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CurrentBriefs Roswell/North Fulton LET THE GAMES BEGIN Are you an active senior looking for a fun and rewarding way to enjoy the beautiful Georgia spring? Then the 19th Annual North Fulton Golden Games are open to area adults 50 and older. Registration is just $15 for as many events as you would like and includes a T-shirt and opening day picnic lunch. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. May 1 in Johns Creek’s beautiful Newtown Park. Throughout the month, participants can look forward to the 4th annual Wii video game bowling tournament, a dance competition, bunco, poker and mah jong contests, diving events, a tennis tournament, beach tennis games, rounds of corn hole, and a softball skill challenge. For more information on the Golden Games, contact the Roswell Ramblers at 770-641-3950 or visit the group’s Web site at www.roswellramblers.org.

STATE INTENDS TO END GA. 400 TOLL BEFORE THANKSGIVING Local commuters who use Ga. 400 to travel to and from Atlanta will find some more change in their pockets come Nov. 21—the state highway’s longtime toll is slated to end. Gov. Nathan Deal promised to end the toll by Dec. 21, but that date has moved up, weather permitting. The toll had been place for 20 years and was slated to be removed earlier, but in 2010, the state issued $40 million in new bonds to pay for improvements on 400, including a new connection to I-85. The state will repay the bonds without penalty. Removing the toll plaza will take six

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FARM FRESH OFFERINGS The Farmers’ Market at Sweet Apple Village celebrated its first year anniversary in March. Its second full year looks to be even better with more local farmers joining the market and special events planned. The Sweet Apple market is one of the few markets in the area that goes year around. They were able to utilize an indoor space in the Village this past winter, which weekly customers of bread, tamales and probiotic drink vendors appreciated. New this year, the Farmers’ Market will be hosting monthly events. The first Thursday of the month will be an ‘Artists and Artisans’ market. Selected local guest artists, including musicians, will be invited to join the market. The second Thursday of each month will be the ‘Taste of Sweet Apple’ focusing on a different country or culture each month. The Market is every Thursday 3pm6:30pm through April, then will be open to 7pm for the summer in Sweet Apple Village at 12030Etris Road, Roswell. More information can be found at facebook.com/FarmersMarketatSweetAppl eVillage.

ALPHARETTA WILLS PARK SUMMER DAY CAMP REGISTRATION COMING People living outside Alpharetta and Milton who would like their children to participate in Wills Park’s Summer Day Camp will get the chance to begin registering April 9. Alpharetta residents and Milton

residents who had participated in the camp last summer could register beginning March 26, while Milton residents could begin registering April 2. They could pay a weekly fee of $125. Non-residents will pay a weekly fee of $187.50. Registration will take place at the Wills Park Recreation Center, 11925 Wills Road, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009. Camp is for children who have completed kindergarten up to age 13. Activities include games, swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, and more. Call 678297-6130 or email wprcprograms@alpharetta.ga.us.

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Historic Downtown Marietta will host a gathering of local restaurants April 28 with the annual Taste of Marietta festival. The event, which is always held the last Sunday in April, showcases the county’s restaurants and caterers. It is the largest and longest-running food festival in Cobb, with over 100,000 people attending the 2012 event. Admission is free; the only costs are food and drinks in the Kids Alley section, at the individual restaurant booths for their “tastes,” and for drinks at the concession stations. Everything is cash-based and there will be four ATMs at the festival. 75 different restaurants, caterers, and food trucks are expected. There will also be four different stages with all-day entertainment, fun and games for children, and tests of skill. The unique shops and museums of downtown Marietta will also be open. Parking will be available at the Cobb County Parking Deck, all the county court lots, and the Mill Street lot. One can also park at Marietta Middle School and take the Historic Marietta Trolley in.

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APR 2013

The GA Senate Adjourns The 2013 Legislative Session By Sen. John Albers (R- Roswell)

The Georgia General Assembly completed its 40th and final day of the 2013 Legislative Session on March 28th, also known as Sine Die, which is Latin for “without assigning a day for further meeting or hearing.” During the last few days—and in some cases, the last few hours—bills that will significantly impact Georgians statewide passed through the Senate chamber in hopes of passing their final legislative test. It was incredible to see the entire Senate, from elected officials down to interns, working so hard to make sure these bills were properly vetted and reviewed. The Georgia General Assembly is constitutionally mandated to revise the current fiscal year’s budget and set the general budget for the following fiscal year during every legislative session. What adds to this challenge is the constantly changing fiscal atmosphere both at the state and federal level, and as a result, a final version of the bill is not usually able to be negotiated until the final hours of the legislative session. This year was no different. The finalized version of the FY 2014 budget is set at $19.9 billion and includes an added $146.6 million for K-12 enrollment growth, reflects a $2.6 million in Medicaid and Peach Care savings by eliminating hospital reimbursements for preventable admissions, and provides for the funding of major improvements at universities and technical colleges statewide. In Georgia, we continue to maintain and balanced budget with no deficit. One of the most debated issues this session was ethics reform. We passed House Bill 142 to further strengthen existing laws and create a more transparent government. House Bill 361 also passed in the final hours of session. This labor bill prohibits certain acts involving unions and collective bargaining. Current law states that workers only have one time a year to opt out of automatic payroll deductions that go toward union dues. HB 361 will allow union members to

stop automatic payroll deductions at any time upon request; however, groups such as teachers, firefighters and police officers are exempt from this provision. A ban on unemployment benefits for contracted seasonal workers was removed from a final version of the bill. The bill will now go to Governor Deal for his signature. A few bills that did not pass this legislative session that I will continue to work on for next year include: •SB 207, which allows private home care providers to obtain first offenders information on job applicants •SB191, also known as Ava’s Law, requires health insurers to provide coverage for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder •SB101, a bill to protect Second Amendment rights I am also proud to announce that we passed a series of bills aimed at encouraging a more responsive county government for the citizens of North Fulton County. Through the passage of these bills, we are now one step closer to more adequately providing for the needs of our residents. North Fulton has grown substantially over the past decade and requires a much more efficient and equitable county government. This year’s legislative session may be complete, but my prep work for the 2014 session has just begun. I am looking forward to open dialogues with my constituents about the legislation passed this session throughout the summer months. These conversations will provide the framework for legislative efforts in the years to come. For more information regarding a specific piece of legislation, you may access the Georgia General Assembly website at http://www.legis.ga.gov/. Sen. John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton and Cherokee Counties. He may be reached at his office at 404.463.8055 or by email at john.albers@senate.ga.gov.

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News and notes… Development along the Highway 9 corridor in Roswell is heating up. At a recent community hearing, plans were announced outlining a new development of high-end apartments replacing the existing Frasier Street Apartments. Support was generally positive for the project with some reservations over relocation of existing families and more traffic congestion. The project is slated for a final approval in May. Projected completion would be in 2016. If approved, many business insiders feel this will lead to an explosion of growth along the area from Roswell City Hall to Holcomb Bridge Road. Appleton Learning is sponsoring the Mountain Park Elementary Spring Fling on April 26th at the school. Appleton has also donated coaching and prizes for the Queen of Angles silent Auction Night in Napa on April 19th as well as donations to the Fellowship Christian School’s art festival on April 26.



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APR 2013

Over A Century Of Banking Renasant Bank Celebrates Over A Century Of Service


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For any business or institution to survive and prosper for over 100 years is extraordinarily rare. And when a bank does just that by putting a priority on the communities it serves, it should be celebrated. And that is exactly what Renasant Bank recently did upon reaching a landmark 109 years earlier this year. Renasant currently operates 82 banking, lending, insurance and financial services across Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee with $4.2 billion in assets. Recently, Renasant announced a definitive merger agreement to acquire First M&F Corporation, a bank holding company which adds 36 full service locations throughout Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee markets. Twelve banks are located in North Georgia, three of which are located in Alpharetta and one in Roswell. Renasant employs 140 people in Georgia, a market considered viably strong and a critical component of the corporate mix. Bank organizations of this size are referred to as community banks. Renasant—a classic community bank company—prides itself on providing all the products of a larger regional bank (often called mega-banks), combined with the personal touch of a hometown, neighborhood bank.

Maria Ladikos, branch manager in Roswell, celebrates Renasant’s birthday with a customer.

Founded in 1904 in Tupelo, Mississippi, Renasant’s first location was in a former bakery with an original investment of $100,000. That building is still owned by Renasant and currently serves as a historical museum. When asked if economic conditions seem to be improving in 2013, Georgia Division President Ken Davis responded, “Yes, we have seen slow but steady increases in demand for small business loans, home sales and new home construction. Foreclosures are down as well.” The longevity of Renasant, according to Davis, has been due to “sound leadership and a commitment to core values, including being financially strong and stable.” He continues, “We have thrived in a culture of mega-banks because we know our customers by name, we listen and try to understand their needs to offer solutions to specific problems, not just offer promotions of the week. My advice for those selecting a bank is to interview bank representatives, whether a branch manager or personal banker, to make sure your needs will be met and that it will be a mutually beneficial relationship. Learn the bank’s reputation and its reCONTINUED 38

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APR 2013

A Repository For Roswell’s Past Is A Resource For The Present By Helen K. Kelley

An original land grant from 1832 is one of the many historical Roswell documents you can view at the Research Library and Archives.

Did you know that Roswell’s rich history has been chronicled and preserved and is available for viewing and research year-round? A wealth of information about the history of the City of Roswell and its environs, early settlers, the area’s textile mills, the Civil War, Cherokee Native Americans, local African American heritage, properties in the historic district, family genealogies, local businesses, and social and civic organizations is housed in the Roswell Historical Society/City of Roswell Research Library and Archives. Certified archivist Elaine Deniro oversees the collection, which is open to the public two afternoons each week. She says that the archives are an especially popular resource among history buffs, people doing genealogical research, owners of Roswell’s historic homes and students of all ages. “The two premier collections we have are the King-Baker-Simpson

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family papers (which came out of Barrington Hall) and the Amariah Hembree family papers,” says Deniro. “Both collections date back to the very beginning of the story of Roswell and show the contrast between the elite and the farm families and their very different ways of life at that time.” In addition to these two collections, the Archives include: • Family files – local family histories • Pamphlets – surveys, reports, cemetery records, etc. • Maps – Roswell and Georgia • Newspapers – local news, notably the Roswell Herald and North Fulton Herald from the 1940s1960s • Books – more than 1,000 volumes on the history of the area • Photographs – more than 3,000 images • Audio/visual material – interviews and oral histories • Manuscripts – 60 collections

• Microfilm – newspapers and census records • Textiles and other artifacts Research assistance is always available from Deniro and a volunteer staff of 12, who are on hand to help patrons with the process. Additionally, the Archives sponsors a public history internship program. Deniro says that applicants usually have a degree in history and some prior archival experience. For more information about how to become an intern with the Roswell Historical Society/City of Roswell Research Library and Archives, email edeniro@roswellgov.com. The Roswell Historical Society/City of Roswell Research Library and Archives are located on the second floor of the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street and are open to the public on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00-4:30 p.m. For more information, phone 770.594.6405. CONTINUED 15

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9 APR 2013

Time To Kiss The Sky Local Author Chronicles The Late Great Jimi Hendrix

His parents separated when he was young and then his mother died. His father was not involved in his life and he was shuttled around by relatives.

By Matthew W. Quinn A veteran of many a Clash and Patti Smith concert has just released a biography of rock god Jimi Hendrix. Gary Jucha lived in New York City until he moved to Roswell in 1995. While living in the Big Apple, he was a regular patron of shows by bands like The Clash, the Patti Smith Group, and the Pogues. “That’s how the book came about,” he said. The book Jimi Hendrix FAQ emerged from articles Jucha wrote about music and the arts for the website Gary Jucha hellbombinc.com. He wanted to shine a light on artists people weren’t talking about, like the New York punk band the Titus Andronicuses. Jucha’s article on The Clash was read by Robert Rodriguez, who had recently started music publisher Backbeat Books’ new “FAQ” line, a series of books intended to be fast reads for fans that provide a lot of facts. Rodriguez had written three books on the Beatles and asked Jucha if he would like to write a book about The Clash. However, the Backbeat management decided there wasn’t enough sale potential and Rodriguez asked Jucha if he had any other artists he could write about. Jucha ran through possibilities, including Patti Smith, the Rolling

Stones, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, and Hendrix. Backbeat chose Hendrix and signed Jucha in December 2010 on the basis of his proposed table of contents and a chapter on the influence Hendrix had on later artists. Jucha’s research involved reading older books on Hendrix, material available online, and the liner notes of CD cases. “There’s a lot of misinformation in the books,” he said. “Some if attributed to Jimi Hendrix himself, who told a lot of tall tales about his impoverished past.” Hendrix did not have a happy childhood. His parents separated when he was young and then his mother died. His father was not involved in his life and he was shuttled around by relatives. When he became famous, he told stories that made him sound more daring and bold in his youth and that he had been discharged from the Army due to a parachute injury when it reality it was for psychological reasons. Earlier books include the injury story, but Charles Cross’s biography revealed the truth. Jucha’s book follows Hendrix through the different stages of his career. It describes his bandmates and other musicians he worked with and the big concerts at Woodstock and Monterey. It also examines how Hendrix died. Jucha believes Hendrix accidentally overdosed on sleeping pills, but there are rumors of suicide or even murder by his manager. Jucha also CONTINUED 15


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APR 2013

The Gentle Slide – Atlanta Curling Club promotes unique sport By Lou Raimondi While watching Curling during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics on TV, Jeff Williams son Max said “Dad we should start a Curling Club”. With that, the Atlanta Curling Club was established. Ironically, neither father nor son, had ever curled. Like most, the Williams did not have a tremendous amount of knowledge of the sport or what was needed to start a club. Curling is a sport that doesn’t get a lot of coverage in the United States, however; it is a sports that garners a lot of interest every four years when it is shown during the Olympics. So how do you start a Curling Club? The new Club of course needed: equipment, ice time, and to get the word out for membership, in an area not known for cold weather sports. It took the better part of a year, but Max and Jeff were able to pull it all together. First, they reached out to the Great Smoky Mountain Curling Club which is a large well established club out of Knoxville, Tennessee. A small group from the newly established Atlanta Club went to Knoxville for a six hour training course to acclimate themselves to the game. The Knoxville Club generously shared some

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old equipment with the new Atlanta Club. The help was very much appreciated as a set of 16 Curling Stones costs about $7,000. Next, they needed to secure ice time which they were able to get at the Marietta Ice Center. To get the word out, the father/son team used social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. A feature on the club was also broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting. The response was extremely positive. In order to raise money for ice time and equipment, the Club

had a membership drive and offered various Curling events. Between 2011 and 2012 the newly found club held eight “Learn To Curl” events with five out of the last six selling out. The Club is still looking to grow and finds many people interested in the sport. There are a number of opportunities for those with the desire to learn and participate in the sport, either as a leisure activity or competitively. They include: Learn To Curl ($20 for non-Club members) Club members will help you learn the sport. Pickup Curling ($30 for non-Club members) - curl with others who show up. No instruction is provided. Open Curling ($30 for non-Club members) - experienced curlers can come out and Curl, instruction will be available for people with little or no experience. The Club recently began a Curling League on Monday nights at the Marietta Ice Center, which offers a great opportunity to observe the sport. And of course you can become a member. Members get discounts on events. To learn more about the Atlanta Curling Club, its events and membership, visit www.atlcurling.org or on Facebook at Facebook.com/groups/atlcurling .

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APR 2013

The STROADs Of North Fulton value capture.” You can find STROADs all over North Fulton. Any time you are Roads are inherently meant to driving between 30 and 50 mph, you connect places. Ideally, they are higher are likely on a STROAD. speed with very few intersections, Some of the more prominent entrances and distractions. They have STROADs here in N Fulton are Old wider lanes and more forgiving curves Milton Parkway, Mansell Rd, to provide added safety. They differ sigAlpharetta Hwy (especially between nificantly from streets which are meant Historic Roswell and Hembree Rd) and to create places and capture and build the grand daddy of all N Fulton upon the value in those places. Well deSTROADs, Holcomb Bridge Rd. The signed streets are typically straight and constant barrage of shopping plazas, have many intersections. They have nargas stations, subdivisions and rower lanes and have intersections along roads sidewalks and sometimes that are supposed to move bike lanes. Turn lanes and acpeople from point A to point celeration lanes shouldn’t be B eliminates much of the present. Traffic on properly fast, efficient movement that designed streets is slower roads should provide. and it mixes with other Couple the transportation ismodes such as pedestrians, sues with the fact that what bicyclists and pubic we find along our STROADs Community Design transportation. should actually be Examples of properly funcMatters concentrated along properly tioning streets and roads in designed streets and you HADDEN MICHAEL North Fulton are few and far have a recipe for complete between. One street that and utter inefficiency with a comes to mind is Canton Street side of unnecessary danger. between Magnolia St and Woodstock We deck our STROADs out with all Rd. It functions very well as a street by the infrastructure necessary for a highly taking multiple modes safely through productive street but the revenue generan environment that defines a place. It ated from the uses lining the STROAD is a destination point which is usually in many cases does not support the where streets are present. A well maintenance of the infrastructure past functioning road (although not named one life cycle. The combination of higha road) is actually Marietta Hwy from way road geometries like wide lanes, Roswell to East Cobb. This road turning lanes, merging and provides a high speed and efficient deceleration lanes and frequent traffic route from one destination to another signals creates an environment ripe for with minimal interruptions from intercrashes. Any traffic engineer will tell sections, incoming/exiting traffic and you that one of the biggest culprits for shopping centers. You can safely drive collisions is speed differential. When 50+ mph until you near the Avenue cars are traveling in the same space at East Cobb or the Historic Square. differing speeds, you get crashes. The There are others that function well but STROAD is the Mecca for these types of most of our streets and roads are scenarios. All traffic is forced onto the actually a dangerous and economically STROAD from our subdivisions and handicapped combination of the two. shopping centers. All traffic must leave Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns.org the STROAD to get to it’s destination. has coined the term STROAD to There is no common departure and ardescribe a “street-road hybrid” which rival. Everyone has a different performs poorly at both functions. departure and arrival point along the Chuck calls a STROAD “the futon of way. transportation alternatives. Where a Mix a STROAD and pedestrians futon is an uncomfortable couch that together and look out. One of the most also serves as an uncomfortable bed, a infamous stretches of STROAD in the STROAD is an auto corridor that does nation is Buford Hwy south of I-285 not move cars efficiently while simultaCONTINUED 15 neously providing little in the way of









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The Summer Slide: It’s Not What You Think! end up in the bottom of a book bag or tossed into the recycling container. Children and families are looking Reading is more consistent in a child’s beyond the ending of the CRCT to the environment and parents, schools and summer; a time for relaxation, fun libraries encourage summer reading and games, sleeping in and programs, yet math is saying goodbye to the mornanother story. ing routine of the dreaded Math is something, “It’s time to wake up and get which requires continued ready for school.” Well… not practice and reinforcement so fast! of skills and strategies in The so-called “Summer order to maintain math Slide” is on the way! What knowledge. The learning sounds like an amusement loss is cumulative summer park ride, is actually the Education Issues after summer and can have term penned by Johns profound negative impacts DENISE DETAMORE Hopkins University on academic success for researchers Karl Alexander, K–12 and post-secondary education. Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson in Teachers must spend valuable time 2007 which tracked 790 students over re-teaching skills to students at the a 22-year period. Their findings have beginning of every new school year. fueled passions as well as debate of the Consider this: the financial impact for conflict between continued academic re-teaching is astronomical; the exposure vs. the long term American average cost is $1,500 per child per trend of summer vacation. The school year, and more than $18,000 traditional 9-month school calendar total for grades K–12. At a time when was established when school systems continue 85% of Americans, into lose funding, and the cluding children, Reading is more summer slide sets kids worked in agriculture consistent in a child’s back even further, it is and when air environment and apparent that meeting conditioning systems parents, schools and the academic needs of did not exist in schools. libraries encourage students often requires Fast-forward to 2013 summer reading resources beyond the acand only 3% of programs, yet math is ademic school year. Americans work in another story. Summer learning agriculture. and enrichment Research spanning programs help students 100 years has proven to remain current on their academic children typically score lower on stanskills as well as provide an dardized tests at the end of summer opportunity to preview upcoming curbreak than they do in the spring. riculum, which can help build According to the Rand Corporation, confidence and success in the up-comthe average student loses ing school year. When students approximately a month of reading continue learning through the knowledge by the time school summer months, even one or two sesresumes. What is more compelling is sions a week, it keeps them on the the average student drops an average path of learning so the only slide they of almost 2.6 months behind in math will experience during the summer skills, based on the research from the months is at the pool or playground. Center for Summer Learning at Johns Denise Detamore is the Hopkins University. Director/Teacher of Advantage Math At the end of every school year, Club in Roswell. A former classroom teachers, with good intentions, send and EIP teacher. Ms. Detamore has home summer math packets hoping helped hundreds of children gain constudents will complete the skills over fidence and skills in math and the summer, yet often these packets reading.

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By Mike Finch As of the writing of this column, Sweetie and I have been back on dry land for two solid days following our maiden voyage as “Bahamas cruisers.” This was not a planned trip from a financial windfall, but instead was a companysponsored performance reward complete with elbow rubbing opportunities with the C-suite. As a claustrophobic, motion sick, networking avoider, this “opportunity” did not rank high on my bucket list. Sweetie didn’t have it on her bucket list at all, due to recent news clips showing overturned vessels, virusinfected ghost ships, and cabin hallways filled with free flowing sewage from non-operating plumbing. In addition to these scenes suspiciously absent from the brochure, I had some fairly strong convictions that unlike “Love Boat” reruns, our stateroom would be the size of a construction site “Jiffy Johnny”; we would be Miscellaneous dining with Yager-swilling spring-breakers from the Ramblings University of Florida (or Alabama); and I would most MIKE FINCH likely return with third degree burns on my naturally silky white complexion. So, with much trepidation we stepped on-board the Titanic—um—Majesty of the Seas—for our three-day tour. With that as a backdrop you can only imagine our surprise upon entering our “Junior Suite”—complete with balcony and a welcoming bottle of bubbly. Even the bathroom was nicely appointed albeit equipped with a suction operated toilet system. Luckily the instructions were straightforward: “Upon completion of ‘business’, stand, firmly close the seat lid, and energetically push the “flushing button” located directly behind the seat”. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I was intrigued by the possibility of trying to flush while This would also be a still seated, but was concerned the extreme good time to offer an suction would cause an enormous hickey on my backside. Better to leave that theory apology to all of my untested. fellow international Following our pleasant surprise with the travelers for my accommodations I suddenly had a whole complete ignorance of new attitude and decided to surprise the significant fabric Sweetie by reliving a now infamous Titanic shortage occurring in movie scene. Even though I had the foresight to pack my pencils and sketch pad, their countries. Sweetie did not come prepared for this memory maker and further dashed my hopes by explaining that during a modeling session of this nature, only the model is suppose to be naked. Imagine my embarrassment! This would also be a good time to offer an apology to all of my fellow international travelers for my complete ignorance of the significant fabric shortage occurring in their countries. This shortage has resulted in obvious unfair restrictions on the amount of fabric allowable in the production of men’s bathing suits. On a side-note, this swimsuit debacle did shed light on Thomas Jefferson’s age-old assertion that “all men are created equal.” I understand we were operating with a non-statistical sample size, but after a quick scan of the foreign men by the pool sporting their restrictive swimwear, Sweetie was pretty firm on her conclusions. I’m still not sure what she meant. Anyway, I never did find the bow of the ship to pose with Sweetie to declare, ‘I’m king of the world”, but I also didn’t find myself floating in frigid shark infested waters. All in all I’d have to consider that a positive seafaring journey. Mike Finch can be reached at miscellaneousramblings@comcast.net.

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Explore Roswell’s History With Rucker! Archivist Elaine Deniro is pictured above with a copy of Rucker, the Lost Country Dog, a children’s book she authored. The story is told through the eyes of Rucker, a dog that actually lived on a farm just outside Roswell around 1900 and was owned by the James Jasper Stewart family. “Rucker is based on a dog that appears in a Stewart family photo,” explains Deniro. “He tells his story of getting lost in Roswell and finding his way home, illustrated by historic photographs from the Research Library and Archives.” The book sells for $12.99 and all proceeds benefit the Roswell Historical Society. Copies are available at the Roswell Historical Society office, 617 Atlanta Street, and at The Chandlery, 950 Canton Street.

Time To Kiss The Sky... continued 9 wanted to focus on recordings released after he died, including “People, Hell, and Angels” released in March 2013. Part of Hendrix’s enduring fame is that his posthumous work is just as good as the music released in his lifetime. Jucha finished the book in August 2012 and completed the index in December. Everything was complete in January 2013. Although the book debuted March 19, some people pre-ordered it on Amazon and got it before the official release date. Jucha’s book on Hendrix may have secured him future work with Backbeat. The company has approached him about doing another FAQ, this one on the Rolling Stones. “They must like it at least to some extent,” he joked. He still wants to do a book on The Clash, in particular their impact on American music. Though The Clash is a British band, they recorded songs in America and visited New York City a lot. In fact, Jucha was at the Electric Lady Studios once owned by Hendrix when The Clash recorded sessions for their album “Combat Rock.” Another possible project is a book on the Rolling Stones during the period beginning in 1976 when Ron Wood took over for Mick Taylor on the guitar. Jucha would also like to write a book on the Patti Smith Group in the 1970s, before Smith stepped out of the limelight for 15 years to raise a family. “I think the Patti Smith Group was one of the best bands of all time,” he said.

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Where Oh Where To Meet Mister Right? The Over 40 Dating Scene Is A Complex Minefield–Watch Your Step seeing “the ex” there? Maybe you would have to find another place to worship. First things First. Who am I and what Just saying! qualifies me to write about being single Other meeting places such as bars, cofin the suburbs? fee shops, health clubs, and libraries are I’m a female writer who’s over 45 years places to meet new people. Are north old. I’ve lived in the suburbs as a married metro singles finding love there? Should woman and now I’m here as a divorcee. single people check out local art alone or So, this makes me single in the suburbs. walk their dog at public parks more? I’m also a mother—one of several things The most common place that people that separates me from Carrie Bradshaw, meet these days is Internet dating sites. the character played by Sara The online dating sites cater to Jessica Parker, in the anyone willing to put him or popular HBO series “Sex In herself out there as available. The City.” Although I do Some are even free. Yet, I’ve share her love of shoes—at heard over and over again from last count I had 74 pairs. both genders that “you get This monthly column cerwhat you pay for” when it tainly won’t be just about comes to fees for Internet my dating experiences. Over dating sites. the years many people have A couple friends have & Sex opened up to me about their informed me that they think the Suburbs quest for love. Some are that the whole “Internet scene” players, some looking for STEPHANIE LAMONT is worse than bars. They insist that one and only soul mate. that most of the dating sites are I hope singles in The Current’s a venue for liars. I asked them if they’re community will engage in a dialogue being a bit harsh? Don’t people lie in about dating in the ’burbs. I encourage nightclubs too? Yes, but at least you can’t you to share your fairy tales and horror lie about what you look like at a bar. stories. Maybe on line dating is simply a weedLet’s examine some places where it all ing out process with the relationship prize starts. In other words, where do singles waiting to be found. Is the time it meet? Well, traditionally the workplace consumes worth it? I implore you singles has always been one. Chances of meeting to share your dating stories. someone of the opposite sex where you Interestingly enough, online dating spend 40 hours or more a week are strong. has not put matchmakers, dating However, “dipping the pen in services, or yentas, as one of my peers company ink”, pardon the writer’s pun, calls them, out of business. I know some has become so taboo that some recently divorced or widowed folks who employers forbid their employees to date refuse to do the on-line dating thing. A each other. Anyway, I’ve been told matchmaking service is an option for workplace dating can be quite awkward some of them. One male friend told me and problematic. I know people who not only is he too busy with work and have a strict policy against dating people family to find himself a mate, “he‘s too they work with directly, because where close to the subject.” Therefore, he do you go if things go wrong? prefers that a professional matchmaker Places of worship are also potential do the searching for him. meeting places. But what if you’re Bottom-line is this. There are many spiritual yet don’t believe in organized reways to date these days. There are also ligion? How likely are you to go to a place some great stories to tell so let me hear of worship looking for a mate? Plus, the from you. Anonymity is guaranteed. same thing could happen there as it What’s working or not working for you could in the workplace. What if you as a single person these days? break up, how comfortable would you be Do tell. Please! attending that same place of worship and stephanie.lamont@mail.com By Stephanie Lamont

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Fishing For Sellers In Tight Markets...

While Waiting For The Boom to hit our market. Within the next 12 months we are expected to see the The spring home buying season has answer to our housing shortage. kicked off with housing inventories reSeveral new developments are planned maining at post-housing bust lows, from the Chattahoochee all the way creating a feeding frenzy that can make into Forsyth County. One of the largest buyer’s and sellers’ lives as wild as undevelopments is the Avalon where the mowed lawns... Everyone wants to retail commitments are in place and know where are all the homes? Agents the ground is already being cleared. are finding themselves having to knock Roswell has several new on doors, get creative, write notes, beg neighborhoods on the way, in and and plead for home owners to consider around Canton Street slated to break selling their homes asap! There are ground within the next 12 months 40% more buyers in the market today which will increase the comthan the same time last year petition in residential and 30% fewer homes availresales greatly. These homes able with a steady decline in are expected to range in inventory. price from the With this abundance of $600s–$900s and will be buyers, sellers are at the like nothing on the market advantage of selling their today. Milton’s crabapple homes for an average of 98% area is already booming and of their asking price within a selling quickly with many Real Estate couple of days- weeks in cernew projects slated to wrap KIRSTEN RICCI tain areas. Those numbers up by 2015. What this reflect homes that have actumeans for folks interested in making a ally made it to the Multiple Listing move in the future is: now is your time. Services. There are plenty that the sign Home Values have increased and will doesn’t make it up before multiple continue to increase by an estimated offers are flooding in. Agents are using 3.9% annually over the next five years. their internal company websites to post Interest rates have already begun to about upcoming listings rise and are expected to and buyers’ needs so there reach 4.4% by this time are plenty that are Milton’s crabapple next year according to the scooped up and sold witharea is already Mortgage Bankers out the public even being Association. booming and aware. The risk of being a selling quickly Nationally there were seller in today’s market is with many new an estimated 1.74 million that you will get your projects slated to existing homes for sale in “make me move” number January—in terms of raw wrap up by 2015. and will join the hunt numbers, the fewest numwith the other buyers ber of homes on the looking for the perfect market since December home. For Buyers you must be brave 1999. At the pace of sales in January, and emotionally prepared to do what it those homes represented a 4.2-month takes to purchase the right home when supply of inventory, the lowest since it comes up for sale—even if that April, 2005. Rising prices should bring means stretching. If you’re going to be more sellers into the market—existinga buyer in this market, you’ve got to be home inventory rose to 1.94 million bold. units in February, which represented a If you would like a market analysis 4.7-month supply of inventory. But anyon your home or if you have thing less than a 6-month supply is suggestions for future articles, please generally considered a seller’s market. contact Kirsten Ricci – Associate Broker With housing in full recovery mode - Keller Williams. and job creation and relocations strong kirsten@roswellrealty.net or in the Northern Arc we are poised and 678.472.3832. ready for the wave of new homes about By Kirsten Ricci

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Whether A Mom, A Hospital CEO, Or Both—Expect Great Things From Your ER By Debbie Keel, North Fulton Hospital CEO When my daughter moved into a twostory house, my then 2-year-old grandson found a creative way go up the stairs by climbing up the small piece of each step that hangs outside of the bannister of the stairway. She sent me a picture that included the caption, “Wonder how long before we are in the ER with a broken arm?” As luck would have it, Charlie listened to his first scolding and started to climb the stairs the correct way. But his Mom, dashing downstairs to answer the doorbell one recent evening didn’t heed the same advice. She took a fall that left her with a separated shoulder, a body full of bruises, and a trip to the local ER. One way or another, moms seem to make their way to the ER either for themselves or, more frequently, for their kids. When my three daughters were little, it’s a good thing I worked for a hospital because in one short period of time I had one there with a broken ankle from a basketball game, one there for stitches caused by a fall in a slippery garage, and one who was there for breaking a collarbone, a wrist and a jaw in unrelated accidents. So I know a little about ERs, both as a patient’s mom and as a hospital administrator. As a patient, my expectation of quality and service was equally as high, as should yours be. Quality includes the amount of time each medical professional spends with you and how they communicate with you about what has happened, what is about to happen and what you can expect. It certainly includes all the safety features you should expect and can see for yourself—keeping the rails up on the bed so you or your patient don’t fall out,

ensuring everyone who comes into the room has clean hands, checking and rechecking the patient’s identification, and the like. And your expectation of quality includes things you can’t see too—that the x-ray is read correctly, that the diagnosis is correct, etc.—all the things we strive to deliver to provide the best care possible. Wait times are always a topic of concern in ERs, but you never do know just how many patients with what medical problems are already in the ER for treatment. At North Fulton Hospital, we pride ourselves on an average wait time of about 20 minutes from the time you walk in until the time you are in a room. We even have InquickER, an online system that allows you to “hold your place in line” at the ER. (www.InquickerRoswell.com). While we try to get to you as quickly as we can, North Fulton Hospital is a Level-II Trauma Center and treats some very serious accident victims, so a little patience goes a long way. That’s the hospital CEO in me talking, of course. It goes without saying that the patient and their family should always be treated with kindness, compassion and the utmost of respect. ERs are places full of high emotion and intensity, but our outstanding North Fulton Hospital crew tries to stay focused on your satisfaction all times. If we aren’t—or if any ER staff in any hospital isn’t focused as much as you believe they should be— you should ask to speak to the charge nurse and express your concerns. That, too, is the CEO in me talking because we can’t do better if you don’t let us know when we don’t meet your expectation. But it’s also the mom in me wanting to make sure we do our very best to take care of every bannister-scaling son or downstairs-dashing daughter who comes through our doors.

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar April – June 2013 formal with group discussion and guest speakers to be Nicotine Cessation Group scheduled at various times Every Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 throughout the year. Call John p.m., Classroom C. Join with Dorso at 678-694-8726 to other men and women seeking register or for information. motivation, education and support to live free of nicotine. The COMMUNITY only requirement for attenEDUCATION dance is the desire to start the Babysitting Workshop journey. Contact Pam at Sunday 4/14, from 1:00 to 404-428-8799 for more 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 5/18 information. and 6/1 9am-2pm Teaches children Look Good, Feel Better ages 11-14 how to Wednesday, 5/8, , 10 a.m. to be prepared and noon, Medical Arts Center. A responsible cosmetologist will discuss how babysitters. Bring to care for skin and hair to coma doll or stuffed animal and a bat the appearance-related sack lunch and drink. $30 side effects of cancer treatment. Free make-up and skin American Heart care products are provided. Association Heartsaver Call Ryan at 404-582-6153 CPR* to register. Saturday, 4/27. CPR course for the community. Adult and Caring, Sharing, and Learning: Breast Cancer child CPR, 9 a.m. to noon; $35 Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 Support Group Fourth Tuesday of every month, a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45 6 p.m. Cope and connect with Healthcare Provider others who are facing the same CPR* struggles. Please call Micah Saturday, 6/8, 9:00 a.m. to Brown, RN, Breast Health 1:00 p.m. CPR course for Nurse Navigator, at healthcare professionals. $55 770-751-2556 to register.


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APR 2013

It All Started With A No Name Patient With over 30 years of community service the ER at North Fulton Hospital has kept the pace. By Tripp Liles

Jeanette Wetty and Toni Colvard-Groover in the North Fulton Hospital ER of today.

Jeanette Wetty, right, in the North Fulton Hospital ER circa 1983.

Each workday thousands of nurses do what they do best—care for the sick, injured and ailing people. In the Emergency Room, that care is even more critical. Over time there have been many changes to the dynamics of the ER. Some changes are trivial such as uniforms going from striped dresses with starched and pressed white hats to today’s casual colorful scrubs or even being over dramatized on TV shows such as NBC’s ER. Other changes have been significant with massive advancements in technology such as MRIs and CAT scans. “The public thinks that the ER is like the TV dramas and shows that make this a crazy place. Yes it is like that for short windows… yea it’s that crazy and chaotic but that does not last long. Then its back to the regular sprained angle, sore throat.” Toni Colvard-Groover, Director of Emergency Services and Trauma, said. Colvard-Groover and Jeanette Wetty, Director Spine and Pain Center, are both registered nurses at North Fulton Hospital with each having a long respected history in the profession. In the 30 years of service to the community, the ER at North Fulton Hospital has seen thousands of patients. Wetty was a nurse in the ER and helped prepare for the first day when it opened its doors to the community. “It was one of the most interesting things I have ever done professionally because I was never going to do that again. To open a facility was really cool.” Wetty said. As fate would have it nothing went by the original plan—that’s life in the ER—you must think on your feet. “I took care of the first patient.” Wetty said.

You have to earn your stripes, that doctor has to trust you.

And the care that patient received was really by accident, no pun intended. Wetty, along with other colleagues, was working late the night before the official opening. Emergencies, however, cannot be held to a schedule. “There really wasn’t a first patient. A little after midnight a woman was driving down Highway 9 with her son in respiratory arrest due to an asthma attack. She saw our light on and pulled in,” Wetty explained. “We ended up having to put a trach (tracheotomy) in him, which saved his life and we then sent him down to Children’s Hospital, which at the time was probably either Eggleston or Scottish Rite. He was truly our first patient although he wasn’t technically registered, we didn’t have his name, he didn’t stay here, nothing.” At that time, 30 years ago, this area was in its infancy and over time the hospital has grown with the community. Both Wetty and Colvard-Groover have seen a lot through the years. Technology has had a tremendous impact on the profession. The experience that a patient has in today’s ER is drastically different from the days of Miami Vice and mullet haircuts. “There weren’t trauma centers at that point. (NFH is now a level 2-trauma center) You didn’t have physicians that specialized in emergency medicine and things such as CAT scans, MRIs and bedside ultrasound that we have now. Now you can tell immediately if someone is bleeding where before there was a lot of ‘I don’t know’.” ColvardGroover said. While the impact of technology has been huge, there are common factors that remain. Those factors revolve around the comradery of the profession and the desire to pass lessons to the next generation of healthcare providers. “We’re always teaching. You’re not a nurse if you’re not an educator,” Wetty said. “You cannot be in the job if you don’t teach somebody something.” Colvard-Groover continued: “I think one thing that has survived the generations is that collegial relationship and trust. You have to earn your stripes, that doctor has to trust you. Being able to make a change in a patients life is what has kept me in it.”

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21 APR 2013

North Fulton Primary Care Welcomes John Aaron, PA-C

Q & A with Roswell’s Own Dr. Ed Malcom When Ed Malcom graduated from Roswell High School in 1987, great things were surely on the horizon for the student body president and varsity soccer player. But no one would have guessed that he would end up as Assistant Medical Director for the North Fulton Hospital Emergency Department and Chairman for the hospital’s Credentials Committee. “The opportunity to treat the residents of Roswell is really special for me,” says Dr. Malcom. “I regularly treat the families of people I went to elementary school or high school with. I treat people who go to my church. People just feel more comfortable ‘knowing’ the history of the doctor treating them.”

pleted an Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship At North Shore University Hospital in Long Island. I was drawn back to Roswell to practice medicine because of my many ties to the area.  I also love the family atmosphere of Roswell and the Roswell Parks are awesome for walks and bike rides.



icine has come as part of medical


. YOU’VE BEEN A ROSWELL RESIDENT mission trips to Kenya over the last two MOST OF YOUR LIFE. TELL US ABOUT years. Roswell First Baptist goes for two YOUR CONNECTION TO THE AREA. weeks every January. The opportunity

to give and minister to such a grateful group of people has made me very 5th and 6th grade and went to Mountain Park Elementary. I grew up in thankful for my education. Not only do the house where the Arts Center West is we treat the patients over there, but we develop teaching relationships with located now. Roswell was a bit more nursing students. rural then, and we used to sit on horses More locally, I have served in the posiwatching the two-lane road, Woodstock tion of the Roswell Fire Dept. Medical Road, which is now six lanes. Advisor as a volunteer since 2009. My I left Roswell in the summer of 1987 Dad served in the same role for the 25 after graduating from Roswell High School, and attended The United States years before me, as a volunteer also. This position is salaried in most cities around Military Academy at West Point. My Atlanta, so I feel good about helping out training while in the military included Airborne School, Air Assault School and my hometown in this little way.   Ranger School. Upon graduation, I served as an infantry officer for more than years. My last assignment was with the Ranger Training Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia.   ANSWER I moved to Roswell between

John Aaron, PA

North Fulton Primary Care is pleased to welcome Physician Assistant John Aaron to their practice. Aaron will be joining Stephen Martiny, M.D., in serving patients at the practice’s Alpharetta location at 4895 Windward Parkway, Suite 202, Alpharetta, 30004. Aaron previously worked as a physician assistant for Meinhold Family Practice in Alpharetta, Perimeter North Internal Medicine in Roswell, and Family Practice Center in Atlanta. He earned his B.S. from Louisiana State University before going on to complete the Physician Assistant Program at Louisiana State University Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants. For more information about North Fulton Primary Care, visit northfultonprimarycare.com. For a free referral to John Aaron or any North Fulton Primary Care providers, call 770-751-2600.

Memories from the Roswell High School days



ANSWER I have many interests outside of medicine, including playing golf occasionally and being involved with my church. However, with the birth of my third child two years ago, I would say family life takes center stage. I am still changing diapers!My wife and older two daughters, ages 5 and 8, are very engaged in music and sports. My wife, whom I met while she was at UGA, is an accomplished violinist from Asheville, NC. She substitutes with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and her hometown symphony in Asheville.



a variety of reasons. I liked the challenge and opportunities the field of medicine offered. My father is a physician who loves his job and is still working in the ER at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. Consequently, the doctor role was modeled to me, and I felt comfortable with the role. I went to the Medical College of Georgia for medical school and on to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC, for my Emergency Medicine Residency. From there I went to New York and comDr. Ed Malcom with his wife and children, ages 2 – 8.


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APR 2013

Board-Certified Nurses Honored For Meeting Challenges Of Modern Nursing In the increasingly complex world of healthcare, board certification of nurses plays a vital role in delivering high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. While a registered nurse (RN) license provides a strong foundation for general nursing practice, certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing. On March 19, North Fulton Hospital celebrated worldwide Certified Nurses Day by honoring the hospital’s 48 board-certified nurses. Representing 16 different areas of specialty, the nurses will be recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care. “The knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.” said Stuart Downs, Chief Nursing Officer for North Fulton Hospital. “We are proud to honor these hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism and dedication.” Although specific requirements vary according to a nurse’s area of specialty, each nurse seeking certification must pass a “The knowledgeintensive requirements rigorous test that often requires of modern nursing additional require extensive education, as well as a academic and clinical preparastrong personal tion. Once commitment to certification is excellence by the achieved, nurses nurse.” must earn continuing education units (CEUs) and work a certain number of clinical hours to maintain their status. “North Fulton Hospital encourages national board certification for all its nurses,” said Downs. “And patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit a hospital or their primary care provider.” Nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, and critical care, among others, are overseen by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) and the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA).

North Fulton Hospital Offers Lung Cancer Screening

North Fulton Hospital’s Board-Certified Nurses Registered Nurse Unit Credentials Downs, Stuart ...........................Administration............CENP Brown, Kathy.............................Nursing Admin...........NE-BC Perkey, Rhonda........................Nursing Admin...........NE-BC Carol Barone ............................Quality Mgt.................CPHQ Farrow, Linda.............................L&D ................................RN-C Grove, Carla.............................Case Mgt. ....................CCM Boachie, Misty..........................Pharmacy.....................BCPS Stewart, Debra.........................Nursing Admin...........CNOR Burke, Dawn..............................Quality Mgt.................CIC Myers, Susan.............................Rehab.............................CRRN Jones, Hassenah ......................Case Mgt. ....................CCM Jones, Susan ..............................Case Mgt. ....................CCM McCall, Susan ..........................Case Mgt. ....................CCM Picou, Simone...........................Case Mgt. ....................CCM, CCDS Mele, Mary Helen ..................Case Mgt. ....................CCM, CCS Blum, Maureen ........................Case Mgt. ....................CCM Gould, Bonnie...........................Case Mgt. ....................CRRN Knapp, Temptie ........................ED ...................................CEN Jones, Jennifer..........................ED ...................................CEN Whitelock, Sally.......................ED ...................................CEN Nelson, Margy..........................ED ...................................CEN Johnstone, Karen.....................ICU.................................CCRN Watnes, Kelly ............................ICU.................................CCRN Monty, Sharon ..........................ICU.................................CCRN White, Cindy.............................ICU.................................CCRN Rutherford, Amy......................ICU.................................CNRN Nodine, James..........................ICU.................................CCRN Zeliski, Eric ................................Neuro PCU.................CCRN Fishler, Nancy ...........................L&D ................................RN-C Hawk, Virginia ..........................L&D ................................APRN, CNM Papka, Carol..............................L&D ................................RN-C Benedict, Anne ........................L&D ................................RN-C Raad, Connie ............................L&D ................................RN-C Hoover, Amanda .....................ICU.................................WHNP-C Curl, Sylvia.................................Education .....................RNC-NIC Rusk, Gayle ...............................NICU.............................RNC-NIC Smith, Barbara Elaine ............NICU.............................NNP-BC, RNC-NIC Buckner, Lisa .............................OR ..................................CNOR Pastor, Julia.................................OR ..................................CNOR Gebhardt, Cathy .....................PACU ............................CRRN Chang, Chi.................................Rehab.............................CRRN Galula, Maria............................Rehab.............................RN-BC Hodgin, Bret..............................Rehab.............................CRRN Montgomery, Sondressee...PCU ...............................RN-C Jackson, Kristin ........................Surgical .........................CMSRN Shridharan, Lakshmi...............Surgical .........................PCCN Nava-Sims, Denise .................Mother Baby Unit .....IBCLC Flynn, Joyce ...............................Mother Baby Unit .....IBCLC To learn more about North Fulton Hospital, visit nfultonhospital.com.

We have all heard the adages, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and “prevention is the best medicine.” When it comes to lung cancer, these sayings hold true. While some risk factors for developing the disease cannot be changed, the leading cause of the disease can be avoided—smoking. Lung cancer is hard to detect in its early stages and difficult to treat once it has been diagnosed. According to the American Lung Association about half of those with lung cancer will die within one year of diagnosis. In 2011, the National Cancer Institute found a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths among high risk patients, who received a low-dose CT scan to check for cancer. North Fulton Hospital is proud to now offer this low dose screening to individuals who may run a higher risk of lung cancer. “Approximately 87 percent of lung cancers are connected with smoking,” says Sachin Lavania, MD, with North Fulton Pulmonary Specialists. “The risk of dying from the disease is 23 times higher for men who smoke and 13 times higher for women who smoke compared to non-smokers.” Individuals with the following risks may find that the lung cancer CT is a convenient option to screen for lung cancer or other lung related abnormalities. • Current or former smoker age 50 and older • Anyone who has smoked the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years • Past history of smoking • Repeated exposure to second hand smoke • Exposure to cancer causing agents such as asbestos or radon “Like many cancers, lung cancer can take years to develop. It begins in areas of pre-cancerous changes in the lungs that cannot be seen on an Xray and do not cause symptoms,” says Dr. Lavania. “For this reason, a low dose CT scan may be an option to detect lung cancer in its early, treatable stages.” The lung cancer screening is CT scan that is performed at Roswell Imaging Center, affiliated with North Fulton Hospital. The scan is read by a board certified radiologist. If any abnormalities are identified, a referral to a pulmonary physician, or lung specialist, may be discussed. Presently, insurance does not cover the cost of the lung cancer screening. The cost is $275 and requires a referral from a physician. For more information on the lung cancer screening, log onto www.nfultonhospital.com or call 770-751-2600 for a physician referral.


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APR 2013

To Gut Or Not To Gut?

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APR 2013

Festival Season Is In Full Bloom


By Stacy Shade

Hello again, neighbors! Well, spring has sprung, so it’s time to pull those tennis shoes and T-shirts out of your closets and head outside to be local tourists! Now is that time of year when our area really comes back to life—70 degree days, blue skies, flowers in full bloom, hotdogs on the grill, and festivals on the calendar. One of the things about springtime and summertime in the south is that you have your pick of outdoor festivals to enjoy! If you’re on a budget, there are many great local events that are free or really cheap. If you’re looking to indulge, there are some more luxurious options as well. Whether you’re into art, culture, music, or food—you will find exactly what you’re looking for this spring and summer around our area. Below, I’ve listed festival highlights for both staying around and getting away—now go out and live it up, my friends!


festivals worth your time


y a m april Getaways:

April 20-21

April 13 - Jun. 2 (Sat./Sun.)

Georgia Renaissance Festival in Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga. Fairburn, Ga. www.garenfest.com This one looks to be a full blown spectacle with a 32-acre kingdom where you can shop, eat and revel with a cast of nearly 1,000 costumed characters. The event boasts 10 stages of music and comedy, 150 artisans, 4 pubs, and turkey legs galore! Tickets are $19.95 for adults and $8.95 for children (6-12); tots under 5 are admitted for free.

www.bearonthesquare.org First off, this festival is free. Second, it includes on-stage performances by local and national musicians with emphasis on bluegrass and Appalachian Mountain music. They’ll also have mountain crafts, fried food and good oldfashioned storytelling.

Stays: May 9

Celebrate the arts this month up in Alpha-land. The historic downtown will be closed as 100 artists, musicians and performers showcase their talents. This is an event I definitely like to hit every year — it makes for a wonderful afternoon filled with jazz, rock, dance and art. Admission is free.

A more highbrow affair, the Atlanta Food and Wine festival showcases the South as a culinary destination. The activities include learning experiences, tasting experiences and dinners. The tasting pass is $100 per ticket and the three-day pass is $599. The Connoisseur passes are even pricier, but include virtually everything the weekend has to offer. The main tasting tent will feature the region’s top culinary talents and is organized in a series of “trails” like Craft Beer, Barbecue, Seafood, etc. Yum—it’s making me hungry just thinking about it!

May 17-19


May 3-5

Marietta Greek Festival

May 18


Mountain Laurel Festival Clarkesville, Ga.

Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Fernandina Beach, Fla.



This one features a parade, arts vendors, and an antique auto and bike show. They’ve also got bluegrass jams running all day long, carnival rides, food and much more. And, want to know the best part? They kick this thing off with a huge pancake breakfast in the morning! Admission is free.

I first heard about this annual party two years ago while staying at Amelia Island. Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island is an enchanting beach getaway anyhow, with the town’s pristine beaches, cozy B&Bs, and quaint historic streets. I can only imagine that it’d be even more fun to go and enjoy this annual delight featuring a pirate parade, boat race,

Greek food, music, and cultural activities and it is just www.alpharetta.ga.us down the road in neighboring The Taste of Alpharetta has Marietta. Admission is $4 and become a north Fulton then food is separate. Did I tradition for 22 years and mention that they list Baklava counting. The culinary festival Sundae on the menu for the features tasty eats from local event? They had me at restaurants. Chefs compete for Baklava. See you there! culinary awards and retrothemed bands rock out on the music stage. Admission is free and samples range from $1 to $3.

Taste of Alpharetta

April 13-14 Alpharetta Arts Street Fest www.awesomealpharetta.com

May 30 - June 2 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in Midtown www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com

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activities for the kids and shrimp, shrimp and more shrimp! Go for it! Book now!


june June 3

Atlanta Salsa Festival at Atlantic Station www.salsafestivalatlanta.com Salsa Fest Atlanta is a daylong summer festival celebrating all-things Caribbean and, in particular, salsa music! Live salsa music by popular artists, dance exhibitions and competitions for all to participate in will take place throughout the day. Or, you can be like me and just go to watch and enjoy Latin bites and libations! Admission is free.

guessed it, a variety of ice cream vendors as well as physical fitness activities including www.athfest.com yoga, hula hooping contests, This event sounds just plain bean bag tosses and more. cool. In mid June, historic “This event is about getting downtown Athens fills up with families from all around over 150 bands and artists who Atlanta out to the park to perform on three outdoor enjoy ice cream, fitness activistages and in over a dozen of ties, music and laughter the town’s best music venues. together,” says Kevin James, There’s a free artists’ market founder and director. also featuring around 50 Admission to the event is free, regional artists as well as a but patronage of the food tents KidsFest area with hands-on is encouraged. This is one juxarts activities for the little taposed combo that I’m totally ones. There’s a filmmaker digging! showcase at Cine too. This is a must-go for me! Getaways:

June 19-23

AthFest 2013 in Athens, Ga.


july July 14-15

July 4

Fourth of July Festival on the River in Savannah, Ga. www.riverstreetsavannah.com

Flying Colors Butterfly Festival

April 19-21 - Atlanta Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park www.dogwood.org Ranked among the top 10 spring festivals in the Southeast by the Society of American Travel Writers, the Dogwood features music, art, cuisine, a disc dog competition and a main stage concert from recording artist Sara Evans. The event also showcases over 500 multicultural performers from across the globe performing on the International Stage. Admission is free.

I spent last Fourth of July in Savannah, and it’s not one I’ll www.chattnaturecenter.org soon forget. Savannah is a June 1-30 (Sat./Sun.) Spring’s the time of year when party any given weekend, but Georgia Wine Country Festival the Chattahoochee Nature on Independence Day, the enin Dahlonega, Ga. Center likes to show off a little tire town turns into one big www.threesistersvineyards.com —they do live butterfly releases walking street carnival (don’t plan on driving anywhere)! Held annually at Three Sisters during this event, thrilling adults and kids alike. They’ll There’s music, bungee Vineyards in Dahlonega, Lumpkin County, this annual have butterfly crafts, art, a cos- activities, kids activities, arts event has grown in popularity, tume parade and more. This is and crafts galore. And the fireworks show over the river? “we’ve seen thousands of wine a must-do if you’ve got little ones! Tickets are $10 for the Breathtaking! lovers every year come to general public and $8 for CNC Dahlonega during the first Stays: weekend of June,” says Three members. August 23-24 Sisters co-founder Doug Paul. July 27 “After 12 years we are City of Kennesaw’s Pigs, Peaches and BBQ Festival extending the celebration with Atlanta Ice Cream Festival www.pigsandpeaches.com free admission and four weekat Piedmont Park Well, it’s all pretty much in the name! The event ends of fun.” The fest will www.atlantaicecreamfestival.com features a smoked cooked BBQ competition, plenty of include musical guests, food, savory eats followed by sweet peach desserts. They’ll and a “wine garden.” Entrance This brings together one odd have music, a Kids’ Zone featuring inflatables, and arts couple: ice cream and fitness. to the event is free but food and crafts. Admission is free. The festival features, you and wine are for purchase.





May 11-12 - Colors Festival of Arts in Roswell www.visitroswellga.com This coming Mother’s Day, the historic Town Square will be filled with beautiful spring colors. I caught this event last year and it made for an absolutely picturesque day in Roswell. From flowers to paintings, photography and sparkling jewelry, this annual arts and crafts festival is not to be missed! There will be fun activities and crafts for the kids, too! Admission is free.

Getaways: August

Jekyll Island Beach Music Festival www.goldenisles.com This is the largest beach music festival on the Georgia coast. With parties, dance lessons, and a free beach concert, I can’t think of a better way to toast the summer season! Cheers!


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APR 2013

Take A Byte Out Of History “Pop-Up” Museum Chronicles Apple Computer’s Place In History

Apple Pop-Up Museum Curator Thereze Almstrom.

By Matthew W. Quinn, Photos by Lisa Eckman The Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 1.0 is coming to Roswell on April 20 and 21. The festival will celebrate the history of computing, ironically enough, in the old CompUSA location, off Holcomb Bridge Road. A specially focused portion of the festival will be solely dedicated to Apple Computers and their place in history. Local computer collector Lonnie Mimms of Roswell has contributed much of his collection of vintage Apple computers to a temporary Apple PopUp Museum, which will be the premier attraction of the festival. Mimms hopes that with enough positive feedback from the community and business leaders that the Pop-Up Museum will become a permanent attraction. Mimms’ interest in computers began with a class on the APL programming language at the Fernbank Science Center as a child in the 1970s. When microcomputing began later that decade, he acquired an SOL-120, a device pre-dating Apple Computers entirely. He eventually majored in electrical engineering at Georgia Tech and over the years, acquired new computers and never threw anything away. He eventually started collecting other people’s computer castoffs. Mimms spoke with computer historian David Greelish about hosting a vintage computer festival, since there has never been one in the Southeast before. Such a festival would provide a natural venue for him to display his collection. Due to there being so many Apple fans out there, the focus of the exhibit narrowed to just Apple

technology. However, Mimms wanted to emphasize this would not just be a rehashed Apple store. “Some of the things that are going to be on display are unique,” he said. “They’re the one and only in existence.” Although he acquired much of his collection from EBay and stores that were closing, he also acquired unusual items from early Apple engineers. In fact, one of these purchases got him in touch with some of Apple’s founders. Here’s how it went: In the early 1990s, Mimms talked to Apple stalwart Dick Huston on the phone while buying an item from an Apple engineer. He asked Huston if he could introduce him to Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, since Huston was one of the earliest Apple employees and knew everyone from that era. Huston agreed, so Mimms went on a family trip to San Jose, Calif. He had lunch with Wozniak, who rode to meet him on a Segway. “We had a good talk,” he said. “He told us a lot of stories.” On that trip, he also met Daniel Kottke, Apple cofounder Steve Jobs’ roommate at Reed College. Kottke, Jobs, Wozniak, and Jobs’ adoptive sister Patricia assembled the first Apple I in a garage. Kottke showed Mimms an early prototype Macintosh, the 1984 computer that was the first to have graphics and icons rather than a solely text-based interface. He walked Mimms through a computing history museum in Silicon Valley. Mimms also met Cliff Huston, Dick’s brother and another early Apple employee. One story Mimms remembered about Cliff was how

the Disk 2, the Apple II disk drive, came to be. The computer needed a disk drive to make it useful for businesses, but Jobs did not want to spend a lot of money on parts. He asked Shugart Associates for disk drives but not the controlling hardware. Wozniak did not know how computers controlled floppies but had an idea of his own. He developed a controller card and Huston figured out how to make the drives work with the card. When Jobs went back to Shugart for more drives, the company admitted the drives sold to Apple earlier were defective. “Nobody told them they couldn’t work and they got them working,” Mimms said. Mimms described all of them as incredibly friendly,

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museum even though it is not ate the Apple II, the first real hit. The subsequent room chronicles that. The festival will also feature the yet fully set up. Mimms is amazed by the number of very first manufactured Disk II drive, with a serial number of 1, as well as the prototype Disk II Wozniak tech-savvy people in North Fulton. built and prototypes of the Apple II and Apple III. Mimms said Roswell The exhibit will be on April 20-21 as part of the would make a good location Vintage Computer Festival Southeast. Visitors will for a permanent site, since it pass through the museum to get to the festival itself, which will consist of hobbyists displaying their vintage is further south than technology-centric Alpharetta and machines and different programs, including the rest of the city can easily workshops and speakers. The festival is dedicated to open, and personable. vintage computers of all types, but the museum is the access it via Ga. 400. “All of these early guys we’ve met are unbelievably The hours are 9:30 a.m. to “feature exhibit” of the event. friendly and very creative, very bright people,” he said. 7:30 p.m. on April 20 and Its short duration is why it’s called a “pop-up” All of them thought differently. At the time, the museum. If it is successful enough to continue, it will 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on media were focusing on fast food items being “super- be relocated. April 21. Tickets are $10 per sized” and how for only a little extra money, one could day or $15 for both days. “This has the potential of being a full-fledged Lonnie Mimms pictured during have a much larger item. Dick’s response was that this computer museum and technology center,” Mimms said. Children 17 or younger get in construction of the museum. sounded like cheap calories, something the rest of the “The goal is to see how viable a museum might be.” free with paying guardian. The museum can also be world would envy. Much of the world was starving, opened up for individual or group tours. Businesses When asked what his standard of success was, but here Americans were complaining about too Mimms said it was somewhat subjective. His thinking will pay $10 per person, but schools will be able to many calories at too low a price. is that if a large number of people with passion and an have free tours. Those interested in finding out more “He wasn’t making any type of political statement,” interest beyond the casual show up, this will be a good about the museum or scheduling such a tour can visit Mimms said. “It was a thought process…a more indicator. Some people have already gone through the www.applepopupmuseum.com. logical thought process than most people go through.” Being around people like that and the energy they have was hard for Mimms to describe. Festival a Chance To Learn About Vintage Computers Curator Thereze Almstrom said Vintage she and Mimms met in November the third tier of personal computers—the In the summer of 2012, Greelish By Matthew W. Quinn Computer and began sketching out the decided the organization was big enough sort one can hold on one’s hand. It will Those who walk through Lonnie Mimms’ exhibit. The decision was made Festival 1.0 & to organize an Atlanta vintage computer show the evolution of these computers Apple Pop-Up Museum in the offices of to go forward in December, givinto modern smart-phones. festival. He got in contact with Mimms, Apple Pop-Up the old CompUSA, located at 1425 ing them a relatively short time “Basically we’re all carrying around a who would focus on Apple and its story. Museum Market Blvd, in the Kings Market to put it together. handheld computer nowadays,” he said. Greelish’s part of the festival will April 20-21 Shopping Center in Roswell, will find To prepare, she read Walter There will also be speakers, including include exhibits like Tandy Radio Shack 1425 Market Blvd. themselves in a world of vintage Isaacson’s biography of Jobs. Carl Helmers, the first editor of Byte Color Computers, which were made in Kings Market computers established by Johns Creek However, she emphasized it was the early 1980s, running modern digital magazine. This magazine ran during the Shopping Center resident David Greelish. not centered on him. video players. He compared this to 1970s and 1980s and was the last Greelish described how a vintage “It’s a lot more than just the story of one vintage car collectors who, rather than magazine to focus on computers in computer festival ran in Greater Silicon guy,” she said. restore the car to the exact condition it general rather than specific models or Valley from 1997 to 2007. She wanted to cover the history of Apple was when it was made, instead soup it up. brands. Robert Tinney, who illustrated the “I always wanted to go to one of those,” Computers and its journey to the present day and Another exhibit will feature personal covers for Byte, will also be speaking. he said. “I finally got a chance to see it in make the average visitor aware of how their Apple computers from the 1970s like the Greelish will speak as well. 2006.” products came to be. The main goal of the festival is to have Greelish moved to the Atlanta area in SWTPC 6800 and the Altair. There will Originally the museum would be in a small corner also be retro gaming stations where fun. However, it also represents an 2009. A vintage computer festival had of the former CompUSA site. However, the offices taken place in New Jersey in 2001, and people can play old computer games or opportunity for collectors to show off proved better because it allowed Almstrom and even consoles like the Atari and an their items and have the public he decided Metro Atlanta was large Mimms to compartmentalize Apple’s history. Each exhibit covering the evolution of appreciate them and to educate people enough to support such a festival here. room will represent a different part of Apple’s history. Commodore color computers from the about the things they enjoy. He started the Atlanta Historical Almstrom described how the first room will be Commodore 20 to the Commodore 64 “Computers and old electronics are Computing Society in late 2010. dedicated to the “pre-Apple” period—it will tell how pretty much considered trash,” Greelish Although the group is small, it has a dozen to the Amiga. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started working really enthusiastic members. Greelish himself will have a display of said. “We’re trying to change that.” together. The next room will showcase how the company was founded and feature two Apple Is, the very first computer Apple created. There were only 200 made, and Mimms owns two. “That’s what created the company,” Mimms said. “Wozniak created it for his personal use and Jobs saw how popular it was.” Jobs sold his van and Wozniak his high-end calculator to pay for the materials for the Apple Is. The computer proved so successful the duo went on to cre-

Learning From The Past


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Fantastic Finds At Paper Mill Village

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Paper Mill Village is the charming front door foyer to the East Cobb community at Johnson Ferry and Paper Mill Roads. Literally tucked behind the Starbucks corner, there are entrances on both side streets, but you have to venture just beyond the storefronts of Johnson Ferry and Paper Mill to find the classic main street-like village. The well-manicured, Williamsburg-style complex is a collection of 39 buildings linked by pedestrian walkways. Although boutique offices and personal service establishments dominate (including salons, a spa for dogs and cats, tutors for golf, and Pilates), the eclectic specialty shops and gourmet eateries that dot the village rule the Hidden roost and set the tone. Anchor restaurants Paper Mill Grill Gems and the new Valenti’s Family Style Italian restaurant are ELAINE LAMONTAGNE well known, but the following less visible treasures are definitely worth the jaunt:

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STRAW DOG – Women’s boutique where teenagers, mothers and hip grandmothers can all shop together. Favorite fashion lines include Velvet, Dakota, Sky, and Free People. Designer denim is a large part of the mix, and the staff prides itself on fitting all body types with the right jean. Accessories from handmade jewelry, Hobo wallets, belts with coordinating buckles, shoes, and gift baubles abound. Specialty undergarments such as Spanx, and staple under shirts for fun tops and sundresses to give wardrobe diversity are life savers. I dropped some dough researching this boutique—happy to help you! (770-952-8900, www.shopstrawdog.com)

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Moxie Burger offers great outdoor dining.

MOXIE BURGER – Terrific neighborhood gourmet burger café with both indoor and outdoor seating. Owned and operated by locals, the vibe is both artsy and family friendly. You stand in line to order but that’s part of the fun. There’s a cozy welcoming bar, flat screen TVs, and works of local artists on display. The menu is yummy featuring signature burgers (my choice is the Moxie Burger), hot dogs, salads and delicious sides (I typically get the sweet potato or zucchini fries, fried green tomatoes and goat cheese bites). Great assortment of wines and beers, too! The logo proclaims, “the world needs more moxie”—my thighs might debate the issue, but the experience and memories agree. (770-627-3201, www.moxieburger.net) SUGAR BENDERS – Boutique bakery serving breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, desserts and coffees – but the stars of the show are the specialty cakes and mini-sweets. Remind yourself on your iPhone Notes to try the cinnamon monkey bread, Greek omelette, challah French toast, and savor the artistic assortment of pastries, breads, pies and cakes. The flavors live up to the beautiful presentations. A dear friend of mine orders from Sugar Benders regularly for doctor client treats – all of whom take their statins, I’m sure. (678-402-8588, www.sugarbenderscakes.com) PAPER MILL FOOD TRUCKS – Not a permanent storefront as those above, but the timing is ideal to share that the food trucks are back! The last Monday of the month from March through October brings a rotation of popular pull-up mobiles to a blockedoff area of the village parking lot.

Some food truck favorites include Happy Belly, Mighty Meatballs, Snap Franks, Wow, Honeysuckle Gelato, and King of Pops. Strictly a community service event, it reinforces the family-oriented focus of the complex, which reflects the community. In fact, there is always a local non-profit tie-in. The casual gathering also features live music, additional vendors, added tables and chairs—and with the blessing of coop-

Exterior of Sugar Benders.

erative Atlanta weather, it’s a great neighborhood experience. Hidden Gems is a new column highlighting businesses, products and services worthy of attention for the enhancement they can add to our lives—whether simply or significantly, for fun or health, for supporting our local neighbors or just embracing our corner of the world. They may be “hidden” because of location, newness or out of mind due to all that surrounds us. They are “gems” because of the value, convenience or shear happiness they may provide. I hope you enjoy and engage! (Ideas are welcome at elainepr@bellsouth.net)


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C i t y A ntique s r eal ly has it al l!

This is just a partial list of area events and activities. For more, please visit www.thecurrentplus.com. If you have an event listing please send it to events@thecurrentplus.com. ROSWELL

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AARP TAX AIDE The Roswell library, 115 Norcross Street, will host free tax assistance and return preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income, with special attention to those older than 60. One does not need to be an AARP member or over 60 to receive assistance. There is no cost. The event will run from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 770-640-3075 or e-mail comments@co.fulton.ga.us. APRIL 9, 16, 23, 30

YOGA CLASS The Roswell library, 115 Norcross Street, will host a yoga class at 10:30 a.m. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or towel. For more information, call 770-640-3075 or e-mail comments@co.fulton.ga.us. APRIL 13

EARTH DAY KIDS FESTIVAL The Chattahoochee Nature Center will host an Earth Day event featuring Captain Planet and the family band Laughing Pizza. Interactive booths and exhibits from local groups and environmental organizers will provide both entertainment for children and information for adults. CNC naturalists will display live animals and people will be able to canoe on the CNC’s Beaver Pond. For more information, contact programs@chattnaturecenter.org or 770992-2055 ext. 236. APRIL 16

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NOONDAY NOSH BOOK CLUB The Roswell Library, 115 Norcross Street, will host the Noonday Nosh Book Club from noon to 1 p.m. The April 16 meeting will cover “The Three Weissmanns of Westport” by Cathleen Schine. The event is free. For more information, e-mail comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 770640-3075. APRIL 17

ARNC ARNC is a social club welcoming women new to the area and those that are looking for new acquaintances, adventures and activities. This month’s general meeting will include Chinese Watercolor Painting Instruction by Tehwan Tso. There is a small fee for materials and limited participation. Please call for details. Please join us on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.,

at the Hembree Park Recreation Center, 850 Hembree Road, Roswell, GA. For more information contact us at 678-3181442 or www.arnewcomers.org




The Dancing Goat Theatre and the Kudzu Players will hold auditions for the HISTORIC ROSWELL children’s musical melodrama “Froggie CRITERIUM Went A’Courtin’.” Based on a Mother This bike race will bring 11 different bicycle Goose story, Froggie must save his beloved races to downtown Roswell beginning at 10 Miss Mousie, who has been forced to a.m. Last year’s race saw over 1,000 agree to marriage with the evil Tom the Cat participants. Canton Street will be closed to save her Grannie. Auditions will run to make way for the races. Racers pay a from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 variable entry fee. For more information, p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday at 10700 State see Bridge Road, Suite 6, Johns Creek, Ga. http://www.historicroswellcriterium.com. Aspiring actors should be age 8 through adult. The performances will be on APRIL 20 & MAY 4 Saturdays and Sundays May 11-26 at 11 OPEN HOUSE a.m. Those seeking to audition should Roswell International Math & Science bring a CD of their choice to sing 16 bars. (RIMS) School For more information call Jeannie Hinds at *A Unique Prekindergarten (A half-day 770-485-3143 or e-mail program for 4 and 5 year olds) 9:00 am to admin@performingartsnorth.org. 1:00 pm on Sat., April 20, 2013 and Sat., APRIL 10, 17, 24 May 4, 2013. Meet the teachers, do a Science experiment, make Art, do origami, JUNIOR BRIDGE have fun. The Alpharetta library, 238 Canton Street, will host bridge lessons for elementary MAY 4 schoolers, middle schoolers, and high THE DRAKE WALK schoolers. Bridge offers students the Historic Downtown Roswell will host the opportunity to develop their math and Drake Walk, a family event featuring critical thinking skills and have fun. For walking, refreshments, and fun benefiting more information, e-mail the Drake House. It will start at the amy.alexander@fultoncountyga.gov or Roswell United Methodist Church parking call 770-740-2425. lot at the corner of Mimosa Boulevard and Magnolia Street at 9:30 a.m. The festival APRIL 11 will run until 2 p.m. Individual registration THE VOICE OF WILD WING is $15, while family registration is $30. CAFÉ Groups of 10 or more are $10 each. For The Wild Wing Café, 5530 Windward more information, see www.drakewalk.org. Parkway, will host a musical competition with blind auditions, competition rounds, MAY 4 and singing with a live band. Cost is $10, SPRING paid the night you sing. The first prize will PLANT SALE be a $2,800 recording session with The Roswell Garden Edgewater Records. To enter, send name Club will be and cell number to sponsoring a Spring jd@timelessbrandsusa.com. For more Plant Sale on information, call 678-990-9464. Saturday, May 4, APRIL 12 beginning at 8 a.m. on the grounds of historic Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta THE JOE GRANSDEN Street, in Roswell. Perennials, annuals, QUARTET herbs and heirlooms will be available all The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton priced to sell. Specific growing conditions Parkway, will host the Joe Gransden and instructions will be provided. The sale Quartet. Gransden has performed will run until noon. Visitors are requested worldwide and released seven CDs under to park at Roswell’s City Hall, 38 Hill his own name. His singing voice has been Street. All proceeds benefit Roswell compared to Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra Garden Club community projects. For and he is also renowned for the “hard bop” additional information visit approach of his trumpet. Performances are www.roswellgardenclub.com. at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 855-583-5838. APRIL 28


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their experience. Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art will be taking part in Slow Art Day STREETFEST TOUCH-A-TRUCK Downtown Alpharetta will host the Willis Park will host the 15th annual Touch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch from 1 p.m. Alpharetta Arts StreetFest on April 13 and a Truck event at Wills Park. Sponsored by to 2 p.m. Regular admission applies, but you must reserve a spot and bring your 14 beginning at 10 a.m. The event will the City of Alpharetta Recreation and feature works from artists throughout the Parks Department, the event attracts over own bag lunch. For more information call 770-528-1444 or visit United States as well as live jazz and 7,500 visitors each year. Featured are www.SlowArtMCMA2013.eventbrite.com acoustical music, cultural arts dozens of unique vehicles, including fire performances, activities for children, and engines, police emergency vehicles, heavy MAY 4 festival cuisine. For more info, e-mail construction equipment, military vehicles, kdodson@alpharetta.ga.us or call 678and more. The event will last from 10 a.m. SAFE TEEN DRIVING EXPO The SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy 297-6000. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 678will host an annual safe driving expo from 297-6130 or e-mail APRIL 13 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. The wprcprograms@alpharetta.ga.us. event will take place at the Cobb Galleria DOWNTOWN ALPHARETTA Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, Ga. FARMERS’ MARKET EAST COBB Teens 14 or older and their parents or The Downtown Alpharetta Farmers’ guardians can experience distracted APRIL 6 Market will kick off at 8 a.m. with many driving and “fatal vision goggles” local farmers showing off their fruits, LOCAL AUTHOR BOOK SALE simulations, learn about impaired driving, vegetables, flowers, and products like Local authors will have the chance to sell trauma care and car maintenance. The desserts, raw honey, and homemade their books at the local author book sale, cost for the expo is $20 per parent/teen sauces. The market will repeat every held at Cobb Central Library, 266 Roswell pair. Each additional attendee is $10. To Saturday through mid-October. For more Street, Marietta, Georgia 30060, from 11 learn more, visit information, call 404-402-5389 or e-mail a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, www.safeamerica.org/drive2013 candawood@bellsouth.net. visit the Cobb County library website at www.cobbcat.org or call organizer APRIL 19 ENTERTAINMENT Patty Latch at (770) 528-2331.


Soul musician Julie Dexter will perform two shows at The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway. The first will be at 7:30 p.m., while the second will be at 9:30 p.m. Dexter began her career as a featured vocalist working with British jazz great Courtney Pine. Over the last five years, she has become one of the brightest talents in soul music. Tickets are $20. For more info, call 855-583-5838. APRIL 20





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The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, will host Tyrone Jackson for a The Towne Lake Hills Golf Club in 7:30 p.m. and a 9:30 p.m. performance. Woodstock will host its third Born in New Orleans, Jackon honed his annual golf tournament benefiting skills learning traditional, Latin, and fusion Cobb County’s MUST Ministries. $150 for Jazz. His performances will feature the new sponsors, $100 for returning sponsors. very first public performance of his selfPlayers are $100 each; teams $400. composed jazz suite of eight movements Registration deadline is April 15. The entitled “Melody in Nede.” Tickets are tournament will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $20. For more information, call The club is located at 1003 Towne Lake 855-583-5838. Hills East Woodstock, GA 30189. For more APRIL 9-14, info, see http://www.donovansirishcobbler.com/ima APRIL 17ges/2013%20Donovan’s%20Golf%20Re 21, APRIL gistration.pdf. 24-28

This wine-tasting event will raise funds for the German Shepherd rescues of Ga. Rescue Dogs. There will be light snacks and live music, but the event is not dogfriendly. It will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Vino 10, 131 South Main APRIL 25-26 Street, Alpharetta, Ga. Tickets are $10. For POPE HIGH SCHOOL more information, visit MARCHING BAND www.gashepherd.org or call 770-343XPLOSION! 8010. The Pope High School Marching Band will APRIL 23 bring spectators the “stomp,” the indoor drum line, rock bands, jazz music, the CROSSING A CONTINENT: color guard, dance routines, and so much GETTING TO KNOW more. The event will take place at the AFRICAN CUISINE auditorium of Pope High School, 3001 Yeti Ezeanii will demonstrate a meal of Hembree Road, Marietta, Ga. 30062, at 7 regional African dishes. Sharing food is p.m. each night. Tickets are $5, with the heart of African hospitality and it is children 14 and under free with each with this spirit that participants will be paying adult and a maximum family cost of introduced to the wide variety of spices $20. Tickets are available at the door. For and seasonings that African cuisine is more information, see www.popeband.com known for. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Salud Cooking APRIL 27 School, 1180 Upper Hembree Road, SLOW ART DAY Roswell, Ga. Admission is $45. For more One day each year, people all over the info, call 770-442-3554. world visit local museums and galleries to

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“HELLO, DOLLY” The Roswell Cultural Arts Center will host multiple performances of the Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s production of “Hello, Dolly,” the tale of a New York City matchmaker who sets her sights on a crotchety businessman. Featuring such songs as “Before The Parade Passes Me By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” and of course, “Hello, Dolly,” the play will amuse and entertain all ages. Ticket prices and showtimes vary. For more information, call 770-641-1260 or visit www.get.org.


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DOV DAVIDOFF The Punchline comedy club, 280 Hilderbrand Drive, Atlanta, Ga., will host the high-intensity comedy of Dov Davidoff. Voted among the top 10 comedy albums of 2008 on iTunes, his CD “The Point Is…” CONTINUED 32



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The Earl Smith Strand will host Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s production of “Ragtime, The Musical,” a saga of three families’ American experience in the early 20th Century. The production has won a Tony Award. All performances will be at the Earl Smith Strand. Ticket prices vary. For more information, call 404-3779948 or visit .AtlantaLyricTheatre.com.

glass of wine (cost included) while listening to ghost stories. Then, depart into the Square for a one-hour walking ghost APRIL 13 tour. This event begins at 7:30 p.m. and is ACOUSTIC EIDOLON The Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott for adults only. Paid reservations are on the double-necked guitjo and Hannah required in advance. For more information, Alkire on the cello have performed all over call 770-425-1006 or visit the world and have recorded nine CDs and www.GhostsOfMarietta.com. one DVD. Tickets in advance are $30; APRIL 18, 19, 20, 21 tickets at the door $35. The concert will STAND UP COMEDY take place at 8 p.m. the Unitarian The Punchline comedy club, 280 Universalist Metro Atlanta North Hilderbrand Drive, Atlanta, Ga., will host congregation, 11420 Crabapple Road, Tom Rhodes, whose 25-year career has Roswel. Call 770- 365-7738. taken him to all seven continents and included a late night talk show in APRIL 13 Amsterdam for Dutch television. Ticket LITTLE COUNTRY GIANTS prices range from $15 to $20. For more CONCERT information, visit www.punchline.com. The Ragamuffin Music Hall, 585 South Atlanta Street, Roswell, Ga., will host the vintage Southern folk, bluegrass, and country band the Little Country Giants. Currently working on their third album, the band has performed at regional music festivals and been praised by magazines APRIL 19 like Flagpole, Creative Loafing, and AUDREY SHAKIR Georgia Country Music magazine. The event will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Born into a musical family in Cleveland, Ohio, Audrey Shakir became a For more information, visit professional musician in 1974. While ragamuffinmusic.com/concerts/ or call playing in the NYC scene, she became a 770-744-3814. regular at the Village Gate and performed APRIL 13 regularly with Harris. She performed at GORDON VERNICK Town Hall, the Apollo Theater and Tavern Dr. Gordon Vernick, an associate professor on the Green. She came to Atlanta in 1989 of music and coordinator of jazz studies at and has been performing there ever since. Georgia State University, will perform at Now she’s coming to the Velvet Note at the Velvet Note. A professional trumpet 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. player, he has performed in all musical For more information, call 855-583-5838. mediums from symphony orchestra to jazz APRIL 20 quartet and has free-lanced all over the world. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. HAUNTED PUB CRAWL Tickets are $20. The Velvet note is located Join one of our talented and charismatic tour guides for a sampling of ghost stories at 4075 Old Milton Parkway. For more as we walk to three of the most haunted information, call 855-583-5838. bars on the Marietta Square. Paid APRIL 17 reservations required in advance. The tour SPIRITS AND SPIRITS GHOST starts at 9 p.m. and is for adults only. Paid reservations are required in advance. For TOUR  more information, call 770-425-1006 or Participants in this event will experience visit www.GhostsOfMarietta.com. spirits of two different types. They will meet at the Historic Marietta Trolley office and walk to a local restaurant to enjoy one

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THE ALI DOODLE EXPERIENCE The Ragamuffin Music Hall, 585 South Atlanta Street, Roswell, Ga., will host the Ali Doodle Experience, a mix of performers celebrating the environment, life, arts, and kindness. Musicians include Brandon McKinney as Johnny Appleseed, Phoenix Hawk, Aviva from Aviva and the Flying Penguins, and Ali Doodle herself. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.ragamuffinmusic.com. The event will begin at 8 p.m. APRIL 26

MARTINIS & MUSIC The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art will host an evening of drinks, art, and entertainment. During the event, the work of the American Academy of Equestrian Artists and the Chattahoochee Handweaver’s Guild will be on display from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-528-1444 or visit www.MariettaCobbArtMuseum.org. MAY 5

CONCERT 97.1 The River will present Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the concert beginning at 6:40 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $89. For more information—and some special deals—www.vzwamp.com MAY 5

CONCERT Roswell Presbyterian Church will host the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra’s “Spring in Spain” concert. The event will feature guest soprano Nell Snaidas and a program of Spanish songs and dances accompanied by violin, guitar, and percussion. The event will begin at 4 p.m. at the church, which is located at 755 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell, Ga. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 770-557-7582.

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inventive, cutting edge in method, leading in the local small farm There are places created whose sole sourcing, and much more. With The purpose is to allow us to enjoy life. Mill he brings forward the skills and Roswell’s newest addition, The Mill imagination, coupled with creativity, Restaurant and Bar started by Chef allowing him to look over and past Marc Taft with brothers Scott and today to see and work towards the Randy McCray is surely one of them. industries future. First words that come to I’ve been haunting The mind are spectacular southMill since its opening just ern comfort food, delicious weeks ago. I have eaten ambiance and flawless literally everything on the execution. There is much to menu. I have picked and say so settle in here a pulled, tasted and tested. I moment. have taken friends, other seWhen you first see it, all rious chefs and the top local old stone and wood, wine expert and none of us, wrapped in huge mullioned not a one, has anything but Foodie News windows, a very inviting raves to give. Consider it a bricked patio perfect for FRANK MACK bonus, 6 extra professional drinks and dining you’ll opinions backing up my know it’s right. You can sense its own delight. balance. The understated elegance Lets talk food. does not attempt to knock you over. It Oh my. It’s a terrific menu, which wraps you up, warmly welcoming you. under this chef is going to change and The Mill with its open kitchen evolve. Sumptuous appetizers run makes its chefs the heartbeat of everyfrom $4 to $12. These beauties are thing that is happening around you, presented on simpler, smaller plates just as it should be. The restaurant is done dreamily delicious and with style. being cared for and handled by an exFrom source to table there is no differtraordinarily ready, trained, and ence here between the great or small. I honestly very cool, professional staff. love that! Give me options! Delicious, The leadership being provided by Taft well priced options to boot. whose talent, ease, and grace surely The entrées run $17 to $24. At the marks him as a chef to be watched. Mill and under Chef Marc Taft Welcome to our little corner of the everything possible is handmade from world Chef Marc Taft, welcome indeed. The man is incredible, CONTINUED 34 By Frank Mack

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The guys at Table and Main are killing a new spring menu. Lucky me got a peek at the goat ravioli. With owner Ryan and Chef Ted’s devotion to inspiration and excellence I can’t wait to dig in to all the new goodies. A veal, a chop, cobra grilled, Saratoga ribeyes, cocktails into complicated new delicious  on one of our top patios. Our hometown southern tavern,  it just keeps getting better and better. I wave a napkin and bow. It’s hard to be that good and get better, Goat ravioli from Table & Main. but damned if they didn’t. We have a new one, Borocco, that  I almost don’t want to mention  yet. It’s going to be a  little  charmer. I’ve met the principles, the lovely Alessandra  and Chef Hugo,  watched them build out,  by hand,  a  lovely little cafe tucked off the road where no one can see it. Right off the historic square in Roswell just a stones throw from our main feature The Mill, tucked down in the buildings Chaplin’s been all these years. They  are reaching for a heck of a menu. I’ll drop Mediterranean  for now and say no more. Ladies and gentlemen, please, y’all be sweet, kind, and gentle. This is a family opening, not a really big  well financed corporate thing. You have to think of this as the start of a love affair, just you and this place. For those who get real honest family restaurants, born from the heart and soul of the people whose dreams are there in them. You will  want to get in and see this one for yourselves. It should be open during April.

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“In a world where thrushes sing and willow trees are golden in the spring, boredom should have been included among the seven deadly sins.” ~Elizabeth Goudge, The Rosemary Tree

Rashedeh, Maha, Wafaa, Duaa, Ruba & Nadya were enjoying a

Lester was shooting hoops by himself on a drizzly afternoon in Roswell, “We’re

picnic in the park, laughing and watching the children play nearby. “Would you like something to drink?” they offered. What wonderful ladies! (East Roswell)

usually out here playing basketball whenever the sun is out.” (Roswell)

“Bill” is special to my heart. He stands out as the only Chinese Goose around, but he protects his Canadian brethren. The eggs are incubating this month and shortly the goslings will be born. Bill, the guard goose, is known for protecting the babies and injured geese, honking loudly and chasing off any potential threats. (Martin's Landing)


Jordan’s Daddy doted on her, pushing her on the swings and going down the slide with his baby girl on his lap. (East Roswell)

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood

Chica was rescued 13 years ago when she was just a pup. Now she lives the good life, going for long walks with her human mommy. (Roswell)

Calum Worthy & Danika Recently Calum Worthy (“Dex” from Austin and Ally) visited North Point Mall in Alpharetta. He was really excited to meet his many fans, including Danika on the right. Maryam & Zaineh walked around the park, side by side, smiling & investigating the world around them. Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity! (East Roswell)


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Spring Is In The Air est. 1991

By Phylis Simoni

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Punxsutawney Phil the infamous groundhog may have been wrong about an Medicare Supplement, Dental and early spring this year so I’ve compiled a great list of things to do both indoors Dotty Pate, CSA Long Term Care Plans and out in April. Options are always nice. Certified Senior Advisor If Impressionistic art is your cup of tea then you should bring the family or XPERIENCE UIDENCE ARING just yourself to Artscape Spring 2013 at East Cobb Park in Marietta. This years’ theme is In The Park With Monet and it promises to be a great time. This event offers a chance to paint in the 700 Old Roswell Lakes Pkwy. Suite 140 • Roswell, GA 30076 style of Claude Monet and learn about the great French Impressionist painter who lived from 1840-1926. Classes f i n d u s a t w w w. d p c o v e r s y o u . c o m are held from April 9 through April 11 at 3 – 4 p.m. each day. Classes are $18 per child. You may register at http://artscapespring2013.eventbrite.com. For the film buffs out there the East Cobb Library is REALTOR featuring Western Film Fridays through April 26. The East Cobb Beat screenings are from noon until 2 p.m. at the library located at 4880 Lower PHYLIS SIMONI Roswell Road in Marietta. You are free to bring your own lunch. For more information visit www.cobbcat.org. Let’s not forget our furry friends. The fine folks at Mutt Madd-Ness are holding a dog rescue adoption and book signing event on April 27. Marietta based journalist Ed Payne will be signing his book The Daily Rounds Of A Hound. My exceptional service will MOVE YOU! The event takes place at Olde Towne Shopping Center at 736 Johnson Ferry Road. Williams-Sonoma is offering the opportunity GuitarL essons to sharpen your culinary skills at their location at The Avenue East Cobb. The events scheduled: 678-697-7674 April 14, 2013 - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Master the art of pan roasting. A popular technique in restaurants, it works equally well in the home kitchen. The food is seared in a pan on the stovetop and often finished in the oven. Ideal for smaller 1st Lesson Summer pieces of meat as well as vegetables, this cooking method is great for preparing FREE When Group Classes You Purchase A quick weeknight meals as well as dinner Forming Month Of for guests. Now ATL Lessons Guitar April 21, 2013 - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. essons • All Ages Taught L Celebrate Earth Day by learning how to • All Levels Of Ability make your kitchen and meals “greener” www.atlguitarlessons.com • All Styles Of Music and easier. They will demonstrate pressure Ryan Strickland, 3 locations: Roswell, Norcross, Alpharetta • 15 Yrs. Experience cooking and steam roasting—both owner & In-Home Lessons Available excellent ways to save energy and time. You will learn how to prepare seasonal produce using these energy-efficient cooking techniques. April 28, 2013 - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. The chefs’ blender, the Vitamix is the one you see on TV. You’ve watched amazing transformations emerge from this powerful machine in minutes, from minced veggies and pureed hot soups to froths and frozen desserts. Learn how to make the most of this incredible blender. It continues to be our best seller and after this class, you’ll understand why.





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Almost A Billion Dollars In Tax Refunds Set To Expire April 15 By Tom Bowen The period of time for claiming a refund for taxes paid is 3 years. This means that people who have not filed a 2009 tax return and who are due a refund will lose the refund if a return is not filed by April 15, 2013. The return must be postmarked by this date to be considered timely filed. There are no penalties on tax returns for which a refund is due so the full amount of any refund would be paid to those individuals timely filing who are due a refund. IRS additionally provides estimates by State of the number of people it believes are due refunds for tax year 2009. In Georgia, for tax year 2009, the IRS estimates that 31,300 people are due average refunds in the amount of $538. This is a total of about $27.5 million due to Georgians. After April 15th, all the unclaimed refund amounts become the property of the US Treasury. In most instances, the refunds are due to individuals who may have not had significant income in 2009 but who had taxes withheld from their checks. Additionally, individuals who are eligible for a number of exemptions Finance or credits such as the earned income tax credit may be eliTOM BOWEN gible to claim refunds. Individuals who have also not filed in 2010 or 2011 or who have liabilities in these or other years may have their 2009 tax refund held by the IRS. However, to the extent there is a refund in 2009 and there is a balance due in other tax years, it allows the amount of the 2009 tax refund to be applied against any tax due thereby reducing the amount owed. Accordingly, even if you will never personally receive the 2009 tax refund as a result of other taxes being due to the IRS, it is still beneficial to file by the deadline. For questions on filing prior tax returns, the IRS can be contacted at irs.gov. In addition to being able to call the IRS, there is also a YouTube video produced by the IRS called, “Haven’t Filed a Tax Return in Years?” which provides additional information on the topic. Those who are nervous about the idea of contacting the IRS when they know that one or more tax returns have not been filed, can also seek out a certified public account, enrolled agent or other experienced tax professional for assistance. Thomas Bowen, an attorney and certified public accountant, is a principal with the accounting firm of Thomas Bowen, CPA, located in Roswell. The firm offers tax and accounting services to both individual and small-business clients. www.bowencpa.net


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lationship to the community. Local vitality and rapport are enormously important to most people.” While making solid loans, safeguarding deposits and providing personalized service might be just boring traditional banking to some, it’s how Renasant has remained strong throughout both crisis and calm, according to Renasant communiqués. This dedication to traditional community banking allows Renasant to maintain paying consistent dividends to shareholders during recent turbulent times. I was intrigued to learn more about corporate longevity and did a bit of research on the matter. The following seemed scripted for the Renasant historical profile and similar success stories. Research partners Vicki TenHaken (Fulbright Scholar and Professor of Management in Holland, Michigan with 25 year of business experience) and Makato Kanda of Japan completed a research project in 2012 on how and why some companies are able to sustain viability over the test of time. They analyzed over 1,000 companies that are at least 100 years old to test theoretical frameworks. By comparing survey results from “young” companies with those from companies founded before 1911, there were several statistically significant items regarding their hypothesis on longevity factors. Here are a few of the results regarding companies 100 years old or older: • Century old companies scored higher in every aspect of developing future leaders and succession planning. • Century old companies put much more emphasis on their relationships with suppliers, customers and local communities. • As might be expected, century old companies focused much more on tradition and improving what they see as their core strengths; when largescale change is necessary, they admit to taking a long time to plan and implement such change. • Century old companies have conservative financial practices (emphasize profitability over sales volume).

The following list showcases a variety of personal and business services offered by Renasant: Checking, Savings and Money Market Account Certificates of Deposit IRAs and Health Savings Accounts Loans and Lines of Credit Internet Banking, Bill Pay and Mobile Banking Residential and Commercial Mortgages Treasury Management Services Retail Brokerage Services Trusts and Retirement Planning Small Business Loans

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Additional Georgia Renasant locales: Canton, Cartersville, Cartersville West, Cumming, East Woodstock, Jasper, Marble Hill and Towne Lake

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