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Contents March 2011


{ Cover }

Dogwood Forest assisted living community The staff at Dogwood Forest is ready to welcome you and your family member with open arms, to answer all of your new questions, to prepare a safe place to live and thrive and to create a comfortable, warm environment for the next phase of life.

{ Features } 17 Home and Garden Special Section Spring cleaning — inside and outside — warmer weather means thinking about changes or updates for your home and garden. 32 Celebrating Scout Month Celebrate the contributions of the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA in photos. 34 2011 Summer Camp Guide It is not too early to make decisions on what/where your children will spend their summer days.


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Healthy Living

10 Under the Gold Dome The 2011 Legislative Session is now in full swing — important issues facing our legislators.

38 Lung Cancer — Our Biggest Cancer Killer Each year, more people die of the disease than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

12 ALPHARETTA MAYOR LETCHAS The impact that recent snow had on our community and where we can make changes to be better prepared next time.

39 Orthodontic Myths — Part II Dr. Kincaid tries to dispel common misconceptions regarding treatment and tooth movement. 40 How Much Fluoride is Too Much? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed lowering the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water. What does this mean in terms of your child’s teeth?


Contents March 2011

editorial & art Publisher Brian Meek Editor Michelle Meek Contributing Editor Cherryl Greenman Art Director Tiffany Atwood

sales Senior Market Manager Janet Ponichtera


32 Life at Home 41 Cruising to Alaska Excitement for the whole family — there are several options to consider both cruises and cruisetours.

44 From the Pastor Open the window of your heart and see the people who are hurting all around us today.

43 Mom and Tots My suggestion for something to do with your kids this month is: include them when you do home improvement projects..

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Family and Faith 42 Misery and Miracles It’s in that very place of pain and desperation that we discover the amazing Truth of our dependence upon His life and grace for our very breath. It’s in the misery that the Miracle is most evident.

Photographers Jack Tuszynski, Wendell Webb Writers Ron Bradley, Michael Buckner, Michael Consoli, Dan Jape, Jeff Kincaid, Arthur Letchas, Chuck Martin, Colin Morris, Vishant Nath, Patti Owen, Laurie Troublefield.

In Every Issue 6 Around Town 8 Calendar 24 Birthdays 24 Notable Neighbors 27 Praiseworthy Pupils 30 Athletes

Directory Listings 47 Faith & Worship 50 Organizations 54 Local Officials 55 Advertiser Index

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In the Community

Around Town


Ribbon Cuttings

Your Pie, located at 625 W. Crossville Road, Suite 110, Roswell, recently held its ribbon cutting celebration with members of the Roswell community and the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce in attendance. Your Pie, who opened its doors this past November, is owned by Roswell locals Neil McCollum, Bucky Cook, and Bill Kizer. The pizza restaurant, whose motto is “Express Your Inner Pizza,” offers an extensive list of toppings to a variety of pie crusts and eight different types of sauce. In addition to pizza, Your Pie offers sandwiches, calzones, salads, and gelatos. The restaurant is opened Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday GNFCC members from noon-9 p.m. Specials include Kids Eat Free and the Roswell com munity join Your Pi cu tting celebration. on Monday’s; $5.55 Specials on Tuesdays; Trivia e staff in ribbon at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays; a Student Special on Thursdays which includes pizza, gelato and a drink. Visit Your Pie soon — it will definitely become a family favorite. 770-993-7944,


GNFCC recently held a ribbon cutting celebration for Yepser Internet Strategy (2), 282 South Main Street, Suite A, in Alpharetta. Yepser offers companies a way to grow their businesses through the use of the Internet; offering website development, Internet marketing, and social media management. Contact Yepser at 770-655-8182 or

Redistricting Meetings Set for Bethany Bend High School

Internet well community join the Yepser GNFCC members and the Ros bration. Strategy staff in ribbon cutting cele

Community meetings are set for March 16 and April 13 to address the redistricting process for a new high school in North Fulton County. The meetings will be held at Alpharetta High School, located at 3595 Webb Bridge Road in Alpharetta, from 7-9 p.m. The high school will be constructed at the corner of Bethany Bend and Cogburn Road and is scheduled to open in August 2012. Existing attendance zones of other North Fulton high schools will be modified to create the new school’s attendance zones. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to give their input on how the new boundary lines will be drawn. 6

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In the Community

Now Open Doctors Express is now open at the Silos at North Farm, next to Alpine Bakery. Doctors Express treats everything from cuts and bruises to fractures and colds and everything in between. It offers on-site lab tests, x-rays and prescriptions with no appointments needed. Doctors Express is a state-of-the-art urgent care center with a professional medical staff on-site every day. Office hours are MondayFriday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Doctors Express of Alpharetta is located at 12315 Crabapple Road, Suite 108. 678-762-9292

Windward Lake Club to Host US Open National Playoffs The USTA Southern Section has announced that Windward Lake Club in Alpharetta, will host the US Open National Playoffs USTA Southern Section Qualifying Tournament July 1-6. The US Open National Playoffs expand the footprint of the US Open by providing the opportunity for all players 14 years of age and older, regardless of playing level, to earn a chance to compete in the US Open. USTA Southern executive director John Callen said, “We are very pleased to have one of the top clubs in our section host this important pathway to the US Open. Windward Lake Club has successfully put on some of the best national tournaments in the country.” 678-297-0102,

Roswell Reads 2011 The Rowell Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton public library system, announced the 2011 Roswell Reads selection: “My Name Is Mary Sutter” by Robin Oliveira. The Roswell Reads selection is part of Roswell’s observance of 150 years since the beginning of the Civil War. Roswell Reads events for 2011 will include book discussions, panel discussions, a photo contest and exhibition, Civil War re-enactors, a program on historical medical instruments, and an author talk and book signing with Robin Oliveira. A literary luncheon will be held on March 5 at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell. 770-640-3075



Calendar Things to do in North Fulton

specialEvents On-Going • AMERICAN LEGION

March 6, 7, 9,10, 21 • BLOOD DRIVE

March 10, 11, 12 • CHILDREN’S/TEEN


Severe winter weather has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross. You may donate blood at: March 6 Northbrook UMC, 11225 Crabapple Road, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 7 New York Life, 5965 Cabot Pkwy, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Roswell North Elementary School, 10525 Woodstock Road, 2-7 p.m. March 9 Alpharetta First UMC, 69 North Main Street 2:30-7:30 p.m. March 10 Prommis Solutions, 1544 Old Alabama Rd, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Alpharetta American Legion Post 201 is urging high school students to apply for scholarships. American Legion Post 201 of the American Legion will award four $1,000 scholarships to deserving, college-bound high school seniors each academic year. The deadline for applications for the scholarship program is March 25. 770-479-4253

Through March 13 • “INHERIT THE WIND” The Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents this play at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Matinees on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. 770-641-1260,

March 3, 6, 9, 11 • “THE GOLDEN TICKET” The Atlanta Opera will present this opera at the Cobb Energy Center, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. 404-881.8885,

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March 8, 22 • COOKING WITH CHEF JOHN WILSON Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell will present Basic Italian cooking on March 8 and Growing and Cooking with Fresh Herbs on March 22 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Classes are limited; cost is $50 per person, per class. 770-640-3855


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The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce will host its 4th annual North Fulton Business Expo at the Alpharetta Marriott featuring more than 85 local businesses.


March 5 • BIG CREEK WETLANDS WORKDAY The city of Roswell, Keep Roswell Beautiful, and the Sam’s Club will host a workday from 9 a.m.noon at Big Creek Wetlands. Volunteers will take part in litter clean-up, removal of invasive species and plantings to restore the wetland banks and water quality. 770-641-3742,


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Wear something bright green to the Bill Johnson Community Activity Bldg., 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell Area Park and receive a prize. 770-641-3760

Due West Treasure Chest children’s/teen consignment sale will be held at Due West United Methodist Church, corner of Acworth Due West Road and Kennesaw Due West Road. Thursday 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. 678-318-1908,

March 10-27 • ROSWELL TOUR OF HOMES The Roswell Woman’s Club and Arie Kohn Architects will present the 15th Annual Showcase Tour of Homes. The tour will feature three decorated Providence Brownstones on Canton Street — where history meets modern in historic Roswell. This event will benefit educational and charitable organizations in our community. www.

March 11-12 • TOTS TO TWEEN SPRING CONSIGNMENT SALE Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples will host a consignment sale at Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. Friday from 1-8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. 678-4536993,,

March 12 • ENABLE 23RD ANNUAL GALA The enAble of Georgia Foundation’s 23rd Annual Gala will be held from 6 p.m.-midnight at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, hosted by Ken and Natalie Aitken. Special guest honoree will be John Pruitt, WSB-TV news anchor.

March 12 • YOUTH FISHING DERBY Alpharetta Recreation and Parks invites children ages 4-12 to participate in the annual spring Youth Fishing Derby held at Brookside Office Park lake from 8-11 a.m. Pre-registration is required for this free event and space more on page is limited. 678-297-6133, 10

After spending nearly a year taking a pain killer prescribed by her doctor following an accident, Karen* decided she was ready to quit. She stopped taking the medication cold-turkey, but quickly found out the dangers of doing so. “I learned the hard way that you can become violently ill when you try to quit these meds on your own,” said Karen. “I heard about New Vision™ in the emergency room after trying to quit myself.” The New Vision Service is an inpatient medical stabilization service for adults in withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. Located at WellStar Cobb Hospital, this service is the only one of its kind in Georgia and has treated more than 350 people since opening in July, 2009. The voluntary service accepts adults who are currently using or are experiencing withdrawal symptoms from drugs and/ or alcohol. New Vision is the only medical stabilization service in Georgia in which patients are admitted to the

medical floor of a hospital instead of a psychiatric facility (if the patient is stable psychiatrically and deemed an appropriate fit for the service). “I was treated with dignity and not made to feel that I did something wrong,” said Karen. “There was always someone to talk with and everyone was so kind. They made me comfortable.” Many rehabilitation facilities require patients to be drug-free upon admission, which is difficult for many patients to achieve on their own. New Vision allows patients to safely become drug free, by stabilizing them medically, so that they may focus on other elements of their rehabilitation after discharge. “New Vision puts people in a great position to achieve sobriety,” said Melissa Wetherington, service coordinator for New Vision at WellStar Cobb Hospital. “During their time at New Vision participants are in an environment that allows them to safely and comfortably get their bodies ready

for the treatment that they will receive during their next phase of care. Being in a hospital environment gives participants the peace of mind to know that they are receiving quality care from a team of medical experts.”

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Upon admission to New Vision, patients begin a hospital stay that typically lasts three days. During this time patients receive medical stabilization, a complete laboratory work-up and a physical. A WellStar New Vision team member then works with the patient to schedule their next phase of treatment at either an inpatient or outpatient facility or with a therapist and a physician in an outpatient setting. New Vision team members maintain contact with patients throughout their treatment processes, providing additional support and medical resources to assist in recovery. For more information about New Vision, please call 770-739-4670. *Karen is not the patient’s real name.



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March 12-20 • 29TH ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN COVER-UP QUILT SHOW Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild will host Quilts Full Circle at the historic home, 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. for self-guided tours. 770-992-1731

March 13 • PARENTING SEMINAR Registration is underway for a parenting seminar with Sue Miller, at Roswell United Methodist Church from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The fee ($30/couple; $15 individual) covers the meal, a copy of “Parenting Beyond Your Capacity,” and preschool/elementary childcare. Registration:

March 18 • WILDLIFE WONDERS Wildlife Wonders will present a wide variety of live animals for children to learn about and touch. Pre-registration is required and will not be accepted on-site. Ages 6-12, held at Bill Johnson Community Bldg., 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell Area Park from 4-5:30 p.m. Roswell residents $20, non-residents $30. 770-641-3760

March 19 • OVERNIGHT FAMILY CAMP OUT Grab your camping gear and join the Roswell Recreation & Parks department. S’mores, hotdogs, hot chocolate, breakfast treats and a nice warm campfire will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Held at Hembree Park, 850 Hembree Road, Roswell, beginning at 5 p.m. Roswell residents $38 (family of four), non-residents $57 (family of four) $3 each additional person. 770-569-9746

March 22 • ROSWELL GARDEN CLUB March program will be A Green Tapestry: Using foliage for an interesting and long-lasting

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Gold Dome Under the

by Representative Charles E. “Chuck” Martin

Early Highlight of 2011 Legislative Session The 2011 Legislative Session is now in full swing and I have been keeping myself quite busy. There are many important issues we are facing this session and there are new developments everyday it seems! Below are a few key highlights from the early days of session. Milton County Legislation On January 25, House Resolutions 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, and 35 were introduced by myself and five other representatives to re-create Milton County; a similar resolution has been introduced in the Senate by three Senators from North Fulton County. The House Resolution proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Georgia to re-create a previously existing county that was merged into another county. The primary reason to re-create this previously existing county is to return government closer to the people. This is the fifth consecutive year the resolution has been before the Georgia General Assembly, and should the legislature approve the amendment, it would be placed on the ballot as a statewide referendum vote in November 2012.

In the Community Tax Council Updates On Friday, January 28, I served as a guest speaker at Pocketbook Politics’ luncheon along with Dr. Roger Tutterow. The purpose of the event was to share the tax council’s recommendations and talk through the next steps in the process. Dr. Tutterow spoke primarily to the overall impact these reforms will have on the state, my focus was on what the next steps will be in the legislature and how this may affect Georgians on an individual basis. There are some reforms you may agree with, and others you may not, I ask you to review the tax council’s recommendations and look at the entire impact to the state. The tax council is made up of a variety of individuals who spent a lot of time and energy touring Georgia and meeting with citizens around the state. They have put together a strong plan that I believe will allow Georgia to secure a more stable tax base and provide for the future economic prosperity of our state. Honoring Georgia State Trooper Chadwick T. LeCroy Trooper LeCroy was tragically killed in the line of duty on December 27, 2010. In early February, we honored the life and memory of this brave man. Trooper LeCroy joined the Georgia State Patrol in January 2008 and was highly regarded as a person of unquestioned integrity. A member of the Crime Suppression Unit, LeCroy was killed in the line of duty after tracking down a fleeing suspect whom he attempted to stop for a headlight violation in Atlanta. Trooper LeCroy will long be remembered for his legacy of service to our state and his love of family and friendship. As I work alongside my colleagues in the Georgia House of Representatives, I invite you to do what you can as a citizen of our state to improve these very issues. Representative Chuck Martin, District 47 245 State Capitol Building, Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: 404-463-2246, Fax: 404-463-2249, Please forward any questions, concerns or items of specific interest to



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arrangement. Meetings are free and held at Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell at 10 a.m. 770-518-7021,

March 26 • 2nd ANNUAL BIRMINGHAM FALLS 5K/1-MILE RUN The second annual Birmingham Falls Foundation 5K/1-mile fun run will be held at Birmingham Falls Elementary School and all proceeds will benefit the foundation which supports educational programs at the school.,

March 26 • 9th ANNUAL ALPHARETTA CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL The city of Alpharetta Recreation and Parks department is sponsoring this children’s festival which includes arts and crafts, food, educational activities and more. Held at the Alpharetta Community center event lawn from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 678-297-6165,

April 1 • ART/WRITING & MUSIC CONTESTS The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education, is conducting its an annual statewide art/writing and music contests for middle and high school students. 770-2061558,

April 2 • BREAKFAST WITH THE BUNNY Come enjoy a continental breakfast, music, entertainment, activities, and a visit with the Easter Bunny. All ages, must be registered to attend. Bill Johnson Community Activity Bldg., 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell from 9-11 a.m. Roswell residents $12, non-residents $18. 770-641-3760

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by Alpharetta Mayor Arthur Letchas At this point, our snow-filled winter seems a thing of the past, but that in no way means we have forgotten about it. For the first time in my life, I experienced a white Christmas. It was such a wonder to behold and a pristine ending to a wonderful day. The snow and ice we received during the middle of January was a different experience altogether. Arthur G. Letchas is the mayor of First and foremost, I would like to thank our Alpharetta. You may contact him residents for both their patience and understanding by calling 678-297-6020 or e-mail throughout the week of January 10th. The Atlanta region rarely receives snow and ice like this, and our communities do not have the specialized equipment and experience that some states do in readying our roads when it starts to fall and cleaning it off after the fact. Snow in such multitude, coupled with the ice and freezing temperatures over several days is such a rare occurrence in Georgia, that local governments do not own the expensive machinery used in other parts of the country to clear snow and ice from the roadways. That does not mean we idly sat by, waiting for Mother Nature to thaw us out. In anticipation of the storm, the public works crews pre-treated the roadways with sand and salt. The city activated the Command and Control Center, which was staffed 24 hours a day with police officers, fire fighters, and members of the Engineering/Public Works department. They manned calls, and through a collective effort effectively responded to each situation. We continued to put down a mixture of sand and salt on the worst parts of the road to help melt the ice and provide traction for drivers. Now that the storm is over and the roads are clear, we have had the opportunity to look back over the event, review the calls we received, and evaluate our response. This gave us the opportunity to critique the job we did, learn from the experience, and have a better response prepared for the next time. Considerations for future weather events include utilizing private contractors with the equipment needed for clearing roadways. In house, we have the ability to utilize the city’s fire personnel (who have a commercial driver’s license), as they can relieve the public works drivers and continue to lay the sand and salt mixture on roadways. This will allow us to cover more roadways each day. Also, Alpharetta’s website will detail a prioritized list of streets that will be treated and/or cleared so residents have a better understanding of how the cleanup will take place. All in all, I feel we handled the snow and ice to the best of our ability with the tools at hand. Many families took the opportunity to build snowmen, make some snow ice cream, snuggle by the fire with a good book, or bond with neighbors while clearing off driveways. We so seldom see snow here, surely we can see the beauty it brings, just as we can appreciate having life back to normal once it leaves.

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manager of 10 full time employees. Instead of the play pen, daughter Amanda is a student in dental school with plans to join the practice one day. Through it all, his patients have been loyal. Dr. DeMercy says, “Some of my first patients have begun to bring in their grandchildren — I’ve seen three generations of their family. It’s so rewarding to think that I’ve been a part of their lives for so long.” Congratulations to Dr. DeMercy and his family for 25 wonderful years of service to the North Fulton community. 13


Inspiring the Mind, Body and Spirit


aring for an aging parent or family member can be a very challenging task. Accepting the aging process as an individual can be difficult. Physical needs change, emotional responses are different, environmental changes are necessary. You do not have to face all of these challenges alone. You do not have to answer all of the questions alone. The staff at Dogwood Forest is ready to welcome you and your family member with open arms, to answer all of your new questions, to prepare a safe place to live and thrive and to create a comfortable, warm environment for the next phase of life. Come and experience Dogwood Forest — a whole new approach to caring for seniors.

Trinity Lifestyles Management, a locally owned and privately operated company, oversees the operations of the Dogwood Forest properties. Alfred S. Holbrook, III, ChairmanDirector, lives right here in North Fulton. All staff members are highly trained in the acclaimed S.E.L.F. Advanced Training program, senior care training, that accentuates Person Centered Care and Relationships. “S” — Stimulate to the highest level of participation, “E” – Encourage success and fun in everything they do, “L” — Learn from them and honor them as themselves and “F” — Foster positive relationships. Hospitality training is also required of the staff to ensure a homelike environment. Inspiring mind, body and spirit is the motto at each Dogwood Forest property. Each element is designed to strengthen each of these — the layout of the common living areas, the activity calendar, the peaceful gardens, each detail is designed to focus on strengthening the mind, body and spirit.

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A Better Living Environment Leads to a Better Life “It has been proven that the environment in which the senior lives has a direct impact on their lives and a positive environment can produce positive results,” shared Angela Hatney, Company Development Officer. Dogwood Forest pays attention to each and every detail. Their approach is holistic in nature, “Our passion is caring for the whole person, not just their bodies. We welcome any practitioner to bring in their holistic therapies to their patients and we will work with families and their physicians to integrate their approach.” Dogwood Forest is designed to offer a very comfortable, warm atmosphere from the fireplaces, to the atrium filled with live, lush plants, a trickling fountain and plenty of warm sunlight. The staff is welcoming and you will even find community pets curled up in the common living areas. Aromatherapy, music therapy and pet therapy are just a few of the in-house offerings in addition to more traditional therapies such as exercise, occupational therapy and physical therapy. A Better Living Environment Leads to a Better Memory Dogwood Forest is offering revolutionary senior care right here in Alpharetta. Always researching new and innovative ways to make the senior experience better, Simple C has been introduced to their senior community. Simple C Companion offers comfort and peace of mind to you and your relative. A personalized, non-drug therapy for seniors suffering from dementia, Alzheimers or late aging depression, this revolutionary new approach offers hope and improvement Photos courtesy of PhotoJack,

in daily life and activities. Simple C was designed and researched with experts from institutions such as Emory University, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Penn State. Using reminiscence such as photos and long-term memories, music, orientation and the trusted voice utilizing recordings of loved ones giving directions and gentle reminders, the residents are able to maintain a sense of pride and autonomy that often is a sense of frustration in the stages of memory loss. To begin the process, the senior and their family or caregivers are thoroughly interviewed in order to create the Simple C that is specific to their needs. Through this interview process, areas are discussed such as music they enjoy, special photos, trusted family members that can help with daily instructions and more. “A trusted voice could be a recording of the resident’s daughter saying, ‘Dad, don’t forget to take your medicine,’ or ‘Mom, the nurse will be here at 2 p.m. for therapy,’” Angela shared. This familiar voice is soothing and has proven to reduce agitation and disorientation and to assist patients in being more cooperative. Familiar music can be played through the Simple C — the residents favorite upbeat songs in the morning, for example, to get the day started, calming music in the evening to reduce anxiety and encourage sleep. Simple C has shown incredible positive results with these patients including increased sense of community, increased confidence and increased appetites. This system is also a great sense of comfort for the family when they are not able to be with their loved one. Dogwood Forest offers top quality, person centered, individualized care to senior adults right here in the North Fulton community. Creating comfortable and functional environments to promote active, healthy senior living, residents discover a wonderful place to live and live to their fullest potential. Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Communities truly inspire the mind, body and spirit of seniors.

Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Community 4125 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta (678) 366-7700 253 North Main Street, Alpharetta (770) 410-9169 Member of ALFA (Assisted Living Federation of America)

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Home & Garden

March Home and Garden

Old Man Winter has finally moved on and spring is just around the corner. No doubt the seed and plant catalogs have hit you mailbox, giving you an urge to go digging in your backyard. And maybe you have a sudden urge to do some of that “spring cleaning” — inside and out. Summer is just around the corner and you might be thinking its time to design or redesign your home and garden.

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Dish Network VS. DirecTV

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I am what they call dual platform, which is a fancy way of saying that my company installs both Dish Network and DirecTV. For this reason, I am somewhat indifferent to which satellite service you chose. To me, if you don’t have Comcast, you’re better off, since both Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio have more features, channels, Intersection located at 631 E. Main and are cheaper than cable. But Street, Canton. For more information Dish Network and DirecTV have on any of his monthly columns, for questions or to set up an appointment, their differences, and you may call 770-479-1000. care as to which one is best, especially if you’re trying to make the switch to a better and/or cheaper provider.

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Home Theater Audio Intersection

by Michael Buckner

Let me start with new customer promotions. With both, you get more freebies and discounts as a new customer. As an existing customer, you almost always have to pay for additional equipment and the HD upgrade. So do not be upset if your current provider won’t give you the new HD equipment for free, just switch to the opposite company. This could also save you $200-300 the first year! Now let’s discuss programming. Dish Network’s advantage is that they tend to be less expensive than anyone else, and offer more HD channels than cable. With DirecTV, the big difference is TONS o’ sports. It’s DirecTV that has the NFL ticket that allows you to pay an annual fee to get every NFL game available, plus the same with the NBA, NASCAR, etc. Dish Network can get you regional Fox Sports across the country for $5 per month, but it does not get you everything. What about the equipment? Both companies have awesome equipment compared to cable. For starters, both companies’ gear stands up better than ever. I have DirecTV and have had less than 10 minutes of outage since September! DirecTV’s new whole house DVR will talk to the DVR from any room. So you can record something in your living room and play it back anywhere in the house on an HD receiver. With Dish Network, you can record in the living room and play back in one additional room, but the secondary room is SD, so it’s slightly less quality. While you can control both systems from your iPhone, Dish Network offers Sling-built accessories so that you can watch live Dish Network on your iPhone or any computer with no extra monthly fees, great for the traveler! Let me stress something that’s way more important than which service you chose. Shop local! What I mean is DO NOT call the DN or DTV 1-800 number when signing up. If you do, you’ll get some dispatched installer that you will never see again. This guy cares less about your concerns, and more about getting out of your house. 19

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Home & Garden

of Thermostats by Dan Jape

A new generation of thermostats has come on the market that not only controls the temperature and humidity in your home, but also can act as a live weather station, an air quality management system and a digital picture display. They are high definition touch Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable screen thermostats and perform Heating and Air. You may contact him functions never thought of from at 770-594-9096 or visit him online at a thermostat just a few months ago. It is a fully programmable, seven-day thermostat and depending on the temperature swing in your home is capable of switching from heating to cooling automatically. The thermostat will monitor and control the humidity with an on-board humidity sensor. When connected to a variable speed furnace, the two pieces of equipment can be programmed to help remove up to 10% more moisture in the summer.

per day, as well as program your indoor fan to cycle on and provide air circulation and ventilation as well as cleaning the air. An outdoor temperature sensor is also available as an option to let you know the outside temperature. A program that alerts you to any potential problems with your system is a nice feature as it will give you the name and number of your service company to contact for assistance. Soon a full featured zoning system will be available that allows the new thermostat to give you control of different rooms and create different temperature zones with one furnace and air conditioner. Call today for more information about this new comfort control and you will be very pleased with all the full features available at your fingertips.

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A new generation

The thermostat is a seven-inch LCD high definition screen which can display your choice of several different digital pictures, more esthetically pleasing than just looking at numbers or a blank screen normally displayed. It also comes with a number of different color bezels that can change the look of the thermostat to any color wall it is mounted on. Also, the background color is customizable to one of eight colors. This new thermostat can also give the user remote control of the heating and cooling system via a web-enabled cell phone or a remote computer. This function could be very useful for someone who does not know when they will arrive home and needs to make sure their home is comfortable. Integrated control of a humidifier is also an added feature which eliminates the need for separate controls to the furnace and accessory humidifier. The integrated control will also indicate when it is time to change the water pad. The thermostat is also a real-time weather station displaying weather forecasts, radar images, and weather alerts. A change filter program is also part of the new thermostat and it can remind you when it is time to clean or replace the air filter in your system. A program that records your system history of run times and energy usage is a very nice feature to help manage energy and comfort. Of course you can program four different temperature set points 21

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In the Community

Celebrations! Babies, Birthdays and Anniversaries

Notable Neighbors Georgia Annual Tourism Day

Dagny Aya Karp Age 3 on March 4 Daughter of Matt & Reiko We love you very much!

John Coleman Czekala Age 10 on March 23 Son of Lane & Karon Czekala HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Janet Rodgers, Alpharetta CVB president and CEO and Dotty Etris, Roswell CVB executive director, joined other Georgia tourism industry professionals who gathered Tuesday, January 25 for the annual tourism day at the capitol. The event celebrates the significant role tourism plays in Georgia’s economy. Representatives from the industry presented Governor Nathan Deal with a check representing the $816.3 million in state tax revenue generated from tourism-related expenditures in 2009. While at the capitol, Dotty and Janet visited state legislators, including Senator John Albers, Senate District 56, and Representative Chuck Martin, House District 47, to discuss the economic impact of tourism in North Fulton and to ask for their continued support.

Left to right: Alpha retta CVB preside nt and CEO Janet Rodger s, State Represen ta tive Chuck Mar tin and Roswell CVB exec ut ive director Dotty Etris .

aretta Left to right: Janet Rodgers, Alph ator Sen e CVB president and CEO, Stat ve cuti John Albers and Dotty Etris, exe director of the Roswell CVB.

Panera Bread Supports Breast Care at Northside Hospital

Maggie DeLuca Age 6 on March 6 Happy Birthday! Love, Mommy, Daddy & Jack WANT TO SEE YOUR PHOTO IN OUR CELEBRATION SECTION? See the details on page 28!

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Panera Bread invited its customers to join them in the fight against breast cancer by purchasing its signature pink ribbon bagels this past October. More than 6,250 bagels were sold and Panera recently presented a check to Northside. “Northside Hospital is grateful for the support of local businesses like Panera Bread,” said Susan Casella, R.N., C., breast health coordinator, Northside Hospital. “This money will go directly to supporting our breast cancer patients and we look forward to partnering with Panera again in 2011.” Left to right: Susan Casella, breast health coordinator, Northside Hospital; Mike Duffessy, district manager, Panera; Stephanie Figueroa, catering sales manager, Panera; Kelli Buchwald, community relations manager, Northside Hospital; Marianne Harris, human resources, Panera; Panera-Johns Creek bakery market manager Dimitri Erie, and general manager Frank Bishop.

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Roswell Recreation Commission Honors Employees The Roswell Recreation Commission recently held its annual Employee Appreciation luncheon for the full time employees of the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs department. This annual event features video recognition of all the employees, plus highlights from the previous year. In addition, two employees were honored with the presentation of the Employee of the Year award and the Bill Johnson’s Director award. The 2010 Employee of the Year award was presented to Jimmy Yanulavich. Jimmy started working for the department in 1993 as a part time employee. He began his full time career as an athletic supervisor at East Left to right: Jeff Krier , Joe Glover, and Jim my Yanulavich. Roswell Park in 1999 and now oversees the registration process as a coordinator. The Bill Johnson’s Director award was presented to Jeff Krier, parks equipment operator. This award was instituted in honor of W.L. “Bill” Johnson, who was the director of recreation and parks from 1972-1992, when he became city administrator. During Bill’s tenure, the department experienced tremendous growth and was the recipient of the Recreation and Park Agency of the Year award, an unprecedented six times. The Bill Johnson’s Director award was created to embody Mr. Johnson’s dedication and leadership throughout the years.

Local Jeweler Supports Breast Care Program Alpharetta business owner Reza Khalaj, of RK & Co. Jewelers, is passionate about jewelry and providing exceptional client service. But more so, he is dedicated to supporting breast cancer awareness and the search for a cure. A percentage of sales in his store and online will benefit the breast cancer awareness program. Locally, Khalaj has chosen to support Northside Hospital’s breast care program and recently presented the hospital with a check. “My family was directly impacted by this horrible disease when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002,” said Khalaj. “She ultimately lost her courageous battle, and as a tribute to her memory, I wanted to give my store a greater purpose and give back to some of the programs that already do so much in the fight against breast cancer, like Northside Hospital.” RK & Co. Jewelers offers a wide range of bridal and fine jewelry collections, and provides on-site professional jewelry repair and appraisals, expert watch repair and battery replacement. “Northside is inspired by and grateful for the commitment and passion of people like Reza and organizations like his,” said Susan Casella, breast health coordinator, Northside Hospital. For more information, visit For more information about Northside Hospital’s breast care program, visit Left to right: Susan Casella, breast health coordinator, Northside Hospital and Reza Khalaj, owner, RK & Co. Jewelers.

Rockin’ at the River, Come Shake Your Tail Feathers The community is invited to come shake their tail feathers at Rockin’ at the River, a benefit for the Chattahoochee Nature Center, on Saturday, May 7. The spectacular natural setting of the center sets the stage for this year’s 9th annual benefit event hosted by the board of trustees. The main event will kick off at 7:30 p.m. in Kingfisher Hall where guests will mix and mingle and enjoy cocktails and a catered heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet. Entertainment will be provided by the CC Booker III Bank, featuring Will Scruggs; and the Mike Veal Band, both returning following popular demand after last year’s phenomenal performances. An extensive silent auction and other surprises will provide additional fun and treasures. Music will continue throughout the evening as guests migrate through the beautifully landscaped and lighted gardens to the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion for delectable desserts and more dancing on the water front.

Left to right: Rockin’ at the River committee members Bob Hagan, Sally Riker, Lou Tabickman, Brooke Dickerson, Mid Thorne and Lisa Hyde. 25

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Celebrations! Babies, Birthdays and Anniversaries

City of Roswell News Jess Wells has been appointed as the new Cultural Arts Center coordinator for Roswell. He is replacing Sandra Mabry who retired after many years of valuable service. Jess served as production manager at the Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center’s 700-seat theatre; founded and managed his own theatre company in Asheville, NC; and produced a two-week rock and roll camp for youth. G. Morgan Timmis, Roswell’s historic and cultural affairs manager states, “Jess is the perfect guy for the job. He has the energy, creativity, knowledge, and expertise to help us take this facility to the next level.”

Grady Curry Age 7 on February 27 Happy 7th Birthday Grady! Love, Momma, Dada & Presley

Jess Wells

Roswell also announced the appointment of William Dwayne Orrick as the new police chief, replacing retiring chief Edwin Williams. William has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience and has served as the public safety director for the city of Cordele for the past four years. “I’m excited to join the Roswell team. Roswell PD has a great reputation throughout the state and is known for keeping up with the latest trends, information, and resources available to the law enforcement,” William says. William Dwayne Orrick

New Bus for Northside Hospital’s Child Development Center Madeline Marie Freeman Age 7 on March 9 Happy Birthday Madeline! Love, Mom, Dad & Madison

Benjamyn Moreland Age 1 on February 22 Happy Birthday Bam Bam Love Mommy & Daddy WANT TO SEE YOUR PHOTO IN OUR CELEBRATION SECTION? See the details on page 28!

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Through a generous donation from the Northside HospitalAtlanta auxiliary, Northside’s Child Development Center recently purchased a new mini-bus to assist the program with transportation of its young students and campers. Throughout the year, teachers at the Child Development Center incorporate field trips into their lesson plans and activities. Although, the center has a 12-passenger van, also donated by the auxiliary, it often has needed to rent a second vehicle to accommodate the number of children. The new 30-passenger mini-bus has enough seats to fit entire classes, including parent volunteers, therefore, eliminating that need and allowing the center to allocate more dollars for additional trips and interactive programming. “We appreciate the auxiliary for continuing to give to us in so many wonderful ways,” said Pamela Whitney, manager, Northside Hospital Child Development Center. In addition to the mini-bus and van, five years ago, the auxiliary renovated the Child Development Center playground. Left to right: Rosemary Poss, vice president, membership, Northside Hospital-Atlanta auxiliary; Pamela Whitney, manager, Northside Hospital Child Development Center; Auxiliary president Gordon Jones, past president Sally Joyce, treasurer Marcia McCollum, and president-elect Lisa Angel.

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Praiseworthy Pupils Pennies for Patients On Friday, January 28, students at Summit Hill Elementary School wore their pajamas to school in support of its monthly Pennies for Patients collection. In addition, students brought to school all their change to add to the Pennies for Patients jar to help cure leukemia and other blood-related cancers.

Left to right: Olivia Suida, Will Carrow, Claire Bercher, Taylor Porter, and Danny Alvardo.

Hillside Elementary Announces Spelling Bee Winners Hillside Elementary School fifth graders Emma Sweigart and Kaela Burton were congratulated by principal Lori Fanning and media specialist Kathleen Simon on winning 1st and 2nd place respectively in the 2010-11 Hillside Spelling Bee. First place winner Emma Sweigart will advance to the county level spelling bee. Front row (left to right): Kaela Burton and Emma Sweigart. Back row: Principal Lori Fanning and media specialist Kathleen Simon. 27

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Celebrations! Babies, Birthdays and Anniversaries

Roaring 20’s Come to Life Fifth grade students at Dolvin Elementary School recently studied the Roaring 20s. During the lessons, they researched the stock market, explored the jazz age and learned the value of the assembly line.

Hanna Hagler Age 9 on February 7 Happy, Happy Birthday! We love you very much!

Samuel Henry Schwab Age 4 on March 26 We love you! Mommy, Daddy and Mallory

Cogburn Woods Spelling Bee

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Cogburn Woods Elementary School recently held its 2011 Spelling Bee. Daphne Diaz fourth grader in Mrs. Gould’s class. Mr. Anderson and Mrs. Erickson congratulated Daphne Diaz for her participation in the event.

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River Eves Students Advance to State Technology Fair Two River Eves Elementary School students earned first place in the Fulton County competition of the 10th Annual Georgia Educational Technology Fair and will advance to the state competition on Saturday, March 12 in Macon. Fifth grader, Anna Hansil, was awarded 1st place for her project in digital photography and third grader, Divali Legore, won 1st place for her non-animated graphic design project. Divali and Anna competed against more than 192 students at the district level from elementary, middle and high schools. “It is tremendously gratifying to see the achievements of our students recognized,” said River Eves principal Neil Pinnock. “We are proud of both Miss Hansil and Miss Legore for their accomplishment and honored that River Eves will be represented at the state competition.”

Left to right: Divali Legore and Anna Hansil.

2010 Georgia Schools of Excellence Two schools in Fulton County, Holcomb Bridge Middle School and Crabapple Crossing Elementary School, recently received the exciting news that they are 2010 Georgia Schools of Excellence. Chosen from among all public schools in the state, the award signifies that the schools have outstanding educational programs and are models of excellence for other schools. “It’s thrilling to learn that of only 22 schools in the state recognized for this prestigious distinction, two are from Fulton County,” said Superintendent Cindy Loe. “I look forward to celebrating this tremendous honor with the schools’ students and staff. They have worked very hard to reach their goals and I couldn’t be more proud of their success.” Schools are honored in two categories: Top 10 % (schools in the top 10 percent in Georgia as measured by assessments in reading and mathematics) and Greatest Gains (schools that demonstrated greatest continuous gains in student achievement for the past three years as measured by assessments in reading and mathematics). Holcomb Bridge, led by principal Joy Schroerlucke, was recognized in the Greatest Gain category, while Crabapple Crossing, led by principal George Freiberger, was recognized for Top 10%. Crabapple Crossing is a two-time award winner, having won the title in 2004.

Coins for Canines

Summit Hill Spelling Bee

Creek View Elementary School recently participated in Coins for Canines, a fundraiser to raise funds for Canine Assistants. Creek View is home to Paisley, a full time therapy dog, and in celebration of Paisley’s first full year at school, the children, families, and staff wanted to give back in a big way. Throughout the week of January 31, children brought in coins each morning to place in jars divided up by grade level. Children were also treated to daily visits from some of the Canine Assistants puppies in training. In all, Creek View raised a grand total of $3,001.44. Every penny donated benefitted Canine Assistants. Creek View fifth graders were the top contributors raising a total of $693.45, followed by the third graders who were only $15 behind, raising a grand total of $678.18. Second grade was a close third place with $644. The fifth graders will get the honor of naming a future puppy for Canine Assistants and receive a “puppy party.” Canine Assistants volunteer and former Creek View secretary Mrs. Colleen Waddle coordinated the Coins for Canine event.

In a crowded cafeteria, ten students bravely stood before a packed crowd to participate in the annual Summit Hill Elementary Spelling Bee. Within thirty minutes, it was down to two students, Riley Hogan and Taylor Bakotic. Tayler Bakotic was pronounced the winner five minutes later with the spelling of novice.

Creek View Canine Assistants dog, Paisley, with Ms. Duncan’s first grade class.

Curriculum support teacher Janette Shealy, TAG teacher Linda Carrier, Riley Hogan, Taylor Bakotic and assistant principal Don Webb. 29

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athletes Roswell Matmen Qualify for State Roswell Hornets varsity wrestlers placed first in region for the first time in the high school’s history at 6-5 A Duals at West Forsyth High School. In round one Roswell was seeded third and drew the sixth seed Northview. Roswell defeated Northview 68-12. Roswell then had to go against the second seed, North Forsyth which came down to their last bout where senior Sam Cowart pinned his opponent in the third round to give Roswell a 35-24 victory. In the finals, Roswell defeated West Forsyth by one point (34-33). It was an incredible journey. The team had intense workouts and sacrificed their winter break. This is the first time in the history of Roswell that the team will be going to the State Duals Championship in Macon. Congratulations to head coach Evan Goff, and assistant coaches Travis Carr and Daniel Brunner. Senior co-captains Jake Martin and Brent Zucker helped lead the team to victory. Team members include Brennan Ninesling, 103; Rowdy Miller, 112; Jake Martin, 119; Brent Zucker, 125; Charles Routt, 130; Eric Lewis, 135; Chaz Gunning, 140; Conner Slewitzke, 145; Corey Wilson, 152; Sam Cowart, 160; Andrew Kwateng, 171; Nick Hodges, 189; Timmy Thomas, 215; and Max Navarra, heavyweight.

Roswell Hornets varsity wrestling team.

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Pack 625 enjoys its parental support and participation in scout activities. Scout esc ort Adam Glisson with moms Jill Garrison, Caryn Ew ald, Kaina Spring, (assistant leader) Gail Rob inson, and Melissa Fisher during a recent hiking adven ture searching for geocache treasures

ntly The Golden Kittens of Daisy Troop 6027 rece col Proto completed a class with The Etiquette and ect Resp School of Georgia. The girls earned their class. Myself and Others pedal for attending the Carly D, Front row (left to right): Grace A, Ciera H, C, Emma L. Kaitlyn K. Middle row: Madelyn B, Caroline Back row: Lily C, Sarah M, Payton P.

Six year-old Tiger Cub Hayde n Squires proudly displays his pinewood car with his Den Leader and dad Kevin Squires.

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Tiger Cub Grady Vann takes time to give the Cub Scout salute during a fall camping trip. Tony Rosenberg is the Pack Sco ut Master and Cub Den Master is Brian Burdett. ww

Cub Scout Pack 841 from St. Thomas Aquinas at the Pine Wood Derby.

Left to right: Wolf Cub Matthe w Morse, Tiger Cub Brendan Morse and their littl e brother Tate Morse of Pack 1963 show off their Pin ewood Derby cars.

e to Each year Scouts take tim car to d create a special pinewoo , rby Scouts race in the Pinewood De ring a showing off their cars du recent race.

Scouts and siblings from Pack 625 enjoy hiking in Leila Thompson Park. Pack 62 5 meets at Little River Un ited Methodist Church. The Ph oenix Patrol of Webelos De n 8 is led by David Bailey an d assisted by three assista nt leaders and is blessed is with an abundance of parent participation. Some of the scouts have been meeting together since they were Tiger Cub first graders. The scouts will all have their Arrow of Light and become Boy Scouts during the month of Ma rch.


It is only March but parents are already concerned with their children’s activities during the upcoming summer months. The 2010-2011 school year ends May 27 but knowledgeable parents know that they can’t wait until May to have made a decision on where/what their children will be doing each day during the upcoming summer vacation. Around About North Fulton’s 2011 Summer Guide will help you with this important decision. Your children look forward to summer — take time to give them some great memories at summer camp. Sports Broadcasting Camp Play by Play Sports Emory University Dates: July 18-22 Ages: Boys and girls 10-18 Contact: 800-319-0884 Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA Held at Camp Big Creek 3655 Preston Ridge Rd, Alpharetta Big Creek Open House Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m.-noon Contact: 770-664-1220 Explorer Camp Ages: 5-6 34 AroundAbout North Fulton | march 2011

Choose Your Own Day Camp Ages: 7-10 Gymnastics Camp Ages: 6-12 Contact: 770-663-3534 Video Production Camp Ages: 11-14 Chattahoochee Nature Center Camp Kingfisher 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Dates: May 31-August 12 Ages: Kindergarten-9th grade Contact: 770-992-2055 x222 Farmhouse in the City Art & Animal Camp 1094 Green Street, Roswell Dates: June 6-10 & 20-24 July 11-15 & 25-29 Ages: 5-12 Contact: 770-992-2055 x 232 Bulloch Hall 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell 770-992-1731 x 3 Manners Camp Dates: June 20-24 Ages: 2nd-4th grade Dates: July 18-22 Ages: 5th-8th grade Camp Rough Riders Dates: July 11-15 Ages: 6-11 years

Georgia Ensemble Theatre Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest Street, Roswell 770-641-1260 x 232 Summer Conservatory Dates: June 13-24, July 5-12 Ages: Grades 2-12 Performance Camp Dates: July 18-29 Ages: Grades 3-12 Theatre Arts Explosion Held at Chrysalis Experiential Academy 10 Mansell Ct E, Ste 500, Roswell Dates: June 20-24, July 11-15 Ages: 4-2nd graders Characters of the Watershed Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Dates: July 20-24 Ages: Grades 2-5 Passport Around the World Goddard School 11250 State Bridge Rd., Alpharetta, (770) 754-4796 4878 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta, (770) 663-4155 11225 Woodstock Rd., Roswell, (770) 641-0122 2710 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell (770) 993-3307 Dates: May 31 — August 1 Ages: 6 weeks — 12 years

Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department Outdoor Summer Day Camps Dates: May 24-August 20 Contact: 770-641-3760 Camp Jam Atlanta Christ the King Lutheran Church 5575 Peachtree Pkwy., Norcross Camp Jam Overnight Dates: June 20-24; June 26-July 1 Ages: 12-17 Camp Jam 5-Day Rock and Roll Day Camp Dates: June 20-24; June 27-July 1; July 11-15 Ages: 11-17 Camp Jam Kidz 5-Day Rock and Roll Day Camp Dates: June 20-24; June 27-July 1; July 11-15 Ages: 7-10 35

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Sweet rewardS

Culinary student reaps benefits of continuing her education By Ann Vancza, Assistant Director, College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University Rosi Ponce of Roswell knew continuing her education was important, but she never dreamed it would have her working with one of the most prestigious culinary teams in Atlanta: Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel. “The people at Four Seasons are absolutely fantastic,” she said. Ms. Ponce is getting a taste of what continuing education has to offer its students – career training from actively engaged professionals. She is a student in the Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate Program offered by the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University. Launched in 2009, this unique, ninemonth certificate program offers real-world experience to those who enroll. Students work in some of Atlanta’s best restaurants and catering companies as part of the apprenticeship component. They also receive classroom training with instructor Chef Greg Brooks, a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. In addition to Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel, students may also complete unpaid apprenticeships with

Villa Christina, InterContinental Hotel, Bold American Catering and Endive Catering. A member of the class of 2011, Ms. Ponce said that she chose the program so she could learn many of the skills that would be helpful to her current job in the industry. With the support of her employer, she is able to attend the weekly class and perform all of her apprenticeship hours with the school’s various culinary partners. Although Ms. Ponce had four years of experience, she believes she has benefited from the instruction from both Chef Brooks and the chefs at the apprenticeship locations. She said that her culinary and kitchen management skills have gone to the next level, which is sure to improve her employer’s bottom line. Ms. Ponce’s Hispanic background came in handy while working in one of the apprenticeship locations. She said a customer requested the chef prepare plantains, which were not on the menu. This request had the team scurrying to the Internet to find a recipe when she arrived at work that day.

Ms. Ponce said she was confident in having success in this particular food challenge. “I said, ‘Piece of cake!’ That’s something we eat all the time,” she said with a laugh. She said that the head chef was a bit worried, but only until he tasted her work. “He said, ‘Oh yes, it’s so good!’” She said that both the restaurants and catering companies treat students serving as apprentices as if they are a member of the team and expect excellence. “Everything is so hands-on and for real. It’s not like reading to the next chapter. It’s happening!” she said. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the culinary industry, now is the time to look at culinary programs and get a clear picture of the time commitment and the financial investment involved. The next Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate Program will begin in the fall of 2011. For more information, call (770) 423-6765, email, or visit



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Lowering Your Risk for Lung Cancer

As one of the most frequently treated forms of cancer at Northside Hospital, lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in both men and women. Each year, more people die of the disease than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Ironically, our biggest cancer killer is preventable. The more you know about lung cancer, the better chance you have against the disease and for maintaining the quality of life that is important to you.

By Patti Owen, MN, RN, director of oncology services, Northside Hospital

Why is Lung Cancer so Serious? Lung cancer is very hard to detect in its early stages. Symptoms usually don’t appear until the disease is advanced and, in many cases, it’s found only when the person undergoes an X-ray for another reason. Symptoms vary from person to person, but may include: • • • • •

A persistent or intense cough, Coughing up blood or phlegm tinged with blood, Harsh sounds accompanying breathing, Recurrent lung problems such as bronchitis or pneumonia, Shortness of breath.

True or False? If I don’t smoke, I’m not at risk for lung cancer. False. You CAN get lung cancer even if you never smoked. Your lungs are the gateway for the air your body uses and anything that you breathe in can affect your lungs. Though smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, it is not the only one. Approximately 10 percent of lung cancer cases are caused by other culprits. Radon — The second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., radon is a colorless and odorless gas that occurs naturally in soil. It can seep up into a home, office building or school through gaps or cracks in floors or walls. Industrial Exposures — Working with certain hazardous materials, such as asbestos, uranium, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, nickel and some petroleum products is especially dangerous. Arsenic — High levels of arsenic, a poison used to kill weeds and pests, in drinking water may increase the risk of lung cancer. 38 AroundAbout North Fulton | march 2011

Air Pollution — In some cities, air pollution (air with traces of diesel exhaust, coal products and other industrial substances) may slightly increase the risk of lung cancer. Family History — A family history of lung cancer may indicate a higher risk of developing the disease. Early Detection is Key It’s important to maintain annual check-ups to stay healthy. Discuss any symptoms or health changes with your doctor and follow up on your doctor’s recommendations for screening and treatments to ensure you stay cancer free.

More cancer cases are treated at Northside Hospital than at any other community hospital in Georgia. As a National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer centers program, the hospital offers a comprehensive treatment process that encompasses the entire cancer experience — from education, prevention and screening to diagnosis and treatment, research, support and survivorship. For more information, visit

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Orthodontic Treatment by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS Part II — Last month we elaborated on how it is sometimes difficult to separate fact from fiction when discussing issues related to braces and orthodontics. We touched on how new technology and a better understanding of the physiology of tooth movement Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in have allowed us to significantly orthodontics and owner of Kincaid Orthodontics in Woodstock and decrease the amount and Roswell. Visit his Website at intensity of pain that was such a common “right of passage” when wearing braces years ago. We’ll continue that line of thought this month as I try to dispel common misconceptions regarding treatment and tooth movement. Wires need to be changed every visit. As discussed last month, in the old days we only had stiff, steel arch-wires that exerted heavy forces that dissipated quickly. Too much deflection would cause permanent deformation to the wire and not move the tooth at all, or even worse, if a wire was used that put too much force on the tooth then the bracket would pop off! Therefore, years ago, orthodontic patients got many wires with incrementally higher stiffness and these wires were changed more frequently. Today we use super-elastic titanium wires of various sizes that have a pre-determined force built into them that provide a steady, light force that will move the tooth gently over longer periods of time. Your orthodontist is trained to choose the proper wire to obtain the optimal efficiency of tooth movement not only to consistently move your teeth with less discomfort, but also to decrease the frequency of appointments and number of wire changes you’ll require during treatment. It is worth noting, however, that steel wires are still used today and are very effective in certain types of tooth movement, but they are just not used with the frequency as before. My teeth will straighten or my spaces will close immediately when I get my braces. Many people who get braces have unrealistic expectations that all treatment objectives will be addressed immediately. Indeed, with the new titanium arch-wires and other treatment modalities available today, we have the capability to initiate alignment more quickly and with less discomfort than before. The patient will get excited with such a dramatic continued on page 45 39

Healthy Living

how much fluoride is Too Much?

by Vishant Nath, DMD Fluoride levels in drinking water have been in the news lately. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed lowering the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water. This column will provide some perspective on this topic.

Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. You may contact him at 678-352-1090 or visit

First and foremost it’s important to appreciate the importance of fluoride, especially for children. Fluoride inhibits the loss of minerals from tooth enamel and strengthens areas of the teeth that are weakened and are in danger of developing cavities. It also works to prevent bacteria from breaking down the teeth and causing cavities. Too much unmonitored ingested fluoride during permanent teeth development, ages 3 months-8 years, can cause

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discoloration of the teeth, which is referred to as fluorosis. This condition can be mild (small white specks or streaks) to severe (brown discoloration) of the teeth. Certain techniques in esthetic dentistry can be used to improve the look of permanent teeth that exhibit signs of fluorosis. Fluoride is added to many oral care products, including toothpaste and mouth rinses and occurs naturally to some degree in drinking water. When its oral health advantages were first identified 70 years ago, it was also noticed that a certain level of fluoride was necessary to see its benefits. Therefore, the government recommended artificially supplementing water sources with fluoride in areas where it was below this level. Since 1962, the Environmental Protection Agency has overseen the addition of fluoride to drinking water. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control released data from studies indicating that the occurrence of fluorosis in children ages 12-15 has increased. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 95.8% of Georgia’s population is served by community water supplies that are fluoridated. The current fluoride level recommended by the state is 0.8 milligrams per liter of water, which is just slightly above the newly proposed level of 0.7 milligrams per liter. The Georgia Department of continued on page 45

Life At Home

Cruising to alaska: Excitement for the Whole Family

by Michael Consoli Alaska is becoming a very popular cruise destination for individuals, groups and families. When selecting an Alaskan cruise, there are several options to consider. The cruise lines offer both cruises and cruisetours. Michael Consoli is owner of Micore

Both cruise options will Travel, LLC. You may contact him at 770-650-7667 or online at www. offer ports such as Victoria, Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan in addition to cruising the beautiful glaciers of College Fjord or Glacier Bay. The days at sea on these cruises can be even more incredible than the days in port. Cruising by an immense glacier and hearing it calve is one of nature’s most amazing experiences. In some of the ports you can even travel by helicopter and land on a glacier, participate in a traditional salmon bake, or take

the White Pass Rail to view the scenery and wildlife. There are more options than can be shared in an article, but be assured the offerings are diverse, and there is something for everyone. Cruisetours offer the same cruise experience, with one-way north or south-bound cruises, enhanced by a two to seven day land tour. They generally include your lodging, transportation and excursions on the land portion of your trip. These tours can include visits to Denali National Park, Copper River, Mount McKinley, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and even Prudhoe Bay. The transportation offered is generally by domed rail car or luxury motor coach which can allow for many wildlife viewing opportunities. The cruise tours offer options for people who are who active and those who are less mobile. If you and your family would like to see Alaska, cruise or cruisetour is an excellent option. The offerings in this region are rich and diverse, so it is important that you work with a travel agent that has experienced Alaska first-hand and who is a CLIA certified cruise counselor. It is also important to plan your cruise or cruisetour early, as popular dates and tours sell out quickly and, when it comes to price, because of this destination’s popularity, the earlier you book the better. Now is a great time to begin planning an exciting Alaskan cruise. 41

Faith and Family


and Miracles by Laurie Troublefield The other day I received an email from a good friend who has long struggled with a daughter who lives with a debilitating condition of mental illness. The daughter is now 25, still lives at home, and needs a lot of care and attention; mom is tired and fighting to hold on to hope. Here’s an excerpt from her email:

“I am not asking for strength to deal with her. I actually don’t know what I am asking for — prayer of some kind I guess and HOPE, because honestly some days I feel that I have no hope in regard to her life and how it affects us as a family. Even though I know and believe that God is ultimately in charge and will look after her, it’s extremely difficult waiting and waiting and waiting and trying to get through the days, weeks and years with her when there is not a lot of change. I am just soooooooo tired of it all.” It’s not hard to hear the exhaustion in her words and her pleas for help and for hope, it’s a daily part of her life, and it’s becoming harder and harder to stay positive. Her email stirred my heart and got me thinking again about our human struggle and the conflict we experience as we seek to live in the miracle of faith in Jesus. Here’s a bit of my reply to her. “The most difficult part of every journey on this earth with Jesus is that there is no guarantee of better results. We don’t get to know that it’s going to get better and this is the place of our greatest struggle, in trusting that God is indeed good and loving, but yet, somewhere deep inside of us screams, ‘I believe. Help my unbelief!’ You are a faithful mother, friend, daughter, employee, etc. Nothing you have done, or could do, would have made this different. My concern is for you right now.”  There are no words, no formulas, not even prayers that can make her situation different. That is alone up to God. There is one reality though that I have seen in this dear woman’s life over the years that I’ve know her — the miracle of sight — not physical, but spiritual. She has seen Jesus and she KNOWS He is real. It hurts to stay in the despair, but it’s in that very place of pain and desperation that we discover the amazing Truth of our dependence upon His life and grace for our very breath. It’s in the misery that the Miracle is most evident.

Laurie Troublefield is the director of training with Grace Connections. You may contact her at

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Faith and Family

moms and tots Home Maintenance

by Colin Morris Recently we painted our bedroom. We have lived with builder beige walls in our bedroom and bathroom for more years than I care to admit. After we painted, we replaced Colin Morris is a freelance writer who resides in Woodstock with her husband and three children. the hardware in the bathroom. We updated the towel rod and the drawer pulls. Of course, as with all home-improvement projects, those small changes led to other projects like new light fixtures and new faucets. Not everything has been completed yet, but my suggestion for something to do with your kids this month is: include them when you do home improvement. Five years ago, when my husband and I thought about home improvement, we had to divide up. One of us would work on the project and the other one would watch the children. Leaving three small kids unsupervised sounded as dangerous as including them in our plans to paint. Projects took forever, and we usually ended the day both frustrated by how little we got accomplished. Imagine our surprise recently when the kids were actually old enough to help! When we were picking a color for our room and painting swatches of different options on our walls, we let them write the name underneath in pencil. Then on painting day, all three kids (one at a time) got on their work clothes and picked up a roller to help. Granted, we were supervising carefully, but their extra hands paid off. At one point, we were faced with the longest wall in the room. I rolled the middle, my husband was rolling the top and my six year-old was rolling the bottom. We finished in record time. My parents included me in home improvement projects. It wasn’t until college when I moved in to my first apartment that I started to appreciate that hands-on education. I knew how to fix a toilet that leaked. I knew how to do basic electrical wiring. I knew how to paint, sand, and spackle. Growing up I didn’t always want to help. Some projects were more fun than others, but my parents made sure that while I was helping them, they were explaining things to me. They taught me skills for fixing things around the house. I want to do the same for my three future home-owners. Even when kids are little they love tools. Take a minute the next time you are fixing something to teach your child the difference between a flat head and a Phillips head screwdriver. Then, the next time you continued on page 45 43

Faith and Family

open your heart

and Look Through the Window by Ron Bradley Several years ago I heard retired pastor, Dr. Jimmy Allen tell the moving story of Alice whose husband was a Jewish Rabbi in Houston, Texas. She had been a survivor of two different concentration camps during the Holocaust. Dr. Allen Dr. Ron Bradley is the pastor at First Baptist Church Roswell. You may asked her, “Alice, of all the contact him at 770-587-6980 or things you went through, what do you remember most?” She replied, “The empty windows.” When asked to explain, she told the story, “I grew up in central Europe, in a little village where I had lived all my life. When I was nine years-old, the soldiers came to get us. They told us to pack our suitcases and come down to the village square. I walked that morning, carrying my suitcase down our cobble-stoned street — the street that I had walked all my life, by houses in which people lived I had known all my life. The soldiers were going to take us to a concentration camp. We did not know what was awaiting us. But as I walked down that familiar street, I noticed the windows were empty. No one came to the windows! My friends and neighbors knew what was happening, they knew — but they were afraid. Nobody came to the windows to see what was happening to me.” Dr. Allen asked Alice to draw a picture of that morning, and she drew a picture of three empty windows. It is a reminder of what breaks the heart of God. The tears of God fall every day when we don’t go to the windows to see the people all around us today who are hurting. May God forgive us when we are tempted to not want to know! There may not be very much that we can do, but we can at least look with empathetic, compassionate eyes; and hear with listening ears the cries of those in need; and reach out with helping hands to lift up the fallen. And if you are one of those walking down the street feeling bewildered or forsaken, remember that God never leaves you

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Too Much Fluoride

continued from page 40

Community Health has stated that there will likely be very little adjustment necessary for the state since the current levels are so close to the newly recommended levels. Another theory surrounding the increasing occurrence of fluorosis is that children may be getting the higher exposure to fluoride by ingesting too much fluoride found in toothpaste during the ages three months-eight years. It is always necessary to closely oversee your child’s proper use of fluoride containing oral care products. Children only require a very small amount of toothpaste to clean their teeth. A rice-sized portion (or smear) of toothpaste is sufficient to adequately clean a child’s teeth. If you have any questions regarding fluoride levels or the occurrence of fluorosis in your child, please contact your pediatric dentist.

Home Maintenance

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need a flat head screwdriver, put that knowledge to work. You get a helper, and they are learning a life-long skill. Home maintenance never ends. Something always needs to be tightened or painted or replaced. Whether you are tackling big projects or little ones, invite your kids to help.

Orthodontic Myths

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improvement in such a short period of time and think maybe they’ll get their braces off sooner than expected. It’s important to remember that orthodontic treatment is rarely just about straightening teeth or closing spaces. Overbite correction is usually a major objective in most treatment plans and many times correction is not initiated until after the teeth are leveled and aligned. We’ll discuss this in more detail in future articles. Surprisingly, it is not uncommon for spaces to occasionally open or re-open during treatment! You may want to kindly ask your orthodontist about these issues, but rest assured that he will take care of these as he advances your treatment plan. 45

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North Fulton Directory Listings Faith & Worship Anglican

Bridgeway Church 4755 Kimball Bridge Road, 770-751-1972

St. Peter’s Place Anglican Church 200 Holcomb Woods Pkwy., Suite 27 678-352-1224,

Clear Springs Baptist Church 11575 Jones Bridge Road, 770-475-9223


Clear Springs Missionary Baptist Church 2725 Kimball Bridge Road, 770-664-6863

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

Assembly of God Roswell Assembly of God 11440 Crabapple Road, 770-993-6586

Baha’i Faith Baha’i Faith of Alpharetta 10690 Jones Bridge Road, 770-442-1332 Baha’i Faith of Roswell 1-800-22-UNITE

Baptist Atlanta Street Baptist Church 340 S. Atlanta Street, 770-993-9451 Bethany Baptist Church 2065 Bethany Road, 770-475-6748 Boiling Springs Primitive Baptist church 1200 Birmingham Road, 404-444-6490

County Line Baptist 430 Strickland Road, 770-475-9429 Crabapple First Baptist 12760 Birmingham Highway, 770-475-6111 Cross Plains Baptist Church 6500 McGinnis Ferry Road, 770-475-1210 Crosspointe Community Church SBC 77 E. Crossville Road, Suite 100 770-640-9959, First Baptist Church of Alpharetta 44 Academy Street, 770-475-6556 First Baptist Church of Roswell 710 Mimosa Blvd., 770-587-6980 First Romanian Baptist 5505 Winters Chapel Road, 770-992-4274 Gethsemane Garden Missionary Baptist Church 398 Hardscrabble Road, 770-993-8232

Hopewell Baptist Church 15730 Hopewell Road, 770-442-0793 Johns Creek Baptist Church 7500 McGinnis Ferry Road, 770-623-8203 Lebanon Baptist Church 11250 Crabapple Road, 770-993-3635 New Haven Baptist Church 2925 Holcomb Bridge Road, 770-993-1691 North River Baptist Church 12090 Hardscrabble Road, 770-992-7777 Northside Baptist Church 11125 Houze Road, 770-993-5207 Philadelphia Baptist Church 3550 Spruill Circle, 770-664-6915 Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church 725 Pleasant Hill Street, 770-993-2707 Providence Baptist Church 20075 Providence Road, 770-475-3627 Union Hill Baptist Church McGinnis Ferry Road, 770-475-5077 Union Primitive Baptist Church 335 Cox Road, 770-993-0862 Vision Baptist Church 1125 Alpha Drive, 770-456-5881 47

FAITH & WORSHIP Willeo Baptist Church SBC 990 Willeo Road, 770-993-5189 Zion Missionary Baptist Church 888 Zion Circle, 770-993-8587


Christian and Missionary Alliance Roswell Alliance Church 1100 Allenbrook Lane, 770-643-0180

Christian Science First Church of Christ, Scientist 10920 Houze Road, 770-998-9977

Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church 2030 Old Alabama Road, 770-993-0973

Church of Christ

Saint Brigid Catholic Church 3400 Old Alabama Road, 678-393-0060

Church of Christ — Northside 10920 Woodstock Road, 770-993-3512

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

Church of Christ — Roswell 11670 King Road, 770-992-2097

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church 11330 Woodstock Road, 678-277-9424 St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church 535 Rucker Road, 770-475-4501

Charismatic Christian Center Church 1850 Woodstock Road, 770-993-2038 World Harvest Church 320 Hardscrabble Road, 770-643-9223

CHRISTIAN DISCIPLES OF CHRIST Community of Christ 3315 Francis Road, 770-521-1112 First Christian Church of Roswell 11365 Crabapple Road, 770-993-4617

Church of God Alpharetta Church of God 1460 Mid Broadwell Road, 770-475-5788 Restoration Church of God 410 Rucker Road, 770-751-9697

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Cumorah (Spanish) Branch 500 Norcross Street, 770-640-0531 Roswell/Alpharetta First Ward 500 Norcross Street, 770-640-7357 Webb Bridge Ward 510 Brannon Rd., Cumming, 678-455-5292

Community Churches Abundant Life Community Church 625-A Sims Industrial Boulevard 678-319-9700,

Bridge To Grace 2385 Holcomb Bridge Road, 770-587-2460 www. Roswell Community Church 700 Grimes Bridge Road Meets at The Cottage School 678-677-4840,

Eastern Orthodox St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church 11450 Houze Road, 770-642-9727

Episcopal St. Aidans Episcopal Church 13560 Cogburn Road, 770-521-0207 St. David’s Episcopal Church 1015 Old Roswell Road, 770-993-6084

Interdenominational Calvary Chapel 200 James Road, 770-442-8167

Islam Islamic Center of North Fulton 1265 Rucker Road, 678-297-0019

Jehovah’s Witnesses Crabapple Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses 910 Mayfield Road, 678-339-0349 Jehovah’s Witnesses 9400 Brumbelow Road, 770-594-9400

Jewish Chabad of Alpharetta Jewish Center 10180 Jones Bridge Road, 770-410-9000 Congregation Gesher L Torah 4320 Kimball Bridge Road, 770-777-4009 Temple Beth Tikvah 9955 Coleman Road, 770-642-0434 Temple Kehillat Chaim-Reform 1145 Green Street, 770-641-8630

Jewish — Messianic Congregation Beth Hallel 950 Pine Grove Road, 770-641-3000

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FAITH & WORSHIP Light of Messiah Ministries 990 Holcomb Bridge Road, Ste. 4 770-642-4706,

Lutheran Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church 4655 Webb Bridge Road, 770-475-0640 Cross of Life Lutheran Church ELCA Roswell 1000 Hembree Road, 770-475-9159 Lord of Life Lutheran Church ELCA 5390 McGinnis Ferry Road, 770-740-1279 www. Messiah Lutheran Church - WELS 4765 Kimball Bridge Road, 770-751-9357 www. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church ELCA 10250 Haynes Bridge Road, 770-475-4250 Poplc. The River Church 501 S. Main Street, Suite 101, 678-860-0971 www.

Metaphysical Christian Inner Quest 12830 New Providence Road, 770-521-2875 www.

Methodist Alpharetta First United Methodist Church 69 North Main Street, 770-475-5576 Birmingham United Methodist 15560 Birmingham Highway, 770-475-3591 www. Christ United Methodist Church 1340 Woodstock Road, 770-993-3945 Ebenezer United Methodist Church 12900 Hwy. 140 N, 770-640-7287 Midway United Methodist Church 5025 Highway 9 N, 770-475-5230

Roswell United Methodist 814 Mimosa Blvd., 770-993-6218 St. James United Methodist 3000 Webb Bridge Road, 678-762-1543

Non-Denominational Fellowship Bible Church 480 W. Crossville Road, 770-992-4956 Iglesia Cristiana Ministerios Rhema 1041 Cambridge Square, Suite D 770-346-8641, Keepin’ It Real Lighthouse, Inc. 61 Old Canton Street, 770-360-5601 The Lighthouse Church 18271 Union Hill Road, 770-664-3644 Spirit of God Christian Church 11940 Alpharetta Highway, 770-777-6889 www.

Northbrook United Methodist Church 11225 Crabapple Road, 770-998-2000 49

FAITH & WORSHIP Stonecreek Church 13540 Highway 9 North, 770-754-7900

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

North Point Community Church 4350 Northpoint Parkway, 770-290-5600 www.

Reformed Church in America

Vision of Faith International 105 Nobel Court,

Bridge To Grace 2385 Holcomb Bridge Road, 770-587-2460 www.

Presbyterian (PCA)


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

Presbyterian (USA) Alpharetta Presbyterian 180 Academy Street, 770-751-0033 Canaan Korean Presbyterian Church 11320 West Road, 770-552-5505 Northminster Presbyterian 2400 Old Alabama Road, 770-998-1482

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

Unitarian Universalist UU Metro Atlanta North 11420 Crabapple Road, 770-992-3949

Organizations Business Organizations BNI-Alpharetta Accelerators Chapter Meeting: Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Contact: Jim Somers, 770-753-2032 Website:

International Association of Administrative Professionals Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 6 p.m. Contact: Deborah Padgett, 678-982-2314 Job Networking Group Meeting: 2nd and 4th Mondays at 5:55 p.m. Contact: 770-642-7943 Website: National Association of Women Business Owners Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 3rd Thursday at 11 a.m. Contact: 678-539-8090 Website: The North Fulton Bar Association Meeting: 4th Thursday at 6:30 p.m. September-May Contact: Charles Gabriel, 678-735-5900 Website: North Fulton Connects Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Contact: Ben Staten, 404-323-0049 North metro women’s connection Meeting: 2nd Wednesday Contact: Rosan Hall, 770-335-6013

Organizations Northside Business Network Group Meeting: Wednesday breakfast at 7 a.m. Contact: Diane Williford, 770-594-2200 Powercore Meeting: Once a week, Tues-Fri Contact: Jeremy Faulkner, 404-816-3377 Website:

Charitable Organizations Alpharetta Clean and Beautiful Contact: 678-297-6200 Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia Contact: 770-499-1164 Child Development Association Contact: 770-992-4339 Website: Children’s Restoration Network Contact: 770-649-7117 Companion Animal Connection Contact: 678-493-9847 Website: Family Haven Contact: 770-889-6384 Foster Care Support Foundation Contact: Rachel Ewald, 770-641-9591 Sharon Franklin, 404-729-3374 E-mail: Website: Friends of the Alpharetta Library Contact: 770-740-2425 E-mail: Foundation for Ensuring access and equity Contact: Mychal Wynn, 678-395-5825 Website: Hospice Advantage Contact: 770-218-1997 Homestretch Contact: 770-642- 9185 Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter Contact: 770-887-6480 E-mail: Website: Humanists of Georgia Meeting: 3rd Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Contact: 770-662-6274 Website: http://humanistsofga. Keep Roswell Beautiful Contact: 770-641-3715 Website:

Middle East Bible Outreach Contact: 678-339-0296 Website: www.middleeastbible Next Century Youth Contact: Mary Brooks Green, 770-335-7317 Website: North Fulton Community Charities Contact: 770-640-0399 Website: North Fulton Senior Services Contact: 770-993-1906 Website: Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption, Inc. Contact: 770-887-9741 Website: United Way of Atlanta Contact: 404-614-1000

Civic Organizations Alpharetta American Legion, Auxiliary Unit 201 Meeting: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Contact: 770-475-9023 Alpharetta Library Book Sale Meeting: 1st Saturday of each month 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contact: 770-740-2425 Alpharetta Junior Women’s Club Meeting: 1st Tuesday Contact: Debora, 678-218-5732 Website: Alpharetta Optimist Club Meeting: Bi-monthly, Wednesdays, 7:45 a.m. Contact: Greg Cabrera, 770-752-8122 Alpharetta Lions Club Meeting: 4th Thursday Contact: Garner Andrews, 770-475-9344 Alpharetta Roswell Newcomers Club Contact: Barb Hill, 678-318-1442 American Association of University Women North Fulton Branch Meeting: 2nd Saturday at 10 a.m. Contact: Website: www.aauwnorthfultonga. Children of the American Revolution — Martha Stewart Bulloch Society Meeting: 3rd Sunday during Aug-May Contact: Robbin, 678-461-9550 Website:

Daughters of the American Revolution Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter Meeting: 2nd Monday at 10 a.m. Contact: Marguerite, 770-521-1142 Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Meeting times depend on availability of troops Contact: Lisa Martin, 770-702-9120 Website: Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, Inc. Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Crystal D Weitzel, 770-476-3090 Website: Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell Meeting: Every Thursday at noon Contact: David, 770-356-5211 Website: Latin American Association Contact: 404-638-1800 Website: North Fulton Jaycees Meeting: 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Adam Boze, 404-259-1356 North Fulton Optimist Club Meeting: 2nd Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Contact: Glenn Rudh, 404-375-7033 RH Bassett American Legion, Post 319 Meeting: 1st Thursday at 7 p.m. Contact: 770-992-7744 Roswell Junior Woman’s Club Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Sept-May Contact: Teffany Dowdy, 770-649-9483 Website: Roswell Lions Club Meeting: 3rd Monday at 7 p.m. Contact: Jerry Bramblett, 770-642-1653 Website: Roswell Optimists “Bring Out the Best in Kids” Meeting: Weekly at 7:15 a.m. Contact: Mike Bagnulo, 770-993-5440 Roswell Rotary Club Meeting: Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Contact: 678-318-3647 Website: Rotary Club of North Fulton Meeting: Tuesdays at noon Contact: Joyce Abernathy, 770-475-0656 Website: 51

Organizations Sons of Confederate Veterans — Roswell Mills Camp #1547 Meeting: 1st Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Contact: Ross Glover, 770-396-5034 Sons of the American Revolution — Piedmont Chapter Meeting: 3rd Saturday at 8 a.m. Contact: Bob Sapp, 770-971-0189 The Veterans Alliance Honor Guard Meeting: 1st Thursday at 6 p.m. Contact: Wayne Cantrell, 678-773-8346 Website: www.veteransalliance

Alpharetta City Band Meeting: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Don Nahser, 770-475-9684

Roswell Fine Arts Alliance Meeting: 3rd Tuesday, call for times Contact: Nancy Fairchild, 770-640-8936

Alpharetta Golden Age Book Club Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 10 a.m. Contact: Lewis Lay, 678-297-6142

Roswell Garden Club Meeting: 4th Tuesday at 10 a.m. Contact: 770-518-7021

Alpharetta/Roswell Newcomers Club Meeting: 3rd Wednesday­—time varies Contact: 678-318-1442 Website:

Roswell Harmony Brigade Meeting: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Dick Lord, 770-317-9571

Alpharetta Singles movie club Meeting: 1st and 3rd Satuday at 2 p.m. Contact: 770-662-0916

Roswell Photographic Society Meeting: Check Website Contact: 770-594-6122 Website:

VFW Post 12002 Meeting: 2nd Thursday at 7 p.m. Website:

Alpharetta Walkie Talkies Meeting: Call for information Contact: Lewis Lay, 678-267-6142

Sawnee Art Association Meeting: 4th Monday at 6:30 p.m. Website:


AlphaFretters Dulcimer Group Meeting: Call for details Contact: Dell Makuch, 770-667-0620

Songs of Atlanta Chorus Meeting: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Contact: 770-977-4031

Atlanta Stamp Collectors Meeting: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Contact: John Coles, 770-962-5888 Website:

Southern Winds Concert Band Meeting: Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. Contact: Steve Wood, 770-436-2745

Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club Meeting: 4th Thursday Contact: Marjean Birt Forsyth County Young Republicans Group Meeting: Monthly Contact: Josh Jones, 678-207-6723 Website:

Chattahoochee Celtic Pipes & Drums Meeting: Thursdays Contact: Rory Howe, 770-926-6898 or

Stars Soccer Club — Men’s League Meeting: Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Contact: 678-366-9008 Website:

North Fulton Democrats Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Anne, 404-303-9142, ext. 2

Cobb County Stamp Club Meeting: 2nd and 4th Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Contact: C. Rejent, 770-330-0790 Website:

STAR­—Singles Together at Roswell Meeting: Thursdays at 6 p.m. Contact: 770-993-2012 or Website:

Dog Hikers of Georgia Meeting: Sundays at 10 a.m. Contact:

Writers Network Meeting: Call for information Contact: Bobby Christmas, 770-924-0528

Dudes ‘n Darlins Square Dance Club of Alpharetta Meeting: 2nd and 4th Fridays at 8 p.m. Contact: 770-751-7210, 770-361-1237 Website:

Support Organizations

North Fulton Republican Women’s Club Meeting: 1st Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. however, off during the summer Contact: Suzi Voyles, 404-851-9704

Recreation & Hobbies Alpharetta Adult Activity Center Book Club Meeting: 4th Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Contact: Lewis Lay, 678-297-6142 Alpharetta arts guild Meeting: 1st Tuesday at 7 p.m. Contact: Danita Grant, 678-994-5630 Website: Alpharetta Bridge Club Meeting: See online schedule Contact: Nancy Hetsko, 678-361-5198 Website: Alpharetta Camera Club Meeting: Call for information Contact: Lewis Lay, 678-297-6142

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Georgia Regional Girls Choir Meeting: Thursday afternoons Contact: 770-722-3656 Website: The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra Contact: 770-623-8623 North Fulton Amateur Radio League Meeting: 3rd Tuesday of the month Contact: Jim Stafford, W4Q0 770-993-9500 Newtown Recreation Contact: 678-297-2662

Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting: Wednesday at 7 p.m.—men Thursday at 8 p.m.—mixed Contact: Barbara G, 770-650-8482 Anorexia Nervousa and Associated Eating Disorders — ANA Meeting: Thursdays at 7 p.m. Contact: Kim, 404-307-5442 Atlanta Harm Reduction Center Contact: 404-817-9994 Website: Bereavement Support Group Meeting: Mondays at 6 p.m. Contact: Patty Hampton, 770-261-1767 Brain Injury and Stroke Group Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. Contact: 770-751-2650

Organizations Care partner support group Meeting: 1st Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Contact: Dawn Reed, 678-777-7241

Infertility Support Meeting: 2nd Monday at 7 p.m. Contact: Patty Hampton, 770-261-1767

Diabetes Support Group Meeting: 3rd Monday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Joe Mengoni, 770-889-7577

Lupus Support Meeting: 2nd Sunday at 2 p.m. Contact: Patty Hampton, 770-261-1767

Divorce Recovery Seminar Meeting: Ten-week course, new schedule every three months, 7 p.m. Contact: Patty Hampton, 770-261-1767

MOMS Club of Roswell — East Meeting: Monthly, plus weekly activities and playgroups Contact:

DreamPower Therapeutic Equestrian Center Contact: 678-456-8082 Website:

MOMS Club of Roswell — South Meeting: Monthly, plus weekly activities and playgroups Contact: Libby Field, 770-772-6478

EA Meeting: Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Contact: Suzanne, 404-307-1735 Foster Care Support Group Meeting: 2nd Wednesday at 10 a.m. during Sept-Nov and Jan-May Contact: Patty Hampton, 770-261-1767

NA Meeting: Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at 7 p.m. Contact: Lee H, 678-576-4838 National Alliance on Mental Illness — NAMI Meeting: 1st Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Jerry Bishop, 678-446-5080

Overeaters Anonymous Meeting: Saturdays at 9 a.m. Thursdays at 7 p.m. Meeting: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. Contact: Cindy, 404-394-9333 Bill, 770-992-6481 Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting: 2nd Sunday at 4 p.m. Contact: Patty, 770-261-1767 SA Meeting: Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Dixie, 770-993-7253 S-Anon Meeting: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Evelyn, 770-993-7253 Women’s AA — Sober Sisters Meeting: Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. Contact: Barbara G, 770-650-8482 53


Local Officials United States Government President Barack Obama (D) 202-456-1414 fax: 202-456-2461 Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) 202-224-3521 fax: 202-224-0103 Senator Johnny Isakson (R) 202-224-3643 fax: 770-661-0768 GA: 770-661-0999 Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6 202-225-4501 fax: 770-565-7570 GA: 770-565-4990 Rep. John Linder (R), District 7 202-225-4272 fax: 770-479-2999 GA: 770-479-1888 REp. TOM GRAVES (R), District 9 202-225-5211 fax: 202-225-8272 GA: 770-535-2592

State Government Governor Nathan Deal, R 404-656-1776 fax: 404-657-7332 203 State Capitol, Atlanta, Georgia 30334 Sen. David shafer (R), District 48 404-656-0048 fax: 404-651-6768 Sen. John ALbers (R), District 56 678-667-3656 rep. Jan Jones (R), District 46 404-656-5024 rep. Chuck Martin (R), District 47 404-463-2247 fax: 404-463-2249 rep. Harry Geisinger (R), District 48 770-993-4264 fax: 770-594-1510 rep. wendell willard (R), District 49 770-481-7100 fax: 770-481-7111

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rep. Mark Burkhalter (R), District 50 770-418-9098 fax: 770-418-9669

School System

rep. tom rice (R), District 51 404-656-5912

Superintendent Cindy Loe 404-768-3600 786 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30315


Medical Examiner

Superior Court Chief Judge Doris L. Downs


State Court Chief Judge A.L. Thompson 404-613-4497 Magistrate Court Chief Judge Stephanie Davis 404-613-4433 Probate Court Judge Pinkie T. Toomer


Juvenile Court Chief Judge Sanford Jones


Clerk of Courts Cathelene Robinson


Board of Commissioners 678-493-6000 fax: 678-493-6013 141 Pryor St. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303 John H. eaves, District 1 404-612-8206 Robb Pitts, District 2 404-612-8210 Liz Hausmann, District 3 404-612-8213 Tom Lowe, District 4 404-612-8218 Emma I. Darnell, District 5 404-612-8222 Joan P. Garner, District 6 4404-612-8226 William Edwards, District 7 404-612-8230 william.

Chief Examiner Randy Hanzlick, MD 404-730-4400 fax: 404-730-4405 430 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30312

Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Theodore “Ted” Jackson 404-612-5100 185 Central Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Tax Commissioner Arthur E. Ferdinand 404-730-4000 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

Board of Education Linda Schultz, District 1 Katie Reeves, District 2 Ashley widener, District 5 Julia Bernath, District 7

City of Alpharetta Mayor Arthur Letchas 678-597-6020

City of milton Mayor Joe Lockwood 678-242-2487

City of roswell Mayor Jere Wood 770-594-6288

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