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Neighbors report burglary while residents out-of-town JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Police responded to a Weathervane Drive burglary April 3 in which a rear basement window had been smashed. Next-door neighbors noticed that around 11:30 the night before, bedroom lights were on and a black pick-up truck drove away from the home. Thinking this was suspicious because the neighbors were out of town, the husband decided to walk around the home the next morning and discovered the smashed window and an open door. Because the owners were out of town, inventory of what was stolen was not known, but there was additional damage inside the house.

Scammer hacks computer, steals credit card info JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A woman contacted police April 1 after she discovered she had been the victim of a computer scam. She said that on March 8 she clicked an ad on Facebook and was then told her computer was infected. Contacting the number provided, she paid $8 to a firm identifying itself as “Microsoft” to repair her computer. Later, the victim noticed someone

credit cards and a pair of reading glasses, was missing. The officer noticed a tax Honda Pilot parked nearby had also been targeted. The owner of that vehicle said she left the car between 3:15 and 5 p.m. Her purse, license and iPhone were also missing.

had remote access to her computer and that she had unauthorized charges on her bank accounts, totalling $13,600.

Purse stolen from car on State Bridge Road JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — An employee of The Crab Spot on State Bridge Road called police April 4 after someone broke into her car and stole her purse. The victim said she was working between 5:30 and 11:30 p.m. She said someone picked the driver side door and stole her $50 brown purse that was underneath the front seat. She brought her wallet into work with her so nothing other than the purse was stolen.

Car window smashed while owner works out JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Police responded April 4 to a woman who said her car was burglarized while parked at Mount Pisgah Athletic Center. The woman said she parked in the lot between 6:15 and 8:10 p.m. The rear passenger window was shattered and the molding around the window had been pried open, she said. Her purse and wallet, which contained her driver’s license, concealed carry permit, six credit cards and debit card, were missing

Chanel purse delivered to buyer’s old address JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A woman contacted police April 3 to report that a

$4,000 Chanel purse she ordered was stolen. The woman told police that due to a delivery mishap the bag was delivered to her old address. FedEx records showed that the package was delivered March 28 and signed for by someone. The resident at the woman’s old home initially told the woman over the phone that no one had signed for the package. He later said that his child had signed for the purse and it was later given to Goodwill. The woman showed police the text messages between her and the new resident.

Fraudulant lender takes man for $725 JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A man contacted police April 4 after he believed himself to be the victim of fraud. The man told police he had been applying for loans and he received a message from Ace Cash Express, which at the time he believed to be a legitimate loan offer. The victim provided his Social Security number, bank account information and address. The scammer sent the man a check, which he deposited. He was then instructed to send back $725 in a Google gift card, which he did. Shortly after, the check he was sent bounced.




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Johns Creek council commits additional funds to stormwater By CARSON COOK carson@appenmediagroup.com

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Interim Fire Chief Chris Coons, right, recognizes Johns Creek Fire Department’s recent paramedic school graduates. The personnel completing paramedics training are, from left, Geoff Garcia, Lt. John Cambareri, Nick Acciarito, Deanna Rowan, Lt. Anthony Saunders and Tony Witchousky, not pictured.

Firefighter class earns paramedic designation By CARSON COOK carson@appenmediagroup.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Several members of the Johns Creek Fire Department made their way to Police Headquarters on April 8, to be recognized by the City Council for completing paramedic school. Paramedics provide advanced emergency medical services and are distinguished from other emergency medical technicians (EMTs) through additional training. The five individuals are in various stages of completing the 14-month licensing process. In addition to hours studying in the classroom and on their own time, paramedic trainees complete

observations in an ambulance, emergency room, operating room, OB/GYN wars and cardiac cath lab. “I am incredibly proud of these members for stepping up and taking on this challenge to be in a position to better serve the community,” Interim Fire Chief Chris Coons said. “They make me very proud. This is a big step for each of them.” When these certifications are finalized, the Johns Creek Fire Department will have 34 paramedics on its team, or nearly 50 percent, Coons said. “The number of lives that you all have saved as a department is incredible,” Mayor Mike Bodker said. “You are exceptional, and I want to say thank you.”

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Johns Creek City Council voted April 8 to spend $400,000 to repair heavily damaged cityowned stormwater systems. The essential decision before the council was whether to allocate the money now or to wait until they have a more complete picture of which areas of the city need the most repairs. As part of the 2019 budget, the city hired a consultant to assess existing stormwater structures, such as catch basins and gutters, and conveyances, such as pipes and ditches. At the current pace, the study is expected to take two to three years to complete. Out of the six stormwater zones in the city, Long Indian Creek has been studied, and Johns Creek and Crooked Creek districts will be assessed this year. The remaining three, Caney Creek, Cauley Creek and Level Creek, are not scheduled to be assessed until next year. The Long Indian Creek basin, which runs west of Jones Bridge and northwest of Old Alabama roads, was chosen to be studied first because it contains some of the city’s oldest infrastructure. Of the nearly 1,200 pieces of city-owned stormwater infrastructure in the area, two structures and two conveyances were found to be heavily damaged. An additional 20 structures and 51conveyances were less severely damaged. Some private and state-owned infrastructure was damaged as well. The city staff recommended allocating $400,000 from the city’s infrastructure maintenance accrual fund to address the most immediate repair needs. The council voted 6-1 with Councilman Lenny Zaprowski opposing. “I would like to see the council push up [studying] all of these so we can really get a true understanding of where we are, and then make a plan to go about fixing this,” he said, phoning into the meeting remotely. “ Zaprowski said he did not want to prioritize any area of the city over another, but other council members said the issue was too important to wait. “We could be two years down the road before we’ve evaluated every basin,” Councilman Chris Coughlin said. “And I believe those issues that we’ve currently identified could be just exacerbated by waiting that long.” In other business at the meeting, the council finalized appointments to its citizen advisory boards. All together, the council reappointed 17 members and

appointed 18 new members to the six boards. Sophie Li, Ron Cioffi, Jenna Eden, Paige Chambers-Rusche, Randy Bampfield, Nicole Robinson, Paul Tshilumba, Kim Truett, Regena Johnson, Nancy Bishop and Sevan Yarjan were appointed to the Arts and Culture Board. At a previous meeting, Scott Kallish, Tracy Stegall and Kelly Butcher were appointed to the Public Arts Board. The Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee will be filled by Grace Zhang, Bill Rahm, Erica Billiot, Michael Sheaffer, Kirk Leopard, Mary Justice, Jordan Stastny, Chandler Yount and Christopher Jocham. Edward Mitchell, Vanessa JimenezShapiro, Tien Yee and John DiPietro were appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

We could be two years down the road before we’ve evaluated every basin...And I believe those issues that we’ve currently identified could be just exacerbated by waiting that long.” Chris Coughlin Councilman For the Construction Board of Appeals, the council appointed Katie Pothier, Dilip Tunki and Katherine Mason. To the Planning Commission, Lea Taylor, Kamini Anand, Emmett Shaffer and Chip Floyd were appointed. “I am particularly proud of our newest and returning board appointees who represent how diverse Johns Creek has become,” Mayor Bodker said. “It is essential we collect citizen input and ideas from as wide of a range of our community as possible. It’s our unique differences which help make us exceptional.”




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State Legislature tackles election equipment, Medicaid General Assembly stalls on Atlanta airport takeover By CARSON COOK carson@appenmediagroup.com ATLANTA — The 2019 legislative season is in the rear window. While controversial bills concerning abortion and Medicaid grabbed headlines, legislators quietly tackled topics like medical marijuana and hemp farming. Here’s a rundown of some key pieces of legislation and how local elected officials voted. Election Reform HB 316 Status: Signed by governor Summary: With this bill, Georgia is set to get new election equipment across the state in the form of ballot marking devices. The new equipment allows voters to cast ballots on a touch screen, similar to current equipment, then the machine will print out a paper ballot that will be scanned and counted. Democrats and cybersecurity advisors generally opposed these machines, arguing a paper ballot filled out by hand would be less expensive and less at risk for hacking. Republicans and election administrators generally supported the ballot marking devices, saying the

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Emory Johns Creek Hospital receives recognition JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Emory Johns Creek Hospital has recently received recognition from the American College of Radiology as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellene. The Johns Creek hospital is the only DICOE-recognized adult facility in the state of Georgia and the first Emory facility. “This elite designation demonstrates

our hospital and radiology department’s dedication to quality, safety and engagement,” Emory Johns Creek Chief of Radiology Services Howard Fleishon said. Emory Johns Creek Hospital performs more than 75,000 radiology exams and procedures each year. For more information, visit emoryhealthcare.org/johnscreek or call 678474-7000.

City promotes Walk to School Wednesday JOHNS CREEK, Ga. —Students at Dolvin, Ocee and State Bridge Crossing elementary schools are encouraged to participate in “Walk to School Wednesday,” which helps reduce the city’s carbon footprint and traffic congestion. Every Wednesday, for the rest of the

Legislature: Continued from Page 6 financing of the Hartsfield- Jackson airport, while keeping ownership with the city of Atlanta. The bill went through several iterations, with some legislators seeking full state takeover and others angling for no state intervention. In the last days of the session, a jet fuel tax exemption and other transportation legislation was tacked onto the bill. Ultimately, it failed to pass. Home design deregulation SB 172, HB 302 Status: Failed to pass Summary: This bill that would have prevented local municipalities from creating regulations for home designs, such as roof shape or materials, was opposed by several cities and the Georgia Municipal Association. Ultimately, it failed to make it out of committee in either chamber. Medical Marijuana HB 324, Georgia’s Hope Act Status: Passed by Legislature Summary: This bill legalizes the production, manufacture and dispensing of low THC oil by licensing six medical marijuana dispensaries and allows the possession of 20 fluid ounces for registered patients. Roll Call: Albers, N Karinshak, Y Kausche, Y

school year the city is encouraging students and families to walk, bike, roll or ride the school bus to school. Walk to School Wednesday is held in partnership with the City of Johns Creek, Georgia Commute Schools and Georgia Safe Routes to School.

Martin, Y McLaurin, Y Moore, Y Hemp Farming HB 213, Georgia Hemp Farming Act Status: Passed by Legislature Summary: This legislation legalizes the farming of industrial hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant used for textiles, paper, biodegradable plastics and other materials. This bill authorizes the state to issue hemp grower licenses and sets regulations. Roll Call: Albers, Y Karinshak, Y Kausche, Y Martin, did not vote McLaurin, Y Moore, Y Telecom regulation SB 66, Streamlining Wireless Facilities and Antennas Act Status: Passed by Legislature Summary: This bill was designed to streamline the deployment of wireless broadband in public rights of way. Proponents of the bill say it will incentivize telecom companies to expand 5G coverage across the state, meaning faster internet speeds. Opponents, including some Alpharetta and Johns Creek officials, say it restricts local municipalities’ ability to regulate their rights of way. Roll Call: Albers, Y Karinshak, Y Kausche, Y Martin, N McLaurin, Y Moore, Y




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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Fulton County Commissioners failed to approve the appointment of an Alpharetta attorney to the Board of Assessors for the third time at its April 10 meeting. In February, Commissioner Bob Ellis nominated Alpharetta attorney Ken Zdrok to replace real estate developer Salma Ahmed upon the completion of her four-year term in July. “He has a pretty deep experience with appraisal, valuation, appeals, compliance audits, really running the full gambit,” Ellis said previously. “I think he would bring a tremendous amount of depth to the Board of Assessors, which as we all know has had its challenges over the past couple of years.” The vote failed February 20 and March 6 and was tabled at the commission’s March 20 meeting. There was never a motion to deny the appointment, but due to a lack of affirmative votes, the motion failed each time. The April 10 vote marks the third time the motion has come up for a vote, and the clerk can now remove it from the agenda. Zdrok’s nomination was supported by several mayors and city council mem-

bers from North Fulton. “I hope that we will respect the wishes of a vast majority of elected officials in North Fulton that this position would represent,” Commissioner Liz Hausmann said. Alpharetta City Administrator Bob Regus appeared in person at the commissioners’ meeting asking, on behalf of the city’s mayor and City Council, to approve Zdrok’s nomination. “We’re concerned about the tax digest, not just for Alpharetta but for all of Fulton County.,” he said. “We know, especially with the commercial assessments, there’s a lot of money that’s left on the table, and if we can just get the digest right, we can give more tax relief, we can improve services.” Ellis and Hausmann listed complaints against the Board of Assessors’ behavior over the past several years such as the failure to keep assessments in line with increasing values, the findings of the State Department of Revenue’s review in 2017 and a lawsuit accusing assessors of sales chasing. “It’s clearly an area that, when you look at the facts of the matter, the board has had some clear deficiencies and where new blood with critical experience and background can only serve to benefit our citizens,” Ellis said.




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Singers with the Johns Creek Chorale rehearse “Under the Sea” on April 9 in preparation for their “Walt’s Vault” concert.

Johns Creek Chorale schedules tribute to Disney performance By CARSON COOK carson@appenmediagroup.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Johns Creek Choral and Tapestry Woman’s Choir will wrap up their season with a tribute to Disney. The “Walt Vault” concert will be April 27 at Johns Creek United Methodist Church beginning at 5 p.m. There will be costumed character performers at the church before the concert to take photos with children. Attendees are also encouraged to dress up as their favorite Disney characters. “It’s very family friendly,” Musical Director Nathan Frank said. “It’s going to be laid back. It will be a good concert for people to come to.” “The spring concert is always one of our lighter concerts,” Frank continued. “We’ve done musical theatre and pop in the past, and we know people just absolutely love Disney, so we thought we would give it a whirl.” The concert will feature music from “The Lion King,” “Mary Poppins,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid” and more. “It’s every hit that you know. We’re certainly doing ‘Let It Go,’ but we don’t want people not to come because of that,” Frank joked. Tickets can be purchased online through thejohnscreekchorale.com. Tickets are $15 or $10 for military members and seniors 65 and older. Children

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The “Walt’s Vault” concert will feature Disney classics like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult with a paid ticket. Auditions are conducted on a rolling basis. If you’re interested in singing with the Chorale or Tapestry in the 20192020 seasons, visit their website or email thejohnscreekchorale@gmail.com for more information.




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Corbin said her work is influenced by her time as a graphic designer, which can be seen in the geographic repetitions and balance. Many of her abstract pieces can be hung in any direction, she said. “You use that quality of balance in a lot of graphic design to make things visually appealing,” Corbin said. That’s not to say her artwork looks like something you’d see in an advertisement. Corbin brings her work to life with adventurous color and texture. “When I’m doing something for me personally, it tends to be more expressive of who I am and my love of design,” she said. “Because I don’t have a client’s requirements on me, I can just do my own thing and let the design evolve until it speaks to me.” Corbin’s work will be displayed through July 13. The show is located in Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Parkway, on the lower level visitors’ area.

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Spiritual leaders for Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhi met with Emory Johns Creek Hospital staff to hold an April 10 interfaith panel about end-of-life care.

Emory holds interfaith panel on end-of-life care By JULIA GROCHOWSKI julia@appenmediagroup.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — To address a growing religious diversity in North Fulton, Emory Johns Creek Hospital held an interfaith panel April 10 to discuss spirituality during end-of-life care. As people age and near death, many turn to faith for comfort. This was the second in a series of interfaith panels. The first was held last October and featured the Abrahamic religions — Christianity, Islam and Judaism. This time, the panel featured three religions founded in the Indian subcontinent — Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhi. Three local faith leaders spoke about these religions and how to best honor a patient and their beliefs as they near the end of their life. Dozens of Emory staff were in attendance as well as staff from nearby hospitals. “Compassionate, palliative, end-oflife care is a sensitive, but critical topic that affects all of humanity,” said Timothy Park, Emory Johns Creek Hospital director of spiritual health. “This multicultural event is a great opportunity for community members and staff to deepen their understanding of others’ beliefs and to equip them to best care for their fellow neighbors during an end-of-life experience.” Manhar Valand, a certified Hindu chaplain, spoke about how his faith stresses accepting that death is inevitable and there is beauty in reincarnation. One of the best ways to accommodate a Hindu patient during end-of-life care is to allow small comforts of their faith, Valand said. This may include prayer beads, a vegetarian diet or reading from the scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. Geshe Ngawang Phende, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, spoke about easing suffering and finding comfort as someone approaches death.

Phende focused on easing mental suffering in particular. He said the suffering is caused by fear of death as well as attachments to Earthly concepts, such as family, material things and power. Buddhisim, Phende said, teaches to let go of these attachments and understand that the time of death is uncertain, but an inevitable part of life. This frame of mind can help bring peace and comfort for Buddhist patients, as well as reciting prayers or mantras, he added. Gulbarg “Gogi” Singh Basi, president of the Sikh Study Circle and founder of the Global Sikh Council, spoke about how much of a Sikh’s life and view of death is informed by the belief that the body is a gift by the creator and, generally, should not be altered. This means that uncut hair is very important for Sikhs, Basi said. Basi also mentioned that Sikhs carry four articles of faith with them at all times — a comb, a small sword, a bracelet and a special kind of briefs — reflecting different tenants of their faith. He added that caregivers should ask Sikh patients before touching or removing any of these items. Kathleen Rieter, interfaith consultant for Emory and moderator of the panel, said that asking the family in general when a patient is of an unfamiliar faith is a good rule of thumb. “One important thing to take away from this panel is to always ask the family,” Rieter said. “Because there are a lot of things that can happen when you don’t know what you don’t know. That’s when you get in trouble.” Park said Emory is committed to maintaining a robust interfaith dialogue and diversity of faiths and customs. The hospital keeps religious texts from several different faiths as well as a dedicated spiritual health team to help patients. For more information, visit emoryhealthcare.org/spiritual-health/.


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We are better than this We are all so tired of the attack politics that plague our country. We’re tired of the partisanship. We’re tired of people simply being ugly to each other — being disrespectRay appen ful and showing Publisher no empathy for the ray@appenmediagroup.com world outside of their own point of view. It’s getting old, really old. Most of us have lost patience of our elected officials for not finding a way to reach across the aisle and work together to get stuff done that needs to be done. Most of us are done with attack politics. And unfortunately, I find more and more that increasingly we avoid even talking about politics with each other — just avoid it and pretend it is an issue that will go away if we stick our heads in the sand. Minute by minute, it feels like the country drifts farther away from who we really are, what we really stand for and the values we hold dear. I suspect if the country were in this condition 240 years ago, that we would not even have a country today — at least not one remotely resembling what is still the envy of most of the rest of the world. A friend of mine likes to say that even with all our current issues and attitudes, that if we totally opened up our borders half of the world would move

here the next day — maybe not so much now. It didn’t used to be this way. One thing that scares me most is that in just a few years, we will have a generation of young adults who have never known a world different from the one they live in now. Think about that for just a moment. They will never have experienced life where people and politicians respect each other, treat each other civilly, or where communication and diverse points of view were perceived as viable and non-threatening. We’ll have generations of young people who only know anger, partisanship, and a world where everything is black and white with no middle ground — a world that is only a zero-sum proposition — for every winner there must be a loser. That will be the filter through which they navigate the greater world around them — with no grounding, no frame of reference of a better way or a better world to anchor their thoughts or actions. How does that bode for the future of this good country? I know one thing to be true: we are better than this, each and every single one of us — so much better. We have more in common than we have differences. That is getting harder and harder to see, but it is still capital “T” true.  We cannot — must not — continue to live as though our commonality is less than our differences. The older I get, the more I understand that in all

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Minute by minute, it feels like the country drifts farther away from who we really are, what we really stand for and the values we hold dear. aspects of life there is always a point past which there can be no return. Dogs that have been beaten and only know cruelty usually are past rehabilitation. They will always expect the behavior, the only one they have known. Generations of disadvantaged people at some point will only produce further generations of people who will ultimately fail in all walks of life and who always will look to others instead of to themselves for better lives. The behavior becomes hard-wired.  Many of the root causes of our disfunctionality are going to be hard to change. Money has totally corrupted our electoral process. The internet has directly and indirectly taken away our sources of easily identified reliable information — information that can be trusted.  Those are going to be very hard obstacles to overcome.  And there are more issues in the mix — connectivity, alienation, failing churches, loss of all privacy, failing institutions such as “marriage,” disenfranchisement of a large percentages of the country, and the perennial 300-pound elephant in the room — income inequality. However, all is not lost — and it never is. Anyone who cares enough can

become part of the solution by changing something they do control. And what do each and every one of us control? We control how we treat each other. We control if we respect each other’s opinions and ideas or not. We control if we label people who don’t agree with what we believe — if we stereotype them or not.  Labels and stereotyping are pure, capital “P” poison — the surest way to destroy who we are and everything we represent.   We do have control over a lot. The question is do we care enough? Change starts with tiny acts and then grows; or said metaphorically, borrowing from the ’60s: “a single spark can start a prairie fire” of change. In the book “Glass Castle,” there is a metaphor used called the Reynolds Number which roughly describes the boundary between order and chaos. To me, today’s world is not so far removed from that Reynolds Number.  We’re near the edge I think, sliding toward a paradigm shift to the negative — possibly close to a point of no return. It feels like it’s time to act, or concede and continue to let the cards fall randomly where they will. I hope not. We’re better than this. I know we are.

Milton: A forever home after graduation When I look back on the last 18 years I’ve lived in Milton, I can’t imagine myself growing up anywhere else. Everywhere I go, I see neighbors or a third grade classmate or an old teammate who remind me of what makes this city so special. When I was younger, not very many people resided in Milton. But as I got older, the population grew as did the memories. JILLIAN DiMARCO I remember loving every aspect of the Appen Media Group intern interns@appenmediagroup.com Fulton County School System, the origin of my nine year-long Girl Scout troop and forever neighborhood friendships. Ten AP classes taken at Milton High School and I’m still not ready to say goodbye. When I was 5 years old, my dad put me on my very first rec softball team at North Point Park. The community support for the 10 years after that first team was unreal. Traveling all over the state of Georgia playing on the highest travel teams with my teammates was the best part. Around the age of 15, I fractured my elbow in three different places. My team came to visit me throughout my entire recovery. I was told soon after I could not play softball ever

again. Going into my freshman year at Milton High School, I had no sport to play. With the help of local coaches and other players, I quickly picked up tennis. A year later, I made the varsity team as a sophomore. Without that setback, I would not have met my best friends who still stand by me today. Four high school years later and the mindset is still the same, Milton is the reason. As I near my tennis senior appreciation night, it gets me thinking. Milton created memories for me that have changed the course of my life. From being hired at Brusters Ice Cream shop to being an intern at Appen Media Group, the idea is the same. This place truly shapes a person. As my friends and I attend senior graduation events and our very last prom, things start to get real. The idea of leaving a place that holds such a strong grasp on my heart seems impossible. Growing up in Milton has taught me the southern hospitality and skills needed in order to take on the challenges thrown at me. There are so many reasons why I am grateful for 18 years in paradise. As I prepare for the next four years of my life in Columbia, South Carolina, I reflect on the city that built me. Milton will always be my favorite place, my hometown.

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Fulton County to restore historic courthouse facade ATLANTA — Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners signaled their commitment to historic preservation of county buildings March 20 by passing a measure to restore the facade of the historic Fulton County Courthouse. The $19 million project, part of the county’s $90 million urban redevelopment bond, will maintain the building’s historic status by restoring the building’s exterior using the terracotta stonework that was part of the original construction. The building’s roof will also be returned to its original slate material. “This is an iconic building that sees thousands of visitors each year,” Board of Commissioners Chairman Robb Pitts said. “It’s important for us to take care of our infrastructure and preserve our historical buildings whenever possible.” The chosen vendor, Mark 1 Restoration, specializes in masonry restoration and previously restored the Miami-Dade Courthouse, a building designed by the same architect who designed the Fulton

County Courthouse. “In Atlanta, preserving historical buildings has not always been a priority,” Commissioner Liz Hausmann said. “This grand piece of architecture is on the National Register of Historic Places, and repairing the façade and slate roof on this 100-plus year old building will preserve the important structure for future generations. I am very thankful that the Board of Commissioners decided to save this majestic building.”

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ROSWELL, Ga. —The City of Roswell and the Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens will open the grounds at Mimosa Hall on Monday, April 22. The opening will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30am. This event is part of the fifth Annual Roswell Azalea Festival, a month-long city-wide celebration of spring blooms. The 9-acre property surrounds Mimosa Hall, a Greek Revival mansion built in 1841 for John Dunwody, one of the founders of Roswell. In 1918, Atlanta architect J. Neel Reid bought the home and transformed five of the acres into formal gardens. Of the 15 garden rooms Reid created on the property, 13 survive today. The City of Roswell purchased Mimosa Hall and Gardens in 2017. The Department of Recreation, Parks, Historic, and Cultural Affairs, which oversees the property, has been working to renovate the gardens and prepare for this public opening. The city is supported by the Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens, a nonprofit that formed in 2017 to help with the

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interpretation, restoration and maintenance of the property. The Friends group will also be installing a solar roof on Mimosa Hall. The roof was designed by Simone du Boise, the architect behind Weatherford Place. It features thin-film photovoltaic panel. The new roof will provide 100 percent of Mimosa Hall’s energy needs, saving the City of Roswell about $5,000 annually in energy bills and removing 61 tons of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere every year.




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Cumming to kick off 2nd annual Friday at the Fairgrounds CUMMING, Ga. - The Cumming Fairgrounds is gearing up for the second year of the popular Friday at the Fairgrounds event April 19 from 5 to 10 p.m. Families are welcome to come out and enjoy a night at the fair every third Friday of each month from April to October. Sponsored by Andean Chevrolet, Fridays at the Fairgrounds will feature food trucks, live music, carnival activities and food vendors, including The Loaded Burger, Cousins Maine Lobster, Fiver Finger Philly, The Deep South Biscuit Co., Babakabab, Just Wing’N, Big C’s Chicago Kitchen, Tacos & Tequilas Mexican Grill, King of Pops, and Kona Ice of North Atlanta. Last year’s inaugural events brought in around 5,000 people. The festival includes music, beer and wine, classic cars, modified jeeps and a kids’ zone Tickets are $5 and children are offered free admission. The Cumming Fairgrounds are at 235 Castleberry Road. —Adam Darby

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Sometimes, Life Comes Down to the Millimeters

Volunteers sought for smoke alarm installations NORTH FULTON, Ga. — Home fires are the nation’s most frequent disaster and kill seven people each day—often in homes without working smoke alarms. To help prevent needless tragedies in Georgia, the Red Cross and partners are seeking local volunteers to help Sound the Alarm at two home fire and smoke alarm education events in Atlanta. Volunteers are needed to canvass neighborhoods and install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, help families create home fire escape plans and provide logistical support. Sound the Alarm events are part of the Home Fire Campaign,

which the Red Cross launched in 2014 to reduce fire deaths and injuries. So far, with the help of local partners and volunteers, it has reached more than 1.7 million people and saved more than 552 lives nationwide. Sound the Alarm volunteer events are suitable for church and civic groups, co-workers and other adults who want to spend a day making a hands-on difference in the lives of others. Supplies and lunch will be provided during a day of instruction that will be held at Fire Station Number 26 in Dekalb County on May 1. To register, visit www. soundthealarm.org.

Outdoor burning prohibited May 1 through Sept. 30 NORTH FULTON, Ga. — A state-mandated burn ban on all outdoor burning is in effect from May 1 through Sept. 30. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division is imposing the ban to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. According to the Georgia Forestry Commission, careless burning of debris is the leading cause of wildfires in Georgia. In the hot months of summer, the ozone in the air can reach unhealthy levels.

Outdoor burning is a significant contributor to the pollutants that form ozone, according to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. For more information about the burn ban, see the outdoor Burning Guidelines on the City website. If you have questions, you can call Johns Creek Fire Marshal Chad McGiboney at 678512-3363 or email him at FireMarshal@ JohnsCreekGA.gov.

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Alpharetta considers another tool to fund North Point revival Officials weigh proposal for tax allocation district By PATRICK FOX pat@appenmediagroup.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. — City leaders are exploring another funding option that could bring millions of dollars to revitalize Alpharetta’s North Point District. City Council members decided April 8 to move forward with a study to determine the feasibility of setting up a tax allocation district within the North Point corridor. A tax allocation district, or TAD, allows a share of future property taxes within a certain area to be used for capital improvements within that area, like streets and parks. First adopted by the Georgia Legislature in 1985, there are well over two dozen tax allocation districts in Metro Atlanta today — most notably Atlantic Station. If approved by the City Council after a series of public hearings, this would be Alpharetta’s first TAD. The law provides that once a district is defined, its taxable property valuation is locked for a term, usually between 20 to 30 years, and those properties continue to pay city, county and school taxes based on that valuation. If and when the property value increases, the extra tax revenues generated by that increase are set aside for improvements within that district. In order for a district to receive the full benefit from a TAD, all governing authorities — the city, the county and the school district — must consent to the agreement. Preliminary estimates, compiled for the city by Bleakly Advisory Group, say a North Point tax allocation district could generate $132 million in redevelopment funding over the next 20 years. The estimate is based on a district consisting of roughly 775 acres — primarily commercial or undeveloped with the potential for future growth in value. The revenue estimate also assumes consent from the county and the school district. Gary Mongeon, senior vice president with Bleakly,

North Point Mall is in the early stages of redevelopment plans that call for more greenspace, multi-use trails and residential units. said that if the county or school district do not participate, the TAD would likely generate about $18 million in revenue over 20 years from city taxes alone. That figure climbs to $59 million with the county on board. “The North Point area is a really important generator of revenue for the city, the county and the region,” Mongeon said. “Just the North Point Mall alone generates about $4 million a year in property taxes to all the local taxing jurisdictions. That does not include personal property; that’s just the real estate.” It also provides just shy of $13 million in sales taxes each year, which are shared by the county, the city, MARTA and the school district, he said. For the past two years, Alpharetta has turned its attention to revitalizing the North Point corridor. Back in the fall of 2017, the city committed $125,000 in consultant fees to update the corridor’s planning document. And, last year, the city received

$75,000 in Community Development Assistance Program funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission to complete a Creative Placemaking Plan for the district. “A tax allocation district could be one tool of several that would help you pay for public improvements that are outlined in that very ambitious LCI study,” Mongeon said. City Council members said they favored pursuing a more detailed study that could be evaluated by residents and shopped around to school and county officials, a process that could run in the thousands of dollars. Councilman John Hipes said by exploring whether a tax allocation district is suitable for North Point the city is sending a signal to property owners and future developers that it is serious about reviving the area. “I’d like to pursue it further,” Hipes said. “I think it’s very positive.”

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The art of creating a successful community Dawson County may very well be next in line to become a county with a major mixed-use development. After watching the success of Avalon, and the construction a couple miles up Ga. 400 Geoff smith of Halcyon, a group Assurance Financial, gsmith@lendtheway.com called Dawson Village Partners is moving forward with its plans to build Dawson County’s version of those two on 974 acres along the banks of the Etowah River. The massive site is located in the northwest corner of the Ga. 400 and Highway 53. For those familiar with the area, it will be just east of Uncle Shucks Corn Maze, whose property does not appear to be part of the development. To give you the idea of the scale of this project, it is roughly 9 times the size of Avalon. That is a huge assemblage of 40 mostly undeveloped properties. The final project won’t be anywhere near as dense as Avalon. It includes 273 acres for parks and greenspace, a 40-acre public park on the Etowah River that will also have a canoe launch and a winery and vineyard. A large chunk of the development will also incorporate residential living with 800 multi-family units, 101 single-family attached homes, 604 single-family detached homes and a 350-unit continuing care retirement community with both independent and assisted living. All of this will surround more than 338,000 square feet of retail space that the developer says will “be designed with an AvalonUrban Village Life-style, incorporating residential living on the second and third story above retail area.” And then there is this: the developer is proposing 243,000 square feet of office space with a building up to 10 stories tall. I’m guessing that this would

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The proposed Dawson Village, roughly 9 times the size of Alpharetta’s Avalon, would sit on 974 acres along the banks of the Etowah River. serve as the tallest building in Dawson County. I don’t know of any other Class A office space certainly of this size in Dawson County. It could be the first real attempt by the county to draw in a significant white-collar workforce. In addition, the project is including a convention and performing arts center. This seems like something that would be done in conjunction with county civic leaders to either draw people up into the scenic and rural Dawson County, or make it more desirable for businesses who may want to get away from the traffic and have an office in a walkable area out in the country. The final thing that caught my attention was the inclusion of a “historic Chinese cultural center providing public awareness of Chinese arts, gardens,

herbal medicine, and lifestyle.” Plans are probably still be worked out, but the application seemed to say that this cultural center will include 199,000 square feet of retail space, restaurants and retail service including a 4-story hotel. It’s hard to tell, but it kind of looks like this is going to be a Chinatown-esque kind of a thing. Renderings show the hotel and retail buildings surrounding small ponds and a “Chinese classical garden.” If the project is approved by Dawson County officials, it would be a massive next step for a county that has quietly made small, smart decisions over the years. The first win for Dawson County was landing the North Georgia Premium Outlets many years ago. They wanted to put the outlet mall in Forsyth County, but Forsyth didn’t want it. So Dawson

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welcomed it with open arms and has been bathing in its tax-base ever since. The malls have kept property taxes low for Dawson County residents and no doubt funded small seed projects all across the county. Geoff Smith is a mortgage banker with Assurance Financial focusing on residential home loans for refinances and home purchases. Geoff Smith gsmith@lendtheway.com 770-674-1433 Personal: NMLS#104587 Business: NMLS#70876 *The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of Assurance Financial Group

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EARTH DAY The annual festival returns once Join the festivities at Milton City Hall Plaza for a day filled with fun, learning and serving for all ages in celebration of Earth Day. The event will be held Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Milton City Hall, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton. For more information, visit cityofmiltonga.us. Looking to get the word out about your event? Submit it to our online calendar at NorthFulton.com/Calendar.

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FEATURED: FIESTA 5K CHALLENGE

What: Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team presents the 13th annual Fiesta 5k Challenge. Start and finish at Fowler Park. All proceeds benefit the Emory ALS Center. When: Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. Where: Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming Cost: $35 More info and registration: runsignup.com/runloco4als

“SOUTHERN CURRENTS”

What: The Johns Creek Arts Center hosts the Atlanta Photography Group’s most recent exhibit. Featuring 51 works by 35 local and regional artists. When: March 9-April 20; opening reception Saturday, March 9, 6-7:30 p.m. Where: Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek More info: johnscreekarts.org or 770-623-8448

GIRLS ON THE RUN NORTH GA What: Registration is open for this physical-activity based, positive youth development program that inspires girls grades 3-8 to be joyful, healthy and confident over 10 weeks starting Feb. 11.

When: Feb. 11-May 1 Where: Various Girls on the Run sites throughout Forsyth County Cost: $165 More info: girlsontherunnorthga.org

EVENTS: EASTER EGG HUNT

What: Spend the morning finding candy-filled treasures on the grounds of this historic home. Children should bring their own baskets. Photos with the Easter Bunny will be available. When: Friday, April 19, 10 a.m. Where: Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell Cost: $5 More info and tickets: roswellgov. com

WILD WEEKEND

What: This annual family event encourages all to take a walk on the wild side and features an assortment of games, guests and nature crafts. When: Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Where: Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek Cost: $10 More info: autreymill.org

RUMC MINI JOB FAIR

What: Employers from throughout

CALENDAR greater Atlanta will meet in person with possible candidates for their job openings. The mini job fair will be held in the evening with workshops throughout the day. When: Monday, April 22, workshops starting at 12:30 p.m. Where: Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell More info: rumcjobnetworking.com

JOHNS CREEK CHAMBER GOLF CLASSIC

What: Join for the annual Chamber Golf Classic. Awards and a barbecue dinner start at 3:30 p.m. When: Monday, April 22, 8 a.m.5:30 p.m. Where: Country Club of the South, 4100 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek More info and tickets: johnscreekchamber.com

GARDENING MYTHS

What: Part of a series of free classes. Topics include product claims, home remedies, use of mulch and urban gardening. When: Tuesday, April 23, 7-8:30 p.m. Where: Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell More info: roswellgov.com

DREAMWEAVERS OF GEORGIA SPRING BAZAAR

What: Shop and enjoy light refreshments while browsing local vendors. All proceeds benefit foster children in Georgia. When: Thursday, April 25, 5-7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 26, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: The Kalen Center, 201 Vaughan Drive, Alpharetta More info: 770-255-1019

CANCARE CONCERT 4 A CAUSE

What: Listen to the Tim Tyler Duo and enjoy Smoke Bros. BBQ, while children enjoy face painting, snow cones and games, all while supporting cancer patients and survivors. When: Saturday, April 27, 6-9 p.m. Where: Johns Creek Presbyterian Church, 10950 Bell Road, Johns Creek Cost: $25 per ticket. Children 12 and under are free. More info and tickets: cancareatlanta.org

CLAWS FOR A CAUSE

What: Enjoy cold beer, spicy crawfish and shrimp, chicken jambalaya and live music by Suburban Angst, all while supporting Senior Services North Fulton. Rain or shine. When: Saturday, May 4, 5-8 p.m. Where: Six Bridges Brewing, 11455 Lakefield Drive #300, Johns Creek Cost: $50 in advance, $55 at the door More info and tickets: ssnorthfulton.org

ATLANTA BIRD FEST

What: Presented by the Atlanta Audubon Society. The event will feature exclusive, bird-centered field trips, workshops and speakers for casual and experienced nature and bird observers. When: April 13-May 19 Where: Throughout Atlanta More info: atlantaaudubon.org/ atlanta-bird-fest

ROSWELL GHOST TOURS

What: Learn about the spirits and history of the Roswell Historic District. When: Friday and Saturday nights in April, by reservation only Where: Historic Roswell More info and reservations: roswellghosttour.com

GARDEN TOUR MONDAYS

What: Participate in a free tour of the historic gardens led by a staff horticulturalist. No reservations necessary. When: April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 9:30-10 a.m. Where: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell More info: southerntrilogy.com

FIFTH ANNUAL ROSWELL AZALEA FESTIVAL

What: Celebrate the beauty of Roswell during springtime and to its abundant azaleas, a flower native to Georgia. Activities include plant sales, art exhibits, bicycle races, ghost tours, comedy night and more. When: Through April 30, times vary Where: Across the City of Roswell More info: roswellazaleafestival.com

JOHNS CREEK TOASTMASTERS

What: Join the weekly meeting to learn how to become a better speaker and better leader. When: Saturdays, 9:45 a.m. Where: Johns Creek Christian Church, 10800 Bell Road, Johns Creek More info: johnscreek. toastmastersclubs.org or 404-5133188

SMART RECOVERY FAMILY AND FRIENDS

What: This program uses science based tools to provide support for those who are affected by the addictive behavior of someone close to them. Not a twelve step program. When: Mondays, 7-8 p.m. Where: DecisionPoint Wellness Center, 1070 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, Johns Creek More info: smartrecovery.org

TAKE-A-PEEK TUESDAY

What: Take a quick peek at Autrey Mill’s building collections and hear about the preservation and research efforts. When: Tuesdays, noon-2 p.m. Where: Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek

Cost: $2 More info: autreymill.org

NAVIGATORS TOASTMASTERS PATHWAYS

What: Reach your personal and professional goals through Pathways, Toastmasters’ new education program. When: Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Where: Club House, 6300 Polo Club Drive, Cumming More info: navigators. toastmastersclubs.org

ALL RECOVERY MEETING

What: Join an open discussion for those in recovery from addiction or those affected by people with addiction. Not a twelve step program. When: Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Where: Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek More info: navigaterecoverygwinnett.org or 678-743-1808 x101

WEDNESDAY MORNING NETWORKING

What: Join for networking every Wednesday morning. When: Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Where: Perimeter Church, 9500 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek Cost: $5 for members, $10 for guests More info: johnscreekga.gov or 770495-0545

HEALTH AND FITNESS: FREE FITNESS IN THE PARK: PILATES

What: Join for a free group exercise class with Fitness in the Park. All classes are weather-permitting and open to the public. When: Saturday, April 20, 9-10 a.m. Where: Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta St., Roswell More info: roswellgov.com

FULTON GOLDEN GAMES

What: For more than 20 years, the Fulton Golden Games has helped mature adults stay physically active, socially engaged and competitive, thus improving their quality of life. When: Kick off Wednesday, April 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Games run through May 25. Where: Milton’s Bell Memorial Park, 15245 Bell Park Road More info: cityofmiltonga.us

FREE FITNESS FOR WOMEN

What: Join your Alpharetta Females in Action group for free, peer-led workouts each week. Adult women of all fitness levels are welcome. When: Saturdays, 8 a.m. Where: Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming More info: fianation.com


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ZUMBA GOLD (FLEX)

him live. When: Wednesday, April 24, 8-11 p.m. Where: Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta Cost: Tickets start at $20 More info and tickets: awesomealpharetta.com/event/ santana/

What: Combines the international rhythms of the Zumba Gold program with the strength training techniques, creating an easyto-follow, health-boosting dance fitness program. When: Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Where: Park Place at Newtown School, 3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek More info: johnscreekga.gov/ parkplace

JIMMY BUFFET

What: Join for a chance to see Jimmy Buffet live. When: Thursday, April 25, 8-11 p.m. Where: Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta Cost: Tickets start at $20 More info and tickets: awesomealpharetta.com/event/ jimmy-buffett/

ENERGY YOGA

What: Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. When: Sundays, 10:15 a.m. Where: Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek More info: afpls.org

ARTAROUND ROSWELL SCULPTURE TOUR

FARMERS MARKETS, FOOD TRUCKS: ALPHARETTA FARMERS MARKET

What: Find farmers with fruits, vegetables and natural meats; gardeners with fresh flowers and herbs; and makers of all sorts of edible home goods, from yummy desserts and breads to local raw honey. When: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta More info: awesomealpharetta.com

ROSWELL FARMERS AND ARTISANS MARKET

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS OUT

What: Join for weekly dinner and fellowship. Volunteers needed for serving and cleaning. When: Wednesday nights, 4:45-6:30 p.m. Where: Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell Cost: $7 per adult More info: rumc.com/wno

What: Don’t miss the opening day of the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market. Mix and mingle with friends, shop for wonderful fresh items and enjoy talking to the vendors. When: Saturday, April 13, 8:30 a.m. – noon Where: Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St., Roswell More info: roswellfam.com

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS

RELIGIOUS EVENTS:

What: The four different circles offer women opportunities to spend time together, support each other in happy and sad times, learn from each other and grow in faith. Child care options available. When: Esther Circle, each first Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.; Ruth Circle, each first Wednesday, 11 a.m.1 p.m.; Lydia Circle, each first Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Martha Circle, each first Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta More info: alpharettapres.com/ adults/small-groups/

MEN’S MINISTRY: FRIDAY MORNINGS

What: The First Baptist Roswell men’s group meets every Friday morning for friendship and to help each other grow spiritually. All are welcome to attend. When: Fridays, 7 a.m. Where: Panera Bread, 1195 Woodstock Road, Roswell More info: fbroswell.org

THERAPEUTIC YOGA

What: Gain health benefits from relaxing yoga that emphasizes strength and flexibility. No experience necessary. Taught by an advanced certified yoga instructor. When: Wednesdays, 9:45-11 a.m. Where: Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell More info: rumc.com or 770-2611705

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What: Make and grow faith-based friendships for all ages. Enjoy a hot meal and/or volunteer. When: Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45 p.m. Where: Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, 69 North Main St., Alpharetta More info: afumc.org

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CIRCLES

MUSIC, ARTS & THEATER: JOE GRANSDEN AND HIS BIG BAND

What: Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents Joe Gransden and his

16-piece big band. At just 42, Gransden is renowned for the hard bop approach of his trumpet and a singing voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. When: Monday, April 22, 8-10 p.m. Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: $30 More info: get.org

LUX

What: Ann Jackson Gallery presents LUX, an evening of luxury fashion, art and jewelry. Showcases the fashion and accessories of Jai Lyle, jewelry by Akshar Choudree and bespoke headwear by Illona Cardona. When: Saturday, April 20, 6-9 p.m. Where: Ann Jackson Gallery, 1101 Alpharetta St., Roswell More info: annjacksongallery.com/ lux

“JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK”

What: Someone took Junie B.’s new black furry mittens, and they didn’t even put them in the lost and found. Junie B. is on a mission to prove she’s not a nutball, avenge her black furry mittens and maybe get a great new colorful pen too. When: Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m. Additional shows April 20 and 27. Where: Georgia Ensemble Theatre, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: $10 per ticket More info: get.org

AN EVENING WITH SANTANA

What: This year marks the 20th anniversary of Carlos Santana’s album “Supernatural” and the 50th anniversary of his performance at Woodstock. Join for a chance to see

What: The ArtAround Roswell “museum without walls” 2019-2020 Tour will feature 10 new sculptures and nine permanent sculptures. When: Opens April 13, through February 2020 Where: Across the City of Roswell More info and maps: roswellartsfund.org

SPOTLIGHT ARTIST: ROSWELL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

What: The Roswell Photographic Society will be exhibiting a juried flower exhibit. This will be in conjunction with the Azalea Festival that occurs every April. When: April 1-May 31 Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell More info: roswellphotosociety.com

JAZZ AT FIREFLY

What: Free, live music each week. When: Saturdays, 8:30-11 p.m. Where: Firefly Restaurant & Bar, 3070 Windward Plaza, Alpharetta More info: fireflyalpharetta.com

LIVE MUSIC SUNDAYS

What: Join every Sunday afternoon for live music on the patio along with food trucks and cold beer. When: Sundays, 4-7 p.m. Where: Truck & Tap, 30 Milton Ave., Alpharetta More info: awesomealpharetta.com

LIBRARY EVENTS: EAT THIS BOOK

What: Join us for a lunch discussion of food blogger Deb Perelman’s “Smitten Kitchen Every Day.” Choose any recipe from her book, make it and bring it to share. When: Friday, April 18, noon-2 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info and registration: afpls.org

VIRTUAL REALITY GAME NIGHT

What: Come check out the PS4 Virtual Reality games, Nintendo Switch, Wii and analog games. Ages

8 and up. When: Friday, April 19, 6-8 p.m. Where: East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info: afpls.org or 404-6134050

FOURTH ANNUAL PUP PARADE

What: Celebrate and bring dogs to the library. Prizes will be given out, including a free canine training class, gift cards and more. When: Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org

ADULT ART CLASS: CERAMIC TEA CUP

What: Paint a ceramic tea cup. All levels welcome. Presented by Out of the Box Art Studio. When: Saturday, April 20, 2:303:30 p.m. Where: East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info: afpls.org or 404-6134050

OUR UNIVERSE

What: Sonny Mantry, Ph.D. will explain how the observable universe contains trillions of galaxies formed in the Big Bang, a hot and dense primordial soup of elementary particles. When: Saturday, April 20, 3-4 p.m. Where: Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming More info: forsythpl.org

MILTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

What: Join for Clarke Otten’s discussion: “Indian Trails and Pioneer Tales: 6,000 B.C. to 1800 A.D.” When: Tuesday, April 23, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org or 404-6134402

PET ADOPTIONS: FORSYTH COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER

What: Pet adoptions When: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: The Forsyth County Animal Shelter, 4065 County Way, Forsyth County More info: 678-965-7185

FULTON COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES

What: Pet adoptions When: Every Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Where: PetSmart, 6370 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta Additional adoptions: MondayFriday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fulton County Animal Services, 860 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta More info: 404-613-4958


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Left lane Reviews:

OPINION

Get the show on the road 2018 Mazda6

I would make a terrible film critic. I was fairly sure of this, but the point was driven home when I recently heard two people discussing the merits of a certain film. They JOE PARKER debated at length Reporter the character buildjoe@appenmediagroup.com ing and struggle throughout the movie, the subtle symbolism presented, the way the film deviated from the typical storyline of its genre and the merits of the actors’ performances. It was an incredible detailed critique of the film, so I thought I should lend my thoughts. “Yeah, I liked that movie, it was good,” I said, exhausting every bit of analysis I could give on the film in question. The other two parties turned to me, waiting for me to expound on my thoughts, but I simply glared back, not able to produce any more exploration of the subject. So, they politely turned back to one another and, at least with their eyes, told me to butt out of their intelligent conversation. It’s not that I don’t have an appreciation for movies, I simply do not watch them in a critical way. Many people test drive cars in this manner. Sure, like watching a movie they are experiencing what it has to offer but they hardly go beyond, “I like it,” or “I don’t really like it.” While my film critiquing may be crap, I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with the ability to analyze cars, and, crucial in writing such reviews, the ability to formulate ridiculous analogies to describe them. For instance, the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system in the 2018 Mazda6 is intuitive to use, and the spinning control knob makes shifting through menus and radio stations a breeze. However, firing up the system with the car is like waiting for a 1999 Gateway computer to boot up when it is riddled with viruses from emails on how to grow your, ahem, manhood. I happen to live just over a mile from a grocery store and successfully parked before the system was alert enough for me to change the radio station. That said, the rear camera and overhead cameras do show up on the screen as soon as you put the Mazda in reverse. And when the view shows up on the screen, it’s like looking at a webcam from the aforementioned computer. It is

almost unbelievable that a new car could have cameras with seemingly lower quality than that convenience store security cameras of 20 years ago. However, these are insignificant criticisms when you view the Mazda6 overall. A slow-to-boot infotainment system and low-res cameras is akin to a film in which the chief of police tells a cop to “go by the book” when the officer in question has already established he will, in no way, play by the rules. It’s a flaw, but it can be overlooked in the grand scheme of things if the film is good. And the Mazda6 more than makes up for those few grumbles. If I were to describe it in the way I describe films, it would receive my upmost and extensive praise — “I really like it.” Especially in the new-for-2018 Signature trim I tested, the 6 exudes a luxury feel without the associated price tag. The Signature ($34,750) includes rich chestnut-brown Nappa leather seats, engaging Japanese Sen wood trim inserts, Ultrasuede trim pieces and an LCD gauge display. The interior materials and styling is far above what can be reasonably expected in a $35,000 sedan. You have to search for materials that are not pleasing to the touch, it is accommodating, the overall interior look is pleasing and well-composed and plenty of stretch room is provided in the front and rear. In many ways, the Mazda6 begins to infringe into luxury territory. You can say the same about its sporty performance and comfortable ride quality. Mazda had retained its focus on driver experience and has provided the fun factor in the 6. The SKYACTIVE 2.5-liter turbo in the Signature is superbly reactive to driver input. The 227-horsepower turbo four isn’t the fastest off the line, but it is incredibly quick to respond in its mid and higher ranges. The reworked chassis provides a supple and drama-free ride that doesn’t suffer from bad posture in the corners. No, it sits up straight, and coupled with responsive steering and brake feel, the 6 certainly brings the entertainment value that we have come to expect from Mazda. There is also a level of styling expected from Mazda, and the 6 certainly delivers in that regard. I have already swooned over the looks of the Mazda3 in these pages, and the 6 is also incredibly pretty. Adding to the good looks is 19inch alloys and gunmetal front grille in Signature trim. The Mazda6 is available in, you guessed it, in six trim levels, from the base Sport with either a manual or

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automatic ($23,000) transmission to the Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. While Signature brinks on the luxury designation, the lower trims are still fairly equipped. All 2018 models include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and Smart City Brake Support, which will bring the 6 to a stop in speeds under 19 MPH. Base models also include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-inch infotainment screen, rearview camera and LED headlights. A step up to Touring adds 19-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, heated front seats and additional safety

features, like line lane departure warning among other amenities. The lower trims come with the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, which cuts 40 horsepower and over 100 torques from the turbo version. The turbo comes standard in top three trims, starting with the Grand Touring ($29,200). If the Mazda6 were a movie, it would appear as the production budget was that of a summer blockbuster, when in reality, it was quite affordable to make. With its gorgeous looks, it would include the sexiest and most beautiful cast, and would provide the type to fun worthy of a huge bucket of popcorn.

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Representatives of American Commerce Bank and the Johns Creek Police Department celebrate the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run. From left, Bob Koncerak, American Commerce Bank COO, Major John Clifton, Johns Creek PD, Carlos Laverde, ACB Atlanta market president, Travis Carithers, ACB teller and Corporal Tyler Seymour, Johns Creek PD.

Fifth annual torch run a success ATLANTA, Ga. - American Commerce Bank in Johns Creek was pleased to celebrate community success this past weekend as over 400 runners participated in the Johns Creek PD’s fifth annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, a fundraiser for Special Olympics, Georgia. The 5K event was held on Saturday, April 13th at Shakerag Park. The program drew a record crowd of residents to cheer on the runners and walkers. Carlos Laverde, ACB’s Atlanta market president, was particularly proud of the turnout. “This event has grown with each passing year, and we are honored to help the community of Johns Creek raise funds for such a worthwhile cause”. This commitment surely fits with our commitment to invest in Johns Creek. Most of our branch staff turned out for the event!” Beyond championing community service, American Commerce Bank specializes in providing high-touch service to its consumer and commercial banking customers. The bank offers marketleading money market and CD deposit rates, as well as highly convenient on-

line banking and treasury management services. The bank’s experienced customer service staff pride themselves in knowing their customers by name and knowing how to address each client’s individual needs. ACB’s participation in the nation-wide CDARS network enables the bank to provide FDIC deposit insurance on balances well above the standard $250,000 account limit. By providing such services, bank management ensures that it can “bring big bank products down to the community banking level”, according to Laverde. In addition, the bank’s Small Business Lending staff provides customization to the needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs. By catering lending terms to the specific needs of business borrowers, ACB provides industry-leading lending solutions as well as deposit and treasury management services. For more information about American Commerce Bank, stop by their branch located at 10690 Medlock Bridge Road, or visit www.AmericanCommerceBank.com

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Get Outside Georgia:

OPINION

Lights in the sky (and on the ground)!

STEVE HUDSON Get Outside Georgia, aa4bw@comcast.net

Last night, about dusk, I was sitting on the front porch with Ellie the Mini Schnauzer. The pup likes to stretch out on the top step while I sit in the nearby rocking chair, and together we enjoy the quiet of the evening. Sometimes we have interesting con-

versations. “So,” said Ellie, “I note that the evenings are warm and pleasant. You know, of course, that such evenings are ideal for walking dogs.” “Yes,” I said, “and we will. But it’s also nice to just sit here and see what we can see. Isn’t that nice too?” “Well, yes,” replied the pup. “Sometimes we do see interesting things. Like that flashing light there” — she turned her doggy head and pointed with her nose — “the yellow one that’s blinking on and off there in the sky. A lightning bug. Right?” “Right you are,” I replied. It was indeed a lightning bug, the first one of the

year, and Ellie was the one who spotted it. You know what they say. If you happen to be sitting on the porch with a Mini Schnauzer and said puppy spots the year’s first lightning bug, then you’re in for lots and lots of good luck. Well, if they don’t say that, they should. Anyway, Ellie was right. It was indeed a lightning bug. Lightning bugs are actually flying beetles, and they use their light to attract mates. The females wait in the bushes, flashing to attract the males. The males, meanwhile, fly around looking for the light and flash in response as they move closer to the females. It’s an oddly romantic show that plays just about every evening through late spring and summer, and all you have to do to catch the next performance is to wander outside and look around. “With your faithful dog accompanying you, of course,” adds Ellie. “After all, remember who spotted the first lightning bug of the year.” But lightning bugs aren’t the only critter out there that glows. There are also glow worms —Orfelia fultoni, a type

of gnat larvae — and one great way to find them is to participate in a Foxfire Hike at Anna Ruby Falls up near Helen, Ga. True foxfire, explains David Carswell, co-manager of the Anna Ruby Falls site, is a bioluminescent fungus that grows on decaying wood. But what you’ll be looking for on an Anna Ruby “Foxfire” hike is a small glowing worm — a glow worm! — actually a type of bioluminescent gnat larvae which lives along the edges of the creekside trail from the Anna Ruby visitor center up to the falls. Looking for glow worms is a popular activity, so much so that the folks at the falls have been leading nighttime glow worm hikes for about 30 years. May and June mark prime glow worm season at Anna Ruby Falls. Participants in nighttime glow worm hikes gather at the main gate to Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area and then make their way to the visitor center for a brief introduction to what they’re going to be seeing. Next comes an evening hike to the falls. And finally, on the then-dark return trip from the falls to the visitor center, the search for glow worms begins. Glow worms live near stream banks in moss and rock cavities, and the trail to the falls is a great place to look for them. Spotting those glowing spots moving along the trail is sure to elicit lots of “oohs” and “ahhs,” and the experience is unforgettable. On an Anna Ruby Falls glow worm hike, you’ll walk about a mile (all on a paved trail). It’s uphill to the falls, with only one short section that might be described as steep. But that means that the return trip — the glow worm search portion of the adventure — is downhill all the way. Can you bring a flashlight? Yes, but (and this is an important “but”) you’ll need to have a red filter on it. Red light

does not mess up night vision like white like does, and you’ll need that night vision to spot the glow worms. Besides that red-lens flashlight, what else should you bring? Closed-toe shoes are required (no flip-flops) for safe hiking along the trail. What about rain gear? This is, after all, the South. What if it rains? “We don’t mind the rain,” David says, adding that the glow worms don’t seem to mind it either. Hikes will go on as long as rain’s not too heavy and as long as there’s no lightning or no bad storm warning. How can you be a part of one of these hikes? Foxfire Night Hikes are extremely popular, and the site has scheduled hikes on a number of different dates in May and June to give as many visitors as possible a chance to enjoy the experience. This year’s Foxfire Night Hikes are set for May 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 23 and 30 and on June 4, 7, 11, 14, 20 and 25. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for kids 10 and under. Because you’ll be on the trail in the dark, and because safety is a priority, no infants (under age 2) are allowed due to dark hiking conditions. Since these walks fill up quickly, you will need to register in advance. To save your spot, point your computer to cfaia. org. That’s for Cradle of Forestry In America, which operates the Anna Ruby falls site. Once there, navigate to the “events & education” tab and select “2019 events.” Then click on “Description of Anna Ruby Falls Events” and scroll down to “In Search of the Foxfire Night Hikes.” For more info, call the Anna Ruby Falls Visitor Center at 706878-1448. I’m definitely planning to make one of these glow worm hikes. I may even try for two or three — they’re that much fun. Maybe I’ll see you there!

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Students give thumbs up (or down) on school meals NORTH FULTON, Ga. - Students from Webb Bridge Middle School and Hillside Elementary were among the approximately 160 students from across the district tasked with rating new recipes for school breakfast and lunch options. This is the fourth year Fulton County Schools has hosted the Student Choice Food Challenge to gather input on what students like — and possibly dislike — about menu options that may appear in lunchrooms next year. “The Food Challenge is an opportunity for Fulton’s own students to give a voice in selecting healthy school meal recipes,” said district spokeswoman Anne Boatwright, “[This empowers students] to make nutritious choices while increasing their awareness of dietary guidelines.” The event was held at the district’s administrative center and included students from three schools. Each student tested potential new recipes and provided feedback through a ratings system. The data will help the district determine which studentapproved recipes will be added to school menus. Every year the Fulton County School Nutrition Program serves 7.6 million lunches and 3.5 million breakfasts in 95 school kitchens across the district. The program also is responsible for the after-school snacks, summer meals, and the fresh fruit and vegetable programs. — Candy Waylock

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Autrey Mill to host family festival JOHNS CREEK, Ga. —Autrey Mill Nature Preserve will be hosting their annual Wild Weekend Family Festival from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. April 20. The festival will feature an assortment of special guests, games and nature crafts. The admission is $10 per guest. There will be farm animals, live bug tent, a storyteller, crafts, bubble stations and guided tours of the historic buildings. For more details about the event, visit autreymill.org.

Taylor Road Middle School Jr. Beta Students joined Mallika Kenkare, Lindsay Morris and Meghana Pothukuchi on the cleanup initiative.

Student Leadership Johns Creek cleans up Taylor Road JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — On Feb. 23, a group of six Chattahoochee High School hosted a trash cleanup event on Taylor Road. The students worked with Taylor Road Junior Beta volunteers and a group of twenty-one Taylor Road students in order to clean up about twenty-five bags of trash from

Taylor Road, Taylor Road Middle School and Chattahoochee High School. Student Leadership Johns Creek is a two-year leadership program in which students organize a community service project during their first year.


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COMMUNITY

Annual Taste of Alpharetta returns May 2 By JULIA GROCHOWSKI julia@appenmediagroup.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. — One of Alpharetta’s most beloved traditions is fast approaching. The city will host the 29th Annual Taste of Alpharetta May 2. More than 60 restaurants will showcase their dishes between 5-10 p.m. in downtown Alpharetta, which encompasses Milton Avenue, Roswell Street, Old Roswell Street, Canton Street and Old Canton Street. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a culinary competition, live music on three stages and a family fun zone. “The Taste of Alpharetta is one of the community’s most highly anticipated events of the year,” said Alpharetta Councilman Jason Binder. “Amazing food, live music, fun kid’s activities, family and friends…it’s the perfect combination to celebrate spring in Alpharetta.” Attendees will be able to peruse a variety of foods, including Mediterranean, Southern, Korean, Thai, Italian, Cajun and more. Several local bakeries are participating. This year, the festival is building off its past success and will include a new beer garden presented by Smile Generation and a Locally Grown Area put on by

food-focused community organizations. “The goal of Taste of Alpharetta is to highlight the amazing culinary landscape in Alpharetta, and to showcase the talented food community,” said Amanda Musilli, Alpharetta community services manager. “The event is food focused and is making great efforts to showcase elements of the many facets of the local food system.”

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The festival annually brings in more than 35,000 visitors who can connect with local restaurant, food-based organizations and business sponsors, she added. “These restaurants are able to show off their best work and entice diners for future visits,” Musilli said. “The local businesses and organizations are able to connect with potential customers and

donors and engage in a personable way that can’t always happen otherwise.” Additionally, any leftover food doesn’t go to waste. The city collects any remaining food and donates it to Second Helpings Atlanta, a nonprofit that rescues surplus food and distributes it to those in need. Bike Alpharetta has also partnered with the city to encourage attendees to bike to the event this year. The organization will host a complimentary bike valet. Local chefs will join in the culinary competition will be held from 5-7 p.m. on the Culinary Competition Stage with a new panel of judges. Select chefs will also conduct cooking demonstrations. Attendees will be able to vote on their favorite restaurant during Taste of Alpharetta. The winning restaurant will be presented with the People’s Choice Award. Admission is free for Taste of Alpharetta, but food and activities require tickets. Ten tickets are $5, and most restaurant booths offer samples for $.50-$4. For more information and a full list of participating restaurants, visit alpharetta.ga.us.

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Rotarian explains how to live by ‘Service Above Self’ By JULIA GROCHOWSKI julia@appenmediagroup.com ROSWELL, Ga. — “Service Above Self” is the motto and calling of Rotary clubs across the world. And on April 11, the 2012 District 6900 Rotarian of the Year, Bob Hope, spoke to the Roswell Rotary Club at Roswell Area Park about what that motto means and how to live it. Hope, the president and co-owner of Atlanta-based public relations firm Hope-Beckham, is on the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center. He is an active Atlanta Rotarian and recipient of Rotary’s highest honor: the Service Above Self Award. Those who shine bright and exemplify “Service Above Self” tend to have similar traits and mindsets, Hope said. “They have something in their heart that makes them want to make a difference in the world,” he said. Hope narrowed a list down to 10 local people he’s met, regardless of whether they belong to Rotary or not, as examples of those who live by Rotary’s motto. Athens Rotarian Vince Dooley, he said, is one of the most amazing people he’s ever met, not because of football,

but because of his commitment to his word. When Dooley says that he’ll do something, he’ll do it, even if its years down the road, Hope said. Hope commended Alpharetta Rotarian Paul Ray for his work in Honduras. Ray brought and installed 500 water filters over four years to the country. Those water filters helped cut down the number of illness-related missed school days a year from 53 due to three. Hope pointed to three people who are Rotarians at heart: Dale Murphy, who is a constant inspiration to new players; Phil Niekro, who emphasizes letting people who you care about know that you love them; and Hank Aaron, who is the nicest man Hope said he’s ever met. Andrew Young, Hope said, is an honorary Rotarian for his work for civil rights and world peace. Hope is currently working with Young and representatives of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to bring more assets of the Nobel Peace Prize to Atlanta and make Atlanta a hub for peace. “Atlanta is a special place,” Hope said. “Atlanta is the wellspring of the Civil Rights Movement. And in the world, that’s significant… Atlanta’s probably

the only city that [Norwegian Nobel Committee representatives] can do the things that they want to do.” Hope also said that while Jimmy Carter is not an official Rotarian, he should be for his continuing work and global impact. “When you think about ‘Service Above Self,’ you think about someone who will reach out during his entire lifetime and help others,” Hope said, speaking about Carter’s regular trips to monitor elections in other countries. One Roswell Rotarian is leading a national movement against human trafficking: Dave McCleary. And McCleary’s mentee Rebecca Tolstoy, a Perth Rotarian in Australia, is in turn leading a movement against domestic violence. “They’re changing the world,” Hope said. Hope also spoke about Macon Rotarian Ted Turner. Turner, Hope said, is one of the most generous people he’s met and teaches people that they don’t need to be perfect to live by Rotary’s motto, they just need to help. Hope emphasized that Rotary and its motto is ultimately about making the world a better place for the next generations.

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Bob Hope, president and co-owner of Hope-Beckham public relations, speaks about “Service Above Self” at the April 11 Roswell Rotary Club at Roswell Area Park.

“You can network at church and meet business leaders during your daily course,” Hope said. “When you think of the reasons you’d be a Rotarian, it really boils down to ‘Service Above Self.’”

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CUMMING, Ga. – The Gypsy’s Farmhouse is bringing specialty home décor items and jewelry to Forsyth County with a Bohemian twist. Since its initial opening on March 1, word-of-mouth and walk-in clientele have already given the local business a substantial reputation. With 35 unique and individual vendors filling out the sale space and another 18 waiting for availability, this quaint little consignment store is making a huge splash. Having garnered experience in selling her specialty items as a vendor, owner Jo Carr decided to take her love of handmade décor and exclusive jewelry and turn it into a venture of her own. Carr ran three booths of similar taste in another local business before opening The Gypsy’s Farmhouse. She wanted to make an impact and allow other vendors with shared interests the opportunity to bring their own styles and flavor to the community. And with a name like that, it’s difficult to avoid drawing attention. “I actually had three different names, but I couldn’t decide on what I thought was the best and I was leaning toward The Gypsy’s Farmhouse. I sent out a mass text message to a group of my closest friends and family and I said, ‘Let’s vote on it’. It was an overwhelming vote for The Gypsy’s Farmhouse…I’ve just kind of always had a gypsy soul, and I love Bohemian-style and gypsy-style décor,” Carr said. Although the name and style alone have caught glances from those passing by, it’s the friendly recommendations of the surrounding businesses that have brought in a majority of the customers each day. Carr said she couldn’t have

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imagined this kind of success in such a short span. Vendors and customers are coming in and passing the word along as soon as they leave. Even Carr’s family has taken an interest in becoming part of the business. “It’s genuinely one-of-a-kind, unique, fun, and interesting items that we have here…I was blown away at how amazing it all turned out,” she said. “I have six kids…and my middle son approached me and said, ‘Mom, you can’t work seven days a week forever, you’ll burn out…would you consider me being your partner?’ And I said, ‘Absolutely!’ If I could open up six locations and partner with each of my kids, I would do it in a heartbeat … it’s an overwhelmingly positive response that I have had.” Although the intention of creating a lasting business was always there, it was Carr’s passion for expression and a desire for fellowship that has given this store its notoriety. Placing a heightened emphasis on hand-made jewelry and décor has certainly helped unite vendors that share that same talent and passion for the obscure. The store is full of those wanting to give back, and it’s those one-of-a-kind items that allow the Farmhouse to thrive as a communal hotspot. What is seen through these store windows are not things that are simply found elsewhere. With so much positive reception, Carr is already planning to open a John’s Creek location in the near future. “I’m always looking for ways to help the community and I have a mom and daughter here that sell jewelry that they hand-make and a percentage of their sales go to pediatric cancer research… I’m just really trying to do something good for the community and wanting to give back and wanting to grow. If that means getting another location near somewhere towards the Johns Creek area…it’ll happen if it’s supposed to,” she said. Within the next six months, Carr hopes to confirm whether a second location is on the radar for next year. As she continues in her search for new and interesting items to feature in the store, it’s the impact within the community that fuels this endeavor and makes it all worthwhile. The Gypsy’s Farmhouse is located at 598 Veteran’s Memorial Boulevard in suite 100 and offers a freshened sense of local talent, personality, and flavor. For more information, visit the store Facebook page at https://www. facebook.com/The-Gypsys-Farmhouse-345863272681872/.


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Emory to host 5K Azalea Festival Invitational Art Exhibition kicks off and health festival JOHNS CREEK, Ga. —Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) will host its annual 5K Scrub Run and community health festival May 18. The festival will kick off at 8 a.m. with the 5K run and walk, and the 100-yard dash for children 10 and under will start at 9 a.m. Free health screenings will be offered at the health festival including: cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) calculations. The event will also feature a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate Leadership Johns Creek’s project for a new adaptive vehicle. This project will help people with mild cognitive impairments, injuries and disabilities drive safely. An awards ceremony and raffle will take place after the race participants finish the course. Attendees can also enjoy face painting for children, a bouncy house, free food, music and access to dozens of community vendors. Race registration will be on active.com, and proceeds from the event will benefit the Chattahoochee High School Cross Country Team and the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Foundation.

ROSWELL, Ga. — Dozens of residents turned out on April 4 to Synovus Bank to celebrate the opening of the annual Invitational Art Exhibition. The exhibition includes a display of local multi-media art, including painting, pottery, metal sculpture and floral design from seven artists and two floral designers. This is the first year for floral design. The exhibition is available to view the rest of the month of April in conjunction with the Roswell Azalea Festival. The Best Little Flower Shop in Roswell and Hamilton Flowers and Decor will maintain and replace the floral arrangements for the entire art exhibition.   All of the artists have educational backgrounds and training in the fine arts, metalworking or sculpture. Many have master’s degrees in their specialty from The Savannah College of Art and Design or similar institutions. At the reception the artists were honored and introduced to speak of their inspirations.   Some of the participating artists include AJ Argentina, Michael Dillon, Kristopher Graper, Ian Greathead, Megan McKeithan and Matthew Phillips. For more information about the exhibit and the Azalea Festival, visit roswellazaleafLocal artist Ann Bailey created a live painting of the Invitational Art Exhiestival.com. bition reception on April 4 at Synovus Bank to commemorate the event.

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What’s my excuse? By LEE CHADWICK Guest contributor I recently watched a Ted Talk about a beautiful young woman radiant with pride, describing her years of training to run a marathon. She was born Chadwick with multiple sclerosis, (MS) and the twisted, uncooperative limbs that frequently accompany this disease. She trained, for three years to accomplish this dream. When she was ready, race producers agreed to let her start twelve hours prior to start time so she would be on the track with the other runners for a thrilling few hours. Our successful runner did this on crutches for a period in which some runners could do three back to back marathons. BUT she did it; she finished the course eight hours after the last runner and was clearly thrilled by the experience. To understand this, is a very humbling. How dare I ever think anything I do or endure is hard? This instantly redefined my idea of what was even possible! Where did she get the Will? And why was it summoned in the first place? This started me on an inquiry about what it is, that sometimes comes with specific limitations, that forces people to really push the envelope way past traditional challenges. Australian activist, Stella Young said, “Most journalists seem utterly incapable of writing on, or talking about a disability without using phrases like....brave, overcoming the odds, wheelchair-bound, or my [her] favorite inspiration.” Young’s objection is that these observations are generated from pity. The real goal for inclusion is to see each of us as equal-but different, regardless of the actual specifics. I understand the range of possible differences is huge; some invite inclusion easily, others, more severe – physical, intellectual, or emotional, require special adjustments for environments and for the people in these places as well. How can we do a better job? Can we acknowledge and admire the resilience and creativity we see in people managing difficult differences without pity or condensation? What behavior from a so-called able-bodied person is read as respect for these achievements? When we actually may be… (dare I say it)... inspired? My inquiry led me to enAble of Georgia originally founded in 1979, now rebranded InCommunity. This organization is a

501(c) (3) supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families. They create programs and innovative services for 10,000 qualified participants in Georgia alone. State of the art education and employment services, residential housing, family guidance and a rich and diverse menu of enriching social events. This is a purpose driven organization fortifying and supplementing people’s lives so they can reach their full human potential, whatever that may be. I was starting to understand that beautiful marathon runner. Choosing inclusion in activities in the general population, takes somewhat for granted, is normalizing – even in the highly varied difference of that experience. People can be transformed having an experience their disability SHOULD have, and COULD have denied them. A triumph of the will, and of intention, over the well assumed limits created by disability. The result is a huge dose of self-respect for who they are, not for who they might have been. Our limited ability to love beyond artificial boundaries is, in itself, a handicap. Understanding this makes it our job to learn how not be awkward or uncomfortable in the presence of difference. It just IS a fact of life. That means it is necessary to work on ourselves and the world we live in to make day to day life more welcoming for all people - celebrating our humanness together instead of defining what actually constitutes our differences. InCommunity Services: • For residential services in Fulton County, contact Kimberly Wilder, Director of Community Support Services at 770.664.4347, Ext. 134 or kwilder@ enableofga.org. • For services provided in individuals’ private or family homes by county, contact Kimberly Wilder, Coordinator of Community Living Services at 770.664.4347, Ext. 134 or kwilder@ enableofga.org. • For Day and Employment Services and Summer Day camp in North Fulton, contact Latorya Burch, Support Manager of Day & Employment Services at 770.664.4347, Ext. 113 or lburch@ enableofga.org. • InCommunity Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.incommunityga.org/ get-involved-1 (please list from website, not paste URL)

Moves, a band from Asheville, is part of the Roswell Riverside Sounds series and is set to play music featuring layered instrumentation on July 6.

Roswell free concert line up announced ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell Riverside Sounds is a series of six free, outdoor concerts held at Riverside Park on the first Saturday of the month from May to October. All concerts start at 7 p.m. Beer, wine, and sangria will be available for purchase at each concert, as well as various food and snack options.  This year’s headliners include Sunbelt Atlanta and Lee J. Howard Entertainment. Seth Walker will perform May 4. His most recent album “Are You Open” is his tenth studio recording and features his soulful style, which blends jazz, blues and folk. June 1 will feature Parisian-born Stephane Wrembelm wgi presenting his new album, The Django Experiment IV. The Ashville-based band Moves will perform on July 6. These musicians carry on the traditions of ‘60s and ‘70s rock greats through layered instrumen-

tation and stout three-part harmonies. Hailing from Athens, Family and Friends will perform on August 3. The indie-folk group has steadily gained a loyal following through their debut album Felix Culpa. Birdtalker will perform on September 7. The Nashville couple Zack and Dani Green’s debut album, One, was released in 2018 and highlights Birdtalker’s array of musical exploration, including rock, country, pop, folk, and indie. Front Country will play on October 5. An acoustic group which NPR has dubbed “string-band pop,” the members are a colorful mosaic of training styles and backgrounds; singer Melody Walker got her start belting out roots-rock, bassist Jeremy Darrow studied jazz, fiddle player Leif Karlstrom is a classically trained violinist and mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz studied classical guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

Summer concert series kicks off with Chicago tribute band JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek is bringing back its free summer concert series, kicking off May 3 with Chicago Rewired, a Chicago tribute band. The free concert will be at the Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater inside Newtown Park. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the music will start at 7 p.m. Food trucks will be returning to the venue with beer and wine available for

purchase from Top Job Hospitality. The Chicago Rewired concert will feature the food trucks Pay It Forkward,  Let’s Taco Bout It and King of Pops. The schedule for the entire season can be found at johnscreekga.gov/ recreationandparks/special-events/ summer-concerts and round tables are available for reservation by calling 678512-3200. 


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Schedule announced for 2019 Freedom Bowl Three-day football event at Milton High to feature some of nation’s top programs

• Game 1 (Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m.): Alpharetta vs. Milton • Game 2 (Aug. 30, 5 p.m.): Pickerington Central (OH) vs. Winter Park (FL) • Game 3 (Aug. 30, 8:30 p.m.): Cocoa (FL) vs. Hoover (AL) • Game 4 (Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m.): Bishop Sycamore (OH) vs. Daytona Mainland (FL) • Game 5 (Aug. 31, 2:30 p.m.): Clearwater Central Catholic (FL) vs. Brentwood Academy (TN) • Game 6 (Aug. 31, 7 p.m.): UMS-Wright (AL) vs. Western (FL)

By JOE PARKER joe@appenmediagroup.com MILTON, Ga. — Milton High School is eagerly awaiting its second year of hosting the Freedom Bowl, a three-day, six-game high school football event that will feature some of the top teams from five states. Included in the schedule is a battle of two local rivals, Milton and Alpharetta, who will kick off the 2019 Freedom Bowl this August. The Freedom Bowl’s lineup features standout programs that will make it one of the premier high school football events in the country. Eleven of the 12 teams competing earned playoff berths in 2018 and had a combined record of 119-34 (78 percent win rate). Five teams finished as state semifinalists or state runner up, while Milton, Brentwood Academy and UMSWright are coming off state championship seasons. Alpharetta head coach Jacob Nichols said the Raiders are excited to join the fray of top programs competing over Labor Day weekend. “Being in the Freedom Bowl is awesome,” Nichols said. “You look at the slate of games and all those impressive teams, it’s awesome to be included in a group with that kind of caliber of programs.” For Nichols, there is no better way to start the weekend than with what should be a raucous crowd of rival schools. “We were very happy in the end that the scheduling works out and we can continue our cross-town rivalry,” he said. “What better way to kick it off than a packed house with a rowdy crowd on a Thursday night. It will generate a lot of excitement for the event and for our kids and coaches.” The Alpharetta head coach is also looking forward to connecting with the coaches and players of the 11 other

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teams. “It will be a neat experience to spend time around those coaches and kids and just see what the whole experience will offer,” Nichols said. “And it will be a new opportunity for our guys.” Host Milton will welcome rivals Alpharetta to begin the Freedom Bowl with a rare Thursday night game. Ohio’s Pickerington Central, 2018 Ohio state semifinalist, takes on Florida’s Winter Park Friday, followed by Hoover, a 14-time state Alabama state champion, taking on Cocoa, the 2018 Florida Class AAAA state runner-up. Three games are slated for Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. with Bishop Sycamore taking on Daytona Mainland. At 2:30 p.m. Clearwater Central Catholic battles Tennessee’s Division II Class AAA state champs Brentwood Academy. Alabama Class AAAA state champions UMS-Wright and Florida’s Western will close out the weekend action with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. In addition to a slate of games, the Freedom Bowl emphasizes character, leadership and teamwork skills and honors those who have served the country.

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The Johns Creek High School Girls Lacrosse teams collect shoes for children in need March 27.

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Johns Creek Lacrosse collects shoes for homeless JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Johns Creek High School Varsity, Junior Varsity and Jr. Gladiator Girls Lacrosse teams held a fundraiser March 27 to collect shoes for children in need. Partnering with Lace Up with LAX and Chattahoochee High School, players, coaches and spectators brought more than 100 new pairs of children’s shoes for the Foster Care Support Foundation.

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Johns Creek Aquatic Team registration now open JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Johns Creek Aquatics Team, the city-sponsored swim team for ages 7 to 18, is seeking athletes from local subdivision swim teams to compete at the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association State Swim Meet. The statewide meet is scheduled for July 19 for ages 10 and under and July 20 for ages 11 and older at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center. To qualify for the team, participants must participate in the Atlanta Swim Association championship meet on June 27 at Georgia Tech Aquatic Facility. Swimmers who qualify will be required to commit and register for JCAT the day of the qualifying meet. For additional information visit the JCAT page on johnscreekga.gov.


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Twenty-one girls from the Roswell-Alpharetta chapter of the National Charity League were recognized at the Atlanta Athletic Club on February 23 for the community service they performed over the span of seven years.

Roswell-Alpharetta National Charity League honors class of 2019 members NORTH FULTON, GA — The RoswellAlpharetta Chapter of National Charity League honored 21 seniors on Feb. 23 at the Atlanta Athletic Club and celebrated six years of community service together. Since 2012, the class of 2019 volunteered over 17,000 service hours and 6,000 league hours for the 23 philanthropies the chapter supports. They served the community by working with those with disabilities, supporting environmental education programs, hosting

engaging games and activities for senior citizens and working in the food pantry as well as non-profit farms to help bring healthy food to struggling families in the area. The evening commemorated the girls’ dedication to their communities with a look back on their years of service. “In our increasingly busy, achievement-focused, egocentric society, service towards others will only become rarer and more valuable,” NCL Senior Class

President of Centennial High Valedictorian Marianna Lamarche said. “Yet I hope the lifestyle we have cultivated in NCL will help us to always have this heart to give to others, even when we’re lacking in time.» This year’s class includes Isabelle du Plessis, Darcey Najim, Allison Richards, Carleigh Moore, Madison Pfeifer, Marianne Lamarche, Amanda Beard, Olivia Weinberg, Kristen Benjes, Taylor Bater, Callie Rigsbee, April Garrett, Kaitlyn

Nichols, Leah Davault, Callen Weaver, Ansley Brown, Elise Harper, Caroline Callicutt, Ansley Harper, Emily Lafferty and Caroline Burke.

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CITY OF JOHNS CREEK MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL, PUBLIC HEARING: MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019 AT 7:00 P.M.

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PLACE City Hall Two Park Plaza Council Chambers April 25, 2019 2:30 P.M.

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PURPOSE Restaurant Consumption on Premises Beer, Wine, Liquor, Sunday Sales

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Ocee Park to host competition for baseball, softball athletes JOHNS CREEK, Ga—OceePark will be hosting Pitch, Hit and Run on April 27 beginning at 10 a.m. Baseball and softball players will show off their skills and compete for a chance to be a national finalist at the 2019 All Star Game. PHR is a free, one day event for boys

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Northview graduate honored as Lacrosse Player of the Week JOHNS CREEK, Ga. —2015 Northview graduate and Berry College athlete Justin Westbrook claimed his second Southern Athletic Association Men›s Lacrosse Player of the Week honor of the season April 8. Westbrook led the Berry men›s lacrosse team to a 16-15 victory over Sewanee the prior weekend. He scored seven goals, setting a program record for goals scored in a single game. He also collected three ground balls, forced a turnover and was a force on the offensive end, putting 11 total shots on cage. For the year, he leads the SAA with 50 points and is top-five with 31 goals scored to lead the team.

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DEATH NOTICES Samuel Agee, Jr., 67, of Cumming, passed away April 7, 2019. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Ellie Autry, 102, of Roswell, passed away April 6, 2019. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors & Crematory.

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Veena Desai, 78, of Alpharetta, passed away March 31, 2019. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors &

Jerry Lee Dick, 85, of Cumming, passed away April 8, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory. James Flowers, 76, of Roswell, passed away April 6, 2019. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors & Crematory.

Ollie Hillgartner, 89, of Cumming, passed away April 4, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home.

Crematory.

Crematory.

Grace O’Neill, 88, of Cumming, passed away April 4, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home.

Charles Sarkisian, 88, of Roswell, passed away April 1, 2019. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors & Crematory.

Sharon Grist LaChance, 76, passed away April 3, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home &

Mary Theresa Puleo, 95, of Cumming, passed away April 4, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.

Richard Springsteen, 63, of Cumming, passed away April 7, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.

Allen Miegel, Jr., 90, of Cumming, passed away April 3, 2019. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors &

Thomas Edgar Robitaille, 61, of Cumming, passed away March 31, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home.

Carl Thomas Sweet Sr., of Cumming, passed away April 3, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home.

Julia Neander, 97, of Johns Creek, passed away April 7, 2019. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

Adell Alice Collins Roper, 93, of Forsyth County, passed away April 4, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.

Tam Minh Nguyen, 82, of Suwanee, passed away April 2, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.

Lamar Ross, 66, of Cumming, passed away April 4, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home.

Crematory.

Harrison J. Tallant, 78, of Cumming, passed away April 7, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home &


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