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Hait & Kuhn: North Metro Litigators


That Sounds Horrific! The Making of Horror Movie Sound Effects


Fun Fall Crafts Using Recycled Items


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Publisher’s Perspective

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski EDITORIAL Julie Senger ART Candice Williams

~ Robert Burns

Laurie Litke SALES Janet Ponichtera

Of course, I am certainly not suggesting that any of us just stop planning things. Personally, as someone who basically needs to plan to make plans, those who don’t can be frustrating to deal with to say the least. As a photographer, I’ve dealt with brides that plan things to happen literally minute-by-minute, and I’ve watched at the same pace as the day transpired into happiness, joy and laughter. Take comfort in knowing that YOUR plan may indeed not be THE plan. Stay fleet of foot; accept the opportunity to adapt with a smile on your face; and enjoy this crazy adventure we call life.

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The origin of what became presently known as Murphy’s Law was long before calendars, Palm Pilots and iPhones, or for that matter, wristwatches and the human language. Edward Murphy, a brash, outspoken and often arrogant engineer who worked with the Air Force while testing the effects of g-forces on the body in the 1950s, seems to be the namesake for the term which was coined. The initial tests using his measurement device showed “zero.” It was then discovered the sensors were installed backwards by his assistant, to which Murphy stated, “If that guy has any way of making a mistake, he will,” which was then revised through other team members and made it to the project manager. The project manager stated it during a press conference to convey that the success of the project without loss of life was due to their planning, redundancy and knowledge of Murphy’s Law, iterating that, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”



his saying, the modern adaptation of a line from Robert Burns poetic work, “To a Mouse,” has been a source of comfort to me over the past couple dozen years. To some, that all too prophetic verse may strike fear and rattle nerves, stating that no matter how much preparation, thought and genius is poured into a plan, something just might come along and smash the script. Now, to think about that, Burns was a Scotsman in the late eighteenth century, and even in that day without all the structure, networks and technology — plenty could go wrong.



CONTRIBUTING WRITERS State Senator John Albers, State Senator Brandon Beach, Paul Bodrogi, Cyndi Braun, Michael Buckner, Kim Chastain, Michael Consoli, Jyl Craven, Lisa Ethridge, Micah Fowler, Annell Gerson, Kevin Head, Patrick Kindregan, Amanda Kossick, Joe Lockwood, Robbie Matiak, Vishant Nath, Christy Noll, Debra Robinson, Thomas Smith, Mark Tolbert, Tina Woods, Perry Wright

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Calendar OCTOBER


pARTy Around Roswell — Join Roswell Arts Fund for a gala event to celebrate the artists and sculptures of ArtAround Roswell. 7:00-10:00pm, Roswell River Landing, 245 Azalea Drive, Roswell. 770-817-6674.

Ongoing Alpharetta Farmers Market — Each Saturday morning through October, shop local at the Alpharetta Farmers Market, featuring food vendors including produce, grass-fed meats, cheese, baked goods and more. 8:30am, 21 Milton Avenue, Alpharetta. Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market — Each Saturday through October, shop local at the Roswell Farmers Market, featuring local artists and locally grown produce as well as other locally produced food items. 8:00am12:00pm, City Hall, 38 Hill Street, Roswell. 404-492-9938. RoswellFam. com Alpharetta Food Truck Alley — This weekly gathering (each Thursday through October 19th) will have a variety of rotating food trucks, music and fun children’s activities. 5:009:00pm, parking available at 37 Old Roswell Street, Milton Center on Milton Avenue and 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta. 678-297-6000.


Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival — Nationally recognized singer-songwriters will gather together to perform their original songs, giving music lovers a behind-thescenes look at the stories that inspired country, rock, blues, Americana and bluegrass songs. 7:00-10:00pm, Milton Avenue, downtown Alpharetta. 404-377900.


Beyond My Stone — Listen to costumed performers tell their stories of their life and times in Roswell while standing at their monument. 5:00pm, Old Roswell Cemetery, Woodstock and Alpharetta Street, Roswell. 770-992-1665.


Crabapple Fest — This arts festival features over 100 juried, local antique and art vendors, kids’ activities, local musicians, food and more. 10:00am5:00pm, 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton. 678-242-2533.


Roswell Riverside Sounds Concert, featuring Southern Avenue — Food trucks will be at each concert beginning at 6:00pm. Guests are invited to bring their own picnic baskets and chairs. 7:00-9:00pm, Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 770-640-3253.


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Viking Encampment — Viking crafts will be demonstrated; camp life will be explained, and Viking tents will be on display. 10:00am-5:00pm, 60 Marietta Highway, Roswell. 770-640-3855.


Atlanta Warbird Weekend — See World War II era aircraft; meet veterans, and watch reenactments. FREE event, parking is $15. 9:00am-4:00pm, 2000 Airport Road, Atlanta. 404-913-2635.


Pee-Wee Naturalist Fall Series — Hike outdoors; make crafts; create new friend, and have an up-close experience with one of Chattahoochee Nature

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Center’s rehabilitated animals. 9:4511:00am, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055.


“Making Healthy Transitions” Support Group for Women — A support group for women navigating through changes in parenting, relationships, and balancing work and households. 10:00-11:30am, Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek. 770-360-8820.

Street, Suite 200, Roswell. 770-650-7558.


Georgia Mountain Fall Festival — This 9-day event features exciting musical performances, arts and craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention. Times vary, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. 706-896-4191.

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The Creative Mill Art Exposition — This art show will display pieces ranging from paintings, photography, drawings, pottery, turned wood pieces, and other creations by over fifty staff members and local artists. 5:00-9:00pm, Randall-Paulson Architects, 85-A Mill

67th Annual Frances McGahee Youth Day Parade — Before the parade, the 19th Annual Historic Roswell 5k Road Race will begin. After the parade, the celebration continues with the Youth Day Festival. 9:45am, Mimosa Boulevard, Canton Street and Woodstock Road, Roswell. 770-641-3705.


century American composers. 7:009:00pm, Lassiter Concert Hall, 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta. 770-8176674.


Fall Farm Day — Features artisan exhibits and demonstrations of life on a 19th century farm. 11:00am3:00pm, Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta Street, Roswell. 770-641-3978.

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Bizarre Bazaar — This event features high-quality, distinctive, handmade, original products. Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday 11:00am3:00pm, 9100 Fouts Road, Roswell. PDF/BazaarApp-Information-2017.pdf

Made in America — Hear some fantastic works by twentieth

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Chalktoberfest — Enjoy your afternoon sampling craft beers, live music from local artists, watching professional artists chalk the streets and eating great food in beautiful Marietta. 11:00am-3:00pm, Marietta Square, 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta. 770-528-1444.


Order of St. George Polo Match — This year’s fundraiser event will feature an exciting polo match, music, Ladies’ Hat Contest, silent auction and more. Former Governor Roy Barnes has been invited to open the Polo Match. Funds raised from this event will support direct work with returning and disabled veterans as well as other international humanitarian aid efforts. 1:00-5:00pm, Chukkar Farm Polo Club and Event Facility, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 678-899-0509.

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Harvest on the ‘Hooch Taste Fest — Enjoy tastings of local restaurants and caterers; sample local craft beers and wine; listen to bluegrass music, and more. 1:00-4:00pm, Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. continued on


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23rd Annual enAble of Georgia Golf & Tennis Tournament — You can purchase your sponsorship and player spots online, donate an item for the auction or raffle, and donate a gift card or promotional item to the players’ goody bags. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the individuals who enAble of Georgia serves. 9:30am, White Columns Country Club, 300 Clubhouse Drive, Alpharetta. 770-540-3136.


Alive in Roswell — This is the best street party in metro Atlanta. Free trolley service connects the two venues (Canton Street and Town Square). The festival features live bands, food trucks, kids games, face paintings, balloons and participation from the many boutiques, small businesses, civic groups and restaurants. 5:00-9:00pm, downtown Roswell,


2nd Annual STAR House Big Hat Bingo — Enjoy lunch, bingo, shopping and fun at this event, benefiting STAR House Foundation. STAR House is a non-profit organization that provides educational afterschool programs and summer camp to at-risk youth in North Fulton County. 11:00am, Roswell Historic Cottage, 972 Alpharetta Street, Roswell. 678-384-4550.

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Live Music on the Lawn at Crazy Love Coffeehouse — Enjoy live music performed by local artists. Bring blankets and/or chairs to enjoy the festivities on the front lawn. 7:30-9:30pm, Crazy Love Coffeehouse, 1088 Canton Street, Roswell. 770-545-8228. CrazyLove. coffee


Milton Night Out Public Safety Event — This will be an afternoon of family fun, hotdogs and hamburgers! Explore a fire engine & police car, meet your firefighters and police officers, and have fun in the bounce house. 4:00-7:00pm, Fry’s Electronics, 3065 Webb Road, Milton. 678-242-2500,

20, 21, 27, 28 Halloween Hikes — Take your child on a well-lit hike through the forest to meet woodland creatures, and hear about their lives. 7:00-10:00pm, Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055.


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The Michael O’Neal Singers (MOS) Present Brahms’ “Requiem” — Composed of an auditioned 155-voice symphonic chorus and an ensemble of forty voices, MOS provides a unique opportunity to the north metropolitan Atlanta community to experience choral presentations of artistic excellence and programmatic variety. 3:00pm. Roswell UMC. 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. 770-594-7974.


3rd Annual Trunk-or-Treat — Enjoy a night out with your little ones, hosted by the Johns Creek Police Department. 6:00-8:00pm, Johns Creek Police Department, 11445 Johns Creek Parkway, Johns Creek. 678-474-1600.


MorningSIDE — This shrewd and very funny new comedy takes us to a sunny spring afternoon in the Morningside neighborhood of Atlanta where different generations are thrown together to battle it out. 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 770-641-1260.


Michael Flohr Artist Show — Vinings Gallery welcomes Michael Flohr for his annual fall artist show, featuring his impressionistic style and fascination with atmosphere. Friday and Saturday 6:00-9:00pm, Sunday 1:00-4:00pm. Vinings Gallery in historic Roswell. 10 Elizabeth Way, Roswell. 770299-1122.


Carvin’ in Crabapple — Bring your own pumpkin, and use the supplied carving kits and painting supplies to create spooky or silly jack o’ lanterns for Halloween. 2:00-5:00pm, 12615 Broadwell Road, Milton. 678-242-2533.



DEA Drug Take-Back — Safely dispose of expired, unused or unwanted medications at this event, hosted by the Milton Police Department. 10:00am-2:00pm, Target, 13055 Highway 9, Milton. 678-2422570.


Home by Dark Concert, Cindy Morgan and Kim Parent — A concert experience like no other. Home by Dark brings original music, storytelling, hope, laughter, and evidence that “A Song Can Change Your Life.” 8:00pm, Roswell Historic Cottage, 972 Alpharetta Street, Roswell.


The Elegant Elf Marketplace — This festive, upscale gift market features more than 85 carefully selected local and regional artists, craftsmen, gourmet food purveyors and unique gift vendors. Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm. Lake Forest Elementary School, 5920 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. 404-933-7806.


The Beauty of Hand Blown Glass — Expert glass blowers demonstrate the art of glass blowing in their mobile studio. 11:00am3:00pm, Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 770817-6674.

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Wednesdays, 4:30pm, Roswell Adopt a Marimo; make zombie dolls, or just come and be weird with Austin and some of your friends at the library every Wednesday leading up to Halloween. This is for ages 10+.

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October 7, 2:30pm, East Roswell Create a fall-themed Georgia O’Keefe canvas project while enjoying coffee and delicious desserts. Out of the Box Art Studio will present this class. Reservations are required, adults only. HOW TO REDUCE NERVE PAIN AND NEUROPATHY

October 11, 1:00pm, Roswell First Step Physical Therapy will explore common nerve injuries including carpel tunnel, sciatica, and “funny bone” that result in nerve pain. There will also be a discussion on how to prevent those injuries and what exercises can help. This is for adults only.


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October 17, 4:30pm, Northeast/Spruill Oaks These classes will cover new topics in STEM each month. October’s topic is disease detectives. Registration is required. This is for ages 8-11.

October 26, 6:00-7:00pm, Ocee A topical crash course featuring AFPLS databases with Adult Services Librarian, Mr. Ryland Johnson. “Information Self-Defense – How to Spot Fake News & Conduct Research Online,” learn simple techniques to evaluate the quality of online information. Adults and students of all experience levels are welcome. First-come, first-served. Laptop users are welcome, adults only, ages 17+.


October 1-13, Library Hours, Milton The Milton Library is partnering with the Atlanta History Center to host the traveling history trunk on the Vietnam War. With this trunk, learn about key events in Vietnam as well as what soldiers wore and did to survive. Key objects include uniforms, American rations, and historical photographs and magazines.


115 Norcross Street, Roswell, 770-640-3075


October 21, 1:00pm, Milton When should I start taking my social security? Am I entitled to my ex-spouse’s social security? What are the tax consequences if I work and take social security? Join Debbie Dorman as she leads you in answering these questions and more. RSVP to This is for ages 55+. FOUNDATION CENTER’S FUNDRAISING WORKSHOP SERIES

October 23 & 30, 6:00pm, Alpharetta Help turn your dream of being your own boss into a reality! All adults are welcome. To register, please email Michael.


October 28, 2:00-5:00pm, Ocee Come for a fun afternoon featuring a movie starting at 3:00pm, games and apple fun. BAT-TASTIC HALLOWEEN FUN!

October 31, 3:30-5:30pm, East Roswell Enjoy a bat-tastic story; meet Bat Lady and Robin, and trick or treat at the library on Halloween. The schedule is as follows: Storytime at 3:30pm, Bat Lady and Robin at 4:00pm, teen costume party at 4:00pm, trick-or-treating in the library at 5:00pm.


October 12, 6:00pm, Alpharetta Do you have some gently used books that you’d like to swap out for other titles? Come by the Teen Room, and swap books with other teens. This is for ages 13-18. No registration is necessary. LOCAL AUTHOR NICOLE CASTROMAN

October 14, 2:00pm, Northeast/Spruill Oaks Come meet local author Nicole Castroman. She will discuss her novel Blackhearts, a historical fiction adventure set in 17th century England about the early life of the notorious pirate, Blackbeard. Read the book, and come join the discussion! Registration is required. This is for ages 12+.


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Senator Speaks

Tax Exemption Study —

By Senator John Albers

The Three Bucket System


uring the 2017 Legislative Session, I sponsored Senate Resolution 222, which created the Senate Special Tax Exemption Study Committee. I was appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to serve as chairman of the six member committee. Members of the study committee are working hard with the Department of Revenue, Senate Research, Pew Charitable Trusts and others to examine the costs, benefits and purpose of all current state tax exemptions. The study committee is responsible for submitting a report of findings and recommendations, including proposed legislation, by December 1, 2017. The committee is holding meetings throughout the state to properly and thoroughly give stakeholders, citizens and any interested parties opportunities to attend the meetings and provide input. It is our goal to ensure that each exemption has the potential for a return on investment (ROI). We will work hard to address any outdated exemptions that may hurt businesses while ensuring that exemptions that benefit Georgia’s economy and businesses, big and small, are properly utilized and promoted. At the first meeting, Pew Charitable Trusts gave a presentation on how states are improving tax incentives for jobs and economic growth by providing tax exemptions. Some of their reasons for evaluating tax incentives are that, “tax incentives are one of states’ primary economic development tools;” while at the same time, “Tax incentives collectively cost states billions of dollars per year.” It is the goal of the committee to find the proper balance between tax exemptions that drive economic growth and those that end up costing money. We plan to break up the current exemptions into a three-bucket system. First, we will review the exemptions that are working as true tax incentives and could possibly be expanded. As an example, the film, television and digital entertainment tax exemption is working exactly as intended, if not even better. This past July, Governor Nathan Deal announced that, “Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of $9.5 billion during FY 2017. The 320 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.7 billion in direct spending in the state.” This tax exemption shows what can happen when you invest a nickel to earn or save $100. Second, we will address tax exemptions that are performing as intended but their true economic impact is unknown. We will measure their performance to ensure they are promoting economic growth, job creation and a true ROI. Lastly, we will analyze tax exemptions that are not working as intended and are not providing a value to our state’s economy. The committee will discuss whether it would make sense to sunset some of those. The work of this study committee is the first step for an effective evaluation of the numerous tax exemptions that are currently in place in Georgia. We must do all we can to ensure that we spend each and every tax dollar as wisely as we can. L

Senator John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton County. 404-463-8055.,


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Johns Creek Police Officer Wins 2017 World Police & Fire Games An officer with the Johns Creek Police Department recently showed off his muscles and athleticism by winning first place in his age bracket in the 2017 World Police and Fire Games. Sergeant Ronnie Young travelled to the Los Angeles Convention Center to compete in the Crossfit division with police and firefighters who hailed from 65 countries worldwide! Only the top ten in each discipline were invited to compete. Sgt. Young stated that the experience was, “absolutely amazing! To be able to compete at this level with people who put their lives on the line for others every day was an honor I cannot put into words.”

Community Northview Teacher Gets Back to School and Back in Shape All it took was one look at the photo of herself holding her Teacher of the Year Award to convince 37-year-old Jordan Kohanim she needed to make a change. Exhausted from working two jobs as a teacher and debate coach at Northview High School, most nights, Jordan would find herself crashing on the couch buzzing with stress. Mortified with how unhealthy she looked, Jordan turned to her father for advice. Jordan’s father told her about the fifteen-minute rule: “Go to the gym, and work out for fifteen minutes. If you still feel like not working out, go home. You’re not allowed to beat yourself up about it. You tried; you weren’t feeling it; try again tomorrow.” So, Jordan tried out the fifteen-minute rule. Soon, her workouts went from once or twice a week to five days a week. Nowadays, Jordan works out six days a week, greeting her workout buddies, who she affectionately calls the “Dawn Patrol”, as the doors open at Onelife Fitness every morning. Eighteen months later, thanks to her newfound love of fitness, Jordan got her life back, lost 65 pounds, and now has more energy and time for her students and loved ones.

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Community City & Nonprofits Awarded AmeriCorps Grant Governor Nathan Deal recently announced the award of a $74,146 AmeriCorps planning grant to the City of Roswell and nonprofit partners, the STAR House Foundation and the YMCA. The grant will support the organizations’ efforts to provide more than 500 children in eight Title-I Roswell schools with after-school programs that focus on academic success, physical fitness, and life-skill and character development. “This grant is really impactful because it’s opening up an enormous amount of possibility for us to serve families who maybe didn’t have access to educational support like this before,” said Monica Oliveira, executive director of STAR House Foundation, a Roswell-based, year-round nonprofit that offers educational after-school and summer enrichment programming to at-risk children. “The grant enables us to provide enhancements to our programs, providing students with additional learning supplies and resources as well as incorporating strengthened evaluation tools to measure student progress.” Scott Doll, executive director of the Ed Isakson YMCA, stated, “Many of these schools that we serve have populations that are less advantaged and have less opportunity than others in our community, and the AmeriCorps grant offers us an unprecedented opportunity to invest more than we’ve been able to traditionally.”

Sen. John Albers Presented Legislator of the Year Award by the Georgia Firefighters and Fire Chiefs Associations Sen. John Albers recently received a Legislator of the Year Award from the Georgia State Firefighters Association and the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs for his work during the 2017 Legislative Session. “Georgia’s firefighters risk their lives daily to protect our citizens, their lives and property,” said Sen. Albers. “It is only fitting that we continue to advocate for their rights and access to quality benefits.” “As President of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, it was my pleasure to honor Sen. Albers with this award. Sen. Albers is not only a longtime supporter and champion of the Georgia Fire Service, he is also a brother firefighter,” said Dwayne Jamison, president of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs and

Congratulations to our September “7 Differences” winner, Inaya Iqbal! 14

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Donna Lowry Joins Fulton County Schools as Communications Chief

deputy chief of Bartow County Fire Rescue. The award was presented to Sen. Albers, along with Rep. Micah Gravely for their work on passing HB 146 and their support of other policy initiatives aimed at helping firefighters around the state. Under HB 146, fire departments will provide expanded insurance coverage for firefighters who are diagnosed with certain cancers. This legislation requires every fire department to insure each firefighter for cancer diagnosed after having served twelve consecutive months with the department.

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Awarding-winning journalist Donna Lowry is joining the district as chief communications officer. Lowry worked as a reporter with WXIA-TV/11Alive for thirty years until her retirement last April. In that role, she was one of metro Atlanta’s most recognizable faces and voices with her popular “Class Act” and “Class Notes” education segments. As the kids and schools reporter, Lowry shined a spotlight on metro Atlanta schools and told the positive, personal stories that involve students and teachers. “Education storytelling is my passion, and my work as an education reporter allowed me opportunities to showcase the innovative, creative, and exceptional things occurring every day inside schools,” Lowry said. “But, my work as a school district communications director gives me so much more reach to change the way the public views education and the way parents can be involved in their child’s school life. I am delighted to join Fulton County Schools as its chief communications officer and look forward to serving the district’s students, staff, parents and community.”



Community ‘Fashion Speaks on the Creek’ Featured Models with Special Needs The 2nd Annual Fashion Speaks on the Creek special needs fashion show, presented by Jonny and Xena’s Spread the Words Foundation and the Johns Creek Civitan Club, was recently held at Johns Creek High School. Male and female models with special needs walked the runway with members of the Johns Creek Police Department. The event’s Star Wars theme, “The Force Awakens,” paired the exceptional with Johns Creek’s Finest and Star Wars heroes and villains. In addition to the fashion show, there was a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Local television news anchor, Karyn Greer, served as the event’s emcee. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness and funding for the special needs community. The Jonny and Xena’s Spread the Words Foundation is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit benefiting animal rescue and autism awareness. The president of the Foundation, Linda Hickey, and Xena, her rescue dog, meet with civic organizations within the community to further educate, spread autism awareness, and lend support to local families. For more information about the Jonny and Xena’s Spread the Words Foundation, visit, or call 770-851-1266.

Milton/Alpharetta Family Win Awards at National Horse Show The Arabian Horse Association’s 2017 Sport Horse National Arabian and Half Arabian Championship Horse Show was recently held in Raleigh, NC. Local horse farm owners and trainers, the Gilker family, owners of JAG Arabian Sport Horses, came home with four National Championship wins and fifteen National Top Ten wins with three horses: JAG Kalico Kid+/ (17-yearold half Arabian gelding), Conkar+/ (15-year-old Arabian gelding) and CBS Good to Go+ (16-year-old half Arabian gelding). The divisions included Training, First, and Second Level Dressage, Hunters (Hunter Over Fences/Working Hunter 2’6” & 2’9”/Hunter Hack 2’3”), and Sport Horse Under Saddle. Approximately 482 horses showed at the competition, and there were approximately 2,062 entries. For more information about this competition, visit


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SOARD Delivers Fun Play Therapy Room Makeovers to Summit Counseling Center Sunshine on a Ranney Day (SOARD) recently unveiled its makeover projects for the Summit Counseling Center. “We love working with other organizations who focus on helping give hope and healing to children,” said Holly Ranney, executive director of SOARD. “This project will help the Summit expand their capacity to help children in our community to receive counseling services.” “This expansion project will give Summit the capacity to serve over 600 children in our community through 5,000+ hours of play therapy each year,” said David M. Smith, executive director of the Summit. Children’s Mental Health by the Numbers • 1 in 5 children (17.1M) in the U.S. have a mental health disorder. • 50% of disorders begin before age 14. • If left untreated, these mental health disorders may have a marked effect on students’ ability to learn and function in the school environment. • 75% of social phobia manifests by age 15. • 75% of separation anxiety disorder manifests by age 10. • 75% of oppositional defiant disorder manifests by age 14. • 75% of ADHD manifests by age 8. Sunshine on a Ranney Day (SOARD) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit approved organization based in Atlanta, Georgia that was founded in 2012 by Peter and Holly Ranney. The vision of Sunshine on a Ranney Day is to renovate spaces for children with special needs and restore hope for families.

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Literary Festival Save the Date!

November 11 is Veteran’s Day and the 3rd Annual Milton Literary Festival. The Festival will host 46+ national and local authors participating in panels, workshops and a few “out-of-the-box” literary experiences.

In gratitude to veterans, the day will begin with a complimentary breakfast in their honor. Brigadier General Tony Tata will speak to veterans as both a fellow soldier and author of eight military thrillers. At 10:00am, Decatur author Brett Witter kicks off the Festival as keynote speaker. He’s the author of eight New York Times bestselling books. His most recent books include Stronger, the incredible story of Jeff Bauman who lost his legs in 2013 at the Boston Marathon bombings, and Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey, the story of a gritty southern woman and what she did to help her children, which included becoming the first female legal moonshiner in the history of the south. In all his works, Witter is a masterful weaver. Entrusted to him are threads of stories — remembrances, shoe boxes of notes, yellowed pictures long forgotten — shared by folks with a powerful story to tell but who aren’t quite sure how to tell it. So, Witter takes these items and weaves powerful tributes, tenderly scribed and critically acclaimed. While enjoying lunch, attendees will hear from Atlanta’s Mary Kay Andrews, as she shares her adventures in writing The Beach House Cookbook. This beautifully photographed book is packed with pictures of both delicious and easy-to-make dishes paired with touching Andrews family moments. For more information and a full list of authors and activities, visit

Annell Gerson is co-owner of Bookmiser bookstore, with locations in Roswell and East Cobb. 770-993-1555.

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What Should You Believe? By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. [HealthyLife] It seems you can find reviews for every experience online these days. We can very quickly and easily share information regarding what has happened to us on any given day. With so many reviews out there, it can be difficult to know what to believe. This is true for dental office reviews as well. Consider the following tips if you are using reviews to narrow your search for a new dentist. Before considering any online reviews, do some research yourself. This can include


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visiting the office’s website, or visiting the office itself. Reviews can be helpful, but there is something to say for seeing things firsthand. You can get a feel for the energy of the office, as well as observe the interactions between patients and staff. You can also take a tour of the office, which can be especially helpful if your child is preparing for their first dental visit.

If you decide to use online reviews to further narrow your search, here are some things to think about: - Most of the happy and content patients do not take the time to place online reviews. Think of your own experiences. How likely are you to go online and make a review when you have a satisfying experience with a business? - Reviews are always a one-sided account of an experience. There are certain

review sites that will allow a business to respond to a review, but for dental and medical offices, oftentimes, HIPAA (patient privacy) constraints do not allow for a thorough response to a patient’s comments and complaints. - If a patient has a poor experience (due to any number of reasons), it will usually taint their overall impression of the office. In general, experiences in life can be very personal and specific. Even if a dental office has a few poor reviews, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t hundreds (or more) patients who are satisfied with the office. Just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t fully judge any business solely based on online reviews.

Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Canton/Alpharetta/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. 678-352-1090.

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to an end. If we can focus on serving others, and serving them well, everything else will fall into place.

– s s e n i s u B n i 15 Years ed!

Learn e ’v e W n o s s e L al The Greatk e• sPhtoto courtesy of Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festiv By Robbie Matia

[HomeLife] R & D Mechanical Services

to reflect on the ways we have developed as an organization.

is a family owned and operated HVAC contractor located in Canton. We partner with businesses and homeowners to provide heating and cooling services with integrity. We have just recently celebrated our 15th anniversary in business, and recognize the importance of taking time

While we have learned many useful lessons over the years, if we had to narrow it down to the greatest lesson our organization has experienced, it is this: It’s all about serving people. At the end of the day, heating and cooling is just a means

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To do this, we infuse service and integrity into everything we do. We believe getting involved in the community is of utmost importance, and we strive to make that a priority. On October 27 and 28, at the Owl-OWeen Hot Air Balloon Festival at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University, we will be giving away a FREE HVAC system to a family in need. This is just one of the many ways we try to go above and beyond to serve others and serve them well. If you are interested in learning more about how we serve others and ways that you can partner with us, come out and see us at the Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Robbie Matiak is a project coordinator at R & D Mechanical Services, Inc. 770-917-1795.



Tater Tot Waffle Ingredients

• 1 lb. tater tots, thawed • 2 eggs • 3 oz andouille red eye gravy • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce • ¼ cup scallions, sliced • Kosher salt to taste

Andouille Red Eye Grav y Ingredients

with Andouille Red Eye Gravy

• 1 cup yellow onion, diced small • ½ cup celery, diced small • 1.5 lbs. andouille sausage, diced small • ¼ lb. hot sausage patties • 2 oz. unsalted butter • 3 oz. all-purpose flour, sifted • ½ cup coffee • ¼ cup white wine • 1 cup half & half • 2 cups chicken stock • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced • 1 bay leaf • 2 sprigs fresh thyme • ¼ teaspoon celery seed • Salt and pepper to taste

Andouille Red Eye Grav y Procedure

- In a small, wide pot, render the sausage patties, remove and reserve them. - Brown the andouille sausage, remove and reserve them as well. - Add the onion and celery, and sweat until translucent. - Add the garlic, thyme, bay leaf and celery seed. - Return both sausages to the pot, crumbling the sausage patties, and add butter. - When the butter is melted, whisk in the all- purpose flour, and cook for 5 minutes to form a roux. - When the roux is cooked, whisk in the white wine and coffee. Allow the sauce to thicken, and then add the chicken stock. - Allow this mixture to thicken, and then add half & half. - When the sauce reaches a simmer, remove it from the stove. - Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs, and season with salt and pepper.

Tater Tot Waffle Procedure

- Preheat a Belgian waffle iron to its highest setting. - Add most of the thawed tater tots to the iron, and press down to form a waffle. - Insert the remaining tots to fill any holes in the waffle, and cook for 8-10 minutes. - Remove the waffles, and flash fry them in a 350-degree deep fryer for 2-3 minutes until slightly crispy on the outside. - Season with kosher salt. - In a small, nonstick pan, fry both eggs sunny side up, and allow them to rest for 2 minutes. - Place the eggs on top of the waffles, and ladle about 3 ounces of andouille red eye gravy over them. - Drizzle the plate with sriracha, and garnish with the scallions.


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Do I REALLY Need a Flu Shot? By Dr. Patrick Kindregan

[HealthyLife] As fall approaches, many physicians are asked the same question every year: “So, do I really need a flu shot?” Here are some facts about the flu, so you can decide for yourself.

Flu by the Numbers According to the CDC, during the 20142015 flu season, there were over 67,000 hospitalizations, 1.9 million influenzaassociated illnesses, and over 966,000 medical office visits prevented by the influenza vaccine.

What Does the CDC Recommend? If you are six months or older, the CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine by the end of October. Additionally, prompt, antiviral drug treatment is imperative for people who are very sick or people who are sick and at a high risk for flu complications. The flu can lead to more dangerous secondary infections such as

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bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and ear and sinus infections. Therefore, if you have symptoms of the flu, visit your doctor for evaluation.

What are the Symptoms of Influenza (flu)? • Fever or feeling feverish/chills • Cough • Sore throat • Runny or stuffy nose • Muscle or body aches • Headaches • Fatigue (tiredness)

How Can I Avoid the Flu? Most researchers believe the flu is spread by droplets released via sneezing, coughing and talking. The best defense during flu season is to wash your hands regularly. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible. Stay away from anyone who has the flu. Lastly,

if you or a family member have the flu, stay home! Usually, flu symptoms present within a 1-4-day period after exposure. Infected persons can be contagious from one day before symptoms to 5-7 days afterward.

Dr. Patrick Kindregan is a physician at Morrow Family Medicine. 12970 GA-9, Milton. 770-791-8004.



A Mediterranean Odyssey By Michael Consoli

[Lifestyle] Looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Does a thirteen-day journey through the beautiful Mediterranean sound like the perfect vacation? Well then, the Viking Ocean Cruises Mediterranean Odyssey is your ticket to a vacation that your friends will be jealous of for years to come. Viking Ocean Cruises’ award-winning cruise ships always provide maximum comfort. Onboard amenities include multiple dining venues, 24-hour room service, which includes beer and wine with lunch and dinner. The tour also includes an excursion in every port and airport transfers with the Viking Air program. On the Mediterranean Odyssey, you will set sail on a thirteen-day journey with stops in ten ports through the storied ages that take you from sunny Barcelona to the south of France and Tuscany, and on to eternal Rome and the magic

waterways of France. Each cruise also features a Viking Resident Historian with guest lectures, destination performances, TED Talks and much more.

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With all of these stops, it’s important to remember Viking’s award-winning ships are engineered at a size that allows direct access into most ports, so guests have easy and efficient embarkation and disembarkation. Each ship boasts a private veranda in every stateroom, a choice of restaurants offering a variety of fine dining options, the most al fresco dining at sea, open-air walking track and sports deck, 24-hour guest services and carefully curated book collections throughout the ship and more –– all designed in understated elegance. In addition, Viking includes all the following amenities: • One included shore excursion in every port of call

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Ship-wide Wi-Fi Access to a top-rated spa Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard meals Other included beverages such as specialty coffees, teas and bottled water Port taxes and fees 24-hour room service and alternate restaurant dining Airport transfers with purchase of Viking Air Self-service laundry

And if all of this is not enough, Viking also offers pre- and post-cruise extensions. More days means more to discover with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking Ocean Cruise. Maximize the value of your overseas flight, and enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities. These are just a few of the wonderful things in store while on your Mediterranean Odyssey. Prices for this unbelievable cruise start at just $3,899. L

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


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to Take Control of Homework By Mark Tolbert

[AcademicLife] School can be overwhelming when you’re trying to maintain good grades, participate in extracurricular activities and balance family time. Smartphones and social media can also be very distractive. With so much going on, it can be very difficult to stay focused, but it’s not impossible. Here are five steps to take control of homework time.

Make a Schedule: Juggling baseball practice, homework and school assignments can be stressful. When you’re working on one assignment, it’s easy to forget about another. Take

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control of your life with a schedule. Every Sunday, plan the upcoming week. Each day must include specific times for all activities: dinner, studying and extracurricular activities. Don’t forget to include something fun at the end of the night to reward your hard work. Update the schedule every night to stay current.

Turn Off Your Phone: Phones can be extremely distracting. Avoid temptation, and turn your phone off.

Beat Procrastination: Defeat procrastination by breaking a large project into small pieces. It’s easier to motivate yourself to tackle smaller tasks rather than huge ones. Take a five-minute break for every thirty minutes of studying. Studies show that taking breaks can help you retain information, and increase productivity.

Clear Your Desk: Is your desk covered with paper? Is your computer monitor framed with layers of sticky notes? If so, it’s time to get organized. A messy workspace can

keep you from getting your work done. Go through your desk, and keep only the essentials. A clean workspace can help reduce anxiety and make room for motivation.

Reward Yourself: A little motivation can go a long way. Setting up a reward system is a good way to motivate yourself to do something. For example, if you finish an essay without any distractions, give yourself a reward like watching a TV show or taking a nap. We all get overwhelmed with work, but don’t let distractions keep you from accomplishing your goals. By following these five steps, you can improve your productivity in no time.

Mark Tolbert is executive director of Huntington Learning Center in Alpharetta. 678-240-9221. Alpharetta.



Mayor’s Minute

Looking Ahead

While Celebrating Milton’s Accomplishments By Mayor Joe Lockwood


nlike some of the newer Georgia cities, the City of Milton provides a full suite of City services that includes public safety (fire and police), parks and recreation, community development and public works. Maximizing your tax dollars to provide those services in the most efficient manner is a top priority for your elected officials and City staff. It’s important that we reflect on the activities and initiatives over the last year. Our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan is there to guide our ongoing City efforts, and City staff will evaluate and report on a calendar year those strategic accomplishments, but it’s equally important to reflect on our more short-term accomplishments:

These are but a few highlights from the last twelve months. This list doesn’t even begin to touch on the many other efforts that have either recently been completed or launched such as the Crabapple Placemaking Plan, the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the Master Trail Plan update, the Unified Development Code Project, and a number of paving projects that recently began.

I hope that as you consider the list of accomplishments, you are reassured by how your tax dollars are spent, and you take pride in knowing that your elected officials and City staff are hard at work for you. The City of Milton and all its accomplishments wouldn’t be possible without the support from and engagement of our citizens. L

Joe Lockwood is the mayor of the city

of Milton. 678-242-2484. We were awarded the second safest city in Georgia by Safewise (and we’re currently on We track to take over the We passed created the number one slot in many ordinance Milton Cultural Arts 2018). changes designed to Committee to encourage We passed a $25 create a more business local exploration, generic million Greenspace Bond friendly environment civic pride, support local Referendum; secured AAA for our local artists and increase We procured bond rating from two separate businesses. Milton tourism. and initiated rating agencies; executed the Following the implementation efforts bond sale; and implemented the passage of Fulton for Laserfiche, a new records Greenspace Advisory Committee County TSPLOST, we management system that will not whose work is well underway with worked to ensure smooth only improve efficiency, but it assistance from experts at the implementation with Milton will also increase transparency Georgia Conservancy. business owners, began receiving through even more online revenues, and have officially kicked records access to our off planning for three separate citizens. We TSPLOST transportation recorded initiatives. record enrollment We created the We reported out-ofnumbers for all parks After being Milton Equestrian hospital cardiac arrest and recreation closed by Fulton Committee to ensure that survival rates that exceeded programs. County for more than we’re actively engaging our the national rates due to ten years, we reopened equestrian community with the investment in critical lifesaving Providence Park for use last goals of preserving, supporting fire equipment, highly trained November, and officially and stimulating their emergency personnel, and launched the master opportunities for growth. quick response times by the planning process. fire department.


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National Estate Planning Awareness Week By Debra Robinson

Every October, there is a [HomeLife] week designated as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. This annual event was adopted in 2008 to help the public understand what estate planning is and why it is so important. The goal is to bring attention to the importance of planning to protect yourself and your family in the event of sickness, accident or untimely death. It is estimated that 56% of Americans do not have an up-to-date estate plan. This failure to make and maintain an estate plan causes financial and emotional hardship to families. The right estate planning can help you preserve the assets you built over a lifetime for the benefit of the people you love. Failure to create and maintain an estate plan may cause your assets to be

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disposed of by probate and intestacy laws to people you would not want to benefit. Careful estate planning can spare your family from being subjected to complex legal and administrative processes, minimize the costs of distributing assets after death, and reduce confusion and potential disputes among family members. Creation of an estate plan starts with education on the tools available and will usually require legal documents, such as wills, trusts and powers of attorney. It also involves the safekeeping of important documents, determining the best way to hold title to assets, coordination of beneficiary designations with the overall plan, charitable giving, and decision making regarding life-sustaining measures in the event of illness.

While you are alive and competent, you are in charge of your legal and financial affairs. Without an estate plan, you give up the right to decide who would be in charge if you were in a disabling accident, or became too ill to make decisions. You also give up the right to decide who would be in charge of handling your estate and distributing your assets if you died. There are many reasons people give for delay in creating an estate plan, but people who have put a plan together often state how much they appreciate the “peace of mind� they feel once their estate is in order.

Debra Robinson is an attorney in Johns Creek. 770-817-4999,



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Gobli ns and

Saints By Kevin Head, Ph.D.

[InGoodFaith] Ghosts, goblins, and an assortment of other creatures will be invading our communities later this month, as Halloween will be here before we know it. In our culture, October 31 is an evening set aside as a fun time for children to dress up, play practical jokes, and collect pounds and pounds of candy that will fill their stomachs, cause numerous cavities, and will be


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stolen by their parents when the children are not looking. Though Americans are very familiar with this occasion, can you imagine what visitors from another culture might think of our Halloween activities? It might take a lot of explaining for such visitors to understand that this holiday has its roots in Christian history as long as 1,200 years ago. In 835, Pope Gregory IV established November 1 as a holy day for the church to remember the many martyrs who had died for the Christian faith in preceding years. This day was commemorated as All Saints Day and was established as a holy day for the Christian community. The evening before All Saints Day then became known as All Saints Eve or Halloween — the eve before the holy (“hallowed”) day. It was believed by many people that evil spirits would come out on the evening before this holy day, so young pranksters began the practice of dressing up like these evil spirits to

scare people into giving them treats. This practice developed into the contemporary cultural phenomenon we know as Halloween. In the midst of all the fun and candy that now captures the essence of Halloween, we in the church have often forgotten the true meaning of All Saints Day. This significant time gives us an opportunity to pause and remember that we have the freedom and the privilege of worship because many people willingly sacrificed their own lives, so that the Christian faith would prosper and flourish. So, this Halloween, as we enjoy all the ghosts and goblins around us, may we also pause to thank God for all the saints who have gone before us.

Dr. Kevin Head is senior pastor of First Baptist Roswell. 770-587-6980,

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f you ever wander the halls of the Fulton County Courthouse and hear the clickclack of six-inch heels, you are likely in the presence of the formidable Elizabeth “Lizz” Kuhn. Known for her love of fashionable shoes, fierce defense of clients and success rate in the courtroom, Kuhn is the type of attorney who is not afraid to go to court. Partner attorney and husband, Alexander Hait, and the rest of the team at North Metro Litigators are all fierce in courtrooms across Fulton, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Cobb and Cherokee Counties. Truth be told, few of us ever want to see an attorney, let alone go to court, until the unthinkable happens – your spouse asks for a divorce, a car accident causes life-altering injuries, or a job loss leads to financial devastation. When it’s time to call an attorney, you need an experienced litigator you can trust. “A lot of lawyers will file a case then sit around and have roundtable discussions. They mediate; the mediation is not successful, and there’s no movement in a case for five or six months, and then they mediate some more,” said Kuhn. “We don’t do that. Every case is immediately set for a hearing. We force the case to move. We take the case to mediation. If mediation fails, we have a game plan to proceed in court.” By scheduling court dates in advance, Hait and Kuhn achieve quick results for clients. Often, an upcoming court hearing leads the opposing party to be more reasonable in negotiations. With offices in Alpharetta and Woodstock, North Metro Litigators has served thousands of clients since 2000. Hait and Kuhn are Milton residents, and the firm also includes two associate lawyers, five paralegals, four legal assistants, and two canines who provide moral support when needed. Someone is always available!


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Divorce, Bankruptcy and Personal Injury From the front desk to the attorneys, the staff works as a team. Every staff member is involved in every case. The firm provides regular updates on cases, so clients are never left in the dark. Free consultations enable clients to meet the legal team before hiring the firm. When legal services are needed for family issues such as divorce, child custody, child support, visitation and domestic violence, Hait and Kuhn handle each case with care, understanding that every situation is unique. “In the case of a divorce, we take the approach that your life is falling apart. We try to stop the crumbling and carefully put it back together. It doesn’t need to be World War III,” said Kuhn. Bad luck or bad decisions sometimes lead to bankruptcy. Whatever the cause of the bankruptcy, North Metro Litigators compassionately guides the client through the process. Before making any financial decisions, such as liquidating retirement plans, Hait suggests consulting with an attorney about filing bankruptcy. “After we meet with clients, we determine whether Chapter 7 or 13 is best for them,” said Hait. “We give them options. We tell them that they can do things with their life, and they’re not stuck. That’s the key. There are ways to make their life better.” Sometimes, a bankruptcy follows a divorce, especially if one spouse is ordered to pay credit cards, attorney fees and mortgages. “There are ways to unwind an unfavorable divorce in a bankruptcy,” said Kuhn. “For example, if a parent can’t come up with money for child support, they could be incarcerated. Filing bankruptcy keeps them out of jail and gives them breathing room, so they can make payments through a scheduled repayment plan.”

For personal injury cases (such as car wrecks and wrongful death), Hait and Kuhn are sympathetic listeners. “We help people get the medical treatment they need,” said Hait. “We tell clients the #1 thing they need to worry about is getting better.” Unlike other attorneys, their fees to represent clients in personal injury lawsuits never exceed the client’s final net amount. “Most personal injury lawyers want to settle cases as quickly as possible and move on to the next. We litigate cases. We squeeze the lemon for those extra thousand dollars from the insurance company,” said Kuhn. “I took a medical malpractice case that six lawyers turned down, and the insurance company offered $45,000. We settled it for $1.125 million.”

Making Happy Endings Possible Hait and Kuhn empathize with clients because they have experienced many of the same troubles their clients are going through, including divorce, car accidents and domestic violence. They are committed to helping people make it through the worst times of their lives. “We know there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Kuhn. “And we help our clients get there.” Alpharetta 11545 Park Woods Circle, Suite C 678-888-0198 Woodstock 185 Stockwood Drive, Suite 100 770-517-0045 Over 26,000 Each Issue, Every Month

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Knock, Knock! Trick-or-Treat! By Christy Noll

Halloween is right around the corner, and our kiddos will be roaming the streets. Many will be with a parent, but some [HomeLife] are old enough to go out with a group of friends. By remembering the following safety tips, you’re sure to have a spooky-fun night! •

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Always stay with an adult or group. Set up a meeting plan in case you are separated. Look both ways before crossing the street. Only go to houses with lights on. Stay on well-lit streets, and walk on the sidewalk. Don’t take shortcuts. Stay on a route that you know. Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t go inside anyone’s house, even if invited. Bring a flashlight, and use glow sticks/ necklaces or reflective tape on your child’s costume to ensure they are seen by drivers. Walk against the flow of traffic,

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knowing that drivers may not always be able to see you. Wear comfortable shoes that fit well. All shoelaces should be double-tied to avoid tripping in the dark. Avoid long costumes that drag on the ground. To avoid tripping, hem anything that may be too long. If the costume has a mask, ensure that your child can see through the eyeholes and breathe comfortably. Consider skipping the mask, and use non-toxic make-up instead. If your child’s costume has accessories/ toy weapons, make sure he is careful not to cause injury to himself or his friends.

Once you get home, throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapper or looks as though it has been opened. Toss candy that is a potential choking hazard for your little one. Do not eat homemade treats unless you know the person that gave them to you.

Have a FUN and SAFE Halloween!

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

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Oral Health During Pregnancy

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a woman finds out she is pregnant, a wide variety of emotions are experienced. Moms want to try to do the best things to deliver a healthy baby. One thing that shouldn’t be overlooked is oral health. There’s an urban myth that the baby “pulls calcium” out of our teeth, causing cavities. Though this isn’t what happens, there are many risk factors during pregnancy that can increase your the threat of cavities and gum disease. The first trimester often includes morning sickness and vomiting. Stomach acid can rapidly destroy tooth enamel and cause cavities. In the third trimester, heart burn (acid reflux) can occur, which is also


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stomach acid working its way up the esophagus and sometimes into the oral cavity. Both can drastically increase the likelihood of tooth decay. Tooth decay can be battled during pregnancy by increasing the amount of fluoride in your toothpaste through prescription toothpaste usage, adding a fluoride mouth rinse to your daily routine, and ensuring you are rinsing your mouth out anytime you are aware that stomach acid might be present. If possible, wait thirty minutes before brushing after you’ve had morning sickness due to the abrasiveness on your teeth. Your best friend in decay prevention during pregnancy is fluoride. Unless you are ingesting a tremendous amount of fluoride, you will not affect the baby’s development.

By Amanda Kossick, D.M.D.

woman’s gums are also at risk for gingivitis, and in severe cases, periodontal disease. Approximately 60-75% of pregnant women suffer from pregnancyrelated gingivitis. There are many hormones coursing through a pregnant woman’s body, and these increase the gum’s response to plaque. Uncontrolled periodontal disease has been linked to preterm birth and low birthweight babies and should be avoided as much as possible. Using an electric toothbrush, flossing at least once a day, and having your teeth cleaned at least every six months during pregnancy are all ways to prevent gum disease from harming your precious bundle.

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

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Music Therapy & Literacy [HealthyLife] Literacy empowers children to engage in meaningful communication. It gives children a voice and helps them to understand the voice of others. Considering that many children have difficulty learning to read or write, or do not have adequate learning opportunities, it is imperative to keep literacy alive and flourishing among children. Music therapists are uniquely equipped for this task. The human brain is intrinsically rhythmic. Music plays an integral part in memory due to the structure of melody and rhythm and strong emotional connections with preferred songs. Through music, children first learn listening skills, the meaning of words, and natural cadence/ inflection patterns of sentences. Early musical engagement primes children to “experience the wholeness of language,” (Kolb, 24). This is why music is a first line of defense before ever teaching a

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child letters — a child must first hear the sounds before reading and writing the sounds. After these skills are developed, music is a helpful tool to facilitate the understanding of words. Music therapists teach the meaning of words by pairing movements with song lyrics, (e.g. “Itsy Bitsy Spider”). Children learn concepts such as opposites and cause/effect by acting out and singing lyrics. When a child is ready to learn to read and write, music therapists employ a variety of interventions to facilitate literacy: •

lyric games - rearranging scrambled lyrics or full sentence phrases into correct order to facilitate correct word order and recall songwriting - writing out lyrics to a song, using blanks for key words, then having the child fill in an appropriate word that makes sense

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with the rest of the sentence lyric analysis - singing a child’s preferred song while looking at the lyrics, then discussing its content, symbolism, idea development, and possible abstract concepts

To gain a meaningful grasp of language, the child must have an environment that encourages attentiveness, creativity, and a desire to learn. The components of music provide all three of these criteria, creating the best space for literacy to flourish. *Source Kolb, G.R. (1996). “Read with a Beat: Developing Literacy through Music and Song.” The Reading Teacher, 50(1), 76-77.

Perry Wright is a LPMT, MT-BC at In Harmony Pediatric Therapy. 770-3452804. InHarmonyPediatricTherapy. com



Éclair Ingredients


4 oz. water • 2 oz. butter • Pinch of salt • Pinch of sugar 3 oz. bread flour • 3oz. whole eggs, whisked slightly Powdered sugar for garnishing


Éclair Procedure

Serves 4 Caramelized Pear Ingredients

2 Bosc pears • 1 tablespoon sugar • ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon apricot jam • 2 cups cold water Juice of ½ a lemon

Caramelized Pear Procedure

- Add the lemon juice to the cold water to make acidulated water, and set aside. - Peel, core, and dice the 2 pears, and then add them to the acidulated water. - Combine the sugar and cinnamon. - Drain the pears, and toss with the cinnamon-sugar mixture and vanilla. - Heat a sauté pan until it is very hot. - Add the pear mixture, and cook until the sugar starts to caramelize. - Add the apricot jam; remove the mixture from the heat, and stir gently until it is dissolved. - Cool to room temperature.

- Bring the water, butter, salt and sugar to a rolling boil. - Remove the mixture from the heat, and add all the flour. - Return to the heat, and stir vigorously until the mixture forms a ball, and the bottom of the pot forms a skin, and then remove from the heat. - In a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the mixture on low speed until there is no more steam (the mixture should be below 120°F). - Slowly add the eggs in 4 additions, waiting until the first egg is absorbed before adding more. Scrape down the bowl between additions. - Place the mixture in a piping bag with a large star tip. - Pipe out 4-inch éclairs. - Bake at 375°F for 15 minutes, and then lower the oven to 325°F for 15 minutes.

Chocolate Sauce Ingredients 2 oz. semisweet chocolate • 1 oz. butter 1 teaspoon corn syrup

Chocolate Sauce Procedure

- Combine the ingredients in microwave-safe bowl. - Heat in the microwave at 75% power for 15 second intervals. Stir well between each interval. Heat until the mixture is just melted. *Note - Do not overheat, or the mixture can burn or seize.

Whipped Cream Ingredients

4 oz. heavy cream • 1 oz. sugar • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped Cream Procedure

- Combine all ingredients, and whip until very thick.

Assembly - - - - -

Cut the éclair in half long ways. Fill each éclair with the pear mixture. Pipe the cream onto the pears. Cover with the top of the éclair, and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with the chocolate sauce.

Paul Bodrogi is a pastry chef, Pastry Live event producer and instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College.


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Pain Free Treatment Is the Kind Thing to Do By Kim Chastain BS, PT, DPT, Cert. DN

Blindly trusting “expert” [HealthyLife] advice can have a painful result. For our children, we look for the gentlest and kindest treatment to solve a problem, while scrutinizing and questioning before we agree to it. Yet, when it comes to ourselves, we are not always so kind. We agree to invasive, painful treatments before doing our homework on painless alternatives. For example, the light laser is a powerful tool for pain relief anywhere in the body. We put ourselves through misery in the name of pain relief, believing that pain relief has to be complicated and expensive. Most people are not aware that injections and surgery as a first option for pain relief have been shamed by research. But, when you are in a lot of pain, your patience level is diminished,

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and the thought of natural treatment may make you roll your eyes. Yet, as many of us are learning, we are coming full circle regarding gentler treatments that nearly always include physical therapy first. And, it also saves money. The cost for one MRI is the same cost as 10-11 physical therapy visits. Seeing how some patients have suffered and what they have spent in a quest for relief while still working and raising a family shows how the pain relief business has taken a frustrating toll on people’s emotional and financial lives. When someone doesn’t receive help soon after injury, they can fall victim to depression because they think no one cares, and that there is no relief in sight for their pain. Medications make people more

depressed, and then the spiral starts. So, just know that natural pain relief does not always mean vitamins, rock therapy and meditation. Natural treatment can mean pain relief from deep joint pain with physical therapy and hi-tech tools such as a light laser.

Kim Chastain is physical therapist and founder of Crabapple Healing Light Laser Center and Crabapple Physical Therapy, 12220 Birmingham Highway, Milton. 770686-3700.




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ave you ever stopped to think about how important music and sound effects are to a film? Even if you can hear actors speaking to one another, how might our reaction to a film be different without the underlying music soundtrack or the sounds of the movements and actions being performed? Would the vision of a woman screaming be as scary without your ability to hear the scream? Would the potential threat of Jaws be as unnerving without the sounds of John Williams’ orchestra playing the “Jaws Theme Song,” which gets progressively faster in tempo as the shark is about to attack? According to an episode of It’s Okay to Be Smart (PBS), “There are two ways that sounds can be scary: by being sudden, or by generating a ‘frightful’ tone.” And humans may be hardwired to be more afraid of what they hear than what they see because, “Sound information actually travels faster than the information we receive from sight, which suggests that humans evolved to use sound (as opposed to sight) as a first defense against predators,” (V Renee). While we know how music soundtracks are created, how are the sound effects for other actions that take place in a horror film created? Enter, the Foley artist. MOOOWAHAHAHA! A Foley artist creates audio effects for a film by using physical

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props during post production. This artistic style was named after Jack Foley, who was the originator of many of the sound techniques that are still used today. Here are some examples of scenes from classic horror films and how some of the sounds were created:

The 180 Degree Head Turning in The Exorcist (1973) “William Friedkin’s notorious shocker features the famous scene in which Linda Blair’s head turns a full 180 degrees on her possessed neck. The sound that accompanies the movement? Foley man Gonzalo Gavira manipulating an old leather wallet full of credit cards,” (Williams).

Godzilla’s Roar in Godzilla (1954) “While the sound effects team on the original 1954 Japanese film unsuccessfully tried to use various animal noises and roars, the film’s composer, Akira Ifukube, had the idea to use musical instruments to create the monster’s iconic sound instead. ‘It was actually a double bass, using a leather glove coated in pine tar resin to create friction,’ sound designer Erik Aadahl

told NPR of the original Godzilla. ‘They’d rub it against the string of the double bass to create that sound,’” (Obias).

Freddy’s Glove in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) “Freddy Krueger’s weapon of choice is, of course, that knife-fingered glove. That means you need two sounds in your Freddy Foley kit: leather and blades. For the former, a belt was bent and creaked and generally manipulated. For the sharper end, the effect was emphasized by sliding a surgical steel blade along a machete,” (Williams).

Predator Movement in Predator (1987) “‘The Predator’s body required several tracks,’ explains Foley artist Vanessa Ament. ‘One track was a wet chamois. Another was hand lotion on my hands. A third was a wet leather purse. A fourth track was some mouth noises’ (the voice acting and clicking is credited to Transformers’ Peter Cullen),” (Williams).

The Shower Scene in Psycho (1960) “Although you don’t actually see Mrs. Bates slice into Marion Crane, you can hear every stab going into her body. Alfred Hitchcock achieved this by stabbing

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Sources through countless melons to find the perfect one for the scene. ‘In a recording studio, prop man [Bob] Bone auditioned the melons for Hitchcock, who sat listening with his eyes closed,’ writes Stephen Rebello in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. ‘When the table was littered with shredded fruit, Hitchcock opened his eyes, and intoned simply, ‘Casaba,’ ’” (Obias). Now that you’ve learned the origins of the sounds from some pretty famous movie scenes, no article about horror movie sound effects would be complete without talking about screaming.

King, Susan. “What Makes a Good ‘Scream Queen’?” Lee, Steve. “The Wilhelm Scream.” Obias, Rudie. “10 Iconic Movie Sounds (And How They Were Made).” Williams, Owen. “The Secrets Behind 44 Classic Cinema Sound Effects.” V Renee. “The Sound of Horror: Why Hearing Stuff is Scarier Than Actually Seeing Stuff.”

Some actresses are so good at screaming in scary movies that the mere mention of their name causes people to immediately associate them with the horror film genre, earning them the “Scream Queen” moniker. So, what makes a good “Scream Queen?” Well, to put it plainly, she must have “a great decibel range,” (King). Who are some of the best “Scream Queens” and what are their decibel ranges?

Fay Wray (King Kong) = 10 decibels Drew Barrymore (E.T. The Extraterrestrial) = 9.5 decibels Doris Day (The Man Who Knew Too Much) = 9.5 decibels Janet Lee (Psycho) = 9.5 decibels Jamie Lee Curtis (Janet Lee’s daughter — must be genetic!) (Halloween) = 9 decibels Naomi Watts (The Ring) = 9 decibels Neve Campbell (Scream) = 9 decibels

The Wilhelm Scream The Wilhelm Scream has been heard in over 300 movies. Though many sound editors use it as sort of a joke in contemporary films like the Star Wars series and Raiders of the Lost Ark, it originated in the 1951 Warner Bros. film, Distant Drums. However, the scream didn’t get its name until it was used again in a film called The Charge at Feather River (1953), in which, “The scream is heard when a soldier named Pvt. Wilhelm (played by Ralph Brooke) gets shot in the leg by an arrow,” (Lee).

Barbara Stanwyk (Sorry, Wrong Number) = 9 decibels

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ne-hundred years ago, rail was by far the most efficient and modern form of transportation available to the general public. The Trans-Continental Railway united a nation in the thought that long distance travel could be fast, comfortable and affordable. Fast forward a hundred years, and our nation’s major cities are inundated with cars commuting to and from work, trucks carrying freight cross country and buses driving citizens around the city. While technology has drastically improved in the last 100 years, the riddle of easy, convenient and affordable transportation options remains unsolved. However, a possible solution may be to take a modern approach to an aging technology. Recently, I visited Denver’s Union Station. In 2010, the aging Union Station building sat mostly dormant. The surrounding area remained mostly undeveloped, and the city’s roads and highways were constantly backed up. However, through a development initiative led by the City and County of Denver, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Denver Regional Council of

Governments assembled to restore Union Station and create a Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal (MMPT). The MMPT was completed in 2014 and now serves as a hub for commuter transportation, Amtrak, light rail and bus services. It is now a one-stop-shop for all of the city of Denver’s transportation needs. In 2016 alone, Union Station saw more than a ten-percent increase in ridership from the previous year and had around 140,000 boardings. Union Station also now serves as the focal point of economic development in the city of Denver and continues to serve as a reliable, convenient centerpiece of Denver’s transportation options. This same model could be applied to Atlanta. Early plans suggest that a 119acre site in the Gulch area of downtown Atlanta could be a perfect place for an MMPT of our own. It would have a direct connection to the centrally located Five Points MARTA station and would serve as the transportation hub of the city. It would include bus lines, passenger rail, as well as light and freight rail, all in one centrally


located transportation nerve center. This hub would also become an economic boon to the Gulch area, making it an ideal location for future businesses, retail shops or restaurants. A recent study reported that the Atlanta region grew by more than 80,000 people in the past year. The population will continue to grow, and Atlanta will have to accommodate the increase in population with sustainable public transit. The need is clearly there; it is evidenced by the droves of citizens who flocked to MARTA after the bridge over I-85 collapsed in March, and we are now in financial position where this could become a reality. If Georgia truly wants to lead the way in new and innovative transportation methods, our own MMPT would go a long way toward securing that legacy.

Brandon Beach is a state senator for district 21, which encompasses a portion of Cherokee County in the Georgia General Assembly.

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October is a Busy Month for Gardeners By Lisa Ethridge

[HomeLife] Nathaniel Hawthorn, American writer, said, “…I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” It’s true; October’s temperate weather conditions, the changing leaves, and the striking blue skies blend to create a delightful harmony, which is the perfect backdrop for entertaining, amusement and gardening. Cleaning garden beds is an important chore. As annuals and perennials fade, cut them to the ground. Throw away the dead material. Fall is the perfect time to divide perennials. Pot them to give away, or replant the divisions in strategic locations. It’s also a good time to experiment with propagation. Propagation can save money and increase the number of plants you have.

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Stem/leaf cuttings and layering are popular techniques. There is plenty of information at to help you with this endeavor. If you have houseplants that have enjoyed the summer outside, it’s time to prepare them for the winter indoors. Be sure to evaluate each plant. If a plant needs to be divided or repotted, now’s the time. Make sure to use a pot that is twice the size of the current one. Also, remove dead or yellow leaves, and cut weak branches. Use a systemic insecticide — as opposed to a spray — to control bugs. Water with ½ strength fertilizer for the entire winter. Planting hardy annuals and perennials is a popular option. Once the summer annuals are removed from plantings

or pots, you can add fall color and blooms to brighten even the darkest days of winter. Early in October, plant chrysanthemums, which will bloom until a hard freeze. In a patio pot, center a small bush such as winter gem or English boxwood, sunshine Ligustrum, or dwarf evergreen. Surround the bush with pansies, parsley, violas, sedum or Acorus, and tuck some ivy or other trailing ground cover in the corners. October is a delightful month. Stay busy and active, but don’t forget your garden.

Lisa Ethridge is a member of the award-winning Roswell Garden Club and a certified master gardener with North Fulton Master Gardeners, part of the UGA Cooperative Extension Service. 404-613-7670,



At Family Life Publications (FLP), 98% of each of our magazines is printed on non-toxic, sustainable, uncoated paper because we are very strong believers in doing what we can to protect our environment. This month, we decided to take this a step further by challenging ourselves to create a fun fall craft that utilized at least one major item that we could recycle/repurpose from our homes. Here is what we came up with:

Illuminated Autumn Tree By Julie Senger, FLP Editor

Recycled Materials • Tomato Plant Cage • Tangled White Christmas Lights (100-bulb strand) • 3-5 Twisty Ties (from loaf bread) Other Materials • 6’ Fall Leaf Garland x2 (12’ total) • Burlap Bow • 4 Yards of Sparkly Green Tulle (ballerina tutu fabric) • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks


Instructions - Turn the tomato cage upside down, and bind its legs together near the top with a twisty tie. - Place your tangled Christmas lights inside the cage and hang what appears to be the middle of the wad by hooking that part of the wire between the point of your newly connected tomato cage legs, so that the tangled lights hang in a mass as they dangle to the bottom of the cage. - Lay out your green tulle, and carefully place your tomato cage in the middle of the fabric. - Take each side of the tulle and stretch it to the top of your “tree,” and tie the ends together at the top. Near the top of the tulle, punch one of the legs at the point through the netting to make sure it stays connected to the top. The fabric is thin, so this is easy to do. You may also use a dot of hot glue to ensure it stays in place. - Cut off any excess tulle at the top. - Stretch the tulle around the cage, so it’s completely covered, and pull the plug for the lights through one of the fabric separation locations at the bottom of the cage (make sure this side faces the wall/outlet). - The leaf garlands have plastic circles at the end of each strand, so use a twisty tie to connect them together to make a 12’ strand. - Take one of the circles on the end of the newly connected leaf garland, and put it over the top of the point of your tree, then wrap the garland around the tulle-covered tomato cage. Use a twisty tie to connect the other end of the garland to the bottom of the cage (in the back). - Adhere the burlap bow to the top of your tree. - Plug in your new autumn tree, and enjoy!

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Spooky Cute Halloween Tree (Children’s Craft)

By Janet Ponichtera, FLP Sales and Marketing Director

Aluminum Leaves Initial

By Candice Williams, FLP Art Director Recycled Materials • 17 Aluminum Soda Cans

Recycled Materials • 2 Small Tree Branches (about 2’ each, try to find ones that look like miniature leafless trees) • Packing Styrofoam • Plant Container (cleaned and dried) • Black or Brown Paper or Cardboard • Pine Straw or Mulch (or other items from your yard to lay under the “trees”) • Newspaper Pages Other Materials • Small Pictures of Bats (can be printed off the internet or drawn) • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (or tape) *Optional Materials • Tissues or Recycled Gift Bag Tissue Paper (for ghosts) Instructions - Cover your work surface with newspaper to make clean up easier. - Cut Styrofoam to fit into the plant container to make a base; use leftover Styrofoam pieces to fill up the container. - Place branches side by side into the Styrofoam to make two “trees.” - Cut out bats, and hot glue or tape them onto the branches. Small children should have adult supervision if using hot glue. - Use the brown/black paper or cardboard to cover the Styrofoam. - Sprinkle the pine needles or mulch over the paper to cover it. *Ghost Instructions (Optional) - Make a small ball out of scrap paper. - Place the ball in the center of a piece of tissue paper. - Twist the paper right under the ball. - Place the ghosts under the tree. Serving Roswell, Alpharetta & Milton

Other Materials • Paper Maché Initial (Initial used in this project was 9 ¾” x 16”) • Spray Paint (white, brown, copper and sea green) • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks • Scissors • 1 Nail • Black Permanent Marker • Spray Bottle with Water • Gloves • Leaf Pattern (for tracing, the design for this project was found at

Instructions - Spray paint the paper maché initial with white paint. Let it dry according to the directions on the can. - Print leaf patterns from the internet, and cut them out without the stems. **Use caution when working with the sharp edges of the aluminum cans for the following steps. - Using the gloves and scissors, cut the cans into sheets of aluminum by removing the top and bottom and cutting down the cylinder of the can. To uncurl, rub along the edge of a countertop. - Trace the leaf patterns onto the aluminum using a permanent marker, fitting three leaves per sheet, and cut out. - Use the nail to etch veins into the leaves. - Separate the leaves into three groups of 17. - Paint one group with the brown spray paint, and let dry. - Paint another group with copper spray paint, and let dry. - Paint the last group with copper spray paint, and while the paint is still wet, mist with water using the spray bottle. Then, immediately spray the sea green color on top of the water, and let dry. After the leaves have dried completely, spray each leaf with one more shot of the sea green color, and let dry. This will give the copper a weathered, patina appearance. - Use the hot glue gun to attach your leaves to the paper maché initial. Make sure to not let any leaves hang over the bottom, so it can stand properly.

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Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Coasters By Laurie Litke, FLP Graphic Artist Recycled Materials • Wide-Mouth Mason Jar Lids

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Cozy Fall Dog Bed

By Jack Tuszynski, FLP Publisher Recycled Materials • 2, Four-Way-Entry, Close-Boarded, Perimeter Base Pallets (used 36”x24” size for this project) • Old Sofa or Outdoor Furniture Cushion(s) Other Materials • #2 Wood Screws, sizes 1.25” and 2.25” • Measuring Tape • Saw • Sand Paper • Drill 3 • Paint or Stain of Your Choice (optional) • Seasonal Blankets, Fabric and/or Decorative Pillows



Instructions - First, order about 80,000 magazines, and have about 4000 delivered on pallets to your office. If that isn’t an option, simply find a free pallet somewhere. Try asking local manufacturing companies, or find them locally online. Fall is a great time to prepare a cozy and comfortable new bed for your dog or cats. This project may be painted, stained or customized to match your interior design, your pet’s personality, or current seasonal holiday. - Take your first pallet, and if necessary, trim any excess wood on the ends to make it flush with the 3 center blocks (see photo 1). Remove every other top slat board on the first pallet, and set these boards aside for use as trim later. - Take your second pallet, and remove the bottom chamfers and center blocks, leaving the stringer boards and top slat boards (see photo 2). - Cut the remaining portion of your pallet into 3 pieces, making your first cut along the top of the middle stringer board and your second cut halfway between the remaining 2 stringer boards. These pieces will be your back and sides of the pet bed. - Use your drill and wood screws to attach the back and sides to your first pallet (see photo 3).

Other Materials • Thin Sheet(s) of Cork • Acrylic Paints • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks • Spray Paint (1 can of the color of your choice, a fall color that compliments the leaves is best) • Polyurethane • Scissors Instructions - Trace the mason jar lid onto the cork, cut out the circle with scissors, and set aside. - Hot glue the mason jar lid to the metal ring. - Spray paint the mason jar lid and ring. - Paint leaves on cork circles, and allow to dry. - Once your leaves are completely dry, apply 2 coats of polyurethane on the cork circle. Be sure to let the first coat dry completely before applying the second coat. - When the second coat of polyurethane is thoroughly dry, hot glue the cork circle inside the mason jar lid and ring.

- As needed, trim out the open spaces on the sides and the front by measuring and cutting the slats you removed from first pallet to the appropriate size. - Sand down your edges and flat surfaces, so you and your pup don’t get splinters. - Paint or stain and allow to dry according to package instructions (optional). - Add a pillow top and the seasonal bedding of your choice. Here is a link to a pallet diagram with labeled parts:


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Go Long This

By Jyl Craven

[Lifestyle] Long hair is something that most women have wanted at some point in their lives. If you want to grow your hair long, fall is the time to go for it. But before you grow out those gorgeous locks, there are a few things to know that will help you gain the most benefit from your newly grown-out look. Sure, anyone can grow their hair long, but why not do it with style? So, whether you already have long hair or are going to experiment this season with a longer hairstyle, here are a few beauty tips to consider that will help you achieve a more graceful grow out. Your face shape tells a lot about whether a particular hairstyle is right for you. Round or oval face shapes are best for anyone wanting to grow their hair longer. Women with more prominent or elongated chins should consider holding back the length, as longer hair will only give the illusion of an extended face shape. However, if you still feel the need for longer hair (and have a lengthier face Serving Roswell, Alpharetta & Milton

shape), then cutting a blunt fringe (i.e. bangs) will help to widen your face. Hair texture is another important feature to consider when growing out your hair: For fine hair, consider adding long layers for body and movement. Face framing with carefully placed layers can add more interest to one’s appearance. Also, keeping your hair just below your collarbone will help ensure your ends don’t appear too stringy. For medium-textured hair, try something fun like an undercut. Recently, undercuts have been all the rage for someone wanting to punk up their lengthening locks. If your hair is curly, then it will look best naturally long. Allow the weight of the longer hair to pull down those curls, giving you some natural looking wave and body.

length and body height is also important when deciding how long to grow your hair. Long hair is best on anyone who is of average or taller than average height. Long hairstyles on shorter women can make someone appear shorter, whereas super short hairstyles on taller women can leave an unchic impression. While we can’t change our face shape, hair texture or height, we can certainly change our hair style. So, if your goal is to go longer this season (with your hair that is) why not allow your natural characteristics to work for you? Remember that growing your hair long will not happen overnight. But by following these few beauty tips, your finished look will surely turn some heads. L

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Digital ists Scient

By Micah Fowler


f you are an Alpharetta art lover, you’ve likely wandered into Ivan Pitoni’s Chic Evolution in Art located in downtown Alpharetta. If you haven’t, it’s definitely worth a visit. Originally from Brazil, Ivan was working as a designer when he realized that he had a gift for discovering emerging talent and curating a diverse blend of art styles to create a unique gallery experience. He opened his own gallery to educate the community on art culture. Ivan now services clients locally, nationally and internationally. Why did Ivan choose Alpharetta for his gallery? “It was perfectly located for both my downtown and familyoriented clients,” he says. “Also, I knew Alpharetta was an up-and-coming city, and wanted Chic to be part of Alpharetta’s thriving community.” Then, there is the pedestrian-friendly aspect of downtown. “Walkability is everything. There is a stroll-and-shop city experience, with the perfect touch of small-town charm and friendliness.” This year, Chic celebrates its 3rd anniversary in downtown Alpharetta. With the constant presence of city-sponsored events, growth, and increasing nightlife, this gallery is thriving. “I couldn’t be happier with how the business has done; with the support of the city, and having clients who feel like family, I’m reminded everyday how lucky I am to have a business here.”


or the tech-savvy business owner, downtown Alpharetta also has another company in its arsenal. Bob Klein, a Florida native, came to Georgia in 1993. In 2007, after working many years in the tech field, Bob opened Digital Scientists with his twin brother, a marketing professional. Their business combined their skill sets in one digital marketing firm. Over time, Digital Scientists evolved into a software innovation lab, which means they work with businesses to create new digital platforms, products and services, then define, launch and enhance software products in their lab. They’re a great tool for any forward-thinking business. Bob has a lot to be proud of: “Today, we help Fortune 1000 companies run ‘experiments’ and build new software products,” he said. Like Chic, walkability also played a role in Digital Scientist’s move to downtown. “We also liked the idea of being downtown and close to everything within walking distance. Plus, we get to connect with the community through events like the Food Trucks and Taste of Alpharetta.” Digital Scientists has also benefited from Alpharetta’s growing technology profile. “Alpharetta is now home to over 600 technology companies, and over the past several years, some of the largest and most innovative companies have opened offices here. The Alpharetta Technology Commission (ATC) has helped to galvanize the tech community, and it provides support for local tech-related events. The City of Alpharetta works hard to actively support the tech community, which supports our efforts to grow and connect to other firms locally. We feel like we made the right choice with Alpharetta as our headquarters.”

Chic Micah Fowler is the economic development manager for the City of Alpharetta, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, 678-297-6024.


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What’s up?

Distracted Driving


A legislative study committee recently heard from Alpharetta’s Molly Welch regarding the need for stricter enforcement of distracted driving laws. Molly was attending Auburn University when a car crash changed her life forever. “While driving back to school along I-85, she reached for a tape recorder. A head on collision with a pickup truck wiped out her memories of the trip. She’s now telling her story through a series of Public Service Announcements and appearances.” (Carnes).

What’s the law? “While Georgia doesn’t have a hand-held ban for all drivers, it does have restrictions on the use of cell phones for novice drivers

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and school bus drivers,” ( “The state of Georgia has prohibited all drivers from texting and driving. It’s a primary law that is strictly enforced. You may get a ticket for texting even if your vehicle is stopped while you’re doing it,” ( “Novice drivers (drivers under 18) are completely prohibited from using handheld or hands-free cell phones while behind the wheel or any other sort of electronic device while behind the wheel. School bus drivers are also banned from using both hand-held and hands-free cell phones while driving.” (

What are the statistics? “Several other activities have been found to be just as distracting or even more capable of increasing crash occurrences. Here’s how they rank: reaching for a moving object increases crash risk by 9 times; looking at an object outside the vehicle increases crash risk by 3.7 times;

reading increases crash risk by 3 times; grooming or applying makeup increases crash risk by 3 times; using a hand-held device like a GPS increases crash risk by 3 times; talking or listening to a hand-held cell phone increases crash risk by 1.3 times; and drowsiness, a tired driver behind the wheel, increases crash risk by 4 times,” ( So please refrain from doing activities that will distract you from your primary responsibility while you’re behind the wheel: driving. Nothing is more important than your life or the lives of your fellow motorists. Sources Carnes, Jerry. “Commuter Dude: Accident Victim Campaigns Against Distracted Driving.” news/commuter-dude-accident-victim-campaignsagainst-distracted-driving/468414005 “Georgia Distracted Driving Laws.” georgia/distracted-driving-laws “Georgia’s Texting Laws, The Latest Information on Texting While Driving.” highway-safety/texting-laws/



Community Partners BY THOMAS SMITH

Care, Compassion, Clinical Excellence C

are, compassion and clinical excellence are the hallmarks of TurningPoint, which is an amazing, 501c3 non-profit organization that helps women overcome side effects of breast cancer treatment and regain an active life.

One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That means most of us are touched by the disease through someone we know, be it a family member, neighbor, friend or colleague. However, you may not realize that there are several common, long-term and late effects associated with breast cancer and its treatment. These include pain, loss of arm/shoulder motion and function, lymphedema (chronic arm/hand swelling), osteoporosis, weight gain, deconditioning, altered body image, and anxiety related to

family and social relationships. Often, breast cancer patients in the U.S. may not receive rehabilitation and support to address the effects of diagnosis and treatment. This may be due, in part, to limited access to these services and lack of awareness the role of rehabilitation and supportive services can play in managing these issues. In fact, many breast cancer survivors may not be aware of the benefits of exercise and maintaining a healthy weight to improve physical function and reduce the risk of recurrence. TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation is a community-based clinic that plays an instrumental role for breast cancer patients and survivors who may experience challenges with activities

that were considered “routine,� such as lifting a crying baby, hitting a tennis ball, or reaching for an item in a kitchen cabinet. The organization helps them regain their range of motion and strength, allowing them to return to the activities so integral to their lives prior to diagnosis. TurningPoint was founded in 2003 by Jill Binkley, a two-time breast cancer survivor and physical therapist, who saw the void in survivorship care firsthand. TurningPoint addresses the unmet physical rehabilitation, psychosocial and wellness needs of breast cancer patients and survivors living in metro Atlanta and surrounding counties. It is located at 8010 Roswell Road, Suite 120, Atlanta. Since its inception, TurningPoint has provided care for more than 3,700 women of all socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds facing the long-term and late effects of breast cancer and its treatment. The clinic provides tailored, evidence-based services including physical therapy, exercise, lymphedema management, massage therapy, psychosocial and nutritional counseling to its patients. Additionally, TurningPoint offers monthly educational programs that address the myriad survivorship issues impacting patients and their caregivers. TurningPoint offers a uniquely integrated approach to rehabilitation and survivorship, serving approximately 650 patients annually. Nearly 28% of patients served received full or partial financial aid, with the goal of accepting all patients seeking treatment. TurningPoint’s patients, with their awe-inspiring determination, reflect the encouragement and life-changing support that is provided. Patients served not only receive a range of impactful services and treatment, but are welcomed with genuine warmth and compassion from all the knowledgeable staff and volunteers. For more information about TurningPoint and its upcoming events, including its signature fundraiser the Pink Affair, visit L


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Event-Based Interaction By Michael Buckner

[HomeLife] Have you ever heard of IFTTT programming? Whether you know it or not, it’s already a part of your life. It stands for “If this, then this.” Known as event-based programming, it is simply when one event triggers one or more automatic events. Think of how when you open your car door, the interior light comes on without you having to do anything. If you get this, you get IFTTT. The fact is, engineers have been using this way of thinking for the consumer for decades whenever they added some

If the garage door opens ...

Disarm System

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sort of automatic feature to a new kitchen appliance, car, TV, etc. Now, smart homes are giving people the ability to program IFTTT events to their home. This is a huge upgrade, as it makes the home’s electronics perform around you without having to get out your phone, remote control or anything else. You just live, and your home reacts. One of the first things most of us do when we approach our home is open the garage door. We can now use this event to program an IFTTT string like “If garage door opens….” and add whatever we want. Most commonly, we would want to disarm the security system, change the temperature, turn on the lights, start Pandora in the kitchen, and turn the news on in the living room. You can even take this a step further by making the first

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event as your phone joining your Wi-Fi. This can trigger the garage door opening, and everything else subsequent. Other IFTTT programming can include the last few “to-dos” before bed. Instead of walking around the home doing ten things, what if the first thing you do is arm the alarm to “stay?” You can now program that one event to turn off all the lights, lock all deadbolts, ensure the garage door is closed, turn off all the TVs and music, and drop the thermostat a couple of degrees. No more pajama walks, Michael Buckner and this is just the is owner of Audio Intersection, a provider beginning.

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t fourteen, Kelli Jones, or Kelli J as she prefers to be called, began styling hair for her friends. Little did she know; this hobby would lead to a lucrative career as a hair and makeup artist. Kelli J was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She has always had a love and appreciation for the creative arts, especially dancing and singing. She is a self-described foodie who loves to travel the world trying new things. Staying up to date in pop culture trends is important for this artist who loves reality TV. Kelli J attended Empire Beauty School with the aspirations of becoming a top-notch stylist. She declined advice to branch into makeup at that time, so she could concentrate on honing her hair styling techniques. She began renting booths as an independent artist. For three years, she owned her own salon, but sold it to concentrate on freelance work. Years later, Kelli transitioned into makeup artistry, stating that it was a natural progression in her career. Today, Kelli J does it all. She is a stylist for Atlanta & Co on WXIA, fashioning hair and makeup for the hosts and guest. She is an independent stylist offering one-on-one luxury appointments. For a luxury appointment, Kelli J pulls out all of the stops through private, uninterrupted service while performing an image consultation.

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She is part of Ted Gibson’s artistic team. Ted is a celebrity hairdresser to actresses such as Debra Messing, Anne Hathaway, Renee Zellweger, Kate Gosselin, Zoe Saldana and Ashley Greene among many others. He is based in NYC and was the hair expert for the cable show What Not to Wear. To become part of this elite team, Kelli J participated in a competition where she was one of the top two stylists. Kelli J has also styled for NY Fashion Week, hair conventions, and many celebrities. As busy as Kelli J is, she also runs a bi-monthly “Day of Diva” where she works with various local organizations to give back to the community. In the past, she has worked with My Sister’s House, the Atlanta Shelter and Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. Day of Diva is centered around giving confidence to women. For one woman who was preparing for a job interview, wardrobe, hair, makeup, and interview preparation was provided. When it comes to hair, Kelli J loves the cut the most, calling it “the foundation of any style.” She specializes in cuts, weaves

and natural hair. One of her influences is artist Nikki Nelms because of the iconic styles she creates. What is Kelli J’s advice to other hair and makeup artists? “Stay consistent, and never give up. It always pays off.” Based on her own personal success, it seems that she took her own advice.

Tina Morris is a student in the MFA creative writing program at Reinhardt University. 770-720-5582.



Quotables “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one who gets people to do the greatest things.” -Ronald Regan “It is better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction.” -Herman Siu

“Don’t worry about failures; worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” -Jack Canfield

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” -Ayn Rand

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

-Edith Wharton

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” -Winston Churchill

“One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will never happen.” -Nelson Mandela “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” -Jim Rohn

“One small crack does not mean that you are broken. It means that you were put to the test, and you didn’t fall apart.” -Linda Poindexter “I trust everything people communicate, except their words.” -Rachel Wolchin


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North Fulton Community Information Water Mountain Park Roswell City of Atlanta (Sandy Springs) Fulton County (Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Milton)

770-993-4231 770-641-3707 404-658-6500 404-612-6830

Electricity Cobb EMC Georgia Power Sawnee EMC

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Natural Gas Atlanta Gas Light Gas South

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Cellular Service AT&T Wireless Verizon Wireless T-Mobile

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Healthcare Numbers Emergency 911 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta- Alpharetta 404-785-8540 Emory Clinic, Perimeter 404-778-6100 Emory Johns Creek 678-475-7000 WellStar North Fulton Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 St- Joseph’s Hospital 404-851-7001 Passport Information 877-487-2778

Driver’s License Department of Driver Services 678-413-8400 Sandy Springs 678-413-8400; 404-730-6100 Alpharetta 404-613-6100 Voter Registration Fulton County Voter Registration Office


Police & Fire GA State Patrol Sheriff ’s Dept- County Marshal Fire Marshal Fulton County Office of Emergency Management

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Vehicle Tags & Registration Fulton County Tax Commissioner’s Office Dorothy Benson Center

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Emissions Inspection 800-449-2471 Garbage Pick-Up Alpharetta Roswell Mountain Park Johns Creek Milton Sandy Springs

678-297-6060 770-641-3759 770-993-4231 678-512-3200 678-242-2500 770-730-5600

Telephone AT&T Residential AT&T Small Business Cbeyond Communications Charter Business

888-757-6500 877-490-1971 866-424-5544 888-692-8635

Internet Charter Communications Comcast


Local Libraries Alpharetta Central Library (Atlanta) Ocee Library Northeast/Spruill Oaks Roswell Library Sandy Springs

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Business/Community/Government Numbers U-S- Small Business Administration Secretary of State Small Business Development Center Georgia Department of Labor Atlanta Visitors’ Bureau Animal Services Better Business Bureau Birth/Death (Vital) Records Business License Development Authority of Fulton County Planning and Community Service Fulton County Public Schools Fulton County Public Health Centers-Alpharetta Fulton County Public Health Centers-Sandy Springs

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Senior Centers Roswell 770-640-1583 Alpharetta/Crabapple 770-751-9397 Sandy Springs 404-705-4900 City of Alpharetta 678-297-6000 Alpharetta Welcome Center 678-297-0102 Business Licenses 678-297-6086 Community Development 678-297-6070 Building Inspections 678-297-6080

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North Fulton Community Information City of Milton 678-242-2500 City of Roswell 770-641-3727 Community Development 770-641-3780 Business License 770-594-6235 Economic Development 770-594-6170 Planning/Zoning 770-641-3774 City of Johns Creek 678-512-3200 City of Mountain Park 770-993-4231 City of Sandy Springs 770-730-5600 GA Dept- of Economic Development 404-962-4000 GNFCC 770-993-8806 Leadership North Fulton 770-993-8806 Quick Start 404-253-2800 SCORE(Service Corps of Retired Executives) 404-331-0121

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State Child Support Enforcement Family & Children’s Services Forestry Commission GA Dept- of Labor GA Public Service Commission GA Dept- of Transportation Immigration Secretary of State Social Security State Govt- Directory Assistance Veteran Services

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Government Numbers Local Post Offices Alpharetta Main Roswell Main Post Office Sandy Springs Post Office Webb Bridge Post Office

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