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Milton magazine


Vol.1, Issue 3 June/July 2014

downtown alpharetta

live • work • shop • play • pray locally

PA R A DE Crabapple Community Association hosts Fourth of July Parade

Milton Dads Fathers Day June 15 Local Strawberries

Strawberry Fields - A Dana Gallery

Garden Dinners at Milton’s Acre

MADE IN MILTON AWARDS entries due by July 15 SUMMER CALENDAR Photo by



LIVE MUSIC WEDNESDAYS & SUNDAYS AUTHENTIC NEAPOLITAN PIZZA AND ITALIAN MENU As a child growing up in Brooklyn, NY, I came to realize that food was clearly the center of Italian life. Everything revolved around it; and good food kept family and friends close together. Join us for lunch and dinner, taste some of the food that is near and dear to my heart, and let’s create some new memories. Owner, Glenn Griffith

12635 Crabapple Road, Milton GA 30004 • in the heart of Crabapple • 678-585-4625 •

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Hello from

the Publisher

Summertime in Milton. I hope you enjoy this issue! We’ve had a great time putting it together for you. Inside you’ll learn about a local strawberry grower, Milton parents tackling food allergies in local schools, delicious Niapolitan pizza at 850F Bar Pizza in Crabapple, ball control on the golf course, and a clever reminder to breathe in your tennis game. The City of Milton has exciting things planned for the next two months, inlcuding Family, Fun, Flicks and Foodtrucks -- a new community event showcasing feature movies in Friendship Park for free. The City broke ground on the new Milton Library and plans were approved for the new City Hall to be located in Crabapple. Father’s Day is a special day for all of us. Check out the quick piece I wrote about my own Father on page 62. Milton Magazine has a new office! We’d love for our readers to stop by for a visit. Our new space is located in the heart of Crabapple at 765B Mid Broadwell Road, right between Broadwell Cottage and Berry Designs and across the street from Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails. Speaking of Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails...we had the pleasure of dining at the Garden Dinner Series and encourage our readers to be sure to reserve seats for the next dinner on June 22. Enjoy the sunshine!

PUBLISHER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Regina Gulick CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Amanda Turano, Megan Bowman, Eduardo Schoen, Barbara Schneider COLUMNISTS Bill Barkley, Jennifer Ferrell, Kali Hawlk, Amy Pazahanick, Michelle Knapp, Suzanne Taylor, Jeff Smalley, Tracy Coles, Brandi Hackett, Yawn Farris Eileen Wrobleski, Amy Keating Brian Johnson COPY EDITORS Claire Barkley, Anne Marie Willis ADVERTISING MANAGER Sarah Mabal PHOTOGRAPHERS Blenco&Co Photographic Arts Darleen Prem Photography Eduardo P. Schoen Jennifer Carter MARKETING CONSULTANT Polly Balint Milton Magazine is published by Simple Concepts Local Marketing 765-B Mid Broadwell Road, Milton GA 30004 • 404-606-0797

Original Art from Studio 121 • 20% of Sales to Fund the Art of Living Coalition at Studio 121, a non-profit therapeutic art organization serving the needy in our local community. • • 121 Brown St., Canton • 770-479-6961 6 Milton Magazine June/July 2014

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feature articles

Milton’s Garden Dinner Series, 8

Alabama in Concert: Review, 10

FAST: Food Allergies, 42

Music at Matilda’s Cottage, 40

Strawberry Fields, 24

Robotics Challenge, 12

New Milton Library, 56

Tribute to Rashi Minkowicz, 30

Denim & Diamonds, 38

Salud Cooking School Recipe

DADS: Happy Father’s Day, 62

Book Review by Yawn Farris, 46

Restaurant Profile: 850F Bar Pizza, 26

Gibbs Gardens, 50

Canine Assistants in Milton, 21

Helen Cashin, 55


Golf: Ball Control, 14

Tennis: Just Breathe, 28

Veterinary: Heat Exhaustion, 34 Wellness:Infrared Therapy, 32 Healthcare: DiabetesCare, 47 Real Estate Market Update, 16 Real Estate Finance, 49 Scoop OTP - Milton, 36 Geriatric Care, 54 Calendar, 58

New Milton City Hall Plans, 20


Garden Dinners -Mil

Seed to Fork

Blencoe & Co. Photographic Arts

Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails Garden Dinners While many restaurants have relished in the farm to table movement, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple takes the concept to another level with vegetables and herbs grown just steps away from their front door on their private farm, Milton’s Acre, then served just feet away in the restaurant’s dining room. Recently voted by OpenTable guests as one of the Top 50 American Dining Restaurants in the United States and as they’ve taken “farm to table” to another level, it seems only fitting that Milton’s would host a dinner series

honoring its “seed to fork” mission by celebrating a night eating out right in the actual garden.

On Sunday, June 1, June 22, September 14 and October 12 executive chef Derek Dollar will prepare a four-course menu with wine pairings to be served garden-side, al fresco, in the same fresh and Southern fashion that the restaurant is known for. The reception will kick off the evening with hors d’oeuvre and libations before the communal meal begins, and guests will also enjoy a tour of Milton’s Acre and Strawberry Fields with resident grower Peter Kohm.

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ilton Cuisine & Cocktails

plus Strawberries The evening will be a memorable one under the stars, in tune with Milton’s delicious mission to deliver the best modern rustic flavors reveling in local ingredients and inspired comfort food.

Blencoe & Co. Photographic Arts

Tickets to the Garden Dinner Series are $125 per person, per event or a discounted price of $460 per person for all four dates. Tickets are nonrefundable and include tax and gratuity. The event will happen rain or shine from 5 to 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit the website’s event page. • Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktals is located at 800 Mayfield Road in Milton. For more information, call 770-817-0161 or visit 9

ALABAMA Opens Season at Verizon Wireless Concert Review and Photography by Eduardo P. Schoen •

Over 40 years

ago three cousins Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook started the band Alabama who after some time playing in a South Carolina Bar called The Bowery fired off 21 straight #1 singles. 73 million albums later and a journey that includes the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame Alabama opened the 2014 concert season at Alpharetta’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre to a near sold-out crowd. The energetic crowd sang along to the wellknown set list which opened with "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)". The second song of the night was Tennessee River followed by an audience sing-along version of Dixieland Delight. As the third song of the night was concluding the band transitioned to the popular hymn “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”. The night began with a forecast for rain which did come true. However, by the time the Will Hoge band from

Nashville, Tennessee took to the stage to open for Alabama the worst of the rain cleared and left a few sprinkles in its wake. The opening act, although not as well-known as the main band was well received by the audience as they performed songs which promised to grow in popularity in years to come. Lead vocalist Randy Owen appeared on stage in his trademark white button-down, black t-shirt, and red bandana. Throughout the night the very large Alabama sign behind the performers changed colors from red to blue and back again. Even one of the instruments was lively in color as Teddy Gentry’s fiddle and guitar were a matching bright green. The sing-along which began with Dixieland Delight early in the night continued with “Born Country” and other favorites. There were more reserved moments in the night as love songs “Love in the First Degree,” “Old Flame,” and “Lady Down on Love” were played. Couples could be seen in the audience holding each other tight as these old favorites were sung. All in all it was a great concert by one of the greatest bands in country music history. The band which arrived on stage at 8:50 p.m. and performed their last song of the regular set-list “My Home’s in Alabama” shortly after 10:00 p.m. brought a very energetic crowd to their feet in pure enjoyment of a wonderful evening.

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ROBOTICS High Tech Hoop

Challenge North Atlanta Team

It could have been

any sporting event, with hip-hop music pumping and the audience dancing, chanting and cheering for their players, but the FIRST Robotics Competition Peachtree Regional featured robots in a hightech hoops Milton resident battle. Nichelle Mathur founds The 64 non-profit to help students robots were develop STEM skills. designed by highschool teams from Georgia and surrounding states who hoped to win coveted titles and awards.

The March 27-29 event was organized by GeorgiaFIRST Robotics and held in the Georgia World Congress Center coinciding with the Atlanta Science Festival. In its first year competing, the Gravity Loop team of 9 teenagers from Robotic Explorers in Milton and Roswell, took home the Rookie Inspiration Award and a ranking of 46 out of 64 in the qualification round of the Aerial Assist game. “It was a very respectable showing,� said Nichelle Mathur, founder and executive director of Robotic Explorers and Milton resident. Her nonprofit helps students ages 4-18 develop science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) skills. The organization offers after-school classes, summer camp, robotics birthday parties and involvement in competitions.

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*Offer valid at 5250 Windward Pkwy, Milton location for a free Kidswich with the purchase of any wich. Limit one per customer. Not valid with any other offers. No cash value. Tax not included. Expires 7/31/2014. “It was most important that the students built skills and learned essential lessons not only in science and technology, but in communicating and collaborating with students from competing teams,” Mathur said. “They’re not so focused on winning as on solving problems and getting better for the next competition.”

The values of the event, which defined winning according to excellence in design, engineering, safety, entrepreneurship, team spirit, and the ability to overcome obstacles and build lasting partnerships, are consistent with the principles of the Robotic Explorers programs and the spirit of Gravity Loop.

Gravity Loop’s robot was a tall female named Zyra who was built to assist, rather than shoot, in the basketball-like game. Knowing that other teams would build robots that could score in the high goals, Gravity Loop focused on creating Zyra to assist and score in the low goals, Mather noted.

“As a rookie team, we are learning the inner ‘loops’ of what makes a FIRST Robotics Competition team successful,” said Thomas Paterson, 18, who is homeschooled. “Our team may be small, but we have students and mentors who are ready to innovate, connect and inspire the culture by celebrating STEM and the ideals of FIRST.” In addition to preparing for future competitions, Gravity Loop is expanding its horizon in the performing arts with plans to create a robotic rat for Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s annual performance of The Nutcracker.

In this three-day “unique varsity sport for the mind,” Ariel Assist was played in two-and-ahalf minute matches on a flat 25’ x 54’ field by two Alliances of three robots each competing to score as many points as possible. Alliances received points for scoring their ball in goals and working together to do it. Teams of young people had six weeks from the beginning of January, 2014, to design and build their robot, using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules.

“Robotics opens up many avenues of interests for kids. For example, engineering has a definite art component to it,” Mathur said, which underscores the emphasis that Robotic Explorers places on using STEM to help students become well-rounded achievers.


Photo courtesy of City of Milton. 2013 K9 Support Golf Tournament

BALL control

By Bill Barkley, Master PGA Teaching Professional

Ball control

can be partially defined by the ability to meet the ball square, control height of trajectory, spin the ball with a fade or draw towards the target, or create backspin or topspin to improve a particular shot. Ben Hogan’s ball control was performed with a machine-like efficiency. It wasn’t just that he hit fairways in regulation, but, like a great pool player, he placed tee shots on the left or right side of a fairway in order to position the best angle for the subsequent shot to the green.

Hogan’s trademark shot was to strike a low iron to a green that would land short, kick forward, and check – a shot that was amazingly accurate in all weather conditions. The following briefly describes two factors that contributed to his unique ball control: 1.

The number one factor was meeting the ball square consistently. Unlike many of Tiger’s tee shots, Hogan never fanned a tee shot to the right of a fairway. Hogan aimed the path of his swing left of the target, aligned the clubface square to the target-line, and met the ball square consistently. The result was a slight fade from the left into the target. Hogan’s famous secret revealed that his left wrist was cupped at the peak of his backswing. That prevented “laying the club off ” and caused a slightly closed clubface. On the downswing, he cupped his right wrist, causing the left wrist to bow downward, de-lofting the clubface and squaring the clubface to the target line. Without a slightly closed clubface at the peak, cupping the right wrist during the downswing would have opened the clubface. Hogan’s simple closed to square counteracting movements stabilized a square clubface through impact.


The primary factor that influences the angle of trajectory is the angle of approach. The angle referred to is the slope of the path of the clubhead approaching the base of the downswing. Like the physics of bouncing a ball, a 45-degree angle of approach should cause a corresponding 45-degree angle of bounce into the air. A greater angle increases the angle of bounce and causes the ball to land shorter. Less than a 45-degree angle of approach likewise causes the ball to land shorter. To maximize carry, the optimum angle of approach is 45-degrees.

A person’s posture determines the spine angle. The spine angle should remain constant throughout the swing. The greater the spine angle, the greater the angle of approach. Hogan stood relatively upright, a slight spine angle. Therefore, his shoulders and arms rotated on a relatively flat plane during 14 Milton Magazine June/July 2014

Where to Play? the backswing, causing a corresponding flat angle of approach and lower ball trajectories. Nicklaus bent over more, having a greater spine angle. Note how effective he was hitting out of deep rough and hitting high, long irons to greens. His high trajectory was the result of a steep backswing plane and corresponding steep angle of approach. When playng a shot out of deep rough, the clubhead and ball may become entangled. Grass between the clubface and the ball reduces or eliminates spin, causing a floater. If a floater lands on a green with a low trajectory, the ball will roll through the green uncontrollably. It is better to apply a steep angle of approach when playing a ball in deep rough. Like a Nicklaus shot, a ball with a high trajectory has less roll. Also, a steep angle of approach causes the ball to rise from the rough steeply, so as not to drive the ball and clubhead through the grass, becoming entangled. Resistance from the grass may cause the clubhead and ball to decelerate either to an abrupt stop, or twist the clubface to a closed, de-lofted position, causing a duck hook. There are several factors, such as spin, ball position, etc., that affect ball control, but squaring the clubface through impact, and controlling the angle of approach are the primary keys to your success. Bill Barkley, PGA Master Golf Professional with a specialty in golf instruction, had a 4-year golf scholarship to the University of FL and has been a PGA Golf Professional for over 60 years. He and his wife Claire of 58 years have eleven children and 25 grndchildren and live in Johns Creek.

The Golf Club of Georgia 1 Golf Club Dr., 30005 www. Two Arthur Hills-designed courses, Lakeside and Creekside are distinctly different from each other offering the golfer enormous architectural, aesthetic and strategic variety. In 1999, Golf Digest honored Lakeside’s par-5, 607 yard 11th hole as one of “America’s Best 99 Golf Holes.”

Crooked Creek Golf Club – Alpharetta Athletic Club East

3430 Highway 9 N, 30004 Alpharetta Athletic Club’s East Course offers a par 72 Michael Riley design that plays nearly 7000 yards from the back tee. Featuring undulating greens, demanding tee shots, and challenging approach shots, it is regarded by many to be the premier Championship golf course in Greater Atlanta.

The Trophy Club of Atlanta 15135 Hopewell Rod., 30004 Carved out of heavily wooded terrain in order to create a challenging yet playable course, they now offer Champion Bermuda greens. Nominated as Golf Digest’s “Best New Public Course” when opened in 1992, it was designed by DJ DeVictor and ABC-TV Golf Analyst Steve Melnyk.

Alpharetta Athletic Club 1785 Dinsmore Rd, 30004 www. Although the par 70 Willard Byrd design tips out at 6100 yards, this course will test the patience of any golfer. This risk-reward course gives you the choice to shape a fairway wood to a narrow fairway or go for the gusto and let it rip. It boasts narrow tee shots and pure rolling stamp sized greens.

Echelon Golf Club 501 Founders Dr., 30004 A broad-shouldered beautiful and formidable test designed by famed golf course architect Rees Jones, this course wanders over 600 acres of rolling hills, providing striking elevation changes and panoramic views, most notably on the back nine. This semi-private course also features a 32-acre practice facility. White Columns Country Club 300 Clubhouse Dr., 30004 This Tom Fazio designed golf course has consistently been rated one of the area’s top courses, guarded by towering pine trees and featuring large greens. Golfers will find deep bunkers and countless elevation changes as the course layout gradually increases in challenge and splendor building to a crescendo over the last final five holes.

Atlanta National Golf Club 350 Tournament Players Dr., 30004 Building on a legacy of greatness, this course was crafted by renowned father and son team Pete and P.B. Dye. The 6942 yard, par72 course meanders across 240 acres of natural hardwoods, babbling brooks and rolling hills, perfect for the golfers who demand challenge, playability, beauty and fairness. Manor Golf and Country Club 15951 Manor Club Dr.,

30004 Home to the only Tom Watson championship golf course in Georgia with 18 masterfully designed and memorable holes winding throughout hardwoods and towering pines, quiet lakes and streams. Seeped in the tradition of golf’s birthplace, Scotland, this course is extraordinary, boasting impeccable course conditioning and breathtaking vistas.


LEFT: Stunning pool home in Milton. Acre, Fenced Lot, Finished Terrace Level, Fireside Master Suite offered for sale in the $800ks by

Milton on the Move Market Report by Tracy Coles, Keller Williams Realty • 678-287-4800

Street Neighborhood Price DOM 905 Foxhollow Run Greystone 1.63M 277 825 Hampton Bluff Dr White Columns 670,000 26 822 Hallbrook Lane White Columns 633,000 90 495 Hermitage Dr The Hermitage 612,000 117 735 Lake Mist Cove Providence at Atlanta Nat’l 600,000 46 440 Gunston Hall Dr Providence Lake 585,000 4 1803 Heritage Pass The Highlands 642,950 123 14755 Taylor Valley Way Taylor Glen 560,000 107 125 Dorris Rd none 560,000 204 14415 Creek Club Dr Crooked Creek 569,000 7 720 Barberry Dr The Hermitage 555,900 193 125 Gladwyne Ridge Dr Gladwyne 510,000 123 14370 Morning Mt. Way Crooked Creek 527,000 5 2720 Cogburn Lane Cogburn Estates 553,405 15 1600 Reddstone Close Reddstone 499,000 80 1863 Heritage Pass The Highlands 501,270 347 775 Brickwood Lane Reddstone 472,500 93 3310 Woodbranch Dr Lake Laurel 425,000 4 990 York Cove Crooked Creek 418,000 35 160 Providence Plantation Dr Providence Plantation 389,000 148 12660 Morningpark Circle Waterside 380,000 12 545 Devonshire Farms Way Devonshire Farms 346,000 30 14020 Cogburn Rd none 290,000 44 14100 Old Cogburn Rd none 132,770 80

The average DOM is 55 days, ranging between 4 days and 347 days. And only 40 sales in March and April! It could be easily argued that the extreme wintry weather in January and February put real estate on hold in Metro Atlanta. The numbers reflects a serious decline in closings in a normally robust Spring market. It is also interesting to note that, apart from the $1.63 million dollar listing in Greystone, home sales reported in the FMLS capped out in the high $600’s, leaving sellers and agents in the $700,000 and up range scratching their heads. The real estate market is fickle, indeed! After an exciting sales surge in 2013, and encouraging news towards the end of first quarter for Metro Atlanta, and interest rates still hovering around 4%, I am hopeful that our next report will demonstrate a successful Spring for Buyers and Sellers. ---Tracy Coles, Keller Williams Realtor, 16 Milton Magazine June/July 2014


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Flicks & Foodtrucks coming to Friendship Park in Milton

Back to the Future (June 14), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (July 12), The Princess Bride (Aug 2) to be shown. What's better on a summer evening than a movie under the stars complete with dinner from a gourmet foodtruck? Nothing! That's why the City of Milton is proud to present the "Family, Fun, Flicks & Foodtrucks" summer event series all summer long at Friendship Community Park in Crabapple (click here for directions). All three films are free to the public, and gour-

met foodtrucks will be on hand to complete the evening. Just come by, kick back and have a great time! The events start at 7 p.m., and the films will be shown at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.). •June 14: Back to the Future (click here for more information) •July 12: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (click here for more information) •Aug. 2: The Princess Bride (click here for more information) For more information on this event, please contact Angela Thompson at 678-242-2530, angela.

The City of Milton

Incorporated on Dec. 1, 2006, the City of Milton has been recognized for having the highest quality of life in the state of Georgia and ninth-highest in the southern United States by the Business Journals' "On Numbers" survey. It is a distinctive community that embraces small-town life and heritage while preserving and enhancing the city's rural character. The City of Milton will provide opportunity and value in a responsive and responsible environment through active partnerships with the community and its stakeholders. For more information, visit, or call 678-242-2500. 18 Milton Magazine June/July 2014

Dr. Dana Harvey

12540 Broadwell Road, Suite 2102, Milton, GA 30004 • 770-751-9224


Alpharetta’s “BEST Italian Restaurant”

Located in a Quaint Historic Home

Corporate and Social Catering Reservations Accepted • Extensive Wine List, “Wine Dinners,” Full Bar • Private Intimate Dining Rooms • Heated Patio, Voted “Best Patio” by • Voted 2012, 2013 and 2014 Open Table’s “Diners’ Choice,” and “Neighborhood Gem” One Block from the square and Main Street, between Milton Ave and Old Milton Pkwy 37 Old Roswell Street • Downtown Alpharetta • 770-609-6311 •


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City of Milton


new City Hall funding

Milton's City Council

approved the issuance of a $10 million revenue bond in order to fund City Hall in historic downtown Crabapple. The bond means Milton taxpayers will not have to levy additional taxes or fees to build the municipal complex, set to open in April 2017, said Mayor Joe Lockwood. Plus, city funds will no longer be used to lease property taxpayers do not own - an important step to ensuring the most value for resident dollars. "We're excited to not only be giving the residents of the City of Milton a beautiful, welcoming and functional City Hall complex - we're doing it without adding to their tax bills," said Lockwood. "With smart budgeting and judicious use of our yearly fund balance, we'll be able to bring these projects to fruition without the additional burden of more revenue from property taxes." The City Hall complex, which will be located between Crabapple Road and the existing Braeburn development (click here to see a site rendering), is slated to include offices, council chambers, meeting areas for residents and a town green for expansion of special events in Crabapple.

Milton paid $900,000 for a little over two acres to be used in the project from the city's land acquisition budget after a unanimous City Council vote in February. Staff continues to negotiate on a small portion of land - about a third of an acre - expected to enhance the final project. As plans for the project - crafted in house by City Architect Robert Buscemi to maximize savings to taxpayers - become available, residents will be able to view them and chart the project's progress via the city's Web site and several anticipated public meetings. The bond will also pay for the 2014-2015 expansion of Bell Memorial Park (for more information, click here) and the construction of a Court, Fire and Police Services complex on Ga. 9 expected to open in 2019. For more information on the City Hall project, contact the City of Milton Community Development Department at 678-242-2500 or info@

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Canine Assitants Trains Service Dogs in Milton Jennifer Arnold is the Founder and Executive Director of Canine Assistants, a non-profit orga-

nization which trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs, located in Milton.

Jennifer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as a teenager, and spent two years in a wheelchair. It was an incredibly difficult time for her. Her father, a physician in Atlanta, heard about an organization in California that trained service dogs to help people in wheelchairs. The California program had a very long waiting list and worked mainly with those on the West Coast, so her dad decided to start a similar program in Georgia. Three weeks after the first planning meeting for Canine Assistants, her father was hit and killed by a drunk driver, while he was walking on the sidewalk around a park. It took her mother and her ten more years of hard work and dedication to open their program. They finally realized their dream in 1991. Service and seizure response dogs have a magical effect on their recipients. They assist with physical and emotional needs - enabling a person to achieve greater independence, confidence, and happiness overall. 95% of donations go directly to the training and placement of service and seizure response dogs with children and adults throughout the country. BY THE NUMBERS $22k - approx. cost to teach, care, and place one dog 2,000 - approx. # of people waiting for a dog 1,000 - # of dogs placed since their founding in 1991 120 - approx. # of dogs being taught at their farm 87 - approx. % of their dogs that can anticipate a seizure 30 - # of min. some dogs can alert before a seizure 1.5 - # of yrs teaching for a dog to graduate their program


Fireworks at Wills Park

things to do

Topgolf Alpharetta • 10900 Westside Parkway Alpharetta, GA • 770-217-0513 Topgolf is the emerging global leader in golf entertainment, serving millions of guests annually. Players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while also awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. This facility offers an upscale, laid-back experience that features climate-controlled hitting bays and an impressive food and beverage menu crafted by an executive chef. Mix in dynamic event spaces for groups of all sizes, and Topgolf stands as the premier entertainment complex where the competition of sport meets the neighborhood’s favorite hangout. •••

Fireworks on the 4th of July Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Parkway Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park on Friday, July 4, 2014! Their spectacular fireworks display begins at dusk! Fireworks will be shot regardless

photos courtesy Alparetta CVB

of the weather conditions. Opening events featuring the Presentation of Colors, Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem will begin at 5:30 p.m. The City Band will play from 6:15 - 7 p.m. and Serious Business will play from 7:15 - 9:15 p.m. Children's activities will include inflatables, face painting and much more! Food vendors will be on-site, please bring cash. •••

Chukkar Farm Summer Concert Series • 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta • JamesCourtesty Casto’s percussive-piaCity of Alpharetta no-pop keyboards and soulful vocals have created a loyal following of fans. His concerts at Chukkar Farm feature some of the best performing songwriters in the country in one of the most beautiful settings in Georgia. Come out the first Saturday evening of each month from May to November for in-the-round performances that create a sense of community as the performers relate the stories behind the songs. Reserved table seating under the pavilion and general admission seating are available. Bring food, friends and enjoy! All concerts start at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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Craft Beer Festival and 5K Race June 21, 2014 Downtown Alpharetta Over 100 craft beer vendors from around the U.S. will line the streets of downtown Alpharetta for the huge street party which will begin at 6 p.m. with live music. Food will be available for purchase from Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub. The 5K Road Race will begin at 8 p.m. at the Corner Deli. Registration for the race is $30 before June 11 and $35 after that date. All runners will receive a race t-shirt and a free beer to celebrate their finish.

4th of July PARADE Hosted by the Crabapple Community Association in downtown Crabapple, 10am Come out with the whole family to enjoy a local tradition! Children can parade through with decorated bikes! Dress in your favorite red, white and blue. The Crabapple Community Association exists to improve, protect and enhance the overall quality of life in rabapple by sponsoring community events, beautification and charitable works.

Topgolf Highlights: 100+ bays over 3 floors, Free Wi-Fi, Rooftop Terrace, 200+ HDTV’s, Live Music, Food & Drinks, KidZone,


Strawberry Fields FOREVER

By Amanda Turano

Would a berry by any other name still smell

as sweet? Did you know that strawberries are a member of the rose family? If you get a chance to stroll through a strawberry patch, you will understand why. The fragrance is both sweet and tempting. They are an abundantly “fruit”ful berry, each containing about 200 seeds. It is the only fruit that wears all of those seeds on the outside of it’s skin. Strawberries could be called overachievers because they are always the first fruit to ripen every spring. In medieval times strawberries were served at celebrations because they were believed to bring peace and prosperity. And rumor has it, that in France if you split a double strawberry in half and share it, then you will fall in love. Behold the power of this fruit! In the heart of downtown Crabapple you will find your local source for the amazing strawberry. Situated in a house turned gallery, boutique and outdoor garden is Strawberry Fields-a Dana gallery, borrowing the name from the shop’s owner. Behind the gallery is the home of the strawberry field. Dana said she had always wanted to grow

Milton Magazine contributing writer Amanda Turano writes about Strawberry Fields Boutique and Art Gallery in Crabapple/Milton.

strawberries. After opening the gallery in 2001, she was excited to be able to plant the field. This past year she was also able to add a labyrinth to enhance the outdoor enjoyment. Being next door to Milton’s restaurant proves to be a win-win for both of these local businesses. Milton’s and Strawberry Fields work together several times per year hosting a unique dining experience called the Garden Dinner Series. This seed-to-fork evening begins with a champagne and strawberry reception while allowing time to browse through the shop and gallery, and enjoying a tour through the strawberry fields. Attendees enjoy a four course dinner al fresco on Milton’s Acre seated at a rustic-chic, long and elegantly set table. Strawberries from the fields frequent the menu offerings and drink specials of this evening. Inside the gallery and shop is truly a feast for the eyes. Dana travels all over the world and brings back unique items that compliment the gallery. It is as if each item was chosen because of the care and respect for the craft that the local artisan shows. Hip and unique jewelry, brightly printed scarves, scented candles, home décor items and boutique clothing are intermixed with local artwork and large prints, which are also for sale. There are items for golfers, horse lovers, wine en-

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thusiasts…You will find a gift for anyone on your list, and even something for yourself-I know I did! A few steps down the hall is the gallery. Locally known and recognized artist’s work is showcased museum-style. Each artist has their own style ranging from paintings with bursts of colorful city scenes, to quiet muted rural landscapes with pops of color that catch the eye. All are yours for the taking to complete that perfect look in your own home. A new offering in this week is a clever twist on old wine barrels. Repurposed wine barrels are fashioned into bistro tables and stools, lazy susans and wine bottle holders. Most recently, Strawberry Fields hosted a “Paint in the Garden” event led by artist Kay Griswell. Artists new and old enjoyed painting in a tented workshop outdoors in the garden and everyone took home their own masterpiece. Check their Facebook page for the latest news and specials at Strawberry Fields Art & Boutique. Business hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Closed Sunday & Monday. They are located at 12655 Birmingham Hwy, Milton, GA 30004. 770-7771707. The Garden Dinner Series dates are as follows, June 1/June 22/Sept 14/Oct 12.



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Chef Stefano Rea was born in a small town in Naples called Villa Ricca and moved to Rome at the age of nine. He worked at his parents’ restaurant in Rome, Castle Forte, until he was drafted to the Italian Royal Navy. After his tour of duty, he returned to work alongside his parents. “Papa had a wood-burning oven shipped from our home in Naples. I was infatuated with the concept and immediately started to learn how to make Neapolitan Pizza. He later moved to America to pursue a culinary career.

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Just Breathe

By Amy Pazahanick, Director of Tennis at White Columns Country Club in Milton, GA


This is one of the more common phrases that any athlete and especially, a tennis player will hear from their coach. What is it that about this “just breathe” slogan and why is this such a common mantra among coaches? Here are several insights that can help you understand why, “breathe” may be one of the most important things you can do in your next tennis match. 1.There is a very good reason why the best players in the world grunt. When a player grunts, it means they are actually exhaling. For a tennis player or athlete to properly and fully use their muscles, the muscles must be relaxed. For the muscles to be relaxed, one must be breathing. It is natural upon impact, for a player to exhale if they are properly breathing. When the muscles are relaxed, a player is able to stay loose enough to hit their shots properly.

or on changeovers, it will help them to stay calm, cool, and collected, the ideal way to play! 2.When a player is controlling their breathing by taking long, deep breathes, their heart rate tends to slow down. The slowing down of the heart rate can be a very good thing on the tennis court. When one is able to get themselves in a calm state of mind, they are generally able to make much better decisions, and in tennis this means, shot selection- choosing the right shots, at the right times. How many times, have you hit an excellent approach shot, you race into the net, get a juicy high ball right to your forehand and…BLOW IT!? More often times than not, this is not directly related to technical ability, but rather a lack of physiological control. The player overplays the ball because they are breathing too fast and are out of control. If one can learn how to stay cool and calm, these shots will be much easier to convert. One of the easiest ways to do this, is simply noticing how you are or are not breathing. You can also tune into your body and notice if you’re holding your muscles tense or if they are relaxed. 3.Breathing allows you to stay calm under pressure! A lot of times, in the midst of a tennis match, players are not even aware that they are breathing really fast or worse than that, holding the breath in all together. By tuning in to your body after each point, and checking your breath and the tightness of your muscles, you can dramatically increase your ability to play your best in high pressure situations.

We commonly call someone that plays nervous or lacks confidence, “tight”. Their shots appear A tennis player can physically and mentally, short, ridged and very stiff, much like their play much better tennis simply by focusing on breathing pattern. Often times, when someone the breath. Not only will you see an improvelooks fully confident on the court, we will say, ment in your ability to hit more fluid tennis “they are in the flow” or something like “she strokes, but also in your ability to make better looks so relaxed and calm”. This is generally a decisions and stay calm under pressure. So sign that they are breathing properly. If players next time you take the court, remember, just can learn to control their breathing patterns by breathe! AP taking long, deep breathes in between points 28 Milton Magazine June/July 2014

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Rashi Minkowicz, Founder of Chabad of North Fulton, mother of eight and mentor to many, passed away suddenly on March 11. She was 37 years old. Together with her husband, Rabbi Hirshy Min-

kowicz, she built a vibrant community from the ground up since arriving in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta in 1998. “She was the spine of our community,” recalls Anthony Shapiro, who credits his family’s return to Torah observance to the Minkowicz family. “She was an inspiration, not just as a rebbetzin, but as a mother and a friend—never criticizing for what we were not doing, but pointing out and celebrating what we did do.” Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she grew up as one of 17 siblings in a home that was open to long- and short-term guests around the clock. After her marriage, she and her husband set out to bring the passion and joy of Judaism to North Fulton. “She was a leader in so many ways—most often, by gentle example. People would watch the way she did simple things—like how she dressed her kids—and do the same. You could see how people acted differently in her presence," said Shapiros. A Real Trailblazer. An active leader, she led the community in building a beautiful state-of-the art mikvah, which she then operated with pride and care. She also directed the community’s Gan Israel summer day camp and its Hebrew school, as

well as planned and executed countless women’s events and holiday programs. In the midst of preparing Purim celebrations for both children and adults, the busy mother of eight passed away suddenly on Tuesday night, March 11, 2014 As the community learned of the news, Shapiro says they are turning to Minkowicz’s example for guidance. “It was just recently that she told us how her grandfather [Rabbi Hersh Gansbourg] danced and sang on Simchat Torah, shortly after losing his wife. Like him, she just wouldn’t want tragedy to get in the way of living life as a Jew and as a Chassid.” In addition to her husband, Minkowicz is survived by their eight young children: Mendel, Yoel, Henya, Tonia, Naftali, Shaya, Dovid and Alter.

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Infrared light accounts for half the sun’s energy and is essential for human life. It provides the pleasant, comforting radiant heat you feel when you walk outdoors to enjoy the sun. Discovered by NASA to be the safest, most beneficial natural light wave, infrared is used in hospital nurseries to warm newborns. It penetrates the body six to eight centimeters and positively affects all body systems. Infrared light causes a cell’s mitochondria (powerhouses) to vibrate at higher frequencies and more efficiently produce ATP, which provides energy and has an active role in enzyme processes and detoxification. Infrared helps the body detoxify by causing toxin-containing water molecules to vibrate at a higher frequency, thereby reducing and

breaking the bonds of the molecules. As the water molecules break down, cellular toxins, such as mercury, aluminum, sulfur, formaldehyde, alcohol and nicotine, are released and carried out via the body’s natural elimination channels. In addition to enhancing detoxification at the cellular level, infrared stimulates the circulatory system and increases blood flow, dilates blood vessels, elevates core temperature and increases metabolism. An hour of infrared therapy burns up to 900 calories, making it an excellent addition to any weight-loss program. Infrared stimulates the lymphatic system, improving immunity and reducing inflammation. Athletes routinely use infrared therapies after training to alleviate muscle and joint

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pain, and it has been shown to reduce the pain and joint stiffness associated with osteoarthritis. Infrared therapies have also been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels; heal skin wounds, acne and eczema; provide stress and anxiety reduction; promote profound relaxation; reduce cellulite; and destroy cancer and viral cells without harming surrounding healthy cells. Experience the health benefits of infrared therapies by utilizing BioMat, Migun, and Sunlighten Broad-Spectrum Infrared Sauna at Abundant Life Wellness, 12670 Crabapple Rd., Suite 200, in Milton. 770-663-7898.


In Milton, Pets are People Too By Jennifer Ferrell Image by

Early signs of heat exhaustion are excessive panting, drooling, and looking agitated

Hot and humid conditions will last through

September, and it is important to remember to protect our pets from the heat in the final “dog days” of summer.

Normal temperature for dogs averages 101.5 °F; and if their temperature is over 105°F, they can suffer from “heat stroke.” When dogs are overheated, they cannot sweat to cool themselves like humans so they rely on panting to help decrease their body temperature. When the outside temperature keeps rising, panting cannot help them. Dogs can get overheated in many ways:

Left outside without shade and water on a hot day. Remember that shade changes throughout the day. If dogs are attached to a tether, they could either get tangled and not be able to reach shade, or the shade can move beyond their reach. Water bowls can be knocked over. Make sure to take precautions, and ideally leave them inside with A/C. Left inside without A/C on. Dogs have died in hot houses because the A/C was left off or turned down on a hot day. Small, enclosed spaces without good ventilation are also a problem.

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Early signs of heat exhaustion are excessive panting, drooling, and looking agitated. As the temperature rises and they start experiencing heat stroke they can collapse, have bright red, dry gums, and rapid heartbeat. Weakness, seizures, coma, and death can develop if they don’t get help quickly! How to help your dog: Get him away from the heat and into shade or A/C. Cool her down. Rinse her in cool water and place wet towels on her armpits and stomach. Put her near a fan. Offer cool water if he is alert, but do not force him to drink. Get them ASAP to the closest veterinarian. What NOT to do? Do NOT use ice water. Ice-cold water can actually make her worse. Don’t cool him off too much. If his temperature goes down below 103°F when you are cooling him off, it can keep dropping and he can get hypothermic. Don’t avoid going to the veterinarian. Even if your dog seems better, she can have severe internal problems and should always be examined by your vet.

Dr. Jennifer Ferrell graduated from the University of Florida Breed predispositions. Certain breeds are veterinary school in 1999. She more likely to get heat stroke. Brachycephalic practiced as a Veterinarian (short-nosed) dogs like Bulldogs, Pugs, Bosuntil 2008, when she had ton Terriers, and Lhasa Apsos cannot pant as children. She remains iactive effectively as other dogs. in continuing education, volunterring veterinary care Underlying medical conditions. Overto local charities and writing weight dogs, and those with heart conditions about veterinary topics. or breathing problems will overheat more quickly.


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Crabapple Tavern, it is a hidden treat! Tucked away behind a McDonalds at the intersection of Crabapple and Hwy140, it can be easily overlooked. We were pleasantly surprised by not only the ambience, but also the food diversity, quality, and service. They offered many unique salads, plenty of appetizers, and the usual lunch fare. In addition, fine food selections, pot-pies and Hoffman’s Hots (hot dogs) round out the menu. Their large outdoor patio doubles as a stage for live music venues. This tavern is perfect for happy hour, family dinners, ladies lunches or work gatherings (they have wifi). Visit them at 1230 Arnold Mill Road and tell them scoop sent you!

Harvest Moon. Scoop OTP loves the entrepreneur spirit, especially in students. On a recent visit to Henry & Pearl, we came across a cool new t-shirt line called Harvest Moon created by seniors at Milton High School. These 5 boys have been friends since middle school and one night under a Harvest Moon, they had a memorable evening. Years later, they wanted to capture that moment and their anthem of “Find Your Moon”, which is a paraphrase for find what you love to do. With money they earned from a pressure washing company, the company was created. Their friend Daniel Arnold drew them a logo and a graphic designer digitalized it starting the process of their clothing line. Locally, the shirts are at Henry & Pearl and Alpharetta Outfitters. The short sleeve shirt retails for $20.00. Here’s a scoop shout out to the creators of Harvest Moon: Jake Jenkins, Connor McElroy, Mike Price, Erik Peterson, & Grant Peagler. The five plan to expand their business around their specific colleges and thank social media for their growth. Grab a shirt for your son’s back to school shopping, and you’ll be the cool mom. UB4ME. Buying a shirt that also benefits a charity is a win-win for any shopper! Scoop loves UB4ME, which recently relocated and expanded to 2 Milton Avenue in DT Alpharetta. Owner Jennifer & Ken Manisco created the concept of “shirts that give back” to help the community. Many different styles and charities are represented with trendy designs, making it hard to choose! We love our Thankful shirts that benefit the homeless at the Atlanta Mission. The store also carries an extensive collection of other fashionable clothes, jeans, shoes, and accessories. Grab your stylin’ summer outfit here and tell them scoop sent you! 36 Milton Magazine June/July 2014



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By Brian Johnson

Situated just south of downtown Alpharet-

ta on Highway 9, Matilda’s Cottage is a happy jumble of color and “rural chic” charm. The gallery was originally established in the late 1990's by MJ and Mark Potter as a collaborative retail space of art, antiques, and funky junk shared by local entrepeneurs who rented rooms in the house. Over time it has become more of a pure art gallery, though hardly a traditional one. The converted first floor of the cottage houses a joyous cacophony of impressive creativity, with paintings, iron sculptures, hammered metal installations and other pieces spilling merrily from one room to the next. One morning while listening to music in the backyard behind the gallery, MJ noticed that the trees and shape of the place seemed to enhance her listening experience. A couple of years later the Potters found the resources to start a music venue on the property. They have been hosting the Matilda’s Under The Pines summer concert series ever since. Matilda’s summer concert series runs from May to August, when school is out and the weather is reliably good (with the exception of the odd late afternoon Georgia thunderstorm). Past seasons have featured many favorites from the Atlanta and North Fulton singer/songwriter community including veterans of cherished Atlanta live music venues like Eddie’s Attic and Red Clay Theater. This season features many talented local acts including Gibson Wilbanks and Gareth Asher, as well as up-and-coming Alpharetta pop

rockers Starting Fires. You can see the complete season schedule and buy tickets at Matilda's has steadily grown in popularity over the years because it fits perfectly with the family-centric vibe of North Fulton. As an "all ages" venue, artists and fans alike can bring their entire families out to enjoy the natural surroundings and appreciate the local musical and artistic talent on display without traveling too far or dealing with the more negative aspects of attending events in Atlanta. "This is a place where families can appreciate art together, in all of its forms," says MJ. "We are happy to help spread some color and happy noise to the local community." After operating a showroom for a number of years in Roswell on Canton Street MJ has recently consolidated her collections and business back to the original building on Highway 9, where her artistic heart has really always been. If you stop in for a show or to check out the pieces on display, you might find your own heart skipping in time to the funky beat coursing through the walls and the trees of this great local art spot.

Brian Johnson is the owner of music lessons business North Fulton School of Music ( and founder of Lucky Dog Studios ( He is also the Executive Producer for independent record label Highway 9 Records (hwy9records. com), and a benefactor of many local music community projects. He and his family live in Milton, Georgia.

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Milton Parents Tackle Food Allergies in Local Schools

By Megan Bowman

Last summer,

Brooke Bowman was playing joyfully on the Maryland beaches during a potluck picnic. Sounds of laughter and happy squeals filled the air as the children chased waves and played in the sand. But, soon enough, squeals changed to gasps as Brooke’s face rapidly began to swell, her eyes closed, and she began to vomit. Panicked, her parents rushed her to the closest urgent care center, only to learn that Brooke had suffered what was likely a life-threatening food allergy. With no prior history of allergies, her family was shocked to learn that Brooke had a severe nut allergy.

Anxiety levels among parents are on the rise because some children react to foods years after their first exposure. Also, subsequent reactions can be increasingly more dangerous. According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011, but researchers struggle to pinpoint exactly why.

Despite years of nut exposure with no adverse reaction, Brooke’s body responded violently on that warm summer evening after she ingested a cookie that contained nuts.

However, when a child leaves the home, entering school for example, a whole new layer of worry can emerge and parents wonder how they will keep their children safe with so many variables that are out of their control.

Brooke’s story is not unique. Researchers estimate that 15 million Americans currently have food allergies, including one in 13 children.

Managing food allergies at home brings with it a learning curve, but families usually learn successful coping mechanisms quickly with minimal interruption to their daily routine.

One group of moms is all-too familiar with this concern, and wanted to do something to help al-

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leviate it. Michelle O’Reardon and Meghan Holgerson, both mothers with children with severe food allergies at Birmingham Falls ES (BFES), created a new, volunteer-based committee called “FAST” (Food Awareness Safety Team). Comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, and children, FAST aims to facilitate information and suggest safety measures to make the school environment as safe as possible. Fast Founder and preschool teacher, Michelle O’Riordan, commented, “So many activities in the younger grades center around food-related activities, and that can be a tricky situation to manage in the classroom. Something as simple as a child bringing in cupcakes on his/her birthday presents challenges to teachers who have children in the class with food allergies. Previously, the teachers would separate the allergy kids from their classmates and offer a different snack for their own safety. Over time, however, this separation can really begin to erode at a child’s sense of self, and we wanted to brainstorm a healthy alternative.” Thanks to a recent partnership with Alpharetta-based “Mama Bakes Safe Cakes” and unwavering support from BFES principal,

Windy Bottoms, families with children with food allergies can now pre-purchase allergy-safe cupcakes and store them in the school cafeteria’s freezer. This way, ALL kids can enjoy a similar treat on a birthday without having to feel separated. The impact has been very positive. More recently, FAST helped to ensure that the lunch provided to more than 400 guests for the fifth grade promotion ceremony had allergy-friendly alternatives. Parent and FAST Member, Megan Bowman, commented, “I’m so impressed by the work that FAST has already accomplished in a few short months. They’ve created their own brand-specific logo, have met with administrators and teachers, held several meetings with children, and coordinated an inaugural food drive to help stock the shelves of North Fulton Community Charities with allergy-safe foods. They are purposeful and so impactful.” Ultimately, FAST members hope BFES will be the first of many schools nationwide to launch committees like this one. To learn more about FAST, or how you can implement a food allergy awareness group at your school, please email


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Chicago before and during World War II. It is set in a time when political correctness was unheard of, and severe prejudices were held by about anyone different from one’s own race, nationality or religion. However, during and after World War II the barriers between nationalities and religions did begin to disappear. The story’s main character is Benny Nuzzo, an Italian immigrant ditch digger with old world values who struggles with the changes brought by the turbulence of the 1930's and 1940's. In a neighborhood ruled by tradition and prejudice, his wife Nora tries to hold onto her family splintered by Benny's refusal to let his daughter Rosemarie grow up. When Rosemarie falls for an Irish boy and the war wreaks havoc on their lives, everyone in

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the neighborhood is forced to change as their secrets are revealed. You are immediately invested in the characters lives as the story pulls you into their world. No matter where you are from, you will recognize these people and their struggles. If you are looking for a good book that will keep you wanting to read more, then I definitely recommend Street of Secrets. Just try not to stay up all night! Published by Yawn’s Publishing in Canton, Georgia, the book is available at Yawn’s Books & More, Inc.,,, and $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-936815-98-2

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The Sugar onSugar By Amy Keating, PT, MSPT

As a native of Roswell and descendant of a

large southern family, I grew up hearing my kin folks talk about “the sugar”. If you are from the south then you know exactly what I am talking about! The official medical term for “the sugar” is diabetes mellitus. We hear a lot about the medical complications associated with diabetes from the media, medical community, family, and friends yet the number of Americans developing diabetes continues to rapidly rise. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2010 statistic, about 25 million people or 8.3% of the U.S. population has diabetes. Diabetes at the most basic level of understanding is described as having high levels of glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream. Elevated blood glucose is caused by a problem with the regulating hormone known as insulin. The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational. Type 1 is the result of damage to pancreatic beta cells which make the hormone known as insulin. Therefore, a type I diabetic will always be required to utilize insulin and dietary management to manage their blood sugar levels. Type I is usually diagnosed between childhood and early adulthood. The suspected risk factors include autoimmune dysfunction, genetics, and environmental exposure.

Type II diabetes is the result of defective insulin action within body cells and accounts for 9095% of diagnosed diabetes. A type II diabetic usually starts as insulin resistance. The insulin is improperly utilized by body cells during insulin resistance. Over time, the pancreas is unable to continue meeting the insulin demands of the bloodstream and progressively loses the ability to produce insulin. Management of type 2 includes diet and exercise along with medication. Not all type 2 diabetics are required to use insulin. Causes of type 2 diabetes can include obesity, family history, gestational diabetes, race/ethnicity, sedentary lifestyle, and impaired glucose metabolism. Gestational diabetes is a form of glucose intolerance that is diagnosed during pregnancy and usually resolves after childbirth. Obese women and those with a history of familial diabetes are more prone to developing gestational diabetes. The good news about diabetes type 2 is that making healthier lifestyle choices can greatly improve quality of life. Many research studies prove the effectiveness of weight loss and increased physical activity in reducing, managing, or delaying development of type 2 diabetes. Amy C. Keating, PT, MSPT is a native of Roswell and currently lives in Crabapple. She has a B.S. in biology from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame and a M.S. in physical therapy from the University of North Georgia. She currently works in a skilled rehabilitation facility in East Cobb.


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"Love Project” Photos by Wayne Boston and Amanda Quintana - Courtesy of City of Milton, GA

REVERSE M O R T G A G E S Are they for You? By Jeff Smalley

Jeff Smalley, VP of Mortgage Lending for Guaranteed Rate, Inc. is a licensed loan originator, mortgage broker and real estate broker. A Canton resident of 14 years, graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Finance, Jeff is a veteran of the US Air Force, an animal lover and an avid golfer. 678-493-0002.

Reverse Mortgages. The correct name of

the federally insured reverse mortgage product is the “Home Equity Conversion Mortgage” often referred to as a HECM mortgages, which are backed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This loan product was created specifically for seniors aged 62 or older who own their homes free and clear of any mortgages or have only a moderate mortgage remaining. The loans are relatively easy to qualify for because they have no credit history requirements or income qualifying conditions. Loan amounts are determined by a number of factors including the borrowers ages, the amount of equity in the home based on its current appraised value and current interest rates. Seniors interested in receiving a HECM loan must participate in an approved third party counseling session as part of the application process so that they fully understand the impact of this type loan on their current and future finances. How the Funds May be Received Seniors use the equity in their home as the basis for the HECM mortgage. Proceeds from the loan can be distributed in any one of the following ways: • Monthly payouts until permanently leaving the home • Monthly payouts for a specified amount of time • A line of credit for withdrawing funds as needed

• A combination of a line of credit and monthly payments • Payoff an existing mortgage and eliminate monthly mortgage payments • A single lump sum payment Proceeds Can be Used for Any Purpose • To buy a new home • Pay real estate taxes or homeowners insurance • Pay for health care • Supplement monthly income • Eliminate existing mortgage payments • Home improvements or making the home more accessible • Payoff credit card debt The primary advantage of this type of loan is that there are no monthly payments required and the accumulated principal balance of the loan does not become due until the last remaining senior on title dies, sells, or permanently leaves the home. Those seniors on the loan retain ownership of the home and any unused or future equity in the home. Seniors will not owe more than the home is worth at the time repayment is required, no matter what the home sells for. If the home sells for more than the amount owed on the HECM mortgage, they or their heirs keep the difference. Reverse mortgages are not for everyone, but for those seniors who have significant equity in their home and need or want to use that equity to augment their monthly income or eliminate their monthly mortgage payment, they can be an effective financial tool.


Photo by Jennifer Carter of Jen Wanders Photography •

Gibbs Gardens Southern Living Magazine named Gibbs Gardens “The Most Stunning Daffodil Garden Ever!” WORLD-CLASS DESTINATION GARDEN IN NORTH GEORGIA Southern Living Magazine (Feb. 2012) called North Georgia’s Gibbs Gardens “The Most Stunning Daffodil Garden Ever!” M. Lindsay Bierman, the magazine’s editor, describes Gibbs Gardens’ daffodil gardens as “the most spectacular display of blooms this side of Holland.” In “Here Comes the Sun”, Southern Living’s Senior Garden Writer Steve Bender gives readers a preview of the soon-to-open Gibbs Gardens: “. . . sweeps of well over 5 million daffodils in 60 different selections bejewel 50 acres. . . .” There’s a lot more to Gibbs Gardens “Seasons of Color” than its spectacular daffodils “where hillsides drip with gold and silver each spring.” The 300-acre Gibbs estate garden in Cherokee County includes 220 acres of breathtaking gardens set in mature rolling woodlands dotted with ponds, springs, streams and waterfalls. FORTY-YEAR DREAM COMES TRUE Jim Gibbs, the owner, designer and developer of Gibbs Gardens, is the founder of Gibbs Landscape Co., one of the largest, oldest and most successful landscaping firms in Atlanta. Gibbs and his company have received more than

Just 30 minutes north of Milton

By Barbara Schneider

250 awards for landscape design excellence, including two national awards presented at White House receptions. “I’ve dreamed of creating a world–class garden in the Atlanta area for more than 40 years,” says Gibbs. “After spending six years finding just the right property and another 30 plus years designing and developing Gibbs Gardens, that dream came true.” Visitors to Gibbs Gardens will be amazed by the diversity and breadth of its 16 artistically designed garden venues and dazzled by the four feature gardens: • Japanese Gardens, at more than 40 acres is the largest in the nation. • Monet Waterlily Gardens, featuring 140 varieties of unique lilies and a replica of the bridge in Monet’s Garden at Giverny (outside Paris). • Arbor Crest Manor House Gardens, located on the highest ridge in northeast Cherokee County, where seven flowering terraces flow seamlessly down 150 feet of elevation from Arbor Crest Manor House to the Valley Gardens. • Daffodil Gardens, 60 varieties of daffodils sweep across more than 50 hillside acres under a canopy of flowering dogwoods and cherry

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CONVENIENT LOCATION Gibbs Gardens is conveniently located a half hour’s drive north of Milton. Visitors enter Gibbs Gardens off Yellow Creek Road in Cherokee County, from SR 369 on the south.

Gibbs Gardens next “Twilight in the Gardens” event, Saturday, May 31

Gibbs Gardens’ unique blend of natural and man-made features begins immediately as visitors turn onto Gibbs Gardens where 120 Red Sunset Maples bordered by towering Leland Cypress trees create a shaded allée -- leading visitors through a cathedral-like canopy of trees to the hidden gardens beyond. WHAT YOU WILL FIND NOW Seasonal Gardens’ “festivals” available for viewing in the late spring and into summer, include: Fern Dell Festival — starts in April and grows more lush each day through October. This is one of the largest natural ferneries in the country, sprawling alongside stream beds for more than half a mile in the Valley Gardens.

On June 14 and June 28 Gibbs Gardens presents “Twilight in the Gardens,” its “after hours” event open to the public. Get ready for an evening of fun, good music, great food and the most beautiful garden vistas framed by the setting sun. The evening begins at 5:30 and the Gardens will close at 9:30 p.m. Plan on four hours to see all of Gibbs Gardens or two hours to see either the Valley Gardens or Manor House Gardens. Annual memberships to the gardens are also available, offering visitors unlimited access during the gardens regularly scheduled hours. Admission fees are subject to state and local sales tax. For more information, go to www. gibbsgardens. com or email info@ gibbsgardens. com for questions and information. Gibbs Gardens is located at 1998 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground GA, 30107. The phone numbers are 770-893-1880 and 770-8931881.

Rhododendron Festival — starts in May and ends two to three weeks later. More than 150 varieties and over 1,000 rhododendron plants. Rose Festival — starts the first week of May and continues until November. Over 1,000 roses are in bloom. Hydrangea Festival — starts in May and ends in October. We have planted over 150 varieties totaling more than 1,400 plants.

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Waterlily Festival — starts in May and ends in November. Over 140 varieties comprised of har-

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Geriatric Care Manager...

What the Heck is That?

By Brandi Hackett With the growth of the “Over 65” population to hit over 72 million nationwide in the next 15 years – many of us will soon find ourselves in this group or otherwise caring for those who are. Cherokee and North Fulton counties are also proposed to “gray” not only due to the current residents aging - but also as in becoming caregivers they will be absorbing the responsibilities with bringing their loved ones closer. As a professional working in geriatrics, I find many people are also becoming increasingly curious to discuss all things related to aging and caregiving. Many ask me what is a Geriatric Care Manager? – as it seems ideal to those in this caregiving role to have someone manage everything being thrown at them! Certified Geriatric Care Managers are medical specialists who act as a guide, advocate, and resource for clients and their families. This specific discipline of clinical care providers have met formal educational requirements, have established work experience and supervision within the field (typically nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychiatric services with a focus on aging), and have attained professional certification through the national association. These providers provide client-centered and comprehensive care for older adults with health challenges or those facing chronic disabilities at any age. Sound guidance is provided to clients and their support systems through proper assessment, monitoring, education, fact-centered planning, and problem solving (both outside of

and within crisis). The instruction encourages all involved highest level of independence, reduction of stress, and increased quality of life. These professionals are privately employed by clients and their families on a fee-for-service basis – allowing for true objectivity and consistent care throughout multiple medical locations, situations, and the progression of one’s illnesses.

The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) is a non-profit organization with the key focus of the professional development and advancement of Geriatric Care Managers nationwide through provided education, collaboration of knowledge and services, and accountability to those within the discipline. The organization provides certification– as well as the disciplinary code of ethics and standards of practice. Their website has an available search tool allowing those needing GCM services to find those in their closest proximity that hold the specific credentials, education, and certification to provide such clinical services. Brandi Hackett, LMSW, C-ASWCM is a Professional Certified Geritric Care Manager with SeniorCare Options. She has extensive professional experience in: oncology, skilled nursing, hospice, government benefits and local resources, dementia care and support, and end of life services. Brandi lives in Canton with her supportive husband, Jason, and energetic son, Joseph. 404-804-5113.

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Celebration of a Life Well Lived

Helen Cashin

Helen Heath Cashin, 89 of Alpharetta, passed peacefully on April 21, 2014 while sunbathing on the deck of her home. Helen had suffered from advanced Alzheimer’s for the last seven years. Born March 23, 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts, her parents were Kenneth and Helen Heath. She met Jack Cashin on the beach in Florida in February of 1948, where Jack Cashin was employed as a lifeguard. They were married on December 19, 1948 in New York and proceeded to live a life of many adventures. The Cashins moved to Atlanta in 1973 and thought they had found their version of heaven. Helen and Jack cofounded the Cashin’s Place chain of restaurants in and around Atlanta, GA and many of the recipes were developed by Helen including their award winning salad dressing which was a customer favorite. They bought their 131 acre farm in Alpharetta in 1979 and have built it into Chukkar Farm Polo Club & Event Facility, a renowned and very active facility offering Sunday Polo Matches to the public. Through the farm they have raised over $7 million dollars for non profit organizations. Jack Cashin describes his wife as, “A person with a terrific sense of humor and very easy to be with. She was beautiful inside and out, always good to look at. She was a hard worker and the backbone of our restaurants. She was dedicated to our family, our home and our business, one of the most dependable, honest and empathetic people you will ever meet.” Helen is survived by her husband, Jack Cashin, 6 children – Heath Cashin, Bridget Meyers, Jason Cashin, Cara Cashin Tadsen, Adam Cashin, and Erin Cashin Nugent; 11 Grandchildren Dillon, Haley, Jake, Helen, Brekken, Dane, Hope, Joy, Tate, Sam & Abby; and 6 Great Grandchildren – Ward, Wellington, Fielding, Tilden, Josiah, and Branson. Helen is predeceased by Grandson Hansen, 7 months old.

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Groundbreaking on Milton’s The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System held a Groundbreaking Event for our new Milton Library on Thursday, May 29 at 11:00 a.m. The new 25,000-square-foot library for Milton is part of Phase I of the Library Building Program, currently underway. The library will be located at 855 Mayfield Road in Milton. Stevens &Wilkinson, in association with 720 Design, is contracted with Fulton County to provide design and engineering services for the new library. Turner Construction Company is contracted to provide construction management

New Library

services on this project, and Heery/Russell is the program management team. The grand opening of the Milton Library is expected in the 2nd quarter of 2015. Green building design and sustainability are priorities for these library building projects, and the Library System expects to achieve LEED Silver on all of the Phase I projects. Each library will reflect the culture and interests of its community. You can also stay up-to-date on the Library Building Program by visiting http://

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June 1 • Sunday

Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails Garden Dinner Series • Milton’s Acre, 800 Mayfield Road, Milton; $125pp. Caffeine and Octane Car Show 8am – 11am, 12600 Windward Pkwy.

June 7 • Saturday

Bulky Trash Amnesty Day, City of Milton • Youth Fishing Derby at Brookside Office Park Lake • 8am – 11am, bring your own bait and pole, Ages 4-12, Free, Pre-register: wprcprograms@ Alpharetta Farmers’ Market, Saturdays through Oct.; Downtown Alpharetta, 8:30am – 1pm, Date Night: Sizzling Summer Tapas at Salud Cooking School, Harry’s Farmer’s Market • 1180 Upper Hembree Road. $119per couple. 6pm – 9pm

Salud Cooking School, Harry’s Farmer’s Market • 1180 Upper Hembree Road. $49pp. 9:30am – 12:30pm, $55pp Michelle Melone at Matilda’s “Under the Pines” Concert Series• 377 South Main Street, Alpharetta, 8pm. $15. Alpharetta BREW MOON Summerfest • 6:30pm – 11pm, downtown Alpharetta, street dinner party,

June 11 • Wednesday

Live Music at 850F Bar Pizza 12635 Crabapple Road, Milton, every Wednesday and Sunday.

June 12 • Thursday

The World Cup month-long celebration at Olde Blind Dog 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton; June 12-July 24;

Girls Night Out: Cancun to Cabo at Salud Cooking School, Harry’s Farmer’s Market • 1180 Upper Hembree Road. $49pp. 6pm – 9pm wholefoodsmarSummer Berry Desserts at 58 Milton Magazine June/July 2014

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley • downtown Alpharetta. 6pm – 8pm. 6-8 rotating trucks.

June 14 • Saturday

A Day With Dad: Breakfast in Bed at Salud Cooking School, Harry’s Farmer’s Market • 1180 Upper Hembree Road. Ages 6-9; 9:30am – Noon, $39 Dads, $29 kids; wholefoodsmarket. com Alpharetta Farmers’ Market • Saturdays through Oct. • Downtown Alpharetta, 8:30am – 1pm, A Day With Dad: Summer Cookout at Salud Cooking School, Harry’s Farmer’s Market • 1180 Upper Hembree Road. Pm – 6pm; $39 Dads, $29 Kids; Ages 10-13, Chukkar Farms Concert Series • 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta 8pm, Saturdays through the summer. Breeze Kings at Matilda’s

“Under the Pines” Concert Series • 377 South Main Street, Alpharetta, 8pm. $15.

June 14 • Tuesday

Family, Fun, Flicks and Foodtrucks presented by the City of Milton. Fiendship Community Park, 12785 Birmingham Hwy., Milton. 7pm, Free. “Back to the Future”

June 15 • Wednesday

Live Music at 850F Bar Pizza • 12635 Crabapple Road, Milton, every Wednesday and Sunday.

June 19 • Thursday The World Cup monthlong celebration at Olde Blind Dog • 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton; June 12-July 24;

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley downtown Alpharetta. 6pm – 8pm. 6-8 rotating trucks. Facebook. com/alpharettafoodtruckalley

June 20 • Friday

Starting Fires at Matilda’s Under the Pines Concert Series 377 South Main Street, Alpharetta, 8:30pm. $15. Better Together’s meeting “Connecting Milton Residents with Local Businesses” at

Robeks Juice. 4pm - 7pm.

June 21• Saturday

Chukkar Farms Concert Series • 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta 8pm, Saturdays through the summer. Donna Hopkins & Gibson Wilbanks at Matilda’s “Under the Pines” Concert Series • 377 South Main Street, Alpharetta, 8pm. $15. Craft Beer Festival and 5K Race, downtown Alpharetta 6pm, local sponsors!

Alpharetta Farmers’ Market, Saturdays through Oct. • dwtn Alpharetta, 8:30am – 1pm,

June 22 • Sunday

Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails Garden Dinner Series Milton’s Acre, 800 Mayfield Road, Milton; $125pp.

June 25 • Wednesday

Live Music at 850F Bar Pizza • 12635 Crabapple Road, Milton, every Wednesday and Sunday.

June 26 • Thursday

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley • downtown Alpharetta. 6pm – 8pm. 6-8 rotating trucks.

June 28 • Saturday

Chukkar Farms Concert Series • 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta 8pm, Saturdays through the summer. Little Country Giants at Matilda’s “Under the Pines” Concert Series • 377 South Main Street, Alpharetta, 8pm. $15. Alpharetta Art in the Park by Gallery 35 • downtown Alpharetta, 35 Milton Ave. 9am – 4pm Alpharetta Farmers’ Market, Saturdays through Oct. Downtown Alpharetta, 8:30am – 1pm, Great American Backyard Campout • Your very own backyard • sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, 59

June 29 • Sunday

Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails BBQ & BLUES Sundays • 800 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770/817-0161. Miltonscuisine. com

Alpharetta Farmers’ Market, Saturdays through Oct. • Downtown Alpharetta, 8:30am – 1pm,

Alpharetta Art in the Park by Gallery 35 • downtown Alpharetta, 35 Milton Ave. 11am – 4pm gallery35. com

July 9 • Wednesday

Live Music at 850F Bar Pizza


Live Music at 850F Bar Pizza • 12635 Crabapple Road, Milton, every Wednesday and Sunday. The World Cup monthlong celebration at Olde Blind Dog • 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton; June 12-July 24;

FIREWORKS Fourth of July Celebration at Wills Park• 1835 Old Milton Pkwy, 5:30pm – 10pm, FREE,

July 5 • Saturday

Caffeine and Octane Car Show 8am – 11am, 12600 Windward Pkwy. Chukkar Farms Concert Series • 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta 8pm, Saturdays through the summer.

Alpharetta Farmers’ Market, Saturdays through Oct. • Downtown Alpharetta, 8:30am – 1pm,

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley • downtown Alpharetta. 6pm – 8pm. 6-8 rotating trucks.

July 3 • Thursday

Crabapple Community Association Fourth of July Parade downtown Crabapple, 10am; FREE/Family event; 10am

Family, Fun, Flicks and Foodtrucks presented by the City of Milton. Fiendship Community Park, 12785 Birmingham Hwy., Milton. 7pm, Free. “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off ”

July 17 • Thursday

July 2 • Wednesday

July 4 • Friday

• 12635 Crabapple Road, Milton, every Wednesday and Sunday.

July 10 • Thursday

The World Cup month-long celebration at Olde Blind Dog • 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton; June 12-July 24; Alpharetta Food Truck Alley • downtown Alpharetta. 6pm – 8pm. 6-8 rotating trucks.

July 12 • Saturday

Blue Mother Tupelo at Matilda’s “Under the Pines” Concert Series • 377 South Main Street, Alpharetta, 8pm. $15. Matil-

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Doobie Brothers with Peter Framton and Matthew Currey at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre • 2200 Encore Pkwy. 8pm.

July 19 • Saturday

Chukkar Farms Concert Series • 1140 Liberty Grove Road, 8pm, Saturdays through the summer. Mama Blue Dress at Matilda’s “Under the Pines” Concert Series • 377 South Main Street, Alpharetta, 8pm. $15. Alpharetta Farmers’ Market, Saturdays through Oct. • Downtown Alpharetta, 8:30am – 1pm,

July 20 • Sunday

Live Music at 850F Bar Pizza

• 12635 Crabapple Road, Milton, every Wednesday and Sunday. 850FBarPizza. com

July 24 • Thursday

Guinness International Champions Cup celebration at Olde Blind Dog • 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton; July 24-Aug 4 American Idol LIVE at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Season 13 Finalists; 2200 Encore Pkwy. 8pm. Alpharetta Food Truck Alley • downtown Alpharetta. 6pm – 8pm. 6-8 rotating trucks.

July 25 • Friday

Celebration of Andrea Bocelli at The Velvet Note • 4075 Old Milton Pkwy, 7:30 pm and 9;30pm, June 25 and 26th; $24.

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Avett Brothers and Emmylou Harris at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre • 2200 Encore Pkwy.

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July 26 • Saturday

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, 25

Chukkar Farms Concert Series • 1140 Liberty Grove Road, 8pm, Saturdays through the summer. Alpharetta Farmers’ Market, Saturdays through Oct. • Downtown Alpharetta, 8:30am – 1pm, alpharettafarmersmarket. com The Villain Family at Matilda’s “Under the Pines” Concert Series • 377 South Main Street, Alpharetta, 8pm. $15.

July 27 • Sunday

Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails BBQ & BLUES Sundays • 800 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770/817-0161.

July 31 • Thursday

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley • downtown Alpharetta. 6pm – 8pm. 6-8 rotating trucks.

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Fathers Day June 15th

And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. LUKE 15:20-24

By Regina Gulick

One of my most favorite Gospel readings

is this one, describing the Prodigal Son. We all feel like the “prodigal son” at one time or another, and for various reasons; but I love to focus on the FATHER in this Scripture. I think about my Father, 81 years old, retired and living in Johns Creek with my mother—58 years of marriage, 11 children, 25 grandchildren. What an amazing man! In honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to offer a few words – humbly, since I’m not a father! – about how my Dad has impacted my life and shown me a thing or two about how fathers should be: 1.


we’ve all heard the same stories over and over. But I’ve listened at times to him tell his stories to strangers…and watching the stranger’s enthusiastic response to my Dad’s incredible stories reminds me how important these stories are! One of us needs to record them in writing. Always Be Teaching/Instructing. My Dad is the consummate teacher…a golf instructor by trade, he’s always teaching his children and grandchildren how to perfect the golf swing. Fathers should always be teaching their children, whether it’s how to fish, how to make money, how to pray, how to cook, how to play tennis or how to golf…children look to their Fathers for instruction. And, like the Father of the Prodigal Son store, ALWAYS welcome your children back into the fold when they stray. We’ve all got a lifetime to mess up and make good. Who better than our Father to remind us that we’re always welcome, accepted, loved. My Father did this over and over and over.

Allow your children to be individuals, with 6. their own skills and aptitudes, abilities and strengths. Honor their strengths. Disregard their weaknesses. 2. Work Hard. Work really, really hard to support your family financially. My Father did this for decades and his example has proven a great model for his children to do So, as a mother of two sons, I notice all of these the same. qualities in the man I married. My husband al3. Love your children’s mother. My Dad still lows our children to be individuals, works really, looks at my Mom with love and admirareally hard to support us financially, loves me , tion. My parents are the type of couple you tells great stories, is always instructing our boys read about that are “still in love after all of and loves them unconditionally. Funny how these years.” My Dad loves my Mom more my Dad’s example helped me choose a similar than he loves us kids. And I think that is spouse. And my husband acquired all of the just the way it is supposed to be. same from my Father-in-law. RG 4. Tell Stories. My Dad is a GREAT story teller. It’s a little joke in the family how 62 Milton Magazine June/July 2014



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Milton Magazine June/July 2014  

local, lifestyle magazine covering the good people of Milton, Georgia

Milton Magazine June/July 2014  

local, lifestyle magazine covering the good people of Milton, Georgia