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Milton High School Principal steps down Cliff Jones to take administrative role with Fulton Schools BY CANDY WAYLOCK candy@northfulton.com MILTON, Ga. – Milton High School Principal Clifford Jones announced his resignation last week to take a position as the executive director of accountability for the Fulton County School System. Taking his place at Milton High School be-

ginning July 1 is Nathan Buhl, current principal of Crabapple Middle School. Jones’ departure came as a surprise to JONES many Milton parents, many of whom took to social media outlets to discuss the changes to the school and wishing Jones well. Jones

See JONES, Page 31

Roswell is considering creating a town green to connect City Hall to Canton Street and Ga. 9.

Roswell’s town green plan moves forward Proponents hope to spur revitalization

How much will Roswell’s town green cost? Phase 1: F aces of War Memorial relocation, town green established, sidewalks and water feature created: $3.4 million

By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com

Phase 2: Amphitheater with support buildings and restrooms: $1 million

ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell’s City Hall is turned around. When it was built, rather than face Ga. 9 and Canton Street, the designers chose to have it face away, shielding it from view with woodland. Now, town leaders want to change this. The way to do this is with a town green.

Phase 3: D  DA mixed-use building. Restaurants, outdoor seating areas, corner coffee shop, public private partnership offices, meeting space, restrooms: $2 million The Downtown Development Authority of Roswell presented their vision for the town green to the mayor and

City Council May 19, after the DDA had solicited input on

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Pot delivered to front door JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A local resident found more than two pounds of marijuana in a package that was sent to her

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DUI arrests ►► Amiyrah S. Lundy, 23, of

Carriage Trace, Roswell, was arrested April 27 on Rockberry Lane in Alpharetta for DUI, wanted person and failure to maintain lane. ►► John William Edwards, 25, of Creekline Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested April 27 on Westside Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane and open container. ►► Jordan Taylor Wickline, 24, of Lawrenceville was arrested April 27 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, speeding and failure to change address on driver’s license. ►► Brian Kehler Samuels, 18,

Inside were two people, a man and woman. When asked for her ID, the driver said she did not have one, but said she was “Falencia Yates,” and gave a birthdate. A search of that name turned up another person. When questioned, the driver admitted her real name was Casha C. Henderson, 24, of Maple Lane, Alpharetta. The owner of the car was the passenger, Phillip Bernard Scott, 24, of the same address. The car allegedly smelled of marijuana.

address. The victim, who lives on Hillgate Crossing, said a U.S. Postal Service package arrived at her front door addressed to her 24-year-old son, with a slightly misspelled name. She opened the package to find a gift-wrapped package inside (with birthday card). Inside that package was a container holding two sealed packages filled with 2.5 pounds of marijuana. Police were called and they took possession of the drug. of Taylor Road, Johns Creek, was arrested April 27 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, underage possession of alcohol, speeding and reckless driving. ►► Michael Christian Lewis, 41, of Jackson, Tennessee, was arrested April 30 on Rock Mill Road in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to obey a traffic control device. ►► Colin John McGowan, 23, of Park Brooke Trace, Alpharetta, was arrested April 28 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Mallory Duncan, 29, of Gables Court, Cumming, was arrested April 27 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane and driving through a safety zone. ►► Mark A. Neal, 42, of Westwind Lane, Alpharetta, was arrested April 13 on Westwind Lane in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane.

A search turned up a bag containing more than an ounce of pot, a box of baggies and a scale. There were two loaded handguns also on the occupants of the car. Scott had $1,595 in cash on him. Scott was charged with selling marijuana and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Henderson was charged with failure to maintain lane, driving on a suspended license, giving a false name to police and possession of marijuana.

Tracking the origin of the package, police found it came from Sacramento, California.

Fla. woman tries to steal $1,000s ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A Florida woman allegedly tried several times to withdraw thousands in cash from local banks using a stolen ID May 1. Employees with the Wells Fargo Bank on Windward Parkway told police Laura ►► Kelly Karen Lomonof, 59,

of Maysville was arrested April 30 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and following too closely. ►► John Playford, 28, of Norcross was arrested May 3 on Birmingham Highway in Milton for DUI, child endangerment and failure to maintain lane.

Drug arrests ►► Jordan James Davis, 27, of

Riverdale was arrested April 27 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, possession of drugrelated items, wanted person, suspended license and driving within a gore. ►► Cody Nicholas Davenport, 19, of State Bridge Road, Johns Creek, was arrested May 3 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, possession of drugrelated items, speeding and

Evans Baum, 51, of Pompano Beach, Florida, was attempting to withdraw $2,000 using a stolen driver’s license. Police detained Baum and searched her vehicle. Inside they found two credit cards belonging to another Florida woman. They also found two Florida license plates, one of which was reported stolen. Bank employees told police Baum had visited several local Wells Fargo banks withdrawing

See BLOTTER, Page 3 attempting to elude police.

►► Joshua Lee Finger, 33,

of Jonesboro was arrested April 30 on Mansell Road in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct. ►► Nicole Michelle Harding, 34, of Marietta was arrested April 30 on Mansell Road in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct. ►► Sarah Ashley Martin, 18, of Holcombe Hill Court, Milton, was arrested May 3 on Cogburn Road in Milton for possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related items and underage possession of alcohol. ►► Rebekah Anne Martin, 18, of Holcombe Hill Court, Milton, was arrested May 3 on Cogburn Road in Milton for possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related items, failure to maintain lane, open container and underage possession of alcohol.




Blotter: Continued from Page 2 money using the stolen driver’s license. She was successful on one occasion and failed another. All told, she attempted to steal $8,000 from the owner of the license. Baum told police she was given the license and car from four men who picked her up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and drove her to the Atlanta area with instruction on how to get the money. Baum was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree forgery and theft by receiving stolen property.

Fake bills land woman in jail ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A Powder Springs woman was arrested May 6 for allegedly using several counterfeit $100 bills at local stores. Police were called to the Kirkland’s at North Point Mall about 4 p.m. after the store said a woman had just attempted to buy a $10 item

public safety using a $100 fake bill. When police arrived, they found the suspect, Mandy Michelle Mullinax, 32, of Powder Springs. Mullinax said she did not know the money was fake, receiving it that day as change for making another purchase. She claimed she came to the area with her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s brother. She claimed both of them were in the nearby Marshall’s store. Inside her purse were five additional fake $100 bills, a receipt from a Roswell store and $119 in real currency. Police checked with Marshall’s to find her friends. The store reported they had two men recently try to use fake $100 bills to purchase goods. Mullinax was arrested for forgery.

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money. It needed to be paid immediately or he would be arrested or, worse, deported. The victim went to several stores to buy “Green Dot” gift cards to pay for the money, since each store only allows up to $1,000 to be purchased at once. After the victim transferred the money to the “IRS,” he called the real IRS to explain his situation. They told him he was scammed.

Two men robbed at gunpoint JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Two men were robbed at gunpoint in Johns Creek May 9. According to the victims,

they were returning home to their apartment in the Camden Ridge Apartments on State Bridge Road at 12:45 p.m. when three men stopped them on the breezeway of the building. One man had a pistol. One of the victims ran from the scene and jumped to the ground calling for help. The other victim stayed and said the men hit him on the head and forced him to lie down. This man had cellphones and keys taken from him. The assailants then fled in a gold Chevy Cobalt. Police arrived and found the Cobalt in a nearby parking lot, abandoned. The car was bought from a Lawrenceville dealership.

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Tuskegee Airmen to speak in Alpharetta

Election coverage Editor’s Note: The primary elections were held Tuesday, May 20, after this paper went to print. For complete results of the races, go to NorthFulton.com or our Facebook page, “Revue and News.”

American Heritage Society sponsors black WWII flyers ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The American Heritage Society of Georgia will present another special historical and educational program for the communities of North Fulton when it hosts “Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen and Women of WWII.” Three original Tuskegee Airmen are to be part of the program Thursday, May 29, at Alpharetta City Hall at 7 p.m. All three are over 90 years old, so frailty may be an issue. It is part of the “Understanding the Foundations of America” series. The program will let the public hear the stories of their hardships, accomplishments and their contributions to help win World War II. The women will have stories of support as nurses, secretaries, parachute riggers and mechanics during the war. Bill Hence, an aviation enthusiast, will be displaying a 7-foot

Bill Hence will be displaying a 7-foot model replica of the P51 Red Tail Mustang. model replica of the P51 Red Tail Mustang. Researcher, author and his-

torian Zellie Rainey Orr will be available for a book signing of her book on the Tuskegee Air-

men “Heroes in War – Heroes at Home: The First Top Guns.” Carol McGinnis Yeje will lead the program in patriotic song with Vietnam veteran Roger Wise assisting in honoring the documented original Tuskegee Airmen. The Atlanta chapter, Tuskegee Airmen Inc. members will also be in attendance. It is their mission to help preserve the WWII Tuskegee Airmen’s heritage as an inspiration of endless possibilities of accomplishment for future generations. The Mighty Men of Valor Choir of St. James United Methodist Church, Alpharetta, will present a special surprise for the Tuskegee Airmen as well.

Ga. 9, Bethany Bend upgrades planned Public invited to May 21 meeting MILTON, Ga. – The Milton Public Works Department and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) are planning to widen Ga. 9 from Windward Parkway to

Green: Continued from Page 1 their plan from several public hearings. The plan includes a green stretching from City Hall to Ga. 9. It would have a water feature on one end. To the north of the green would be the Faces of War Memorial, moved from its present location between City Hall and Ga. 9. There would also be an

the Forsyth County line. This includes Bethany Bend intersection improvements, and an open house will be held May 21 to gather feedback on the proposed concepts. This public information open house will be held in the City Council chambers of Milton City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway. The open house will last from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be no formal presentation. “The meeting will allow the public to

outdoor amphitheater. To the south would be a building to house public meeting space and light food, such as ice cream or snacks. All told, DDA Chairperson Monica Hagewood said the project would cost about $6.4 million. That money would come from the city, the DDA and from grants or private investment. Hagewood said private money can follow public investment in a large way, saying for every $1 in public money

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view the proposed project, ask questions and comment on the proposals,” said Sara Leaders, transportation engineer for the city of Milton. “We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to let us know your view of the concepts.” For more information, contact Leaders at 678-242-2559 or sara.leaders@cityofmiltonga.us, or visit Milton’s intersection improvements the city website.

We believe it will attract a lot of retail and other uses along the Ga. 9 corridor. There are phenomenal opportunities.” Monica Hagewood Downtown Development Authority Chairperson

spent, $17 in private money will follow. “We believe it will attract a lot of retail and other uses along the Ga. 9 corridor,” Hagewood said. “There are phenomenal opportunities.” A case in point is Canton Street. The city invested just over $1 million to put down bricks instead of cement sidewalks and installed lampposts. While some in the community then opposed the idea, in the end, Canton Street was revitalized and became the restaurant and art hub it is today. By reintroducing City Hall with downtown Roswell, the same could be done for the

areas around Canton Street. “By building this green, we are bringing a $14 million investment to the city,” Hagewood said. Eager to hear the plans, residents filled the council chambers. While most residents who spoke were in favor of the plans, many did voice concerns about removing the trees that currently line the street as well as worries about moving the Faces of War Memorial, a focal point of many events in the city. More discussion on the town green will be at the May 28 City Council meeting work session.


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No staff raises in school budget One-time ‘bonus’ payment instead of pay increase By CANDY WAYLOCK candy@northfulton.com FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – Facing an improving but still uncertain economic outlook, the Fulton County Board of Education has opted to provide staff a one-time 3 percent bonus instead of a 2.5 percent pay increase for the 20142015 school year. Members of the school board and system leaders had expressed concern about dipping into reserve funds to balance the budget for next year, especially for permanent expenses such as

pay increases. “Until economic conditions show greater improvement, an ongoing expense like a recurring pay raise is not viable,” said Fulton Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa. “A one-time payment allows us to reward employees for their hard work and commitment while still staying mindful to our district’s overall long-term financial health.” The discussions were held during the board’s April 29 retreat, and voted in during the May 15 board meeting as part of the tentative budget. The final

budget will be adopted in June when the tax revenue numbers are finalized from the Fulton County Tax Assessor’s Office. Avossa said employee compensation remains a top priority for his administration, but also is the primary budget expense. A 2.5 percent raise would add more than $14 million annually to the budget. This year, the state provided additional funds to schools for staff compensation, which Fulton is passing on through the bonuses. This is the third consecutive year that Fulton staff has received a onetime bonus in lieu of pay increases. The last raise for staff came in 2009. The tentative budget for the 2015

fiscal year includes revenues of $836 million against expenditures of $878 million. The $42 million shortfall will be taken from system reserves for one-time expenses. The fund balance will still contain $142 million at the end of the fiscal year; well within the system goal of 1.5 percent of operating expenses. Other highlights of next year’s budget include: Adding one day to the school year (from 177 instructional days to 178 days). Increasing the per pupil expenditure to $200 per student. Hiring additional teachers to account for growth.

Area grads receive National Merit Corporate, Achievement scholarships NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The National Merit Scholarship Corp. recently announced local students who are recipients of prestigious honors as part of its 2014 awards program. Local high school graduates received corporate scholarships designated to students with career plans the sponsor wishes to encourage, for children of their employees or for residents of a community where a company has operations. Approximately 1,000 students nationwide qualified for this prestigious award. In addition, five local seniors were named winners in the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition for African-American high school students. Each has won a $2,500 cash prize or an equivalent scholarship.

2014 National Merit Corporate-Sponsored Scholarships • Chattahoochee – Siddharth R. Duddikunta, Suryabrata Dutta, Sunidhi Ramesh, Joy C. Xu, William Z. Yang • Centennial – Dorothy A. Cannella • Johns Creek – Gordon Y. Li, Shohini Rakhit • Milton – Naganavya S. Ravoori • North Springs Charter – Adam G. Berger, Jacob A. Busby, Daniel M. Muehring • Northview – Samar Abdelmageed, Rohan K. Doshi 2014 National Achievement Scholarships • Centennial – Evan S. Johnson • Chattahoochee – Lorin J. Crear • Johns Creek – Peyton B. Smith • Milton – Arianna M. Brown, Brenna C. Fromayan

Roswell UMC Offers VBS, music/drama day camp ROSWELL, Ga. – Children will grab a hammer, find a paintbrush and put on their creative thinking caps for the “Workshop of Wonders” Vacation Bible School at Roswell United Methodist Church June 16-19. It is planned to be four days of fun, learning, excitement and growth. Later in the summer, RUMC will offer a music and drama camp ($10). Rising first through sixth graders will put the musical

together in one week – July 7-11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – and enjoy plenty of singing, drama, playing instruments, recreational games and a water day at local Roswell park. The camp will share the musical with the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, July 13. Registration is under way for both activities. Go to rumc.com/summercamps for registration details.


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CITY OF ALPHARETTA PUBLIC NOTICE Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

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Notice is hereby given that public hearings shall be held before the Mayor and Council of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia on June 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., June 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., and June 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. regarding the adoption of the budget for fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) and to set the millage rate. The public hearings will take place at City Hall, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, in City Council chambers. The proposed budget is available on the City’s website, www.alpharetta.ga.us, as well as in the Department of Finance (2970 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta) and at City Hall (2 South Main Street) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday) and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Friday). These public hearings are in accordance with O.C.G.A. 36-81-5. All citizens of Alpharetta are invited to attend and comment will be heard. Robert J. Regus City Administrator

David Belle Isle Mayor

Alpharetta seeks wildlife habitat status ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) is seeking to have Alpharetta certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. The effort, called “Alpharetta’s Wild Side,” was recently approved by the Alpharetta City Council. “This prestigious certification calls for a communitywide effort to use native plants to create habitats for birds, insects and other animals,” explained Howard Salk, an ANRC member who will lead the certification effort. To become certified, at least 200 homes, six common areas

and five schools will need to participate and become certified wildlife habitats. “Because certification requires workshops and community projects, Alpharetta’s Wild Side will need residents of all ages to join the project team that will coordinate the certification effort,” said Salk. The cities of Johns Creek, Roswell and Milton have all attained this status. Anyone interested in joining the team should contact

alpharettaswildside@gmail. com and attend an organiza-

tional meeting on May 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Alpharetta Public Works Department. The facility is located at 1790 Hembree Road.

Youth Fishing Derby June 7 ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Registration is underway for the Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department’s 2014 Youth Fishing Derby. The event is for children ages 4 to 12 (accom-

panied by an adult) and will be held on Saturday, June 7. The event will be held at the lake in the Brookside Office Park located off of Old Milton Parkway. Participant check-in begins on-site at 7:45 a.m., and the derby runs from 8 to 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the event for the most fish caught and the longest fish. Participants must be present to win a prize. Participants must provide fishing gear and bait (like worms and crickets). Participants are also encouraged to bring chairs, sunscreen, bug spray and water. This is a “catch and release” program. The pond will be stocked with catfish. Pre-registration is required for this free event. Register online at www.alpharetta. ga.us (click on “Activity Registration”) or register in person at any recreation facility while space is available. There will be no on-site registration the day of the fishing derby.

CITY OF ALPHARETTA 2014 TAX DIGEST AND LEVY NOTICE The City of Alpharetta does hereby announce that the 2014 millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held at City Hall, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia on June 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and pursuant to the requirements of O.C.G.A. Section 48-5-32 does hereby publish the following presentation of the current year’s tax digest and levy, along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past five years. CURRENT 2014 TAX DIGEST AND FIVE YEAR HISTORY OF LEVY 2009 Real & Personal

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014*

4,772,795,329

4,600,983,058

4,504,603,238

4,458,573,581

4,386,199,801

4,430,061,799

Motor Vehicles

212,426,680

193,069,470

198,495,280

201,312,700

218,557,340

220,742,913

Mobile Homes

13,560

12,640

10,776

10,760

10,760

10,868

Heavy Duty Equipment

16,008

73,282

18,532

-

-

-

4,985,251,577

4,794,138,450

4,703,127,826

4,659,897,041

4,604,767,901

4,650,815,580

122,162,448

113,313,028

106,705,655

105,643,632

105,136,401

105,136,401

4,863,089,129

4,680,825,422

4,596,422,171

4,554,253,409

4,499,631,500

4,545,679,179

Gross Digest Less Bond Exemptions Net Bond Digest Less M&O Exemptions

486,085,608

546,730,438

587,122,135

581,361,672

571,674,041

571,674,041

4,499,165,969

4,247,408,012

4,116,005,691

4,078,535,369

4,033,093,860

4,079,141,539

Gross Millage

8.202

8.233

8.425

8.622

8.758

8.778

Bond Millage

1.535

1.535

1.535

0.930

0.880

0.800

Less L.O.S.T. Rollback

2.452

2.483

2.675

2.872

3.008

3.028

Net M&O Millage

4.215

4.215

4.215

4.820

4.870

4.950

Net M&O Digest

Net Bond and M&O Taxes Levied

$

26,428,826

$

25,087,892 $

24,404,472 $

23,893,996 $

23,600,843 $

23,828,294

Net Bond Taxes Levied

$

7,464,842

$

7,185,067 $

7,055,508 $

4,235,456 $

3,959,676 $

3,636,543

Net M&O Taxes Levied

$

18,963,985

$

17,902,825

$

17,348,964 $

19,658,540 $

19,641,167 $

20,191,751

Net Taxes $ Increase/(Decrease)

$

49,413

$

(1,340,935)

$

(683,420) $

(510,476) $

(293,153) $

227.451

-2.72%

-2.09%

-1.23%

Net Taxes % Increase/Decrease

0.19%

-5.07%

0.96%

* Estimated Digest for Tax Year 2014 Robert J. Regus City Administrator

David Belle Isle Mayor


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Roswell remembers its veterans Memorial Day ceremony May 26 ROSWELL, Ga. – The largest Memorial Day ceremony in Georgia will once again be held in Roswell. In 1997, 12 patriotic individuals came together to create a truly unique Memorial Day event, a non-political, noncommercial ceremony honoring veterans and the sacrifices they made in protecting our freedom. That first ceremony attracted approximately 1,800 individuals. From that humble beginning came the Roswell Memorial Day ceremony, an event that attracts approximately 6,000-7,000 people from throughout Georgia and the Southeast. This year’s keynote speaker is Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, the founder and executive director of the Doolittle Foundation, an organization dedicated to making U.S. military history available to students. She is involved in developing lesson plans for teachers in public, private and home school settings and in setting up programs that link veterans with local schools. Her lectures are

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Firefighters ‘FIRED’ Up for reading By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com

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The Roswell Memorial Committee, part of the Roswell Rotary Club, is responsible for putting together the event every year. This year, the event will feature keynote speaker Jonna Doolittle Hoppes. focused on encouraging veterans to record their individual histories. Doolittle Hoppes is the author of two books. “Calculated risk: The extraordinary life of Jimmy Doolittle” is a memoir of her famous grandfather, aviator Jimmy Doolittle, and his equally extraordinary wife, Joe. Her second book, “Just doing my job” is a collection of biographical stories from World War II. Held each year at the Faces of War Memorial behind Roswell City Hall, the lawn will be packed with crowds as well as entertainment and educational museum pieces.

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What: Roswell Remembers, Memorial Day ceremony What: 10 a.m. May 26 Roswell City Hall Where: 38 Hill Street, Roswell, Ga 30075 More Info: www. roswellmemorialday.com The event begins at 10 a.m. with the program beginning at 11. The event lasts all day and is free to attend. For more information, visit www. roswellmemorialday.com. —Jonathan Copsey

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Alpharetta firefighters have teamed up with our Alpharetta Elementary School in an effort to inspire students to develop good reading habits and to learn to enjoy reading every day. Together they have created “FIRED,” Firefighters Inspiring Reading Every Day. As part of this program, firefighters will read age appropriate books to a class of students. The students would then read back to the firefighters. Because of this program and with the help of inspiring teachers, the overall reading scores for students participating in the FIRED Up program have improved tremendously. As a reward for their success, State Senator John Albers came to the class May 9 and read two books involving fire engine characters to the class. He brought two books from his own childhood collection Albers is also

Alpharetta firefighters visited school children at Alpharetta Elementary School. a volunteer firefighter. After the reading period, students that achieved the reading goal were given certificates of achievement by firefighters. From the names of all participating students, one name was drawn for a very special prize – the winner gets to ride to school in a fire engine. Student Abigail Laderoute won the prize. “The fire truck picked [Lauderoute] up from the residence and took them to school,” said Alpharetta Fire Services Division Chief Wes McCall.

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Veteran Jack Simpson tells the members of the Roswell Rotary Club his impressions of the Honor Air trip last month and thanked them.

Veterans give thanks for Honor Air Rotary program flew 60 to Washington, D.C. By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com ROSWELL, Ga. – For the sixth year, Roswell Rotary Club held “Honor Air” April 2, where 60 veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam were flown to Washington, D.C. to see the war memorials and Arlington Cemetery. At the weekly Roswell Rotary meeting May 15, the military men and women who went on the trip had a chance to talk about what happened and thank the Rotarians. “It never ceases to amaze me, the gratitude these men and women give back to the club,” said Gene Beckham, one of the organizers of the event. “But I have to say, ‘Guys, it’s about you. This is us saying thank you.’” Beckham said the trip was a large undertaking, with 150 people involved, plus members of the Roswell police and fire departments who provided an escort and farewell, respectively. Each year, Honor Air flies veterans to the capital for free, spending a day touring the monuments. Each step along the way, senators, officials and wellwishers stop the group to

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State Sen. John Albers (R-56) said those who fought in the Second World War “literally saved the world.” thank them for their service and contribution to the country. “They are the greatest generation who literally saved the world,” said Sen. John Albers (R-56). “I hope you continue to do this Honor Air flight for years to come,” said Jim Henson, a veteran, as he thanked the club. “There were 296 students who graduated from Tech High School [an all-boys’ school in Atlanta]. Of those, 292 volunteered the day they graduated high school,” said Henson. “Can you imagine that happening now?” One Korean War veteran thanked the Rotary Club, say-

ing the recognition given him during the trip was the only recognition he has ever received for serving his country. “It was a very special occasion to go to Washington,” said veteran Hank Sturgess. Len Seal was only 17 when he volunteered for the military for WWII, ending up at the Charleston Navy Yard Hospital, where he served as a staff corpsman in the surgery ward. “The experience I had there, it gives me a lot of pleasure to think of all the people I helped,” Seal said. “Thank God for the Roswell Rotary.” For more on the Honor Air program and Roswell Rotary, visit www.roswellrotary.com.


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Milton Saddle Club to reignite local rodeo Popular Western rodeo to return to Milton By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com MILTON, Ga. – Horses are a way of life in Milton. It seems on nearly every road there are horse farms and barns, with equines grazing in the fields or riders galloping in riding rings. For many years, the Alpharetta Rodeo was a perfect place to host some of the talents of the region’s best Western riders at the Wills Park Equestrian Center. Over 15,000 riders took part in it. In 2005, in its 20th year, the rodeo closed its doors. Now the Milton Saddle Club and its president Kathy Cobb want to bring it back. “It was a huge deal,” Cobb said of the rodeo. Team ropers, calf ropers, bull riders, pole benders and all manner of riders took part in the rodeo every year, paying homage to the Wild West and Western riding. There was even a rodeo pageant, for girls to show off not only style, but riding skills. “It is the cowboy way of riding,” Cobb said. Despite focusing on Western riding – as opposed to the more common English riding style – Cobb said she and the

Milton Saddle Club want to welcome all styles of riders. “We want to unite equine of all disciplines at the Milton Saddle Club,” she said. “Everybody is welcome. The important thing is a love of horses. We want to celebrate riding.” Calling herself the “Queen of Western riding,” Cobb has trained horses and their riders for 27 years. She started the North Fulton 4H horse club in 1993 and was training riders in the Milton area not only before Milton, but before other horse farms. “Nobody else did horse camps in those days,” she said. She has the pedigree and the goal, now Cobb simply needs to make it happen. Forgoing the arenas of Wills Park, Cobb instead wants to have the rodeo at Shannondale Farms, in Milton. “They have agreed to host it, but we still need to raise money to hold the rodeo,” Cobb said. Specifically, she said the Saddle Club needs to raise $30,000 by the spring of next year. “There is a very strong and vibrant horse community in Alpharetta and Milton,” she said. Milton Saddle Club is put-

Kathy Cobb and her horse Lucy ride at the last Alpharetta Rodeo in 2005. She is trying to resurrect the rodeo in Milton, but needs funds to do so. ting together an inaugural trail ride in June. The exact date is to be determined. Contact Cobb or Roger Brown of Brownwood Farms at 770-369-2733. For more on Cobb and the Milton Saddle Club, call 770-

Kathy Cobb and the Alpharetta Equestrian Center will host summer riding camps, events and clinics. For more information, visit “Alpharettaequestriancenter” on Facebook or call Cobb at 770-369-2733. Camps start at $25 a day. 369-2733 or visit the Milton

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Heather Wagner, in blue, of the Lionheart School dances with a resident of Dogwood Forest as part of the senior prom.

Elderly, young, hold ‘senior prom’ Lionheart students wanted to dance By JONATHAN COPSEY

jonathan@northfulton.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The residents of Dogwood Forest Senior Living on Main Street in Alpharetta had a ball May 15, when students from the Lionheart School took them to the prom. Calling it a “senior� prom, a half-dozen students danced the afternoon away with their

elderly friends to songs of a bygone era. “The young folks may not know some of the songs we are singing,� said Ferrell White, who, along with his wife Lois performed old-timey music. Heather Wagner, vocational teacher with Lionheart, said the students often spend time with the residents of Dogwood Forest, playing games or just talking with

them. The school also brings in puppies that are destined to be therapy dogs in order to socialize them. “We have a fantastic friendship with the residents and staff of the [Dogwood Forest] community,� said Wagner. “The residents get joy, energy and friendship from the students, and the students get incredible social interactions with the intergenerational relationships. “The students wanted a dance,� she said. “This is special.�

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Butterflies return to Nature Center ‘Flying Colors Butterfly Festival’ June 7, 8 ROSWELL, Ga. – The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival will delight everyone the weekend of June 7 and 8 as the air at the Chattahoochee Nature Center fills with the beating wings of hundreds of butterflies. Join CNC for this dance of the butterflies to celebrate all things fluttery. The popularity of the expanded “Butterfly Encounter” tented exhibit will again provide visitors an up close experience and a way to hand-feed more than 250 freeflying butterflies.  This is the perfect place to get expert advice about the best pollinator and host plants to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators in residential gardens.  Hundreds of butterflies will be released throughout the weekend – at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Witness nature’s marvelous pollinators and enjoy the

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What: Flying Colors Butterfly Festival When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7; noon to 5 p.m. June 8 Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Cost: $8 – $12 Info: www. chattnaturecenter.com show as butterflies land on people and flowers at each release. Live music by Cedar Hill Blue Grass Band, entomology exhibits, arts and crafts, fairy houses, films and face painting provide festival fun for the entire family. Kids are invited to dress in butterfly costumes to march in the butterfly parades at the conclusion of the event each day. Guests are asked to carpool; a free shuttle bus service is provided. Additional parking is available at the St. Francis School on Willeo Road just south of Highway 120. Contact 770-992-2055, ext. 236, or visit www.chattnaturecenter. org. —Jonathan Copsey

The annual Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Flying Colors Butterfly Festival will be June 7 and 8.

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Irish pubs book wins award Named ‘Next Generation Indie Book’ ATLANTA – “Irish Pubs in America: History, Lore and Recipes,” by Robert Meyers with Ron Wallace, was recently named the winner in the Coffee Table Book/Photography category of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards recognize authors and publishers of exceptional independently published books. “Indies” include larger independent publishers, small presses, university presses and e-book publishers. Deeds Publishing, publisher of Meyers’ book, is a full-service publisher in Atlanta, founded in 2005. “‘Irish Pubs in America’ pays tribute to the many achievements and contributions the Irish have made to the United States,” Meyers said. “The book uses the Irish pub as the vehicle to tell that magnificent story.” “There is a magic about Irish pubs that transcends national boundaries and cultures,” Wallace said. “Irish pubs take root everywhere in the world, providing warmth

and camaraderie like no other institution.” Meyers served in the U.S. Diplomatic Service in Europe and Latin America and as special assistant to the White House staff director under President Jimmy Carter. He was vice president of corporate communications for Allied-Signal (now Honeywell) and Scientific-Atlanta (now Cisco). He authored “Bygone Treasures and Timeless Beauties: Barns of Old Milton County,” a coffee table book that profiles 50 historic barns in Georgia. The book was a finalist in the 2012 Indie awards. Wallace, former president of UPS International, has worked in law enforcement for 11 years since retirement. He owns two Irish pubs named Olde Blind Dog north of Atlanta. He is a director on five boards and two foundations. He has been named Citizen of the Year twice. He is the author of “Power of the Campaign Pyramid,” a book about political campaign management.

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The Roswell Soccer Club is seeking a few good players for tryouts May 27, 28 and 30. In front, from left, are team members Sebastian Griffith, Griffin Ramsey, Shayahn Murfendereski, Jack Sawyer, Jimmy Strent, Joshua Kornetzke, Cole Lunger, Tim Mattioli and C.J. Ryan. In back are coach Nicholas Luscre, Justin Turner, Danny Travers, Josiah Blanton, Carter Horvath, Joseph Crisanti, Matthew Gutierrez, Robbie Vrolijk, Luc Racheneur and coach Allan Davie.

Roswell Soccer Club tryouts begin May 27 ROSWELL, Ga. – According to FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), more than 265 million people are actively playing soccer around the world. This summer, the FIFA World Cup will be held in Brazil. It is the world’s most widely viewed sporting event; an estimated 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany, and the 2010 event in South Africa was broadcast to 204 countries on 245 dif-

ferent channels. At a more local level, just last month it was announced that Atlanta is going to be getting its own major league soccer franchise. Soccer is by far the world’s No. 1 sport. It is fast paced and requires tremendous speed, strength, stamina, agility and teamwork to play it well. However, you don’t have to travel to Brazil or wait for the arrival of Atlanta’s MLS team to experience this sport.

North Fulton has great soccer being played right here in its own backyard – the Roswell Soccer Club (RSC) has a terrific soccer program for boys and girls ages 2-18. In particular, the U12 boys’ Academy top team went undefeated during this past regular season and intends to continue to improve as they move up to U13 Select. In the age of the mega club, RSC has managed to maintain a small club atmosphere.

Every player gets hands-on training from professional coaches and the opportunity to play and contribute to the team. Boys under the age of 13 as of July 31, who want to take their game to the next level while building a winning program, can try out May 27, 28 and 30 for the Roswell U13 Select team. Need-based scholarships are available for those who qualify. Register at the Roswell Santos website at www. roswellsoccerclub.com.

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Sip Restaurant concept opens at Collection Award-winning chef to lead new location By ALDO NAHED aldo@northfulton.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The concept is unique – order from over 50 wines and sip them by the ounce, half glass, full glass or bottle. Sip Wine and Tapas Bar, the unique Milton wine bar/ restaurant has opened a second location. On May 14, Sip Wine and Tapas opened at the Collection at Forsyth shopping center, 440 Peachtree Parkway in Cumming. Owner Foster Smith, a New Orleans transplant, said he and his family really enjoy the community in Forsyth and had been eyeing a new location for a while. Called Sip at the Collection at Forsyth, the elegant and rustic setting with both indoor and outdoor dining will host company events, weddings and of course, a dining experience. “Everyone loves the quality of food,” Smith said. “It’s not an afterthought. It’s primary to the business. And, the

automated wine machines, which allow you to taste just a sip (one ounce) or more.” The 120-seat dining area features a large exposed brick wall and copper-topped bar. The lounge is an intimate clustered seating area with chandeliers, wood paneling and hand-painted walls. There is also ample outdoor seating under a pergola that sits 30 now, but will double in the coming months, Smith said. The Forsyth location offers a unique self-serve wine set up that enhances the Milton location. Smith said there will be a “symbiosis” between the two, as “one will feed off the other.” Guests may buy a gift card in any denomination to use the entertaining system. Insert a Sip gift card into the wine machine and the wine is dispensed – immediately. The wine case stores 64 wines – 24 whites and 40 reds, Smith said. Guests can choose a one-, three- or six-ounce pour of each wine. “It’s a really fun way to try out wines,” Smith said. Weekly wine tastings, plus multi-course wine pairing events will feature excit-

Blackened Ahi Tuna with Asian pear, chick pea salad and blood orange gastrique. cuisine. Chef Greg DeMichiel, one of the featured chefs on the premier season of the Food Network’s “Cut Throat Kitchen,” will take the reins for the Cumming location. “I thoroughly enjoy the challenge and creativity required to craft an entire menu with unique ingredients that are exclusive to typically only one dish,” DeMichiel said. The menu includes 28 items, and that doesn’t include dessert. Sip Wine and Tapas Bar has also set its eyes on opening locations in Baltimore, Maryland and Arlington, Virginia. Visit www.sipwineshop.com for more information.

Award-winning Chef Greg DeMichiel will lead the new Sip location. ing wineries and engage new customers in the Cumming location, Smith said. This self-serve wine set up is also accommodating for special events as it allows the host to offer each guest a finite amount to spend with the use of a personalized gift card, he said. Sip’s food is called tapas, quite literally “tops.” This food style began in the Jerez region of Spain, which is also the birthplace of sherry. Patrons would place their “bar food” plates on top of their glasses to keep the flies out of the sweet

sherry. The small plates of food became known as tapas. Sip Wine and Tapas will serve brunch, lunch and dinner seven days a week. A few of their unique dinner tapas menu items are Buratta in a Jar with creamy mozzarella, fig jam and crostini, Grilled Shrimp and Grits with white cheddar, tasso cream and mill grits and Blackened Ahi Tuna with Asian pear, chick pea salad and blood orange gastrique. Sip uses seasonal ingredients to prepare their “global”

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Why women are losing race to top Carter’s Janet Sherlock explains how women can seize control of career By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – For the 300-plus women at the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Women in Business luncheon, it was a one-hour tutorial on what women must do to take charge of their careers. The May 7 luncheon at the Atlanta Athletic Club heard Janet Sherlock, chief information officer and a senior vice president at Carter’s, the market leader for purveying children’s clothes and accessories, explain how she more or less stumbled upon the important lessons that led her to become one of the top national executives. She did not have many female mentors along the way, because the higher she rose, the fewer women she found in the rarified air of the corporate boardroom. Her career has been mostly in supply chain management, including a 10-year stint at Mobil Oil. “I had a degree in supply management, and a job opened up at Mobil for me. Very quickly, I inherited 1,000 gas-convenience stores after a merger,” Sherlock said. “When my boss was leaving, he was part of the recruiting team,” she said. “When he asked me if I would be applying for the position, I told him

ficient leadership and stymied competitiveness, and is losing the “war” in leadership. If half the population opts out of the talent pool in their 30s, what is the cause? Sherlock said women do a poor job in important areas that can be summed up as selling oneself. Women have to know what skills they need and how to acquire those skills. That is just the start. They have to then be able to demonstrate those skills. Then, they must develop a “career brand,” in which they demonstrate a willingness to pursue ever higher jobs. Most posts do not seek out leaders, and applicants must pursue the job. “A career is not a ladder. It is more like a jungle gym. You have to articulate yourself and your skills,” she said. In other words, it is not enough to be good at what you do. People have to know you’re good. Sherlock has advice that crosses gender lines in career planning: You don’t necessarily need a “career path.” Rather, continually take inventory on what drives career satisfaction. Get exposure to different roles, careers and experiences. The path will become more evident. And choose your own path. “Own it,” she said. “It’s not the boss’s decision.” The biggest stumbling block for women in business is confidence. They worry if they won’t be liked if they are assertive. Also, studies show

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Topgolf Alpharetta opens doors, fairways New entertainment center along Ga. 400 By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – After much hype, the new golfing entertainment venue Topgolf opened May 20 to excited golfers. Employing about 450 people, the 60,000-square-foot location sits on 12 acres alongside Westside Parkway and boasts 102 golfing bays that allow golfers to hit balls into a large open field filled with multi-colored rings. Each special golf ball has a microchip inside that tracks it and scores the player, turning the game of golf into more of a game and making it open to more casual golfers. “We introduce more people to the game of golf than any other entity,” said Brian Harper, Topgolf’s director of sales.

Topgolf opened May 20. It aims to be an entertainment center for all golfers – both casual and professional.

The Alpharetta location is the company’s first foray into the Southeast. They have other locations throughout the country. “It’s going to be an amazing summer at Topgolf,” said Topgolf Alpharetta Director of Operations Bob Dodson. “We will be hosting golf tournaments, daytime clinics for kids, Monday evening leagues, themed costume parties and live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night on

our rooftop terrace. Even if you don’t play golf, there will be no shortage of things to do at Topgolf.” Topgolf estimates that it will serve 450,000 visitors in Alpharetta in its first year of operation, with a 10-year economic output in excess of $264 million. Topgolf Alpharetta is located at 10900 Westside Parkway off Ga. 400 in Alpharetta. For more information, visit www. topgolf.com/alpharetta.    

Energy-efficient houses find home in Roswell Weatherford Place near historic downtown By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell is home to many things, and now it is home to some of the only Platinum LEED-certified homes in the state. Weatherford Place, off Minhinette Drive close to historic Roswell, is a cluster of eight homes built by developer Cadmus Construction. Each home is constructed to the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, which includes energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact. The benefits of a LEED

house are plenty, said Matthew Anthony, with Southface, an Atlanta-based company that advises on sustainable practices for both commercial and residential projects. “It’s a huge benefit,” Anthony said. “Using locally produced products helps the local economy. Energy efficiency and water conservation helps reduce the need on our national infrastructure for energy.” Each home is equipped with a 1,500-gallon water cistern for collecting and storing water for use around the home and property. The roads are made of a pervious material that allows rain water to seep into the cisterns as well, further reducing the need for water by up to 70 percent, said Denise Donahue, with Cadmus Construction. “Water is our most trea-

sured, although not well respected, and fought-over resource, especially here in our tri-state region, and along with energy, our biggest supply and demand challenge,” Donahue said. Solar energy and geothermal energy are also used to help lower, or in some cases eliminate utility fees. The homes of Weatherford Place also incorporated materials from the old homestead that once sat on the land, reducing the amount of materials needed in the construction, a key aspect of attaining the LEED Platinum status. “These homes show you can be LEED certified and still compete with conventional home costs,” Anthony said. “This helps push the market.” For more on Weatherford Place, its homes and the LEED

The homes of Weatherford Place, in Roswell, are some of the first homes to be certified LEED Platinum in the state. They are built to keep energy and water consumption at a minimum. value, visit www.weatherford-

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Mei Hair Salon opens in Roswell ROSWELL, Ga. — On Valentine’s Day, Mei Wu opened her own salon. Mei Hair Salon, 880 Marietta Highway, Suite 620 in Roswell, specializes in highlights, cut and color. Wu has 15 years of salon experience in Buckhead, Cumming and Alpharetta. Call 770-645-8458 for more information.

Ace Hardware holds ribbon cutting in Crabapple ROSWELL, Ga. — Herb and Gwen Valazquez recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony as they officially opened a new Ace Hardware in the Silos area of Crabapple. Roswell Mayor Jere Wood was present at the grand opening. While leading the dignitaries toward the big scissors, Herb Valazquez was selling hanging pots full of plants, a couple of bags of dirt and turning off the grill filled with sausage for the gathering. The Ace Hardware is located at 12350 B-1 Arnold Mill Road. It is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 470-268-7862.

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New heart disease test offered in Suwanee SUWANEE, Ga. — When a patient complains about

BusinessBriefs chest discomfort, primary care doctors face the difficult task of determining if a serious condition like coronary artery disease (CAD) is to blame, or if it is a less serious condition like indigestion that can easily be treated with over-thecounter medications or a change in diet. Studies have shown that only 10 percent of patients who visit Herman their primary care doctor with chest pain have a cardiac cause for their symptoms. It’s a challenge that Dr. Lee Herman of Johns Creek Primary Care in Suwanee faces on a regular basis. “As a doctor, you’re really stuck between a rock and a hard place,” said Herman. “If you don’t take the patient’s symptoms seriously, you could be missing a very dangerous heart condition. On the other hand, if you’re too aggressive, you might end up sending someone who has a simple case of heartburn to get a cardiovascular test that involves radiation exposure.” There is now a new option to safely and accurately help primary care doctors and cardiologists determine whether or not a patient’s symptoms are due to obstructive CAD. It’s a convenient blood test called Corus CAD. Herman and his staff have been conducting research examining Corus CAD’s ability to help doctors make decisions about which patients need to be sent to a cardiologist for testing and which patients are at low risk for obstructive CAD. Corus CAD helped doctors change their clinical decisions for 58 percent of patients. To learn more about Corus CAD, visit www. CardioDx.com.

Family dentistry moves, gives free services May 31 ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Advanced Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, the office of Dr. Brett S. Silverman, announced the opening of their new office at 4205 North Point Parkway, Building D in Alpharetta. The dental practice restores and enhances the natural beauty of smiles using conservative, state-ofthe-art procedures, the company Silverman said in a news release. Advanced Cosmetic and Family Dentistry along with the Dentistry from the Heart organization will give a day of free dentistry to those in need. This event is on Saturday, May 31, on a firstcome, first-served basis. The staff will perform extractions, fillings and cleanings. Visit www.acfdga.com or call 678-389-9000 for more information.

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From left: Eddie Vides, Johns Creek branch manager, Vonda Malbrough, NFCC director, and Maria Peifer, Delta Community business development representative.

Delta Community donates to NFCC JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Delta Community’s Johns Creek branch presented North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) with a $1,000 check on April 23. The grant will help fund the purchase of new manuals for students taking the GED test. NFCC’s mission is to build self-sufficiency and prevent homelessness and hunger in the community by providing emergency assistance and enrichment programs. NFCC is the major provider of assistance for low-income families in North Fulton, providing a food pantry, thrift shop, emergency financial assistance and a new family enrichment program education center.

NAIFA-North Metro awarded for excellence ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-North Metro Association received the coveted 2013 Jack E. BOBO Award of Excellence, presented by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). The award recognizes associations in the NAIFA federation that Espey excel in areas critical to their success and growth over a one-year period. Those areas are professional development, advocacy, membership and governance. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the national association for the work we’ve done to be successful during our past year,” said Randal Espey, president of NAIFA-North Metro. “Our goal is to provide insurance agents and financial advisors who are members with the tools they need to better serve their clients.” NAIFA-North Metro meets at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Alpharetta on the second Thursday of each month except for June and July. For additional information, visit www.naifanorthmetro.com.

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Take some time off — it’s good for you Top 5 buyer turn-ons Are you planning on taking a well-deserved vacation this summer? Have you got everything arranged so that while you’re away your small business will operate effectively, even if you’re not there? Taking some time off to recharge your batteries is not only a good idea, but also a smart idea. Most small business owners typically work a seven-day week. While they may not be working every hour, they most likely are thinking about their small business. What is planned for next week, how to get the next customer, hiring decisions and hundreds of other things, day-after-day, week-afterweek and month-after-month, this can all add up.

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While taking some time off may be counter-intuitive thinking for a small business owner who works 24/7, it’s a necessity to avoid burnout, stress and health issues. Most small business owners will tell you that if they are on vacation, they can’t stop thinking about their business. That’s OK. Some of the best new business ideas have been formulated from a beach

chair or during a round of golf. Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t do some valuable things for your business. Taking some time off doesn’t have to be a lavish two-week vacation. It could be just a bunch of three- or four-day weekends. While most people think of vacations as traveling somewhere, you actually can take time off without leaving your home. As a hard working small business owner, there is no better time than the upcoming summer months to take some time off. You may just come up with a great idea while having an umbrella drink on the beach that skyrockets your sales.

and turn-offs We’ve seen great improvement in our housing market over the past two years. Right now, we have rising asking prices, higher sales prices and low inventory. That’s everything you would expect to see in a recovering/improving market – except for the number of transactions. The number of April home sales in North Fulton and Forsyth County are down approximately 15 percent over last year. With sellers asking top dollar, buyers are looking for updates, features and condition to all be there or they simply keep looking. Here are the top turn-ons and turn-offs our team is seeing out there today: Turn-Ons Manicured landscaping (curb

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appeal) Hardwood floors Open floor plan (lots of light) Updated kitchen Updated master bath Turn-Offs Small back yards Dated kitchens and baths (brass fixtures) Wallpaper Road noise Small bedrooms

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Animal hospital opens in Alpharetta Business: North Main Animal Hospital Opened: February Owner: Dr. Chad Bishop What: A full-service animal hospital. We offer dental cleanings, digital dental radiology, in-house diagnostics and digital radiology, vaccines, boarding, baths and nail trims, flea and tick control products, heartworm prevention, shampoos, supplements, medications and several lines of prescription pet foods. At an early age, Dr. Bishop developed a deep bond with animals on the farm where he grew up. He decided to become a veterinar-

Community of beauty salons opens in Alpharetta Business: Salon Lofts Opened: January Owner: Daniel Sadd What: Salon Lofts is a community of experienced beauty professionals who enjoy all the benefits of owning a salon without the risks. Salon Lofts offers individual suites where professional hairstylists, massage therapists, skin care and nail specialists run their own unique beauty salons. Customers can book online with their

favorite stylist or choose from a variety of professionals that are available to service their needs. This business is a company based out of Columbus, Ohio with more than 50 locations nationwide and two stores currently in Dunwoody and Alpharetta. Where: 970 Northpoint Drive in Alpharetta Hours: Differs per individual stylist Phone: 404-673-2477 Email: meyler@salonloftscorp.com Website: www.salonlofts.com

ian and open his own practice in order to work with people to educate them on the best preventatives and practices to extend the life of their pet. Dr. Bishop encourages all clients to be proactive when it comes to the health of their furry family members. Where: 562 North Main St., Alpharetta Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call: 770-664-9111 Email: northmainanimalhospital@ gmail.com Web: Alpharetta-vet.com Facebook: on.fb.me/1la9UYD

Snappy Kitchens opens in Alpharetta Business: Snappy Kitchens Opened: April Owner: Mary Jo Altou What: Snappy Kitchens is a renovation company that allows customers to give their kitchen an efficient and affordable facelift. The process begins online with the Snappy Wizard, which allows clients to dream and design the components of their project complete with a working estimate.

From there, clients connect with a live professional designer to determine the best plan of action for the transformation. Where: 2612 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 110 in Alpharetta Hours: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday by appointment Call: 470-268-7787, 404-775-0982 Web: www.snappykitchens.com


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LOCAL LIVE MUSIC » ANGELA REIGN - A BENEFIT CONCERT TO SALUTE OUR TROOPS

Come out to the Red Clay Theater for a Benefit Concert by Angela Reign to provide support to our soldiers and their families who support them with financial assistance with food, rent, utilities and medical expenses. 8 – 9:30 p.m. May 22. 3116 Main St., Duluth. Please call 678-892-6373 or visit eddieowenpresents.com.

MIKE WILLIS AT MATILDA’S UNDER THE PINES

Matilda’s offers live outdoor music “Under the Pines” throughout the spring and summer months. Bring your lawn chairs, a picnic and even your dog for an unforgettably laid back evening of entertainment. This installment of the series features Mike Willis, a country and pop rock artist. 8:30 p.m. May 31. 377 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please call 770-7547831 or visit matildascottage.com.

STYX AND FOREIGNER IN CONCERT

Spawned from a Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, STYX would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late ’70s and early ’80s, due to a fondness for big rockers

CELEBRATE AMERICA 5K/10K

A 5k/10k presented by the Chattahoochee Woman’s Club in honor of Memorial Day. This fast and flat race will begin and end in the parking lot of the New Balance store. 7:30 a.m. May 28. 7300 North Point Parkway #104b, Alpharetta. Please visit awesomealpharetta.com.

and soaring power ballads. Over the course of their 38-year career they’ve released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles. STYX has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. 8 p.m. May 24. At Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-0102 or visit vzwamp.com.

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Patrick Arthur will be coming to The Velvet Note as a part of the venue’s “Young Guns” series. Arthur has received many awards and honors for his musicianship. 7 and 9 p.m. May 25. 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 855-5835838 or visit thevelvetnote.com.

to a twisted labyrinth of conflict and hilarity. Filled with Wilde’s effervescent wit and humor, this cherished play is sure to bring laughter and merriment to its audiences. Show times vary. May 23-25, May 30 – June 1. 10700 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Please call 770-772-0762 or visit performingartsnorth.org.

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ROSWELL FINE ARTS ALLIANCE MEMBERS SHOW

The Roswell Fine Art Alliance announces their spring members show, hosted by Jackson Accura and on display for viewing and purchase in the showroom lobby. May 17 – June 7. Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10900 Alpharetta St., Roswell. Please call 770-650-4000 or visit rfaa. org.

PEACHTREE HILLS FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

The Third Annual Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts will bring 125 artists to the shady, tree-lined neighborhood. The two-day festival will be held in and around the Peachtree Hills Park and Recreation Center, including food, acoustic music and activities for kids. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. May 31 – June 1. 308 Peachtree Hills Ave. Northeast, Atlanta. Please call 404-873-1222 or visit peachtreehillsfestival.com.

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‘THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST’

Performing Arts North at the Dancing Goat Theatre presents “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a comedic play by Oscar Wilde. The story follows the harrowing romances of two hapless gentlemen, Algernon and Jack, who, having grown tired of their restrictive lifestyles, create a series of elaborate lies that lead

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

With vendors, face painting, hay rides, a petting zoo, crafts for kids, strawberry cook-off, strawberry picking and more, this event will be a great day for the whole family. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. May 24. Warbington Farms, 5555 Crow Road, Cumming. Please call 770-380-2920 or visit warbingtonfarms.com.

WILD EDIBLES WORKSHOP

The program will begin in the downstairs classroom with a very brief slide program and general discussion of wild edibles found in the Chattahoochee River Corridor and the piedmont and mountain regions of Georgia. Returning to the upper deck the group will closely examine an edible or two, followed by lunch. After lunch there will be a walk through the grounds of the Lodge and the Lutra Loop Trail seeking wild edibles. This will be a leisurely walk. Reservations are required. 9 – 3:30 p.m. May 24. 8615 Barnwell Road, Johns Creek. Please call 678-538-1200 or visit nps. gov.

TEENBOSS WORKSHOP

The Roswell Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, will host the TeenBoss Workshop, a 90-minute entrepreneurial seminar for teens. Tommy Johns, an Atlanta business owner, will be leading the workshop which helps young people in grades 6-12 to explore the benefits of starting their own businesses. The seminar covers such topics as goal setting, choosing the type of business

CASKS FOR A CURE

A fundraising event at Jekyll Brewing benefitting Great Strides of the Cystic Fybrosis Foundation. Come enjoy a beer for a good cause. And of course, music and food will accompany the event. 5 – 9 p.m. May 22. 2855 Marconi Drive, Alpharetta. Please visit jekyllbrewing.com.

ROSWELL REMEMBERS MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

An event in honor of those who have served, the Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony will feature a military program followed by a BBQ picnic. 10 a.m. May 26. 38 Hill St., Roswell. Please call 770-640-3253 or visit roswellmemorialday.com

that best suits the entrepreneur, developing a business plan, some of the keys to success, and marketing advice. Space is limited, so call and register early. 2:30 p.m. May 28. 115 Norcross St., Roswell. Please call 770640-3075.

HONORING THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN AND WOMEN OF WWII

The American Heritage Society of Georgia, Inc. presents another special historical and educational program for the communities of North Fulton: “Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen and Women of WWII” as part of Understanding the Foundations of America Series. 7 – 8:30 p.m. May 29. 2 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please call 770-653-6821 or visit americanheritagesocietyofgeorgia. com.

RACES AND BENEFITS » SERV RACE FOR ONE MILLION MEALS 5K

Join us for the inaugural SERV International Race for ONE Million Meals 5k. The race will start and finish at the historic Marietta Square. This family friendly race is open to all racers and walkers, as well as participants with. There will be a Tot Trot for the little ones too. The post-race party will include great musical artists and games for all ages. Prizes will be given to top age group finishers. 5k participants will receive a race T-shirt and Tot Trotters will receive medals. 8 a.m. May 31. Marietta Square, Marietta. Please call 770-516-1108 or visit active.com or servone.org.


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Milan Eye Center welcomes eye cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kiran Sajja Milan Eye Center is excited to announce the arrival of Dr. Kiran Sajja, a Board-Certified ophthalmologist specializing in functional and cosmetic eyelid and facial surgery. Dr. Sajja has a unique blend of experience, compassion and artistry that he shares with each and every patient. With the addition of Dr. Sajja, Milan Eye Center will expand the unsurpassed level of care and services provided to the Atlanta community. Dr. Sajja cares for patients with a wide variety of conditions, including eyelid droopiness, eyelid bagginess, and tearing. Eyelid ptosis or “eyelid droopiness” is most often related to stretching or detachment of the muscle used to open your eyes. Over time, this condition can interfere with your vision resulting in a decreased field of view or overall dimming of your vision. Common complaints often include needing more light to read, difficulty driving, and headaches. Eyelid ptosis is often associated with a tired or disinterested appearance. This condition can be corrected with a quick, minimally-invasive outpatient surgical procedure which is often covered by your medical insurance. Eyelid dermatochalasis or “eyelid bagginess” is related to stretching and thinning of the eyelid skin. This often affects both the upper and lower eyelids giving a puffy or wrinkled appearance. At times, the excess skin can rest on or over your eyelashes interfering with your vision. Other common complaints include eyelid redness or itchiness, tearing, or headache. Women

insurance. In addition, Dr. Sajja has considerable experience in cosmetic concerns of the eyelids and face employing advanced surgical techniques and facial injectibles, such as Botox®, Juvederm® XC, Belotero®, and Restylane®. Dr. Sajja will perform a detailed evaluation

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often note difficulty applying and maintaining eye make-up, such as mascara, eyeliner or eye shadow. This condition can be significantly improved with an easy outpatient surgical procedure. An evaluation with Dr. Sajja would determine if the procedure is covered by your medical insurance. Tearing or “watery eyes” can be separated into two main issues: producing too many tears or not effectively draining the tears away. Common complaints include blurred vision, itchiness, redness and discharge. During an evaluation with Dr. Sajja, he will perform a comprehensive examination of your eyes and your tear drainage system to determine the possible causes of your watery eyes. Based on your symptoms and examination, Dr. Sajja will discuss a treatment regimen including diet, medication and surgical intervention. Many procedures are performed in the office with little to no down time; and are often covered by your medical

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Are you ready for Summer? Is your car too? By RICK HUNTER VP Sales & Operations Wood & Fullerton woodfullerton.com Where will your car take you this summer? Not only is it part of your daily routine (work, shopping, soccer games, ballet, etc….) but it will probably take you out to dinner, the mountains or maybe even the beach for the weekend. All of those miles in the summer heat will take a toll on your car. The best way to make sure your car is ready for trouble free driving for all of your summer fun is a complete inspection and a little preventative maintenance. The inspection should include the following: Battery: Verify the battery still has enough reserve power to start on a hot day. The battery terminals should also be checked for signs of corrosion and cleaned/treated or replaced as necessary. Belts and Hoses: All belts and hoses should be checked

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Dunn Right Dawgs win Bulldog Bash MILTON, Ga. – The 11U Dunn Right Dawgs were big winners in the Bulldog Bash on April 27 in Flowery Branch. In the front row, from left, are John Boling, Danny Vetrano, Josh Noble, Anthony Colapietro and Patrick Warren. In the second row are Matt Cleveland, Matthew LeMoyne, Parker Maddux, Jake Woodliff, Julian Clements and Jack Shannon. In the third row are coaches Kevin LeMoyne, Tom Maddux and Gordon Warren.

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Mercer University MACON, Ga. – The following local students were named to the President’s List or the Dean’s List of their college or school at Mercer University for the fall 2013 semester. 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;

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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, 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;

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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 Col-

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Georgia Tech ATLANTA – Alisha Kasam, a 2008 graduate of Roswell High School and a recent resident of Milton, has graduated from Georgia Tech with highest honors in mechanical engineering. She is currently doing research for the BMW Corporation in Munich, Germany, as part of a Fulbright Scholarship to the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Following the completion of the Fulbright year, Kasam will begin another of the most prestigious scholarships in the world – the Churchill Scholarship in Cambridge, England. This fully funded scholarship selects only 14 U.S. recipients each year; the last winner of this scholarship from Georgia Tech was in 2004.

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Loyola Marymount University LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Loyola Marymount University announced that Jessie Black of Milton and Katherine Murphy of Cumming were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester.

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Cougars roar for the Cure JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Chattahoochee Cougars for the Cure 2014 raised nearly $8,000 at Relay for Life this year, smashing their 2012 record and achieving Gold Team status for the third consecutive year. Since the team started in 2010, they have raised and donated over $26,000 to the American Cancer Society.

CLEMSON, S.C. – The following local residents have been named to the President’s List or Dean’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2013 semester. President’s List Alpharetta: Morgan Assenmacher, political science; Caroline Bond of Alpharetta, food science; Helen Kalley, health science; Taylor Postell, management; Thomas Ryan, electrical engineering; Candice Sinisgalli, management. Cumming: Taylor Godfrey, construction science and management; Emily Sparkman, history. Duluth: Cooper Burdick, pre-business; Callie Pate, marketing. Johns Creek:

northfulton.com | Revue & News | May 22, 2014 | 25 Ross Beppler, electrical engineering; Spencer Clark, wildlife and fisheries biology; Elizabeth Shevlin, elementary education; Allison Tanzy, elementary education. Roswell: Morgan Edmondson, civil engineering; Mallory Gray, nursing; Maxwell Hoelzen, electrical engineering; Sarah Lyle, nursing; Hubert Smith, biological sciences. Suwanee: Meghan Anderson, nursing; Sarah Kelley, communication studies; Howard Martin, electrical engineering; Melissa Moore, economics; Lauren O’Donnell, microbiology. Dean’s List Alpharetta: Brandon Baston, civil engineering; Kaylyn Bidwell, nursing; Clayton Cheek, construction science and management; Matthew Gabriel, industrial engineering; Amanda Gauger, marketing; Ashley Gentry, nursing; Benjamin Hirschland, financial management; Melanie Magazine, psychology; Kevin McCarthy, management; Ashley Orr, biological sciences; Alyse Pratt, industrial engineering; Rebecca Ruiz, psychology; Kara Wilson, elementary education. Cumming: Nicholas Brademeyer, financial management; Stephen Hamby, mechanical engineer-

ing; Andrew Johnston, mechanical engineering; Briana Smith, psychology. Duluth: Julianne Ciaramello, marketing; Benjamin Doherty, computer information systems; Tyler Martin, biological sciences; Tyler Teague, financial management. Johns Creek: Robert Calvert, biochemistry; Taylor Walton, graphic communications. Roswell: Darcy Hannon, marketing; Tanner Hayes, pre-business; Stephen Wilkerson, communication studies. Suwanee: Clare Kelley, English; Abigail Lee, psychology; Lydia Melin, civil engineering.

University of TennesseeChattanooga CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Jacob Liou and Astrid Zellner, both of Fulton County, recently graduated from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Liou received a bachelor’s degree in economics, and Zellner received a bachelor’s degree in business/general management. In addition, Fulton County residents Kathryn Battani and William Johnson were named to the UTC Dean’s List for fall 2013 for earning at least a 3.2 grade point average.

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Milton girls repeat lacrosse title; Roswell, Northview boys champs By MIKE BLUM news@northfulton.com NORTH FULTON, Ga. – North Fulton high schools took home three of the four state championships in lacrosse, with the Milton girls continuing their dominance in Class AAAAAA, while Roswell and Northview took home the boys’ titles. The top-seeded Milton girls defeated Walton 16-13 Saturday, winning their fifth straight championship and ninth in the 10 years Georgia has conducted a state championship in the sport. The Eagles, who finished with an 18-3 record, have not lost to a Georgia team since 2009 and were ranked just outside the top 20 nationally going into the championship match, which was played at Milton. Brooke Winsness and Emily Velez scored four goals each for Milton, which broke open a 10-10 tie with five straight goals. Walton, the No. 4 seed, finished 15-7. “This was a special win for

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Between two Lambert defenders, Roswell’s Kyle Keepers (19) powers in a goal for the Hornets. last year. We played one of the toughest schedules in the country this year and ended

up with a record of 19-3. That was a great accomplishment for this team.”

Milton reached the finals with an 18-5 victory earlier last week over North Fulton opponent Centennial. Roswell won the AAAAAA boys’ championship for the first time, edging Lambert 6-5 Saturday in a low-scoring contest. Lambert had won state two of the last three years, but never led in the title match, which was played at Roswell. The Hornets (17-3) got two goals from Andrew Thomas and played outstanding defense, leading 5-3 at the half and limiting the Longhorns (17-5) to two goals in the second half. Roswell earned a spot in the finals with a 12-8 victory over Walton earlier last week. The Hornets reached the semifinals by defeating rival Centennial, the No. 1 seed from Area 3, 12-10 in the quarterfinal round. Lambert knocked off Milton, the No. 1 team from Area 2, 10-8 in the other semifinal match. Northview scored its first lacrosse title in Class AAAAA, defeating Lovett 9-8 Saturday on the Titans’ home field. Twosport standout Matt Biondich, North Fulton’s Player of the Year for the 2013 football season, scored three goals, including the clincher for the Titans. Chad Johnson added a pair of goals, and Connor Richardson was strong in goal in the Northview victory. Both Northview and Lovett were area champions, with the Titans finishing the season 21-1 and Lovett ending up 18-4. Northview easily defeated Pope 16-5 in one semifinal, while Lovett knocked off perennial power Westminster, also an area champion, 8-5 in the other semifinal.


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Milton Eagles soar to Class AAAAAA championship MILTON, Ga. – The defending state champion Milton Eagles swept their fourth straight baseball playoffs series, defeating Johns Creek 4-1 and 3-0 Monday, May, 19 to reach the Class AAAAAA championship. Alec Miller went 2 for 3 with a run and one RBI in Milton's game one victory. Matt Geiger out dueled Johns Creek‘s Gabe Moore, going seven innings giving up one run on four hits. Moore went six innings, giving up four runs, three earned on seven hits while striking out two. The second game saw Steven Curry belt three hits and two runs for the Eagles. Curry doubled in the third and singled in the fourth. Teammate Dalton Ewing drew a walk and had a RBI. Alex Schnell pitched seven

Johns Creek Players watch the action from their dugout. solid innings for Milton, striking out three while giving up no runs on four hits. Charlie Hecht was the losing pitcher for Johns Creek, going seven innings giving up

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King’s Ridge captures state baseball championship Storms through playoffs By MIKE BLUM news@northfulton.com KENNESAW, Ga. – The King’s Ridge Tigers captured the state Class A private schools baseball championship last Saturday, May 17, sweeping past Mount Paran Christian to complete a dominant playoff run. The Tigers won 7-2 and 10-3 on the Eagles’ home field, avenging a pair of losses to Mount Paran during the regular season. In four-playoff series, the last two against the Nos. 1 and 2 seeded teams in the 16-team bracket, the Tigers outscored their opponents 84-18, scoring at least 17 runs in each series while never allowing more than five runs. King’s Ridge, the No. 5 seed, went 8-0 in the playoffs to finish the season 28-4, avenging three of its four losses during the regular season. The 7-2 victory in the series opener matched the closest game the Tigers played in the state playoffs, as they got

consistent, outstanding pitching and overpowering offense. Wake Forest signee Connor Burns powered the Tigers to victory in the doubleheader opener against Mount Paran, blasting home runs in his first three at-bats. The Tigers led 10-1 at that point, with Burns accounting for six of the runs. Burns connected for a two-run homer in the first and a three-run blast in the Tigers’ six-run second. Georgia Tech signee Brandt Stallings added a two-run homer in the second and Burns capped the Tigers’ scoring with a solo shot in the fourth. Stallings and Slade Osborne had two hits each to back the four-hit pitching of Adam Moore, who turned in a complete game effort. LSU signee Grayson Byrd had three hits and drove in three runs for the Tigers, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning to lock up the win. King’s Ridge trailed 2-1 after the Eagles hit a pair of solo homers in the top of the fourth, but the Tigers came back with four in the bottom of the inning, keyed

by a bases loaded, two-run single from Burns. Burns and Cullen Monette had two hits each, and Kyle Brnovich drove in the Tigers’ first run in the third inning. Austin Peay signee Austin Higginbotham matched Moore’s complete game pitching performance, limiting the Eagles to four hits and striking out seven. During the regular season, Mount Paran defeated King’s Ridge 6-0 and 9-1 and finished first in Region 6-A. The second-seeded Eagles went 20-0 in the region and finished 29-5 overall. The Tigers placed second in the region at 16-4. The Tigers swept No. 1-ranked Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 11-3 and 7-2 earlier last week in McDonough to advance to the finals. Stallings drove in seven runs in the doubleheader against ELCA to power King’s Ridge (26-4), which also got strong pitching efforts from Burns and Higginbotham. Stallings had three hits, two of them home runs, and four RBI in the

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Authentic French fare at Collet French Pastry and Café By Katie VanBrackle katie@northsidewoman.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. – What better way to treat yourself than with a delectable French pastry? While you are at it, enjoy lunch at a delightful new spot in downtown Alpharetta, Collet French Pastry and Café. Getting to the café can be a bit tricky. Located next to the Sabri Guven jewelry store, it faces Haynes Bridge Road, but the only entrance is off Old Milton Parkway. Finding it is worth the effort, however, as you will discover not only authentic French fare, but will enjoy making the acquaintance of a charming new neighbor – owner Catherine Taylor. An elegant woman with a thick French accent, Taylor’s warm, welcoming manner makes the small café feel like home. Collet French Pastry and Café is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Customers begin arriving as the sun rises to grab a warm chocolate croissant for breakfast. Then comes the lunch rush. Later in the afternoon, businessmen, students or groups of mothers with young children arrive to chat over pastries and coffee. Others stop in for a bite after work or to pick up a cake for an evening party. Though the hours are long, Taylor can be found behind the counter all day every day, greeting her regulars by name and getting to know new customers. She loves children and babies, and enjoys speaking with high school students who wish to practice their French. Don’t expect service in a rush. Remember, in France, people like to linger over their meals, talking and savoring the atmosphere. That’s just how Taylor likes it. “I want this to be a place where people feel at home and linger for hours. Some people bring their kids here every Sunday afternoon. My customers may be American or from Europe, Japan or Argentina, but they all come to this café because they have some connection to or fond memories of France,” said Taylor. Those who have visited a boulangerie-patisserie in France will recognize many specialties including the croque-monsieur, a grilled ham and Swiss cheese sandwich with béchamel (white sauce). Or the delicious pate en croute, a meat pie with a mixture of pork and veal marinated in white wine and herbs and baked inside puff pastry. Taylor says this recipe hails from the Champagne area of France where her grandmother grew up. Other lunch items include soups, salads, a variety of Panini, light and flaky ham and cheese croissants and quiches containing spinach and goat cheese, chicken and mushroom or ham and cheese, all under $10. Make sure to save room for desserts from the mouth-watering pastry case. Fruit or mousse tarts, chocolate éclairs, macaroons and Viennoiserie (puff pastries) all beckon – almost too pretty to eat. Especially stunning is the beautiful Matignon flourless

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Catherine Taylor owner of Collet French Pastry and Café. chocolate cake, which also comes in an individual serving size. Which is Taylor’s favorite? “Pastry goes with your mood, so it changes daily,” she admitted. “But I tend to go for anything with chocolate.” Taylor grew up in northern France, and it was there she opened her first pastry shop with then-husband Francois Collet. After their divorce, Taylor moved with her son to the United States in 1985 to work for world-famous chef Gaston Lenôtre at a pastry shop in the French pavilion at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. Lenôtre, incidentally, was reportedly the inspiration for the character Gusteau in the 2007 animated film “Ratatouille.” A photo of Lenôtre hangs on the wall in the café. Taylor’s culinary career took her all over the United States, including time

Tempting treats beckon. spent as an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minnesota and in Georgia. Francois Collet also moved to America and founded a successful wholesale business in the Atlanta area, supplying French pastries to high-end hotels and restaurants. Now, Taylor and Collet have teamed up once more to open Collet French Pastry and Café. Collet supplies the pastries, while Taylor has the fun of finally running her “own little

place.” “When I opened my doors in November of 2013, customers were thanking me for bringing a French café to Alpharetta, but I felt like I should be thanking them instead,” she said. “This is a dream come true for me.” Collet French Pastry and Café 2225 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 100 Alpharetta, Ga. 30009 678-770-6066


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An open letter to Milton High’s incoming principal Well, it happened, just not exactly the way I anticipated. I think. One of the emails that flashed across my screen about an hour ago said that Cliff Jones – Milton High School’s principal – would be leaving at the end of this year. It was from Cliff saying that he had applied for and accepted the position of Executive Director of Accountability for the Fulton County Board of Education. I told my wife a while ago that I was worried about Cliff and that I would not be too surprised if we lost him as principal at Milton. I wish that I had been wrong on this one. This is a hard column for me to write. I will just come out and say it. The reason I was worried is because he has been one of those you-only-encounter-maybe-once individuals who was, as a principal, too good to be true. I did not think “the system” would tolerate an individual so far outside of the mean – even though in a wonderfully good and positive way – for long. Milton's new principal will be Dr. Nathan Buhl who is currently the principal of Crabapple Middle School. So I thought that maybe I would write a letter to Dr. Buhl – sort of a welcome note.   Dear Dr. Buhl, Congratulations on being named the new principal at Milton. I have had all three of

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my children go to the school and am very fond of this institution. So many things that I have seen at this school have amazed me. Some of what I have encountered there falls just this side of magic. You are stepping into very large shoes and are entering a school that is used to being led by a leader – as opposed to being ruled by the authority of the position. Leadership by authority alone is not leading and breeds contempt and destroys trust. Running a school by mandate alone is a fool’s gambit. Your predecessor was a wise leader who led the school by engaging his teachers and his students and having the strength, confidence and cour-

I have had all three of my children go to [Milton] and am very fond of this institution. So many things that I have seen at this school have amazed me. Some of what I have encountered there falls just this side of magic. age to allow them to achieve. So often they set their own bar far higher than if it had been set for them. Your predecessor engaged the entire school – from the teachers to the coaches to the students. Because of this “policy” and I am sure also because of the example he set, this school rallied around each other and supported each other across the general school population. I have never seen an organization that more supported each other and reached

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out to each other in good times and bad. This did not happen by accident nor will it continue without support. This school has gone through several extremely painful years of tragedy. That has taken a toll on everyone from the teachers to the students to the administration. Your predecessor bore the brunt of managing this and did so with amazing strength and focus.   Dr. Buhl, Milton has created a drama and theater

department that is a crown jewel in all the system. But please understand Dr. Buhl that the “jewel” that has been created is not really the theater department as much as it is an example of what can happen when students and teachers are empowered – when they are given the latitude and authority to create and make decisions. Milton students beam with pride for their theater department. They do the same for so many of the sports teams. And the support crosses all borders, ages, ethnic composition and interests. This is a high school that is “successful” and one that is making the world a better place. Dr. Buhl, you are following in the footsteps of a principal who guided this school with dignity, wisdom, common sense and unimaginable empathy for all his flock. I know you will be a great principal because you will be working with a wonderful organization that responds to wonderful leaders.

ADVERTISEMENT FOR REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS CITY OF ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA FOR DEVELOPMENT OF CITY CENTER MIXED USE OUT-PARCELS RFQ # 14-1004 The City of Alpharetta is soliciting highly qualified Developers with experience in DEVELOPMENT OF CITY CENTER MIXED USE PROJECTS including, but not limited to, designing, developing, building, and managing traditional Main Street styled, village scale, mixed-use districts, to respond to this Request for Qualifications. The City’s objective is to negotiate agreements with a Developer interested in designing, developing, constructing, and managing a development that will consist of a mix of uses that promote a compact, pedestrian scaled environment with buildings that are compatible with Alpharetta’s Historic Downtown on parcels located within Downtown Alpharetta’s City Center project. The RFQ will be available online Thursday, May 8, 2014, under the tab “Bids Online” from our website, www.alpharetta.ga.us. Statements of Qualifications will be due on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM, at the City of Alpharetta Finance Department, 2970 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009.

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Remember and honor our veterans, a disappearing breed This year, Memorial Day is May 26. It’s a time to remember those who served in battle and lost their lives in service to our country. These soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines protected our country from opposing forces and gave their lives to preserve the freedoms Americans enjoy today. While Memorial Day is a chance for us to remember and give thanks for the sacrifices made by fallen members of our armed forces, it is also a good time to honor those veterans who are still with us. But that honor should not simply stop at saying “thank you.” Instead, take the time to sit down and speak with these old soldiers of their service, lives and stories.

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I guarantee it will be enthralling. These soldiers are quickly dwindling in numbers, especially for World War II. Take an hour or two and sit down with grandpa and listen – really listen – to what he has to say. I am at a disadvantage when it comes to hearing war stories. Those of you who know me or follow my columns know that my family is almost entire-

ONLINE AUCTION BY CITY OF ALPHARETTA Beginning at 8:00 AM, Monday , June 9th, 2014, and continuing until all items are sold, the City of Alpharetta in conjunction with GovDeals will conduct an online auction to sell surplus material, equipment, and vehicles. To view the surplus items or to place a bid, please visit www.govdeals.com. All sales will be final to the highest bidder and sold as is, where is, with no warranty expressed or implied. The City of Alpharetta and GovDeals reserves the right to reject any and all bids, and the right to waive formalities. Once the items are sold, the coordination of and actual removal of the items must be completed by the selected party. For further information, visit www.govdeals.com or contact Jonathan Bulau with the City of Alpharetta, Finance Department at (678) 297-6095 or jbulau@alpharetta.ga.us.

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA FOR CISCO DATA NETWORK EQUIPMENT FOR CITY HALL Bid # 14-026 The City of Alpharetta is accepting bids for CISCO DATA NETWORK EQUIPMENT from authorized CISCO resellers to provide new CISCO network equipment for the City of Alpharetta’s new City Hall. The bid document will be available online Thursday, May 15, 2014 at our website, www.alpharetta.ga.us, then choose the Bids Online tab. Proposals will be due on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the City of Alpharetta Finance Department, 2970 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009. For information, please contact Stephanie Cochran at the City of Alpharetta Finance Department via email at purchasing@alpharetta.ga.us or at 678-297-6052.

Memorial Day is May 26. Several local ceremonies will remember fallen soldiers. Roswell Memorial Day Faces of War Memorial, 38 Hill St., Roswell 10 a.m. www.roswellmemorialday. com Milton Memorial Day Freedom Park, 13200 Deerfield Parkway, Milton 10 a.m. ly English and almost entirely still there in England. I never grew up with gramps just a short drive away – I was lucky to see relatives more than once every five years or so. Add to this that I never knew my grandfathers who served in the Second World War. My father’s father died when I was very young and my mother’s biological father died before I was born. (Her stepfather, the only granddad I knew,

Bert Copsey, my dad’s dad, is shown here in Lahore, India (now Pakistan) during his service in World War II. This photo was part of a postcard he sent my grandmother back in England. The reverse says simply, “Lots of love, Bert.” died when I was too young to ask him anything.) So everything I know of my grandfathers’ service in the war is secondhand and sketchy at best. It comes from my parents and is difficult to pry out. As my father said, “Nobody ever talked about the war.” I can somewhat understand

this. Both his father – Albert “Bert” Copsey – and my mother’s dad, Haydn Harvey, served in India and Burma, where some of the hardest battles took place. Bert was in the Royal Air Force (RAF). He was not a pi-

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CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, June 5, 2014 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday June 16, 2014 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. V-14-14 Millard – Wills Drive (City Council Only) Consideration of a variance to the side yard setback of 15’ to 8’ in order to construct a two-car two-story garage addition. The property is located at 28 Wills Drive and legally described as being located in Land Lot 1271, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. MP-14-03 North Point Commons/Salon Lofts (City Council Only) Consideration of a master plan amendment in order to change a condition of zoning which prohibited a nail salon use at 970 North Point Drive. The property is legally described as being located in Land Lots 754, 796, 797, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. MP-14-02/Z-14-07/V-14-08 North Point Commons MP/Rooms to Go Consideration of a master plan amendment in order to permit retail on a parcel designated for restaurant use. The property is located at 10845 Haynes Bridge Road and legally described as being located in Land Lots 755 and 796, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. d. Z-14-06/CLUP-14-05/V-14-07 Cogburn Road Tract Consideration of a rezoning request from AG to R-8D in order to develop single family for-sale homes. A request to change the Comprehensive Land Use Plan from “Low Density” Residential to “Medium Density” Residential is also requested. The property includes 12855, 12865, 12885 and 12895 Cogburn Road and legally described as being located in Land Lot 1111, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. e. PH-14-03 North Point Parkway LCI Design Standards Consideration of design standards for North Point Parkway from Rock Mill Road to the East and Mansell Road to the West. Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 South Main Street.


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Zombies invade Cambridge Part of summer camps at schools By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com MILTON, Ga. – The zombie hoards are coming to Cambridge High School this summer, thanks to the efforts of students and teacher Dr. Thomas Washburn. Last summer, Washburn hosted a CSI camp that allowed students to examine the finer points of a crime scene. This year, it’s zombies. “I remembered the CDC did a zombie PSA detailing disaster preparedness,” Washburn said. “Lots of high school kids think that’s a camp they want to go to.” As part of the “Zombie Apocalypse Survival Team,” students will learn how diseases spread, how to survive in extreme circumstances, debate what the best weapon or vehicle would be in the apocalypse and learn search and rescue operations.

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Location: Cambridge High School Cost: $179 plus lab/materials fees (if any) for residents of Milton and Alpharetta. Non-residents camp costs are $268.50 plus lab/materials fees (if any).  Dates: June 16-20 and July 7-11. Times: Morning camps are from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Afternoon camps are from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Materials provided by participant: Campers should bring a snack and drink for each session. Campers enrolled in both a morning and afternoon camp should bring lunch. Some camps have additional items for participants to provide. Be sure to check. They will also have a “know your enemy” day, where the kids will be dressed as zombies – complete with gore and guts provided by some of the students who learned how to do special effects makeup. “We are going to have fun with it,” Washburn said. The camps are for students ages 12 to 18. For more information on the zombie camp or the many other educational camps offered by Cambridge during the summer, visit www.southed.

org and click on “camps.” Camps offered: • Camp CSI and Criminal Justice • Coding • Crazy Chemistry  • Creative Writing • Drama  • Theatre Intensive Camp • Engineering  • Painting, Drawing and Photography Camps • Digital Photography and Photoshop • Expressive Mark-Making and Large Scale Drawing

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Cambridge High student Emmy Howell puts zombie makeup on Jalen Hammons.

Where are they now?

Witt brothers starred at Chattahoochee HS NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Jeff and Patrick Witt were two star athletes at Chattahoochee High School, each a starting quarterback on the football team who went on to attend Ivy League schools. Jeff Witt is the older brother who graduated from Harvard University in 2009, before going on to work at McKinsey and Company Consulting in Washington, D.C. However, Jeff is also an F-16 fighter pilot in the Alabama National Guard. His unit is the 187th Fighter Wing known as the historic “Red Tails,” of the historic 100 Fighter Squadron. Based in Montgomery, Ala., Jeff deployed in mid-April to Afghanistan for a tour of duty that is expected to last through November. His unit is providing air support and armed cover for ground troops there by day and enduring harassing rocket attacks by night. Brother Patrick Witt left Chattahoochee and went on to graduate from

Jones: Continued from Page 1 leaves after four years as the principal at Milton, but has been at the school since 2001, when he began his career there as a teacher. “I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to support the work of Fulton County Schools as the executive director of accountability,” said Jones. “As I change my

Do you have a “Where Are They Now” story. Send it to us at aldo@ northfulton.com Yale University in 2011. While there, he was the starting quarterback at Yale for three years and holds most of the school’s offensive passing records. Patrick is living in Paris today, where he plays American football as quarterback for the Saint-Ouenl’Aumone Cougars. He has 37 touchdowns in eight games so far this season. The season runs through June with playoffs ending early July. Patrick will return home to Atlanta and then attend Harvard Law School in August.

day-to-day responsibilities, my commitment to increasing outcomes for all students remains steadfast. “ As the accountability chief for the school system, Jones will be responsible to ensure collective knowledge, data and best practices are shared and used throughout the school system. In a school system like Fulton Schools, with a leadership focus on data-driven decisions, this position is a critical piece of the operational

First Lt. Jeff Witt goes over his F-16 Fighting Falcon prior to his deployment to Afghanistan last month.

process. Fulton School Board member Katie Reeves, whose district includes Milton High School, said the experience Jones brings from the local school level will benefit him in his new position. “While we will certainly miss Cliff’s leadership at Milton, I am very glad the Fulton County School System will continue to benefit from his experience and expertise,” said Reeves. Jones is a relative new-

Patrick Witt calls signals for the SaintOuen-l’ Aumone Cougars where he already has 37 TD passes.

comer to education, having spent his early career in the banking industry after graduating with degrees from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Returning to the United States, he attended Georgia State University and earned a master’s of education in secondary social studies as well as certification in educational leadership. In 2001 he took his first teaching job at Milton High, and was named the assistant principal in 2005, before being

named principal in 2010. In an email sent to all parents in the Northwest Learning Community, school officials welcomed Jones to the administrative team. “We are thrilled for Mr. Jones to serve in this capacity and use his skill set to support our Fulton County Schools at the district level,” said Victor Shandor, area superintendent. “Mr. Jones has done an outstanding job in his years of service at Milton High School.”


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Soldiers complete training at Ft. Leonard Wood WAYNESVILLE, Mo. – Army National Guard Pvt. Alexander M. Perrotta and Army Pvt. Luis E. Santiago have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. Perrotta is the son of Teresa Bailey of Atlanta and Joseph Perrotta of Alpharetta. He is a 2009 graduate of the Marist School, Atlanta. Santiago is the son of Luis Santiago of Milton, Ga., and Joyce Bryant of Richmond, Va.

He is a 2008 graduate of John Bartram High School, Philadelphia, Pa.

Airmen graduate from Lackland Air Base SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Several local residents have recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Air Force Reserve Airman Matthew Brady is the son of Annie Brady and nephew of Karyn Fife, both of Cumming. He is a 2008 graduate of Ogden High School in Utah. Air Force Reserve Airman

Submit your news & photos to news@northfulton.com | Recycled paper 1st Class Aaron A. Bradsher is the son of Sherri Bradsher of Roswell and grandson of Barbara Porter of Seneca, S.C. He is a 2011 graduate of Mill Springs Academy, Alpharetta. Air Force Airman Destinee L. Vickers is the daughter of Karen Vickers of Springfield, Va., and niece of Dedra West of Cleveland, Ga. She is a 2010 graduate of West Forsyth High School, Cumming. Air National Guard Airman Jonathan D. Gill is the son of Cherie and Mike Gill of Milton. He is a 2012 graduate of Milton High School. Air Force Airman Jonathan P. Sharp is the son of James and Christine Sharp of Cumming.

Slaughter complete naval training GREAT LAKES, Ill. – Navy Sea-

Copsey: Continued from Page 30 lot; instead, he was a member of the ground crew. He was stationed in Lahore, India (now Pakistan). He was one of the “Brylcreem Boys,” a nickname for the RAF servicemen who used copious amounts of hair gel, as was the fashion. He had malaria at some point and fought in Burma (now Myanmar) against the Japanese.

man Michael D. Slaughter, son of Robert V. Slaughter of Cumming and Karen C. Gonzalez of Orlando, Fla., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Slaughter is a 2012 graduate of South Forsyth High School in Cumming, and is also the brother of Robert V. Slaughter of Athens, Ga.

PFC Vet graduates Marine recruit training PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – Marine Corps Pfc. Zachary M. Vet have each earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C. Vet is the son of Ann M. Vet of Roswell and a 2009 graduI know even less about Haydn. My mother’s father died when she was a young teen, so I never knew him and she was too young to really care about his service. He was stationed in Aden Colony, now part of Yemen, also as a member of the RAF. That’s about all I know. Her stepfather, Michael, did not serve. He was a coal miner and was exempt from military service. Over the years, I have had the chance to interview and

ate of Centennial High School in Roswell.

Keeling graduates elite DAGRE program CLOVIS, N.M. – Reid C. Keeling, son of Kitty and Terry Keeling, of Johns Creek has graduated from Air Force basic training, security technical school and was chosen to enter the Air Force’s DAGRE program. The Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element (DAGRE) program is an intense 11-week course specializing in unique combat training techniques for use in high threat contingency areas. He successfully completed this rigorous program and is be one of only 138 DAGRE-

See MILITARY, Page 33 speak with many veterans of many wars. They all have stories to tell that Hollywood could never match. I wish I could have taken an hour or so with my family to learn more about them, but that time has long since passed. For those readers lucky enough to have surviving family members, be sure to learn from them and maybe even record their stories. This Memorial Day, please remember those soldiers who never made it home to hear the thanks of a grateful nation.

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Military: Continued from Page 32 trained airmen in the Air Force’s history. Keeling is based in Clovis, N.M., awaiting deployment with the Special Operations squadron.

Wyk graduates infantry training COLUMBUS, Ga. – Army National Guard Pvt. Jonathan A. Van Wyk has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus. Van Wyk is the son of Joel Van Wyk of Cumming. He is a 2012

graduate of Forsyth Central High School in Cumming.

Mara completes Marine Corps training PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – Marine Corps Pfc. Jonathan M. Mara has successfully completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C. Mara is a 2009 graduate of Northview High School in Johns Creek.

Suhr graduates Navy basic training GREAT LAKES, Ill. – Navy Sea-

northfulton.com | Revue & News | May 22, 2014 | 33 man Apprentice Reid R. Suhr, son of Martin S. Suhr of Roswell, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Suhr is a 2009 graduate of Roswell High School in Roswell.

Sinyavev completes Marine boot camp PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. –Marine Corps Pfc. Matvey A. Sinyayev has successfully completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C. Sinyayev is the son of Alecks Sinyayev of Roswell and 2012 graduate of Roswell High

School.

Local midshipmen select ships ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Two local midshipmen recently selected their first ship assignments during a ship selection ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Navy Midshipman Jack W. Dembowski, son of Walter P. and Linda E. Dembowski of Alpharetta, is scheduled to report to USS Fort McHenry. Dembowski is a 2010 graduate of Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell. Navy Midshipman Michael J. Nugent, son of

Laurence J. and Patricia A. Nugent of Alpharetta, is scheduled to report to USS Lake Erie. Nugent is a 2010 graduate of Milton High School in Milton.

Yisrael completes Marine Corps training PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – Marine Corps Pvt. Zechariah Yisrael earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C. Yisrael is a 2011 graduate of Centennial High School in Roswell.

DEATH NOTICES Louis Azrak, 70, of Roswell, passed away May 9, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Lester Brown, 58, of Alpharetta, passed away April 29, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Lawrence Gene Cordell, 57, of Dawsonville, passed away May 8, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Vera L. Cowart, 99, of Cumming, passed away May 11, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Margina Lee Davis, 47, of Ranger, passed away May 10, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Charles Dickey, 87, of Johns Creek, passed away May 5, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Nelda Freeman, 88, of Alpharetta, passed away May 4, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Jeffrey Kingcaid, 41, of Cumming, passed away April 29, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Charles Augustus French, 98, of Alpharetta, passed away May 5, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Rhonda Baker Land, 42, of Gainesville, passed away May 11, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Dean Green, 89, of Roswell, passed away May 8, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Lena Mae Dockery, 98, of Milton, passed away May 4, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors. Ann Hedden, 74, of Roswell, passed away May 11, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors. Betty Jean Dunton, 93, of Atlanta, passed away May 2, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Lt. Col. Thomas C. Embrey, USMC, Retired, passed away May 3, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

William Johnston, 72, of Canton, passed away May 11, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Sylvia Nelson, 98, of Alpharetta, passed away May 2, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Stephanie Speller, 60, of Alpharetta, passed away April 30, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Lenka Strika, 90, of Alpharetta, passed away May 12, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Robert R. Lee, 63, of Suwanee, passed away May 09, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Wyoma Donna Patrick, 72, of Demorest, passed away May 11, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Eula Mae Yarbrough Stancil, 91, of Cumming, passed away May 11, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Marguerite Tate Liddic, 91, passed away May 2, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Dean Power, 60, of Roswell, passed away May 6, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Willie Jo Strevel, 88, passed away May 2, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Scott Lively, 30, of Atlanta, passed away May 6, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society. Thomas Hartman, 91, of Woodstock, passed away May 7, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Sarah A. Montgomery, 91, of Marietta, passed away May 13, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Jo Ann Buice Martin, 76, of Cumming, passed away May 10, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Nell Lewis Mason, 93, of Hinesville, passed away May 6, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Kimberly McCusker, 45, of Alpharetta, passed away April 27, 2014. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society.

Katherine McWalters, 93, of Alpharetta, passed away May 8, 2014. Arrangements by Georgia Funeral Care. Agnes Mills, 79, of Cumming, passed away May 9, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

James Watson, 65, of Cumming, passed away May 3, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Edwin O’Quinn, 90, of Woodstock, passed away May 9, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Shelia Raney, 56, of Roswell, passed away May 10, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Russell Lee Smith, 55, passed away May 2, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Hazel Williams, 96, of Milton, passed away May 9, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.


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