Sandy Springs Reporter - June 2021

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JUNE 2021 • VOL. 15 — NO. 6

Sandy Springs Reporter



Market Mugs


The saviors of senior pets P18

Public input emerges as theme of mayoral race BY BOB PEPALIS


A seafood market comes to Brookhaven P8



A local school advocates for affordable housing P16


A reporter recalls KKK’s downfall P7

Donna Grammas, a clay artist from Roswell, shows off a Sandy Springs mug as customers browse her wares at the Sandy Springs Farmers Market May 1. Grammas is one of many vendors at the city-operated market, which runs Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to noon, through Nov. 20 at City Springs, 1 Galambos Way. For more information, see

Pedestrian, traffic safety improvements proposed for medical district BY BOB PEPALIS Twelve projects were proposed to the Sandy Springs City Council to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists in the medical district around PeachtreeDunwoody and Johnson Ferry roads at a May 4 work session.

In the past five years 781 accidents have occurred in that area, which equals to three per week, said Andrew Antweiler, senior project manager at KCI Technologies. The city’s consultant said stakeholder meetings were held with See PEDESTRIAN on page 29

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How the city collects and uses public input on diversity, housing affordability and a proposed cultural center are becoming a theme of the mayoral race between Dontaye Carter and incumbent Mayor Rusty Paul. A Diversity and Inclusion Task Force appointed by Paul earlier this year was given the goal to suggest ways to improve inclusion in city government and the community following Black Lives Matters protests that occurred in the city last summer. Carter claimed the city is not listening to public input or to the task forces and committees it creates like the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. He said the city needs equitable action on what task forces suggest. Paul said that gaining input is the reason he named the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. “So why would I not listen to a group I appointed? He’s assuming behavior well outside how I typically operate,” Paul said. “I’ve asked them for a comprehensive rather than piecemeal report so staff can look holistically at the recommendations and create an action agenda for council,” Paul said. Paul said the purpose of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force is to offer suggestions on ways to make all people in the community feel welcomed and valued. Carter said he’s not disregarding city task forces, but if it is created then the city needs to listen to the individuals placed on it to make a difference. See PUBLIC on page 30

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Sandy Springs to update City Springs Master plan BY BOB PEPALIS Sandy Springs will revisit its nearly decade-old City Center Master Plan to figure out what worked and what didn’t in establishing the City Springs District. With public and private investment jumpstarting implementation of the plan, updates are needed, Assistant City Manager Kristin Smith told City Council at its May 18 meeting. The council approved a $150,000 budget amendment to contract with a consultant to conduct the update. Key factors she identified to consider are the addition of city-owned and maintained property, parking challenges, updated zoning and a new development code. “The City Center master plan was adopted in December of 2012. Since adoption of the plan, many of the core goals have been actively implemented through public and private investment,” Smith said. She told Councilmember Jody Reichel that staff is working on the scope. Councilmember Andy Bauman said the timing of the update is great, as only Councilmembers John Paulson

and Tibby DeJulio remain on the council since the original plan was adopted. “I’d like to ask that we be presented an opportunity to review the scope,” he said. Bauman wants council to decide if it should consider stakeholders whose properties are “within shouting distance” of the City Springs District. “To be clear, we were not anticipating just looking at city-owned properties. We were considering the boundaries that were originally established within the 2012 master plans,” Smith said. Mayor Rusty Paul said his concern was the city could end up with a balkanized plan where areas are part of the master plan but with little islands of properties that would not be part of it. Bauman said he doesn’t want those isolated properties either, but he doesn’t want property owners to feel left out of the process of determining what is part of the plan and what is not. “I’m more interested in the boundaries of this thing as expansive as we can make it to include properties. I wasn’t looking to really exclude I think

we just need to be sensitive,” he said. Paul said he agreed. The Goody Clancy study that helped create the original master plan needs to be evaluated in making the update. “I think you’re not going to get very far with a plan if you don’t incorporate the current property owners. So I would anticipate that all property owners in the affected area would be engaged, at least offered the opportunity to provide input,” he said. Paulson also wanted the original plan evaluated. It served as the blueprint for the entire district. “I want us to use that as a framework because, let’s face it, we spent a lot of time and money and effort,” he said. The community had input into that plan, so it should be used as part of the scope of the update to assess what has been done, how well it’s worked – and then build on from there, Paulson said. Smith said the consultant updating the plan will examine the Clancy plan’s original proposals, compare it to what has been built. From that the implications of what has been done will be determined. Based on feedback received, a bit of economic develop-

ment analysis will be done to figure out an economic development strategy for the City Springs District. The five core goals were to: · Create a vibrant, walkable city center with amenities such as commercial retail, recreational and cultural activities. · Catalyze market-driven private investment in mixed-use redevelopment with new dining, amenity retail and entertainment options. · Create an appropriate setting for a new civic/cultural center that functions as a place of community activity and identity. · Create infrastructure including walkable streets, stormwater, traffic flow, transit, bicycling facilities, parking, utilities and signage. · Introduce a green space network for a variety of activities drawing from new development and tying together with established neighborhoods and existing open spaces. Approximately 1,700 new residential units and more than 100,000 square feet of retail and amenity space have been added in the City Springs District, Smith said. “I highly recommend Atlanta Hearing Associates in Dunwoody. They fitted me with Lyric invisible hearing aids.They are far better than my previous top-of-the-line BTE aids. Dr. Sara is knowledgeable, efficient, and caring. The office is well run. They are also doing a nice job dealing with COVID restrictions.” - B.C. 5 Star review



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Sandy Springs mayor opposes delegating liquor license approval to city manager BY BOB PEPALIS If Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul’s opinion prevails, the city manager won’t take over approving alcohol licenses. City Attorney Dan Lee brought the proposal to the City Council at its May 18 work session. “That’s something that always concerns me deeply, when we delegate responsibilities that we have, even though it would be totally permissible under law,” Paul said. Lee researched three areas of the city’s alcohol ordinances at the request of Councilmember Jody Reichel, who had expressed concern at the length of time it takes to get licenses through the approval process that includes a public hearing before the council. Paul said he supported two of the three issues, which included allowing liquor tastings by retailers and the existing ordinances that deal with how close a business that sells alcohol is to a church or school. But he didn’t want the council to delegate its license approval to the city manager. Since the city formed in 2006, council has approved all alcohol licenses for beer, wine or distilled spirits, Lee said. Only one license application has been denied by the council in that time. The process requires businesses to fill out applications and give them to city staff, who confirm the applicant conforms with all state and local laws. The application then goes before council in a public hearing. The license is either granted because the applicant is compliant or denied because it does not meet all rules. Getting it into the public forum and having a complaint made by the public can’t change that, Lee said. “If it meets the criteria that you’ve already set, that state law set, it can’t be denied without probably violating the due process of the applicant,” he said. Reichel asked Lee if businesses are affected by having to wait longer to get their licenses. If the application is compliant with laws and there is time before the next meeting, the city manager has the authority under the current ordinances to grant a temporary license, he said. “The answer would be, ‘No, I don’t think there’s a delay to any applicant under the current ordinance,’” Lee said. Paul said that happens frequently. He’s been to city restaurants whose licenses have not been through the public hearing and voted on by council, but they are able to serve beer, wine and distilled spirits with the temporary license. Lee also said he misspoke at a previous meeting when he said applicants who take over businesses that already were licensed required a new survey to confirm SS

the business was at least 300 feet from any school or church. The new owner can use the original survey and just get it confirmed by a surveyor. A 12-month variance is allowed if a school or church moves in after the business is licensed. If a new manager takes over for the existing business, a process exists to substitute that person’s name on the existing license, he said. Councilmembers can expect to see a proposal to allow liquor tastings at local retailers. Lee said it is “much like Georgia law has been relaxed to allow stores to have wine tastings and breweries to have beer tastings.” State law allows 52 liquor tastings per year, with a four-hour limit for each session, he said. The changes in state law maintain the three-tier system,which requires a manufacturer to sell to a distributor, who then can sell to the retailer. “That’s how the taxes are collected, state and local taxes. It maintains the integrity of that process, but it would allow for distilled spirits to be treated just like wine is in our ordinances, and around the state,” Lee said.

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Live theater returns to City Springs BY BOB PEPALIS Live performances resume in July in the Performing Arts Center at City Springs through a popular local theater company, while the city is planning its own slate of other shows. City Springs Theatre Company will have performances of the James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim production “Into the Woods” July 9-18, which had originally been scheduled in spring 2020. Subscriber tickets for the 2020 shows will be honored, with new print-at-home tickets delivered by the end of May. As of late May, the Byers Theatre in the PAC at 1 Galambos Way was still planning to require temperature checks and masks during the July shows. The official 2021-2022 season begins in September with a presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” in the Byers Theatre. Performances will run Sept. 10-26. “A Chorus Line” comes to the theater March 11-27, 2022, directed by Tony Award recipient Baayork Lee. In May 2022, a musical adaptation of “The Color Purple” will be performed. This adaptation of Alicia Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel premiered at the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta before opening on Broadway in 2005. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards. Performances will be May 6-22, 2022. The final show of the season will be “West Side Story” July 8-24, 2022. Season subscription renewals already are underway, with new season subscriptions becoming available June 21 at City Springs Theatre Company’s website,

PAC to stage 74 performances

Create Sandy Springs Director Shaun Albrehctson said 74 performances are scheduled in the PAC’s upcoming season, which starts in August. He planned to announce the shows on May 28, after the Reporter’s deadline. He introduced a membership subscription program with levels ranging from $100 to $5,000 that offer ticket discounts, meet-and-greets, advance ticket sales and other benefits depending on what subscription level was purchased. Patrons can purchase a membership at

Arts Foundation awards $200,000 in grants

The Sandy Springs Arts Foundation handed out $200,000 in grants for local performances. The City Green Live and Concerts by the Springs summer concert series each received a $75,000 grant. City Springs Theatre Company was awarded a $50,000 grant for its musical theater education program, Ken Byers, chairman of the Arts Foundation board, said. The Arts Foundation has three components, one of which is supporting the Performing Arts Center (PAC), said Maureen Darcey, foundation manager for the nonprofit organization. The second component enhances the arts experience for students in mostly economically challenged schools. An Arts in Place program at Sandy Springs and Ridgeview Charter Schools during the past school year held an arts contest at the schools, getting 380 participants through video submissions. Each school received a $5,000 donation through the program.

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JUNE 2021 ■ For the upcoming school year, the Arts Foundation will run the Arts in Place Arts Contest in four schools and expects to increase donations to the schools, Darcey said. Northside Hospital and the Livingston Foundation will help. Another Arts in Place program will pair students from North Springs High School to individually mentor Sandy Springs Middle School students, she said. Approximately 40 students are expected to participate. Helping Sandy Springs arts nonprofits is the third component of the Arts Foundation, she said. Funding these programs and grant awards requires donations. Byers said the Arts Foundation looks for large corporations and donors. He doesn’t see a problem with competition for donations with the introduction of Create Sandy Springs membership program. The Arts Foundation seeks

larger donations than even the top membership level priced at $5,000. He considers corporations that purchase sponsorships are looking for exposure by getting their name on a show. That’s more like a marketing cost, he said. “We would come out of philanthropy budgets,” Byers said. The pandemic kept Byers and fellow Arts Foundation board members from showing off the programs and facilities with all shows cancelled and the Performing Arts Center closed to the public. “Just wait until you see when some of their performances get to the PAC, which the first one will be the Sound of Music in September. That will really show off Sandy Springs,” he said. Finding a donor to back the PAC for naming rights remains a goal for Byers. Two years after the Arts Foundation became an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit the pandemic hit. That stalled donations

since its mission is visual and performing arts. “We’ve kind of gone into a quiet mode because you can’t take people to show them what kind of shows are in the PAC. You can’t really take them around and look at sculptures or other types of visual art. You can’t really have in person meetings with various donors, you can’t have both fundraising parties,” Byers said. That’s opening up this summer he said. “Giving to the arts really, really suffered during the pandemic. A lot of corporations were sending funds to COVID related needs. So we hope the tide will turn and people will start getting excited – I know they will – about getting out and about in their community and enjoying each other’s presence with an arts experience,” Kelly said. For more information on the Arts Foundation, visit

ACT3 Playhouse resumes youth workshops

ACT3 Playhouse, a semi-professional theatre company and arts academy at 6285-R Roswell Road, resumes its summer workshops on June 14 with a play performance workshop for 12 actors in grades 3-8. The cost is $350. Rehearsals will be June 14-25, with a performance taping on June 26. Performances will be streamed online on July 9 and 10 at 7 p.m., and July 11 at 3 p.m. Spaces are first come, first served with no audition necessary. Register at https:// “She Kills Monsters” will rehearse from July 12-23, with a show taping on July 24. The professionally edited performance will be streamed Aug. 6-8. Thirteen actors ages 13-18 will be cast. The audition deadline was June 1.

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Lantern Parade heads to the ‘Hooch on June 5 BY BOB PEPALIS The annual Lantern Parade will “Take It to the River” in Sandy Springs on June 5 at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. The parade will take participants with their lanterns down to the Chattahoochee

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Author Q&A: How an FBI informant brought down a murderous KKK group BY KEVIN C. MADIGAN The murder by the Ku Klux Klan of an advocate for voting rights in Mississippi during the mid-’60s and the work of an undercover FBI informant who exposed it is the subject of a new book titled “When Evil Lived in Laurel: The ‘White Knights’ and the Murder of Vernon Dahmer.” It’s written by local reporter Curtis Wilkie, who covered Civil Rights in the area for a quarter of a century. Wilkie will appear at the Atlanta History Center on Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m. in a free, virtual conversation with veteran journalist and former colleague Hank Klibanoff. For details, see

always successful in obtaining convictions. I was surprised at the sheer stupidity of people involved in the Klan. I was a young reporter in those days, and I certainly remember they were a fearsome group. They terrorized the state and did a pretty good job of that, but I got to see what knuckleheads they were and how, thankfully, they were not always able to pull off many of their missions because they screwed things up. A place called John’s Restaurant in the town of Laurel hosted Klan members, many of whom would get inebriated and spill secrets, right? Yes. It concerned some of the more sober members of the Klan who felt this was not helpful at all. John’s Restaurant was run by one of the major figures in the White Knights. Beer was sold and sometimes they added to it with moonshine liquor or regular whisky or gin. They would get drunk and loud and brag about missions where they felt they had accomplished something -- burning down a house or intimidating Black families.

The “White Knights” you describe were notoriously disorganized, with dissent in the ranks and a lack of mutual trust. You call them “clumsy practitioners of stealth.” Can you talk about that? The accounts of their meetings clearly spelled out a group of peoKlan leaders liked to portray their activities as Christain miliple not particularly well-educated tancy, while engaged in campaigns of terror and murder. Why whose burning desire was to keep was that? down the Blacks in the state of MisIn order to justify that method of ethnic cleansing 60 years ago, sissippi, and they just weren’t very they cloaked it in pseudo-Christianity. Several prominent memeffective. Even the tactics in which bers of the White Knights were ministers themselves. This philosthey succeeded -- burning down ophy of Christian militancy stated it was proper to kill someone houses or killing people -- were counif it was necessary, in a good Christian manner, whatever the hell terproductive because the conservathat’s supposed to mean. It was clearly a very perverted sense of tive white people in Mississippi who religion that flies in the face of Christianity. supported segregation were horrified SPECIAL by this kind of conduct. You met the FBI informant, Tom Landrum, towards the end of Curtis Wilkie. At the height of their incompetence his life. Did he have any regrets? (a raid in which the activist Vernon I never heard him express any regrets. He did talk about his Dahmer was fatally wounded), they left fears of being discovered when he was reporting regularly to the behind precious evidence -- a pistol and one of the getaway cars -FBI, but at the end he was actually quite proud that he did what he could do, as one perso the whole crew was quickly rounded up. Between the FBI and some of the cooperatson in the community, to put an end to the White Knights. ing local authorities it took roughly two months to arrest everybody, but they weren’t


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Food for Thought: Catching up with seafood dealer Kathleen Hulsey BY KEVIN C. MADIGAN Fishmonger Kathleen Hulsey recently opened a third location of her seafood market Kathleen’s Catch, this time in Brookhaven at 3436 Clairmont Road, in partnership with her daughter Sara Waterman. “We’ve had a huge welcome here,” Hulsey says. She first opened in Johns Creek in 2011 and added a second location in Milton in 2015. Oysters, shrimp, scallops, lobster rolls, chowders, crab cakes and octopus are just some of the items on offer for pickup or delivery. Hulsey is an advocate for sustainability and the proper cultivation of seafood. For more, see Your original impetus to launch the business was the lack of fresh fish available to you in local grocery stores, right? Yes. My husband works at [wholesale distributor] Inland Seafood. I could find fresh fish there, but I couldn’t find it in a retail setting. How difficult is it for you to get fresh seafood all the time in a landlocked place like Atlanta? It’s actually perfect for me for two reasons: our airport has non-stop flights from everywhere in the world to here, so fish flies in all day long. As far as domestic fish goes, we are situated on the highway from Miami with all kinds of fish from the Gulf -- stone crabs and everything else -- then all the way up to Maine for the lobster, so it’s very easy to get fish everyday. You obviously try to sell all the fish you have on a daily basis, but what happens with what’s left over at the end of the day? We carry it over a second day but if it doesn’t sell it becomes a member of our “No Fish Left Behind” program: we vacuum-seal it, freeze it and sell it at a discount. But it’s still fresher than anything you could get in a grocery store. You also help customers with advice on how to prepare fish, taking a lot of the guesswork out of it. Yes, absolutely. We have some things to make it a little easier: seasonings, cocktail sauce, mustards and such, and we have ideas on ways to cook that help people. Another good thing we do is we offer fish by the pound but we also sell it by the portion,

and those pieces are generally 6 ounces. There’s no skin and no bone so If you want to make a dinner for four people you can buy four perfect pieces of fish rather than having to guess how many pounds you need to buy. You do ready-made meals as well? We do one a week. It changes every Monday and it’s called Catch to Go. It is an oven-ready meal with a side, and you just add a sauce or seasoning and put it in the oven which is a good way to teach people how to cook fish. It’s a way to get started.


Kathleen Hulsey, left, and daughter Sara Waterman are partners in the new Kathleen’s Catch location in Brookhaven.

You also have wine, Champagne and produce, correct? Even caviar? Yes, and cheese and charcuterie. We don’t keep caviar in stock here but we can get it overnight from our supplier. Over the holidays we get a lot of caviar [orders] but this time of year it’s not so big.

Talk a bit about sustainability and farmed fish versus wild fish. Those two subjects are intricately involved because I believe in supporting aquaculture if it’s done correctly. Aquaculture has been around since ancient times but it’s had a pretty bad reputation in recent years. Now there are companies out there who are doing it right and that means no growth hormones and no antibiotics in their feed. They’re not in crowded pens, they are in open ocean pens with fast-moving cold water. Those are the companies where I look for farmed fish. And the reason I promote aquaculture to such an extreme is there aren’t enough fish in the ocean to satisfy appetites for our future generations, so if people can do it in a clean, healthy manner I’m happy to support that.

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Quick Bites | Restaurant openings and news BY KEVIN C. MADIGAN Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has announced that a third location of its popular smoked meats joint will open at Brookhaven Station in the summer of 2021. “When my brother and I started cooking barbecue, we did so in our backyard in Brookhaven, and we’re excited about the opportunity to return to the neighborhood,” said co-owner and pitmaster Jonathan Fox in a press release. “We want to highlight elements of classic Texas barbecue culture and the flavors that we grew up with.” Plans for the space include “an open-air feel that stretches from the kitchen to an outdoor space and an easy to-go pickup window.”

◄The Blue Plate is planning a June opening in Dunwoody at 5000 Winters Chapel Road “where the old Empire Pizza was,” according to owner Sade Williams, who told the Reporter, “I would describe our menu as soul-Southern comfort food with a modern twist.” Knuckies Hoagies’ owner Todd Broaderick says another branch of his sub shop will open in July at 6135 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. This will be his sixth location in the Atlanta area, with a seventh planned for Marietta in the fall. Most of them serve pizza as well, but these two new ones will not. “We’ve done well, despite the pandemic,” he said.

Kefi, a “modern family club” affiliated with Chick-fil-A that includes Superica is setting up another metro Atlanta location, this time SPECIAL Xander Coffee, was scheduled to close its doors in May after two A shrimp dish at Blue Plate. in the Ashford Lane complex at 4500 Olde Perimeter Way in Dunyears in business at 3637 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. A Facebook woody’s Perimeter Place shopping center. The opening for Chef post earlier in the month thanked customers for “the outpouring of Ford Fry’s Tex-Mex emporium is scheduled to happen about a year from now. superlove and support” and added, “We are committed to making it the most joyful place for our members to be for the next few weeks.”


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Electric-vehicle charging company to power up new HQ in Buckhead BY JOHN RUCH Netherlands-based Heliox, a company that makes fast-charging devices for electric vehicles, expects to open its new campus this month at 165 Ottley Drive in Buckhead’s Armour neighborhood. The headquarters will include offices and a research and development division, expected to create 70 jobs total in the next year, according to a Georgia Department of Economic Development press release. In Europe, Heliox builds, operates and maintains charging systems for public transit, trucks, construction vehicles and port equipment. Among its U.S. customers is MARTA. The company is partnering with Georgia Tech on internships and possible research and development partnerships, according to an announcement press release. Katie Kirkpatrick, the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s president and CEO, said in the press release that the company’s arrival is another example of how “metro Atlanta is rapidly becoming a global hub for the EV [electric vehicle] industry with a wealth of innovative engineering talent.” David Aspinwall, president of Heliox North America, answered some of the Reporter’s questions about the new HQ. What does the name “Heliox” mean? The name Heliox was inspired by the ancient Greek word “Helios,” the god of the Sun, the most powerful energy source on the planet.

announce in the coming months. Overall, we see tremendous opportunity in this market to provide the charging infrastructure for e-mobility, which is experiencing high growth and will no doubt accelerate as the federal government commits to e-mobility. What is the future of the charging industry looking like? Is one sector more dominant than others, such as public transit vs. private vehicles? There is tremendous opportunity in both sectors, but definitely private electric vehicles have helped to pique both private and public sector interest in e-mobility and larger electric transportation infrastructure projects. The federal government’s proposed spending to electrify at least 20% of school buses and $25 billion to electrify transit vehicles is moving the industry ahead much more quickly.


David Aspinwall, president of Heliox North America.

What is bringing Heliox to North America at the scale of a headquarters? Are there particular clients here? We work with a number of partners and customers here in North America, which we’ll

What drew you to Atlanta in general and Buckhead in particular? Atlanta is a growing e-mobility hub, and we’ll also have access to some of the brightest technology talent coming out of Georgia Tech. We’re also committed to meeting all UL and Buy America standards, meaning all of our research, development and assembly will be done here in North America.

What sort of research might you partner on with Georgia Tech? DC Rapid Charging R&D, Vehicle-to-Grid research and development, [and] energy management innovation.

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Local schools’ student news publications win state awards BY JOHN RUCH

and critical reviews. And The C&G at Holy

nounced April 21.

Student news publications at three local schools won many honors in the Georgia Scholastic Press Association’s spring awards, whose winners were an-

Among the winners, Pace Academy’s Knightly News took the first-place “AllGeorgia” award for best newspaper.

Innocents’ Episcopal School won the allstate honor for informational graphics. The GSPA, based at the Grady Col-

The Oracle at North Springs High

lege of Journalism and Mass Commu-

School took several honors in columns

nications at the University of Georgia, holds the contest annually. All of the local schools competed in the category for newspapers, newsmagazines and news websites. “Superior” is an award category for finalists.

The full list of local winners included:



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North Springs High School, The Oracle Column Writing, All-Georgia: “Musicology Corner” by Veronica Kogan Column Writing, superior: “Cummiskey’s Corner” by Nelson Cummiskey Column Writing, superior: “It’s OK to not be OK” by Saaniah Hardy

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, The C&G

Critical Review, superior: “Justice League: An injustice to comics” by Isaac Linnen

Commentary, superior: “What about fairness?” by Zak Kerr

News Website, excellent

Feature Profile, superior: “Thomas Barbershop’s tremendous tale” by Alex Newberg General Excellence, superior, newsmagazine Information Graphic, All-Georgia: “Immunize Wise” by Maddie Poch

Mazel Tov to the Class of 2017!

We wish you the best of luck in college and beyond.

Pace Academy, The Knightly News Critical Review, All-Georgia: “Winter showcase captivates audience” by Darren Rosing Double-Truck Layout/Design, All-Georgia: “The 2020 Election” by Kathryn Hood

M E M B E R S O F E P S T E I N ’ S C L A SS O F 2 0 1 7 W E R E A C C E PT E D T O : American University Auburn University Boston University Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University Clemson University College of Charleston Cornell University Drexel University Duke University Elon University Emerson University Emory University Fashion Institute of Technology Florida State University

George Washington University Georgia Southern University Georgia Institute of Technology Indiana University Kennesaw State University Lynn University McGill University Mercer University North Carolina State University Northeastern University Northwestern University Ohio State University Pennsylvania State University Rhodes College Savannah College of Art & Design Southern Methodist University

Syracuse University Temple University The New School (Parsons School of Design) The University of Miami Tulane University Union College University of Alabama University of Arizona University of California, Berkeley University of California, Los Angeles University of Colorado, Boulder University of Florida University of Georgia University of Maryland

University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Memphis University of Michigan University of North Carolina University of Pennsylvania University of Rhode Island University of South Carolina University of South Florida University of Tennessee University of Texas Austin University of Virginia University of Wisconsin Wake Forest University Washington University, St. Louis Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Feature Profile, superior: “Spotlight on faculty passion project: Let America be America again” by Darren Rosing General Excellence, Newspaper, superior General Excellence, News Website, Small School winner Illustration, superior: “Gifted Kid” by Kathryn Hood Newspaper, All-Georgia News Story, superior: “Pace hosts first ever TEDx conference” by Megan Hardesty

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The valedictorians and salutatorians of 2021 The Class of 2021 graduated in May amid another pandemic-altered year. The following are the valedictorians and salutatorians as announced by several local schools. Atlanta Girls’ School Lindsey Geer (V) *This group photo was digitally created.

Atlanta Classical Academy Caleb Albert Dye (V), Ashlynn Bree Gannon (S) Chamblee High School Matthew Lombardo (V, Magnet), Richard Von Biberstein (V, Resident), Victor Lim (S, Magnet), Anika Karim (S, Magnet), Molly Silverman (S, Magnet) Cross Keys High School Uriel Castaneda (V), Jonathan Marquez (S) Dunwoody High School Megan Vander Wiele (V), Seung Joo Lee (S)

Congratulations Davis Academy Class of 2021! Ryan Altmann Jake Barras Jack Baylin Aaron Berman Avery Berman Cooper Bernath Charlie Berss Sydney Bressler Isaac Brody Sylvie Bella Brown Sophie Carmel Drew Chase Benjamin Collins Noah Diamond Nathan Dollinger Ashley Dryburgh Scarlett Fedors Noah Flome

Summer Folbaum Julia Freedman Nate Friedman Stella Galanti Emerson Goldberg Kaitlyn Goldberg Levi Gordon Adam Greenstein Gabriella Haviv Hannah Herman Sadie Hoff Leeya Ilan Samantha Iroff Maya Israel Noa Kadoori Micah Kopelman Rachel Kurgan Noa Lazarian

Amelia Levine Alex Levingston Jolie Levy Ariella Lewis Jadyn Lichstrahl Molly Marcus Micah Margolis Leah Medeiros Sarah Meiselman Lindsey Mirsky William Morrison Julia Moss Avinash Nebel Zachary Notte Zoe Nowak Eleonora Perez-Rubio Benjamin Perry Caileigh Pinsker

Adam Ress Molly Richin Abigail Richman Zachary Rindsberg Wendell Rogers Alexa Rubin Benjamin Rudolph Kyra Russotto Abigail Schermer Rachel Slutzky Ian Stukalsky Alexis Tauber Ari Weber Joshua Weiss Isaac Wolf Joshua Wolkin Maddie Yudin

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Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Madeline Poch (V), Ella Vail (S) Holy Spirit Preparatory School Ainsley Hillman (V), Sofia Oliver (S) The Lovett School Nikita Sharmila Gupta (V), William Peter Novak (S) Marist School Clare Seymour (V), Courtney Maley (S) North Atlanta High School Emilie Jacobus (V), Brendan Weinbaum (S) North Springs High School Ariel Frenchman (V), Tyler McMahon (S) Riverwood International Charter School Elle Mezzio (V), Lauren Cohn (S)


69 GRADUATES of the

CLASS OF 2021! 300 acceptances to 150 different colleges worldwide!

St. Pius X Catholic High School Sarah Halbig (V), Sophia Ripoll (S) The Weber School Sam Feldstein (V), Micah Reich (S) The Westminster Schools Sarah Lao (V), Anand Srinivasan (V), Kiran Gadde (S), Soumia Vellanki (S)


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Diversity task force sends zoning, housing affordability recommendations to mayor BY BOB PEPALIS Mayor Rusty Paul told his Diversity and Inclusion Task Force to send a single, comprehensive report on its findings so an action agenda can be presented to the City Council. Task Force Chairman Jim Bostic and Olivia Rocamora, the Housing and Transportation subcommittee chair, had taken the first report on housing to Paul after the task force’s May 11 meeting. “I’ve asked for them for a comprehensive rather than piecemeal report so staff can look holistically at the recommendations and create an action agenda for council,” Paul said. The mayor said he’s asked the task force to meet with city staff for briefings on some steps the city already has taken to show its members what the city has accomplished. The Housing report shared with Paul recommended adoption of a zoning ordinance requiring affordable housing with all new construction, a proposal the City Council excluded from an updated zoning code in 2017. Paul formed the task force early this year to suggest ways to improve inclusion in city government and the community. This followed Black Lives Matters protests that occurred in the city last summer. Jim Bostic, who chairs the task force, created subcommittees to begin work on creating proposals. The first subcommittees were assigned Housing & Transportation and Recreation. Rocamora presented two sets of recommendations to the task force that, after revisions, were included in the report to the mayor. The first set seeks to improve communications by expanding distribution of local newspapers to apartments, including the Sandy Springs Reporter and adding translation services to documents and live city meetings. City staff would review redevelopment applications through a racial equity lens and require developers to reveal anticipated impact to neighborhoods and residents from development projects. The second set suggested for adoption in the following fiscal year proposed more housing creativity for new construction through zoning changes and providing incentives for developers for housing affordability. One zoning change the City Council rejected in its adoption of the comprehensive plan would make inclusionary zoning a requirement. The intent was to ensure all new construction includes housing affordability for residents earning $50,000. Task force members wanted to know why inclusionary zoning was rejected in the past.

“I think looking at it from our perspective, we might judge differently, right? Thinking why would you exclude this, this is really important? So I would just love to hear if there are some valid reasons what they are,” task force member Nicole Morris said. In 2017, the reason given was that a mandate could prevent redevelopment, especially in the North End. The city said it planned to form a task force to study affordable housing and add best practices in the code later. Rocamora said the teachers and first responders who work in the city can’t afford or choose not to live here. She said Sandy Springs Fire Chief Keith Sanders told her only five of the 116 full-time fire department employees live in the city. “These are our frontline workers, these are our heroes from the last year and beyond and I do believe that everyone believes in housing for them,” she said. “The question is, what are we willing, what are we prepared to do about it. That’s really what the nuts and bolts of this is,” Bostic said regarding the recommendations for fiscal year 2022 starting in July. Developer incentives to support housing affordability in apartment complex renovations or new construction might include lowering tax rates to developers, giving height variances or the city purchasing property and installing infrastructure before selling to a developer. But they’d have to deliver 25% of units as affordable housing for the long term. Other options would come from the second phase of the Housing Needs Assessment. In addition to inclusionary zoning, the task force wants the city to change its zoning laws to get creative with non-traditional housing including garage apartments. A recommendation to allow multifamily housing on the boundaries of any single-family neighborhood would effectively end protected neighborhoods. “Let’s not kid ourselves that people don’t understand exactly what we’re talking about for zoning for multifamily housing throughout the city, and not just on the North End. I mean, one of the things that’s happened is that they moved it all to the North End,” Bostic said. City residents can expect to receive a survey from the task force in the coming weeks to gain their input on reaching diversity and inclusion in recreation. The task force will use regular communications channels such as email distribution lists and social media and ask city partners like the Community Assistance Center to help spread the word. But it also will ask the best ways to reach out to all city residents.

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City residents back term limits, higher salaries for elected officials BY BOB PEPALIS The Charter Review Commission heard support for term limits, staggered elections and increased salaries for the city’s elected officials from a few residents at its May 20 meeting, the first public comment the group has heard. “I completely agree that it would be imperative to place a limit on both the mayor and council members’ time in the office. Because if we don’t, it can cripple the growth of our great city,” said Jason Hamilton. Hamilton, who briefly entertained a City Council campaign before throwing his support behind another candidate, acknowledged the council has had turnover in the past but said it may not happen in the future. “By placing a term limit, it will allow others to have the ability to lead, serve and bring innovations into our city,” Hamilton said. Zack Greenamyre, an attorney with Mitchell & Shapiro of Buckhead speaking on behalf of Sandy Springs Together, asked the commission to consider changes regarding municipal court. Sandy Springs Together is a group that advocates for affordable housing. “So many of us may think of municipal courts as boring places where you pay your speeding ticket or argue a code violation. But municipal courts can be huge drivers of inequality and criminal injustice,” Greenamyre said. Some cities like Ferguson, Missouri, the site of historic Black Lives Matter protests in 2014, turned their municipal courts and police departments into profit centers, he said. Additions to the charter should include requiring that court rules be posted online with links to citations so that defendants know their rights. The charter could include language that says municipal judges, solicitors and the city attorney have a duty to ensure equal justice for all, regardless of race or class, he said. “Similarly, language can be put into the charter saying that judges are independent of the city,” Greenamyre said. Sandy Springs can put language into the charter to ensure people do not pay poverty penalties and get caught in poverty traps, he said. The common practice is if someone is fined but can’t pay it in full, they go on private probation. They have to pay that cost in addition to the fine, he said.


“Do you have any examples in the 15year history of Sandy Springs of abusive conduct or improprieties in the Sandy Springs Municipal Court?” asked Commissioner Chip Collins. Greenamyre said he did not. However, unmentioned in the discussion was a controversy alleging bigotry from a city court judge. In 2018, Dunwoody attorney Sharon Dickson, who was serving as a Sandy Springs Municipal Court judge, stepped off the bench after being accused by a Muslim civil rights organization of making “bigoted” comments to an Iranian-American defendant, Fazial Azizan, during a court hearing. A Fulton County Superior Court judge condemned Dickson’s comments but said they did not appear to have affected her decision-making in the case. Azizan’s sentence was later reduced in a deal between the city and Azizan’s attorney. Dickson asked the city not to reappoint her to municipal court for another term. Commissioner Ronda Smith said she saw no language in the charter that doesn’t allow for equal justice for all and pointed out judges must take an

oath of office. “I don’t think there’s been improprieties or even suggestions that we have our council or our mayor suggest that our municipal courts would operate in any fashion that way,” she said. Melanie Couchman, one of the founders of Sandy Springs Together, said the organization surveyed people subscribing to its email list who are residents of the city as shown by voter registration lists. “This survey shows a deep interest in the city’s charter and how the city operates,” she said. The overwhelming majority of the 400 people who replied to the survey wanted term limits, with 85% supporting them for council and mayor. “This question has the highest level of agreement for all the questions in our survey,” she said. Most of the email subscribers also want charter review commissions formed at least every five years, Couchman said. More than half (59%) want staggered terms for council and mayor seats. The current schedule has every council seat

and the mayor’s post up for election every four years. A non-partisan third party company should draw council district lines according to 73% of those surveyed. This redistricting is required after a Census to assure equal representation. A third party would avoid any appearance of partisanship, Couchman said. Charles Sharper said he supported an increase in salaries for council members to $25,000 and the mayor to $50,000. “I think it’s admirable that the beginning founders thought it’d be a good idea not to receive such a substantial salary, but I think the times have changed in Sandy Springs,” he said. The current salaries are $18,000 for council and $40,000 for the mayor. He said the increase would help with inclusion for the council and reflects the growing, diverse community. “I think we need that increase in salary to make it possible for younger individuals who are not wealthy enough to serve at that pay rate,” Sharper said.

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Commentary / Why housing affordability matters to a local school Editor’s Note: Atlanta International School, a private school on Buckhead’s North Fulton Drive, has become a prominent advocate for housing affordability in recent months, including by intervening directly in the luxury redevelopment of a neighboring townhome complex on Delmont Drive by purchasing one of the units. The Reporter asked Head of School Kevin Glass to explain why affordability is a concern for AIS.

tends to preserve, as affordable housing, two units in the neighborhood -- one in the Delmont Homes development and a house near to the campus. This is part of a long-term strategy which benefits both the school, the neighborhood and the wider community. It is an example of the sort of intentionally inclusive approach to housing we would like to see become more widespread across our rapidly growing city. I’ve lived in Atlanta for almost 12 years now. Despite my BritAs an active member of many community groups whose foish accent and love of Newcastle United Football Club, this city cus is to improve the quality of life for those who live, work and is truly home to me and my family. It’s where our two older chilplay in Buckhead, I would love to dren have grown up, where our see a future where more of our emyoungest was born and where my ployees and other essential workwife and I live and work. ers can live closer to their place of One of the many things that I work. To reduce the pressure on love about Atlanta International their busy lives, the stress of comSchool (AIS) is its location. I look muting long distances, the enviout of the upper windows of our ronmental impact and to make the historic buildings and I can see the opportunities that this city has to city spreading out in all its vibranoffer more accessible. cy, rising out of the trees. As a school, we bring families This school is deliberately not together from across Atlanta, the tucked away from urban life or loU.S. and around the globe. The valcated in a more spacious suburb ues of acceptance and helping peoof Atlanta. AIS, by virtue of our ple be the best version of themunique geography, is actively part selves sits at the core of what we do. of a living, breathing local comSPECIAL This focus on local affordabilimunity. And with that comes huge Kevin Glass is head of school at Atlanta ty might feel counterintuitive for privilege, but also challenges for International School in Buckhead. an independent school that charges those who work at and attend the a significant annual tuition fee. But school. we work as much as is within our reach to offer need-based fiSince I became head of this school in August 2009, my faminancial aid to all who require it. And we have ambitious plans ly and I have been lucky enough to live in the beautiful Garden to grow our support and community participation rates to inHills neighborhood that surrounds our campus. From here we crease this further. can walk to school and enjoy the benefits of proximity to local I believe that through giving more students the opportunifriends and the neighborhood’s amenities. ty to experience the academic excellence of our International But I am very aware that this is no longer an option for many Baccalaureate (IB) program, everyone benefits. The IB requires of our AIS community. The change in our neighborhood has voice, choice and agency from its students. We see this translatbeen dramatic. ed into real-world action as we look at keeping our part of town The facts speak for themselves: As of 2016, 98% of Buckhead accessible. area employees commuted to and from the district from outside As part of a coalition of the willing working to keep our neighof Buckhead. The jobs-to-housing imbalance is a primary conborhood open and viable, I believe that this is possible -- through tributor to Buckhead’s traffic congestion. partnership with those in our city who share this aspiration. So as a school we clearly support strategies to preserve and So with the Atlanta International School mission statement develop affordable housing for the service professionals such at the forefront of my mind, let’s be “courageous leaders” in this as teachers and first responders. To that end, AIS owns and inarea of civic responsibility -- starting here at home, in Buckhead.

Amy Wenk named editor of Reporter Newspapers Amy Wenk, a longCBRE, the world’s largtime journalist and corest commercial real esporate communicatate tions manager, has been services firm, as cornamed editor of the Reporate communicaporter Newspapers. tions manager, overWenk, who previousseeing the Southeast ly served as a staff writdivision for the Fortune er at the Reporter, suc500 company. Prior to ceeds John Ruch, who that, she spent nearly has led the newspaeight years as a lead repers as managing editor porter for Atlanta Busisince 2016. ness Chronicle. She also SPECIAL “It’s an honor to rehad a regular televiAmy Wenk. turn to Reporter Newssion segment on 11Alive papers, where I can folabout Atlanta’s devellow my passion for good journalism and opment trends. She previously worked show how it makes our neighborhoods as an editor for AOL, where she launched stronger,” said Wenk. the news site Patch in Midtown Atlanta. Wenk mostly recently worked at Ruch is stepping down to cover met-

ro Atlanta politics, government and other issues for SaportaReport. Ruch will continue to contribute coverage of local government to the Reporter. “It has been a privilege to serve our smart, passionate, vibrant communities, and an honor to lead a staff that has repeatedly earned some of the highest awards from the Atlanta Press Club and the Georgia Press Association,” Ruch said. Keith Pepper, publisher and owner of Springs Publishing, the Reporter’s parent company, said, “It’s an exciting time for hyperlocal journalism and having somebody with Amy’s experience and energy makes me even more bullish about what’s next for our publications and the communities we serve.”

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Around Town

Joe Earle is editorat-large at Reporter Newspapers and has lived in metro Atlanta for over 30 years. He can be reached at joeearle@

Atlanta History Center ‘collects the now’ by building an archive of pandemic images Some of the photographs show signs warning people to stay properly distanced from one another in public places. Others depict experiments in everyday life ranging from a Zoom Bible study class to takeout cocktails. And there are, of course, pictures of masks. Lots of masks. Taken together, the photos capture a sort of composite image of the COVID-19 pandemic in Atlanta. What did the pandemic look like? The Atlanta History Center compiled hundreds of images Elaine Bullard/Atlanta History Center showing everything from medical personnel in The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. full personal protective gear to car-less streets and Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration squadrons above Atlanta’s Grady parking lots outside usually busy gathering placMemorial Hospital on May 2, 2020 es scattered across metro Atlanta. In those photos in a fly-over in Atlanta, Baltimore from the days of shutdown, it looks all quiet from and Washington, D.C. intended as a pandemic tribute and moralea shopping mall in Kennesaw to downtown Lawbooster. The photo was taken by renceville to Little Five Points to The Varsity. Elaine Bullard at Oakland Cemetery. The History Center compiled its COVID collection by gathering images submitted by members of the public and mixing in photos shot by professional photographers. Now, more than a year after the pandemic began, there are more than 1,000 items in the history center’s COVID pandemic collection, said Paul Crater, the history center’s vice president for collections and research services. The collection includes photos, written personal reactions to the pandemic, and some objects, Crater said. “People have shared with us some of their most important moments,” Crater said. “What stands out to me is the type of moments people were willing to share.” One couple sent in photos of their masked wedding. Families contributed pictures of personally distanced gatherings: a Sweet 16 party; a birthday celebration held in the family garage with partygoers dropping off presents outside; masked families gathered for Easter and Thanksgiving. One family, Crater said, even submitted a model of a castle they’d built from pizza boxes that had been used to deliver dinner when the family couldn’t leave the house. The archive marks something new for the history center. The center usually collects items that illustrate particular periods of Atlanta’s past. But this time, when the pandemic started, the center’s curators put out a public call for contributions that illustrated how people were dealing with the pandemic as it happened. One reason they did that, Crater said, was because after COVID-19 first appeared, people started asking the center for information on the 1918 flu pandemic to shed light on how COVID could disrupt lives. “We had nothing,” he said. “The Atlanta History Center has been around almost 100 years, and in 100 years, we didn’t have anything, or at least not anything we knew of [related to the 1918 pandemic]. That was a motivation for us to begin to collect from the public.” Crater and other historians at the center had heard about institutions scattered around the country that recently had put out calls for public help in gathering materials about historic events as they happened. They figured they’d give it a try. “This was a way to let the public say how the pandemic affected them,” Crater said. “This is another way to collect, to document events as they happen.” The historians were so pleased with the results that they employed the same technique to collect information and images on another major theme of the past year – the Black Lives Matter protests and subsequent events in Atlanta, including the election and runoff. “This is something I think is going to occur more and more in the industry, the archival industry,” Crater said. “It’s called ‘collecting the now.’ I think there’s a greater appreciation among my colleagues and myself about documenting contemporary events.” When they first asked for public contributions on the COVID pandemic, Crater didn’t know whether the call would be answered or not. “I didn’t know what to expect in terms of interest,” he said. “It turns out there was a great deal of interest in people sharing their stories.” So, a century from now or whenever the next pandemic roars through and upends everyday lives, people will be able look back at the way we handled things in 2021 as they socially distance and sip a take-out cocktail. And, of course, put on a mask. SS

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According to the American Society for the Prevention of Rather than just take her word, I visited Weeble, renamed Cruelty to Animals, approximately 6.5 million companion anOscar, three weeks after he joined their household. imals enter U.S. shelters every year. Approximately 1.5 million Oscar bore no resemblance to the pitiful creature that had are euthanized. Younger animals are more adoptable than seentered the animal shelter just a few weeks earlier. His black niors, who have higher medical expenses and fewer years to coat glistened. He was immediately affectionate to me, and live. Therefore, an old dog or cat in a shelter is an emergency his manners were impeccable. for people involved with animal rescue. In fact, he came to the Smiths totally housebroken and That’s why recently a post on Nextdoor Dunwoody was a responsive to all the basic commands. I spent an hour with Carol Niemi is a marketing consultant who lives on the Dunwoodyplea for help for an abandoned older black lab at the Douglas them on their outdoor patio. Though unleashed, Oscar made Sandy Springs line and writes about people whose lives inspire County Animal Shelter. When picked up, he was covered with no attempt to do anything but socialize. Based on his good beothers. Contact her at fleas that caused hair loss and scabs all over his body, with an havior and trusting nature, the Smiths wonder if he might open wound on one elbow. He was collarless and slightly arhave been not an abandoned hunting dog but rather a famithritic, leading the shelter people to surmise he was an abanly pet who’d wandered away from a loving home. We’ll nevdoned hunting dog. Because of his wobbly gait, they called him er know. Weeble. What a happy ending! But the plight of unwanted senior Almost immediately, Sandy Springs residents Kathy and Anpets remains. How many of us can imagine abandoning our drew Smith posted that they were interested. elderly family pet at a shelter? “He spoke to me through his picture,” said Andrew. “I said, Yet, according to Sandy Springs resident Lisa Zambacca, ‘I’ve got to go get that dog.’” board member of Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, “Someone He phoned the shelter while Kathy filled out the online apemails us every day wanting to surrender their old dog.” plication. Unfortunately, Angels rejects many of these requests for “We wanted to make sure he was still available,” said Anlack of space because it houses rescued pets in private homes drew, who added that the Douglas County Animal Shelter is rather than a shelter. “probably the finest shelter I’ve ever been in.” “We would take more if we had more volunteers,” said AnSPECIAL Kathy and Andrew Smith with Oscar, the dog Three days later, Andrew, who is retired, drove to Douggels Development and Events Director Jackie Spett. they adopted from a Douglas County shelter. lasville to meet Weeble. He brought along their two other resShelter life is hard, especially for trusting old family pets cue dogs -- a Jack Russell terrier mix, age 12, and a three-legged abandoned by the families they love, and rare are the people pit bull mix, age 6 -- to make sure everyone would get along. willing to adopt them. Upon arrival, he was sent alone to a room to wait for Weeble. Luckily, there are people like the Smiths, who prefer to adopt older pets and have ad“They said he might not warm up to me,” said Andrew. “But he came right up and opted nine of them. They also trained seven puppies for Canine Companions for Indeleaned on my feet. It was an almost instantaneous bond.” pendence (CCI) and adopted one of them, Marsh, when he aged out of service. So far, the The shelter would accept no payment. So Andrew made a donation and drove home oldest dog they have adopted was a 14-year-old yellow lab from the Gwinnett County Anwith his three dogs. imal Shelter. “It’s been great ever since,” he said. “We ‘saw’ her a few weeks after Marsh passed,” said Kathy. “We just couldn’t let her die A trip to the vet the next day led to a regimen of skin treatments, which began to heal there. She kept us laughing for two more years until her old legs just gave out.” Weeble’s skin problems and wounded elbow. “We know nobody else wants them,” said Andrew. “but they turn out to be the best “They called him Weeble because he couldn’t walk right,” said Kathy. “They thought dogs you could ever want. They’re so grateful they return your love five times over.” maybe he had hip dysplasia, but if you see him jumping now, he doesn’t have any of that Interested in fostering a senior pet? Contact Angels Among Us at anymore!”



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Those Glands in the Rear: Everything You Don’t Want to Know (But Should) It happens out of nowhere… you look over and see your dog doing the dreaded scoot. Why are they doing this? And, how do you stop it? Read on for details about the part of routine dog care that no one wants to talk about. WHAT ARE GLANDS AND WHAT DO THEY DO? Your dog's hind end includes two anal glands, or anal sacs, located on the inside of their rectum, one on each side. These sacs gradually fill with secretions from sebaceous glands (the same glands found at the end of hair follicles that cause greasy hair) located inside each sac. The only real function of these anal glands is for dog communication: that’s what dogs sniff when they say “hello” to each other. When working properly, they are naturally expressed each time your dog empties their bowels. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY DOG NEEDS HELP WITH THEIR GLANDS? Unfortunately, things don't always function properly. Soft or small stools don't provide enough pressure to empty the sacs. If the glands fill until they become uncomfortable, your pup may scoot across the floor to get relief.

They can also usually be seen licking their rear end. There are many underlying causes of anal gland problems, and in many cases, it is a combination of reasons. The most common cause of anal gland problems is poor gastrointestinal health. Gland issues may also be caused by allergies that create red, inflamed skin around the anal glands. Another major cause is due to your pup’s anatomy – if your dog’s anal glands are positioned abnormally, it can become difficult for the glands to empty on their own. Not only are impacted anal sacs uncomfortable, if ignored they may become infected and abscessed, which could eventually rupture and may even require surgery. Impacted anal glands need to be manually expressed. Understandably, many dog parents don’t want to deal with glands themselves. Fortunately, Scenthound has you covered! Scenthound provides an easy, affordable way to make gland expression part of your dog’s routine care. This is one thing I KNOW you’ll want to leave to the pros! Visit to find the location nearest you and let our team do the (very) dirty work for you.

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10 restaurants on the water in North Georgia BY COLLIN KELLEY Having lunch or dinner by the water always adds extra ambience, so we rounded up 10 restaurants in the North Georgia mountains located on lakes and rivers to make your meal more memorable.

Milton Park 25 Shoreline Trail, Clarkesville Also located at the marina on Lake Burton, Milton Park serves up pizza and salads and has its own popular wine club.

Riverside Tavern 10 Turner’s Corner Road, Cleveland Barbecue, steaks, burgers, chicken, fish, and tacos are on the eclectic menu at this restaurant located on the Chestatee River in a historic building dating back to 1928.

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▲Burra Burra on the River 100 Blue Ridge Dr., McCaysville The Toccoa River and a lovely old trestle bridge provide a great backdrop with burgers, wings, pasta, street tacos, and more on the menu.

8590 N. Main St., Helen You don’t have to pay a toll to the troll to enjoy this riverfront pub in downtown Helen. Tucked under a bridge next to the Chattahoochee, the menu includes German fare, pub grub, and craft and imported beers.

Ping’s Grill 201 Black Mountain Road, Toccoa Located at Links at Lake Toccoa, a 9-hole municipal golf course, enjoy burgers, wings, salads and sandwiches after a day hitting that hole in one or sailing.

▲Marina Station at Lake Chatuge 3399 E. Highway 76, Hiawassee Also located at The Ridges Resort, Marina Station has barbecue, Brunswick stew, burgers, sandwiches and a view of Lake Chatuge to wash it down.

▲Café International

8546 S. Main St., Helen With its Alpine stylings and huge deck perched over the Chattahoochee River, the restaurant lives up to its name offering a menu of American, French, Italian, and German cuisine.

The Chophouse of La Prade’s 25 Shoreline Trail, Clarkesville A fixture at the Lake Burton marina since 1925, the original restaurant burned in 2005, but the replacement is just as elegant and offers fresh seafood, steaks, wine, and cocktails.

▲The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen

3499 E. Highway 76, Hiawassee Located on the grounds of the The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge, the restaurant is currently serving breakfast only, but supper is coming soon.

▲Toccoa Riverside Restaurant 8055 Aska Road, Blue Ridge Located inside a rustic cabin overlooking the river, the menu features seafood, steaks, and other American fare.


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Mountain Fun Arts, music, cars, and moonshine all on tap in N. Georgia, Tennessee & NC BY COLLIN KELLEY If you’re planning a trip to the mountains this summer, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained as events sidelined last year by the pandemic return to North Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The events calendar is packed with outdoor fun, and while you’ll still need to follow social distancing rules, things are definitely looking more “normal” with something to do for all ages and interests. We rounded up these recommendations to add to your itinerary this summer.

R-Ranch Mountain Top Rodeo June 11, Dahlonega R-Ranch’s 32nd Annual Mountain Top Rodeo on June 11 in Dahlonega, GA will have food trucks, live entertainment, kids’ activities, and full rodeo including the popular bull riding event. Tickets and details at

Asheville Art in the Park There’s always something to do in Asheville, NC, but if you’re heading up for a weekend getaway in June, be sure to check out Art in the Park at Pack Square Park in downtown on June 12, 19 and 26. Artists from across the region will have their work for display and sale. Find out more at

▼Highlands Motoring Festival June 10-13 Highlands, NC More than 75 classic cars will be on and display at the 14th annual event in Highlands, NC June 10-13. Most of the action will take place at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park. Find out more at

▲Wanderlingerfest – Music, Art & Beer Festival Chattanooga, TN’s Wanderlinger Brewing Company will be rocking June 1820 with three days of local music, beer, art, and food. The event is for ages 21 and up. Some of the bands playing include Strung Like a Horse, Cold Planet, Opposite Box, Milele Roots, Behold The Brave and Lenox Hills. For tickets and information, visit

Freedom in the Forest Retreat Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Blue Ridge, GA June 18-22 with this special event featuring daily hiking, yoga, meditation, swimming, organic meals and more. Reservations and and information at

▲Georgia Mountain Arts & Crafts Festival Head to the Georgia Mountain Fairground in Hiawassee, GA June 4-6 for a weekend of arts and crafts by skilled local artisans. You’ll find pottery, painting, jewelry, signs, crochet, knitting, candles, soap, and more. Details at

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival The June 26 event in Blue Ridge, GA will feature a selection of diverse wines from around the world and those made locally in North Georgia and North Carolina. There will also be food prepared by local chefs and top jazz performers from the region. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Find out more at

Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In Enjoy three fun-filled days of “hillbilly fun” at Meeks Park in Blairsville, GA July 29-31 with a swap meet, live music, real moonshine, mountain crafts, and plenty of classic cars, trucks, bikes, rat rods and more. Find out more at gammoonshinecruizin. com.

▲North Georgia Highlands Seafood Festival Mayors Park in Young Harris, GA will play host to this festival June 4-6 featuring more than 75 fine arts and crafts exhibits, live music, and the opportunity to chow down on some serious seafood. Find more information at

▲Live at Paradise Hills Winery Paradise Hills Winery in Blairsville, GA will host an evening of vino and music on June 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring music by Trailer Hippies. Expect mountain, folk, homespun music and a groovy down to earth vibe. Find out more at

Georgia Mountain Fair The 70th annual Georgia Mountain Fair will be held in Hiwassee, GA Aug. 13-21. There will be musical performances, arts & crafts, carnival rides, unique attractions and more. Visit for tickets and details. Continued on page 24 SS

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Christmas in July If you can’t wait until December, then you’ll be delighted that Christmas comes early in the Bavarian-style village of Helen, GA. The annual holiday extravaganza is set for July 16-17 at the Helen Arts & Heritage Center and includes artists and fine craftsmen from across Northeast Georgia along with music, face painting, baked goods and more. Find out more at

Soaky Mountain Waterpark One of Sevierville, TN’s newest attractions is this massive state-ofthe-art 50-acre waterpark, which includes rides like the Avalaunch watercoaster, Black Bear Rapids, tall slides, surfing simulator, 35,000 square foot wave pool, and more. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase their daily admission tickets in advance at




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Rolling on the River

BY COLLIN KELLEY If you are looking to go fly fishing this year, how does the thought of 700,000 trout hitting the water entice you? Thanks to the long-standing partnership between the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resource Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, anglers can look forward to an exceptional year of trout fishing, according to state officials “The Georgia trout stocking program is typically supported by four trout hatcheries. With the Lake Burton Hatchery renovation wrapping up, we will be stocking primarily from the other three hatcheries,” explained WRD Trout Stocking Coordinator John Lee Thomson. “Good rainfall and a mild winter have allowed for great growth at these locations. Our regular distribution effort began the last full week of March, and all waterbodies scheduled to be stocked have received trout.” Popular creeks and rivers that receive regular trout stockings include Cooper Creek in Union County, Little Amicalola Creek at Amicalola State Park, Holly Creek in Murray County, and Johns Creek in Floyd County and the Tallulah River in Rabun County. There’s also good trout fishing to be found in Catoosa, Chattooga, Fannin, and Stephens Counties. A complete list can be found at, where you can also sign up for weekly trout stocking reports. The daily limit is eight trout on general regulation trout waters. Anglers are reminded to respect private property rights along streams flowing through private lands, and to obtain permission before fishing on private property. Georgia anglers can support fisheries conservation and trout management by buying a fishing license at and buying the special trout license plate at


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Grab your paddles and bikes for these upcoming river adventures At the height of the pandemic, visiting Georgia’s parks and rivers became more popular than ever. Paddlesports – like canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding – received a surge of interest while team sports were on hiatus, gyms and fitness centers closed, and vacation options were limited by social distancing. Georgia River Network (GRN), a statewide river advocacy organization that runs multiple group paddle trips each year, was forced to cancel its annual week-long river journey known as Paddle Georgia. This year’s event along the Flint River from June 2026 is sold out (you can get on the wait list at, but GRN has more trips planned later in the year. But sign up now because they sell out fast. On July 24, the Chattahoochee Peddle-Paddle will be a 12-mile paddle and 11-mile bike ride along a stretch of the river in west Georgia. Coming up Aug. 21 is the Oostanaula River Peddle-Paddle, 11.5-mile bike ride and 13.3-mile paddle explores this river that’s known for its robust population of freshwater mussels. In the fall, the Oconee River Peddle-Paddle on Sept. 11 will explore historic ruins and old mills on a 15-mile bike ride and 11-mile paddle, while the Fall Float on the Flint Oct. 9-10 will cover 36 miles and include two nights of camping. “Our Georgia Water Trails Network opens up greater access for paddlers and anglers and people who just want to recreate by our rivers,” said Rena Ann Peck, executive director of Georgia River Network. “Especially during times of crisis, like these, connection to nature from simply being on a river, lake, coast, or swamp makes us feel better emotionally and contributes to our physical well-being.” For more about the paddle trips and GRN, visit

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Pedestrian, traffic safety improvements proposed for medical district Continued from page 1 representatives of Northside, Emory Saint Joseph’s and Children’s Healthcare at Scottish Rite hospitals, the Georgia Department of Transportation and MARTA. The study included 11 signalized intersections. Initially 26 projects were identified, but that list was narrowed down to 12. Those projects were split into tiers by priority. Antweiler said funding for some projects could include transportation sales tax (TSPLOST) funds or assistance from the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts. Antweiler said the study team needs to finalize the report for the council. The team is working out how to include the projects in the city’s Transportation Master Plan and as possible candidates for its TSPLOST project list. No cost estimates were provided for the projects. Tier 1 includes the intersection of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Hollis Cobb Circle/MARTA driveway, at Northside Hospital and the Medical Center MARTA station. Nine pedestrian injury crashes were reported in the five-year study period. An exclusive signal for pedestrians was suggested. “What this does is addresses that high pedestrian volume and injuries that have occurred by allowing the pedestrians to cross the street in any di-

rection, or diagonally if they choose to. And while their vehicles are stopped and separating the conflicts between vehicles for pedestrians,” he said. Antweiler described three major projects that would cost significantly more. A new multiuse path on the south side of Johnson Ferry Road between Meridian Mark Road and the Glenridge Connector to connect with PATH 400 and installing a raised median was another Tier 1 project. A major project in Tier 2 proposes major changes to the Peachtree-Dunwoody at Johnson Ferry Road intersection. It would add and straighten travel lanes, reduce the hillcrest and install multiuse paths on both sides of the streets. Increasing pedestrian and bicycle volumes on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road would be addressed by installing multiuse paths on both sides of the street. Raised medians also would be installed in this continuation of a Complete Streets project.Complete Streets is an initiative to improve the design and operation of roadways, particularly those in urban and suburban settings, to accommodate and encourage safe access for all users – motorists, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

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