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.......................... Perspective


............................. Calendar


................... Senator Speaks


....................... Business Life


.................... Mayor’s Minute


........................ Book Review


.................... Alpharetta First


......................... Taste of Life


............... Community Partner


......................... Artist Profile


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Publisher’s Perspective


Choose the

ART Candice Williams Laurie Litke

ooking back over the past few years, we have seen incredible growth, prosperity and success in our local communities. Songwriter Billy Joe Shaver once sang, “I’m just an ol’ lump of coal, but I’m a gonna be a diamond someday.” This is indicative of how each day, we have the opportunity to polish and refine ourselves to become the best we can be. Through sometimes unbelievable daily stresses, it is our inert tolerance that defeats the heat and pressure, making us shine.

We form and create communities not just with brick and mortar, but also in our relationships. So, let’s lift and build each other up, connect and strengthen our bond, always striving to be good examples for our children and each other.

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770-213-7095 Family Life publications have the largest monthly circulation of direct-mailed community magazines in our area. North Fulton Family Life is a monthly community magazine with a total print count of over 26,000, direct mailing over 24,000 copies to Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the editor/publisher, and the publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. North Fulton Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. © 2017 All rights reserved.





As we celebrate the anniversary of Family Life Publications this month and enter our fifth year of creating these magazines for you, we realize how truly blessed we are to be your neighbors and friends. Thank you for your accomplishments and every smile you’ve shared. Thank you for being here with us.

Family Life Publishing Group, Inc.


Each day, we can build upon the previous day, goal or experience. We were born to create; we work and thrive, not only as individuals, but as families, schools, churches and businesses. Each of us, regardless of stature, has a supporting role in this process. Not all of us were born to be cornerstones, but we each have our place. Like stones in a wall, there is

much hammering and chipping away to shape us for our intended use. We become bound by our connections, working sideby-side to create a solid foundation and steady structure, as we build together.





— Billy Joe Shaver

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS State Senator John Albers, Mayor Mike Bodker, Cyndi Braun, Michael Buckner, Rick Cheney, Michael Consoli, Lisa Ethridge, Micah Fowler, Hillary Gallagher, Shelia Garrison, Annell Gerson, Kevin Head, Jessica Helms, Maria Klouda, Amanda Kossick, Chris Miller, Vishant Nath, Christy Noll, Mark Tolbert, JoEllen Wilson


“I’m just an ol’ lump of coal, but I’m a gonna be a diamond someday.”

SALES Janet Ponichtera

Jack Tuszynski, Publisher


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5 Tips for a

Great School Year By Mark Tolbert As the new school year is rapidly approaching, it’s time to begin mentally preparing your child for the transition back to the classroom. Here are five tips to help this process go more smoothly: Start with an open conversation. Instead of telling your child what you expect, ask how he or she is feeling — and then simply listen. If your child brings up fears or struggles from last year, be supportive and positive. Offer encouragement by letting your child know that you can work together to solve any issues, and the start of a new school year is a fresh beginning. Make a list of goals for the year. Do this together. Focus all goals on making improvements (e.g. raising a grade or becoming more organized) rather than reaching achievements (e.g. getting all As). Also, make sure to break big goals into smaller steps. If your child wants to become better at math, what does he or she think are the necessary steps to make that happen? And how can you support that? Get organized at home. Now is the time to get your home ready for the new school year. Have your child tidy up his or her desk and make a list of supplies that need restocking. Hang a family/school calendar in a central location. Finally, designate an area for unloading backpacks, organizing papers, hanging jackets and storing shoes. Get their brain ready for school. During the last few weeks of break, have your child look over some of last year’s textbooks and assignments, even if it’s just ten minutes each evening. Establish a nightly reading habit. Create a school-year contract. Set expectations and goals through a written contract that outlines your child’s responsibilities as a student, how you will support your child (and how you will not), and anything else you think is important to address (such as screen time or extracurricular activities). Remember to make this a constructive, encouraging process.

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

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Movies at Newtown Park – The LEGO Batman Movie — Join friends and family at Newtown Park for a featured movie presented on a huge outdoor screen. Pre-show activities include an inflatable moonwalk, face painting, children’s activities, give-a-ways and entertainment. Movie titles announced one week prior to each event. FREE! 7:00pm, Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 678-5123200.


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. Johns Creek Farmers Market — Each market features more than 25 local farmers and vendors with organic and/ or sustainable foods and produce. 8:00am-12:00pm, Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 678512-3200. 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.


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Sundays at the River Concert — Enjoy a night out with family and friends, and listen to the smooth jazz sounds of Bob Bakert and his six-piece band. 6:00-9:30pm, Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055.


Roswell Cultural Arts Center Summer Puppet Show Lineup — July 5-8 is Beauty & the Beast, July 10-15 is Pinocchio, and July 17-22 is The New Adventures of Brer Rabbit. MondaySaturday 10:00am, Wednesday and Friday matinees at 1:30pm, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 770594-6232.

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ProAlliance 2017 — Enjoy casual networking, and break into small groups for a powerful time of connecting. This format allows you to share information about your business/work in a nonthreatening environment, develop leads for potential new business and help others reach their goals. 7:30-9:00am, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 11605 Haynes Bridge Road, Suite 100, Building 400, Alpharetta. 770-993-8806.


Ga 400 Hospitality Highway Bike Ride — The ride starts at exit 7 of Georgia Route 400 and will wind through Sandy Springs, Milton, Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, and other scenic areas of north Fulton. There are 9-mile, 27-mile (flatter), 45-mile, 62-mile and 101-mile options. 7:00am, Sky Zone, 1425 Market Boulevard, Roswell. 678-520-7337.

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Slip & Slide Extravaganza Go on a slip & slide adventure! There will be three slides -- 150 feet, 100 feet and 50 feet. Food and ice cream trucks will be on site! 1:00-4:00pm, Leita Thompson Park, 1200 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 770-641-3727.


RUMC Job Networking — This is a job fair with many additional activities, workshops and speakers. 12:30-9:00pm, Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. 770-993-6218.


TechConnect — This event is designed for technology companies and techies who find value in growing a network with industry peers. The format gives opportunity to make new friends, discuss your expertise, and highlight your business. You will also leave with everyone’s contact information. 7:309:00am, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 11605 Haynes Bridge Road, Suite 100, Building 400, Alpharetta. 770993-8806.


Ring of Fire - The Music of Johnny Cash — Georgia Ensemble Theater (GET) is coming back to the Chattahoochee Nature Center Ben Brady Lakeside Pavillion to present the beloved music of the Man in Black. 8:00pm, Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-6411260.


Movies Under the Stars - Finding Dory — Bring a picnic along with your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy an evening under the stars filled with great music, playground fun and a family movie. Food and drinks may be purchased at the concession stand. Movies begin at dark. FREE! 7:30pm, Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 770-641-3727.


PRIDE Teen Driving Safety Class — This program addresses a driver’s attitude, knowledge and behavior rather than being a technical, handson driver training course. It focuses on seat belts, crash dynamics, Georgia’s teen driving laws, parental influence and peer pressure. It complements driver’s education and training; thus, it is not a replacement for these courses. Registration is required. 6:30-8:30pm, Milton Police Department, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107E. 678-4134281.


TAG North Metro 2017 — This monthly program brings together some of Georgia’s top executives, experts and thought leaders as they discuss their own experiences, as well as current topics and important issues affecting the state’s technology community. 11:30am-1:30pm, Pampas Steakhouse, 10970-D State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 770-993-8806.


Alive in Roswell — This is a monthly, familyfriendly, FREE festival. The festival features live bands, food trucks, kids’ games, face painting, balloons, etc. and enjoys participation from the many boutiques, small businesses and restaurants surrounding the venues. 5:00-9:00pm, Heart of Roswell Park, 925 Canton Street, Roswell. 770-641-3727.


TGIF Concert - Classic Recall — Classic Recall is a fourpiece classic rock band specializing in the hits of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. 8:00pm, outside under the pavilion at Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 770-664-1533.

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enAble of Georgia Summer Wine Auction & Fundraiser This enAble of Georgia Summer Wine Auction fundraiser will feature hors d’oeuvres from Indigo Restaurant’s Chef Todd Hogan as well as wine tastings from the Gifted Ferret, Capital City Liquors and Tenuta Torciano. Proceeds support adults with developmental disabilities. 7:00pm, Bentley Atlanta, 10995 Westside Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-684-5991.


Summer Concert Series Stooges Brass Band & AJ Ghent Band (Jazz) — Multiple family-friendly concerts are FREE and open to the public. Tickets are not needed to attend. Food is available for purchase from food trucks. 7:00pm, Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 678-512-3200.

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Home by Dark Concert SeriesNathan Angelo & Marcia Ramirez — 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, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 770-6641533.



Alpharetta Art in the Park— This outdoor artist market features handcrafted work by local artists who create masterpieces right before your eyes. Come enjoy the pottery, woodwork, metal work, jewelry creations, handmade children’s clothing, photography, watercolor, oil, soaps and lotions, mosaic art and much more. 9:00am-4:00pm, corner of Main Street & Milton Avenue, Alpharetta. 678-296-2829.


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Bookmiser and the Milton Library Host Author Joshilyn Jackson — This popular author will engage her readers, and discuss her latest novel, Almost Sisters. 6:00-7:30pm, Milton Public Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770-9931555.


Old Soldiers Day Race and Parade — The Old Soldiers Day Parade began years ago as a tribute to veterans of the war between the states. The parade has become an annual celebration for veterans of all wars. The day will kick off at 7:00am with an 8k road race at Wills Park. FREE hot dogs and soft drinks will be available at the American Legion at 201 Wills Road at the end of the parade. 9:15am band/10:00am program/10:30am parade; band and program are at Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. Parade is on Roswell Street in Alpharetta. 678-2976000.


Roswell Riverside Sounds Concert, featuring Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley — Ickes and Hensley perform a set that spans a broad musical palette. Food trucks will be at each concert beginning at 6:00p.m. Guests are invited to bring their own picnic baskets and chairs as well. 7:00-9:00pm, Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 770-641-3705.


Slip & Slide Extravaganza — Go on a slip & slide adventure! There will be three slides -- 150 feet, 100 feet, and 50 feet. Food and ice cream trucks will be on site! 11:00am-2:00pm, Leita Thompson Park, 1200 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 770-641-3727.

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LIBRARY EVENTS MAGIC OF TOMMY JOHNS July 11, 2:00pm, Alpharetta This is a fun-filled, interactive time, as kids make the magic happen! All ages welcome. MUMFERD EXERCISES! July 11, 10:30am, Milton Help Mumferd learn how to be healthy and active this summer! This is for ages 2 - 7. CONSERVATION FOR KIDS July 12, 3:00pm, Milton Build a better world by learning all about conservation in this fun and interactive program. This is for ages 5 - 11. Registration is required. ALPHARETTA

10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, 770-740-2425


855 Mayfield Road, Milton, 404-613-4402

NORTHEAST/SPRUILL OAKS 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek, 770-360-8820


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


115 Norcross Street, Roswell, 770-640-3075


SUMMER SPLASH STORY TIME AND ART! July 12, 3:30pm, East Roswell This is a special time of storytelling and canvas painting. Reservations are required, ages 4 - 12. SUMMER READING PRESENTS BARRY STEWART MANN July 13, 2:00pm, Ocee Experience storytelling with lively voices, gestures, movement, wordplay, puppetry, props, costume pieces, music and foreign languages with active audience participation. All ages are welcome! TOP STORY BUILDERS WITH BARRY STEWART MANN July 14, 10:30am, Northeast/Spruill Oaks Join storyteller Barry Stewart Mann on a journey to build the foundation of a better world through literacy. These tales will be filled with puppets, props, costumes, songs and audience participation. All ages are welcome! BARRY STEWART MANN PRESENTS LANDMARKS OF AMERICAN ENGINEERING July 14, 1:00pm, Roswell Journey across the nation and the years, visiting four fantastic feats of construction and courage through interactive storytelling. Learn about the Erie Canal, follow the tracks of the Transcontinental Railroad and more stops confirming that “If it can be imagined, it can be built!” All ages are welcome! INS AND OUTS OF COLLEGE ADMISSIONS July 15, 11:00am, Roswell Do you know how admissions offices will read your student’s application? Learn about the most important factors for admission and strategies to

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ANTI-BULLYING FILM SCREENING July 26, 6:00pm, Milton Local author Michael Buchanan presents the film Fat Boy Chronicles with a Q & A session following the movie. This is for ages 10+ with parents. Please RSVP.

2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, 404-613-4050

help your student submit more competitive college applications. This is for ages 15+. GO FOR THE GOLD! GARDENING PROGRAM July 19, 6:30pm, East Roswell Use Georgia’s Gold Medal plant selections to help ensure the perfect plant for the perfect spot in your yard or garden. Presented by North Fulton Master Gardeners. Reservations are required, adults only.

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BR’ER RABBIT July 27, 2:00pm, Alpharetta All Hands Productions presents their newest puppet show! All ages welcome. IMAGINATION STATION PUPPET SHOW July 27, 10:30am, Northeast/Spruill Oaks This playful variety show uses puppets, music, storytelling and lots of audience participation to encourage children to use their imagination. All ages are welcome! ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOP July 28, 4:00-6:00pm, Ocee This is a hands-on computer workshop with Deborah Mack, featuring AFPLS entrepreneur and businessrelated databases, for adults only. BOOK SELLING BASICS WORKSHOP July 29, 2:30pm, East Roswell Learn about pricing, distribution, pitching your book to retailers, royalties and more. This is presented by BookLogix. Reservations are required, adults only.

SUMMER READING PRESENTS LEE ANDREWS July 24, 1:00pm, Ocee Laugh while you experience multiple circus skills, magical effects, puppetry and audience participation. All ages are welcome. MAGIC MAN BILL PACKARD July 24, 3:00pm, Roswell Enjoy a morning of amazing and entertaining magic, music and comedy with Atlanta’s favorite magician, Bill Packard. All ages are welcome.

THE ZOO LIBRARY July 31, 3:00pm, Alpharetta The Zoo Library presents an interactive experience where animals are brought to the library! All ages are welcome. BRIGHT STAR TOURING THEATER PRESENTS ALICE IN WONDERLAND July 31, 11:00am, Roswell Bright Star traveling theater brings to life the classic story of Alice in Wonderland. This is for ages 6+.



The Wise Man Says, “Add Conifers” By Lisa Ethridge Forty miles north of Atlanta in Canton, Georgia, there is a 13-acre botanical wonder called The Cox Arboretum. In 1990, Tom and Evelyn Cox set out to collect garden-worthy plants to adorn their property. Twenty-seven years later, they have over 4,000 specimens, which constitutes one of the largest private collections of temperate flora in the U.S. The Cox’s gardening enterprise is now a serious endeavor that focuses on plant evaluation and preservation of rare and endangered flora. The location of their garden was carefully chosen. It’s situated in the foothills of the Piedmont Range and contains lakes, streams, and hardwoods over 100 years old. Because the land is bordered by several large wetland habitats, migratory birds and native fowl contribute to the beauty and biodiversity of the landscape. Educating the public about and expanding their awareness of the interesting and varied plant species that can thrive in zone 7B is a priority. The Cox’s testing clearly demonstrates that there’s no reason to stick with the mundane landscape choices of the past when we can have diverse, spectacular, layered, vistas right outside our suburban windows by incorporating tested specimens from around the world. Conifers have been of interest to Tom Cox throughout his horticultural career. In fact, he and Dr. John Ruter co-authored the first book on confers for the south: Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast. Cox said, “Gardeners in the south tend to garden for spring.” He explained that azaleas, dogwoods, and Rhododendrons are good examples of that thinking. However, he encourages folks to be four-season gardeners who strive to add color and create drama with foliage and textures. He believes you cannot do that without including conifers. The Cox Arboretum is an amazing treasure, and so is its founder. Tom Cox is a naturalist extraordinaire who embodies Dr. Thomas Fuller’s words, “He who plants trees loves others besides himself.”

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


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Senator Speaks

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” -Ronald Reagan

By Senator John Albers


appy Independence Day! Each year on this day, it’s true that we come together for barbeques, fireworks and family time to celebrate this historic event, but it means much more than that. For me, July 4th stands for freedom – a privilege that Americans have and the rest of the world strives to emulate. In some places around the world, people don’t have the right to think, believe, speak, worship or act as they choose. Fortunately for those of us who live in the U.S., we are free to do any of these things, which allows us the opportunity to pursue our dreams. Freedom is not a right that was given to us. It’s a privilege that was earned for us by the brave men and women who initiated our nation’s independence on July 4, 1776, and those who continue the fight every day. As President Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for,


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protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

must continue to work to ensure that what we have earned isn’t taken away.

It’s important to understand that our freedom can be taken away at any given moment. In light of recent events around the world, and some on our own shores, it’s clear that some want to infringe on our freedoms and take them away. For this reason, our nation needs to continue to do what we do best, protect our borders against any threat abroad or domestic and ensure that our freedom endures no matter who or what threatens it. At the front line of this fight are the men and women of the military and our first responders.

We must support those in the military because without their sacrifices, we would not be able to celebrate days like Independence Day and enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy. We must support their families for all they endure while their loved ones are fighting to secure the American dream. We must also support our first responders and law enforcement personnel who run into situations from which most of us flee. We must support our nation, our flag and all of the freedoms that we have. We must realize that our freedom is the greatest privilege anyone can have and the fight to secure it can never end. God Bless America! L

They put their lives on the line every day to ensure we get to live a life filled with freedom and the rights to pursue our dreams. It can be easy to take these privileges for granted, but we must not allow ourselves to brush aside all of the hard work and sacrifices given to make us the home of the free. Every one of us

Sen. John Albers serves as Chairman of the State and Local Government Operations Committee. He represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton and Cherokee counties. 404.463.8055. John.Albers@Senate.Ga.Gov.

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The sixth annual Stand Up for Stand


Down toiletry drive for Georgia’s homeless veterans is ongoing through August

and cholesterol levels, both of which can

11th. Sponsored by the Georgia District

contribute to heart disease. The cardiac CT

Pilot International Clubs and Georgia

scan is a rapid, low-radiation imaging test

Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, the drive collects much-needed

that looks for calcium buildup in the walls of the arteries that supply the heart. This calcium is a sign of coronary heart disease;

toiletry and personal-care items to fill

if performed early enough, a cardiac CT scan

“comfort bags” for veterans who attend

can help identify disease before a heart

Stand Down events throughout north and


central Georgia. “Stand Down” is a military term that refers to the time when troops are brought back from the battlefield for rest and recuperation. Travel/sample-size toiletry and personalcare items are needed. Donations can be dropped off at any of the 26 Georgia Cancer Specialists locations in Georgia. For a list of locations, visit For more information or to volunteer, call 770-864-5347, or visit SU4SD.

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WellStar North Fulton Hospital is

“Each screening includes a consultation

now offering the “Know Your Heart” program,

where we give the patient education on how

a screening that can help determine

to improve their risk factors going forward,”

patients’ risk for heart disease, stroke and

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other serious conditions.

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someone shows any signs or symptoms. The

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Community Feature

Atlanta Regional Commission’s Water District Even with the recent rains, much of metro Atlanta remains in a serious drought. The problem is that it simply hasn’t rained enough, particularly north of Lake Lanier, to make up for how dry we’ve been these last few months. Lake Lanier, the primary source of water for most of the region, is eight feet below “full pool,” the third-lowest level on record for this time of year. The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Water District (non-profit) has launched an awareness campaign to spread the word about the drought and the outdoor watering restrictions that are in place for most of the region, in addition to encouraging people to reduce their daily water consumption by forty gallons.

The Drake House Awarded Grant The Drake House was recently awarded a $12,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia. Each year, the Community Foundation ends its grant cycle with a grant awards breakfast. This year’s event resulted in 28 nonprofits being awarded grants from the Community Foundation’s Good2Give Community Fund, for a total of $303,409! The Drake House, a first-time recipient from the Foundation, was the only agency awarded funds in the north Fulton community for this year’s grant. The Drake House was honored to receive the $12,000 grant and plans to use the money for improvements to their aging facility and new appliances for several apartments. Holly York, director of development for the Drake House, says, “It’s wonderful to begin a partnership with The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia. Their investment in The Drake House shows their confidence in our programming to help homeless single mothers and children move to stable housing and economic selfsufficiency.”

Congratulations to our June “7 Differences” winner, Bridget Ghant! 14

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Assistive Technology Helps People Age in Place “We don’t want people to think that technology means complicated. All of the devices on display are designed to make life easier,” Kemple continued. Great strides have been made in developing new technology to help people with disabilities remain as independent as possible. Advancements, in particular, have been made surrounding the aging population. Due to the high cost of moving to assisted living facilities and the desire of older adults to age in their homes, assistive technology has become a booming business. Assistive technology is designed to help people safely age in place.

Some of the technology featured will include medication management systems, emergency alert devices, mobility aides, adaptive eating utensils, low vision and hearing aids and safety monitors. “We wanted to gather the technology for people to experience hands-on and provide the resources on where they can find it,” Kemple said. “In some cases, there are funding sources available to help cover the costs.”

“Devices as simple as a pill organizer or a cane are considered ‘assistive technology,’” said Leah Kemple, care manager for Senior Services North Fulton.

Everyone is welcome to explore the handson display to see how assistive technology may help you or a loved one live more independently.

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Demo Dates/Locations: July 13, from 10:00-11:00am Roswell Senior Center 1250 Warsaw Road Roswell 770-640-1583 August 10, from 9:30-10:30am Alpharetta Senior Center 12624 Broadwell Road Alpharetta 770-751-9397



Community Feature Fulton County School System Names Top Employees of 2017 Allison Kerley of Barnwell Elementary School was announced as Fulton County Schools’ Teacher of the Year while Dr. Ritu Ahuja of Northwood Elementary School was announced as the district’s Principal of the Year. Rebecca Myers of Holcomb Bridge Middle School is the School Professional of the Year, and Yolander Heard of the Administrative Center is the Support Professional of the Year. Special recognition banners and other gifts of appreciation were presented to the honorees by their principal or supervisor. Superintendent Jeff Rose, Deputy Superintendent of Academics Rob Anderson, school board members Julia Bernath and Katha Stuart joined in for the surprise as well as family members and other special guests. The announcements were the result of the school system’s efforts to recognize exceptional employees who contribute to the success and mission of the school system. Each year, every school and administrative support building is invited to nominate outstanding employees based on teacher, staff and parent input. These employees are then evaluated a second time through an application/essay review and interview, and one finalist is announced from each of Fulton’s geographic Learning Communities – central, northeast, northwest and south. The Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year nominees also undergo a school visit to demonstrate their leadership and classroom skills.

Many Fulton County Schools Serving Meals During the Summer The Summer Food Service Program ensures children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. During June, Fulton County Schools served over 3,000 meals a day at over forty approved sites across the county as part of its annual Summer Feeding Program. Any child under age eighteen is eligible to come and eat a summer meal. The program is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s efforts to curb child hunger. Each summer, the USDA partners with local organizations like Fulton County Schools to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. In 2016, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provided meals to 2.8 million children each day at 47,981 sites during the program’s peak month of July. “The Fulton County School Nutrition Program recognizes the important role school meals play in combating childhood hunger,” said Alyssia Wright, executive director of the district’s School Nutrition Program. “For many families, schools are the one place their children can get a nutritious meal. Our summer feeding program allows communities to continue feeding children when school is not in session.” In addition to serving summer meals at school locations, the Fulton County School Nutrition Program has also partnered with Action Ministries to help deliver and serve summer meals to eight additional community locations. To locate summer feeding sites in your neighborhood, please visit FNS.USDA. gov/summerfoodrocks. A listing for Fulton County School Nutrition Summer Feeding locations and serving times is also available at www.FCSNutrition. com.


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Robb Facial Plastic Surgery is Now Accepting New Patients


r. Philip K. Robb, Jr. and his family finally celebrate their return home to the community that raised them! Upon returning home, Dr. Robb has established Robb Facial Plastic Surgery: a cosmetic center focused on bringing the highest quality of customized cosmetic facial care for everyone. It was founded on principles that place patient satisfaction, safety, and privacy as the highest priorities. Dr. Robb uses a conservative and natural approach to his patients in a comfortable family setting. After graduating from Marist High School, Dr. Robb attended the University of Mississippi before receiving his medical training at the Medical College of Georgia

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(MCG). Returning west for residency, he completed a highly competitive, rigorous training regimen at one of the nation’s top Ear, Nose, and Throat Facial Surgery programs in Little Rock, Arkansas. After five years of facial surgery training, Dr. Robb completed a one-year facial plastic surgery fellowship that focused on cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures of the face. In addition to cosmetic surgery, Dr. Robb also performed nearly one thousand surgical procedures repairing skin cancer defects on the face after Mohs surgery. By opening Robb Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Robb brings the latest, most advanced cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to the northern suburbs of Atlanta.These techniques maximize natural-looking results while minimizing the recovery process.

As we age, we all want to continue to look our best and believe our best days are always ahead of us, which I believe they are!” relates Dr. Robb.“Our office exists to keep our patients looking vibrant, refreshed, and as beautiful as they feel.Through our full line of the highest medical-grade skin care; to noninvasive injectable treatments such as Botox® and other fillers; to surgical procedures that provide instant improvement that turns back the clock on aging; we cover the full spectrum in facial rejuvenation. We all want to look our best, and we’re here to help by providing expert care in a safe, friendly, and comfortable environment.

Robb Facial Plastic Surgery is conveniently located at the intersection of Highway
400 and Old Milton Parkway, just east of Avalon Complex. Dr. Robb is on staff at Northside, St. Joseph’s, and Scottish Rite Hospitals. Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Robb today!



If you enjoy watching TV, movies, playing video games and/or listening to music, then upgrading to a surround-sound system could really enhance your lifestyle. These days, there are options to fit almost any budget. For more elaborate surround-sound systems, you may choose to hire a company with experience that can design and install a system that will fit your needs. If you’re building a new home, it’s the perfect time to get your wires in place for your surround-sound system. Your licensed, low-voltage electrician can help you decide which room and what type of speakers would be the best fit for the space.

speakers are a nice option because they don’t take up living space and can’t be knocked over by a child or pet. A typical setup, known as a 5.1 surround-sound system, consists of six speakers a subwoofer and an audiovideo receiver. While it’s easier to install

audio-video receiver and other source components. An upgraded remote control is a great option to add to any surround-sound system because it allows you to eliminate the need for a remote control for each device. Remote controls can also be programmed to perform macros or multiple functions by pressing a single button. Once everything is set up, your installer should take the time to go over the system with you and show you how to operate everything. It would be a good idea to take some notes, so you can easily refer back if you forget how to operate your system.

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Speakers are made in all shapes and sizes: in-wall or in-ceiling speakers that are flush-mounted, bookshelf speakers, wall-mounted speakers and floorstanding speakers. In-wall or in-ceiling


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By Rick Cheney the wiring during the home building process, in most cases, it’s possible to wire an existing home. Once the speakers and wiring are in place, the installer can setup your

Rick Cheney is in the purchasing department at H&H Electric and Security, LLC. 770-735-1136.

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of the Dentist?

By Amanda Kossick, D.M.D.

Many people have a fear of the dentist. Most dentists are very conscientious about this, and will go the extra mile to gain a patient’s trust and put them at ease. Often, a patient’s anxiety stems from a traumatizing event at the dentist. This can be difficult to overcome because it is integrated into a non-logical part of the brain that cannot just be turned off.


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Most dentists will attempt to lessen a negative memory by providing many positive experiences. Regularly visiting the dentist can actually help decrease the negative stigma the brain has in association with the dental experience. Some will scoff while reading this, believing they will have to be heavily sedated to allow anyone near their mouth. Dentists have medical options they can offer to help relieve anxiety during treatment. Nitrous (laughing gas) is the most common option with the lowest risk. Additionally, a prescription for an anti-anxiety medication can be written and taken one hour prior to an appointment. If the fear is extreme, there are some dentists who will sedate a patient during dental work. There are also more natural ways to manage

stress such as breathing techniques, acupuncture, hypnosis, or simply listening to music through headphones while in the dentist’s chair. Each of these methods help with stress and allow patients to keep their oral cavity healthy and stable. Notice how avoiding the dentist is not listed as an option. That is because avoiding the dentist will likely increase stress due to the possibility that patients will eventually have more problems with their teeth. Small problems can be taken care of in a forty-minute appointment, but if left to fester, small problems can become bigger problems, requiring a very complicated procedure such as a root canal, crown or an extraction.

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

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Is Your Thermostat Efficient? By Michael Buckner

Let’s talk about the often overlooked, power-sucking HVAC system, more specifically — your thermostat. If you’re reading this from home, go take a look at what you have. If there is a little plastic slider at the bottom that you use to adjust the temperature, cue the loud sirens! Get rid of it. It’s the culprit of at least ten percent of your power bill. Simply put, if your power/gas bills are $200 per month, you’re wasting around $250 per year. If your thermostat is digital but does not allow you to program a schedule, you’re in the same boat — wasting money. If your thermostat allows daily programming — congrats! But are you utilizing the schedule function to tell the thermostat when you’re not home? If not, you’re no better off, so stop

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reading this article, and go program your thermostat. For those who want premium energy savings, there is a smarter thermostat. Rather than simply programming a schedule, the Nest thermostat “knows” if you’re at home or not. It does this by using a built-in motion sensor to determine whether to be in comfort or efficiency mode. As you override this, it learns your behaviors, and it tries to anticipate the best setting. These are known to provide an additional fivepercent savings on your utility bill. Another option is a smart thermostat connected to other devices in your home (like your security system or garage door). If the system is armed to “away,” your thermostat knows to operate in efficiency mode. If your system is disarmed or in “stay” mode,

the thermostat assumes comfort mode. When you close your garage door in the morning — efficiency mode. When you open your garage in the evening — comfort mode. While still saving as much energy as the Nest, you are less likely to have the system switch to efficiency mode while you’re sitting motionless on the couch, and there’s no schedule to program.

Michael Buckner is owner of Audio Intersection, a provider of audio and video in Georgia. 770-479-1000.



Mayor’s Minute


am very pleased with the Johns Creek City Council’s decision last month to move forward with the process of developing construction documents on four of Johns Creek’s five new parks. The City Council’s action represents a big step forward in what is shaping up to be a transformational year in Johns Creek. The addition of these beautiful green spaces and what they will mean to our residents they serve is very exciting.

year. The current design concepts for each of the five new parks can viewed at Parks-Design-Project.

The four parks include the linear park in Technology Park, the neighborhood park on Morton Road, and the two pocket parks located on State Bridge Road and at the intersection of Bell and Boles Roads.

The City’s four existing parks will also benefit, as each will be refurbished through this funding mechanism. Once the construction and refurbishment on all the parks is complete, the City will have the look and feel of nine new parks.

The concept design of the fifth new park at Cauley Creek is still under discussion, and the City Council anticipates a decision on the final design later this

The construction of each park will be funded by the parks bond, which was passed by residents of Johns Creek. The bond, for an amount up to $40,000,000, will be used for the development and acquisition of parks and green space.

Additionally, the bond has enabled the old Rogers Bridge restoration project to move forward. The new bridge across the Chattahoochee River will connect park facilities for pedestrians and cyclists in Johns Creek to Duluth, which expands more recreational opportunities for our residents.

By Mayor Mike Bodker

The City also intends to continue to identify opportunities to purchase additional greenspace in its ongoing desire to meet the recreational needs of its growing population, which is in line with its Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan. The Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan ( docs/recreation-parks-plan-final) is a reflection of the community’s needs and priorities for the provision of recreation sites, facilities and programs. The plan was developed following a five-month planning process in 2015 that included extensive community outreach and input from over 1,500 individuals through interviews, surveys, community meetings and social media interactions. Based on the input received, key consensus items in the plan include acquisition of additional park land, expansion of recreational facilities, addition of multi-purpose athletic fields, development of an indoor recreation center, expansion of facilities and programs for seniors, addition of a cricket field, connectivity between parks and activity centers, a broader range of programs to serve all age groups, planning for a city-wide recreational greenway/trail system, and improvements to existing facility maintenance. Your feedback has been valuable regarding your desire for more parks and greenspace. We will continue to do our best to balance the needs of residents and provide exceptional recreational facilities.

Mike Bodker is the mayor of Johns Creek. 678-512-3200.,


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Viking River Cruises Announces Details of Newest Fleet Addition,

Viking Ra

LIFESTYLE The newly rebuilt Viking Ra will boast 24 staterooms that will exclusively accommodate 48 guests for an intimate cruising experience. Designed by experienced nautical architects and engineers, Viking Ra will be a state-of-the-art ship with the clean, elegant Scandinavian design, blended with local influences like traditional geometric Arabic patterns and terrazzo floors. Viking Ra will feature— • All-suite staterooms - The ship features three suite stateroom categories, each 291 sq. ft., including twenty veranda suites with a full-size veranda in the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom. All staterooms include premium amenities such as a hotel-style bed, luxury linens, sofa, private bathroom with shower, air conditioning and flat-screen TVs. • Pool and two jacuzzis - In addition to two jacuzzis, Viking Ra features a pool at the back of

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the ship, allowing guests to swim surrounded by their destination. Sculptural sail-shades inspired by local dhow ships and intricate mashrabiya-influenced screens surrounding the pool and sun deck provide a sanctuary from the sun. • Spa - Specifically designed for Viking Ra, guests can relax in The Spa, which offers massage services and a variety of treatments. • Onboard dining, bar and lounge - Dine in The Restaurant, which serves three full meals and a selection of regional and international fare, then head to the clinker-built bar to share a cocktail with friends. During the day, guests can relax in The Lounge, take in the views through floor-toceiling glass doors or hear an informative discussion on the next destination. • Enriching entertainment - Connecting guests to their destinations through authentic experiences is central to Viking’s “thinking person’s cruise.” Instead of casinos and water slides, guests are offered Viking’s Culture Curriculum®, which includes a Nubian evening event on board and a local experience riding a camel. Additionally, Viking’s expert

Egyptologist leads all excursions, sharing the archaeological and historical significance of the sites. Viking Ra will sail the Nile River on a new Egypt cruisetour, Pharaohs & Pyramids, that will launch in March 2018. During the twelve-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary, guests will experience Egypt’s cultural treasures in seven destinations. The cruisetour begins with a three-night stay at a first-class hotel in Cairo where guests can visit iconic sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the new Grand Egyptian Museum and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Guests will then fly to Luxor where they will visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak before boarding Viking Ra for an eight-day roundtrip cruise on the Nile River to Aswan, featuring privileged access to the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens and excursions to the Temple of Khnum in Esna, the Dendera Temple Complex in Qena, and a visit to a colorful Nubian village where guests can experience a traditional elementary school. Finally, the journey concludes with a flight back to Cairo for a final night in the historic city. L

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

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COVER STORY By Cyndi Braun


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customers may get tax credits depending on the power company they use.”

Hüper Optik® – Exclusive Films Hüper Optik® is the market leader in German-engineered, multi-layered, nanoceramic and traditional solar-control film technology. Offered only by select authorized dealers, these films provide energy savings with low-to-no interior reflectivity and heat rejection without having a dark, noticeable film on your windows.


hether you’re on a boat, headed to the beach or relaxing poolside, if you’re outside, you have probably protected your skin with sunscreen. But have you protected your home, your car or your business from sun damage? The same heat, glare and UV rays are penetrating your windows, fading your interior, making your air conditioner work harder and producing annoying glare.

“Our films are designed to be nonreflective with higher heat rejection and better fade control than traditional films. There aren’t many manufacturers or companies we compete against who can offer these types of products,” said DeLuca. “Homeowners and business owners end up choosing our Hüper Optik® products because they want natural light without the heat. The films protect their furniture and allow visibility outside during the day or night.” The Select series and Ceramic series are the most popular Hüper Optik® films chosen by customers in the north Fulton area.

Hüper Optik® Select Series

Why Window Tinting? “At this time of the year, we get a lot of calls from people concerned about the sun’s effect on the interior of their home. UV rays can quickly fade furniture, flooring and window treatments,” said Chris DeLuca, owner of All Pro Window Tinting. “I’ve been in new homes where we lift up the area rug and the homeowner is shocked to see that ultraviolet damage has already occurred.”

“Typically, the products will pay for themselves in energy savings within the first one-to-two years,” said DeLuca. “Hüper Optik® products also meet Energy Star qualifications, which means

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All Pro installs high-end Hüper Optik® window films to eliminate energy consumption in the home, workplace and vehicles. The Hüper Optik® product lines also help to reduce interior fading, reduce glare, block UV rays and block IR rays to keep homes, businesses and autos comfortable during all times of the year. Serving Roswell, Alpharetta & Milton



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of microscopic gold and silver metals as well as dielectric substances. The process produces a film with incredible heat, glare and ultraviolet protection. The films block damaging infrared rays that produce heat and the ultraviolet light rays that cause fading. The films never fade, are dye- and pigment-free, and do not have a metallic or shiny appearance.

Hüper Optik® Ceramic Series These films are produced by depositing ceramic coatings on ultra-clear films. The end product offers heat, glare and ultraviolet light protection. Metalfree, dye-free and pigment-free, these films do not bubble, split, turn purple or fade. The product delivers heat rejection without affecting visibility. In addition, the film does not appear shiny and has low reflectivity, producing a natural view day and night.

All Pro Window Tinting Founded in 2007 by Canton, GA native Chris DeLuca, All Pro Window Tinting has become known for quality products, expert installation and professional customer service. With locations in Atlanta, Canton and Roswell, the company offers a complete line of products for residential, commercial and automotive applications. Automotive tinting is offered at the Canton location in a large warehouse facility. DeLuca explains that he built his company on “quality not quantity.” He believes in old-fashioned interaction with customers, and he takes time to consult with each customer and offers tinting solutions based on their needs and budget. DeLuca leaves a written quote with the customer when the estimate is completed.

Satisfied Customers “I had window tinting done on all my family room windows in 2003. The film became streaky, and so the windows always looked dirty. I had mentioned this to a friend who recommended All Pro Window Tinting. Chris came out promptly and gave me a reasonable price for removing the old film and applying a new, much better-quality film to the family room windows and also to my kitchen windows. Chris helped me pick the right tint for the job, and the installation was flawless. I tinted the windows to reduce sun exposure on items in the house and reduce the glare on our TV screen. I am thrilled with how much better the view is, in addition to the tinting. Chris was professional, friendly and prompt, and I would definitely use their services again,” said Trisha Beller, Cumming, GA. “All Pro Window Tinting gets my business every time. Over the last few years, they have tinted my office, home and cars. When All Pro tinted my office, it made a huge difference in cutting the glare and making it more comfortable for everyone. They definitely take care of their customers. When we had a contractor break a window on our home, Chris repaired the window, even though it was a rather small job. He was glad to do it,” said Matt Rogers, Marietta, GA. “I selected All Pro Window Tinting for my beach house. Wish I had done it years ago, but all I can say is thank goodness I finally got around to it. What a difference! You could feel an immediate drop in temperature inside the house. I didn’t think the view of the beach could be any better, but honestly, looking through the tinting, the colors are brighter, and everything just looks clearer. The product is amazing, but equally important was the quality of service. Chris and the whole team were so responsive. They worked around my schedule and made the entire process so easy. I was so impressed that I have recommended them to my place of business, and I think that says it all,” said Denise Swords, Atlanta, GA.

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oshilyn Jackson’s newest book, Almost Sisters, is a stunning telling of the complicated. It is a story of twos: two sets of “almost sisters,” two churches, two kinds of fathers, two books in one, two races, and characters, both real and imagined, with two identities. It is also a story of rabbits. While this seems like a jumbled set of ideas that could never make much sense, Jackson aligns themes and plot to create an unforgettable tale. At 39, Leia Birch is a single, successful comic book artist, living in Virginia near her step-sister, Rachel. One fateful morning, she learns Rachel’s perfect marriage is coming apart, and her grandmother, Birchie, who lives in Birchville, Alabama, is also experiencing very dramatic behavior outbursts. True to form, Rachel jumps into “fix it” mode and books a flight to Alabama for Leia and her 13-year-old daughter, Lavender. Rachel discovers her husband’s cowardly plan to run away from their marriage due to his financial collapse. Thus, her plan to send Lavender to Alabama is intended to shield her daughter from the impending family drama. However, her plan is upended when Lavender figures out her Aunt Leia is pregnant with a bi-racial baby, and a skeleton is discovered inside a trunk in Birchie’s attic that has been there for years. Birchie and Wattie, “almost sisters” since Wattie’s birth, now live together in Birchie’s home. Though Birchie keeps them financially afloat, Wattie keeps Birchie emotionally stable, as her mind succumbs Lewy bodies. The Lewy bodies cause Birchie to see rabbits — some doing good, and some doing not such good things. With a skeleton in the attic, the truth of who and why must be laid out for all to hear. But remember, this is a story of twos, and sometimes, life offers up two truths.

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

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Learning Opportunities for Children

are Boundless! By Christy Noll Children are always learning, as they watch mom, dad or siblings, their brains are processing, organizing and storing this information. There are countless ways children learn by helping around the house and in family activities. Many dads (and moms, too!) love to build things. Enlisting the help of your children teaches them what you’ve spent a lifetime learning and perfecting. Things like gluing strips of wood together, sanding and painting, cutting (if age-appropriate)


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and measuring things to ensure the right dimensions for whatever is being built are all valuable skills for children to learn. And the satisfaction that kids feel after seeing the finished item makes the piece have more significance, and a higher value is placed on it. In addition to learning lifelong skills, your child also gets to enjoy spending quality time with you. All-in-all, you’re developing their passion for creating things, solving household problems, building creativity, working on math skills and making valuable memories with your child. In addition, teaching kids to perform household chores and help with projects will teach them responsibility, and it gives them valuable tools that can be expanded upon as they grow. Hands-on activities, like cooking, can teach a child math facts, as you use measuring spoons and cups. Plus, they can learn the effects of leaving out ingredients or supplementing different

ones, and how that alters the taste of food. It’s also a good idea to encourage your kids to use their imagination and ask questions. As you walk the yard or the neighborhood, tell your child the names of bushes, plants and trees. Have your child imagine and describe what they think the bushes may look like in different seasons of the year. Why do leaves fall off the trees? Why do certain plants only bloom in the spring? Children can learn valuable, lifelong skills simply by watching, listening and asking questions during family chores and activities. Parents — make use of these teaching opportunities, and be a valuable resource for your child’s growth!

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

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Your Future Starts Here! By Jessica Helms Opportunities in the HVAC industry are endless! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wages Report, the average annual salary for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers as of May 2014 is $46,420. According to the same report, there are also 90,000 projected job opportunities in the industry between now and the year 2020. Here are a few things you need to be successful in the HVAC industry:

« Problem Solving Skills — The equipment that HVAC technicians work on can be extremely complicated and advanced. There are countless moving parts and pieces that must all work together

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just right for the system to operate efficiently. Your ability to work through a technical issue, identify the source, and perform the repair are crucial to a successful career.

« A Teachable Personality — Because technology is constantly evolving and improving, there is always something new to learn in the HVAC industry. You must be willing to learn from your peers, and always ask questions.

« Customer Service Mentality — You should strive to best serve customers by cultivating a relationship with them. There are several options when it comes to HVAC service, and you want your customers to know that they can count on you to do the right thing. Regular and honest communication is key to establishing a relationship of integrity with customers in the HVAC industry.

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities in the HVAC industry, please email Careers@

Jessica Helms is an executive assistant/ communications director for R & D Mechanical Services, Inc. 770-9171795.



Estate Planning with Little Time By Chris Miller, Esq. How would you spend your time if you knew your life would end in thirty days? Most folks think about the people they are leaving behind. Here are some last-minute planning ideas: 1. Sign a health care directive. In Georgia, an Advance Directive for Health Care appoints someone to make medical decisions for you and gives that person the right to access your medical records. In the Directive, you may guide your agent about the types of medicines and nutrition you want at the end of your life. 2. Sign a power of attorney. A power of attorney shares your authority to make financial decisions when you’re unable to act on your


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own. It can be immediately effective or set up to start after a doctor certifies that you’re incapacitated. Georgia has a new statutory form that becomes effective this month. Even though powers of attorney already in effect are still valid, the new form can be enforced against banks and other companies in ways that the old form cannot. 4. Add other people to bank accounts. Jointly owned property often flows outside of probate to a surviving joint owner. By adding an intended beneficiary as a joint account holder, you give them the right to access those funds immediately. Another choice is to instruct a “pay-on-death” or “transfer-on-death” to let a bank account flow outside of probate. 3. Update your beneficiary designations. Beneficiaries get named when you purchase life insurance policies and

set up retirement accounts. Those beneficiary designations control those assets, so it’s worth the time to confirm that the right people are named. Beneficiary designations do not automatically update themselves when a person gets married, has a child, or is divorced from a spouse. 4. Sign a will. A Last Will and Testament names someone to settle your affairs after you pass on. It distributes your individually held assets to the beneficiaries of your choice, directing the smooth transition of funds and rights that you have to others who can carry on your legacy.

Chris Miller is an attorney in Alpharetta. 678-746-2900.

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(Serves 2)


• 6 large sea scallops • 2 cups cooked Arborio rice • ¼ cup diced Andouille sausage • ¼ cup crawfish tails • ¼ cup sweet corn • 2 tablespoons sliced scallion • ¾ cup low country boil stock • ¼ cup heavy cream • 1 cup sliced Brussels sprouts • 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms • 2 ounces Lemon-Cajun Crab Butter Sauce* • 1 tablespoon butter • Vegetable oil (to coat the sauté pan) • Salt & pepper to taste

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Procedure - - -

In a smoking hot sauté pan, sear the scallops with a little vegetable oil for approximately four minutes or until a golden-brown crust is visible. Flip the scallops over, and repeat. Allow the scallops to rest. Combine the rice, crawfish, sausage, corn and scallions with the stock, and stir with a wooden spoon until the liquid is absorbed, and the rice is hot. Finish by stirring in the cream, and season with salt and pepper. Heat a tablespoon of butter in a sauté pan, and cook the Brussels sprouts until soft. Add the mushrooms, and cook until soft (about eight minutes total).

*Lemon-Cajun Crab Butter Sauce Ingredients • 2 cups heavy cream • 2 ounces unsalted butter (cubed & room temperature) • 1 tablespoon blackening spice • 2 ounces crabmeat *Lemon-Cajun Crab Butter Sauce Procedure - In a medium sauce pan, reduce the heavy cream by half on medium heat. - Remove from the flame, and whisk in the cubed butter to form an emulsion. - Add the blackening spice and crab, and stir until well incorporated.



American Heart Association recommends 10,000 steps a day, and fitness trackers encourage us to make that our goal. But if you’re suffering from a sports injury, arthritis, diabetes or any other condition that affects your feet, each step may be painful.

Conditions and Treatments

Alpharetta Foot & Ankle Specialists treats patients with a variety of foot problems using conservative treatments and minimally-invasive surgery. The practice is committed to using the latest technology while approaching patients with an oldfashioned bedside manner.

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“I really emphasize effective communication with my patients. I never want a patient to leave my office more confused than when he or she walked in. If we have a complicated case, it’s not uncommon for me to spend 30 to 45 minutes with that one patient. I want to be sure patients understand what they have, why they have it, and how I can help them,” said Dr. Brian Harley, DPM. A Georgia native, Dr. Harley attended the University of North Georgia on a military scholarship; he then served as a combat medic and medical officer with the Army National Guard. He went to medical school in New York and completed his residency in Los Angeles. Dr. Harley is board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery in forefoot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery. 32

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With offices in Alpharetta and Cumming, the practice specializes in conservative and surgical management of injuries and conditions of the foot and ankle. Services include -

Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery Ankle replacement Ankle arthroscopy Bunion correction Hammertoe correction Torn ligaments and tendons Tendon transfers Ankle fusions Internal and external fixation techniques Diabetic ulcerations General foot and ankle care Sprained ankle care Fracture care

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The Ilizarov method uses external hardware to hold bones and soft-tissues to allow correction of a deformity or stabilization for healing. Instead of requiring plates and screws on the inside, the technique enables a surgeon to treat an injury or birth defect from the outside of the bone.

Ankle Replacements Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, infection or a bone fracture can all cause damage to the ankle, leading to pain and loss of movement. When the patient has reached the point where surgery is necessary, Dr. Harley offers a plan tailored to that specific patient.

we are now able to customize the implant for each patient and precisely position it, resulting in better, more natural movement,” said Dr. Harley. “Many of our patients are able to go home the same day as their surgery,” he added.

Foot and Ankle Trauma In addition to joint replacements, Dr.

Total ankle replacements entail replacing damaged bones in the ankle joint with artificial joints, which provide more ankle mobility and eliminate pain. The ankle joint replacement is anatomically correct and keeps the patient’s body functioning the way it was designed to function. “With 28 different bones and 53 different joints, the dynamics of the foot and ankle can make ankle replacements a challenging procedure. However, with advances in implants, imaging and surgical procedures,

Harley specializes in sports injuries and trauma to the foot, ankle and lower leg. For severe fractures or birth defects in which a bone didn’t grow properly, Dr. Harley is trained to perform the Ilizarov method of external fixation. After his residency, Dr. Harley completed an advanced fellowship in external fixation techniques held at the Russian Ilizarov Scientific Centre in Siberia, the center that developed the procedure in the 1950s.

“External fixations are used in cases such as significant traumas, where severe compound fractures need to be stabilized and held in place,” said Dr. Harley. “The procedure is done on the outside, decreasing incisions and chances of infection. It is stable enough to walk on right away, so it’s a better way to treat a lot of significant traumas that will allow patients to return to their activities faster.”

Managing Pain and Promoting Healing During surgery, Dr. Harley adds regenerative tissue on top of the artificial joint or around the tendons and nerves to stimulate healing and shorten recovery times. “We utilize regenerative tissue during surgery to facilitate healing with less pain, less inflammation and less scar tissue. It stimulates the body to heal, and I believe it is one of the reasons our success rates are so good,” said Dr. Harley. “Foot surgery is life-altering. The average patient takes about 10,000 steps in one day, so what we do is evaluated 10,000 times a day.” Office Locations Alpharetta

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3400 Old Milton Parkway, Building A, Suite 500 Alpharetta, GA 30005 Phone: 770-667-4410

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By JoEllen Wilson


or many, a life plan often takes the route

of finishing high school, attending college, getting a job, marrying and having children. However, this JoEllen Wilson

traditional path is rarer

than you think. Many take a more non-traditional path — like I did. Let me start at the beginning . . . I was a traditional-age college student. I entered Reinhardt after high school and graduated in two years from this excellent junior college. Then, John Wilson and I married. I continued studying for my B.A. degree in elementary education at night school while working during the day. In 1967, our children were born. So begins “starting over.”

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Our twin sons were born 2 ½ months prematurely when I was a junior at Oglethorpe University. My ambition was to finish college and begin my teaching career, as my children grew with me. However, these two tiny babies (weighing about 3 pounds each) required almost two months of hospitalization and constant care. So I left college, quit my job and devoted myself to bringing these two precious children home from the hospital and helping them grow into healthy, productive men. I always knew I would finish my degree one day, but I had to be patient. The adjustments I made to be a fulltime mother took perseverance and hard work (of a different kind). However, I made the adjustment willingly and happily, with full support from my husband, knowing my family came first. It is a decision I have never regretted.

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I waited until my children were ten years old to go back to work. By that time, my career objectives had taken a different turn. No longer did I aspire to be an elementary school teacher; I wanted a career in higher education. I began my profession with Reinhardt College as a part-time employee. Soon, I became full-time and worked ten years as alumni director. During this time, I knew if I was going to build a career in higher education, I should have some myself — (higher education, that is)! So I went back to college after being away from school for twenty years, this time to study business administration. At the time, my sons had already graduated from the University of Georgia. I guess the hardest part of being in college when they had finished was knowing my children would be looking at my grades, as I had done with theirs for so many years. Talk about pressure to make all A’s!


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If you’ve worked in one job for a number of years, you understand the meaning of “burnout.” Although I loved my job as alumni director, enjoyed my constituents and colleagues, and really wanted to remain at the college, I knew I could not continue to go to work with the enthusiasm required to be successful. I made an appointment with the president to let him know I needed to find something else. I figured there was no other place for me at Reinhardt, since a master’s degree is required for faculty and upper administration, and I had only recently achieved a bachelor’s degree. President Floyd Falany encouraged me to go back to college and promised I could work as a special assistant until I finished. It took another long five years, but I completed a Master of Education degree from Brenau University at the young age of 55.

I remember working at Reinhardt each day, driving to Oglethorpe University in Atlanta three nights per week, and finally receiving my undergraduate degree at age fifty. It took a long time — I was not able to take a full load of classes while working full-time, but I knew I could finish if I was resilient. Graduation was exhilarating! Imagine your husband, mom, dad, sister and SONS cheering for you as you walk across the commencement stage.

Finally, I had made it to upper management in higher education and had faculty status after years of dreaming and starting over — and over — and over. The secret? It’s really not a secret, it is simply resilience, tenacity, hard work and people who believe in you because of these traits. Even if you enter the job market after your children are older and finish college after the age of fifty, you CAN do it. I’m living proof!

Thomas Isherwood became president of Reinhardt in 2001 and promoted me to vice Starting over # president after a short nine months. In making this appointment, he had to approach a board of trustees who had never worked with a woman as a permanent vice president. He assured them I was capable at the administrative level, and they approved the appointment unanimously. I was also hired as an adjunct instructor in the Education Department.


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LIFESTYLE Many people find the mortgage process to be a daunting one. When you call on a mortgage lender, it’s good to have an idea of what kind of mortgage you’d like. To decide on a mortgage type, first —identify how much money you can afford to put down. The more you can afford to put down, the better your rate will be. A good credit score and a down payment of 20% will afford you the best interest rates. What if you can’t afford 20%, or you don’t have a perfect credit rating? Don’t worry. These days, there are plenty of options, especially for firsttime homebuyers. Next, determine how long you’re planning to stay in your home. If you plan to stay in your home a long time, most people will choose a fixed36

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rate mortgage. This means that the rate you receive at the time of the loan will remain fixed for the life of the loan. This can provide peace of mind, as your mortgage payment will always remain the same. Another option is an adjustable rate mortgage. This means you receive a lower interest rate initially over a fixed rate loan, but the rate will adjust after a certain period, depending on market conditions. For example, a 5/1 ARM will adjust after five years, and could potentially go up as much as 2.00%, depending on the market. If you’re buying a first home that you plan to sell in less than five years, an adjustable rate mortgage makes great sense. Finally, you’ll want to determine how much the mortgage will actually

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cost you. It’s not enough to simply compare rates at different financial institutions. Different lenders will offer different mortgages and terms, which affect the total cost of the loan. Your lender will provide you with a loan estimate explaining all the costs, and you can compare loan estimates from lender to lender. Your house is the biggest investment you will ever make. Understanding how a mortgage works, and choosing a recognized, reputable lender will help ensure you make the wisest choice. L

Shelia Garrison is the Canton financial center manager at LGE Community Credit Union. 2018 Cumming Hwy, Canton. 770-424-0060.

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Ask Me No Questions My mother taught me so much about life, but one of the most important lessons I learned from her came in an unusual way. Mom had a quote she enjoyed sharing with me and my brothers. The quote was, “Ask me no questions; I’ll tell you no lies.” Whenever Mom knew something that we wanted to know, we would beg and plead for her to tell us what she knew. Our questions were simple:


“What am I getting for my birthday?” “What are we having for dinner tonight?”

“What’s that present under the Christmas tree with my name on it?”

But with a big smile on her face and much love in her heart, my mother

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would look into our pleading eyes and say, “Ask me no questions; I’ll tell you no lies.” As a child, I found that response extremely frustrating. Whenever I heard my mother say that phrase, a frown would appear on my face. The unknown created anticipation and uncertainty within me. If only Mom would tell me what she knew, then my curiosity would be gone, and uncertainty would be replaced with confidence and knowledge. Do you ever feel that way with God? In our lives, we often want answers; we want certainty; we want the unknown aspects of life to be replaced with information. So, we pray, “God, please answer my questions. Resolve my curiosity. Take

away the unknown.” But often, God says to us, “Be still my child. Trust me. Ask me no questions.” What would life be without curiosity? What joy would we miss without anticipating the unknowns of life? Sometimes, comfort is found in knowledge, but there’s also much excitement and anticipation found in waiting for the right time to learn, discover and know. Occasionally, when my children ask me a question, I have responded, “Ask me no questions . . .” And while their little faces frowned, a smile quietly spread across my face and within my heart.”

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



Alpharetta seems to be constantly growing, and it is quickly becoming a bustling economic engine. Small business owners are the pioneers of tomorrow. Every business owner has a story to tell.

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isters Wendy Vogt and Christine Vogt-Tamisin co-own Sis & Moon, a chic boutique on Milton Avenue. Both women live in downtown Alpharetta and could think of no better place to open their storefront. They stated, “We knew the vision Mayor Belle Isle had for the west side of downtown Alpharetta and wanted to be a part of it. We like to think of ourselves as a gathering place for our community on any given day.” Now, local artisans contribute to the mix of furniture, art, jewelry, clothing and miscellaneous rediscovered and reinvented objects found in their boutique. At the Treehouse artist studios (which is attached to the shop), you can find artists in their studio spaces creating. Sis & Moon was one of the first few places to shop in the downtown district, and they were able to forge lasting relationships with customers. “The downtown area really has a small-town feel, which we like. The festivals and events bring thousands of people from everywhere that perhaps, otherwise, would not visit the area and now are returning patrons, said Wendy Vogt & Christine Vogt-Tamisin.”

Around the corner on South Main Street is THRIVE | Coworking, which is owned and operated by Ramon Gonzalez and Daniel Burnett. These guys understand the obstacles that come along with trying to kick off a new business; capital, talent, and inspiration all play a role in success. That is why they opened THRIVE in downtown Alpharetta to support and incubate new ideas and aspiring young businesses. THRIVE | Coworking is a shared workspace in downtown Alpharetta. So, what inspired Ramon to start a business in downtown Alpharetta? Its potential did. “Being in a vibrant and walkable area is really important for my business, and downtown Alpharetta has that. Also, in general, I think pound for pound, Alpharetta is one of the best cities out there. The opportunity, businesses, and leadership here can’t be beat!” He adds, “We love working down here because of all of the things to do here. It is a unique place!”



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


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so you can respond appropriately. Here is some valuable information for this time of year. Hopefully, you won’t need it, but just in case….

Summer Dental Safety Tips for Your Child By Vishant Nath, D.M.D.

The summer months bring with them lots of fun playtime, which can often lead to accidental injuries. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the best way to react to certain injuries,

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If your child has an injury that causes a tooth to become knocked out, contact your pediatric dentist immediately. If the tooth is a primary (baby) tooth, the emphasis will probably not be on saving the tooth. However, it’s still important for your child to be seen by a dentist, so they can check for damage to any adjacent teeth. If your child loses a permanent (adult) tooth, it’s much more critical that every effort is put into saving the tooth. Find the tooth, and try not to touch the root. If it’s dirty, you may rinse it in water, but do not scrub the tooth. Do not use soap. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket, and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container or plastic, sealable bag with milk, saliva or cool

water if milk or saliva are not available. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth. If your child chips or fractures a tooth, contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection, and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water, and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the dentist. All of these scenarios have something in common. All require the immediate attention of a dentist. Time is truly of the essence. Having a pediatric dentist who is familiar with you and your child can greatly assist you in nursing your child back to great dental health!

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



A Great Alternative to the Four-Year College Degree

You may also want to consider that while “21 percent of the class of 2016 accepted a job before graduation, 51 percent of graduates from the classes of 2014 and 2015 said they are working in jobs that do not require their college degree” (Dickler). And finally, “The Institute of Education Statistics estimates that 40% of attendees at a four-year college drop out before completing their degree” (Hamm). So, what is another great option for recent high school graduates and anyone else who might be looking to pursue a degree, certification or advanced training to help them secure a profitable career?

By Julie Senger



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State Residents

Out-of-State Residents

4 (years)



33,480 per year $

(4 years)



24,930 per year $



(4 years)

2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR 9,650 per year

As for starting salaries, “In its most recent survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that for ten broad degree categories ranging from engineering to communications, 2016 graduates are projected to have an average salary of $50,556” (Poppick). However, as of 2015, “the average cost of living for a single person residing in Atlanta is $31,303” (Elkins & Gould). If you used every dollar of your remaining income after all your cost-of-living expenses to pay down your student loans, it would take 5.17 years for state residents at public colleges, 8.35 years for out-of-state residents at public universities, and 10.12 years for private college tuition students to pay off their student loans. These are numbers you will probably want to consider when making your decision about whether to attend a traditional four-year college or university.



ith traditional, four-year college and university tuitions continuing to increase each year, many recent high school graduates are looking for another alternative. According to *Collegedata, “The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2016–2017 school year was $9,650 for state residents at public colleges, $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities, and $33,480 at private colleges.” When you multiply those figures by four, you get a total tuition cost of $38,600, $99,720 and $133,920 respectively.

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four-year college degree,” students deserve to know just as much about trade schools and associate degree programs. We would be doing them a disservice if we didn’t shine equal light on these types of opportunities, allowing individuals to pursue advanced education and training in viable, reputable career fields that employ more than half of America’s workforce. *All numbers within this article are based upon the following sources that were utilized at press time: Collegedata, “What’s the Price Tag for a College Education?” content_payarticle_tmpl.jhtml?articleId=10064 Dickler, Jessica, “College Grads Enjoy the Best Job Market in Years” college-grads-enjoy-the-best-job-market-in-years.html Elkins, Kathleen and Skye Gould, “How Much It Costs for a Single Person to Live in 24 Major US Cities” Hamm, Trent, “Trade School Might Be a Better Choice Than College. Here’s Why” trade-school-might-be-a-better-choice-than-college-her-1484086007

If you’re a fan of the show Dirty Jobs, then you know its star, Mike Rowe, is a big proponent of attending trade school. According to recent research, trade jobs account for “54% of the labor market,” and “over the next ten years, 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled. But two million of those will go unfilled due to the skills gap” (The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Study). Therefore, the chances of you finding a job upon the completion of your chosen program are likely very high, as there are currently not enough skilled workers to fill the necessary positions. Also, most skilled trade careers are safe from overseas outsourcing because hands-on work can only be carried out locally.

The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Survey, “The Skills Gap in the U.S.” (2015). http://mikerowe. com/2017/03/attn-again-a-4-yr-degree-is-not-the-best-path-for-all/ Poppick, Susie, “Here’s What the Average Grad Makes Right Out of College” Trade Schools, Colleges and Universities, “7 Benefits That Prove the Value of Education” https://www.

Do you fancy the idea of a varied work environment, one where you don’t sit in the same cubical each day? Do you enjoy working with your hands? Do you enjoy fixing things? Building things? If so, trade school may be an ideal choice for you. Examples of trade school programs include automotive, marine craft or aviation technology and repair, plumbing, welding, carpentry, electrician school, landscape design, appliance repair, HVAC, truck driving, dental hygienist, sonographer, respiratory therapist, paralegal, web developing and so much more! Another benefit of trade school is that most programs take two years or less to complete, so you’re able to get started earning a salary in your career two years sooner than you would while earning a four-year degree. And, “over thirty percent of young people with an associate’s degree — and 27 percent with an industry-relevant license or certificate — earn higher incomes than those with a bachelor’s degree” (Trade Schools, Colleges and Universities). So, while society has always seemed to focus heavily on encouraging high school students to “pursue a traditional,

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• 1 lb. shrimp, medium sized • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes • 1 box penne pasta • 2 cups pesto* • ¼ cup parmesan cheese • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced • Salt and pepper to taste • ½ cup dry white wine


- Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking liquid, rinse the pasta quickly, and set aside. - In a sauté pan over moderate heat, add the olive oil and garlic. Cook the garlic until its translucent, but do not allow it to brown. - Add the tomatoes, and cook until the skin blisters, and tomatoes begin to break down (about 5 to 7 minutes). - Turn up the heat, and add the shrimp; season with salt and pepper, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. - Add the wine, and stir vigorously. Once the wine is reduced, adjust the heat to low, and add the pasta and pesto. - Stir to incorporate all the ingredients; check for seasoning and consistency. If the pasta sauce is thick, add some of the reserved pasta cooking liquid. - Garnish with parmesan cheese and torn basil leaves.

*Pesto Ingredients (no nuts)

• 4 oz. basil leaves, (reserve a few basil leaves for garnish) • 3 cloves garlic, mashed into a paste • 1 tablespoon salt • 2/ 3 cup extra virgin olive oil • ½ cup parmesan cheese • Salt to taste

*Pesto Procedure

(serves 4)

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Rinse the basil leaves, pat dry, and coarsely chop. Transfer them to a food processor or blender. Add the garlic and salt to the food processor/blender, and grind, gradually adding the olive oil to form a thick paste. Stir in the cheese, and add salt as needed.

Hillary Gallagher, CCC is the Culinary Arts Program Director and Lead Instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College in East Cobb. 770-509-6350.


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Community Partners

Making a Difference

in the Lives of Children

The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy (FFCL) has a mission to “provide books for local communities to prepare preschool children for reading and learning success.” FFCL was founded in 1999 to address the growing problem of children from low-income communities entering kindergarten without basic early literacy skills and school readiness. The recipe for early school success is simple: start school with strong literacy skills. FFCL’s recipe for encouraging early literacy development is even simpler: ensure that children have age-appropriate books at home, and that their parents have the support that reinforces the importance of early learning and encourages them to read frequently with their children.

Literacy in the United States, 1996) • The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school. (National Commission on Reading) • Children who have not already developed some basic literacy practices when they enter school are three-to-four times more likely to drop out in later years. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 1993) • The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home. • Children in welfare homes hear 32 million fewer words from birth to age four than children who live in professional homes. (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

on grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school. High school drop outs are more likely to become teen parents, have poor health, be unemployed or end up in jail. 85% of all juvenile offenders are functionally illiterate.

Donors to the FFCL have a lasting, positive effect on children’s lives. Reading as a child in those first few years of life is directly tied to performance in school and in life. For example, children not reading

Currently, the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy supports programs in over half of Georgia counties, and it has programs in Florida and Montana, with Texas to be added to the list soon!

However, there is hope in the form of the FFCL and its supporters. Ferst Foundation mails quality books from its Read to Me Library. The program costs $36 per child/year. Most of the funds are raised at the local level through donations from individuals, foundations, businesses, civic groups, corporate sponsorships, and churches. To learn more about how you can support childhood literacy, enroll a child for free books or adopt a reader, visit

Children registered for the Ferst Foundation literacy program receive a developmentallyappropriate book mailed to them at home every month until their fifth birthday. FFCL’s vision is to afford the best chance to every child to succeed in school and in life, and to help create an educated, productive and competitive work force.

Why is the program important? • 61% of low-income families do not have a single book suitable for a child. (Reading

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Artist Profile BY MARIA KLOUDA

Marilyn retired from the fashion industry after thirty years of producing shows all over the country. The impact of off-shore competition and the growth of the internet changed the industry significantly. Instead of seeing the changes as the end of her career, Marilyn reinvented herself and began a second career as a successful artist. Coincidentally, there’s a strong parallel between producing a fashion show and creating a piece of art. Both mediums create a picture. The first uses models, music and merchandise. The second is created with a canvas, paint and passion. Marilyn has never had a formal lesson, “I just paint,” she says. She admits she might have benefited from formal instruction, but she didn’t want to be overly influenced by the process. Since Marilyn never learned the “rules,” she finds freedom in the ability to create art as it comes to her. Her first piece was painted on a scrap of canvas that had been a prop in a previous fashion show, using leftover house paint she found in the garage and brushes that she already had on hand. She knew

Old barns, regional landscapes and fields of flowers are just some of the images of the simplicities of the south that are lovingly created by Georgia artist, Marilyn Sparks. 44

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she was on to something when she took one of her pieces to a frame shop, and the associate mentioned that they were “familiar with the artist.” Knowing that they couldn’t be familiar with her work, Marilyn continued to paint in earnest. Beginning with acrylics, Marilyn eventually made the switch to oils. She began experimenting and became drawn to the smell, feel and texture of the medium. Her works are inspired by her memories. Summers spent on the family farm have influenced her art. Many of these iconic structures are disappearing from the landscape.

Grand Bohemian Galleries throughout the southeast. Marilyn does not sell direct to the public, but she accepts commissions. You can find more information online at

Maria Klouda the online and adult records & retention administrator affiliated with the MFA creative writing program at Reinhardt University. 770720-5582. Graduate/MFA-CW/

Marilyn is overwhelmed with gratitude about her success as an artist. She is grateful and honored that clients would choose one of her paintings to hang in their home or business. Each piece is bold, bright, charming and peaceful, much like the artist behind the easel. Locally, her work can be found at Taylor Kinzel Gallery in Roswell. She also participates in the annual Spotlight on Art Gala and Auction, which is hosted by the Trinity School in Atlanta. Her work can also be found at High Country in Blue Ridge; The Summer House in Highlands, NC; Red Bird Gallery in Seaside, FL, and in six Serving Roswell, Alpharetta & Milton




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