of Alpharetta, a junior majoring in studio art at Brenau, selected for the exhibit included “Pattern Design,” a digital print on paper. A selection for the exhibit by Whitney Mathis of Cumming, a 2012 graduate majoring in interior design at Brenau, included “Spectrum, Inc. Corporate Headquarters,” created as a banner. The exhibition was part of

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The Citadel CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, honored Samuel Glenn Cowart of Roswell and Mark Joseph Smith of Roswell with Gold Stars for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year. Cowart is majoring in civil engineering. Smith is

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Inclusion on these lists requires students to meet rigorous grade point average standards specific to their college or school within the university. President’s List Alpharetta: Ralph Corser, sophomore, School of Engineering; Alissa Gauger, senior, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing; Megan Mandula, freshman, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics; Ann Rosenbaum, junior, College of Continuing and Professional Studies; and Patricia Surber, sophomore, College of Liberal Arts. Cumming: Natalie Biel, junior, College of Liberal Arts; Emily Caton, senior, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing; Jennifer Champagne, senior, College of Liberal Arts; and Emily Farlow, senior, College of Liberal Arts. Duluth: Rachel Sauls, a senior, Tift College of Education. Johns Creek: Bridget Pettit, sophomore, Tift College of Education; and Lisa Johnson, junior, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. Milton: Caleb Maier, junior, College of Liberal Arts. Roswell: Katherine Stonebraker, junior, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. Dean’s List Alpharetta: Samuel Arrington, freshman, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics; Amanda Cole, freshman, College of Liberal Arts; Alonzo Giddens, junior, College of Liberal Arts; Timothy Geran, junior, School of Engineering; Torylacia Narcisse, sophomore, College of Continuing and Professional Studies; Eric Nyquist, junior, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics; Minhye Park, junior, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing; Victoria Surber, junior, College of Liberal Arts; Kimberly Vater, junior, College of Liberal Arts; and Michael Wagner, sophomore, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics. Cumming: Elizabeth Alsup, senior,

Robber: Continued from Page 1 northbound near McFarland Parkway. He was taken to the south precinct for questioning and later charged. Plunkett is also wanted out of Dallas, Texas for probation violation. The sheriff’s office took out warrants for Plunkett for armed robbery and aggravated assault

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing; Katelyn Compton, sophomore, College of Liberal Arts; John Culp, sophomore, School of Engineering; Britney DeRosa, senior, College of Liberal Arts; and William De Witt, sophomore, School of Engineering. Duluth: Pamiz Alibhai, senior, College of Liberal Arts; Chirag Datta, freshman, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics; Claudia Luna Priego, junior, College of Liberal Arts; Sonia Qassamali, senior, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing; Faariya Sheikh, senior, College of Liberal Arts; and Monique Singhal, junior, College of Liberal Arts. Johns Creek: Kevin Alexander, senior, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics; Abigail Jacobs, sophomore, College of Liberal Arts; Utkarsh Parwal, senior, College of Liberal Arts; and Ramupriya Vaithi, senior, College of Liberal Arts. Milton: Lindsay Dixon, senior, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing; William Hutchens, senior, College of Liberal Arts; and Erica O’Neal, junior, College of Liberal Arts. Roswell: Lawrence King, junior, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics; Matthew Meeder, freshman, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics; Kaylie Murphy, senior, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing; Chandani Suthar, junior, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics; and Jacqueline Williams, senior, College of Continuing and Professional Studies. Suwanee: Michael Emerson, senior, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics; Bhaumik Jivan, freshman, College of Liberal Arts; Sarah Kashin, sophomore, School of Engineering; Jaclyn Maida, junior, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing; Gretja Otten, freshman, College of Liberal Arts; Jinwon Park, senior, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics; Katherine Parow, senior, Tift College of Education; and Vyvyann Pham, senior, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. with more charges pending. Plunkett, who was living with his girlfriend near Lake Lanier a few miles from the bank, will remain in the Forsyth County Detention Center without bond upon further investigation of other possible robberies including in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties, a spokesman said in a news release. “We’re working with the FBI on identifying any other similar armed robberies,” Maj. Rick Doyle told news outlets.


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Community supports ‘Litter Free’ Forsyth 400 volunteers come out to collect litter

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29, was arrested April 10 on Browns Bridge Road in Cumming for DUI. ►► Heather Michelle Kratky, 38, of Gainesville was arrested April 10 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for DUI and improper passing. ► ► Keely Nicole Lawrence, 20, of Gainesville was arrested March 30 on Keith Bridge Road in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Mark Anthony Williams, 47, of Glasco Drive, Cumming, was arrested March 30 on Keith Bridge Road in Cumming for DUI and open container. ► ► Michael Shane Withers, 35, of Dawsonville was arrested March 29 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Garrett Lee Dearth, 21,

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CUMMING, Ga. — Nearly 400 volunteers descended on Fowler Park on April 12 to make sure the community remains “Litter Free.” Tammy Wright, Forsyth County’s Environmental Program Manager, encouraged volunteers prior to them going out into community neighborhoods and roads. “We are taking back our community,” Wright said. “Litter is not just trash. It correlates with crime and lowers property values. A deterrent for litter, research shows, is community volunteers.” The Keep Forsyth County Beautiful sponsored event was the biggest turnout to date, said Kevin D. Smith, the county’s community outreach specialist. Other sponsors included Data Scan, Kohl’s, BJ’s Wholesale Club and the city of Cumming. Advanced Disposal took care of the bags collected and provided food for participants. In all there were 385 volunteers who filled 273 bags of trash and recyclables at 27 locations that included roads and parks. One of these volunteers was Tanner Ralston, 2, and his mother and Midway Elementary fourth-grade teacher Liz Ralston. “I’m teaching him about the environment and helping out Midway Elementary,” Ralston said. To help with safety, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office dedicated deputies along with groups near busy roads, including several locations along Ga. 9. “We live in the best county in the state of Georgia,” Sheriff Duane Piper

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Old Federal Road to pit their model plane designs against one another. Students from Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Poland, Canada, Mexico and the United States researched, designed, built, presented and flew their radio-controlled aircraft. One of the teams to watch in the competition was the Warsaw University of Technology. The Polish team is one of the powerhouses in this competition. They were tops in the 2014 SAE West competition in Van Nuys, Calif. There, the Poles won seven out 12 possible awards. This year, the Polish team finished first in the regular class, second place in the micro class and third place in the advanced class. In all, they won eight awards out of the 13 categories, including a first for the design report. They began preparing for the 2014 competition with four to five months spent in design. They arrived in Forsyth County a week before the competition to assemble their aircraft and test them. “In the competition, we have to build our airplanes from scratch,” said team spokeswoman Agnieszka Garstka. Now the Polish team will take their medals and go on to Washington, D.C., to visit the Smithsonian Aeronautical Museum among other places, and then up to visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in Boston, said Garstka. David Roberts, the SAE International event producer, said everyone went home a winner for their experiences.

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The Warsaw University of Technology sent a strong team to the SAE International Aerospace Design Competition. Here, they stand with their regular category plane, named Ladybird for the three women members of the team. “Each of them have a great story to tell in their next job interview, as the competition was beyond anything found in the classroom or on a college campus,” Roberts said. One student told Roberts that in his four years of college, SAE Aero Design East 2014 was the best experience he has had.  “That truly made all the effort and hard work worth it,” Roberts said. From the week of nationwide and international visitors, the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce estimated the economic impact to the area to be around $750,000. Visit www.gmarc.com for more information.

Kansas State University students put finishing touches on their model airplane.

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University of Tennessee students placed 10th in the regular class competition.

Mike Tattoni, a thrower in the micro class for Marquette University in Milwaukee.

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The Polish model plane won first place in the regular class competition.


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Property thieves caught on camera CUMMING, Ga. — Four men

and a woman stole items from a man’s home and thought no one witnessed the theft, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. What they did not know was the homeowner monitored his property with security cameras. A man in the 3000 block of Canton Highway told deputies he watched footage and saw the suspects drive onto his property when he was not home about 2:45 p.m. April 6. The woman pulled up in a silver Ford Focus and the four men pulled up in a Ford F-150 pickup truck. They walked onto the man’s side porch and took an $800 TV cabinet, $60 wheelbarrow

and $15 sleeping bag. They also took a trashed mattress and couch and loaded all the items into the truck. The suspects got into their cars and took off traveling east on Canton Highway. Deputies said they left behind other valuable items like a TV and garden tractor.

Hubcaps stolen at restaurant CUMMING, Ga. — Someone stole four rally style hubcaps from a car while the owner was inside a restaurant, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. About 9 a.m. on March 30,

forsythherald.com | Forsyth Herald | April 23, 2014 | 29 a man told deputies he parked his 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the parking lot of Waffle House, 903 Buford Highway. When he returned about an hour later, the hubcaps had been removed. Deputies said the hubcap area had marks around them, and they found a butter knife, which looked like one owned by Waffle House, on the ground next to the car.

Woman loses $15K in IRS scam CUMMING, Ga. — A woman received a series of calls from men who claimed to be from the Internal Revenue Service,

according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. On March 13, a woman in the 2000 block of Ronald Reagan Boulevard told deputies the men said she owed money to the IRS and to avoid arrest she needed to pay up. The woman said the initial amount was $3,600, and she transferred the money using “Green Dot” credit cards. Then, they said there were more issues and continued to demand money from the victim. In all, she lost $15,000. Deputies traced the phone numbers of the men who called her. The numbers appeared to be run through a program that spoofs the caller identification.

DEATH NOTICES Claude Ralph Alberson, Jr., 66, of Cumming, passed away April 13, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home.

Eden Sara Hersh, 50, passed away March 31, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Laila Asaad, of Cumming, passed away April 12, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Sylvia Higginbotham, 78, of Alpharetta, passed away April 3, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Sarah Blyth, 91, of Atlanta, passd away April 9, 2014. Arrangemetns by Byars Funeral Home. Mary Box, 92, passed away April 6, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Commander Robert L. Byers, USN, 43, of Hollywood, MD, passed away April 7, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Betty Clark, 73, of Dunwoody, passed away April 6, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Jerry Farmer, 72, of Norcross, passed away April 8, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Sonia Gemidoff, 76 , of Alpharetta, passed away April 4, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Patti A. Hazzard, 62, of Marietta, passed away April 11, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Frank Hudson, 100, of Sandy Springs, passed away April 4, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Marietta G. Jones , 69, of East Point, passed away April 5, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

James F. Kelly Jr., 82, of Roswell, passed away April 9, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Edward Kloss, 64, of Atlanta, passed away April 11, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Lucille Korn, 92 , of Atlanta, passed away April 10, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Mary Kosakowski, 78, of Seminole, FL, passed away April 2, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Chase Luther, 23, of Roswell, passed away April 8, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Charles Meurisse, 57, of Alpharetta, passed away April 8, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Richard Alan Mitchem, 59, passed away April 4, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Eric A. Muller, 86, of Cumming, passed away April 12, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Riley Oslen Johnson, 1, of Alpharetta, passed away April 5, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Carolyn Pafford, 88, passed away April 3, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Christina Palma, 67, of Alpharetta, passed away April 11, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Edith Angela Ashe Pirkle, 90, of Cumming, passed away April 9, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Milton Polakovic, 82, of Suwanee, passed away April 10, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Rafael Ramirez, 55, of Alpharetta, passed away April 8, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Steven Edward Roth, 59, passed away March 31, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Linda Ruggerio, 62, of Alpharetta, passed away April 15, 2014. Arrangemetns by Byars Funeral Home.

Lois Silva, 73, of Roswell, passed away April 11, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

97, Elsie Laura Sloan, passed away April 3, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Vasiliki Smith, 81, passed away April 5, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. James Waldroup, 73, of Roswell, passed away April 12, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

42, Zelia Nery Walker, passed away March 31, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Roger Wall, 67, passed away March 31, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Felicia Sands, 87, of Roswell, passed away April 10, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Bertha Mae Webb, 88, of Alpharetta, passed away April 10, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Dorothy Eleanor Schieber, 94, passed away April 9, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Marianne Willnow , 71, of Alpharetta, passed away April 7, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.


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