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Commission to seek Lanier water contracts

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A voice for change


West Forsyth senior Hannah Testa has become a major voice in environmental causes, championing against plastic pollution and influencing initiatives and legislation. Testa is also campaigning for other young people to get involved in causes that will impact their generation. Read more, Page 6.

‘Drone zone’ slated for Denmark Park

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Third suspect arrested in December break-in FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Deputies tracked down the third suspect in a drug-related home invasion that occurred in December near Six Mile Ridge Road. Christopher Isaiah Russ, 28, of Johns Creek, was taken into custody April 29 from the Gwinnett County Jail in Lawrenceville. He was charged with residential robbery with a gun and aggravated assault with a gun. He remained jailed without bond in Forsyth County. Russ was one of three suspects alleged to have robbed a pair of men at gunpoint inside their residence Dec. 2. Holly Fierson, 26, and 27-year-old Dishon “Dinco” Hill, his two alleged accomplices, were arrested Dec. 4 in Sandy Springs. They were charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault. According to deputies, Hill was an acquaintance of the victims. He showed up to their home with his girlfriend Frierson, and Russ entered the residence armed with a gun. Russ ordered the two victims to the ground, and all three suspects zip tied their hands together, authorities said. The suspects struck one of the victims over the head with the pistol, investigators said. The victims said they could hear all three suspects rummaging through the home. They demanded to know where

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A Sugar Hill man was arrested April 29 on Buford Highway for warrants tied to reports that he harassed his wife’s ex-husband. Aaron Barnum Stillman, 46, was charged with harassing communications and released on $1,175 bond. The charges dated back to February when the victim reported that Stillman called him several times. He said he didn’t report the phone calls until they became harassing in nature, according to deputies.

Gainesville man arrested for soliciting female deputy FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A Gainesville man was arrested April 29 on Venue Way for reportedly soliciting sex from an undercover deputy. Michael Vernon Allison, 60, was charged with prostitution and later released on $3,650 bond. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Allison contacted the undercover female officer after seeing a social media post. He agreed to pay $200 for an hourlong “girlfriend experience” with the officer. Allison arranged to meet with the deputy at the Venue at Big Creek apartment complex, where he was arrested and taken into custody. At the time, he was out on bail for meth trafficking charges out of Dawson County. A Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said Allison’s arrest was not part of a sting operation. Honored as a newspaper of General Excellence


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DRUGS & DUIS arrests Shelley Rene Townsend, 48, of Overlook Park Drive, Cumming, was arrested April 26 on McCoy Circle and Karr Road for DUI and two counts of endangering child by DUI. Paul Spencer Moss, 38, of Cagle Drive, Cumming, was arrested April 26 on Ga. 400 for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Ashley Taylor Haire, 24, of Havenbrooke Court, Cumming, was arrested April 26 on Bethelview Road for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Kristi Dawn Moses, 42, of Weatherford Road, Gainesville, was arrested April 26 on Veterans Memorial Boulevard for possession of methamphetamine and penal offense-unlawful to cross guard lines with weapon. Abel Yacob, 30, of Parkview Lane, Alpharetta, was arrested April 26 on Halcyon Way for public drunkenness. Shelia Christine Roberson, 54, of Airport Road, Gainesville, was arrested April 27 on Browns Bridge Road for DUI and improper passing in no passing zone. Marshall Burnam Horn, 24, of Preston Pointe Way, Cumming, was arrested April 27 on Ronald Reagan Boulevard for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Domonique Elousie Scott, 30, of Chatfield Drive, Stone Mountain, was arrested April 28 on Ga. 400 for possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession of marijuana and speeding. Melanie J. Martin, 58, of Martin Road, Cumming, was arrested April 28 on Ga. 400 for DUI, speeding, failure to maintain lane and fleeing or attempting to elude. Breanna Gayle Hess, 21, of Bellamy Place, Dahlonega, was arrested See ARRESTS, Page 16


Forsyth County announces new CFO, water/sewer director FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County announced its new Chief Financial Officer and Water and Sewer Director last week. Marcus Turk will servs as the county’s new chief financial officer following the retirement of TURK David Gruen. Turk will oversee operations of the County’s Finance, Procurement, Risk Management, Business Licensing and Indigent Defense departments. Turk brings over 20 years of finance and accounting experience. From 2006 to 2012 he was the LUCAS chief financial officer for the Dekalb County School District. Most recently he was an independent consultant, providing financial services for school districts. “Having a strong financial foundation is crucial to the success of Forsyth County,” County Manager Kevin Tanner

said. “Marcus has a successful background in many areas of finance and accounting practices. His knowledge and experience will make him an immediate asset to Forsyth County.” The same day, the county announced it was removing the “interim” tag for Water and Sewer Director Barry Lucas. He has served in the interim director role since February following the retirement of Tim Perkins. He previously served as the Deputy Director for the department since 2002. In that role, Lucas was responsible for managing all engineering related activities for the department, including master planning, project planning, project management and construction of all capital improvement projects. Lucas also has managed several programs including development review, the sewer flow monitoring program, easement and property acquisition among others. “Barry has done a great job leading the department over the past several months and we are glad he has accepted the director position,” Tanner said. “Under his management, the County will continue to meet the water and sewer needs of our residents and businesses.” | Forsyth Herald | May 20, 2021 | 3

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Forsyth County sets stage to access Lake Lanier water By JOE PARKER FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County is on the cusp of signing contracts 30-years in the making. The County Commission voted at its May 11 work session to proceed with contracts with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will allow the county to pull water from Lake Lanier. The action comes after decades of litigation in the “Water Wars” between Georgia, Alabama and Florida over water rights. “This is a big deal,” said Lewis Jones of King & Spalding, an advisory firm specializing in water and natural resource matters. “This is water security for Forsyth County…that we have never had before … We’ve been working on this for a very long time.” Earlier this year, a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for Forsyth County to store water in the lake and to potentially install its own pump station. Though a significant portion of Lake Lanier lies within Forsyth County, it has been unable to pull water directly from the source that provides drinking water to millions. The county buys raw water from the City of Cumming, which is one of a handful of cities and counties per-

mitted to pull directly from the lake. Deputy County Director Tim Merritt said the end of the current litigation allows the county to draw up its storage contract with the Corps and state EPD to pay for storage in Lanier. “They allocate to us the storage space in Lake Lanier for the water we need,” Merritt said. “This water will carry us quite some time in the future. There is also a provision in the agreement that says, over time, as we can justify to EPD, to increase our water withdrawal of Lake Lanier…we will pay that pro-rata share cost. But it does give us the ability to withdrawal water out of Lake Lanier.” The county will still need to continue its contract to buy raw water from Cumming in the years ahead, but it can now move forward installing its own intake facility. Merritt told the Herald earlier this year the county might secure its permits to pull water from the lake sometime in 2022 or 2023, but an intake facility might not be online for another five to seven years. Another contract that received preliminary approval at the May 11 work session will increase water security for the county during that timeframe. Commissioners agreed to move ahead on constructing an additional raw water pump at the City of Cumming intake for


Forsyth County is moving ahead with plans to clear regulatory hurdles in the way of accessing water from Lake Lanier. up to $1.8 million for design, purchase, installation and inspection. Water and Sewer Director Barry Lucas said the additional pump will significantly increase the county’s water supply. “The current pumps there provide about 25 million gallons a day, and our existing plant can treat 33 million gallons a day,” Lucas said. “We’re working on an expansion now to bring it up to 40 (million gallons per day), which would be completed within two years. We really need this. It also provides a lot of redundancy for us.”

Drone flying zone proposed at Denmark Park By JOE PARKER FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Residents looking to take to the skies via drone could soon have a new jump-off point. The Forsyth County Commission voted at its May 11 work session to move forward with a plan that will designate a significant portion of Denmark Park as a drone flying zone. Denmark Park includes 81 acres of land on off Mullinax Road and Windy Hill Drive near Denmark High School.

The park land was purchased by the county in 2018 and is undeveloped. Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor said the flying area will about 50 acres on the west side of the park near Windy Hill Drive. The area is screened by trees, which will serve as the boundaries of the zone. “We thought this was the best part of the park where you could see, or have full vision, of the entire area where you can fly your drone,” Pryor said. The flying area could be accessed through an entry gate off Windy Hill

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Drive through an asphalt driveway already on the site. A former home and garage have been demolished, and the grading left from those buildings will be graveled and used as a parking lot. From the parking area, fences will be constructed leading up to the flying area and staging point. Drones would be permitted to fly on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from May to October and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year. The site would be maintained and monitored by park staff. Pryor said no new positions would need to be created to operate the flying area. Radio-controlled airplanes would not be permitted. Pryor said flying would be limited to drones, and there would be no runway or takeoff point for R/C planes. The cost estimate to bring the flying area online is $10,200. “It was designed so we didn’t have to do a whole lot of work to make this happen,” Pryor said. The county’s Parks and Recreation Board signed off on the proposal but did raise concerns of the drones being a potential nuisance to a neighborhood

Lucas said the county sees a peak summer usage of about 25 million gallons per day. Lucas told commissioners that the added pump should provide the county with its water needs for the next seven to eight years while it looks to install its own intake. He previously stated some advantages for the county directly pulling water from Lanier is added water security, a fallback if there is an issue at the City of Cumming intake, improved water quality and better prices for the county’s water customers. on the north side of the property. Pryor said that should be limited provided drones stay within the tree line on the property. Todd Levent, who represents the area, spoke highly in favor of the proposal. “They’re not terribly loud,” he said. “Keep them out of the tree lines, keep them away. I thought this park sitting there, we own the land, might as well use it for something. And $10,200, opening this land up instead of just letting it sit there, I thought this would be a good use until [the park] gets developed.” Fire Chief Barry Head said that drone use is growing by “leaps and bounds” and his department fields calls asking where drones can be flown in the county. He said that even basic models have safety measures in place to help them return to their take-off point if there is an issue. The department also has several FFA-registered drone pilots, and their use is growing rapidly. “It is certainly a tool that is going to be utilized more and more in the upcoming years,” Head said. Commissioners could formally approve the plan in an upcoming meeting. The drone flying area will be the

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Forsyth County school buses roll on through gas shortage Priority relationship with vendor ensures kids get to school By CANDY WAYLOCK CUMMING, Ga. — By the time the school year ends in mid-May, the 375 buses in the Forsyth County Schools System will have traveled nearly 4.7 million miles — the equivalent of 185 trips around the globe. The logistics involved in ensuring the district’s 25,000 daily riders get from home to school and back is always challenging. Throw in a perceived fuel shortage and panic buying last week, and pre-planning for crisis becomes even more important, said district officials. A cyberattack on Alpharettabased Colonial Pipeline on May 8 led to a fuel shortage across the state, primarily from a run on stations from panicked motorists. “Thankfully our buses run on diesel,” said Communications Director Jennifer Caracciolo. “We average 3,500 gallons of fuel per day for our buses, but we have our own fueling stations.” On Friday, nearly a week after the pipeline shut down, industry tracker Gas Buddy reported 51 percent of Georgia’s gas stations still remained

without fuel. Caracciolo said Forsyth County Schools is a priority customer for their fuel vendor which ensured the pumps would continue to flow all week despite the regional run on gas. “We track our usage daily and spoke with them as soon as this occurred,” Caracciolo said. “And they ensured us that they had enough supply to meet our needs.” She said she was not aware of any staffing issues from teachers and others who were unable to report to work because of the fuel shortage. Although last week’s event was isolated, Caracciolo said the district is always aware of the disruption that can be caused when transportation issues occur. Getting kids safely to and from school impacts every other function of a school system. “Every year we review routes and make adjustments to be more efficient on our times and resources,” Caracciolo said. “And if absolutely necessary, we [plan for] online learning, which we utilized for many years for inclement weather and recently for COVID.” Caracciolo said she is aware some school districts are moving toward replacing diesel buses with propane to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. “[District leadership has] discussed this, but we do not have immediate plans at this time,” she said. forsythherald

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West Forsyth student leading youth movement for environmental causes By JOE PARKER FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Barely 18 years old, Hannah Testa has already become a major voice for environmental issues. When she was TESTA 11-years old, the West Forsyth senior began the nonprofit Hannah4Change, a group that aims to educate and empower youth on environmental causes. She spearheaded the statewide Plastic Pollution Awareness Day in 2017 and 2018, and helped to influence Fulton County to pass a bill in 2019 to eliminate single-use plastics from government buildings. Recently, Testa was a major advocate who helped introduced the federal Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act, focused on curbing plastic use through national regulations. She led missions to influence Starbucks to use more environmentally friendly cups and for food delivery services like DoorDash to allow customers to opt out of receiving single-use plastics. Last year, she published a book, “Taking on the Plastics Crisis,” a part of the Pocket Change Collective series in which she tells her advocacy story, why people should care about plastic pollution and how they can help make a difference for the cause. Through her activism, Testa has earned an extensive list of accolades, including being named a “Plastic Action Champion” for 2021 through the Global Plastic Action Partnership, named to Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 list, a “River Hero” award from Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and was recently a recipient of the Claes Nobel Future Female Leadership Scholarship. She’s spoken in front of thousands, including the President of the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. Congress, local governments, and delivered a TEDx AlpharettaWomen speech on youth activism earlier this year. Her own resume and actions have shown a point she made in her TEDx talk, mainly, people can make a change wherever they are, and age is no boundary to making a difference. “My generation plays a huge role in society today,” she said in her speech. “Still, many young people don’t realize how powerful their voices are. I’m here to tell you, we hold the power to make the world a better place.” Testa said her concern for environ-

mental issues began at a young age, and over time, her voice has grown stronger. She said it’s imperative for young people to get involved, especially on issues like environmentalism which impacts all. “Because of our age, often our voices aren’t heard, or we don’t have a seat at the table for these issues,” Testa said. “We are going to face the brunt of these issues, but often we don’t get a say in them. But now more than ever, with the tools like social media at our fingertips, we want to cultivate young people to help cultivate change from the people in power.” Testa is also using her voice to celebrate others in her generation who are advocating to better the world. “I am not alone in this movement,” she said. Testa has been a champion in advocating for less plastic pollution, and part of that begins with education, specifically the impact of single-use plastics on the environment. “Plastic straws, bags or water bottles…are something we use for a couple seconds and remains on the planet for such a long time,” she said. And with most plastics produced via fossil fuels, Testa said a valuable resource is being fought over only to be used for something that is thrown away. She says people can make a difference by bringing their own utensils instead of using plasticware, avoid polyester or nylon clothes and be mindful when shopping to purchase items with less plastic packaging. While those small steps can help, Testa is leading a charge for more impactful initiatives like legislation. “You vote with your wallet every day to choose to buy products with less packaging or those that are environmentally friendly, and you vote in the booth,” she said. “Even on an individual level, you can email your representative to support legislation that will better the planet.” Testa does not view environmentalism as a partisan issue. “It’s unfortunate to think this has been a political issue,” she said. “This isn’t a left-wing or right-wing issue, the only way to solve it is with bi-partisanship. Once we collectively work together on a solution, and there are solutions… that’s where policy can get involved. We can use better legislation and we’ll have a better planet for all.” As she continues her fight, Testa could be an inspiration for other youths

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Drone: Continued from Page 4 county’s first upgrade to Denmark Park if the move is finalized. The county created a master plan for the buildout of the park, but that plan has not come to fruition due to funding issues. The proposal calls for a trails system, several multi-use fields, a pavilion, pickleball courts and other amenities. Pryor said the drone flying area will be a temporary use until funding to build out the park is available. “There are no plans to incorporate this use into the master plan of the park,” he said in an email.” Last July, the county tabled a discussion on using $12 million in local option sales tax revenues to fund the park build-out. The proposal fell aside

Testa: Continued from Page 6 to get involved in causes which will directly impact them. “No matter how young you are, your voice is valid,” she said. “Do not

amid higher-than-anticipated costs for renovating other county parks. The dismissal was a point of contention for Levent, who argued SPLOST funding had outlined $12 million for the park, and by not moving ahead with the buildout, it would jeopardize the local soccer community. The commissioner made several references to the $12 million figure during his discussion on creating the drone flying area during last week’s meeting. When that funding was brought up in a work session last July, Commissioner Laura Semanson argued she would rather spend those dollars on improving existing parks that were also slated for upgrades than paying to build out new facilities. She also disputed Levent’s claims that $12 million had been specifically earmarked for Denmark Park under the local optional sales tax spending plan. stay silent in the face of injustice. Speak up, speak out, be loud, be clear and fight for what is important to you.” During her TEDx talk, she also called for adults not to silence youth advocacy, instead, she urged them to inspire the younger generations. “Encourage us to speak up, and listen to us when we do,” Testa said.

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Alpharetta Chamber pitches plan to enliven downtown By PATRICK FOX ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Alpharetta Development Authority has approved the concept for creating an organization that would foster business development in the Downtown District. The Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce has proposed forming a Downtown Alpharetta District Advisory Board to help build the area’s brand, promote vitality and provide access to business services and education. In a presentation to the Development Authority in April, Chamber officials outlined the purpose of the organization and asked for seed money to launch the initiative. The proposal seeks three years’ funding through the Development Authority. The Authority approved an allocation of $60,000 for the first year. Chamber President Debra Lanham said she could not comment on the initiative, because the agreement has yet to be finalized, but further information will be released this summer. Alpharetta officials say the final contract with all the details should be presented for adoption at the next Development Authority meeting June 15. The Alpharetta Development Authority is an economic entity whose sevenmember board is appointed by the City Council. Among its powers is the authority to issue revenue bonds and secure tax abatements. More recently, the City Council has given the Development Authority more structure, appointing several new members this year. Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard said the city wants the Devel-


opment Authority to take a more active role as a “driver and creator of economic development activity.” In addition to its own sources of money through bonds, the agency receives some city funding. The city, for example, uses the Development Authority as a go-between to fund Tech Alpharetta. Alpharetta allocates $95,000 a year to the Development Authority, which it then passes on to Tech Alpharetta. The city also provides the Development Authority access to its Economic Development tool kit, which entitles the agency to dangle incentives in front of companies looking to relocate to or expand in Alpharetta. Alpharetta Community Development Director Kathi Cook said her understanding is that the new Chamber organization would serve as a unified voice for downtown businesses and promote the area throughout the region to foster economic growth for the entire city. “This is a pilot program,” Cook said. “[The Chamber’s] push will be to try to bring the downtown together, which is over 400 businesses.” Under terms of the proposal, the Chamber will convene public and private stakeholder groups to generate ideas and will create buy-in and commitment from members. It will dedicate staff to administer programs, conduct research and help secure events and entertainment. It will also collect data for ongoing cost/benefit assessments. The Chamber has also proposed to convene an oversight committee, separate from its Board of Directors, composed of public and private stakeholders.


The Chamber of Commerce is seeking funding through the Alpharetta Development Authority to set up an umbrella agency that would promote an active and entertaining downtown. Cook said the initiative would include coordination with other business groups like the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the Alpharetta Business Association, which sponsors the Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market and whose roots were formed in downtown more than 25 years ago. Alpharetta Business Association Vice President Lara Dolan said they support the Chamber’s effort. “As the longest-standing business organization in Alpharetta, the Alpharetta Business Association applauds any initiative to drive patrons and revenues to the downtown area businesses,” Dolan said. “We support the Alpharetta

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Chamber in their mission and look forward to opportunities to work together in support of our members and local business.” Cook said the city spent time during the pandemic researching the most current data on what businesses look for in terms of location. “They’re looking for quality of life,” she said. “Parks are big on the list. Schools are big on the list as well as functioning downtowns that have a lot of events.” Not every business is interested in locating downtown, she said, “but they want to move to cities that have a highfunctioning downtown.”

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Education with a Christ-centered, Biblical worldview Brought to you by - Covenant Christian Academy Covenant Christian Academy, located in the South Forsyth/North Fulton area, partners with Christian families to provide an academically excellent education that approaches every discipline from a Christ-centered, biblical worldview. The community at Covenant has a unique family feel designed to strengthen students’ faith and develop hearts that love to learn about God’s creation. Our teachers love their students, and seek to build genuine trusting relationships with each student and family. As a covenant school serving Christian families, a vibrant and united Christian community is present among our families. CCA offers classes in grades K4-12. Elementary grades build a strong foundation for academic success as students grow in a loving, Christ-centered environment. Middle school students build important study skills, social development, and foundations for future success. High school students are challenged with a rigorous academic program including a variety of course offerings including many AP classes. Students who attend CCA regularly outperform local, state, and national test scores, and our graduates experience great success at the college level. Covenant believes that every student has been specially gifted by our Creator with a unique set of strengths, abilities, and challenges. Small class sizes and our loving environment allow students to thrive as they receive personal attention from their teachers. Extracurricular offerings at Covenant develop well-rounded students. Elementary classes attend music, art, and enrichment classes weekly. Middle

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Sowing the seeds of organic learning Brought to you by – Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia Maria Montessori, Italy’s first woman doctor, invented a system of early childhood education based on her scientific observations of how the child constructs himself through interaction with his environment. Her emphasis on the importance of the “prepared” environment created by the teacher offers the child the freedom to choose his work. This freedom - which is given when the child demonstrates the responsibility to use it wisely - allows him to remain with an activity until its purpose is accomplished. Working without artificial timelines allows him to engage in the spontaneous repetition of a skill so that it is refined; this freedom also creates in him the ability to concentrate for long periods of time and to feel the satisfaction of mastery. In a Montessori environment, the teacher serves as a guide rather than as a traditional instructor. She continually observes the child, using these observations to give the next lesson so that he steadily progresses. The multi-aged classroom gives every

child regular opportunities to be the learner as well as the leader in the security of a home-like environment which is cared for by everyone in it, teacher and student alike. The Montessori classroom is ordered and beautiful, filled with materials that are aesthetically pleasing, materials which capture the imagination and assist in physical, academic and social development. Montessori develops children who are responsible, creative, innovative, respectful and kind. Montessori children are truly the citizens of the future, equipped to face challenges with confidence and competence. Located near the intersection of 141 and McGinnis Ferry Road in Johns Creek, Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia provides excellence in Montessori education for infants, toddlers and children to six years old. JCMSOG provides an authentic Montessori environment, where each individual’s needs are respected, and everyone works together for the good of the community. The focus is always on helping the children to develop themselves in a caring, peaceful environment. By helping children to develop independence, we assist them in their physical and emotional

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Hands-on, Minds-on learning Brought to you by – McGinnis Woods School (infants through 8th Grade) McGinnis Woods School is a private school offering a rich Preschool through Middle School education. The beautiful school campus is in Forsyth County and includes a Nature Explore certified outdoor classroom. McGinnis Woods is Cognia, GAC, and NAEYC certified and a member of the Georgia Independent School Association. McGinnis Woods offers both in person and real time remote learning through ClassFusion. Instruction is designed to be hands-on with a focus on STEM learning. The school is a 1:1 iPad environment that features small class-sizes, teacher assistants and superior academics that inspire a lifelong love of learning. Classes are engaging and provide for differentiation and personalized attention. Virtual guest speakers and field trips, character education, leadership opportunities and community service round out the curriculum. Drama Club, Competitive Sports, Robotics and Science Olympiad teams train year-round. After school programs and Discovery Clubs are also available. Please visit to set up a tour or call 770-664-7764. Experience the McGinnis Woods difference!

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“If a student can’t learn the way we teach…we should teach the way a student can learn.” Brought to you by - Mill Springs Academy Those are the words of Mill Springs Academy’s founder, Tweetie L. Moore, and the words that Mill Springs administration, faculty, and staff continue to live by today. Founded in 1981, Mill Springs provides a values-based college preparatory program for students with ADHD and learning differences. Mill Springs’ school-wide Community Structure encourages students to participate in their own education by teaching self-advocacy, social problem-solving skills, and how to forge their own path. Our small class sizes allow teachers to provide each student with individualized instruction. Our highly skilled faculty and counselors provide academic rigor on all levels, from kindergarten through 12, in a supportive, nurturing environment. Mill Springs Academy also offers students a wide variety of opportunities outside the core curriculum. Mill Springs’ fine arts program encourages students to explore their creativity through painting, sculpture, set design, music, performance, and more. Our robust athletic programs allow students to play at a competitive level while building teamwork and confidence. Mill Springs’ 85-acre Alpharetta campus includes indoor and outdoor classroom space, athletic facilities, and visual and performing arts facilities. We serve students from over 50 different zip codes in the Metro Atlanta area and provide four bus routes with ten stops in the morning and afternoon. To learn more about Mill Springs Academy, visit us at www. “If a student can’t learn the way we teach...we should teach the way a student can learn.”

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Educating with intention Brought to you by - Mount Pisgah Christian School Mount Pisgah Christian School is a leading Preschool through 12th grade independent school located in the heart of North Fulton. Known for providing an outstanding college preparatory education grounded in Christian faith and values, 100% of students are accepted into a four-year college or university. MPCS is educating with intention by engaging students through student-centered learning with small class sizes brought to life in academics, athletics and spiritual life. Mount Pisgah aims to grow students’ relationships with God and each other, guided by a spiritual blueprint integrated into the curriculum. Through student-led chapel services each week, an annual spiritual retreat and continuing service projects, stu-

dents grow in their relationship with God and learn to serve others. With a curriculum that integrates STEAM from Preschool to 12th grade, Mount Pisgah is on the cutting edge of preparing students for tomorrow’s opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math. Recognized for academic achievement, Mount Pisgah offers 18 AP and 15 Honors Classes and is an AP Challenge, AP Merit, AP STEM, AP STEM Achievement and AP Humanities School. Extracurricular offerings include 46 competitive athletic programs, band, chorus, orchestra, theatre and visual arts programs, as well as the Mount Pisgah Arts Academy. The after-school Arts Academy classes and lessons in drama, art, music and dance are available to all students in the community ages 4 to 18. To learn more and schedule a tour, visit | Forsyth Herald | May 20, 2021 | 15

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Crabapple Fest set to return this fall By JOE PARKER MILTON, Ga. — Crabapple Fest, the city’s most popular annual event, is set to return this fall after the previous two iterations were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Crabapple. “After a tough year, the return of Crabapple Fest is an exciting, uplifting sign that our community can safely come together again, in person,” Milton Community Outreach Manager Courtney Spriggs said. Crabapple Fest, a partnership between the City of Milton and the Crabapple Community Association, draws tens of thousands each year. The event includes live entertainment, food, drinks and an array of arts, crafts and antique sellers that line the street in downtown Crabapple. Along with a host of other local events, the 2020 Crabapple Fest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last fall, the city announced it would attempt to revive event this spring, but with the pandemic still raging and the requirement for long-term planning, the city opted to also cancel the rescheduled event. The outlook is far brighter for this fall’s return. Spriggs said she and Milton’s event coordinators took declining case numbers and increased vaccination rates into mind to create a “safety plan” for the festival. After discussions with the Crabapple Community Association, planners, “collectively decided we could hold a safe, fun event in October.” “We know to expect the unexpected and not take anything for granted but are excited to work on all the details that will make this year’s festival the best yet,” Spriggs said. This year’s event will have the same “feel” as the past, Spriggs said, with a few updates to keep attendees safe. That includes extra staff for cleaning, readily available hand sanitizer and, instead of inflatables for kids, there will be a designated “kid’s zone” with interactive entertainment options. “Crabapple Fest is an outdoor, open air festival which should make it an easier transition for people who have been more likely staying in for a long time,” Spriggs said. The event will also help showcase new development of downtown Crabapple and could bring added

Arrests: Continued from Page 2 April 28 on Settingdown Road for DUI and too fast for conditions. Jesse Derrick Shirley, 33, of Heardsville Road, Cumming, was arrested April 28 on Keith Bridge Road for DUI, center lane violation and obstruction of law enforcement officers. Blake Fleming Smith, 25, of Creek Court, Flowery Branch, was arrested April 28 on Bannister Road for possession/purchase of any controlled substance in schedule III, possession of marijuana, possession of drug related


Crabapple Fest is set to return this year after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled last year’s event. The annual festival, Milton’s most popular event, features antique, art and food/drink vendors, live entertainment and more. revenues to business in the area. “With lots of growth and new development, downtown Crabapple looks a lot different now than when the last Crabapple Fest occurred in fall 2019,” Spriggs said. “This is an exciting time for the area and many businesses in it. With so many Milton businesses impacted during the challenges of this

objects and failure to use seatbelts. Diana Irene Neisler, 57, of Matt Highway, Cumming, was arrested April 28 on Matt Highway for trafficking in cocaine, illegal drugs, marijuana, or methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug related objects. Amy Denise Worley, 53, of McCoy Circle, Cumming, was arrested April 28 on Bannister Road for DUI and failure to signal. Belinda Kohn, 39, of Gordon Road, Cumming, was arrested April 28 on Peachtree Parkway for DUI, possession of open alcohol container by driver, littering from a motor vehicle and driving on wrong side of roadway.

past year, we are thrilled to offer an opportunity to get them involved and engage once again with the wonderful crowd the festival brings to Milton.” The city is accepting applications for sponsors and vendors. Those interested can apply at

Jaime Lynn Anthony, 38, of Kayak Way, Cumming, was arrested April 28 on Matt Highway for possession of methamphetamine. Richard Trent Parker, 38, of South Hall Drive, Flowery Branch, was arrested April 28 on Matt Highway for possession of methamphetamine. Todd Anthony Mooney, 38, of Davis Road, Dawsonville, was arrested April 29 on Matt Highway for trafficking in cocaine, illegal drugs, marijuana or methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects. Jacqueline A. Modlinski, 52, of Sunbury Place, Cumming, was arrested April 29 on Majors Road for DUI, endangering child by DUI and hit and run.

Diana Jill Delong, 53, of Kitchen Way West, Dahlonega, was arrested April 29 on Ga. 400 for DUI, failure to maintain lane and possession of open alcohol container by driver. Angelica Elisha Williams, 25, of, Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, was arrested April 30 on Waterford Place for public drunkenness and obstruction of law enforcement officers. Stephanie Renee Henderson, 46, of Greystone Summit Drive, Cumming, was arrested April 30 on Peachtree Parkway for DUI, possession of marijuana and failure to maintain lane. Christopher Andrew Wear, 32, of See ARRESTS, Page 21

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Wellstar North Fulton Hospital offering medical withdrawal program BY SYDNEY DANGREMOND JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — On April 19 Wellstar North Fulton Hospital launched their medical withdrawal program to aid those beginning withdrawal from opioids or alcohol. The three-to-five-day program provides patients with a medically supervised withdrawal process that helps minimize symptoms and has led to more successful remission. “If we catch it early enough, we can prevent you from going through all those really bad withdrawal symptoms…using the best practices and medical treatment we have,” said Wellstar North Fulton’s Chief Medical Officer Karim Godamunne. According to Godamunne, the program derived from a community need assessment. “The thing that came out of that was, we know there’s a lot of substance use disorder in our communities, but there’s not enough resources to help them,” Godamunne said. Various investigations between 2015 and 2017 unearthed a 4000 percent increase in heroin-related deaths in North Fulton communities. This area was

deemed “The Heroin Triangle.” Since then, more attention has been paid to the local opioid and substance abuse crisis. However, new data shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased substance abuse in communities nationwide, including North Fulton. “The reality is that this pandemic has served as fuel for the opiate crisis,” Godamunne said. “We know, from national data that the opioid epidemic has gotten worse because of the pandemic, because of stresses in people’s lives.” That’s why Godamunne is especially optimistic about launching this medical withdrawal program now. “This is a proven model that’s been done elsewhere,” Godamunne said. “This is not a unique pilot program. This is a model that has been successful for many individuals at different places around the country with similar types of services.” After a pre-screening phone call and an in-person assessment, patients are admitted to the Wellstar hospital for assistance with acute medical withdrawal symptoms. Following patient discharge at the end of the three-to-five-day period, patients are put in touch with various community resources for continued treatment.


Wellstar North Fulton hospital has launched a medically supervised withdrawal program to help those with substance abuse addition get back on their feet. “We’re not here to judge people,” Godamunne said. “We’re here to keep them safe keep providing compassionate care.

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A consumer’s critique of a useless contraption In this rendition of “Consumer Advice You Didn’t Request,” I will outline why the Swiffer mop/Wet Jet is perhaps the most useless cleaning device on the market today. JOE PARKER Yes, I have previEditor ously been awarded for investigative journalism, and I’m coming at you with more hard-hitting stories today. My wife and I recently listed our home for sale, which involves mopping the floors approximately every 17 minutes. During this process I have found that the Swiffer Wet Jet is only a good product if you are looking to change the location of dirt and dust from one section of floor to another while simultaneously making your floors extremely wet. And don’t bother avoiding walking through a room because you’ve “mopped” with a Swiffer. In fact, absolutely walk over them, because rubbing a wet foot across your hardwood, vinyl or tile floors after they have been “Swiffer-ed” is actually more effective at cleaning your floors than using the Wet Jet. That’s because dirt and grime will actually stick to a wet foot, whereas a Swiffer pad just likes to take it for a quick ride from, say, under the kitchen table to a more prominent place, like the middle of your living room. The tagline of “Stop cleaning, start Swiffering” even implies that by using a Swiffer, you are, in fact, not cleaning. Hey, at least they’re honest. And it’s not even particularly easy to use. Just slap on a pad, press a button

to spray some floral-scented mop juice and have at it sounds easy enough, but there’s more to it than that. I am a man of average height, but when using a Swiffer, I have to adopt a position that could also be used to tie someone else’s shoes. Showing plumber’s crack is guaranteed. Using any bit of elbow grease while Swiffering, which we have already established makes no difference, causes the mop’s pole to bend. My model now looks more like a fishhook than a cleaning device. And sure, a conventional mop gets grimy, greasy a generally nasty after being used, but that also shows that grime, grease and schmutz was actually transferred from the floor to the mop head, whereas a Swiffer pad seemingly just has a chemical that makes the pad change colors to imply it actually did something other than relocate dirt. But that’s not how things are portrayed on Swiffer commercials. No, Swiffer ads show their product erasing the most colorful of messes by people that seem to really, seriously, enjoy mopping. These ads could be the modern-day equivalent to the “This is your brain on drugs” commercials. Do you dance around, smiling giddily and show hardcore satisfaction from mopping despite the fact you aren’t actually cleaning anything? This is your brain on drugs. And can I have some? Because any drug that makes cleaning you floors a joy should absolutely be legal and readily available. That’s especially true when I’m attempting to “mop” approximately 56 times a day and could use a nice pick-me-up.


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Arrests: Continued from Page 16 Suwanee Dam Road, Sugar Hill, was arrested April 30 on Buford Dam Road for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Stephen Patrick Shealy Jr., 32, of Samples Way, Dawsonville, was arrested April 30 on Freedom Parkway for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects, theft by taking and failure to appear. Victoria Grace Michele Davis, 22, of Pinecrest Drive, Buford, was arrested April 30 on Pinecrest Drive for possession of methamphetamine. Kenneth Todd Lucas, 53, of Sugarloaf Drive, Cumming, was arrested April 30 on Canton Highway for DUI, possession of open alcohol container by driver and passing school bus-loading/unloading. Daniel Franco Arbelaez, 45, of Wildcliff Parkway NE, Atlanta, was arrested April 30 on Ga. 400 for DUI and speeding. Samuel Blake Ray, 25, of Rosewood Lake Drive, Cumming, was arrested April 30 on Ga. 400 for DUI and speeding. Joseph Anthony Bouchez, 41, of Edison Drive, Cumming, was arrested April 30 on Ga. 400 for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Cynthia Marie Sisson, 30, Jess Grizzle Road, Dahlonega, was arrested April 30 on Ga. 400 for DUI, possession of open alcohol container by driver, failure to maintain lane and endangering a child by DUI. Jack Roy Clifford, 69, of Greenfield


John Lorenzo Baden, 91, of Cumming, passed away May 5, 2021. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.

Ian Bamber, 76, of Alpharetta, passed away May 4, 2021. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Director & Crematory. Ida Martha Finley Cantrell, 83, passed away May 5, 2021. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home. Gerard Michael Carroll, 58, of Cumming, passed away May 10, 2021. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home. Jean Cristofanelli, 97, of Alpharetta, passed away May 6, 2021. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Director & Crematory.

PUBLIC SAFETY Drive, Dawsonville, was arrested April 30 on Ga. 400 for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Imer Perez Marroquin, 44, of Greenhouse Drive, Roswell, was arrested May 1 on Ga. 400 for DUI, driving in gore/median/emergency lane and driving without a valid license. Alecia Michelle Roberts, 26, of Bavarian Wood Place, Buford, was arrested May 1 on Ga. 400 for DUI, failure to maintain lane and unlawful use of wireless. Martin Eduardo Uribe-Cruz, 38, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was arrested May 1 on Tribble Gap Road for DUI, failure to maintain lane and following too closely. Jose Arturo Gomez Lopez, 29, of 15th Street, Cumming, was arrested May 1 on 14th Street for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Gabriel Ehima, 44, of Oak Hill Terrace, Cumming, was arrested May 1 on Ga. 400 for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Diego A. Betancur Echeverri, 33, of Mount Water Trail, Buford, was arrested May 1 on Ga. 400 for DUI, reckless driving, fleeing/attempting to elude for felony offense, failure to maintain lane, following too closely and improper/erratic lane change. Malay Vijay Deshpande, 44, of Weir Way, Johns Creek, was arrested May 1 on McFarland Parkway for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Victor Andre Betancourt, 57, of Buford Valley Way, Buford, was arrested May 1 on Ga. 20 for DUI, location/illumination of taillights and possession of THC oil less than 20 oz. Brian Keith Sapp, 55, of Evans Road,

Robert DeFlumere, 81, of Roswell, passed away May 9, 2021. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Deborah Doty, 67, of Alpharetta, passed away May 7, 2021. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Madge Grimsley, 87, of Alpharetta, passed away May 9, 2021. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. | Forsyth Herald | May 20, 2021 | 21

Atlanta, was arrested May 1 on McFarland Parkway for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Anne-Marie Elizabeth Maguire, 29, of Lantern Ridge Drive, Marietta, was arrested May 2 on Ga. 400 for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Kristine Pakkala Rutledge, 27, of Candler Park Drive, Winder, was arrested May 2 on Keith Bridge Road for DUI and vehicle- defective or no headlights. Gregory Jack Brown, 35, of Payne Court, Cumming, was arrested May 2 on North Glen Drive for DUI. Bryant Patrick Cavin, 31, of Beyers Landing, Buford, was arrested May 2 on Ga. 400 for DUI, possession of heroin, failure to maintain lane, driving while license suspended or revoked and possession of drug related objects. Seth Frederick Williams, 21, of Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested May 3 on Atlanta Highway for DUI and driving without a valid Solution license. H U N T O L E O P U E R S T O O R I B S A B E Y E S S T E A L R O A L A W O L L A A L E S M Y T H







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SANFORD ESTATES, THE PREMIER RETIREMENT COMMUNITY IN ROSWELL: Dishwashers: Helps serve residents’ meals and assist in cleaning kitchen appliances and dinnerware. Housekeeper: Clean apartments and serve meals to residents’ tables. Benefits. Competitive wages. $250 bonus to start. Apply: 500 Walton Way, Roswell30076 or resume: SanfordEstates.Hiring@ EOE. Warehouse guy needed for shipping and receiving UPS, unloading and loading trucks, stocking inventory on shelves, cleaning and organizing warehouse. Pulling orders for customer pick-ups, and standard warehouse duties. Hours Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00 Chamblee area

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For those who qualify. One coupon per household. No obligation estimate valid for 1 year. *Offer valid at time of estimate only 2The leading consumer reporting agency conducted a 16 month outdoor test of gutter guards in 2010 and recognized LeafFilter as the “#1 rated professionally installed gutter guard system in America.” Manufactured in Plainwell, Michigan and processed at LMT Mercer Group in Ohio. See Representative for full warranty details. CSLB# 1035795 DOPL #10783658-5501 License# 7656 License# 50145 License# 41354 License# 99338 License# 128344 License# 218294 WA UBI# 603 233 977 License# 2102212986 License# 2106212946 License# 2705132153A License# LEAFFNW822JZ License# WV056912 License# WC-29998-H17 Nassau HIC License# H01067000 Registration# 176447 Registration# HIC.0649905 Registration# C127229 Registration# C127230 Registration# 366920918 Registration# PC6475 Registration# IR731804 Registration# 13VH09953900 Registration# PA069383 Suffolk HIC License# 52229-H License# 2705169445 License# 262000022 License# 262000403 License# 0086990 Registration# H-19114

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Flooring PHILLIPS FLOORING Hardwood, laminate, carpet & tile installation and repairs. We do tile floors, showers, tub surrounds and kitchen back-splashes. Re-grouting is also available. Call 678887-1868 for free estimate.

Gutters AARON’S ALL-TYPE GUTTERS Repaired and Installed. Covers, siding, soffit, facia. Senior citizen discount! 770-9342766

Wood Rot Repair, Deck Repair and Staining. Roof Leaks, Carpentry, Painting, Siding and Soffits. Flooring, Tile, Electrical and Plumbing. 770-2626272.

Home Improvement Phillips Home Improvement We offer drywall, painting, carpentry, plumbing and electrical. Basements finished, kitchen and bath rehabs. All types flooring. Also total home rehab for those who have a rental house or one to sell. Call 678-887-1868 for a free estimate

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Residential & Commercial. Best service and most reasonable prices since 1999. Appen-Rated 99. Home: Driveways, Fences, Decks, Home exteriors, more. Commercial: Offices, Restaurants, Tennis Courts, Pools, Apt. Complexes, more. All Pro Pressurewash call 770-766-5566 for Mark.


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Roofing Tree Services COMPLETE TREE SERVICES Appen-Rated 98 Text or Call us for a FREE quote appointment. Tree removal, Pruning, Stump grinding, Free mulch, Fully insured, Emergency 24/7 770-450-8188

Finegan Home Improvements LLC: License #RBQA004932. R e m o d e l i n g , handyman. 34 years experience. Basements finished, decks, screen porches, doors, drywall, painting, flooring, custom kitchens, bathrooms. All insurance. Paul Finegan 404-353-5611


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