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Lennon Mazikowski, 2, enjoys a raspberry-lime ice treat from King of Pops, with a little help from mom Scotti, at Food Truck Thursday at Brook Run Park May 31. The food truck fest is one of Dunwoody’s most popular annual events, running every Thursday through October, 5 p.m. to dark, in the park at 4770 North Peachtree Road.

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State officials are considering the city’s request to create its own EMS service provider after the City Council last month approved a “Declaration of EMS Emergency” following years of complaints of slow response times from DeKalb County’s contracted provider, American Medical Response. But AMR and DeKalb County officials say they continue to work on improving response times to the city and have initiated a plan including adding a permanent ambulance to the city that they is already showing progress. Nancy Nydam, spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Public Health, which oversees EMS service providers in the state, said the city’s formal request to open the Region 3 “zone” is in the hands of the chairperson of the Regional 3 EMS council. See STATE on page 14

Dunwoody Village plan highlights design tensions BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The developer for a planned restaurant/retail building at the visible corner of Mount Vernon and Chamblee-Dunwoody roads is asking the city to approve a sleeker, more contemporary architectural design they say they need to attract a fast-casual restaurant. One major problem — the new design doesn’t fit in with the decades-old Dunwoody Village Overlay District where that corner lot sits. Crim and Associates, developer of the See DUNWOODY on page 17

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Community Briefs CITY T O H O L D P UBL I C H EA RIN GS ON M ILLAG E R ATE The city will consider setting the millage rate for real estate at a maximum of 2.74 mills following the recent revaluation of real property tax assessments, preserving the same mill rate since incorporation in 2008, according to city officials. Three public hearings are set to be held at City Hall, 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The hearings are Monday, June 11, at 9 a.m. and then that night at 6 p.m. The City Council will have a third and final public hearing followed by a vote on a tax rate for 2018 at the special called meeting on Monday, June 18 at 8 a.m. SPECIAL

The city of Sandy Springs recently bought this house at 650 Hammond Drive as one of several placeholders for a possible road-widening.

SA N DY S PR I NGS SEEKS BIDS F OR H AM M O ND D R IVE WI DEN I N G STUDY A long-awaited study of widening a narrow stretch of Sandy Springs’ Hammond Drive, a major route connecting to Dunwoody’s Perimeter Center section, is finally out for bids, with a deadline of June 6. Meanwhile, Sandy Springs continues buying housing to land-bank in anticipation of the possible widening, which could include a mass transit route as well. City officials have insisted that the study will determine whether any widening should happen, though they clearly favor it in some form. Hammond Drive is a major east-west connection between Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs and Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody. Most of Hammond has been expanded to various widths over the years, but the section between Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive in the Glenridge Hammond neighborhood remains two lanes. Government officials frequently call it a traffic bottleneck, but the widening idea — which would require tearing down dozens of houses — is controversial among locals, who question its need. Studying the widening idea and acquiring more property was a combo project on

the list for a transportation special local option sales tax approved by voters in 2016. The city’s bid seeks engineering firms to study the roughly 1-mile stretch of Hammond between Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive. The work must include a “detailed traffic study” and can propose sidewalks, bicycle lanes, multiuse trails and bus or shuttle lanes. The city also notes that the state plans to build controversial “managed lanes” on Ga. 400 over the next decade. Managed lanes are toll lanes accessed via special ramps that could tower 30 feet or higher over neighborhoods. The city has proposed that if managed lanes must come, Hammond Drive’s current interchanges could be a good spot to connect them. The Hammond widening study bid says the winning firm must be ready for alternative designs with and without those managed-lane interchanges. The final study will have to include timelines for building its features. The process must include various public input meetings. In recent years, the city has spent millions of dollars to acquire residential properties along that stretch of Hammond in anticipation of the possible widening. The idea is to buy properties before a particular project and rising land values make it even more expensive.

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All-girl BSA troops could be coming to north DeKalb



Tyler Maxwell, left, and his brother Evan are members of Dunwoody BSA Troop 477. Their sister Avery, right, is a member of the BSA’s inclusive Venturing program. She plans to join BSA next year.


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Strong interest from Boy Scouts of America troop leaders in Dunwoody and Brookhaven to start all-girl troops when they become available next year has led state BSA officials to start organizing and preparing for the new wave in scouting. Jordan Naliwajka is the Hightower Trail district executive of the Atlanta Area Council for BSA and serves cities in north DeKalb, including Dunwoody and Brookhaven. She said she has heard from many troop leaders in the area who are interested in what to do to form an all-girl troop. “On Feb. 1, the BSA will be chartering all-girl troops ... and right now we are in the process of teaching leaders how to make sure they are ready,” Naliwajka said. “Knowing this date is coming has led many of our volunteers to be very proactive and many are excited and so are their daughters,” she said. Also on Feb. 1, the name of the youth program will become “Scouts BSA,” while the organization will continue to be known as the Boy Scouts of America. In October 2017, the board of directors of the Boy Scouts of America approved allowing girls ages 11-17 to join as part of their own troops. Girls already participate in BSA through the inclusive Venturing program, but the new policy gives the opportunity for girls to join the BSA and earn their Eagle Scout badge, for example, the most prestigious honor in BSA. For some, all-girl troops may seem like a jarring change, Naliwajka said, but they may not be aware of the popular Venturing program that has always included girls. “Girls being involved in BSA is not new,” she said. “This is just a new program.” This program will parallel the current Boy Scout program, include the same curriculum and merit badges, and allow girls to earn the Eagle Scout rank, according to Naliwajka. Rob Maxwell of Dunwoody has two sons, Tyler and Evan, who are members of Troop 477 that is chartered by Kingswood United Methodist Church. His daughter, Avery, is a member of the local Venturing crew. She plans to join BSA next year in an all-girl troop, and work toward an Eagle Scout badge, just like her brothers, he said. Naliwajka recently convened a meeting of area troop leaders and others in Brookhaven and Dunwoody interested in chartering an all-girl troop. She said the strong interest shown means putting steps in place now so people can be ready when Feb. 1 rolls around. The BSA states that since October 2017, more than 3,000 girls in the U.S. have enrolled in the BSA’s Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts. Girls started joining existing Cub Scout troops in August with Cub Scout dens remaining single-gender. Cub Scout Packs have local control to decide to have a Pack with only boy dens, a pack with boy dens and girl dens, or a pack with only girl dens.




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A recent community surDunwoody has excellent parks vey of 516 resiand open spaces. dents shows the Dunwoody is a good place to city scored high own or operate a business. marks for servicDunwoody has a strong sense of community. es such as police and parks, but is I am happy with the overall less successful in appearance of the city. the areas of seI feel informed regarding the city’s nior services and happenings and initiatives. traffic. I have confidence in my city’s government. The 2018 community survey I have the opportunity to provide input was conducted into the city’s planning and development. by the city’s Communications Department and the CITY OF DUNWOODY Kennesaw State A graph from the 2018 community survey shows most University A.L. scores in the 3 and 4 range, indicating an overall positive Burruss Institute outlook by respondents to living in Dunwoody. The words in the graphic have been adjusted for clarity. of Public Service and Research. The survey was presented to the City Council at its May 21 meeting. Slightly more than 500 people participating in a survey of a city of 50,000 people raised concerns by some council members. Terry Sloope, assistant director at the KSU institute, explained the survey started in February when 6,000 invitations were sent out to residents representing a variety of demographics to participate in the online survey. A post card was sent again to the residents some 10 days later reminding them of the online survey. Final responses were received in early April. While 516 is a low number, it is a 9 percent response rate, which is consistent in these types of surveys, Sloope said. The city has 15,000 people signed up on its email list and that may be used in the future when seeking survey respondents. On a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest score, most scores were in the 3.5 and 4 range, indicating an overall positive outlook of the city, the services it provides, and the quality of life people find in Dunwoody, according to the survey. Traffic is seen as the city’s biggest weakness, the survey shows. Other issues scoring low were entertainment options, transparency of city spending, senior housing options and maintenance of city streets. The city conducted previous community surveys in 2013 and 2015. This year was the first year residents were specifically asked about senior issues. Mayor Denis Shortal said the senior housing response popped out at him and he said there needed to be more master bedrooms on the main floor residences built in the city. Location, a safe community and parks were most often cited as the city’s biggest strengths.

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Women candidates on the rise in local races BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

More women have been running for local elected positions, particularly state legislature seats, in the past few years, pushing out perennial male candidates and filling seats formerly held by men. On both Democratic and Republican sides of this year’s current legislative races in districts that cover Buckhead, Brookhaven, Dunwoody or Sandy Springs, there are 14 women candidates and eight male candidates. Analysts think Republicans and Democrats alike are inspired by increased political attention nationwide and are more encouraged to run. The candidates agree those factors are contributing to the increase and also say women running encourages others. Kay Kirkpatrick, a Republican state senator who has represented Sandy Springs since 2017, said women bring a different perspective to the table. “There’s no reason women can’t be in leadership positions for the better of the state,” Kirkpatrick said. “They have different ways of thinking.” Andra Gillespie, a political science professor at Emory University, said most of the conversations around women candidates center on Democrats because the increase is chalked up to movements against President Donald Trump driving more political participation. “There’s a focus on Democratic women because of that hypothesis,” she said. But Trump could be inspiring conservative women, as well as more moderate Republicans, to run, Gillespie said. “They may be running as a more moderate voice in their party,” she said. One historical reason the amount of women running has been low is because they are not encouraged by their parties or voters to run, she said, adding that there may be a shift. “One of the big structural reasons women don’t run for office is they’re not encouraged to run,” she said. “Republican women have to be encouraged.” Women are automatically assumed to be more moderate and liberal, which can be a disadvantage in most Republican primaries, but may be an advantage in the north metro Atlanta area, said Beth Reingold, a professor at Emory. Many districts in this area are not “super-solid Republican districts,” which may give women a stronger chance at winning as voters begin voting for more moderate and Democratic candidates, Reingold said. In Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff in a race highly publicized as “flippable,” although a Republican has held the district since the 1970s. Democrats Kevin Abel and Lucy McBath will face off in a July 24 runoff, potentially setting up an allwomen race for the seat.

Several state legislature seats have drawn women Democratic challengers. In some races, both parties’ nominees are women and will face each other in the Nov. 6 general election. State Sen. Jen Jordan, a Democrat who represents parts of Buckhead and Cobb County in the District 6 seat, will face Republican Leah Aldridge. Jordan said the increase in women candidates could be due to issues that have become prominent recently being more important to women than men, such as education, healthcare and gun control. “I think that’s part of what compels women to run,” she said. She believes women were previously holding themselves back from running because of their obligations. Women often thought it wasn’t the right time for them to take on the endeavor, she said. “I think what we’ve started to realize is, it’s never a good time, but it’s absolutely necessary,” Jordan said. Aldridge said being a woman did not have influence on her decision to run, but she was mentored and encouraged by a longtime woman state representative, Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta). Kirkpatrick, who represents state Senate District 32, said women may be encouraged by the increase in women running. Democrat Ellyn Jeagar, who will challenge incumbent Republican John Albers in the District 56 race, said Democratic women are fed up with Republican policies. “I think some people have been pushed to the edge of what people can tolerate. That means some people are stepping in,” she said. She said Georgia is “fortunate” to have the women running to help provide a more accurate representation of voters. “At least half of Georgia is women, but you would not know that by looking at the House of Representatives or the Senate,” she said. Others, like Betsy Holland, have been recruited by local groups set up to encourage Democratic women to run and challenge incumbent Republicans. Holland, who defeated two male Democratic candidates in the primary, said the national political climate has “energized” people and drawn them to run. On the Democratic side, Reingold, the Emory professor, has seen more women that do not have a strong chance at winning running for office. “This surge in Democratic candidates seems to be a little less cautious,” she said. Women candidates are typically more strategic, while men are less concerned with their chances, Reingold said. “Male candidates are more willing to run even when they’re not sure of their own qualifications,” she said. Some male candidates in recent local elections, such as Democrats Patrick Thompson in state Senate District 56 and Bob Gibeling in state House District 54, have

been perennial and unsuccessful candidates for various offices. They typically win their primaries with A B C no challengers, but this year were both pushed out in the primary by women candidates. Thompson, who lost D E F to Jeagar in the A - Emory University political science professor Andra Gillespie. Democratic B - Ellyn Jeagar, a Democrat, is challenging is challenging District 56 primary, said state Sen. John Albers. C - Betsy Holland is running as the Democratic he was glad to nominee for the state House District 54 seat. D - Leah Aldridge, a Republican, is challenging District 6 state Sen. Jen Jordan. see more womE - State Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick. F - State Sen. Jen Jordan. en running, but believes he running for various seats for 10 years and lost because people vote for women purealways attends community events to be ly because their gender. bested by a newcomer. “I did hear people who are saying they “It’s a little disheartening,” he said. are voting for all women candidates, He said that groups like PaveItBlue rethe same as people that vote all one parcruiting unqualified women can have a ty, which I think is not a good practice,” negative affect because some people autoThompson said. matically vote for women. Thompson said he feels he has gotten “That’s good and bad. I’m glad women short shrift as the candidate who has been took the initiative to recruit people,” he said.

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In its bid to make a splash in metro Atlanta’s arts scene, the City Springs Performing Arts Center has announced a highly varied debut season with some star power. Jazz legend Branford Marsalis and his band will play as part of the opening day series at Sandy Springs’ new civic center Aug. 11. Other 20182019 performers include blues and world music star Taj Mahal, bestselling Christian author and speaker Rob Bell, and SPECIAL special programs by the AtlanTaj Mahal Trio. ta Ballet and the Atlanta Opera. The season also includes film, comedy, lectures, circus arts, dance, symphonic and chamber music, and more. The new City Springs Theatre Company, an independent but City Springs-based company, will have its debut season as well. The season announcement included a non-artistic event with news that National Night Out, the annual police community relations gathering, would be held at City Springs’ City Green park Aug. 7. The city previously joined Brookhaven and Dunwoody in a joint National Night Out at Perimeter Mall. It’s described as part of an “opening celebration” for the PAC, which technically includes City Green, though it will not be the first event held there; the June 9 “Food That Rocks” restaurant tasting is scheduled for that honor. The artistic kickoff on Aug. 11 is branded as “City Springs Day” and will have a variety of free performances, with a charge only for the Branford Marsalis Quartet concert. Subscription ticket packages are on sale now, and single tickets will be available starting June 22. For more information, see citysprings.com. City Springs is the city’s new mixed-use civic center on a 14-acre site bounded by Sandy Springs Circle, Mount Vernon Highway and Roswell and Johnson Ferry roads. The following is a list of events by various series. Some events are in multiple series and are not mulSPECIAL tiple-listed here. Rob Bell.


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OPENING CELEBRATION • National Night Out, Aug. 7 • City Springs Day and Branford Marsalis Quarter: Aug. 11 • Concerts by the Springs After Party (featuring surprise guest artist): Aug. 12 • National Geographic Live!: Steve Winter: On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars, and Snow Leopards: Aug. 14 • Joe Gransden Big Band, featuring Landau Eugene Murphy: Aug. 16


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PERFORMING ARTS SERIES • Taj Mahal Trio, Sept. 8 • Late Night Tailgate comedy/sports: Oct. 11 • The Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir: Oct. 25 • Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company: Nov. 1 • Boston Brass: Christmas Bells are Swingin’: Dec. 22 • City Springs New Years Celebration with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, featuring Joe Gransden and Francine Reed: Dec. 31 • Simone Dinnerstein, piano, and Matt Haimovitz, cello: Jan. 29 • Broadway’s Next Hit Musical: Feb. 1 and 2 • Cirque Éloize: Saloon: Feb. 5

SPEAKER SERIES • Rob Bell: The Holy Shift Tour, Oct. 13 • Colonel (Ret.) Jill W. Chambers, speaking on PTSD and veterans: Sept. 22 • DEA Narcos: Steve Murphy and Javier Peña, involved in pursuit of drug cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar, Oct. 16

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The Dunwoody Fine Art Association holds an opening reception and awards ceremony for its juried regional art exhibit at City Gallery at Chastain Arts Center. Free. Exhibit runs from Monday, June 18 to Friday, July 27. 135 West Wieuca Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: dunwoodyfineart.org.

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The Heather Gillis Band, a roots rock band, is next up in this lineup of summer concerts, held every other Saturday evening, rain or shine, through July 21. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis in the meadow or on the back porch. Outside food and drink welcome. Craft beers, sodas and water available. $5 adults; $3 students; free for members and for children 3 and under. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodynature.org/2018-summer-concert-series.

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POSSUM TROT 10K Saturday, June 16, 6-9 a.m.

The 40th annual Possum Trot 10K is a flatcourse run along the Chattahoochee River that benefits the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation programs. Food, music and vendors before and after the run at CNC’S Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion. Registration fees for the AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifying event include free admission for the day to CNC, a T-shirt and giveaways. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Registration and parking info: chattnaturecenter.org.

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CAJUN CONCERT AND DANCE Saturday, June 16, 8-11 p.m.

The Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association hosts the Nashvillebased Roux du Bayoux Cajun Band at the Dorothy Benson Center. Cajun/Creole food for sale. All ages. No partner necessary. $18; $14 active military; $5 students. Cash or check only. Free Two-Step dance lesson at 7 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced Cajun dance class from 4:30-6 p.m. is $15. 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: aczadance.org or 877-338-2420.

FATHER’S DAY ON THE RIVER Sunday, June 17, 1–4 p.m.

Dads and grandfathers get free admission to the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Father’s Day. Walk the trails, enjoy nature center programs or celebrate the day with a family canoe trip and paddle to the playgrounds at Riverside Park. Ages 6 to adult. $35 general public; $30 CNC members. Register by June 14 for limited spaces for the canoe trip. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Info: chattnaturecenter.org.


Join the Brookhaven Bike Alliance for community rides every third Sunday at varying locations. Rides cancelled in inclement weather. June 17 location is Ashford Park, 2980 Redding Road, Brookhaven. Info: facebook.com/groups/BrookhavenBikeAlliance.

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Stretch and strengthen with gentle yoga in the gardens of the Atlanta History Center in a class led by wellness practitioner Sarah Bristow and illustrator Veronica McDaniel, collaborators on the coloring book and yoga guide “Find Your Animal Side.” All ages. $10; $8 History Center members. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Buckhead. Info: AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/programs or 404-814-4000.


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Community Survey / The importance of women on the ballot More women candidates are appearing on ballots this summer and fall, and a substantial majority of the respondents to our most recent 1Q.com community survey found that to be a good thing. Asked whether they thought increased representation by women was an important consideration when they voted, 70 percent of the 200 respondents said a candidate’s gender was very important or mattered a little. Just three in 10 said gender made no difference. And the gender of the person answering the question seemed to matter in determining her or his answer. About two thirds of the people who answered gender was “very important” were women. And nearly twice as many men as women felt that gender made no difference. The survey was conducted by cellphone and is not scientific. Among many of the respondents who felt increasing the number of women in elective office was important to do, expectations are high for the changes more women officials would bring to governing, both locally and nationally. Those respondents said they expected change on a wide variety of topics: gun control; listening to constituents; better family care policies; more money for education; more accountability and less corruption in government. One 38-yearold woman predicted the result would be “more logical thinking and open-mindedness.” “I’m not sure there will be new or different policies, but there will be more diverse conversations around all policy discussions,” a 54-year-old Brookhaven woman commented. A 29-year-old Buckhead man predicted that having more women in elective office would mean “more support for Planned Parenthood, education reform and equal rights for women.” A 28-year-old Dunwoody man expected “better family care

(e.g., maternity leave, childcare) and reproductive rights policies.” And a 55-year-old Sandy Springs woman thought “new changes and policies could be more inclusive.” Not everyone thought the gender of a candidate mattered, however. “I would imagine more women in of-

fice would have little effect on policies,” a 49-year-old Sandy Springs man said. “Politicians by nature are consensus-driven, whether through their constituents, inner-circle or financial backers. I don’t see women as having more or less ability in his area.”

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Here’s what some other respondents had to say “New changes and policies could be more inclusive.” – 55-year-old Sandy Springs woman

“Hopefully they can do something about the wage gap.” – 24-year-old Sandy Springs man

“The issues we have aren’t gender-specific.” – 47-year-old Brookhaven woman

“Definitely a lot more policies regarding women’s rights in the workplace, and maybe a new perspective on any current policies needing change.” – 22-year-old DeKalb County woman

“Gender is meaningless to me when I evaluate candidates. Who is most qualified? Whose values best match mine?” – 51-year-old Buckhead man

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Around Town

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The Jewish Democratic Women’s Salon leaders include, from left, Valerie Habif, Kate Kratovil and Joanie Shubin.


In Trump era, a Democratic women’s group thrives This is not your father’s political group. It doesn’t raise funds or hand out contributions to candidates. Its founders don’t deny their partisanship, but they don’t see themselves as practicing politics in the usual way, either. They call their group a “salon,” the Jewish Democratic Women’s Salon. “We didn’t know what else to call it,” co-founder Joanie Shubin said. “We don’t mean a hair salon,” co-founder Valerie Habif quickly added. No, their salon would be one of the old style, a place for talking and for learning about issues and politics. “It was really to gather like-minded people,” Habif said. “We were really frustrated about what was happening to people.” But their salon has developed a newfangled spin: it has taken off on the internet. The group that started with a few dozen women gathered in the meeting room of a Buckhead condo now claims more than 1,100 members who interact regularly through an invitation-only Facebook page. And they believe they offer a sign of change in local politics since the election of President Donald Trump. The women behind the salon say Trump’s presidency has convinced waves of other progressive and Democrat-leaning women to join the political seas. Even, the salon’s organizers say, in traditionally Republican suburbs such as Sandy Springs. Members of the salon actually started meeting back in 2012, when Barack Obama was president and the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed “Obamacare,” seemed to be all anybody wanted to talk about. Habif, a clinical psychologist who’s now retired, and Shubin, who volunteered with nonprofits, were trying to figure out just what the fuss was all about. “We didn’t understand the opposition,” Habif said during a recent chat at a Sandy Springs coffee shop. “What we did was to better understand the other side. Why would people be opposed to everyone having access to the same healthcare they have? What was so scary about healthcare?” Habif and Shubin, who both live in Sandy Springs, regularly talked to one another about issues, but they decided they needed to hear more points of view. They invited some friends to get together and invited an expert to speak. Soon, the women were meeting regularly to discuss issues of the day and to hear from experts on those issues. The idea was to educate and empower like-minded women in the area, the founders said, and to get them engaged in political issues. “We mean [to attract] women, other Jewish women, who were going through the same things we were going through,” Habif said. The group grew slowly, through word of mouth at first. Once 29-year-old member Kate Kratovil of Brookhaven, who works with nonprofits as a professional, established the group on Facebook in 2016, however, membership really took off. It was about the time of the current president’s election, she said, and suddenly progressive women wanted new ways to get involved in politics. “Donald Trump was the catalyst,” Kratovil said. Regardless of what motivates members, its founders say the salon focuses on local issues. “We’re all about local,” Habif said. “This is about having local voices.” “We are a true grassroots group,” Kratovil said. The group focuses its attention on a half-dozen issues its members see as driving women’s political discussions here. Topics include gun violence, women’s health and reproductive rights, refugee and immigrant rights, education and child protection, hate crime legislation and resisting “religious liberty” laws in Georgia. The founders say the salon defines itself as a women’s group created for and run by women and that it keeps its discussions women-only. The only time men have been in-


vited to participate is when the salon hosted forums in which local candidates came in to debate. Kratovil said in an email that it “comes down to a sense of camaraderie and being able to have a true safe space, especially with women’s health and access to healthcare as a main focus of JDWS.” Now that the organization is up and running, the founders say they intend to keep going. “We started with an idea and look what we’ve accomplished,” Habif said. “This is what happens when like-minded people come together. … We will never go back. Once you understand your responsibility, you can never go back. It was a delusion to leave it to others to do the right thing … “Complacency is not an option,” she said.

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If the EMS council decides to open the zone — and no formal decision has been made to do so at this time — the council will establish a date for bids to be accepted and invite licensed ambulance services in the region to submit a proposal, she explained. The Regional EMS Council would then evaluate the proposals based on economy, efficiency and benefit to public welfare and forward its recommendation to the Department of Public Health for approval or modification. DPH makes the final determination on the zone provider, she said. The fight between DeKalb County and Dunwoody over AMR’s response times was capped off when an AMR employee was recently arrested for allegedly striking a Dunwoody patient while he was in an ambulance. Councilmember Terry Nall called for DeKalb County to terminate AMR’s contract and the council is now seeking state intervention. On May 29, DeKalb and AMR entered into an agreement to place one more ambulance at Fire Rescue Station No. 21, located at 1020 Crown Pointe Parkway in Dunwoody to appease the city’s concerns. This ambulance is in addition to the

current AMR fleet of approximately 35 ambulances on the roads during most of the day with about 18 ambulances on the roads during off-peak hours, such as 2 a.m., according to DeKalb Fire Chief Darnell Fullum. The county has a population of about 700,000 people. Nall said the added ambulance does nothing to persuade him or the council EMS response times will improve. “We owe it to our citizens to exercise local control over the EMS portion of public safety,” Nall said. “We look forward to working with the first responders of DeKalb Fire in tandem with an EMS provider dedicated to a Dunwoody EMS zone.” Terence Ramotar, regional director for AMR, recently met with Dunwoody city officials to discuss their concerns. “We would all like to have a zerominute response time, but that is not a reality,” he said. It is a misnomer to think patients are waiting for care while an ambulance is responding to a call, he added. DeKalb Fire & Rescue typically arrives within several minutes to provide any emergency care and then the ambulance transports them to a hospital in a stabilized condition, he said. What Ramotar said was not antici-

“One challenge in DeKalb County is the overcrowding of emergency rooms. There is an overuse of 911 and an overuse of the healthcare system and these backups are being felt in the streets.” TERENCE RAMOTAR REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR AMR pated when it signed its contract with DeKalb County in 2013 was that there

would an extended “drop time” that keeps ambulances off the roads. Drop times are the time it takes for an ambulance to transfer a patient to a bed in an emergency room. Historical drop times are in the 15-minute range while DeKalb County’s is an hour, he said. “One challenge in DeKalb County is the overcrowding of emergency rooms,” he said. “There is an overuse of 911 and an overuse of the healthcare system and these backups are being felt in the streets.” Ramotar and DeKalb County officials agree that the contract signed between the two nearly five years ago is a bad contract. “We have been working with DeKalb on the issues of the design of the contract ... in the next iteration,” Ramotar said. A DeKalb County statement said the “root cause” for AMR’s “inexcusable” response times is a poorly written contract in 2013. “DeKalb County will hire a consultant this month to assess the current contract and recommend improvements. Subsequently, a request for proposals will be issued for new five-year ambulance services,” according to the



JUNE 8 - 21, 2018 ■ www.ReporterNewspapers.net statement. DeKalb officials say they have been addressing slow response times by AMR for a year. In early 2017, DeKalb Fire Rescue leadership requested a mitigation plan to improve service delivery. After AMR consistently failed to meet minimum contractual standards, AMR was slapped with $1.5 million in fines. Fullum said he understands the frustration Dunwoody officials have expressed. “We have recognized there is a challenge here and it will be addressed,” he said. “I’m never happy to hear of long response times in any part of the county.” Fullum said last year AMR responded to 105,000 calls while the county fire department responded to 83,000 calls. All firefighters are trained EMTs, he said. An issue he said AMR faces in responding to calls in Dunwoody includes traffic. “The density alone creates issues for travel time,” Fullum said. Dunwoody is also in the upper corner of DeKalb County that Fullum described as being “very narrow.” When an ambulance responds to a call and transports a patient in North DeKalb to a hospital, typically to Pill Hill in Sandy Springs, there are not ambulance units available from all four directions — north, south, east and west — available as there are in other parts of the county, especially Central DeKalb County where most emergency calls originate. Another issue facing EMS not just in DeKalb but across the country is a shortage of paramedics and EMTs, Fullum said. Nall is convinced the best thing for Dunwoody’s 50,000 residents and the 120,000 people who work in the city every day is for the city to operate its own EMS service. “We are still underserved,” he said.

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Developers pushing for change to Dunwoody Village overlay


A rendering of a potential redevelopment in Dunwoody Village to make way for a restaurant. The design was commissioned by Regency Centers, owner of Dunwoody Village, but does not currently meet the requirements of the overlay district.

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City officials think it may be time to think outside the Dunwoody Village Overlay district box to attract businesses and restaurants they say residents are clamoring to see in the city.

Renowned for its Williamsburg-style architecture intended to create a town village space, Dunwoody Village is home to anchor stores Walgreens and Fresh Market, a U.S. Post Office, some small businesses and local and chain restaurants – and a vast paved parking lot.

But more and more, city officials say they are getting pushback from developers and business owners who do not want to deal with the numerous restrictions required by the overlay district on parking, signage, windows, even paint colors, and so are taking their business elsewhere. “Dunwoody Village was built in 1975 ... and we still hold onto those architectural standards,” Community Development Director Richard McLeod said at June 4 retreat with staff and the City Council held at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm. “We should expand our thinking a bit,” he said. Council members generally agreed at the retreat it is time to take a close look at the overlay district and update it. “Let’s not throw the overlay out window, but fine-tune it,” Mayor Denis Shortal said. Councilmember Terry Nall cautioned against too much change because the intent of the overlay is to create a clear separation between suburban Dunwoody and urban Perimeter Center.

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“How do we keep it from turning into Perimeter Center,” he said. “That’s the struggle we have.” The city is going to have make some quick decisions. Crim and Associates, the developer wanting to build a new building at the corner of ChambleeDunwoody Road and Mount Vernon Road on the edge of the overlay, said it can’t find a business that wants to locate in old-fashioned Williamsburgstyle architecture. The developer is now seeking approval for a sleek, industrial-style building with a flat roof – far different than anything in the overlay now. And Regency Centers, owner of Dunwoody Village, reached out a few months ago to city staff to say they may eventually have a 4,000 square-foot opening for a restaurant. Regency Centers hired a firm to draw up a design for the potential redevelopment of an existing space that also includes a flat roof, said Economic Development Director Michael Starling. But the design does not meet the requirements of the overlay. “Regency is waiting for us to tell them if this is a good direction to take or should they move into another direction,” Starling told the council. Councilmember Lynn Deutsch said Regency Centers is starting to focus on revitalizing and renovating their current centers. “They recognize the potential here,” she said. At the same time, Dunwoody Village is filled with tenants and is making money, Deutsch added. “It is full and works for the tenants ... but doesn’t seem to be meeting what the residents want and need,” she said. No specific decisions were made about what to do about the overlay other than relax restrictions and update the architectural style, but council directed McLeod to come up with proposed changes by August.

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Dunwoody Village plan highlights design tensions


A rendering of the proposed redesigned building at 5419 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road that Crim and Associates wants the city to approve. The site is located in the Dunwoody Village Overlay District, which calls for a Williamsburg architecture style.

fast casual Mexican restaurant, which he described as a “Chipotle-lite.” But the resproperty at 5419 Chamblee-Dunwoody taurant owner wants the new design, not Road, are hoping the city will approve the old one, Wanamaker said. He did not their new design concepts that include a name names but said they were seeking flat roof, black-framed all-glass doors and two tenants. large windows with no shutters that come “This would be great if it was a bank,” together to create a more industrial look. he said of the original design. “But nobody None of these items are currently alwants another bank.” lowed in the overlay district. The current The Williamsburg architectural style overlay district mandates a colonial Wilis out-of-date for the city where younger liamsburg-style architecture instead. people are moving, where companies like Crim and Associates got a special land State Farm are located and where people use permit for the property last year to want hipper options, he said. add more parking than allowed in the “People in Dunwoody are crying out overlay. At that time, the company also got for restaurants and cool stuff,” he said. site-specific ap“Dunwoody has proval for a buildto change to get ing design that fit to the next stage.” in with the overThe Dunlay — all brick, woody Village pitched roof, ofOverlay was a fice-like appearmajor topic of ance. discussion at the But Archie June 4 City CounWanamaker of cil retreat where Crim and Assocouncilmembers ciates, during were informed a June 4 open by staff that house communimany developers ty meeting on the and businesses patio of a busy are simply avoidMarlow’s Tavern ing Dunwoody in Dunwoody VilVillage due to its lage, said his comheavy restricpany can’t find tions. Amendrestaurants that ing the overlay, want to locate in or perhaps elimthe original deinating it all tosign. gether, are opCrim and Astions city staff sociates is ready plan to present Archie Wanamaker of Crim and Associates talks to sign a deal with to the council at to people at Marlow’s Tavern in Dunwoody a Florida-based a future date. Village about the new architecture design. Continued from page 1


Crim and Associates is also developing the new Dunwoody Green commercial property at the intersection of North Shallowford Road and Dunwoody Park within the city’s larger Project Renaissance development. Wanamaker said they have a great deal of interest at the Dunwoody Green site from chef-driven restaurants, breweries and other “cool, sexy, inviting” businesses. “Because we don’t have restrictions,” he said. But why buy a piece of property knowing it was in the Dunwoody Village Overlay with so many restrictions? Plans were for Rize Pizza to go into the site and Rize was going to build the building as originally approved, Wanamaker said. Before the deal could be finalized the CEO was fired. When that deal fell through, the hunt was on for a new tenant. The new tenant they found prefers the updated design. And to seal the deal, Crim and Associates must get city approval for the new design. City officials told Crim and Associates they needed a SLUP to get the new architectural designs approved, which means going before the Planning Commission and City Council again for approval. But Bob Lundsten, member of the Dun-

woody Homeowners Association, said they are attempting to change the zoning code and that means getting approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals. The DHA played a major role in setting up the overlay district. “Architecture is not part of a SLUP,” Lundsten said at the Marlow’s gathering. “The underlying use is Williamsburg architecture. This is a change in zoning … I may not like the village overlay, but it’s served its purpose for the past 35 years. This is not the way to go about changing it.” The ZBA also requires an applicant to prove a hardship before a zoning code can be changed. Wanamaker said their hardship is not being able to find restaurants willing to go into a building with the original design because it looks like an “office building.” Community Development Director Richard McLeod attended the gathering at Marlow’s. He said he would check with the city attorney to find out what process Crim and Associates needs to take to seek approval for the new design — whether through the Planning Commission or ZBA. Wanamaker said they would do what the city directs them to do but planned to submit plans to the city June 5.

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Tiger Mountain Vineyards, co-owned by Martha Ezzard (pictured below), sits on 90 rolling acres between Rabun Gap and Tallulah Falls in North Georgia.

Days of Wine and Roses

Tiger Mountain Vineyards produces award-winning grapes BY JULIE E. BLOEMEKE When three Tiger Mountain wines — the 2015 Sweet Petit (late harvest Petit Manseng), the 2014 Tannat and the 2016 Rosé — each won silver medals at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, Martha Ezzard, one of the founders of Tiger Mountain Vineyards, knew it was official: “Georgia wines have come up in the world.” The 2017 competition received over 3,000 wines from 999 wineries including wines from France, Portugal, South Africa, Italy and the U.S.; that Tiger Mountain did so well is a testament to family commitment, passion and dedication. Ezzard was also particularly thrilled because “Tiger Mountain was competing alongside wines from Napa and Sonoma wineries.” The vineyards, located on about 90 acres between Rabun Gap and Tallulah Falls in Northeast Georgia, boasts a tasting room that hosts individual and reservation-based group tastings; individual and group winery tours; a wine and gift shop; an on-site facility where grapes are crushed, fermented and bottled; the Red Barn Café which offers lunch, brunch and Saturday dinner; a Tigerwine Tasters Wine Club; a pond teeming with bluegill and bass where visitors can relax and enjoy a glass of wine; numer-

ous picnic areas; and spots for do-your-own blueberry picking. Weddings, live music weekends, business meetings, parties and an Awakening the Vines celebration in the spring are also common events. However, it was not always that way. The vineyard began with a dream and vision for Martha Ezzard and her husband, John, both professionals who traded city careers for a return to the rural land of Rabun County. John, a physician, and Martha, a lawyer, award-winning Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer and author of a memoir about the experience of relinquishing city life — “The Second Bud” — confesses their motivation: “Our chief aim,” said Ezzard, “was to save the family farm. It was part of John’s soul; he’s a farmer at heart.” The land that comprises Tiger Mountain has been in the Ezzard family since the 1830s. Previously a dairy farm, John wanted to grow something but he was not sure what. There was talk of apples, but after extensive research and considering the land, soil and elevation, he landed on wine. It was not necessarily a popular decision with folks that had lived in the area for generations. Martha laughs when she shares the reaction. [Many people said] “John, how come you are growing these highfalutin grapes?” Then she confesses,

“I thought it was a crazy idea too, but the secret was finding a mentor in Virginia.” It was another Georgia vintner — David Harris, previous owner of a small winery in Habersham County — who recommended that John speak to Dennis and Sharon Horton in Charlottesville. After doing so, Martha and John began by working the first five acres on their own, and in 1994-1995 they planted five red European grape varieties — Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Malbec, Touriga Nacional and Mourvedre. All of these were selected by John, who took Horton’s advice to cultivate grapes for fine dry wines. And French grapes (with the exception of the Touriga, which is Portuguese) were best suited for southeastern climate and soils. Tiger Mountain Vineyards was the first vine-

yard in Georgia’s history to make this move, concentrating on the fine dry wines over the sweeter varieties like muscadine. A particular time of excitement came in 1998, when the first grapes were ready to harvest after about three years of maturing. The Ezzards shared the fruit with a local vintner who was “very excited about the quality,” Martha says. And they sold the first harvest to the Hortons. This was also when the Ezzards produced their first batch of wine — on the back porch of the farmhouse in a large bucket purchased from Walmart. A photo of this event hangs in the old barn, now lovingly restored and converted to a shady nook-filled respite for visitors to enjoy a glass of wine while overlooking Tiger Mountain. This bout of initial success led to another important event in 1999: it was the year the winery officially opened for sales. These days Tiger Mountain Vineyards produces 10 wines, but grows seven varieties of grape — five French, one Portuguese (the Touriga) and the native American Norton. They also produce three blends: Continued on page 20 DUN

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Continued from page 18 the five-grape blend Rabun Red, (the most popular Tiger Mountain Wine), Mountain Cyn (a blend of Cab Franc and Norton, also known as Cynthiana) and TNT ( a blend of Touriga Nacional and Tannat). The Norton, a grape native to Virginia, thrives on the Blue Ridge. It’s known, Ezzard says, for “being hardy and reliable.” Martha has taken on her own experiments with the variety. She is currently growing two rows of Norton grapes that are chemical free. They cannot be organically certified because of the proximity of other grapes that are being grown traditionally. And the wine the Norton produces is not only known for being full-bodied with qualities of plums and cherries, it is also one of the essential wines that comprise the famed Rabun Red. The Petit Manseng is also a point of pride for Martha. Native to the southwestern France in the Pyrenees, it is known for its small berries and loose clusters, which make it harder for mildew to take hold. And the ability for the Petit Manseng to ripen in the Georgia climate is great. The grape produces a crisp white wine with a hint of green apple tones. The late harvest Petit Manseng comprises the Sweet Petit, known for just enough sweetness to be considered a dessert wine. And, while it was the 2015 late-harvest Petit Manseng grape that secured the 2017

win at the LA International Wine Competition, it was the 2013 Petit Manseng that won a gold medal for being an “exceptional wine that is near the pinnacle of achievement in its category” in the 2015 San Francisco International competition, known worldwide for “setting the standard for professional wine judging since its debut in 1980,” according to the website. But to Martha, the connection to the grape is highly personal: “I think the Petit Manseng just loves Tiger Mountain!” she says. Martha says a lot of folks see running a vineyard as “romantic.” But she is quick to note the intense labor involved, a topic she addresses in detail in her memoir: “[Running a vineyard] is so much work. We are just farmers.” Still, when touring Tiger Mountain Vineyards, one can’t help but note the rosebushes planted at the end of almost every row of vines. Pops of red, orange and yellow dot the landscape amidst the green of the grape leaves. This practice originated in France as the flowers are early indicators of disease. Harbingers, they serve as way to ensure vines will stay healthy. As it happens, Martha says, she and John have been “gifting each other rosebushes for years.” It is a tradition they picked up on and continued, in honor of the vineyard’s legacy, and of one another. For more information, visit tigerwine.com.

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Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery 3610 Cavender Creek Road Dahlonega, GA cavendercreekvineyards.com Wine tastings invite visitors to sample any four wines from the menu; souvenir glasses are available.

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A Fisherwoman’s Tale

Atlanta resident trades corporate world for trout streams

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The water gets too warm for good trout fishing in July and August, she said. Her trips include a stream-side lunch she serves with silver and plates and linen napkins and sometimes with little fishshaped napkin rings. Metro Atlanta resident Bob Muniz, who’s been fly fishing much of his life, went out last fall on a day trip with a friend and with Sharp as their guide. “We had such a great day,” he said. Now, they’re eager to return on a second trip with her this fall and they’re bringing along a couple of friends. Muniz has nothing but praise for Sharp: “She’s got that Southern charm, that Southern lady charm,” he said, and she knows what the fish will bite, too.” Sharp describes her clients as “people who want to make it a day of relaxation. “It’s about being out on the water,” she said. “It’s all about relaxation.” And, of course, catching a few fish. “What I tell my clients is, ‘You’re going to see a lot of fish. You’re going to hook a lot of fish. And you’re not going to land a lot of fish,” she said. “My goal is to always get a fish into the net.” But that’s not the real appeal for her. Not anymore. “In the beginning, you just want to catch a fish,” Sharp said. “Then, the second thing is, you want to catch a lot of fish. Then you want to catch a big fish. Then you don’t care about catching a fish. It’s just being out there. “What I loved about it was being in nature. It’s the beauty God creates for us.” Besides, she said, “it’s much more relaxing than being on a deep-sea fishing boat.”

Natalie Sharp’s introduction to fishing came on big boats in the deep salt waters off Florida when she was growing up. But about 17 years ago, when she lived in Atlanta, she decided to try something a bit different. She was traveling a lot then as a consultant to dental practices. She needed a break from the road, so she headed to the north Georgia mountains. Eventually, she bought a home and settled in near Blue Ridge. She’d always wanted to learn to fly fish, so she hired a guide to teach her how and started walking nearby mountain streams in search of trout. “I just sort of fell in love with it,” she said. Now the 67-year-old angler is herself the guide, one of dozens salted across mountain communities who teach visitors how to effectively stalk trout in Georgia’s cold mountain creeks and rivers. Through her company, Sharper Bites, she gives her clients lessons on how to cast a fly, the preferred lure for trout, and then leads anglers to fishing spots along private trout streams on the headwaters of the Toccoa River. And, as part of the deal, she provides lunch. “I used to the be only [guide] who supplied lunch,” she said with a laugh. “Now others do.” Sharp has taught fly fishing to clients aged 6 to 85, she said. They tend to be “couples, husbands who want their wives to fish, corporate groups.” Mostly, she guides only a couple of customers at a time. Some special corporate events have included up to 10, she said. She guides fishing trips from March through June and from mid-September through November. Bob Munitz shows off his catch.


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Mountain Fun

Wine, music, Cabbage Patch Kids and more on tap If you’re headed to the mountains of North Georgia or North Carolina this summer and fall and wondering what there is to do besides admire the view, check out this list of eclectic upcoming events.

BLAIRSVILLE SCOTTISH FESTIVAL Bagpipes, drums, games and food will bring the Scottish highlands to Meeks Park in Blairsville on June 9-10. Visit blairsvillescottishfestival.com for details.

BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL The festival will be held June 16 from 2 to 10 p.m. at 58 Boardtown Road near the town of Blue Ridge. More than a dozen wineries will provide the vino, while musical acts include Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk, The 4 Korners, Tray Dahl and The Jugtime Ragband and Taryn Newborne. Visit blueridgewineandjazz. com for tickets and details.

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VILLAGE SQUARE ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW Held in Highlands, N.C. on June 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kelsey-Hutchinson “Founders” Park on Pine Street in downtown. There will be high quality fine art, folk art and regionally made crafts. Visit facebook.com/villagesquareshow for more information. RABUN COUNTY MUSIC FESTIVAL The annual music extravaganza returns to the Rearden Theatre on the campus of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Rabun County. The lineup includes: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (June 23); Evening in the Round with Linda Davis, Lang Scott and Bill Whyte (July 7); Emile Pandolfi (July 21); 7 Bridges (Aug. 4); and The Drifters (Aug. 18). Tickets and details at rabunmusicfestival.com.

POTS ON THE GREEN This two-day festival – June 30 and July 1 – in Cashiers, N.C. features the area’s rich pottery heritage with demonstrations, talks and original pottery on display and for sale at The Village Green Gazebo. Visit villagegreencashiersnc.com for more information.

FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA ON THE GREEN Celebrate the 4th of July in Cashiers, N.C. with this evening festival, which will include food, music, dancing and a colossal fireworks display. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Village Green. Details atvillagegreencashiersnc.com. GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FAIR This year’s fair is July 20-28 at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. Rides, live music, food and much more draw thousands of visitors each year. See all the events happening this summer at the fairgrounds at georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.

BABYLAND GENERAL HOSPITAL The Cabbage Patch Kids were created by Xavier Roberts in Cleveland, Ga., which is home to Babyland General Hospital where the tykes are born. The Cabbage Patch Kids are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and there will be events all summer long (including regular weekend tea parties) culminating with an anniversary celebration on Sept. 8. Find out more at babylandgeneral.com. BLUE RIDGE BLUES AND BBQ MUSIC FESTIVAL The annual festival will be held in the downtown Blue Ridge City Park on Sept. 15 from noon to 9 p.m. There will be barbeque, live music, craft beer, fun stuff for the kids and more. Find more information at stayinblueridge.com. ROME BEER FEST Head to Rome for the annual unique craft beer, art and music experience on Sept. 22 at Heritage Park. All proceeds benefit the Rome Area Council for the Arts, providing community arts programming, education and outreach. For more information, romebeerfest.com. GEORGIA APPLE FESTIVAL The annual event is held over two weekends – Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21 – in Ellijay. There will be more than 300 vendors, an antique car show, a parade and plenty of apples. Visit georgiaapplefestival.org for information.


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Make a Splash

Georgia State Parks offer water activities for summer


Summer is calling, and outdoor lovers will soon be on the hunt for the perfect destinations to enjoy water activities. Lucky for locals and visitors, Georgia State Parks offer a plethora of ways to get wet, including paddling, boating, fishing and kayaking just to name a few. And whether you’re heading for the hills or to some other part of the state for your summer vacation, there’s some great scenery, too.

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PADDLING The Park Paddlers Club offers an abundance of scenic waterways to explore, for both seasoned paddlers and beginners. Whether paddling in a kayak, in a canoe or on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), paddle the 24 miles of water trails at the six participating state parks and earn a Park Paddlers t-shirt and bragging rights. In addiHigh Falls SUP tion to the six state parks in the Park Paddlers Club, visitors can rent kayaks, canoes and SUPs to explore a variety of mountain lakes, coastal waters and winding rivers, all located within Georgia state parks. Find a complete list of parks with paddling at GaStateParks.org/Paddling. FISHING Georgia State Parks are an angler’s paradise with reservoirs, streams and rivers, lakes of all sizes and saltwater fishing. Many bass fishermen equate “The Bass Capital of the World” to George T. Bagby’s Lake Walter F. George. In fact, the size and variety of fish are rivaled only by the varieties of unspoiled environments, from bass at Tugaloo and Hart Outdoor Recreation Area, to crappie at Seminole, Red Top Mountain and Richard B. Russell. Several of the parks have created programs that allow you to borrow equipment for little or no charge. Find a fishing spot at GaStateParks.org/Fishing. BOATING In addition to lakeside beaches, dozens of Georgia State Parks provide public boat ramps and docks, a few with their own docks adjacent to campgrounds and cabins. Boat rentals are available at more than 20 state parks. Larger lakes even allow boaters to partake in water skiing, sailing and other personal watercraft activities, however, some parks on smaller lakes have horsepower restrictions to preserve the tranquil setting and wildlife. See a full list of boat ramps at GaStateParks.org/Boating. SWIMMING Nothing says summer like a trip to the lake. Georgia State Parks’ sandy swimming beaches serve up all the amenities of a trip to the coast without the expense. Check out the beaches at parks like Red Top Mountain, Hard Labor Creek or Tugaloo. If swimming pools are more your style, head to F.D. Roosevelt, High Falls, Little Ocmulgee or Victoria Bryant state parks. Kids will find fun ways to play in the water with splash pads at Magnolia Springs, Little Ocmulgee and Gordonia-Alatamaha. Find a lake, pool or splash pad at Red Top Mountain Beach GaStateParks.org/Swimming.

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Noted poet, dancer and activist prepares for mountain move BY COLLIN KELLEY Poet, dancer, activist and history-maker Louise Runyon is leaving Decatur for the mountains of North Carolina. Her latest poetry collection, “The Passion of Older Women,” not only acts as goodbye letter to the city, but also arrives at the height of the social mediadriven #MeToo movement as a frank testament and tool of empowerment for women “of a certain age.” “I love Atlanta and Decatur. I will deeply miss the DeKalb Farmers Market, my many communities here, my friends and garden,” Runyon reflected. “But I’m looking forward to pursuing a more spiritual path, and part of that is being in the mountains. I want to rest, be quiet and appreciate the natural world. I want to take better care of myself and get to know a new place and community. It’s an adventure.” Runyon is not new to adventures and forging her own path. She made history in the 1970s by becoming the first woman to work at Atlantic Steel (where Atlantic Station now sits in Midtown) since World War II. She also made a name for herself in the dance world, touring the country as a performer and choreographer and creating the Louise Runyon Performance Company. Runyon said the strong women in her life were her inspiration, including now as she prepares to make another life-altering move. “I’m 68, so it’s pretty daunting to make this move by myself,” Runyon said. “But the mountains are where my heart is.” She was particularly inspired by her cousin, Francis, who moved to the North Carolina mountains at age 70 and lived happily there for another 26 years. “Those were the best years of her life,” Runyon said. “She found peace there and I hope to do the same.” Before she makes the move to Sylva, North Carolina, Runyon remains steadfast in her role as an activist, including support of #MeToo. “Sexual assault on women, viewing them as objects and commodities, leads to the stigmatization of older women,” she said. “When you become an older woman, you feel shame and stigmatized no matter how confident or powerful you’ve been. It’s not really talked about, but just part of the fabric of our culture. I think the Me Too movement is a huge step forward for women.” While writing “The Passion of Older Women,” Runyon became aware of just how little writing there was for older women. She said most of the books come from a religious angle or “formulaic garbage” playing on the old trope of older women desperate for younger men. “I hope that when women read this book they will gain solace, hope, comfort and direction,” Runyon said. “We’re looking at the last third of our lives and how we’re going to live it. It’s not an easy thing to face. Younger women may not think about it or want to think about it, but this is their future, too.” As for her legacy, Runyon said she’s not one to reflect on it. “My contribution is to write and talk about the power of the women of my generation,” she said. “We’re a formidable group. We’ve made a difference and will continue to do so and not just disappear.” Louise Runyon will read from “The Passion of Older Women” on June 25, 7:15 p.m. at the Decatur Library as part of Poetry Atlanta Presents… in conjunction with Georgia Center for the Book. For more information, visit georgiacenterforthebook.org or louiserunyonperformance.com.

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Design Ideas

Ideas for decorating your mountain retreat As more people buy mountain homes for retirement or as weekend getaways, interior design has definitely evolved. Gone are the days of the primitive log cabin, replaced by modern conveniences with a rustic flare. We rounded up a few design ideas to help inspire you if you’re getting ready to decorate your mountain retreat.

1 An outdoor fireplace is a must for those chilly nights in the mountains. It also makes an excellent focal point for a family gathering, party or just curling up with a good book.


No outhouses here! A sleek, modern bathroom can have a rustic touch as well as a commanding view of the mountains while you soak in a big tub or enjoy a long shower.



A modern version of the campfire, a fire pit with plenty of seating is great for parties, sleepovers or sitting around toasting marshmallows and listening to ghost stories.


Wood and stone accents in a mountain home offer plenty of charm, while big windows offer great views – even from bed.


Open floorplans are de rigueur in city homes these days, but they are also perfect for mountain retreats, especially if you’re trying to get closer to the family or hosting a party. A big kitchen bar with plenty of seating and a grand view of the living space opens up all kinds of possibilities.

If you’re going to be entertaining at your mountain home, plenty of seating will be a must. This interior design offers multiple areas for gathering, socializing and intimate conversations.

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Dana Munson Riverwood International Charter School Riverwood International Charter School teacher Dana Munson, no stranger to awards, was recently honored for her work teaching students art. Munson was honored as Georgia’s National Art Honor Society Distinguished Teacher of the Year alongside her students as they won their own awards. “Though the honor should be enough, what I treasured most was that my National Art Honor Society kids were there to see me win this award. To be able to share that with the kids that made it possible to win the award was one of my finest moments as a teacher,” Munson said of accepting the award, which was announced at the group’s March conference. She has previously been honored as Educator of the Year for both the Georgia Art Education Association and from the National Art Education Association. For nine years of Munson’s 20-year career, she has been teaching at River-



wood in Sandy Springs. Munson believes art teaches kids how to “dream big, to make mistakes, to fail and to succeed.” She could be on her way to another award. Munson and teacher Lana Ensmann have been nominatSPECIAL Dana Munson. ed as sponsors of the year by the Georgia Art Education Association for their work with Riverwood’s National Art Honor Society, where they have led students to raise $1,500 for a nonprofit. “I really enjoy getting to know my students through the art that they create,” she said.

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and those were proud moments, the one thing that I am most proud of is that I was able to teach my daughters when they were in elementary school and I was able to teach them in high school. They are graduating this year from Riverwood and I couldn’t be prouder of them and the time we have spent together.

Q: What is your favorite memory at your school?



Though I have had some fabulous memories at Riverwood throughout my time here, I have to say my favorite (to date) was having my last day with my graduating [Advanced Placement] art students this year. I have taught these kids for three to four years and have become very fond of each of them. It was a sad day for me to see each of them move their name to the AP art student name wall (a tradition in my room), but I know that each of these fabulous kids will do great things in the future. Right now, it is my proudest memory.


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From Dunwoody Police reports dated May 27 through June 3. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website.

a car and took a purse containing a wallet, cash, identification and sunglasses.


700 block of Peachtree-Industrial Bou-

100 block of Perimeter Center East —

On May 27, in the early morning, a Kia Forte was reported stolen. 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

levard — On May 28, in the morning, a forced-entry burglary was reported. 4500 block of Olde Perimeter Way —

On May 28, in the afternoon, $5 was stolen from a car.

— On May 27, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting a $3 T-shirt at a discount superstore.

4700 block of Vermack Ridge— On May

4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

1200 block of Hammond Drive — On

— On May 27, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of trying to shoplift dresses from a department store.

May 28, in the afternoon, a suspect tried to steal a shirt, socks and sandals from a discount retailer.



block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 27, in the evening, two females were arrested and accused of shoplifting from a department store. 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On May 27, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of trying to steal a cellphone case from a discount superstore.

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5300 block of Forest Springs Drive — On

May 27, in the evening, someone broke into

28, in the afternoon, a suspect was arrested and accused of a forced-entry burglary.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 28, in the evening, a man reported his wallet stolen. Inside were his drivers license, EBT card, bank card and social security card. 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On May 29, at noon, a teenager was arrested and accused of shoplifting a charging cable from a discount superstore. 4500 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

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JUNE 8 - 21, 2018 ■ www.ReporterNewspapers.net — On May 29, in the afternoon, a suspect was arrested and charged with taking pants from a store.

4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

4300 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On May 29, in the afternoon, a warrant was obtained for a man who tried to steal Armani, Chanel and Tom Ford fragrances from a department store.

— On June 1, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting.

4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On May 29, in the afternoon, a teenager was arrested and accused of shoplifting, possession of alcohol (Bud Light) and underage consumption. 100 block of Perimeter Center West — On

May 29, someone found their car broken into. Missing was a backpack containing a Macbook, iPad and headphones.

— On June 1, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On June 1, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting.

100 block of Perimeter Center West —

On May 30, in the afternoon, a suspect fled on foot after attempting to steal a baseball cap from a discount retailer. 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On May 30, around noon, a man reported his window was smashed and a bag with his laptop was stolen from his car. 4500 block of Olde Perimeter Way —

On May 30, in the evening, the victim flagged down an officer to report an attempted larceny from his car. 100 block of Perimeter Center Place —

— On June 2, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On June 2, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On June 3, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting.

4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On June 3, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting.

A S S AU LT 100 block of Perimeter Center East — On

May 27, in the morning, a woman was arrested during a family violence incident. May 28, after midnight, a man was cited for criminal trespass following a domestic dispute. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 28, in the afternoon, officers responded to a candy store regarding harassing communications. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 28, in the afternoon, officers responded to an assault.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 31, in the morning, a man reported his 2013 Mazda stolen while he was shopping.

2200 block of Dunwoody Crossing —

100 block of Perimeter Center Place —

— On May 31, in the afternoon, a restaurant reported receiving terroristic calls.

May 31, in the afternoon, two men were arrested and accused of shoplifting. 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

— On May 28, at night, a disorderly conduct incident was reported at a restaurant.

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On May 30, at night, officers responded to a domestic dispute.

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On May 27, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving without insurance and with a suspended driver’s license.

Road — On June 1, in the early morning, a burglary and damage READ MORE OF THE POLICE BLOTTER ONLINE AT was reported at a restaurant.





1600 block of Rochelle Drive — On

4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

1200 block of Hammond Drive — On

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On May 31, in the morning, three TVs were reported stolen following a burglary with no forced entry to a private residence.

On May 31, in the afternoon, a was arrested and accused of shoplifting.

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4700 block of Ash-

ford-Dunwoody Road — On May 30, around noon, a man reported his car was broken into. Gym clothing and an iPod were stolen. Shortly after, a woman saw a man breaking into the rear of her car but scared him away before he could steal anything. The suspect in both incidents drove a 2012 Audi A7 Prestige, reported stolen on May 25.

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