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CITIZEN Est. 1988 Covering Snellville, Lawrenceville, Grayson, Loganville

Vol. 30 No. 7

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MAY 2018

Joint Efforts—Eastside’s Joint Destinations Gets Visit From Golfer Fred Funk By Tiffany Brix

200 years of Snellville history page 11

Getting older is a pain, and that pain seems to start earlier and earlier for more people. Chronic pain is the quickest way to lose your quality of life. Some chronic pain is challenging to address, but other sources of pain are more apparent and have clear options for those who suffer to get their lives back. Knee and hip replacements are among those clear options. Whether you are a professional athlete like Fred Funk, wanting to play with your grandkids, or merely want to walk through the grocery store without shooting pain, a complete joint replacement could be a viable option to make that come true. Fred Funk Shares His Experience

Fred Funk’s experience is an example of waiting too long to undergo knee Photo By Emmett Clower replacement surgery, and he will admit that. While in town for the Mitsubishi Fred Funk sharing his story and words of encouragement with knee and hip replacement patients at Eastside’s Joint

See JOINT on Page 24

Checking under hood page 18

Healthcare in the 1980’s Teenage Stress, Anxiety & Depression and Beyond By Carol Wood CEO, Total Learning Concepts

Good luck girls! page 29

Citizen Connection Picture Perfect Road Runner Health & wellness


Georgia Gwinnett College

By Katie Hart Smith

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Destination. Therapy begins several hours after surgery.

On April 11, 2018, I had the honor of participating on Georgia Gwinnett College’s School of Health Sciences panel discussion titled, “Healthcare in the 80’s and Beyond,” at the Button Gwinnett Day Celebration. Fellow panelists included Dr. Lloyd Hofer, Medical Director of Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale Public Health, Dr. Greg Lang, Executive Director, Good Samaritan Clinic, and Pamela Garland, Chief Nursing Officer, Gwinnett Medical Center. After the session, attendees shared how much

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they appreciated the information and were enlightened. Passionate about healthcare, past, present, and future, I’ll relay just a few of my observations, thoughts, and provide a high-level overview of the evolution of healthcare in our community and country. Gwinnett County is the second largest county in Georgia by population. According to the U.S. Census in 1980, the population was 167,000. In 2017, the county’s population exploded to 920,000 residents. This is an increase of 753,000 people in thirty-seven years - an estimated average of approximately

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With final exams and the end of the school year approaching, stress is real for many students! As an educational professional, I have consulted and worked with many teenage students who are trying to cope with stress and anxiety. I am saddened each time to learn about their struggles and feel propelled to help. Teenagers are not immune from stress and anxiety. Just because they are young and somewhat carefree, they still face stress from outside factors and from within themselves. If not controlled, their stress and anxiety may turn into depression. I believe that teenagers may be more prone to anxiety and depression because they do not understand what they are feeling and have likely not been taught any significant coping skills yet. These feelings are new for them, unlike for most adults as we have worked through these feelings throughout our life experiences. Therefore, it is important that as adults in their lives; whether we are their parent, teacher, coach, relative, or neighbor; we pay attention to their behaviors, know when to recognize there is a problem and then take steps to help them get these feelings

Carol Wood

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under control. Eventually, if anxiety and stress are not brought under control and managed in a young person’s life, he or she may succumb to depression. What causes this anxiety and how can it be lessened? Following are a few answers that I have learned throughout my career as a teacher and educational consultant. There are two ways that anxiety can be triggered; externally and internally. External anxiety is caused by something real in a student’s life;


TEENS on page 33


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See What Your Home Can Do For You?

Ginger Kilman

United Community Bank Did you know that the equity you have in your home can provide additional purchasing power to help reduce monthly expenses, save money on interest or finally make some much needed home improvements? If you have equity in your home, a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) may be the solution. Here are some examples of uses for a HELOC: 1. GIVE YOURSELF SOME FLEXIBILITY. A HELOC could assist you in gaining more bang for your buck when it comes to paying for large purchases like a car or certain home renovation projects. Imagine going to buy an item or looking at a large project such as replacement windows with cash in hand. Often, sellers will offer discounts for cash purchases

rather than financing with their in-house or third-party lending companies. With a HELOC in place, you’ll have access to the cash you need at a significant interest savings. 2. CONSOLIDATE TO SAVE. When you work with United, we can create a plan to help you achieve financial soundness and potentially reduce additional debt. Most credit card or other debt carries high interest rates and can take years to pay off completely. With a HELOC, you could consolidate these debts into one payment with a lower interest HELOC rate from United. Not only will you save money in the long run, but you could save money on your monthly payments as well. 3. IT’S FINALLY TIME TO UPDATE THAT OUTDATED BATHROOM. You love your home, but maybe it is time to give it a little makeover. With a HELOC, you can finally give your home the lift it needs, like a new bathroom or kitchen. These types of renovations are not only proven to make significant improvement to the home’s value, but can help you fall in love with your home all over again. Take advantage of the equity you have and use that money to make improvements that can help increase its value. Your home is your largest personal asset, and for some, there may be a great deal of untapped equity available to help with the things that have been on

your mind. If you’re ready to see what the equity in your home can do, speak with your local United Community Bank team member today. Contact Ginger Kilman (NMLS#795215) at 770-985-2337 or Nancy Cain (NMLS#1187274) at 770237-0007 today. Together, we can provide the information you need to make an informed decision to move you closer to accomplishing your dreams. Member FDIC © 2018 United Community Bank|

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May 2018




“That it is not cold.”

“Sunshine and birds.”

~Liliybet Pineda, Loganville, GA

“What is your favorite thing about Spring?”

By Cindy Gilbert | All photos taken in Grayson

“Flowers in bloom, enjoy outdoor activities, cookouts with family and friend gatherings.” ~ Tennille Wilson, Grayson, GA

“All that is going out we need a time of hope a light at at the end of a tunnel, looking outside at the flowers.” ~ Patsy Lee, (w/Bella) Lawrenceville, GA

~ Megan Barnes, Lawrenceville, GA

“All the colors, other than brown.” ~ Eric Keeton, Lawrenceville, GA

“Blooming of trees at Grayson Park.” ~ Pam Hare, Monroe, GA

“Hear the birds chirp in the morning.” ~Stephanie Britt, Loganville, GA

“Coming to the park and the weather.” ~Grildilda Ramirez, Loganville, GA

“Weather and flowers.”


~Lashanda Haynes, Loganville, GA

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“What is your favorite thing about Spring?”

By Cindy Gilbert | All photos taken in Grayson


“Weather and outside.”

~Mark Sorvala, Grayson, GA

~Carey Dagenhart, Loganville, GA

“Hanging hammocks in the trees.” ~Heidi Grindstaff, Loganville, GA

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~Young Mark Sorvala, Grayson, GA

“Love all that blooms and coming to Grayson park with all these kids. They call me the mom of Grayson.” ~ Jennifer Lawrence, Loganville, GA

“Riding bike to the grocery store and filling up my basket. Seeing everyone out and about in the community.” ~Kirsten Jones. Grayson, GA

“Fresh flowers blooming.”

“Colors changes in the flowers,” ~ Travis Wyant, (Sofia Wyant) Grayson, GA “Nice Weather, getting to see my kids play.” ~ Bethlehem Wyant (Bella Wyant), Grayson, GA

“Outdoors. Gwinnett has great parks, great way to get exercise and enjoy family time.” ~ Santiago Marquez, Grayson, GA (w/Ella)

~Koya Shakoor, Grayson, GA


Gwinnett Is Great!

Meredith Chastain & Meghan Schroder Picture Perfect As the end of the school year approaches, it’s the end of another era for Magic Moment Photography. Tony Jopling, along with his wife Laura and sons Cole and Cooper, have been heavily involved with GAA Lacrosse for eight years. His coaching partner, Corey Gambrell, and son John have been permanent fixtures for just as long. We got emotional taking the last youth pictures of these men with their sons at Bay Creek Park. We hope they follow in the footsteps of one of our other favorite Lacrosse families, the Losurdos, and we see them at the high school. Robert “Bobby” Losurdo has been a coach at Grayson High School for years. His son Nick, a Senior, has played all four years and daughter Libby, a Junior, has played since Freshman year as well. We have known this family for years, and as we watch the youth come up to the high school level, we wish only the best for our


Seniors leaving to start their new lives, knowing our high schools have prepared them well. The end of the school year brings prom with the beautiful dresses, stretch limousines, and crowning Royalty. Archer High School students chose Reina Mitchom and Grey Peoples as their King and Queen for 2018. Both students captain their respective Varsity Basketball teams, are honor roll students and bonded over their volunteer work at the Southwest Atlanta Food Pantry. We are lucky to get to photograph a wide variety of events and each Spring, and this includes taking pictures of individuals and families during their First Communions at St. Oliver’s Catholic Church. The kids always look perfect in their outfits for the big day.

Along with High School graduations come Kindergarten and Fifth Grade Graduations in May. Heading into Middle School, twins Nate and Katie Barrows have it made. The youngest of four siblings, they know how to hold their own but hone their teamwork skills playing baseball and softball respectively. Both have straight A’s at school, and this year Katie decided to try cheerleading as well. Mom, Dad, Beth and Chris stay pretty involved as well, coaching and being team mom, and somehow they all keep it together. Gwinnett County is well known for its academics AND athletics. Each year, a new class is elected to the Gwinnett


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GWINNETT continued from page 7 County Sports Hall of Fame. It is amazing to see the talent that comes through annually and realize the literal decades of athletes that have performed locally, nationally and even worldwide. This year’s class was no exception as inductees, Jeff Francoeur, James Mason, Drew Butler, Joyce Pierce, and Michelle Green (absent due to a brand new baby) were honored at the Infinite Energy Center’s Grand Ballroom. Evenings like this are

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just another reminder that “Gwinnett is Great”!

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Gwinnett Pulse NEW LAW: Drivers will no longer be allowed to hold or support a phone with their body starting July 1 By Staff Reports Governor Nathan Deal made Georgia the 16th state in the nation to enact a law banning drivers from having a cellphone in their hand when he signed House Bill 673 Wednesday afternoon in Statesboro. When the law takes effect on July 1 of this year, drivers will no longer be allowed to have a phone in their hand or supported by any part of their body. “It’s second nature to pick up our phones when we are behind the wheel but if you have it in your hand when driving after July 1, you run the risk of getting a ticket,” Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway said. “While we encourage everyone to stay off their phones, we recommend drivers to implement now whatever they will need to place and receive calls without having the phone in their hands or on their bodies.” Authored by Representative John Carson (R-Marietta) and passed during the 2018 Georgia

General Assembly Session, drivers will have to have an earpiece, wireless headsets or smartphone watch to make and receive calls and to use navigational devices. Texting, sending and receiving e-mails, posting on social media, and browsing the internet are all prohibited, but drivers can text if they are using technology that converts voice to text messages. Watching and recording videos are not allowed except for videos that are used for navigational purposes and continuously running dash cams. It is also illegal for drivers to have a phone in their hand when they are stopped for a traffic signal or stop sign. It is legal to make a hand-held phone call or send a text, e-mail or social media post when the vehicle is lawfully parked. Drivers are allowed to have a phone in their hand to make emergency calls to report a traffic crash, criminal activity, fire, medical emergency or hazardous road conditions. Law enforcement officers, fire

and EMS personnel and employees, and contractors of utility companies are exempt under the law providing the call is related to their official duties or while responding to a utility emergency. While most state and local law enforcement officers will be working to educate all motorists on HB 673 in the first few months, drivers should not expect to automatically receive a warning if they are stopped for violating the Hands-Free law. After July 1, law enforcement officers can and will issue citations in crashes caused by distracted driving and to drivers they feel should be issued a citation for the violation the officer observed. “Our law enforcement community is ready to work with all drivers to help them understand and abide by the new “Hands-Free” law,” Blackwood said. “Putting our phones down when we are behind the wheel will make our roads safer for everyone to drive, walk and bike because it means we all be more attentive when we behind the steering wheel.”

Snellville native serves at Camp Smith in Hawaii By Staff Reports A Snellville, Georgia, native and 2006 Tucker High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy at United States Pacific Command. Petty Officer 2nd Class James Mullen, a mass communication specialist, is serving at Camp H. M. Smith in the area of operations where U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters is located. According to Navy officials, the U.S. Pacific Fleet is the world’s largest fleet command, encompassing 100 million square miles, nearly half the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean. As a mass communication specialist, Mullen is responsible for sharing the Navy’s story through print media and photography. “Growing up I learned how to work hard,” said Mullen. “If you want to be the best, you always want to work as hard as you can.” Being stationed near Pearl Harbor, often referred to as the gateway

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Petty Officer 2nd Class James Mullen

to the Pacific in defense circles, means that Mullen is serving in a part of the world that is taking on new importance in America’s national defense strategy. The Navy has been pivotal in helping maintain peace and stability in the Pacific region for decades, according to Navy officials. The Pacific is home to more than 50 percent of the world’s population, many of the world’s largest and smallest economies, several of the world’s largest militaries, and many U.S. allies.

The Navy has plans by 2020 to base approximately 60 percent of its ships and aircraft in the region. Officials say the Navy will also provide its most advanced warfighting platforms to the region, including missile defense-capable ships; submarines; reconnaissance aircraft; and its newest surface warfare ships, including all of the Navy’s new stealth destroyers. Mullen has military ties with family members who have previously served, and is honored to carry on the family tradition. “My dad was in the Army,” said Mullen. “I never really looked at the Navy as a career, but as a stepping stone. I figured it would make me a better person and help me set up my future.” As a member of the U.S. Navy, Mullen and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. “Serving in the Navy means a sense of honor and pride,” added Mullen.

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Grace Golf Tournament By Adrienne B. Levesque

Buddy and Jody Hoffman founded Grace Fellowship Church in Tucker in 1983. Their mission was to teach the gospel to nations, neighborhoods and the next generation. They accomplished that mission together for over forty years. They made a tremendous kingdom impact in many U.S. communities and around the world. Grace is now planted on multiple campuses including Snellville, New Hope, Monroe, Marietta, Midtown, Athens, and Washington D.C. Their investment into the next generation is something the Hoffmans kept as their priority until Buddy passed away in February 2017, and one Jody continues today. The Buddy Hoffman Father’s Day Golf Classic is a fundraising golf tournament that is presented by Fraser Roofing and will take place on Monday, June 18 at Summit Chase Country Club. This event benefits scholarship funds for students in financial need so they may attend camp opportunities through the Grace Family of Churches. The funds raised at this event specifically benefit students in the communities of the campuses in Snellville, New Hope, and Monroe. “We are working hard to continue Buddy’s legacy of reaching the next generation for Jesus. We are intentionally investing in the lives of young people,” says Ron Levesque tournament Chairman, “It’s important to us that all tournament proceeds are dedicated to sending kids

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(L-R) Ron Levesque, Jon Stallsmith, and Buddy Hoffman.

to camp. Our generous community sponsors, tournament players, and donors make it possible for hundreds of students to hear the good news of Jesus each year.” This fun event offers the opportunity for families to continue their Father’s Day celebration on the golf course. As Buddy said, “Golf is one of the few sports Fathers, Sons and even Grandsons can enjoy together. The memories and lessons learned shape a child’s life. When a great sport, a great tradition, and a great cause come together, you have a trifecta too good to pass up.” This tournament has become a tradition for many families and included men, women, and juniors among the field of participants. The presenting sponsor, Fraser Roofing, is owned by Dominick Fraser who tells, “We began attending Grace Snellville a few years ago and registered to play in the tournament. Our involvement has grown each

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year, and we are honored to be the presenting sponsor this year.” The day of fun on the golf course will begin with registration and Chick-fil-A breakfast at 7:30 am. Live music will be provided during warm up. The tournament will shotgun start at 9:00 am with putting, long drive, chipping, and close-up contests on the course. Lunch from Foggy Bottom BBQ will be served during the round. Play will be followed by a dessert buffet featuring ice cream sundaes from Bruster’s Grayson and home-baked goods from New Hope. The presentation of awards, raffle, and our popular silent and live auctions will accompany dessert. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Donations for the silent auction and raffle are being accepted. Those interested in volunteering are welcome! For more details, please visit or email


2018 Annual Jamie Britt Golf Tournament benefits local charities through the Jamie Britt Foundation


April 16, 2018 Summitt Chase Country Club

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200 years of Snellville History By Marlene Ratledge Buchanan James Cofer was born and raised in the Snellville area. He is related to almost all of the old families of Snellville, Britt’s, Snell’s, Clower’s, you name the family, and there is likely a genetic connection. Snellville Historical Society had published Tom “Pap” Ewing’s book on the Snellville Consolidated School a few years back. Discussion by SHS revealed that Snellville needed a history of the town. Jim was the president of SHS, and somehow he was volunteered to write this book. After six years of interviews and research Snellville’s first complete history book, entitled 200 Years of Snellville History has just been published by King Publishing of Boston Mass. It will was available for purchase beginning April 29, 2018. This is a remarkable book of stories, pictures, and history. The book includes 529 pages, 360 photos, figures, and tables, and over 275 cited references. Jim has brought to life Snellville’s hard times and good times of its citizens. Jim talked with many family members of the people who founded Snellville and the surrounding community. He covered many important aspects of the Snellville community including the Native American period, early settler families, churches, schools, business and industry, military heroes, the medical community, city governance, sports, and community organizations. He included stories about the development of the athletic programs that helped to draw the large community together. Folklore and descriptions of some of the town characters are delightful portions of the book.

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Cofer

James Cofer signing books.

This hardback book with dust jacket is priced at $30 for members of the Snellville Historical Society and $35 for non-members. Copies may be purchased at Snellville City Hall on Mondays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and noon or by mail. Checks should be made payable to Snellville Historical Society, add $7 shipping and handling for mail orders. Its release was at the Snellville

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Historical Meeting on April 29 at the Snellville Senior Center. Elliott Brack, who wrote the forward to 200 Years of Snellville History will be the speaker at SHS’s meeting. His topic will be the First 200 Years of Gwinnett County. The address for book sales is Snellville Historical Society, c/o Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Street, Snellville, Ga. 30078.

Our Words to the Senior Class of 2018

Chrissy Thomas

About Face Skin Care

As we graduate another class of incredibly talented young skin care patients (aka- high school seniors), we want to pass along a few words of wisdom that we have learned along the way. 1. Bad relationships, like a bad Botox treatment, are not quickly forgotten. Make sure you take the time to find someone worthy of your attention like your Mom did when she

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interviewed 14 practices before asking us to help with your blemishes. 2. Too much food, drink, and playtime can be a bad thing. Just like lip fillers, everything is better in moderation. 3. Mom and Dad didn’t pay money to teach you how to care for your skin just to let you go to college and forget your good habits. Wash your face before bed, get some sleep, and eat well. 4. Some people still think it is attractive to get really tanned. It is not. Skin cancer is real. Wrinkles are real. Don’t encourage either one. 5. Some things are safer left covered. Food at a picnic, for example. Also, your booty. Never expose either without caution. 6. Wash your pillowcases, makeup brushes, and anything else that touches your face weekly. See #3. 7. Call Mom. She has worried about your every need for 18 years.

She would like to hear what a good job she did every once in a while when her happy college student checks in. 8. Make great memories. These years are some of the best with new experiences and friends at every turn. Enjoy to the fullest. 9. Take some photos, not just selfies. When you turn 50, you will want to see what you were looking at when you were hunkered down and smiling with 20 other friends. 10. Congratulations! We are SO very proud of each and every one of you and we will miss you terribly. 11. Stop in when you are home for the weekend. (Just in case #3 isnt keeping your skin clear!) Love and best wishes to all seniors and the families who got them where they are today. May the future be so bright you need extra SPF! From your family at About Face Skin Care


Ageless or Just Old

Marlene Ratledge Buchanan Hey Y’all

Good Grief. It just hit me. I was sending a congratulatory note to Ann Jackson Tiberghein. She is retiring from teaching. She was an art teacher in Gwinnett County Schools. And she is retiring. Isn’t that wonderful? I know she was an exceptional teacher and artist. She gave generously of herself to her students and her friends. She married and an amazing man named Doug, just a delightful person. He had the most beautiful curly hair. They have raised a family of handsome young men. Duluth is home to them. I was thinking about Ann and retirement and how she thinks she is going to have more time. That is

a fallacy. Once you retire, you have less time. I don’t know why, but you do. You have more things you want to do and less time to accomplish them. I think it is because we are less structured in our days than when we were working. While working, I knew I had a certain amount of time between the end of the school day and before bedtime to accomplish what had to be done. We had a son who was in physical and speech therapy two or three days week. Snell retired about 11 years before I did to help out with James and Snell’s aunt who had come to live with us at this same time. The deal was Snell would do all the shopping and cooking. He lasted about three months as Master Chef before James, and I fired him. He still did the grocery shopping which was wonderful. I didn’t have to do, but we began eating out more. Hey, I gave up cooking when he retired, I wasn’t about to take it back. All that is beside the point. Ann is retiring after a full career of teaching. Her children are adults. That means Ann is grown and middle-aged. Doug is grown and middle-aged. THAT is what hit me. Ann is old enough to retire. I taught Doug and Ann in high school. Both were in my

art classes. Ann and Doug were not in my first graduating class, either. If they have reached middle age, then I am not in the category of middle-aged, anymore. I just had never put it into words like that. My category has changed. What an epiphany. Mature, I am more than just mature. I laughed when I went to the doctor several years ago and qualified for the Medicare plan on my insurance. I laughed when people asked if James was our grandchild. (No, we were just old and fossilized when we got pregnant. And I mean us. I started throwing up 15 minutes after conception and stayed bent over the toilet at least 15 days after he was born. I am still suffering from post-partum depression and trying to lose the pregnancy weight. James is 36. Snell has hung in there.) I have had white highlights in my hair since my early twenties. It started with a little dot of white hair that formed in my teen years. My Daddy’s hair went from blue-black to solid white by the time he was James’ age. White hair doesn’t mean I am old. Aching joints, not old. Laugh crinkles, not old. But Ann Jackson Tiberghein is retiring. If she is old enough to retire, then that makes me.......vintage.

Ask the Senior Care Expert

What are levels of care?

Tim Golden BrightStar Care

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When a family is at the point of considering moving a loved one out of their home and into a facility, they will have to consider what type of facility is most appropriate. The family will hear terms like independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing facility. Just what do these terms mean? Independent living is very much what it sounds like. Independent living facilities are shared living arrangements where residents receive little or no hands-on help. Residents must be able to take care of themselves. They must be able to dress, feed themselves, bathe themselves and take care of their other personal needs, including managing medicines, without help from the facility staff. Residents can usually hire out-


side help for those personal needs, but the facility staff is not allowed to provide that assistance. Often meals are available in a dining room. Assisted living is a shared residence where facility staff does help residents with personal needs. Staff usually come by every couple of hours to make sure everything is OK. Staff can help with medications. How much help the facility staff provides is often on a sliding scale meaning the more help is needed can mean the higher the cost. Memory care is assisted living for the cognitively impaired, i.e., those suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Staff ratios are higher meaning there is more staff because residents in memory care require more help and supervision. Memory care is also a restricted area. Residents are not able to leave the locked area unless they are accompanied by someone else. One of the challenges of memory care for families is there are many levels of dementia from mild impairment to much more serious issues. Most facilities have only one area for memory care, so all residents are together. Those that are only mildly impaired may not be comfortable being surrounded by others with more advanced dementia. Some facilities offer multiple levels of memory care so that residents in each area are around others like them. Skilled nursing facilities are the traditional nursing homes with

which we are all familiar. There are short-term beds, referred to as rehab beds, in skilled nursing facilities and there are permanent residents in long-term beds. Skilled nursing facilities, like independent living, assisted living, and memory care, have all come a long way. Images come to mind when we think of the term nursing home, but I would encourage you to keep an open mind when looking at any potential residence for a loved one. There is always a choice, and you should investigate thoroughly any facility into which you may move a family member. Visit the potential facilities and trust your senses. What does it smell like? What do you hear? What do you see? What does the food taste like? Make sure to visit multiple locations and compare them to each other. It’s a big decision, and your loved one’s health and happiness depend on it. Tim Golden is the owner of BrightStar Care, Lawrenceville. You can reach Tim at (404)281-1537 or by emailing asktheseniorcareexpert@ For more information please visit http://www.brightstarcare. com/lawrenceville/ -Tim Golden BrightStar Care (404)281-1537 PO Box 634 Lawrenceville, GA 30046 email:

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Doblar named Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalist By Staff Reports Dr. Doug Doblar, of Head Elementary School, is one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year title. Dr. Jonathan Patterson, GCPS associate superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Support, says the school district is proud of Dr. Doblar who is the 2018 Gwinnett Teacher of the Year. “We believe he represents the skillful teachers in Gwinnett and in Georgia,” Dr. Patterson said. “Dr. Doblar engages his students in authentic learning experiences where they investigate problems and seek solutions throughout the learning process. When he teaches, the enthusiasm in the room is contagious as students actively engage in meaningful and hands-on learning opportunities. Not only is Dr. Doblar an exemplary teacher, he is an exemplary teammate who works collaboratively with his peers to plan and implement effective and engaging instruction for all students.” Doblar, who teaches fourth- and fifth-grade mathematics and science, started his 15-year career in education as a long-term substitute teaching high school, followed by a three-year term teaching middle school. After that, he served four years as a college instructor while he worked full time on a PhD, before returning to a Gwinnett classroom as a local school technology

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Dr. Doug Doblar

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coordinator at an elementary school. In 2015, he came full circle, returning to teach at the elementary school he attended as a student. The finalists were chosen based on the strength of their essay responses. Those selected met with a panel of judges for a formal interview and gave speeches during a finalist luncheon April 16. The winner will be announced May 19, 2018. The 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year will travel around the state and the nation, serving as an ambassador for the teaching profession in Georgia. He or she also will be entered in the National Teacher of the Year competition.


Obituary - Jannetta “J. J.” Faires Johnson 1958 South Gwinnett High School Basketball team recognized

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Jannetta “J.J.” Faires Johnson

Jannetta “J. J.” Faires Johnson, age 93, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, went home to be with her Lord & Savior on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 after developing pneumonia and having congestive heart failure. She is survived by her two sons & daughters-in-law, Tom & Nancy Clack Johnson and Rick & Tommie Ann Wages Johnson all of Lawrenceville, GA; five grandchildren, Thomas & Taylor Johnson of Cumming, GA, David Alan Johnson and fiancée, Lauren Franklin of Atlanta, GA, Matthew


Wages Johnson of Lawrenceville, GA, Kathryn Marie Johnson of Atlanta, GA, and Samuel Joseph Johnson of Sandy Springs, GA; two great grandsons, Parker and Peyton Johnson both of Cumming, GA; other relatives and a host of friends. Jannetta was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. R. F. Faires and Ethel Williams Faires, sister & brother-in-law, Marie and Bob Hornbuckle; brother and sister-inlaw, Boyce and Linda Faires; Rick & Tom’s paternal grandparents Thomas Jackson “Shug” Johnson, Sr. and Ora Cooper Johnson and their father, T.J. Johnson, Jr. Jannetta Johnson was born on October 28, 1924 in Selmer, TN. She graduated from Blue Mountain College in Corinth, MS and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University. She retired from the Georgia Department of Family & Children Services after 35 years of service. Jannetta worked in Waycross, Georgia two different times and finish her career in Gwinnett County being responsible for five different counties. She served as Bailiff for the Gwinnett County Courts and was a devoted member at First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville. She authored several books. Jannetta was a liberated woman before

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1958 SGHS Basketball Team members at the Snellville Alumni Association Banquet. L - R: Clark Britt, Kenneth Hughes, Jerry Downs, Harold Bowman, Hollis Reese.

By Staff Reports South Gwinnett High School 1958 Basketball team was recognized at the Snellville Alumni Association Banquet on April 28, 2018 – 60 years ago. The team won 25 games, lost seven,

won the county tournament, the region tournament, and finished in semifinals of state high school tournament. This was the first team from Snellville to play in a state tournament. Team members included: Clark Britt, Billy Brannan, Kenth Hughes,

Dennis Stephens, Hollis Reese, Clinton Wood, Ronald Ford, Larry Ray, Jerry Thomas, Billy Lanford, Richard Shell, Charles Yancey, Harold Bowman, Rodger Mitchell.

her time. She was committed to her beliefs, could be strong headed and opinionated. You always knew where you stood with “J.J.” She had a heart of gold for those less fortunate and was devoted to her Lord and Savior.

Jannetta will be deeply missed by those that loved her, especially Tom & Nancy and Rick & Tommie Ann… her church family and her friends at Garden Plaza. The Service Honoring the Life of

Jannetta Johnson was held Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Rev. Inman J. Houston and Rev. Thomas Johnson officiated.

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Being “Hip” in Today’s World By Carla W. Youmans Everyday Matters because Every Day Matters

Welcome to 2018 where it is no longer is it “cool” to be “hip.” Are these words still in your vocabulary? Have you used them lately and had someone look at you with that “I can’t believe you said that” face? Well, let’s do some spring cleaning on your vocab and weed out the old words and plant some new diction! Keep reading and let’s make sure that you remain “lit.” It’s important for you to be “lit” because “YOLO.” Today you might be called “dumb lit” if you bought your child or grandchild a Nintendo Switch. While you are listening to kids or teens con-

versing today, know that they are keeping things from you if they say PAW (parents are watching) or code 9. To enhance your vocabulary with a dose of new age words, check out the list below: LIT—describes someone or something amazing in every way FIRE—describes something that is “hot.” Example: His new girlfriend is so fire. SALTY—means angry or bitter. Example: She’s dating my ex and that makes me straight salty. TURNT—means very excited Example: After we won the game, the fans were turnt. THROW SHADE—means to insult Example: He threw shade at me. YOLO—means You Only Live Once



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PAW—Parents are watching

Maybe you will use one of these words, and some kids will be turnt. Maybe you won’t use any and are shaking your head at how the world is changing. However, no matter who you are, you always want to be up on the important lingo (even if you don’t use it). So, don’t be salty if you’re feeling a bit old or out of touch. This article isn’t meant to throw shade at anyone over 35 because, as one of you, I think we mature folks are straight lit! Remember, I’ll be here bringing you everyday matters because every day matters, and don’t forget YOLO.

County approves design contract for Snellville Branch Library relocation By Staff Reports County commissioners approved a contract in April with TSW, Inc., to design a new branch library as part of a joint project with the city of Snellville. The library will occupy about a third of the new Market Building in the city’s planned Towne Center development on Wisteria Drive. The city will use the remaining space for a public market, restaurants, shops and other public, civic or educational uses. An intergovernmental agree-

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ment signed last summer spelled out how the two governments will share design, construction and operation of the facility. District 3 Commissioner Tommy Hunter pointed to this project as a good example of city and county governments working together to improve the community. “I’m proud of the relationship between the county and the city that got us to the point of embarking on this joint project,” said Hunter. It’s a huge honor to represent Snellville on the Board of Commissioners.”

Gwinnett County’s share of the design will be $338,416, which includes a portion of the design fee for a parking deck to be built as part of the project. The city approved $922,890 for its share of the design costs on April 23. The SPLOST-funded, 22,000-square foot library branch will replace the existing library branch at 2740 Lenora Church Road.


Riley Fun Run and Amanda Riley Carnival benefits children with cancer and their families.


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Rotary Club of Lawrenceville Reflection children in need from a grant we presented to them. Children from Lawrenceville Elementary have enjoyed the benches we provided, the landscaping our group completed, and the reading done by our volunteers. We have even gotten out to clean up our stretch of adopted road in Lawrenceville several times this year. We may not have changed the world, but we have helped others in our little corner of the world, and we have formed friendships along the way. It is enough.

Leigh McIntosh

Lawrenceville Rotary

You can tell the Rotary year is winding down if you know the signs. Lately, we have been going over our to-do list to see what we have missed and if we have met our deadlines. There are district meetings to attend and our GRSP student from Sweden is beginning to think about going home as she ponders on what she has learned while she has spent the year in Georgia. Most projects for the year have been completed. The focus will be on closing out the year and preparing for the incoming leadership, vision, and directives. The question is: did we make a difference this year? I believe the Salvation Army would say that our bell ringers brought awareness and helped people in need. The families we adopted for Christmas would not have been able to celebrate Christmas without our assistance. The food bank was able to provide meals for people because of the food we donated. Our GRSP student, Alice Lagebrant, has already written about what she has learned and has said that this journey has helped her determine her career when she gets back home. She is planning to start a research project on cognitive neurology because her Psychology classes at Brenau University sparked her interest. Colonel John Gentry, with

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Alice Lagebrant.

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Colonel John Gentry with the Georgia National Guard.

Gwinnett Medical’s “Stop The Bleed” members.

the Georgia National Guard, gave a good overview of how the National Guard not only helps with disaster relief but is actually deployed to combat missions across the world. Gwinnett Medical shared their “Stop The Bleed” program so that more people can be trained to keep people alive until first responders arrive. Creative Enterprises has been gifted with trees that not only honor our Rotarians but provide beauty to the campus. The tree project was a co-

Leigh is a proud Rotarian and CEO of Creative Enterprises, Inc., a not for profit, training and employment, community rehabilitation program for adults with disabilities. A lifelong resident of Gwinnett County, Leigh divides her time between advocating for people with disabilities, enjoying her children, grandchildren and friends, helping her doTerra essential oil customers, traveling, and focusing on her spiritual journey to appreciate how we are all connected.

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operation between the 35,000 other Rotary clubs, but we also strengthened relationships within our club as we worked together, The YMCA can provide after-school services to


The Gwinnett Roadrunner

“ON THE RUN” By Mary Frazier Long

Mary Frazier Long

Gwinnett County Author, Historian

Checking under the hood

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Happy Mother’s Day


“Some people dream of worthy accomplishments, others stay awake and do them.” “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight—it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Dwight D. Eisenhower “I have noticed my conscience for many years, and I know it is more trouble and bother to me than anything else I started with.” Mark Twain “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” Mark Twain “It’s not how old you are, but how you are old.” Marie Bressler PAST EVENTS IN GWINNETT

• In 1899 The Lawrenceville Herald reported in the May 19 issue that there was a People’s Park in the town. • May 14, 1914, the News-Herald reported that C.H. Hill was the policeman in town. • The News-Herald, May 1, 1919, “Mr. L.M. Brand, President of Brand Bank authorized the City Council to order a Ford truck for keeping the city clean.” • The News-Herald, May 31, 1920, “Business of the Lawrenceville Post Office increased enough to get an increase of $100 per year added to the Postmaster’s salary.”

Ladies Brunch, assisting with funding a Christmas party for foster and adoptive children, and secure funds to assist in supporting an Easter egg hunt at Alcoy Elementary School. Upcoming events include Williams Syndrome event and race at Crowes Lake Park in Jefferson on May 6, the Family fishing festival for Autism Families on June 2 at Wayne and Carolyn Hill’s Farm in Sugar Hill on June 2. Many more great events are planned.


Carmen Rameriz is the lead teacher for young children at Kid’s Crossing at Lawrenceville First Methodist Church where she has worked for ten years. Carmen was born in Puerto Rico. Alanna Hadden is an assistant teacher at Kid’s Crossing.


Moldova is a landlocked Eastern European country bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the Northeast. Once a part of Russia now an independent country. Lawrenceville First Baptist Church has sent mission groups to the country for many years. Nicolae and Svetiana Sill from Moldova were at First Baptist in April 2018 where they presented information about El-Sadai, a program helping the young generation by organizing summer and winter camps promoting Christian beliefs. During the period from 20002018, they held 436 summer camps with 52230 children participating and during that same period 117,012 students participated in Bible-based educational projects.

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KidStuff is a non-profit corporation dependent upon tax-free deductible contributions. This corporation, organized by Reverend Lamar Holley and his wife, Jean. Some activities supported during 2017/18 KidStuff assisted in a hospital ministry in Moldova, the annual KidStuff Klassic golf tournament,


Bela and Deloris Kenessey moved to Lawrenceville in 1988, and Peggy Branyon visited them in April 2018. Peggy is originally from Bushy Creek, Alabama and now lives in Kerriville, Texas. Bela and Doris have discovered the delights of homemade ice cream, and they often share this with friends and neighbors. GEORGIA BORN

During the past half century many new comers from other states and other countries have come to Gwinnett County, but there are still some Georgia born citizens here. Edith Couch Kemp and Grace Britt Cain were born in Grayson; they now live in Lawrenceville This group of Georgia born citizens often gather at McDonald’s for coffee/talk time. Martha Frances Hood Hutchins was born in Lawrenceville; she was married to Lawrenceville businessman Ferris Hutchns. Betty Powell was born in Henry County and is a long time Lawrenceville resident, now retired she was the owner of Williams’ Dress Shop on Crogan Street in Lawrenceville. W.T. Kemp, born in Snellville and moved up to Lawrenceville after he and Edith Couch married over 50 years ago. Kathleen Garmon Couch was born in the location where Gwin-

Anne Frazier graduated from South Gwinnett High School then became Anne Belcher when she and Chuck Belcher married and moved to Alabama where they raised three children. Anne’s parents were John Maurice Frazier and Vivian Shell Frazier, and they lived on Scenic High Way in Snellville. Vivian and Maurice, deceased, had four grandchildren.




Svetiana and Nicolae Sill spoke to members of Lawrenceville First Baptist Church about their mission in Moldova on April 22, 2018 PRAYER ON THE SQUARE

The 67th National Day of Prayer was observed on the Historic Square in Lawrenceville on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

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McDonald’s coffee talk time.

nett Place is presently located, and that area now has a Duluth address, it was farmland when Kathleen came into the world.

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Anne and her youngest son Colt. Anne is still a Bulldawg fan.

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Edith Couch Kemp and Grace Britt Cain


• Gwinnett Journal May 24, 19222, “E.T. Montgomery, proprietor of Lawrenceville Drug sold to Paul and Frank Green and Dr. H.B. Lee.”

Congratulants to the students who were awarded scholarships on May 6, 2018, at Lawrenceville First Baptist Church: Mark Burnett, Anna Britt, Crina Coliba, Claudiu Coliba, Sarah Grace Hustey and Mark Burnett.

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L-R: Delores and Bela Kenessey, Peggy Branyon and Carlene Harris enjoying homemade ice cream in the Kenessey’s kitchen in Lawrenceville.


My granddaughter now lives in Johns Creek, and I get news about the town from her, and I found out that a new mural has been painted on the tunnel under Medlock Bridge Road. The mural is 130 feet long, and dozens of local volunteers worked on it. Indian artist Hanif Kureshi led the creation of the work of art.

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The four Frazier Grands: Colt, Cody, Katy Belcher and Courtney Frazier. Courtney still lives in Gwinnett County and in Athens where she graduated from UGA, her parents are John and Pam Frazier.

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Cody and Katy Belcher. Cody is a nurse and Katy works with church youth.

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2018 GCREA Scholarship Winners

GCREA winners from GGC

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Dominique Cottle and Carolyn Fetner.

GCREA High School winners

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Karen Williams and Carolyn Fetner.

GCREA Teacher winners

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Collin Jones teaches U. S. History, AP Psychology and works with the student leadership team at Lanier H. S. He is one of our teacher scholarship recipients that came through the Gwinnett County Schools growing up.

Three Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship winners.

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Kristen Braschler from Mill Creek HS with Jan Calkins.

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Adrianna Rosario from Mill Creek H.S. with Jan Calkins.

Emeritus Members

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Ashley Taylor teaches biology at Mountain View H.S. She is one of our teacher scholarship recipients that came through the Gwinnett County Schools growing up.

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L-R: Angela Gray from Baggett Elementary and Delta Kappa Gamma president Suzanne Skeen, President

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Jane and Sara Roberts were the only two emeritus members that were able to attend.

Salem Missionary Baptist Church.

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Grayson High School Scholarship winner Makinlee Champaign. She will be attending North Georgia University in the fall

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L-R: Staci Dombrowski from a high school in Alabama and Delta Kappa Gamma president Suzanne Skeen, President


Jane came with Shirley and Pam.

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Seated L-R: Harriett Nicholls, Rubye Neal, Standing LR: Cherise Pratt, Greg Bailey, Ruby Jean Daniel.

Sara came with her daughter Ginger Roberts.

From a dinner in 2011: Margaret Williams, Pat Kerlin, Marlene Sexton, Carlene Harris and Linda Harris from San Antonio, Texas

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Anne Ellis with National Park Ranger Dan Brown at the Northeast Georgia Civil War Round Table in 2007

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Peggy Britt and Martha Frances Hutchins at a celebration honoring Martha.

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Grace and Robert Cain dancing with in September 2011


Well, hold my avocado! The effects of the Great The Biggest Mistake of Recession on Millennial consumer habits Your Parents’ Generation

Julie Thompson

Millennial Musing

Most of us have heard one of the old “in my day” tales wherein an elder laments how much harder it was to earn their salt in bygone times. But how many have heard the Millennial’s colloquial retort? The saying, “Well, hold my avocado,” is exactly that. The phrase has gone viral in recent months and is a popular hashtag that denotes the less than fortuitous hand of cards Millenials have been dealt in the wake of the 2007 Great Recession. To suggest that the Millenials have it harder than, say, Baby Boomers is in itself a losing battle. Hence, there is a farcical aspect to the saying, clearly demonstrated in the following Tweet from Google Venture partner, Ken Norton: “Millennial: You got to buy houses and cars Boomer: yes but we lived in constant fear of nuclear winter Millennial: well hold my avocado”1

The saying is loaded, to say the least. It alludes to a number of internet jokes and political memes that only a select few have managed to keep up with. But is there any validity to its premise? A study by Merrill Edge suggests that Millennials’ financial habits are directly related to the Great Recession so that they are taking a pause before purchasing capital investments such as houses, cars, etc. Thirty-eight percent save half their paycheck, admitting they don’t believe they can rely on pension, government or family in the way other generations have.2 Strangely enough, they don’t seem shy when it comes to buying avocados. Calavo Growers, one of the world’s largest markets for avocados, released its first fiscal report for 2018, showing that avocados sales rose 10%, to a total of 122.8 million in only a matter of months. And The Motley Fool report shows sales for guacamole manufacturers rose to 13.4 percent, reaching 19 million dollars. That’s a lot of avocado money, and while Millenials are responsible for all of it, they certainly do their share. Millenials are far more likely than other generations to spend money on organic produce and health store items and, of course, their craft beers. The habit received criticism from 35-year-old millionaire Tom Gurner who claimed millennials are downright irresponsible with money. “When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed

avocado for $19 or coffees at $4 each,” Gurner told 9 News Australia in late 2017. Ah, a typical “in my day” sleight of hand. But a look at the big picture doesn’t lie. Housing prices are more competitive than ever, and the average college graduate owes $37,172, in student loans. And an Axios survey revealed that fifty percent of Millennials blame Boomers for “making things worse for their generation .” It’s somewhat farfetched, but to their point, if 3 Boomers truly did have it harder, their affinity for real estate consumption did nothing to help later generations. If you asked me, I’d say Millennials have developed a post-recession complex as a result of the contrast between their opportunities and “go get it” narrative Boomers set forth. Other aspects of life have gotten easier, but making it on your own in 2018 is not just hard. For many, it’s simply not feasible. Maybe Millennials should pinch a few pennies — lay up more in their savings accounts. But their fear of inevitable loss shows a lack of faith in a broken financial security system. And what do they turn to in their time of need? You got it. Avocados and barista coffee, because why not? The avocado on a plate isn’t going anywhere. e-great-recession 1 2

Faith Montgomery

Stepping Stones

The biggest mistake of my parents’ generation was creating the smartphone. Sure, it was only a small group of individuals that went into the actual creation of the product, but the rest of their generation were the ones craving it. They were the ones who created the internet, who were constantly testing its limits, seeing just how far it could go. But, once the smartphone was produced, that’s when it was too far. Smartphones have caused nothing but disconnect in our lives. At dinner, we are constantly checking our Snapchats, Instagram and Twitter feeds and playing useless games to pass the time. Instead of connecting with the people around us, we look to our phones to distract us from the real world. When we see people we don’t want to talk to, we submerge ourselves in our phones, rather than facing the awkwardness that might come with a personal conversation. Instead of putting ourselves in uncomfortable situations, we use technology as a mechanism to escape them. I, for one, have mastered this skill, which is how I know how destructive smartphones can truly be. Whenever I want to get something to eat or drink, I usually base my decision off of how much human interaction it involves. See, ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a colossal introvert. When I was younger, it wasn’t that big of a deal because it was normal for parents to order food for their children at restaurants. However, as I grew up, it became more necessary for me to interact with servers and cashiers. I have distinct memories of my parents coaching me before going to a restaurant telling me that this visit I would have to do all the communicating for myself. They would tell me that I had to interact with people at some point. I wouldn’t be able to get through life without learning how to communicate with strangers,

which, in their childhood, was true, but not in mine. So, I learned how to order at restaurants, but I still didn’t have to make small talk with cashiers at fast food restaurants or grocery stores, because my parents always drove me there. It wasn’t until I started driving until I had to start communicating with people. But, me being the innovative teen that I am, I started to find ways around talking to people through my smartphone. One of my technological best friends is the Starbucks app. See, on this app, I’m able to place my order, pay for it, and see how long the wait time is without talking to a single person. The best part about it though is, during pickup, there’s a designated mobile order section of each store where I can head straight to and grab my drink without interacting with a single person. At first, I was happy that I could get around talking to people at a single store, which wasn’t that unhealthy. At this point, I was mainly trying to avoid my social awkwardness rather than interacting with people altogether. However, once more and more stores started to pick up on this way of service, my fear of communication began to grow. Eventually, I tried to only go to restaurants that had a mobile pick-up option so that I could avoid talking to people, not just because it was more convenient, but because I was afraid to talk to the workers face-to-face. Without the creation of the smartphone, I, as well as the rest of my generation, would be forced into communicating. And, as much as I hate to say it, I think I would be better for it. I would be more comfortable with who I am, less anxious about reaching the front of the line at Chick-fil-A, and more able to carry a simple conversation with the cashier at Publix. Had the smartphone not provided me a way out of uncomfortable conversations, I would be a more well-rounded communicator, someone who doesn’t have to talk themselves into going to a manned checkout line, rather than self-checkout. Without the smartphone, I would have learned these skills as I grew up, instead of having to reteach myself how to connect with the world around me. Faith Mongomery is a junior at Mill Creek High School. She is a member Exploring Venturing Program at the Gwinnett Citizen.

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Should a Trust be Part of Your Planning

James Miskell

Estate Planning

When it comes to estate planning, the most familiar document is the last will and testament. Most people have a basic understanding that a will allows you to appoint a personal representative (an executor) upon your death and directs that person to distribute your assets as you specify. Put another way, a will says who gets your stuff when you die—but until you die, it does nothing. A living trust is similar to a will in that it indicates how you would like your assets to be distributed after your death and can be amended anytime. While you should always have a will, a living trust—which is simply a trust set up during your lifetime as opposed to one created after your death—can be a valuable addition to your estate plan. People often call our office interested in setting up a trust. Estate plan-

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ning is not a one-size-fits-all project. We begin by talking about the client’s family circumstances, needs and desires to determine if a living trust makes sense as part of their estate plan. A living trust has some advantages that a will cannot offer, but, like any tool, is not right for every job. A living trust can work for you during your life. As long as you are mentally and physically able, you may choose to serve as trustee yourself. When you become unable to continue, a successor trustee (whom you have chosen) steps in to manage the trust property--for your benefit. In this way, a trust established while you are alive can manage your assets if you are incapacitated and unable to do so yourself. Unlike guardians and conservators, your successor trustee does not need to be court approved. That means that the successor trustee begins serving without the delay and expense of court proceedings. Upon your death, your estate can be settled more quickly. Like assets in beneficiary designated accounts, the assets in a trust are not required to go through the probate process, which can add uncertainty, delay and expense. Your beneficiaries will be able to zip past the inconvenience of a court-supervised distribution of your estate. Further, there is no waiting period for creditors to file claims, which is required when an estate is distributed through a will--even when there are

“Trusts can save on court costs and delays, and allow you the flexibility to handle your own affairs as long as possible.” no debts. You can also name the trust as a pay-on-death beneficiary or transfer-on-death beneficiary to fund the trust. These designations keep the assets out of probate but ensure that the assets are distributed and used according to the instructions in your trust. You get to set out how and when your assets are distributed. You should also consider a trust if you have minor children or heirs with special needs. A nice feature of a trust is that you have the option to add terms that detail how and when a child or beneficiary is entitled to receive the assets. And, since a living trust is not a matter of public record (i.e., filed with the probate court), the distributions are protected from prying eyes of others. Creating a trust need not be complicated. Once a trust is created, assets have to be moved into the trust so that they will be subject to the instructions you put into the trust document. This usually means changing the formal designation of ownership from one or more individuals to the name of the trust. While you are serving as trustee, you can have the same access and

control over the assets as you would without the trust. There are all sorts of trusts that can be used in a variety of situations. Some trusts offer asset protection for you during your life. Trusts can even be designed to protect assets now or to plan for management of long-term care costs. A trust may make sense even if you don’t consider yourself to be wealthy. Trusts can save on court costs and delays, and allow you the flexibility

to handle your own affairs as long as possible. Trusts can help you achieve a variety of specific needs. To discover if a living trust should be part of your planning, consult an experienced estate planning attorney. Together, you can review all of the details of your situation to craft a plan that meets your individual needs. James M. Miskell received his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1993. His Asset Protection, Estate Planning and Elder Law practice has offices located in Lawrenceville and Johns Creek. He offers educational workshops and free consultations to assist clients as well as fellow professionals in creating individualized solutions. Visit his website: For more information, see his ad in this issue.


Health, Beauty & Wellness ECT: Time-tested, Forgotten, Treatment of the Future By Joshua Morris, MD Drs. Cerletti and Bini performed the first electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) treatment in Italy in 1938. ECT is the oldest psychiatric treatment in psychiatry still in use. Since 1938, ECT has evolved significantly to optimize the balance between minimal side effects and maximum efficacy. As a treatment modality, ECT has undergone various stages of public perception moving from cutting-edge technology to vilified pseudo-science, and is on the cusp of returning to its previous stature as a legitimate, routine, and superior treatment for severe cases of depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. In 1938, practitioners were already using other techniques to induce seizures after Dr. Meduna pioneered the technique using camphor oil in 1934. Physicians believed that causing epilepsy was the goal because Dr. Meduna noticed that epileptic patients did not have schizophrenia and vice versa. We now know his observations were incorrect but we have since learned that seizures are the therapeutic part of


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the treatment, rather than the electricity or medications. We know this because other seizure-inducing techniques have proven similarly helpful. ECT was advantageous because the side effects were mild in comparison to other methods and patients more consistently had a seizure during the treatment. ECT survived because it remains the safest, most consistent, and most tolerable way to induce seizures. Until 1950, when Thorazine – the first antipsychotic medication – was discovered, there were essentially

two treatments available to psychiatric patients, psychoanalysis and ECT. As ECT grew in popularity, psychoanalytic organizations began an active negative publicity campaign against ECT. After Thorazine was discovered, practitioners began turning to medications because for the first time, doctors had a medication that actually helped the burdensome signs and symptoms of schizophrenia. This discovery led to new medications and contributed to the downturn of ECT. ECT’s fate was apparently sealed when One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest showed the main protagonist violently treated with ECT involuntarily for a feigned illness in what has become the most infamous and inaccurate portrayal of ECT. Despite the sometimes negative stigma, ECT remains an effective treatment because of its efficacy for the most severe psychiatric conditions. ECT is undergoing a renaissance, becoming increasingly effective with decreasing side effects. Anesthesia is now used, not to control pain, but to nearly eliminate the risk of fractures. Physicians have decreased side effects by minimizing

energy delivered while maximizing efficacy. Various electrode placements have proved to have different effects; some are slower, but have decreased side effects. Other neurostimulation techniques (e.g. TMS) have a similar, but less potent effect and are teaching physicians how to fine tune treatments. When I came to practice at Eastside nearly 4 years ago, I admit that I was skeptical about using ECT to treat dementia patients. However, because I have had the opportunity to treat many patients that other hospitals refuse because of the severity of their illness, I have become convinced that ECT is often very helpful for treating the parts of dementia that make it impossible to live a less-restrictive life. While medications seem helpful, they also lack experimentally validated efficacy and many carry black-box warnings with significant risks. Comparatively, while ECT is a much more effective and rapid treatment, it is very benign. With an aging population, ECT can be used more in the future. I have been blessed at Eastside Medical Center with many opportunities to do what I love, which is

helping patients recover from debilitating illnesses. Though much work remains, the future of ECT is very promising, and I look forward to practicing alongside my colleagues who are similarly dedicated to the relief of suffering and caring for patients at Eastside Medical Center. Dr. Morris has been in practice since 2012 when he started at the world-renowned Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC directly out of residency. He focuses on treating the most severe psychiatric conditions including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia. In 2014, he became the Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Eastside Medical Center as well as the Director of the ECT program. May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Eastside Behavioral Health Associates 2160 Fountain Drive Snellville, GA, 30078 (770) 982-2345

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JOINT continued from page 1 Electric Classic, also known as the PGA Tour of Champions, he visited the pre-op class for joint replacement patients at Eastside. Fred told about how he had three surgeries that left his knee in a bone-on-bone state before the total joint replacement. In 2008, Fred was at his worst. He played professionally but had to compensate for the increasing pain that his knee caused. With each

stroke, Fred contemplated how he could position himself or swing to avoid the worst of the pain. As Fred explained to the pre-op class, “When you have chronic joint pain, the surrounding muscles compensate and shut down. What starts as a knee problem, spreads to surrounding areas. I had shooting pains in my hip because I was trying not to use my knee as much. But after you replace

that joint that isn’t working, your body and muscles quickly wake back up. Your muscles start engaging again. I never believed it would be as good as it was after the surgery—I wish I had done it sooner.” In truth, having the surgery sooner would have not only allowed him to move better sooner, but also would have avoided a brush with death. Fred was in enormous pain. He tried everything he could to press on and continue to play professionally. In the year before his complete knee replacement, he had countless cortisone shots, tried all sorts of injections, and had a whole wardrobe of braces and contraptions. Fred also had the fluid on his knee drained 18 times that year. That is not a typo. Eighteen times. On the road, he would not always want to wait for the right medical conditions to get the procedure. A sterile environment was a negotiable factor for him at the time. One of the many times he had his knee drained in a locker or hotel room, drain #16, he contracted a staph infection. It was a stubborn infection, and his doctors had a difficult time finding the right combination to treat it effectively— Fred nearly died. Luckily, the doctors finally found a recipe to fight Fred’s life-threatening infection. After that, he realized he was reaching the end of his options for his knee. It was finally time to move forward with total knee replacement. Amazingly, and with his doctor’s blessing, Fred was back on the golf course hitting balls a mere four weeks after surgery. He went straight to the bunker that day—the place where his pain was the worst before the operation, the place where he faced the most pain before the surgery. Twisting in the soft sand was misery. Fred already knew his body was different before he even stepped foot on the course. As he settled into that bunker shot, he already had a gut feeling that the twisting motion would not be a problem. That gut feeling was spot on, and Chubby Checker himself would have been jealous of Fred’s bunker moves that day. There are several joint replacement products out there from which to choose. Fred chose a Stryker knee joint product. He is now an ambassador for Stryker and helps spread the word about what Stryker can offer. One of the perks of the Stryker replacement joint is that that part of the surgery involves the Mako robotic arm to help make precision cuts individually measured and tailored to each person. Joint Destinations— A Unique and Superior Experience

Dr. William Moeller wanted more for his orthopedic patients at Eastside. He knew there was room for improvement, and he had the vision to get there. He gathered his colleagues to structure an entire hospital unit uniformly. Dr. Moeller


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Tommy and his wife and coach, Elizabeth Bettress with Fred Funk.

wanted to standardize care to make it better. All 7-8 doctors who participated in reorganizing the group humbled themselves to a beautifully orchestrated compromise. This team of orthopedic surgeons partnered with the Marshall Steele program to implement best practices in joint replacement surgery at care at Eastside. He and his fellow orthopedic surgeons have an organized procedure from pre-op to discharge. Even beyond that, to both allow for individual preferences of surgeons and also allow the entire department to operate smoothly, with understanding for the progress of care for each patient. The general flow of treatment is standardized, but that does not make it impersonal. In fact, this structure gives the medical team more freedom and confidence to help recognize the specific needs of each patient. When you speak with those who have graduated through Joint Destinations with their new knee or hip, you can tell that they went through a superior process and experience than most who undergo the same surgery. I spoke with Eastside Joint Destinations patient Tommy Bettress and Elizabeth, his surgery coach and wife. Tommy received a total knee replacement due to compromised mobility caused by arthritis. Before the surgery, Tommy would get cortisone shots to help alleviate his chronic knee pain. These shots would help him get by for a month or so, but then the pain would return with relentless force. In his hospital room, Tommy’s excitement about his new knee buzzed throughout the room. He could tell things were different in his knee the moment he emerged from the anesthesia. That familiar stabbing sensation was gone. There was pain from the surgery, but Tommy knew that would subside. Tommy and Elizabeth raved about the entire process, “Everyone has been really great—from the top down. You can just tell that everything is top-notch at every level.” Dr. Moeller performed Tommy’s surgery. When you choose Joint

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Tommy and Elizabeth Bettress with Dr. Moeller.

Destinations at Eastside, you have options. The entire medical team at Joint Destinations will ensure an amazing outcome. Speak with your surgeon about which treatment plan and recovery path may be best for you. You are in good hands and have so much to gain, most significantlymoving well again. The Gift of Expectations

Expectations—they are the ultimate lynchpin for almost everything in life. Unmet expectations ruin relationships and careers. Expectations are the center of every experience. Exceeding expectations can make any experience go from ho-hum to amazing. When you manage expectations effectively, everyone involved benefits. This concept of managing expectations is at the core of the restructured procedures at Eastside’s Joint Destinations. Dr. Moeller, Medical Director of the joint replacement program at Eastside, was the spearhead of the changes in the unit. The new spine and joint unit at Eastside is head and shoulders (and hips and knees) above any other option for complete joint replacement. They have better outcomes with higher patient satisfaction than just about anywhere. Their patients get a consistent quality of care at every juncture of the process. The mandatory pre-op class is where every patient receives their realistic expectations.

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JOINT continued from page 24 The pre-op course is fundamental to the whole program—no class, no surgery. When a patient and doctor at Joint Destinations decide that a complete knee or hip replacement is the best option, the pre-op class will be one of the first steps. In this pre-op class, each patient finds out what is standard throughout the process and what might be cause for concern. A personal coach that you may choose will need to be with you. This coach is usually a spouse, close family member, or fantastic friend. However, if you cannot bring a personal coach with you, or if your coach unavoidably cancels, Joint Destinations has volunteer coaches available. I met a couple of these remarkable volunteers. Trust me when I say that you will not be settling if you use one of the volunteer coaches. These individuals are there because they want to see you through the process and want to encourage. One volunteer, Bill, retired from accounting. He spent his whole career interacting with numbers. Now in his re-

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Joint Destinations volunteer Bill Farris with Fred Funk.

tirement, he gets to nurture people beautifully. In fact, interacting with the people is his favorite part. He recalls 2 of his favorite patients: “One time, within just a couple weeks of each other, we had two ladies in their mid-90s come in for knee replacements. They put everyone to shame. They were walking faster than patients who were not much more than half their age! It got a little competitive spirit fired up in the whole class! Those other patients couldn’t get shown up by a little 95-year-old lady!” In the pre-op class, you will learn that one expectation is to get out of bed and to move the day of your operation. Yes, that same day. Moving your body quickly after surgery is imperative for optimal healing. Giving this information ahead of time lets each patient wrap their head around that expectation. They also cover how the entire process unfolds. Patients get realistic information. A big question that is at the forefront of every patient’s mind facing the decision of having this surgery

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Eastside’s Joint Destination nurses with Fred Funk.

is the pain. What will be the pain of the surgery? How bad will it hurt? They already deal with daily pain. They don’t want to add to it. Pain management is also a significant factor that Dr. Moeller and the Joint Destinations team want to address adequately. Unfortunately, there is an opiate crisis in our country. There are legitimate times for narcotic pain meds. However, there are also emergency rooms and doctor’s offices everywhere inundated with addicts trying to convince any doctor who will listen to give them a prescription to feed their habit. This growing problem puts an enormous strain on how doctors approach pain management. Doctors have people looking over their shoulder every time they prescribe those powerful pain meds. It creates tension in the doctor-patient relationship. To help ease the challenges of using opiate pain medications, the medical team at Joint Destinations uses multi-modalities for pain management. This variety of options helps those who wish to avoid narcotic pain medications altogether. It also helps those who do use them to have a healthy experience and transition smoothly into other possibilities to use longterm. Another important aspect of the Joint Destinations experience is that the unit is self-contained--it is sealed from the rest of the hospital. The staff is exclusive to the unit instead of floating from department to department. These procedures offer two main advantages. First, it reduces spread of infection. With resistant strains becoming a big problem, this approach is precious. The second main advantage is that patients have predictable staff that gives structure, reliability, and comfort. Nothing is more frustrating, especially when recovering from major surgery, than having to start over with someone new at every interaction. Each orthopedic surgeon has a unique care approach, and all of the surgeons on staff with the Joint Destinations program get fantastic results for their patients.

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Fred Funk talks knee replacement and golf with Chris Cawthon. Chris say’s “My knee replacement experience at Eastside’s Joint Destination was fantastic. Dr. Moeller, his staff, the team and volunteers were awesome!”

If a knee or hip replacement is something that you have been putting off, contact the Joint Destinations team at Eastside for more information. Don’t wait too long to get back to living life. However, one last big tip from Fred Funk—when you are considering a joint replacement, do NOT under any circumstance search YouTube videos of the surgery you are considering. Take his word for it. For more information, visit service/total-joint-replacement

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Fred Funk discussing what most in the room understand — bone on bone.


When was the last time?

Joan Miller

The Blind Ladies

When was the last time you pulled up in front of your garage, got out of your car, manually opened the garage-door, got back in your car, drove your car in the garage, and then manually closed it again? When was the last time you got out of your chair, walked up to your TV, and adjusted the channel? Hmmmm… many of us remember those days and many of you more youthful people never had the pleasure! More and more conveniences are becoming available with the trend moving in the direction of Smart Homes. We are becoming like

the Jetsons! With Tablet or Smart Phone and Wi-Fi our heating and air-conditioning, our alarm systems, doorbells, lighting, and on and on can be controlled automatically by pre-setting specific times of day to operate without even touching a button. What if you have windows that need shades? Would you like to have the freedom to operate these shades on a schedule without lifting a finger? No longer are just higher windows out of our reach the only ones that are remotely controlled. One of the added benefits of motorized window coverings is that they are completely child-safe. There are no exposed cords. The window covering industry has come under intense scrutiny because of the strangulation hazards of some corded products. No worries with motorized products. For more information or a free in-home or office consultation, please give Joan a call. 404 918-5288 or

I don’t drink...

Bill York

Nonagenarian Aware of consequences early in life taught me to avoid places where alcoholic beverages are served. I know if a drunk commits a felony I could be considered guilty by association. Decisions made without considering consequences result from flawed mentality. As a kid, I was exposed to the effects of alcohol by my dad who became angry and abusive when intoxicated. The more he drank, the more his personality changed from sociable to combative. First, it was one drink then the second drink then another, and soon he was drunk. As a kid, I saw drunks become aggressively unpredictable, so I left home at age 14 to avoid being cloned. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse, the consumption of alcohol accounts for 88,000 deaths per year in the country. Why anyone would be so obsessed with such unnatural inclinations defies understanding. New York State’s office on Alcohol and Substance abuse indicate 23.9 million Americans are afflicted with the malady. With speeding, texting, and altered mentality it’s easy to understand why so many deadly


automobile accidents occur. Females looking for friends in the wrong places endanger themselves by becoming inebriated among aggressive males. Skimpy attire is dangerously provocative. Breweries and distillers romance their products with parties, showing guests smiling, having a great time; down the hatch, chug-a-lug, a toast to everyone, drink-up, clinking glasses. Cheers! What is not promoted is the history of ramifications from the excessive consumption of brain-numbing substances: wrecks, fist fights, job loss, infidelity, divorce, marital abuse, road rage, injuries, lawyer fees, imprisonment, family estrangement, financial ruin, cirrhosis of the liver, physical and mental incapacitation and suicide. An attorney with whom I played golf invited me to his home for dinner. The first words I heard were, “What can I get you to drink?” I said, “A coke.” “I mean a real drink.” “I don’t drink.” “Hey, you can have one.” “Do I need to forget good judgment to be your guest?” “No, but loosen up, live a little.” I could hear the raucous sounds of gaiety emanating from the den. Through French doors, I could see an amply stocked liquor cabinet. My decision was easy. “Good night, Jack,” Common sense says if you put your hand on a hot stove you will be burned and if you walk too closely behind a skittish horse, you can be kicked and even killed. Bill is a WW II Navy veteran and retired President of York Furs in Buckhead. You can contact him by email at Sioux2222@gmail

Screening for Colon Cancer Q&A

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Adam J. Weinberg, M.D.

Adam J. Weinberg MD Gastroenterologist, Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates 301 Philip Boulevard NW, Suite A Lawrenceville, GA 30046 770-822-5560 New Hampton Place Building 1600 Medical Way, Suite 270 Snellville, GA 30078 770-972-4780 physicians/adam-j-weinberg-md What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer is a cancer that occurs in the colon (large intestine) or the rectum (passageway that connects the colon to the anus). Most colorectal cancers develop over several years from precancerous polyps, which are growths that arise in the lining of the colon. What are the symptoms? Precancerous polyps and early stage colon cancer don’t always cause symptoms, which is why having a

screening test is so important. Some will experience blood in or on the stool, abdominal pain, unintentional weight loss, or a change in bowel habits. Why is colorectal cancer screening important? Colorectal cancer is the #2 cancer killer in the United States. This year more than 50,000 people are expected to die of colorectal cancer, with 136,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year in the US. 1 in 3 American adults are not screened appropriately for colorectal cancer. Screening tests can identify cancers at an early and potentially curable stage. Studies have shown a 90% reduction in colorectal cancer risk following colonoscopy and polyp removal at appropriate intervals. What is a colonoscopy? Colonoscopy is a procedure that allows the doctor to see inside the rectum and entire colon using a long flexible scope with a camera. Tools can be passed through the scope allowing biopsies and removal of polyps, which are sent to a lab to be checked for precancerous features. You must prepare by cleaning out the colon after drinking a liquid medication the evening prior to the procedure. You will be sedated and comfortable with medication, and will need a driver to accompany you home. The American College of Gastroenterology considers colonoscopy the “gold standard” for screening because it is the only test that allows biopsies, and complete removal of a precancerous polyp at the same time it is first identified. Depending on the findings, your doctor will let you know when you are due for your next colonoscopy, which may be in as many as 10 years. When should I first be screened? Every adult should be screened at age 50, and at age 45 if African American. For those with a family history of

colorectal cancer, or other risk factors, screening should start even earlier. Are there other options for screening? Colorectal cancers often release microscopic amounts of blood and abnormal DNA into the stool. Stool testing for blood can be performed yearly, and if positive a colonoscopy would be required. However, because polyps rarely bleed, it is less likely to detect precancerous polyps. Stool DNA testing can be performed every 3 years, and if positive a colonoscopy would be required. Sigmoidoscopy is a partial colonoscopy, in which the scope is only inserted into the rectum and beginning of the left colon (sigmoid colon), performed every 5 years, with a major disadvantage of not being able to visualize the middle or right parts of the colon, which may contain high risk precancerous polyps or cancer. CT colonography uses a CT scanner to x-ray the colon, after undergoing a bowel preparation to clean out the colon, and if abnormal areas are identified a colonoscopy is required. It may not be covered by health insurance plans in the US, and exposes patients to radiation. What is the cost of a screening colonoscopy? A screening colonoscopy may be fully covered by your health insurance, sometimes without a deductible or copay. How can I arrange a screening colonoscopy? Your primary care physician can refer you to a gastroenterologist for a screening colonoscopy. You may also qualify for a direct access screening colonoscopy, after a visit to our website:

May 2018

Dogwood Forest of Grayson Helps Seniors Avoid These Common and Costly Scams As beautiful as this world can be, it can also be very cruel. Often criminals choose to violate those who they deem the most vulnerable and senior adults are often the target. Scams range from phone scams to cyber scams, but more often than not, every scam targeting seniors has one motive: to steal your money. Why Senior Adults? Thieves assume that older people live alone, may be more trusting of others, and that they have a fat nest egg they’ve been saving just for them to come along and steal. Financial scams are more than just costly. They can be life changing especially for a senior who may be retired. Here are 4 scam types to be on the lookout for to protect yourself and your family. Cyber Scams: Today’s society relies heavily on the internet and more than ever we are all susceptible to cyber scams. This is especially true for seniors who may not be as technologically savvy as younger users. Cyber predators are everywhere and they depend on a lack of online discernment. We must all be cautious and vigilant online to minimize our vulnerability. You might have received an email that looks legit. But it could be a scammer asking you to wire funds or send credit card information. The email

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could appear from your utility company, a real estate agent, a business you know or a friend or family member. The correspondence could look just like a legitimate email from any of these individuals or entities. But be on alert if the e-mails are requesting funds or personal information. Tips: Always call the number you know to be real to double check the request. Don’t use numbers provided in the e-mail. Don’t open attachments and click on links. It could be a hacker waiting to retrieve (steal) personal information from your computer or device. Phone Scams: Phone scams are old school cons, but unfortunately they still work and with a new component—cell phone scams, You often see phone scams in the form of bill collection, prizes and awards, free trials, charity donations, credit and loan arrangements and travel packages. Don’t fall for it and hang up immediately. There is a way for scammers to access private data the longer you remain on the phone and engage in conversation. With cell phones, just answering the phone could leave vulnerable. Tips: If you answer the phone and it’s a robocall or a pre-recorded message that sounds like a live person, but isn’t, hang up immediately. Don’t press 1 to speak to anyone. Just hang

up! With cell phones, if you don’t recognize the number, you might want to think twice about answering the phone at all. There have been a numerous scams with cell phone numbers called the “one ring scam.” Scammers allow the phone to ring once to generate a missed call hoping you would return the call. When you call back, they may ask you to hold all while racking up hefty per minute charge including international fees. Don’t answer and don’t call back. Mail Scams: According to the FTC, for years a sweepstakes mail scam was swindling seniors out of their money. Victims would receive letters that appeared official with seals, stamps and identification numbers that would state that they have won millions of dollars. The only thing keeping the victim away from their millions was $20 dollars. They were asked to send $20-$30 by cash, check or money order. However, only the scam artists were getting rich, having said to have collected more than $25 million dollars using this scheme to target and victimize senior adults. Tips: If you are asked to pay before you collect your winning, more than likely this is a scam. You shouldn’t have to pay taxes, shipping and handling or processing fees, so don’t believe them. Don’t send them

money or provide personal financial information like checking account numbers or credit card numbers. Identity Theft: Identity theft is one of the worse fraudulent scenarios to handle. They are an absolute nightmare to clean up and that’s after your entire financial wellbeing has been jeopardized. It’s also very difficult to track down the thief. Tips: Never give out your social security information to anyone you don’t know. Never provide this information over the phone. Shred all financial documents, sensitive mail and credit card solicitations. Monitor your card carefully. Be aware of wait staff at restaurants and sales people. Do not allow people to copy your drivers licensed. They will then have instant access to your address which means easy access to your mail. Have all checks delivered to a PO Box or lock box. Above are just a few of the numerous ways thieves are targeting seniors. While we can’t prevent always prevent people from taking advantage of others, we can perform our due diligence to try and prevent ourselves from becoming victims. To receive more education regarding this topic and similar topics, please contact Dogwood Forest of Grayson at 678-496-2319.

Riders can now access free Wi-Fi with Gwinnett County Transit By Staff Reports The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners recently approved the purchase of equipment to make Wi-Fi available on Gwinnett County Transit’s entire bus fleet. This free amenity is now available on all GCT buses for patrons with WiFi enabled mobile devices. “We are excited to add this feature to our transit vehicles,” said Karen Winger, director of the Gwinnett County Transit Division. “The Wi-Fi connection will allow our customers to stay connected while they enjoy their stress-free transit ride.” Riders will have the opportunity to log in to the open network for access to their favorite entertainment, public service information, emails and more. Wi-Fi is available to all customers on commuter express, local and paratransit vehicles. For easy access, login instructions will be made available on Gwinnett County Transit’s buses via decals and on the website Gwinnett County Transit currently operates five commuter express routes using the managed lane on I-85, six local routes to connect neighborhoods, businesses, educational and leisure opportunities, and paratransit service for individuals who qualify. For additional information visit www. or call Gwinnett County Transit Customer Service at 770-822-5010.


Cut From the Same Cloth

Katie Hart Smith From the Heart

I tasked myself to reupholster my kitchen chairs a few months ago. I gathered my sewing supplies, hammer, tacks, and a staple gun. With the ideal fabric selected and no set design ironed out, I let my creative mind wander. A vision unfolded. I placed the fabric under the foot of the sewing machine and pressed the foot pedal to the desired speed.


When I came to the corner of the fabric, I instinctively mitered the corner, kept the sewing machine needle penetrated through the material, raised the foot, and pivoted the fabric ninety-degrees, making a perfect right angle. I lowered the foot and continued to hem the fabric. Through the rhythmic hum of the machine, I thought to myself, how did I know to do that? My Grandma “Gigi” and Mom taught me how to sew when I was five years old. Gigi was frugal. Raised in the Depression Era, she saved everything. Nothing, absolutely nothing went to waste. From rubber bands to twisty ties, glass pickle jars to paper and plastic bags, and even scraps of old clothes were turned into quilts. Mom would pick up Gig’s left-over fabrics and let me practice on her sewing machine, making shirts, pillows, and blankets for my dolls.

While Gigi and Mom were instrumental in teaching me how to sew, another influential woman in my life taught me about business ethics, customer relations, and provided lessons in the home-made culinary arts. My Grandma Hart was a savvy business woman who helped run the Bausback Fertilizer Company; a family-owned company started in the mid-1800’s that specialized in rendering dead livestock, located in Shelbyville, Indiana. Sound glamorous? Oh, it was. It was there where I learned that from snout to tail, every part of the expired farm animal could be recycled and sold for a myriad of uses that ranged from cosmetics to glue. The hides were shipped to Italy so the leather could be manufactured into furniture, shoes, and accessories. I loved spending my summers helping her in the office, answering phone calls, typing and mailing letters, and weighing the stock trucks. The main office was located in a white house nestled off of an old country road next to the Big Blue River. I even served as her sou chef in the kitchen where she cooked breakfasts and lunches for her sons and brothers who were employed at Bausback’s for decades. Almost fifty years later, molded by the hands of my grandmas and Mom, I was cut from their cloth. I am a cumulation of their life teachings. As I finished sewing the kitchen chair covers and upholstered them, I felt grateful to Mom for spending time with me to teach me this craft. When I wrap Gigi’s quilt around me at night, I don’t see swatches of multi-colored fabrics, but I see my Mom’s blue prom dress, Grandpa’s gray wool suit and red cotton shirt, and Gigi’s plaid skirt and navy blue velvet dress. When I am cooking in the kitchen and reach for Grandma Hart’s avocado green hand mixer, I think about how my butterscotch pie complete with a mile-high meringue topping could even try to compare to hers. And, it doesn’t... and I learned that if you don’t let it set long enough, you have to use a spoon to slurp up the filling. It’s the little things that cause me to pause, remember their influence and smile. I am thankful for their nurturing spirits and love. “All I am or can be I owe to my angel Mother.” ~ Abraham Lincoln I extend to you a very Happy Mother’s Day. About Katie Hart Smith Katie Hart Smith’s column, “From the Heart,” touches the heart, inspires, and entertains. Smith, a published author for over twenty years, believes that words, written or spoken, have power. To learn more, visit



One building lot left in CHARLESTON HEIGHTS subdivision in Walton County! 2.3 acres in a beautiful small established upscale subdivision. Very convenient to 316 and Highway 78.


Call Mimi Rutledge at Byer Realty for more information at 678-776-2820.

a low voltage control company, is looking for helpers and experienced technicians. Pay according with experience.

(770) 554-0427

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2017 Miss Gwinnett County Pageant winners Miss Gwinnett County: A’Leah Burrell 1st Runner up: Torianna Thomas Wilson Swimsuit Preliminary Winner: Taylor Lorin Brooks Talent Preliminary Winner: A’Leah Burrell Miss Gwinnett’s Oustanding Teen: Julia Rutland Baby Miss Gwinnett: Bryxton Hansard 1st Runner up: Bradlee Rae Sorrells 2nd Runner up:Addelyn Brewer 3rd Runner up:Mackenzie Ann Kaufman Photogenic: Addelyn Brewer Gwinnett’s Toddler Miss: Isabella Aparicio 1st Runner up: Mia Anne Ellithorpe 2nd Runner up: Maddie Shaw 3rd Runner up: Emma Grace Osborne Photogenic: Mia Anne Ellithorpe Gwinnett’s Wee Miss: Rylan Dunn 1st Runner up: Faith Millican 2nd Runner up: Skylar Carbine 3rd Runner up: Elizabeth Donarski Photogenic: Elizabeth Donarski Gwinnett’s Tiny Miss: Arielle Urquhart 1st Runner up: Raya Dunn 2nd Runner up: Kimberly Anne Whisenant 3rd Runner up: Marilynd Reed 4th Runner up: Payton Clack Photogenic: Arielle Urquhart

Gwinnett’s Little Miss: Audrey Threat 1st Runner up: Avery Cole 2nd Runner up: Carmah Allen 3rd Runner up: Danika Wood Photogenic: Dahlia Iris Sheeter Gwinnett’s Young Junior Miss: Emma Pittman 1st Runner up: Gracie Bruce 2nd Runner up: Macey Hannon Photogenic: Macey Hannon Gwinnett’s Young Miss: Angelina Macon 1st Runner up: Kayli Copeland 2nd Runner up: Reagan Nash 3rd Runner up: Whitley Carraway 4th Runner Up: Maya Pollen Photogenic: Angelina Macon

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Miss Gwinnett County: A’Leah Burrell

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Miss Gwinnett’s Oustanding Teen: Julia Rutland

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Baby Miss Gwinnett: Bryxton Hansard

Gwinnett’s Junior Miss: Abigail Hilliard 1st Runner up: Devin Gallagher 2nd Runner up: Loryn Liechty 3rd Runner up: Zaria Walker Photogenic: Loryn Liechty Gwinnett’s Teen Miss: Lexie Martin 1st Runner Up: Deliah Jane Lucille Haney Photogenic: Deliah Jane Lucille Haney Miss Gwinnett’s Queen: Carmah Allen

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Good luck Queens at the Miss Georgia Pageant

Gwinnett’s Toddler Miss: Isabella Aparicio

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Gwinnett’s Wee Miss: Rylan Dunn

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Gwinnett’s Tiny Miss: Arielle Urquhart

Miss Gwinnett County A’Leah Burrell and Miss Gwinnett’s Outstanding Teen Julia Rutland are our scholarship pageant winners this year that will be competing in June at the Miss Georgia Pageant and Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen, a preliminary to Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.

A’Leah Burrell Miss Gwinnett County

A’Leah is a Junior at Columbia Southern University pursuing a degree in Homeland Security. At the Miss Georgia Pageant she will be competing in evening gown, swimsuit, talent, onstage question, and private interview. A’Leah will be singing the broadway vocal “They Just Keep Movin’ the Line” for her talent. She has had many years of vocal training in classical, pop, and broadway styles. Her Platform if the Power of Dance. A’Leah began dancing at the age of 2 and danced competitively from the age of 6 until she graduated high school at the age of 17. She continues to use her dance training as a dance instructor at Carla’s Dance factory in Fayetteville, Georgia where she teaches recreational classes and the contemporary team.

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Gwinnett’s Little Miss: Audrey Threat

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Gwinnett’s Young Junior Miss: Emma Pittman

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Gwinnett’s Young Miss: Angelina Macon

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Miss Gwinnett County: A’Leah Burrell

Julia Rutland

Miss Gwinnett County’s Outstanding Teen Julia is a rising Junior at Model High School in Rome, Georgia. She will be competing in June in Columbus, Georgia for the Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen title which is part of the Miss America OrganiSpecial Photo left

Miss Gwinnett’s Oustanding Teen: Julia Rutland

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Gwinnett’s Junior Miss: Abigail Hilliard

Gwinnett’s Teen Miss: Lexie Martin

zation. The competition includes interview, evening gown, onstage question, fitness, and talent. Julia will be performing a Jazz Dance to the song “Sparkling Diamonds” for her talent. Each contestant must

also have a platform that they are involved in. Julia’s Platform, Bubblegum to Bifocals, is about building a bridge to connect senior adults and teenagers.

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Miss Gwinnett’s Queen: Carmah Allen


What is real love?

Jonathan Howes

Lead Pastor Graystone Church What is real love? There are so many different kinds of love, and there are so many different levels of love. Many of us love food. This is evident in my 200-pound frame. I talk about food so much during my sermons that church members bring me food on Sunday. We love our favorite sports team. We all have different college teams that we love, but I think we can all agree on the Atlanta Braves. We love the Braves. Some people love their pets. Some of us love dogs, and some of us love cats. I think it’s common knowledge that all dogs go to heaven, and all cats go to hell. I’m only kidding. I love cats, especially the big ones, like Bengal tigers. There is the love for a boyfriend or a girlfriend. There is the love for a child or a grandchild. There is the love for a sibling or friend. There is the love between a husband and a wife. What is real love? The Apostle John, who was actually known as the disciple whom Jesus loved, teaches us about love in his first epistle. In 1 John 3:16, he writes, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for


our brothers and sisters.” John says that real love is sacrificial love. Jesus Christ is the example of sacrificial love, and he laid his life down for us. I think we hear about God’s love for us and Jesus’ death on the cross so much that it has lost its meaning. God, our Heavenly Father, loves us so much that he sent his son to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16). Real love is sacrificial love. And because Jesus Christ laid his life down for us, we ought to lay our lives down for our brothers and sisters. John goes on to teach in verse 17 how we can show sacrificial love for one another. He shares in 1 John 3:17, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” If any of us has material possessions, and we do. We live in the wealthiest country in the world. If your combined household income is $50,000 or more, you are in the top 2% of the wealthiest people in the world. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother or sister in need and does not help them, how can the love of God be in him? This is a very convicting Bible verse. If God’s love is in us, and God has blessed us with material possessions, then we need to help those in need. We should have pity on them. In our world today, there are over 700 million people living in extreme poverty. Their families are living off of less than $2 a day. And we have the material possession or means to help them. Our church has recently partnered with Compassion International. For $38 a month, we can release a child from poverty in the name of Jesus. $38 a month provides food, clothing, medical needs and education. Not only does

Compassion meet the child’s physical needs, but the sponsorship meets his or her spiritual needs. Every Compassion Project is connected to a local church where the kids learn the Bible and have an opportunity to come to know Jesus personally. The members of Graystone Church recently sponsored over 600 kids through Compassion International. Over 600 kids are being released from poverty in the name of Jesus. And I want to encourage you to sponsor a child through Compassion International. John closes his teaching in 1 John 3:18 with, “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” Real love is not simply loving with our words, but it is taking action. It is not simply feeling sorry for someone in need, but it is doing something about it. Real love takes action. I want to encourage you today to go to and sponsor a child. Through your small gift of $38 a month, you can demonstrate real love and change a child’s life for all eternity. Jonathan Howes has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Jacksonville State University and a Master in Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the lead pastor for Graystone Church. Locations include the Ozora Campus: 1551 Ozora Road Loganville, GA 30052, the Walton Campus: 723 N Broad St Monroe, GA 30655 and the Oconee Campus: 1275 Lenru Road Bogart, GA 30622. Phone: (770) 466-3159 Email: Website: Blog: Twitter: @JohnnyHowes

May 2018

Your Green: Financial Words of Wisdom for Graduates!

Roger Green, MSFS,CFP ® Green Financial Resources

Time is money—literally. For a recent graduate, time might also seem like an abundant resource, with many thinking they have plenty of time to save for their future – later. The traps of bad credit and debt snare many unsuspecting young adults and cling to their financial history for years. Here are some financial tips to help those starting out in their independent adult lives whether graduating from high school or college: ~Set goals for yourself. Financial goals help keep you focused and help you decide where you really want to go. ~Create an emergency fund. Be prepared for the unexpected financial challenge. Before you begin investing, set aside at least 3 months living expenses (including car payments, bills, entertainment, etc…) to protect you should you lose your job or suffer some unexpected health issue that affects your ability to work. ~Set up an automatic payroll deposit into an investment or savings account. Get used to living on a percentage of what

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you actually take home – and put the rest into an investment account or a savings account. This works in your favor because it removes the temptation to spend the money and helps you develop good saving habits. This is what they mean when you hear “pay yourself first”. ~Protect yourself from risk. It is critical to make sure you have at least catastrophic medical insurance coverage no matter how healthy you believe you are. Review your situation to determine what other areas could be financially devastating without insurance protection and seek coverage. ~Use credit wisely. The credit record you establish now will either help you or haunt you for years. Bad credit will cost you tremendously over time by forcing you to pay higher interest for loans and credit cards; potentially disqualifying you from buying a home, and by preventing you from obtaining funding should you decide to go into business for yourself. If you have student loans, make sure you are making payments on them as required. Make more than the minimum payment on your credit cards, or pay them off in full monthly. Pull your credit report for review at least annually. Live within your means. Don’t spend money you don’t have, and learn to separate your true needs from your wants and desires. Put your attention toward meeting your needs and responsibilities first. ~Carefully weigh the decision to use student loans - If starting college and considering using student loans to attend a more expensive college than you can afford, carefully consider the long-term impact of that debt on your adult lifestyle. Think about what you could be doing in

your future with the money you will be paying for years on your student loans. Is it really worth having to pay chunks of your income toward student loans every month for many years after you graduate? How will that impact your ability to live the adult life you imagine for yourself? Would it be wise to find ways to lower your overall college expenses to lessen the impact of loans on your future. One solution could be to consider a community college or instate school for at least your first two years of college. There are many ways to lessen your college expenses, starting with maintaining good grades in high school. ~We caution parents about co-signing for student loans. LendEDU, an online marketplace for student loans and refinancing recently did a survey and found that nearly 57% of parents said their credit score has been negatively affected by co-signing for a student loan, and 58% said their children have asked them for help making payments. The survey said that 34% of parents responded that co-signing has hurt their ability to qualify for their own mortgages, auto loans, and other types of financing. ~Max out your company’s 401K. Participate in any 401k or similar retirement plan your employer offers. If they match your contributions, put in enough to get the full amount they will match, as this is free money! If your employer doesn’t offer a 401(k), ask them why. We can help a small business establish a plan for their employees. If you are in a 401(k) plan, make sure you have selected diversified funds within the account – don’t put all your eggs in one basket, especially the employer stock basket. For most people, this is the best way to start investing for your future. ~If you are ready to settle down, and

have a stable income or expect continued income growth, consider buying instead of renting. Housing prices and interest rates are both low, but rising, making now a good time for many to become home owners. Make sure you are ready to take on the responsibility for the time and expense of caring for and maintaining your home inside and out. If you are truly ready, then home ownership also may provide you with mortgage interest tax deductions and the opportunity to build equity in real estate. ~Learn the power of growth and start early. Even relatively small amounts of money can grow into an impressive figure if you start now. With 40+ years before retirement on your side, you have time to grow your assets through compounding and investment earnings potentially achieved through growth-oriented equity investments. No 401k plan offered at work or wanting to establish investments outside of your 401k? Consult a financial professional about setting up an IRA, Roth IRA or other type of investment account and start investing now for long-term growth. To further convince you of the power of growth, you’d have to save almost $29,000 a year or about $2417 a month for 35 years to have a million dollars for retirement in the absence of compounded growth on your assets. With growth, you can potentially have $1million in 35 years by saving less than half the monthly amount – only $1094 monthly if you achieve a 4% growth rate on your investments. Or you can potentially achieve a $1million portfolio within a much shorter 15 years by saving $2890 monthly at a higher 8% rate of return. Compounded growth makes a big difference over time. See the

chart below for more examples of how you can potentially reach a million dollars with these monthly investment amounts: Yrs to $1 Million




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Note: These examples are for illustrative purposes only, and the rates of return are hypothetical and do not represent the returns of any particular investment, but you can see the impact of being able to achieve growth on your investments, as well as the benefits of starting as early as possible. A financial professional can help you determine the mix of investments that may help you increase the odds of achieving your financial goals through growth ~Put “surprise” cash into savings. If you come into extra or unexpected money – a company bonus, a holiday gift from a relative, an inheritance, or all that graduation money you have rolling in - always set aside at least a portion for your future. If you are looking to get started early with a long-term investment plan, and a focus on your financial future, we can help. Contact 770.931.1414 to schedule a free consultation to review your situation in person, or visit our website at Roger S. Green is a Registered Representative of Cetera Advisors LLC, member FINRA/SIPC, with his office located at 3700 Crestwood Parkway, Suite 140, Duluth, GA 30096


Sebastian Soler

Volunteers: Putting Time and Talents to Good Use

By Staff Reports When we first ran this story in 2016, Sebastian Soler, an avid film maker and music composer, was a 7th Grader at Crews Middle School. Now, he’s a Freshman at Brookwood HS. With lots of work and dedication, he made the HS Tennis Team and has maintained his commitment to the creative arts while making great grades, qualifying for Beta Club and navigating this exciting new phase of his life. This past April 16th, Sebastian attended an awards ceremony for Freshmen and Sophomores, where he received an Academic Letter and High Honors for Music Technology. His compositions made it onto the 2017 Christmas and 2018 Spring Albums for the school’s Music Tech Department headed by Dr. Chris Costigan, Director of Jazz Studies and Music Technology at Brookwood High School, and he has started 2018 with a bang: On March 3rd, Sebastian participated and placed for the third year in a row in the 2018 Teen Film Challenge presented by the Gwinnett Public Library and East2West Media Group. They had $1,000 in awards. He presented two stop-motion movies (Pirate Skirmish and Homemade Racing) and was nominated in four categories. He won for Best Sound and Design and got second place for Best Picture (the winner was a Brookwood HS Senior ). He also won $200!! His first “paycheck” as a film-maker. Sebastian also represented Brookwood High School at the State Level Reflections Competition for


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Sebastian Soler, Brookwood High School Freshman.

Film/Video Production AND for Music Composition on March 18th at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Theater (he won at the County level for both categories). He will be starting Theater next school year under the guidance of Leann Hedrick, from the Fine Arts Department. She’s a Brookwood High School Teacher of the Year and STAR teacher. An amazing role model. Sebastian has a very strong support system around him and he’s blessed to be surrounded by great, inspiring teachers and mentors who have taken the time to encourage and inspire him. He pays it forward by volunteering with the Intramural Tennis Program at Crews Middle in Lawrenceville, a free program started by his uncle, Carlos Soler, a professional tennis coach, and two pillars of the Crews Middle staff: Mr Roderick Hames and Coach Frank Hedrick.

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Sebastian and his mom, Ana, at a recent awards ceremony.

We really look forward to following this young man in this exciting journey through High School and beyond. With the support of our amazing Gwinnett community, the sky’s the limit!

Charlotte J. Nash

County Business

The adage “when you want to get something done, ask a busy person to do it” came to mind last month while I was attending a volunteer recognition program at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Our Department of Community Services honored 32 individuals and 48 groups who volunteered a total of 875,000 hours in the health, senior services, animal control, elections, and parks and recreation divisions. The other 11 County departments and many elected officials’ offices use volunteers, too. I figured out that 875,000 hours equals almost 100 years of non-stop, round-the-clock, 24/7 volunteering. Lois Allen – our “invisible volunteer” – put in a lot of those hours. She went home with two President’s Lifetime Achievement Awards that night – one for her work with the Gwinnett Parks Foundation and another as an individual. She was not alone receiving the lifetime achievement award that recognizes individuals and groups for completing 4,000 hours in their lifetime, but she also received the department’s Shining Star Award. Lois Allen is truly a busy person who believes in giving back to the people and places she loves. Lois is a great example of how

volunteers help your County government provide services above and beyond what we could do alone. Thanks to the fundraising events organized by the Gwinnett Parks Foundation, the County has been able to maintain and upgrade all sorts of parks equipment and facilities. Parks volunteers help plant trees or clear invasive vegetation at 50 parks and historic sites. They work in “park’nership” with local businesses and their employees to make a difference right here in Gwinnett. If you’re too busy or don’t have time to help, you’re probably just the sort of person we need. A few years ago, we set up a website, www., where people can find and sign up for volunteer opportunities all over Gwinnett County. You can offer to help at a single event or on an ongoing basis. The site takes both individuals and groups, too. Volunteering is a perfect way to meet people and have fun while doing something worthwhile. A warning though – it is habit-forming. So whenever you want to feed that habit, you can sign up to pull litter out of streams, recycle old tires, plant trees and flowerbeds, spread mulch, organize youth athletic leagues, keep score, sell hot dogs, feed shelter cats and dogs, work a fun run, teach a kid to fish, or any of the hundreds of other volunteer opportunities you’ll find at Our goal is to log a million hours of volunteer service in Gwinnett County every year. Last year our volunteers gave an impressive 1.7 million hours of their time to county government and partner groups, so we may need to increase our goal! We’re definitely asking for your help again this year. All you have to do is step up and say yes.

May 2018

The Middle

Ella Thomas

Brookwood High School

My sophomore year has nearly drawn to a close, meaning that I am half-way done with high school (already!). Now, at this point, I can

either see the glass as half-full or half-empty and that usually just depends on the day. On the positive side of things, I have only two more years until I can graduate and pursue whatever dream I am chasing at that time. However, there are many things about the high school life that keep me grounded and satisfied here. So, seeing as my second year in high school is almost over, now is the perfect time to reflect on all of the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a sophomore. First, the good. The best thing about being a sophomore is that you are no longer a freshman. Not that there is anything wrong with being a naïve newbie in the school, but

it’s definitely nice not having that title anymore. There is a hierarchy between the classes, and while it is very discrete between the other classes, the gap between sophomores and freshmen is quite large. Looking back at the freshmen from the perspective of a higher classman, all of their drama just seems so frivolous. I know that that is not true, because I was in their shoes only last year, but I find it a little hard not to feel that way. Second, the bad. I have very few complaints about this year, but if I were forced to name one, it would be that it seems to be the most stagnant year. It’s almost like being the middle child of the school. The

seniors are all excited to graduate and start their lives, the juniors are making plans for college and the future, the freshmen are starting at a new school, and then there are the sophomores. We can’t call ourselves upperclassmen, and the term “lower classmen” just seems degrading at this point. So, therefore, we are simply the sophomores. And finally, the ugly. The hardest part of being a sophomore is that you know more people who are graduating. As a freshman, I wasn’t very attached to many people who were leaving. Besides, I had only been at this school for a year, how could I have gotten that close. But this year it is totally different. There

are so many people that have become like family to me, especially on color guard. It is going to be hard to see them go, and the team and the school won’t be quite the same without them. However, I am so excited to see what the future has in store for them, and everything that they will accomplish in the coming years. It is hard to imagine that next year; I will be the age I was when I met them! Ella Thomas is a sophomore at Brookwood High School.

TEENS continued from page 1 such as family problems, the death of a loved one, academic challenges, meeting the expectations of teachers and parents, loss of a friendship, moving to a new city, school or state. External stress can also be positive events in a teenager’s life, such as the birth of a sibling, starting middle or high school, learning to drive, beginning a part-time job, going on a first date, or anticipating the start of college. Internal anxiety is caused by a teenager’s concern about his or her external anxiety and the way it makes him or her feel. In other words, internal anxiety is something chosen and can be very difficult to control because to do so he or she must begin to think differently. Thoughts of a teenager can include, “What is wrong with me?”, “What if I fail?”, “What if I do or say something stupid?”, “No one likes me.”, “I’m ugly.”, “I’m fat.”, “I can’t control my temper with my sibling.”, “I have disappointed my parents.”, “I will never amount to anything.”, “What if I go crazy?”, “Why can’t I be smart like everybody else?, “No one will ever love me.”, “Why can’t I control my thoughts?”. All of these thoughts can turn into beliefs by the teenager about him or herself and can subsequently damage their self-concept. Since external anxiety is in everyone’s lives, including that of teenagers’, as teachers, coaches, parents, aunts, uncles, neighbors or some other adult mentor in their lives, we can teach them that they can choose to be less affected by events in their lives that cause their anxiety and stress by learning how to control their internal dialogue. If a teenager’s internal anxiety gets out of control, he or she can get into lots of trouble. It is from internally generated anxiety that they can become obsessive and carried away in their thoughts, which results in untrue thoughts and increased body symptoms; such as panic attacks, racing heart, shaking, trembling, sweating, feeling like they are going crazy, nausea, dizziness, and other scary body sensations. Students must

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Carol Wood

Total Learning Concepts

learn to stop and give themselves permission to have externally generated anxiety and then tell themselves why they are having it and then let it pass. By not being afraid of these body sensations, they will gradually lessen along with their anxiety.

nis, shoot hoops, organize your book bag, go to the gym, clean out a closet, walk, talk to a friend, take the dog for a walk, brush and pet the cat, etc. Do something! 6) Let time pass and try to humor yourself with the way you are feeling. Learn to not take yourself too seriously. It will take some time and lots of practice to begin to control the amount of anxiety a teenager is feeling. The only way to stop fearing panic and anxiety attacks is to experience them. Work through them and begin to see that they won’t hurt you. It is important to seek a professional whose specialty is counseling teenagers experiencing extreme, stress, anxiety and depression. The Anxiety and Depression Association

of America or ADAA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders through education, practice, and research. Their website is where you can become better educated about this challenge. Professionals in your community can also be located through their website. Carol Wood is the Founder & CEO of Total Learning Concepts, Inc. Visit www.totallearningconcepts. com for information about their tutorial and test preparation services. For more information about Total Learning Concepts, Inc., please call 770-381-5958 or visit their website at

Tips for Teenagers: 1) Accept and recognize that you are feeling anxious. Accept the way your body feels and the symptoms of anxiety as a sign that something is bothering you. Know that this is normal. 2) Give yourself permission to feel anxious about whatever is bothering you. 3) Breathe slowly and deeply. Slowly breathe in through your nose and hold for 10 seconds and then slowly exhale for 10 seconds. Do this for 60 seconds. 4) Talk to yourself with positive and truthful dialogue, such as; “it’s just anxiety, it will go away in a little bit.”, “I will not lose control.”, “I can continue with what I was doing even if I feel a little spaced out or weird.”, “It won’t hurt me.”, “I am not the only person who has ever felt this way.”, “Many other teenagers are feeling this same way as I am right now.”, “I have not always felt this way.”, “I used to be able to do certain things and I will again.” 5) Get busy with something that will distract you away from your feeling of anxiety. When in a state of anxiety, your body is like a car whose accelerated is pressed and stuck to the floor, so get out there and move and exert some energy. Jog, play ten-


HEALTH continued from page 1 20,000 people/year. With the rise in population, came the expansion of diversity. Did you know there are over 100 languages spoken in Gwinnett County Schools? Healthcare Milestones and Hurdles Massive healthcare changes were seen in the 1980’s that ranged from the HIV-AIDS epidemic to missing children’s pictures appearing on milk cartons, to the first generation of latchkey kids. The biggest technological advances included the im-

plantation of the artificial heart, the implantation of a heart from another species in a human (Baby Fae), genetic mapping - used to identify genes that are responsible for diseases, and reproductive technology. During the decade, there was also greater recognition of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia. Consumer safety was spotlighted as a result of product tampering in over-the-counter products and high mortality rates from motor vehicle accidents. Georgia’s first seatbelt law

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passed in 1988 and even then, children could sit in the front seat of the car. While patents for passenger air bags in cars and trucks dating back to the 1950s, they were first used in vehicles in the mid-1970s. Over twenty years later on September 1, 1998, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 required that all cars and light trucks sold in the United States have air bags on both sides of the front seat. In the 1980s, nationally, hospitals were no longer being seen as a function of community “services,” like police and fire, but rather evolved to mimic that of a corporate business model. Marketing and advertising became paramount to their success and survival. When I looked at the major factors affecting the healthcare changes over the nearly four decades, three issues stood out - financial viability, access to care, and seeing a paradigm shift in the healthcare model, from the disease management model to one of health promotion/disease pre-


vention. In the 1980s, healthcare costs soared and spiraled out of control. As a result, many hospitals, nation-wide, were corporatized and healthcare management organizations (HMOs) proliferated to mitigate costs to the consumer. In 1983, Medicare introduced a payment system for hospitals known as Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs). In addition, hospital-based services were privatized or outsourced in an effort to reduce costs. Milestone legislative changes in healthcare included: expanding Medicaid to children with disabilities who required institutional care, but could be cared for at home, referred to as the Katie Beckett option (1982); mandating hospitals participating in Medicaid to screen and stabilize all patients who use their emergency rooms regardless of the patient’s ability to pay (Emergency Medical Treatment Labor Act, 1986); and allowing employees who lost their jobs to retain their healthcare plans for eighteen months post-employment (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, 1986), commonly referred to as COBRA. In 1987, the Census Bureau began collecting data on the number of people with health insurance coverage in the United States, concluding 31 million were uninsured (13% of the population). In 2016, approximately 27.3 million people (8.6% of the population) lacked health insurance coverage according to the American Community Survey data. Access to care was crucial. The trend for families in the 1980s that continues to the present day was that the general population moved outside of the metropolitan service area. How was a municipal-based hospital to meet the needs of its patients? Typically, hospitals develop a “hub and spoke” model of care where the hospital served as the main base of operations for surgical and in-patient care, while out-patient services and clinics were developed and provided in areas with the greatest need, thereby providing consumers with convenience to care. Over the years, urgent care centers, drug store-based medical care, and culturally-specific medical offices that care for the entire family emerged. Nearly forty years ago, access to medical information was limited to medical books and articles which were in hard-copy form. With the introduction of the world-wide-web in 1991, the healthcare consumer now uses technology via smartphones and computers to gain knowledge real-time without having to travel to a library or bookstore. Patient’s medical records have evolved from pen and paper to electronic records. Healthcare professionals have immediate access to a patient’s medical health history, lab results, and diagnostic image interpretations via the computer. The paradigm shift in the medical management of patients, from the disease management model to health promotion/disease prevention

is still a new concept for this country. Obesity prevention, exercise, nutrition, alternative medicine, health and well-being are topics of focus in medical care and are included in the overall healthcare management of a patient’s treatment plan. Thoughts to consider for the future of healthcare As the projected population for Gwinnett County continues to grow, the infrastructure needs to accommodate the health and safety needs of the community. Ratios of residents to police, fire, healthcare professionals, in-patient and out-patient professional and medical resources, based on national averages, are factored in the overall assessment. Other factors to consider for the future of healthcare in Gwinnett County and beyond include: • Removing barriers to access mental and behavioral healthcare • Addressing cultural and language barriers • Educating consumers to increase health awareness and change behaviors • Embracing alternative health options (i.e., acupuncture, massage, etc.) • Empowering patients toward self-care, such as tracking steps with pedometers, using fitness tracking electronic devices, healthy eating habits, monitoring dietary intake and calorie counting via technology (smartphones) • Training and educating future healthcare professionals • Utilizing technology to have interactions and communicate with a physician/allied healthcare provider through use of Facetime, telemedicine, boutique medicine (“housecalls”), advice lines, photos, videos, and texts • Re-evaluating a community’s traffic patterns and how they affect ambulances, first responders, and patients access and convenience to care • Monitoring local, state, and federal legislative changes • Educating the public about emergency preparedness (natural disaster or acts of terrorism) and affecting changes in the individual, family, business, city, and county level. You play a key role in your health and well-being. Health and public safety issues range from the water we drink, foods we eat, to the air we breathe. Healthcare is personal. It is established in the 1:1 relationship between the medical provider and their patient, and yet extends beyond the four walls of the hospital. Positive changes for the overall health and well-being of a community range from access to emergent and routine medical care to the development of sidewalks and recreational parks to promote family and group leisure activities, and can also be addressed through volunteerism (clinics or disaster relief), public service, civic leadership, and legislation in order to make our community healthier and safer in the decades to come.

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South: Gwinnett Citizen May 2018  

South Gwinnett Citizen May 2018. Local community news covering Snellville, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, and Loganville

South: Gwinnett Citizen May 2018  

South Gwinnett Citizen May 2018. Local community news covering Snellville, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, and Loganville