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From our pediatric-trained doctors and nurses to our kidsized equipment, every surgery we perform is designed around one thing – your child. That’s why moms trust us to perform more pediatric outpatient surgeries than anyone in Georgia. ©2017 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc. All rights reserved.






COVER STORY Arc Angel Electric 17 Years of Proven Service Page 31

Living a PIElicious Life! Page 16

On the Road with Comedienne Mark Evans Page 19

FoCo: In the Movies Page 28

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Chart a Course for a Beautiful Lawn School is Back in Session: What to Tackle First Rollin With The Roberts: Simple is Better Book Review: Confessions of Socrates



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CAR CARE 30: Make Time to Check on your Timing Belt




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The North Georgia Breastfeeding Center Diabetes, Drugs and Decisions Mythbusting Vaccines Sunglasses and Their Importance Melanoma: Misconceptions vs Facts Helping Older Adults Avoid Adverse Drug Reactions Girls on the Run

LATINO FORSYTH 48: Alejandro Fundora

EDUCATION 51: Why? 52: Dear Silent

FAITH 53: Slow & Steady Wins the Race

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


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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

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


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

PUBLISHER Market Complete LLC 678.614.8583 EDITOR Kimberly Bond

ACCOUNT MANAGERS Deidre Turk 404-932-9553 Julie Owens 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@

Amy Lyle is an author, comedienne/actor and screenwriter that grew up in Marietta, Ohio, which is in the heart of Appalachia. She may be reached at

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Rabbi Levi Mentz is the Executive Director of Chabad of Forsyth in Cumming. He may be reached at

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

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

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

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.

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

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 or 678-325-2301.

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

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The news of your recent diagnosis sent shockwaves throughout our community. As a beloved business owner, community leader, and mentor to so many of us, our hearts sank at the realization that a loved one was diagnosed with cancer.

We all joined in on the pain and challenges that your diagnosis set forth for you and your family, realizing that we had to take a step back from our usual expectation—that you’d always be there to help, coach, guide and support. It was now our turn to help you—to listen to your needs and to help you live. By sharing your story with us you’ve allowed us to feel closer to you—to realize that life can take an unexpected turn in the blink of an eye. Your 55-year old strong athletic body began to look frail and a steady weight loss became noticeable. A general physical exam, including blood work, urine work, EKG, everything came back, as you stated, perfect, “save for some routine old-guy stuff.” Despite the good news, your fatigue and weight loss continued. More tests were done—and they all came back perfect.

Courage does not consist in never feeling fear, but rather in the ability to overcome it.

A CT Scan revealed other news—a lesion on your pancreas and three small ones on your liver. And so on June 2, 2017 your journey began. Since then you’ve received treatments, tests, and everything that can be done by your healthcare team. Your family has been by your side, taking this journey with you. What the future holds no one knows. What we do know is that we bind together to pray for your health, to remind each other of how important you are in our lives and in that of so many others. We grab a hold of the words that you’ve shared in your pictures: Cherish yesterday. Live today. Dream tomorrow.

Here’s to you, dear friend!

Julie Brennan Publisher |





Eagle’s Beak Park Now Open in Northwest Forsyth County • Bowmans Island, Cumming: Thursday, September 14 Easy to moderate 5 mile hike • Bear Hair Gap, Vogel State Park: Thursday, September 28 Moderate to strenuous 4.5 mile hike Senior Services’ group hikes are scheduled on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buses depart from Central Park located at 2300 Keith Bridge Road in Cumming. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Eagle’s Beak Park, Forsyth County’s newest park, is 226 acres and features a canoe and kayak launch on the Etowah River, nature trails, restrooms and parking.

For more information and to sign up, call Forsyth County Senior Services at (770) 781-2178.


Eagle’s Beak Park 8420 Old Federal Road, Ball Ground


Play at the Park is a free community festival that features kids’ activities, family entertainment, vendors and food trucks. This event is brought to you by Forsyth County Parks & Recreation and the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. Visit for event details.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 FOWLER PARK 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming Vendors and Family Entertainment: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food Trucks: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Tether Rides (weather dependent): 1 to 8 p.m.



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Dyslexia Network of Forsyth County

If you or anyone you know has a student that struggles with reading, writing or spelling, you may know how overwhelming and difficult it can be to find the correct help for your child. There is a local organization that can assist you on this journey. Dyslexia Network of Forsyth County is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit with a purpose to provide resources and support to parents and educators with reading, writing and spelling difficulties in and around Forsyth County. Free monthly presentations are offered to the public, during the school year, on topics that pertain to learning differences and more. The group offered free teacher trainings this summer on the fundamentals of reading, with over 30 teachers participating. The International Dyslexia Association-Georgia Branch and Dyslexia Resource Trust have partnered with Dyslexia Network Forsyth County to provide the teacher trainer.


Dr. Josemon Franklin is pleased to announce the opening of Franklin Family Chiropractic. Focused on providing her patients with a helping hand to optimal health, Dr. Franklin is certified in Webster Technique and is an Advanced Proficiency rated Activator doctor. Dr. Franklin, D.C., B.S, graduated cum laude from Life University in Marietta, Georgia, and had the opportunity to work in Ghana and Maryland before returning to the Peach State and pursuing her dream of chiropractic care for all. Her practice provides services to all ages, including pregnant women, infants and toddlers, as well as personal injuries, worker’s compensation and sports injuries. The practice is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 1:30 pm, and 3 to 7 pm. Saturdays and Sundays appointments are available from 9 am to 1 pm.

For details about the organization and its upcoming events visit their website and their Facebook page.

Forsyth County Retired Educators Association The Forsyth County Retired Educators Association is hosting meetings various meetings throughout the calendar year. Anyone retired from the Forsyth County educational system, bus drivers, lunchroom workers, custodians, teachers, administrators, and other personnel, along with their spouses, are welcomed to join the association. The group meets Oct. 4, Nov. 3, Dec. 1, 2017 and Feb. 4, Mar 4, May 5, 2018, from 10:30 am to 12. Meetings are held at the Academy for Creative Learning Building, located behind the Forsyth County Board of Education Building. Meetings feature special speakers, fun, food and fellowship.

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WALK FOR FREEDOM A global annual event to raise awareness for human trafficking, Walk For Freedom will take place at The Collection Forsyth on Saturday, October 14th, 2017, from 10 a.m. to noon. This is the first time the walk has taken

place in Forsyth County. The walk is being organized by recent college graduates Devan Hiers and Annie Syfert. “We are excited to bring this walk to our county,” explained Hiers, a North Forsyth High School graduate (class of 2013). “At the 2013 Passion Conference, we were exposed to the fact that over 27 million men, women, and children are victims of human trafficking - making it the world’s fastest growing criminal industry.” Syfert, a South Forsyth High School graduate (class of 2013), joined forces with Heirs and partnered with A21, a non-profit organization dedicated to reaching, rescuing, and restoring those affected by human trafficking. Their mission is to abolish slavery, everywhere – forever. The walk is free, but participants are encouraged to register online at Entry will allow participants to walk and engage in on-site activities. Participants are highly encouraged to purchase A21’s 2017 abolish slavery shirt from their website, or at the very least, wear a black shirt. “If someone is unable to attend or would like to donate to team #BindTheBroken, they may do so through that link. Each dollar donated goes towards aiding a victim of human trafficking. Our goal is to raise $4,000, all which goes directly to A21,” Syfert explained.

For more information about the walk, contact


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By Adam Johnson and Elijah Thomas

What is the number one thing a homeowner can do to get their lawn in good order? Unfortunately, there is no

“magic bullet” that we can offer you. At Atlanta Landscape and Fertilization (ALF) we help our clients identify their problem areas. Once we do, we will help the homeowner – aka, “the captain” – Chart a Course for a Beautiful Lawn. Here are a few tips to help get your yard shipshape: 1. Patience is the most expensive product we provide. It seems to be the thing that is highest in demand and the least available. We mine as much of it as we can and place it in our customer service department. We know that if we respond quickly and communicate expectations effectively, we can help you plan a successful course and keep you on track. We are your first mate on this journey; we prepare ourselves and help you assert yourself as the captain for the voyage ahead. 2. You need a good weed control and fertilization plan that fits your needs. Think of the plan as your cook for the ship. Without it, your lawn will starve for nutrients and be exposed to weeds. Our standard plan focuses on getting weeds under control and getting the lawn the essential nutrients to survive. 3. You also need a good quarter master that preps and looks after the ship’s maintenance

needs. Routine maintenance by a professional or by you, weekly, throughout the growing season (May-October) helps tremendously. It helps keep the weeds from establishing a strong root system. It also trains the lawn to spread and become thicker which further deters the weeds. A good maintenance person can also double as a good lookout in case there is trouble on the horizon. 4. Now we are well on our way to our destination of a beautiful lawn, but along the way we’ll always need specialists to help us tackle problems that the maintenance or weed plan cannot control. Highly compacted soil is problematic in new lawns. We recommend yearly aerations to break up the compacted soil. It will allow nutrients and water to reach the root system more effectively. Aeration also helps combat thatch, which is essentially a buildup of debris overtime. 5. We have been on our journey for about a year now. We’ve had a successful voyage so far but it’s time to upgrade the ship and crew a little. We would recommend you upgrade to our Elite Plan or Golf Course Plan to include extra nitrogen and fungicides. We want to take preventative measures to ensure that summer and winter funguses don’t plague the ship. We have put in a lot of time, effort, and money to get this far into the trip. It is time for us to step up our game to ensure a successful voyage.


6. On a long voyage, the ship will need repairs from the elements and normal wear and tear. It’s time to bring in another specialist and top-dress your yard for an overhaul of the ship before the final leg of the journey. Topdressing is a process that uses a compost and sand mixture that levels the yard to prevent mowing ruts or adds a layer of topsoil to areas that may be lacking. It also greatly helps with any lingering compaction issues. It gives the lawn a nice smooth look. The end result is a satisfying, upgraded feel to the ship. Your first voyage is now complete. You have successfully turned the neighborhood eyesore into the neighborhood envy. You’re a proud captain and have a proud crew. With time, good captains chart a new course and set sail again. There will always be new endeavors for your lawn and obstacles to overcome. Everyone at ALF is committed to being your first mate every step of the way.

If you need any assistance with you lawn please call us at (844) 369-TURF or (706) 216-1254. Or you may visit our website at to see a list of all our available services.



The start of a new school year can bring mixed emotions. This means a couple of things: the traffic is a bit worse, and with the kids not taking precedence we can get back to taking care of things around the house. The holidays will be here before we know it the need to get ready for company and gatherings at our homes. Home maintenance is ongoing so here is a checklist to decide which ones are feasible before the fall festivities and holidays coming up fast. Here is my Checklist: Paint! So you know this is going to be my first one (almost always) because it is a great option to get the biggest impact the most economically. It can be simply touch up the trim, painting a room or two or more extensive. Change the main floor colors to something fresh and updated, or paint the entire house: ceilings, walls, trim. Add wallpaper! This can be as simple as one accent wall or in the back of bookshelves. If you are seeking more start with the dining room or powder room. These two rooms will give you the most visibility for guests to see, and isn’t this why we do most of these updates? Wallpaper can act as a fabric and bring all your colors together. Those who have not seen wallpaper lately, are in for a treat! There are so many timeless, classic subtle patterns like damasks, tone-on-tone patterns and textures. Gone are the days of obnoxious florals, stripes, and scalloped borders. Check them out at either of our locations (Johns Creek & Cumming). Flooring Refresh: Refinish the hardwoods by neutralizing the color to a warmer brown. Oftentimes, the polyurethane finish coat on most hardwood flooring will “yellow” over time, this gives your floors a golden yellow look which sometimes goes to orange. This may be a time for a sand/re-stain/finish. Change Carpeting/Add A Pattern: This can be as simple as adding a new area rug or changing the wall-to-wall carpet throughout. Purge & Simplify Accessories: I love this one! Get rid of the old stuff like dust collectors such as silk greenery, heavy window treatments, and baskets!! Less is more; donate to Goodwill, The Habitat Store and the like. A few simple accessories in a grouping is more than enough. Your items will take on a new look when moved, lessened and paired with something else. Rebecca Dumas: Owner/Color Consultant Gregory’s Paint & Flooring Johns Creek & Cumming


Amanda Wilbanks

Living a PIELICIOUS Life! By Julie Brennan


Southern charm and comfort food have united and become one, and are now known as Southern Baked Pie Company. Amanda Wilbanks, pie creator and owner of Southern Baked Pie Company, is remarkably talented and passionate. With her genuine southern charm, it’s easy to see how she can get anyone to try one her succulent pies. “Y’all try this pie!” is how Wilbanks began selling pies when she attended a festival and decided to start her business. “Folks would walk by our tent; I walked to them and asked them to try a piece of my pie,” Wilbanks recalled. “I knew that once they tried it they’d love it!” Wilbanks was right. The word traveled throughout the festival and folks lined up to try a piece of pie. Wilbanks called her family and friends and told them she needed help! From that moment on, Southern Baked Pie Company was in business. In 2016 Wilbanks

won the grand prize in UGA’s 2016 Flavor of Georgia Contest with her Caramel Pecan Pie. Wilbanks was recently awarded the Business Person of Excellence by the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. The Beginning Wilbanks remembers baking cobblers and pies with her grandmother while growing up. “I remember picking the berries, working the dough, making the crust, and doing everything my grandmother asked me to do to make our homemade desserts,” Wilbanks explained. “I kept baking over the years, even while attending college.” Wilbanks credits her mother-in-law with sparking the passion in her to take her pies to the next level – retail.

“Buttermilk pie was my first retail pie, if you will.” The University of Georgia business school graduate grew up in Habersham County where her mother and grandmother’s home cooking graced the family table. Baking pies became Wilbanks’ passion. Her husband and the rest of the family benefitted from the cooking craze. Wilbanks remembers baking pies so often that eventually her husband gave her an ultimatum. “Stop baking or start selling!” And that is exactly what Wilbanks did. Her first store opened in 2013 in Gainesville. Continued on next page


We exist to bring happiness, convenience, and something new to our clients’ celebrations and special occasions through our beautiful meticulously crafted, indulgent desserts.

The Growth Wilbanks currently has three retail stores—Gainesville, Buckhead and Alpharetta. “I make sure that each store has an ample selection of our pies. Freshness is of utmost importance to us – I personally ensure that the pies that leave our kitchen are top notch. It’s our reputation. It’s who we are and I respect the trust that our customers have placed in our product,” Wilbanks explained. The Product Featuring Georgia grown fresh ingredients, from pecans to peaches, Wilbanks and her team ensure that every ingredient used to make their pies are the very best. “Our mission is to celebrate life with pie,” Wilbanks stated. “Southern Baked Pie Company exceeds clients’ expectations with every bite. We exist to bring happiness, convenience, and something new to our clients’ celebrations and special occasions through our beautiful meticulously crafted, indulgent desserts.” 18 MYFORSYTHMAG.COM VOLUME VII | ISSUE 4

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Mark and Lori Evans It’s not surprising that Mark Evans brings the big funny—he’s huge at 6’3” sporting the shoulders of an NFL linebacker. Evans explained his love for stand up: “There’s nothing like it; the feeling you get from making a room full of people laugh. You can almost feel the laughter like an explosion, it’s euphoric.” The feeling must be addicting because Evans has taken his Southern Not Stupid act to clubs, corporate events, and cruise ships from Lizard Lick, NC to the Caribbean and Europe—working crowds of 2 to 3,000 people over 200 nights a year for 24 years. When I asked Mark how his southern act fares outside Dixie, his reply was simple. “The act works just about anywhere; I get people laughing and then they start to laugh at themselves as they recognize their own misconceptions,” he explained. He has worked clubs in New York City, Boston and Chicago opening with: “The problem between the North and the South is a language barrier. We have words in the south you’ve never heard of like y’all, reckon and fixin’. You don’t know what those words mean, it’s not your fault. Other words you haven’t heard of are please, thank you, and may I?” The crowds roar with laughter. Mark continued: “People outside the south grew up watching the Dukes of Hazzard and Hee Haw and viewed them as documentaries.”

Over the last 20 years he’s met, and even opened for some of the greatest comedians of all time including, Jeff Foxworthy, Dave Chappelle, Colin Quin, Ron White and most recently the America’s Got Talent Star Puddles Pity Party (Mike Geier). The last few years Mark has been mixing things up—his wife, Lori, now opens his shows for him. “Mark is the most supportive person I’ve ever met,” Lori stated. Mark wrote a song, titled after his show, Southern Not Stupid, that got thousands of hits on YouTube and was picked up by Pandora, has filmed a video series titled Southern Not Stupid Goes off The Beaten Path with his wife Lori (coming out soon) and has a popular merchandise line that can be found at I asked Mark if he ever thinks about retiring—he laughed. “Never. Even if they need to wheel me onto the stage, I’ll keep performing. I’m writing my own eulogy so I can get one last laugh.” Where can you catch Mark? He’s a recurring guest on Wednesday mornings on Just4Fun Radio and is excited to be headlining a “Night of Comedy” September 19th in Forsyth County, benefitting The Place of Forsyth, a non-profit that helps people become self-sustaining. All of Mark’s tours and events are listed on Amy Lyle is a comedienne and author of the memoir The Amy Bigar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures, available on

NIGHT OF COMEDY FOR LADIES A most magnificent spectacle! Tuesday, September 19th The Exchange at The Collection Forsyth To benefit The Place of Forsyth




We went from a 3,500+ sq. ft., five bedrooms, three-story house to a 397sq. ft., one room 38 ft. RV. I’ve had so

many people say to me “I could never do that”. I totally get it; I was saying the same thing to myself. Although at the time, life felt like a total rat race, going, going, going—working, sports, cleaning, grocery shopping, school. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? Life was not fun! When I had a few idle minutes (sitting at the stop light or stuck in traffic) checking Facebook, I’d see where others were out having fun at concerts or other events and my first thought was, I don’t even have time to research fun stuff! I know it sounds like I was comparing which is bad, but it was more about awareness of my own life and what I wanted it to look like. I understand that everyone is showing their highlights (me included) but it made me

realize that I want more—I mean less. For now, we choose simple and we determined simple is better. Everything we need fits in this 397-sq. foot, clothes, kitchen stuff, towels, toiletries, supplies—everything. And so far, we haven’t missed a thing. It’s interesting how little we really need to live a comfortable life. (Although, a little more room to shave my legs in the shower would be nice.) Now it’s not about the stuff, it’s more about connecting as a family. Playing cards, sitting around a campfire, going hiking, and having experiences instead of the crazy never stop pace. It’s amazing to me how, after playing a round of Mexican train game, our kids said to us, “That was so much fun!” What? We just sat around with a bunch of dominoes. This simple game reminded us that it’s these little things that create the lasting memories.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the point is not to necessarily make the radical change that we did but to evaluate your own life and family. Where can you simplify? Do you need to clean out and pare down? Is it saying “no” to that additional commitment, declining the invite? Staying home, turning off all electronics and having some good conversations? Try it. I think you’ll also find that Simple is Better.

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MY FORSYTH | BOOK REVIEW about Socrates: fount of wisdom (know thyself) who drank hemlock, his death sentence by the court at Athens. Little is known detailing his actual life. After all, it’s hard to recognize a celebrity amongst us. One of Jesus’ own disciples asked, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” I met a man once who went to high school with the guy who grew up to be the actor who played “George” on the Seinfeld TV show. “He was weird,” the man told us, “a lot like the George character, actually.”

To build a story about a person’s life without his journal or family

photo album, without interviewing his cousins or best friends, with no archives from his town newspaper chronicling his adventures (or misadventures) is a huge undertaking. Prendergast took what he could find in the historical record, then wove it into a narrative filled with real stories, real people living real lives.

Socrates questioned whether the gods controlled everything

from crops to weather to love. To question was to risk everything, questioning being a capital crime. Yet people huddled in private places, whispering, “Could there be another explanation?” Now we laugh, especially we Americans who hold our freedom of speech up like a torch, that anyone would blindly accept a thunderstorm meant the gods were angry, a gift of gold offered to a statue could fix things. The Confessions of Socrates is written as a series of letters supposedly smuggled out of his jail cell to his children while he was awaiting execution. He reminisces about his life, offers advice to his kids and realizes where he made enemies who led to his death sentence. As the book wrapped up, I thought how often society despises wisdom. It’s hard to hear we are trekking down the wrong path, harder still to make

CONFESSIONS OF SOCRATES Written by R.L. Prendergast

Review by Jacqueline Thompson Graves

the turn and reset our course. I found myself wishing for a Socrates of my own, a voice not like the mainstream, a voice unafraid to question conventional thinking, a voice of courage. Then a voice inside challenged me to be that.

You probably know what I knew about Socrates: fount Required Blogger’s Disclaimer: I received this book from of wisdom (know thyself) who drank hemlock, his death Goodreads to review. I did not sentence by the court at Athens. You probably know what I knew receive any compensation for this review.



Looking for places where kids eat free?

Various restaurants in Forsyth County offer free kids’ meals throughout the week. All free meals are with a qualified adult meal. And most are dine-in only. Other restrictions may apply, such as only two per table. It is recommended that you always confirm prior to visiting as these listings may change at any time without notice.

MONDAY Babas Gyro

2310 Ronald Regan Pkwy, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.8100 Valid: After 3pm. With Adult Entree & Beverage. Available for kids 12 & Under.

Cheeseburger Bobby’s

Chick-fil-A (Dawsonville location)

231 Power Center Dr., Dawsonville, GA 30534 Phone: 706.265.4997 Valid: Family night is from 5 to 8pm. One free kid’s meal per adult meal.

El Porton of Midway

882 Buford Highway, Cumming, GA 30040 Phone: 678-456-8528 Valid: 99 cent kid’s meals per Adult entree purchased between 5pm-9pm

4902 Atlanta Hwy Alpharetta, GA 30004 (Forsyth County) Phone: 678.393.8888 Valid: From 5pm to close – one free kid’s meal per adult entree.

Cinco Mexican Cantina


Vickery Village Phone: 678.341.6962 Valid: After 5pm with Adult Entree. Available for kids 12 & Under.

920 Marketplace Blvd, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.2911 Valid: From 4pm to 10pm with Adult Entree. Available for kids 12 & under.



920 Buford Rd, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.3880 Valid: All day, every day – one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Available for kids 10 & under.

Rick Tanner’s Grille & Bar

Vickery Village Phone: 770.205.5512 Valid: Excludes Kid’s Rib Dinner. Valid after 4pm with Adult Entree & Drink of $10 or more. Also note, Family Bingo on Monday Nights.

Sid’s Pizza

2631 Peachtree Pkwy, Suwanee, GA 30024 Phone: (678) 319-4288 Valid: When you purchase a large or medium pizza, you can get 1 free kid’s meal. Dine in only.

7 Tequilas

5063 Post Rd Cumming, GA 30040 Phone: 678.455.5965 Valid: After 3pm – one free kid’s meal per family. Dine in only’ Not FREE, but fun for kids &/or cheap for parents:

Fresh To Order

10900 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek 30097 Phone: 678.720.9333 Valid: Monday – Friday after 5pm – kid’s meals are 99 cents with an adult entree.

Luca Brasi’s Pizzeria

4335 Bethelview Road, Suite 116, Cumming Phone: (470)-281-5707 Valid: Weeknight carryout special – buy one pizza get one half off.

TUESDAY Alessio’s

Cumming and John’s Creek location Phone: 678-513-2903 (Cumming) or 770622-4884 (Johns Creek) Valid: After 5pm – Kid’s eat free with the purchase of an adult entree of $10 value.

Atlanta Bread Company


920 Buford Rd, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.3880 Valid: All day, every day – one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Available for kids 10 & under.

Summits Wayside Tavern

525 Lake Center Parkway (off Atlanta Hwy), Cumming GA 30040 Phone: 770.886.4374 Valid: From 5pm to 9pm with Adult Entree & Beverage. Available for kids 12 & Under.


920 Marketplace Blvd, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.2911 Valid: From 4pm to 10pm with Adult Entree. Available for kids 12 & Under.

Cinco Mexican Cantina

Vickery Village Phone: 678.341.6962 Valid: After 5pm with Adult Entree. Available for kids 12 & Under.

Ruby Tuesday (Dawsonville)

796 Highway 400 South Dawsonville 30534 Phone: 706.216.2333 Offer: One free kid entree per adult entree purchase from 5pm to close.

3280 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming GA 30040 Phone: 770.781.0858 Valid: After 4pm with minimum purchase of $5.00 meal. Available for kids 12 & Under.


920 Marketplace Blvd, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.2911 Valid: From 4pm to 10pm with Adult Entree. Available for kids 12 & Under.


920 Buford Rd, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.3880 Valid: All day, every day – one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Available for kids 10 & under.

Sid’s Pizza

2631 Peachtree Pkwy, Suwanee, GA 30024 Phone: (678) 319-4288 Valid: When you purchase a large or medium pizza, you can get 1 free kid’s meal. Dine in only.

133 Merchant Square, Cumming 30040 Phone: 678.965.5707 Valid: After 6pm – 1 free kids meal with purchase of adult meal ($9.99). 12 years old or younger. Not FREE, but fun for kids &/or cheap for parents:


The Collection at Forsyth Location Phone: 770.889.5288 Offer: No Kids Eat Free, but Kid’s Night with various activities including face painting, balloon maker &/or magician.

Buffalo’s Cafe


Cheeseburger Bobby’s


Stars and Strikes

908 Buford Hwy, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.9921 Valid: From 4pm to 9pm with Adult Entree & Beverage. Available for kids 12 & Under.

1175 Buford Hwy, Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30041 Phone: 470-309-9464 Valid: After 5pm, 2 free kid’s meals per adult entree. Available for kids 12 & under.


Not FREE, but fun for kids &/or cheap for parents:

Fresh To Order

Lanier Crossing Location Phone: 770.781.5256 Offer: No Kids Eat Free, but Kid’s Night with various activities for kids.

10900 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek 30097 Phone: 678.720.9333 Valid: Monday – Friday after 5pm – kid’s meals are 99 cents with an adult entree.

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882 Buford Highway, Cumming, GA 30040 Phone: 678-456-8528 Valid: 99 cent kid’s meals per Adult entree purchased between 5pm-9pm

10900 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek 30097 Phone: 678.720.9333 Valid: Monday – Friday after 5pm – kid’s meals are 99 cents with an adult entree.

Bethelview Road, Cumming GA 30040 Phone: 678.513.0077 Offer: 5-8pm Not free, but $0.99 Kiddie Finger Meal with adult purchase

Castleberry Ale House

Luca Brasi’s Pizzeria

4335 Bethelview Road, Suite 116, Cumming Phone: (470)-281-5707 Valid: Weeknight carryout special – buy one pizza get one half off.

5446 Bethelview Road, Cumming GA 30040 Phone: 770.292.9999 Valid: All day with Adult Entree. Available for kids 12 & Under.

4335 Bethelview Road, Suite 116, Cumming Phone: (470)-281-5707 Valid: Weeknight carryout special – buy one pizza get one half off.

Luca Brasi’s Pizzeria

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Not FREE, but fun for kids &/or cheap for parents:

Not FREE, but fun for kids &/or cheap for parents:

908 Buford Hwy, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.9921 Valid: From 4pm to 9pm with Adult Entree & Beverage. Available for kids 12 & Under.

10900 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek 30097 Phone: 678.720.9333 Valid: Monday – Friday after 5pm – kid’s meals are 99 cents with an adult entree.

10900 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek 30097 Phone: 678.720.9333 Valid: All day Saturday and Sunday – kid’s meals are 99 cents with an adult entree.

Atlanta Bread Company


920 Marketplace Blvd, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.2911 Valid: From 4pm to 10pm with Adult Entree. Available for kids 12 & Under.

Fry Me 2 The Moon

5155 Atlanta Hwy, Alpharetta, GA 30004 (Forsyth County) Phone: 678.691.1613 Valid: Offered all day – one free kid’s meal per adult meal.


920 Buford Rd, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.3880 Valid: All day, every day – one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Available for kids 10 & under. Not FREE, but fun for kids &/or cheap for parents:

Fresh To Order

10900 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek 30097 Phone: 678.720.9333 Valid: Monday – Friday after 5pm – kid’s meals are 99 cents with an adult entree.

Fresh To Order

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920 Marketplace Blvd, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.2911 Valid: From 4pm to 10pm with Adult Entree. Available for kids 12 & Under.

1175 Buford Hwy, Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30041 Phone: 470-309-9464 Valid: All day, 2 free kid’s meals per adult entree. Available for kid’s 12 & under.



920 Buford Rd, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.3880 Valid: All day, everybday – one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Available for kids 10 & under.


2609 Peachtree Parkway Suwanee, GA 30024 Phone: 770.886.6657 Valid: All day Saturday & Sunday – kids’ meals are $1 with adult purchase (combo or plate order)

Buffalo’s Cafe

Hacienda Barr & Grill (Dawsonville) 219 Crossroad Blvd, Dawsonville, Georgia, GA 30534 Phone: 706-265-0030 Valid: Free kid’s meal per adult entree from 4pm-10pm


920 Marketplace Blvd, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.2911 Valid: From 4pm to 10pm with Adult Entree. Available for kids 12 & Under.


2609 Peachtree Parkway Suwanee, GA 30024 Phone: 770.886.6657 Valid: All day Saturday & Sunday – kids meals are $1 with adult purchase (combo or plate order)

Pepperoni’s Midway

5063 Post Road, Cumming GA 30040 Phone: 770.663.3903 Valid: Kids under 10 eat for 99 cents with each adult entree purchased and fun activities like free face painting, balloons, games & more.

Buford Hwy, Cumming GA 30040 Phone: 770.887.3002 – Buford Hwy Valid: All day & Everyday w/$8 purchase. Available for kids 12 & Under.

Luca Brasi’s Pizzeria

Steak & Shake

4335 Bethelview Road, Suite 116, Cumming Phone: (470)-281-5707 Valid: Weeknight carryout special – buy one pizza get one half off.


920 Marketplace Blvd, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.2911 Valid: From 4pm to 10pm with Adult Entree. Available for kids 12 & Under.


920 Buford Rd, Cumming GA 30041 Phone: 770.888.3880 Valid: All day, every day – one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Available for kids 10 & under.

Steak & Shake

Steak & Shake

Buford Hwy, Cumming GA 30040 Phone: 770.887.3002 – Buford Hwy Valid: All day & Everyday w/$8 purchase. Available for kids 12 & Under.

Steak & Shake

2611 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming GA 30040 Phone: 678.965.4722 Valid: All day & Everyday w/$8 purchase. Available for kids 12 & Under.

Tin Drum

410 Peachtree Pkwy Cumming, GA 30041 Phone: 678.965.5915 Valid: All day – one free kid’s meal per full price adult entree

2611 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming GA 30040 Phone: 678.965.4722 Valid: All day & Everyday w/$8 purchase. Available for kids 12 & Under.

Tin Drum

410 Peachtree Pkwy Cumming, GA 30041 Phone: 678.965.5915 Valid: All day – one free kid’s meal per full price adult entree Not FREE, but fun for kids &/or cheap for parents:

Fresh To Order

10900 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek 30097 Phone: 678.720.9333 Valid: All day Saturday and Sunday – kid’s meals are 99 cents with an adult entree.

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As someone who has lived in Georgia for most of their life, I’ve been curious to see what tourists to the area are most interested in visiting. To my surprise, it was no longer the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, or even Stone Mountain Park. Many tourists are eager to bear witness to the filming locations of some of their favorite movies. In fact, several companies are now taking advantage of this emerging industry by offering tours around Atlanta to a handful of the most famous shooting locations. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, “Lifestyle and standard of living are two reasons Georgia continues to attract Fortune 500 companies and the skilled, educated workforce those businesses and others need to succeed. The state’s diverse population, the blend of city and country atmosphere, and the widely varying topography all contribute to a unique lifestyle and array of experiences unmatched by other states. This versatility is a major reason Georgia appeals to so many people.” Consistent weather and an enthusiastic work force contribute to the state’s rapid growth as the “Hollywood of the South,” and Forsyth County is no exception. Tax incentives introduced in 2002 have made Georgia one of the most common shooting locations in the

country, only #4 to California, New York, and Louisiana. Aside from popular belief, movies have been shot in Forsyth County for upwards of forty years, beginning with the hit actioncomedy flick, Smokey and the Bandit in 1977. Recent films such as American Pie (1999), American Reunion (2012), The Fate of the Furious (2017), and Hall Pass (2011) have also been shot in our county. However, it wasn’t until 2010 that the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office created the Camera Ready Communities program. This program was initiated to train and certify counties to work efficiently with production companies and provide assistance in every aspect, from local scouting and film permits to traffic control, catering, and lodging. After sitting down with James McCoy, CEO and President of the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce, I learned that Forsyth County receives an average of ten applications for film permits each week, but most of them are for television commercials. “I think I definitely see this industry growing in the future, because our landscape is so diverse,” said McCoy. “Our town has a lot to offer as far as filming goes, and because of that, it really is a difficult location to compete with.” The film industry currently brings in $7 billion worth of income for the state of


Consistent weather and an enthusiastic work force contribute to the state’s rapid growth as the “Hollywood of the South,” and Forsyth County is no exception. Tax incentives introduced in 2002 have made Georgia one of the most common shooting locations in the country, only #4 to California, New York, and Louisiana.

Georgia each year, and that number continues to grow as more companies choose to relocate here from the west coast. Not to mention, the Georgia Department of Revenue estimates that the film industry provides employment opportunities to around 150 local residents for a typical medium-budget movie; and even more for pictures with larger budgets. With all that Forsyth County has to offer, there’s really no question why production companies choose to shoot here. Popular filming locations include Mary Alice Park, and Sawnee Mountain Preserve, as well as various farms, warehouses, construction sites, and currently a local lumber mill. Residents can expect the town to gain popular exposure from the productions that are being shot here, but the real benefit will likely come from outside investments. Forsyth County can anticipate visitors that are working here to spend money at local stores, purchase gas, eat at restaurants, and stay in our hotels, which will only have a positive effect on the local economy.


MY FORSYTH | LIFESTYLE your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations and change the belt at the intervals shown in your owner’s manual. Most manufacturers recommend that you make timing belt replacement a part of your routine maintenance, replacing it every 60,000 miles. Some belts are good for up to 100,000 miles. If you’re in doubt, check your owner’s manual, or ask your dealer or mechanic.

MAKE TIME TO CHECK ON YOUR TIMING BELT By Tom Burgess, Owner, Christian Brothers Automotive, Cumming GA I once worked for a colonel in the Air Force who took amazing care of his Subaru. He bought it new and was absolutely fastidious about keeping it clean and wellmaintained. His 10-year-old Subaru looked like new. He proudly showed it off and said he was going to drive it “for at least 500,000 miles.” Then one day as he was driving down the highway, the engine suddenly just quit. It turns out his timing belt had snapped, and without that vital component keeping things in sync, his pistons and valves smashed together causing severe damage to the inside of the motor. He was devastated. It just didn’t make financial sense to completely rebuild the engine or install a new one. Due to his lack of knowledge, he watched his beautiful car being hauled off to the scrapyard. So, do you know if your vehicle has a timing chain or a timing belt? This is a vital piece of

Interference vs. non-interference engines The level of damage caused by a broken timing belt depends on the type of engine you have in your car. This is another key piece of information to know. A non-interference engine provides clearance between the valves and pistons, so if the timing belt breaks at low rotations per minute (RPMs) there may be no damage at all. At high RPMs, you might end up with bent valves and may have to have your cylinder heads rebuilt, but the engine isn’t likely to be destroyed. With an interference engine (about 70% of the vehicles on the road today have this type of engine), the pistons and the valves share the same space within the cylinder – just not at the same time. The pistons and the valves “own” the cylinder at different times. Here’s the thing, though – the period of time between

information if you intend to keep it for over 60,000 miles. If your car or truck has a timing chain you’re fine – timing chains don’t need to be changed. But if it has a belt, you need to be aware that ignoring it can come with a high cost. What is a timing belt? When most people think of an engine, they picture the valves and pistons, but they don’t think much about what allows them to play nicely together at thousands of rotations per minute. That’s the job of the timing belt. It drives the camshaft, which keeps the valves synchronized to the crankshaft, which controls the pistons. Your timing belt knows when the pistons are rising and falling, and based on that information it tells the valves when to open and close. How to tell if your timing belt is bad Timing belts don’t often give you a lot of warning when they’re about to fail – they might squeak or chirp, but more often than not they just suddenly break when they are worn out. On some engines, it is possible to do a visual check to see if there’s any cracking, glazing, missing teeth or oil contamination. Normally, however, the belt is hidden behind a cover that is difficult to remove. The best practice is to follow


“ownership” can be a tiny fraction of a second at operating speeds. If the timing is off due to a belt that slips or breaks, there is nothing to stop the pistons and valves from colliding. This bends valves and damages pistons, rods, cylinder heads, and walls. It can even cause the rods to poke holes in the engine block. So now that you know the disastrous consequences of neglecting your timing belt, here’s the good news. You can easily prevent those high-dollar repairs by having your mechanic replace the belt on schedule, or sooner if there’s a reason to do so. One last tip – remember to ask your mechanic to replace the tensioner and pulley at the same time the belt is replaced. If those fail after you replace the belt, you will have to do basically the same job all over again.



ELECTRIC 17 YEARS OF PROVEN SERVICE In 2000, Rob Carreno established Arc Angel Electric, a full service electrical company based in Cumming, Georgia. Today, Arc Angel Electric employs 26 electricians and managers who service the Metro Atlanta area and North Georgia with reliable expertise and unparalleled workmanship. Continued on next page

By Julie Brennan

Rob Carreno


“Our services include comprehensive and simple wiring for residential and commercial new construction, remodeling, service and repairs, home enhancements, troubleshooting, energy efficient lighting solutions, and lightning surge suppression,” Rob explained. Their newest services promote environmentally friendly, renewable energy systems such as electric car charging stations. “We have a great track record of installing a variety of car chargers for all electric or hybrid vehicles. Electric vehicle (EVs) charging stations supply electricity for recharging electric vehicles and other plug-in vehicles, including plug-in hybrids (PHEVs),” Rob added. Stations can be installed for Tesla®, ChevyVolt®, ChevyBolt®, BMW i3®, and NissanLeaf®, to name a few. Surge Protection With the increase of lightning strikes that this time of the year brings, electrical systems – from computers to TV sets – can be compromised by lightning. Surge protectors protect your electronics from power surges in your electrical system. “We use the best surge protection devices to safeguard your valuable electronic equipment and appliances,” Rob explained. The goal is to protect your home and the electrical equipment from sudden lightning hits that render the equipment useless. Power strips are not the same as surge protectors, though some homeowners

rely on power strips to safeguard their computer systems and electronic devices. A surge protector is more than just an apparatus for turning one outlet into six — it plays an important role in electronic device maintenance. Residential Inspection Arc Angel Electric provides a thorough check of electrical wiring, outlets and connections throughout homes. Their inspection checklist includes a review of the entire home – inside and outside. Here’s what you can expect to see on a residential electrical inspection checklist: • Connections in electrical panels. • Connections outside at the main service. • Check GFI receptacles for proper operation. • Check and replace all smoke detector batteries. • Check connections and readings on entire ground system. The Arc Angel Difference Being part of a society that encourages do-ityourself projects, where choices are often made via Internet and reviews found on lists, and where time is often non-existent, it is refreshing to know that when one needs an expert in the field of electricity, Arc Angel Electric is ready to help. “Everyone that is part of Arc Angel Electric knows that I expect every client to be treated


We take great pride “ in our workmanship,” Rob explained. “Our customers rely on us to provide them with efficient, affordable and timely work. Arc Angel Electric strives for perfection in every job we handle, and work together with our clients to meet, and most importantly, exceed their expectations.

fairly, with utmost respect and courtesy. Our clients know that we will do all we can to solve their electrical problems,” Rob added. “Reliable, neat and quality workmanship delivered by qualified electricians is very important to me as a business and home owner.” “We take great pride in our workmanship,” Rob explained. “Our customers rely on us to provide them with efficient, affordable and timely work. Arc Angel Electric strives for perfection in every job we handle, and work together with our clients to meet, and most importantly, exceed their expectations.”

“They came to my home on the same day that I called. They were on time...well, early actually, but called ahead to make sure it worked for me. They were careful with my fixtures, my ceilings, my floors, etc. They cleaned up any mess left behind. They answered all of my questions about LED bulbs versus traditional bulbs & then some. All in all it was a good experience. I had confidence in the services they provided. The price was fair. Should I need an electrician in the future, I will ONLY call Arc Angel instead of wasting my time calling others that won’t call you back. A+!” - Dana “Two gentlemen came to my home. They were professional, quick, courteous, and did a phenomenal job, from top to bottom. Would definitely recommend.” - Gary

With over 17 years servicing the communities of Forsyth and neighboring counties, Rob’s group of certified electricians are readily available to take care of all electrical needs. The company’s vast array of well-grounded services includes new installations, upgrades, troubleshooting and repair solutions, for both residential and commercial needs. “We take great pride in our workmanship,” Rob added. “Our customers rely on us to

provide them with efficient, affordable and timely work. Arc Angel Electric strives for perfection in every job we handle, and work together with our clients to meet, and most importantly exceed their expectations.” Stability, Expertise, Reliability Considering the company has a 5-Star Kudzu Rating, AAA+ accreditation from the Better Business Bureau and a customer-base second to none, Arc Angel Electric is the company to call.

ARC ANGEL ELECTRIC 2130 Ronald Reagan Blvd Cumming, GA 30041 770-889-9243

Community Involvement Being part of the business community is important, as is the ability to become an active member of the community served. Rob’s contributions, often understated, have made a great impact for an often-forgotten group – pets. Rob’s four-legged buddies have become part of his family over the years and have been adopted from shelters or rescued from other homes. Quietly, he has also assisted various non-profit organization over the years as well as provided services to folks who need assistance promptly. Commitment to quality service, reliability and unparalleled craftmanship has made Arc Angel Electric stand out above the rest for 17 years. There’s no reason to settle for mediocre when the best is just a phone call away.

Call Arc Angel Electric at 770-889-9243 to schedule your next quality electrical services today.



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BREASTFEEDING CENTER By Kimberly Bond Is there any event as life-changing as when a family adds a sweet new baby to their home? Tiny hand holding a finger, a newborn cradled in a father’s arms or snuggled on a mother’s chest – these are precious moments to be treasured for a lifetime. However, as many women have learned, certain aspects of new motherhood, such as breastfeeding, don’t always come as naturally as one might hope. Other mothers may find themselves without family support or struggling with the mental, emotional, and physical hardships of post-partum life. Now there is a new local partner to help mothers and families during this special-yet-challenging time – the North Georgia Breastfeeding Center (NGBC). We recently visited NGBC at their comfortable offices to learn more about the services they provide. Amy Hammant, a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with over seventeen years of experience in the maternal and child health field, started NGBC a little over a year and a half ago after moving to Forsyth County and recognizing a need in our community. Since then, NGBC has helped mothers from all over the state, regardless of where their babies were born, with breastfeeding

Amy Hammant, Board Certified Lactation Consultant

advice, support, and other issues related to feeding and nutrition. Most people know that breastfeeding


provides proven benefits for both mother and baby. However, many people don’t know about some of the challenges that can “Breastfeeding can be one of the most unnatural natural things in the world,” says Kerriann Alvarado, one of NGBC’s friendly consultants. “If it was easy for everyone, we wouldn’t be in business.” In addition to lactation consultant visits and follow-up care for new moms, moms-to-be can get a head start on breastfeeding success with a prenatal breastfeeding assessment. There is even a special class to help moms returning to work who wish to continue breastfeeding formulate a plan that will work for them and their babies. Support staff can assist with pump rentals or can provide information about obtaining an insurance-covered pump. Weight checks provide important information about baby’s intake and help reassure families that their little ones are growing and gaining as they should. NGBC provides phone consultations (many basic phone consultations are free) and has an on-call lactation specialist 24 hours a day who will return calls or texts regarding urgent breastfeeding questions within 2 hours. Classes including childbirth education, prenatal yoga, mommy-and-me yoga, and infant massage help encourage healthy habits, foster community among mothers, and help build a strong motherbaby bond. NGBC often helps first-time mothers, but since every pregnancy and baby is different, the board certified lactation consultants and other support staff at NGBC also frequently see mothers with multiple children who may have different issues that they need assistance with for each child. Critically, NGBC staff members are also well-educated about maternal health issues such as post-partum depression or hormonal imbalances and are trained to help mothers who visit NGBC and may be struggling with these conditions. NGBC is also a great resource for mothers who have extra breast milk that they wish to donate. NGBC was the first milk depot in Georgia and partners with the Mothers Milk Bank of North Texas to collect donations. Milk donated through NGBC will very often wind up back in Forsyth County supporting tiny NICU babies.

If you would like to visit NGBC, you may call 678-965-0103 or request an appointment online through their website at Information about insurance coverage and payment is also available on the website. Visit NGBC on Facebook at




As a kid growing up in Canada, we were all taught about the discovery of insulin by Banting and Best. Insulin has changed the lives of diabetics but it is not a cure. In fact, although insulin stabilizes blood sugars, it also causes weight gain and does not reduce heart attacks or improve survival in Type 2 diabetics. Type 1 diabetes is usually identified in childhood and felt to be an autoimmune condition that damages the pancreas where insulin is produced. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in adulthood, often associated with obesity, and results from decreased insulin production and increased insulin resistance. Diabetes increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, renal failure, retinal damage, neuropathy limb amputations and premature death. The goal should always be to prevent diabetes with a combination of diet and exercise. During your annual physical the A1c should be measured. Normal A1c is less than 5.7%. Diabetes begins with an A1c greater than 6.5%. In between, is considered prediabetes. Many drugs have been developed for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. They all lower A1c but work in different ways. Deciding which ones to use is somewhat challenging. In general, our first line therapy is metformin. This drug lowers sugars, causes weight loss and improves survival. It should be used with some caution when the kidneys

are impaired. Metformin is also inexpensive. Another inexpensive class of medications are the sulfonylureas ( glyburide, glipizide, glimepiride). Although these drugs also improve sugars, they can be harmful to the heart and should only be considered if other agents are not affordable. Glitazones have had a mixed history. The first one was taken off the market for liver toxicity, then rosiglitazone (Avandia) was shown to increase heart attacks and heart failure. Pioglitazone (Actos) however is safe for the heart but does cause fluid retention and may increase bladder cancer. Next came the DPP4 inhibitors. In general, this class of medications is very well-tolerated and safe for the heart but two – saxaglipin and alogliptin can cause fluid retention. Sitagliptin (Januvia) and linagliptin (Trajenta) don’t have this concern. While A1c is improved with DPP4’s, survival is not. GLP1 agonists are another class of medications that lower sugar and cause weight loss. They are administered as an injection – twice daily-exenatide (Byetta), daily-liraglutide (Victoza), or weekly extended release exenatide (Bydureon). Liralutide has been shown to also reduce cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes. In its high dose formulation, it has been approved as a weight loss drug (Saxenda). Side-effects include nausea, diarrhea and gastric fullness.


The most exciting new class of drugs for diabetics are the SGLT2 inhibitors (gliflozins). Currently, there are three on the market—empagliflozin (Jardiance) canagliflozin (Invokana) and dapagliflozin (Farxiga). Sorry, I did not create these names! These drugs work by causing excess sugar to be excreted through the urine. In doing so, sugar levels, blood pressure and weight all come down. With empagliflozin these beneficial features result in a 38% reduction in cardiovascular deaths over three years. It is the first diabetes drug to be approved by the FDA to reduce mortality. Canaglifozin also has the same benefits on the heart but unfortunately increase limb amputations two-fold and therefore must be used with caution. Other side effects to watch for are bladder and yeast infections. So, while diabetes prevention is the key, it’s nice to know that many options beyond insulin now exist. 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


MY FORSYTH | HEALTH & WELLNESS for Disease Control. As far as these being mild illnesses: Measles can cause dangerously high fevers, pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. Chicken Pox can cause scarring, blindness, and sepsis. Mumps can cause meningitis, deafness, and death. Vaccines are a simple way to protect your family from these incredibly serious diseases. MYTH: Since those diseases aren’t common anymore, my child doesn’t need to be vaccinated. FALSE. As we have seen in recent years, unvaccinated communities run a very high risk of contracting these preventable illnesses and then spreading them beyond their community. In 2014, an Amish individual went to the Philippines on a mission trip, and came back home to his community, which was largely unvaccinated, with measles. They saw 387 cases of measles in the community after his return. There are still 10,000-40,000 cases of whooping cough reported in the US each year, with 20 deaths annually. Babies under a year old are at a particularly high risk for catching, and having severe complications from, whooping cough.


By Ashley Ford, FNP and Charity McDaniel Scrolling through your news feed expect if it caused autism. The most common on social media, you’re likely to see reactions we see to an immunization are some dozens of news stories, blog posts, redness and swelling at the injection site, low and personal opinions on just about grade fever, and fussiness. any topic you can think of. While it’s great to get information from many points of MYTH: It’s better to gain “natural view, we’ve been hearing more and more about immunity” by getting a disease than disreputable sources and inaccurate facts and to immunize. figures. One hot-button issue that’s constantly FALSE. It’s true that natural immunity, on our radar is whether or not to vaccinate which occurs when someone is exposed to and yourself and your family, so we’re here to help infected by an actual disease, can sometimes last break down some of the most common myths longer than immunity from a vaccine. However, about vaccines. the risks of having a disease can far outweigh the benefits – which leads us to our next myth: MYTH: Vaccines cause autism. Let’s start with the big one: This is FALSE. MYTH: Vaccines only protect people There are too many factors regarding this myth from mild illnesses that can be easily to address in one article, but no - vaccines do treated. not cause autism. The MMR vaccine is the one FALSE. The reason people think measles, we hear about most with this statement. This is mumps – even chicken pox - are “not that big typically given to children between one and two a deal” is because we don’t see many cases of years of age—which happens to be the age when these diseases anymore (thanks in large part to symptoms of autism begin to appear. Concerns vaccines). For example, an epidemic of rubella regarding thimerosal are unfounded as well - (German measles) in 1964-65 infected 12.5 even after thimerosal was removed from nearly million Americans, killed 2,000 babies, and all childhood vaccines, the autism rates continue caused 11,000 miscarriages. Since 2012, 15 total to rise, which is the opposite of what we would cases of rubella were reported to the Centers 38 MYFORSYTHMAG.COM VOLUME VII | ISSUE 4

MYTH: The standard immunization schedule has too many vaccines at once; it’s going to make my child sick. FALSE. Again, there is no evidence to support the idea that the standard immunization schedule overloads a child’s immune system. In fact, spreading out the immunizations over a longer period puts children at risk of contracting preventable diseases. Hopefully we have cleared up some of the concerns you may have regarding vaccines! Your best option when you have concerns or questions about medications, treatments, or anything regarding your child’s health is to consult your pediatrician. We’re here to help, and we’re always happy to see a family take an active interest in their health and wellness! Ashley Ford is a Nurse Practitioner with Highland Pediatrics, and is currently accepting new patients. Highland Pediatrics 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:


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We are excited to announce the expansion of our Pediatrics practice with the opening of Highlands Medical Plaza, located in the heart of Cumming.

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Dr. Verma-Bhatnagar, Pediatrician


SUNGLASSES AND THEIR IMPORTANCE UV rays are known to affect your body by radiation, but they can also be harmful to your eyes as well. The sun can cause eyes to get

cataracts, causing vision to become blurred due to the lenses in the eyes slowly becoming opaquer, and can even go as far as to cause someone to experience temporary vision loss caused by photo keratitis. Luckily, there is a way to decrease the chances of this; wearing sunglasses. The use of sunglasses blocks out 99% of the sun’s damaging rays. There is a multitude of different styles, frames, lens tints, and designs in sunglasses that can all be used to make a statement or complement your face shape. You are not only protecting your eyes from potentially very harmful UV rays, but you are also adding to your look. Furthermore, you should not only be wearing sunglasses during the summer, although the sun can be much stronger during this season because throughout the entire year there are still sun rays. You can stop by For Your Eyes Only at Vickery Village to get fitted for a pair of sunglasses that suits you perfectly. By Opal Sivan, Research Journalist Consulted by Dr. Mira Sivan, Optometrist




MELANOMA: MISCONCEPTIONS VS FACTS By Nathan J. Cleaver, D.O. As summer begins to wind down and the kids are back in school, it is time to shift back to the routine. For many of us, that includes setting up our routine health screening exams. A full body skin exam is usually not the exam that comes to mind. However, it should be. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime, and an estimated one million Americans are living with melanoma. Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer, and overall prognosis is directly related to the depth of invasion of the tumor. The sooner a melanoma is identified, the better the prognosis. A common misconception is that melanoma only occurs on sun exposed sites of ‘sun-worshippers’. Certainly, ultraviolet light and tanning bed use increases your risk for development of melanoma, but that is not always true. Melanoma is the second most common malignancy in females 1529. Melanoma can not only occur on sun exposed sites, but also on non-sun exposed sites and even mucosal surfaces. A family history of melanoma can also put you at a higher risk. Knowing the signs of melanoma can not only save your own life, but also that of your loved ones. What are these signs?

colors, diameter larger than a pencil eraser head, and evolution (or change) of the mole. If you have noticed any of these changes, a full body skin examination with a board-certified dermatologist is highly encouraged.

The ABCDE’s of Melanoma If a mole demonstrates asymmetry, an irregular border, non-uniform or multiple 42 MYFORSYTHMAG.COM VOLUME VII | ISSUE 4

Conveniently located in the center of Forsyth county and downtown Cumming, Cleaver Medical Group includes a fellowship trained, board certified Dermatologist specializing in skin cancer management including Mohs micrographic surgery.


CHOOSING THE RIGHT MEDICATIONS AND TAKING THEM SAFELY By Kimberly Bond As people age, it’s simply a fact of life that they may need more prescription or over-the-counter medications to stay healthy. However, people the age of 65 are more likely to have adverse drug reactions and need to be more cautious about taking certain types of drugs. There are even some drugs that older adults may need to avoid altogether – even a few that many of us take for granted as a part of day-to-day life. According to AARP, one in three Americans is now 50 or older — by 2030, one in five will be over 65. The CDC notes that older adults, meaning those 65 and over, are twice as likely as others to come to emergency departments for adverse drug reactions, and nearly seven times more likely to be hospitalized after an emergency visit. Many adverse drug reactions are caused by improper dosing. Certain drugs require blood testing to make sure the patient is receiving the optimum dose. These drugs include blood thinners, diabetes medications, seizure medications, and heart medications. Older adults are more likely to be taking these types of medications, leading to a higher

incidence of adverse reactions. Adverse drug reactions can also occur in older adults because certain types of medications work differently in their bodies. Due to these side effects, some types of medications should be avoided when possible by older adults, including: • Blood-pressure medications like nifedipine and alpha-adrenergic blockers and agonists; • Analgesics like meperidine and pentazocine; • Anticholinergic medications including older antidepressants and allergy medications; • Benzodiazepines like alprazolam, lorazepam, or clonazepam; • NSAIDS, including aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen; and • COX-2 inhibitors like celecoxib. For clarity’s sake, the generic name of each medication has been used instead of a brand name. This is not a complete list. For more information, see home/older-people%E2%80%99s-health-issues/ aging-and-drugs/aging-and-drugs. Of course,

always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any medication. How can we help prevent adverse drug reactions? One way is to keep a list of all of your medications, including any overthe-counter drugs, supplements, or vitamins that you regularly take. Bring the list with you to all of your medical appointments, including those with your general practitioner, any specialists, and even the dentist or eye doctor. Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider if you have a question about a medication or a potential interaction something else you are taking, especially if you start taking something new. To help you keep track of your daily medications, use a pill sorter with a clearly labeled box for each day of the week, or keep a medication journal. Of course, always follow your doctor or other healthcare provider’s instructions and make sure you keep all your scheduled appointments. Following these guidelines increases your chances of staying happy and healthy in your golden years.



THE JOY OF MY LIFE By Annie Syfert

Typically, these are not the words used to describe one’s feelings about his/her job. But most people are not Cathie Brugnoli. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Cathie Brugnoli, the executive director of Girls on the Run North Georgia. For those unfamiliar,

Girls on the Run is a [non-profit] uniquely crafted experiential program for 3rd to 8th grade girls that challenges them both physically and emotionally. Twice a week, for twelve weeks, girls engage in activities that cultivate life skills. At the end of the curriculum, the girls participate in a 5k run – an enormous celebration of their growth, persistence, and pursuit for greatness.


But the purpose of this program is not to turn the girls into exercise enthusiasts. According to Brugnoli, the intention behind the lessons is to “Take their mind off physical activity, and place it on the emotional cause.” I was intrigued by this statement, and asked Brugnoli for clarification and expansion on her last thought. What I learned was this:

Within the span of an hour and 15 minutes, the girls are placed into activities that combine a physical workout with emotions. This is then broken down into three segments: 1) The girl and her relationship with herself (Confidence, Love, Self-discovery) 2) The girl and her peers (Listening, Cooperation, Standing up to peer pressure) 3) The girl in her community (Community-service project) Brugnoli added that “the goal of all this is to develop strength of character, confidence, and learn to respond to others with care and positive communication.” And although these three steps are the core of the curriculum, each season challenges the girls in a different way. For a third grader, she may be learning how to label emotions. By fifth grade, she will be more aware of how to express her emotions. Additionally, girls who wish to continue with Girls on the Run following their 8th grade year are encouraged to become mentors for the younger girls. By doing so, girls are eligible to obtain a job through work-based learning – and, with hard work, can even return as a ‘coach’ who will teach the curriculum. This happens frequently, said Brugnoli, adding that, “the girls are growing up and coming back to the program.” In fact, one UGA student who had committed countless hours to Girls on the Run, started the program in Athens from scratch. It just goes to show the heart, drive, and dedication people have for this program. If you are like me, you are thinking, “Where was this program when I was younger?” One of the incredible things about this program is that there truly is not an age limit. Sure, the program is aimed for young girls, but the practical life lessons are pivotal for every woman. As Brugnoli puts it, “Yes, we serve girls, but we also serve women, continuing on to say that “One of [her] favorite things is seeing the amazing women come in and drink up the curriculum.” So, for those who are older, there are opportunities to serve as volunteers or become a coach. After all, it was by chance (or “fate” as some may call it) that Cathie got involved in the program. Over a decade ago, a friend asked her to volunteer. At this point in time, Cathie’s daughters were young and she was an avid runner. She knew very little about the organization, but nevertheless, decided to give it a chance. For two weeks, she drove from Forsyth to Fulton County

Every girl wears a #1 because every girl is #1 in the way she chooses to finish the race. The girls can choose to walk, talk, run, hop, skip or dance their way to the finish line. This is often the full-circle moment where the girls realize they can do anything they set their minds to. It is the culmination of everything learned and practiced—an awe-inspiring moment to say the least.

to volunteer – and she was absolutely blown away by how the curriculum appealed to everyone and presented effective tools to good communication. Immediately, she thought, “This is how I want to raise my children.” Fast forward a few years, and Cathie is now the executive director. Although she does not meet every girl, she absolutely loves coaching. Coaching gives her the opportunity to challenge the girls, and be challenged herself; it’s a growing process for both parties. A typical day for her varies depending on the season, but for Cathie, her days typically consists of meetings with volunteers and sponsors, oversight, and dealing with finances and grants. Her heart, however, is always with the girls. She shared numerous stories with me about girls’ experiences, and how they touched both her life and the lives of their families. These were beautiful stories of shy girls becoming confident girls that inspired and were admired by everyone—girls who learned to substitute their negative thoughts for positive thoughts—girls who were willing to be vulnerable, girls who helped bring out the best in others. One family heavily impacted by their daughter’s time at the program, said that “Girls on the Run taught her how to love.” “Our finish line is just the beginning.” This is the mantra instituted by Girls on the Run, and the belief centered around the heavily anticipated 5k run that takes place at the end of the 12 weeks. This is an event Brugnoli deems

“incredible.” At the run, there are thousands of spectators and over 1,000 runners. A combination of nervousness and excitement fills the air. What is truly spectacular about this run is its operation. Every girl wears a #1 because every girl is #1 in the way she chooses to finish the race. The girls can choose to walk, talk, run, hop, skip or dance their way to the finish line. This is often the full-circle moment where the girls realize they can do anything they set their minds to. It is the culmination of everything learned and practiced—an awe-inspiring moment to say the least. People as passionate and driven as Cathie Brugnoli are few and far between. Her story with Girls on the Run is powerful and inspiring. During her time with Girls on the Run, over 7,000 Forsyth county girls have been served, and over 2,000 have volunteered. Be a part of the change within the community for these girls! Volunteer recruitment and registration are open for the upcoming season.

Girls on the Run: North Georgia 404.667.4101


LATINO FORSYTH where he is studying his passion, Performing Arts. Alejandro is both an actor and a playwright by trade. Recently, he participated in Curious Theatre Company’s New Voices Festival (July 2017) and wrote a short, one-act play called Heart To Heart. Heart To Heart is a story about a public high school shutting down its arts programs due to funding issues and the entrance of a new British principal. It also details the development of a relationship between the head quarterback of the football team and a skilled poet. Embedded throughout the story are themes about human respect, how art impacts human hearts and lives, and the belief that art is for everyone. Even though communication was difficult for Alejandro as a

Alejandro Fundora

Imagine with me a little boy for a moment. This boy was not able to speak until he was four. He has a processing disability when it comes to learning new ideas, so it takes him a while to capture new concepts and to learn new skills. Because his parents had to teach him English first due to the therapy he needed to help with his disability, he feels embarrassed and uncomfortable since he is not able to speak the native language of his family, Spanish. At every party or festival, he would run away to his room feeling shy and timid because he did not know how to communicate with others except for his immediate family. He escaped to his own world, creating activities that were fun and joyful to him. Alejandro was that little boy. Alejandro (Alex) Fundora is a first generation Cuban-American. He is a sophomore at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), 48 MYFORSYTHMAG.COM VOLUME VII | ISSUE 4

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.

- Sarah Ban Breathnach

child, he now uses his talents to reach people through his acting and the plays he writes. Spending time with Alejandro is a gentle reminder that while life may be filled with challenges and roadblocks, even at a young age we are equipped with the tools to take on those challenges and move forward.




Midway Elementary 4805 Atlanta Highway 770.475.6670 Principal: Jan Munroe

North Forsyth Middle 3645 Coal Mountain Drive 770.889.0743 Principal: Todd McClelland

Brandywine Elementary 15 Martin Dr. Alpharetta Principal: Todd Smith

Sawnee Elementary 1616 Canton Highway 770.887.6161 Principal: Dr. Eileen Nix

Otwell Middle 605 Tribble Gap Road 770.887.5248 Principal: Steve Miller

Brookwood Elementary 2980 Vaughan Drive 678.965.5060 Principal: Tracey Smith

Settles Bridge Elementary 600 James Burgess Road 770.887.1883 Principal: Saran VonEsh

Chattahoochee Elementary 2800 Holtzclaw Road 770.781.2240 Principal: Barbara Vella

Sharon Elementary 3595 Old Atlanta Road 770.888.7511 Principal: Amy Bartlett

Big Creek Elementary 1994 Peachtree Parkway 770.887.4584 Principal: Laura Webb

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

Shiloh Point Elementary 8145 Majors Road 678.341.6481 Principal: Derrick Hershey Sliver City Elementary 6200 Dahlonega Highway 678.965.5020 Principal: Paige Andrews Vickery Creek Elementary 6280 Post Road 770.346.0040 Principal: Kristan Riedinger Whitlow Elementary 3655 Castleberry Road 678.965.5090 Principal: Dr. Lynne Castleberry

MIDDLE SCHOOLS DeSana Middle School 625 James Road, Alpharetta Principal: Terri North Lakeside Middle 2565 Echols Road 678.965.5080 Principal: Kim Head Liberty Middle 7465 Wallace Tatum Road 770.781.4889 Principal: Cheryl Riddle Little Mill Middle 6800 Little Mill Road 678.965.5000 Principal: Connie McCrary


Piney Grove Middle 8135 Majors Road 678.965.5010 Principal: Pamela Pajerski Riverwatch Middle 610 James Burgess Road 678.455.7311 Principal: Pam Bibk South Forsyth Middle 4670 Windermere Parkway Cumming, GA 30041 Principal: Sandy Tinsley Vickery Creek Middle 6240 Post Road 770.667.2580 Principal: Scott Feldcamp

HIGH SCHOOLS Forsyth Central High 520 Tribble Gap Road 770.887.8151 Principal: Mitch Young

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

Lambert High School 805 Nichols Road 678.965.5050 Principal: Dr. Gary Davison

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

North Forsyth High 3635 Coal Mountain Drive 770.781.6637

Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs 2830 Old Atlanta Road 770.205.6277 South Forsyth High 585 Peachtree Parkway 770.781.2264 Principal: Laura Wilson West Forsyth High 4155 Drew Road 770.888.3470 Principal: Karl Mercer 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 Montessori Kids Academy 3034 Old Atlanta Road 678.208.0774 School Admin., Maureen Danbury Pinecrest Academy 955 Peachtree Parkway 770.888.4477 Headmaster: Dr. Edward J. Lindekugel www.



Why? A frequently used yet incredibly

WHY? By Gianna Satriano

powerful word that seems to constantly overtake the sophisticated female mind. Why is it that women, with our opinionated nature and jittery impulses, seek to attain everything that we don’t have? Why do we allow our minds to follow the misconceptions of life in our individual pursuits of happiness? Why do we live our lives in the quickest manner and seem to never take time to appreciate what blessed human beings we are? Why? I have found that imperfections are a part of life. I have found that although it is common, it does not mean that we should fall into the aspects of misconception. But to be able to delve deeper into the “why” of life, confidence is required. This confidence is not complicated, but rather it is simple. It is the type of confidence that inspires people to learn how to love themselves and know exactly what they want out of life. In our everyday struggles to be better and to be confident, it becomes easy to find ourselves lost. Lost in a world of people who are willing to conform, people who want what other girls have, and people who just can’t seem to realize how beautiful they are. Why do we have to make the struggle for confidence more complicated than it is? In retrospect, longing

for what someone else has and letting our minds get consumed with clouds of envy, only makes us see the good in others and the bad in us. The hatred that some women carry for their minds, their bodies and their possessions saddens me deeply. It is this sole hatred that the female population carries that I believe inspires an opportunity for women to stand up. I believe it can inspire women to know their worth and to spread their worth to others, so that others can begin to understand their worth because it isn’t until we all stand together, that I believe a change can be made. Love yourself. Love yourself so much that any negative comment goes in one ear and out the other. Love yourself so much that the love you have for others starts to spiral off of the love you have for yourself. Know the value that you attain and the worth that you constantly carry within you. Carry that worth within you and let it ignite and inspire where you are in life now and in your future. If we are made for so much more than we can imagine, let’s start acting like it. In our race to stand together and transform the female minds, let’s transform one another one person at a time. And in the race to transform one person at a time, let’s transform ourselves.


DEAR SILENT, I know what it’s like to be you. I once was silent too. I am now a voice for you. I went unheard for years and gave up for awhile just to stay quiet. Granted I have not walked in your shoes but I have walked beside them. You see, I was silent for a time too long to describe, it needed to change. I went from elementary school to middle school being silent about what ate through my head. It’s what left me believing hope wasn’t something meant for me. Highschool hit and it was time to stand up and speak out. I wrote a letter to my principal that I voice needed to be no longer silent. I wasn’t going to be left unheard anymore and neither were the ones beside me. Someone, finally someone listened to the voice I had to give. Mr. Young, I want to say thank you. Thank you for not keeping me silent. To all the ones who are silent, don’t ever give up on your voice being heard. Someone is there to listen I swear, keep trying even if people block you out. You are not to be left unheard.

By Millicent Thiltgen


Millicent is a sophomore at Forsyth Central High School. She is 15 years old and writes for suicide prevention.


When life gets tough, it’s tempting to give up. We can get discouraged by what might lie ahead. Or we can keep pushing ahead. The choice is ours. When our eyes are focused on the One at the finish line, perseverance is possible.


Have you ever run a marathon? Although I enjoy exercising, I can honestly say I’ve never considered participating in a long-distance run. I admire those who put themselves through the rigors of training and discipline themselves to eat right to achieve maximum performance. I understand it’s as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one. When a runner reaches the 18-mile mark something happens. The muscles reach a point of fatigue so overpowering it’s easy to entertain thoughts of quitting. Running 18 miles is quite an accomplishment—something to be proud of. But it’s only through perseverance and focusing on the finish line that the runner can complete the remaining eight miles of the race.

The race of life On a much larger scale, the apostle Paul used the analogy of our entire life being a race: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1, KJV) There are those who are watching us; cheering us on and keeping us accountable. He cautions us to keep our eyes open for distractions. There are also things that need to be set aside so we can run a good race: sin, our past, defeat. When life gets tough, it’s tempting to give up. We can get discouraged by what might lie ahead. Or we can keep pushing ahead. The

choice is ours. When our eyes are focused on the One at the finish line, perseverance is possible. As the tortoise pointed out to the hare in the beloved children’s classic: Slow and steady wins the race. You CAN run a good race! Your turn Are you struggling to move ahead in this race of life? What step will you take to persevere? Heavenly Father, Thank You for filling Your Word with illustrations that meet me right where I am. You understand my human frailties. Help me lay aside the things that hinder me and continue to move forward. As I keep my eyes on You, I can persevere. In Jesus’ name, Amen.



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

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 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 Cumming Baptist Church 115 Church Street | 770.205.6699 Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Worship service: 10:50am Pastor: Dr. Barry Crocker 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

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 Longstreet Baptist Church 6868 Campground Road 770.889.1959 Sunday School: 10am Worship Service: 11am Wednesday night adult and youth activities 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.

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 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

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

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



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 Bible Study: 7:00pm (all ages) Pastor Tim Droegemueller Rameshori Buddhist Center 130 Allen Road, Unit B 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 | Sunday Worship Service: 8 & 11am (Traditional) 9am (Blended) Discipleship Hour: 10am (Sun. School)

OTHER Baha’is of Forsyth County 1-800-22-UNITE Canvas Christian Church 3560 Browns Bridge Road, 770-887-5542 Pastor Stan Percival Crossroads Church of the Nazarene 6160 Southard Trace | 678.807.9392 Sunday School: 10am Worship Service: 11am Castle Christian Church 3149 Old Atlanta Rd. | 678.648.5248 Sunday Worship: 10am Wednesday Bible Study: 7pm Senior Minister: Jason Rodenbeck 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 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

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 email: Chalcedon Presbyterian Church 302 Pilgrim Mill Road 770.205.9390 | 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 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

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 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



Sounds from another noisy afternoon thunder and rain storm brought back memories of an old tin roofed stone house in Maryland. I had moved our family, my wife and infant daughter, from South Carolina to start a new church. The house we rented was spacious and beautiful. Including the utilities, I believe I paid $75 a month. We were thrilled. A pelting rain falling on the tin roof was almost deafening. If the rainstorm lingered the roar of the nearby rising Antietam creek combined with the roof ’s noise made conversation difficult to hear, even in the same room. Soon we learned the reason for the thrilling rent rate. The house had been lived in during George Washington’s presidency and it had no insulation and no central heat or air. The windows fit so poorly that the slightest wind made a rattling sound like a passing freight train. The owners made it clear that changes were not to be made in the historic appearance of the house. If pictures were to be hung we must use the existing nails. Throughout the house were beautiful wood floors whose spacing had widened with age. In places, the downstairs

lights could be seen in the upstairs bedrooms. We were granted permission to gather wood which had accumulated along the creek and store it for our winter heat. Blessings and even answers to prayer usually include difficulties and disappointments. The Lord may provide us with a file to sharpen our ax and cut our own wood or He may send an interested church prospect with a bag of groceries, a ton of coal or a pickup loaded with split wood. It is not true that obedience assures prosperity. Unjustly, Joseph was imprisoned several years in preparation for his ministry that delivered both his family and the land of Egypt. Apostles were imprisoned for preaching and most died for their belief, usually at the hands of organized religion. The “rest” Jesus promised in Matthew 11:28 - 30 is for the soul. The “yoke” is hard labor and the “burden” is a weight to be carried. How many of the apostles were rich? It must have been difficult for the itinerant and circuit riding preachers. No fast food restaurants, inns that were widely scattered and John Wesley described inclement weather “as wet as if I’d gone through the river”.

Have you visited the Tullie Smith house in Buckhead at the Atlanta History Center? The house had a traveler’s room partitioned on the porch. These accommodations were thought to be the origin of what became known as “southern hospitality”. While the Maryland house we rented lacked many modern conveniences, they did not compare to the hardships these early preachers experienced when preaching the gospel across America. Some simply gathered people and preached to those who would come while others established new churches like we were doing in Maryland and West Virginia. You might be surprised when studying the history of the church you attend that it had been started by a few interested families who responded to the Gospel message, signed a statement of belief and became the church’s charter membership. Churches in the homes of Lydia, Aquila and Priscilla weren’t in fancy buildings nor did they have choreographed services. These things aren’t wrong but neither are they required. Colonial Georgia preacher, George Whitfield, resisted changing his message and chose to use the fields as his church rather than modify it.



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 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 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 Piedmont United Methodist Church 1170 Dahlonega Highway 770.887.0770 Bible Study: 10am & 5pm Traditional Service: 11am

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 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

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 Member Power Networking Lunch Meeting: Every Tues. at 12 Noon Location: Various chamber member restaurants Contact: 770.887.6461 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 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

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS Health Center (CHC) Serving the medical needs of North Georgia since 1979. Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund, Inc. Contact: 770.886.5419 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. 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.


Rotary Club of South Forsyth Meeting: Wed: 12:15pm Location: Forsyth Conference Center 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd 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 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: 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 Labrador Friends of the South, Inc. Location: PO Box 933, Cumming Contact:

Moms Club of Cumming – North Monthly meetings with informational speakers, park play days, holiday parties, fieldtrips, playgroups and a monthly MOMS Night Out. Contact: www. Moms Club of Cumming – Southwest Meeting: Last Tues. of each month Contact: 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: Website: 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 SMART Recovery Meeting: Every Tues: 6:30 p.m. Location: Professional Recovery Counseling, LLC. 107 W. Courthouse Sq., Suite 274



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INSURANCE Farmers Insurance Co. – Inside Front Cover 678-283-3952 ga/cumming/g-michael-tucker INTERIOR ORGANIZATION Arrangement – pg. 19 678-431-2267 JEWELRY STORE Gems In Art – pg. 9 770-844-8005 Lance’s Jewelry –Back Cover 770-781-5500 MORTGAGES Pam Wright - pg. 13 770-883-2015 PHYSICIANS/MEDICAL SERVICES Children’s at Forsyth – pg. 3 404-785-3100 Cleaver Medical Group – pg. 43 770-800-3455 Georgia Highlands – pg. 39 770-887-1668 Narendra Singh, MD – pg. 37 Atlanta Heart Specialists 678-679-6800; 770-622-1622


Obstetrics & Gynecology of Atlanta – pg. 35 404-252-1137 OrthoAtlanta – pg. 5 678-205-4261 | 678-957-0757 PAINT & FLOORING Gregory’s Paint & Flooring – pg. 15 770-887-1363 Cumming 770-476-9651 Johns Creek PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS HPM Promotional Products – pg. 52 770-887-5414 REAL ESTATE The Dinsmore Team – pg. 49 770-712-7789 RESTAURANTS /FOOD SERVICES/CATERING Casa Nuova Italian Restaurant – pg. 27 770-475-9100 Lenny’s Subs – pg. 51 678-947-0336 Fax orders: 678-947-5343 Palapa’s Bar and Grill – pg. 23 770-889-1002 Rick Tanner’s Grille & Bar – pg. 27 770-205-5512 RUNNING/RETAIL STORE North Georgia Running Company – pg. 40 678-771-8270 TRANSPORTATION/NON-EMERGENCY Caliber Care+Transport – pg. 62 404-906-4647



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

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@ Open Seat, District 2

Senator David Perdue, (R)

Todd Levent, District 3 (R) Commission Chair O: 770.781.2101 E:

Washington DC 20510 O: 202.224.3521

Cindy Mills, District 4 (R) O: 678.513.5884 E:

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:

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


Chestatee Golf Club 777 Dogwood Way, Dawsonville |06.216.7336


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


Georgia Highlands Medical Services 770.887.1668 | 260 Elm Street



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 |

Governor Nathan Deal (R) O: 404.652.7003 | F: 404.652.7123 Website:


Neighborhood Healthcare Center 2825 Keith Bridge Road 770.844.7494 | 770.886.7135

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle (R) O: 404.656.5030 Website:

1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming O: 770.887.2461

Senator Michael Williams (R), District 51 O: 404.656.7127 e-mail:



Ann Crow, District 1 (R) O: 770.490.6316 E:

City of Cumming Police Department 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard 770.781.2000 |

Kristin Morrissey, District 2 (R) O: 678-250-4047 E:

Forsyth County Fire Department 3520 Settingdown Road 770.781.2180 |

Sen. Steve Gooch (R), District 51 O: 678.341.6203 | F: 770.844.5821 e-mail: Rep. Sheri Gilligan, (R), District 24 O: 404.656.0325 E: Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R), District 25 O: 770.887.0400 E: Rep. Kevin Tanner (R), District 9 O: 404.656.0152 E: FORSYTH CO. GOVERNMENT Website: 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: Darla LightLight, Chairperson District 4 770.887.0678 E: Nancy Roche, District 5 (R) District 5 (R) 770.889.0229 E: CITY OF CUMMING Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt Cumming City Hall 100 Main St., Cumming, GA 3040 O: 770.781.2010


Health Department 428 Canton Highway | 770.781.6906

Georgia State Patrol | 770.205.5400 LIBRARIES 770.781.9840 |

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 AT&T Res: 888.757.6500 Bus: 866.213.6300 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.

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 |

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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