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We’re honored to serve you It’s an honor to be recognized as the nation’s leading hospital for maternity and newborn care. Look a little closer and you’ll discover that Northside performs more surgeries and diagnoses and treats more breast and gynecologic cancer than any other hospital in Georgia. While people choose Northside for our expertise, they also know us for our exceptional compassionate care. Visit us online at

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Boy Scouts in Forsyth County


Expanding Minds


Summer Camps

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Instilling values in your youth.

Montessori Academy at Vickery and Sharon Springs.

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7 News from

Senator Murphy

2001 General Assembly has gone home.

14 We’re all Scared



21 Unheard of Savings

39 Till Something Grows

Available Now

Find out what they are.

29 Cut Your Cancer Risk

One Bite at a Time.

When Giving Up is not and Option.

41 The Country Preacher

Just Say Hi!

18 Restaurant Guide

Highlights and coupons.

22 Livin’ La Vida Local .

More than a Trendy Marketplace

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Forsyth County News




Community Calendar


Humane Society Pets


School Information

32 Prom Photos Celebration 2011.


Houses of Worship

33 Time Management


Clubs & Organizations


Community Numbers


Elected Officials

Kids Need it too!

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A Few Celebrations…

May is filled with grand celebrations – Mother’s Day, graduations, proms, Nurses Week, Memorial Day, Police Week, Emergency Medical Services Week, and a host of others. Hamburgers and salads are also celebrated this month. And because of the April showers, we’ve got colorful May flowers! This year has brought some challenging changes, along with unexpected and sometimes devastating situations that have likely made some days seem a little less sunny than others. Through it all, though, the perseverance of our leaders, family, friends, and our faith, keep us steadfast in our commitment to live life to its fullest while helping those we can. The devastation caused by recent storms and tornadoes that touched the lives of our neighbors in nearby states and right here at home, the ongoing battles our service men and women continue to fight to preserve our way of life and freedoms we are accustomed to, and the struggles to survive our own difficulties are, at times, reminders that life does have its challenges. But together, we believe we can and will survive.

Thanks to all who have helped those going through less than pleasant circumstances, and to the business community for doing what they can to afford us the ability to still enjoy going out for a nice meal, purchase a new shirt or outfit, enjoy a game or two at the bowling alley, or pick up the perfect gift for someone special. Building stronger communities takes all of us - let’s do it, together. As for the class of 2011, moms, nurses, medical personnel, our departed men and women of the military and all who celebrate a special day or week in May, congratulations…and thanks! Be happy!

The AroundAbout Cumming Team

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

The General Assembly has gone home; you are safe for another year! The General Assembly adjourned April 14, 2011 at 11:40 p.m., wrapping up another year of law making. I have served in the House and Senate for nine years, and this session without a doubt was the weirdest. I can’t put my finger on why I say that, but it was. Out of 49 bills that passed in the Senate this session, there are only four pieces of legislation that I consider to be the most important. The BUDGET BILL, HB 78 is the only legislation we are required to pass, which we did. I am pleased to say, due to the efforts of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Senator Gooch, and I, we were able to put $3 million in the budget for the North Georgia College campus in Forsyth County. The House agreed to the change by the Senate. EDUCATION: HB 326 overhauled the HOPE Scholarship fund to keep it from going broke, and it was signed by the Governor. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: SB 40 and HB 87 were combined and it was amended by the Senate in the final hours of session, to pass both the Senate and the House. This important and difficult legislation urges that public and private employers verify their employees, to make sure they are here legally. I regret that the State has to do the job that the Federal Government should be doing, but we our taxpayers and citizens are frustrated and wanted to see action on this important issue. The Governor has said he will sign the bill. SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES: SB 10, as reported in my last article, this legislation passed by both the Senate and the House. It now goes to the Governor for his signature. This legislation allows the local governments to call a referendum to let the voters decide on the sale of alcohol in supermarkets and convenience stores on Sunday. These were the bills that I consider the most important this session. There were many others that passed that will affect our state, but not as dramatically. Here’s hoping that you and your families have a great and successful summer. May God Bless You and Your Family and our great State of Georgia. Senator Jack Murphy (R-GA 27th District) may be reached at 404-6567127 or

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News Around Cumming A great time was had by all – runners, walkers and onlookers. Boulder Dash 2011, hosted by The Healthcare Association of Forsyth County (HCA), a business unit of the Cumming Forsyth Chamber of Commerce. The association is a collective voice for current healthcare issues affecting Forsyth County and provides a conduit for information and resource to ensure the highest quality of healthcare to meet the needs of those living and working in our community.

Boulder Dash 2011 a Blast!

Thanks to all the event sponsors, Lafarge North America, Northside Hospital Forsyth, and all other businesses that made this a great event. Mark your calendars for Boulder Dash 2012-April 28th, 2012.

Forsyth County Employees Recognized for 25 Years of Service

NGA heads to the new Cumming Aquatic Center North Georgia Aquatics, the Cumming-based US Swim Team has been selected to train at the new Cumming Aquatic Center. NGA is coached by Mike Morrell, a Cumming resident and is made up of Cumming, Alpharetta and Milton swimmers from age 5 - 18. Practices for the fall season will begin in September. Visit the team website for more information: 8

At their April 21 meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recognized two employees for their years of service with Forsyth County government. Service awards were presented to Alisa Garner of the Engineering Department and Tommy Bruce of the Parks and Recreation Department. Both Garner and Bruce reached 25 years of service with the county in the first quarter of 2011.


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Stars & Strikes Family Day helps Charitable Organizations Families were treated to a fun day of games, food, exhibits, and treats while helping Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Relay for Life raise awareness and funds for their programs. “With the help of area businesses and community advocates, we were able to host at great event for kids of all ages to enjoy,” stated Cheryl Campbell, Stars & Strikes events sales manager. Exhibits included the Forsyth County Fire Department and the Forsyth County Humane Society. Special thanks to all who participated in the event and donated their time and resources to make this event possible. REMAX 400 North Makes a Move Marie Dinsmore, Realtor and owner of RE/MAX 400 North is pleased to announce their new location and name. RE/MAX 400 North is now RE/MAX All Properties, with their office located at 566 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 120, Cumming, Georgia 30041. Dinsmore can be reached at 678-455-3048 or 770-712-7789. A Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Dinsmore is excited about the new company’s home. For more information visit or email Dinsmore at

Belk Kid Fest

LAN Systems Announces Move LAN Systems, an IT management and support business, is pleased to announce their relocation to their new offices in Norcross. A Microsoft Gold Certified partner, LAN Systems’ offices are now located at 6015-D Atlanta Blvd. in Norcross. “We help our clients protect their businesses from computer malware, provide support services, data back-up plans, and system and network design and installation,” explained owner Mary Hester. Joining Hester are Terry Hart, Liz Hansen, and Lauren Maxwell. LAN Systems may be reached at 770-6620312 or

Spring fashions modeled by happy young models graced the stage of Belk’s recent Kids Fest highlighting the best fashions of the season. Yellows, blues, greens, pinks and a whole lot of proud parents, grandparents and friends took part in this colorful and fun event. “My granddaughter had a great time and enjoyed meeting other wonderful little girls,” proud grandma Liz Newell commented of her granddaughter’s modeling at the event. MAY 2011




News Around Cumming Continued

Local Artist Celebrates Anniversary of Collection Janet Claytor, creator of the Pearls Rock collection, is celebrating the oneyear anniversary of her exclusive line of jewelry. Claytor’s creativity and ability to spot just the right pieces for her jewelry design has made Pearls Rock a sought-after item. The collection is fun and colorful, with names that highlight its scheme and playfulness. The Pearls Rock collection is available exclusively at Lance’s Jewelry in Cumming. New Children’s Book Teaches That Pets Get Lonely Too

Merry Maids join “Great American Clean-up” A dozen Merry Maids volunteers joined forces with nearly 200 Keep Forsyth Beautiful community volunteers, scout troops, school clubs and others as part of Cumming’s “Great American Cleanup” community spring cleaning event Saturday. Local Keep Forsyth Beautiful member organizations and local citizens work together each year on the Great American Cleanup, cleaning local roads, streams and public areas of thousands of pounds of debris and trash. After a kick-off rally in the Cumming Fairgrounds “Big Red Barn”, the volunteers dispersed throughout the county, returning to the Big Red Barn for an after-cleanup lunch and recognition for a job well done. Merry Maids was a major event sponsor for the GAC as part of the company’s “Random Acts of Cleanness” community service program supporting local franchise efforts to improve and serve the communities in which they operate. 10

Pet owners are typically well-informed when it comes to the physical needs of being a “pet parent,” yet whether or not your pet will become lonely is not one of them. In her newly released children’s book, The Lonely Parrot, children’s author and “pet Momma,” Lisa Kelley tells the true-life story of JoJo, a parrot who did indeed become very lonely. In this book that is targeted to children from five to nine years of age, Kelley takes us through the changes that JoJo goes through as he deals with his loneliness and missing his best friend. He goes from being a happy parrot to a rather naughty one in his desperation for attention. The book is available through,,, and other booksellers.


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Forsyth County Government News 110 E. Main Street, Suite 210 • TV Forsyth — Comcast Channel 23 • Emergency Preparedness The Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) stresses the importance of being prepared for all types of emergency situations. One area of particular note is severe weather. “Our region typically experiences a great deal of severe weather March through October,” EMA Director and Fire Chief Danny Bowman said. “We encourage all residents to develop a family disaster plan and assemble a disaster supply kit to better prepare themselves for severe weather or other emergency situations they may encounter.” Residents may learn more about different types of disasters and how to prepare for them by picking up a copy of the “Do you know what to do When Disaster Strikes?” brochure. These brochures are available at the Public Safety Complex at 3520 Settingdown Road and the County Administration Building at 110 East Main Street. To receive further information, call the EMA office at 770.205.5674.

To view a complete list of recommended items to include in a disaster supply kit, visit the Emergency Management Agency department page at Adventure Awaits at Sawnee Mountain Preserve Those looking to explore, learn and start an adventure need look no further than Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Forsyth County. Sawnee Mountain Preserve provides visitors with 963 acres of scenic passive space, hiking trails and an interactive Visitor Center. Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department’s Outdoor Division offers programs and activities at the Preserve for the entire family. From tree climbing and family hikes to gardening and birding, there is something for everyone. The Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center is located at 4075 Spot Road in Cumming. To receive additional information, call the Outdoor Division at 770.781.2217.

Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit: • weather radio • flashlight and extra batteries • three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) • three-day supply of non-perishable food • local maps • first aid kit • prescription medicines • wrench or pliers to turn off utilities • cleansing agent • dust mask 12

Forsyth County Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting For the tenth consecutive year, Forsyth County has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) that was issued for Fiscal Year 2009. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. Forsyth County has received this award each year since 2000. An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement was also awarded to Interim Assistant Finance Director Jamie Payne, as the individual primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning 2009 CAFR. “The entire Finance Department is to be commended for receiving this recognition,” said Director of Finance/Controller David Gruen, who joined Forsyth County in November 2010. “This award is a reflection of Forsyth County government’s commitment to transparency as well as the professional work of our entire Finance Department.”


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David and Gail Hill May 1

Kessler Jordan Age 5 on May 31 Son of Chris and Sherry Jordan

Emory Rainwater May 11, Age 10 Son of Chris and Renee Rainwater Brother of Cannon and Ella

Denny Wilson May 28, Age 51 Husband of Julie Father of Jake and Jenna

Vivian Heard May 26 Wife of Chris Mother of Ansley and Mitch Collin Strall Age 16

Ashley Boeckel 18 on May 29th Graduates Lambert High June 1st

Chris Heard May 15, Age 52 Husband of Vivian Father of Ansley and Mitch Lynn Jackson May 11

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Boy Scouts in Forsyth County [ by Ruth Goode ] The mission of the Boy Scouts Council of Northeast Georgia is to instill values in our youth that will help enable them to make ethical choices over their lifetime, to teach citizenship and leadership, and to promote mental and physical fitness. There are 3,127 young people enrolled in scouting programs in Forsyth County and this number continues to grow year after year. There are also 749 volunteer adult leaders providing guidance to the youth. Programs are available to all youth regardless of their ability to pay. Special outreach efforts are made to low-income, rural and Hispanic youth. Who knew girls were participating in Boy Scouts? There are two co-ed programs; Exploring/Learning for Life and the Venturing program which serves boys and girls aged 14-20 years old. There are 144 young people participating in these programs.

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What does Scouting do for youth? A study conducted by Harris Interactive shows that Scouting programs build boys mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually. They learn valuable skills that stay with them for life. Consider these statistics of men who participated in Scouting 5 or more years as a boy. They are more likely than those with no Scouting experience to: • Graduate from high school (91% vs. 87%) Graduate from college (35% vs. 19%) Value family relationships highly (81% vs. 72%) Have lifelong friendships (89% vs. 74%) Believe helping others should come before one’s own self interest (92% vs. 83%)

Scouts have increased their civic involvement in Forsyth County. In 2010, there were 8,091 hours of service projects completed. A requirement of these projects is that they must be done for the benefit of the general community. Many of these projects were conducted at schools, churches, and public parks. The projects were planned and led by youth members with guidance from the adult volunteers. In 2010, a record of 3,464 advancements and merit badges were earned. The achievement rate of our scouts is consistently higher than the National BSA standards. The retention rate for Forsyth County is also among the highest of any county in the Northeast Georgia Council. This can all be attributed to the quality of the program and the adult volunteers who keep these young folks active and engaged. United Way volunteers met Boy Scout Nick Davis this year. Nick is a senior at Forsyth Central High School. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2010. At age 12, Nick earned his 1st merit badge. It was the “Radio Merit Badge”. At age 18, Nick earned his #129 badge. It was the “Inventing Merit Badge”. What was special about Nick’s earning the #129? It was the last badge to earn. This is a feat rarely accomplished in Scouting. Yes, there were no bare spots on Nick’s vest! Nick credits scouting with helping him learn many new skills and growing in knowledge in many areas. He was most excited about earning the SCUBA Merit Badge as he got to dive 90 feet under water. Congratulations! United Way proudly supports scouting as a strength-based program which creates measurable results in the lives of our youth! 14

We’re All Scared; Just Say


[ by Christine Roberts ] I went to a conference where I didn’t know anyone. Even though I consider myself outgoing and pretty self assured, there still were butterflies in my stomach. The thought of walking in and having to meet new people and make conversation was terrifying. As I stood and looked around I noticed others standing around alone as well probably with the same apprehension that I felt. As I contemplated what to do, the stress was building. Finally I sucked it up and mustered up the courage to walk over to a lady standing by herself and said “Hi, my name is Christine, what’s your name?” and with that, the tension subsided and I made a friend. Have you ever felt that same fear? Maybe it’s going to a neighborhood party, a networking function for work, attending a new church, a PTA meeting, going to the local pool, or a bunko gathering; whatever it may be where there are people you don’t know. How do you handle those situations? It can definitely be nerve racking and scary but guess what, everyone is scared. If we realize that and focus on helping the other people not feel scared by just introducing ourselves its amazing how easy it is to meet people. The other awkward thing that can happen is we see someone we don’t know well but have met and don’t remember their name so instead of “fessing” up to that, we totally ignore or avoid them. Rather than doing that, how about we just say something like, “I know we have met before, please remind me of your name, my name is….” Let’s face it– they probably forgot our name too so by coming clean it takes the pressure off all of us. This is not only a great lesson for us adults but also a lesson for our children. Just knowing that we’re all nervous and scared when in situations where we don’t know anyone and all we need to do is say “Hi, what’s your name, my name is…” not only will we learn how to relax and embrace the experience but we’ll also make a lot of friends. How great would that be, if everyone just introduced themselves; if we all took that initiative then there wouldn’t be any reason to be scared. I say we try it! Christine Roberts is a volunteer at Jesse’s House, (, a nonprofit organization that provides a safe haven and long-term 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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Community Calendar

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN WORKSHOP Date: May 23 Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Location: Forsyth County Administration Building 110 E. Main Street, Suite 220 Information: This meeting will focus on policies that seek to guide and direct implementation of the community vision as well as address community identified issues and opportunities. Forsyth County’s Comprehensive Plan serves as a policy guide as decisions are made in relation to growth and land use change. The plan addresses critical issues and opportunities through the incorporation of a shared vision for the community’s future. The Georgia Planning Act of 1989 requires a local government’s comprehensive plan be updated at least once every 10 years. The county is currently underway with the update process in order to meet the staterequired adoption deadline of October 31, 2012. To receive additional information and learn about further options for public input, access or call 678.513.5866.

VISIT SAFETY TOWN THIS SUMMER Dates: Session 1: June 7-16; 9-11:30 a.m. Session 2: June 7-16; 1-3:30 p.m. Session 3: June 21-June 30; 9-11:30 a.m. Session 4: June 21-June 30; 1-3:30 p.m. Session 5: July 12-21; 9-11:30 a.m. Session 6: July 12-21; 1-3:30 p.m. Location: Daves Creek Elementary 3740 Melody Mizer Lane, Cumming Information: Young children will have the opportunity this summer to learn important safety tips. The Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department will host Safety Town camps in June and July to instruct children ages 4.5 to 6.5 about different aspects of safety. Safety Town is a sevenday program designed to teach children about safety awareness and preventive safety measures. Topics covered will include fire safety, playground safety, poison safety, stranger danger, bus safety and more. Children will also learn traffic safety while driving kid carts through a child-size “Safety Town Village.” Each session costs $85. To receive more Safety Town information or to volunteer, call 770.781.2215 or visit the Parks and Recreation Department Page on the Forsyth County Web site at 16


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Northside Hospital-Forsyth Stroke Screening Date: May 21 Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m. The comprehensive screenings will be administered by health care professionals and will include a risk assessment, blood pressure reading, total cholesterol (HDL, ratio of TC/HDL), glucose, a limited number of carotid ultrasounds and a one-on-one consultation with a healthcare professional. Sleep apnea screenings and smoking cessation counseling also will be offered. Northside Hospital-Forsyth, Bennett Education Center 1400 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming. Free. Contact: 404-845-5555, press “0”

Kingdom Kids 5K-Strawberry Stroll When: Saturday, May 28 Rock-Tenn has partnered with Kingdom Kids to produce the Strawberry Stroll. Proceeds from this race will be used to continue Kingdom Kids’ efforts in our local communities and allow us to continue to grant wishes, provide equipment, and assist with programming efforts. More specifically, a portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Joshua Metz. Joshua has an inoperable brain tumor and has endured 132 doses of chemo. It is Kingdom Kids’ hope to afford the Metz family and Joshua much deserved family time and smiles. Visit id=1952591 for details and to sign-up.

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Best BBQ and Slaw

Best Breads and Baked Treats

> Jim ‘n Nicks 3130 Ronald Reagan Parkway Cumming

> Atlanta Bread Company 908 Buford Road, Cumming

> Smokejack Southern Grill 5063 Post Road, Cumming > Dreamland Bar-B-Que 5250 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross

> Dutch Monkey Doughnuts 3075 Ronald Reagan Boulevard #502, Cumming > Simply Southard 655 Atlanta Rd # 601, Cumming

Best Sports Bar > Taco Mac 2275 Market Place Boulevard, Cumming > Stars & Strikes 133 Merchants Square, Cumming > Black Diamond Grill 1485 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming


Good Measure Meals

Fresh and healthy, gourmet meals in your own home – and you don’t have to cook! Good Measure Meals menus are designed with precise adherence to the dietary guidelines of The American Diabetes Association, The American Dietetic Association and The American Heart Association. Chefs and staff culinary dietitian work together to bring you a creative and satisfying five week menu that is updated twice a year to include seasonal foods. Good Measure Meals™ operates as a social enterprise business unit of Atlanta nonprofit Open Hand. “100% of our proceeds go directly back to support Open Hand’s services to the community: an invaluable service which has helped thousands of people improve their quality of life through better nutrition,” explains Judy Butin, Sales and Media Manager for Good Measure Meals. Open Hand services 22 counties throughout Georgia. Visit for more info. Curious about Good Measure Meals? Contact their customer service representatives Monday through Friday from 9am until 4pm at 404-8157695 or 866-954-4466. In Cumming, pick-ups are available at 1485 Peachtree Parkway. Home delivery is also available.



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Community Unheard Of Savings Available Now! [ by Dan Jape ] This is an exciting time to be in the market for a new HVAC system in the greater Atlanta area due to the many programs and specials available to help with the cost of replacing an old inefficient system. The tax credit program is still available for homeowners, allowing a $500 bottom line credit off your income taxes. It is called the 25C program and it is available to most taxpayers without any income limits. You simply have to purchase a high efficiency furnace and air conditioner or heat pump to earn this lucrative credit. There is money available from all the major EMC electric companies to finance a new heating and cooling systems, offering a 36-month, no interest loan making payments very affordable on a new comfort system, saving the homeowner hundreds of dollars in energy bills every year. For the homeowner who needs a long-term payment option, low interest loans are available.

or Sugar Hill, do not participate in the gas promotions, but the vast majority of Atlanta homeowners can take advantage of these specials. Wonder if you qualify — call our office and we can help you. If you replace a furnace and an air conditioner and use an 80% efficient furnace, you can earn a $200 cash rebate and if you purchase a 90% furnace and an a/c unit, you can earn a $400 cash back rebate. If you currently have a heat pump or a dual fuel system with a gas furnace or a heat pump, you can earn a $1,000 cash rebate; if you replace the gas furnace and air conditioner or if you just

The Atlanta Gas Light company has a number of specials that are available to most Atlanta area homeowners who have gas heaters. There are a number of different gas marketers, but they all buy their gas from Atlanta Gas Light Company. A few cities who have their own gas companies, like Austell

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[ Continued on page 43 ] Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating and Air. He may be reached at (770) 594-9096.




La Vida Local Local Artisans find a Prime Outlet— Customers find a Treasure Trove [ by Shelly Kent ] On the flip side of trendy, thrifty, treasurehunting or therapeutic shoppers are a number of avant-garde trendy, thrifty, treasure-hunting or therapeutic sellers. When people have a passion for something—a flair for design, an eye for a bargain, the ability to repurpose an object or polish a diamond in the rough, even the talent to craft stunning art while reaping the creative ritual’s therapeutic benefits—they may desire to turn their hobbies or obsessions into a business. But hold on a minute! Who can afford to put all their eggs in one basket in this economy? That’s what we love about Market 334 in downtown Cumming. Artisans, designers, professional shoppers, bakers, and even candlestick makers can find an ideal spot in the indoor market to display their finest wares on an ongoing basis, or select a 10’ x 10’ space in the open air market three days a week for a nominal fee. We love this idea because it’s the perfect spot for people to get their feet wet and launch their business without having to quit their day job. Sellers set up a selected area with their products and price the items for sale, and Market 334 does the rest! There’s a stunning visual surprise at every turn, from Carol Webb or Jennie Viers’ glass, Sam Brasher’s wood puzzles and bowls, and Nancy Horton’s pottery, to dozens of unique home goods, jewelry, accessory, art d’object, photography, foods, coffee, and even Chateau Le Pup doggie treats that make this place a true gem. Besides affordably showcasing local talent and small business owners, Market 334 draws a very savvy vendor list. The finds are unique and beautiful, and the prices are completely reasonable. Too reasonable in fact, as I found myself in the front corner of the store trying on wrist bangles and gorgeous oversized rings for only $10 bucks a pop, making it way too tempting to pick up one for each mood, for each outfit, maybe for a gift for a girlfriend...oops! Like I said, way too tempting. Owner Kim Maley is bubbling over with ideas on how to really make Market 334 a centerpiece in Cumming. Look for Ladies’ Night Out, art and painting classes, and featured bands for live music. The open air market began on May 7 and runs each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, offering a farmers’ market and an eclectic mix of furniture, accessories, crafts, art, food, jewelry, and whatever gems the next up-and-coming entrepreneur literally brings to the table. If you’ve ever dreamed of starting a retail business venture, this venue is definitely worth checking out to test the waters and gain exposure. Do yourself a favor and stop by this weekend regardless of which side of the register you’ll be on. Together, we can keep our dollars in Cumming and lift up our community.

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[ by Matt Coutu ]

Cole Startt, an energetic 5-year old resident of Cumming, suffers from Eosinophilic Gastro Intestinal Disease (EGID), a chronic, inflammatory disease characterized by having abovenormal amounts of eosinophils- a type of white blood cell- in one or more specific places in the digestive system. While there is no known cure for EGID, it can be Cole Startt treated with diet and medication. Common symptoms vary by the person depending on which area of the digestive tract is affected. Patients with EGID will show symptoms such as chest and abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and difficulty gaining weight. In addition to these side effects, patients are usually allergic to one or more of the following: egg, wheat, nut, soy, dairy, fish and shellfish. Those afflicted with this condition are on a diet where they only eat specific foods that meet their criteria. Others will go on an elemental diet that consists of eating only formulas in a special juice box or in powder form that is consumed through a tube in the abdomen that leads straight to the stomach. There are six other children with EGID here in Cumming. Cole’s mother, Dani Startt is the Group Coordinator for the Atlanta/North Georgia Eosinophilic Disorders Support Group ( Joining Ms. Startt are forty other families. “We are hard at work searching for noninvasive ways to test the disease instead of frequent biopsies. Cole had to endure a painful procedure three times before a clear diagnosis was made,” explained Ms. Startt.

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Two years ago, GAEOS held an awareness event asking people to give up egg, wheat, nuts, soy, dairy, fish and shellfish. Seventy-two people participated. Last year they held another awareness event and had over 700 entries. They are doing it again this year on Friday, May 20th and are hoping to get over 1000 entries. So far they have 915. If you are able to join the Eat like Us for a Day Challenge, visit their website and sign up.


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


When entering the doors of the Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs the feeling of walking into a home is coupled with the embrace of education. “Our students and their parents are part of our Montessori family,” asserted Katherine Lindaman, Head of School. This same feeling of home will be sensed at the new Montessori Academy at Vickery, scheduled to open in June. The Montessori education system has been successfully implemented worldwide for over 100 years. Since 2004, the Montessori Academy has guided children ages 18 months to 15 years of age. The Montessori Academy students have enjoyed this systematic method of education based upon careful research. A Montessori classroom is an environment filled with appropriate physical concrete materials connect materials that invite learning through exploration and interaction. “Montessori values children’s independence, and defined what many today refer to as child-centered education and active learning,” Lindaman explained. “We believe in following the child and guiding parents who are a part of our community.” Our staff works towards one common goal “what is best for the child.” Joining the team of teachers at the Montessori Academy, all of whom are Montessori certified with various degrees in teaching and education,

are parent volunteers. “I’ve been volunteering at the school since my son Ryan, 13 became a student,” said Mimi Turner, through her time volunteering she came to realize the positive impact the Montessori method made in the lives of the students. “I noticed how children enjoyed learning and how the approach positively affected their social and emotional development, so I have decided to become a Montessori certified middle school teacher.” Tara McClelland, an assistant teacher in a Lower Elementary Classroom, has seen the positive change in her son, Colin, since he began his schooling at the Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs three years ago. “After several difficult months in another school, I got my son back,” she explained with pride and joy. “He is excited about school and learning.” McClelland recalled how, upon moving to Cumming from Colorado, her son became withdrawn and uninterested in school. The family decided to place Colin back in the Montessori system of education he had started in Colorado. “It is exactly what my son needed. He was not bored with school work anymore and was proud to share with my husband and I what he was learning each day,” added McClelland. “Once I realized he was growing both-personally and academically-I decided the Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs is where I needed to be.” Nancy Fish, School Principal added, “In the child-centered environment of the Montessori classroom, with appropriate care and guidance of staff, the child’s self-confidence, independence and joy of learning is fostered.”



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What is Montessori?

Developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the late 1800’s the now internationally renowned doctor and educator created a method of education based on her scientific observations of how children developed naturally. Dr. Montessori knew in order to best educate each individual child one must use careful observation as well as a knowledge and research of child development. A teacher must not only be a guide, as teachers are referred to in the Montessori classroom, but also an observant scientist. Dr. Montessori recognized that each child, in a carefully prepared environment possessed an endless ability to absorb as much knowledge as they are exposed to. This led her to proclaim that all children regardless

of socio-economic status were capable of • Intense concentration • Keen observation • A love of order and repetition • A need to work • Freedom within limits • Meaningful reflection The classroom guide has the responsibility of preparing the materials and environment which will best aid the individual child’s development. Furthermore the guide is charged with keen observation which allows him/her to respond to the child when assistance is needed. Teacher training includes methods in how to develop the child’s independence, sense of responsibility, selfdiscipline, and cooperation.

At the Montessori Academy we strive to develop the whole child. Dr. Montessori said “If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total development lags behind? “(1949). All of our students are more than capable of learning facts and figures but it is developing those relationships between each other and the world which allows the individual to develop into a human beings who uses their gifts of intelligence as well as compassion in relating to their environment. Dr. Montessori believed her methods not only prepared the child for a successful education but also for a successful life. This is Montessori!

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” Dr. Maria Montessori and will receive accreditation after a team review. “We are excited to offer the same unsurpassed quality to the families near Vickery.” Dedicated teachers, parents, volunteers, enthusiastic students and a curriculum second-to-none are at the forefront of this successful school where education thrives and students learn. The foundation of the community is consistent, positive, caring relationships between the adults and children, among children, among teachers, and between teachers and families. Instead of having a teacher in a traditional sense the learning comes through working with the materials, peer teaching, and guidance as led by the Montessori teacher. Providing a child an opportunity to learn in a Montessori environment is a rich and rewarding experience for the child allowing the child to reach their fullest potential. “I’ve seen Matthew grow into a more secure, self-driven, organized, responsible person. He is no longer obsessed with how he fits in to a crowd of other teens, but, has grown more comfortable being himself. He is more sociable, positive,

The Montessori Academy student population has grown from five to over 250 students in less than six years. Due to the substantial growth a new campus is being constructed on Post Road. The Montessori at Vickery will serve students ages 18 months to nine years of age. Montessori at Vickery is scheduled to open in June, and they are now accepting applications.

loving and confident than I could have ever imagined he be prior to attending Montessori. Montessori has been a blessing for Matt and our family,” affirmed Debbie Coutu about her 14 year old son Matthew. “The teachers are patient, compassionate

Enrollment is currently underway for the Montessori Academy at Vickery. To schedule a tour, visit or call 770-310-2998.

and understanding of all the varied student personalities. The Montessori school is right on target in quickly assessing

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each student and bringing out the best in each student. It’s

Katherine Lindaman, Head of School Nancy Fish, Principal Tamara Norsworthy, Administrator Kristine Honey, Bookkeeper

such a common sense, and dignified approach to teaching. It provides a positive atmosphere that lends to well adjusted, confident adolescents more so than any other environment I’ve ever seen.”

Montessori Academy Accreditations


The Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs has received the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation and American Montessori Society (AMS) accreditation. During the Sharon Springs accreditation the AMS review team stated that the Montessori Academy teachers are exemplars of what excellent Montessori teachers do for children. “As the only fully accredited SACS and AMS Montessori school in North Georgia, it is a badge of honor to our school community,” explained Mrs. Lindaman. Montessori at Vickery is a candidate for full accreditation MAY 2011

Montessori Vickery – Opening June 2011 6285 Post Road, Cumming, Georgia 30040 770-310-2998 Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs 2830 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming, Georgia 30041 770-205-6277





What You Need to Know [ by Ahmad Meradji ] Take a look at the back cover or copyright page of your favorite book. You’ll see “ISBN” followed by a series of numbers. Ever wondered what it means? What is an ISBN? ISBN is an acronym for International Standard Book Number. It’s a unique number that identifies the title and the publisher that handles distribution (selling) for that title. The ISBN is owned by either the self-publishing author or the publisher/publishing services provider. ISBNs assist in the distribution of books. When a retailer looks up an ISBN registration they will see detailed information about the book, including the publisher, author, number of pages, etc. Does the book I’m writing need one? Your book should have an ISBN if: • You want book distributors or retailers/stores, such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon, to sell your book. You do not need an ISBN if: • You don’t plan to sell your book at all. • You are planning to sell the book on your own only, and not through distributors, stores, or online retailers. Should I get my own ISBN or use one belonging to my publishing services provider? Your choice should be based upon who will handle the book’s distribution. • If you want to work with retailers/distributors yourself and be listed as the publisher, you should register for your own ISBN. • If your publishing services provider will handle distribution of the book, their ISBN should be used and they will be listed as the publisher. An ISBN cannot be transferred from the publishing services provider to you, or vice-versa. A new ISBN should be obtained. Will I need more than one ISBN for my book? Different versions of your book may need a different ISBN. You will need a new ISBN if: • You make changes to the content after publication, other than correcting typos. • You release a second edition of your book. • You convert your book into an eBook, audio book, or other format, as they are considered different products. You can learn more about ISBNs by visiting or contacting a publishing services provider.

Ahmad Meradji is President and CEO of Booklogix Publishing Services in Alpharetta. He can be reached at 770-346-9979 or by email at



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Mirth Days

[ by Caroline Sherouse ]

There seems to be a trend here in the US for jokes about ‘Over the Hill’ and black balloons at certain 10 year celebrations for birthdays. I cannot seem to get used to the trend, nor condone it, join in, or express laughter at it. If truth be told, I think it is obnoxious! When we arrive in the year that will see one of our ten year birthdays, we all hate it. No-one wants to change that number we have sported for the past nine years and move it up one. So in my opinion it is a cruel joke to remind people they are nearer to death by giving them black balloons. Black is for mourning and we are mourning inside our hearts already without expressing to the world we hate our age. So, what to do? In the case of my daughter who recently celebrated her 40th, and who told everyone that she was not going to: I created a pink princess theme, complete with dozens of pale pink balloons, a pink fluffy tiara, princess balloons, pink tablecloths, pink and white cake with pink roses and some pink azaleas from my garden in sparkling glasses. Naturally I made her the best margaritas in the universe, got her best friends over and gave her lots of lovely attention and pressies. We ate, drank, laughed, took photos, and had a blast. Life begins at forty-it is true! So what better way to start it off, but with joy and laughter? I was inspired to celebrate 40th birthday parties at a tender age by Bridgett Bardot. I read in the daily newspaper that she had a fantastic 40th birthday party, and she looked fabulous. Right there and then I told my mother that when I got to 40 I would have a big party like her, look fabulous like her, and make everyone in the world have fun on their 40th. And I do. All my family and friends appreciate it so much, they start to love themselves more on their 40th birthday than they ever thought possible.



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Mortgage Myths and Facts - 2011 [ by Shelby Pennix ] Everyone knows the real estate and mortgage world is different than it was three years ago. What is the real story today? Rumors abound, but are rarely accurate. Some of the rumors we hear today have been accurate in the recent past, but no longer. So let’s clear up some of the most common myths right now. Myth 1: Mortgage Money is Not Available At the onset of the financial crises money was scarcely available to borrowers. We all heard that news, and it was fact. However, slowly over time, that fact has transitioned into myth. While the media has continued to report on the problems in our financial sector, the fact is that mortgage money is widely available today. So much so that most people are amazed at the variety of mortgage programs available today.

these programs are not available for every home, FHA insures mortgages up to $346,250. Houses in the northern portions of Forsyth are eligible for 100% financing insured by the USDA…even houses in subdivisions. VA also insures loans with nothing down. Myth 3: Jumbo Loans are History Jumbos are back! A Jumbo is a mortgage over $417,000. Some lenders are so eager to lend Jumbo money that they will allow combined LTVs (loan to value ratios) of 95%.

Myth 2: 20% Down Payment is a Must How does nothing down sound? How about 3.5% down? Yes, these programs are available for home purchases in Forsyth County. And while



[ Continued on page 43 ] Shelby Pennix is a Managing Partner and Mortgage Broker of Southern Capital Mortgage Group in Cumming, Georgia. You can read Shelby’s blog at

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“Each year, more

than 570,000 Americans die of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. One-third of those deaths correlate with diet and inactivity.

Cut Your Cancer Risk - One Bite At A Time [ by Carol Brazier, RD, CDE, Northside Hospital Diabetes and Nutrition Education Program ] Change the way you eat and you could reduce your risk of becoming a cancer statistic. Each year, more than 570,000 Americans die of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. One-third of those deaths correlate with diet and inactivity. Eating fruits, vegetables and fiber helps protect healthy cells from cancercausing free radicals and keeps weight in check. Fruits and veggies build up your immune system with cancer-fighting antioxidants. Fiber keeps food from lingering in the intestines, where it can latch onto cancercausing carcinogens, breaking down good cells.

6. Shred It – Carrots, apples, oranges and zucchini can be grated and used in casseroles, pancakes, muffins and bread. 7. Blend a Smoothie – Blend unsweetened fruit, especially berries, with low-fat milk or yogurt. A spoonful of nut butter provides extra protein. Stock up on fruit in season and freeze for later use. 8. Add Flavor – Tempt your taste buds with antioxidant-rich seasonings such as rosemary, garlic, sage and olive oil. Pair bell peppers with hummus, roasted vegetables with herbs and balsamic vinegar, fruit with yogurt. Power up your turkey sandwich by swapping avocado for mayo.

If visions of spinach mounds and celery stalks haunt you – we have eight ways to think outside the salad bowl. 1. Morning Makeover – Top off your oatmeal or cereal with berries or sliced bananas. Making scrambled eggs? Sauté mushrooms with cancer-busting garlic for a veggie scramble. Wash it down with 100 percent fruit juice. 2. Get Saucy – Creamy pasta sauces can be loaded with fat, but you can use veggies and olive oil instead. Throw in tomatoes (lycopene), spinach (magnesium) and carrots (beta-carotene). 3. Go Asian – Chock-full of veggies, stir fries spice up a weeknight meal. Use a small amount of canola oil with snow peas, scallions and reduced sodium soy sauce. Substitute brown rice for fried rice. 4. Meatless Monday – Replacing meat with plant-based sources of protein, such as lentils, peas and beans provides nutrients, without the fat. Nuts supply protein, too, but, with higher fat, be mindful of serving sizes. For die-hard meat lovers, stick with chicken and turkey or fish. Keep red meat to a minimum, as it can contain more carcinogens when cooked. 5. Mix it Up – Create a dried-fruit mixture with ingredients such as apricots, apples, cherries, figs and dates. Sprinkle cinnamon or ginger and add your favorite nuts for an afternoon pick-me-up. MAY 2011

Northside Hospital’s Cancer Care Program From nutrition and prevention to treatment and recovery, Northside provides extensive resources across the cancer continuum. Northside Hospital is among 14 new sites chosen by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to join a national network of community cancer centers (NCCCP) offering expanded research opportunities and state-of-the-art cancer care. Learn more about cancer prevention and care at





Brushing up

on dental products [ by Sherry Jordan, D.M.D. ] With so many dental products on the market, deciding which one to choose can be confusing. I am often asked for my thoughts on the products available. Below is a short list of the products that I believe work well. Toothbrushes —Make sure you buy a soft bristle toothbrush; medium or hard bristle toothbrushes can wear away tooth enamel or gums causing irreversible damage and sensitivity issues. Once enamel or gum tissue is gone it cannot grow back. Battery operated toothbrushes are a good concept, but begin to lose their effectiveness as the battery wears down. Rechargeable toothbrushes like the Sonicare® or Braun® maintain their effectiveness by being recharged after each use. At 3000 to 60000 brush strokes per minute, the mechanical brushes provide


People You Need Around You [ by Parkey Thompson ] All of us are confronted with situations in our lives that necessitate the need for help. It has been said that the four most powerful words ever spoken are “I need your help.” It may be as simple as a question, but having a solid group of people around you help you address the critical issues of this life an beyond. Who are the people in your life that you trust? As a coach, there are five people that I reccomend you have close to you in your life. Each person brings a different perspective to the situations you will most likely go through. Doctor - Your physician is one that you place a great deal of trust in. While you may have a need for various specialities, your primary care physician is the one who is your central point of reference when it comes to your daily health. When you have a strong relationship with your doctor, you are more likely to make the necessary changes and follow the laid out course for your health. Lawyer - Your attorney needs to be aware of your life situations and your preparation. You may be one of many today who lack the necessary estate documents to protect you and your family. Keeping your attorney in your close circle of resources will help you as you face issues requiring legal guidance. Working with someone who knows and understands you is so helpful in determining your direction.

more power compared to a manual toothbrush. Toothbrush or toothbrush heads should be changed at least once every three months. If the bristles are worn out, the toothbrush will not be as effective. Toothpaste—Any available brand will do as long as it has fluoride. Whitening toothpastes can be too abrasive for some people, so try to find the basic toothpaste with only fluoride and no whitening. Tooth sensitivity is caused by exposed dentine, which increases the sensation of pain and the rate of tooth decay. If your teeth are sensitive, toothpastes like Sensodyne® have an ingredient called potassium nitrate that plugs dentinal tubules, relieving sensitive teeth by building a protective barrier that blocks the pain caused by hot, cold, sweet, acidic and other contact triggers and keeps it from coming back. It takes around two weeks to begin feeling relief from sensitivity with sensitive toothpastes.

CPA - Whether personal finances, your business, or both - your relationship with your CPA is one that will help you navigate the tax issues that we all come in contact with. You should have a working relationship with your CPA, and more than the annual tax time visit. Your CPA can assist you year-round in the proper moves to manage your tax liabilty. Investment Advisor - Investing can be difficult if you have no clue as to what you are doing. With the different areas of investing today, having an advisor on your team will help direct you in the choices you need to make to better the size of your portfolio. Pastor/Minister - Many people give no thought to the need of a pastor until they really need him. From the simplist of things to the most painful and complex, your pastor is one who stands ready to help. Developing a relationship with your pastor is an important part of your sprirtual growth. Knowing your pastor, and him knowing you, will help you in times of need. Building your close circle of people will help you as you grow older and experience the changes in your life.

[ 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.



Parkey Thompson is a personal financial coach. He may be reached at 678-648-9940. Visit for more information. MAY 2011


Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally. Your Body Will Thank You. [ by Dr. John C. Thomas, D.C. ] I was recently reading the current issue of Men’s Journal and came across an article titled “The Cholesterol Controversy.” I’d like to discuss my take on cholesterol and options to reduce cholesterol levels other that taking statin drugs or cholesterol lowering medications such as Lipitor®, Crestor®, Zocor®, Vytoin®, and Simvastatin® (generic brand). Specializing in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy (which is usually symptoms of numbness, tingling, and/or burning in the hands and/or feet), over 90% of the patients I treat with neuropathy are currently taking stains for their increased cholesterol levels. This is an important factor in my treatment with these patients due to the fact that statin drug use has been shown to cause and/or increase peripheral neuropathy symptoms. Research continues to show that there is little correlation between increased LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and an increased risk for heart disease. Furthermore, studies have shown that options, such as increasing fiber intake is just as effective as statins in lowering cholesterol. Recent studies have stated that markers such as CRP (C-reactive Protein) and triglyceride levels give more information on your risk for heart disease. CRP shows have much inflammation your body has, while triglyceride levels show how much sugar has turned to fat that is floating around in your blood, usually due to being insulin resistant. How can you reduce not only your LDL cholesterol levels, but your CRP and triglyceride levels naturally? First it starts with lifestyle changes. Exercise and diet are a good place to start. A brisk walk for 30 minutes 3-5 times per week, along with a diet limiting the amount of saturated fats is a must. I recommend an

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anti-inflammatory diet to my patients similar to the Mediterranean diet consisting of fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. With lifestyle changes such as these you are bound to lose a few pounds which will decrease your risk for heart disease. Second, increase your fiber intake, especially if your under 50. Increasing fiber is primarily associated with regulating intestinal function, however more research is available stating that increasing your fiber intake can help lower your LDL cholesterol levels as well as reduce the risk for heart disease. I recommend to all my patients taking statins to start supplementing with fiber so that we can work with their medical doctor on reducing their statin intake. Lastly, I always recommend supplements such as Omega 3 Fatty Acids/ Fish Oil and CoQ10 to start the repair process from any damage that taking stains may have cause to their body, especially their nerves; as well as reduce total body inflammation. As always, work closely with your health care providers to come up with a logical plan to start living a healthier lifestyle. Your body will thank you for it. 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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Helping Your Child Manage Time [ by Kathy Martin ] There’s no doubt that the life of a student is busy. With six or more hours of school, as well as extracurricular activities, homework and studying each day, most children find that their schedules are full from the moment they wake up until they turn out the lights to go to sleep. How is a child to juggle it all successfully? By mastering the vital school and life skill of time management. Here are four great ways you can help your child better manage, prioritize and make the most of their time: Plan ahead for all nightly assignments and bigger projects. At homework time each night, first spend a few minutes planning with your child. What assignments are due the next day? How much time will your child need to finish each? Would he or she prefer to finish the most difficult first or the easiest? For projects further out on the horizon, help your child develop a timeline with evenly spaced milestones toward completion. If it’s May 1 and he or she must read a book and write a report on it by May 30, figure out how much reading he or she must do each night to finish the book. Estimate how much time your child will need to finish the report. And always plan for a few extra days for review and revision time. Keep a family calendar. When your child is in early elementary school, have him or her help you put all school and extracurricular obligations on a family calendar in the kitchen or another central place in the home. If instructions for a bigger project come home, together, plan your child’s schedule as discussed in #1 above, then immediately record each “due date” on the calendar. Help your child get in the habit of using the calendar to stay organized. As he or she approaches middle school, your child will be ready to use a day planner in the same way.

started weeks ago. Your first instinct might be to help your child build something into the wee hours of the night so that he or she will avoid a bad grade. However, doing so only teaches your child that procrastination will be rewarded with your help. The best way you can help your child is by teaching him or her to plan ahead next time and take responsibility and ownership for his or her homework and learning. Plan for time required for all outside commitments. Every semester, sit down with your child and make a list of activities in which he or she would like to get involved. Then, discuss the time commitment. For example, your daughter’s dance class holds rehearsal two nights a week and on Saturday mornings. Incorporate this into her planned semester schedule—and periodically evaluate her ability to keep up with her school oblations. Planning ahead for the activities your child enjoys will help him or her be efficient with his or her time. Practicing good time management is an important component of your child’s success in life. Children who are organized planners are far more likely to do well in school, be less stressed and find time for the things they want to do—in addition to the things they have to do. Teach your child to embrace a consistent routine, be organized and plan ahead, and he or she will be able to achieve his or her goals and be happier overall.

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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 Goddard School Celebrates Academic Achievements

William Zachary Dupree

James “Tyler” Watson

Two Eagle Scouts Recognized by Forsyth County Commissioners The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recently recognized the accomplishments of two Eagle Scouts. William Zachary Dupree and James “Tyler” Watson were each presented a Resolution from the commissioners. William Zachary Dupree is a member of Troop 39 of the Boy Scouts of America and is a student at Forsyth Central High School. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held on December 4, 2010. James “Tyler” Watson is a member of Troop 39 of the Boy Scouts of America and is a student at North Forsyth High School. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held on March 6, 2010. Tyler led the Pledge of Allegiance.



Noah R., Sydney B., Amber C.

To celebrate their academic achievements and preparation for elementary school, children from The Goddard School Johns Creek/Suwanee, located at 4410 Johns Creek Parkway proudly sport their caps and gowns as they graduate from Pre-K to Kindergarten. Congratulations to all the graduates!

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Students Help REACH Program

Student volunteers from various Forsyth County schools, including Pinecrest Academy, and Lambert High School National Honors Society, lend their talents to Mentor Me’s REACH Program. “Thanks to them we have been able to help over 50 kids throughout the school year with their homework and reading,” explained Sylvia Cardona, Mentor Me North Georgia Director.

Volunteers Pinecrest Academy Volunteers Danielle Bartling Jeff Boyd Sophie Crandall Teo Harrisson Molly Hill Ashley Ivy Ashley Jernigan Claire Matthias Katie Meece Jack Meersman Sydney Ojeda Soha Park Callie Pate Maried Perez Melisa Perez Julia Petros Nico Sanchez Suraj Sequeira Mary Carter Stewart Monica Tran Megan Wills MAY 2011

Forsyth Central High School Volunteers Gisela Cruz Bobby Harrison Catherine Johnson Ethan Smith North Forsyth High School Volunteers Becca Burleigh Kaitlyn Davis South Forsyth High School Volunteers Sandra Ajimotokin Gabi Lee Covenant Christian Academy Genesis Brown Lambert High School Honor Society Volunteers Rachael Blackstone Sydney Boone Taylor Burdette

Sara Buysman Ashton Casey Megan Christie Audrey Clavijo Caitlin Coile Spencer Cooper Kyle Fox Stephanie Fraser Cate Hackling Eryn Howard Katie Johnson Brett Jordan Sydney Kent Jason Kilkenny Jamie Kim Beni Kozen Scott Langley Hunter Leath Jasmin Nash Brooke Nicoletti Kevin Noh Kit Paryzek Georgia Pirkle


Kelsey Primis Jordyn Rainone Aida Risman Garrett Rosemont Elizabeth Russ Stephen Schwartz Adam Seal Steffan Seok Tyler Stern Graham Stovall Sydney Stroup Jenny Tacker Marlee Taylor Jessica Tran Keenan Valdez Tory Waters Brittany Wear Gabby Woodhouse


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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Summer Camps are ready!

Summer Camp 101 [ by Susan Masten ] With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to think about summer camp. While children might be interested in fun and friends, parents are also interested in a safe learning environment supervised by a qualified staff with age-appropriate activities. Believe it or not, it is possible to have it all. With so many options, here are some important things to consider as you make your decision. What are the activities and is there a balance? Is there a balance between outdoor play and indoor activities, as you might not want your child exposed to the summer sun for eight hours a day? Do they go on field trips to cool locations? Do special visitors come to the camp for visits/activities? Summer Learning. While your child might not want to hear this, a program with a curriculum and activities that will continue your child’s learning can help them retain what they’ve learned and even get ahead for when they return to school in the fall. A positive-learning environment filled with activities to nurture children’s self-confidence is key. Children should not stop learning just because it’s the summer. Specialty or overall. Some programs focus on one specific area – dance, gymnastics, sports. These can be a great option for a week or two, but might not hold your child’s interest for the 10 weeks of summer. Look for a program that has a wide range of activities that will interest your child and/or expose him/her to new areas. Children should be encouraged to explore a broad-range of learning opportunities including creative art, math, dramatic play, science, music and computers; to ask questions and to take time making friends and socializing.

Tots About Town Specializing in outings for preschoolers and their parents during summer break and school holidays. Explore local businesses and get a behind the scenes look at how things are made and/or run, with educational outings that provide participants with hands-on activities and learning experiences. Registration has just begun for this summer’s outings. Visit www. or for a complete schedule and registration information. GLEE Camp 2011 A completely unique, outrageously fun 6 day ‘show choir’ experience designed exclusively for students age 11-15. Two separate weeks are offered: July 8-15 or July 15-22. Tickets are now available at www.CUE52. com. CUE52@ thewarehouse, 5095 Post Road, Cumming, GA.

Think about some of the basic factors. Consider distance from home, type of program, size, hours of operation, etc. Flexibility – do you have to sign up for the entire summer, or can you just select a few weeks? Also consider reputation and look for a safe clean environment with seasoned staff (a qualified teacher versus a high school teenager). Do your research. Ask your friends, go online and call/visit your top choices in person. You want your child to be in a stimulating, nurturing and loving environment. 38


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Till Something Grows [ by Nancy Johnson ]

Seasons of Life

[ by Maria I. Morgan ]

School is winding down. Another year has passed. Soon each graduate will don cap and gown, march onto the stage, and receive a well-earned diploma. A thrilling time; a time for reflection a time for celebration! One season of life has been completed and another is about to begin. The excitement of venturing out for the first time is mixed with a twinge of apprehension about the future. Countless decisions vie for attention. Which college to attend? What major to choose? Where to work? Who to date?

Each summer, I keep a garden on my deck. Being the only sunny spot at my house, it is the place I try to grow things. Plants of varying sizes and stages of development fill different sized pots in the small space. They contain Black from Tula and Sungold tomatoes, Thumbelina and Little Finger carrots, and Butterhead and Mint lettuce; and this year Sugar Snap Peas. I hope they will all be meals someday. As of this writing only the lettuce sits on the deck. The rest are in small seed starting containers in my kitchen window. By the time of the printing of this article, they will likely have moved to their new home out in the sun. I’m no expert gardener. Last year as I planted my first round of seeds, I grew them in the wrong kind of soil. I watched hopefully as the seedlings popped up, only to see them die a bewildering death. So I bought the right soil and planted more seed. These new seeds sprouted beautifully. They looked so strong and healthy that I re-potted them too early and set them out under the sun. They were gone by afternoon. So I planted more seed. After finding the right spot, and carefully replanting the next round, I managed to knock over one of the larger pots losing all but one of the seedlings. So . . . you know what I did next. My garden has been a study in life. Promising starts die. Best efforts fail. Blunders happen. My fondest hopes may or may not be realized, but I have learned that in life as in planting there is only one thing to do. Keep on planting till something grows.

I remember heading off to college with many of these questions swirling around in my mind. Not a single one takes God by surprise. His Word offers help and guidance for every season of life. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” (Proverbs 3:5-6; KJV). Whether poised on the brink of leaving home for the first time, or dropping your high-school graduate off on campus, the Heavenly Father’s point is clear: don’t try to figure everything out, bring each concern to Me, and trust Me to guide your every step. Look back on your life. Take a look at God’s track record. Has He ever failed you? If He’s brought you this far, won’t He continue to lead you? Let His Word encourage you: “...I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” (Hebrews 13:5b). He has a purpose and a plan for your life. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end,” (Jeremiah 29:11). As you yield to Him, be aware of His work in your life. Remember Joseph? The one whose brothers sold him into slavery? Despite his difficult circumstances, he submitted himself to the Lord with amazing results. Over and over we’re told that other’s noticed the hand of God on Joseph’s life. (Genesis 39:3, 21; 41:38). Eventually the Lord allowed Joseph to become second in command in the land of Egypt, and to be reconciled with his family. Life can be exciting, but it can also be intimidating. Remember that God loves you and is in control. Seek His guidance and then follow the path He lays out for you. Praise Him when He uses you to point others to Him. No matter what season of life you’re in, look forward with anticipation to the unique plan God has for you! And celebrate!

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 MAY 2011


Maria Morgan is a freelance writer and a Cumming resident. Visit her on the web @ 39

faith Assemblies of God

Eastgate Church 2820 Brookwood Road, Cumming 770-888-8852 Sunday Morning Worship times: 9:00 & 11:00 am Sunday School Connect Groups: 10:15 am Wednesday Night Service: 7:00pm 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. 40

Cumming Area Houses of Worship Worship Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday night adult and youth activities 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 AROUNDABOUT — CUMMING

Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. 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: Parkway Presbyterian Church 5830 Bethelview Road, (678) 889-8694 Traditional Worship: Sundays 9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship: Sundays11:00 a.m. Brazilian Ministry Sunday Services: 7:00 p.m. (The service is in Portuguese.) Rev. Bill Ford, Senior Pastor Rev. Cido Araujo, Assoc. Pastor of Brazilian Ministries MAY 2011


The Country Preacher Mother’s Day is a reminder of God’s gift to husbands and families. Left with the choice to educate sons or daughters I would educate the daughters. No one has a greater influence on the future generations. Genesis 5:1-2 “In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him; male and female created He them . . .” Our differences are ordained of God. Woman was taken from man and formed to fill the emptiness Adam had experienced without her. Genesis 2:18-23. I’ve read that there are two kinds of men who don’t understand women: bachelors and husbands. Although I’d be happy with a tool for a birthday or anniversary gift I don’t think I will repeat the mistake of giving my wife expensive kitchen items. Who could have known that picking flowers from the yard would result in the most kisses and compliments?

“Dad, I know it’s too expensive but can’t we just look” followed by my comment “it looks beautiful on you” and concluded with “I knew you would like it.” After all of this I asked, “What just happened?” Mother’s flowers filled our window sills with African Violets, lined the edges of the vegetable garden with Zinnias or Gladiolas and surrounded the house with colorful hues that matched the season. Just to the side of the back door was a bed of Mother’s favorite Poppies. This was the spot our no name barn cat yearly gave birth to a litter of

As a father of three daughters, it was my duty to show them how to count change, write a check and balance their account. My automobile instructions included how to check the oil, antifreeze, battery, air filter and how to change a tire. Proving that all this was unnecessary the girls said something like “Dad, we just asked the parts store man how to open the hood and the nice man went to the car and put the part on.” Not long after this I experienced the feminine manner of asking for a new dress. It began 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. MAY 2011

[ by David Hill ]

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.

[ Continued on page 43 ] 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.


Crossroads Church of the Nazarene 6160 Southard Trace Cumming, GA 30040 (678) 977 0328

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. AROUNDABOUT — CUMMING

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: MAY 2011

clubs, cont’d

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Labrador Friends of the South, Inc. Location: PO Box 933, Cumming Contact: Website:

[ Continued from page 21 ]

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:

Brushing up

on dental products [ Continued from page 29 ] Floss—Whether waxed or unwaxed, find the floss that works with your teeth. Some teeth are tighter and need easy slide floss like Glide® made with Gor-Tex®. Traditional floss is more effective than floss helpers that look like a Y with floss attached. With traditional floss you can follow the curves of your teeth to go beneath the gum line where the toothbrush can’t reach. Stretch out a long piece of floss so a clean section is used as you move from tooth to tooth. With floss helpers the same piece of floss is being used moving bacteria from one place to another and it is not able to curve around the tooth to floss effectively.

replace the gas furnace and have the heat pump rewired to work as an a/c unit. This is a very lucrative program and this money will go a long way in helping with the cost of a new HVAC system replacement. Trane also has incentives of $200, $400 and $1,000 dollars or interest free financing for 36 months. The requirement is to purchase a high efficiency heating cooling system and the rebate is an instant rebate given at the time of time of purchase. If you have not had your existing system serviced for the summer, now is the time. If your unit’s coils are not clean or if your units are slightly low on refrigerant, it can cost hundreds of dollars in wasted energy bills. A dirty blower wheel and any number of items out of sync can come back to haunt you in higher bills and poor comfort. People who have their routine service performed are assured they are getting their money’s worth when the long hot summer days arrive with a vengeance.

Mortgage Myths and Facts - 2011 [ Continued from page 23 ] Myth 4: Perfect Credit Required Fogging a mirror is not enough anymore. We all know that and that is a good thing. However, a median credit score of 620 can qualify for a mortgage today. Myth 5: Waiting is best in these uncertain times Economist Steve Palm of Smart Numbers reported to the NAHREP Atlanta this week that economic indicators suggest home prices in the Atlanta region have bottomed. He further explained that any increase in demand will cause home prices to rise. The National Association of Mortgage Brokers expects mortgage rates to rise to the mid 5% range by July and to over 6% in 2012. The message is clear. NOW might be the best opportunity to purchase a new home…possibly the best in our lifetimes.

The Country Preacher [ Continued from page 41 ]

Mouthwash—Not all mouthwashes are created equal. They each target a specific problem. Listerine® has been around since the 1800’s and has been clinically proven to kill bacteria and germs that cause gingivitis. CloSYS II® is alcohol free and has chlorine dioxide in it which breaks down the sulfur particles in your mouth that contribute to bad breath. For those that are prone to cavities, Act fluoride rinse provides added protection to help prevent decay. Biotene® mouthwash is specially formulated to relieve those that suffer from a dry mouth.

kittens. It’s amazing how the barn cat knew that being this close to the house was a location that offered her babies protection from animals that visited the barn for spilt grain. On orders from mother I deposited the litter of kittens in the barn. Before I could reach the house the mother cat began to, one by one, take a kitten by the nap of their neck and carry them in her teeth to the safety of the Poppy bed.

Your dentist knows your mouth best, so be sure to ask him or her which products available on the market will work best for you to maintain a healthy clean mouth. While it may be easy to put off dental visits, the key to healthy teeth is prevention. Try to prevent bigger and more expensive problems by visiting your dentist at least every six months, and by maintaining excellent home care with the right tools and products.

God uses the watch care and love He placed in a mother’s heart to illustrate that His love for us is greater than that of a mother. Isaiah 49:15, 66:13 “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you . . .” Mothers are given a gift of care that reflects the God who gave it to them.

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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. Rob Woodall. (R), District 7 Post Office Box 1871 Lawrenceville, GA 30046 Website:

(770) 963-2420

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


MAY 2011

MAY 2011



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CHURCH SERVICES Cumming First United Methodist........................47 770-887-2900

FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS/ HOME DÉCOR JP Silk Flowers................7 www.jpsilkflowers.comt

CLOTHING B Loved..........................34,45

FREELANCE WRITERS Shelly Kent......................27 404-232-9898

CUSTOM T-SHIRTS Big Frog..........................34 770-889-3764

GRAPHIC DESIGN Pixelution Studios...........27 678-945-7301


HAIR SALON Kim King, OVO Salon.....11 678-469-4414 Wendy Grosse, OVO Salon......................11 678-469-4414

PET ADOPTION/RESCUE Human Society of Forsyth County...............20 770-889-1365; 770-887-6480

HOME IMPROVEMENT/SERVICE Custom Iron Works & Design.........................23 770-354-2019

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MAY 2011


"I love getting my copy of AroundAbout Cumming every month! The articles are really interesting, and knowing the writers live in the area makes me feel like I can really trust their tips and advice. It's a great way for me to learn more about what's going on and what's available to me in my county. Keep it coming! Thanks!" Angela DeCaires

“I am proud to be part of a magazine that serves the neighborhood where I work and have built my business. I find in AroundAbout Cumming magazine a partner for me and a valuable resource for my parents and students.” Kathy Martin


“I’m checking it twice!”

“Thank you for helping us spread the word about the Forsyth County Humane Society, pet adoptions, events, Thrift Store, and the work of our volunteers! Pet adoptions have increased 55 % since the magazine began publishing the Looking for a forever home page.” Lance White

“I am pleased with the results of our advertising in AroundAbout Cumming magazine. New customers find out about us and come in to experience Norman’s Landing. Our partnership with the magazine is great!” Bill Norman

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