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GARY HILL NETWORK: The Gary Hill Network meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at varied locations, from 11 am – 1 pm. Call Gary Hill at 770-438-6961 if you are interested in attending a luncheon. HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteer at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care® Patients and families in OUR community need YOUR help today! Become a volunteer and make a difference: Friendly visits, End of Life Review, Sew Memory Bears and comfort items, Pet-Pal Visits, Letter Writing, Veterans Support, Patient Feeding Call or email now! Betty A. Edwards, Volunteer Services Manager 678-398-2098 betty.edwards@VITAS.com MOMS CLUB OF SMYRNA WEST: MOMS Club® of Smyrna-West is a national non-profit organization which offers support to stay-at-home mothers. Our chapter includes mothers of all ages, as well as those who work part-time, in or out of the home. We offer you the opportunity to share activities during the weekday with other moms and their children. MOMS Club plans a monthly calendar full of events for mothers and their children, including park play dates, playgroups, trips to local attractions, Mom’s Night Out and more. MCSW includes the King Springs, Norton Park and Smyrna Elementary School, AND Nickajack districts. Our monthly meetings are the first Thursday of each month at Life Church on King Springs Rd. at 10 am. For more information contact us at momsclubofsmyrnawest@yahoo.com.

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NORTH COBB MOCHA MOMS: offers local support to mothers of color. Mocha Moms, Inc. is the premier national support group for mothers of color. Cobb County Mochas are a mixture of over 70 working and stay at home mommies. We offer an array of opportunities to connect with other moms through Mom’s Night Out, Sister Circles to that allow us to discuss issues affecting us on our motherhood journey, single moms support, couples’ nights, family community service projects and MORE. We have planned a truly exciting and enriching year. The annual membership fee is $50. To learn more you can visit our website at http://cobbcountymochamoms.org or email us at cobbcountymochamoms@gmail.com SUPPORT GROUPS OFFERED THROUGH VISIONS ANEW: Visions Anew, a non-profit which assists women through the divorce process, sponsors a number of free support groups around the city each week. Please see www.visionsanew.org for places, dates, and times in your area. Support Groups offered by Visions Anew for Men only at the Vinings Fire Station, 4336 Paces Ferry Rd Atlanta, 30339. Meets 1st & 3rd Friday of each month, 7:00-8:00 PM

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Smyrna resident, Angela San Martin is literally passing the baton to fellow Smyrna resident, Virginia Sharitz! San Martin was named The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2016 Woman of the Year for the Georgia chapter. And with your help, Virginia Sharitz is HOPING to take that title in 2017. The Man & Woman of the Year campaign engages influential, compassionate community leaders to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Through this annual national ten-week campaign, individuals and their teams compete to raise the most funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to earn the “Man & Woman of the Year” titles in their local community. The 2017 campaign begins on March 30, 2017 and culminates on June 10, 2017 with a black tie Grand Finale Gala at the Intercontinental Buckhead. San Martin first joined the LLS family as a Team In Training (TNT) participant in 1996. TNT is the original sports endurance-training program for charity, and the only one dedicated to creating a world without blood cancer. However, her Woman of the Year fundraising success was unprecedented. She involved her entire network, including her employer, Metromont Corporation, to support her fundraising efforts for this worthy cause. “When I first got involved with LLS, I didn’t have a personal connection. Over time I suddenly had more than I ever imagined. This group of volunteers, staff and patients has touched my life and I’m honored to stand beside them in our fight against blood cancers,” says San Martin. With the support of her friends, family, colleagues and businesses in the local community, she raised a record breaking $200,000 in the fight against cancer to win the 2016 Woman of the Year title. Sharitz is ready to embrace this new challenge with LLS! You may recall that she was featured on the cover of Our Town in January of 2006. She was running for LLS as a Team In Training participant in honor of Ann Schmitz, another Smyrna resident, who at that time was battling leukemia. Sharitz and San Martin met through the TNT program and instantly bonded over their passion for running and commitment to LLS. They’ve been friends and teammates ever since! TownsendIncomeTax.qxp_Layout 1 2/12/14 1:28 PM Page 1

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San Martin, being the supportive friend that she is, nominated Sharitz to take on the challenge of becoming the 2017 Woman of the Year in Georgia! “How could I say no? I knew this was simply my next step with LLS,” Sharitz explains. Being involved with LLS for over 20 years has allowed Sharitz to see incredible progress in the survival rates of people diagnosed with blood cancers but she recognizes that there is still much work to be done to guarantee no other lives are lost. “Leukemia isn’t the death sentence it was back in 1972 when my mother died from ALL. I’m encouraged every year with the leaps and bounds that are accomplished with the money we raise for a cure.” Ann Schmitz, also featured in the Our Town article in 2006, knows firsthand the importance of the LLS mission. “I am so appreciative of all the work that LLS does towards finding a cure. I benefited for almost a year on a drug called Gleevec,” says Schmitz. “I understand that the money raised by people like Virginia and Angela, funded the critical research to discover that drug”. Schmitz underwent a stem cell transplant in 2006 and today lives a life without cancer! Sharitz is also motivated by recent progress made in the miracle story of a 15 year old boy in Atlanta named Connor. After his acute lymphoblastic leukemia came back for the third time, doctors said that his cancer had become resistant to the treatments available. Connor’s dad had heard about a new treatment on trial from Facebook, of all places! He researched it, made several calls and in a matter of days, Connor was at Duke Children’s Hospital to take part in a national clinical trial of Car T cell thera-

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py, which uses a disabled form of the AIDS virus to modify his immune system and attack cancer cells. The side effects of this therapy are terrible. His temperature went up to 107 degrees for several days, but suddenly the fever broke. Just months after the CAR T cell treatment therapy, Connor is cancer free and is back to playing goalie on his beloved high school hockey team. You can follow his story on Facebook under “Connor’s Hope”. His mom shared on their Facebook page earlier this year, “I still sit in awe of the procedure that was used to save Connor’s life. How it was over in about a week. Start to finish, cancer free in about 7 days. Granted, they were some tough days. But it is surreal that it is over. It’s even hard for Connor to comprehend that he didn’t have to endure years of chemotherapy.” Truly, a medical miracle! Sharitz has proudly taken the baton and is running for Woman of the Year to raise the most funds possible for LLS. Money that will go towards the research it took to discover the lifesaving Gleevec drug that Ann Schmitz took and the CAR T cell treatment therapy that saved Connor’s life. Money that will go toward patient and community services, public health education and professional education. Money that will support critical research that LLS has already invested over $1 billion in to find a cure! Sharitz’s team name is “Team CUREageous”. She would love to have YOU join her team in the fight against cancer! You can help by donating to her secure website at https://tinyurl.com/VArunsMWOY or by mailing a check to the LLS Georgia chapter at 3715 Northside Parkway, Bldg 400, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30327 starting March 30, 2017. Please make checks payable to LLS and include Virginia Sharitz in the memo line. For additional ways that you can support her campaign, please reach out to Virginia Sharitz directly at vasharitz@gmail.com. There are many ways to help! When Virginia Sharitz is not “running for a cure”, she is employed by both West Stride Running store and Smyrna First United Methodist Church Preschool. *Special thanks to Whitefield Academy for the use of their track in our cover shoot.

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There are a lot of lessons and skills my parents taught me while I was growing up, and the ones that have stuck with me the longest have been those that I saw put into practice by my mom and dad -- not the “do as I say, not as I do” moments, but those where my siblings and I were led by example. One of those lessons that I’m trying to do my best to pass on to my own boys is the writing of thank you notes. My wife orders special thank you cards with my boys’ names on them. You can find all sorts of online vendors who offer these kinds of products, but that’s not what I want to share with you this month. I’ve learned that the best time to write and send a thank you note is as soon as possible, and the more time that passes means a more difficult time to get my boys to sit down and write that thank you note. Fortunately, I’ve found a fun way to get them to write that message of gratitude and to even customize it a bit. Even better, it’s a service offered by a digital app that I have on my phone, meaning it’s pretty much always with me and is easy for the boys to use. It’s called PhotoCard, and it sends a physical postcard through the mail complete with photo, message and even a customized stamp if you wish to create one.

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(Unfortunately, PhotoCard is only available for iPad and iPhone; if you’re looking for something similar for Android, google “Photocards for Android” -- it’s not the same app, and it doesn’t have all the same features, but it’s close.) Here’s how it works: after installing the app, you can pick a photo from your Photo Library (and crop if necessary) that will be the image on the front of the postcard. A single swipe of your finger lets you flip back and forth between the front of the card and the back (where you’ll type the message and enter an address). Type your message and then tap on the address area of the postcard to enter that information. You type in the name and address OR you can click on the clock icon to select addresses of previously sent cards; this has been great as my boys can quickly send off a card to my in-laws or my parents with just a couple taps to select the right addressee. You can select stickers to add to the card and drag them around on the postcard and even add a voice recording (if you want to send the card via email). But I think most people will agree that there’s something special about receiving a physical postcard in the mail, and that’s where PhotoCard really shines. If you want to send a physical card, the card service comes with a ton of “free” stamps that will be printed on your card (along with the digital info needed for the postal service to recognize it as a real stamp) but one of my favorite features is the ability to create a custom stamp from one of your photos. Click on the stamp square on your postcard and then click the “Make a Custom Stamp” button that appears. Choose a photo, crop it and preview it and then click on Buy Stamp to keep it (and you can use it over and over again). A custom stamp costs 1 Credit to create; sending a physical card costs 2 Credits. As for Credits, there are numerous options - you can buy them one at a time for $1.00 each or in bulk to save. $17 will buy you 20 Credits, and $75 buys 100 Credits, and there are more options. If you like the app and think you’ll use it a lot, buying in bulk makes sense. When the card is done, choose Send Card by Mail, confirm the purchase cost of 2 credits, and the card will be printed and sent. Expect between 5 to 10 days for the card to arrive. I absolutely love PhotoCard because I can hand my phone to my boys and have them type a thank you message in the car, during a commercial... anywhere. My in-laws and parents love getting them, too. Even better, my boys sometimes ask to send a thank you card without being asked - how about that?! Details on PhotoCard can be found at http://bit.ly/2m2K93a

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Jessica and Rhett Garrard knew when they met something bigger than both of them was imminent in their future- they just didn’t know what that might be. Ultimately the husband and wife team followed their dreams and opened Sharkies Swim and Scuba Academy in Smyrna. Jessica told Our Town, “Rhett has been a scuba diver since he was in diapers and was already a swim coach, so when the opportunity to open a swim and scuba school presented itself, we jumped in without question! As a husband and wife team, we are together literally 24 hours a day. Thank God, we like each other!” We caught up with Jessica and Rhett a few weeks ago to get the inside scoop on Sharkies and what makes this successful business tick. Sharkies certifies through the Professional Association of Diving (PADI) largely because of their strict safety requirements. Rhett confirmed. “Safety is our number one priority with both adults and children who participate in our scuba diving certification and swim lessons. We want parents to have the comfort of knowing if their child falls into an

open body of water without a floatation device, they know instinctually what to do to get them to safety without losing a large amount of energy.” We asked Jessica about some of the favorite things that they do on a daily basis. “Building relationships with our wonderful community means so much to us. Our parents and students are some of the best people we have ever met! I know this maybe a ‘crazy favorite’ but Rhett and I absolutely adore this community. When we get to see an adult student who has been deathly afraid of water since childhood and is now swimming strokes and treading water, it literally brings tears to our eyes. It’s such an honor to see a child with special needs reach a new milestone in his or her development or an infant who has graduated out of a Baby and Me class and is swimming to the wall within two weeks of taking private lessons. We are in awe when we see an adult scuba student who has experienced panic attacks before entering the water and through hard work and determination receives his certification. These moments that we share with our community are so satisfying.” As you can see this dynamic duo has the utmost of enthusiasm and energy that they pour into their business. Sharkies has something for everyone in the family: Swim lessons, Intro to Scuba, Scuba Diving Certification, Aquatic Fitness classes, CPR/First Aid Certification, Aquatic Zumba, and even on-site Birthday Party’s. It’s been said, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life” and we think that the Garrard’s are living this awesome dream. Stop by or give them a call and join in on the fun at Sharkies Swim and Scuba Academy. You’ll be glad you did! Sharkies Swim and Scuba Academy is located in the heart of Smyrna at 1318 Concord Road • 678-82-SCUBA www.Sharkiesswimandscubaacademy.com

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BREAKTHROUGH FELLOWSHIP: Are you looking for something real? Searching for community? If so, The Breakthrough Fellowship is your answer! We are a new church serving the Smyrna/Vinings and metro Atlanta communities. Our vision is simple: Seeking God. Building Community. Achieving Wholeness…through a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Join us every Sunday at the AMC Parkway Pointe 15 (3101 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339). Hugs and coffee start at 9:30AM; worship begins at 10AM. For more information, please visit www.thebreakthroughfellowship.org. SMYRNA OPTIMIST CLUB: at the American Legion Hall on Legion Dr. each Friday morning at 7:00 am. Our program includes a breakfast and program of local interest. The purpose of the Optimist Club is to develop Optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenants of the Optimist Creed which we recite at the close of every meeting. For further information check our web site at smyrnaoptimist.org VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB: The Vinings Village Civic Club meets on the first Monday of each month at various locations around Vinings. All of Vinings welcome! The VVCC sponsors numerous programs and special events of interest to the Vinings community. Vinings residents and businesses sharing a commitment to maintain the character and beauty of Vinings are encouraged to become members. For more information, please email viningscivicclub@gmail.org

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Introducing 2017’s Color of the Year: by Tara Hill

Greenery!

What is this you may ask? Who decided this and why do I care? WELL LET ME TELL YOU. Since the year 2000, the Pantone Color Institute, which calls itself the “global color authority”, has named a color of the year. They feel that color “has always been an integral part of how a culture expresses the attitudes and emotions of the times. This is what I found very interesting. They don’t just make this decision all “ Willie Nillie”. The Pantone Color Institute takes the “color of the year” very seriously by hosting a secret meeting with representatives from all nations and top designers from all fields- technology, fashion, automotive.. etc. to make this decision. By looking at it psychologically, they realize that color really does affect our moods. Greenery is a yellow-green shade that looks like spring! They call it nature’s natural. It was named specifically for 2017 as the crew at Pantone observed the global culture as stressful and tense...can you believe that? Stressful and tense- Us? ABSOLUTELY! Greenery is the color of hopefulness...regeneration, refreshment, revitalization and renewal. Sounds great, doesn’t it? I bet you thought trends and colors were created because someone thought they looked cute. I bet you are also thinking, “I can’t pull off a yellow-green outfit- I’d look crazy...” I totally agree that this might be a lot. But here is my advice: Don’t blow it off, give it a try! You don’t have to jump right in with both feet, dip a toe in first. Listen, you don’t even have to try it on yourself to be “in fashion”. Consider using Greenery in your home décor- just to warm up to the hue. If you do decide that you like it, then consider adding it into your wardrobe as an accessory. A scarf, a bag or a piece of jewelry (peridot, jade or tsavorite garnet) would be a great way to incorporate this trend into your collection and a inexpensive way to show your style. It’s clearly too expensive to buy new outfits and accessories every time a trend is announced, but wearing a fresh pop of color is always a fun mood booster. And as an added bonus, you can tell everyone that you are wearing “the new color of the year”. Sounds pretty fancy, doesn’t it? I also thought it was amusing to save Greenery for March, as it also represents the color of St. Patrick’s Day. What could be wrong with adding a touch of color that could also add a touch of luck? Remember, trends come and go, but your style is what makes you feel good. Fashion should not be taken too seriously, but you can definitely have fun with it! Perhaps you’d rather go all in by trying a full “GREENERY” ensemble...maybe? Maybe not? Like my Granny always says, “If you can wash it off, take it off or grow it out-who cares? You’ve got to live!” Good advice, right? As they say, you can’t sweat the small stuff!

Enjoy March my friends. Spring is on its way! Get up, dress up, show up and NEVER EVER give up!

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Spring is Springing!!! by Amber Burckhalter Spring is around the corner and we are thrilled! Fresh air, blooming trees and flowers, as well as perfect outdoor weather, make us and our canine friends very happy. For all that is wonderful about springtime, it is also very busy and potentially very dangerous for your beloved pups! As a helpful reminder, we have included a list of some common springtime hazards and precautionary steps to take to keep your furry friends safe this spring. 1. Spring often means having friends and family over for cook-outs before the oppressive heat of summer sets in. Human Food is often poisonous to pets and you should really employ the old “Why even risk it?” attitude. Common foods are poisonous to pups include: Alcohol, Avocados, Chocolate, Coffee, Cooked Bones, Garlic, Grapes and Raisins, Macadamia Nuts, and Onions. 2. Cleaning Supplies are in high demand during the spring. Make sure to keep cleaners and solvents safely out of the reach of dogs (and small humans too, of course). And mop up any spills before a curious puppy puts their inquiring nose in it! 3. During spring cleaning, many of us will clean up the medicine cabinets and discard expired medications. Human Medications, such as pain killers, cold medicines, anti-cancer drugs, anti-depressants, vitamins and diet pills can all be extremely toxic to animals. Keep all medicine containers away from pets who could chew through them and be vigilant about finding and disposing of any dropped pills. 4. Winter was mild and, as a result, insects are supposed to be very bad this year! Insect Control Products including those in over-the-counter flea and tick remedies, can be toxic. Most professional pest control companies have pet-safe alternatives, but you must ask. Also, prescription flea and tick control products can be much less toxic than over-the-counter remedies. Pet owners should never use any product around pets without first reading the warnings and consulting your veterinarian.

7. If you are like me, you plant flowers both in and outside during springtime. Poisonous Household Plants include Autumn Crocus, Azalea, Cyclamen, Kalanchoe, Lilies, Oleander, Dieffenbachia, Daffodils, Lily of the Valley, Sago Palm, Tulips, and Hyacinths among others. If you have a question about a specific plant, ask your veterinarian. 8. Traps and Poisons must be treated with extreme caution. Just remind yourself of why they exist! Even if you do not use traps and poisons, remember that your neighbors might. Dogs and cats can be poisoned if they eat a rodent who has been killed by poison (called secondary poisoning). 9. Spring is also an ideal time to inspect and replace worn out Dog Gear & Toys. Collars and leashes wear out and can break when Fido pulls on that afternoon walk! Stuffed toys and beds get holes and, let’s face it, eating white polyfill stuffing is irresistible! Rubber toys such as Kongs, tennis balls, etc... can degrade and break apart over time. So, make sure to inspect and replace. Other than warn you about their dangers, there’s not much K-9 Coach can do about cleaning supplies or landscape products! BUT, we can do something about collars, leashes, toys, etc… Every March, pet companies worldwide launch their new pet products. We search and test these products and bring them to you, our clients. And, since it is better to spend a few dollars replacing worn-out puppy gear, than thousands in surgery fees from intestinal blockages or broken bones from getting loose and running in front of a car, we do our own spring cleaning and hold our Annual Spring Clearance Sale. So, make sure to stop by K-9 Coach March 17th, 18th or 19th to check out new products, get fit for a new collar or harness, get major savings and, if you feel lucky, spin the wheel for free and discounted gifts!

5. Getting the yard and gardens ready for summer often means a flurry of landscaping activities. Landscaping Products such as colored mulch, mulch made from recycled rubber, chemicals used on lawns and gardens, such as fertilizer and plant food, etc… can be deadly if ingested. Make sure to read the labels, look for safe alternatives and always follow the manufacturer direction in terms of storage and post-application contact with pets.

Established by Certified Canine Behavioral Consultant and Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Amber Burckhalter, K-9 Coach is Atlanta’s ONLY complete canine experience, providing industry-leading: Training, Playcare, Lodging & Grooming.

6. Laundry Items such as detergents and fabric softener sheets may have ulcerous and even fatal consequences for your dog. Highly concentrated laundry detergent packets are even more dangerous. Make sure to keep these out of reach for your inquisitive puppy.

K-9 Coach has been recognized as the Cobb County Small Business of the Year/ Voted: Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta Dog Training, Boarding & Daycare, every year since 2008. Voted: Best of Smyrna/Vinings Doggy Daycare and an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner every year since 2011.

Enjoy the beautiful weather and be sure to take a little time to make sure everyone is ready to have fun!


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My freshman year of college I endured one of those classes that is designed to make every student re-think their desire to get a college degree…Macro-Economics 101. To this day I retain that course book and keep it by my bed in case I ever suffer from insomnia because two pages of Gross Domestic Product Quantification and Assessment will induce sleep upon anything. Warning, Macro Economics may impair your ability to operate a moving vehicle.

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“Yes,” sheepishly. “Well, go congratulate your brother and sisters because they all just got straight ‘A’s’ this week thanks to you!” The good news is that to a home-schooled 4-year-old the concept of delivering straight “A’s” to his siblings through his poor life-choices didn’t scar him nearly as much as the falling curtain rod did, but it felt good just offering it up to the universe by his Dad. Now I realize that many who read this will gasp in the horror that a parent would dare to say that they don’t love their children evenly all the time like a thermostat set at a constant 72 degrees of love; doling out just enough to keep you at 72, but never 73 and possibly a few 71’s thrown in if we are honest. And to those I would simply congratulate them on having just the one kid. As the graduate student explained to me, “You all kinda failed, so congratulations!” Parenting 101.

Mark Orler is a full-time husband, father and part-time observationist. Mark can be reached at mlorler@yahoo.com.

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