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North Woods due for upgrades at Milton City Park & Preserve By AMBER PERRY MILTON, Ga. — The City of Milton held a public forum Jan. 16 in a race to begin work on more upgrades to Milton City Park and Preserve’s northern portion this summer. The focus encompasses nearly 80 acres of the 137acre property. About 20 people attended the two-hour event, more trickling in, for a short presentation from Milton City Engineer Scott Tkach followed by a talkback. Several visitors raised concerns about the future of North Woods, which abuts 7 acres of active space and contains two lakes. Neighbors cited remaining drainage issues with Phase I of the project, which transformed an old cart path into a 1.25-mile paved trail, and they cautioned city staff that future work might suffer the same fate. Stakeholders also advised against unnecessarily disrupting wildlife habitat with construction and using bond-funded passive property for active uses, like parking.

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The Milton City Council presents police Sgt. Scott Lappin (front left) and Community Development Director Bob Buscemi (front right) with 10-year anniversary pins for their service to Milton. Mayor Peyton Jamison (front center) said celebrating the milestone anniversaries is one of his favorite items each year.

Milton approves city’s first brewpub By HAYDEN SUMLIN MILTON, Ga. — The Milton City Council delivered several milestones Jan. 16, including Milton’s first brewpub, anniversary pins for city staff and an update

on active parks. The City Council considered two alcoholic beverage licenses at public hearings during the meeting. The application for an alcoholic beverage license from Hyde Brewing was approved, making it

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Milton City Engineer Scott Tkach presents the second and third phase of Milton City Park and Preserve upgrades at a Jan. 16 public forum on-site. The $3.6 million project is slated for completion in summer 2025.

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Police identify suspect in King Circle home invasion By AMBER PERRY


MILTON, Ga. — Police are investigating a home invasion on King Circle that occurred Jan. 9, where $5,200 in electronics and other items were stolen. According to the police incident report, multiple officers responded to the call at around 12:45 p.m.

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MILTON, Ga. — The controller of Provino’s Italian Restaurant on Hopewell Road reported to police Jan. 5 that the company had lost more than $5,000 in forged checks. The woman told police two of five checks had been legitimately created by Provino`s, however the payee was altered to a woman in Akron, Ohio, and another in Columbus, Ga. Both were cashed. She said the other three checks were entirely fabricated and the charges reversed, the incident report states. After searching for the suspect in Akron, police found no conclusive results. But, police identified a possible 34-year-old suspect out of Columbus, who had a prior history with multiple possible Georgia addresses along with multiple possible phone numbers.

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MILTON, Ga. — Police arrested a 53-year-old Kohl’s employee Jan. 9 for stealing nearly $1,700 in items and cash from the store register. A loss prevention officer for Kohl’s on Ga. 9 reported to police that the suspect, a Milton woman, had stolen clothing and cash on multiple occasions.

that day and began the investigation. Detectives then took over the scene. A 22-year-old Valdosta woman was identified as a suspect, associated with a red Ford Fusion. As of publishing time, the suspect had not been booked into Fulton County jail, according to records reviewed by Appen Media. A second suspect was also listed,

but without identifying information. Other details were not provided in the incident report. Milton Police Capt. Charles Barstow told Appen Media the investigation is open and active. “... MPD detectives are working diligently and swiftly to identify all criminally involved parties and bring those persons to justice,” Barstow wrote in an email.

After reviewing surveillance footage, the loss prevention officer told police the suspect had stolen more than $1,700 in items and cash, and provided the receipts. The suspect was placed into custody, charged with felony theft by taking and transported to the North Fulton County Jail in Alpharetta.


Hotel clerk says thief took purse, valuables MILTON, Ga. — A Milton woman reported to police Jan. 11 that her $500 Gucci purse was stolen while working at the front desk at SpringHill Suites on Deerfield Parkway. She told police she left her purse, which contained $5,700 in cash and jewelry, in the employee area and was unable to locate it when she left work. The woman received a notification on her phone about her Cash App debit cards being used at a gas station in Atlanta, the incident report says. The woman suspected that an acquaintance took the purse after a dispute, a man who had regularly hung out with her while working at the hotel, the report says. After police left the scene, they soon returned after the woman received a call from someone who told her, “Happy birthday” and hung up the phone. While the woman believed

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the suspect to be the former acquaintance, she told police the number was blocked, and the voice was distorted.

Cumming man cited for reckless driving MILTON, Ga. — Police arrested a 39-year-old Cumming man Jan. 11 after they stopped him for speeding and improperly passing a vehicle on New Providence Road. Police saw the driver approaching Carney Road, following a vehicle closely and speeding past the posted 45-mph speed limit, then crossing double yellow lines to improperly pass the vehicle in front of him, according to the incident report. When police conducted a traffic stop, the driver told police he was running late while taking his 8-year-old son to school. Police placed the driver under arrest and charged him with driving too fast for conditions, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, passing on hillcrest and reckless driving. Police transported the driver to the North Fulton County Jail in Alpharetta.

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Chief Judge Keith Carnesale takes oath of office MILTON, Ga. — Keith Carnesale, associate judge with Milton Municipal Court, was sworn in as chief judge by Mayor Peyton Jamison at the Jan. 17 City Council meeting. Carnesale replaces former Chief Judge Brian Hansford, who resigned his post Jan. 5 after 16 years of service. Hansford said his resignation is due to commitments to his law practice and role as chief judge of the Roswell Municipal Court. Carnesale has served as an associate judge on the Milton Municipal Court for two years. “Keith has done a fantastic job serving as an associate judge,” Jamison said. Carnesale graduated from Duke University and Emory University School of Law. He began his career as a prosecutor with the DeKalb County Solicitor General’s Office, before moving to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. During that time, Carnesale specialized in highrisk victim cases, large-scale drug prosecutions and asset forfeitures. Following his stint as a state prosecutor, Carnesale opened a private practice focused on criminal defense and plaintiff litigation. “Unfortunately, sometimes our citizens’ first interaction with the city is at the court,” Jamison said. “I think [Carnesale] will be a great chief judge.” The City Council approved the mayor’s nomination unanimously.


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County commissioner Police investigate break-ins Fulton plans human trafficking forum at north metro businesses By AMBER PERRY

METRO ATLANTA — Police are investigating a series of smash-and-grab break-ins this month at businesses in Roswell and neighboring cities linked to the same group of suspects. At around 4 a.m. Jan. 15, Roswell police responded to a burglary alarm in Ellard Village on Holcomb Bridge Road where suspects broke into four businesses and where there was an attempt at a fifth location. Police observed the front door to Arte D’Oro Diamonds had been smashed open, the incident report says. The owners told police they were last at the store at 2 p.m. the day before and could not identify what had been taken. While conducting a search on the premises, police also found that Ground and Pound Coffee, Bruster’s, and Dyar Persian Grill and Bar had been burglarized, in addition to an attempt at The Spot sushi bar which had broken glass but no visible entry. Surveillance footage showed four male

suspects entering Arte D’Oro Diamonds, wearing masks and gloves. Police also identified a blue Hyundai Sonata entering the parking lot at around 3:45 a.m. that morning, from which two suspects exited, running toward the jewelry store. According to a second incident report, police also responded to 4 Seasons Wings and Taco Takeout on Holcomb Bridge Road Jan. 15 at around 4 a.m. Cash registers had been taken at each location. Roswell Public Information Officer Timothy Lupo said similar smash-andgrabs had occurred at 880 Holcomb Bridge Jan. 10, linked to the same group of suspects. In an email, Lupo said investigators are currently evaluating connections between the burglaries and those in Alpharetta, Sandy Springs and in Gwinnett County, that occurred around the same time frame. “Our officers are continuing and increasing our proactive business checks in the area and have been able to utilize the resources of our Roswell Crime Center to establish some excellent suspect information to follow up on,” Lupo said.

ATLANTA — A Fulton County commissioner will co-host the 2024 Human Trafficking Forum from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. District 6 Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman invites community members to attend the forum to learn about how to identify and prevent trafficking crimes. Human trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar industry which targets the most vulnerable citizens, including low-income individuals, runaway youths and children in foster care. In recognition of National Human Trafficking Month in January, Commissioner Abdur-Rahman will be joined by Wellspring Living, a Christian-based organization that provides care to sex trafficking victims. During the two-hour forum, guests will hear how officials are advocating for survivors and working to stop human trafficking throughout Fulton County and Georgia. “Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal activity in our country,” Abdur-Rahman said. “It is a criminal industry that strips individuals of their human dignity and rights, with human traffickers preying upon our most vulnerable citizens.” In 2022, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners appropriated $500,000 to Wellspring Living to help victims of domestic sex trafficking and people at risk with specialized recovery services. “Last year's hybrid event shared valuable tools and insights to the community,” Wellspring Living CEO Christian Murphy said. “This year, our goal is to bring more awareness and solicit a charge to the community and leaders to support survivors and help end sexual exploitation.” Residents can report possible cases in Georgia’s 24-hour Human Trafficking Hotline at 866-363-4842.

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Hundreds honor MLK with annual unity walk By SHELBY ISRAEL ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Hundreds packed St. James United Methodist Church Jan. 15 to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with an annual community service and unity walk to downtown Alpharetta. Following an hour of prayer and song, Fulton County Probate Court Chief Judge Kenya Johnson spoke on the theme “Leaving Your Legacy,” a message inspired by Proverbs 13:22. “It has been said that if you want to touch the past, touch a rock,” Johnson said. “If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. But, if you want to touch the future, touch a life.” Using her expertise as a probate court judge, Johnson explored estate planning through the biblical lens of leaving behind an inheritance for one’s descendants. Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin also addressed the crowd to recognize great men such as King, Mahatma Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau, whose legacies encourage unity in times of division. “We all leave legacies,” Gilvin said. “We are all creating a legacy with every day, everything we do. Now, it can be good, or it can be bad. It can be intentional, or completely by accident. But it's important for us, as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, that we take responsibility because King, unfortunately, gave his life for his legacy.” Gilvin encouraged guests to carry on King’s message through positive, intentional actions. St. James Senior Pastor the Rev. Gregory S. Williams also presented the church’s MLK recognition award to Jimmy McKinney, whose nonprofit, the Jimmy Mac Foundation, assists the needy through youth mentorship, food, community outreach and educational assistance. The foundation has provided more than $70,000 in scholarships and more than 500,000 meals to those in need internationally. After the 10 a.m. service, guests lined up outside St. James for a unity walk to Brooke Street Park in downtown Alpharetta , just over 1 mile from the church at 3000 Webb Bridge Road.


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Remodeling company, community partner provides clients with quality, peace of mind By AMBER PERRY JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Scott Hessing, owner of United Home Restoration, was in El Trompo Mexican Taqueria in Johns Creek for Taco Tuesday with some of his crew sharing the response from clients whose homes had received a makeover. “They love us,” Hessing said, sipping on the free horchata, courtesy of Taco Tuesday. “They like that we’re really quick. They like that I’m on-site as the owner — you know, quality assurance.” From his experience, Hessing said other contractors tend to go on-site once to take some measurements, make sure the materials are there, then sign on. But, he’s there with his crew throughout the entirety of the job, starting at 8 a.m. sharp. United Home Restoration, a remodeling company based in Johns Creek, installs decks and fences, performs custom trim work as well as interior and exterior painting. The business covers residential and commercial property in Metro Atlanta, but Hessing said he’d charter his crew out of state. Hessing, who his crew calls “Frijoles,” meaning “beans” in Spanish, said his company values three things — safety, quality and efficiency. “The catchphrase is ‘Big Deck Energy,’” Hessing said. Once doing handiwork on his own, he loves the business he built be-


Middle, Scott Hessing, owner of United Home Restoration, gathers with crew members Vicente Perez Hernandez, left, and Trister Castro Hernandez, right, in front of El Trompo Mexican Taqueria, a go-to lunch spot. Hessing’s Johns Creek business does remodeling work for residential and commercial properties in Metro Atlanta, including installation of decks and fences, custom trim work and interior and exterior painting. cause he gets to see the astonishment from clients who witness “four dudes” quickly putting something together for a fair price. But, he also gets to bounce around, so it’s never monotonous. “It’s a rewarding job, whether you make a bunch of money or not,” Hessing said. “You get to see it come to life and learn something new every day.”

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He also values the camaraderie with his crew. Trister “Vato Cholo” Castro Hernandez and Vicente “Hefe” Perez Hernandez were at the table, too. Hessing, who would occasionally speak to them in Spanish, has three crews for a total of a dozen employees. His mother is from Cuba, and he improves his Spanish working with the guys, who he calls his brothers — they bond over artists like Colombian singer Karol G. and Mexican singer Peso Pluma. As the small restaurant became packed, Hessing said that meant people were securing jobs. Over the holiday season, as Hessing went to El Trompo during the work day, it was much slower. “God definitely blessed me with that,” Hessing said, who grew up in Johns Creek. Hessing incorporated about a year ago with the help of his mentor and owner of StormROOF Systems, Clint Crowe. He provided Hessing with advice

on getting United Home Restoration insured. Knowing the area well has helped Hessing grow a client base. One time, while on-site for a job, Hessing was referred to the client’s neighbor who happened to be his sixth grade teacher at Taylor Road Middle School. “I don’t think she would have ever thought that I would have started my own business,” Hessing said. A community advocate, Hessing sponsored North View High School’s football team, though he attended its rival school, Chattahoochee High School. He also takes breakfast to Lifeline’s animal shelter, along with toys, blankets and newspaper. That day, he had a stack of newspaper in his car ready for transport. “At a very young age, my mother taught me the importance of giving back to the community or giving to the less fortunate,” Hessing said. “As I have gotten older, I have grown to appreciate and value these lessons more and more. I am thankful to be in a position in my life to be involved in nonprofits and community sponsorships.”



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Commercial real estate firm Marcus and Millichap announced the $14.5 million sale of a four-story office building in Alpharetta Jan. 16. Free Chapel Worship Center purchased the property Jan. 4.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Free Chapel Worship Center acquired a 123,000-squarefoot office building on Mansell Road for $14.5 million Jan. 4. Commercial real estate firm Marcus and Millichap announced the sale of the four-story Class A building Jan. 16. The 10-acre property, Woodside Terrace, at 3755 Mansell Road, features an on-site café, lakeside patio, fitness center and large parking lot. The site is roughly 1 mile from Ga. 400 and is near the North Point Mall and Big Creek Greenway. Marcus and Millichap Atlanta Senior Director Bob Johnson said the firm originally represented the previous tenant when the building was sold in 2016. The

building was later renovated to include a television and recording studio, which contributed to the recent sale. Johnson addressed the downward pressure on suburban office spaces in the current market. “Owner-user buildings and office properties within live-work-play environments are still experiencing a lot of traction, whereas stand-alone, multi-tenant suburban product without robust amenities have found themselves in more of a struggle to gain occupancy,” he said. Marcus and Millichap also sold a Class A office building across from Medley in Johns Creek in July. — Shelby Israel




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Microbes like bacteria and fungus are increasingly brazen in announcing their presence. Gone are the days when you could count on bacteria to behave and exist silently in nooks and caves like one’s nose or colon. Instead, bacteria and fungi are increasingly loud, proud, and making their presence known. Take pseudomonas, for example. This bacteria is a frequent colonizer of the toes. When pseudomonas gets in the toenails, it produces a pigment called pyocyanin that can stain one’s toenails green. Pyocyanin acts as a form of chemical warfare. It can kill other bacteria and help ensure that pseudomonas is the top dog at the tips of your toes. Zwitterions are molecules that have positive and negatively charged regions. Such bipolar molecules can often cross cell membranes easily and wreak havoc on the competing bacteria or cells that they enter. Green and mean, pyocyanin is the Incredible Hulk of our list. Next in our lineup of graffiti artists is Hortaea werneckii. Nobody knows how to pronounce this. If they claim that they do, they are both lying and showing off. H. werneckii is famous in the dermatology world because it can mimic melanoma. This fungus is a black or brown mold that infects the surface of the skin. It likes sweaty cool places and usually infects the palms or soles. It begins as a small black or brown spot that gradually enlarges forming an increasingly large

brown or black patch. When a dark spot keeps getting bigger, one’s first instinct is to worry about melanoma, but this fungus can often be painlessly scraped away easily with the edge of a scalpel blade without ever cutting the skin. In contrast, the pigment of melanoma cannot simply be scraped away. Other bacteria are staining the world pink. Serratia is a common bacteria that can cause a pink ring around a bathtub or shower drain but can, in rare instances, colonize one’s armpits or groin. Towels and clothing can become stained pink when they contact affected skin. According to a case report in a reputable medical journal, a man infected with Serratia sought treatment at a dermatology clinic because his wife disliked the effect that he was having on their towels. He only chose to seek treatment after his wife locked him out of their bathroom. Amazingly, these examples are just the tip of the iceberg. Bacillus cereus can cause your sweat to be blue. Yet corynebacterium might be the wildest of the bunch. This bacteria can infect people’s skin as patches that are otherwise nearly invisible but that fluoresce coral-red under a type of black light called a Wood’s lamp: a sort of UV patchwork quilt. If you have a new or changing (perhaps colorful) spot, consider Premier Dermatology and Mohs and Surgery of Atlanta. Dr. Brent Taylor, Kathryn Filipek, PA-C and our wonderful team are honored to take care of you and your family. | Milton Herald | January 25, 2024 | 15


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What: “The Mad Hatterpillar” is a puppet-centric children’s musical, following the journey of Maddie, a caterpillar determined to become a butterfly and escape her mundane garden walls. Like her real-life counterpart, she sheds her heads at each new stage of life, stacking the molted heads upon her new one. Each of these heads symbolizes a stage of Maddie’s growth into self-acceptance. When: Jan. 26-Feb. 11, times vary Where: Stage Door Theatre, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody Cost: $15-28 More info:


What: Once a month, J. Keaton Designs hosts a pop-up shop with local businesses in one-hour shopping sessions. Reserve a slot online. When: Saturday, Jan. 27, 12-5 p.m. Where: J. Keaton Designs, 9 Dunwoody Park, Dunwoody More info:



What: This reception is for an art exhibit that ponders questions about Earth, which has inspired and intrigued artists, poets, philosophers, scientists and everyone who has somehow been touched by its invisible warmth. What physical and emotional impact does the environment have on humanity? And, how might humanity care for this Earth for future generations? When: Saturday, Jan. 27, 5-7 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Arts Center, 238 Canton Street, Alpharetta More info: humanity care for this Earth for future generations? When: Saturday, Jan. 27, 5-7 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Arts Center, 238 Canton Street, Alpharetta More info:

What: Local author and former U.S. State Department official Dorothy “Dot” Padgett will speak and sign copies of her book “Jimmy Carter: Elected President with Pocket Change and Peanuts.” Padgett organized the Carter presidential campaign effort known as the Peanut Brigade. Her book chronicles Carter’s path from a peanut farm in rural Georgia to the White House. When: Saturday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m. Where: Roswell Library, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell More info:




What: This reception is for an art exhibit that ponders questions about Earth, which has inspired and intrigued artists, poets, philosophers, scientists and everyone who has somehow been touched by its invisible warmth. What physical and emotional impact does the environment have on humanity? And, how might

What: Andrew Brothers Dueling Pianos will perform in an evening that benefits Sunshine on a Ranney Day, a nonprofit that builds custom rooms for children with special needs. Food from 1920 Tavern and Springfield BBQ, beer from From the Earth Brewing, and wine from Deep Roots Wine Market will be provided. When: Thursday, Feb. 1, 7-9 p.m. Where: Sunny and Ranney, 109B Oak Street, Roswell Cost: Tickets starting at $150 More info:

What: Meet Dakoro Edwards, an abstract expressionism painter, at a reception for his exhibit at Sandy Springs City Hall. His work will be on display through the beginning of March. When: Thursday, Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m. Where: Sandy Springs City Hall lobby,

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What: “Making Our Mark” is an exhibit celebrating the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s annual theme, “African Americans and the Arts.” The mission of the organization is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black stories, history and culture to the global community. The exhibit will be on display from Jan. 26 to March 22 during business hours. When: Friday, Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m. Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell More info:


What: Max Amini returns to Georgia, outfitted with an array of new comedy delights, from side-splitting stories to spot-on impressions. When: Friday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. Where: Byers Theatre, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs Cost: Tickets starting at $35 More info:

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What: The Alpharetta Rotary Club is hosting the sixth annual Alpharetta Polar Bear Plunge, encouraging nonprofits, school clubs/teams and other community organizations to put a team together and raise money for the benefit of their choosing. Become a Divemaster or join a team that is already registered and help them reach their goal, or register for $50 to jump yourself. When: Saturday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m. Where: Wills Park, 11925 Wills Road, Alpharetta More info: AlphaPolarBearPlunge


What: Award-winning piano powerhouse Awadagin Pratt will bring his signature sound to Johns Creek in a concert with the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, featuring Dvorak’s “New World Symphony.” When: Saturday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Where: Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek Cost: $20 to $50 More info:

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Following up on Christmas cards My column in December about Christmas cards generated more response than almost any other one I have written recently, I think. Go figure. I wrote the column about the deRAY APPEN crease in cards we Publisher Emeritus received this year, and I speculated about what was going on. My wife guessed social media was the culprit. I guessed “timestarved” and in a hurry society. My wife, at least according to the responses received, was right – as usual. I got back maybe a dozen responses. All but one agreed that they received fewer cards this year than in previous years. Most blamed social

media. That was the #1 cited reason from readers. Interestingly enough, the increase in cost of postage and cards also was cited in more than half of the responses. Readers responding tended to be older. Many reflected on a tradition of sending and receiving cards. A number commented on the value and satisfaction they got from actually hand-writing notes, addressing envelopes and putting on the stamps. They tended to comment on the nature of doing that – that it was an act of personal connection in a world of flashy objects. I so agreed with that sentiment. A few commented on how much their address list had shrunk. I know mine is down by at least half. I never delete the names on my list though, even if the person has died – and death is about the only reason that

someone stops receiving my Christmas letter and photos. I think I leave the names on my list to remind me of them; I don’t want to forget a single one. I also keep all the names on the list to remind me of time passing – to remind me of mortality. I will say too, that when your Christmas list is down by half, it is hard to ignore mortality. Over and over, I read or I hear about the importance of personal connections – of people spending time with other people – face to face. I hear about how this personal connection – especially at the end of life – is what people need the most. Those who end up alone, with no friends or people to interreact with, surely don’t last as long as those who have them. The connection, the personal connection, I sort of see as blood – as a necessity of life – something that not only sustains life but also gives a rea-

son to live. Today, the trend of our lives seems to be toward less and less real personal connection – remote work, Facebook friends, texting and relating to the world around you in front of a screen via TicTok or Instagram. We have entire generations now that have no other frame of reference than what they get from a screen. And that is about as sad of a statement as I can imagine. Screens are not people. Saying Merry Christmas via text or on Facebook is soulless. There is no beating heart in screens. The screen will not be at your bedside in the hospital or deliver dinner to you at home when you are convalescing. But we all have the freedom to choose. Our collective march toward a digital wasteland is a choice. It doesn’t have to happen. Ball is in our court!


With a little patience, you can see a lot watching a river


her when they pulled up behind me a moment later, and I know his name was Lem because that’s what Mavis called him. We journalist types are highly trained when it comes to the art of observation, you know. We don’t miss a thing. Mavis opened her car door and got out and walked the3 yards to the edge of the gravel. The river was right below her. “Hey Lem!” she hollered. “Lem, you gotta come see this. It’s just bee-yooteful!” Lem climbed out of the car then, bringing with him an unopened silver can of beer. He walked up beside Mavis and popped the top and took a long, slow drink. “Bee-yooteful sure enough. Mavis, where’s that durned camera?” Mavis turned back to the car, rummaged in the back seat, and emerged with a small camera, an old one, the kind that uses film. “Hey mister,” she said to me. “You mind taking our picture?” She fiddled with the camera for a second and then handed it to me as Lem took another pull on his beer. Then she grabbed Lem by the hand and pulled him to his feet and said, “Come on. Smile!” The camera went click. Lem took a last long swallow from the can. Then he crumpled the can and folded it in two. And then, winding up like a major

league pitcher, he threw the empty far out over the river. It soared through the crystalline winter air in an oddly graceful arc, spinning so it caught and reflected the setting sun, and then it hit the river with a shallow little splash. It bobbed for a few seconds, carried by the current, then sank out of sight in an eddy behind a rock near the head of little pool. “Be-yooteful!” Mavis said again, turning now to walk back the way she came. “I’m sure glad we took that picture. You’re glad, too, aren’t you, Lem?” Followed by Mavis, Lem climbed back into the car then. He turned over the motor and kicked the beast into gear. Gravel flew from the tires as they drove back onto pavement. Yeah, you’ll see a lot if you sit and watch a river.




the previous night. “But I rode my bike to work today,” he added. Rode his bike. To work. In the snow. “Yeah,” he continued. “I only slipped and fell once, but that was just as I was getting home.” He’s an academic, a purveyor of pedagogy, and he’s not yet 40 years old. Sub-40 academics can be interesting people. Me? I’m over 40, so I invoke what’s known as the Over-40 Rule: “I’m over 40, so I don’t have to do that anymore.” But what do I like to do when it gets cold? Well, believe it or not, I like to go fishing. For years, in one of my favorite wintertime activities was to watch for the coming of a gray, cold, and preferably snowy day. Then I’d round up a rod and set out to spend the afternoon wading around in liquid nitrogen, hoping to fool fish who, being smarter than me, were probably hunkered down under

a rock somewhere drinking the trouty equivalent of hot chocolate. It became tradition, and somewhere deep down I enjoyed it. Now and then I’d even catch a fish. But mostly I just stood in the water, numb, shivering. Yesterday (it was that really, really cold one, remember?) I briefly entertained keeping that tradition alive. But then I remembered the Rule. Still, I wanted to go to a river, most any river, just to sit near the water and see things. Just because. If I dressed right and didn’t fall in, I’d be fine. I got in the car and drove north a ways, up to what they call the Steele Bridge over Amicalola Creek. There’s a nice little place there where you can park your car and sit on the hood, if your car is old, and watch the river flow by. I figured it would be as good a place as any to scratch that particular itch on that particular day. Sometimes you’ll see a lot if you just sit by a river and just watch. Pretty soon I arrived. I pulled off the road onto a gravel turnout not far from the bridge. Then I climbed out and leaned up against the hood, the lingering warmth of the now-stilled motor keeping the cold at bay. I’d stay just a little while, I told myself. I’d stay till I got cold and it was time to leave. For a while I had it all to myself. But then, from down the road, here comes Mavis. I know her name was Mavis because that’s what Lem called



You know what? It’s been cold these last few days. How cold? Real cold. Reeeeeal cold. One of my kids lives up in Wisconsin now, up there in the frozen north country. He called me yesterday and said they had 8 inches of snow


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At times, team-building ‘Tell me sweet little lies’ is a murderous exercise Two of my recent reads involved death — or at least the possibility of It — during teambuilding trips. For a portion of my corporate career, I worked in personnel and leadership KATHY MANOS PENN facilitated programs. And, yes, Columnist I facilitated teambuilding events, too. Thank goodness no one ever died. Why did I read two books like this? The answer is that I’ve been desperately trying to finish writing the latest book in my cozy mystery series and it’s set during a conference that includes outdoor team building activities. Because my books usually include a book club meeting where the book that’s read that month loosely ties to the plot, these two selections appeared to fit the bill. For example, book five in my series is set in Tintagel, where King Arthus was allegedly conceived, so the book club selection was “The Once and Future King.” For my Christmas book, I chose “Mr. Dickens and his Christmas” as the choice. In search of something to fit the bill for my current book, I stumbled across two that might work. “Force of Nature” by Jane Harper As this book opens in the bushland of Australia, five women on a corporate retreat in the wilderness are late to their rendezvous point. They’ve been camping for several nights. Are they experienced campers? No, but they have maps and food and equipment, and this experience has been set up by an outdoor event company. It’s not the norm for a group to be late, nor is it the norm for only four of the five to make it back. What is the norm, based on my experience, is for tensions to rise. My groups never did overnight trips, but they did spend half to a whole day outdoors working through puzzles and problems. One program even had them build a bridge across a small ravine. All of that creates an environment ripe for competition and disagreements over the best solution, even raised voices and arguments. Is the missing woman dead or injured? You’ll have to read the book to find out. The author slowly reveals the backstory of the office relationships and how they spill over into the wilder-

ness, and you’ll be on the edge of your seat until the very end. I realized as I read this one that I’d also read the first book in the series, but I couldn’t remember much about it other than that I enjoyed it. That means “Force of Nature” can easily be read as a standalone. “Death by Team Building” by Cheri Baker Given the title, there’s no doubt that someone will die in this book. It’s just a question of who it will be. Again, the setting is a team building retreat, except this one happens at a remote resort in the Pacific Northwest. The participants are the executive team of a hospital, there to bond and work on goals for the next year. There’s also an external consultant and Kat Voyzey, who’s there representing the Director of Personnel, who can’t make it. I laughed when I read the tag line, "Group work always bites you in the a__. That was true in ninth grade history class, and just as true in a murder investigation." The dialogue is snappy, and the mystery kept me guessing. As one review says, “The amateur sleuth is smart and funny, which makes this cozy mystery very enjoyable. The setting is very Agatha Christie meets the Pacific Northwest.” Like an Agatha Christie mystery, there may not be that many characters, but everyone has a possible motive for doing away with the victim. The addition of a snowstorm that means the group can’t leave and the police can’t get to them heightens the suspense. Will a second person die? You never know. This is book three in a four-book series, but I had no problem enjoying it, even though, in this case, I had not read any of the earlier books. Though both books involve team building, the tones are very different. The second one is a cozy mystery and a bit lighter than the first. The first has federal agents and police working to solve the case. The second is solved by an amateur sleuth. I predict you’ll enjoy both. Award-winning author Kathy Manos Penn is a Sandy Springs resident. Find her cozy mysteries on Amazon or locally at The Enchanted Forest, Bookmiser, Tall Tales, and Johns Creek Books. Contact her at, and follow her on Facebook,

The 1987 Fleetwood Mac charttopper, “Little Lies,” reminds me of some of the things I am seeing out there when it comes to mortgage quotes from lenders. Take this week as an exD.C. AIKEN ample. I had a cliGuest Columnist ent get quoted on a conventional loan with a 735 score, a 30-year fixed rate of 6.125%, and no points or origination fee. While I am all about being competitive, a .375% margin below the national average and probably more given the credit score and no points… you must ask yourself why would the company quoting the rate be that far below the market? If they were truly at no points and or origination fee, they would have probably won the deal at 6.50% or even 6.625%. I’m not saying that the client won’t close with that rate, but it does make you go hmmmmm? • The lender, of course, was an internet lender and not based out of the Atlanta Metro area. I have discussed this before; local lenders have a reputation to maintain in their local markets… however, to the “internet” or non-local lender, you are just another transaction. Choose a local lender when getting a mortgage!

• Check references (Do you know anyone who has done business with them?). • Google them.

• Check their (the loan officer’s) customer surveys. Remember, quotes over the phone need to be verified with a written cost estimate. Rates in today’s market are now being quoted with origination fees and or points in most cases, and the national averages you see published are, in most cases, quoting anywhere from .50 points to 1 full point in discount points or origination fees. You need to doublecheck once you lock in your rate to make sure you are getting the same deal as was stated to you before. Keep in mind that rates do change daily and need to be verified once you are able to lock in your rate. Remember, 50% of all loan officers in the U.S. left the business in 2023…. the remaining mortgage bankers are doing whatever they can do to hold on in 2024, and that includes the internet desk jockeys. Bottomline… if it seems too good to be true… in most cases, the truth is probably grossly different than what you were told. Staying in the 1987 timeframe… Here is a quote from the hit TV show “Hill Street Blues”:… “Be careful out there.” D.C. Aiken is production manager and vice president of Bank South Mortgage in Alpharetta.


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The story of a once mighty tree, the American chestnut As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the word “pandemic” became a household word. But did you know, over the last one hundred years, the Appalachian CAROLE MACMULLAN Mountain Forest Guest Columnist has experienced several pandemics or transformative events that have reshaped the eastern United States forests. If we could step back in time, back to the early 1900s, the Appalachian Mountain Forest would look different from the forest in 2023. The dominant hardwood forest trees in Georgia today are the oaks, and their acorns sustain directly or indirectly a significant population of forest organisms, making them a keystone plant. One hundred years ago, the dominant keystone tree was the American chestnut (Castanea dentata) tree. You might ask, have I ever seen an American chestnut tree and where are they now? During the late 1800s, wealthy Americans began to import exotic plants to create eye appealing gardens along with their stately homes to highlight their wealth and social status. Bringing in foreign grown plants had its peril! In 1904, newly identified cankers appeared on some of the American chestnut growing in the Bronx Zoo. Botanists identified the blight as a fungal disease (Cryphonectria parasitica) originating from imported Japanese chestnut trees. Japanese chestnut trees have a natural immunity to this fungal disease, but the American chestnut does not! Within a 30-year period, the lethal fungal disease spread throughout the entire Appalachian Mountain chain from Maine to North Georgia. As the American chestnuts died out, the entire ecosystem changed. If you look at pictures of American chestnut trees, you will be mesmerized by their size. Many of the forest animals were dependent on the nutritious chestnuts that covered the forest floor. The timber was highly prized for its durability and resistance to rot. Not only did the chestnuts serve as a food supply for the forest animals but also for human consumption. Chestnut Ridge, near my former, western Pennsylvania home, was named for this ecologically, culturally and economically valuable tree that until the mid-1930s covered the mountain

About the author

This week’s “Garden Buzz” guest columnist is Carole MacMullan, a master gardener and a Milton resident. She taught biology for 35 years in the Pittsburgh area. In 2012 after moving to Milton, Carole completed the Master Gardener training program and joined the North Fulton Master Gardeners (NFMG) and the Milton Garden Club. Carole uses her teaching skills to create a variety of presentations on gardening topics for the NFMG Lecture Series and Speakers Bureau. She also volunteers weekly at the Assistance League of Atlanta (ALA) thrift store and acts as chair of their Links to Education scholarship program. Her favorite hobbies are gardening, hiking, biking, and reading. PENN STATE EXTENSION

Left photo: Map of Eastern US showing where American Chestnut trees once grew. Top right photos: American Chestnut Seed with seed coat opened to show the chestnut.


Bottom right photo- This picture, taken in the mid- to late 19th century, gives an idea of just how large and profuse the American chestnut tree was in Eastern U.S. forests. There are now only 100 or so that remain.

Want to learn more? Visit our website at appenmediacom/opinion/ columnists/garden_buzz/. ridge. The rapid spread of this fungal disease was possible since fungi reproduce by airborne spores. When the wind carries spores to the American chestnut host tree, the spores germinate and begin to divide. The fungus cells, in turn, form rootlike hyphae. These hyphae branch out and penetrate the bark of the tree. Over time, cankers grow and interrupt the internal flow of water and nutrients to the tree’s branches, leaves and roots resulting in the death of the tree. Two factors contributed to their extinction. As American chestnut trees began to die in astoundingly large numbers, lumber companies stepped in and quickly cut down any remaining chestnut trees. The result was the complete loss of vast swaths of forest, creating erosion and in some cases, flooding and changing the Appalachian Mountain Forest

ecosystem forever! With the loss of a tree that could stand 100 feet tall and produce over 6,000 chestnuts at maturity, there has been a desire to see these trees returned to our eastern forests. How can the goal to create a genetically, blight resistant tree be accomplished? The solution is complicated. The American Chestnut Foundation was organized in 1989 to achieve this goal. Fortunately, Chinese chestnut trees have a genetic resistance to the chestnut blight. As a result, the two chestnut species have been crossbred, but the resulting first-generation hybrids have only 50% of the desired genetic characteristics of the American chestnut. Over the last four decades, the most blight-resistant hybrids have been crossbred with the American chestnut in an attempt create a chestnut tree that is as genetically close to the American chestnut as possible. Currently, a hybrid has been created that contains 94% of the genes of the American chestnut. Another group has used modern genetic engineering techniques to create a hybrid with 99% of the American chestnut genes plus genes to provide immunity from the fungus blight. With the cooperation of federal,

state and local forest services, as well as research scientists and private citizens, hybrid trees are being grown throughout the American chestnuts’ former Appalachian Mountain habitat to find the most resistant hybrid. Pilot research projects have been established in several locations in the Atlanta area. There are 18 hybrid chestnuts growing in the Atlanta History Center orchard, and 13 of them have prospered and five are too weak to grow to maturity. In 2019, Big Trees Forest Preserve in Sandy Springs next to the UGA Extension office, planted several dozen young, hybrid chestnuts. Both locations hope their young, hybrid trees will mature and produce chestnut seeds to help the American Chestnut Society reach their goal of re-introducing healthy, blight resistant, American chestnut trees into the Appalachian Mountain Forests. Wishing success to the combined efforts of everyone working on the American chestnut restoration project! Happy Gardening! North Fulton Master Gardeners, Inc. is a Georgia nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization whose purpose is to educate its members and the public in the areas of horticulture and ecology in order to promote and foster community enrichment. Master Gardener Volunteers are trained and certified by The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Learn more at Previous Garden Buzz columns are featured at opinion/columnists/garden_buzz/. | Milton Herald | January 25, 2024 | 19

Milton: Continued from Page 1 Typically, breweries will produce more beer annually and will not include food services. Located in the Crabapple Market District on Heritage Walk, Hyde Brewing also sought licenses for on-premises Sunday sales and residential catering. A Jan. 17 post on the brewpub’s Facebook page received 28 likes and 9 comments from residents. Many of whom expressed their excitement for Hyde Brewing’s mix of tacos and beer. Resident Ben Cagle, who said he lives exactly 72.6 yards away from the business, asked about the brewpub’s opening in February. Thiago DePaula, the applicant for Hyde Brewing’s license, said he hopes to open for Valentine’s Day. DePaula said Hyde Brewing will incorporate some menu items from Ceviche Taqueria in Alpharetta and Roswell with an emphasis on local brewing. Another alcoholic beverage license was approved for a full-service restaurant on Heritage Walk in the Crabapple Market District Milton Hospitality Group’s Resto L’Antoinette, a full-service restaurant replacing Lagarde American Eatery, secured licenses for on-premises consumption, Sunday sales, bring your own beverage and resident caterer. Resto L’Antoinette’s opening hours are 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Milton staff who are celebrating anniversaries with the city were recognized for their service and presented with a pin. Mayor Peyton Jamison said celebrating the milestone anniversaries is one of his favorite items each year. “They have dedicated a large part of their lives…serving this city and making us look good,” Jamison said. “Day in and day out, they continue to exemplify what we… love about this city.” The City Council presented pins to seven employees celebrating their 5-year anniversary. Five individuals received 10year pins. The people who have worked for the city for 15 years include six members of the Fire Department and one police lieutenant. After recognizing several members of the Fire Department for their service, Deputy Chief Matt Marrietta discussed the department’s old turnout gear. Instead of throwing the expired jackets and pants away, Marietta said the gear can be donated to the Fire Science program at Cambridge High School. The City Council approved the donation. During reports at the end of the meeting, Councilman Jan Jacobus brought up concerns he has received from several residents about active park space in the

Deputy Fire Chief Matt Marrietta discusses the department’s old gear and donation to the Fire Science program at Cambridge High School Jan. 17. Instead of throwing the gear away, Marietta said the school can use it to train the next generation of firefighters.

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city. “Some people just don’t forget about things, and one of them is active parks,” Jacobus said. “It’s been 30 days since we said no to Hopewell, but what are we going to do next?” Jacobus encouraged the City Council to consider other locations for active parks during February meetings. His comments sparked City Manager Steve Krokoff to


Deputy City Manager Bernadette Harvill presents applications for alcoholic beverage licenses Jan. 17at two locations on Heritage Walk in the Crabapple Market District. The applications from Hyde Brewing and Resto L’Antoinette were approved unanimously. detail his efforts in recent weeks. “I have been working on this with Mayor Jamison for the last few weeks trying to determine the best way to move forward,” Krokoff said. A joint committee will be composed of representatives from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Milton Equestrian Committee and Milton Greenspace Advisory Committee. The special committee will be tasked with examining sites across the city, which may be viable for active park space. “That could be one parcel… large enough to house a complex,” Krokoff said. “Or potentially, multiple parcels that could handle different types of active facilities.”

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Upgrades: Continued from Page 1 “People are wondering — if Phase II is going to look like Phase I, we’re all going to be unhappy, because the things that we’re unhappy about with [Phase] I haven’t been addressed over the years,” one woman said. While there’s strings attached to funding, Tkach said the city is looking at completing a survey of the Phase I area. Park maintenance staff have complained about the need to continuously fix the existing trail, he said. Project scope Funded in part by a Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program grant and the American Rescue Plan Act, the second phase includes replacing a failing stormwater system associated with the golf course, including ditches

and pipes, with green, natural infrastructure. Invasive species will also be replaced with more native plants. The third phase, funded with transportation sales tax revenues, includes a 10-foot-wide decomposed granite trail adjacent to Chicken Creek and a new multi-use sidewalk along Dinsmore Road, interconnecting to the Phase I trail on the west side of the park for a 2.5-mile trail around the site. Combined, both phases will cost about $3.6 million, with completion set for late summer 2025. Amenities will include wildlife habitat education stations and signage, benches, and water foundations for people and dogs. Separately, Milton Parks and Recreation Director Tom McKlveen told Appen Media the city is in the process of acquiring grant money to upgrade the Milton City Park and Preserve’s active portion. Plans call for refurbishing its tennis courts and adding two new courts, parking and playground equipment.

Invitation to Bid TS2-2316: Bridge Maintenance at Multiple Locations ITB NUMBER 24-PW02 Sealed Bids Due Date: February 8, 2024 at 2:00 PM EST Electronic submission via: Submissions will be publicly announced via a virtual bid opening at approximately 2:30 PM at the City of Milton City Hall located at 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton, GA 30004. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids. If the contract is awarded, it will be awarded to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder whose bid meets the requirements and criteria set forth in the invitation for bids. The City of Milton is requesting bids from interested parties for the Bridge Maintenance at Multiple Locations. All qualified bids will receive consideration without regard to age, handicap, religion, creed or belief, political affiliation, race, color, sex, or national origin. The request for sealed bids for the Bridge Maintenance at Multiple Locations project will be posted on the following websites the week of January 18, 2024. or

Plans for South Woods Following the enhancements to North Woods, Milton officials will address Phase IV improvements to the South Woods area which makes up 40 percent of the greenspace infrastructure. McKlveen said the timeline to start work on North Woods, rather than the southern portion, came after a “tremendous amount of public input given during the master planning process.” For the South Woods, the Master Plan recommends soft-surface trails, including decomposed granite/ stone as well as natural surfaces with boardwalks wherever necessary. But, McKlveen said The Greenprint could help guide what goes into the area and when. The Greenprint, scheduled for adoption by the end of spring, is a plan to help identify appropriate usage, management and possible improvement to the properties purchased with the $25 million greenspace bond, which includes the passive portion of Milton City Park and Preserve. In the coming months, The Greenprint’s steering group, which includes representatives of the Milton Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Milton Trails Advisory Committee and Milton Greenspace Advisory Committee, will convene. There will also be a third public workshop where citizens can engage the project team.

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