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Summer 2013 - Volume 11 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association Dear Snellville Supporter: With school letting out for the year, it’s time to slow down and enjoy summer in the South … long days with time spent at the pool … watching the Braves … and entertaining the kids. Summer in Snellville kicks into high gear on Saturday, June 1st with the opening day of our award-winning Snellville Farmers’ Market. Not only a great place to find the freshest produce, breads and cheeses, the market has become a gathering place for our community every Saturday morning through September. And if you’re looking for a quick close-to-home getaway for the family, come to Snellville. That’s right. Snellville. There’s no need to head to the ocean to sink your toes in the sand! Our Beach Blast on Saturday, June 1st from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. will feature tons of sand spread out on Oak Road between City Hall and the Towne Green. Put on your swimsuit and flip-flops, bring your beach toys along with some sunscreen and come enjoy some fun in the sun with us! Then stick around throughout the evening: we’re extending the “beach experience” with the first of our free concerts. “Sons of Sailors” brings the songs of Jimmy Buffet to Snellville. We’ve got a summer full of family fun scheduled for our community. Snellville celebrates America’s independence on July 4th on the Towne Green with an afternoon and evening of fun, music and, of course, fireworks! Snellville Tourism & Trade is bringing free concerts on the Towne Green throughout June, July and August and movies at Briscoe Park for more summer fun. You can find out about all of these events in this issue of the Snellville Spirit. We’d like to congratulate the Class of 2013 as they graduate and take on the world. In this issue, we recognize some of the achievements of young entrepreneurs and the contributions of students who have received FBLA-DECA scholarships from Snellville’s Commerce Club. There’s much to be proud of in Snellville as we wind down this school year; you’ll find an impressive list of accomplishments and accolades from South Gwinnett, Brookwood and Shiloh High beginning on page 10. I want to take this opportunity to invite you to be part of bringing these events to our community by being a volunteer. Contact us through our website: And if you can’t volunteer, please join us at one of the many fun-filled activities we have planned for you this summer in Snellville. Best Regards


Don Britt, President

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President Don Britt Vice President Barbara Bender Secretary Ronnie Bentley Treasurer Krish Dhokia Board Member Gretchen Schulz Board Member Brian Pendley Board Member Susan Chappelear Board Member Sam Roper Board Member Alice Snipes Executive Director Kelly McAloon Mayor of Snellville Kelly Kautz City Council Tom Witts - Mayor Pro Tem, Mike Sabbagh, Diane Krause, Bobby Howard and Dave Emanuel City Council Website: Magazine Design by Gail Lane Contributing Writers and Photographers: Crystal Huskey, Gretchen Schulz, Kathy Emanuel Jon Richards, Kelly McAloon, Cheryl McCullough Barbara Bender, Mike Stock, Gail Lane On the Cover: Eli Roth




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OUR COMMUNITY A DIFFERENCE 6 NOURISHING 20 MAKING It’s the third year of Snellville’s Farmers’ Market - don’t Snellville’s K9 Unit is an important part of miss opening day on June 1st!

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EXCELLENCE GARDEN: 8 REWARDING 22 COMMUNITY Snellville’s Commerce Club awards two scholarships each OPEN FOR FARMING year to South Gwinnett and Brookwood seniors - read up on this year’s exceptional winners.



Another reason to be a “proud somebody” in Snellville our schools! A recap of the 2012-2013 school year.





Young entrepreneurs jump in with full enthusiasm! Beach Blast, Fireworks, Concerts and Movies ... A summer of family fun in Snellville!

The beds have been tilled, the ribbon has been cut - The Community Garden @ Snellville is a reality!

PARKS & RECREATION 24 SNELLVILLE Summer is here and Snellville Parks & Rec has a summer full of activities and sports to keep ‘em busy !

ON THE GO! 30 SENIORS More than just Bingo and Bridge, there’s a LOT going on for seniors in Snellville!

RECIPES 34 SUMMER Serve up some of Snellville’s favorite desserts from some of Snellville’s favorite folks!

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The word “proud” frequently comes up when residents talk about Snellville. After all, our slogan is “Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody.” It would be hard to find a group that is more proud of what they have accomplished for their community than the volunteers who administer the Snellville Farmers’ Market. The volunteers are preparing for the market’s fourth season, which will begin June 1st and run through September 28th. The market is held every Saturday from 8 am to noon on the Towne Green in front of Snellville City Hall. “None of us makes a dime administering the market,” said Kurt Schulz, a market volunteer. “We thrive on the thanks we get every week from market customers and the community.” The seed for the market was planted in January 2010 when a group of local residents met to talk about their vision for a farmers’ market. They agreed the project would not be easy, but was definitely one they wanted to pursue. Not only would the market provide a venue for local residents to purchase fresh produce, it would be an event that would bring the community together every Saturday morning, they felt. At times, the project seemed daunting. “Build it and they will come,” Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts frequently told the group when they felt overwhelmed.

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Committee members began by talking to market administrators in nearby cities that already had successful markets to learn from their experience. Other committee members began talking to potential vendors and encouraging them to consider the Snellville market, a tough sell the first year when the market was an unknown. The volunteers felt if they could open with 12 to 15 vendors the first year they would be happy. Never in their wildest dreams did they expect the success they have had. Now there is typically a waiting list of vendors wanting to participate in the Snellville market. Much of the market’s reputation can be credited to the very friendly atmosphere the volunteers work hard to promote. “Attending the Snellville Farmers’ Market as a vendor is a delight,” said Patricia Westervelt of AG Soaps. “I personally look forward to each Saturday morning. The staff is extremely professional, yet approachable.” Proof of the market’s success has been noted on a national basis. Last year the market was voted the #1 farmers’ market in Georgia and #2 in the nation in its size category in America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market Contest sponsored by American Farmland Trust. While national recognition is great, what means the most to the volunteers is knowing they are doing something to strengthen their community. “I believe the farmers’ market represents the very core of what the word “community” stands for,” said Councilman Bobby Howard, who attends the market every Saturday. “A place where people from all different backgrounds, cultures and professions can gather and become entrenched in the simple process that has been going on for thousands of years of planting a seed and watching, nurturing and seeing the harvest of something done well.” So it is with the Snellville Farmers’ Market—a seed that was planted in 2010 by a few volunteers, carefully nurtured, and is now harvesting tremendous community pride and spirit.


Snellville Commerce Club REWARDING EXCELLENCE

Brookwood Advisor Cindy Bassel with Candace Morgan and members of her family. The Snellville Commerce Club continued its tradition of awarding college scholarships to area high school graduates who participated in their school’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) or Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) programs by selecting Candace Morgan from Brookwood High School and Jamaré Mason from South Gwinnett as the 2013 winners. Ms. Morgan has participated in the Brookwood High School DECA program for two years, and placed fourth in the DECA regional competition in 2012. While DECA may be her favorite extracurricular activity, she actively participates in Brookwood’s Heritage Club and the United Ebony Society, works in the school store and volunteers for the Amanda Riley Foundation. When she graduates this spring, she will have maintained a 3.4 grade average and has been a member of the National Society of High School Scholars for almost four years. This fall, Candace plans to attend Mississippi State University where she hopes to major in Elementary Education.

South Gwinnett Principal Eric Thigpen, Jamaré Mason, his mother and Tara Haynes, FBLA advisor Mr. Mason will graduate from South Gwinnett High School with a grade point average of 3.35. In addition to participating in his school’s FBLA program, he has been on the school’s honor roll and track team, and was the highest achiever in his chemistry class in 2012. Outside of school, he has volunteered at Life Care Centers of Gwinnett in their activity room. Originally from Jamaica, he moved to Georgia two years ago. He hopes to attend college in order to become a physician. Club co-President Jimmy Norton said, “The entrepreneurial spirit is very important for business, and South Gwinnett and Brookwood High Schools are teaching it with programs like FBLA and DECA. Our Commerce Club members are small businessmen and women, and we are proud to recognize and honor students with an interest in business and entrepreneurialism.” The awards were presented at the regular May 7th Club meeting at Snellville City Hall.

SNELLVILLE COMMERCE CLUB SUMMER MEETINGS June 4th: Gwinnett Tax Commissioner Richard Steele July 2nd: State Senator Renee Unterman talks about child exploitation in Georgia August 6th: Congressman Rob Woodall September 3rd: David Martin with the Georgia Council on Economic Education


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Making Snellville Proud BRAGGING RIGHTS Snellville need look no further than our award-winning schools to find a reason to be proud! Here’s a quick “to date” round-up of highlights and accolades for the 2012-2013 school year.


ACADEMICS • Named among “America’s Top High Schools” by Newsweek & The Washington Post. • Named AP Merit School, AP STEM School and AP Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Achievement School based on the number of students taking AP classes and succeeding on AP exams. • Highest SAT score of any non-magnet Gwinnett high school. • Six students named National Merit Finalists. • Eight students chosen for Governor’s Honors Program. • Science Olympiad Team wins State Championship for the third year in a row. • Robotics Team qualifies for World Championship. ATHLETICS • Girls Cross Country team wins State Championship. • Girls Swim & Dive team wins State Championship. • JV & Varsity Track & Field teams sweep County Championships. • Softball wins region for the fourth year in a row. • Volleyball makes it to State Sweet 16. • Head football coach Mark Crews reaches 100-win milestone. • Head boys soccer coach Danny Klinect reaches 150-win milestone. • 1,516 students played a sport at school this year. • As of April 1, 31 students had committed to college athletic scholarships. FINE ARTS • 12 students make the All State Chorus, 4 make the All State Band, 3 make the All State Orchestra, and 2 make the All State Jazz Band. • Marching Band named Grand Champions at competition. • Visual art students had work in local and national exhibits. • Theater cast members brought home individual acting awards at One Act Competition. • High quality dance, band, orchestra, chorus, and theater performances entertain the community throughout the school year. • Over 1,000 students participated in a fine art group or ensemble this school year. OTHER NOTABLE FACTS • First football game played in the Georgia Dome each year is a tradition for the Brookwood community. • Brookwood baseball team played in Coolray Field as part of High School Showcase games. • Student Government Association raised $3,400 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. • Over 10,000 canned foods were collected for the Gwinnett CAN Challenge. • Over $12,000 was raised for Helping Hands & Hearts campaign for those in need in the Brookwood cluster.


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ACADEMICS • 650 SGHS students are taking one or more Advanced Placement Classes • SGHS was named an AP Honor School and an AP STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) school by the College Board • Last year, more than 80% of our senior class planned to attend college or some other training program following graduation, receiving more than $2 million in scholarship money beyond what they earned in HOPE scholarships. • Reading Competition: 1st Runner Up for Division 2 at Reader’s Rally: Nidalas Madden, Flora Chanda, Christopher Hightower, Ajanae Davis, Montele Adams, Greer Saddler, Morgan Gray and Giovanni Castellanos • SGHS Robotics Team, CTRL ALT DELETE, won 2nd Place Finalist and received the Innovate Award at the Wheeler High School Robotics Competition; placed 2nd and won the Inspire Award at Best Academy Robotics Competition

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LEADERSHIP • SGHS Future Business Leaders of America chapter awarded the FBLA Sweepstakes Trophy • At the FBLA State Conference: • Charles Hollenbeck placed 2nd for “Help Desk” and qualified for national level competition • Jonathan Chery placed 4th for “Desktop Application Programming” • Mathew Rocha placed 8th for “Impromptu Speaking” • Jazmyne Simon was elected to serve as the 2013-2014 FBLA State Secretary • JROTC Program is growing and has a record of winning awards across the state.

SPORTS • The Comets Football Team: 2nd in Region 8AAAAAA; Sweet 16 in the AAAAAA Playoffs; Ranked 7th in state for 2012 Season • A GCPS record-setting 16 varsity football players signed collegiate football scholarships • SGHS Varsity Competition Cheerleading Squad Qualified for state competition and was a Region Runner Up FINE ARTS • SGHS Band: 1st in two divisions, 2nd in four other divisions and 2nd overall at the Mid-South Regional High Stepping Marching Band Championship • Drum Line: placed 1st in division; Grand Champion Award at Aquinas High School Drum Line Competition • Comet Dance Team: 1st Place for Auxiliary Dance and Dance Technique Award at Georgia High School State Dance Championships; 5 trophies at Showstopper Regional Dance Competition • SGHS band and dance team performed at the National United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., on the 4th of July • Senior vocal performer, Cheyanne Osoria, recently impressed everyone in attendance at her performance at Carnegie Hall. • Chorus teacher, Rebecca Barnes, and our students received straight Superior Ratings at the 2013 Large Group Performance Evaluation.


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SHILOH GENERALS ACADEMICS AND LEADERSHIP • 23 students were recognized as AP Scholars by the College Board • Shiloh HS selected as one of America’s Best Schools - The Washington Post High School Challenge • Orchestra students earned spots in area groups, including Gwinnett Youth Symphony Orchestra • Shiloh staff and students donated approximately 200 pints of blood to the American Red Cross • Raised more than $9,000 for Relay for Life • Collected $2,280 for United Way Campaign • The only Georgia high school named as a finalist for Georgia Family Friendly Partnership School Award for 2013. • Georgia Department of Education Awards: 2012 Advanced Placement Access and Support School; Title I Distinguished School for Making AYP for Four Consecutive Years; 2012 Advanced Placement STEM School • One of two International Baccalaureate World schools in Gwinnett County; 75 freshmen and 85 applicants in program • Several DECA students competed in the National DECA competition; Shiloh’s DECA had Highest Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser among Gwinnett County Public Schools • General Readers won third in division for Readers Rally ATHLETICS • Baseball: Kyle Lewis signed with Mercer; JaMarkus George and Jeremy Glore signed with Southern University (La.); Chase Waters will attend Alabama State • Cross Country: Daily Post All-County Cross Country team Second Team; Bryan Kamau, Shiloh, Jr., placed 20th at state, 5th at county • Volleyball: Gloria Watson-1st Team All Area, 1st Team All County (voted on by the county coaches and by Gwinnett Daily Post), scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University; Jacqueline Harris-Scholar Athlete, 2nd Team All Area, academic scholarship to University of Alabama; Brianna Campbell-Artis -1st Team All Area, 1st Team All County (as voted by Gwinnett Daily Post); Volleyball 3rd Place finish in Area 8


• Swim/Dive: Ashley Fleri, 193.25 and Prudens James top 10 finish; Adryan Balir, 210.50 top 10 finish; Adryan Blair, 284.55 top 10 finish; Nyota Edjidjimo gave Shiloh a first-place finish at Clody Invitational swimming and diving meet winning the 200 IM in 2:23.75. • Wrestling: Two wrestlers qualified for State, Adan Velasquez (senior), 126, 33-8 and Idell Galdney (junior) 152, 29-11 • Football: Devante James, signed with Shorter; John Freeman, Mars Hill; and Kolade Bakrin, Clarke Atlanta • Basketball: Nate Mason was one of two voted Region 8-AAAAAA players of the year; Trayvon Reed chosen for the First Team and Bria Ratliff Honorable Mention; Varsity Boys finished first in regular season and First in Region; Nate Mason was a second-team all-metro selections • Track: Boys Varsity Track Team finished second in the Region Meet • Shiloh grad Gieler inducted into North Georgia Hall of Fame • Shiloh’s Nate Mason wows Shaq with half-court game-winner, ESPN Top Ten Plays of the Week • The AtlantaTouchdown Club recognized SHS Touchdown booster James Roberts, as the outstanding booster club member of the week FINE ARTS • Shiloh printmaking class collaborated with the Atlanta Printmaking Studio to create the Big Print! • Selected art students featured at the High Museum of Art on May 7- July 18, 2013. • Natasha Woolery’s self-portrait accepted in All-State-Art Symposium for 2013; featured at Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta until May 10, 2013. • Cheng-Wei Lo selected for the state wide art competition, The Dream@50, saluting the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Exhibited at the Woodruff Arts Center/High Museum of Art. • Ms. Neal’s art work was featured in the Art Educators Appreciation Show at The Art Institute of Atlanta Decatur Art Gallery. • Chazz Palermo and Airam Parra from the Printmaking class were featured in the Youth Art Month show.

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Snellville Entrepreneur Summit an “Energizer” for Local Business Leaders Over 80 small business owners participated in the April 23 Entrepreneur Summit at Snellville City Hall.

Barbara Bender of Hamilton Financial Services speaks to entrepreneurs about overcoming common mistakes.

For more information, contact Eric Van Otteren at (770) 985-3502.

The energy in the room was palpable as keynote speaker Barbara Bender, Vice President of Hamilton Financial, CPAs and Investments, discussed common mistakes entrepreneurs make. Many participants nodded their heads in agreement, laughed as they recognized mistakes they had made themselves and asked questions that kept the conversation and education flowing smoothly. Bender discussed the “entrepreneurial seizure” that serves as the catalyst for a person to start their own business, followed by the “fatal assumption” that if you know the necessary skills and have the technical know-how, you can run your own company. Most businesses, she said, are started by technicians rather than business-minded individuals. These pitfalls are so common that eight out of ten new businesses fail within three years. The purpose of events like the Entrepreneur Summit is to prevent that from happening to Snellville entrepreneurs. “Don’t think you will do this and not be overwhelmed or drowning in the chaos,” said Bender. “You’re going to make a few mistakes here and there, but it’s important that you keep at it in small, incremental steps. It’s not going to happen overnight.” Nor does it have to happen alone. City of Snellville staff and volunteers took time to discuss all the opportunities the city offers to entrepreneurs, which includes one-on-one mentoring, a business toolbox and a peer advisory board. Economic Development Director Eric van Otteren is leading the charge in making Snellville the city that entrepreneurs come to in order to make their dreams come true. “Do you know how many jobs would be created in the Snellville economy if each of us hired three people?” Jamie Dempsey, president of the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce asked the crowd of small business owners during the event. “That’s the type of foresight that the city has right now. That’s their goal.” Here’s what participants had to say: • “This presentation has really shown me what I need to do to make my business grow.” • “This was an energizer and a help because when you get to a plateau, you can start to feel broken down. You’ve done a great job in showing us how to plan past that.” • “This is much more information than I was expecting.” • “I think this is a very informative session with great information and resources.” • “I moved to Snellville in 2011 but had not found a venue for help. I really appreciate coming here today.”


The next Entrepreneur Summit is scheduled for Tuesday evening, July 16, 2013


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Lashan Coburn Best Young Entrepreneur The Entrepreneur Alliance is a partnership between the City of Snellville and the two high schools. The goal is to educate Snellville’s next generation in entrepreneurship while creating new employment opportunities for the community. For more information, contact Eric Van Otteren at (770) 985-3502.

Lashan Coburn, senior at South Gwinnett High School, took home the title of Snellville’s “Best Young Entrepreneur” after a three-day competition. On May 1 and 2, 2013, students involved in the Entrepreneur Alliance from two local high schools pitched business ideas to a community investment panel made up of local business owners at Snellville City Hall. Each student spent months preparing their presentation, discussing their intended market, scalability and estimated profits. The investment panel of judges included Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts, Greater Eastside Chamber president Jamie Dempsey, founder of YSS Athletics Torey Rose, Jim Sullivan, Olivia Mikalanis, Leon Dover and Brookwood’s Assistant Principal Bo Ford. The judges took time to discuss potential pitfalls and offer encouragement to the budding entrepreneurs. Following a five minute presentation and a number of hard-hitting questions from the panel, the top four entrepreneurs from each school went on to compete in the “Best Young Entrepreneur” contest on May 8. Along with Coburn, Tahira Duncan and Kearsten Griggs, with Online Volunteer Match, also went on to represent South Gwinnett. Students Brandon Perulero, with Georgia Legal Services, and Jason Vigiliotti, with Quick Flips, represented Brookwood High in the competition.

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South Gwinnett’s Lashan Coburn Named Snellville’s Best Young Entrepeneur

This is the first year Brookwood students competed in the Shark Tank. “The Shark Tank offers these kids an opportunity they wouldn’t normally have,” said Brookwood marketing teacher Cindy Bazzell. “It’s one thing to present in front of their teachers, but it’s a whole different ball game when they get to present them in front of their community.” Coburn’s start-up business, Strum On, was born out of necessity. She was taking her entrepreneurship and guitar during the same semester, and after a few weeks of strumming on the guitar her fingers began to get sore. Then something clicked. With the help of her entrepreneurship teacher, Scott Allen, she created a siliconebased substance that goes over the tips of your fingers that protects a guitarist’s fingers from pain. It works for beginners, who are just beginning to build calluses, to professionals who play hours-long gigs. Her product, creativity, drive and powerful presentation impressed the judges, resulting in an initial cash prize of $1,000 and the title “Best Young Entrepreneur.” Coburn’s product is innovative, and her spirit is the “epitome of an entrepreneur,” according to panel member Joe Sullivan.


Save the dates for “Popcorn in the Park” FREE Outdoor Movies at Briscoe Park. There will be fun and games for the whole family starting at 7:00 p.m. and going to 10:30 p.m. The movies start once it gets dark and Stevi B’s will be serving up piping hot pizza and popcorn throughout the evening. To make the evening even cooler, We B Chillin will be serving a wide variety of flavored shaved ice. Come enjoy an evening of movies under the stars at Briscoe Park!


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Sons of Sailors Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band

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SATURDAY - JUNE 1ST! Beach Blast 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Free Concert 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

June is a month that brings back thoughts of going to the beach. But guess what, you don’t need to drive for hours to get therethe beach is coming to you. That’s right, Snellville’s 2nd Annual Beach Blast is going to transform Oak Road into a Beach with 70 tons of soft white sand that has been donated by E.R. Snell. This will be a fun-filled day packed with activities for the entire family to enjoy. DJ Bruce King will be spinning sweet beach sounds from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Join us for fun in the sun and enjoy great food, music and the following activities throughout the day: • Inflatables & Water Slide • Bungee Jump • Cake and Cookie Walk • The Limbo ... How low can you go? • Hula Dancing Show, Lessons & Contest • Trackless Train • Watermelon Eating Contest • Hula Hoop Contest for Kids, Moms, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas • Clogging Connection @ City Center Dance

Hula and Tahitian dancer Janet Clemmensen will entertain with authentic dances and lessons at our Annual Beach Blast


For a special treat, visit the Veterans Memorial Flame Float – Free coloring books for the first 500 kids who visit the float on the Towne Green.

Hold on, the day is not over yet…. Stick around for the first of our concert series hosted by About Face Skin Care. Enjoy “Sons of Sailors,” a Jimmy Buffet tribute band from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. “Sons of Sailors” has performed been playing Jimmy Buffett music, mixed with other artists’ material and originals, for decades; with age and a little salt, they deliver great saltwater music. With a treasury of great Buffett songs you’ll think you’re at a Parrothead concert with all the Coral Reefers. We couldn’t do this without our sponsors! Our sponsors are so supportive throughout the year. Many thanks to E.R. Snell, Summit Chase Country Club, Tom Wages Funeral Home, Sam’s Club, Hamilton Financial, Secure Lock Storage, Hill Top Pawn, S.E. Urgent Care and Wild Wing Cafe.

what are we going to do with all that sand? After the sun has set on the beach and the last notes of the music have resonated for the evening, Nash Construction, Inc. will clean up Oak Road and spread the donated sand at South Gwinnett High’s baseball field. BIG thanks to Nash Construction, Inc.!

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THURSDAY - JULY 4TH! The Largest July 4th event in the area! Continuing the long tradition established by the First Baptist Church of Snellville, the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association will present an unforgettable 4th of July experience in the heart of Towne Center. Star Spangled Snellville begins at 4:00 p.m. with family friendly entertainment, including the tastes and smells of some of the finest holiday foods on the Towne Green along with a large playground of inflatables, train rides and a space ball. A whole host of games will entertain attendees all afternoon, such as a watermelon-eating contest, cake walks, cookie walk and a pie eating contest. Food vendors include Texas Roadhouse, Rey’s Cuban Café, the Lions Club and many others. The 50-piece Gwinnett County Orchestra will perform a patriotic concert from the Main Stage at 8:00 p.m. and a recorded melody of patriotic music will accompany the huge fireworks display following the concert at dusk. Opening for the orchestra will be Snellville’s own singing police officer, Thad Clark. Thad will also perform the national anthem at 8:00 p.m. Come in your best red, white and blue, and bring your blankets and chairs to assure your seats for the music and fireworks show. Thanks to our 2013 sponsors: E.R. Snell, Summit Chase Country Club, Walton EMC, Secure Lock Storage, S.E. Urgent Care, Neighborhood Wal-Mart, Hill Top Pawn, Wild Wings Cafe, LaQuinta Inn, and Crestwood Suites.

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A special thank you to First Baptist Church of Snellville and Snellville United Methodist Church for offering their spacious parking lots for this great community event.


Snellville’s K-9 Officers are Making a Difference

Photos courtesy Cheryl McCullough

Crystal Huskey, Patch editor


If you would like to be involved in supporting the K9 unit, contact Mary Fergus with the Snellville Police Academy Alumni Association.

Nine years ago, the Snellville Police department made the decision to add a K9 unit to their state-of-the-art police force. Now, the unit is the largest out of all the Gwinnett municipalities and is responsible for dozens of drug busts and apprehension of wanted criminals. Residents and business owners in town have been very supportive of the K9 unit. Most recently, Wild Wings Café raised $5,000 for them, most of which will likely go toward purchasing a new K9 when K9 Chris retires. The community donated $4,200, while the owners chipped in the last $800. Franchise owner Bill Peterson said that when he opened his restaurant he wanted to make sure to always give back to the community. The K9 Unit has a special place in his heart, particularly since his daughter is married to a K9 officer who serves in John’s Creek Project Paws Alive also recently donated K9 vests and trauma kits to the unit. Without the donation of the vests, two dogs would have been lacking this most basic protection. Sgt. David Matson is the handler for K9 Chris, a Malanois. The dynamic duo have worked together since the program’s inception in 2004, making Chris the oldest dog on the force. His biggest moment in the spotlight came during a drug bust in the Summit Chase subdivision a few years back. His knack for sniffing out drugs led to a seizure of an RV stuffed with 1,000 pounds of marijuana, along with over $100K, all hidden inside a small, nearly invisible compartment. It was the biggest marijuana seizure the department ever had, according to Sgt. Matson. Last month alone, the K9 unit was responsible for around 30 vehicle sniffs for drugs, a couple of tracks of criminals and a number of evidence searches. When a suspect robbed a gas station in town in early April, the K9s were responsible for tracking the suspect, who left on foot, to a lot. They lost the trail there, but were able to identify evidence that could potentially be used to identify the criminal.

Life for Chris as a K9 is a lot like the life of his handler. He gets up with Sgt. Matson, puts on his work collar and works every shift Matson works. When the shift is done, he comes home, changes collars and has free reign of the house. “We hang out and enjoy things as a family,” Sgt. Matson said. “We work better as a team this way.” That’s not to say that he’s a pet in the traditional sense. Chris has to maintain a strict routine and stay disciplined; if you let them slack off at home, that could translate to the workplace, according to Matson. Trained through the North American Police Work Dog Association, he and the other K9s and handlers train together on a weekly basis. Three other dogs serve as Snellville Police K9s. Bart is a Dutch Shepherd and is the second oldest dog on the force. His handler is Sgt. Will Collins and they’ve been a team since 2008. Coop is a unique K9 – he started off as Sgt. Dennis Peters’ personal dog and is a Labrador Retriever mix. When Peters’ original K9, Euro, retired, he volunteered to train Coop. Surprisingly, it turned out very well. The most recent addition to the force is Duko, who is partnered with Ofc. Phil Halliday. Duko was paid for by funds provided by the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.

From top left: Officers Halliday and K9 Duko; Sgt. Peters and K9 Officer Coop; Sgt. Matson and K9 Officer Chris. Project Paws Alive presented K-9 vests and trauma kits.

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If you’re looking for a variety in dining, Wild Wing Cafe is the place to be. We have flatbread pizzas, nachos, quesadillas, chicken feathers, ribs, shrimp, chicken sandwiches, Sloppy Joes, wraps, steakhouse burgers, salads and desserts. With 22 flat screen T.V.’s and over 35 beers to choose from - 20 on tap - seasonal as well as craft - there is no better place to take in a game and cheer on your favorite team.

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Community Garden is now a Gathering Place Gretchen Schulz On a recent beautiful spring day, Kendra Stewart and Lisa Charles came to the Community Garden @ Snellville to plant vegetables in the raised bed they are renting for the year. Soon after, Franklin Willis and his friend Walter Carmack came through the garden gate to wander around and check on the progress of the gardeners’ beds. Just minutes later all four people had introduced themselves and were having a great conversation about gardening. Franklin, who is a member of the Community Garden @ Snellville Committee, was excited about the opportunity to make new friends who share an interest in gardening. “Snellville is planting a seed within the community,” he said. “If the world could see this, how we all could come together.” That enthusiasm for building a sense of community was one of the goals the committee was striving for as they met for about 15 months to plan the construction of the garden. Their planning and many hours of physical labor came to fruition when the garden celebrated its Grand Opening on April 7th. The event was well attended by local residents who marveled at the work that had been accomplished by the volunteer group. The garden features 31 beds in three different sizes as well as several benches. Many of the beds and all the benches were constructed with sponsorship donations made by local residents. The garden also includes a tool shed donated by Jimmy Norton and a beehive donated and maintained by Steve Rasmussen, a retired teacher who is a beekeeper. Steve looks forward to offering classes about bees for student field trips. Tom and Carol Witts donated and constructed the beautiful entry arbor and David and Kathy Emanuel were responsible for the entry plantings. Future plans include a central pavilion in the garden, which the Gwinnett Sunrise Rotary Club is raising funds to build. A recent Casino Night raised a portion of the funds needed for that project. A greenhouse, which is being sold to the garden at a greatly reduced price by Dick Ackerman, will soon be disassembled in his backyard, moved and reassembled at the garden. One of the committee’s master gardeners, Ileen Meggison, has volunteered to be the greenhouse manager. Hopefully by next spring the greenhouse will be used to grow seedlings that can be sold to the public to help support the garden. One of the garden beds is being used to grow vegetables for donation to the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op, a food bank supported by many local churches. Gardeners will also be able to donate any excess produce to the Co-op. The Community Garden @ Snellville has already become a source of pride within the city and will continue to build community spirit for years to come.

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Parks & Recreation Summer 2013 Activities T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway ~ Park Office (770) 985-3535

YOUTH ACTIVITIES YOUTH SOCCER Boys & Girls Ages 4-19 Practices are during the evening on weekdays; Games are on Saturdays For more info: (770) 466-7177

CORNERSTONE MARTIAL ARTS Martial arts for the whole family! For details, contact Master Cathy Brown (770) 401-1525 com

UNDER 10 QUICK START TENNIS Four Week Programs, Coach Jones (404) 642-8393

YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL i9 SPORTS Boys & Girls ages 4-14; Tuesday Evenings - June 11-July 16 For more info: (select South Gwinnett)

CHILDREN’S GROUP SWIM LESSONS All classes meet on Mondays-Thursdays for 2 weeks (8 classes total). Each participant must meet qualifications for advancement as well as be in attendance at all classes in order to advance to another level. SESSIONS: (I) June 3-13 (II) June 17-27 (III) July 1-11 (July 4 Lesson on Friday) (IV) July 15-25 (V) July 29-August 8 (Evening Classes Only)

PARENT ASSISTED SESSIONS: (I) Saturdays Only June 8 - June 29 (4 Classes Total) (II) Saturdays Only July 6 - July 27 (4 Classes Total) Snellville City Limit Residents: $45 per child/session Gwinnett County Residents: $60 per child/session Non-Gwinnett Residents: $70 per child/session Saturday registrations in Park Office: May 11 and May 18 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Weekday registration starts May 6 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

SNELLVILLE SUPERSONICS SNELLVILLE SUPERSONIC EELS SWIM TEAM Ages 4-18 - proficient in Freestyle and Backstroke - compete as part of the Gwinnett County Swim League. Morning and evening practices during the summer; three home meets and three away meets. Those who qualify will participate in the County Championship Swim Meet held at Georgia Tech. Visit our website at


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Parks & Recreation Summer 2013

ADULT ACTIVITIES GIMMIE SOME SPORTS PRESENTS .... Snellville Adult Flag Football & Adult Boot Camps Contact Alvin Hill (678) 920-4136

INTERNATIONAL ADULT SOCCER (8v8) Contact Mark Carr: (678) 629-6755

BOOT CAMP Let us help you achieve your weight loss goal. For more info: Alvin Hill (678) 920-4136

ADULT SOFTBALL Contact Tim Gaines (404) 570-7422

OUTDOOR UNHEATED POOL/SWIM LESSONS Pool is open May 25 - September 2; Monday - Thursday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pool is open Friday-Sunday once school starts. Daily Admittance: Ages 4-49 - $4; all others $1 Family, individual, or lap season passes are sold in the Park Office Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. starting May 6. Saturday Sales on May 11 and May 18 from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Check out the website for pass prices.

TENNIS COURTS Available on a first come-first served basis without lights – 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 7 days each week. Tennis lessons are available: USPTR Certified, Jean Hagan (770) 469-5966

OUTDOOR BASKETBALL COURTS Available on a first come-first served basis. 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.

For more information on registration and classes, check out the Parks & Recreation Department on Snellville’s website:


Park Rentals Require 14 days notice

INDOOR RENTALS Rent any four hour time period from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.; all fees including deposits are due up front; deposit is refunded after the rental if all conditions of rental are met.

Courtland Williams Pavilion

Air conditioned; holds 35. Includes six 6-foot rectangular tables and 35 chairs; microwave, refrigerator and sink. $100 refundable deposit PLUS: Snellville City Limits Gwinnett County Outside Gwinnett County

NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS $90 (Mon-Thur) / $100 (Fri-Sun) $120 (Mon-Thur) / $130 (Fri-Sun) $130 (Mon-Thur) / $140 (Fri-Sun)

BUSINESS FOR PROFIT $140 (Mon-Thur) / $150 (Fri-Sun) $165 (Mon-Thur) / $175 (Fri-Sun) $175 (Mon-Thur) / $185 (Fri-Sun)

NEW RATES EFFECTIVE 02/01/2013 • PRICES PER 2 HOUR BLOCK For room or pavilion rentals, please call the park office at (770) 985-3535. Field Rentals call Matt Wright (770) 985-3533. NOTE: Due to a printing error, incorrect pricing for rentals was listed in the Spring 2013 Issue of Snellville Spirit Magazine.

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Whether you are a professional in the community, a caregiver or family member, SarahCare stands ready to partner with you and assist your needs. Call or visit us today.

Affinity Adult day is one of the first facilities in Georgia to incorporate Montessori - Based Dementia Programming® (MBDP) a method of working with older adults living with cognitive and/or physical impairments based on the ideas of educator Maria Montessori. Located conveniently in downtown Grayson, Georgia, Affinity Adult Day is an adult day center providing a wide range of services to people with Alzheimer’s and a variety of related dementia type diseases and their families. We offer a safe, uplifiting and engaging environment for people with dementia. 420 Pine Grove Avenue Grayson, GA 30017 678.377.7834 | Open Mon-Fri 7am-6pm | 770.685.6971

Air conditioned; holds 100. Includes twelve 8-foot rectangular tables and 100 chairs; microwave, refrigerator and sink. $200 refundable deposit PLUS: Snellville City Limits Gwinnett County Outside Gwinnett County

NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS $205 (Mon-Thur) / $220 (Fri-Sun) $265 (Mon-Thur) / $280 (Fri-Sun) $275 (Mon-Thur) / $290 (Fri-Sun)

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BUSINESS FOR PROFIT $340 (Mon-Thur) / $355 (Fri-Sun) $400 (Mon-Thur) / $415 (Fri-Sun) $410 (Mon-Thur) / $425 (Fri-Sun)

Pool Party Rentals

Pool is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. during swim season. Please call our office for more details (770) 985-3535. Refundable Deposit: $200 Rental Fee: $200 for Two Hours *Lifeguards must be contracted through our pool company for an additional rate (number of lifeguards required is dependent upon the number of participants)

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OUTDOOR PAVILION RENTALS Bonnie Rose Gazebo & Williams Pavilion

Rental Times: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. We have four outdoor open-air covered pavilions to accommodate 35 to 50 people and one gazebo which accommodates 10 people. Includes picnic table & benches.

NEW RATES EFFECTIVE 02/01/2013 • PRICES PER 2 HOUR BLOCK Snellville City Limits Gwinnett County Outside Gwinnett County

NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS $40 (Mon-Thur) / $45 (Fri-Sun) $55 (Mon-Thur) / $60 (Fri-Sun) $65 (Mon-Thur) / $70 (Fri-Sun)

BUSINESS FOR PROFIT $75 (Mon-Thur) / $80 (Fri-Sun) $90 (Mon-Thur) / $95 (Fri-Sun) $100 (Mon-Thur) / $105 (Fri-Sun)

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urchase a tile to honor the contributions of your favorite veterans. You can purchase a brick or paver to show your support with your family or company name. Replicas are available of your tribute to keep or to give as a gift of remembrance. For pricing, please check out the design options at our website.

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Spotlight on Snellville Seniors Snellville Senior Center ~ 2350 Oak Road ~ Snellville, Georgia 30078 ~ (770) 985-3580

CLASSES COMPUTER CLASSES June 18 - July 5 Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday BASIC COMPUTER - 10:30 a.m. - Noon Topics Include: Surfing the Internet, Windows Features, Drive & File Concepts, Basic E-Mail, Word Processing, etc. INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER - 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Microsoft Word and Excel, Advanced E-Mail, File backups to Flash Drives, photo storage. Prerequisite: Students should have an e-mail address and be able to send and receive e-mails. Price: $40 payable to instructors for 9 classes over 3 weeks.

EXERCISE Aerobics - Monday & Thursday 9:15 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. No Charge Pilates - Tuesday & Friday 10:00 am - $3 per Class Zumba -Tuesday 11:00 am - $5 per class Our weight room consists of two bicycles and two arm and two leg machines. You will need to participate in one of our training classes before you can utilize the equipment.

PAINTING CLASSES $40/4 Classes (Supplies Included) $20/4 Classes (Bring Your Own Supplies) SPANISH Mondays & Thursdays - $25/Month Beginner II - 9:00 a.m. Advanced - 11:00 a.m. Beginner I - 12:15 a.m. Crochet & Knitting Tuesdays at Noon - FREE


This machine will magnify any small print document so that it will be easier for you to read. It is located in the billiards room.


2013 Senior Center Annual Memberships (January-December) Snellville City Limit Residents $15 Gwinnett County Residents $25 Additional persons from the same household receive a $5 discount Memberships can be renewed every January for the full annual fee. After July 1st, memberships may be purchased at the following prorated amounts: Snellville City Limit Residents $9 Gwinnett County Residents $15 Please call the Senior Center to register ahead for classes or trips. Senior Center Hours - Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m


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Shopping Trip to Tanger Outlet & The Sock Shoppe Tuesday, June 11, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $5.00 plus lunch on your own The Sock Shoppe opened in 1936 and offers 25%-50% discounts on socks, tees, sweats, ladies & men’s clothing, accessories and kids shop. Come join us for a day of fun and shopping. Please sign up at the front desk.

Coming this Summer ... Trip to Harrah’s in Cherokee, NC Monday, July 22 - Wednesday July 24 Price To Be Determined

BINGO First Friday of each month. Bring a snack to share and join in the fun. Who knows? You could be a winner!

SPECIAL RECOGNITION & THANK YOU We would like to thank our most recent sponsors: Aaron’s Rental, D&D Printing and Wages Funeral Home.

Annual Cookout

The Snellville Parks & Recreation Department and the Snellville Senior Center Staff Invite All Center Members to join us for hamburgers and hotdogs on Wednesday, July 17 at Noon. It’s our way of thanking all our members for their participation and making our programs so successful.

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Favorite Summer Recipes From some of Snellville’s favorite folks

IMPOSSIBLY EASY PEACH COBBLER 5 large peaches 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ cup Bisquick ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ cup sugar 2 eggs ½ cup milk 1 tablespoon softened butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 x 1 casserole dish. Slice peaches and spread in dish. Mix all ingredients together and pour over peaches. Spread streusel topping over peaches. Bake 40 – 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Streusel Topping ½ cup Bisquick ¼ cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons softened butter Mix together Bisquick and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly and sprinkle over peaches. Susan Chappelear Snellville Farmers’ Market Committee

STRAWBERRY TRIFLE 1 large box instant vanilla pudding 1 (16-ounce) container Cool Whip 1 large box strawberry Jello 1 (24-ounce) container sweetened frozen strawberries, thawed 1 angel food cake, cut into small chunks Fresh strawberries for garnish Prepare the pudding according to package directions. Combine the pudding and Cool Whip; set aside. Prepare the Jello by adding hot and cold water according to package directions. (Do not refrigerate Jello at this point. It will set later when the trifle is refrigerated.) Add the thawed strawberries to the Jello. Layer half of the angel food cake in the bottom of a trifle bowl. Cover with half of the strawberry-Jello mixture and then half of the pudding-Cool Whip mixture. Repeat layers. Refrigerate. Garnish with fresh strawberries before serving. Note: Best if made the night before. Kelly McAloon Executive Director, Snellville Tourism & Trade

You can get your copy of “Nourishing Our Community” at the Snellville Farmers’ Market beginning June 1. Follow us on Facebook or online at

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