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Maggie Bass, a senior at Dunwoody High School, pushes the American flag up as high as she can while heading down Mount Vernon Road during Dunwoody’s annual Fourth of July parade. Read related story and see additional photos on pages 17-19­.

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The local neighborhood parties we held, especially the streetside one at Mystic Place and Roswell Road, with our coolers nearby, frantically waving our American flags, as our neighbor ran by with the Olympic torch.

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Thousands of people decked out in redwhite-and blue lined Mount Vernon Road and cheered as local war veterans rode past in classic cars. They were celebrating Independence Day at the annual Fourth of July parade, the state’s largest, sponsored by the Dun-

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City’s action to stop left turns onto Nandina Lane upsets some motorists BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Nandina Lane is just a short jog of a road in Dunwoody that connects Mount Vernon Road to Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. But when the city made recent changes to prohibit left turns onto Nandina Lane from Mount Vernon Road, some local motorists wanted to slam on the brakes. “A lot of our clients don’t like it,” said Lynne Watts, receptionist at Dunwoody Animal Hospital at 5450 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. Before the changes to the Nandina Lane/Mount Vernon Road intersection, clients would turn left onto Nandina Lane and pull into the hospital’s back parking lot, she said. “It’s kind of inconvenient for them and, for a lot of clients, it’s hard for them to make a left turn onto Chamblee-Dunwoody Road,” she said. Pam Miller, technician at the animal hospital, said the business “is losing clientele because it is so difficult to get over here.” “It’s horrible,” she said. The city modified the Mount Vernon

Road/Nandina Lane intersection to a right-turn-in/right-turn-out only configuration to address the safety of drivers as well as pedestrians at this section of road, said city spokesperson Bob Mullen. “Left turns in and out of roads, businesses or developments are generally the most problematic movements for drivers,” Mullen said in an email. “Increased traffic volume over the past five-plus years, coupled with a condensed leftturn lane distance approaching the intersection of Mount Vernon and ChambleeDunwoody, have raised safety issues for drivers along Mount Vernon Road from both eastbound and westbound. “One way to address safety impacts is to eliminate left turns … [and] turning restrictions are particularly important when the access points are relatively close to existing intersections, as Nandina Lane is to Chamblee-Dunwoody Road.” The intersection now includes a “Do Not Enter” road sign, large yellow globes on the roadway and a cement island. “The improvement should also help address safer pedestrian crossings by offering a refuge island at Nandina Lane and reduce points of conflict for crossing pedestrians through the elimination

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The city of Dunwoody has made changes to Nandina Lane, prohibiting left turns from Mount Vernon Road, upseting some local motorists. A “Do Not Enter” sign, large yellow globes on the roadway and a cement island now deter drivers from entering.

of left turns,” Mullen said. The Dunwoody Police Department is conducting traffic patrols to ensure the safety of pedestrians in the area of the Nandina Lane/Chamblee-Dunwoody Road yield sign, Mullen said.

Future plans to alert motorists to that yield sign include painting reflective markings directly on the pavement and installing curb extensions at the yield sign to slow motorists, Mullen said.

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Dunwoody residents want pathways and trails, improved parks, an open pavilion for concerts and performances, outdoor athletic fields, and a performing arts center, according to a citizen survey seeking feedback on the city’s parks and recreation offerings. A survey was mailed to 3,000 random residents in March with 661 responses returned to the city, according the Colorado-based RRC Associates which conducted the survey. A web survey was also open to the public from March 17 through April 18, and gathered 962 responses, for a total of 1,623 survey responses.

► 29 percent said they wanted an open pavilion for concerts and performances. ► 26 percent said they wanted a the ater/performing arts center. ► 83 percent said they wanted community events. ► 62 percent said they wanted wellness programs.

In open-ended comments about Brook Run Park, respondents put athletic fields (baseball and soccer) as the top priority, followed by adding an amphitheater or pavilion for concerts. “Respondents most often suggested that the top priority for new amenities or improvements to existing amenities at Brook Run Park are athletic fields including baseball and soccer fields, Survey findings on the importance and adding an amphitheater/paof recreation facilities 661 Dunwoody residents rated the importance of parks and vilion for concerts and shows,” recreation facilities on a scale from 1 (not important) to 5 (very the survey states. important). Here are the averages of their ratings. To see a larger version of this chart, go to ReporterNewspapers.net. “Respondents commented that Trails and Pathways 4.5 adding and maintaining the bathrooms as well as connecting and 4.1 Nature Center expanding the trails in Brook Run Park were priorities, as well. Re4.0 Playgrounds spondents also indicated support 3.7 Picnic Shelters for more lights and more parking, and to add a recreation center/in3.5 Athletic Fields door complex for activities,” ac3.5 Cultural Arts Center cording to the survey. The topic of whether or not 3.4 Events Pavilions to save the shuttered building in Brook Run Park to turn it into a 3.3 Historical Sites theater or community center drew Outdoor Courts 3.3 many negative responses to using city tax money to do so. Community Gardens 3.3 And when it comes to funding new parks and recreation faciliDog Parks 2.7 ties and other improvements, 47 Source: Dunwoody Parks & Recreation Master Planning Cititzen Survey Results percent of respondents said they Results include: would “probably” or “definitely” support a bond referendum. ► 39 percent of respondents said A new dedicated sales tax garnered 44 pathways and trails were a top percent support from respondents, fol priority. lowed by 33 percent supporting a general ► 33 percent of respondents said they property tax levy and 25 percent in sup wanted improved park amenities. port of a new dedicated property tax.

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Sandy Springs mayor: Employers must help fix traffic problems BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Cobb County’s plan to divert future Braves stadium traffic onto Northside Drive was blasted as a “nightmare” at the Sandy Springs City Council meeting on June 21. But adding behind-the-scenes fuel to the fire was the plan’s lack of any of five traffic fixes the city has suggested for nearly two years. And the stadium was just one of two plans the council slammed the brakes on that night due to traffic concerns. The council effectively declared a parking-garage moratorium in the Pill Hill medical center out of frustration that no traffic master plan has emerged eight months after the city demanded one. “The employers here have to be part of [traffic solutions]. It can’t all be done behind this desk or inside this building,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said. But even when city officials have a seat at the table, they still run into surprises, miscommunication and lack of leverage. Just hours after the mayor complained of the missing Pill Hill traffic plan, the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts said one is already underway—yet the city and one

of the area hospitals said they had never heard of it. The council’s outrage over the stadium traffic resulted two days later in a meeting between Paul and Cobb Chairman Tim Lee. The city and county managers will now meet regularly, too. “I think we’re in a good place. I think we’re on the same page,” said Kellie Brownlow, Lee’s deputy chief.

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One of the city’s proposed fixes is moving ahead: a Sandy Springs-funded study of a new I-285/Powers Ferry Road interchange in Cobb. But other key ideas are up in the air, including a “slip ramp” allowing stadium traffic to go from I-285 to Northside without using local streets. Paul said he’s “optimistic” that Cobb will draw up better traffic plans eventually. “Will it be in place by…[Opening Day in] April 2017? Not at this point,” he said. The mayor said the city could not have done more to get its ideas in the traffic planning originally. “Ball’s in their court,” Paul said. “We have no leverage on Cobb County. That’s the tragedy of this whole issue.”

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At the June 21 meeting, the City Council placed a surprise 60-day deferral on a rezoning request for a 450-space parking garage at the Center Pointe medical office building on Johnson Ferry Road. The council was “somewhat blindsiding” the applicant, Duke Realty, Paul admitted. But, he said, the city needed a way to emphasize the need for alternative commuting plans on Pill Hill, which can be gridlocked during rush hour. Last fall, Paul gathered leaders from the area’s three hospitals—Northside, Emory Saint Joseph’s and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite—to talk about a coordinated plan. But that never materialized. “To my knowledge, there’s been no [subsequent] meeting at all of all the hospitals together,” said Councilmember Tibby DeJulio, and the deferral vote was intended “to force those people to talk to each other.” Yvonne Williams, president and CEO of the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts, said a “master plan study” of traffic was approved by the PCIDs’ board in May and is underway, conducted by the firm Kimley-Horn. She said it began as a state-requested study of how the upcoming I-285/ Ga. 400 interchange project will effect Northside. The PCIDs asked for the study to be broadened to the whole area, with hospitals “sharing all the information,” she said. But Northside communications vice president Lee Echols said he can’t confirm that, and Emory Saint Joseph’s was “not aware of the traffic study,” said spokesperson Mary Beth Spence.

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Tom Umstead is the type of person who can turn a newspaper’s photo op into an opportunity for charitable giving. That’s exactly what he did one recent morning. Umstead visited the Ronald McDonald House near Scottish Rite to have his portrait made to run with this article. Instead of showing up wearing nice clothes and primped for a picture, he appeared wearing a T-shirt and with his car’s trunk full of food, flowers and baby-care items he’d collected for the charity. Umstead, or “Mr. Tom” to those that know him, isn’t your typical part-time community volunteer. At age 82, he gives his time to several local charities and says he’s involved in one volunteer job or another seven days a week. “I’m living an unbelievable life,” said Umstead. “Over the years I’ve built so many great relationships.” The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex in Sandy Springs reports he logged more than 5,000 hours of volunteer time from 2010 to 2015 at their facility alone. “He’s a volunteer legend,” Benson employee Bane Stojanovic said. Umstead now volunteers at the Benson Center at least three days a week, at Scottish Rite children’s hospital and the Ronald McDonald Houses on other days, and still finds time to deliver donated food to missions and soup kitchens. “He’s amazing,” said Marissa Greider, director of development at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. “Out of all our volunteers, he is the most regular and frequent. He has developed great bonds with staff and other volunteers.” “What’s so incredible is that he came up with it himself,” Greider said. “Mr. Tom doesn’t look for appreciation. He does it because he finds gratification.” Ronald McDonald House Charities builds facilities that house fami-

lies with children who are receiving medical care. The facilities provide family members with a comfortable place to stay near the hospitals where children are receiving treatment. Metro Atlanta is home to two of the 356 Ronald McDonald Houses around the world. Umstead says the Ronald McDonald houses are special to him. “I love children,” he said. “If I ever have a down day, I can go and be happy real quick. I get so much more out of them than they can get out of me. ... I’m just an old guy. You see them smile. They don’t expect anything. They just want you to play with them.” About 15 years ago, Umstead started collecting extra food from a Publix grocery store and delivering it to the Ronald McDonald houses. At first he was just gathering the day-old bread, rolls, doughnuts and muffins that would have been thrown away. Then, the store started giving him more and more food and eventually flowers. Not long after that, Costco, Kroger and Trader Joe’s joined in, providing Umstead with enough goods to deliver donations seven days a week. Around the same time, Umstead and his wife, Lucrecia, began spending time with children at the Ronald McDonald Houses. She would read to the kids while Umstead would get down to the ground and play with them. “I do arts and crafts. I play. Unfortunately I’m not good at the Nintendo Wii games,” Umstead said. “I tell them I’m trying.” Other Umstead family members are involved with local charities. The Umsteads’ daughter, Lee, works at the Ronald McDonald House. Their oldest son, who is also named Tom, helps Umstead deliver contributions.

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A: One project that students universally love and remember from year to year is our “Fromagerie” in French 3. Each student learns the provenance, the characteristics, the accompaniments of one well-known French cheese — there are over 300 to choose from. After immersing ourselves in the geography and the history and the trends related to these cheeses, students host a cheese market for other students to come taste, while they share their complex understanding and insights. Q: Is there a “trick” that works to get students involved? A: One of my very respected colleagues says, “Students learn best when they are drawn into learning rather than pushed.” Giving students ownership over their projects allows them the dignity and the motivation to surpass

any expectations I could set for them. It is a risky approach, but with trust between student and teacher, the results amaze me. Q: What do you hope your students take away from your class? A: Each student will take away something unique based on the influences that are at play in their lives at the moment, whether it is a deeper compassion for the world that they gained through learning about the enormous scope of the French-speaking or Francophone world, or a curiosity to travel and go and see more of the beauty the world has to offer when you are bilingual. Ultimately, I hope that they can see themselves a little more clearly and they are equipped with the selfconfidence to take risks in learning, growing and living.


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FAMILY DNA Tuesday, July 19, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Parents and children engage in hands-on activities to learn how DNA makes us unique. Geared for those ages 5 & up. Free and open to everyone. Registration required by emailing: leah. germon@fultoncountyga.gov. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 to learn more.

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Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Celebrate and support Israeli artists at the Beth Shalom Sisterhood-sponsored event. Browse jewelry, Judaica, hand weaving, wall and stone art. Free admission. The community is invited to attend. Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Rd., Doraville, 30360. Call 770399-5300 or go to: bethshalomatlanta.org for further information.

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Wednesday, July 13, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs’ “Turtle Tours,” an educational series appropriate for children ages 2-5, continues. In this program, museum mascots Spring and Sandy use “cool tools” and help young visitors learn history. Free; no reservations required. All are welcome. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: information@heritagesandysprings.org, call 404-851-9111 or visit: heritagesandysprings.org for details.

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Thursday, July 14, 12-6 p.m. The Northside Branch Library holds a book sale. Thursday for members only; Friday, 12-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. is open to the public. Free admission. On the main floor, 3295 Northside Parkway, NW, Atlanta, 30327. Email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404-814-3508 for details.


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What is happening to Italian food in Atlanta? The fact that the Castellucci family is soon moving Double Zero from the Perimeter to Emory is bad news for the suburbs. The fact that the Karatassos clan has closed Veni Vidi Vici is bad news for the city. People are whispering that the next great Italian hope is il Giallo, a block away from Double Zero and possessed of most of the key staff from Veni Vidi Vici. Can il Giallo capture what is best about both places and still project a personality of its own? Karatassos and Castellucci are names synonymous with exceptional service. For il Giallo, I waited four additional months beyond my normal three, because I hoped to see a waitstaff that Dining Out could really show me a good time. The service was not bad, as Megan Volpert servers were respectful and attentive, and the plates arrived Megan Volpert lives in pretty quickly. The service was not good, as servers weren’t Decatur, teaches in Rovery personable, nor did they seem to possess much deep menu swell and writes books knowledge. I’m not talking about wanting a long pontification about popular culture. about the farm where one pig was raised; I just like to hear familiarity with and enthusiasm for the culture of a restaurant. If you’re bringing the kids or having a business lunch, maybe you don’t care about that higher standard of service. Can il Giallo hack it on food alone? On taste, there is no question that il Giallo is producing the best, freshest pasta on the planet, thanks to Jamie Adams. Watching him at the chef’s table making my pasta right there in the dining room and then eating that pasta just eight minutes later is truly the greatest thing about il Giallo, and there is no experience like it on offer at any place else in the entire metro. The day’s special was a fettuccine with greenery and speck, easy on the oil for a lightness that made it hard to put down my fork. We also ordered the agnolotti with brown butter, sage and pecans because this dish had been featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. It tasted delicious, too, but I was left with three questions. One, where is the Big Green Egg smoked flavor I was promised on the duck stuffed inside those delightful pasta purses? The sauce was drowning it out. Two, why is this SPECIAL PHOTOS classic staple of NovemAbove, grilled octopus and olive oil mashed potatoes. ber menus available to Below, pasta is handmade on the premises. me in May? I guess they worry about needing to capitalize on television publicity, when in fact the pastas can speak for themselves. Three, why is this plate so ugly? That last question is tough to answer and it was one I repeatedly had to ask myself through the meal. No attention was given to nicely presenting


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the agnolotti or even to simply prevent the pasta from smushing together because of cramping on the plate. The prosciutto and cantaloupe was likewise hard to photograph in its symmetrical but lazy way, even though this dish is usually very easy to make pretty. Even our panna cotta looked so lonely and naked on its plate. If you’re not keen on Instagram, perhaps weak plating doesn’t concern you. The best thing we ate that wasn’t pasta was the grilled octopus. Its medallions de-emphasize the tentacle, so it’s a good entry point if you’ve been afraid to try other octopus dishes increasingly proliferating in the city. The olive oil smashed potatoes beneath the octopus are delicious and the first few bites were great, only to be later overpowered by too much pickled red onion on top. My sense is that il Giallo just doesn’t quite know itself well enough yet. Having also been granted honorable discharge from Buckhead Life, General Manager Leonardo Moura should have a confidence in his attention to service detail that rises to the skill level of Chef Adams’ pasta. The kitchen may likewise still be feeling out differences between its own instincts and the restaurant group oversight with which it had been saddled for so long. It’s not yet worthy of date night, but il Giallo is one to watch. il Giallo is located at 5920 Roswell Road, B-118, in Sandy Springs. ilgialloatl.com.

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BY GRACE HUSETH As the Olympic Games get ready to begin in Rio de Janeiro this August, Atlantans are reflecting on their city’s moment of hosting the best athletes in the world 20 years ago. The largest remembrance of the 1996 Olympic Games will take place at Centennial Olympic Park on July 16. The park will honor the Games with a free, public celebration. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with musical guests, remarks from past organizers and Olympic athletes, and will end with a fireworks display. Morgan Smith-Williams, who handles public relations for Centennial Olympic Park, said former volunteers and friends of the 1996 Olympics will have the opportunity to reunite. There will color-coded tents to represent the various sports, venues and other support roles, so participants can relive the spirit and variety of the Games, Smith-Williams said. The Centennial Olympic Games Museum at the Atlanta History Center guides visitors throughout the history of the Olympic movement, from the inception of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece through the modern Olympic Games. The exhibit features athletic drama presented in a panorama that incorporates artifacts, sculpture, photographs and illuminat-

ed panels along an indoor running track. In addition, a media presentation offers largescreen highlights from the Games. Other highlights include America’s only complete collection of Olympic torches and medals. Howard Pousner, manager of media relations at the Atlanta History Center, said the Centennial Olympic Games Museum will close for renovation Aug. 22, immediately after the Rio de Janeiro Games end. New developments will make way for an improved history of the Atlanta Olympic Games and a special hallway to connect the atrium to the Cyclorama building, he said. Planning and fundraising for this new exhibition are ongoing, with reopening targeted for a date to be determined in 2017. “The new Centennial Olympic Games Museum exhibition will take a larger view of the ’96 Games from a two-decades-later perspective,” Pousner said. To jumpstart the Olympics season, the Atlanta History Center is hosting a “Going for Gold” event where families can enjoy the spirit of the Games with their own competitions on the history center’s campus. On July 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can explore the exhibits, meet Olympians and compete in Olympic-style sports for the chance to win 1996 Games memorabilia.

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Looking Back / 20 years after the Olympics Twenty years ago, Atlanta leaped to the center of the international sports world for a few hot summer weeks as the 1996 Olympic Games came to town. The Olympics remade the city and attracted thousands of athletes and sports fans. The Atlanta Games touched folks in Reporter Newspapers communities, too, as residents greeted the Olympic torch, imagined huge paydays for renting their homes to foreign fans or watched bicyclists race through Buckhead or marathon runners reach the gates of Oglethorpe University. We asked readers to send us their recollections of metro Atlanta’s moment in the spotlight. Here are some of their memories of our own Olympic moments. Anne Boatwright, Sandy Springs I remember attending several Olympic events, newly pregnant with my first child. I couldn’t believe how clear and crisp the air felt, as well as how wonderful the traffic was so uncharacteristic of Atlanta. Linley Jones, Brookhaven In 1996, I was living in Sexton Woods in Brookhaven. I decided to list my home for rent during the Olympics. I hired a real estate agent and within a few days received an offer to rent my modest home for two weeks for $9,000. Although that was huge money, enough money to make several mortgage payments at the time, my Realtor suggested that it was the first offer and I should hold out for a better one. She suggested I should get at least $15,000! Nervous but trusting, I declined the offer. It was the last offer I ever received to rent my house. In retrospect, it seems absurd, but that was how much excitement and optimism there was at the time! Robin Isaf, Dunwoody The kayak competition was held on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. It was fast-paced and fun. We sat on bleachers that seemed to

rise up out of the rocks on the river bank. The scenery was green and lush, and the whitewater gleamed, but we baked on those rocks! The venue designers planned for the sweltering heat, though, and outfitted a type of sprinkler-shower system behind the bleachers. Whenever we just couldn’t take it anymore, we stepped beneath the bleachers and got doused. It was wonderful. Karen Meinzen McEnerny Sandy Springs 1. The hot, hot heat and humidity, made bearable by the many vendors at each turn along the pedestrian walkways selling Coca-Cola. 2. How we believed the projections by MARTA for the need to ride the trains and stay out of our cars. There were masses of happy, joyful ticket holders and never a thought of not being safe. Then, after three or four days, we realized that there was ready accessibility of parking downtown in lots and parking decks so we stopped using MARTA and went back to driving our cars. 3. The local neighborhood parties we held, especially the streetside one at Mystic Place and Roswell Road, with our coolers nearby, frantically waving our American flags, as our neighbor Dr. Bob Cunningham ran by with the Olympic torch. Rusty Paul, Sandy Springs We came to realize the Olympic Games actually were coming to the metro area when the torch made its way through Sandy Springs. Ahead of the appointed time, we took our kids up to the route and patiently awaited what we expected to be a lone runner pass by with the lighted torch. Of course, nothing about the Olympic Games occurs without an entourage. Photographers, Olympic officials and others essential to the pageant of the torch surrounded the designated runner – including a back-up torch should the current version malfunction or even be extinguished. The torch was in view but an instant. Then it was gone. Our, at the time, 4-, 5- and 7- yearolds barely remember it today, but we will again remind them of their own brush with the torch, as we do every four summers. Judy Soden, Sandy Springs We were fortunate to have bought, traded or just gotten tickets to a Olympic event every day. How much fun it was taking MARTA with friends and our kids and just wandering around downtown and watching the world

come to our city. We sat in the rain with Zep plastic garbage bags over our heads, as did most of the stadium on the first day of track and field. We were amazed at the speed of the game we call ping pong, but for the incredible players from Asia it was not the sport we recognized. Of course the highlight was watching the Magnificent Seven, the women’s U.S. Gymnastics team with the stunning performance by the injured Kerri Strug sticking the landing at the end of her routine. Barbara Henry, Oglethorpe University Our biggest role was our selection as the turnaround point for the Olympic marathon (just outside our gates on Peachtree Road). The broadcast trucks were all over. In fact, for several years the red line followed by the participating athletes was still visible on the road. For the viewing party, we invited all the neighbors, alumni, etc., to watch the marathon. I would guess we had 250 or more people here early in the morning to watch. Sam Massell, Buckhead As an Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games board member, I was in position to represent our community’s best interests: keeping the operations of street vendors and entertainers safe and orderly; negotiating direct civic benefits; protecting property surrounding the St. Philip Cathedral cycling grandstands; coordinating approved marathon neighborhood street utilization, and arranging for the very valuable Buckhead official Olympic pin. Preceding this, I had the thrill of carrying the Olympic torch through the heart of Buckhead, followed by the Paralympic torch run. Capt. Steve Rose, Sandy Springs police I was at a residence on Riverview Road, working security. The wife there was Lithuanian and they were hosting several athletes from Lithuania. Also in attendance was the Lithuanian president. One of our lieutenants at the time, Ed Kvietkus, was himself Lithuanian. Kvietkus was one of the most beloved officers with the department. He always had a cigar, sometimes lit, and always called you “Lad.” I called the precinct captain and asked if “Lt. Ed” was working, which he was. I told him what was going on and I thought it would be a memorable event for him to meet the Olympians and the president. A half-hour later, the captain and Lt. Ed drove up. I introduced them to the host and I then returned outside. Turns out that Lt. Kvietkus became the celebrity of the event. The Olympic team members crowded around him, marveled at his uniform, and all had their photos made with him—as did the president. It was like he was a long-lost brother found.


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DHA hopes to educate City Council on mutual board memberships Continued from page 1 woody Homeowners Association. But the DHA is not just about parades and celebrations. Since the 1970s, the nonprofit organization that once boasted thousands of members has been a political powerhouse in DeKalb County and Dunwoody, playing key roles in shaping the development – from zoning requirements and architectural style of buildings – of one of the state’s newest cities. A recent move by Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal and city officials, however, is putting that power into question. An email from city attorneys was sent last month to members of the DHA who also serve on the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals, and the Design Review Advisory Committee mandating they choose between the board and DHA. The reason? Potential conflict of interest that could cost the city millions in lawsuits filed by developers who may appeal one of the board’s decisions. “You have set yourself up for an appeal … and you are most likely going to lose. That’s probably a weak term for me. You’re going to lose,” Shortal said at a June 24 special called meeting to discuss the email. The mandate was suspended at the meeting and the council voted to bring in outside legal counsel to determine whether or not a conflict of interest exists. Shortal also said at the meeting that the potential lawsuits could potentially bankrupt the city. “The city does not have deep pockets,” he said, “… and litigation could lead to financial ruin.” The city is currently facing at least two lawsuits by developers – a $5 million federal lawsuit by the Center for Discovery that attempted to locate a personal care facility on Manget Way approximately two years ago. The rezoning request was eventually denied by the city amidst strong outcry by neighbors. The other lawsuit involves a developer wanting to build two houses on a piece of property in Dunwoody Club Forest, also about two years ago. Strong outcry from neighbors again led to the city to deny the developer’s request. Shortal said at the June 24 meeting that the DHA served its purpose before the city was incorporated and he believes the two entities should be completely separated now. “At the time, the DHA was a quasi-government … today you have an elected government,” he said. DHA President Robert Wittenstein said the city issuing such a directive because it fears lawsuits is not how a city should act. “[Shortal] is using a common technique — fear, uncertainty and doubt, or FUD — and I resent that,” Wittenstein said during public comment at the June 24 meeting. The goal of a city government is not to minimize litigation, Wittenstein said, but to operate in the city’s best interests. SomeDUN

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Mayor Denis Shortal has asked those DHA members in certain city posts to choose between the board and the DHA, citing potential conflict of interest.

times that means going to court to stand up for doing what is in those interests, he said. The city’s email also stated that if any of the recipients talked about its contents publicly, they could face a city ethics charge and could be found guilty of violating the city’s charter or even state law. Wittenstein said he is deeply troubled by Shortal and the city’s actions, especially the apparent covertness. “My hope is that we can educate the council and staff on what the roles are [of DHA members and city board members] and how they can coexist,” Wittenstein said. Henly Shelton, a former City Council candidate, said he believes it is “absolutely a conflict of interest” for DHA members to serve on city boards. “I’m 100 percent behind Denny,” he said of his support of the mayor. “The DHA does a wonderful job with the parade, with food trucks … but they don’t represent myself or others,” he said. “They are usurping the power of the council. I say, thank you [to DHA] for their service, now give way to our elected officials.” Wittenstein said DHA is no different than any other organization voicing opinions about city issues. However, the DHA has entered into contracts with developers. During the recent Crown Towers proposed massive mixed-use development project, DHA entered into an agreement with developers to pay the city $2,000 for each of the 380 residential units it wanted to build. Council members became visibly frustrated with DHA’s negotiations during a council meeting discussing the project, noting that the city cannot enforce a DHA contract. “Homeowners have a special interest,” Wittenstein said. “DHA was founded for homeowners to have a voice in development. That’s been our core mission. “ “It’s ludicrous to think the only voice for residents to be the city council,” Witttenstein added. The DHA was formed about 1970 by longtime residents in response to residential and commercial development coming to the suburban enclave, using its strength in numbers

to influence the DeKalb County Commission to approve only certain kinds of developments. And when it came time for Dunwoody to officially become a city, the DHA wielded its power in the General Assembly and with residents to make it happen. “The elders of the area formed DHA. When the community started developing and there was a look and feel the residents wanted, the DHA made it happen,” said City Councilmember Terry Nall, who moved to Dunwoody in 1998. “DHA was not only an advocate but also a resource for neighborhoods, particularly on issues of zoning,” Nall said. Because DHA members were active in the community and informed on zoning codes and other regulations, it made sense that many of them were appointed by newlyelected city officials to city boards and commissions. That tradition has continued. The question of DHA members serving on such boards as the city Planning Commission has been raised before. A 2010 story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a public debate on the issue coming up at a City Council work session. At that time, a conflict of interest also was the concern and whether DHA members would negotiate privately with developers, only to vote later on those projects as planning or zoning board members, the AJC reported. Continued on page 16

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On Our Borders Here are stories breaking in nearby communities that may be of interest to readers of the Dunwoody Reporter. Faith leaders in Brookhaven are asking city officials to do something about affordable housing as developers propose more mixed-use developments and luxury apartments. At a June 21 council meeting, Rev. Zach Bradley of Brookhaven Presbyterian Church read a letter signed by 12 pastors from different congregations and denominations urging the council “to study the stock of and need for affordable housing so as to ensure its long-term availability for our neighbors who are in need.” “This is one issue we feel we cannot hold our tongues,” Bradley said later, in an interview. Also in Brookhaven, police are working with local neighborhoods to access video surveillance cameras as a way to curb crime. Police Chief Gary Yandura announced the new initiative at the June 21 Brookhaven City Council meeting. “The reason behind [the initiative] is to make it easier for our detectives to develop leads based on surveillance if an incident takes place,” said Officer Carlos Nino, spokesperson for the Brookhaven Police Department. “This is still a work in progress, so only one neighborhood has been kind enough to allow our IT guys access to it. There is much more work to be done to get where Chief Yandura would like the program to be,” Nino said. In Sandy Springs, residents who live near Hammond Drive are criticizing city government officials over their plans – or lack of them – for a handful of properties the city has bought in anticipation of widening Hammond Drive. The controversial widening of Hammond isn’t likely to happen for at least a decade, if it happens at all, so the future of the city-owned houses is unclear. The Glenridge Hammond Neighborhood Association is forming a volunteer “task force” to gather information about the city’s plans and a project timeline, said association president Steve Oppenheimer. “Consistent with everything else, they’ve been inconsistent,” Oppenheimer said of the city’s ideas for the houses, noting officials have proposed various immediate tear-downs, demolitions at some later date, or rentals to police officers and firefighters as affordable housing. In the meantime, he said, “it looks so ghetto” to have vacant houses. The city is “in the process of working on updates” on the policy for what do with the houses it buys and on a timeline for the widening project, said city spokesperson Sharon Kraun.

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Nall, who attends all DHA meetings, said the City Council has been discussing for some time whether there is a conflict of interest for DHA members to also serve on city boards and sought input from the city’s attorneys. That led to a private memo with the legal opinion that one does exist. However, the email being sent out attached to that memo stating DHA members must choose DHA or their city appointment

was not part of any council decision, Nall said. “How we got from there [the legal opinion] to the email, I don’t know,” he said. “Because we had not established a policy, an email should not have gone out.” Nall made the motions that were approved June 24 to suspend enforcement of DHA members resigning from the homeowners association or city board and to ask for costs and names at the July 11 City Council meeting for outside legal counsel.

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Forty sworn in as new U.S. citizens at Fourth of July parade

Rocky Mezidor, left, moved to Georgia in 2009 from Haiti, and became a U.S. citizen after the Dunwoody parade on July 4.

BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net Hundreds of people braved scorching heat to celebrate America’s independence at the annual Dunwoody Fourth of July parade. Numerous tents lined much of Mount Vernon Road to watch the parade that included marching bands, military veterans, area businesses and local politicians. Kelly Grant of Dunwoody staked out a spot on July 3, readying two tents for

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the big day. Grant has been coming to the parade for six years, but only the last four years has she put up tents, adding more and more amenities each year. “I built the tents [July 3] at about 7 p.m. — every year I build on the experience to make it bigger and better,” she said. “This year the newest addition is the table and chairs,” she said, pointing to a child-sized table and chairs while friends and family lounged in adult chairs, snacking on doughnuts and

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drinking water or mimosas. Her father, Rob Ortner, was celebrating his birthday on July 4. Grant decorated the tent with “Happy Birthday” — for him and America. Grant’s aunt, Judi Dorward, praised Grant for her parade-watching gusto. “She does it all!” she said. Kathy Tholen was watching the parade with Grant and her family. Her sonin-law is Matt Gephardt, owner of the popular Village Burger restaurant. “EvContinued on page 18

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Continued from page 17 ery year I’ve walked in the parade and this year I wanted to watch it,” she said. Grant said she loves bringing people together to enjoy a special day. “I love the community part of it,” she said of the parade. “I love celebrating what the day means, but also love being with family and friends. And I love parades.” After the approximately two-hour parade, a closing ceremony was held in Dunwoody Village that included the swearing in of 40 new U.S. citizens from 28 countries.

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The 116th Army Band, which also marched in the parade, performed a short concert leading up to the ceremony, playing patriotic tunes, including “America the Beautiful” and a medley of service songs. “Georgia on my Mind” was the final song. Those ready to take their Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. sat under a redand-white tent cooled with large fans. Department of Homeland Security officials thanked the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, sponsor of the parade, for hosting the ceremony for the second year. Rabbi Spike Anderson of Temple

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The annual Dunwoody Fourth of July parade brought out plenty of participants and spectators. Facing page, far left, going clockwise, David and Marilyn Dalrymple are all smiles. Flannery Hipp, 8, and her brother Charlie, 5, ride with the Bike Walk Dunwoody group. Dana Stevens and Villa, 1, watch the action. Local politicians were on hand, from left, Dunwoody City Council members John Heneghan, Pam Tallmadge, and Mayor Denis Shortal. At right, Jeremy Mallard, 9, left, and Nicholas Mallard, 12, dressed as Uncle Sam. Below, William Roberts leads Boy Scout Troop 764 with the American flag attached to a pine tree limb.

Emanuel gave the invocation, praising the country’s diversity. Local elementary school teacher Erin Castello sang the National Anthem and Miss Georgia 2016 led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Presenting the colors was the Dunwoody High School Air Force Junior ROTC. Brett Rinehart, the Atlanta field office director at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, led the new citizens in their oath, and urged them all to “share their journey” as they contribute to making the country “as great as it can be.” Larysa Miroshmichenko, who moved to the U.S. from the Ukraine in 1997, carried balloons and roses handed to her by family after she became a U.S. citizen. “I am so happy and so proud,” she said. Rocky Mezidor moved to Georgia in 2009 from Haiti. “This is July 4th, it’s like Flag Day,” he said, smiling. “I feel happy. Today’s a good day.”

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City dwellers find new homes in the mountains

An aerial view of golf and river community Old Toccoa Farm.

BY KATHY DEAN The mountains of north Georgia have a strong draw on people, especially city dwellers. Mountain vistas offer a spectacular beauty that calms the spirit and wakens the soul. Woodland trails entice hikers, and lakes invite boaters and fishermen and women. Friendly neighbors, arts and craft festivals, delightful shops and top-notch restaurants are everywhere. It’s no wonder that so many visitors claim a piece of the mountain for themselves. For Cathy and Ted Day, the search for a mountain retreat was, in a way, a return home. “We both grew up with a love of the mountains,” Cathy explained. Originally from Gainesville, Ga., Ted spent much of his time enjoying activities in the great outdoors. Cathy grew up in Florida and always thought of herself as a beach girl. Still, her parents had a mountain house in North Carolina, and her sister’s family still has one there. “As our children got older, married and had children of their own, the mountain house became our gathering place, our memory maker,” Ted added. “Now we have the opportunity to create that same kind of family gathering place.” The couple spent several years looking for a cottage in the Blue Ridge area, with the help of Kim Knutzen of Harry Norman Realtors, Blue Ridge. During one of their ventures, they overheard someone ask Kim about Old Toccoa Farm, and it piqued their curiosity. Kim took Cathy and Ted to see the development; the more they saw and learned, the more they became convinced that Old Toccoa Farm was the perfect setting for their next home. According to Cathy, they were impressed by the love and commitment that the developers, including Managing Partner Peter Knutzen, have for Old Toccoa Farm. “Their concept is just what we wanted. They believe in being part of the community and giving back to it.” All the main requirements for their new home were met: a place to retreat and restore their souls; a place to enjoy and share fellowship with their very full family of 10; a place to create community with other residents and friends; and a

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place to potentially enjoy an active retirement. “We invited our kids up to Old Toccoa Farm around Thanksgiving,” said Ted. “Before they left, they turned to us and said, ‘It’s perfect! What are you waiting for?’ That same day, we signed up and bought our piece of the Farm!” Karen Rowell and Steve Frick recently purchased a vacation home in Mineral Bluff, near the Georgia/North Carolina border. “We absolutely love it!” Karen said. “It’s been a dream in the making, and Nathan Fitts, our Realtor with Remax Town & Country, helped make it come true.” Steve and Karen agreed that their two biggest draws to the area were the beauty of the mountains and the outdoor lifestyle. They regularly ride their bikes, hike with their dogs and enjoy beautiful Lake Blue Ridge. While they still work in Atlanta, Karen noted that it would be a perfect place to retire or reinvent themselves one day. “Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise, but it’s amazing how less stressful life seems here than in Atlanta, where I’ve lived all my life.” Steve Baker and Sally Farr love to travel, though they found a perfect place to take a respite in the north Georgia mountains. Steve, originally from Illinois, worked in the university system there for over 30 years, and is now retired. Throughout the years, he regularly traveled back and forth between the Champaign-Urbana area in Illinois and the St. PetersburgSarasota area of Florida. He often dropped in on friends along the way – Joe and Diane in Mineral Bluff, Ga., just outside of Blue Ridge. In 2013, he asked Joe to show him some homes in the mountains that fit his needs and price range. He and Sally picked out Dogwood Cabin in Mineral Bluff and bought it, with the help of Mountain Tracks Realty of North Georgia. “It was originally friends that brought us to the area, and it didn’t take long for the gorgeous views and central location to convince us to stay,” Steve explained. “We like most of the things the area offers, like antiquing, festivals and art shows.” The cabin isn’t terribly secluded, so they can retreat there,

Steve Baker and Sally Farr at their Mineral Bluff home.

but still enjoy the friendly neighbors. And they’re just 7 ½ miles from Blue Ridge, 5 ½ miles from Blairsville, one hour from Chattanooga and one hour, 20 minutes from Atlanta. They can easily drive to visit friends in Canton, Lexington and Asheville, and tailgate with friends at Clemson games. Sally grew up in West Virginia and feels at home in the mountains. “I love this place! I love the area and my friends here,” she said. Eventually, Steve and Sally may settle full time in their cabin, Continued HILLS on page 22 DUN


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Blairsville, GA 3BR/3BA $859,000 “La Belle Ferme Montagne”, custom estate home of 3000+SF on 18.8 acres with ALL you could want for you AND your horses. Fabulous, well planned interior, 2 master suites, 3FP, family room with wet bar. Many custom features for easy living and entertaining. No detail overlooked! Fruit trees, pastures, huge barn (4 stalls), 3 stocked ponds and Jones Creek trout stream, 3 car garage, AND a heated saltwater infinity pool. Call Jeanne Mills 706.218.4202

Ellijay,GA 3BR/3BA $749,000 One of most awe inspiring properties on the market. Craftsman/Rustic inspired riverfront home with 1.56 flat, useable acres and over 300ft of noisy Ellijay River frontage. 4,686 SF home features master suite fit for a King, 2 spacious BRs, bunk room and sleeping porch. Family room, formal living room, home theater, gaming room provide ample gathering space. 2 car garage/gated entry. MLS 257916 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Jasper, GA 6BR/4.5BA $575,000 Escape to the mountains in Style. Elegant home in upscale swim/ tennis community. Mtn. view, high end finishes, terrace level with living area for guests or extended family. Great outdoor entertaining area! MLS 249109 Call Christine Cleberg 706.972.9301

Blue Ridge, GA 3BR/3BA $369,900 #ProwfrontAskaBigViews. Need we say more? Phenomenal location, long range views, excellent condition, superb rental potential. Granite, stainless, all the extras. Terrace party room with bar/3rd fireplace. Outdoor fireplace. In the heart of Aska Adventure area (hike, bike, kayak, swim, boat, fly fish all within 2 mi radius). Ready for the summer and an awesome fall. MLS 258344 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Mineral Bluff, GA 4BR/3.5BA $527,500 Panoramic view as far as the eye can see!! 2934 SF home on 2.47 acres at top of the mountain. Open floor plan, spacious BRs, main level master, oversized 1 car garage. Wrap deck with FP, hot tub. Move in ready. MLS 258209 Call Suzie Soave 706.455.1195

Blue Ridge, GA 3BR/2BA $349,900 A special place at the end of the road, top of the mountain on 7.38 acres. One level living with basement 90% finished. Updated appliances, granite counters, tin ceilings, stone fireplace with wood burning insert. Master suite on main, open floorplan, covered & uncovered decks, out buildings and a TREEHOUSE! Gentle Mountain top acreage with hiking trails and total privacy. MLS 257535 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

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Continued from page 20 but in the meantime, they continue to travel and rent out the two-bedroom Dogwood Cabin through cuddleupcabinrentals.com, while they’re on the road or visiting friends. “This is a beautiful area,” said Barbara. “Both the land and the people are wonderful.” Now retired, she moved in 2007 from California to her home in Hayesville, N.C. Barbara enjoys walking and hiking in the mountains and around Lake Chatuge, a reservoir that reaches into Georgia and North Carolina with 132 miles of shoreline. The area has opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing. Water sports are also available on the Hiawassee River and Valley River. According to Barbara, vegetable gardening – spring through fall – is a must, even though there are some very good farmers markets in Murphy and Blairsville. “There are also many classes offered through the John C. Campbell Folk School, Young Harris College (through the Institute for Continued Learning) and other venues on a variety of subjects,” she said. “I just finished a weekend class on dog training through Cold Nose College in Murphy, N.C.” There is so much to do that Barbara was

surprised by it all. In fact, it seems there’s always something happening, whether it’s a festival, theater production, musical event or gathering. She noted that a person can get overwhelmed choosing what to do! Barbara said that, when it comes down to it, she believes the best part of living in the mountains is the people. “They’re so friendly and willing to help with anything and always smiling,” she said. “There’s great energy here that’s not found in many areas.” Like many others, Jackie and Jonathan Griffin fell in love with the scenery, cooler weather and friendly people of north Georgia. They found the mountain homes had just the right balance of warm-and-cozy with trendy new touches – rustic meeting industrial with a splash of modern features. They strolled through towns that had a very cool vibe and a hip/urban culture. The couple is still working, but plan to retire in the next five years. Their plan includes a home in the mountains, so they had one built; it was completed and became theirs at the end of March this year. They expected, and got, a relaxing retreat. What they didn’t expect was that they could still enjoy all the Continued on page 27

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Are the Mountains Calling You? Cherry Log, GA 4BR/3.5BA $329,900 Mountain home has 4 spacious BRs, true master suite on the main with all the bells & whistles. 3 layers of decks and hot tub overlook the 3 acres. Huge kitchen, incredibly high ceilings and loads of glass. If you want total privacy, paved access, minutes to downtown Blue Ridge and Hwy 515 and a wonderful ridgeline view, this is for you. Perfect retirement home or fantastic vacation rental. MLS 257117 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Blairsville, GA 3BR/3BA $315,000 Elegant 2856 SF country home on 6 acres with year round mountain views. Quality reconstruction of 1916 home, high end amenities, 3 stone FPS, huge master and much more. MLS 257587 Call Linda Bowen-Hughes 706.897.2956

Blairsville, GA 3BR/2.5BA $275,000 Spacious mountain home – long range views! Top of the line renovation – new fixtures, flooring, granite. Two decks. Upscale area with paved roads – easy access. MLS 252731 Call Linda Bowen-Hughes 706.897.2956

Morganton, GA 3BR/3BA $259,000 Waterfront/waterfall setting above trout stocked Hemptown Creek. Solid log cabin on 2.4 ac in My Mountain S/D. Firepit, koi pond, 2 story ATV shed, deck overlooking creek. MLS 258055 Call Robin Gard 706.455.5099

Blue Ridge, GA 2BR/1BA $172,500 Privacy on 4.7 acres. Room for a garden, open interior, loft. Large deck, wood floors, tankless water heater, HVAC with propane backup, deck ready for hot tub. Great rental potential. MLS 256905 Call Anne Williamson 706.633.9847

Hiawassee, GA 2BR/2BA $114,000 Log-sided doublewide manuf. home on .5 acres in Hiawassee Mtn Village. Year round mountain view, new appliances, floors, fixtures. Detached 2 car garage with storage and workroom. MLS 254937 Call Mary Ann Dermody 706.970.5214

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Georgia Tourism rounds up mountain food favorites

The Beechwood Inn in Clayton, Ga., offers wild chanterellefilled ravioli with wild mushroom sauce.

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The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division has released its 2016 state culinary guide, “Georgia Eats,” featuring the popular “100 Plates Locals Love.” Tasters from around the state were asked to submit their favorite dishes at restaurants. We’ve excerpted the favorites found in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Visit exploregeorgia.org and click on Dining to see the full list.

Atlanta Highway Seafood Market, Gainesville: Fried Shrimp Po Boy. An authentic taste of NOLA at Lake Lanier – a hoagie roll piled high with fresh-fried gulf shrimp, served with hand-cut coleslaw and fries. – Stacey D.

Beechwood Inn, Clayton: Wild Chanterelle Filled Ravioli with Wild Mushroom Sauce. Foraged foods from the Northeast Georgia Mountains should be on every foodie’s list of things to taste. – David D.

Market 50, Hartwell: Roast Beef Sandwich. A traditional roast beef sandwich piled high with thinly sliced, well-seasoned meat on homemade bread. Great after a day on the lake or before heading out on the water. – Cheryl S.

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Coco’s Cuban Restaurant, Cumming: Cuban Sandwich. Traditional, authentic Cuban sandwich on freshly baked Cuban bread, served with the best rice and beans. Yummy! – Nicole R.

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Sweetwater Creek State Park (Lithia Springs) Sweetwater Creek features two trails for “Tails on Trails” club members, and both lead to the ruins from the New Manchester Manufacturing Company. The Red Trail, 2 miles, is the most frequently used trail and leads directly to the mill ruins. For a longer hike through the park’s wildlife and plant communities, members can hike along Sweetwater Creek’s rocky banks on the 5-mile White Trail. High Falls State Park (Jackson) Dogs can frolic along the Towliga River accompanied by the sound of the upcoming High Falls. The 1.5-mile Falls Trail is a moderately challenging trek through hilly forests that offers a rewarding waterfall view. Fort McAllister State Park (Richmond Hill) Stroll on the 3.1-mile Redbird Creek Trail under the cover of Spanish moss and discover scenic views of salt marshes, coastal wetlands and nature-viewing opportunities at Fort McAllister State Park. Red Top Mountain State Park (Cartersville) The White Tail Trail of Red Top Mountain State Park meanders through hardwood forest to a beautiful overlook of Lake Allatoona. Additional Georgia state parks with dog trails are listed at GaStateParks.org/Dog-Walking.


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modern conveniences of city life. “Moving from a city to the mountains, it was a natural concern that I would not be able to get a Starbucks coffee when I wanted one, and that my favorite shoes would be a day trip of shopping away,” Jackie said. “Surprise! Starbucks is around the corner…and I traded in my favorite shoes for new favorite hiking boots.” In fact, the mountains have provided them with lots of new experiences. Jonathan and Jackie have discovered kayaking down the river, fishing in the stream and hiking the mountain trails. In the evening, they enjoy trying out the variety of restaurants, each featuring unique menu items. “It’s surprising that there are so many things to do in a very small town,” added Jonathan. “We’ve discovered something new each week, and yet we live in the peaceful quiet of the mountains.” “When we first started looking for a ‘cabin’ in the mountains, we didn’t really know what we were looking for,” said Debbie Prantl. She and her husband Jim kept looking, and the more they saw, the more they determined that the view was key. Debbie said that Realtor Suzi Henry was kind enough to work with them for months, and although they saw many lovely homes, none were the right fit. They decided that they wanted a view of Lake Blue Ridge and the mountain ranges. That’s when they found Realtor Nathan Fitts and his group. “At the time, the land was still full of trees and we couldn’t see the view,” Debbie said. “We were going on faith and Nathan’s word that our perfect view was out there. Once we saw the aerial photos taken by a drone, we

knew he was right, and we fell in love with it.” The building of their perfect mountain retreat was complete in May of last year, and their dream was realized. Since Jim is still working, he sometimes commutes to Atlanta or they occasionally stay in their Atlanta home. But Jim and Debbie can’t get enough of the peace and beauty of the mountains. They wake up to the sounds of birds singing in the morning, and see families of deer strolling through their yard in the evening. During the day, they sit on their deck and enjoy the view, or take a ride into town and browse through the many shops. They dine at the area’s fabulous restaurants, or engage in some of the many activities – like golf, hiking, boating and rafting. They’ve also attended the community theater in Blue Ridge, and highly recommend it. “I think we’re really surprised at how much we feel at home here. We never want to leave,” Debbie said. “We’ve been informed by our son that we can never sell this home because it has a history already. Last Fourth of July, he proposed to his girlfriend here on our ‘Juliette balcony.’ Hopefully, it will stay in the family for many years to come.” In 2000, Natalie Sharp found herself in need of a hobby as stress relief to her hectic career in the orthodontic industry. She visited Blue Ridge and cast her way into a new hobby of fly fishing. “After a short weekend learning the sport, it was apparent that the beauty of the mountains and the small town of Blue Ridge were tugging at my heart,” she said. The beauty of the mountains, rivers and creeks touched Natalie deeply. She loved the Continued on page 28

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Throughout the next year, all of her free time and holidays were spent in a rented cabin so she could further explore mountain living and enjoy a simple, peaceful way of life. Natalie met Nathan Fitts, a meeting that eventually led to her purchase of a mountain home under construction. In 2002, she relocated to Blue Ridge from the Atlanta area. Natalie credits Nathan’s knowledge of the area for her wonderful mountain home and mountain life. According to her, Nathan has an understanding of the area that helped him locate just the right mountain home to meet her needs. “I moved to the mountains to escape the city traffic and find a quieter lifestyle,” Natalie said. “Lifestyle is really a choice in Blue Ridge; you can sit back and relax or stay busy. Fly fishing is my passion and way to relax, so my free time is usually spent on or around water. But I also enjoy gardening, going to the farmers markets and learning to can jellies, jams and other vegetables.” Even though she’s enjoying her mountain ‘retirement,’ Natalie found that she needs to stay active and can’t ever imagine not working. She surprised herself when her fly fishing hobby turned into a parttime business in 2002. It was then that she started SharperBites.com, “fly fishing with a gourmet bite.” SharperBites caters each fly fishing experience to meet the needs of clients, for corporate teambuilding events, ladies’ fly fishing clubs, couple or family outings or just friends getting together for a relaxing day on the water. “Fishing private water is ‘where fly fishing meets a touch of heaven,’ and living in Blue Ridge is as close as you can get to heaven on Earth,” Natalie explained. “The quality of life, the people and the mountain way of life here are true blessings.”


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A gas station in the 5000 block of Winters Chapel Road was robbed at about 10 p.m. June 21 by someone with a knife, according to a police report. The male suspect had his face covered. He fled the scene on foot with $500 in cash. Police arrested 26-year-old Seth Israel of Stone Mountain on June 24 following a foot chase. Police responded to a call at about 3 a.m. to the 1700 block of Mount Vernon Road where a suspect was located. The suspect ran and was pursued and captured by police. Israel faces charges of larceny-articles from a vehicle, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and obstruction.

LARCENY „„2300 block of Peachtree Way – On

June 20, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 20, report of larceny. „„1200 block of Ashford Crossing – On

June 20, report of larceny. „„2800 block of Fontainebleau Drive –

On June 20, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„5100 block of Winters Chapel Road –

On June 21, report of larceny-from building. „„4500

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 21, report of larcenyshoplifting. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 21, report of larcenyshoplifting. „„1200 block of Hammond Drive – On

June 21, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„1800 block of Brindley Court – On June

22, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4300

shoplifting. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 21, report of larcenyshoplifting. „„100 block of Perimeter Center East –

On June 22, report of larceny-shoplifting. „„4600 block of Peachtree Place Pkwy. –

On June 22, report of larceny. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 22, report of larcenyshoplifting. „„ 4400 block of Ash-

ford-Dunwoody Road – On June 22, report of larceny-shoplifting. „„ 4500 block of Olde Pe-

rimeter Way – On June 23, report report of larceny-shoplifting. „„ 4300 block of Ash-

ford-Dunwoody Road – On June 23, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„1700 block of Mount Vernon Road –

On June 23, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 23, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 23, report of larcenyshoplifting. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 23, arrest for larcenyshoplifting. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 23, report of larcenyshoplifting. „„100 block of Perimeter Center Place

– On June 24, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4300 block of North Peachtree Road –

On June 24, report of larceny. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 24, report of larcenyshoplifting. „„2800 block of Winter Rose Court – On

June 24, report of larceny-articles from vehicle.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 21, report of larcenyshoplifting.

„„2700 block of Peeler Road – On June

„„4500

„„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 21, report of larceny-

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Road – On June 24, report of larcenyshoplifting. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 24, report of larcenyshoplifting. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 25, report of larcenyshoplifting. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 25, report of larcenyshoplifting.

ARRESTS „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 20, arrest for marijuana possession. „„100 block of Perimeter Center East –

On June 20, arrest for burglary-forced entry-non residence. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 20, arrest for larcenyshoplifting. „„6900 block of Peachtree Industri-

On June 25, report of larceny.

al Blvd – On June 20, arrest for driving while unlicensed.

„„4700 block of Springfield Drive – On

„„4700

„„5000 block of Winters Chapel Road –

June 25, report of larceny-articles from vehicle.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 20, arrest for larcenyshoplifting.

„„2300 block of North Peachtree Way

„„4500 block of North Shallowford

– On June 25, report of larceny-articles from vehicle.

Road/Dunwoody Park – On June 21, arrest for marijuana possession.

„„900 block of Potomac Road – On June

„„2000 block of Dunwoody Club Drive

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– On June 21, arrest for obstruction-failure to appear.

B U R G L A RY „„1500 block of Cedarhurst Drive – On

June 20, report of burglary-no forced entry-residence. „„4000 block of Spalding Drive – On

June 20, report of burglary-forced entryresidence. „„5400 block of Redfield Drive – On June

22, report of burglary-forced entry-residence. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 24, report of burglaryforced entry-non residence.

A S S AU LT / B AT T E RY „„100 block of Perimeter Center East –

On June 20, report of assault.

„„100 Perimeter Center East – On June

22, arrest for pimping. „„1300 block of Meadow Lane/Rid-

geview Road – On June 22, arrest for marijuana possession. „„100 block of Perimeter Center East –

On June 22, arrest for marijuana possession. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 22, arrest for larcenyshoplifting. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 23, two arrests for larceny-shoplifting. „„285 Eastbound/North Peachtree Road

„„4400 block of Pineridge Circle – On

– On June 23, arrest for wanted person located.

June 20, report of family-battery/simple battery

„„Ashford-Dunwoody

„„4800

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 20, report of family-battery/simple battery. „„5000 block of Winters Chapel Road

– On June 20, report of aggravated assault/battery with a gun. „„1100 block of Hammond Drive – On

June 21, report of family-battery/simple battery. „„4400 block of Pineridge Circle – On

June 21, report of family-battery/simple battery. „„100 block of Perimeter Center East –

Road/Perimeter Center East – On June 23, arrest for driving while unlicensed. „„1700 block of Mount Vernon Road –

On June 24, arrest for larceny-articles from vehicle. „„100 block Perimeter Center West – On

June 24, arrest for probation violation. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 24, arrest for larcenyshoplifting. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 24, arrest for larcenyshoplifting.

On June 21, report of simple assault.

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