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Local groups, businesses boost performing arts center BY ANN MARIE QUILL

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Adam Schultz wraps his arms around his choice at the North Springs United Methodist Church’s Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 11. Proceeds from the pumpkin sale, at 7770 Roswell Road, go toward the Children’s Mission Trip fund.

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New fire chief has 35 years in public service

Rick Davis pointed to large calendars filled with blue and pink sticky notes lining the walls at Heritage Sandy Springs. The notes contained a wish list of sorts showing how local arts groups would like to use a performing arts center in the city. The notes bore suggestions such as “dress rehearsal,” “auditions,” “musical,” “adult show,” “AJFF [Atlanta Jewish Film Festival] opening” and “Georgia Philharmonic Young Artists’ Concerto Competition Concert.” “As you can see, it’s a vibrant artistic climate that would only get better [with a performing arts center],” said Davis, executive director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Virginia. Davis was asked by Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough to lead an Oct. 7 workshop so representatives of local arts, education and other nonprofit groups as well as business owners could discuss what kind of performing arts facility and meeting space they could use. “It was very validating to actually hear the artistic community say, ‘Yes, we need this,’ ‘We want it,’ ‘We can use it,’” Davis SEE LOCAL GROUPS, PAGE 6

BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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Keith Sanders

Sandy Springs’ incoming fire chief built a career in public service over the last 35 years, but as passionately as he feels about the fire service, Keith Sanders says he’s never considered it a job. Inspired from age 12 by his father, Benny Sanders, who retired from the Cobb County Fire Department in 1996, Sanders is a secondgeneration firefighter. He started working right out of high school, in 1979. He worked alongside his father until he left for college in 1987.

“Early on in my life I realized it was a passion; I never considered being in the fire service as a job,” Sanders said. “It was another life. It was a family, and it’s so rewarding to be able to help folks in times of need.” Sanders still considers his father an ally. “My dad’s my best friend,” he said. The elder Sanders said he’s been inspired in return by his son’s accomplishments, which include recently graduating from the FBI NationSEE NEW FIRE CHIEF, PAGE 7

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10-17-2014 Sandy Springs Reporter