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Coughlin holds onto City Council seat
McBath hosts vets’ town hall
Historians uncover local man’s story
Johns Creek welcomes the holidays Families take pictures with Santa at the city’s Christmas tree and dreidel lighting celebration at Newtown Park on Dec. 5. Read more, Page 6
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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A Johns Creek woman contacted police Nov. 29 after she noticed that her car had been stolen. The woman told police she had parked her car at Water-
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A Johns Creek man contacted police Nov. 26 after he realized he had become a victim of fraud. The man said he had been billed about $1,500 total for two accounts with telecommunication companies that he had not opened. The accounts had been opened in December 2017. A representative from one of the companies told the man that he needed a police report in order to dispute the charges.
Parked car burglarized during restaurant trip JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Police are investigating a Nov. 27 car burglary at the Pampas Steakhouse on State Bridge Road. The car owner said he and his family visited the restaurant at 7 p.m. that evening and returned to the car three hours later. Upon his return, the owner saw that the rear driver’s side window was broken.
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Inside, the glove box was open, but the owner said nothing appeared to be missing. The restaurant did not have cameras in the area the car had been parked.
Parcel stolen at home following its delivery JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A Johns Creek man reported Nov. 25 that his package had been stolen from his home at Bristol Stone Lane. The man had ordered a $350 motor online. He received a confirmation from USPS that the package had been delivered. However, the man was unable to locate the package and said it might have been stolen.
Car burglarized during gym visit JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Police are investigating a Nov. 29 car burglary at the Crunch Fitness on Medlock Bridge Parkway. The car owner said she had gone into the gym that evening at 6:30 p.m. to workout. About half an hour later, she returned to retrieve her wallet and noticed no damage to the car. At 10 p.m., the owner once again returned to her car and saw a window had been smashed. The owner said nothing appeared to have been stolen.
DUI arrests Arpit Amrishbhai Patel, 32, of Browning Way SW, Lilburn, was arrested Nov. 26 on State Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI, open container and speeding. Walter Rodney Lake, 43, of Riverview Run Lane, Suwanee, was arrested Nov. 26 on Abbotts Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Ulises Mayoral-Soriano, 27, of Pepperwood Trail, Norcross, was arrested Nov. 26 on Abbotts Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI, driving while unlicensed, following too closely and hands-free violation. Edgar Hinojosa, 31, of Bent Grass Drive, Roswell, was arrested Dec. 1 on Alvin Road in Johns Creek for DUI and failure to maintain lane.
DRUG arrests Brandon Dixon, 27, of Antietam Drive, Stone Mountain, was arrested Nov. 27 on Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek for possession of a schedule I narcotic, possession of marijuana more than 1 ounce, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of drug-related objects, no insurance and failure to obey a traffic control device.
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Coughlin holds on to council seat in Dec. 3 runoff
Elwood, Weaver win in runoff By CARSON COOK firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — In the Dec. 3 runoff for Johns Creek City Council, incumbent Chris Coughlin held onto his seat, while newcomers Brian Weaver and Erin Elwood won open races. For Post 2, the seat that will be vacated by Councilman Jay Lin at the end of the year, retired Police Maj. Brian Weaver received 57.2 percent of votes, according to the uncertified results. His opponent, Dilip Tunki received 42.8 percent. Weaver comes to the position after 37 years of police service and was an inaugural member of the Johns Creek Police Department. He retired from his secondin-command position this April. “Tonight, the voters of Johns Creek decided to move the city forward,” Weaver said in a statement. “I am humble and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the next council member in Post 2. I cherish the trust that Johns Creek residents have given me to lead. I will work hard each and every day to keep taxes low, maintain smart growth and keep our neighborhoods safe.”
Coughlin, the only incumbent in the race, came just shy of an all-out victory Nov. 5, but won reelection to Post 4 solidly in the runoff. He secured 64.6 percent of the vote, while Marybeth Cooper, former president of the Johns Creek Community Association, took 35.4 percent. “Thank you so much for the continued support and standing behind our shared vision for the city,” Coughlin said. “I think we live in a great city, and I’m ready to continue to work hard to continue to make progress.” Coughlin said he is eager to continue working on initiatives like multi-modal trail connectivity, the parks bond and the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities certification. For Post 6, the seat being vacated by Councilman Steve Broadbent, attorney Erin Elwood was the winner, with 55.1 percent of the final tally. The other runoff candidate, small business owner Issure Yang, finished with 44.9 percent. “I am so humbled by the people of Johns Creek for putting their faith in me,” Elwood said. “I am so grateful for the support of inspiring, hardworking volunteers who drove this campaign.” In Johns Creek, all City Council seats are at large. Council members serve four-year terms. The new council members’ term will begin in January 2020.
The new council members’ term will begin in January 2020. In 2015, the Johns Creek Herald ran the headline “Brand new council facing 2016.” Between resignations to run for higher office and a failed attempt to oust Mayor Mike Bodker, the council saw significant turnover through the first half of the decade. In 2017, by contrast, the headline read “Incumbents prevail in Johns Creek elections.” Mayor Mike Bodker and council members Stephanie Endres and Lenny Zaprowski were all reelected. Post 3 saw an open race, which Councilman John Bradberry won in a runoff. With two council members declining to run for reelection and Coughlin facing three challengers, 2019 seemed poised to be another year of turnover. Though Coughlin held onto his seat, 2019 could still be considered a year of change. Both Weaver and Elwood ran on messages of progress, in particular moving forward with projects like parks, a town center and a performing arts facility, known as the Legacy Center project. That’s in contrast to the 2017 slate,
when Bradberry and Endres ran on a different message, opposing high density development and promoting fiscal conservativism. Endres voted against the parks bond in 2016. This March, she voted against a resolution of support for a performing arts center, and in May, she ranked a town center master plan at the bottom of the list of Community Development projects for prioritization. Preserve Johns Creek, an anti-development website created by Bradberry but now run by resident Ed Thompson, endorsed Elwood and Weaver’s opponents. Time will tell if Elwood and Weaver succeed in moving their projects forward. Coughlin said he expects the town center to come up in the first quarter of 2020. It’s notable that Coughlin, who often votes with Endres and Bradberry and who was endorsed by Preserve Johns Creek, voiced support for town center and Legacy Center initiatives during the campaign. “I realized that the town center and the Legacy Center, there’s broad interest in those,” he said. “I’m also looking at our multi-modal policy, looking at 12foot trails that would connect the town center to Cauley Creek or something like that. When I was talking about that,
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McBath hosts veterans’ town hall By CARSON COOK email@example.com DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath put the focus on veterans at an intimate town hall Dec. 2. A little over 50 people, at least a third of them veterans, attended the event, which McBath’s office said is her fifth town hall since her election last year. After McBath spoke and took questions from the audience, there was a resources fair with organizations that serve veterans. McBath said she hosted the town hall to hear stories firsthand and learn how to better help her veteran constituents. “Even though you are my constituents, you are my family,” McBath said. “It is my job, my responsibility to care for you, represent you and value as if you were my own family.” McBath’s talk focused on poor levels of service at Atlanta’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center; veteran suicide, especially suicide by firearms, and veteran
access to healthcare, especially for women veterans. McBath found a personal connection to each of these concerns. McBath said she comes from a military family, with her father, oldest brother, nephew and cousin all serving in some capacity. She compared her brother’s “glowing” review of the VA center in San Diego with her visit to the Atlanta facility. In 2018, the Atlanta facility was one of nine in the country to receive a onestar rating from the federal VA. Reports have found it is understaffed and its staff undertrained. In September, a Vietnam Air Force Veteran staying in the facility was found covered in ants with hundreds of bites. “The stories I have heard about the lack of care, the lack of services provided has greatly disturbed and greatly concerned me, because for anyone who has had the strength and fortitude to put on a uniform and serve in our military services deserves so, so much more
from America and so, so much more from the state of Georgia,” McBath said. McBath said she is working to get answers from the medical center and praised Sen. Johnny Isakson for his work to improve the facility. “I hope to be able to build upon the foundations he’s already laid on your behalf,” she said. In 2017, there were 194 veteran suicides in Georgia, 14 percent of all Georgia suicides that year, and 77 percent of Georgia veteran suicides were by firearm, according to VA data. McBath’s son was murdered in November 2012 when he was 17. His shooting led McBath to become a guncontrol advocate. She said she has a deep understanding of gun violence and suicide by firearm. “I am still a mother, what I would be giving to my son, I translate into providing for you,” McBath said. A report by the VA found the Atlanta facility failed to complete mammograms for 42 patients from 2014 to
U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath speaks at a veterans-focused town hall Dec. 2 at Lakeside High School in DeKalb County. 2017. McBath said this was unacceptable. “I’m a two-time breast cancer survivor,” McBath said. “I understand how important consistent yearly mammograms are, and for women who are at risk, every six months. I get that, because I understand the reason I am standing here today is because of the early detection of mammograms and
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Newtown Park celebration kicks off holiday season JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek’s annual winter holiday festivities began Dec. 5 with the lighting of a 30-foot Christmas tree and giant dreidel at Newtown Park. The tree and dreidel can be seen from Old Alabama Road in front of Park Place, where the free event began. Families then migrated to the Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater where they could take photos with Santa, make s’mores and holiday crafts, eat from local food trucks and see live reindeer. Holiday festivities continued Dec. 7 with the Founders Day Parade in Technology Park. — Carson Cook
Live reindeer are part the holiday celebration.
Above: Families roast marshmallow over a fire to make s’mores at Johns Creek’s city’s Christmas tree and dreidel lighting celebration at Newtown Park on Dec. 5. Left: The city displays a tree and dreidel at Newtown Park to celebrate the holidays. The City of Johns Creek/Special
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Fulton Schools considers limiting Iowa assessments to select students By CANDY WAYLOCK firstname.lastname@example.org FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — After a quarter century of administering the ITBS/Iowa tests to 3rd, 5th and 8th graders, the Fulton County School Board appears poised to significantly scale back its use. The district staff recommendation is to offer the test to only students eligible for the Talented and Gifted (TAG) curriculum, beginning next year. The recommendation was presented to the board in November and a final decision is expected in the coming months. Chief Academic Officer Cliff Jones said issues with this year’s Iowa test assessments played a role in the staff recommendation. In October, the Iowa testing was cancelled after vendor issues disrupted the online testing. “The decision to end the Iowa testing [began with] this problem but evolved to a larger conversation,” Jones said. “The final decision was based on multiple factors including the overall impact of testing on students and the non-alignment of the test to instruction.” The decision has the support of elementary and middle school principals, he noted, based on a survey in November. Only a small percentage found the
The recommendation was presented to the board in November and a final decision is expected in the coming months. Iowa test data to be useful. More than half used the results only to determine TAG eligibility. Board member Katie Reeves said she was not surprised by the principals’ reaction. “The purpose of the Iowa test is for parents and the community,” she noted. “[It is] used to gauge where the Georgia curriculum [compares] to the nation.” The test was created in 1935 and measures skills in language arts, reading, math, science and social sciences. The test is designed to align with the ACT, so parents can see where their child is tracking for college preparedness. Jones admitted parents appreciated the information provided by the ITBS/Iowa assessments which indicated where their child stood among their national peers. “The national norm score has provided a metric that provides confidence
in our students’ academic achievement based on national performance when our state standards have struggled to provide that confidence to the public,” Jones said. He emphasized the district will continue to use the Stanford 10 assessment — also nationally normed — and other assessments for TAG eligibility and class placement. Those tests, he noted, do not provide the level of parent detail as the Iowa tests. In the metro area, several systems use the Iowa assessments, primarily for TAG placement, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Forsyth and Gwinnett County school systems. Only Cobb and Gwinnett test large groups of students — similar to Fulton County. Jones said the scale back of the Iowa tests aligns with the goal to reduce mandatory testing and returns 14 hours of instruction. Reeves said the state’s mandatory assessment — Milestones — is driving the testing burden. In every class where a Milestones assessment is required, students take a practice test, a practice test for the practice test, and then the test itself. And unlike the Milestones which were developed just for Georgia students and
tests only the Georgia curriculum, the Iowa tests, she noted are “heavily researched by outside organizations” and compare student achievement across the nation. “The idea of a nationally normed test is a gut check for the school system,” she added. Last year, Fulton Schools opted not to become one of the school systems participating in the state’s Innovative Assessment Pilot. The program allows districts to replace the Milestones tests with their own assessments. Currently two consortiums comprised of 19 total school districts in Georgia have received federal approval to develop their own assessments. Superintendent Mike Looney said the district may consider offering the Iowa assessments outside of school, similar to the ACT and SAT delivery. School board member Linda McCain was cautious in her support of eliminating the Iowa tests for all students, noting as a parent, she appreciated have the information. “I’m not opposed to [offering the tests] on a Saturday [since] that would recapture the instruction time,” McCain said. “But the tests still have value for people, and I would hate to say we are not going to offer it.”
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Preserving history Descendant, historical society uncover the story of slave who lived in Johns Creek By CARSON COOK email@example.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Each day, tens of thousands of commuters drive down Medlock Bridge Road and pass a car wash at State Bridge Road without realizing they are passing a piece of history. Tucked behind the car wash and Publix is a 2-acre cemetery, the burial site of men and woman who were enslaved on the land that became Johns Creek. Those who know about the site, mostly a small but devoted group of historians and preservationists, refer to it as the Macedonia Cemetery. The Johns Creek Historical Society has worked to uncover the history of the graveyard but much is still unknown. Even more unclear is the site’s future and whether the City of Johns Creek can reconcile its plans with the wishes of the families of those buried there. The cemetery The Macedonia Cemetery is one of 13 cemeteries within the city limits. While the others are owned and maintained by churches or families, the City of Johns Creek took over grounds maintenance in 2016. However, who actually owns the property is unclear. The cemetery is believed to have originally been part of a plantation owned by Georgia Morgan Waters in the early 19th century and the burial place of the Waters family slaves. George Waters was the son of a British officer and a half-Cherokee woman. He served on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court and owned a ferry and plantation around what is today the Atlanta Athletic Club. By 1905, the Macedonia African Methodist Church took over the property. The church eventually disbanded around the 1990s, and the building was destroyed sometime before 2002. There are about 50 graves, marked and unmarked on the site, according to a 2016 Department of Transportation report. The oldest grave dates to 1893, according to a 2012 study by the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design. The most recent graves are from the 1970s. The freedman April Waters is one of about 20 names identified at the grave site, with
a death date of Oct. 15, 1910 at age 65, according to GDOT reports. Johns Creek Historical Society President Joan Compton said the story she had heard about April Waters was that she was a slave of George Waters who was freed at the time of his death in 1852. April was believed to be part of a group of slaves to sail to Liberia, a country in West Africa. About 3 in 4 African Americans who immigrated to Liberia during this time died from tropical diseases within a few years. April was believed to have been one of the lucky few who survived and returned to America. This version of history was shared in GDOT reports and news articles as recently as 2017. However, primary document research has uncovered many flaws with that story. First, George Waters’s will shows that about 49 of his slaves were freed upon his death, but April was not one of them. April was to be bequeathed to the children of George’s daughter Catherine, and therefore, April remained a slave until the end of the Civil War. Second, April’s name does not appear on ship manifests of freed slaves sailing to Liberia. It is likely April never left the United States. Third, April was not a woman as assumed. In 1867, April Waters signed a Reconstruction Oath to obtain the right to vote. Finding this document showed researchers that April Waters was a man, because women did not receive the right to vote until 1920. Other documents show that April worked as a freedman around Duluth until his death. Some of his descendants live in the Duluth area today. The descendant One of April’s descendants, Madyun Shahid, helped uncover research into the man that history had forgotten. Shahid is a Marine veteran who was raised in Atlanta and now lives in Virginia. His interest in genealogy began in high school when he volunteered at the Atlanta Public Library.
Madyun Shahid researches his ancestors, including the Johns Creek man April Waters. “During that time [around 1988], they had a genealogy floor,” he said. “I would take breaks and go down and scroll through microfilm and look at old censuses.” Through this research, Shahid realized he had cousins in Duluth he had never met before. He continued researching his family history for decades. “Every year, I would do a little bit more and more research,” he said. In 2001, Shahid connected with a direct descendant of the landowner George Waters. They shared their research with each other, and she connected him to a founding member of the Johns Creek Historical Society, Ed Malowney, who had been researching April Waters in an effort to preserve the cemetery. “One day, I Googled ‘April Waters’ and found articles from different papers about what they were doing at the cemetery,” Shahid said. “I started looking on Ancestry.com and found connections from my father to grandfather to April Waters, who was my great-great grandfather.” Shahid said his new focus has be-
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Johns Creek Historical Society President Joan Compton works to preserve grave markers at the Old Roswell Cemetery.
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Alpharetta opens talks with legislators on design standards bills Area municipalities say proposed law limits local control By PATRICK FOX firstname.lastname@example.org NORTH FULTON, Ga. — With the 2020 Legislative Session weeks away, local officials are taking aim at one piece of legislation that has already drawn enough fire to ignite a lake. At issue is a statewide measure that seeks to weaken local government control over building standards. House Bill 302 and Senate Bill 172 would prohibit city or county governments from regulating building design elements for one- or two-family dwellings. North Fulton cities have already spoken against the legislation. Milton officials passed a resolution opposing the bills back in February. Johns Creek passed a similar measure in September, with Mayor Mike Bodker calling the legislation “obnoxious.” Alpharetta followed with its own resolution in October. Groups like the Georgia Municipal Association, Association County Commissioners of Georgia and The Georgia
Conservancy have also come out against the bills. The legislation specifically prohibits cities and counties from establishing requirements related to type, style or color of exterior material; style or materials of roofs or porches; the style of windows and doors; number and layout of rooms; and exterior non-structural architectural ornamentation. The legislation is being backed by homebuilders and property developers. Alpharetta officials met with three members of the local legislative delegation Dec. 2 for a discussion on issues the city would like to see pursued under the Gold Dome. On hand were House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, Rep. Chuck Martin and Rep. Mary Robichaux. Top on the list was the building design measure. “There’s tremendous pressure from lobbyists in the State House now to have restrictions on a municipality’s ability to enforce design standards within their borders,” Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin said. “All three [legislators] said it is definitely something that is being discussed at high levels, and there’s tremendous pressure to bring forward some kind of bill in the next session. Certainly that’s something that concerns us.”
Gilvin said the legislation is flawed. “One of our biggest concerns is city governments are the governments that are closest to the people, and Georgia’s a very diverse state,” he said. “There’s a tremendous difference GILVIN between the governance of a city like Bainbridge or Albany as opposed to a Johns Creek or Duluth or Alpharetta.” In general, local officials don’t feel it’s appropriate when state lobbyists try to impose restrictions on local control, he said. To impose a practice on Cuthbert and expect it to have the same effect in Alpharetta makes no sense, he said. “We have development densities and varieties of development that most cities in the state don’t have,” Gilvin said. “We have different challenges with affordable housing than in most cities in rural parts of this state.” He called the design standards legislation a “blunt instrument” that could actually hinder what Alpharetta is trying to achieve. “Most of the cost for our housing is not the materials,” he said. “The pri-
mary cost for housing in Alpharetta is the land. When you have land values at more than $3 million an acre, whether you use vinyl siding or brick is a rounding error.” Gilvin said the proposal is yet another example of overreach by the state and federal governments to wrest local control from cities and counties. Last year, Alpharetta spent more than $40,000 in legal expenses to craft an ordinance that would protect the city’s aesthetics while accommodating telecom companies in their rollout of 5G technology equipment. The effort was designed to preempt proposed state legislation that would give telecoms virtual free reign to place new equipment anywhere within public right of ways. The Legislature ended up passing the wide-ranging measure, basically obliterating Alpharetta’s ordinance. Big industries and special interests find it a lot cheaper to lobby for legislation than try to advocate for their positions in 159 different counties, Gilvin said. “While there are instances where that makes sense, in many of them, it doesn’t,” he said. “It may be more efficient for lobbyists, but it’s not necessarily in the best interests of the residents.”
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Chamber CEO to step down JOHNS CREEK, Ga. —The Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce has announced CEO and President Kent Davies will down from his role. “The Chamber is eternally grateful for the years of dedication that Kent has given to the Chamber, not only as a CEO and president, but also as a member, board member and board chair,” Chamber staff said in a statement. “Kent is extraordinarily dedicated to all aspects of his community.” Davies said he intends to explore political office. The Chamber said it wishes Kent well in his future endeavors and looks forward to his continued participation with the organization.
Johns Creek wins Amazon contest JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — For the second year in a row, the City of Johns Creek has won Amazon’s “City on a Cloud” Innovation Challenge The city won the constituent services award for its after-hours call center. If a resident calls City Hall (678-512-3200) after regular business hours, the opendata-powered call center helps answer residents’ questions and provides details on city services. The call center is all powered by the same information behind the city’s Amazon Alexa skill.
“Winning the ‘City on a Cloud’ Innovation Challenge again from [Amazon Web Services] reaffirms we are headed in the right direction with the tools we are developing for the public,” Johns Creek Chief Data Officer Nick O’Day said. “This recognition proves that focused use of open data can do so much more than increase transparency — it can transform,” O’Day continued. “This award will allow us to continue leveraging innovative technologies and tools help streamline city services to our residents.” Johns Creek boasts it was the first city in the world to use open data with Amazon Alexa, which pulls information from the Johns Creek website and DataHub to answer users’ questions. By simply asking the “City of Johns Creek” skill on an Alexa device, users can find out information such as where police and fire activity has occurred, what the current traffic conditions are, and even learn more about the zoning conditions of any property in Johns Creek. The city won the 2018 City on a Cloud award for its work with the Alexa skill. The after-hours call center expands upon the technology used to develop the Alexa skill and also takes advantage of new technologies offered by Amazon Web Services. With this new capability, residents calling 678-512-3200 after regular business hours get more than just a voicemail box. Callers can report emergency
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Local teens travel to India for service work JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Two siblings from Johns Creek, Aditya and Akanksha Satya, were invited by Lions Club International to join in a service trip to India over Thanksgiving.
Aditya and Akanksha participated in a series of service activities called “Sapthaha,” which means seven events. These events included a teen diabetes awareness rally, planting tree saplings, co-hosting a sports meet for children with disabilities, volunteering at a hospice for terminal cancer patients, leading a food drive for impoverished elderly and for a children’s orphanage, and volunteering at a medical camp where doctors performed health exams. Aditya Satya is a freshman at Georgia Tech, pursuing a Naval ROTC training. Akanksha Satya is a junior at Chattahoochee High School.
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there was pretty broad interest in us pursuing that.” Coughlin has historically been an advocate for ranked choice voting, also known as automatic runoff voting. Under this system, voters rank their choices for an elected office. If no candidate wins the majority of votes, the candidate with the fewest first person votes is eliminated and their votes are redistriby Crier 12/12/19 Crossword uted to the voter’s second choice.
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This system has been implemented throughout the state of Maine and in some cities in nine other states. No city in Georgia has adopted ranked choice voting, but Coughlin said the cost and inconvenience of this year’s runoff strengthened support for the system. “If we could have had the ranked choice voting, the taxpayers could have saved money,” Coughlin said. “The candidates could have saved money, time and effort, and the results would have probably been the same. You’re just voting for the runoff then instead of a PuzzleJunction.com month later, essentially.” 5
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Johns Creek High students win award for invention JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Six Johns Creek High School seniors recently took home awards from the Bright Spark Invention Challenge. Johns Creek High School junior, Adi Bora, took home the Best Overall award for the high school level for his invention, the “Independence 1000.” Adi’s invention was created to help a fellow JCHS student with cerebral palsy. His Independence 1000 is a portable device with gamified joy-stick designed to strengthen fine motor skills in hands. Adi gave it to his friend, Jason, who hopes to one day be able to operate a motorized wheelchair. Additionally, Adi hopes the device will be used to collect data in the therapy field. Five Johns Creek High School seniors — Sagar Patel, Tyler Watson, Daniel
Cooper, Ben Kleiner and Thomas Tostenson — won the Best Prototype award for their device designed to help prevent hot car deaths among children and pets. They created a 3-D working prototype called the “Life Protector.” It is a temperature sensor in a small box that fits on a vehicle dashboard. From their research of models on the market, they based their design on cost and accessibility. The Life Protector’s sensor triggers an alarm when a car interior exceeds 102 degrees. Their plan for future models is for the device to send a phone call to an emergency contact. Bright Spark is the education arm of the design consulting firm Bridge Innovate. The students’ engineering teacher is Stephen Sweigart.
Five Johns Creek High school seniors — Sagar Patel, Tyler Watson, Daniel Cooper, Ben Kleiner and Thomas Tostenson — are recognized.
History: Continued from Page 8 come the preservation of the cemetery. “I want to try to see, if through my family and any other families that are out there, if there’s a way to make it into some sort of memorial garden,” he said. Between the time the church dissolved around the 1990s and when the city took over maintenance, the cemetery fell into disrepair. At one point, litter was rampant. There are no fences or means to prevent trespassing, no clear delineation of where the graveyard begins or ends. Many headstones are broken and missing. But it’s not too late to beautify the cemetery, Shahid said. He imagines descendants buying bricks to create a walkway through the cemetery. “Landscape it, make it into a memorial garden and make it into a teaching moment,” he said. “Even if it was a blemish on our history, we can turn it into a teaching moment.” “It would mean a lot knowing that my great-great grandkids won’t have to do a whole lot of research,” he continued. “They’ll be able to make a connection there.” The Macedonia Cemetery had a starring role in efforts to resist de-
velopment in the 1990s. It received attention again in 2016 in a movement to stop billboards from going up, but since then it’s been pushed to the wings. This year and last, the council considered allocating tourism product development dollars to the site, but both times the idea was quickly dismissed. “I think there’s a very respectful conversation that this city has to have at some point,” Mayor Mike Bodker said. “I’m all for us owning the property and for us getting it under control, and getting it cleaned up and protected, but there’s a huge leap to go from that to opening it up to the public and turning it into a destination/historic sight.” Bodker said the city needed to know if that’s what the families of those buried at the cemetery would want, how the site would handle needs like parking, and how it would impact the neighboring St Ives Country Club. Shahid said it would mean a lot to see Johns Creek recognize all the people who helped build it. “It would show that Johns Creek is leading the way for other cities in America,” he said. “During that time, it was pretty bad, and it’s not something that’s talked about a lot. But this country is great, and it’s good to see we can come back from that.”
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With the holiday season upon us, Giving Tuesday falls at just the right time of year to encourage others to give of their time, talent and treasure to organizations doing great work in the community. Trish O’Neill, Children’s Development Academy 14 | Johns Creek Herald | December 12, 2019
Local nonprofits see community generosity on Giving Tuesday By JULIA GROCHOWSKI firstname.lastname@example.org NORTH FULTON, Ga. — Local charities felt the love of their communities Dec. 3 during national Giving Tuesday. The celebration, which began as a social media hashtag in 2017, urges everyone to donate to causes they care about the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. “Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving,” said Sheila Sillitto, communications and marketing manager for North Fulton Community Charities. “When all the nonprofits work together to make an impact on one day, it gets the entire community excited about giving back. We are stronger together than we are individually.” North Fulton Community Charities, which helps fight poverty and homelessness, more than doubled its goal of $20,000 this year. It raised a total of over $60,000 on and leading up to Giving Tuesday. “While this was a significant amount and we are grateful for the generous community we live it, it is important to understand that nonprofits need donations throughout the year and not just on Giving Tuesday,” Sillitto said. “NFCC provides over $1.2 million in emergency financial assistance every year for rent, utilities and basic necessities. That means the money raised for Giving Tuesday will only last a few weeks due to the volume of need in our community. Housing costs continue to rise putting more pressure on families already struggling to get by in North Fulton.” The Roswell-based Children’s Development Academy, which provides affordable early learning programs and childcare for preschool children in Metro Atlanta, saw more than double the
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The Children’s Development Academy in Roswell was one of many local charities that benefitted from this year’s Giving Tuesday. amount of Giving Tuesday contributions from last year. It raised over $50,000 this year, in part because of two giving challenges. The Hagan family once again posed the Hagan Family Challenge, promising to match gifts up to $30,000. One of the Children’s Development Academy’s newest employees, Lisa Walker and her husband, likewise pledged to match all gifts made on Giving Tuesday up to $5,000. “With the holiday season upon us, Giving Tuesday falls at just the right time of year to encourage others to give of their time, talent and treasure to
organizations doing great work in the community,” said Trish O’Neill, Children’s Development Academy marketing and communications director. “We were also privileged to join forces with the City of Roswell this year for Giving Tuesday’s #GiveWellRoswell efforts. The city help promote local nonprofits on their social media and help spread the word about Giving Tuesday.” Meanwhile, at BrewAble, a small coffee shop operating within the Alpharetta Community Center, Giving Tuesday proved somewhat of a windfall. The nonprofit focuses on providing
meaningful employment and community connections for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, said cofounder Mary Ulich. BrewAble’s seven-member board of directors put up $16,000 in matching funds for those who donated to the cause on Giving Tuesday. That match nearly dried up by day’s end when 75 individual donors put up $11,500. As another inducement, BrewAble offered any visitor who donated to any nonprofit in Alpharetta that day a free cup of coffee. “One gentleman came in and said ‘I’m here to get my free $200 cup of coffee,”’ Ulich said. “Then, he wrote a check for $200.” In Johns Creek, the family-run Jonny and Xena “Spread the Words” foundation raised $3,200 on Giving Tuesday through its social media pages. The nonprofit works to support the local special need community and animal rescues. “We’re so grateful,” founder and Director Linda Hickey said. “Our extended family ‘followers’ are so supportive. I will probably try to reach more people next year with emails, but I’m extremely pleased with every donation we received this year.” The Charity Guild of Johns Creek worked to raise thousands for the Star House after school program. Multiple local charities said that while Giving Tuesday was just one day, they provide services throughout the year. They urged locals to consider giving back during their multiple fundraisers and volunteering opportunities held outside of Giving Tuesday. Staff writers Carson Cook and Patrick Fox contributed to this report.
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Industry expert Frank Norton on real estate in Georgia About 18 years ago I had the pleasure of attending The Norton Agency’s annual forecast event. It began with loud, high-energy dance music, then fog with colored lights bouncing across it. Amid all Geoff smith that, in walked Frank Assurance Financial, email@example.com Norton Jr., an unassuming data-hound with a degree from Georgia Tech. If you ever get the chance to talk to Frank, you quickly realize he’s not the kind of personality that comes with dance music and smoke machines. But the fanfare wasn’t really for him. It was for his information. Over the years, Norton has earned a reputation as an E.F. Hutton of the real estate industry in Atlanta. In spring of 2007, before most people even realized there was a dark cloud looming, Norton cut $1 million of operating expenses. In 2014, when we were racing out of that storm and home values were recovering and the market was flooded with houses, Norton asked what people were going to do when housing inventory got near 0. The storm came and washed out many companies who waited too long to react. Now housing inventory is at historical lows for most price-points. I had the pleasure of having Norton on my podcast, ATL Developments with Geoff Smith, and we talked about all kinds of things, including what it was like to grow up in a real estate family in Gainesville, Ga. It’s a great show packed with solid information. I encourage you to listen to it at https://businessradiox. com/podcast/north-fulton-studio/atldevelopments-with-geoff-smith-franknorton-jr/. I’ll hit some of the high-points. The Norton Agency operates mostly in what us Metro Atlanta folks would consider outside of the Rubicon. If you go anywhere north of Forsyth, Gwinnett
Norton said the geographical wedge between Ga. 400 and I-20 represents 47 percent of all new major job relocations and expansions in the state. or Cherokee counties, you will see their yellow signs. They have North Georgia covered. And if you want to know what’s going on there, he’ll tell you. One of the biggest economic development engines driving growth in North Georgia right now are things called inland ports. For those of you who think all the buzz about the growth at the port of Savannah is something you can shrug your shoulders and say “well good for Savannah,” you are missing out. Savannah is one of the most important ports now on the entire eastern seaboard. And it is in the process of getting dredged, which will accommodate supertankers, possibly tripling its capacity. As a result, these inland ports have cropped up around the more rural parts of Georgia. They are essentially rail stations with equipment to very quickly unload cargo from a tractor-trailer and put it onto a train car. Because of the increased capacity in both rail and at the port of Savannah, a chicken plant in Gainesville can put frozen chicken on a rail car at 6 p.m., and by 9 a.m. the next day it will be on a ship in the Savannah Harbor headed out to sea. The same goes for tractors and tractor parts. Because of that, manufacturing plants have been buying up land and building plants near all of these inland ports, creating thousands of jobs for those communities. Norton said the geographical wedge between Ga. 400 and I-20 represents
47 percent of all new major job relocations and expansions in the state. Consequently, that is where most of the national homebuilders are developing large projects. Norton expects significant growth to continue all along I-85 and I-985. Asked about his biggest concern for today’s real estate economy, Norton says it’s a lack of affordable housing. “Houses under $250,000 are absent in the marketplace, and nobody wants to build them,” he said. “Land continues to go up in value…and regulatory costs are so high a builder isn’t going to build a house for under $250,000 because he’s not going to make any money” Norton built 10 houses last year and broke down the costs. He found that 37 percent of the house cost was attributed to a government influence — impact fees, fire codes, delays, etc. He said local municipalities could help the situation by having a set of codes for lower-priced houses. “I’m all for public safety, but I grew up in a room with one outlet on each of my four walls. Now I have to put one every 6 feet,” he said. Norton sees a small correction nationwide in the real estate industry. He doesn’t call it a downturn, but just a minor correction that will be even less impactful in Metro Atlanta. “We have very low inventory of houses, have not had overbuilding of houses, a strong job market, and a climate where people still want to retire here,” he said. Geoff Smith is a mortgage banker with Assurance Financial focusing on residential home loans for refinances and home purchases. Geoff Smith firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Three proven ways to increase value of your business Have you been looking for ways to improve the value of your small business? Are you maximizing your return on the assets you have in your business? Using a “value dick jones framework” that Founder & President Jones Simply Sales was created over 60 years ago may help you identify ways to do this. The value framework I am referring to is called the “DuPont Model,” which is a mathematical formula that breaks down the return on assets and equity in your business into three parts: revenue growth, operating margin and asset efficiency. Revenue growth can only occur in two ways. You can either sell more (volume) or charge more (price realization). To do this, you can focus on attracting new customers, retaining existing customers or creating new revenue channels by adding new products and services. Operating margin can be improved by reducing costs. Selling, General & Administrative (SG&A), Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) and income taxes are the best three areas to focus on. And finally, asset efficiency is focused on your Property, Plant & Equipment (PP&E), inventory and both accounts payable and accounts receivable. Evaluating your real estate (own, lease, rent), improving inventory efficiency by increasing turns, collecting your receivables faster and taking full advantage of vendor terms are all ways to improve the efficiency of your assets. The combination of improving revenue growth, operating margin and asset efficiency will increase the value of your small business.
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CALENDAR JOHNS CREEK ARTS CENTER STUDENT SHOWCASE
MITTIE BULLOCH WEDDING REENACTMENT Step back in time to the 1853 wedding of Mittie Bulloch to Theodore Roosevelt Sr. Guests will be escorted throughout the house and property by lantern light. The evening concludes with storytelling and a special frozen desert. Tickets are $18. Bulloch Hall, 535 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. Shows are every half hour from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19. For more information, visit roswellgov.com.
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FEATURED: HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING
What: Get holiday packages wrapped while shopping or waiting, in benefit of Habitat for Humanity. Christmas and Hanukkah papers available. When: Dec. 1315, times vary Where: North Point Mall Center Court, 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta More info: northfulton.com
CHRISTMAS FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
What: Families are invited to gather at North Point Community Church for a Christmas Movie Night. Wear cozy pajamas, bring a pillow and blanket, and North Point will pop the popcorn. When: Friday, Dec. 13, 6:308:30 p.m. Where: North Point Community Church, 4350 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta Info: northpoint.org/believe
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA CEREMONY
What: Participate in a national ceremony honoring fallen local veterans.
When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. Where: Rest Haven Cemetery, 90 Milton Avenue, Alpharetta; Old Big Creek Park Cemetery, Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta; Pine View Cemetery, 300 Teasley Drive, Alpharetta More info: wreathsacrossamerica.org
LIVE NATIVITY AT MESSIAH CHURCH
What: Live music will fill the night with songs of the season as visitors interact with villagers, live animals, and enjoy crafts and refreshments. Free. When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 4-9 p.m. Where: Messiah Church, 4765 Kimball Bridge Road, Johns Creek More info: messiahjohnscreek. org/living-christmas
JOHNS CREEK ARTS CENTER HOLIDAY MARKET
What: Join for the fourth annual Holiday Market. Shop a wide variety of handmade gifts, jewelry and artwork, all from local artisans. When: Nov. 23-Dec. 23 Where: Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Ste. 700, Johns Creek More info: johnscreekarts.org
What: The Johns Creek Arts Center presents the Fall 2019 Adult Student Show. Because of the delicate nature of the art form, the ceramic arts portion of the show will be on display starting Dec. 7. When: Nov. 23-Dec. 16; Reception Sunday, Dec. 7, 6-7:30 p.m. Where: Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Ste. 700, Johns Creek More info: johnscreekarts.org
‘THE DEFILED BED 2 – THE AWAKENING’
What: This show follows Sen. Joshua Brown, who was motivated by greed, power and position during his four-year election, when one day, he manipulates the wrong woman. A Trevi Pershay Production. Featuring special guest appearance by Bianca Bonnie. When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:15 p.m. Where: Centerstage, 1374 W Peachtree St., Atlanta Cost: $25-$60 More info and tickets: centerstage-atlanta.com or 404-8851365
CHRISTMAS COOKIE DECORATING CLASS
What: Learn to make ugly Christmas sweater cookies with no messy kitchen to clean. Lise Ode of Mom Loves Baking will be the instructor. Includes a raffle. When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m. Where: Village Italian Bar & Grill, 5772 N. Vickery Street, Cumming Cost: $65 More info and registration: eventbrite.com
HOLIDAY: ‘THE GRINCH’
What: Join the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter for Holiday Movies Under the Stars, featuring the holiday favorite, “The Grinch”. Complimentary coffee and hot cocoa will be available. When: Friday, Dec. 13, 6 p.m. Where: Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center, 246 Perimeter Center Parkway, Dunwoody Info: discoverdunwoody.com
CHRISTMAS IN CUMMING
What: Come check out a wide range of handmade gifts and goodies during the Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds inside the Livestock Barn. When: Friday, Dec. 13, 4-10 p.m. Where: Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming More info: cityofcumming.net
ATLANTA DANCE THEATRE’S ‘THE NUTCRACKER’
What: Join for the 38th season of this holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” Presented by Atlanta Dance Theatre. When: Dec. 13-15, times vary Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: Tickets start at $20 More info and tickets: AtlantaDanceTheatre.org
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE
What: A large variety of homemade cookies and other goodies sold by the pound, including no nuts, sugar-free and egg/glutenfree. Proceeds benefit programs and missions of the women of Christ the King Lutheran Church. When: Saturday, Dec. 14 Where: Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road, Cumming. More info: ctklutheran.com
OPEN-HEARTH GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS
What: Each workshop will be presented by Clarissa Clifton on preparing and decorating gingerbread cookies for baking over the open hearth. In addition, children will also have the opportunity to make a holiday craft ornament. When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Where: Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell More info: roswellgov. com
SATURDAY BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
What: Get in the holiday spirit and join the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter with Santa Claus himself for Saturday morning breakfast. When: Every Saturday through Dec. 21, 9 a.m.-noon Where: Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center, 246 Perimeter
Center Parkway, Dunwoody Cost: $18 for adults, children 12 and under are free More info: discoverdunwoody. com or 770-394-6500
FORSYTH PHILHARMONIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT
What: Come enjoy a live holiday performance by Forsyth County’s very own symphony orchestra, the Forsyth Philharmonic. When: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7-8 p.m. Where: Cumming First United Methodist, 770 Canton Highway, Cumming More info: eventbrite.com
What: A Gwinnett County holiday tradition brought to life by the artists of Gwinnett Ballet Theatre accompanied by the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Orchestra. When: Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 6-22, times vary Where: Infinite Energy Theater, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth More info and tickets: gwinnettballet.org
‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’
What: In this holiday favorite, Charles Dickens shows us Ebenezer Scrooge as he falls asleep in his dingy, cold quarters on Christmas Eve and is later visited by three ghosts. When: Dec. 6-23, times vary Where: Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell Cost: Tickets are $20 More info and tickets: roswellgov.com
ATLANTA BALLET’S ‘THE NUTCRACKER’
What: Join for a journey through space and time, where everyday objects grow in extraordinary size and the pages of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story come alive. When: Dec. 7-24, times vary. Where: The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta More info: atlantaballet.com
‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’
What: MGBaker Productions presents in conjunction with the Sherouse/Riley team, the original producers of the Christmas play, the classic tale of “A Christmas Carol.” When: Nov. 29-Dec. 15, times vary Where: School Street Playhouse, 101 School St, Cumming Info: schoolstreetplayhouse.com
AVALON ON ICE
What: Ice skate at Avalon on their Rockefeller Center-sized ice skating rink in the plaza. Watch for theme nights and enjoy warm, tasty treats rink side. Enjoy special events throughout the season and sign up for ice skating lessons. When: Nov. 24 through Jan. 20, 2020, times vary Where: Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta Cost: General admission starts at $18 Info: experienceavalon.com
SANTA AT AVALON
What: Join jolly old Saint Nick in his cozy cottage at Avalon for a dose of Christmas magic this holiday season. When: Nov. 25-Dec. 24, times vary Where: Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta Info: experienceavalon.com
CHRISTMAS IN CRABAPPLE AND MILTON TREE LIGHTING
What: This year, Milton has combined two events to usher in the holiday season. This holiday tradition has become a Milton staple, including Santa photos, caroling, s’mores, crafts, hot cocoa and fun. When: Saturday, Nov. 30, 2-6 p.m. Where: Broadwell Pavilion, 12615 Broadwell Road, Milton. More info: cityofmiltonga.us
EVENTS: DECATUR HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE AND CAFE
What: The school transforms into a European-inspired market and features more than 100 local and regional artists. All proceeds benefit Clairemont Elementary School’s educational programs funding teacher grants and supporting student field trips. When: Friday, Dec. 13, 5:309:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Clairemont Elementary School, 155 Erie Ave., Decatur More info: decaturholidaymarketplace.com
HEALTH AND FITNESS: VARIETY SANTA FUN RUN
What: Help raise money for children with special needs and disadvantages. Run it, walk it, roll it, skip it or hop it. Santa will be there and happy to take photos with the participants. When: Friday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m. Where: Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek Cost: Cost is $25 More info: varietyofgeorgia.org
RELIGIOUS EVENTS: CHRISTMAS LESSONS AND CAROLS
What: The Chancel Choir is joined by the area high school chamber choirs and chamber orchestra to present the annual service of Christmas Lessons and Carols. When: Sunday, Dec. 15, 8:45 a.m. Where: Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Highway, Cumming More info: cfumcga.com
A NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS WORSHIP
What: Join a Christmas Worship Celebration featuring the music of Francesca Battistelli, Leonard Cohen, MercyMe, Michael W. Smith and TransSiberian Orchestra. Features dramatic scripture reading and
CALENDAR a short Christmas message. When: Monday, Dec. 23, 7 p.m. Where: Misty Creek Community Church, 650 Mt. Vernon Highway NE, Sandy Springs More info: mistycreekchurch. org or 404-913-3369
NORTH FORSYTH MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
What: Join to hear a free performance of the Forsyth Middle School Choirs. When: Friday, Nov. 22, times vary; additional shows Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 Where: Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Highway, Cumming More info: cfumcga.com/
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
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 770261-1705
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS What: Make and grow faithbased 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
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MUSIC, ARTS & THEATER:
SPOTLIGHT EXHIBIT: ROSWELL IN WINTER
What: This will be an inaugural exhibit showcasing photographs submitted by the people who live and work in Roswell. When: Throughout December Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell More info: roswellgov.com
JOHNS CREEK ARTS CENTER HOLIDAY SALE
What: Johns Creek Arts Center’s annual holiday sale features original, handcrafted, fine art gifts at affordable prices. Choose from handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings and prints by instructors as well as youth and adult students. When: Nov. 23-Dec. 23, times vary Where: Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek More info: johnscreekarts.org
SPRUILL GALLERY HOLIDAY ARTISTS MARKET
What: Selections include ceramics, glass, jewelry, bath and body, holiday ornaments and much more. Find a unique, one-of-a-kind gift. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Dec. 21, times vary Where: Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta More info: spruillarts.org/holidayartistsmarket
What: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns with six performances showcasing Ailey’s 32 dancers, including world premieres that shine a spotlight on social issues. When: Feb. 20-23, times vary Where: The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta Cost: Tickets start at $29 More info and tickets: alvinailey.org, foxatltix.com or 855285-8499
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What: This CRAFTernoon, create holiday ornaments using a variety of materials, including book pages. All materials and instructions will be provided. Ages 10-18. When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-3 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org
LIBRARY EVENTS: CHAD SHIVERS AND THE SILENT KNIGHTS
What: Join for a live holiday concert at Milton Library, featuring Chad Shivers and the Silent Knights playing surf rock versions of classic holiday songs for the whole family. When: Friday, Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org
ALPHARETTA POETRY WORKSHOP
What: Share your work and receive feedback with other poets of various experience levels in a positive and inspiring environment. Ages 18 and up. When: Monday, Dec. 16, 6-7:30 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org
HISTORY BOOK CLUB: ‘AMERICAN HEIRESS’
What: Join and discuss “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hears,” by Jeffrey Toobin. When: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6-7 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org
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Stay heart smart this holiday season Ah, the holidays: that special time of year filled with family, friends and fun – and lots of chances to overindulge. The temptations are all around, from rich roasts to creamy eggnog, but with a little planning, you can maintain heart-healthy eating habits and still enjoy the festive season. “It’s a hectic time of year, but it’s really important we continue to think about what we’re putting in our bodies,” Dr. ACHTCHI says WellStar cardiologist Dr. Ahsan Achtchi. “If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or heart failure, it’s critical you do your best to eat in moderation and avoid unhealthy fats and salt.” And even those without obvious heart issues can benefit from practicing a bit of mindful restraint at the holiday table, Dr. Achtchi says. “Choose wisely,” he ad-
vises. “For example, select a lean cut of turkey instead of ham, and fill your plate with nutritious, non-starchy vegetables. Limit the dressing and sweets. You can have a treat; just don’t overindulge.” Overindulgence can have serious consequences. According to the American Heart Association, more heart-related deaths occur around the winter holidays that at any other time. Primarily due to excessive alcohol consumption, “holiday heart syndrome” can bring on atrial
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fibrillation in otherwise healthy people, with the potential for blood clots, stroke, heart failure and heart attacks. Dr. Achtchi counsels common sense as the best way to stave off trouble. “Limit alcohol to one drink per day for women and two drinks for men,” he says. “And don’t drink every day. A cocktail, beer or glass of wine should be an occasional treat, not an everyday habit.” Finally, Dr. Achtchi recommends sticking to your exercise routine during the stressful holiday season. “Being active helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels while strengthening your heart, lungs, muscles and bones,” he notes. “Even a brisk 30-minute walk can help relieve tension and clear your mind, helping you feel better mentally and physically.” To learn more about Dr. Ahsan Achtchi or to schedule an appointment, please call WellStar North Fulton Cardiovascular Medicine at 770-410-4520.
A few heart-healthy tips for the season • Pay attention to nutrition labels; breads and rolls, poultry and canned soups often have added sodium • Try adding colorful seasonal veggies (winter squash, Brussels sprouts, carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes, etc.) to a meal; they’re a great addition when baked or steamed • Use herbs and spices instead of salt or butter; they add flavor without fat • Make eggnog and hot chocolate healthier by using low-fat or skim milk; try toppings like grated cinnamon or nutmeg in place of a dollop of whipped cream • Rinse canned beans and veggies in a colander to remove excess sodium • Choose the lighter parts of the turkey, and don’t eat the skin • Pay attention to portion size; a single serving of meat should be about the size of a deck of cards • Limit gravy to a tablespoon, and stuffing/dressing to a quarter-cup Source: American Heart Association
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Emory Women’s Center at Findley Road expands service to include midwifery care Emory Women’s Center at Findley Road is excited to expand our women’s health service to include midwifery care. Our Certified Nurse-Midwives are experts in providing safe and satisfying personalized healthcare to mothers during pregnancy, labor, birth, and breastfeeding. Our Certified Nurse-Midwives’ family-centered care extends throughout the postpartum period and beyond. While midwifery has roots in traditional birthing practices, the choice to use a midwife has become increasingly popular in our modern time, with the number of hospital births attended by midwives increasing annually. In 2018 National Vital Statistics Reports recorded that Certified Nurse-Midwives attended 351,968 births nationally, which represents 9.1% of total US births.
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parents-to-be and counseling on issues including anesthesia and how to handle complications • Providing regular exams before and after childbirth • Staying with a mother during the labor and delivery process • Being on the lookout for complications that require medical intervention by one of our Emory Women’s Center OBGYNs • Providing postpartum care for mothers and infants OBGYN or CMN, how do I know which is right for me? Part of the benefit of choosing Emory Women’s Center is the partnership with our Emory faculty obstetrics and gynecology physicians who are present twenty-four hours a day at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. If you have been diagnosed with a preexisting condition that may create a need for complex care management or cesarean delivery, our OB-GYNs are on-hand to assist in any pregnancy need to safely deliver your baby. If you are interested in learning more about Emory Women’s Center at Findley Road or want to schedule an appointment with one of our Certified NurseMidwives, please contact us at 404-7783401. 12000 Findley Rd., Johns Creek, GA 30097.
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A caring gift Brought to You by Home Helpers of Alpharetta As the holiday season approaches, we all struggle with trying to find just the right thing for those we love. There are two recipients on your list, an older loved one and a family caregiver, where a gift can be life changing – the gift of care. Watching a favorite holiday movie, creating a photo memory book or putting together a hobby basket are all thoughtful ideas. The perfect gift for your older loved one, however, may be the one that lets them maintain their independence and age in place in the comfort and security of their own home. For the first time in history, there are over 50 million seniors in the United States. A third of those over age 65 live alone, and half of those beyond age 85 are on their own. Beyond physical support needs, seniors often experience loneliness and isolation. For your older loved one, other family members may want to contribute to a group gift of companionship and skilled caregiving that can be rewarding for all. Just a few days a week can make a beautiful difference in our clients’ lives. Home Helpers of Alpharetta knows that despite the passing years, each of our clients has a youthful spirit. Engaging that lets us share in the richness of their lives, both past and present. Our carefully matched and talented caregivers not only bring skills, but a heart centered approach and positive spirit that boosts confidence and provides the best
quality of life for our clients and their families. Caregivers can assist with all personal care, help around the house, accompany them on doctor’s visits or social outings and provide specialized care for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc. If your loved one is just getting home from a rehabilitation center or recovering from surgery, we can help safely speed up recovery. You may have a family caregiver on your list. Four in ten adults now care for a sick or elderly loved one, and family caregivers are “the new normal”. The typical family caregiver is female and between the ages of 45 and 64. They find portions of the experience very rewarding but are pulled in many different directions by the challenges of family and work - life balance. Family caregivers who have a higher burden of hands-on care often have increased stress, health and financial problems. Everyone needs support. A skilled Home Helpers caregiver helps provide some private time, lends balance and relieves some of the stress a family caregiver feels. They help provide peace of mind and ensure the family caregiver and older loved one in your family can enjoy life to its fullest. As needs change, care can grow from six hours a day, several days a week, to 24/7 or live in care. We’re here to help. Call us at (678) 430-8511 for a free in-home consultation. Together we can develop a customized plan to create the ideal gift of care.
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Albedo & Altitude: What you need to know for winter sun safety By Dr. Brent Taylor Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta What is the safest time to be outdoors? It turns out that this is not as easy a question to answer as you might think, and part of the Dr. Taylor reason is something called “albedo.” The term albedo is defined as the percent of sunlight that is reflected off a surface. Fishermen have higher rates of skin cancer than our average outdoorsmen because of sun not only reaching them from above but also because sun bounces off the water and strikes their skin from below. We often say that this gives them a “double dose” of radiation and sun damage. But is the damage really double? Albedo, the percent of light bouncing off a surface, varies by a number of factors including the type of surface the sunlight is hitting and the angle the sun is at relative to the surface. For example, when the sun is at angles of 40 degrees or higher in the sky relative to the horizon, the albedo of water is fairly constant at around 5%, meaning that only 5% of the sun is bouncing up and potentially hitting you. As the sun drops below 40 degrees, the albedo of water increases dramatically with about 50% of sunlight bouncing off of water when the sun is at an angle of ten degrees and almost 100% of sunlight reflecting off the water when the sun is just above the horizon at an angle of zero degrees. For many latitudes in the northern hemisphere in the winter months, the sun spends all its time below 40 degrees, so a large amount
of light is reflecting off surfaces at all times. In Atlanta on Christmas, the solar elevation angle only reaches 32 degrees at noon. Snow is a different beast all together. We love snow because it is pretty and sparkly… but are those sparkles in fact sinister? (Cue alarming music now). If you are an avid skier who doesn’t want skin cancer, it is useful to know that ice has a higher albedo than water, and snow has an even higher albedo than ice. In fact, snow reflects as much as 90 percent of solar radiation. Some of the worst sun burns that I have ever seen have come after ski trips. We might not think about sun damage in winter months figuring that the sun is less intense. However, many ski trips are in late spring at low latitudes and high elevations, so the snow persists even though the sun is now high in the sky. When it comes to skiing, you really can receive a double dose of UV radiation due to albedo and elevation. The general rule of thumb is that with every 3000 feet increase in elevation, UV radiation increases by 10%. So what is the safest time to be outdoors? The dermatologist would say that it is safest to ski between 6pm and 6am. The orthopedic surgeon might disagree. The real answer is to protect your skin from light from above and below with proper clothing and sunscreen. Have fun this winter! And if you or a loved one has a concerning spot or skin care need after your winter fun, consider Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta. Dr. Brent Taylor is a fellowship-trained and board certified dermatologist, Mohs surgeon and varicose vein specialist. We look forward to taking care of you.
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7 reasons you might need to see a neurosurgeon By Dr. John Gorecki Northside Hospital Neurosurgeons are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders that affect the central and peripheral nervous system. This DR. GORECKI includes congenital anomalies, trauma, tumors, vascular disorders, infections of the brain or the spine, stroke and degenerative diseases of the spine. If you have any concerns about your nervous system, here are some telltale signs that you might need to see a neurosurgeon. Chronic pain If you find yourself experiencing pain that is related to the nervous system and it continues for an extended period of time, a neurosurgeon may be able to diagnose and treat your conditions. Headaches We all experience a headache from time to time. The pain can stretch into your sinuses, through the top of your head, down through the muscles of your head, neck, and shoulder and even along the base of your skull and brain. Headaches may be caused by various conditions ranging from sinus infections to throbbing toothaches. Symptoms of serious headaches — like migraines — may include vomiting, increasing severity, continuous pain, changes in your vision or even seizures. If you experience headaches with severe enough symptoms, your primary care physician may refer you to see a neurologist. Dizziness Lightheadedness is a normal sensation to experience on occasion. Chronic dizziness is not normal. Episodes of dizziness may come in different forms. Dizziness can be classified into three categories: • Presyncope: Feeling as though you are going to faint. Lightheadedness, fuzzy hearing, loss of vision and nausea are symptoms of presyncope. • Vertigo: Feeling as if you are moving, even when you are not. The movement is often described as spinning or swaying. • Dissociation: Having a ‘spaced-out’ feeling. If you feel as though you are detached from either your body or your surroundings, it could be a sign of dissociation.
If you have any concerns about your nervous system, here are some telltale signs that you might need to see a neurosurgeon. Numbness or tingling Tingling sensations or numbness can happen for various reasons. It could be caused by something as simple as not eating enough or sitting in a way that cuts off your blood circulation. If you experience numbness continuously, or if it comes on suddenly, or even if it just happens to one site of your body, you should see a neurologist as soon as possible. If you experience numbness and tingling like these that have been described, they can be signs of a stroke. In this case, you will need to seek help immediately. Movement issues If you have trouble moving, difficulty walking, frequent falling, unintentional jerking or tremors, these may be signs that there are problems within your nervous system. Should these movement problems disrupt your daily routines, you may want to consider seeing a neurologist to be evaluated. If you have Parkinson’s Disease or tremors, contact a neurosurgeon. Confusion or memory problems Individuals who have trouble speaking or extreme problems with their memory, changes in their personality, or confusion may be suffering from disorders in the brain, spine and nerves. Some of these symptoms can be due to learning disabilities. They can also be caused by Alzheimer’s, which is an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Back and neck pain Neurosurgery treats back and neck pain. If you have pain and numbness in your arms, hands or legs, you may want to contact a neurosurgeon. Neurosurgery treats sciatica pain. For more information, call 678-7307796 or visit neurosurgeryanswer.com. Dr. John Gorecki is a board-certified neurosurgeon with over 25 years of neurosurgical experience at Neurosurgy Answer, a Northside Network Provider. His surgical expertise encompasses minimally invasive surgical options for the spine and brain and innovative use of surgical navigation.
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Change a life forever with one gift. During the holidays, being in a hospital away from your family and all the traditions and celebrations is tough for anyone. It’s even harder if you’re a child. That’s why at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, we do our best to give our patients moments of joy and hope. Our team of experts have a passion for pediatrics that helps them create unique, special moments for those who need it most. So this holiday season, take a moment and think about our patients and their families. Take a moment, and give. Visit choa.org/give to learn more and donate. ©2019 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc. All rights reserved.
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McBath: Continued from Page 4 ultrasounds.” After McBath spoke there was time for a few questions, all asked by veterans. Some said in spite of the overall system, they’d had good experiences with some employees at the Atlanta VA center. Others said a complete turnover was needed. Attendees said there needed to be better training for employees and volunteers, more consistency across different facilities, and an easier process for when patients are referred to outside healthcare providers.
In August, McBath became part of a small number of freshman representatives to introduce a bill, have it passed by both chambers and signed into law. The HAVEN Act — Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need — amends bankruptcy law to treat Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense veterans’ disability payments the same as Social Security disability benefits, which are exempt from bankruptcy means testing. State Rep. Mary Frances Williams, a Democrat from Marietta who introduced McBath, praised the congresswoman for her ability to work across party lines. “When I think about Washington, D.C., my heart sinks because I think
about the gridlock … in the midst of all that Lucy has actually managed to pass a bill and get it signed by President Trump,” Williams said. “That’s really an amazing explanation of how she works across the aisle and how hard she works.” McBath was elected to Georgia’s 6th congressional district in 2018, flipping the seat for Democrats. She represents parts of DeKalb, north Fulton and Cobb counties, including Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Milton and Roswell. Following the Q&A, representatives from local organizations including the Marietta Vet Center, the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, the Travis Manion Foundation, the Finish-
ing Trades Institute and the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia met with guests to speak about the services and resources available to veterans in the metropolitan Atlanta region. Members of McBath’s constituent services team were also on site to answer questions. The office can assist with obtaining copies of military records, replacing of lost or destroyed service medals, applying for Supplemental Social Security Income or Medicare, health care services, education benefits; dependent and survivor benefits, the VA home loan program and life insurance benefits. Veterans who wish to seek assistance can contact the office at (470) 773-6330.
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Lions and tigers and bears — and leaves!
One thing you may not know about me is that I enjoy a good movie. I especially enjoy the iconic lines that come from some of my favorites — lines like “I’ll be back” from “The Terminator” or “You’re STEVE HUDSON gonna need a bigger Get Outside Georgia, email@example.com boat” from “Jaws.” Uttered in compelling tones, those words foreshadow what’s coming. Excitement! Adventure! Even danger! Then there’s that phrase from the Wizard of Oz. It’s just a five-word phrase, but it’s spoken in trembling tones. You may remember it: “Lions and tigers and bears!” Well. I’ve seen plenty of bears in my day, some closer than I might have wanted. I’ve even seen a couple of bobcats (do they qualify as tigers?) and one mountain lion. Some folks tell me that I should worry about close encounters of the liontiger-bear kind. But I’m not concerned about them anymore — not since I’ve discovered that there’s something far more dangerous lurking out there in the
wild and dangerous woods. What I have discovered is…fall leaves. Yes, I’m talking about those selfsame delightfully colored fall leaves I wrote about a few weeks ago. When they’re up there on the trees, all orange and yellow and red, fall leaves are pretty and transform even the most basic hike into an adventure through a land where everything’s made of glowing Crayola crayons. But eventually those leaves fall. Ellie, our resident Mini Schnauzer, likes that part. She loves to chase falling leaves. In fact, she gets the puppy crazies as she runs from tree to tree, barking happily and jumping into the air in an effort to catch each and every leaf as it flutters toward the ground. She is a determined leaf catcher if ever there was one and manages to get quite a few. However, efficient as she is, she’s no match for all of the zillions of leaves that fall across north Georgia. Among the leaves she missed recently was the handful of small yellow ones that fell on one of the hiking trails near Amicalola Creek. Those particular leaves blanketed a section of trail (a section which happened to be going downhill), and everything was fine until along came Yours Truly.
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The occasion was a long-awaited fishing trip on Amicalola Creek with my buddy Scott. We’d geared up in the parking area near Steele Bridge (a neat bridge that is in fact made of steel) and were making our way down to the creek along one of the trails which descended toward the water from the parking area. I was hiking along nicely, dutifully watching the trail as I went. I saw the patch of yellow leaves scattered over the trail. I thought about how pretty they were, and about how important it is to always have a solid footing when hiking, and then I took one more step. Next thing I knew I was on the ground. One minute I was vertical. I took that step, my foot hit the leaves, and the next thing I knew I was flat on my back. It happened that fast. For a moment I just lay there like a beached something, trying to get my breath back and decide if I was still alive. “Are you okay?” Scott asked. Still flat on my back among the leaves, I tentatively took inventory to see what
hurt, which was pretty much everything. But the main locus of discomfort seemed to be my trusty right arm — my casting arm! It had come down on a big ol’ root knot, and even as I pulled myself into a sitting position it was hurting like the dickens and had already begun to swell. After a while, and with a hand from Scott, I slowly got to my feet. “Sure you’re okay?” “I think so, mostly.” “Well, I saw the whole thing,” he said, lightening the moment, “and I’ve got to say that it was impressive. For a moment it seemed like you were defying gravity and floating in the air. Then you hit the ground.” “Yeah, there was that,” I said. Then he asked the really important question. “Is your fly rod okay?” I hadn’t thought to check on that. My fly rod — my beloved favorite-of-all fly rod — had flown through the air as
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Diesel poetry in motion I do not like diesel engines, Joe-I-am. I do not like them in a truck, I do not like them with a duck. I would not drive one on a road, I would not drive one with a toad. Would you like them on the highway? JOE PARKER Would you like them Editor firstname.lastname@example.org on the byway? I would not like them on the highway or the byway, I would not like them in no way. You do not like them, so you say. Try them! Try Them! And you may try them, and you may I say, Joe. If you will let me be, I will try one and see. My, I do like diesel engines, at least this one you see, the 3-liter Duramax from Chevy!
2020 Chevy Silverado Duramax Now that you have seen why I’m a journalist and not a poet, let me explain myself. I liken diesel engines to toasters. They are made for a utilitarian purpose, and even when they do their job perfectly well, toasters are not exactly pleasurable to use. However, the 3-liter turbo-diesel available in the 2020 Chevy Silverado has changed my perception. It is a gem. The power plant — available in LT, RST, LTZ and High Country trims — provides 227 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. Not the most staggering figures, sure, but the Silverado with a Duramax under the hood feels punchy and fast, and numbers cannot tell you that.
The diesel puts the Silverado on the move in a hurry with torquey acceleration throughout its range with practical-
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ly no perceptible turbo lag. The responsiveness from the engine is enough to make the half-ton pickup feel nimble and far peppier than its size would suggest. Even with its limited RPM range, the Duramax does not feel strained at highway speed. While you can’t measure feel, you can measure the Duramax’s fuel economy, and the 3-liter returns impressive 23 city and 33 highway MPG figures. Of course, a solid engine can be hampered by a lackluster transmission, but the Silverado’s 10-speed automatic is on point. It serves up smooth and smart changes and does not suffer from bunglesome changes in traffic. The 10-speed keeps the Silverado in the right gear in all situations, helping the Duramax to achieve quiet levels of operation from inside the cab. A great engine and transmission does not a great truck make, however, but the Silverado does not lack too much outside of its powertrain. The Silverado’s steering is surprisingly accurate and communicative for a half-ton pickup, and the ride quality is smooth and comfortable without loads of body roll. Chevy offers the Duramax with either 2- or 4-wheel drive in either a Double Cab (Chevy speak for extended cab) or the larger Crew Cab. Two box sizes are also offered, either 5-foot-8 or 6-foot-6. Towing capacity depends on the aforementioned arrangements, with Duramax-driven two-wheel models offering
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Chevy: Continued from Page 32 7,500 to 7,600 pounds and four-wheel drive netting a max of 9,300 pounds, both figures coming in slightly below similarly sized diesel offerings from Ram and Ford. While I did not tow anything in the Silverado, the punchy and smooth output from the engine would suggest it would be adept at hauling without sacrificing too much performance. Chevy also offers a trailering package that includes a hitch guidance camera system, 4- and 7-pin connectors and a trailer hitch. Chevy also has a built-in trailering function in the infotainment that can automatically change settings, such as brake gain memory, and the optional Invisible Trailer, which uses the Silverado’s camera to allow drivers to see “through” their trailer. I tested the double cab in RST trim, which comes with body-colored bumpers, center grille bar and door handles, LED exterior lights, 18-inch aluminum wheels and added interior features over the lower trims. RST models also gets four total USB ports, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, remote start and Chevy’s Teen Driver Mode. My tester came with the All-Star Edition package ($2,445) which nets buyers heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and auto locking rear differential, a trailer hitch and hitch guidance and other features. Also fitted was Convenience Package II ($1,420) which adds a power sliding rear window, 120V outlets in the instrument panel and bed, an upgrade to an 8-inch infotainment screen over the standard 7-inch model, Apple CarPlay and Android auto connectivity, a Bose sound system and other features.
William P. Abram, 81, of Alpharetta, passed away November 23, 2019. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.
William Garrett, 94, of Alpharetta, passed away November 30, 2019. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors &
Phyllis S. Gilliam, 89, of Alpharetta, passed away November 21, 2019. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Lovell R. Greathouse, 88, of Roswell, passed away November 24, 2019. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.
Standard RST models start at $38,800 with the optional Duramax engine coming in at just under $3,900. In all, my tester rang in at $48,685, just a few grand over a diesel-powered base F-150 or a midrange Ram diesel. While the standard and optional features of the Silverado make its cabin a comfortable and convenient place to be, the interior styling is fairly dull and there are swaths of cheap-feeling materials. Adults can still sit comfortably in the extended cab, and there is ample stretching room for those in the front. For dial-tuners, Chevy’s Infotainment 3 Plus is easy to use, and buttons and knobs are laid out intuitively. In its totality, the Silverado is a solid truck. While it may be lacking in interior styling and design, it packs plenty of features if you’re willing to check a few options and it is one of the more affordable diesel half-tons available. And opting for the fantastic diesel power plant is well worth the price of admission. Oh, The Places You’ll Go.
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FOLLOW US ON twitter.com/jcherald Bobby A. Harris, 74, of Cumming, passed away November 28, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home. Bernardette E. Hearns, 50, of Cumming, passed away November 28, 2019. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.
Theresa Hoynowski, 93, of Roswell, passed away December 1, 2019. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors &
Gee G. Joe, 87, of Roswell, passed away November 27, 2019. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.
Robert Mitchell, 57, of Alpharetta, passed away November 29, 2019. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors &
Matthew Lewis Moulin, 41, of Cumming, passed away November 26, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory. Roy Walter Osmulski, 70, of Cumming, passed away November 27, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home. William G. Roughead, 88, of Roswell, passed away November 23, 2019. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.
Jerry Wayne Taylor, 73, of Roswell, passed away November 28, 2019. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors &
Pat W. Toler, 92, of Roswell, passed away November 30, 2019. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Ying Tsui, 92, of Atlanta, passed away November 29, 2019. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Judith Virginia Vandiver, 75, of Alpharetta, passed away November 26, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.
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