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CONTENTS VOLUME VII • ISSUE 5

COVER STORY OBGYN of ATLANTA: Exceptional Women’s Care Page 31

FEATURES

Artistry in Glass Page 24

Serve, Give Back and Donate Locally Page 43

LIFESTYLE 13: 14: 16: 17: 18: 20: 21: 22: 26:

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How to Convert to Modern Farmhouse from Traditional Book Review: Leaving Church A Funny Book About Horrible Things How to Market and Older Home to Younger Buyers Why Should I Include House Generator Installation in My Remodel Budget? Benefits of Having a Year-Round Lawn Fertilization Program Next Year’s End HiQ Cosmetics An Entrepreneur’s Story: Following a Dream

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HEALTH & WELLNESS 34: 36: 38: 40: 42:

Treatment as Prevention: Can a Polypill Work for the Heart? Medication Adherence: How it Affects You? Buying Kids Eyewear A Class in School Called Life Mental Health: A Personal Matter

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46: Rooted in Unconditional Love 52: Think Before You Speak 53: Anxiety: The Uncertainty of Life

IN EVERY ISSUE 10: Forsyth County News 11: News Around Forsyth 55: The Country Preacher

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CONTRIBUTORS

Larry Brown, is a retired journalist. Larry is a member of the Cumming-Forsyth Optimist Club and a mentor with Mentor Me North Georgia. A community volunteer and sought-out writer, he may be reached at browntrust@bellsouth.net.

Ava Clavijo, age 13, is a student at Otwell Middle School. She enjoys trying new foods and restaurants. Ava may be reached at ava. myforsyth@gmail.com

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MY FORSYTH Rebecca Dumas is the owner and color consultant at Gregory’s Paint & Flooring. She may be reached at rebecca@ gregoryspaintandflooring.com

PUBLISHER Market Complete LLC julie@marketcomplete.com 678.614.8583 EDITOR Kimberly Bond kimberlytbond@gmail.com

ACCOUNT MANAGERS Deidre Turk deidre.myforsyth@gmail.com 404-932-9553 Julie Owens julie.myforsyth@gmail.com 770-508-6000

Jacqueline Thompson Graves is a freelance media developer, writer, and the author of the book review blog The Book Buffet.

Rev. David Hill is a Cumming resident and frequent guest preacher at Antioch Baptist Church. He may be reached at davidkhillhpm@ comcast.net

Amy Lyle lives in Forsyth with her husband, four teenagers and a large dog. Her first book, The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures is a top eBook on Amazon.com.

WEB CONTENT STRATEGIST Matt Coutu matt@marketcomplete.com STAFF WRITER Katielee Kaner katielee.myforsyth@gmail.com PRODUCTION INTERN Wendy Corona info@myforsyth.com GRAPHIC DESIGN Samantha Angeli samantha.angeli74@gmail.com 770.310.4486

Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker. She is the awardwinning author of Louie’s BIG day! She may be reached at maria@mariaimorgan.com.

Narendra Singh, MD, FRCP(C), FACC, FAHA is the Director of Clinical Research, Atlanta Heart Specialists LLC, Atlanta, GA. He may be reached at DrSingh@ahsmed.com or www.heartdrsingh.com.

Annie Syfert is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University in Sourthern California, with a degree in Communications. She may be reached at annie. myforsyth@gmail.com.

Marc Morris is the President of The Talmadge Group, Inc., a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business and an Inc 500 Fastest Growing Business since 2014. He may be reached at marc.morris@talmadgegroup.com or 678-325-2301.

Christine Roberts is an author, speaker, consultant, and certified child advocate. She may be reached at christine@ cmrobertsllc.com.

Gianna Satriano is a senior at Pinecrest Academy. Gianna is exploring a career in journalism.

Mira Sivan is a family practice optometrist with an emphasis on ocular disease, contact lenses fitting and pediatrics. She may be reached at 678-648-5185.

Hannah Testa is a 15 year old student at West Forsyth High School. She may be reached at hannah4change@gmail.com. www.hannah4change.org

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Rachael Walkup is the owner of CummingLocal. com, wife, mom and blogger. She may be reached at info@cumminglocal.com.

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The mission of My Forsyth magazine, a publication of Market Complete LLC, is to provide readers with stories and information about their communities and its people. 22,000 copies of your community magazine are distributed via direct mail and throughout local businesses as part of our rack distribution. We welcome your comments, stories and advertisements. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists, and submissions are not necessarily those of the MarketComplete LLC. The Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. My Forsyth is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted without written permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved. ©Copyright 2017 My Forsyth • www.myforsythmag.com 5485 Bethelview Road, Suite 360-135 Cumming GA 30040 (p) 678.614.8583 | (f) 770.888.1511


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PUBLISHER’S LETTER MY VIEW Opportunities to view things from a different perspective – whether a new room, from the top of a mountain, or from the lobby on the 4th floor of a building – gives us a chance to see things a little differently.

In 1989, along with thousands of other Americans, I survived the devastation caused by Hurricane Hugo. Islands like the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and several other islands often visited for their Caribbean trade winds, peaceful clearwater beaches, and calming atmosphere were devastated. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, was once again devastated this year – this time by Hurricane Maria. My home island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, is among other US Virgin Islands where electricity is still non-existent, except as provided by generators, where telephone communication (land line or cell phone) is scarce at best, groceries are available in limited quantities, and the ability to work is fast becoming a challenge. This year, the devastation from natural disasters have reaped havoc in California, Florida, Texas, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Vieques, Culebra, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic and many other areas. I am one of many who have been looking for information and resources, for ways to help our fellow Americans, and for the faith that we need to stay strong and believe in our humanity. I am often reminded of an article I was asked to write for a military magazine in 1989, after Hurricane Hugo created havoc in the Caribbean.

“Amidst the the oftentimes chaotic situation brought forth by Hurricane Hugo…” That was the first line of the article.

Possibly the greatest obstacle to personal achievement is disbelief in our own frail, human capabilities. The knowledge of the great feats of those who passed before us, all too human like ourselves, can make daunting goals seem within reach, and help us vault that psychological barrier to success. - MB

I am reminded that devastation brings out the best in people, and the worst in people. The ever-growing ability to write thoughts on social media, behind the protection of a computer screen, gives birth to what my friend calls “computer ninjas.” My neighbor often reminds me that “everyone is brave behind a computer.” Bravery truly comes from the countless number of volunteers, military personnel and survivors themselves who put their best foot forward and begin the arduous task for helping to re-establish a sense of stability amid an unstable life. As we approach the season of giving thanks and celebrations, may we also find time to help our fellow Americans, in mainland USA and abroad, who need our help. Thank you!

Julie Brennan Publisher | julie@marketcomplete.com

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FORSYTH COUNTY NEWS

SEE LITTER? REPORT IT. STOP IT. Forsyth County Earns National Accreditation for Parks and Recreation Forsyth County Parks & Recreation has earned a distinction so prestigious that it’s now one of only 165 parks and recreation agencies nationally to hold the recognition! The department has earned accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association. CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for parks and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services. In addition to being one of only 165 agencies across the country to have earned the accreditation, Forsyth County is also one of only 11 agencies in Georgia – and just the second county agency in the state – to do so.

If you witness litter coming from a vehicle and want the owner of the vehicle to receive a letter from Forsyth County or if you see a dump site or area of roadway that you feel is in need of cleaning (the road will be evaluated and cleaned as soon as possible based on resources available), please call the Forsyth County Litter Control Hotline at 1-866-5-LITTER (1-866-554-8837). Based on the information given by the caller, the owner of the littering vehicle will be sent a notice explaining that someone was seen littering from their vehicle and asking them to join our effort to keep our county roadsides clean. The postcard is not a citation or a ticket, but simply a reminder that littering 110 E. Main Street, Suite 210 is illegal and costly to TV Forsyth – our community. Hotline Comcast Channel 23 caller’s identity will not AT&T Channel 99 be disclosed. thCo.com

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To learn more about Forsyth County Parks & Recreation, visit www.forsythco.com/parks.

FIRE DEPARTMENT CONDUCTS ANNUAL TOY COLLECTION Be a part of the Forsyth County Fire Department’s 15th annual Aerial’s House toy collection! New, unwrapped toys for local children in need – newborn through 18 years old – may be dropped off beginning November 13 at any Forsyth County fire station, Fire Department Headquarters (3520 Settingdown Road), or any of the county’s four library branches through December 15.

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To receive information regarding the distribution of toys collected through Aerial’s House, call The Place of Forsyth County at (770) 887-1098. For any other questions or to make a large donation, please call Firefighter Jeff Lyons at (678) 513-5899.


NEWS AROUND FORSYTH

2017 Lake Lanier Fall Children’s Classic By Lou Meier

On Saturday October 21, 2017, a memorable event took place in Lake Lanier—the 2017 Fall Children’s Classic, sponsored by the North Georgia Crappie Anglers Club. One-hundred kids, ages ranging from 6-15, were signed up to have their lines in the water at daybreak, fish all morning and then return for the weigh-in at noon. The tournament was a huge success due to perfect weather plus the devoted effort of many people. Special thanks to Gary Gibbs, tournament chairman; Tony Maddox, tournament director; Woodie Malone, club president; team captains and to O’Neill Williams, radio personality and honorary chairman. Also, we are especially grateful to our wonderful sponsors who made this event possible. For us, as club members and grandparents, this event is one of the most special days in our lives. Our 7- year-old grandson, Louie, had been looking forward to his first fishing tournament for weeks. He was awake and ready to go at 4:30 a.m. His first fish that day was a large catfish. During the morning he landed a variety of fish, including catfish, crappie, and bass. After the weigh-in at Bolding Mill Park, we all had a delicious lunch, followed by O’Neill Williams presenting each child with a certificate, Zebco rod and reel, plus a bag of complementary accessories. Next everyone anxiously awaited the announcement of category winners. And they are: CATEGORY

WINNER

TOTAL WEIGHT

TEAM CAPTAIN

BASS 1st place Gage Nelson 2nd place Jaden Haff

2 lb. 1.2 ounces 1 lb. 13.6 oz.

Steve Cox Don Haff

CATFISH 1st place 2nd place

Louie Meier Mia Dewees

4 lb. 8.6 oz. 3 lb. 13.2 oz.

Lou Meier Mike McConnell

CRAPPIE 1st place 2nd place

Kyler Hyde Berkeley Starr

1 lb. 9.4 oz. 1 lb. 7.2 oz.

Tony Maddox Woodie Malone

STRIPER 1st place 2nd place 2nd place

Harrison Hunt Gracie Dickerson Jaden Haff

25 inches 24 inches 24 inches

Jay Drozek Bobby Dickerson Don Haff

The hard work of so many volunteers in the North Georgia Crappie Anglers Club in addition to the support from our generous sponsors finally paid off with an amazing Fall Children’s Classic 2017. No one will forget the excitement of kids going fishing, some for the first time, spending time on the water, maybe not always catching fish but learning to love an incredible sport—lessons and memories to be shared with their children and grandchildren. Hope to see you at the Fall Children’s Classic 2018.

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NEWS AROUND FORSYTH

OPTIMISTS DONATE TO MORROW FOUNDATION TO BENEFIT BYOT INITIATIVE By Larry Brown

Sarah Pedarre

Named New Executive Director of Community Connection By Larry Brown

“I love this community and I’m excited about this opportunity to have an impact.” Sarah Pedarre shared her feelings about her new role as executive director of the Forsyth County Community Connection, a nonprofit organization that coordinates services for children and families. Prior to her appointment, Pedarre served in various capacities for the Forsyth County Family YMCA, a position she held for 12 years. The mission of the Forsyth County Community Connection is to connect the needs of vulnerable children and families to agencies and volunteers and create healthy pathways so that every family is healthy, engaged, and self-sufficient. It is associated with the Georgia Family Connection Partnership. “This is an amazing community,” Pedarre said. “So many people are willing to work for the good of our county. I look forward to being a part of bringing our neighbors and other organizations together to help others, especially families and children in need. My personal goal is to impact more children and families, seeking out those in need and finding ways to help them.” Pedarre said that one of Community Connection’s major initiatives is recruiting foster families for children without their own homes. “Because Forsyth County does not have enough foster families, many local children must be placed in group facilities or with families in other counties around the state,” she said. “We need more local foster families. They can make a difference in the life of a child.” Another initiative is Darkness 2 Light, to help raise awareness and prevent child sexual abuse. “Sarah has been a great addition to Community Connection,” said Jeremy Echuck, board president. As executive director, Pedarre sits on the board of DFCS and is a member of the Forsyth Social Services Committee. She participates in monthly stakeholder meetings that include Juvenile Court, Sheriff ’s Department, Fire Department, school social workers, and other nonprofit organizations. She also works with Leadership Forsyth and the Lanier Forsyth Rotary Club. For information on Community Connection, contact Sarah Pedarre at 404-985 7796, sarah@forsythconnection.org, or the website forsyth.gafcp.org.

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For information on Communi-

The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club donated $2,500 to the Morrow Community Foundation to support the Forsyth County School System BYOT initiative (Bring Your Own Technology). The initiative improves student access to technology, especially the internet, for students who do not have it at home. The check was presented at the recent BYOT 5-K run to Dr. Jim and Peggie Morrow by Optimist Club member Randy O’Dell. The donation was derived from proceeds of the Sawnee-Cumming Club’s Flags for Education program. American flags are placed in front yards during six national holidays. Subscription cost is $40 per flag per year. Half the proceeds go to the Morrow Foundation to support the BYOT initiative and the other half to the club’s children’s programs. Dr. and Mrs. Morrow founded their foundation in 2013 to give back to the community. When they learned that many families in Forsyth County did not have the internet in their homes, they decided to join with the school system to support the BYOT initiative. “The donation from the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club is an incredible gift for our charity,” Dr. Morrow commented. “This is the largest donation we have received from a community partner. We appreciate what the Optimist Club is doing with their flag program, not only for us, but for everyone in the county. If you have not enrolled in this program, you are missing an extraordinary opportunity on every holiday.” O’Dell is the club’s flag program chairman. He said, “The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club is happy to support BYOT through our Flags for Education program. The Optimist’s motto “Bringing out the Best in Kids” matches the Morrow Foundation goal of enriching young lives, particularly those who need a helping hand. We are grateful to Peggie and Dr. Morrow for the opportunity to work together to make a difference in lives of children.”

To subscribe to Optimist Flags for Education, contact Optimistflagsedu@gmail.com.


HOW TO CONVERT TO

MODERN FARMHOUSE FROM TRADITIONAL By Rebecca Dumas

Ok, so you want to go Farmhouse but not too Farmy? Here are five ways to achieve that look:

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Paint the walls, ceiling, and trim in a “white”: I know sounds simple enough, but which “White” Benjamin Moore has 155 whites more than any company. The most important factors when choosing this all important paint color is lighting, what complements the tile, counter, or flooring. Some of my favorites to consider: White Dove, Simply White, Cloud Cover, Dove Wing, and many more.

2. Minimize the stuff: We all have too much stuff. You do not have

to have a grouping on every table or in every corner. The key is to keep or have simple items that are meaningful.

3. Add aged woods, metals (black or bronze): This coupled

with your white or lighter paint can add interest. You may already have some of these pieces, hence go to number 4. Which prompts you into using what you have and not throwing everything into the landfills.

4. Repurpose a few key pieces: If your accessories can be

modified or repurposed by aging the wood pieces by bleaching the finishes or painting metal items. Painting small side tables or chests in a navy, charcoal or with a pop of color. I am loving the green, so fresh and my prediction for Color of the Year.

5. Simplify the patterns: A rug, fabric, or wallpaper can add just

enough to add some color in your newly defined almost ”White” space. Shiplap is HOT, but it doesn’t have to be this type of trim, adding texture is what completes the look. Painting brick or stone or adding a simple grass cloth pattern can complete the look. Rebecca Dumas: Owner/Color Consultant Gregory’s Paint & Flooring Johns Creek & Cumming rebecca@gregoryspaintandflooring.com

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MY FORSYTH | BOOK REVIEW

Taylor’s writing is clean and folksy, with vibrant images. Her country parish was Clarkesville, Georgia, so I get a thrill of recognition when she mentions Mt. Yonah or the Chattahoochee River.

LEAVING CHURCH by Barbara Brown Taylor Review by Jacqueline Thompson Graves

Barbara Brown Taylor isn’t talking about pulling out of the church driveway, waving, “See y’all next week!” She means “outta here for good”. Leaving church might be some of the saddest words ever. I love church, meaning the services. I love The Church, meaning the people. “A Memoir of Faith” proclaims the book’s subtitle. Taylor shares her journey as a teen seeking God, a college student seeking to major in theology, a woman priest seeking to serve the Church, an exhausted clergy seeking to move from a big city congregation to a sweet country parish. Ultimately, she stood at the pinnacle of her career and chose to toss it over. I understood Taylor’s angst as she struggled to leave the church. On January 15, 2012, I wrote these words in my journal: “I have often thought, if I were not a church-going person, I would enjoy a lazy Sunday morning routine. I would plan each Sunday’s indulgence to match my end of the week mood. Ever since I was a teen I have felt like Christians do a terrible job making Sunday a day of rest. It is crammed full of getting up early to scurry around, get dressed for 14 MYFORSYTHMAG.COM VOLUME VII | ISSUE 5

Sunday School and church, then get some dinner, do dishes, often attend an afternoon meeting at church, then evening service or small groups. I’m exhausted on Sunday evening as I fall into bed, and I envy my nonchurchgoing friends for their leisurely Sunday breakfasts and their boat rides or their sitting and reading all day.” Perhaps the best way to share Leaving Church is to parrot Taylor’s own words. “No matter how many new day planners I bought, none of them told me when I had done enough.” “We were not God, but we spent so much time tending the Godplace in people’s lives that it was easy to understand why someone might get us confused.” “My context was so tightly focused that even my junk mail was Christian.” “Freed from defending the faith, I began to revisit what faith really meant to me and found that much of the old center did not hold.” “I met people of other faiths and of no faith at all who were doing more to do justice, to love kindness than many of us who know where to find that verse in the Bible.” “Like many ambitious people, I had developed a dependence on adrenaline. I could get so much done when my anxiety was in the red zone that I learned to live right on the edge of panic, in the optimum zone between alarm and collapse.” I believe many Christians leave church while sitting in the pew. They burn out and pull away, but keep coming to services because that’s what they’re supposed to do. Leaving Church may serve as a good warning to us inside the Church to tend to our relationship with God first, then serve mankind. If we try and do it backwards, we are like campfires that run out of wood. Taylor’s writing is clean and folksy, with vibrant images. Her country parish was Clarkesville, Georgia, so I get a thrill of recognition when she mentions Mt. Yonah or the Chattahoochee River. Perhaps one reason Barbara struggled as a priest is because she is too honest. By the time I finished her book, I felt like she should come over for coffee. Instead, I’m inviting my neighbor over. She, too, read Leaving Church, and I think we should discuss the book, then strategize how to Stay in Church. Disclosure: I borrowed this book from a friend (thanks, Camille). I did not receive any compensation for this review and all opinions are my own. #LeavingChurch #BarbaraBrownTaylor #HarperCollinsPublishers #MemoirOfFaith #theBookBuffet #JacquelineinAtl #bookreview #inspirational #CompassionFatigue


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MY FORSYTH | LIFESTYLE

A FUNNY BOOK

and I feel like I’ve been even more inspired by them. It’s a circle, really. I feel very lucky to be a part of this community.

ABOUT HORRIBLE THINGS An interview with #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jenny Lawson about not fitting in, rodents, and her plans to bring the president home by Amy Lyle. Jenny Lawson is one of my favorite authors, and when I had the opportunity to interview her, I did it!

AL: You live with not one, but two, taxidermied raccoons named Rory, had a possum infiltration at your property, were responsible for an unauthorized ferret release and saw squirrels in your shrink’s office; what is it with you and rodents? JL: They seem to find me. I suspect it’s the cat food I keep in my pockets. Not regarding the taxidermied ones, of course. They’re picky eaters.

Jenny Lawson (JL): Amy, you’re in Atlanta, I’m in Houston, and I’m not sitting down. Amy Lyle (AL): Let’s roll with it. How did you sleep last night? JL: Not well but I work during bouts of insomnia, so it works out in the end. AL: Do you have any traditions for the holidays that you would like your daughter to carry forward? JL: Yes. The tradition of not feeling bad for not keeping up with traditions. Although I’m sort of failing at that. AL: In your first book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, you describe telling a group of your husband’s co-workers how you had once been stabbed by a serial killer. Have you learned any methods that have helped you feel more comfortable in social situations? JL: I pretend to be someone else...someone who is unafraid of people. It gives me confidence. Usually. And if that doesn’t work there’s always Xanax. AL: Imagine being forced to throw a dinner party: list the absolute worst people, living or dead, to attend your party. JL: I think the absolute worst people to attend my party would be dead. That would be a very unsanitary party and might lead to cholera.

Although it would cut down on the small talk. You know what? I changed my mind. Living people would be the absolute worst to attend my party. AL: As a child, you often lived without running water but with pet raccoons (that wore tiny jam shorts that your mother made). How much do you attribute your upbringing to your love for storytelling? JL: We had running water most of the time. Just not in the winter when the pipes froze. But I think my strange life was a blessing. Strange stories are the most interesting. AL: Your latest book, Furiously Happy, also a New York Times bestseller, goes even deeper into your health struggles, including depression: you share that people have been supportive and whispered: “Me too.” Do you feel responsible for making that whisper a roar? JL: People make their own decisions but I’m proud that so many have been inspired by me

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AL: In Furiously Happy you build a case to adopting a cat and naming it “The President.” Benefits include being able to say, “The President will not stand for this,” and “I like sleeping with the President...” what impact do you think the adoption would have on your cat, Ferris Mewler, and dog, Dorothy Barker? JL: The cats and dog are already feeling overcrowded, so I suspect they’d be actively campaigning for impeachment. AL: What are three reasons people should check out your new book? JL: To feel less alone. To feel better after comparing themselves to me. To laugh or cry, depending on the page. AL: We have a lot in common: we both spend a lot of time in our pajamas, utilize crafty strategies to distract and confuse our husbands from our shenanigans and have histories of not behaving in public, I think we should be best friends. JL: Totally. But only if we can braid each other’s hair. Jenny Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity, runs the funniest blog in America, TheBloggess.com and is considering donating her body to a pig farm when she passes. Furiously Happy is available on Amazon.com


How to Market an Older Home to Younger Buyers By Pam Evans

Selling an older home can be tricky, especially if you’re in a growing area that’s rife with new construction. While it may be easy to assume that an aging home should be marketed to middle-aged buyers, especially since past statistics have suggested that millennials are opting to rent instead of buy, new census data paints a different story. In short, homeownership among young adults is on the rise; therefore, if you’re looking to sell an older home, it’s important to make sure it’s marketed in a way that will appeal to a range of demographics, particularly millennials who may be looking to buy for the first time. While working with an experienced realtor to develop an effective strategy is clearly a huge piece of the puzzle, when marketing an older home, it’s important to have an understanding of which features will have the most appeal to young couples and families.

HOME INSPECTION: If you’ve struggled to maintain your home, obtaining a reputable home inspection prior to listing is a worthwhile venture since it will help determine if there’s anything wrong. Part of the allure of a new home is the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll most likely have years before anything will need to be replaced (i.e. roof, furnace, air conditioning, etc.). If you’re trying to sell an older home, an inspection will help provide the same piece of mind to potential buyers. RENOVATION PLAN: Oftentimes, young buyers may not realize that simple updates or renovations can make such a big difference, especially if the interior of your home is relatively dated. While you may not have the money or desire to replace those pea green tiles in your kitchen, it may help to pay for a few simple drawings that will offer some options for future changes so that buyers can see the home’s potential. PROVIDE LOAN INFORMATION: If your home is 20 or 30 years old, chances are good that most buyers will want to make some kitchen or bath changes. While many house hunters may already be pre-approved for a loan, others may be interested to learn about popular renovation mortgage programs, such as an FHA 203(k), which allows buyers to wrap renovation costs into their mortgage. Although it’s important to get your realtor’s opinion, you

can always provide loan information with your marketing materials to show interested buyers that renovations are an option. LIGHTEN UP: Aside from having smaller windows and closed-off rooms, many older homes were constructed with darker materials, so removing heavy window treatments and trimming any shrubs blocking the flow of light is important. Consider removing any dark, heavy furniture and minimize the clutter. HIGHLIGHT NEIGHBORHOOD AMENITIES: Even though many younger buyers may not have children, chances are good that they will still consider your home’s location. Highlight all of the great things in your area and make sure your marketing mentions attributes such as public transportation, shopping, recreational activities, and schools. OPT FOR NEUTRAL COLORS: Paint is one thing that will go a long way, especially if you’re operating on a budget. Younger buyers generally prefer “Pottery Barn colors,” so consider freshening things up with soft earth tones which offer a great deal of flexibility. If your home still has wallpaper, this step may be even more important. In the end, along with the current market in your area, marketing an older home to younger buyers is all about strategy.

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MY FORSYTH | LIFESTYLE switch on your auxiliary power. Most times, the transition to generator power is virtually seamless and undetectable. Protect Your Family’s Health and Safety In the heat of summer, you don’t want to lose your air conditioning. After just a few hours without AC in the summer heat, many homes will begin to get awfully warm. For young and older people, as well as those with medical conditions, this can pose a serious health threat. And if there is someone in your family who depends on a medical device daily, losing power can create a life or death situation. Whole House Generators Require Little Attention This kind of generator is nothing like the ones you see in RVs or boats. You will never have to refill its gas tank because it draws directly from your house’s natural gas source. As long as your electrician installs it correctly and performs yearly inspections and service, you will never have to worry about your generator’s performance.

WHY SHOULD I INCLUDE HOUSE GENERATOR INSTALLATION IN MY REMODEL BUDGET? When our clients are remodeling their homes, we strongly urge them to consider adding a house generator installation to their project. There are plenty of reasons why a remodel is the perfect time to add a whole home generator to your list of tasks. Here are a few of the most important reasons why a home generator installation should be a part of your remodeling budget. Your Home Is Already in Disarray Of course, the level of disarray depends on the scope of your remodel. Perhaps your kitchen is nothing but a pile of cabinet parts and uninstalled appliances. Maybe you’re missing a few walls that used to be there. With dust, power tools, and cement trucks all over the place, why not add to the chaos with a generator delivery? You’ll barely even notice the crate sitting in your driveway. Your Electrician Is Already On-Site, So Kill Two Birds with One Stone A good electrician knows how to handle a house generator installation. Just have your cement guys pour a little slab out back by your natural gas meter. Once the slab is hard, your electrician will get the generator installed, tested, and functional in no time. Why ask him to come out for a whole separate appointment later? You Can Enjoy Your Newly Remodeled Home Throughout the Stormy Season Losing power during thunderstorms is annoying. Depending on various conditions, it can also be dangerous. You won’t have to worry about this extreme inconvenience with a whole home generator at your house. These devices sense when the grid power goes down, and immediately 18 MYFORSYTHMAG.COM VOLUME VII | ISSUE 5

Whisper-Quiet Power Generation Also unlike the annoying little RV generators, whole home generators are surprisingly quiet. You won’t have irritated neighbors banging on your door to complain about the racket coming from your generator. However, you may have neighbors asking to join you in your well-lit, air-conditioned house until their power is restored. A House Generator is an Affordable Investment Right now, you’re in the mode to invest in your home. So what’s a little more cash? In addition to improving the comfort and function of your home, a home generator installation will increase your home’s value. A generator is one of those things you invest in today and then enjoy longterm benefits for years to come. Find a House Generator Installer in Atlanta Homeowners in the Atlanta area have trusted Arc Angel to handle their house generator installations for 16 years. We recommend Generac backup generators to our clients because they are reliable, durable, and easy to take care of. Our team of professionals knows the ins and outs of Generac installations. When one of our crews comes out to handle your installation, we get the job done right the first time, every time. Your Generac generator pays constant attention to the flow of electricity running to your home. The moment the grid stops delivering power, the Generac goes to work. By drawing natural gas from your home’s existing gas line, the transition to generator power is nearly instant. Arc Angels’ Generac generators also come with around-the-clock customer support.

TRUST ARC ANGEL FOR YOUR HOUSE GENERATOR INSTALLATION Arc Angel Electric’s number one priority has always been customer satisfaction. Our job isn’t done until you are fully satisfied with our performance. We are always happy to answer our customers’ questions and offer advice on a variety of electrical-related topics. Our crews and customer service agents think of our clients like family, and that’s how we strive to treat each client. For your next house generator installation, call Arc Angel at 770.889.9243.


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BENEFITS OF HAVING A YEAR ROUND LAWN FERTILIZATION PROGRAM

Most people believe that they don’t need to care for their turf through the fall and winter seasons. However, that is a myth. In fact, fall and winter are the most important seasons to fertilize for your lawn. At USA Land Care, we believe that the best way to have regular fertilization is through a year-round program. Just like you care best for your teeth with regular dental checkups, you care best for your lawn with regular scheduled fertilizations through the year. Below you will find the top three benefits of choosing USA Land Care. Grass That You Can Relax On Everyone loves being outdoors during the fall season, especially here in North Georgia. When you allow USA Land Care to take care of your turf, then you are creating grass that can be enjoyed barefoot style. That means green, soft, and pest and weed free grass. Worry-Free Services We know that you have enough to keep up with when it comes to your home maintenance. Give us an opportunity to take lawn care off your plate. We will set up a schedule for the year and keep your turf in impeccable health. Best Products On The Market Our products are applied with a spray machine so there isn’t any residue left behind. Using the spray method allows the product to get absorbed into the soil quickly and efficiently. We use only the best products available on the market. Because of all this, we pride ourselves with the fact that we do it right the first time.

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STATS: Est: 2013

Genre: new pop punk

NEXT YEAR’S END

Influences: Paramore, Sleeping With Sirens, Blink-182, Green Day, The Killers, Yellowcard Faceless album artwork rendered by: Kendal Johns

SOCIAL MEDIA STATS:

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An Interview with Kyle Busch & Tommy Oakley

Twitter followers

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By Katielee Kaner Band members Kyle Busch, Tommy Oakley, Davis McMakin and Jordy Quinn met in high school and spent their days listening to All Time Low while practicing their instruments in the basement of Kyle’s parents’ house. Four years after forming Next Year’s End, the Forsyth-native band has released two EPS, three singles and are looking to produce their first full-length album soon with the help of Rian Dawson, drummer of All Time Low. “Rian helped us out on our latest EPS, Faceless.” Tommy Oakley, the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist, said. “We sent him some of our songs and he really liked them. It started with us doing one song with him, Fall, then he asked for more stuff to mix. Eventually he asked us to come up to Nashville and record some of the songs in his studio.” Every song Next Year’s End has released to date was first completed in the basement of Kyle’s parents’ house. “It’s kind of our good luck charm,” said Kyle, “We finish the songs at my parents’ house, do a first recording at our own studio White Rabbit Recordings in Forsyth, then send them up to Rian and go up to Nashville to record them there.” Since the release of their seventh track EP, Faceless, in June, Next Year’s End has checked one more item off their bucket list: opening for Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.

“If you had told 8th grade me I’d be opening for Red Jumpsuit one day I would’ve freaked out,” bass player Kyle Busch said. The band made this a reality at The Masquerade in September, which Kyle and Tommy both agree is their favorite venue they’ve played so far. The Masquerade has been a staple in the local Atlanta music scene since it opened its doors in 1988. Most of the bands who play this venue are of the indie rock, metal, punk rock, rockabilly, and electronic variety, ranging from local acts to internationally known ones. Next Year’s End falls into the local New Pop Punk genre. In November 2016 the historic original location of The Masquerade was demolished, and the venue moved to their new location in Underground Atlanta. Next Year’s End has played at both locations, and while they will always be nostalgic for the old venue they grew up seeing their favorite bands play at, they can’t deny that the new location is an improvement as well as a great hang-out spot. Tommy said, “Our favorite thing about getting to play with such a recognizable band was getting to share our music with all those new ears who have never heard us before. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus was such a great band to play with. They even bought a shirt from us.” Next Year’s End loves their fans and make sure to keep in touch with them as well as reach out to potential new fans. With a large social media following, Kyle and Tommy both said social media has been their best friend.

Latest EP album: Faceless out June 20, 2017

MEMBERS: Tommy Oakley Lead vocal/guitar Kyle Busch Bass/backing vocals Davis McMakin Lead guitar Jordy Quinn Drums

Spotify followers

1,070

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Instagram followers

“We learned early on the internet was a great tool to connect with people who listen to our music. The more you engage with the people who like your music, the more you build a connection with them and that’s really cool,” Kyle said. Another way the band gets the word out about their music is by giving out free water bottles with a Next Year’s End sticker at concerts in their genre, and anyone who has ever been to a concert knows the value of a free water bottle mid-show. With ambiguity as their calling card, Next Year’s End has a lot in store for their fans. Along with writing music for a new hopefully full-length album, they are also working on booking more shows at The Masquerade and making a music video. For anyone reading this hoping to start a band of their own in Forsyth, Kyle and Tommy gave these words of advice, “Keep practicing, always be learning. If you think you have something good and have a talent, go for it. That’s the only way anything gets done. Just going for it, giving it your all. No plan b, no fall back.” Here’s to another year of success for Next Year’s End

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HiQ Cosmetics As part of my semi-regular series on human health, the environment and corporate sustainability, I wanted to share an interview I recently held with Patrick Pickens, co-owner of a local, innovative skincare company called HiQ Cosmetics. By Hannah Testa

Patrick was raised in Forsyth County, graduated from Forsyth Central High School, and currently lives in Cumming. Patrick, along with his partner Dr. Holly Carpenter, Ph.D., decided to start a company that focuses on only the healthiest and most effective ingredients in skincare products. Their all-natural formulas are created to deliver results while maintaining environmental consciousness in literally everything they do. I was so impressed with their commitment to quality and environmental sustainability that I wanted to sit with him to learn more.

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Why did you start HiQ Cosmetics?

Working at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I would routinely read articles about ingredients found in common health and beauty products that were causing harm to the environment and/or human health. Many of these ingredients are carcinogenic. So I teamed up with my business partner, Dr. Holly Carpenter, who received her Ph.D. from Emory University in Chemistry, to launch HiQ Cosmetics (HiQCosmetics.com). Together, we handselected every ingredient found in our formulas to deliver luxury performance and results. Just the best ingredients nature has to offer. Holly and I believe nature is the best chemist. When did you start the company and how many employees do you have?

HiQ Cosmetics officially launched in late 2015. However, three years of research and development went into launching our company and formulating our products. We have three employees, but plan on adding more employees soon as we continue to grow. We will definitely maintain quality and safety as our backbone in every aspect of our company as we grow. In fact, the four tenants of our company are: Science. Beauty. Integrity. Results.

of is that not all ingredients are of the same quality. Some ingredient supplies do not have high standards of quality control. Often times, companies will use lower quality, cheaper ingredients to reduce their costs, or they will sprinkle in key, active ingredients just to show them on an ingredient list. At HiQ Cosmetics, we are proudly different. Our formulas are 100% formulated by us. Every single ingredient is hand-selected for a specific function and effect. In addition, we source all of ingredients from the highest quality ingredient suppliers that all maintain the highest standard for quality control. Our key ingredients are placed into our formulas at high concentrations. Our HiQ Facial Serum is the most concentrated CoQ10 anti-aging facial serum on the market. So, are our products worth premium price?

100% yes. I can promise you that your skin will feel the difference. You will have results you can see and feel.

What products do you offer?

Currently, we offer our cult-favorite, HiQ CoQ10 Anti-Aging Facial Serum. The serum is ideal for men and women and is optimized to balance all skin types. We recently launched our HiQ Eye Serum, and we are launching our HiQ Moisturizer shortly. We have been working on additional products that are going to change the skincare industry forever. Locally, our products are available at Fig & Flower Natural Beauty in the Highlands, the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, FABU Face Spa in Decatur, Tailor Made Looks in Atlanta, as well as HiQCosmetics.com and Costco.com. Why is it important to be mindful of what we put on our skin?

Many people are careful with what they eat and drink, yet your skin is the body’s largest organ and the skin absorbs chemicals that are applied to its surface. BPA (bisphenol A) is an common example. BPA has been directly linked with drastically reduced fertility. For this reason, we proudly use a BPA and Phthalate FREE European glass bottle. A lot of consumers are price-conscious. What would you say to consumers that say they’d rather buy something off the shelf at their local store? Are your products worth the premium price?

Great question. I completely understand priceconscious consumers because I am one myself. There are so many skincare products out there. However, what a lot of people may not be aware

product that has made their skin feel firmer and moisturized. We have customers that have replaced their Retin-A prescription with our HiQ Facial Serum. We have countless customers that have sent us messages stating their dermatologist cannot stop complimenting their skin. Additionally, we have customers that had rosacea or dark spots and after using our facial serum for two weeks, noticed a huge difference. And, we have many customers that let us know that they tried every skincare product under the sun and our facial serum is the first product that has actually given them results. Your products are non-GMO, PEG free, vegan, certified organic, and more! Why is this important to you?

Our products are formulated to be free of: GMOs, PEG, Parabens, BPA, phthalates, gluten, animal testing, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrance, sulfates, formaldehyde, and petrochemicals. Why is it important? We believe this should be important to everyone! Why is it okay for companies to be using products that are widely known to be harmful to humans and the environment? HiQ Cosmetics wants to be the new standard for health and beauty products. There is no excuse for using ingredients that are harmful. We want customers to be confident with products they are applying to their skin. Your commitment to the environment also extends to your product packaging, right?

How do you balance doing right for the environment and adding quality ingredients with the price of your products?

At HiQ Cosmetics, we do not let manufacturing costs dictate quality or environmental impact. We formulate, brand, and package all our products with the best of the best. We do not believe the quality of a product should ever be sacrificed. Quality and safety are the backbone of everything we do. In addition, we strive to be as environmentally conscious in every single aspect of our company. We promise to offer high quality skincare products without ever compromising the environment. We are dedicated to providing products that promote healthier and younger looking skin while minimizing our carbon footprint. Do you have any testimonials or success stories you can share?

We have happy customers all over the US. We have a couple in their 90’s that call us every other week to let us know that our product is the first

That’s right. Our glass bottle and pump top are both manufactured in Europe with the highest level of quality control. The recyclable European glass bottle is BPA and phthalate free. Only the pump top is made of plastic. All of our packaging and shipping boxes are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified to support sustainable forestry practices. As a business owner, I believe it is my duty to do everything I can to help preserve this beautiful planet we live on. As you know, Hannah, our earth is truly extraordinary, and the steps toward a “greener”, more sustainable future starts with each of us. In addition to our packaging being sustainable, we also manufacture our products in a solar powered facility. What are your long-term goals for the company?

We plan to continue to grow throughout the US and abroad. Most importantly, we’ll want to continue to be a strong voice in the beauty industry that advocates for healthy, natural, and transparent ingredients. Thank you, and all the best to you and HiQCosmetics! May your company be a model for other companies trying to help our environment.

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ARTISTRY IN GLASS: The Art of Hans Goto Frabel By Julie Brennan

I was first introduced to a Frabel glass piece in 2003, and have been fascinated by the elegance and majesty of its peculiar lines and colors. Meeting Hans Goto Frabel was something I always hoped I could do and, thanks to a dear friend, I finally did. Walking into the understated gallery off I-75 took a new feeling as I saw Hans Goto Frabel sitting peacefully, working on a glass piece. Quiet and meticulous, focused and gentle. There’s nothing like seeing an artist doing what they love to do – in this case, he kept melting glass into the desired form he had in mind. After our mutual friend introduced us, Frabel and I sat in the lobby and our chat began. “I’ve been doing this for 57 years,” Frabel stated. “I now mostly focus on creating flowers and animals, and a few abstracts. I come to work here at the studio every morning; the afternoons are spent at home in my garden. I love to garden.” The third child in a family with five children, the Frabel family migrated to West Germany as the tumultuous political climate after WWII made it necessary to find a better place to raise a family. Frabel’s father opened a scientific glass factory with a business partner. After moving a few times, the family ended up in Mainz am Rhein, a much larger city in West Germany, where Frabel’s father obtained a position as a controller at the Jena Glaswerke. Frabel did not enjoy school, and when he turned 15, his father enrolled him into a “Lehrausbildung Program” (a traineeship) as a scientific glassblower at the prestigious Jena Glaswerke in Mainz, West Germany. Within three years, Frabel received his “Gehilfenbrief,” an apprenticeship diploma, showing that he had mastered the trade of scientific glass blowing. In his spare time, he had the opportunity to focus on his real passion, art, and attended different art classes, to learn how to paint and draw. 24 MYFORSYTHMAG.COM VOLUME VII | ISSUE 5


DID YOU KNOW? Hans Godo Frabel was the first glass artist honored with the title of Absolut Artist. Other famous artists that were chosen as Absolut Artist are Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.

Over the years, Frabel’s art received much attention in the United States; his international breakthrough as a glass artist did not occur until 1979 when his pop art sculpture “Hammer and Nails” was utilized as the feature piece of the New Glass Art Exhibition. For the next several years, the exhibition toured the world visiting numerous museums in major cities. This international exhibition was a major factor in the recognition of Hans Godo Frabel as a founding father of modern torch work in the world of art. Frabel’s reputation as a master in glass art has spread worldwide beyond the glass community. Two of the most famous “trademarks” of the Frabel name are the “Hammer and Nails” sculpture from the New Glass Art Exhibition

which is currently housed in Washington D. C.’s National Building Museum; and the playful, cavorting clowns which received worldwide recognition with the Absolut Vodka advertising campaign in the late 80’s and early 90’s. “I remember working in the Georgia Tech Chemistry Department’s Research Laboratory in 1965, where I worked on lab instruments,” Frabel recalled. “After work I would work on designing flowers, birds and such. My coworkers noticed the pieces I was creating and began asking me to do a particular piece for a gift, so I would.” In 1968 Frabel opened a shop across from Piedmont Hospital, which would eventually burn down when the building was hit by lightning. Shops in Smyrna, Lenox Square and Underground Atlanta were the precursors to his studio and shop, which opened in 1972. Along with five employees, some of which have worked with Frabel since 1972, Frabel Glass Art Studio and Gallery continues to showcase the beautiful work of glass artisans trained by Frabel himself. When I asked Frabel what kept his 76-yearold body motivated; he answered candidly and with a witty smile. `“I was a novelty 40 years ago. Today I focus on doing great work, nothing sloppy.”

As for thoughts for other artists and entrepreneurs, “Be different. Be self-disciplined. I know I must work and set the example for my workers to follow. I work every day and enjoy what I do.” I smiled as I heard his answer, as I thought of the number of dignitaries, worldwide leaders and United States’ presidents who are proud owners of a Frabel glass art piece. I for one, am proud to own a Frabel exclusive. Frabel’s understated manner is unique for someone with his expertise and accolades. Quiet and uniquely understated, his demeanor and exquisite technique gives birth to some of glass art most beautiful pieces. Frabel is an avid supporter of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and has donated numerous pieces for charitable events.

Frabel Studio and Gallery 689-695 Antone St NW Atlanta, GA 30318 404.351.9794

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AN ENTREPRENEUR’S STORY: FOLLOWING A DREAM Maxwell Bentley is a part-time film student at the University of North Georgia (UNG) and founder of Bentley Media, a full-service video production and communications company based in North Georgia. Maxwell began his entrepreneurial journey in 2015 with a camera, microphone, a couple of lights, and a mindset to never give up. After working on several projects for UNG and local businesses, he learned that his purpose extended beyond creating videos, especially after realizing he was in the business of communication. “Clear and concise communication is paramount in everything we do. Our strategy happens to be creating amazing video content.” Passionate about storytelling, Maxwell now specializes in “creating films that excite” for entrepreneurs and brands across the country. His favorite part of every project is learning about the industry he is promoting and sharing his clients’ enthusiasm. “It’s not only about capturing where you are today. It’s about capturing where you’re going. I choose to be enthusiastic about your vision, and it shows in our work.” In addition, Bentley Media films weddings, conferences, events, and offers FAA Part 107 certified drone services. Maxwell said that coining the slogan “We Only Film Everything”

has opened doors to work on some “amazing, inspiring, and thought-provoking” projects. “We’re on a journey to connect people, tell inspiring stories, and capture the joys of life with cinematic video.” While he has created countless promotional films including a trailer for a mobile app that went viral, and was recently hired to create a trailer for an upcoming Xbox game, Maxwell said that his favorite project so far has involved creating a short film about his grandmother, a veteran handwriting analyst. “She, along with my entire family, has been incredibly supportive on my journey. Working alongside her and capturing what she does best is the least I can do for her.” After operating as a one-man show for two years, Maxwell launched a paid internship program earlier this year. Following a successful 10-week program, he signed all four of his interns as crew members. One intern received academic credit at UNG for her work on Bentley Media projects. The next internship opportunity is slated for Summer 2018. Maxwell continues to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Digital Media at the UNG Gainesville campus. Having been asked several times about his decision to stay in school in the face of a business that consistently sees exponential growth, he affirms that he sees value

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in a college degree and that “receiving more opportunities to learn, thrive, and network with industry experts is simply better business.” He says that UNG has been instrumental in getting his company to where it is today. “The film industry has brought 80,000 jobs to Georgia. My goal is to create thousands more, and schools like UNG are creating a film production workforce with an emphasis on leadership, which is exactly what I seek.” Maxwell has been in the video industry since 2011 and has been known to make short films as early as age six. He is an FAA-licensed and insured drone pilot, and holds additional training in public speaking and voice acting. He plans to start three more media production and communications companies over the next five years. “Success to me has little to do with massive paychecks and expensive cars. Success to me is growing companies where my staff and my clients feel successful.”

WeOnlyFilmEverything.com 404.895.3417

PHOTO: By Kidron Bullock

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MY FORSYTH | FORSYTH FOODIE

RENDEZVOUS CAFE ENGAGING IN FRESHNESS AND TASTE Within the Lakeland Plaza shopping center, known for housing Belk, Sprouts, Giorgio’s and JoAnn Fabrics, to name a few, there is a small café that continues to be found for the first time by passersby and the choice for those looking for delicious soups, tasty sandwiches and wonderful coffee drinks. Owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Eric and Fafa Young, the quaint coffee shop is simple in décor and expansive in charm and healthful cuisine. Prior to opening the shop, Eric and Fafa lived in California, where Eric worked in the film and television industry and Fafa worked as a chef. Rendezvous Café features Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters coffee beans, known for the quality and freshness of their product. Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, one of the most well-regarded specialty coffee companies in America, opened its Atlanta roastery in 1994, further ensuring the delivery of quality products to coffeehouses. The quality of the coffee and

In this hurried life we live, it is always nice to have the opportunity to sit and enjoy a tasty meal – whether breakfast, lunch or midday treat – in a place that’s inviting with an environment that makes you want to relax. served at Rendezvous Café is a major factor in the cafe’s success. The hand-made baked goods, entrees and other delicacies are created and prepared by Fafa.

We’ve visited Rendezvous Café several times, and have tried several items.

FE RENDEZVOUS CA laza 543 Lakeland P 040 30 Cumming GA 39 470-297-37 fe.net rendez-vous-ca am - 07:00pm Mon. - Sat. 8:30 Closed Sunday

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The lentil soup is an exquisite treat to the palate, with a tasty broth that warms the heart. The Eric and Fafa Young sandwiches are a great pairing with any featured soup. There are salads, hand-made macaroons, cookies and muffins, all masterfully prepared by Fafa. In this hurried life we live, it is always nice to have the opportunity to sit and enjoy a tasty meal – whether breakfast, lunch or midday treat – in a place that’s inviting with an environment that makes you want to relax. There’s no doubt, Rendezvous Café is one of Forsyth’s favorite spots to meet, relax and enjoy a few tasty treats.


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COVER STORY

OBGYN OF ATLANTA: A LEGACY OF

EXCEPTIONAL

WOMEN’S CARE Today’s woman has an informed attitude towards her healthcare – with information readily available for review. “Our mission is to provide the highest quality obstetrical and gynecological care available in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere,” explained Dr. Kristen Lady. Continued on next page

By Julie Brennan

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The people “ at Ob/Gyn of Dr. Lady is a member of the team of 10 obstetricians/gynecologists (OB/Gyn) physicians that serve four office locations - Northside Forsyth (Cumming), Johns Creek, Northside Atlanta, and East Cobb (Marietta). She joined Obstetrics & Gynecology of Atlanta in 2015. “I grew up in Alpharetta. I always dreamed of working out of Northside Hospital, and when the opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t pass it up,” Dr. Lady explained. “I am dedicated to educating my patients and providing them with the best care possible. I aim to prepare women for success in their future health and life.” Dr. Lady recalled when her family almost lost a loved one due to complications from surgery. It was then that she set her sights on making the operating room a safer place. At the time, Dr. Lady was a high school student. “I always knew I wanted to be involved with surgery. After doing my rotation in OB/

Gyn in medical school I realized it was a perfect combination of surgery and building relationships with patients. The added bonus is bringing babies into the world,” stated Dr. Lady. “Growing up I was a patient of Obstetrics & Gynecology of Atlanta. I am proud to be carrying on the legacy of exceptional patient care in a friendly, relaxed environment,” Dr. Lady added. “I enjoy providing a warm, interactive environment involving the patient in her care and the decision-making process.” Patients, colleagues and co-workers have seen firsthand Dr. Lady’s passion for her work, her patients, and her community. “Obstetrics & Gynecology of Atlanta is more than just the practice where Dr. Lady works,” remarked Tiffiny Johnson, Practice Administrator. “She was eager to get started when the office in Cumming opened and continues to motivate all of us to work harder and provide the very best service to all who

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Atlanta are more than just a doctor’s office, we consider them extended family.” - Teri S.

chose to visit our offices. She truly loves her work and her community.” Obstetrics & Gynecology of Atlanta’s Cumming office is located at 1800 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 280, in the Northside Hospital Forsyth campus. For information on their services and to set up an appointment, contact 404.257.5500.


About Dr. Kristen Lady

OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY OF ATLANTA

SERVICES

• Complete obstetrics care from prenatal, delivery and post-partum care. • Gynecological care for pre- and post-adolescent girls, extending into the post-menopausal age group. • Urogyn-Incontinence Therapy • Infertility: Testing and Treatment • Bone Densitometry • Ultrasound • Mammography • Laboratory • Fetal Testing • Vaccines

Dr. Lady is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Spanish in 2001. She completed her medical education at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA, where she earned her medical degree in 2009 as a member Alpha Omega Alpha medical honors society. Dr. Lady completed her residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, in 2013. She was named the “Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology.” Dr. Lady resides in Cumming with her husband and three children. “I enjoy working with and serving the people I see on a day-to-day basis. This is my community and I am truly honored to practice here,” Dr. Lady asserted.

Kristy Bedell, CNM

Since 2011, Kristy Bedell, CNM, has been a member of the team at OBGyn of Atlanta. Kristy earned her Master’s in Midwifery from Emory University in 1998. An experienced nurse-midwife, she has served the Northside community since 1999.  She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives. Kristy provides care to women during pregnancy, childbirth and family planning, and manages antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal and interconceptual care of women and their newborns.

OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY OF ATLANTA

PROVIDERS PHYSICIANS Christopher E. Bassil, M.D. Keisha Dennard-Hall, M.D. Genevieve L. Fairbrother, M.D., MPH Kirsten L. Franklin, M.D. Jill J. Henke, M.D. Kristen H. Lady, M.D. Jennifer A. Loehle, M.D. Claire A. Parker, M.D. Thomas E. Sharon, M.D. Charles D. Wootten, M.D.

NURSE MIDWIVES Kristy Bedell, CNM Nicole Robinson, CNM Holly Mitchell, CNM Jennifer Afman, CNM Katie Morgan, CNM Mitra Davis, CNM Kylie-Ann Hamilton, CNM

Obgynofatlanta.com 404.252.1137

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We now have the ability to provide Treatment as Prevention-cardiology style-and potentially eradicate cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death and disability around the world.

TREATMENT AS PREVENTION: CAN A POLYPILL WORK FOR THE HEART? By Narendra Singh, MD

I recently had the pleasure to listen to Dr. J. Montaner, a pioneer in HIV/ AIDS Research who has helped his home province of British Columbia dramatically reduce HIV transmission rates so low that the HIV hospital wards in Vancouver have been closed down. In conjunction with the World Health Organization, Dr. Montaner hopes to do the same worldwide. This remarkable feat was achieved not with a wonder drug or a super vaccine. Instead, they combined a number of drugs (anti-retroviral therapy) and offered it inexpensively to HIV infected individuals. By doing so they brought virus levels low enough to prevent transmission. This in turn reduced the number of individuals, including newborns who were newly infected with HIV. Thus, the term TasP-Treatment as Prevention. So how does this relate to the heart? In cardiology, we now have the ability to identify early heart disease (plaque buildup) with a simple CT scan called the coronary calcium score. If your score is zero you essentially have no heart blockages. A score of one to 10 represents minimal disease, 11-

100 mild disease, 101-400 moderate disease and 401+ is considered severe disease. It is a relatively inexpensive test with low radiation exposure that I would recommend for anyone with risk factors or a family history of coronary artery disease. We also have four classes of drugs proven to reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke. The first is a blood thinner; most commonly this is aspirin but clopidogrel can also be used. Second is a beta-blocker such as atenolol, metoprolol, or carvedilol. These drugs work by lowering blood pressure, slowing the heart rate, and reducing arrhythmias. Third are blood pressure lowering meds called ACE inhibitors or ARB’s. Common examples include lisinopril, ramipril, losartan and valsartan. Finally, the fourth and most important are statins, which lower bad cholesterol and actually shrink the plaques. Common examples include simvastatin, pravastatin, atorvastatin, and rosuvastatin. While not many folks, if any, like to be on meds, all the drugs mentioned here are now generic and in many cases cost just pennies a day. Therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) such as weight loss, dietary modification, smoking

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cessation, exercise and meditation are the first steps to preventing coronary heart disease. The addition of these four classes of medications can reduce heart disease risk by another 75%. Taking four pills is not easy and so a single combo pill called a “polypill” is being tested around the world. It’s not hard to envision that if individuals who had an abnormal coronary calcium score were offered inexpensively (or even freely) the opportunity to take the polypill daily, we could dramatically reduce the occurrence of heart attacks, stroke and sudden death. In other words, we now have the ability to provide Treatment as Prevention-cardiology style-and potentially eradicate cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death and disability around the world. NARENDRA SINGH, MD, FRCP(C), FACC, FAHA Clinical Assistant Professor – Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Director, Clinical Research, Atlanta Heart Specialists LLC, Atlanta, GA

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MY FORSYTH | HEALTH & WELLNESS FACTORS

MEDICATION ADHERENCE:

• Ask your doctor or a pharmacist for educational materials or leaflets written in plain language. • Ask your doctor for visual aids to increase understanding of disease state and drug therapy. • Bring all your medications to each doctor’s visit. This will allow your physician a chance to review and adjust therapy. • Use one pharmacy. Using one pharmacy will allow your pharmacist to review your medication history. Your pharmacist can then make recommendations to your physician. • Attend health education programs, such as diabetes education.

ADVERSE EFFECT OF DRUGS

• Discuss the possibility of alternative drug therapy with your doctor. • Discuss the risk and the benefit of each drug with your doctor. • Share how specific adverse effects can hinder your quality of life. • Explain to your doctor what medications have worked in the past and what is preferred and why. This will help in the selection of drug therapy.

COST

• Ask for free or low cost medication options from your doctor. • Ask for drug samples. • Drug manufactures offer patient assistance on some medications, ask for details. • Ask a pharmacist about co-pay coupons, these could provide additional discounts on co-pay.

COMPLEX DOSING REGIMENS

• Ask for daily dosing of medication versus twice daily dosing or other complex regimens. • Many medications are available in a combination. Ask for a combination drug. Keep in mind however that an increase in cost can incur with combo drugs. • Evaluate disease states and the options to decrease the number of medications used.

DIFFICULTY REMEMBERING

• Sign-up for automatic refill options at the pharmacy. Your pharmacy will automatically fill medications each month and contact you when ready. • Ask a pharmacist to sync your medications. This option will allow for all refills to be picked up on the same day, which is an added convenience. • Use calendar reminders. • Use medication adherence apps to assist in managing drug therapy. Use medappfinder.com to search for apps that best suits your needs.

HOW IT AFFECTS YOU?

By Cheryl Mistry, Pharm.D, MBA Medication adherence is a term used to describe whether you, the patient, are taking your medication as prescribed by your physician. Approximately 50% of patients are not taking medications as prescribed. This can lead to worsening of chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, therefore it is important that you follow your doctor’s drug regimen. Adhering to the plan prescribed by your doctor is important to achieve the desired outcome and decrease the chance of hospitalization. Why are patients non-adherent? What are some ways to increase medication adherence? Several factors contribute to non-adherence and are unique to each circumstance. Some include: lack of understanding therapy, adverse effect of drugs, cost, complex dosing regimens, and difficulty remembering. The goal is to partner with the healthcare team (doctors, pharmacist and nurses). Increasing your communication with the healthcare team can help to clarify misunderstanding around specific dosing and adverse effects. Although this list is not all inclusive, there are ways to remedy these factors.

REMEDY

LACK OF UNDERSTANDING THERAPY

The goal is to be motivated and empowered to manage your own care. Teaming up with a healthcare team will help you to better understand your disease state and drug therapy. Remember to ask your doctor, nurse and/ or pharmacist for assistance. You can achieve a better quality of life by adhering to your prescribed medication regimen.

Georgia Highlands Medical is located in Highland Medical Plaza at 475 Tribble Gap Road in Cumming. To make an appointment or to learn more, call (770)887-1668, or reach us online: info@ghms-inc.org www.ghms-inc.org facebook.com/ghmsinc.

References: 1.Brown, Marie T. and Bussell, Jennifer K. “Medication Adherence: WHO cares?” (2011) PubMed https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3068890/ 2.PL Detail-Document, Medication Adherence Apps. Pharmacist’s Letter/Prescriber’s Letter. March 2016. 3.Professional Resource, Medication Adherence Strategies. Pharmacist’s Letter/Prescriber’s Letter. September 2016

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A COMMITMENT TO CARE SERVING THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1979

Pediatrics Pharmacy Geriatrics Family Practice Women’s Health/OB-GYN

Accepting New Patients!

From the moment you enter our doors, you become part of our legacy of patient-centered, quality care. That care represents our commitment to you, your family and our community.

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MY FORSYTH | HEALTH & WELLNESS

BUYING KIDS EYEWEAR Buying your children any type of eyewear, whether it be sunglasses or prescription glasses, can be overwhelming, especially when considering how long they will last and if they will want to wear them. Even

if the glasses you are looking to purchase for your child is prescription, your doctor may tell them that they don’t need to be wearing them all the time, while others may need to have them on from the second they are awake to the second they go to sleep. Some things you should take into consideration when buying your glasses is the prescription, as some may require a thicker lens than others, meaning that the frame itself would need to be strong enough to be able to support them. Another thing is how the frame looks on them and how comfortable it is. No one wants to wear glasses if they aren’t suited for their face and aren’t in with the current fashion trends. So be sure to come to For Your Eyes Only at Vickery Village to get your yearly check-up and get a new pair of glasses that both you and your kid love. Liz DeFranco, ABOC, NCLC, with Review and Updates by Master Optician Mark MattisonShupnick. “10 Tips for Buying Kids’ Eyewear.” All About Vision. All About Vision, n.d. Web. 14 June 2017.

By Opal Sivan, Research Journalist Consulted by Dr. Mira Sivan, Optometrist

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A CLASS IN SCHOOL CALLED LIFE

Raising the bar on Mental Health Education in our schools and communities. How does eating s’mores treats, playing with bubbles, toothpaste games, watching movie clips, and creating positive message boards sound for a fun morning activity at school?What if I were to tell you that while this fun is taking place, simultaneously, your child is learning about mental health, wellness, and positive ways to cope with stressors. These are just a few of the topics covered in the presentations by the LRJ Foundation. Since 2012, The LRJ Foundation has changed the way society views mental health. We began to talk about it. LRJ Foundation believed there was a lack of mental wellness education being delivered in schools and communities. The conversation began in a small 10th grade health class at a school in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. Nearly six years and 49 schools later, LRJ’s, Wellness Matters, program has been delivered face-to-face to 22,000 individuals, with 80% being students ranging from 12 to 18-years old. “LRJ Foundation opened a chapter in Georgia in 2015 to bring mental wellness education to our community,” explained Teressa Stann, Executive Director. Stann’s primary aim is to partner with Georgia schools to pilot LRJ Foundation’s Wellness Matters Program to their 3rd to 12th grade students.

I ask many people, why is mental health and suicide such a sensitive subject? Young people are taking their lives every day and it has become a silent epidemic! There is no shame in addressing a serious matter that has become too common in our youth culture.

“Every presentation is staffed by licensed professionals in the mental health field. Topics range from depression and bullying to empathy and kindness, in an engaging yet age-appropriate lesson and discussion,” Stann added. “Our teachers and school officials work daily to give our children the best education possible, and they do an exceptional job. Many continue to work diligently, even after the last school bell rings. Our goals are to work with our schools as a team, to help improve the lives of our

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children. We want to help students improve both emotionally and academically, for them to fulfill their potential, and help them live life to the fullest.” Results from the Georgia Student 20152016 Health Survey, conducted by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), depict eye opening numbers. The GSHS 2.0 is an anonymous, statewide survey instrument developed by many divisions within the GaDOE including the Assessment and Accountability Division and in collaboration


with the Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia State University. The GSHS 2.0 identifies safety and health issues that have a negative impact on student achievement and school climate. The survey is also used to guide school prevention and intervention programs and for grant funding. The GSHS 2.0 for middle and high school students covers various topics such as school climate and safety, graduation, school dropouts, alcohol and drug use, bullying and harassment, suicide, nutrition, and sedentary behaviors. To view the GSHS 2.0 Survey Reports v isit www.gadoe.org. “I ask many people, why is mental health and suicide such a sensitive subject? Young people are taking their lives every day and it has become a silent epidemic! There is no shame in addressing a serious matter that has become too common in our youth culture,” Stann asserted. “As a community we must face the reality that mental health and suicide can no longer be a taboo subject. Society moves faster now, and things like stress and depression are part of our daily lives. Mental health is not going anywhere. We can begin teaching our youth how to live more mentally healthy lives in elementary school, and build upon that into middle school.” “By the time our youth have reached high school, they have had years of knowledge to better manage and cope with negative situations, stress, and disappointment. Resiliency and the ability to think clearly during stressful times is a learned skill. Therefore, LRJ Foundations programs start at the elementary age. Mental health education is as important as any other subject of academic study our children receive, and if we allow the stigma to continue around mental health we are failing to better prepare our children for all of life’s challenges,” Stann added.

Students who seriously considered attempting suicide on 1-2 occasions in the last 12 months: • West Forsyth High school, (9-12th) 96 total, 66 females and 30 males. • North Forsyth High school (9-12th) 124 total, 72 females and 54 males. • South Forsyth High school, (9-12th) 111 total, 75 females and 36 males. • Forsyth Central High School, (9-12th) 113 total, 70 females and 43 males. Students that have attempted suicide on 1-2 occasions is the last 12 months: • West Forsyth High School (9-12th) 39 total, with 25 being females and 14 males. • North Forsyth High school (9-12th) 49 total, 33 females and 16 males. • South Forsyth High school, (9-12th) 41 total, 35 females and 6 males. • Forsyth Central High School, (9-12th) 55 total, 37 females and 18 males. *Results from the Georgia Student 2015-2016 Health Survey.

Lou (a.k.a Louie) Ruspi, Jr. was a charismatic and outgoing young man. From his loud, deep laugh to his bright, joyful smile, Louie’s personality instantly lit up a room. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved his family, including his nieces and nephews, dearly. But what others saw on the outside was almost the exact opposite from how Louie felt on the inside…On December 23, 2011, Louie took his own life. Established in 2012 by sisters, Teressa Stann and Karla Farina, LRJ Foundation seeks to help those struggling and bring suicide awareness and prevention to our communities. Throughout Pennsylvania and Georgia, the organization targets students in grades 3rd to 12th with hourlong sessions on topics ranging from depression and bullying to life transitions to empathy and kindness. We provide information on treatment options, teach coping skills, and provide resources for further outreach. Most importantly, these sessions are provided at no cost to school districts and community organizations wishing to become involved. Today, LRJ Foundation has given thousands of students the courage to open up and get the help they need before it’s too late.

For more information on the LRJ Foundation and to schedule a presentation, please visit LRJFoundation.com or contact Teressa Stann at LRJFoundation@live.com

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MENTAL HEALTH: A Personal Matter By Morgan Champion

According to MentalHealth.gov, mental health refers to the emotional, physiological, and social well-being of an adult, teenager, or child, and because mental health awareness month is quickly approaching, I deemed it necessary to shed light on this vital but somehow ignored subject. As a 17-year-old girl, I can’t say that this issue has never affected me. I can’t say that I’ve never stayed up all night, tossing, turning, and hoping that maybe, when the first ray of sun strikes the Earth’s surface the next morning, these statistics will improve. I can’t say that these issues that are deemed unimportant by society are not a part of my story. I believe that whether we’ve personally experienced it or watched a loved one fight the battle to recovery, mental health issues and awareness have meaning in everyone’s lives. Whether we all want to admit it or not, this issue is more relevant now than ever before. In a recent study on mental health, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that approximately 43.8 million adults in the US experience mental illness every year. Approximately one in five adolescents 13-18 experience this mental illness at some

point in their lives. In 2015, NAMI found that 8% of teenagers live with anxiety, 11% with a mood disorder, and 10% with a conduct disorder. Additionally, a shocking 20% of teens experience depression before they reach adulthood, and finally, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among my generation, with a young person taking his or her life every 100 minutes. Mental health is not something to be ignored. Among this generation alone, the population of those who have struggled with this detrimental issue has grown exponentially, and the numbers continue to climb. However, there is something you can do to help. Spread awareness. Let victims know that they are not alone, and help them seek the appropriate help. Most mental illnesses are treatable, and with the proper help from doctors and therapists, victims can be completely cured.

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For more information about the importance of this topic, please visit www.mentalhealth.gov.

Morgan Champion is an ambitious North Forsyth High School senior who believes in the power of serving others, reaching for her dreams, and having a positive attitude—no matter her circumstances. Besides writing for Cumming Local, Morgan enjoys volunteering at her church, at the Forsyth County Peer Court, and at various clubs and organizations throughout her school. Additionally, she is honored to work as a media and advertising intern for a nonprofit organization called PERIOD, which distributes menstrual products to homeless women in need. Morgan has a soft spot for all of her amazing friends, family, and mentors, as they have been her anchor throughout the crazy rollercoaster of life. In the future, she hopes to attend college and major in communications and religion, but for now, all she can do is pray, serve, and attend the occasional concert.


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DONATING LOCAL As you are cleaning out and purging, would you consider giving to one of these local non-profits ministries? The proceeds from the thrift stores’ sales are used for the purpose of sustaining each organization’s mission. Below we’ve listed out each one with their hours, their social media accounts, as well as their websites for more information. ABBA HOUSE Location: 243 Stowers Road E Dawsonville, GA 30534 Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 9am–5:30pm Tues & Thurs 10am–7pm Phone: 678.208.2000 Website: www.abbahouse.com At Abba House, their ministries are focused on “helping broken women be made whole” by helping them break free from addiction and abuse. Their Christ-centered ministry allows women to first reconcile to God, and then to their families.

SERVING AND GIVING BACK Looking local organizations to help this year? Here are some organizations to check out: • Cumming Ministries & Thrift Store -www.cumminghomeministries.org • Family Haven - www.forsythcountyfamilyhaven.info • Food for Thought Project - www.fftpinc.org • Humane Society of Forsyth County - www.forsythpets.org • The Place of Forsyth County – www.theplaceofforsyth.org • Mentor Me North GA – www.mentorga.org • United Way of Forsyth County – www.unitedwayforsyth.com • Georgia Mountain Food Bank - www.gamountainfoodbank.org • Bearfoot Ranch - www.bearfootranch.org • Furkids Animal Hospital – www.furkids.org • Just One Africa - www.justoneafrica.org • SAFFT – www.safft.org • Healthy Paws for a Cause – www.healthypawsforacause.com

CUMMING HOME MINISTRIES Location: 429 Canton Road, Cumming, GA 30040 Hours: Monday through Saturday 10am – 5:30pm Phone: 678.456.5544 Website: www.cumminghomeministries.org Cumming Home Ministries provides transitional housing, life-skills coaching, spiritual mentoring and a safe, Christian environment for men in Metro Atlanta who need to make a fresh start in their lives. FAMILY HAVEN Location: 598 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Cumming, GA 30040 Hours: 10am-6pm Monday-Friday & 10am-5pm Saturday Phone: 770.844.0842 Website: www.forsythcountyfamilyhaven.info Forsyth County Family Haven is an advocate for victims and families of domestic violence providing shelter, programs and community education to end the cycle of violence. Forsyth County Family Haven was incorporated in 1989 for the purpose of providing safe temporary shelter, individual crisis support and referral services for victims of violence.

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THE PLACE OF FORSYTH COUNTY Location: 2550 The Place Circle, Cumming, GA 30040 Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm Phone: 770.887.1098 Website: www.theplaceofforsyth.org The Place of Forsyth County is serving the community with financial emergency assistance, clothing, food and many additional support services. In August 2015, they started a workforce development initiative in conjunction with several local agencies to help the under employed and unemployed prepare for and secure jobs. They also embraced an 8-year-old service, Focus on Forsyth, which helps needy households through referrals from schools and senior center.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF FORSYTH COUNTY – THRIFT STORE Location: 168 Tri County Plaza, Cumming GA 30040 Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm Phone: 770.886.5806 Website: www.hsthriftstore.com Founded in 1975, the Humane Society of Forsyth County, Georgia (HSFC) is dedicated to preventing cruelty to, relieving the suffering of, and providing humane treatment for animals. All the animals in their program are safe and well-cared for, while they wait to find them their forever homes. They stand by the fact that they are one of a few NO-KILL shelters in this area.

THE PIER FOUNDATION Location: 5185 Browns Bridge Road, Cumming, GA 30040 Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm Phone: 678.455.7437 Website: www.pierfoundation.org To provide individuals with disabilities work experience, thereby enabling them to discover and develop their unique capabilities and potential, and help them achieve the highest degree of independence and the best quality of life possible.

NO LONGER BOUND Location: 315 Dahlonega Street, Cumming Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm Phone: 678.679.1172 Website: www.nolongerbound.com No Longer Bound provides broken and willing individuals with a place of escape from the enslavement of addiction. They do this by creating a residential refuge for addicted individuals to detoxify from the chemicals, chaos, and catastrophe caused by their dependency. No Longer Bound’s vision is to rescue addicts, regenerate men & reconcile families.

Cumming Local has provided My Forsyth magazine with this Giving Guide. Please visit www.cumminglocal.com for more information on each particular agency for details on their services. My Forsyth magazine, Cumming Local, nor its site owners will be held responsible for any errors or omissions. If you experience trouble with any of these listings or if you know of others to add, please contact us at info@cumminglocal.com so we can update the guide. Thank you for your understanding and assistance! VOLUME • ISSUE | MYFORSYTHMAG.COM 45 VOLUME VII VII | ISSUE 5 | 5MYFORSYTHMAG.COM 45


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A NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE

An evening featuring the cuisine of former White House Executive Chef John Moeller and a keynote address by Erick Erickson. Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors and volunteers who made this evening a remarkable and joyful occasion!

www.safft.org SPONSORS: Genuine Parts Company, Banks Septic, Stratix, Doug & Janna Cleveland, Northside Hospital Forsyth, Cumming Pediatric Group, BC Homes, Fostering Small Group, The Siemon Law Firm, Brent Scarbrough & Co., Inc., Northpoint Mortgage, Mathis Grading, JD & Rebecca Rusk, Gaines Johnson & Family, Terri Willet - Keller Williams Realty Community Partners, Free Chapel, Keller Williams Realty Community Partners, A Lewis Films Production, City of Refuge, My Forsyth Magazine

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Rooted in Unconditional

LOVE By Hannah Peckett

Halloween has come and gone, the pumpkin patches are bare and we’ll trade our pumpkin spice for eggnog. As the seasons change, many anticipate what comes next - the holidays! Seemingly, things become a little more magical as people gather together to celebrate life, love, and family. This type of celebration is one that No Longer Bound’s intern John Thompson doesn’t take for granted. John and his wife, Lori, met in college. He was a senior, she was a freshman, and they fell in love almost immediately. They began a happy life together and soon welcomed two children, Reagan and Will. “My family was what I considered to be perfect,” John explained. This beautiful life was shattered when John turned back to his addiction ten years later. From there, the family struggled through fights, rehab programs and dysfunction, and learning to cover it up along the way. Despite his addiction, John was miraculously sober for his daughter’s wedding day, which he said was “the best day of [his] life”. It was a beautiful opportunity for him to be present for his daughter in a way he hadn’t been before, and

it was special for them. Later that night, “the best day of [his] life turned into the worst” when he discovered that Will, his son, was using opiates. Lori, John’s wife, discovered No Longer Bound (NLB) when searching for Christian drug rehabilitation centers for her son. John and Lori brought Will to NLB and were astonished at the ways he changed as he progressed through the program. “I remember leaving one night from visitation and it was just, like, this is my son. He’s back,” recounted Lori. Unfortunately, John was having a very different experience. During Will’s time at NLB, John relapsed, sending his family into a tailspin. Divorce papers were served and the family was at its lowest point. Will urged his dad to come to No Longer Bound. After resisting for quite some time, John reached a point of brokenness that confronted him with a choice: change his life or die in his addiction. Thankfully, he chose to check himself into No Longer Bound for treatment. Several months into John’s program, Lori visited him and was blown away by the change

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in her husband, “I could see the John that I married. I saw him resurfacing. He was growing and I was growing...we were both looking to God and that was so cool.” The Thompson family is a breathtaking example of the transformative power that God provides men, and consequently families, at No Longer Bound. John and Lori have since abandoned their divorce papers and John is wearing his wedding band again. Will continues to succeed as he pursues a Godly, sober lifestyle. Reagan noted that John and Will aren’t the only ones who have been positively affected. “It has been really amazing to watch No Longer Bound transform life in not just my brother, but in my dad. For family, I think it has also had positive impact on all of us.” Many of us are blessed with family who love, encourage and support us. This time of year makes us look forward to sitting around tables with the people we love. Because of the hope offered at No Longer Bound, the Thompson family will experience this joy for many holidays to come. To watch a moving video highlighting the Thompson’s story, please visit facebook. com/nolongerbound/videos. You can be a part of rewriting the stories of broken families. How? By shopping at NLB Furniture and our two NLB Thrift Stores; donating your unwanted clothing, furniture or cars; sponsoring one of our residents; and volunteering with your family or small group. Your investment of time and resources makes our mission – to rescue addicts, regenerate men and reconcile families – possible.

For more information about our industries and how you can be involved, visit nolongerbound.com or contact our main office at 770.886.7873.


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MY FORSYTH | SCHOOL DIRECTORY

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Midway Elementary 4805 Atlanta Highway 770.475.6670 Principal: Jan Munroe jmunroe@forsyth.k12.ga.us

North Forsyth Middle 3645 Coal Mountain Drive 770.889.0743 Principal: Todd McClelland tmcclelland@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Brandywine Elementary 15 Martin Dr. Alpharetta Principal: Todd Smith tsmith@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Sawnee Elementary 1616 Canton Highway 770.887.6161 Principal: Dr. Eileen Nix ecnix@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Otwell Middle 605 Tribble Gap Road 770.887.5248 Principal: Steve Miller stmiller@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Brookwood Elementary 2980 Vaughan Drive 678.965.5060 Principal: Tracey Smith tsmith@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Settles Bridge Elementary 600 James Burgess Road 770.887.1883 Principal: Saran VonEsh svonesh@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Chattahoochee Elementary 2800 Holtzclaw Road 770.781.2240 Principal: Barbara Vella bvella@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Sharon Elementary 3595 Old Atlanta Road 770.888.7511 Principal: Amy Bartlett abartlett@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Big Creek Elementary 1994 Peachtree Parkway 770.887.4584 Principal: Laura Webb lwebb@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Chestatee Elementary 6945 Keith Bridge Road 770.887.2341 Principal: Polly Tennies ptennies@forsyth.k12.ga.us Coal Mountain Elementary 3455 Coal Mountain Drive 770.887.7705 Principal: Kimberly Davis kdavis@forsyth.k12.ga.us Cumming Elementary 540 Dahlonega Street 770.887.7749 Principal: Lee Anne Rice lrice@forsyth.k12.ga.us Daves Creek Elementary 3740 Melody Mizer Lane 770.888.1223 Principal: Eric Ashton eashton@forsyth.k12.ga.us Haw Creek Elementary 2555 Echols Road 678.965.5070 Principal: June Tribble jtribble@forsyth.k12.ga.us Johns Creek Elementary 6205 Old Atlanta Road 678.965.5041 Principal: Alyssa Degliumberto adegliumberto@forsyth.k12.ga.us Kelly Mill Elementary 1180 Chamblee Gap Road 678.965.4953 Principal: Ron McAlliste rmcallister@forsyth.k12.ga.us Mashburn Elementary 3777 Samples Road 770.889.1630 Principal: Carla Gravitt cgravitt@forsyth.k12.ga.us Matt Elementary 7455 Wallace Tatum Road 678.455.4500 Principal: Charlley Stalder cstalder@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Shiloh Point Elementary 8145 Majors Road 678.341.6481 Principal: Derrick Hershey dhershey@forsyth.k12.ga.us Sliver City Elementary 6200 Dahlonega Highway 678.965.5020 Principal: Paige Andrews pandrews@forsyth.k12.ga.us Vickery Creek Elementary 6280 Post Road 770.346.0040 Principal: Kristan Riedinger kriedinger@forsyth.k12.ga.us Whitlow Elementary 3655 Castleberry Road 678.965.5090 Principal: Dr. Lynne Castleberry lcastleberry@forsyth.k12.ga.us

MIDDLE SCHOOLS DeSana Middle School 625 James Road, Alpharetta Principal: Terri North tnorth@forsyth.k12.ga.us Lakeside Middle 2565 Echols Road 678.965.5080 Principal: Kim Head khead@forsyth.k12.ga.us Liberty Middle 7465 Wallace Tatum Road 770.781.4889 Principal: Cheryl Riddle criddlel@forsyth.k12.ga.us Little Mill Middle 6800 Little Mill Road 678.965.5000 Principal: Connie McCrary cmccrary@forsyth.k12.ga.us

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Piney Grove Middle 8135 Majors Road 678.965.5010 Principal: Pamela Pajerski ppajerski@forsyth.k12.ga.us Riverwatch Middle 610 James Burgess Road 678.455.7311 Principal: Pam Bibk pbibik@forsyth.k12.ga.us South Forsyth Middle 4670 Windermere Parkway Cumming, GA 30041 Principal: Sandy Tinsley stinsley@forsyth.k12.ga.us Vickery Creek Middle 6240 Post Road 770.667.2580 Principal: Scott Feldcamp sfeldcamp@forsyth.k12.ga.us

HIGH SCHOOLS Forsyth Central High 520 Tribble Gap Road 770.887.8151 Principal: Mitch Young myoung@forsyth.k12.ga.us

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Cornerstone Schools 4888 Browns Bridge Road 770.205.8202 Head of School: Angela Martin www.cornerstonesch.com Covenant Christian Academy 6905 Post Road 770.674.2990 Headmaster: Jonathan Arnold www.covenantrams.com Fideles Christian School 1390 Weber Industrial Drive 770.888.6705 Director: Carla Rutherford www.fideleschristianschool.com Friendship Christian School 3160 Old Atlanta Road 678.845.0418 Head of School: Dr. Rick Johnson Elementary Principal: Dianne Gormley www.friendshipchristianschool.us Horizon Christian Academy (K-6) 2160 Freedom Parkway (7-12) 433 Canton Road 678.947.3583, 678.947.0711 Headmaster: Heather Marshall www.horizonchristian.org Ivy League Montessori School 1791 Kelly Mill Road 770.781.5586 School Director: Becky Carty www.ilmsnet.com

Lambert High School 805 Nichols Road 678.965.5050 Principal: Dr. Gary Davison gdavison@forsyth.k12.ga.us

McGinnis Woods Country Day School 5380 Faircroft Drive 770-664-7764 Principal: Mary Johnson www.mcginniswoods.org

North Forsyth High 3635 Coal Mountain Drive 770.781.6637

Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs 2830 Old Atlanta Road 770.205.6277 www.montessoriacademygeorgia.com

jcheney@forsyth.k12.ga.us South Forsyth High 585 Peachtree Parkway 770.781.2264 Principal: Laura Wilson lwilson@forsyth.k12.ga.us West Forsyth High 4155 Drew Road 770.888.3470 Principal: Karl Mercer kmercer@forsyth.k12.ga.us Forsyth Academy Forsyth Academy at Night Rudy Hampton | 770.781.3141 Gateway Academy Betty Pope | 770.781.2299 Forsyth Virtual Academy Susan Atkins | 678.965.4970

Montessori at Vickery 6285 Post Road 770.777.9131 www.montessorivickery.com Montessori Kids Academy 3034 Old Atlanta Road 678.208.0774 School Admin., Maureen Danbury www.montessoricumming.com Pinecrest Academy 955 Peachtree Parkway 770.888.4477 Headmaster: Dr. Edward J. Lindekugel www. pinecrestacademy.com

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MY FORSYTH | FAITH

THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK By Millicent Thiltgen

By Maria I. Morgan

Jean and I were in the same class and rode the school bus together. We weren’t friends – just acquaintances. I’m not sure why I chose to make fun of her, but all these years later I wish I could rewind the clock and apologize for the way I acted. Harsh words and a lie I was sitting with one of my friends on the bus when we slowed down in front of her house. As the door slid open, and Jean boarded the bus, I made a rude comment about her hair. As we laughed, Jean took her seat and asked what was so funny. I made something up, and pretended to be nice to her. My words and actions were anything but kind. What we need Discretion isn’t a word we use much today, but it’s a quality we need to develop. The dictionary defines it as “the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information.” My words, all those years ago, were not discreet.

Look at what King Solomon has to say about this quality: “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:” (Proverbs 2:10-11; KJV). When my words are discreet, they serve as a source of protection and help maintain a high standard. They are wise words. Choose wisely Years have passed since that day on the bus. And every day I get to choose the words I will speak. When I yield to the Holy Spirit, I can use my words to encourage others and display something beautiful that never goes out of style – discretion. Your turn Do you make it a habit to think before you speak? What step will you take today to exercise discretion? Heavenly Father, You know our words aren’t always what they should be. Forgive us when we say hurtful things. Help us think before we speak and use words that bless and benefit others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Coming this fall the 3rd book in the Louie the Lawnmower series - “Louie to the Rescue – The Big Dig” Here’s a sneak peek: Louie and the gang are fired up about the neighborhood yard competition. But when a sarcastic shovel arrives on the scene, hurtful words cause big problems. Will the newcomer succeed in intimidating Louie and his friends? Or will her plan backfire? Join Louie and the others and discover whose words win.


ANXIETY: THE UNCERTAINTY OF LIFE By Dr. Ron Magat

As 2017 comes to a close, the holiday season can be ripe for anxiety. Here are a few things you may be confronting: How am I going to handle all the relatives coming over? Do we have enough money to buy presents? Will I finish this semester with a 4.0 GPA? Is my football team going to make the playoffs? Anxiety is ever-present because it is a part of our DNA. When our ancestors were out in the wilderness, there were more important things to worry about than baking the turkey just right. Whether being chased by a sabertooth tiger or facing the elements, the fear of death was more primary on our ancestors’ minds. Imagine if you were walking across a grassy savanna and being care-free about your surroundings—you were likely eaten and thus unable to pass along your genes to the next generation. The more cautious members of our ancient tribes survived and passed along this adaptive need to be fearful. However, the advances of our civilization and technology have far outpaced the imperative of our propensity to worry. Although we may no longer need to fear about being lunch for a hungry predator, our anxious minds are still on the lookout for things to worry over. Some people just have it more intensely than others. Getting good sleep, eating healthy, and exercise are ways to enhance the capacity to cope with stress. Mindful practices such as meditation, prayer, and yoga will build emotional resiliency. With more persistent, debilitating anxiety, therapy and medication can synergistically help to interpret stressful situations in a more workable way so that you can make space for anxiety and do what matters. As a result, you remain connected to your values. You stay in charge of your life. Although the holidays remind us to care for others, remember to take care of you. Life is to be savored in the present moment. Thank your ancestors for that.

DR. RON MAGAT 3830 Windermere Parkway Suite 304 Cumming, GA 30041 678-680-3972 | www.drronmagat.com

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MY FORSYTH | HOUSES OF WORSHIP

NON-DENOMINATIONAL Eastgate Church 2820 Brookwood Road | O: 770.888.8852 Sunday Morning Worship Times: 9:15 & 11:15am Pastors: Ron & Charla Nelson http://eastgatechurch.org Browns Bridge Church 3860 Browns Bridge Road Cumming, GA 30041 678.965.8000 Pastor - Andy Stanley Services- 9am, 11am, 4:30pm http://brownsbridge.org/

BAPTIST Antioch Baptist Church 2465 Antioch Road O: 770.887.6900 Sunday School: 10am Sunday Service: 11am and 6pm AWANA: Sunday at 6pm Wednesday Bible Study: 7pm Pastor: Travis Bridgeman www.welcometoantioch.org Berean Baptist Church 7110 Majors Road | 770-889-1302 Sunday Worship Service: 11:00am Classes for all ages: 10:00am Evening Service: 6:00pm Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm Children’s Clubs: 7:00pm Bob Baines, Pastor www.bbc-cares.org Cumming Baptist Church 115 Church Street | 770.205.6699 Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Worship service: 10:50am Pastor: Dr. Barry Crocker www.cummingbaptist.net First Baptist Cumming 1597 Sawnee Drive | 770.887.2428 Sunday Services: 9:30am Contemporary Worship Service & Bible Fellowship Groups 11am Traditional Worship Service & Bible Fellowship Groups Wednesday: 6:15pm AWANA Pastor: Dr. Bob Jolly www.firstbaptistcumming.org

First Redeemer Church 2100 Peachtree Pkwy. | 678.513.9400 Sunday Services: 9:15am – Contemporary Service (Auditorium) 10:45am – Blended Service (Auditorium) 9:00am & 10:45am; 6:30pm Bible Fellowship

Greater Heights Baptist Church 3790 Post Road | 770.887.4802 Sunday School: 10am | Sunday Worship: 11am Sunday Evening: 5pm Wednesday Evening & AWANA: 7pm Pastor: Chris Grinstea www.ghbcc.org Longstreet Baptist Church 6868 Campground Road 770.889.1959 Sunday School: 10am Worship Service: 11am Wednesday night adult and youth activities www.longstreetchurch.com North Lanier Baptist Church 829 Atlanta Highway | 770.781.5433 Bible Studies: 9:00am and 10:30am Celebration Worship Service: 11am (main auditorium) Hispanic Service: 10:30am (Activities 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. www.refugebaptistchurch.org

EPISCOPAL St. Columba’s Church 939 James Burgess Road770.888.4464 Wednesday Services: 6:30 pm Saturdays Service: 5:30 pm Sunday Service: 7:45, 9 & 11:15am Rector: Father Tripp Norris Curate: Father Daron Vroon www.saintcolumba.net The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit

724 Pilgrim Mill Road | 770.887.8190 Services: Thursdays 12 noon Sundays: 8:30 and 10:45am Rector: Keith Oglesby www.ecohs.net

GREEK ORTHODOX Saint Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church 3074 Bethelview Rd., 770.781.5250 Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 10 AM Pastor: Fr. Barnabas Powell www.stsrni.org

JEWISH Chabad of Forsyth 600 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 110 404-594-2092 Rabbi Levi Mentz www.jewishforsyth.com

www.firstredeemer.org

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LUTHERAN

NewSong Community Church 433 Canton Road, Suite 306 770.888.5212 (Located across from Ingles, behind Sun. Worship: 10:15am, 12:30pm (Korean) the National Guard in Building 300) Sunday Worship Service: 10:30am Wednesday Evening Fellowship Meal: 6:00pm | Bible Study: 7:00pm (all ages) Pastor Case Koolhaas www.newsongweb.org Bible Study: 7:00pm (all ages) Pastor Tim Droegemueller Rameshori Buddhist Center 130 Allen Road, Unit B www.livingfaithlutheran.com 404.255.1585 facebook/livingfaithlutheranchurch Living Faith Lutheran Church, LCMS 1171 Atlanta Highway | 770.887.0184 Sunday School: 9:00am (all ages)

Christ The King Lutheran Church (Evangelical Lutheran Church In America) 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Rd., Cumming, Ga. 30040 O: 770.889.5328 | www.ctklutheran.com Sunday Worship Services: 8:30 am (Blended) 11:00 am (Traditional) Discipleship Hour: 9:45 am (Sunday School)

OTHER Baha’is of Forsyth County 1-800-22-UNITE www.forsythbahais.org www.ghbcc.org Canvas Christian Church 3560 Browns Bridge Road, 770-887-5542 Pastor Stan Percival www.canvaschristian.org Crossroads Church of the Nazarene 6160 Southard Trace | 678.807.9392 Sunday School: 10am Worship Service: 11am www.mycrossroadschurch.net Castle Christian Church 3149 Old Atlanta Rd. | 678.648.5248 Sunday Worship: 10am Wednesday Bible Study: 7pm Senior Minister: Jason Rodenbeck jason@castlechristian.com www.castlechristianchurch.com Family By Faith Worship Center 4805 Atlanta Highway 678.230.4800Midway Elementary School, Nursery available) Small Groups: 9:30am | Worship: 10:30am Pastor: Randy Grimes www.familybyfaith.com The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 510 Brannon Road | 678.455.5290 (Hall Phone) Worship Service: 9am, 11:30am & 2pm LifePoint Christian Church 3140 Old Atlanta Road Sunday Small Groups: 9:00am Sunday Service: 10:30am Childcare available Pastor: Chris Stovall www.lifepoint.org

PRESBYTERIAN Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian Church 7620 Lanier Drive | 770.887.6801 Sunday School: 9:45am (all ages) Sunday Worship Service: 11am (Traditional) Childcare available Pastor: John S. Martin www.deercreekshores.org email: dcspres@comcast.net Chalcedon Presbyterian Church 302 Pilgrim Mill Road 770.205.9390 www.chalcedon.org | www.rpcus.com Sunday Worship: 11:00am Pastor Tim Price Parkway Presbyterian Church 5830 Bethelview Road 678.889.8694 Sunday: 8:45 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Contemporary Worship Pastor Mike Austin www.parkwaychurch.org The Vine Community Church 4655 Bethelview Road 678.990.9395 Sunday Services: 9 & 10:45am Wednesday: Middle and High School youth meet at 7:15 – 8:30pm Jon Adams, Pastor www.thevinecommunitychurch.com

ROMAN CATHOLIC Church of Good Shepherd 3740 Holtzclaw Road | 770.887.9861 Mass: Saturday Vigil: 5pm, Sundays:,7:30, 9 & 10:30am & 12 noon; 5:30pm, Spanish Mass: 1:30pm, Weekdays: 9am Father Frank, Pastor www.goodshepherdcumming.com St. Brendan Catholic Church 4633 Shiloh Road | 770.205.7969 Mass: Saturday Vigil: 5pm Sunday: 7:30, 9 & 11am & 5pm, Spanish Mass: 1pm, Weekdays: 8:30am Fr. Matthew Van Smoorenburg, LC, Pastor Parochial Vicars: Fr. Joseph Ramos, LC and Fr. Juan Guerra


MY FORSYTH | FAITH

THE COUNTRY PREACHER By Rev. David Hill

Memories and mementos are reminders of our heritage, encouraging our children to value their family relationships. My wife and I have begun to distribute some of our family pictures, antiques and valuables to our children and grandchildren. Most of these accumulated items have stories that will help a new generation understand more about a former time when their ancestors experienced success, faced hardships or displayed courage and character. When the news reports an advancing fire or storm that calls for evacuations it is the pictures and the family keepsakes that are gathered first. A family event or a funeral which brings us together is a reminder of how important and interesting these items become. I had been asked to answer questions and to provide information to a distant relative doing a genealogy search. With family names like Hill or Brown it’s not easy to establish who’s a close relative. A saliva DNA test was used to determine if it was my family who bought North Carolina land, paying for it in shillings. Later, probably because of Reconstruction, those Hills moved from North Carolina to

Texas. The DNA confirmed it was my family. A lady in Surrey County knowledgeable on founding family history sent me a notebook of copied wills, titles, marriages, births and miscellaneous notes. Wow, how interesting! If history teachers assigned their students to research their genealogy history might be more exciting. In my office is a picture of Grandmother’s family, the Browns, taken before snapshots were preceded by the command to smile. They were lined up in front of their log cabin. Memories of my visit as a youth recall the cabin with its antique furniture including their most valued piece, a pump organ. Of course, the trip included a visit through the pasture to the family graveyard on the hilltop. The day was probably what we used to call Decoration Day or Memorial Day. It was when families visited graves to take flowers. Returning to the house was exciting. Uncle Marion dropped a bucket in an old well that was dug in the days when Indians prompted the visit to include a gun in one hand and a bucket in the other. Had I asked my uncle why he lived 6–8 miles from the paved road, still

plowed with that white horse in the pasture or didn’t have inside water he would have said “everything is paid for.” There are lessons to be learned from the past. A tiny romantic Christmas card shared between my grandparents expressed love and family. My great grandfather’s engraved watch was from a time when laboring men carried a timepiece in their pocket instead of on their wrist. This reminds us that responsibility was part of character. Written on the blank pages of Mother’s family Bible were the dates January 1, 1862 and March 1, 1888, probably the times of conversion for the persons whose names followed. Family love, character and faith of our fathers are the messages they have passed on to the next generation. “...love the Lord thy God with all thine heart and with all thy soul and with all thy might. These words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart...thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sitteth in thine house,...walk-est by the way...liest down...when thou risest up... write them upon the post of thy house, and on thy gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9

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MY FORSYTH | HOUSES OF WORSHIP // CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

UNITED METHODIST Bethelview United Methodist Church 4525 Bethelview Rd. | 770.887.4888 Sunday School: 9:15am Sunday Worship Service: 10:30am (child care available) Check website for Bible study classes Pastor: Rev. Mark LaRocca-Pitts www.bethelview.net Cumming First United Methodist Church 770 Canton Highway | 770.887.2900 Sunday Services: 8:45 & 11am (Traditional) Worship Services: 9:51am (Contemporary) 1:30pm ( Hispanic/Latino en Español) 9am (Lake Service (May-August) Lanier United Methodist Church 1979 Buford Highway | 770.887.0615 Sunday Traditional Service: 8:45am Sunday School: 10am Sunday Contemporary Praise Service: 11am (Nursery available for both services) Ted Miller, Pastor www.lanierumc.org Midway United Methodist Church 5025 Atlanta Hwy. | 770.475.5230 Sunday: 8:30am – Historic Chapel (Traditional) Sunday: 9:45am – Sanctuary worship Sunday: 9:45am – “BLAST” Kids’ worship Sunday: 11:00am – Sanctuary worship www.midwayumc.org Piedmont United Methodist Church 1170 Dahlonega Highway 770.887.0770 Bible Study: 10am & 5pm Traditional Service: 11am www.PiedmontUMC@bellsouth.net

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS BUSINESS NETWORKING Central Forsyth Leads Group Meeting: 2nd & 4th Tues: 11am—1pm Location: The Columns at Pilgrim, Mill Apartments Contact: Nancy Wright 770.886.0500 or nancyw@ecigroups.com Info: No fees. Open to all Forsyth Network for Business Professionals Meeting: Thur: 11:30am – 12:30pm Location: Jim’N Nick’s at The Collection 3180 Ronald Reagan Blvd Contact: David Fountain 770-627-2121 www.fn4bp.org

The Inspiration Network of Cumming Meeting: 3rd Wed: 7 – 8:30pm Location: The Nurturing Nook, 205 Pilgrim Mill Road Contact: Leanne Temple 678.965.5969 Kiwanis Club of Cumming Meeting: Wednesdays 12pm – 1pm Location: Golden Coral 2025 Marketplace BLVD Cumming GA 30041 www.cummingkiwanis.org Member Power Networking Lunch Meeting: Every Tues. at 12 Noon Location: Various chamber member restaurants Contact: 770.887.6461 www.cummingforsythchamber.org Info: $15 for members & $30 for non-members South Forsyth Leads Group Meeting: 2nd & 4th Wed: 11:30am (No fees) Location: Starbucks-141 & Ronald Reagan John’s Creek, 435 Peachtree Pkwy. Cumming, GA 30041 Contact: Robin Grier | 770.887.2772 rgrier@harborfs.com Women Who Mean Business Meeting: 1st Tues. Registration: 7:30am Location: Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce Event’s Facility, 513 W. Maple Street Contact: 770.887.6461 Info: Free for members, $30 for nonmembers Register online at cummingforsythchamber.org.

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS Health Center (CHC) Serving the medical needs of North Georgia since 1979. Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund, Inc. Contact: 770.886.5419 www.savethehorses.org Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter Location: 4440 Keith Bridge Road Contact: 770.887.6480 Info: Non-profit, no-kill shelter for cats/dogs. www. forsythpets.org There’s Hope for the Hungry Contact: 678.513.9400 Info: Non-profit organization partnering with churches across North Georgia to feed those in need. www.thereshope.org

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Rotary Club of South Forsyth Meeting: Wed: 12:15pm Location: Forsyth Conference Center 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd www.southforsythrotaryclub.org Piecemakers Quilt Guild Meeting: 2nd Tues, 4th Tues is “sewcialbee” (community quilts, classes or just getting together) Location: Christ the King, Lutheran Church 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road, Cumming www.piecemakersga.netw The Place of Forsyth County Location: 2550 The Place Circle Contact: 770-887-1098 Info: Non-profit, serving the Forsyth community with financial emergency assistance, clothing, food and many additional support services.

SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS AA Cumming Meeting: Meets four times daily Location: Ingles Shopping Center at 432 Canton Highway (Hwy 20) Second suite on far left. 24/7 Line: 770.886.0696 Info: Group of Alcoholics Anonymous located in Forsyth County www.aacummingga.org Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) Caregiver Support Group First Wednesday of each month 7:00pm Northside Forsyth Hospital 1200 Northside Forsyth Dr 1400 Building, Bennett Classroom B Contact: Sharonhall419@yahoo.com Holistic Moms Network – Forsyth County Monthly meetings with informational speakers, yoga group, play groups Meeting: 2nd Tues: 6:30pm Location: Land of a Thousand Post Road, Cumming Contact: Ann Linke parkway-chruch.org holisticmomforsyth@yahoo.com www.holisticmoms.org Labrador Friends of the South, Inc. Location: PO Box 933, Cumming Contact: labfriendinfo@gmail.com www.labradorfriends.com

Moms Club of Cumming – North Monthly meetings with informational speakers, park play days, holiday parties, fieldtrips, playgroups and a monthly MOMS Night Out. Contact: momscummingnorth@yahoo.com www. momsclub.org Moms Club of Cumming – Southwest Meeting: Last Tues. of each month Contact: www.momsclub.org NAMI Forsyth Dawson Lumpkin Meeting: 2nd & 4th Thursday 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm (support meetings for consumers and family members) Location: Forsyth County Senior Center, 595 Dahlonega Hwy, Cumming, Ga. 30040 Educational meeting: 3rd Tuesday 7 pm Location: United Way of Forsyth County, 240 Elm Str., Cumming, Ga. 30040 Contact: namifdlga@gmail.com Website: www.namifdl.org Single Mom Meeting Connect with other single moms, learn about paths to higher education and get links to community resources. Light dinner provided and free on-site childcare/ homework help provided. Meeting: 2nd Thurs: 6:30pm Location: 210 Dahlonega St., Suite 203, Cumming Contact: Valerie Daniel Faith’s House, Inc. 770.205.6311 www.faithshouseinc.org SMART Recovery Meeting: Every Tues: 6:30 p.m. Location: Professional Recovery Counseling, LLC. 107 W. Courthouse Sq., Suite 274 www.smartrecovery.org


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MY FORSYTH | ADVERTISERS

AUTOMOTIVE/CAR REPAIR SERVICES Christian Brothers Automotive -pg. 46 470-253-7376 www.cbac.com/cumming

HEATING/VENTILATION/AIR CONDITIONING Shelnutt HVAC – pg. 61 706-265-5854 www.shelnutthvac.com

BREW PUB/TAPROOM Cherry Street Taproom – pg. 27 678-456-8189 www.cherrystreettaproom.com

INSURANCE Farmers Insurance Co. – Inside Front Cover 678-283-3952 www.agents.farmers.com/ ga/cumming/g-michael-tucker

DANCE ACADEMY/INSTRUCTION Cumming Dance Academy – pg. 9 770-781-4922 www.CummingDanceAcademy.com Footprints Dance Alliance - pg. 53 678-648-2473 www.footprintsga.com DENTAL SURGERY CENTER The Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery Center – pg. 15 770-312-1544 www.ofisurgerycenter.com DENTIST Jordan Dentistry – pg. 38 770-888-6262 www.JordanDentistry.com North Georgia Smiles – Inside Back Cover 470-253-9508 www.northgeorgiasmiles.com EDUCATION/PRIVATE ACADEMY Kiddie Academy – pg. 9 470-253-7114 www.kiddieacademy.com/cumming Montessori Kids Academy – pg. 15 678-208-0774 www.montessoricumming.com ELECTRICIAN/ELECTRIC SERVICES Arc Angel Electric – pg. 19 770-889-9243 www.arcangelelectric.com FURNITURE NLB Furniture – pg. 50 678-456-5395 www.nlbfurniture.com

JEWELER/JEWELRY STORE Gems In Art – pg. 5 770-844-8005 www.gemsinart.com Lance’s Jewelry –Back Cover 770-781-5500 www.lancesjewelry.com Tony Rixom – pg. 16 678-549-9200 www.tonyrixom.com LANDSCAPE USA Land Care – pg. 21 770-887-831 www.usalandcare.com PAINT & FLOORING Gregory’s Paint & Flooring – pg. 13 770-887-1363 Cumming 770-476-9651 Johns Creek www.gregoryspaintandflooring.com

Obstetrics & Gynecology of Atlanta – pg. 31 404-252-1137 www.obgynofatlanta.com OrthoAtlanta – pg. 7 678-205-4261 | 678-957-0757 www.orthoatlanta.com PRINTING/DESIGN Uncommon Press – pg. 51 404-713-6899 www.uncommonpressatl.com REAL ESTATE Hello Pam Evans Real Estate – pg. 17 678-778-6551 www.hellopamevans.com The Dinsmore Team – pg. 46 770-712-7789 www.dinsmoreteam.com RESTAURANTS /FOOD SERVICES/CATERING Casa Nuova Italian Restaurant – pg. 30 770-475-9100 www.casanuovarestaurant.com Lenny’s Subs – pg. 57 678-947-0336 Fax orders: 678-947-5343 Palapa’s Bar and Grill – pg. 29 770-889-1002 www.palapasbargrill.com

PHYSICIANS/MEDICAL SERVICES Children’s at Forsyth – pg. 3 404-785-3100 www.choa.com/urgentcare

S&W Seafood - pg 30 770-674-2353 www.sandwrestaurantjohnscreek.com

Cleaver Medical Group – pg. 39 770-800-3455 www.cleavermedicalgroup.com

RUNNING/RETAIL STORE North Georgia Running Company – pg. 51 678-771-8270 www.northgarunningco.com

Georgia Highlands – pg. 37 770-887-1668 www.ghms-inc.org Narendra Singh, MD – pg. 35 Atlanta Heart Specialists 678-679-6800; 770-622-1622 www.heartdrsingh.com

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TRANSPORTATION/NON-EMERGENCY Caliber Care+Transport – pg. 61 404-906-4647 www.forsyth-gwinnett@caliber.care.com


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MY FORSYTH | ELECTED/APPOINTED OFFICIALS // COMMUNITY NUMBERS

ELECTED/ APPOINTED OFFICIALS UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT Senator Johnny Isakson, (R) Washington DC 20510 O: 202.224.3643 www.isakson.senate.gov

County Manager Eric Johnson O:770.781.2101 | F: 770.781.2199 =ISSIONERS R.J. (Pete) Amos, District 1 (R) O: 678.513.5881 | E: rjamos@ forsythco.com Open Seat, District 2

Senator David Perdue, (R)

Todd Levent, District 3 (R) Commission Chair O: 770.781.2101 E: tlevent@forsythco.com

Washington DC 20510 O: 202.224.3521 www.perdue.senate.gov

Cindy Mills, District 4 (R) O: 678.513.5884 E: cjmills@forsythco.com

Congressman Doug Collins, (R), District 9 1504 Longworth H. O. B. Washington DC 20515 O: 202.225.9893

Laura Semanson, District 5 (R) O: (678) 513-5885 E: LOSemanson@forsythco.com

Congressman Rob Woodall, (R), District 7 1724 Longworth HOB Washington DC 20515 O: 202.225.4272

Cumming City Council Members Quincy Holton, Lewis Ledbetter, Christopher Light, Linda Ledbetter and Charles F. Welch, Jr.

Windermere Park 3355 Windermere Parkway 770. 781.2215

COMMUNITY NUMBERS

Chestatee Golf Club 777 Dogwood Way, Dawsonville |06.216.7336

GOLF CLUBS

EMERGENCY — 911 HOTLINES — 24 HOUR HELP LINES Battered Women Hotline 770.479.1703 Poison Control Center (Atlanta) 404.616.9000 Outside Metro Atlanta 800.222.1222 Rite-Call (Child Medical Problems) 404.250.KIDS

Forsyth County Tax Commissioner Matthew C. Ledbetter O: 770.781.2110

Sexual Assault & Family Violence Ctr. 770.428.2666

FORSYTH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Georgia Highlands Medical Services 770.887.1668 | 260 Elm Street ww.ghms-inc.org

MEDICAL

STATE GOVERNMENT

475 Tribble Gap Road, Suite 200 Cumming GA 30040 O: 770.781.3045 | Dispatch: 770.781.3087

Northside Hospital — Forsyth 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive 770.844.3200 | www.northside.com

Governor Nathan Deal (R) O: 404.652.7003 | F: 404.652.7123 Website: gov.state.ga.us

FORSYTH COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM

Neighborhood Healthcare Center 2825 Keith Bridge Road 770.844.7494 | 770.886.7135

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle (R) O: 404.656.5030 Website: gov.state.ga.us

1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming O: 770.887.2461 www.forsyth.k12.ga.us

Senator Michael Williams (R), District 51 O: 404.656.7127 e-mail: michael.williams@senate.ga.gov

BOARD OF EDUCATION

FIRE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

Ann Crow, District 1 (R) O: 770.490.6316 E: ACrow@forsyth.k12.ga.us

City of Cumming Police Department 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard 770.781.2000 | www.cummingpd.net

Kristin Morrissey, District 2 (R) O: 678-250-4047 E: kmorrissey@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Forsyth County Fire Department 3520 Settingdown Road 770.781.2180 | forsythco.com

Sen. Steve Gooch (R), District 51 O: 678.341.6203 | F: 770.844.5821 e-mail: steve.gooch@statesenate.ga.gov Rep. Sheri Gilligan, (R), District 24 O: 404.656.0325 E: sheri.gilligan@house.ga.gov Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R), District 25 O: 770.887.0400 E: mike.dudgeon@house.ga.gov Rep. Kevin Tanner (R), District 9 O: 404.656.0152 E: kevin.tanner@house.ga.gov FORSYTH CO. GOVERNMENT Website: forsythco.com Forsyth County Board of Commissioners 110 East Main Street, Suite 210 Cumming, GA 30040 O: 770.781.2101 | F: 770.781.2199

Tom Cleveland, District 3 (R) O: 770.657.0810 E: TCleveland@forsyth.k12.ga.us Darla LightLight, Chairperson District 4 770.887.0678 E: DLight@forsyth.k12.ga.us Nancy Roche, District 5 (R) District 5 (R) 770.889.0229 E: NRoche@forsyth.k12.ga.us CITY OF CUMMING Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt Cumming City Hall 100 Main St., Cumming, GA 3040 O: 770.781.2010

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Health Department 428 Canton Highway | 770.781.6906

Georgia State Patrol | 770.205.5400 LIBRARIES 770.781.9840 | www.forsythpl.org

Country Land Golf Course 6560 Mayfield Drive | 770.887.0006 Polo Golf & Country Club 6300 Polo Club Dr. | 770.887.7656 Windermere Golf Club 5000 Davis Love Dr. | 678.513.1000 FORSYTH COUNTY MARINAS Bald Ridge Marina 1850 Bald Ridge Marina Road 770.887.5309 Habersham Marina 2200 Habersham Marina Road 770.887.5432 Port Royale Marina 9200 LanMar Road, Gainesville | 770.887.5715 YMCA 6050 Y Street | O: 770.888.2788 POST OFFICE 525 Tribble Gap Road O: 770.886.2388 UTILITIES City of Cumming O: 770.781.2020 Forsyth County Water & Sewer Department 110 East Main Street O: 770.781.2160 www.forsythco.com AT&T Res: 888.757.6500 Bus: 866.213.6300 www.att.com Georgia Power (Electric) O: 888.660.5890 Sawnee Electric Membership O: 770.887.2363 SOLID WASTE

Cumming Public Library 585 Dahlonega Road Hampton Park Library 5345 Settingdown Road Post Road Library | 5010 Post Road Sharon Forks Branch 2810 Old Atlanta Road

Advanced Disposal/Eagle Point Landfill 8880 Old Federal Road, Ball Ground O: 770.887.6063 | www. advanceddisposal.com

PARKS AND RECREATION City of Cumming Main Number 410 Pilgrim Mill Road | 770.781.2030 | 770.781.2215 Central Park Recreation Center 2300 Keith Bridge Road | 678.455.8540

Waste Management, Inc. 774 McFarland Road, Alpharetta 770.751.1304 | www.wm.com

Cumming Fairgrounds 235 Castleberry Road | 770.781.3491

Olde Atlanta Recycling LLC 2535 Ivy Street East O: 770.205.6912

RECYCLING Keep Forsyth County Beautiful O: 770.205.4573


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