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High Meadows Connecting Students to Nature


Fall Festivals: Treats & Fun for the Family!


Artist Profile: Emily Griffith


Ghost Tours — A ‘Spooktacular’ Spin on Local History 2

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10 Business Life

20 Community Life

12 Mayor’s Minute

24 Academic Life

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Perspective PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski EDITORIAL Michelle Martin ART Tiffany Atwood Candice Williams SALES Janet Ponichtera

“Growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.” — Peter Sellers as Chauncey Gardiner in his last film, “Being There”


e are reminded that triumph and success are often the result of determination and diligence from our repetitive rise from failed attempts or “lessons” that we teach ourselves. The fact is that, eventually, cool-headed, simple solutions are most likely what is needed to solve the difficult or challenging problems we face daily. My grandfather had a joke he would tell about two guys trying to get a mule in the barn, but its ears were too long. A young boy passing by looked up and suggested they dig a ditch and walk the mule in. The men laughed as the kid walked away; there was no problem with the mule’s feet! When we find ourselves struggling, remember there may be solutions in the wisdom of a child. That may get us into

trouble from time to time, but leave us the gift of a lesson well learned. Of course, some lessons are best learned from the mistakes of others, but failure only defeats us when we stop trying to succeed. The curiosity and honesty when children ask why or seek to discover something on their own have brought each of us a bit more “education” in our older, “wiser” days. I’ll openly admit that often I will try to take myself back in time into the mind of the wide-eyed, toe-headed little boy of my youth and simply ask, “Why?” Then, I’ll smile a boyish grin, say a little prayer, and make my choice. Really kid, it’ll be okay…just jump already!

Jack Tuszynski, publisher

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS State Senator John Albers, Polly Balint, Dr. Lynn D. Baxter, Amanda Beckmann, Ronald Bradley, Valli Caldwell, Brett Cochran, Michael Consoli, Rick Coursey, Lisa Ethridge, Catherine Groves, Fred Hawkins, Heike Hellmann-Brown, Jordan Holland, Dr. Jeff Kincaid, April Kitchens, Michelle Knapp, Dr. Amanda Kossick, Melanie Lasoff Levs, Scott Lavelle, Dr. Mike Litrel, Mayor Joe Lockwood, Chris Miller, Dr. Vishant Nath, Christy Noll, Will Rumbaugh, Vic Shandor, Laura Stalemark, Suzanne Taylor, Mayor Jere Wood North Fulton Family Life magazine is your monthly community magazine and a publication of Family Life Publications. The magazine’s mission is to bring relevant, positive stories and timely information to its readers and to provide local businesses with a premium outlet for community-based advertising. Each month, copies are distributed free by mail and through local businesses in the North Fulton area. Please contact us or visit our website for a current list of locations where copies of the magazine can be found and other information. North Fulton Family Life welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. North Fulton Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission from the Publisher. © 2013 All rights reserved.


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E v en t s THE GREAT FLEA FLING Presented by the Roswell Historical Society, this flea market will feature gently used books, household goods, jewelry, sports, lawn and garden items, games, furniture, toys, antiques and more! Free parking will be available on the grounds. All proceeds will support restoration of the 1835 Hembree Farm Historic Site. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 775 Hembree Road, Roswell.


BIG CREEK PARK MOUNTAIN BIKE FAMILY FESTIVAL The eighth annual Big Creek Park Mountain Bike Family Festival, held on National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, will include bike games, group rides, skills clinics, bike demonstrations, and a scavenger hunt with great prizes. Meet at Big Creek parking lot off of Old Alabama Road in Roswell. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


COMMUNITY SAFETY DAY Johns Creek Fire and Police departments will perform demonstrations and offer kids an up-close look at Fire and Police vehicles as part of Community Safety Day. Firefighters will provide car-seat safety checks and conduct blood pressure checks upon request, and the Swift Water Rescue Team will explain equipment and techniques. Johns Creek Police Dept. will perform K-9, SWAT, traffic, motorcycle and radKIDS demonstrations. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., parking lot at Target and Home Depot, 5950 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 678-512-3200,


CUMC FALL FESTIVAL Christ United Methodist Church’s annual fall festival will offer food, including food trucks; a bake sale; games, pony and train rides, moonwalks; crafts; the Mother Goose Storyteller; and a variety


North Fulton Family Life | OCTOBER 2013 Alpharetta Branch 238 Canton St., Alpharetta, 770-740-2425

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek, 770-360-8820

Ocee Branch 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 770-360-8897

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Library Events

Roswell Branch 115 Norcross Street, Roswell, 770-640-3075

of vendors. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 1340 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 770-993-3945,


BREW MOON FEST The Alpharetta Business Association’s annual Brew Moon Fest will feature brew, wine and delicious food from some of Alpharetta’s best restaurants in a fun street-party atmosphere. 6:30-11 p.m., Milton Avenue, Downtown Alpharetta.


RIVERSIDE SOUNDS CONCERT This free outdoor concert will feature the Royal Southern Brotherhood. 7 p.m., Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 770-641-3705,


FAMILY REUNION WORKSHOP Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau will conduct a free workshop offering tips on hosting successful events, including special gatherings of family, schools, military units, corporate groups or professional organizations. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta North/Alpharetta, 4025 Windward Plaza, Alpharetta.


HISTORIC ROSWELL 5K ROAD RACE Now in its 17th year, this race is for both runners and walkers. The race course will begin in Roswell’s historic district and end at Roswell Area Park. 9:45 a.m., Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. 770-641-3760,


GEORGIA PHILHARMONIC “A Night at the Movies” will feature some of movies’ greatest musical scores, including the James Bond series, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “The Lord continued on page 8

Homeschool Family History October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2 p.m., Roswell Use detective skills to discover your family history! Participants will use problem-solving activities, evidence analysis, online tools and visual techniques to make ancestors come alive! A laptop or mobile device is encouraged but not required. Ages 11-17 (ages 9-10 may attend with an adult). CPR Certification for Teens October 19, 2 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks As part of the American Heart Association’s “Heart Ready Program,” Johns Creek Fire Dept. will provide CPR training for teens. Each student will receive a certificate of completion. Ages 12-18. Space is limited to 20 participants; registration is required. Crafts for Kids October 24, 4:30 p.m., Alpharetta This hands-on craft will bring out participants’ creativity in making a fun, book-themed craft. May require use of scissors. Ages 8-11. Space is limited to 20 participants; registration is recommended. Halloween Crafty Stories and Treats October 29, 4:30 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Enjoy fun stories that will make you howl! Operation Safe Kids from U.S. Secret Service Homeland Security October 30, 5 p.m., Ocee Operation Safe Kids uses leading technology to produce a biographical document containing a child’s photograph, along with digitized, inkless fingerprints and other vital identification information. Parents receive the document that can later be reproduced immediately for mass distribution to local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies, should their child become missing. This system saves valuable time when there is no time to spare. Ages PreK-5th grade. Limited to 75 participants. Tickets will be given out one hour prior to the start of the program.



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of the Rings” trilogy. 7-10 p.m., Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-664-7255


ATLANTA WORKSHOP PLAYERS Atlanta Workshop Players will present “Broadway Lights,” a star-studded evening of Broadway entertainment from hit Broadway shows, such as “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys,” “Mary Poppins,” “Rent,” and more. All proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Workshop Players Scholarship Fund. 8-9:30 p.m., Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-998-8111


COLLEGIATE GOLF TOURNAMENT The U.S. Collegiate Championship is the premier invitational men’s golf tournament, featuring 15 of the country’s top college teams in a three-day, 54-hole team and individual tournament. Bring the family and enjoy watching a great competition that will showcase the best amateur players in college golf and the future players of the PGA Tour. There will be a breast cancer awareness day on Saturday; teams and all attendees will be encouraged to wear pink as a show of support for the cause. 8:50 a.m. tee-off, The Golf Club of Georgia, 1 Golf Club Drive, Alpharetta.


KICKS 101.5 COUNTRY FAIR Presented by Carl Black, the Kicks 101.5 Country Fair will feature musical performers Darius Rucker, Justin Moore, Randy Houser, Corey Smith, Love and Theft, Sunny Sweeney, and Joel Crouse rocking the state. Gates will open at 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m., Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta.


MAESTRO & FRIENDS MUSIC SERIES Maestro J. Wayne Baughman will give a vocal recital (bass-baritone) and will be joined by Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Adelaide Federici (violin); Katie Baughman (soprano); and St. Benedict Assistant Music Director Sara Lorusso (piano). This unique and one-time-only event will feature works by Bizet, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Puccini, Wolf, and Gershwin. Selections will range from opera and art songs to spirituals and Broadway. A dessert reception will follow. Seating is limited to 150. 7:30 p.m., Taylor Lodge at St. Benedict Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek.


MOVIES OFF MAIN Presented by the City of Alpharetta, this free outdoor movie series offers a fun time for families to bring their blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a movie on a large, inflatable screen. This month’s movie will be “Warm Bodies” (PG-13). Movie will begin at dusk; kids’ activities, music and theatrestyle concessions will begin one hour prior. 24 Milton Ave., Alpharetta. 678-297-6000


HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR The Alpharetta Golden Age Club, in cooperation with the City of Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Dept., will host a Holiday Craft Fair featuring handcrafted items. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Alpharetta Adult Activity Center at North Park, 13450 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta. 678-297-6143


RESTLESS IN RESTHAVEN CEMETERY TOUR The spirits of Alpharetta’s past come alive! This tour is a great opportunity to hear about Alpharetta’s early days from the people who brought the community to life. This event

is sponsored by the City of Alpharetta and Alpharetta Historical Society. Tours will be offered at 4:30, 6 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday, and 4:30 & 6 p.m., Sunday. Resthaven Cemetery, 29 S. Main St., Alpharetta. 678-297-6078

November 1&8

HECK OF A HAYRIDE This old-fashioned family outing will begin with a hayride around the park and end with roasting marshmallows and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa around the campfire. All ages (children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult). 6-9 p.m., Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell.


ATTIC SALE The Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton’s Attic Sale fall fundraiser will feature clothing, furniture, baby and children’s items, household items, books, DVD, and much more. Open to the public. 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Coolray Field, 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville.


CHILI COOK-OFF Police officers, firefighters and other public safety staff will put on their chef’s aprons to create dozens of competing pots of homemade chili. Awards will be given during halftime of the University of Georgia vs. University of Florida football game, being shown on a large-screen TV. 2:30 p.m, 2 S. Main St., Alpharetta. 678-297-6000

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Fall’s Best

Apple Farms By Christy Noll

Ellijay’s Georgia Apple Festival, October 12-20 in Downtown Ellijay, will feature more than 300 vendors with handcrafted items, on-site demonstrations, and other festival favorites.

Sometimes, there is nothing prettier than fall in the north Georgia mountains. The beautiful mountain views and changing colors of the leaves offer enough reason to take a drive through the mountains; but, north Georgia, near Ellijay, Blue Ridge and Blairsville, also offers fantastic apple and seasonal fruit picking, along with fun activities like horseback riding, boating, hiking, fishing, rodeos, tubing, festivals and more.

Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge offers a variety of apples in its u-pick orchards, including Golden Supreme, Jonagold, Jonaprince, Beni Shogun (September Wonder), and maybe some Golden Delicious. The family-owned and operated orchards are open year-round and also offer tractor rides, a café that serves breakfast and lunch, and a store with fresh fruit and house accessories.

Ellijay and nearby areas are host to the scenic Apple Orchard Alley on Hwy. 52, where you can visit almost a dozen apple orchards. Many are family farms that offer u-picks, markets to buy fresh fruit, and/or fun fall activities. Here is’s list of apple orchards to check out on a beautiful fall day.

Hillcrest Orchards in Ellijay features entertainment for the whole family. In addition to apple picking, visitors can enjoy pig races; pony rides; tractor rides; a petting farm (with Buttercup, the cow); a moonshine museum; and a giant jumping pillow! Fresh apples, along with other goodies, are also available in the store. Don’t miss the 15th annual Apple

Pickin’ Jubilee, held every weekend through October. B.J. Reece Apple House in Ellijay is a family-owned and operated u-pick farm, petting farm, and bakery. R&A Orchards in Ellijay offers u-pick dates and includes a neat country store that is open year-round. Mack Aaron’s Apple House in Ellijay sells a variety of apples and is known for its delicious, fresh fried pies! Panorama Orchards, just south of Ellijay, offers freshly picked apples and homemade apple pies, along with homemade fudge.

Christy Noll is founder of, a resource that connects North Fulton families with community organizations, programs and events.



Business What's New The inaugural Alpharetta Business Expo was held August 29 at the Alpharetta Marriott. Hosted by the Alpharetta Business Association (ABA), the Alpharetta Business Expo featured 88 local businesses and food vendors, providing attendees a great opportunity to network and learn more about exhibitors’ products and services. Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle was the featured speaker at the event, sharing about the growth of Alpharetta as the “technology center of the South,” the city’s housing market, and other areas contributing to Alpharetta’s economic success. Mayor Belle Isle also participated in a Q&A session with attendees following his presentation. Danny Broadway, a member of the ABA board of directors, said the event was overwhelmingly successful. “This first year of the Alpharetta Business Expo went beyond our greatest hopes,” he said, noting that the ABA had hoped for 300 in foot traffic and 25 exhibitors. “We had to open up additional exhibit spaces again and again. The event could not have been so successful without the fantastic job of our expo team, led by Karen Cashion with Hipes & Belle Isle and Mary Warren with Cristomar; the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau, grand sponsor; and Alpharetta Marrietta, host sponsor.” Family Life Publications, publisher of North Fulton Family Life magazine, was among the estimated 750 attendees of the inaugural Alpharetta Business Expo. 678-865-6608,

Senior Services North Fulton held a ribbon cutting ceremony recently to celebrate the opening of the new Milton Senior Center. The Milton Senior Center is a partnership of Senior Services North Fulton, the City of Milton, Fulton County, and Community of Christ Church. The new Milton Senior Center offers active senior adults age 60 and up the opportunity to socialize, learn, and maintain special relationships through weekly trips, exercise, dancing, table games, and other programs. Transportation to and from the center and a hot lunch are provided to participants thanks to $295,000 secured by Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann to open and maintain the senior center. Milton Senior Center is open 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. 3315 Francis Road, Milton. 470-554-0758,

Red Bandanna Pet Food in Roswell re-opened recently after a sixweek remodeling break to accommodate the new Rusty’s Bakery. The remodel included the installation of ovens and cooking equipment, display spaces, and new signage on the storefront windows. Chef Tisha Garcia, former proprietor of Wedding Cakes & More in Florida, launched Rusty’s Bakery in all 13 Red Bandanna locations throughout metro Atlanta. Rusty’s Bakery offers handcrafted, all-natural pet treats, or “paw-stries,” like Carob-Covered Dog Biscuits, Old-Fashioned Pea-Mutt Butter Cookies, and Pumpkin Woof-les. Currently, Rusty’s Bakery confections are cooked only at the Roswell location (and then distributed to the other stores), but future plans include adding a full production bakery at the Red Bandanna corporate office, with the ability to add birthday and special event cakes and customized treats for Red Bandanna customers’ celebrations. Red Bandanna specializes in natural, raw and holistic pet food, supplements, treats, chews, shampoos, accessories, and toys for dogs and cats. Red Bandanna and Rusty’s Bakery is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday. 2500 Old Alabama Road, Roswell. 770-587-6900, 10

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Minute By Mayor Joe Lockwood

Another Mayors’ Challenge Goes to Milton


ike a lot of folks, I spent the last Friday in August at Milton High School watching the home opener between the Milton Eagles and Alpharetta Raiders football teams. Cambridge had an away game, but when they open at home against Pope I’m sure I’ll see a lot of you there as well. This was the second year for the “Mayors’ Challenge” between myself and Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle, and I’m happy to report our Eagles came out on top once again after a real nail-biter. The score was 31-24 in overtime, and it was a heck of a game (great job, Treyvon Paulk, on those three touchdowns). So, make sure to stop by Milton High when Belle Isle does his time serving lunch for the second year in a row. I want to congratulate all the players on both teams. Belle Isle and I talk frequently about how we’re both torn in these types of games because the attendance zones of the high schools

don’t exactly match our city limits, so we’ve got residents going to both schools. The good thing is, it doesn’t really matter which school you go to — Cambridge, Milton, Alpharetta, Kings Ridge, or Saint Francis — the atmosphere at big games is fantastic. There are always throngs of happy, excited people thrilled to carry on the great traditions we’ve established in the community. Small-town, Friday night football games are the types of things we take with us in our travels — the formative experiences of growing up in America. Whether it’s the fun of sporting events, fall festivals (make sure to check out the expanded Crabapple Fest October 5), or the parks where we played, as we go forward in life we bring with us the cheer and camaraderie we learned from these experiences. That’s probably the best thing about being mayor — being a part of these experiences as they come to fruition and watching the result of everyone’s hard work. Getting to know the people that make them happen —

from the coaches, educators and organizers who plan and execute the events, to the business owners who sponsor the fun, to the volunteers who make sure everyone has a good time — that’s the best part, hands down. At the end of the day, all these things happen simply because a group of people will them to be. In Milton, we enjoy an abundance of community activities and events because we’ve got caring people who put in hours before work, after work, even sometimes during work (just don’t tell the boss) to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. And that’s a beautiful thing. It means the rest of us can forget about deadlines, contracts and all the rest of daily life and just spend a few hours with friends, watching the first football game of the season. That, my friends, is what life is all about. Agree? Then let me know what you think. I’m always available through phone calls, e-mail or at City Hall. Drop me a line sometime and we can talk Milton.

Joe Lockwood is mayor of Milton. 678-242-2500,


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An Embarrassing Truth By Mike Litrel, M.D. The first time I prayed with a patient before surgery was as chief resident 16 years ago, in my eighth and final year of training in obstetrics and gynecology. My patient’s husband was a tall man who wore a large cross over his turtleneck shirt and had a bible tucked under his arm. He held his wife’s hand as I explained what she should expect and asked if she had any questions. She didn’t have any questions, but still appeared troubled. I could sense a nervous expectation from them both. Hazarding a wild guess, I asked the husband if he wanted to say a prayer. He nodded slightly and smiled. I held my patient’s hand as we listened to his prayer. Her husband’s deep voice reverberated through the preoperative holding area, attracting the attention of other doctors, nurses and patients in the large room. I felt a wave of embarrassment. All I could think was, “Please don’t pray so loudly.” Prayer is not a topic covered in surgical training. It is viewed by many practitioners of evidence-based medicine as superstition, a sign of incompetence, or both. But even before that first shared prayer I had always prayed — in absolute privacy — before my surgical cases. As

“Although the nature of life is biological, its purpose is spiritual. Life is a gift granted to each of us. It is not a biological accident, but rather, the direct manifestation of God’s Love. Awareness of this gift is called faith. And prayer is the practice of understanding God’s desire for our lives.” a young surgeon, I found there were two things that worried me most before each operation. One was that I would screw up; the other was that I would suddenly have to go to the bathroom. So as my patient was wheeled to the operating room, I made it a practice to handle both my spiritual and biological needs: I prayed in the bathroom. Physicians and surgeons are blessed with an opportunity to use science and technology to prolong life and alleviate suffering. Yet, no matter how far medical science has advanced, our ignorance vastly overshadows our knowledge. Why do we love? Why do we hope? How do our thoughts and prayers impact our daily life? And just how does a single, microscopic cell grow into a newborn baby? Health is not just about living as long as we can and limiting our suffering. This has value, of course, and lies directly in the realm of medical science, a tool we use to ease our pain. Declarations of faith can

cause embarrassment to those of us dedicated to science, simply because the Divine is not measurable by the experiments used to understand the physical universe. The reconciliation boils down to this: Although the nature of life is biological, its purpose is spiritual. Life is a gift granted to each of us. It is not a biological accident, but rather, the direct manifestation of God’s Love. Awareness of this gift is called faith. And prayer is the practice of understanding God’s desire for our lives. This Truth is not provable by the scientific method. We must see it in our hearts.

Dr. Mike Litrel is a national speaker and author on the faith-health connection, and a board-certified OB/GYN and specialist in pelvic reconstructive surgery at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists.



Detroit’s Bankruptcy: A Wake-Up Call for America By Senator John Albers


or many years now we’ve watched as Detroit’s financial problems have gone from bad to worse. While it’s hard to point to one single factor in Detroit’s economic downturn, it’s becoming increasingly evident that indulgent spending, insurmountable debt, and unfunded benefit liabilities have played a considerable role in the City’s financial insolvency. The City of Detroit, which gained notoriety for its thriving auto industry, once enjoyed one of the nation’s most prosperous economies. However, this rise to affluence was short lived as liberal spending policies began taking a toll on City revenue streams. While Detroit’s bankruptcy can’t solely be blamed on partisan politics, there still is a valuable lesson to be learned. After five decades of depleting the City’s revenue shortfall reserve and promising workers more than it could afford, the City of Detroit has finally hit rock bottom. What does this mean for the people who relied on government pension plans and other benefit liabilities? For starters, many workers are losing their jobs as a result of decreased funding for municipal programs and services. Other citizens may be forced out of retirement due to


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the City’s inability to make good on its pension and healthcare obligations. Also alarming is the City’s lack of funding for essential public services, such as maintaining an adequate police/fire/ EMS presence and keeping street lights operational. These services are critical to public safety, yet are now considered more of a luxury than an expected government service. When cities and local municipalities find themselves in this position, it is a recipe for disaster. The City of Detroit’s financial woes are not unique to Michigan; unfortunately, they resemble a growing trend in which credit ratings — sound indicators of fiscal health — are being downgraded in cities across the country. Fortunately, Georgia is constitutionally required to balance our budget and spend within our means. We are also one of the few states in the Union to maintain a triple-A credit rating. Unfortunately, not all states share the State of Georgia’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and, therefore, may find themselves on the verge of financial collapse. According to the U.S. Dept. of Treasury, the U.S. deficit currently is $16 trillion, which means average Americans will owe

Uncle Sam nearly $53,000 during their lifetime. In Detroit, the numbers are not much better. With less than 700,000 taxpayers to foot the bill, Detroit’s deficit spending has reached $368 million. Don’t you think it’s time for our federal government and struggling cities like Detroit to take a page from Georgia’s playbook? Detroit’s bankruptcy crisis provides a stern warning to states close to following in its footsteps. We must learn our lesson now on the federal, state and local levels to avoid the same financial pitfalls of irresponsible states. Sadly, the financial meltdown that occurred in Detroit was preventable and provides a reminder that money doesn’t grow on trees. We must steward every cent we take in and ensure we make the sacrifices necessary to safeguard our financial future.

Sen. John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton and Cherokee counties. 404-463-8055,

Create Your Own

Dutch Garden By Lisa Ethridge

Recently, I met two friends at the High Museum of Art for the Dutch exhibit that included Vermeer’s “The Girl with the Pearl Earring.” The beautiful still lifes and lush flower arrangements in this and other paintings at the museum provide true gardening inspiration. One of my companions shared some interesting historical and geographical information that truly added to my enjoyment. As a gardener, it warmed my heart to hear that the Dutch have no word for “yard”; the land around the house is called a “garden.” What a great concept.

The Dutch are renowned flower and vegetable gardeners, ranking third worldwide in value of agricultural exports and boasting some of the oldest and most beautiful gardens in the world. I encourage you to think “Dutch” and try a simple project that will bring you joy. Most scenic pictures from Holland show masses of gorgeous blooms that go on as far as the eye can see. That’s easy for commercial enterprises with dozens of employees working hours on their hands and knees, planting bulbs. How can the average homeowner achieve the same look? There’s a simple and inexpensive solution. Look around your garden for a fairly sunny location that you walk by or can see out the kitchen window. The area can be as small as 2x2 feet. Once you have identified the plot, visit a local nursery or look online to select the bulbs for your miniature masterpiece.

For the “mass” effect, buy only one variety and one color of bulb. Some good choices are tulip, hyacinth, narcissus, and daffodil. For a smaller area, look for crocus, grape hyacinth, snow drops, or wood hyacinth. They will naturalize nicely and enchant you and your visitors for years to come. For a repeat performance, look for bulbs perennial to zone 7. To plant, loosen the soil, amend it with a bag of soil conditioner, work in some bone meal, and plant bulbs according to instruction and mulch. An area planted with one type of blooming plant is dramatically eye-catching and gratifying even if it’s a small area.

Lisa Ethridge is a certified master gardener with North Fulton Master Gardeners, part of the UGA Cooperative Extension Service. 404-613-7670,



Do you have a really great vacation photo that makes everyone who sees it smile? We want to enjoy it too! Submit your photo to be eligible to win prizes donated from businesses in your community. All entry fees go directly to our featured charity, The Drake House, a residential crisis assessment center for homeless women and children in the North Fulton area, offering housing and programs designed to provide stability for the children and assist in working toward housing self-sufficiency. Name: Address: Phone: Email: Please include your favorite image on a minimum size of 4x6 on glossy photo paper along with this form and check for $10.00 payable to The Drake House. Images will be judged on “fun factor,” content and technical quality. Prints become property of Family Life Publications and will not be returned. Finalists will be contacted for additional information about their winning photos. Winners will be announced in our November issue and will receive gift certificates as follows: First place — $100 family portrait session with PhotoJack. net; Second place — $50 gift certificate to Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails; Third place — $20 gift certificate to Slope’s BBQ Alpharetta.

Be the first to find the photo where these pieces belong! Please email to submit your answer. Be sure to include the magazine title, your name and contact information. Only emailed answers with full information will be accepted. Individuals can win only once per calendar year. Happy Hunting!

Congratulations to our September winner, Meena Nabavi! 16

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Worrywart By Polly Balint Let’s talk about being a Worrywart. It’s a perfect name, by the way. It’s yucky. To worry is to fret, to have anxiety and fear. And it takes a lot of energy to be a Worrywart. In fact, it can be exhausting! We want our worries to go away, so we prayerfully give them to God; but then we pick them back up and embrace them as though we believe we’ll somehow be comforted. Worry can become an idol. The truth is, worry cannot help our situation; cannot heal anything; cannot provide for our needs; and, worst of all, worry does not love us back! “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs,” (Jonah 2:8). Yikes! Then, what good is worry? Not too long ago, I got to the point

where I realized being a Worrywart was wearing me out, robbing my joy, and hindering me. I knew there were several powerful scripture passages about worry, anxiety and fretting, such as: “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life… Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26). One morning as I stepped out our front door for my walk, I turned to God and prayed for relief from worrying. During my prayer walk, I looked over at the rolling green slopes of our neighborhood golf course, when suddenly a verse popped in my head: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:27). Wow! I was familiar with that verse, but I saw it in a brand new way! I realized worrying has been an idol in my life. I had to laugh out loud

at how quickly and succinctly God had answered by prayer. He gently reminded me that worrying is worthless and that I needed to make a decision to stop worrying — and start trusting Him more. Polly Balint is founder of That Girl Marketing LLC; a women’s Bible study leader and encourager; and author/ producer of the “Totally Devoted” women’s devotional series and conferences.



Johns Creek Arts Festival

Roswell Youth Day Parade

More than 100 whimsical and fun artisans from around the country will be at the Johns Creek Arts Festival, October 19-20. Located across from The Atlanta Athletic Club, the festival will feature a variety of mixed-media exhibitors. Catch the popular pet parade and live entertainment, too. The festival is free and a great way to embrace the arts! 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek

Everyone loves a parade! The 63rd Annual Frances McGahee Youth Day Parade will start at 10 a.m., October 12. Following this year’s “Hats Off to Roswell” themed parade, there will be a youth festival at the Roswell Area Park that will include a petting zoo, a giant slide, a mini train, an obstacle course, and more. 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell


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‘Atlanta Eats Live’ Having trouble deciding where to eat? “Atlanta Eats Live” will bring together 30 of the city’s best restaurants; 5-10 p.m., October 6, at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. The 21-and-up event will feature a live show taping; live music from Five Bone Rack, Atlanta’s chef-only band; live cooking demonstrations; and a cooking throwdown between “Iron Chef America” Champion Kevin Rathbun and James Beard Award Winner Linton Hopkins. A portion of proceeds from the event will help support The Giving Kitchen/Staplehouse. For ticket information, visit 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta

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Scoops Sweet Treats Come taste the great fall flavors of cinnamon and pumpkin at Scoops, a quaint ice cream store in Downtown Milton. Scoops specializes in gourmet coffees and sweet treats. You can choose one of Scoops’ 32 flavors, or mix flavors. If you prefer fudge, candy and coffee, Scoops has a wide selection as well. 12670 Crabapple Road, Milton



Community Rotary Club Supports Wounded Warriors The Rotary Club of Johns Creek-North Fulton raised more than $750 for the Wounded Warrior Foundation during a 9/11 remembrance event, held on September 11 at Northview High School. Approximately 150 people attended the event that featured Lt. Gen. Glenn F. Spears, USAF (retired), a member of Rotary Club of Johns Creek-North Fulton and who was the commander of the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on 9/11. Spears spoke about his role as the operational and installation commander on 9/11, which included being responsible for the safe airlift of President George W. Bush and other national leaders. The remembrance event also featured appearances by the Johns Creek Veterans Association, Johns Creek Fire and Police departments, local elected officials, and Rotary District 6900 Governor Blake McBurney.

Lt. General Glenn. F. Spears, USAF (retired), a Rotary Club of Johns Creek-North Fulton member, was the keynote speaker during the club’s 9/11 remembrance event at Northview High School.

CNC Receives $100,000 Annual Grant The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) in Roswell has been awarded a $100,000 annual grant from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, representing the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, presented a check for $100,000 to the CNC during a recent Eggs and Enterprises Breakfast, hosted by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Commissioner Hausmann said, “Fulton County has a long history of supporting CNC dating back to 1976. The river is our most precious natural resource in the metro Atlanta area, and the wonderful environmental and wildlife educational programming CNC provides is such an asset to our quality of life in North Fulton.” Maureen Cowie, president of the board of trustees for CNC, said, “We are grateful for the ongoing support of Fulton County; they have been our partners since we were founded, and they understand and support our mission.”

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners has awarded a $100,000 annual grant to Chattahoochee Nature Center.


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estaurants and community groups in Alpharetta kicked off the 2013-14 college football season with the inaugural “Grilling and Gridiron” tailgating event in historic Downtown Alpharetta. The event coincided with the University of Georgia’s opening matchup against the University of South Carolina, which was shown on a bigscreen TV. More than 700 attendees enjoyed the grill tasting, sponsored by Harry’s Farmers Market. Other tastings included orangehabanero smoked chicken drums from Smokejack BBQ; Guinness Beer brats from The Olde Blind Dog; pulled pork from Alpharetta United Methodist Church; All-American hotdogs from Alpharetta Presbyterian Church; and baconwrapped pork tenderloin grilled by Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle. A beer tasting contest featured a dozen craft beers from all over the SEC states, presented by Blind Murphy Craft Beer Market. The tasting events raised funds for The Lionheart School, an Alpharetta nonprofit that provides developmentally appropriate education for children who need a specialized learning environment, therapeutic interventions, supported social interactions, and strategies to accommodate their individual profiles.

The tastings concluded with an awards presentation to the following winners, voted on by those participating in the tastings: Steve Gillard (Rotary Club of Alpharetta), “Grill Master of Alpharetta,” for his grilled buffalo chicken and cranberry beef meatballs; Choate Construction, 2nd place, for grilled Boston Butt; Ben Sithens, 3rd place, for grilled chicken wings; SweetWater Brewing Co., “Best Beer,” for Motor Boat; Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails, “Best Tailgate”; and Paws4People and all the dogs at the event, “Best of the Rest,” as voted by Lionheart students. In addition, students from The Lionheart School displayed their artwork for sale at the LionheARTisans tent and brought along service dogs in training with their trained handlers. — Michelle Martin

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More than 700 people attended Alpharetta’s new “Grilling and Gridiron” tailgating event, featuring the University of Georgia’s opening matchup against the University of South Carolina on a big-screen TV.




he word itself describes the agency’s mission: “Enable” means to make able, and to provide with means and power. This is what enAble of Georgia Inc., based in Roswell, has been doing for teenagers and young adults with developmental disabilities for almost 35 years. Founded in 1979 by a group of parents of young adult children with developmental disabilities (or special needs), the agency opened its first two group homes in 1982 and a third in 1987. To serve a wider range of people, the organization opened a Day and Employment Services’ Center in 1990 and a branch office in south Atlanta in 1997. Today, enAble serves approximately 125 individuals from ages 14-84 with developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and intellectual disability, as well as secondary conditions, such as physical and psychiatric disabilities, hearing and vision impairments, and seizure disorders. 22

Many adults served by enAble live in one of 16 agency group homes in residential neighborhoods across the metro area. No more than five residents, grouped according to need and ability, live with trained professionals who provide around-the-clock support in such areas as personal grooming, health and wellness, communication and socialization, and homemanagement skills. Melissa Crawley, who has been with the agency for more than 15 years, used to live in one of the group homes. “I’ve achieved a lot of goals since coming to enAble,” she says proudly. “Now I’m in my own apartment with support from enAble staff. I’ve learned to cook and am doing well at my job as an office assistant. I’ve come a long way from where I used to be, and there’s a lot more that I want to do.” Within the agency’s day services’ centers, individuals

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engage in activities, take weekly field trips, and gain independence. Job skills’ training also is provided, along with transportation to and from jobs and healthcare appointments in one of enAble’s 22 wheelchair-lift and passenger vans. enAble recently launched a capital campaign to raise $750,000 to expand its Roswell space to serve additional people and update several group homes. Funds will also be used for new programs, such as day camps, after-school activities, and classes. An in-house medical suite and industrial teaching kitchen are also planned. The agency is ready for new initiatives to ensure that more people with disabilities can thrive within their own communities, says Harry Stern, CEO of enAble. “Each person we serve has the opportunity to be a visible, viable part of their community — from earning a paycheck or volunteering for an organization, to exercising

their right to vote and assisting in the development of their own service plans.” Amy Vergith, support manager of Day and Employment Services, says all services provided by enAble focus on helping individuals live as independently as possible and become contributing members of their own communities. “The sense of accomplishment that these individuals feel when they achieve what most of us take for granted is immeasurable,” she adds. “We show them how to learn to live with possibilities rather than focusing on their disabilities.”

For more information — and volunteer and donation opportunities — visit or call 770-664-4347 (ext. 106 for Lindsey Yeager, volunteer coordinator; and ext. 121 for Nancy Lindgren, special projects’ manager).

Causes of Crooked Teeth (and How to Fix Them) By Jeff Kincaid, D.M.D., M.S. It’s frustrating to take great care of your teeth and still not get the smile you want because of crooked teeth. Genetics is the most common cause of crooked teeth. If your parents’ teeth are not straight, you probably inherited this trait from them. If your jaw was too small to allow room for your teeth to grow in straight, they may have rotated out of alignment or overlapped to make room. If you lost a baby tooth too early, this might have led to spacing problems as your adult teeth grew in. Some orthodontists place much of the blame for crooked teeth on soft tissue problems. Pressure from the lips, cheeks and tongue can slowly move teeth out of place over time. This most likely happens during childhood due to prolonged bottle

feeding, pacifier use, thumb sucking, or tongue thrusting. A child who has difficulty breathing through his/her nose may develop the habit of mouth breathing, which causes the jaw to hang open most of the time and may impact how the jaw grows as well. As an adult, you might develop crooked teeth after an injury that impacts your jaw or the loss of a tooth that allows surrounding teeth to shift out of place.

“Genetics is the most common cause of crooked teeth.” The most common issue seen with crooked teeth is difficulty cleaning. Those nooks and crannies invite bacteria to hide out where they can infect your gums and rot your teeth. You may also find it difficult to enunciate when you speak. Finally, crooked teeth can make you feel

insecure about your appearance, leading you to smile reluctantly or be less sociable than you would otherwise. Braces are a long-term solution for crooked teeth. They can correct the appearance of teeth, restore function, and correct bite misalignment. An orthodontist may provide many different braces options, including metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual (behind the teeth) braces, and alignment trays (like Invisalign). If you wear your retainer faithfully as recommended by your orthodontist, your crooked teeth probably won’t return and you can enjoy a straight, even smile for life! Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in orthodontics and owner of Kincaid Orthodontics in Woodstock and Roswell.



Academic North Fulton Schools Awarded SHAPE Medals Four North Fulton schools were announced winners in the 2013 Governor’s SHAPE Honor Roll program. The honor roll began last year as a way to promote Georgia SHAPE, an initiative launched by Governor Nathan Deal that calls on teachers, schools and students to help combat childhood obesity. The program challenges schools to make improvements based on three main criteria: physical activity, nutrition and wellness. These North Fulton schools met benchmark measurements in all three categories, earning them a medal: Birmingham Falls Elementary and Ocee Elementary schools, gold medal; and Hembree Springs Elementary and Holcomb Bridge Middle schools, silver medal.

Northwestern Middle Named a DuFour Model PLC School Northwestern Middle School is the first in Georgia to be named a DuFour Model PLC School. The distinction recognizes the school’s success in creating a professional learning community (PLC) to foster student learning. Nationally, fewer than 200 schools have demonstrated PLC practices effective enough to be recognized as a DuFour Model PLC School.

Special Visitor Encourages Students to Read

Alpharetta Police Visit Alpharetta Elementary

Students at Sweet Apple Elementary School were greeted by an “utterly” special visitor during the school’s annual book fair recently. The Chickfil-A cow made a guest appearance to help students select books to purchase for themselves. The Chickfil-A cow encourages young students not only to “Eat Mor Chikin” but also to “read more books!”

Officers Phillip Ritchey and David Tobias from the Alpharetta Police Dept. visited Alpharetta Elementary School recently. During their school visit, they discussed safety and read the book, “Officer Buckle and Gloria,” by Peggy Rathmann, to kindergarten classes.

The Professional Learning Communities at Work™ model, created by noted national educators Richard and Rebecca DuFour, is a network of schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved instruction for students is the ongoing, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three foundational elements of PLCs include: accepting learning as the fundamental purpose of the school and therefore willing to examine all practices in light of their impact on learning; being committed to working together to achieve a collective purpose; and assessing effectiveness on the basis of results rather than intentions.

Kindergarten students at Alpharetta Elementary School learned about safety and enjoyed a reading from Alpharetta Police.

Northwestern Principal Jasmine Kullar credits the school’s success to her staff, who pushed past their comfort zones and took on a new challenge. “Because our teachers in each PLC are working as a team with a common purpose, the consistency and communication alone has shown a tremendous positive impact on our students and has engaged our parents in the students’ learning as well.”

Georgia SHAPE begins with a basic, benchmark measurement of fitness among students, called FITNESSGRAM. The FITNESSGRAM tool used for SHAPE’s annual standardized fitness assessment evaluates five different parts of health-related fitness, including aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition using objective criteria. “Students do better in school when they are healthy,” said Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa. “The Georgia SHAPE Honor Roll program aims to keep our kids’ bodies strong so their minds can learn and perform at their best.”


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FCS Learning Communities at Work By Vic Shandor and Will Rumbaugh

It’s a great time to be in the Fulton County School System.The new school year gives us all a fresh start, and we look forward to what 2013-2014 will bring for the schools, teachers and students! In Fulton County, our schools are geographically divided into “learning communities” to allow a decentralized approach to school management.The North Fulton area is represented by the Northwest Learning Community (NWLC) and the Northeast Learning Community (NELC). In July, each of the 24 Northwest Learning Community schools sent staff to participate in the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Work Hybrid Conference at Milton High School. Participants heard from and interacted with internationally renowned educational speakers, such as Rick DuFour, Becky DuFour, and Mike Mattos, via a live feed from the PLC in Orlando. This conference is increasingly recognized as the most powerful strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement. School teams delved deep into the three big ideas of a PLC — focus on learning, build a collaborative culture, and results orientation — and gained specific, practical, and inspiring strategies for transforming their schools into a place where all students learn at high levels. On the last afternoon of the conference, each team created an individual school action plan to focus on any or all of the three key areas to further support professional learning communities within their schools. One

“In Fulton County, our schools are geographically divided into

‘learning communities’ to allow a decentralized approach to school management. The North Fulton area is represented by the Northwest Learning Community (NWLC) and the Northeast Learning Community (NELC).” of the NWLC principals stated that the conference was “hands-down the best and most productive training I’ve ever attended!”Another said,“We have been doing well with data teams and PLCs, but these days have really engaged the teacher leaders…I know we will be more effective because of it.” Similarly, the NELC anticipates another fantastic year. Part of last year was spent developing a vision for its 22 schools. After much conversation and deliberation, it settled on “a world-class community of schools that ignites students’ passion to learn, lead, and serve.”Along with developing a vision, the NELC crafted three strategic goals to help realize this vision and to contribute to the district’s goals: to expand the capacity of administrators, school leaders and teachers to provide instruction that challenges and engages all students; ensure all schools provide continuous opportunities for all students to serve and to lead within their own community and beyond; and deliver superior service and support across our learning community.

The NELC schools are well on their way to supporting the school system’s strategic goals. Holcomb Bridge Middle School kicked off its third-annual One Book Project, where selections have been chosen to teach the concept of responsibility of a global citizen.This year, students are reading “The Breadwinner.” Through this book study, students will be able to see through a character’s hardships the value in education, equal rights, and a structured society.

Vic Shandor is area superintendent of the FCS Northwest Learning Community.

Will Rumbaugh is area superintendent of the FCS Northeast Learning Community.



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Warranties When you make an electrical service purchase for your home or business, the contractor and manufacturer make an important promise to stand behind the products installed. Warranty coverage can vary with regard to parts, time, and labor from company to company. Here are some questions you may want to ask your electrical contractor: How long does the warranty last; who do you contact at the company for a warranty call; what parts are covered under the warranty; and are there any conditions or limits on the warranty? Always get in writing the warranty that the salesperson explains to you. A spoken warranty is only as good as the person speaking, and a warranty only works if the company you use stands behind it.

By Fred Hawkins

Do not always use the cheapest company. Good companies may need to charge a little more up-front to be able to stand behind a two-year warranty. Always ask how and why the work was performed, and verify that the work was done to all state and local code specifications. Also, have them explain the warranty to you in detail, with a written list of all items, labor, and products covered under the warranty. Ask if the company offers an extended warranty on their purchase items. An example would be a new panel and service charge. Good service companies typically offer a two-year warranty on most items installed and a 100 percent money-back guarantee on all work performed. Most service companies offer a home protection plan, which is a contract that

offers service at a discounted rate. The homeowner would get priority service over other customers and would be charged the standard rate without additional fees for emergency calls. The homeowner would also get a 10-15 percent discount on any future work done at the home after they become a member. The home protection plan generally costs approximately $10 a month. Lastly, save all paperwork on the service completed. Perform routine maintenance and inspections on all products installed. You should never abuse or misuse electrical items, but a warranty will offer peace of mind.

Fred Hawkins is owner of H&H Electric and Security LLC. 770-735-1136,




One visit to High Meadows School in Roswell and you’ll see that, rain or shine, these students are no strangers to the beautiful outdoor spaces that make up the school’s more than 40-acre campus. Of course, learning and playing outside is fun for every student, large and small; but that isn’t the only reason that connection with the natural world is, and always has been, part of the 40-year-old school’s mission.


he research is clear: Hands-on, experiential learning leads to higher test scores and lower behavior issues,” says Michelle Griffin, High Meadows’ Environmental Education (EE) Coordinator for Preschool-8th grade. “Common sense tells us that sitting still at a desk, no matter the subject, simply does not result in a child who is constructing knowledge or developing a love of learning. Our goal as a school is to provide daily, meaningful opportunities for students to be outside, developing a sense of their connection to, and responsibility for, the living, breathing world around them.”


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Since 1973, High Meadows School has operated as an exemplary model of what is now referred to as a “green school.” With topics like environmental education, gardening, recycling, composting, and sustainability woven into the daily curriculum and student experience, High Meadows’ students are not only familiar with how to grow a beet and test a stream’s pH levels but also are in the habit of stopping to notice and consider the plants, animals, bugs, rocks and earth around them. Griffin believes that all schools — large and small, public and private — can and should give students a

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chance to experience a connection to nature as part of their education. Is bringing the outdoors into the classroom (or the classroom into the outdoors) a realistic goal for all schools? “Absolutely!” she says. “As educators, and as parents, even the smallest changes in our day-today routines can provide our kids the opportunity to ‘see’ their home, neighborhood, or school in a new way. These small changes can be made at little cost using resources already surrounding us.” Griffin says she understands the challenges that teachers face in providing children a connection to the natural world. “I also know the magnitude of academic, physical, intellectual and psychological benefits in providing our children, and ourselves, a connection to nature.” Although not all schools have beautiful vegetable gardens, farm animals, and fields like High Meadows, every child and teacher


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has access to the trees, birds, and seasons that we might overlook as learning opportunities. Griffin recommends that parents and teachers make time for observation, conversation, and interaction surrounding the natural world. “Why not take the opportunity today to discuss with your preschooler the changing colors of the leaves on the trees on your block, or the parade of ants crossing your driveway? Or, start a natural science museum at your house with your older child. You might just find that, by making extra time to connect with nature, you’re also finding additional time to connect with your child.”

To learn more about High Meadows School’s Environmental Education programs and sustainability efforts, visit

1055 Willeo Road, Roswell

770-993-2940 Serving students in Preschool-8th grade

Is My Will OK

After a Move? By Chris Miller, Esq. People sometimes ask me whether the Will they signed in another state is valid here in Georgia. The cocktail party answer is that if a Will is valid in the state where it was signed, then it will be honored here in Georgia. As with many legal issues, however, there could be other matters that would make it worthwhile to update your estate planning locally.

A Will signed outside of Georgia has to be “proven” in probate court before the Executor is authorized to carry out its instructions. Proving a Will’s validity means locating one or more of the witnesses to answer questions relating to the Will’s execution. The witness must be shown a copy of the Will to verify the signatures, and then the witness must acknowledge that he/ she was present at the time the Will was signed and actually watched the person sign the Will. The witness’s answers to those questions then have to be signed in the presence of a notary public, and those answers must be submitted to the probate court along with the Will when it is filed for probate. The second drawback is that a Will signed in another state will not release the Executor from the duties of filing an inventory and annual returns with the probate court. Georgia law allows an Executor to distribute all of the estate’s

contents to the beneficiaries without judicial supervision or review, but only if the Will contains a provision granting the Executor that right. It can be more time-consuming and expensive for the Executor to prepare those documents and file them in the public records at the courthouse than it is to start over and prepare a new Will that lets the Executor serve without fulfilling those duties. The months after a move are a good opportunity to consider if the people named in your estate plan are still the best choices. Moving can change relationships, and those people whom you know best can change, too.

Chris Miller is an attorney at Robinson & Miller, P.C., Attorneys at Law. 770-817-4999,



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(Yields 3 pies)

2 cups pecans, finely chopped 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup (2 sticks) margarine, melted 2 teaspoons cinnamon 3 unbaked (10-inch) deep-dish pie shells 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1 (30-ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin 1½ cups sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger ½ teaspoon cloves 2 (12-ounce) cans evaporated milk

Preparation Mix the pecans, brown sugar, margarine and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl. Spread evenly in the pie shells. Combine the eggs, pumpkin, sugar, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, cloves and evaporated milk in the order listed in a large bowl and mix well. Pour over the praline mixture in the pie shells. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes longer, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks. Cool to room temperature or overnight in refrigerator.

Recipe is from the “At Your Service: Southern Recipes, Places and Traditions” cookbook, produced by the Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton Counties (JLGNF). Since 1986, JLGNF has been serving the women and children of Gwinnett, North Fulton and South Forsyth counties. The mission of JLGNF is to strengthen the community by creating and implementing collaborative volunteer projects, including programs aimed at building self-esteem in girls ages 5-8. In addition to the cookbook, JLGNF’s fundraising efforts include an Attic Sale in the fall and the “High Heels High Times” fashion and shopping event in the spring.


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3D Mammography:

A Major Advancement in the Fight Against Breast Cancer By Lynn D. Baxter, M.D., director of Breast Imaging, Northside Radiology Associates, Northside Hospital Breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women, aside from some non-aggressive forms of skin cancer. One in eight American women will develop the disease at some point in her lifetime. Early detection is the key to improved survival and less-invasive treatments. Mammography is the only test of any kind scientifically proven to decrease the death rate from breast cancer. In fact, the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 30 percent since mammography screening programs were introduced. Because of this, the American Cancer Society and many other organizations recommend annual mammograms for almost all women beginning at age 40. Some high-risk women should begin screening even earlier. Mammograms have also consistently been shown to reduce the death rate from breast cancer in many studies in many other countries, even through using film/screen technology from the 1970s. However, standard 2D mammography has some limitations. Because this technology creates a 2D image of a 3D part of the body, tissues from one part of the breast can overlap with tissues from another part — creating a false impression of a mass on the image, or allowing normal tissues to mask a cancer. Breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, is a new advancement in breast imaging technology that goes a long way toward overcoming these limitations. In 3D mammography, images are obtained from multiple angles around

the breast and synthesized by a computer into a series of images 1 mm thick. The radiologist can view them together like a “movie,” where they view the inner structures of the breast, moving from one side to the other. This helps to eliminate the problem of overlapping tissues. Studies have shown a 27-30 percent increase in cancer detection with 3D mammography and a 30-40 percent decrease in the rate of recalls for additional imaging. Benefits have been proven for women with all breast densities. Still, 3D mammography is not perfect, and it cannot find all cancers or prevent all recalls. Currently, it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only for use as a combination exam with standard 2D mammography. As a result, the radiation dose from the combination

exam is higher than that of a 2D mammogram alone (but still within FDA limits, and actually lower than some old film mammograms). All that being said, 3D technology shows tremendous promise toward overcoming some of the most common limitations of mammogram screening, and will continually improve breast cancer screening and diagnostic capabilities.

Northside Hospital Breast Cancer Center Northside Hospital is one of the leading providers of breast cancer services in the nation, diagnosing and treating more cases of breast cancer than any other facility in the Southeast. Northside Hospital was the first facility to make 3D mammography clinically available in Atlanta, and has continued to expand its availability — now providing 3D services at the hospital’s Forsyth, Alpharetta and Atlanta locations. For more information about Northside Hospital’s premier breast cancer screening technology, visit, or call 404-851-6577 to schedule an exam.



Local events and activities provide fall family fun for all! By Michelle Martin


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Nothing ushers in fall like a fun festival! There’s nothing quite like the sights, sounds and smells of autumn — from trick-or-treating in fun Halloween costumes to jumping in moonwalks; listening to ghost stories to bobbing for apples; and breathing in the appetizing aroma of fresh-baked pumpkin pie, cotton candy, apple cider and other delicious treats. Whatever your family has in mind, you’ll find plenty of local activities to celebrate fall your way!

Alpharetta Scarecrow Harvest October 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Milton Avenue, Downtown Alpharetta The Scarecrow Harvest will feature more than 100 scarecrows lining the streets of Downtown Alpharetta. The family-friendly event will feature groovy country music; crow-cornhole games; hay rides to the log cabin; face painting; artsy activities; historical demonstrations and story-telling; and kids’ inflatables. At 12 p.m., the Scarecrow Awards and prizes will be given to accredited K-5 schools classrooms for Most Creative, Best Constructed, Best Personality, “Go Green” Crow, and SchCOOLEST (school with the most participating classrooms). Barbecue, hot dogs, caramel apples and other fall treats will be offered. 678-297-6078,

Crabapple Fest October 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mayfield and Broadwell roads, Milton The City of Milton and the Crabapple Community Association (CCA) will combine their two popular events — Milton Roundup and the Crossroads at Crabapple Antique & Arts Festival — into one destination festival. The event will feature antiques and art from hundreds of juried vendors; live music and entertainment; games, rides and activities for kids; and, for the first time, beer and wine in the festival grounds. 678-242-2530,

visitors along the trail and share stories about their lives. The hiking trail is lighted so it provides a non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween activities. 770-992-2055,

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Visitors will enjoy two evenings of trick-or-treating in the Heritage Village, featuring a haunted house, maze, carnival games, and more. 678-366-3511,

October 19, 11 a.m. East Roswell Park 9000 Fouts Road, Roswell The City of Roswell Recreation and Parks Dept.’s Great Pumpkin Carve will bring the community together for a fun day of this popular fall tradition. Pumpkins, carving kits, patterns, and refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome.

Johns Creek Arts Festival October 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. October 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fields of the Atlanta Athletic Club 1930 Bobby Jones Dr., Johns Creek Works from more than 100 artisans will be on display (and available for purchase), along with fantastic family fun that will include a kids’ zone; football on the big screen; fireworks; a pet parade; a food pavilion; and much more. Live entertainment will include performances by Johns Creek’s own Von Grey and a jazz brunch on Sunday.

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Halloween Hikes

October 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek

October 18-19 & 25-26, 7-10 p.m. Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Woodland costumed characters will greet

Spooky Mill activities offered during the daytime will be specially designed for preschoolers. Ages 3-6. 678-366-3511,

October 25-26, 6-9 p.m. Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek

Halloween Fun House October 25, 4:30-7 p.m. East Roswell Recreation Center 9000 Fouts Road, Roswell Children will enjoy face painting, carnival games, inflatables, hayrides, and more. Concessions will be available for purchase. This is a free event for ages 8 and younger. 770-594-6134,

Mother/Son Halloween Dance October 25, 7-9 p.m. Roswell Area Park 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell Boys of all ages (accompanied by an adult female) are invited to attend. The Halloween Mother/Son Dance will also feature refreshments, games, prizes, pictures and other fun! Halloween costumes are allowed, but not required. Registration is required.



Experience the ‘Wow!’ Closer to Home By Michael Consoli LIFESTYLE

It’s so nice to not have to fly when you start your vacation. Many cruise-goers like that they can drive to their chosen embarkation port, like Tampa, Fla., or Port Canaveral, Fla. Well, now they have another close-in option. Royal Caribbean International recently announced that it will deploy a second ship at the Port of Tampa beginning in fall 2014. Royal Caribbean International has been operating one ship at the Port of Tampa during winter cruise seasons since January 2002. Brilliance of the Seas, which sails seasonally four- and five-night Western Caribbean cruises, will be joined by a second Royal Caribbean ship, Vision of the Seas, which will offer seven-night Western Caribbean cruises sailing from Tampa. Vision of the Seas will sail a ninenight Southern Caribbean itinerary from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on November 6, 2014, to Tampa, with calls at Aruba, Curacao, Grand Cayman and Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach paradise on the north coast of Haiti. Beginning November 15, 2014, Vision of the Seas will sail every Saturday from Tampa to destinations in the Western Caribbean, including Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Roatan (Honduras) or Belize. Brilliance of the Seas also will sail from Tampa in winter 2013-14 and 36

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2014-15 on four-night cruises to Cozumel, and five-night Cozumel itineraries, which additionally call at Grand Cayman or Key West. There will be six cruise ships that homeport in Tampa. The projected passenger throughput with the sixth ship will be slightly more than 1 million passengers — the largest throughput in the port’s 31-year history as a cruise port. Port officials are excited to welcome an additional ship to Tampa, which has been the home port to Royal Caribbean ships since the first ship, Rhapsody of the Seas, called in January 2002. With Brilliance of the Seas having just undergone an extensive revitalization in May and Vision of the Seas also revitalized in September, guests will enjoy more dining options, exciting entertainment, and innovative amenities for which Royal Caribbean is known. In addition to Broadway-style musical revues in the main theater, guests also will be wowed by the new aerialacrobatic entertainment production spanning throughout both ships’ multi-story Centrum. All staterooms and bathrooms will be completely refreshed, and new Royal Family Suites will offer another stateroom choice to cater to every member of the adventurous family. Vision of the Seas’ guests will enjoy eight restaurants, including the new Park Café gourmet deli, which is

complimentary; Chops Grille, Izumi Asian Cuisine, and the exclusive Chef’s Table experience for 16 guests are available for an additional charge. Brilliance of the Seas’ guests also have choices of Rita’s Cantina, Vintages Wine and Tapas Bar, and King and Country Pub for an additional charge. Vision of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas will offer guests some of the more popular concepts that were introduced aboard Royal Caribbean’s groundbreaking Oasis-class ships, such as new digital signage; bow-tostern Wi-Fi service; new flat-panel televisions in every stateroom; an oversized LCD movie screen overlooking the main pool; Concierge and Diamond Lounges for suite and Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members; and the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery for the guests ages 6 months to 3 years. What a great option for family or group cruises! Itineraries are open now. L

Michael Consoli is a professional travel and cruise specialist and owner of Cruise Planners. 770-650-7667,

X-Ray Vision Isn’t Just for Superheroes! By Amanda Kossick, D.M.D. A recent hot topic in the media has been the damage X-rays do to our bodies. While a large amount of radiation exposure is not healthy, the technology of obtaining X-ray images has come a long way. In many dental offices, X-rays are taken digitally. What difference does this make to you as a patient? The amount of radiation exposure from a digital X-ray is 60 percent less than a traditional X-ray film, according to the American Dental Association. Radiation, in fact, is all around us. Any exposure at a dental office is a fraction compared to what you are exposed to throughout your everyday routine. For instance, a flight from New York to Los Angeles produces twice the amount of radiation you would experience from your four bite-wing dental X-rays.

Despite their small amount of radiation, X-rays are vital for your dentist in diagnosing any pathology that may be present. There is no way for a dentist to see inside of a tooth without the aid of an X-ray; without it, any pathology that occurs in the bone could go undiscovered. It is your dentist’s responsibility to follow the ALARA Principle (As Low as Reasonably Achievable), which stipulates that we dentists take the fewest number of X-rays as possible while still obtaining critical information. Adhering to this principle while using digital film, following the proper guidelines for exposure, and using protective aprons/thyroid collars provides adequate protection and minimum exposure to patients. When prescribing X-rays, the following factors are considered: risk of cavities

forming; previous dental work; symptoms that may be presenting; age; stage of tooth eruption; and type/number of previous X-rays. Notice that insurance coverage is not in this mix of factors determining if X-rays are taken? Your oral healthcare professional has a responsibility to provide the best care for you — regardless of insurance coverage.

Dr. Amanda Kossick is a dentist with DeMercy Dental in Roswell. 770-641-8010,



Emily Griffith: Painting Pets with Personality By Heike Hellmann-Brown

For artist Emily Griffith, her ability to preserve someone’s beloved pet forever is a God-given talent that has provided her with a spiritually rewarding dream job. “It wasn’t until later in my life that I found my gift of transforming a blank canvas into a work of art,” she says. “But I am a person of faith and believe that it is my calling.” Emily Griffith grew up in Winter Park, Fla. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, which eventually led her to work for a TV station in Colorado. During that time, one of her artist friends introduced her to painting. Griffith’s first piece depicted her parti-poodle Gracie. She followed up with a second painting that she was able to sell. “At that point I knew I wanted to be an artist,” she says. “Leaving a full-time job to discover my passion might seem odd to some, but it was a leap of faith for me.” She then moved to Atlanta to get more formal training. During a pet-portrait class, her teacher encouraged her not to change her style. Griffith paints in oils and uses faux-finishing techniques for her backgrounds. “In the process of painting, realism is used to draw the viewer into the animals’ eyes, the window to their soul, and a looser, more modern style completes the story,” Griffith explains. Her customers cherish her ability to capture the spirit of each animal. “I have been told when I give someone a painting the reaction is: ‘That is my dog. I feel like I am looking into her

eyes!’ I can’t imagine anything more gratifying, and I hope to continue to bring that kind of joy to people.” Griffith has presented pet portraits to celebrities, including Tori Spelling; her latest project — a series of dog breeds that showcases their fun personalities — is intended to appeal to an audience of all ages. “People smile when they come into my booth at art shows, and children run into it to see my work,” she says. Aside from pets, Griffith’s favorite subjects are farm animals that she studies during excursions in rural north Georgia. While the majority of her works remain commissions, Griffith welcomes the opportunity to visit her objects on site to connect with them. For pet owners whose furry companions have passed away, Griffith offers a compassion discount. “I have brought grown men to tears when they receive a painting of their deceased pet,” she says. “It is through my own loss and my love for animals that I am compassionate and feel honored to paint their pet. My paintings are healing.” A true animal lover, Griffith also supports the causes of various shelters and rescue organizations. Emily Griffith will showcase her work at Crabapple Fest, October 5, in Milton. Heike Hellmann-Brown is a published writer in the United States and Europe. She has translated and edited several New York Times bestsellers and has taught both English and her native German as a foreign language in a career that has spanned more than 20 years.


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Password Protection: A Necessary Evil By Scott Lavelle Everyone uses passwords to access all sorts of information on their computer, online, at the bank machine, and many other places. One of the most common complaints we hear is that people have to remember too many passwords and, as a result, tend to use the same one for everything. To make things worse, that password is often not a very strong one — leaving them vulnerable to loss of data, identity theft, and hacked online accounts. Based on the hacked accounts in 2013, a few of the most commonly used (and easily guessable and easily hacked) passwords were: 123456, password, iloveyou, abc123, monkey, and jesus. There are a number of things you can do to strengthen your passwords and make them easier to remember as well. • Always use a “strong password,” with eight or more characters and at least three of the four character types: uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special (like @ or %). • Never share your password with others. In business, this means that each person who is going to access a resource should have their own ID and password. This way, if there is ever a separation, the ID can be disabled. • Be creative. Using numbers or special characters in place of letters that look similar is a common method; for example, replace the letter S with a $, or substitute the letter O with a zero, or use 3 for the letter E. • Test your password with a strength checker. You have to be careful where you do this, as some sites may be set up simply to gather passwords. Microsoft’s website is a good choice: • Use a password manager application. This will not only help you keep up with your passwords by storing them in a “vault” (or on a portable USB key) but also can fill online forms automatically for you. is one of the currently popular options. Like most things in life, there are no guarantees that these things will completely protect you, but they can offer one more level of security.

Scott Lavelle is the co-owner/technical director of Technical Resource Solutions. 678-928-9491,



Don’t Miss the Mayor’s BBQ Ball By Mayor Jere Wood

Roswell’s character has been formed by its history, handed down not only through books and letters but also through families, churches, schools, civic organizations, buildings, and traditions. One of these traditions is barbeques. Roswell residents have come together for barbeques every fall since the city was settled in 1839. Jay Barnet and I have been doing our part to keep history alive by hosting a traditional Roswell barbeque every October for more than 30 years. By tradition, slow-cooked pork is on the menu, and friends, neighbors, musicians and politicians are on the guest list. Our barbeque begins on a Friday evening asw we start a hickory wood fire. Once the fire has burned down


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to coals, we put the pig in the smoker to cook overnight, then sit around a campfire with good friends all night and keep the smoker stoked with wood. By Saturday afternoon, the pork is so moist and tender that it can be eaten without a knife, and so tasty that sauce is optional. Saturday evening, friends, neighbors, musicians and politicians arrive to enjoy barbeque served fresh from the smoker, along with corn on the cob and my mother’s recipe for cole slaw. After feasting on the best barbeque the South has to offer, the young and young at heart dance to songs performed by Big Biscuit Band. After Jay was elected mayor of Mountain Park and I was elected mayor of Roswell, we made our annual barbeque a benefit for local charities.

We expanded our guest list and added to the menu by inviting local restaurants to bring food for all to taste and enjoy. On October 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Jay and I will hold our annual barbeque again at my home on Stroup Road. HomeStretch will be this year’s benefitting charity. For more information and to purchase tickets to benefit HomeStretch, please visit and click on “Mayor’s BBQ Ball” in the center of the front page. I will see you there!

Jere Wood is the mayor of Roswell. 770-594-6288,

It’s Always Golf Weather By Rick Coursey LIFESTYLE What a great year this has been for golf! The

weather has been perfect all spring and summer — not! It has been less than ideal weather conditions most everywhere. We have received record amounts of rain, the fairways are not “browned out” due to excessive heat, and the “rough” is really rough. So, the big question this year is: Do you play in inclement weather? If you miss a day each week of golf season, when will you make it up? Will you be content to play fewer rounds? What if it rains all month? Will you give up your passion for the game? You may hope to play more this fall, if the weather is great. But, what if the fall weather is also less than ideal? Do you take up an indoor sport? No! Bad golfing weather is relative to what type of weather you are used to playing in most of the time. Some golfers complain that it is too cold, too wet, or too hot, and give up for the day. Why? One of my most fun golfing trips was a three-day weekend to Pinehurst. It was perfect; it only rained 7 inches in those three days! But, I experienced golf in a new way — changing my perspective on what the ideal golf weather is for me. Try challenging yourself to play more on some of those rainy days; you might enjoy it! You may learn new shots and improve your game due to the “less than perfect” weather and course conditions. Don’t let weather take away your favorite golf day of the week. Instead, be prepared for rainy conditions. Keep these products on hand: a high-quality waterproof jacket and pants; a bucket hat; rain gloves; high-quality waterproof golf shoes; a large golf umbrella; extra towels; and another dozen balls. While my game didn’t change much over that weekend at Pinehurst, I did learn to enjoy golfing in the rain. Now I understand that, for the avid golfer, it’s always golf weather! Play golf today, no matter what kind of weather! L

Rick Coursey is manager of Edwin Watts Golf in Johns Creek. 770-622-5040,

Let’s Get

Flossing! By Vishant Nath, D.M.D.

In terms of maintaining great oral health and hygiene habits, brushing is not enough. Dental floss is an important tool in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. This applies to your child’s teeth as well. Flossing should begin in children as soon as they have two teeth touching each other. The sooner you get children used to flossing, the more likely it is that it will become a habit for them. Flossing can feel “funny” at first for kids, but if you do it every day, they will become more comfortable with it. If your child is older but has not yet developed a flossing habit, it isn’t too late to start. Flossing offers several important benefits. First, flossing removes food particles that get stuck between teeth. Second, flossing improves gum health by removing potentially harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease. To be most beneficial, flossing should be performed at least once a day and on a regular basis. Some flossing products are designed specifically for children. For a recommendation on which type is best for your child, ask your pediatric dentist. We are probably all familiar with basic dental floss: Hold the floss between your thumb and forefingers, and gently slide it up and down between your teeth. Dental floss is also sold in the form of floss picks, which are small plastic tools that come with the floss stretched out on one end and a toothpick on the opposite end. Floss picks can sometimes be easier for kids to use to independently floss their teeth. However, it is best to supervise young children in flossing. If you can find a way to make the activity of flossing fun, there is a greater chance your children will cooperate with flossing on a daily basis. Let your children choose their flossing tools; there are a variety of flavors of dental floss as well. Finally, teach your children the importance of flossing by being a good role model. They are more likely to take you seriously if you practice what you preach. Flossing is great for everyone, so floss away! L Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Canton/Milton/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. 678-352-1090,



Halloween means different things to different people. Most people enjoy getting caught up in the “spooky” fun that Halloween offers, so long as it isn’t harmful to anyone. As a kid, I didn’t care much for the “pop-up” haunted houses that ran only during the month of October or for the “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Friday the 13th” movies because they didn’t seem realistic. It’s hard to get scared when the whole premise of the show, be it a haunted house or movie, is utterly implausible. A good ghost story, however, could send a chill down my back and leave me looking over my shoulder until daylight! The difference in those “pop-up” haunted houses, scary movies, and ghost stories is in the details. A good ghost story will include just enough facts — such as historical events, landmarks, and actual people who lived — to leave you guessing. After all, isn’t the point of a “good scare” that it could have happened? You may be surprised to learn that the North Fulton area has a rich haunted history. Ghostly figures, creepy sounds, and other unexplained phenomena, as some tales account, are haunting local landmarks even outside of the Halloween season. Many stories are featured in organized ghost tours that combine fact and fiction, or history and entertainment, for an enlightening — perhaps frightening — adventure!


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Howlpharetta Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 8:30 p.m., October 4-December 21 Jen Hunt, director of Alpharetta Tours, organized the Howlpharetta tour based on “stories of the supernatural” told to her by local business owners and on research into the Alpharetta Historical Society and the Old Milton County History & Geneology Group. “Something supernatural happens on each tour,” she says. “In fact, a ‘medium’ participated on a tour recently and noted that she was picking up strange readings at almost every stop. We even have a photograph that night of a man’s silhouette in a notoriously haunted house.” Hunt says it’s not uncommon to catch flickers of light, ghostly orbs (balls of light), and odd photos on any given night of the tour. Regular tour stops include Resthaven Cemetery, Warehouse Row, and the site of the Old Milton County Courthouse. “Guests on the tour during October could be in for some real surprises as Halloween approaches!”

Roswell Ghost Tour Year-round, Friday-Sunday nights; nightly in October Roswell’s haunted history dates back to the Civil War, when Union Gen. Sherman drove out approximately 400 women and children to live in areas north of the Ohio River. Roswell Ghost Tour Director Dianna Avena explains that many of those people couldn’t reconnect with their loved ones back home and “have come back to reconnect after their death.” The tour’s regular stops include Bulloch Hall, Barrington Hall, and Mimosa Hall; Founders’ Cemetery, where Roswell King and other founding members of Roswell and their slaves are buried; and an old abandoned house on Atlanta Street, where the men who carried out hangings once lived. “We have used paranormal investigative teams to ‘verify’ accounts of paranormal activity,” she says. “We insist that they get the same experience over several visits before adding it to the tour.” Avena and Roswell Ghost Tour have been featured on SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters,” and paranormal celebrities often join the tour.



Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer By April Kitchens According to the Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of poisoning in the United States. Each year, an average 544 Americans are killed by accidental exposure to CO, and another 7,000 to 15,000 people are hospitalized. At high levels, CO can be deadly in minutes, and is often referred to as “the silent killer.” Unfortunately, low-level CO poisoning can be difficult to diagnose because its early symptoms are similar to those of the common cold or flu. Some of the common symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, fatigue, confusion, chest pain, nausea, rapid heartbeat, and difficulty breathing. One member of a family can be suffering while others are not affected. Children and elderly persons are often the most affected. Carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas, is a product of incomplete combustion, and there are many possible sources. Burning of any fuel can produce CO. Homeowners most commonly think of vented gas, oil furnaces or water heaters that malfunction and fail to vent their combustion byproducts out of the building as likely CO sources. Although these appliances are often found to be the cause of CO incidents, recent data 44

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shows they represent less than 25 percent of all CO incidents. According to a recent utility company study, the No. 1 cause of CO alarm calls is from CO leaking into homes from attached garages. When a car is started it puts out very high levels of CO. Even if the car is backed out relatively soon after starting, high levels of CO still can be trapped in the garage. The CO can find its way into the house through cracks around the entry door and framework; gaps and cracks in drywall; wiring; plumbing penetrations; and leaky ductwork. The second leading cause of CO alarm calls are gas ovens/ranges. These particular combustion appliances are seldom vented to the outside.

What Can You Do to Make Your Home Safer? • Have your furnace and water heater maintained annually. Proper tuning and maintenance should be done routinely on all combustion appliances to ensure they are burning cleanly and venting their byproducts to the outside. • Use a kitchen exhaust fan if you have a gas range. It should draw air from the kitchen and vent to the outdoors. A hood over the range is preferred; a “recirculating” hood

that simply passes the air through a charcoal filter will not help. The fan should be used whenever the oven or range-top burners are being used. This will help ventilate and dilute any CO before it can reach unsafe levels. • Be careful when using a woodburning fireplace, as wood smoke contains high levels of CO. Crack open a window at least one square foot when the fire is burning to reduce the negative pressure in the home created by its draft. Leave the chimney damper open for at least 12 hours after the fire has died. • Install a carbon monoxide detector/alarm. We recommend installing at least one carbon monoxide alarm (preferably battery operated) in the home, generally in the hallway outside the bedrooms. Homes with multiple sleeping areas should have more than one. An added benefit is that CO alarms often detect fire before conventional smoke detectors.

April Kitchens is the Director of Marketing at 4 Seasons Heating & Air. 770-504-5833,

Prepping for Perfect Holiday Hair By Laura Stalemark


Summer has come to an end, and now it is time to “autumnize” your hair for the fall and upcoming holiday season. Summer brings issues such as frizziness, flat hair, and color fading. Each condition has its own issues that require special attention, but they all can be managed with the proper cut, color, style and products. Even static and hard-tomanage hair can be tamed with the right hair-care products. One of the best things you can do to ensure your hair looks its best is to

plan ahead. If you want fabulous hair for all those holiday photos, book your hair appointments in advance. Color can help correct the excessive fading from the summer sun. Adding a color gloss to the ends of your hair can bring back shine, tone and life to your hair. If you enjoy deepening your color for fall but are hesitant to do it in one step, consider adding low lights gradually until your hair color is the color you like. Warm and red tones are hot this season, but can fade fast without proper hair products. Color-maintenance shampoo and conditioner will help hold these wonderful tones. If static is an issue during the fall and winter, products like GK’s Hair Serum or Redken’s Clear Moisture shampoo will help reduce the effects of static without weighing down your hair. Don’t forget to shape your hair with a great cut or trim.

Removing damaged ends will ensure more shine and manageability to your hair. Keratin treatments are still popular in the cooler weather and will help seal in your color, speed up your drying time, and help control static. Styling products for this time of year should be changed, depending on the particular issues you have from day to day. Redken’s Full Frame mousse adds control and volume. You may also need to change your hairspray to add more shine and static control. Read the labels from the various professional product lines to choose the one that’s best for you. Here’s wishing you healthy, happy holiday hair! L Laura Stalemark is owner of Tryst Hair Salon & Boutique in Alpharetta. 770-772-7007,



‘Unbroken’ ‘Seabiscuit’ author tells of Louis Zamparini’s will in life By Catherine Groves

Perhaps it is part of the human psyche, or maybe the spiritual side that resides within each of us, that causes us to be drawn to stories of courage. When reading “Unbroken,” by Laura Hillenbrand, I can’t begin to count the number of times I had to put the book down, rub my arms to chase away the goose bumps, dry my tears, and just try to digest the true story I was reading about one man’s journey. This man’s name is Louis Zamperini, and within the pages he is revealed to be many things; number one, “unbroken.” Hillenbrand takes us through Zamperini’s boyhood, in which he was raised by loving parents, loved by siblings who never stopped believing in him, and developed a burning will — something of a defiance — that caused him to want to make things happen. As a teen he was an incorrigible troublemaker, but, with his brother’s guidance, manages to turn that energy into running. This talent takes him to the Berlin Olympics with great hopes of taking the four-minute mile. Instead, Zamperini faces a different battle altogether: World War II. In May 1943, now a bombardier for the Army Air Forces, Zamparini finds himself hopelessly drifting on a life raft in the Pacific Ocean after being shot down by the enemy. He, along with two crew members, is surrounded by nothing but water, sky, and schools of hungry sharks. So begins a test of endurance like none he has ever faced in life: confronted with an evil that will prove far greater to overcome than his unquenchable thirst, the countless days with no food, and any number of swarming sharks. For more than two years, Louis Zamperini’s inexplicable will and courage, which drove him to Olympic status, becomes challenged daily. Survival becomes his only goal, and as despair beckons him, Zamperini’s stubborn refusal to fold is mind boggling and keeps the pages turning rapidly. “Unbroken” takes us from the deepest pain…to the greatest of healing, from the face of pure evil…to a glimpse into the glorious heavens. We witness a man with a steeled mind who never surrenders to darkness, and then a heart that finds peace through surrender. “Unbroken” defies unbelief in the supernatural and shows the miracle of a power greater than ourselves that can forgive the unspeakable.

Catherine Groves has lived in Georgia for 15 years and has lived in the South for considerably longer. An avid book collector (owning more than 5,000 books) and just as avid of a reader, she (as her children have said) “lives and breathes her books.” Catherine studied psychology, is working on an English degree, and is writing her first novel.


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In “Unbroken,” Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same compelling beauty she showed us in “Seabiscuit.” “Unbroken” is one of the greatest (true) stories that displays the endurance of the human mind and spirit. “Unbroken,” published by Random House, can be purchased at every major bookstore and on Kindle and Nook.

Early ‘Duck Dynasty’ By Ron Bradley, D. Min. In light of the popularity of the TV show “Duck Dynasty,” based in Louisiana, here is another duck story that may amuse you and help you if you are having a bad day. A couple bought a new, top-of-the line Jeep Grand Cherokee one December and drove it to visit relatives in Michigan. The guys decided to do that malebonding ritual of duck hunting. So, they loaded up the Grand Cherokee with decoys, food, guns, warm clothes, and their Labrador retriever and headed off for the lake. Often, to break a hole in the ice for the decoys and a place for the ducks to land, a stick of dynamite is commonly used. The sticks of dynamite have a

short fuse, estimated at 20 seconds. Normally, hunters place the dynamite on the ice, light the fuse, and run away. But with only 20 seconds, these hunters didn’t want to do that because they might slip while running. So, one of the guys decided to light the fuse and throw the stick of dynamite out onto the ice. Their well-trained Labrador retriever, deciding it was the usual game of “fetch the stick,” dashed out onto the ice and, just as he had done many times before, picked up the stick in his mouth (not understanding this time it was lit dynamite) and returned it to the guys. They threw it again quickly, but the dog just kept bringing the stick back to his master. Thinking quickly, one of the guys fired his shotgun at the dog. The dog wasn’t hurt badly by the buckshot, but was thoroughly confused. When the guy shot again, the scared dog looking

for a safe hiding place ran with the lit dynamite in his mouth to hide under the new Grand Cherokee — only the Jeep was now at the bottom of the lake! The insurance company wouldn’t pay up because the vehicle was destroyed due to an illegal use of explosives. The hunter’s first payment of $475 on his “new” Jeep Grand Cherokee came due that December 15 — and he had only 59 more payments to go! It sounds like an episode of “Duck Dynasty” to me! I feel sorry for the dog. I am so thankful that God forgives the dumb things I have done; aren’t you?

Ron Bradley is the pastor at First Baptist Church Roswell. 770-587-6980,



GNFCC hosts monthly networking and interactive workshops with educational speakers on timely topics of interest to you and your business. These events are guaranteed to give you knowledge and business leads that you can use. They are an excellent opportunity to network and gain exposure for your company!

Business After Hours 5:30-7:30 p.m., October 10 North Fulton Hospital 3000 Hospital Blvd., Roswell

Lunch Connection 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., October 16 Ippolito’s Italian Restaurant 2270 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell

American Family Care 1095 Woodstock Road, Roswell

Fashion Looks Hair Design 10595 Old Alabama Rd., Alpharetta

Milton Senior Center 3315 Francis Road, Milton

Small Business Person of the Year Award

Pride Staff Financial 1580 Holcomb Bridge Road Suite 10, Roswell

Southern Tranquility Massage 11285 Elkins Road Suite A-2, Roswell 48

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Each year, the GNFCC selects one person to represent its region as Small Business Person of the Year. Volunteers on the selection committee look for business leaders with vast knowledge and broad expertise in their industries and a commitment to nurture the Pictured (left to right): Paul Cote, James Pope, economic prosperity, quality Mark Wyssbrod, Mike Nilan, and Edward Kennedy. Not pictured: Vik Thadani. of life, and positive reputation of the region. The committee considers each nominee based on a number of criteria: growth and longevity; principal ownership and community involvement; innovation and response to adversity; and Chamber membership. Mark Wyssbrod, managing member of Pro@ctive CPA, was selected as GNFCC 2013 Small Business Person of the Year. He was honored during a recent Chamber event. Other finalists for the award who were selected as Small Business Persons of Excellence were Paul Cote, COO and founder of Cypress Partners; Edward Kennedy and Mike Nilan, co-founders of TreeZero tree-free paper products; James Pope, president/CEO of KeyWorth Bank; and Vik Thadani, president/CEO of Unbounded Solutions consulting firm.

Leafproof : TM

Advanced Gutter Protection Systems By Valli Caldwell Gutter cleaning is a dirty and dangerous chore. Many homeowners avoid this task until the gutters become clogged with debris or become a nesting area for birds and other critters.

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Proper gutter maintenance is necessary to prevent water damage to fascia, siding, and foundation areas. It also prevents mold from growing inside basements and attics. Proper gutter cover installation can also prevent unwanted critters from entering your roofline.

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There is one product on the market that covers all of these issues: LeafproofTM Advanced Gutter Protection Systems. LeafproofTM is the only gutter protection product on the market today that fits existing gutters; can be maintained from the ground; is not screwed into the roof or fascia; and is securely installed under the first row of shingles. There are other gutter covers on the market that work in a similar manner; however, these gutter covers do not have Leafproof’sTM patented “S” bend. This means the other covers must be installed under the second row of shingles and are often nailed to the roof — potentially resulting in future leaks.

gutter protection product on the market today that fits existing gutters; can ground; is not screwed into the roof or fascia; and is securely installed under the first row of shingles.”

Not all gutter covers are created equal. For example, gutter screens are easily clogged with twigs, leaves and debris, and often get blown out in severe weather. LeafproofTM is made of a sturdy .024-gauge aluminum with a small ¼-inch water channel, leaving gutters virtually impenetrable. Vinyl gutter covers can warp due to extreme heat over time and are easily chewed through by critters. Animals cannot chew through Leafproof’sTM .024-gauge aluminum. LeafproofTM also has pre-made aluminum end-caps to prevent critter entry and nesting.

Domed gutter covers can leave an unsightly profile, as they are installed and nailed under the second row of shingles. LeafproofTM is installed under the first row of shingles, without screws, and leaving a clean, even profile after installation. Professional installation of LeafproofTM also closes off the main entry point of many critters here in the South — the opening in your roofline, also referred to as a construction gap. Squirrels, roof rats, flying squirrels, bats and birds commonly enter attics through the roofline. LeafproofTM keeps them out for good and keeps your gutters clog-free. LeafproofTM is the only gutter cover that offers that two-in-one benefit and also comes with a lifetime warranty when installed by a certified and authorized professional. Aesthetically low-profile LeafproofTM matches your gutters and is offered in a variety of colors, including copper, for enhanced curb appeal.

Valli and Jay Caldwell are co-owners of Critter Control in Woodstock. 770-663-6260.



LED or Plasma: Which is Better? By Brett Cochran Buying a TV these days can be a little overwhelming at times. LED or Plasma, 1080p or 720p, 120Hz or 240Hz; these are important things to consider when buying that “perfect” new TV. Let’s go through these and decide which is better for you and your room.

movies, a Plasma TV would be a better option. If you want an ultra-thin TV, LEDs tend to be thinner than Plasmas. They also are backlit, which is a nice feature. Plasma TVs offer more natural motion, with fast on-screen action for sports and video games.

The first thing you need to consider are the differences between LED and Plasma TVs. LED TVs work well in rooms that have a lot of light, either through natural light coming in from windows or electric lighting. An LED TV’s bright picture will still look crisp and colorful in bright light; some screens also resist glare. If you do most of your viewing with low or modest room lighting and you or others will be sitting off-axis when watching TV or

720p, 120Hz or 240Hz; these are important things to consider when buying that ‘perfect’ new TV.”


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With 120Hz, 240Hz, and even 600Hz, refresh rate is something to look at when buying a new TV. Simply put, higher is better in this case. The refresh rate represents how many times per second the images change on the screen; the

higher the rate, the less lag in images, which is especially important with sports. You may not be able to tell the difference between a set refreshing at 120Hz and one at 240Hz, but go higher or lower and you will notice the difference! Lastly, 1080p or 720p? The main difference between 720p and 1080p lies in the number of pixels that make up a 720p image and 1080p image. For 720p, the number of pixels that make up the image is about 1 million; and for 1080p, about 2 million pixels. This means that a 1080p image has the potential to display twice the detail as 720p image. I hope this will help guide you in the right direction for your next TV purchase!

Brett Cochran is a digital lifestyle specialist at Audio Intersection, a provider of audio and video in Georgia. 770-479-1000,

Style Tips for Fall By Jordan Holland LIFESTYLE

Are you looking for new ways to update your style this fall? Maybe a new lip color? Jane Iredale’s lipsticks have just what you need to add a punch of fall color! This month, Jane Iredale has revamped her lipsticks, including the name. Pure Moist Lipsticks come in 24 versatile shades with high-impact color and sumptuous depth. They stimulate the senses with organic pomegranate and blackberry fruit. Moringa oil gives the lipstick a creamy, rich, and smooth formula so that it glides on easily and produces a long-lasting color. Orangepeel wax, avocado, and sunflower seed oil leave a quenched feeling on the lips, while vitamin A, vitamin C, and coffee-seed extract-infused antioxidants help protect the lips. Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipsticks are a great way to add color to your outfit. I suggest going lighter on your eyeshadow and adding a pop of red to your lips, like Pure Moist Lipstick in Margi. If you’re worried about losing the tan that you worked for all summer, consider airbrush tanning. An airbrush tan is a great way to maintain color all year. It looks very natural, and you don’t have to worry about tan lines. Airbrush tanning is a safe alternative to sunbathing and tanning beds. It doesn’t pose any threat of skin cancer; doesn’t cause sun spots or other signs of premature aging; and lessens skin cell damage. Best of all, it takes no time at all, and the natural-looking color lasts up to a week! L

Jordan Holland is a master cosmetologist at Taylor/Brooks Hair Salon in Johns Creek. 770-772-0510,



Wine Women and Shoes Event Supports Cancer Research

Wine Women and Shoes raised more than $44,000 for ovarian and GYN cancer research at Northside Hospital.


orthside Hospital Cancer Institute, in partnership with Northside Radiology, raised more than $44,000 for ovarian and GYN cancer research at Northside Hospital with the inaugural Wine Women and Shoes charity event. The special fundraiser was held September 8 at the InterContinental Hotel-Buckhead Atlanta. As its name implies, the event featured an afternoon of wine, women and shoes, along with exhibitors showcasing the latest and unique trends in women’s fashion — including clothing, couture, jewelry, handbags, skincare, makeup, accessories, and, of course, shoes! “Shoe guys” carried silver trays displaying many of the different shoes available for purchase as 385 attendees sipped on wine and enjoyed the marketplace prior to the main program. The event also featured a silent auction and raffle drawing for the “Key to the Closet,” featuring items worth more than $6,000. Women were encouraged to wear their sexiest, sassiest stiletto


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By Michelle Martin

Photos courtesy of Pam Lennard, Stillscapes Photography Studio, Johns Creek

heels for the special “Best in Shoe” contest; winners in three categories — Sexy Stiletto, Wild Wedge, and Sassy Sandal — each received a bottle of wine and a fabulous wine caddy in the shape of a shoe. The main program, emceed by former Atlanta radio personality Vicki Locke, featured a live auction and fashion show, along with a special recognition of presenting sponsor Northside Radiology, with Dianne Keen, director of business development, accepting

on its behalf; remarks by Dr. Benedict Benigno, medical director of Gynecology Oncology at Northside Hospital and author of “The Ultimate Guide to Ovarian Cancer”; and the personal story of Shan Pate, a repeat survivor of ovarian cancer. Pate told of how she was first diagnosed nine years ago after feeling fatigued and bloated. “I did a lot of research, and Dr. Benedict, who was right here in my own backyard, always was as the top of the list,” she said. “Now, after three reoccurrences since my first diagnosis, labs, PET scans and chemotherapy have become routine. But, I have resolved not to let cancer run my life. I am going to carry on as best I can because my loved ones deserve my care and attention. By attending Wine Women and Shoes, each of you has begun to make a difference and help carry the difficult load for cancer patients such as myself.”



Religious Services Baptist Atlanta Street Baptist Church 340 S. Atlanta St., Roswell 770-993-9451,

Bethany Baptist Church 2065 Bethany Rd., Alpharetta 770-475-6748

Boiling Springs Primitive Baptist Church 1200 Birmingham Rd., Alpharetta 404-444-6490,

Bridgeway Church 4755 Kimball Bridge Rd., Alpharetta 770-751-1972,

Clear Springs Baptist Church 11575 Jones Bridge Rd., Johns Creek 770-475-9223,

Clear Springs Missionary Baptist Church 2725 Kimball Bridge Rd., Alpharetta 770-664-6863

County Line Baptist Church 430 Strickland Rd., Alpharetta 770-475-9429

Crabapple First Baptist 12760 Birmingham Highway, Alpharetta 770-475-6111,

Cross Plains Baptist Church 6500 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Alpharetta 770-475-1210

Crosspointe Community Church SBC 77 E. Crossville Rd., Suite 100, Roswell 770-640-9959,

First Baptist Church of Alpharetta 44 Academy St., Alpharetta 770-475-6556,

First Baptist Church of Roswell 710 Mimosa St., Roswell 770-587-6980,

Gethsemane Garden Missionary Baptist Church 398 Hardscrabble Rd., Roswell 770-993-8232

Hopewell Baptist Church 15730 Hopewell Rd., Roswell 770-442-0793

Johns Creek Baptist Church 7500 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Alpharetta 770-623-8203,

North Roswell Baptist Church 112 Prospect St., Roswell 404-406-7419, NorthRoswellBaptistChurch.webs

Northside Baptist Church 11125 Houze Rd., Roswell 770-993-5207,

Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church 725 Pleasant Hill St., Roswell 770-993-2707,

Parkway Baptist Church 5975 State Bridge Rd., Johns Creek 770-476-4441,

Providence Baptist Church 20075 Providence Rd., Alpharetta 770-475-3627

Union Hill Baptist Church 4250 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta

Vision Baptist Church 1125 Alpha Dr., Alpharetta 770-456-5881,

Willeo Baptist Church SBC 990 Willeo Rd., Roswell 770-993-5189,

Zion Missionary Baptist Church 888 Zion Circle, Roswell 770-993-8587,

1015 Old Roswell Rd., Roswell 770-993-6084,

Judaism Chabad of North Fulton 10180 Jones Bridge Rd., Alpharetta 770-410-9000,

Congregation Dor Tamid 11165 Parsons Rd., Johns Creek 770-623-8860,

Congregation Gesher L’Torah 4320 Kimball Bridge Rd., Alpharetta 770-777-4009,

Messianic Judaism Congregation Beth Hallel 950 Pine Grove Rd., Roswell 770-641-3000,

Light of Messiah Ministries 990 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Suite 4, Roswell 770-642-4706,

Temple Beth Tikvah

2030 Old Alabama Rd., Roswell 770-993-0973

St. Andrew’s Catholic Church 675 Riverside Rd., Roswell 770-641-9720

St. Benedict Catholic Church 11045 Parsons Rd., Johns Creek 770-442-5903,

St. Brigid Catholic Church 3400 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek 678-393-0060,

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church 11330 Woodstock Rd., Roswell 678-277-9424,

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church 535 Rucker Rd., Alpharetta 770-475-4501,

Alpharetta/Roswell Ward

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St. David’s Episcopal Church

Reform Judaism

North River Baptist Church


13560 Cogburn Rd., Alpharetta 770-521-0207,

Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church

11250 Crabapple Rd., Roswell 770-993-3635, 12090 Hardscrabble Rd., Roswell 770-992-7777,

St. Aidans Episcopal Church


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Lebanon Baptist Church


500 Norcross St. 770-640-7357 Spanish: 770-640-0531

9955 Coleman Rd., Roswell 770-642-0434,

Temple Kehillat Chaim-Reform 1145 Green St., Roswell 770-641-8630,

Lutheran Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church 4655 Webb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta 770-475-0640,

Cross of Life Lutheran Church ELCA Roswell 1000 Hembree Rd., Roswell 770-475-9159,

Lord of Life Lutheran Church ELCA 5390 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Alpharetta 770-740-1279,

Messiah Lutheran Church – WELS 4765 Kimball Bridge Rd., Alpharetta 770-751-9357,

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church ELCA 10250 Haynes Bridge Rd., Alpharetta 770-475-4250,

The River Church 501 S. Main St., Suite 101, Alpharetta 678-860-0971,



Alpharetta First United Methodist Church

St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church

69 North Main St., Alpharetta 770-475-5576,

11450 Houze Rd., Roswell 770-642-9727,

Birmingham United Methodist


15560 Birmingham Hwy., Alpharetta 678-942-1600,

Christ United Methodist Church 1340 Woodstock Rd., Roswell 770-993-3945,

Ebenezer United Methodist Church 12900 Hwy. 140, N., Roswell 770-640-7287,

Johns Creek United Methodist Church 11180 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek 770-497-8215,

Midway United Methodist Church 5025 Highway 9, N., Alpharetta 770-475-5230,

Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church 9820 Nesbit Ferry Rd., Johns Creek 678-336-3000,

Northbrook United Methodist Church 11225 Crabapple Rd., Roswell 770-998-2000,

Roswell United Methodist 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell 770-993-6218,

St. James United Methodist 3000 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta 678-762-1543,

Non-Denominational Fellowship Bible Church 480 W. Crossville Rd., Roswell 770-992-4956,

Good News Atlanta Church 11000 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek 770-495-0200

Journey Christian Church 11365 Crabapple Rd., Roswell 770-993-4617,

Keepin’ It Real “Lighthouse” Inc. 61 Old Canton St., Alpharetta 770-360-5601,

Kingdom Ambassadors Intl. Worship Center

Alpharetta Presbyterian 180 Academy St., Alpharetta 770-751-0033,

Canaan Korean Presbyterian Church 11320 West Rd., Roswell 770-552-5505

Grace North Atlanta Alpharetta Community Center, 175 Roswell St., Roswell 770-331-1010,

Johns Creek Presbyterian Church 10950 Bell Rd., Johns Creek 770-813-9009,

Northminster Presbyterian 2400 Old Alabama Rd., Roswell 770-998-1482,

Perimeter Church 9500 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek 678-405-2000,

Roswell Presbyterian Church 755 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell 770-993-6316,

Other Churches Abundant Life Community Church 625-A Sims Industrial Blvd., Alpharetta 678-319-9700,

Alpharetta Church of God 1460 Mid Broadwell Rd., Alpharetta 770-475-5788,

Armenian Church of Atlanta 9820 Coleman Rd., Roswell 770-641-9267,

Atlanta Chinese Christian Church North 5055 Morton Rd., Johns Creek 770-667-9593,

Baha’i Center of Alpharetta 10690 Jones Bridge Rd., Johns Creek 678-393-9500

Baha’i Faith of Roswell 800-22-UNITE

Wills Recreation Center, 11925 Wills Rd., Alpharetta 770-853-7231,

Bridge To Grace

The Lighthouse Church

2385 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell 770-587-2460,

18271 Union Hill Rd., Alpharetta 770-664-3644

C3 Church

North Point Community Church

13695 Highway 9, Alpharetta 678-696-1401,

4350 Northpoint Pkwy., Alpharetta 770-290-5600,

Calvary Chapel

Spirit of God Christian Church

200 James Rd., Alpharetta 770-442-8167,

11940 Alpharetta Hwy., Alpharetta 770-777-6889,

Christian Center Church

Stonecreek Church

1870 Woodstock Rd., Roswell 770-993-2038

13540 Highway 9, N., Alpharetta 770-754-7900,

Church of Christ-Northside

Church of Christ-Roswell 11670 King Rd., Roswell 770-992-2097,

Community of Christ 3315 Francis Rd., Alpharetta 770-521-1112,

Crabapple Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses 910 Mayfield Rd., Alpharetta 678-339-0349

First Church of Christ, Scientist 10920 Houze Rd., Roswell 770-998-9977,

The Hanuman Mandir 390 Cumming St., Suite 1, Alpharetta 770-475-7701,

Holy Trinity Christian Church 3655 Preston Ridge Road, Alpharetta 404-368-9790,

Inner Quest 12830 New Providence Rd., Alpharetta 770-521-2875,

Islamic Center of North Fulton 1265 Rucker Rd., Alpharetta 678-297-0019,

Jehovah’s Witnesses 9400 Brumbelow Rd., Alpharetta 770-594-9400

Lighthouse Church 75 Crowe Road, Alpharetta 770-664-3644

Morning Star Chapel 2780 Bethany Bend, Alpharetta 678-319-0041,

Reach One Church Meets at Mill Springs Academy 13660 New Providence Rd., Alpharetta 770-609-7941,

Restoration Church of God 410 Rucker Rd., Alpharetta 770-751-9697,

Roswell Alliance Church 1100 Allenbrook Lane, Roswell 770-643-0180

Roswell Assembly of God 11440 Crabapple Rd., Roswell 770-993-6586,

Roswell Community Church Meets at Hembree Springs Elementary 815 Hembree Rd., Roswell 678-677-4840,

St. Peter’s Place Anglican Church 362 South Atlanta St., Roswell 678-352-1224,

UU Metro Atlanta North 11420 Crabapple Rd., Roswell 770-992-3949,

World Harvest Church 320 Hardscrabble Rd., Roswell 770-643-9223,

10920 Woodstock Rd., Roswell 770-993-3512,





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