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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Weathering the Winter issue

Welcome to winter or maybe we can call this early spring. Even with the rain, the weather has been surprising warm after the holiday snowstorms. Both MLK Service Project and Mead road Mardi Gras Parade survived the winter weather unscathed. We have some great photos of these events in this issue. You will also enjoy the cover story on the fantastically fun Erin Smith. Dr. Black updates you on the Flu in this issue and Margie Archer provides financial tips for your growing family. Of course the goats were the big story in Oakhurst! They seemed to enjoy the weather for their 10-day visit to Agnes Scott College. Now we can look forward to great weather for the upcoming festivals: Oakhurst Wine Crawl March 3; Tour deCatur March 10; Touch-a-Truck March 17; and the annual Easter Egg Hunt March 24. As we roll into spring remember to come out to the Oakhurst Jazz Nights in April. We hope you enjoy the magazine. —Anne Clarke, publisher/owner The Oakhurst VILLAGE Magazine is written by neighbors; for neighbors. Please email your story ideas to OakhurstMag@gmail. com or call directly 404-587-7887. We publish bi-monthly and are happy to hear about local news, accomplishments, events and anything you find interesting!

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CITY NEWS: STATE OF DECATUR ADDRESS

Mayor Garrett address at DBA meeting By Anne Clarke Anne.Clarke@me.com The Decatur Business Association (DBA) hosted the annual State of the City Address on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Decatur Conference Center. Kyle Williams, president of the DBA introduced Mayor Patti Garrett who presented the City employee Service Awards before presenting her city address. Terra Brown, Cheryl Burnette, Gerald Knotts, William Woodruff and Willie Walker were recognized for 15 years of service. Andrea Arnold, Timothy Karolyi, Janet Kindelberger, Michael Nalley, and Tylas Stephens were recognized for 20 years of service. Lori Bell was recognized for 30 years of service. Glenda Lee was recognized for 35 years of service and Hugh Saxon was recognized for 40 years of service with the City of Decatur. Mayor Garrett then introduced Annie Caiola, who, as Board Chair for City of Decatur Schools (CSD), highlighted its progress starting with 96 percent graduation rate. There are a total of 5776 students is CSD Enrollment which is growth of 5.6 percent. Decatur High and Renfroe Middle have completed building phases and will showcase the new classrooms, cafeteria and media/entertainment rooms in the spring. The

Left: City of Decatur employees honored for 20 years of service. Right: Kyle Williams, President of the Decatur Business Association. (Photos by Anne Clarke) new Tally Street 3-5 Academy is scheduled to open in 2019. All of these construction projects are part of the $75 million bond voters approved in 2015. Caiola also expressed that Dr. Lillie Huddleston, who was hired as the Equity Director for CSD, is making strides in addressing the racial disparities in academic achievement. Mayor Garrett went on to highlight the achievements in the city from the bike

and walk-ability awards to the events, tree planting and construction projects. “I think we get’ur done in Dec’tur,” she laughingly stated with a play on words. She mentioned the first heated pool that is now open in Oakhurst, the two hybrid pedestrian beacons with a third to be installed on Scott Blvd., the public art Continued on page 7

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CITY NEWS: STATE OF DECATUR ADDRESS Continued from page 6 installations, the affordable housing, and the building awards. Decatur public works department, including police and fire, were thanked for their service through Hurricane Irma and the recent snow days. Mayor Garrett was proud to mention the SPLOST funding passed by voters in November which will provide for existing improvements to the fire station, bicycle and pedestrian crossings, traffic calming and much more. The Avondale Marta East College Decatur project will have 92 senior affordable units and 288 market rate units is under construction. There will be connections to the Stone Mountain PATH, the East Decatur Greenway and the new United Methodist Children’s Home property that the city purchased. Mayor Garrett emphasized the $40 million dollar purchase of that 77 acre property as a great windfall for the city. “The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMC) property is worth that

City Manager Peggy Merriss (left) pictured with the City of Decatur employees that were honored for 15 years of service. (Photo by Anne Clarke) much and so much more for the city of Decatur residents.” The community master planning session, Imagine Celebration, at UMC on Feb. 11 had at least 450 residents input of uses for the property. Continuing with the construction projects, Mayor Garrett spoke about the Re-Imagine West Howard community transportation project for the railroad crossing across College Avenue as well as the East Lake Marta

station. East Lake Marta is a city partnership with Marta, City of Atlanta and DeKalb County to create a Livable Center Plan. Both projects have had community input and can be viewed on DecaturNext.com. “Growth, Affordability, Transportation and Mobility will continue to challenge us as commissioners,” Mayor Garrett said as she began her closing statement. “Our job is to Listen, Learn and Lead.”

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COVER STORY: ERIN SMITH ART

Left: Erin Smith in front of her ‘Holy Crap'’ line of greeting cards. Top: a sample of Erin's creatively snarky prose. Bottom: Erin’s book: ‘I’m Dangerous … I Am Not Gonna Lie.’ (Photos ©ErinSmithArt)

Erin Smith, snarky artist with luck on her side By Anne Clarke Anne.Clarke@me.com “It’s more luck than anything else,” Erin Smith would say about her art success. She would paint whimsical prose on old wooden doors, which progressed to wall art. The wall art canvas then paired down to greeting cards. Those greeting cards have become big business for Erin Smith Art. But to see the success you have to know Erin’s art story. She moved to Atlanta at age 13 when her dad, a pilot, transferred with Delta. Erin has a degree in architecture but was engaged in art from early childhood. That love of art was rekindled when she

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was pregnant with her first child. “My early stuff was on doors left on curbs in Oakhurst,” Erin said. She and her husband Fred were early pioneers of the area. Fred opened MoJo’s pizza in the 1990s. They purchased on old home on Oakview that the police actually thanked them for buying. It seems the police had made many arrests in the house but the neighborhood was changing. The Oakhurst homes were being renovated so there was an abundance of ‘materials’ available. Erin was literally scrapping around the neighborhood for old furniture and pieces that she could repurpose. Neighbors seemed to love her art piec-

es especially the creative words. She was always writing, having an interesting take on the world around her. This humorous, snarky prose really struck a cord with her audience. Erin began to use old family photo scans with her wicked prose on large canvases. She presented her canvases at local art shows and festivals with great success. Eventually finding her way to her first wholesale show at the Atlanta Gift Mart. The wholesale trade shows seemed to be the right niche for Erin. While her wall art was selling she found that the price point Continued on page 9

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COVER STORY: ERIN SMITH ART

Left: A wine related greeting card by Erin Smith. Right: Retail display of Erin Smith product lines. Continued from page 8 limited the audience. That is when Erin introduced some greeting cards, taking her canvases and creating a smaller rendition on cards. The timing was perfect! As luck would have it “when the economy tanked my sales soared,” she said. Erin’s female centric line, ‘Holy Crap’ vintage girl made quite a statement. She received licensing agreements early, which was almost overwhelming to the young business. Erin did trade shows across the country, expanding the card designs and even the product lines. She was traveling often truly winging it, as she would say. Keeping her wits about her, Erin sought advice ‘over wine’ from some industry experts in the area. Note that her wine related cards and cocktail napkins are quite popular. Even her son immolated her wine painting in a second grade art event. Using the advice of experts, Erin was able to contract with local printers rather than going overseas. She purchased equipment to manufacture items like ceramic mugs and shot glasses in her Atlanta studio. Being able to say manufactured in the USA

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“I want to do as much as I can myself. It is handmade not just USA made.”

Artist Erin Smith

is very important. Even with her licensing agreements, Erin was able to use just two U.S. companies. “I want to do as much as I can myself,” she says. “It is handmade not just USA made.” Erin had started with just 12 card designs and now has over 250 designs. Erin Smith Art does have a showroom in Atlanta and in Las Vegas. She offers jewelry, clothing, purses, drink ware, sculptures, platters, napkins, doormats, and so much more. The company has expanded so much that her husband Fred came on fulltime about 7 years ago. But that success did bring on real copycat manufacturers. “I was shocked the first time I saw my art so blatantly stolen,” Erin quipped. “Six months after I introduced a line I would see it immolated at a show.” The ‘Glinda’ line was created to ward off copycat manufacturers. Glinda uses anony-

mous quotes that are in public domain. There is no loss of Erin’s original prose beyond what is on her products. Her book of short quirky stories “I’m Dangerous … I’m Not Gonna Lie” is in its third printing. Erin focuses on the wholesale marketing, Erin Smith Art is in about 1,000 retail stores and some galleries carry her wall art. She does two major gift shows a year where buyers come in to purchase for their stores. That success is hard work even if she says there was a bit of luck involved. As luck would have it, Erin hasn’t lost the hometown appeal; you probably recognize the house on Oakview with the dogs in the bubble windows on the gate. Erin Smith Art studio is not too far away at 143 New Street in Decatur. She does have an online retail store, erinsmithart.com. Oh, her calendar is quite popular so order now for 2019!

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AROUND TOWN: MLK SERVICE PROJECT

It was another successful Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project helping the elderly on a cold weekend in Oakhurst. Volunteers did much needed repairs and yard work to senior citizens homes during the 3-day event Jan. 13-15 this year. Gutters were cleaned, ramps and decks were built, roofs were repaired, floors restored and of course leaves were bagged to create safer living environments. (Photos by Anne Clarke) Go to MLKServiceProject.com for a full photo gallery and details.

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FINANCIAL MATTERS: STARTING EARLY

Six financial tips for a growing family By Margie Archer Margie.archer@ wellsfargoadvisors.com Whether you’re having a baby or adopting a child, you have a lot of preparing to do. It’s easy to overlook or postpone acting on the many financial responsibilities that come with welcoming an addition to the family. Addressing the financial aspects of a growing family can be just as important as making sure the child has a warm bed to sleep in. Here are six tips you may want to consider as soon as possible – preferably before you bring the child home. If you wait, it will be more difficult to find the time you need. TIP 1: PREPARE AND UPDATE IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS Parents instinctively want to protect their child – physically. But you also need to take steps to help protect your child fi-

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nancially in the event something happens to you. Things to think about include: Create a will A will not only provides instructions for distributing property you own (in your name alone) through the probate process after your death, it’s also the primary method you can use to nominate a guardian for your children. You will also want to prepare a living will which expresses your intentions about the use of life-sustaining measures in the event of a terminal illness. A living will expresses what you want but does not give anyone the authority to speak for you. Consider a trust You can transfer the ownership of your assets to a revocable living trust, effectively removing them from your probate estate. It also lets you provide for continued management of your financial affairs if you are

incapacitated or upon your death. Establish a durable power of attorney A general durable power of attorney is a legal document in which you name another person to act on your behalf. While a traditional power of attorney is no longer in effect upon your disability or death, a durable power of attorney will continue during incapacity to provide a financial management safety net. You should also set up a durable power of attorney for health care which authorizes someone to make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so yourself. TIP 2: REVIEW YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS Insurance can play a major role in your lives when you have a growing family. It’s important to take care of your insurance needs before they’re actually needed. Continued on page 13

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FINANCIAL MATTERS: STARTING EARLY Continued from page 12 Health insurance coverage Review the level of coverage during pregnancy as well as the effective date of coverage for the baby. There are many doctor visits and vaccinations during the baby’s first year. Without insurance coverage, these expenses add up quickly. Look at life insurance Beyond providing for your child directly, life insurance can help relieve financial burdens on the surviving parent or guardian. You should also consider beneficiary designations on insurance policies, trusts, or other accounts such as IRAs, annuities, and employee benefit plans. Make sure they’re in line with your overall estate plan. Consider long-term disability insurance The chance you’ll become disabled during your working years is much greater than the probability of you dying during that time. Accidents can happen. You should consider supplemental coverage that can replace your

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income if you’re unable to work because of an injury or disability. TIP 3: APPLY FOR A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER Your child will need a Social Security number to receive ongoing health insurance coverage; for tax benefits when filing your federal income tax return; and to open a savings or investment account in your childs name. Many hospitals have a process to help you apply for your child’s Social Security number. Waiting a couple months requires more documentation, and it may take longer to complete the process. Visit www.ssa.gov to learn more. TIP 4: CREATE A NEW BUDGET Take another look at your budget to figure out ways to pay for all the new expenses that come with having a baby or adopting a child. By planning ahead and adjusting your budget early, you can stay in control. You’ll need to factor in child care costs, medical costs, food, diapers, clothing and all the other accessories and necessities of life.

TIP 5: START AN EDUCATION FUND College may seem far away, but kids grow up fast, and the cost of college continues to increase. If you put just $50 a month into an account at a hypothetical 8% annual rate of return, in 18 years you would have more than $22,000. You can always increase your savings along the way if your financial position changes. TIP 6: TAKE NOTE OF TAX BENEFITS One added bonus to having a child is the many tax benefits you may be eligible to claim. Some are in the form of deductions reducing your taxable income like the dependent exemption and a Flexible Spending Account. While other tax benefits are credits like the Child Tax Credit, Adoption Credit and Dependent Care Credit which can directly reduce your taxes. Margie Archer, CRPS* ADPA* is a Vice President, Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager. *Wells Fargo Advisors does not provide legal or tax advice. Be sure to consult with your tax and legal advisors before taking any action that could have tax consequences.

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HEALTH MATTERS: INFLUENZA

Influenza: A neighborhood nemesis By Dr. Melissa Black mpblackmd@empowerdecatur.com Various scourges come and go in our neighborhood, but none have prompted more dread than the influenza epidemic of 2017. More deadly than Ebola, which killed an estimated 11,000 homo sapiens in 2014, the 1918 influenza epidemic killed 50 million. Down Under the flu season runs from April to October, where the majority of 2017cases were Type A H3N2 and the vaccine was estimated as 10% effective. The CDC predicted based on last year's statistics that the flu vaccine would be around 32% effective. Not great, but still, if it were the lottery with 1/3 odds, I'd buy a ticket. Vaccination is no guarantee your house will evade influenza. The vaccine is more effective against influenza Type B and Type A H1N1. It provides the weakest defense against H3N2, this year's predominant in-

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vader, and thus the vaccine often gets a bad rap. However, a 2017 well-designed study by Arriloa et al. in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that having vaccination reduced death rates and hospital length of stay. I don't know how much time you've spent in a hospital bed, but I've been there and if Fluzone gets me out a few days sooner and alive, I'm all for it. Current CDC guidelines state that for outpatients with acute uncomplicated influenza, oseltamivir, zanamivir or peramivir "may be used" if treatment can be initiated within 48 hours of onset. Treatment is recommended for others who are high risk, such as elders, children or people with certain chronic illnesses regardless of time frame. Government issued guidelines and expert opinions are actually weak foundations for medical decision-making. Dr. Google sometimes adds insight, especially if your online search takes you to the Cochrane Library. During World War I, Dr. Archie

Cochrane observed that at times soldiers treated on the battlefield fared better than those in the best hospitals. His legacy, the Cochrane Collaboration, is an army of scientists who independently analyze the hard research data behind treatments. A Cochrane review of all the available evidence for antivirals found that they shorten duration of influenza symptoms by one half-day on average. Compare that to one Norwegian study that found 15 ML of elderberry extract given four times a day relieved symptoms 4 days earlier that placebo. Potential side effects of antivirals include headache, vomiting, delirium and seizure. The influenza virus has already outsmarted two former antiviral drugs with complete resistance. With its high rate of use, Tamiflu will likely be next. The good news is that there is still hand washing, mask wearing, quarantine, elderberry extract, good hospital care if needed, and a neighbor's chicken soup on your side.

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ART & THEATER: DECATUR HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMS!

Grease is coming to Decatur Rising star Andrew McKiernan in title role Get out your pedal pushers, leather jacket and hair gel, Grease is coming to the Decatur. From March 15-25 Decatur High School Performing Arts Association will present this classic show with Andrew McKiernan as Danny and Fiona Tagami as Sandy, the title characters. Andrew McKiernan has been nominated for the Georgia high school musical theater Shuler Hensley Award this year. Named after Shuler Hensley a Georgia native who won a Tony Award, this prestigious award celebrates excellence in high school musical theater. Decatur High School Musical Theater Ensemble has put together an amazing cast for the Grease production. Shows are at the DHS Performing Arts Center at the high school with shows at 2pm and 7pm. Go to DHSperforms.com for ticketing, show dates and times.

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HOME MATTERS: STYLING DOORS

Front door curb appeal By Duncan Cottrell Duncan@entryenforcer.com Curb appeal – how your property looks from the street – is affected by how your yard looks, how the home’s façade and roof look and how the home’s entrance looks. If your front door is weather-beaten, faded or stained with water damage, your curb appeal score will take a hit, but worse, the door could be weakened, providing an easier way for bad guys to break in. Here’s a quick do-it-yourself door audit, designed to uncover problem areas and provide some options for resolving them. � Open and close the door. Does it stick or does the latch not catch? � Lock the door. Does the bolt slide easily or do you have to apply “body English” to get the bolt to slide? � Look at the bottom of the door from the outside. Do you see any signs of the wood splitting or mildewing? Does the wood feel spongy or porous anywhere? � Go out to the front yard and look back at the closed door. Is the coloration (paint or stain) uniform or splotchy? � Is the door faded from exposure to the sun? � On a day with cold temperatures, stand near the closed door and see if you feel cold air passing between the door and the jamb or between the door and the floor. � Go outside after dark and look back at the closed door. Do you see light under the door or from any of the sides?

If you discover damage to the door itself, like wood rot or splitting, you will probably need to replace the door. In an historic home, that can mean you’ll need to pay special attention to the door dimensions, because things weren’t standardized in 1905. Also, if the door is not rectangular, a replacement door may have to be milled, rather than purchased at a home improvement store. If there are gaps around the door, or the lock doesn’t catch properly, the door will need to be adjusted in the frame. If the door just doesn’t look good but is physically sound and properly set in the frame, then paint or refinishing is likely all that’s needed. The door will need to be stripped, sanded and then the appropriate, long-lasting paint or stain should be applied. All of these tasks can be completed by a dedicated do-it-yourselfer, or a reputable handyman can take care of things for you. Of course, Duncan Cottrell, The Entry Enforcer (entryenforcer.com at 404-289-6960) is always ready to assist with all things related to doors and windows. He has the expertise required for honoring historic homes.

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REAL ESTATE RESOURCE Home sales were supplied by Keller Knapp Realty via the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The information has not been verified and may not be listed by the office or agent advertised on this page.

Address

Area

List Price

Sale Price Sold Date DOM Beds Baths Sq. Ft.

2630 Talley St

Winnona Park

$189,900

$183,000

11/13/17

92

1

1.5

912

216 Heatherdown Rd

Winnona Park

$530,000

$525,000

11/15/17

7

4

2.5

1764

3 McEvoy Ln

Winnona Park

$799,900

$807,101

11/15/17

57

5

4.0

3060

234 Drexel Ave

Lenox Place

$749,900

$785,000

11/27/17

11

4

3.0

2174

232 Inman Dr

Winnona Park

$570,000

$571,000

11/27/17

6

4

2.0

1758

12 Clarke Hill St

Winnona Park

$806,850

$806,850

11/30/17

1

6

5.0

3120

1225 Oakview Rd

Oakhurst

$395,000

$370,000

11/30/17

73

3

3.0

0

35 McEvoy Ln

Winnona Park

$789,900

$789,000

11/30/17

74

4

4.5

3150

37 McEvoy Ln

Winnona Park

$789,900

$789,000

11/30/17

57

4

4.5

2880

197 Feld Ave

Oakhurst

$664,900

$620,000

12/1/17

98

5

3.0

2624

524 Hilldale Dr

Winnona Park

$1,100,000

$1,080,000 12/7/17

101

6

5.0

3827

22 Fairpark Ln

Oakhurst

$344,600

$345,500

17

3

3.5

2174

12/10/17

126 Mimosa Dr

Winnona Park

$1,095,000

$1,040,000 12/13/17

46

5

3.5

2885

155 Jefferson Pl

Oakhurst

$569,900

$555,000

12/15/17

47

3

1.5

1930

157 Hood Cir

Oakhurst

$750,000

$700,000

12/15/17

23

5

4.0

2949

897 Derrydown Way

Winnona Park

$475,000

$478,000

12/15/17

10

3

2.0

1422

895 Derrydown Way

Winnona Park

$475,000

$478,000

12/15/17

10

3

2.0

1422

604 2nd Ave

Oakhurst

$640,000

$630,000

12/18/17

42

3

2.5

1902

203 Avery St

Winnona Park

$649,000

$630,000

1/5/18

29

3

2.0

2093

710 3rd St.

Oakhurst

$700,000

$675,000

1/22/18

35

4

3.0

2255

132 W Davis St

Oakhurst

$679,900

$655,000

1/31/18

83

3

2.0

2019

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SCHOOL NEWS: DECATUR ACTIVE LIVING

Walk and Bike Decatur By Anne Clarke Anne.Clarke@me.com SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL City of Decatur Active Living division has created a Safe Routes to School map to help parents navigate walking and biking routes for their children. Since 2005, the city has participated in the national Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program that empowers communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity. By 2008, the Decatur Active Living took on the management and development of its local program. The goal is to have more students and adults active to help improve fitness levels and reduce traffic congestion around schools. WALK & ROLL TO SCHOOL DAY With that in mind, this year’s Georgia Walk and Roll to School Day is Wednesday, March 7 and City of Decatur Schools will be participating! Last year over 100 schools participated in the event from across the state and the City of Decatur counted over 1500 children participating. The goal this year is 2000 Decatur kids walking! TOUR DECATUR 5K RACE Start walking with the youngsters! The annual 5k Tour deCatur is on Saturday, March 10. Now in its 16th year, the tour includes a one-mile Fun Run and the cute Tot-Trot so the whole family can participate! Register at TourDecatur.com to support the Decatur Education foundation. BIKE SAFETY POSTER CONTEST May is National Bike Month and Decatur Safe Routes invites City of Decatur children in grades k - 8 to participate in the 3rd annual Bike to School Month Poster Contest. The poster theme is Happy Cycling is Safe Cycling. Poster artwork is due to the child's school by Friday, March 9 no later than 3 p.m. Each school will select their top three posters and send to Decatur Active Living no later than 5 p.m. on March 16.

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Judging will be based on creativity, inclusion of bike safety theme, and originality. Age and grade will play a factor in the judging. Go to BeActiveDecatur.com for more entry forms. STOP, DROP AND WALK TO F.AVE Decatur Safe Routes has created four "Drop and Walk" routes to the 4/5 Academy.

If you live too far from F.AVE to have your child walk or bike, consider dropping them at one of the suggested locations and walk with friends the rest of the way to school. Each of these routes has continuous paths or sidewalks, marked crosswalks, stop signs at intersection and crossing guards at key locations. For more information go to DecaturGA. com/SRTS

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AROUND TOWN: GOATS ON CAMPUS

Goats arrived at Agnes Scott By Anne Clarke Anne.Clarke@me.com Interesting sights in Oakhurst were the 30 goats that arrived on Agnes Scott’s campus in January to clear the dense forest off S. McDonough and E. Davis St. The forest restoration project co-partnered by the college’s Center for Sustainability and Trees Atlanta hired the goats for 10 days to eat invasive plant species including Kudzu, English Ivy and Privet. These goats, supplied by Get Your Goat Rentals, will eat about ten pounds of greenery a day in a chemical free method for removing plants. While these cute hoofed, horned and bearded animals munched away at the greenery, they were watched over by two

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Goats eating through the forest at the back of the Agnes Scott college campus. (Photo by Anne Clarke) Great Pyrenees dogs. The dogs are known for protecting the herd from the dangers of coyotes and snakes known to be in the Oakhurst area. As the goats consume the plants, they do leave behind a natural fertilizer that will be good for future growth. Agnes Scott Ecologist and Assistant Professor

of Biology, Dr. Iris Levin will document the ecological change of this greenspace. Once the area is clear, the native plants will have room to grow and spread for their re-growth in the spring. Her Ecology class will research the data collected over the semester to determine long-term results of this project.

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AROUND TOWN: MARDI GRAS PARADE

Quite a splash! The Mead Road Mardi Gras parade endured the rain for another successful event on Saturday, February 10th. Dubbed the Muddy Gras, the parade started at 4.Fav Academy and meandered down Oakview to land under the tent at Imperial on Mead Road. The event raises funds for the Decatur Education Founding to support music and arts programs at the City Schools of Decatur. The kids loved the homemade Imperial lake where the good times rolled with Cajun food and drinks! (Photos by Hector Amador)

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Oakhurst magazine Winter2018  

Oakhurst Magazine serving the south area of the City of Decatur. Winter issue 2018.

Oakhurst magazine Winter2018  

Oakhurst Magazine serving the south area of the City of Decatur. Winter issue 2018.

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