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Bring Your Appetite For Fun


A Church for Everyone


Summer Camps


Spring Cleaning

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7 News from

Senator Murphy

To Drink or Not to Drink.

Lifestyle 21 Spring Redo and



12 Good Day, Bay Day

22 Butterfly Garden

13 CASA’s Flowers

27 Sleep Study

17 Events for a Cause

30 Positive Market Signs


Attitude Matters.

The Go to Girl.

Ladies’ Night Out, Blessings of Dogs, A Taste of Hope.

A Springtime Project.

Faith 39 A New Season

New Beginnings.

41 The Country Preacher

An Architect’s Commitment.

What to expect.

Looking at Home Sales

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Forsyth County News


Humane Society Pets


Community Calendar


School Information

31 Spanish Academy Garden Celebrates Earth


Houses of Worship

32 Study Skills


Clubs & Organizations


Community Numbers


Elected Officials

The Foundation of Lifelong Learning.

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Community News from Senator Murphy [ by Senator Jack Murphy, R-GA 27th District]

To Drink or not to Drink Senate Bill 10, the legislation dealing with a referendum on Sunday Sales of alcohol passed the Senate and House and is now heading to the Governor’s desk for his signature. The Bill once thought dead in the Senate was resurrected by the majority caucus when a second vote was taken to allow the bill to move forward. The bill was sponsored by Senator John Bulloch, Republican, and it was debated on the Senate floor for 2 ½ hours. There were some very good points brought up on both sides of the issue. Safety was discussed, and would you rather have someone drink at a bar for 5 or 6 hours on Superbowl Sunday and then drive home? Or would you rather have someone go pick up a six pack on Sunday and stay in their home and watch the superbowl? I think the subject is a local issue and should be decided by the voters of that district if the Commissioners or the City Council decide to put it on the ballot. Georgia is one of only 3 states that have a law against alcohol on Sunday, but that should not make any difference if the voters reject the referendum. This issue has been coming up for the last 4 or 5 years and needs to be put to rest. My district overwhelmingly approved of the legislation. I personally will probably vote against the bill if it goes on the ballot, because I just don’t think we need it, but I am willing to let go to a referendum, and let the people decide. God Bless You and Your family, and God Bless the U. S. A.

Senator Jack Murphy (R-GA 27th District) may be reached at 404-6567127 or

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News Around Cumming A Home for One of Our Troops Georgia Department Commander of The American Legion, Charles Tucker, and Cumming Post 307 Commander Geoff Toman, greeted Iraq war hero, Joshua Lindsey, during their March at the Georgia Army National Guard Armory. Last year Cpl. Lindsey was the recipient of keys to a three-bedroom, 2-bathroom home from Homes for Our Troops. The house was designed and constructed for handicap access. Post 307, The Georgia Department of The American Legion, the VFW and other veterans groups donated over $5,000 to assist in furnishing the house and property.

Maison Romantique opens at The Gifted Shoppes Inspired by Rachel Ashwell’s shabby chic, Cumming artist and entrepreneur Monika Wood is pleased to announce the opening of her new gift store located inside the historical Kemp House in Cumming. “I always wanted to open a shop here in Cumming where people could find furniture and decor with a French country feel and that unique shabby chic style,” explained Wood. The items are either chosen for their age and signs of wear and tear or new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, minimalistic, and feminine feel is emphasized to differentiate it from regular vintage decor; hence the “chic” in the name. Wood has been an artist since age13, with some of her portraits and landscaping pieces gracing homes, lobbies and galleries throughout the United States. Maison Romantique is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. The Kemp House is located at 103 Kelly Mill Road in Cumming.

Sawnee Artists Association seeks new members Artists are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Sawnee Arts Association, held the fourth Monday of every month at the McDonald & Son Funeral Home Community Room. The evening begins with a Social Time at 6:00 pm, followed by a Business Meeting at 6:30 and a program at 7:00 pm. “We have artists in pastels, acrylics, watercolor, oil, and mixed media as well as potters, glass blowers, fused glass, sculpture and wood turners in our group,” stated Charlotte Gardner, association member. For details visit their website at or contact Gardner at 770-889-1072 or Beginners are welcome.

Dr. Thomas Nguyen D.D.S. joins Lemons Dental Lemons Dental announces that Dr. Thomas Nguyen D.D.S. has joined their practice. Dr. Nguyen brings over 14 years of experience to the practice. Dr. Nguyen is fluent in four languages; English, Vietnamese, Spanish and French. He earned an undergraduate degree in Biology from George Mason University; and his post graduate D.D.S., degree from Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Nguyen performed his general practice residency at University of Florida. His experience includes a significant amount of periodontal care; detection, diagnosis, treatment, maintenance, gingivectomies & soft tissue crown lengthening. For more information on Dr. Thomas Nguyen or Lemons Dental Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Suwanee call 770.418.1414 or visit us at



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The FACTS of Building a Marriage That Lasts Couples’ therapist and author, Barbara J. Peters recently released her new book The Gift of a Lifetime, Building a Marriage That Lasts based on the FACTS, the five elements in a relationship that she believes can make the difference between enjoying a second honeymoon or heading to divorce court. Peters’ acronym stands for Forgiveness, Acceptance, Compassion, Trust, and Spirituality. In her book Peters uses her direct, honest communication style, along with real-life scenarios from her counseling practice, to outline steps that are necessary for building a successful marriage. On a daily basis, she observes how individual choices and inherent issues such as communication differences between the sexes, cultural differences, genetic differences and religious preferences create problems for couples, yet she prescribes to the belief that “people form their lives by the choices they make,” and that every couple has the power to create a marriage that will last for their lifetime. Peters intended the book to be a “Go-To-Guide” for anyone contemplating marriage, someone who is newly married, or even couples on the brink of ending their marriage. The book is available at,, and

Northside Hospital Hosts Community Blood Drives According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. That’s more than 38,000 blood donations needed every day. The only source of blood is volunteer blood donations. A single blood donation can save up to three lives. If every eligible donor donated at least twice a year, there wouldn’t be seasonal blood shortages. In response to this ongoing need, Northside Hospital hosts community blood drives throughout the year at its hospitals in Atlanta, Forsyth and Cherokee. Upcoming blood drives include: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Northside Hospital 980 Doctors’ Centre, Ground Floor, Classroom B 980 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Atlanta

Friday, May 27, 2011 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Northside Hospital-Forsyth, Bennett Education Center 1400 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming

All donors receive a free T-shirt and free parking. As long as you are healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds and are 17 years or older, you can give blood every 56 days.

WestMar Student Lofts Opens As kids earn admission to universities in Metro Atlanta, parents may suggest they live on campus for a year. A new style has emerged in student housing, with location, safety and resort-like amenities that allow students to live a unique combination of lifestyles – mixing the tastes of classy, upscale Atlanta with the convenience of traditional student housing. WestMar Student Lofts includes a highly advanced Internet café, resort-style pool, 24-hour, self-serve marketplace, state-of-the-art fitness center and a study lounge that would inspire envy in even the most prestigious of Atlanta universities. A running shuttle service ushers students on the less-than-five-mile journey to and from renowned schools – such as Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. APRIL 2011



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Julie Wilson 47 on April 5

Mark Hamilton April 21 District 23 GA House of Representatives

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Bring Your Appetite for Fun! [ by Ruth Goode ]

United Way of Forsyth County is proud to co-host the second annual Flavors of Forsyth at The Avenue on Peachtree Parkway (Hwy 141) on Thursday May 19th, 2011 from 5-10pm. This Festival of food will benefit nonprofit organizations and programs throughout our community. Last year, United Way of Forsyth County provided $1,210,858 in funds to nearly 50 programs and initiatives in the community, providing services to almost 50,000 residents. In 2010, almost 10,000 guests dined on delicious fare from 30 local restaurants. From sandwiches and sweets to steak and sushi, this year’s event is sure to serve up even more culinary treats from a variety of restaurants in and around the Forsyth County area. Local chefs will participate in contests for Best Appetizer/Salad, Best Fast Dining Entrée, Best Casual Dining Entrée, Best Fine Dining Entrée, Best Dessert and Best Booth. Attendees can also vote at the Music Stage for their favorite restaurant to be the Flavors of Forsyth second annual People’s Choice recipient. After guests fill up on their favorite food, they can relax under umbrellas while jamming out to music from Last Five Standing who will be back by popular demand to perform on the music stage in 2011. Patrons can also stroll through local art exhibits and catch a glimpse of some of the finest talent from local artists. The Kids Zone will be expanded this year, complete with the always popular bouncy houses and other activities for the young festival goer. A wonderful addition to the Kids Zone this year will be the Georgia Aquarium’s 75’ x 45’ interactive exhibit. In 2010, United Way of Forsyth County provided $1,210,858 in funds to nearly 50 programs and initiatives in the community, providing services to almost 50,000 residents. Food and drink items will range in price from $.50 to $3 per sample and tickets may be purchased on-site the evening of the event. Admission into the event is FREE and parking is available around the shopping center. Volunteer opportunities are also available for the event. For those interested, please contact Leigh Crow at or 770.781.4110. For more event information, visit, or call 770.781.4110. Support United Way of Forsyth County by joining us for a fun-filled, tummy-filled evening at Flavors! Directions to The Avenue Forsyth (410 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, 30041): FROM THE NORTH: Take GA-400 South to Exit 13 (GA-141/Peachtree Parkway) • Turn left off the exit • The Avenue Forsyth will be on your right FROM THE SOUTH: Take GA-400 North to Exit 13 (GA-141/Peachtree Parkway) • Turn right off the exit • The Avenue Forsyth will be on your right 12

Good Day, Bad Day

It’s all about Attitude

[ by Christine Roberts ]

My husband and children went on their annual camping trip. Bonding time for them, Nirvana for me! A clean house and free time to do projects that are always put on the back burner—like putting together our family photo album, organizing closets; finishing decorating projects, etc—you know what I am talking about. The minute they left I headed to my favorite store. Browsing around with no time constraints gave me such a feeling of joy, that is, until I needed some assistance. My shopping high came to a screeching halt when the employee I asked for help gave me the annoyed, you’re bugging me look. She then said “what do ya need?” I think she would have preferred to say “you’re a pain in the neck and I really don’t want to help you!” Wow! How could I go from feeling so good to feeling so bad? My internal dialogue was not pretty but we’re all taught to give the benefit of the doubt so I told myself that this young lady must be having a bad day. When I asked her if that was the case she sweetened up quite a bit.

It’s Attitude not Aptitude that determines Altitude

Has this ever happened to you? Maybe you’re on vacation, taking the children out for ice cream, or just heading to the grocery store. Life seems pretty good until you come across that person with the bad attitude and it takes all we’ve got not to let it affect us. Or luckily there’s the converse, how about the times when we encounter someone who is energetic and uplifting and their positive attitude brightens our day. Wouldn’t we all like to be that person? To paraphrase Zig Ziglar’s quote, its Attitude not Aptitude that determines Altitude. I had a boss once tell me that he would rather hire the person who has the best attitude as opposed to the smartest because he can teach a person what they need to know. Regardless of what is going on, everyone prefers to be around the positive person. So the next time we’re having a bad day or run into a person who is having a bad day, let’s just ask ourselves “how do we want to feel or how do we want to make someone else feel?” and decide to choose the positive attitude, how great would that be? Good Day, Bad Day, it’s all up to us! Christine Roberts is a volunteer at Jesse’s House, (www.jesseshouse. org), a nonprofit organization that provides a safe haven and longterm care to girls between the ages of 7 and 17, in collaboration with state agencies, where abuse had been confirmed. To volunteer email: Christine can be reached for speaking engagements at


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CASA’s Flowers

The “Go-to-Girl”

Antonia (Toni) Flowers, the 2010 recipient of the Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates’ Karen N. Sibley Volunteer of the Year Award has been and active Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer in Forsyth County since October 2002. During that time she has demonstrated a sincere dedication to more than 20 children, most of who have been placed outside of Forsyth County. “She has earned the title of “Go-To Girl” for our program. Whenever a case presents as being extraordinarily challenging, Toni is often the volunteer assigned, especially if it appears to require in-depth investigation or if the child might require services beyond therapy and a stable foster placement,” explained CASA Executive Director Janet Walden.

During her eight-year tenure as a child advocate, Living Program” website to help direct teenagers in Toni has driven nearly 12,000 miles, spent more foster care to services offered by the government and than 1200 hours working her cases and has spent 89 local community to prepare them for their adult future. hours in training. She has handled cases involving When she advocated for a 17-year-old abandoned by children victimized by sexual abuse, teenagers with her mother just 6 months prior to her 18th birthday, extreme mental health needs and physical handicaps she did extensive research, interviewing mental requiring extraordinary medical intervention. She health facilities and psychiatrists to better understand is a fierce advocate for the children to whom she is her mental health needs. Toni uncovered documents assigned, explaining that when she receives her court from assessments that indicated the child had been order, she believes that meeting the child’s needs diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and advocated that rests on her shoulders, much as it would if the child she be medicated to control the disorder. belonged to her biologically. She spends countless hours speaking with doctors, psychologists, and Antonia Flowers school professionals in an effort to understand the Along with other CASA volunteers, Flowers commitment child’s needs. to the mission of this organization is exemplary. For more Toni is especially effective as she advocates for information about CASA programs and volunteering teenagers, many of whom are destined to “age out” opportunities, contact 770-886-4082 or visit www. of foster care. She has developed an “Independent

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Forsyth County Government News 110 E. Main Street, Suite 210 • TV Forsyth — Comcast Channel 23 • ‘Vial of Life Program Can Save Lives: Vials help provide pertinent medical information for first responders First responders need all the medical information they can get when treating a patient. The Vial of Life initiative, made possible through a partnership between the Forsyth County Fire Department and Kroger Pharmacy, helps provide this vital information. The Vial of Life program gives citizens the ability to prepare medical information for first responders. In the event of a medical emergency, the vial, containing medical information of the individual’s choosing, is then available for Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to review. “Having this medical information available is especially helpful in the event that a patient is alone and unable to speak or communicate with first responders,” Captain Jason Shivers of the Forsyth County Fire Department said. “The program has proven to be of great benefit to fire and EMS personnel, and it gives the citizens participating in it peace of mind.”

Celebrate a Birthday at Sawnee Mountain Preserve Create a birthday party experience your child will never forget at Forsyth County’s Sawnee Mountain Preserve. Party themes feature crafts, games, nature walks, and natural science exploration. Nature themed parties are available for ages three and up, and include ‘Buggy Birthday Bash’ and ‘Animal Encounters.’ Tree climbing birthday parties are also available for children ages eight and up. These parties allow attendees to experience a bird’s eye view high in the trees of Sawnee Mountain Preserve. All equipment is provided. The Sawnee Mountain Preserve is also a great location for office retreats, scout events and family reunions. Programs are tailored to meet each group’s needs, and can include such activities as rock climbing and the canopy walk. For additional information and pricing, or to schedule a party or event at the Preserve, call 770.781.2217.

How the Program Works Citizens put any and all pertinent medical information on a provided sheet and place the sheet in the provided and well-marked medical vial. The vial is then placed in the refrigerator door for easy finding by first responders. An alert sticker is also provided for placement on or near the front door. This sticker allows for easy recognition by first responders, informing them that the Vial of Life program is present in the residence. While the program is targeted toward senior citizens, it is available to any citizen. Vials can be obtained from any staffed Forsyth County fire station, Fire Department Headquarters, the Forsyth County Senior Center or any Forsyth County Kroger Pharmacy. “The Fire Department is certainly appreciative of Kroger Pharmacy’s support of this program,” Fire Chief Danny Bowman said. “It would not be possible without their logistical assistance and their donation of the vials and stickers.” To receive additional information about the Vial of Life program, call 770.781.2180 ext. 5898. 14

Attention Campers: Shady Grove Campground Open for the Season Shady Grove Campground opened for the season March 28, and will remain open until November 6. Campers staying at Shady Grove Campground can enjoy a beach and swim area, boat ramp, group campsites with picnic shelters, campsites with water and power hookups, a playground and more. Shady Grove Campground is located at 7800 Shadburn Ferry Road in Cumming on the shores of Lake Lanier. Campsites may be reserved up to 30 days in advance with full payment made in person at the campground. For more information about the campground, visit the Parks and Recreation Department page on the Forsyth County Web site at www.forsythco. com, or call the campground at 770.205.6849. The Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department can be reached at 770.781.2215.


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Community Calendar 3rd Annual Go Green Event Paint, Electronics & Paper Recycling Date: Sunday, May 1 Time: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Location: Windermere Community, Front Nine Drive Information: Presented by Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, a local non-profit organization, this event will provide paint (non-commercial only - $1 per gallon / $5 per 5-gallons), electronics (see website flier for items accepted) and paper shredding services, as well as live music with Petunia Garner as DJ and local vendors. For more information, visit or call Denise at (770) 490-1083.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES APRIL 18-22 Convenience Center tours, classes offered Dates: Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22 Tour Times: Monday, April 18 at 4 p.m.; Tuesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 21 at 4 p.m. Location: Coal Mountain Park, 3560 Settingdown Road Information: Keep Forsyth County Beautiful invites residents to celebrate Earth Day 2011 at Forsyth County’s Coal Mountain Park. Residents can learn more about how recycling works in their community through tours of the Coal Mountain Recycling Convenience Center. A special tour entitled “Homeschool Special” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, at 10:30 a.m. The “Homeschool Special” invites homeschool students to tour the center, bring a sack lunch to enjoy lunch in the park, and participate in a class about the dangers of water pollution. The Earth Day festivities culminate with an “Earth Day Celebration” on Friday, April 22. Tours of the Convenience Center will be taking place every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two pre-school dragonfly classes will entertain visitors at the Coal Mountain Park Community Building. The classes will take place at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. “The Gross Graffiti Cover-Up” book reading by Denise Carleton with Reaping Nature Productions will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Coal Mountain Park Community Building. An “Enviroscape” class on point source and nonpoint source water pollution will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Coal Mountain Park Pavilion. An adult rain barrel class Scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Coal Mountain Park Community Building will instruct attendees how to make their own rain barrel, and allow those in attendance to take home a completed rain barrel. The cost for the event is $40. Those interested in attending this class must pre-register. For more information on any of these events or to schedule a tour for your group, call Keep Forsyth County Beautiful at 770.205.4573. 16

26th Annual Nite in Olde Cumming Date: Saturday, May 14 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Forsyth Conference Center, 7745 Majors Road Information: The event will be held at the Forsyth Conference Center on the campus of Lanier Technical College in south Forsyth. The theme of the event is Its 5 o’clock somewhere and guests are invited to dress in Key West casual attire as they enjoy festive food, margaritas, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are $40 and may be ordered online at Funds raised help the Sawnee Woman’s Club support charitable programs in Forsyth County. Since 1985, Sawnee Woman’s Club has given more than 87,000 service hours and $400,000 to organizations in our community that serve children and families. Free Community Wellness Fair Date: Wednesday, May 10 * Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: Forsyth Conference Center, 7745 Majors Road Information: Over fifty local providers in the health and safety field are teaming up with Lanier Tech Licensed Practical Nursing and Medical Assisting students to offer this free Community Wellness Fair. Participants can take advantage of a myriad of free screenings, including blood pressure and glucose screenings. In addition, vendors will be offering door prizes, special discounts, resources and health care information at the Fair. Susan Amos, R.N., B.S.N., Director of the Practical Nursing Program at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Campus, urges residents to take advantage of this key opportunity to spend a few hours tending their wellness. For more information about the Community Wellness Fair, call Jennifer Pulliam at 770.531.6346.


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Events FOR a cause! Ladies Night Out When: Wednesday, April 27 Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Tam’s Backstage, 215 Ingram Avenue, Cumming More info: Browse through original artwork from the Sawnee Artists Association, check out Silpada Designs Jewelry, learn more about Susan’s Skincare Studio, and be treated by Kimberly’s Massage & Yoga. Enjoy the plentiful hors d’oeuvres, beverages and cash bar! All profits from the evening benefit Designing Dreams. Tickets are available in advance for $25 (or at the door for $30) through Allison Havill Todd Interiors @770-887-7612 or Blessings of the Dogs Festival When: Saturday, May 14 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Where: Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian, 7620 Lanier Drive, Cumming More info: Call 770-889-0146 Bring your dogs to their very own festival! Events include 11 dog contests-$3.00 each or $30.00 to participate in all eleven. The Blessings are free and will be held at 9:45 a.m., Noon and 4:00 p.m. There will be vendors, police dog demonstrations, hamburgers, hot dog and baked goods. All proceeds benefit the church and their missions.

5th Annual A Taste of Hope When: Sunday, May 15 Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Where: Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta More info: trezabroomsjohnson@ or 404-822-8025 Enjoy great food form local restaurants, live jazz, and a fashion show during this most tasteful event, benefiting the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. The event is sponsored by the Cambridge Charity Committee. Visit for details on the organization and its efforts.

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Sunday Brunch (A great treat for Mother’s Day) > Firewater Chophouse 2155 Market Place Blvd.

Kid Friendly Restaurant > Chepe’s Mexican Grill 5465 Bethelview Road

> Foster House 305 W Main St.

> Chick-fil-A 430 Peachtree Parkway 653 Atlanta Road

> Norman’s Landing 365 Peachtree Parkway

> Pacific Spice 5485 Bethelview Road > Sidney’s Pizza Parlor 5772 North Vickery Street

Trivia Night > Black Diamond Grill 1485 Peachtree Parkway Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. > Buckhead Pizza Company 415 Peachtree Parkway Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. > Mia’s Pizza & Eats 911 Market Place Blvd., Suite L Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.

> Bello Italian Just as their slogan states, Bello Italian does feature Great Italian Food in the Heart of Cumming. Bruschetta, an appetizer from central Italy whose origin dates to at least the 15th century, is simply delicious and a great way to start a great meal. Entrees favorites feature homemade pastas, desserts and breads. Bello’s classics, including lasagna Bolognese, chicken parmigiana, linguine with white clam sauce, carbonara and seafood pescatore are served in abundant portions. Desserts are homemade and oh so tasty! Dinners can choose from tiramisu, cannoli, chocolate cake, and cheese cake. A family owned and operated restaurant serving traditional Italian cuisine with an American flair since 2008. Bello’s menu also includes pizza and other traditional foods. 1 Meadow Drive | Cumming, GA 30040-2694 770-888-1998



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The Veterans of

Foreign Wars [ by Matt Coutu ]

I recently won the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) at the county level. The topic was “Does Patriotism Still Matter?” Donald Hughes, VFW Post 9143 Commander presented me with an award. I decided to learn more about the VFW. While researching the works of the VFW I learned that they are a national, patriotic, nonprofit organization designed to support troops, veterans, their families and their communities. The organization came into existence in 1913, and then Post 9143 (located here in Cumming) was founded by 82 veterans on February 12, 1947. Today it has 197 members. I met Joe LeBranche, the Senior Vice Commander of the VFW Post. Mr. LeBranche served in Vietnam for 13 months and 3 days. Mr. Hughes was also in Vietnam, but for nine days longer than LeBranche. Hughes has been coming to Post 9143 for a little over 41 years, but LeBranche has only been coming for three. After moving out of the small talk zone, we begin the interview. Besides the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest for middle school students the VFW also runs the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest, which is for high school students. Both contests have been going on for 20 years. Post 9143 also does its share of Community Service. The American Flags that are in every public school classroom in the county were donated by none other than the VFW. Post 9143 was honored as “2010 Number One Post” for the State of Georgia, for its participation in Community Service, Americanism, Special Awards, Safety and Youth. Post 9143 hosts Boy Scout Troop 39 which is the largest in the State. They also hold an annual contest for scouts, called the Scout of the Year. Each year, the VFW selects three young men, of the Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts or Venturing Crew, who have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and the community. Other VFW awards and contests include Teacher of the Year, Law 20

Enforcement Officer of the Year, Firefighter and EMT. The VFW really lives by their motto: Honor the Dead, by helping the Living. They educate many people with their large variety of programs on safety, including Pedestrian Safety and Driving on Ice or Snow. They even have a CPR class every now and then. Every year, the VFW holds an Easter Egg Hunt for children age twelve and under. This year will be on April 24 at the VFW Center across from the Ponce De Leon Music Center. Every June, they hold an annual Veteran’s Festival. This year, will be at the Fairgrounds on June 25, 2011 from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm. It is open to the public and it is a great time for all of us to honor our Veterans! Many of the 124 posts in Georgia hold a Ladies Auxiliary post right next to the Men’s Post. The Ladies Auxiliary is a Program for Veteran’s wives. Both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ladies Auxiliary meet once a month at 8 pm, every 3rd Wednesday. They hold Bingo games every other week. VFW members send care packages to the men and women serving overseas. I really enjoyed my time at the VFW and learned about the works and sacrifices that these men and women did, and continue to do, to preserve our freedom. With over 10,000 posts nationwide, I think that we are very fortunate to have so many great veterans working right here in our community.


Matt Coutu is a resident of Cumming. He is a student at Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs and an aspiring journalist.

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“FRUGALLY” [ by Valerie Donta Young ]

After a very cold and snowy winter, spring is finally here. The first thing that usually comes to mind is what can you do to make your home bright and cheery for new season. The easiest solution is to refresh a couple of rooms with new paint, a cheap and effective fix. You spend a few dollars on paint and a couple of hours of time and voila – a new look! The latest colors that seem to be taking over design are various tones of blue. Out of style for MANY years, blue has now become the new “neutral”. When we use blue it reminds us of the sky and outdoors. HINT: Blue can also be used to paint your covered porch ceiling to keep bugs away. HONEST – it works!!! Next – let the light come into your rooms. The most effective and inexpensive way to let light into your home is simply to wash your windows. When you get that done, put up a lighter type window covering (like sheers) or no covering at all if you like lots of light. But, if you get a lot of sun, something must to used to shade the windows or your electric bill will destroy your frugal changes. We recommend solar screens or solar film. They both very effective ways to protect your furniture and rugs from sun damage. They both come in different types to give you either complete protection or allow filtered light into your home. In the daytime, with solar screens people cannot see into your home and at night they allow only light and shadows to be seen. With solar film – nothing seen in

A thorough cleaning of my thoughts, motives, and desires is just the ticket. Time to do a little analyzing. the daytime, but at night beware – all is visible to the neighbors so another type covering will be required if you need privacy. Remember, filling your home with spring flowers makes the environment feel as if it really is spring. Pick up a pot of daffodils or tulips. Just having them in the house might bring a smile to your face. Once they finish blooming, you can plant them outside to bloom next season. Spring is the time to redo and refresh, so have fun and let your creative juices flow. Liz Newell, a flower lover and gardener, submitted the winning entry for our Winter Blahs contest. “Fresh flowers are the only way to bring a boring house to life after the holiday decorations are gone,” Liz stated. Liz won a Free 1-hour consultation by The Frugal Remodeler.

Valerie Young, aka “the Frugal Designer,” is a resident of Cumming. She may be reached at (770) 844-6337. APRIL 2011




The Beauty of a

FAMILY MUSE Stomping Around Our Lives? No Living Around Our Stomp! [ by Caroline Sherouse ] On Saturday my husband and I transformed our ordinary, humdrum, plodding experience of life, to an extraordinary, drum drum, stomping, cacophonistic level. (I know, there is no such word as cacophonistic, but then before Saturday I did not know that housework could feel so good!) We took our almost four year old grandson out for his birthday treat; it was his, and our, first experience of STOMP. It was fantastic. Before writing this I asked my husband for his experience of STOMP, and for a guy who only speaks if he has something important to say, his answer was surprising. He said “Visually it was emotionally moving, and all the beats and sounds resonated deep inside.” Wow!

“Visually it was emotionally moving, and all the beats and sounds resonated deep inside.” We will never be able to pick up a broom again without a huge dollop of joy and rhythm in our sweeping. Even taking the trash out has taken on a whole new meaning. Swish and smack that broom, rattle and crackle those trash bags, and clash that trash can lid down, over and over again. Don’t forget to tap and stomp all the way down the drive at 6 a.m. this morning when you stack the trash for the pickup. My four year old grandson has a limited attention span but these people nailed him to his seat! He was mesmerized. I am ‘Grannie Cool’ to my eldest grandson and ‘Grannie Love You’ to my youngest. I guess I will never be the white-haired, rocking chair, knitting, kind of grannie, not unless they tie me to the darn thing when I am about 100 years old. Even then they had better have the Rolling Stones blasting down my earpiece if they want me to knit them something worth wearing. Or better still give me STOMP: which in my book stands for Sensational, Tremendous, Over-The-Top, Marvelous, Pure percussion!

Butterfly Garden Creating an inviting setting for butterflies not only adds beauty to your garden, but also creates a peaceful area for you to relax and view your new visitors. Butterflies graceful splendor adds tranquility to any setting and creating a butterfly habitat in your yard is easy with advice from Pike Nurseries friendly garden experts. To transform your yard into a butterfly sanctuary you’ll need to provide a place for the butterflies to feed, find shelter and continue to breed. • Sunny Areas- Butterflies love to sun bathe! Since they are cold-blooded, basking in the morning sun is how they absorb warmth for their daily activities. • Water and Moist Areas- Butterflies obtain water and nutrients from moist areas found in your garden. Adding a birdbath or fountain to your garden allows the butterfly to perch and enjoy fresh water. • Shelter Areas- Butterflies need shelter from predators and the elements. Examples of such retreats would be hedges, shrubs and stone walls. • Flowers- Butterflies are generally attracted to red, purple, orange and yellow flowers and feed off their nectar. Host Plants and Nectar Plants When creating a butterfly garden, you will need to include both host and nectar plants. • Host Plant- The host plant is where the female butterfly deposits her eggs. Incorporate host plants into your garden or container garden. Some good host plant choices for the Cumming area include: • Dill • Parsley • Fennel • Passion Flower • Butterfly Milkweed (Ascledias) Nectar Plants- The nectar plants are the flowers that supply the butterfly with the nectar that they drink for food. Examples of nectar plants are: • Bougainvillea • Cosmos • Hibiscus • Verbena • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) • Coneflower (Echinacea) • Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) Organic products are beneficial to your garden and safe for your butterflies. Visit Pike Nurseries Organic Solutions department to get rid of unwelcomed garden critters naturally. • Insecticidal soap- Made from plant oils, this soap allows you to control pests and protect your butterflies. • Ladybugs- Ladybugs can be released

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Layout & Design: Good Looks Sell Books [ by Ahmad Meradji ]

There’s more to a book than just the story inside. The visual appeal of your book, both inside and out, is key to helping it get attention. Picture someone in a bookstore flipping through the pages of your book – do they like what they see? Layout & Design of Inside Pages Your manuscript needs to be clean, easy to read and formatted properly for the printing process. Here are some factors to consider for your book’s inside pages: • Is the manuscript sized to the dimensions you want the printed book to be? • Is the font size easy to read but not so big that it greatly increases the number of pages in your book? • Are the sentences and paragraphs spaced evenly? • Are your pages numbered properly? • Are your title, copyright and table of contents pages formatted correctly? • Are photos placed on pages properly, and do captions line up evenly? • Would illustrations, photos or images add to your story?




Cover Design With a sea of books out there, your book’s cover needs to stand out when sitting in between hundreds of others in a store or on a website page. Here are some factors to consider for your book’s cover: • Would the title be easy to read if it were sitting on a shelf? • Is the imagery reflective of the type of book you’re publishing? • Do you want a cover that looks completely unique? • Do you want the back cover to have a photo/image, or only text? • Do you need to have a barcode on the back cover? A publishing services provider can provide you with the services of one of their graphic designers or illustrators. A graphic designer can re-size, format text and images in the manuscript, add designs or create more complicated formatting if you have a certain look in mind for your book. They can also design a custom cover for your book. Illustrators can create custom your book for a unique look. sign/layout, be sure to get files from the designer, modifications.

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A Church for everyone W

ith open hearts, open minds and open doors, members of Cumming First United Methodist Church welcome all—no matter what age, race or belief. Led by their belief that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today, the works of this fast-growing church on the hill is vast. “We have a place for everyone,” explained John Cromartie, Senior Minister. Cumming First United Methodist Church (Cumming First UMC) has been serving the City of Cumming, Forsyth County and neighboring counties for more than 175 years. Today it counts more than 3,000 members who serve communities – locally and abroad – through various missions, including the food pantry, Stephen Ministry, service personnel care boxes, and the Donation Depot, to name a few. “Our STEP into service guidelines makes it easy for everyone to be a part of our efforts,” Minister Cromartie stated. STEP is a combination of spiritual gifts, talents and skills, experiences and dreams, and participation in service. Stephen Ministry focuses on caring for people who are grieving, in a crisis, in long-term care, dying, hospitalized, experiencing losses, as they age, divorcing, going through a crisis in childbirth, and the family and friends of people in crises. 24


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A Great Place for Kids Believing that the church can provide an environment in which the child may grow “in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man”, Cumming First UMC offers an excellent, well-rounded children’s program as well as a weekday preschool program and afterschool program consistent with the highest standards of quality. In an environment of love and respect, each child is given the opportunity to expand his/ her concept of the world. Our programs provide for developmentally appropriate growth emotionally, cognitively, socially and physically, as well as spiritually. Children are given the opportunity to initiate choices of activities as well as having teacher-initiated instruction times. “We want each child to know that he/she is a worthy person, acceptable and lovable just as God made him/her. Having a good self-concept and the opportunity to learn in a developmentally appropriate environment are gifts that last a lifetime,” explained Kristy Thompson, Director of Children’s Ministries.

Sunday School: What is it?

Sunday Worship Schedule

It is a time for learning about God and a wonderful opportunity to develop life-long friendships in our church and community. It is also an opportunity to participate in outreach and mission projects as each adult class has adopted different projects to reach out, help and support. “For our children, we offer More Than Sunday School, which is a fun and exciting way not only to learn about but also experience God’s word for us,” Cromartie stated. Higher Ground is the church’s youth Sunday School, which involves study and a social way to keep your young person involved through a sometimes awkward time of life. Whether you are looking for a church home, re-acquaint yourself with your faith, or are ready to be in a relationship with God, Cumming First United Methodist Church is ready to welcome you. Stop by any given Sunday, or simply call to learn more about this valuable resource to anyone seeking to grow closer to God and who wants to learn more about the Christian faith. Maundy Thursday/Tenebrae: April 21, 7:30 pm Good Friday Service: April 22, 12 Noon Easter Sunday - April 24 Sunrise: 7 am | Pancake Breakfast: 8-10 AM Celebration Worship Services: 8:45 & 11 AM | 8am En Español Child care is provided for all services except Wednesday Communion and Easter Sunrise APRIL 2011

8:45 a.m. - Worship in the Sanctuary 9:15 a.m. - Coffee And... (Fellowship) 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School for All Ages 11:00 a.m. - Worship in the Sanctuary 12:00 p.m. - Servicio en Español Student Center 770 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA 30040 770.887.2900

The Church

• We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today. • We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. • We believe that the church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Christ. • We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.




How to maintain a

Youthful Smile

[ by Sherry Jordan, D.M.D. ]

Teeth are one of our only body parts that do not wrinkle as we age, but still age in other ways. I have a patient that is in her 50’s, who on her first visit with me said “I want you to help me from getting old people teeth”. I had never quite heard it put that way, but we are always revisiting that statement with her and making sure we are keeping her teeth as youthful looking as we can. Your smile can help or hinder how you look. A beautiful smile can be your best accessory to any outfit at any age, so it makes sense to always clean, polish, brighten and shine your smile to its highest luster. A great smile can improve your personal and business life, so it is never too early to start working on a healthy, brighter, more youthful smile. Here are a few tips to help maintain a youthful smile. 1. Polish your smile professionally at least 2 times a year at your dentist. Tartar and stain build up on teeth quickly and needs to be cleaned off and your smile polished to its highest shine. X-rays need to be updated at least once a year to prevent problems from occurring at their earliest stage. 2. Clean your smile daily at home between dental visits. Invest in a rechargeable Sonicare® electric toothbrush with a built in 2 minute timer and brush with it at least 2 times daily. Floss at least 1 time to reach where the toothbrush cannot access. Your gums are the framework for your smile and play and important role in a youthful smile. Keep your gums healthy to prevent gingivitis or gum disease. Gum disease causes bone loss and tooth loss which creates dark spaces between the teeth and can quickly show the aging process. Bone loss from gum disease makes your teeth appear longer, causes gum recession and root exposure. The roots are more porous and collect more stain and tartar. Keeping your gums healthy keeps you overall healthier and feeling better. 3. Whiten and brighten your smile. Some patients have told me that they look 10 years younger just after whitening their teeth. Discuss which whitening option would work best for you with your dentist. 4. Rejuvenate old dark fillings and crowns. Upgrade any dark, stained restoration in your front and back teeth. The back teeth can be seen when smiling big or laughing and you may not be aware what shows. If you are not smiling big or laughing because you are unhappy with your teeth, invest in changing your smile and it often makes a difference in your life in more ways than one. 5. Do not smoke Cigarettes, pipes, and cigars can cause tooth stain, gum disease, and premature tooth loss. Tooth loss causes cheeks to sink in and can cause loss of height between your nose and chin which can make you appear older than your age. 6. Implant replacement for missing teeth Implants are what we call man made tooth roots. They restore teeth very comparable to original tooth shape and size also restoring volume in your

[ Continued on page 43 ] Dr. Sherry Jordan earned her dental degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She may be reached at 770-888-6262.



Invisalign? [ by Dr. Matt Walton ]

Simply stated, Invisalign is a system that straightens teeth using a series of clear, nearly invisible removable appliances (aligners) that gently move teeth to a desired final position. The advantages of Invisalign over braces and veneers (Instant Orthodontics) are undeniable when you factor in the pain and discomfort associated with braces and the permanent removal (filing down or grinding) of healthy tooth enamel and the commitment to a lifelong schedule of periodic replacement of veneers. Invisalign’s popularity is vast, as it is nearly impossible to tell anything is being worn on the teeth and it is virtually free of the discomfort issues associated with traditional braces. Originally, Invisalign was designed for patients with a fully erupted adult dentition (no baby teeth present). Younger, growing patients typically were not good candidates for Invisalign due to concerns about patient compliance and ongoing development of the permanent dentition. Invisalign Teen gives orthodontists the ability to offer comprehensive orthodontic treatment to their non-adult patients by addressing previous concerns of patient compliance and dentition challenges (erupting 2nd molars) common in teen patients. With this product, teenagers get clear, removable aligners that will straighten their teeth without the hassle, discomfort, and embarrassment of traditional braces that will also fit into their busy schedules and give them the ease and flexibility to remove the aligners for sports, music lessons and for meals at school or on the go. What Parents Need To Know About Invisalign for Teens • The compliance indicators located on the upper aligner help you gauge the approximate amount of time your teen spends wearing the product. • Aligners are most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day – and removed only for eating, brushing, and flossing. Each set of aligners is worn for approximately two weeks. • Lost or broken aligners can be replaced easily in a matter of a few days, in most cases. • If your child is 18 years old, ask your orthodontist for the most appropriate product to use i.e. the Invisalign adult product or Invisalign Teen. Your child may benefit from some features of the Invisalign Teen product even though they may be a candidate for the Invisalign adult product. • Since aligners can be removed for eating and brushing teeth, it is much easier to maintain proper oral hygiene than it is with traditional metal braces. It also eliminates other common problems associated with traditional braces such as decalcification of teeth, office visits for broken braces, poking wire emergencies, and the like. For more information about Invisalign, braces and any other orthodontic concern, contact an orthodontist in your area.


Matt Walton, D.M.D, may be reached at Walton Orthodontics at 770-663-0955 or via e-mail at

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Lifestyle According to the “National Sleep

Foundation, approximately 7 out of 10 Americans are affected by a sleep problem; yet, few seek help.

What to Expect from a Sleep Study [ by Cynthia Blount, RN, BSN, CPHQ, director, Northside Hospital Sleep Disorders Centers ] According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 7 out of 10 Americans are affected by a sleep problem; yet, few seek help. If you fall into this category, you might benefit from an overnight sleep study. Unfortunately, most people are reluctant because they expect sleep studies to be such uncomfortable experiences or they don’t know what to expect at all. Northside Hospital answers a few of the more common questions.

Why do I need a sleep study? Untreated sleep disorders have been linked to a number of chronic diseases including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, depression and stroke. If you have regular difficulty getting to or staying asleep, if you snore or stop breathing for short periods of time during the night, or if you have persistent daytime sleepiness and fatigue for weeks at a time, an evaluation by a sleep specialist, followed by an overnight sleep study, can save your life. Your problem may just be the result of bad sleep hygiene. However, in order to fully understand your problem, you need to be observed, while you sleep, by someone that is specially trained in sleep medicine.

What is a sleep study? A sleep study, or polysomnogram, records your brain wave activity, muscle twitches, eye movements, heart rate and breathing while you sleep. Sensors are placed on your scalp, face, chest, limbs and a finger, while elastic belts go around your chest and abdomen. As the information is collected, it is transmitted to a computer in the next room, where a registered polysomnographic/sleep technologist monitors you at all times. After the study, a board-certified sleep physician reviews and interprets the information to help you and your personal physician understand APRIL 2011

your specific sleep patterns and problems. Treatment recommendations are made if evidence of a sleep disorder is found.

Sleep Studies are Safe and Painless How am I supposed to sleep like that? It is very important for patients to feel comfortable with their physician, sleep tech and sleeping environment. For your study, you will be assigned to a private bedroom in a sleep center or hospital. The room may look like an upscale hotel room, with all of the amenities you would expect — private bathroom, TV, soft bedding, breakfast and more. You’re also welcome to bring items from home (a favorite pillow or pajamas) to help. Although you will be hooked up to equipment that may look uncomfortable, most people fall asleep with little difficulty. The wires are very thin and flexible and are bundled together so they don’t restrict movement, disrupt your sleep or cause other discomfort. You can easily call the tech during the night if you have any problems.

For more information, call the Northside Hospital Sleep Disorders Centers. • Atlanta/Sandy Springs, (404) 851-8135 • Forsyth, (770) 887-3293 • Cherokee, (770) 345-2568 You also can watch videos and learn more about how to get a better night’s sleep at Northside Healthcasts. Visit



Lifestyle Attacking

What is an



[ by Dr. John C. Thomas, D.C. ]

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (aka. autoimmune thyroid) is the #1 cause of low thyroid in the United States. An autoimmune condition occurs when the immune system is attacking a part of the body, most likely attacking the thyroid gland. Your thyroid controls your body’s metabolism. Your immune system is attacking your thyroid, and it is killing it. It’s not just a thyroid problem, but an immune problem. Unfortunately, thyroid hormones do nothing for this autoimmune attack. Regretfully, thyroid hormones are not going to help you heal your immune system. There are two parts to your immune system-TH1 and TH2-and they should be in balance, kind of like a teeter-totter effect. One should not be higher than the other. If your immune system goes out of balance because of stress (physical, chemical or emotional), one system (TH1 or TH2) will become dominant and this will cause your immune system to attack your body. There are specific blood tests that can be run to determine if you are autoimmune and if one part of your immune system is dominant. An autoimmune condition can attack other areas of your body. It can attack your pancreas, causing diabetes, or it can attack your stomach lining, (causing IBS). It can also attack your muscle and joints (fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis). How do you know if your immune system is attacking your body? Tests, specifically TPO and TGB antibodies, are performed to see if you have an autoimmune thyroid or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, along with the immune panels. Symptoms of autoimmune thyroid, such as fatigue, weight gain, decreased appetite, cold intolerance, high cholesterol levels, coarse or dry thinning hair, to name a few, may wax and wane. Symptoms that wax and wane are a sure sign that you are most likely suffering from an autoimmune condition. Your immune system is designed to protect you. When your immune system runs amuck, it starts attacking different parts of your body. If you believe your body may be suffering from an autoimmune condition, get checked and learn the best ways to manage this condition.

Your Plan [ by Parkey Thompson ]

I know it is hard to accept, but one-fourth of this year is over. Over three months have already flown by, and before you know it so will the next nine months. How are you doing with your goals this year? Back in January, I wrote about building and succeeding with your goals. Now that 25% of the year is gone, how are you doing with those goals? If you are like most people, you have been too busy to really make any progress. However, you do not really want to end up being like most people. Now is the time to put your plan on the attack. Now is the time to regroup and get you on track to be successful this year. No matter what your goal is, you can still complete the task by aggressively attacking it! What do you do now? Start by reviewing your goals and the timeline you have for them. You may need to re-prioritize each goal, especially if anything has changed in your life. Let’s face it -- things happen in our lives each and every day. Your ability to meet those challenges and move forward is what makes you successful! Reset your completion dates if you have to. You may have been too aggressive from the start or find that you are unable to achieve the original date because you are refocusing at this quarter year mark. Be realistic. Set a date that you will achieve and do not set yourself up to fail. Share your goals with your spouse or a friend who will hold you accountable to your objectives. Make sure that your accountability partner has the personality to move you in the right direction. You are not looking for someone who just listens -- you want someone who will challenge you to achieve. Keep your task(s) in mind. Envision what life will be like when you achieve your goal. This is powerful and will help you stay focused on your task(s). Finally, track your progress. Mark your calendar, build a spreadsheet, find an app -- whatever it is for you to set milestones that lead to your completion date(s) and make sure you are staying on track. It is not too late to achieve your goals, but the later it gets in the year the harder you will find your job of completion. You can do it and you must believe in your abilities! Don’t let your goals fall by the wayside this year. Go after them with a plan -- a plan to achieve!

Parkey Thompson is a personal financial coach. He may be reached at 678-648-9940. Visit for more information.

Dr. John C. Thomas is the clinical director of Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Cumming, GA. He can be reached at 678-456-9122.



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Somewhat stressful, occasionally bumpy —and always the right thing to do!

[ by Monique A. Honaman ]

I had someone ask me recently, “What exactly does it mean to take the high road?” Interesting question—one that is simple, yet simultaneously difficult, to answer. Taking the high road isn’t always easy. As depicted on my book cover, there’s a slight incline to the high road. It can be a good cardio workout! You’re not always coasting on the high road. And, to the surprise of many people, the high road can be bumpy and full of pot holes to navigate and avoid. Nobody ever said making some tough choices, doing the right thing, and taking the high road was going to be easy. Perhaps that’s why I added the descriptor to the concept of taking the high road, namely that it has less traffic. “The High Road has Less Traffic: honest advice on the path through love and divorce” is the title of my book, which obviously deals with taking the high road in the midst of the divorce epidemic and the behaviors associated with ending the vows and bonds of marriage. However, this concept of taking the high road has such greater applicability. Imagine if our students took the high road when dealing with bullying in the classroom or cheating on tests. Imagine if our children took the high road and negated any peer pressure related to drug and alcohol abuse. Imagine if our friends took the high road and steered clear of senseless gossip and the drive to ‘keep up with the Joneses.’ Imagine if your employer took the high road when making corporate decisions that impact stock price, shareholder value and perceived greed that follows. Imagine if politicians took the high road and never found themselves on the front pages our newspapers because of bribery, fraud, and inappropriate use of power! APRIL 2011

The applications of taking the high road are endless. It’s a concept that applies across every boundary – gender, age, race, nationality, profession. Taking the high road is a goal for which to strive. The benefits are too numerous to quantify. The high road is ultimately a way of life. It means making the elevated decisions. It’s opting to do something that may not always be the easiest choice, but is always the more thoughtful choice. It’s making decisions that will make your kids, your family, and your friends proud. It’s living your life so that you can look yourself in the mirror every day knowing that you aspire to greater ideas and ideals! The reality is no one is perfect. We all make mistakes. We all make decisions we wish could change. We all say things we wish we could take back. Striving for the high road is not an impossible feat. It’s not a ‘holier than thou’ attitude or approach to life. Taking the high road simply means that you try, with all good intentions, to make the right decisions, and when you, or others, fail to do that, you sincerely apologize, forgive, and try harder next time. Sadly, any scan of the day’s headlines points out low road behavior … which is why I like to say, “the high road has less traffic.” And, frankly, a better view too!


Adapted from “The High Road Has Less Traffic: honest advice on the path through love and divorce” Author Monique A. Honaman, who has called Forsyth County home since 1996, wrote “The High Road Has Less Traffic” in response to a need for a book that provided honest, real, and raw advice about how to survive and thrive through one of life’s toughest journeys. The book is available at and on Monique can be reached at 29

Lifestyle Positive Signs in the Atlanta Real Estate Market [ by Mark Spain ]

Even consumer advocates like Clark Howard are weighing in about the housing market. Clark Howard recently stated on CNN that it’s currently the best time to buy real estate in 47 years. A respected money expert and best-selling author, Clark knows what he’s talking about. In the same report, he went on to talk about what an incredible buyer’s market it is right now, between prices, selection and incredibly low interest rates. From my own perspective of the Atlanta real estate market, activity is picking up. Prices are, in general, around those seen in 2000 and we are seeing a fair share of investment purchases. When investors are entering the market in noticeable numbers that is a sign the housing market is at or near the bottom in terms of pricing. The old adage, buy low and sell high, doesn’t just apply to the stock market. It’s a safe bet to believe Clark Howard is currently adding to his real estate portfolio. He knows it will not only be a safe place for his investment, but a smart purchase as well. What about you? Anyone renting right now with even a decent credit score should be considering a home purchase. If you have needed a larger place to live for quite some time, now may be a good time to accomplish that for much less than it would have cost a few years ago. If you have a long commute to work and are tired of wasting hundreds on gas a month, start exploring the housing market closer to work.

Begin the tentative steps of conducting some online searches and checking in with a loan officer about how much mortgage you can afford. Exploring one’s options doesn’t mean you have to go through with a purchase. Review your personal budget as well to see how much you would feel comfortable with for a mortgage payment. For example, just because a mortgage company tells you your income and credit rating qualify for a $1,200 monthly payment, does not mean you have to purchase that high. Homes are being purchased with much lower monthly mortgage payments all over metro Atlanta right now. The bottom line is these positive housing market signs will not remain in favor of buyers forever. The next six to 12 months will prove to be the best window for real estate investors and those who want to get the most for their money. Mark Spain is a Realtor with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta, is Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) certified by the National Association of Realtors and earned his Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation. He is a native Atlantan and graduate of the University of Georgia. Visit www. or call 770-886-9000. For details on considering a short sale, visit

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Garden Camp celebrates Earth

Students at The Spanish Academy took advantage of the wonderful spring weather and celebrated Earth Month by planting a garden. A variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs were planted in an organic garden with the help of Farmer D Organics, an environmentally friendly, socially responsible business that creates farms and products for the earth and its people. Farmer D Organics also helped build the Suwanee Community Garden. “We decided to do something a little different during Spring Break and offered an In the Garden Camp, where the kids learned about organic gardening and planted a variety of items,” explained DeShea Brooks, academy director. Los Jardineritos Verdes (The Little Green Gardeners) enjoyed being outdoors, planting, and, once in a while, taking a closer look at earth worms.

The Spanish Academy, a bilingual preschool & kindergarten, is located at 5513 Old Atlanta Road, in Suwanee.

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Study Skills: the Foundation for Lifelong Learning [ by Kathy Martin ]

Good study habits are essential for students of all ages. Certainly, no two children have the exact same style of learning, and what works for one student may not work for another. However, when it comes time to do homework, every child can benefit from a little organization. Read on for a few tips on how parents can help children form strong study habits early in school that will carry them through college and beyond:

Encourage breaks. When children come home from school, they need and deserve some downtime. Encourage your child to play (outside if the weather is nice) with siblings or friends so that your child can get a little exercise and social time. While many children will want to watch television as soon as they walk in the door, too much television may make it difficult for them to reenergize for homework time later in the evening.

Create a system for keeping track of homework and tests. Homework for early-elementary school children may be in the form of worksheets, but older children may simply be told by their teachers what to do and when. No matter how great a memory your child has, every student should develop some kind of simple technique to keep track of unfinished homework, due dates and upcoming tests or quizzes. For a younger student, consider investing in two-sided folders for each subject: your child can store blank paper and unfinished assignments on one side and completed homework on the other. Younger children may also do well with a blank notebook labeled “Homework.” Older students might enjoy feeling grown-up by using a small calendar or day planner. Have your child accompany you to the office supply or bookstore to pick one out, and show them your own method of tracking appointments.

No child—or adult—should study for hours without small breaks. Encourage your child to take five-minute timeouts in between subjects and stand, stretch, walk around or get a glass of water.

Set a schedule. Just as adults must set aside time for things they want and need to do, children need to allocate time in their busy days to do homework. Some children may do well with a structured routine—6:00 to 6:45 dinner, 6:45 to 7:00 relaxation, 7:00 to 8:00 homework, 8:00 to 8:30 television—while others may be more diligent about completing their homework on time without much prodding. Clearly, the length of study time and amount of parental involvement with assignments will vary depending on a child’s age, but no matter how old, children do better in school when they reserve some portion of their day for studying and homework. Designate a quiet study place. Whether doing math and science problems, reading a chapter or writing an essay, effective comprehension and learning requires concentration. And though your child may try to convince you otherwise, doing homework in front of the television will make it nearly impossible for your child to get much done. While a clutter-free desk in your child’s bedroom is an ideal study spot, other good places include a dining room table, kitchen counter or parent’s home office or study, as long as the area is quiet, well lit and has all the supplies your child will need (pencils, paper, erasers, etc.). 32

Whenever possible, allow for some amount of fun or relaxation after homework and before bedtime. Children will be more efficient during study time when they know they’ll get to watch a television show or talk on the phone after they’re finished. Give your child choices. While homework time should never be negotiable, let your child to have some say in his or her study schedule and approach for homework. If your child prefers to start with a favorite subject first, don’t force him or her to do the opposite just because it would be your preference. Establish ground rules for homework, but still allow your child flexibility. As children move into middle and high school, most teachers will assume students already have strong study habits. Children will receive less “hand holding” and will be expected to take notes and stay apprised of the semester’s schedule for homework, projects, quizzes and exams. Lay the groundwork early on by teaching your young student the importance of homework and study time. Treat studying as a subject of its own that requires practice and commitment like all other homework. Huntington helps thousands of children refine their study skills and tackle subjects where they may be struggling. If your child needs additional help, don’t wait to correct the problem. Call Huntington today to find out more about our customized tutoring programs.


Kathy Martin is the owner of the Huntington Learning Center in Cumming, located at the corner of Bethelview and Castleberry Roads. Contact the center directly at 770-292-8994 to find out about what program will best suit your child’s needs.

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School News Friendship Christian School Celebrates Reading Community and business leaders throughout Forsyth County recently participated in the “Celebrity Reader Day” at Friendship Christian School. The faculty, staff, and students at Friendship Christian School were gracious hosts to all who participated. Everyone who participated shared a very important belief –reading is important!

Back Row (L to R): Ryan Edwards (Assistant Den Leader), Yale Jacobi, Dillard Adams, Britton Rellinger, Teddy Toth, Joe Toth (Den Leader) | Front Row (L to R):Ramie Shingler, Carson Edwards, and Carson Roberts Den 8 Pack 109 (Haw Creek) Creates Own Magazines Congratulations to the members of Den 8 Pack 109 upon completing their recent magazine production project. The scouts created their own publications based on their favorite topics, including pets, sports and cars. The boys were very excited to show off their magazines that they created as part of their “Communication Belt Loop”. “This is a type of Badge or Award the Tiger Scouts receive for accomplishing different achievements,” explained Den Leader Toth. “The boys had a wonderful experience learning about the different components of a magazine and how it is an important part of our community and communication to its citizens.” Pinecrest Students Gear up for Magazine Production After finishing their work on the 2011 Yearbook, students attending Pinecrest Academy’s Journalism class are getting ready for their next project – producing their own magazine. “This is part of a very dynamic and fun curriculum we offer our students,” explained Luisa Zalzman, journalism teacher at Pinecrest. Students are currently choosing their topics of interest, setting their interviews, and preparing for a full month of work, leading to the completion of their final project for the year. “We had the privilege to have Mrs. Julie Brennan, owner of Around About Cumming magazine, as our guest speaker to give the students the kick start for this fun end of the school year project” , Mrs. Zalzman added.

NELSON WINS FIRST IN ‘INSPIRE LIFE’ COMPETITION Pinecrest Academy student Caitlin Nelson won first place in the Inspire Life Competition, sponsored by Beacon of Hope in Johns Creek, GA. Her digital image, Rose E’er Blooming, was chosen out of all high school work submitted for the competition, and she was honored with a $250 scholarship at the organization’s Gala on Friday, March 4. Beacon of Hope began the Inspire Life art competition in 2010 to promote life in schools and art classes, and Pinecrest has had Best of Show winners both years. In addition to Caitlin’s art, the following Pinecrest students’ work was also selected to be on display at the gallery opening at the Beacon of Hope Gala: Marisa Elias, Hoon Kim, Kristina McCabe, Arturo Merriman, Kristen Nelson and Rachael Lee. VFW Post 12002 awards Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Lee Mitchell of South Forsyth High School was awarded the VFW Post 12002 Teacher of the Year honor. The 3rd District of the Georgia Department of Education chose Mitchell from nominated high school teachers throughout the Atlanta metro area.

Pictured: Eddie Maalouf, Julie Brennan, Wil Hallman, Haley Ojeda, Carolina Figueiras, Madeline Villaverde, Andrea Leddon, Teo Harrison, and Margaret Cassandra. APRIL 2011


From left to rightDr Jason L Branch, Principal South Forsyth High School, Dan Brown, Post 12002 member, Lee Mitchell, recipient of the award, Terry Haynes, Post Commander VFW Post 12002


Summer Camps are ready!

Chess Camps North Georgia Chess Center (NGCC) 2450 Atlanta Hwy # 1502, Cumming 678-455-8318 Camp Dates: June 6-10; 20-24; July 11-5; 25-29 Registration is underway for various camps, from beginners to advanced. Learn the principles of openings, middle game and game strategy tactics and lots more. Call the center for details. Summer Music Camp North Georgia Youth Choral | Bowen Center for the Arts 356 Valley Brook Cir. W, Dawsonville 706-265-9015 | Camp Dates: June 6-10 Students entering grades 2nd through 10th are eligible to attend this camp. Students must be able to sing on pitch. Activities include sight reading, music history, composition, choral audition preparation, musical games and more.

Are you ready for another year of fun, adventure and learning?

Join Camp “Fun Tastic!”

• Curriculum based lesson plans • Weekly field trips that go along with each weekly theme • Water play activities in our on-site water park • Weekly soccer or hip-hop dance instruction • Computer Lab available for theme related games and summer learning • Game area with wii, pool, ping pong, air hockey and more • Ice cream social, pizza parties and end of the summer picnic.

We look forward to spending the summer with you!

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third week’s tuition. Coupon must be redeemed with enrollment package. OFFER EXPIRES: JUNE 1ST, 2011

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Gear Up and Set Up for a Successful School Year! Pinecrest Academy | 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming 770-888-4477 | Camp Dates: 4th and 5th graders on July 18-21 from 9:00am-12:00 or for 6th and 7th graders on July 18-21 from 12:30-3:30 Learn to work smarter, not harder! Short-cuts, tips and tricks to assist you in being the best you can be, while balancing school, extracurricular activities and life, are what this summer camp is all about! Using summer reading as a resource material, we will use technology (typing, using basic programs to create fun study techniques), play games and learn organizational skills for life! Scientists’ Club of Experiments & Inventions Camp Pinecrest Academy | 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming 770-888-4477 | Hands-on scientific activities provide many ways to create, explore, test and discover through the scientific process, and loads of messy, gooey, and even “explosive” fun. Every-day household items are used to take scientists through experiments and scientific creations in an actual science laboratory, while learning about principles from the laws of physics, electricity, sound and light, states of matter, chemistry, aerodynamics, environmental awareness, lab safety, and much more. Campers will bring home completed projects that can be recreated right in the kitchen or backyard; and there are even plenty of great ideas for your child’s science fair projects! Exploring Nature: The World of Insects, Animals, and Dinosaurs Camp Pinecrest Academy | 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming 770-888-4477 | Explore nature with bug habitats that campers will make while learning about animal and insect habitats, survival and classification. There are all new adventures such as hatching a Praying Mantis egg sac and prehistoric Triops, as well as enjoying old favorites, such as making edible and non-edible insects and animal crafts, exploring the world of dinosaurs, and creating a giant (child-size) stuffed dinosaur model, and excavating dinosaur fossils for daring scientists! Let’s Act Summer Camp Pinecrest Academy | 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming 770-888-4477 | Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Drama Camps. Actors will develop their improvisational and scripted acting skills. Explore various warmup exercises, and improvisational games, revisiting the parts of the stage and developing the five “W’s” in a fun stress-free environment. Actors will audition and rehearse a short play with minimal set and costume requirements, emphasizing characterization and scene development. A performance will conclude the camp!


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schools Elementary Schools

Big Creek Elementary 1994 Peachtree Parkway, (770) 887-4584 Principal: Sherri Black Brookwood Elementary 2980 Vaughan Drive, (678) 965-5060 Principal: Kathie Braswell kbraswell@forsyth.k12, Chattahoochee Elementary 2800 Holtzclaw Road, (770) 781-2240 Principal: Dave Culpepper Chestatee Elementary 6945 Keith Bridge Road, Gainesville (770) 887-2341 Principal: Rebecca G. Johnson Coal Mountain Elementary 3455 Coal Mountain Drive, (770) 887-7705 Principal: Debbie Smith Cumming Elementary 540 Dahlonega Street, (770) 887-7749 Principal: Pam Pajerski Daves Creek Elementary 3740 Melody Mizer Lane, (770) 888-1223 Principal: Eric Ashton Haw Creek Elementary 2555 Echols Road, (678) 965-5070 Principal: Dr. Amy Davis Johns Creek Elementary 6205 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee (678) 965-5041 Principal: Alyssa Degliumberto Mashburn Elementary 3777 Samples Road, (770) 889-1630 Principal: Tracey Smith Matt Elementary 7455 Wallace Tatum Road, (678) 455-4500 Principal: Charlley Stalder Midway Elementary 4805 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta (770) 475-6670 Principal: Todd Smith Sawnee Elementary 1616 Canton Highway, (770) 887-6161 Principal: Dr. Eileen Nix Settles Bridge Elementary 600 James Burgess Road, Suwanee (770) 887-1883 Principal: Donna Morris 36

School Information Sharon Elementary 3595 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee (770) 888-7511 Principal: Amy Bartlett

High Schools

Shiloh Point Elementary 8145 Majors Road, (678) 341-6481 Principal: Sharon Ericson

Lambert High School 805 Nichols Road, (678) 965-5050 Principal: Dr. Gary Davison

Sliver City Elementary 6200 Dahlonega Highway, (678) 965-5020 Principal: Kristan Morse

North Forsyth High 3635 Coal Mountain Drive, (770) 781-6637 Principal: Beth Hebert

Vickery Creek Elementary 6280 Post Road, (770) 346-0040 Principal: Ron McAllister

South Forsyth High 585 Peachtree Parkway, (770) 781-2264 Principal: Dr. Jason Branch

Whitlow Elementary 3655 Castleberry Road, (678) 965-5090 Principal: Lynne Castleberry

West Forsyth High 4155 Drew Road, (770) 888-3470 Principal: Richard Gill

Middle Schools

Private Schools

Lakeside Middle 2565 Echols Road, (678) 965-5080 Principal: Debbie Sarver

Forsyth Central High 520 Tribble Gap Road, (770) 887-8151 Principal: Rudy Hampton

Cornerstone Schools 4888 Browns Bridge Road, (770) 205-8202 Principal: Elaine M. Francel

Liberty Middle 7465 Wallace Tatum Road, (770) 781-4889 Principal: Connie Stovall

Covenant Christian Academy 6905 Post Road, (770) 674-2990 Headmaster: Johnathan Arnold

Little Mill Middle 6800 Little Mill Road, (678) 965-5000 Principal: Connie McCrary

Fideles Christian School 1390 Weber Industrial Drive, (770) 888-6705 Directors: Jonny and Ellen Whisenant

North Forsyth Middle 3645 Coal Mountain Drive, (770) 889-0743 Principal: Jeff Hunt

Friendship Christian School 3160 Old Atlanta Road, (678)845-0418 Principal: Tom Davis

Otwell Middle 605 Tribble Gap Road, (770) 887-5248 Principal: Steve Miller

Horizon Christian Academy (K-6) 2160 Freedom Parkway (7-12) 433 Canton Road (678) 947-3583, (678) 947-0711 Headmaster: Heather Marshall

Piney Grove Middle 8135 Majors Road, (678) 965-5010 Principal: Terri North Riverwatch Middle 610 James Burgess Road, Suwanee (678) 455-7311 Principal: Kathy Carpenter South Forsyth Middle 2865 Old Atlanta Road, (770) 888-3170 Principal: Sandy Tinsley Vickery Creek Middle 6240 Post Road, (770) 667-2580 Principal: Kathy Rohacek AROUNDABOUT — CUMMING

Ivy League Montessori School 1791 Kelly Mill Road, (770) 781-5586 School Director: Becky Carty Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs 2830 Old Atlanta Road, (770) 205-6277 Head of School, Kathy Lindaman Pinecrest Academy 955 Peachtree Parkway, (770) 888-4477 Executive Director: Rick Swygman

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Spring Cleaning faith

[ by Maria I. Morgan ]

Springtime. Flowering trees give way to leaves. Grass that lay dormant for a season becomes lush and green. New life offers excitement and hope. Just the motivation necessary to tackle spring cleaning. You know, the kind that requires you to set aside some time, roll up your sleeves, and get down to business.

Decks and porches need to be pressure washed. Windows need cleaning inside and out. The garage needs to be decluttered. And yes, even the basement could stand to be organized. As I tackle these chores one by one, cleanliness

a great list of things to focus on, things that are: true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Armed with rubber gloves and scrub brush, it’s time to tackle my motives. Why do I do what I do? Am I self-focused or others-focused? Wrong motives can be done away with by applying the truth: I’m to love my fellow man as I love myself (Luke 10:27). I’m also to hold him/her in high esteem (Phil. 2:3). Just taking the time to do some spring cleaning in these areas helps me renew a proper focus.

A thorough cleaning of my thoughts, motives, and desires is just the ticket. Time to do a little analyzing. replaces dirt, tidiness takes the place of chaos, and neatness overcomes disarray. It doesn’t happen automatically. It takes purpose, a plan and follow-through. The same is true in my spiritual life. It’s easy to get lazy and allow the cobwebs to form over a period of time. A thorough cleaning of my thoughts, motives, and desires is just the ticket. Time to do a little analyzing. Have I been dwelling on the truth, or believing lies? Where I’ve believed lies, it’s time to break out the heavy-duty cleanser of God’s Word and do business. “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5; KJV) Once clean, I can replace lies with truth. The Apostle Paul provides

One more area for consideration - my desires. What do I long for? Fame, wealth, power? No better cleanser to cut through the grime than Bible truths, “I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised:” (Psalm 18-1-3a). My desire is clear once again - to love the Lord and bring Him honor and glory with my life. Do you have some spiritual spring cleaning to do? Roll up your sleeves and arm yourself with the Word of God - the best cleanser known to man!

Maria Morgan is a freelance writer and a Cumming resident. Visit her on the web @



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A New Season

[ by Nancy Johnson ]

Nature is a great teacher. My family and I learned this the fun way. After celebrating Easter last year, we packed up and left town on a camping trip to Pine Mountain. We pitched our tent, grilled hot dogs and watched pollen blow off the trees in great puffs that looked like smoke. While we were there, we spent a full day at the beautiful Callaway Gardens. We examined rhododendrons and azaleas that had either bloomed or were on the brink. Daffodils and tulips were already out in bright colors. And the yellow coating of every car – or anything that moved too slowly – reminded us of the age old truth of spring: that the old of winter must die away to make room for the new. Spring isn’t just for plants. It is a season of new beginnings for most of us. As we watched the earth transform, something happens in our hearts. We leave hibernation ready to come to life and make new plans. It is a time for personal transformation – time to grow, to release the old and begin again; time to make new starts. But the lessons of nature teach us that new starts aren’t usually made without something also ending. We see this in the seasons as leaves, once green and fresh, turn gold then brown, and then cover the ground before the process starts

You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the human heart, oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart. Psalm 104:14-15 again. We perceive this in the less visible seed that has to stop being a seed – has to die – in order to bring about a new life. I saw this proof in my inch-high seedlings. My four year old son and I put those seeds into the soil. We didn’t see what happened to them hidden in the soil, but we watched as they grew leaves – and a few months later, tomatoes. New beginnings, though great, aren’t easy. It is a well known truth of human nature that change is hard. If you aren’t certain of this, try losing ten pounds or giving up a bad habit. One of the reasons that change is so difficult is the steel grip that our minds have on what has always been. Whether we like it or not, our subconscious loves familiarity. To make a real transition in our lives will require that we let go of something that is probably familiar and comfortable. It can be a heartrending process. Letting a piece of the past die might make us feel as if we no longer know ourselves, we may feel lost. Even so, we should probably become somewhat acquainted with this feeling. While uncomfortable, it can be a positive sign of change. The dust of it may cover us like pollen, but rest assured something wonderful and new will be budding in our lives. Allow it to grow. It will be beautiful.

Nancy Johnson is an ordained United Methodist minister. She can be reached at nancy.johnson@ngumc. net. Visit her blog, A Feast for the Soul, at APRIL 2011



faith Assemblies of God

Northside Family Worship Center 2820 Brookwood Road, Cumming (770) 888-8852 Sunday School all ages: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. Pastors: David & Robin Houtsma


Antioch Baptist Church 2465 Antioch Road (770) 887-6900 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. AWANA: Sunday at 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. Pastor: Travis Bridgeman Cumming Baptist Church 115 Church Street, (770) 205-6699 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship service: 10:50 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Barry Crocker First Baptist Cumming 1597 Sawnee Drive, (770) 887-2428 Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service & Bible Fellowship Groups 11 a.m. Traditional Worship Service & Bible Fellowship Groups Wednesday: 6:15 p.m. AWANA Pastor: Dr. Bob Jolly First Redeemer Church 2100 Peachtree Parkway, (678) 513-9400 Sunday Services: 9:15 a.m. – Contemporary Service (SFC) 9:15 a.m. – Blended Service (Auditorium) 10:45 a.m. – Blended Service (Auditorium) 9, 10:45 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Bible Fellowship Pastor: Dr. Richard Lee Greater Heights Baptist Church 3790 Post Road, (770) 887-4802 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday Evening: 5 p.m. Wednesday Evening & AWANA: 7 p.m. Pastor: Chris Grinstead Longstreet Baptist Church 6868 Campground Road, (770) 889-1959 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday night adult and youth activities 40

Cumming Area Houses of Worship North Lanier Baptist Church 829 Atlanta Highway, (770) 781-5433 Church service times: 8:30 a.m. Classic Worship Service 9:30 Bible Studies 11 a.m. Celebration Worship Service (main auditorium) 11 a.m. Spanish Worship Service (Student Center) Refuge Baptist Church 3525 Pilgrim Mill Road, (678) 807-7746 Sunday Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Service: 7 p.m.


St. Columba’s Church 939 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, (770) 888-4464 Wednesday Services: 6 p.m. Saturdays Service: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Service: 7:45, 9 & 11 a.m. Rector: Father Tripp Norris Curate: Father Joseph Greene The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit 724 Pilgrim Mill Road, (770) 887-8190 Services: Thursdays 12 noon, Sundays 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Rector: Keith Oglesby

Greek Orthodox

Saints Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church 3074 Bethelview Rd., (770) 781-5250 Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 10 AM Pastor: Fr. Barnabas Powell


Living Faith Lutheran Church, LCM S 103 Buford Dam Road, (770) 887-0184 Sunday school: 9:30 a.m., all ages Sunday worship: 8 &10:45 a.m. Living Faith Lutheran Korean Church worship: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday evening fellowship meal (6 p.m.) Bible study for all ages (7 p.m.) Pastor Tim Droegemueller

Other Churches

Castle Christian Church 3149 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee (678) 648-5248 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. AROUNDABOUT — CUMMING

Senior Minister: Jason Rodenbeck Family By Faith Worship Center 4805 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta (Midway Elementary School), (678) 230-4800 Small Groups: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. Nursery available Pastor: Randy Grimes First Christian Church 1270 Sawnee Dr., Cumming, (770) 887-5542 Pastor Stan Percival LDS Church 510 Brannon Road, (678) 577-4991 Sunday Service: 1 p.m. LifePoint Christian Church 5000 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta (678) 366-2797 Sunday Small Groups: 9 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Childcare available Pastor: Chris Stovall NewSong Community Church 433 Canton Road, Suite 306, Located across from Ingles, behind the National Guard in Building 300, (770) 888-5212 Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Case Koolhaas Rameshori Buddhist Center 130 Allen Road, Unit B Sandy Springs, 30328 , (404) 255-1585


Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian Church 7620 Lanier Drive, (770) 887-6801 Sunday School all ages: 9:45 am Sunday Traditional Worship Service: 11 a.m. Childcare available Pastor: John S. Martin email: Korean New Vision Presbyterian Church Meets at Parkway Presbyterian Church 5830 Bethelview Road, (678) 200-5048 Sunday Services: 1:30 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Young Jeon

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The Country Preacher Hearing the sound of workmen building houses in Forsyth County may be both a sign of spring weather and a symptom of economic recovery. It is fascinating to observe the way a design becomes a building and then to see how an architect merges it with the geography. While in Arizona, my wife and I visited the studio of Frank Lloyd Wright. The architect’s unique commitment to form and function made his work distinctive and identifiable. Even his work with his former employer and mentor, the famous Chicago architect Louis Sullivan, was revealed in his style. Jesus answered Philip’s question in John 14:8-11, “Lord shew us the Father” with “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father . . . Believeth thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works . . . believe me for the very works’ sake.” In our hearts we all want to see God. What is He like? The Old Testament tells us God can be seen in His creation, “Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained”, Psalm 8:3. God’s words were written by Moses and he delivered them on tables of stone to the children of Israel. Within us is a desire to see the God demanding that we worship Him by faith and not by sight, Hebrews 11:6. When Jesus Christ was revealed in the Gospels, He was announced as Parkway Church 5830 Bethelview Road (770) 889-8694 (½ mile west of GA 400 exit 13) Sunday Traditional Service: 9 a.m. Sunday Contemporary Service: 11 a.m. Childcare available for both services Senior Pastor: Bill Ford email: The Vine Community Church 4655 Bethelview Road, (678) 990-9395 Sunday Services: 9 & 10:45 a.m. Wednesday: Middle and High School youth meet at 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. Pastor: Jon Adams

Roman Catholic

Church of Good Shepherd 3740 Holtzclaw Road (770) 887-9861 Mass: Saturday Vigil, 5 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30, 9 & 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon; 5:30 p.m. Spanish Mass, 1:30 p.m. Weekdays: 9 a.m Pastor: Father Frank St. Brendan Catholic Church 4633 Shiloh Road, (770) 205-7969 Mass: Saturday Vigil: 5 p.m. MARCH 2011

[ by David Hill ]

“Emmanuel”, “God with us”. The Father had visited us in a human body with the limitations of Adam’s sons. For those whom He had created lower than His angels (Hebrews 2:7,9) He would lay down His life to pay for their sin, offering them an opportunity to regain the immortality lost by their forefather, Adam. The Father’s works were seen and His words heard in the Old Testament. In the Gospels Jesus Christ showed us that “all things were created by Him and for Him”(Colossians 1:16). He walked on water, spoke to calm the sea, commanded Lazarus to come forth from the tomb and rose above earth’s gravity at the transfiguration and the ascension. The injustice of His death when He took the place of guilty sinners caused the earth He had created to tremble and the sun He hung in the sky to darken. “He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the [ Continued on page 43 ]

Sunday: 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. Spanish Mass: 1 p.m. Weekdays: 8:30 a.m. Pastor: Father John Howren

United Methodist

Bethelview United Methodist Church 4525 Bethelview Road, (770) 887-4888 Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. (child care available) Pastor: Rev. Deborah Griffith Cumming First United Methodist Church 770 Canton Highway, (770) 887-2900 Sunday Services: 8:45 & 11 a.m. (Child care available) Sunday Hispanic/Latino Worship: 12 noon Wednesday Communion Service: 12 noon Senior Pastor: Rev. John L. Cromartie, Jr.

Rev. Hill is a Cumming resident and frequent guest preacher at Antioch Baptist Church. Biblical quotes are from the King James Version of the Bible.

Midway United Methodist Church 5025 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta (770) 475-5230 Sunday Traditional Worship: 8:30 a.m. Sunday Children’s Church: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School all ages: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Contemporary Worship: 10:45 a.m. Piedmont United Methodist Church 1170 Dahlonega Highway, (770) 887-0770 Sunday Services Bible Study 10 a.m. Traditional Service 11 a.m. Bible Study 5 p.m.

Lanier United Methodist Church 1979 Buford Highway, (770) 887-0615 Sunday Traditional Service: 8:45 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Contemporary Praise Service: 11 a.m. Nursery available for both services Pastor: Ted Miller AROUNDABOUT — CUMMING



Cumming Area Clubs and Organizations

Business Networking

Business 400 Meeting: First Tuesday 5:30 — 7:30 p.m. Location: Lanier Tech College New Conference Center 7745 Majors Rd Cumming, GA 30041 Contact: (877) 581-1039 or Information: The goal is to provide the 400 Community the opportunity to effectively network and to view the 400 corridor as a single economic engine. Go to www.Business400. com for events and me membership info. $5 for members and $15 for guests at the door. Central Forsyth Leads Group Meeting: Second & fourth Tuesdays 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. Location: The Columns at Pilgrim Mill Apartments Contact: Nancy Wright, (770) 886-0500 or Information: No fees. Open to all. Forsyth Network for Business Professionals Meeting: Thursdays 11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Location: New) Bello Italian Restaurant 101 Meadow Drive Contact: Fred Burak, (678) 677-0815 Information: $50 membership fee and $10 monthly. Visit twice for free. No occupation overlap. Call first. Forsyth Business Network Meeting: Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. Location: Stars & Strikes, 133 Merchants Square Contact: Cheryl Campbell, Information: There is a membership fee, may visit twice for free. The Inspiration Network of Cumming Meeting: Third Wednesdays from 7 — 8:30 p.m. Location: The Nurturing Nook, 205 Pilgrim Mill Road Contact: Leanne Temple, (678) 965-5969 Lunch and Learn Meeting: Fourth Tuesday 11:45 a.m. — 1 p.m. Location: Cumming Chamber of Commerce Contact: (770) 887-6461 or cfccoc@ Information: Free for first timers. The cost is $5 for members. Pizza and drinks are provided South Forsyth Leads Group Meeting: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. No fees. Location: Holiday Inn Express – John’s Creek, 7146 Mcginnis Ferry Rd., Suwanee Contact: Robin Grier (770) 887-2772

Women Who Mean Business Meeting: First Tuesday, Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Location: Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce Event’s Facility 513 W. Maple Street Contact: (770) 887-6461 Information: Free for members; $30 for non-members. Register online at www.

Charitable Organizations

Georgia Highlands Medical Services Contact: (770) 887-1668 Information: This is a non-profit Community Health Center (CHC) serving the medical needs of North Georgia since 1979. Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund, Inc. Contact: (770) 886-5419 Website: Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter Location: 4440 Keith Bridge Road Contact: (770) 887-6480 Information: Non-profit, no-kill shelter for cats and dogs. Website: There’s Hope for the Hungry Contact: (678) 513-9400 Information: Non-profit organization partnering with churches across North Georgia to feed those in need. Website: Whispering Hope Resource & Pregnancy Center Location: 133 Samaritan Drive, Suite 306 Information: Non-profit organization dedicated to informing, educating, and providing an outstretched hand to women who face an untimely pregnancy. Contact: (770) 889-8302, Website:

Civic Organizations

Ducktown Chapter #460 — Order of the Eastern Star Meeting: 2nd & 4th Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Location: 4655 Canton Hwy. Contact: (770) 887-8147 Rotary Club of South Forsyth Meeting: Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. Location: 6300 Polo Club Drive Website:

Political Organizations

Democratic Women of Forsyth County Meeting: Second Thursday Location: Different restaurants in Cumming Contact: Mary Chatfield, (770) 887-1106 Facebook page: DWFC GA Information: Democratic women meet monthly and the meetings alternate between lunch and dinner meetings with programs.

Forsyth County Democratic Party Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: CooCoo’s Nest restaurant, corner of Freedom Parkway & Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming Contact: Ricia Maxie at or Mary Chatfield at (770) 887-1106

Recreation & Hobbies

Cuong Nhu Martial Arts Club Contact: (404) 423-3524 Meeting: Every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. Location: Central Park Website: Cuong-Nhu-Martial-Arts-Club/ Information: No fees, open to 16 years + North Georgia Chess Center Location: 2450 Atlanta Hwy. Suite 1401 Contact: Joseph or Cathy Couvillion 770-844-9204,, Information: Call for hours. Membership $15 per month or $150 annually. Lessons are also available. Piecemakers Quilt Guild Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of each month; 4th Tuesday is “sewcialbee” (community quilts, classes or just getting together) Location: Christ the King Lutheran Church 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road, Cumming Website:

Support Organizations

AA Cumming Meeting: Meets four times daily Location: Ingles Shopping Center at 432 Canton Highway (Hwy 20) Second suite on far left. 24-hour information line: (770) 886-0696 Information: Group of Alcoholics Anonymous located in Forsyth County Website: Forsyth County Newcomers and Women’s Club Meeting: Third Thursday of each month Location: Windermere Golf Club Contact: Imy Rach, Information: A luncheon with program, many interest group activities every week (ladies, mens, couples and singles). Open to all women currently living in the county. Website: Holistic Moms Network - Forsyth County Monthly meetings with informational speakers, yoga group, play groups Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Location: Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee House 5095 Post Road, Cumming Contact: Ann Linke at Website:

The Country Preacher

clubs, cont’d

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Labrador Friends of the South, Inc. Location: PO Box 933, Cumming Contact: Website: Moms Club of Cumming — North Monthly meetings with informational speakers, park play days, holiday parties, fieldtrips, playgroups and a monthly MOMS Night Out. Contact: Website: Moms Club of Cumming — Southwest Meeting: Last Tuesday of each month Contact: NAMI Forsyth Dawson Lumpkin Meeting: Thursdays, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Location: Forsyth County Family Center 133 Samaritian Dr., Cumming, GA Information: Two support groups (family & peer) meet every Thurs. except the last when there is a speaker. Contact: Website: SMART Recovery Meeting: Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Professional Recovery Counseling, LLC. 107 W. Court house Square, Suite 274 Website:

righteousness of God in Him” (II Corinthians 5:21). The authority of Jesus Christ over God’s laws of creation was seen in His earthly works. Nothing shows us His divinity like the Easter message of His death and resurrection. Who but God would offer His innocent holy life, for those who refused to believe His words. To be rejected by those to whom He offered forgiveness, knowing they were both enemies and ungodly, is love only God could give. (Romans 5:6-10; I John 4:10) The ministry of the Holy Spirit from Acts to Revelation is to invite mankind to put their faith in Jesus Christ. “The Spirit and the bride say, Come . . . let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will let him take the water of life freely”. Revelation 22:17

How to maintain a Youthful Smile [ Continued from page 26]

cheeks and face height. 7. Prevent wear and tear to your smile Teeth chip and fracture from daily usage over the years. Try to keep this to a minimum by investing in a custom made mouth guard from your dentist. Also, do not chew ice or use your teeth as tools for opening bags, cutting string or fishing line, etc. which can damage tooth enamel creating a jagged uneven smile. Keeping your smile at its best can help you maintain a more youthful appearance. Call your dentist today to find out your options to rejuvenate your smile and to keep it maintained.


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Reference Community Information Numbers & Websites Emergency — 911 • AroundAbout — Cumming • (770) 615-3334 Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines: Battered Women Hotline Poison Control Center — Atlanta Outside Metro Atlanta Rite-Call (Child Medical Problems) Sexual Assault & Family Violence Center Medical Northside Hospital — Forsyth 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive Neighborhood Healthcare Center 2825 Keith Bridge Road Health Department 428 Canton Highway Fire and Law Enforcement City of Cumming Police Department 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard Forsyth County Fire Department 3520 Settingdown Road Georgia State Patrol Libraries Forsyth County Public Library 585 Dahlonega Road Hampton Park Library 5345 Settingdown Road Sharon Forks Branch 2810 Old Atlanta Road Parks and Recreation Main Number: 410 Pilgrim Mill Road


(770) 479-1703 (404) 616-9000 (800) 222-1222 (404) 250-KIDS (770) 428-2666

(770) 844-3200 (770) 844-7494 (770) 886-7135 (770) 781-6906

(770) 781-2000 (770) 781-2180 (770) 205-5400

(770) 781-9840 (770) 781-9840 (770) 781-9840

(770) 781-2030

Athletic Division Central Park Recreation Center 2300 Keith Bridge Road Windermere Park 3355 Windermere Parkway

770) 781-2215 (678) 455-8540

Fairgrounds 235 Castleberry Road Golf Clubs Chestatee Golf Club 777 Dogwood Way, Dawsonville Country Land Golf Course 6560 Mayfield Drive Polo Golf & Country Club 6300 Polo Club Drive Windermere Golf Club 5000 Davis Love Drive

(770) 781-3491

Forsyth County Marinas Habersham Marina 2200 Habersham Marina Road Port Royale Marina 9200 LanMar Road, Gainesville

(770) 887-5432 (770) 887-5715

YMCA 6050 Y Street

(770) 888-2788

POST OFICE 525 Tribble Gap Road

(770) 886-2388

Schools Forsyth County Board of Education

See page 36 for complete listing (770) 887-2461

UTILITIES City of Cumming (770) 781-2020 Water & Sewer Forsyth County Water & Sewer (770) 781-2160 110 East Main Street Solid Waste Advanced Disposal/Eagle Point Landfill (770) 887-6063 8880 Old Federal Road, Ball Ground Olde Atlanta Recycling LLC (770) 205-6912 2535 Ivy Street East Waste Management, Inc. (770) 751-1304 774 McFarland Road, Alpharetta Recycling Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (770) 205-4573 Telephone AT&T Residential Business

(888) 757-6500 (866) 213-6300

(770) 205-4715 Georgia Power

888) 660-5890

Sawnee Electric Membership

(770) 887-2363

(706) 216-7336 (770) 887-0006 (770) 887-7656 (678) 513-1000


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Reference Elected & Appointed Officials United States Government: President Barack H. Obama (D) 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500 Website: e-mail:

(202) 456-1414 fax: (202) 456-2461

Commissioners: R.J. (Pete) Amos, District 1 (R) e-mail:

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) Atlanta Office: 100 Galleria Parkway Suite 1340 GA: Atlanta, GA 30339 Website: e-mail: use contact form on website

(202) 224-3521

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) Atlanta Office: One Overton Park, Suite 970 GA: 3625 Cumberland Boulevard Atlanta, GA 30339 Website:

(202) 224-3643

Rep. Tom Graves (R), District 9 Georgia Office: Wachovia Center GA: 500 Jesse Jewel Parkway, Suite 301, Gainesville, GA 30503 Website:

(202) 225-5211 (770) 535-2592

Rep. John Linder (R), District 7 1026 Longworth House Office Building, GA: Washington D.C. 20515 Website:

(202) 225-4272 (770) 232-3005

State Government: Governor Nathan Deal (R) Website: fax:

County Manager Doug Derrer

(770) 763-9090 fax: (202) 224-0103

(770) 661-0999

(770) 781.2101 fax : (770) 781.2199

(678) 513-5881

Brian R. Tam, District 2 (R) e-mail:

(678) 513-5882

Todd Levent, District 3 (R) e-mail:

(770) 781-2101

Patrick B. Bell, District 4 (R) e-mail:

(678) 513-5884

Jim Boff, District 5 (R) e-mail:

(678) 513-5885

Forsyth County School System Superintendent, Dr. L.C. (Buster) Evans 1120 Dahlonega Highway Cumming Website: Forsyth County Tax Commissioner Matthew C. Ledbetter 1092 Tribble Gap Road, Cumming, GA 30040 Website: Board of Education: Ann Crow, District 1 (R) e-mail:

(770) 887-2461

(770) 781-2110

(770) 490-6316

(404) 652-7003 (404) 652-7123

Kristin Morrissey, District 2 (R) e-mail:

(770) 781-5222

LT. Governor Casey Cagle Website:

(404) 656-5030

Tom Cleveland, District 3 (R) e-mail:

(770) 657-0810

Senator Jack Murphy (R), District 27 e-mail: fax:

(770) 887-1960 (770) 205-0602

Darla Light, District 4 e-mail:

(770) 887-0678

Senator Steve Gooch (R), District 51 e-mail:

(678) 341-6203 fax: (770) 844-5821

Nancy Roche, Chairperson, District 5 (R) e-mail:

(770) 889-0229

Rep. Mark Hamilton (R), District 23 e-mail:

(770) 844-6768

Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R), District 24 e-mail:

(770) 887-0400

City of Cumming Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt Cumming City Hall 100 Main Street, Cumming, GA 30040

Rep. Amos Amerson (R), District 9 e-mail:

(404) 657-8534

Forsyth County Government: Forsyth County Board of Commissioners 110 East Main Street, Suite 210, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 781-2101 fax: (770) 781-2199 46

(770) 781-2010

Cumming City Council Members: Quincy Holton, Lewis Ledbetter, Ralph Perry, John Pugh and Rupert Sexton City Administrator Gerald Blackburn

(770) 781-2101

City Clerk Jeff Honea


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