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WE’RE MAKING SOME BIG CHANGES! Like everything else in this world one must change to stay alive and man are we making some changes. Three years ago I started The Hub because most of all I really need a job, plus I figured the traditional “Community Newspaper” hadn’t really changed in fifty years so why not shake things up a bit and thanks to ya’ll we did! Shortly after my first issue was published I had coffee with this guy, Tripp Liles publisher of The Current. Over time we’ve gotten to know each other and literally over a cup of coffee decided to stop working against each other and combine forces. This issue is the first of many more to come of the new CurrentHub. The combination will provide comprehensive coverage on the local entertainment, dining and social scene. Additionally, the two entities will have larger staff support, which in turn, will lead to a better publication. Tripp and I will serve as co-publishers with him taking the lead on editing and creative and I’ll be heading up the sales, marketing and public relations, which really means I got the better of the two jobs! In some ways I’m sad to see that what we started is changing but on the other hand I’m so thrilled at the opportunities that lie ahead. – Mark Penstone, Co-Publisher The Current Hub

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ROSWELL JOINS NATIONWIDE WATER CONSERVATION CHALLENGE

at the Crabapple Government Center, 2624 Broadwell Road, Alpharetta. The band’s repertoire includes a diverse selection of high school-level music spanRoswell, Ga. (March 24, 2014) - Roswell ning various genres and degrees of difficulty. The band welcomes musicians Mayor Jere Wood is once again joining in all sections who can read music mayors across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve proficiently at the high school level or above. For more information about the water by taking part in the 3rd Annual Alpharetta City Band, including its 2014 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water rehearsal and performance schedule, Conservation, April 1-30. The national contest is aimed at drasti- visit www.alpharettaband.com. cally slashing water and energy use across the nation by challenging GREEN THUMB? residents to adopt water-saving habits, On April 29 and 30 the North Fulton such as taking shorter showers, fixing Master Gardeners will be offering free leaky water pipes and only running full classes on establishing and growing loads of dishes and laundry. In return, Perennials. This free class will cover getresidents can win a new Toyota Prius ting started, as well as tips and Plug-In, water-saving fixtures, and techniques to help your perennials proshundreds of other prizes. per for years to come, including: soil From April 1-30, Roswell residents are preparation; planting and dividing; encouraged to sign a pledge at mulching, www.mywaterpledge.com. Cities with the watering, ferhighest percentage of residents who tilizing and make the commitment are entered to weed control; win hundreds of environmentally selecting friendly prizes. perennials and easily ALPHARETTA CITY BAND grown SEEKS INSTRUMENTALISTS varieties. These classes The Alpharetta City Band, a traditional are concert band under the direction of Bill conducted by Haynes, invites adult musicians in the Fulton Alpharetta and surrounding County communities to join the group for a fun Cooperative Extension and North Fulton and stimulating musical experience. Master Gardeners, and are held in Founded in 1989, the ensemble is Roswell and Alpharetta. Both classes run sponsored by the City of Alpharetta from 7-8:30 pm. For locations and inforParks and Recreation Department and mation on how to register, go to plays several concerts throughout the www.nfmg.net, Community Classes year. Rehearsals are held on most section. Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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DISSECTING THE NEW CURRENT HUB By Tripp Liles

When this publication started we were just The Roswell Current. In year 2 we grew into Alpharetta and became The Current and continued that by expanding into East Cobb in our 3rd year. Now in our 5th year we’re proudly joining forces with The Hub and will cover communities from East Cobb to Johns Creek. Mark Penstone, publisher of The Hub, is joining me as a partner in this venture.

Our editorial focus will be the same commitment to quality writing and spreading the good news in our communities. We do not focus on politics or divisive issues, rather we highlight what is right about life. It’s really not that hard. We don’t stretch ourselves to overlook bad stuff, in fact there’s plenty more good stuff than bad. It’s just unfortunate that somewhere along the way “news” has become closely associated with negative. Not to us. We feel fortunate to live in one of the greatest spots on earth. That’s why it’s easy for us to cover a large area. When you breakdown our communities without county or city limits there is really no difference in our neighborhoods. Unlike our competitors who focus on much smaller areas, we’re looking to bring a larger audience to the table. We are also providing a stronger focus on entertainment and the arts. Many talented people surround us and we plan to highlight as many as we can. Additionally, we want our publication to serve as a guide for where to go and what to do. There are world-class restaurants and theaters right on our doorstep, so use the publication to expand your horizons

and enjoy all that we have. To complement this, our website is updated daily. There you will find more “news” and information that does not make the print edition. At present, while fully functional, we’re still testing features on the site (www.thecurrenthub.com) but by the end of April we will have all the kinks worked out. With this issue we’ve also made some changes to our graphics and layout. Over time we’ve made tweaks here and there to our design but this issue marks a full-scale redesign. We’ve incorporated changes in response to readers input and to eliminate some of the clutter. We’ve allotted more space for articles and increased headlines and some typography—due mainly to the fact that I now wear bifocals—but also to highlight the passion we feel for what we write about. Also, you’ll notice we now have community pages. On these pages we plan to highlight people in the community making positive contributions and to give notice to events and activities that may not warrant or need a lengthy article. From all of us here we hope you enjoy the new, bigger and better CurrentHub. ❍


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>> SING ALONG

April 12 >> EAT OUTSIDE

Six String Social Club Presents Pete Huttlinger Pete Huttlinger is widely known as one of the most awe-inspiring acoustic guitar players in the world. His unique arrangements and spellbinding musicality and precision have entertained audiences from Los Angeles to Milan. Huttlinger also makes appearances as a sideman. Country/pop superstar LeAnn Rimes has often requested him for her acoustic performances. He toured with John Denver for the last four years of John’s life and often tours with pop icon John Oates of Hall & Oates. Concert is at Ragamuffin Music Hall 585 South Atlanta Street in Roswell. Call 770-744-3814 or visit ragamuffinmusic.com.

April 17 Alpharetta Food Truck Alley

>> RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN

April 12 & 26

Starts at 5pm and Runs until 9pm every Thursday through the summer. This weekly gathering will take place on Old Roswell Street with a variety of rotating food trucks and music each week.  Approximately 6-8 food trucks will roll out some amazing eats with seating available on the street. For more information contact 678-297-6000.

Artist Market The Marietta Square Artists Market takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from April through November. The open-air market is located on Mill Street from Church Street to the railroad tracks and is held in conjunction with the Marietta Square Farmers Market. The Artists Market is a juried exhibition showcasing the best local artists in a variety of mediums. Marietta Square is located at Church St & Mill St in Marietta, GA 30060.

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April 18 Michelle Malone at The Velvet Note Michelle Malone is an American award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist in the Southern Rock, folk, blues and Americana genres. She is a strong woman who is not afraid to lay it all out there. She can make you scream, laugh or cry in a 5-minute span. Her live show is not to be missed. She can make the biggest arena seem cozy as a campfire and an intimate venue feel like the center of the universe. The Velvet Note is located at 4075 Old Milton Pkwy in Alpharetta, GA. For show times call 855-583-5838 or visit www.thevelvetnote.com.

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The 2014 Taste of Marietta takes place April 27, from 11am to 5pm . The Don’t miss the fun and excitement of 20th annual event takes place in the this high speeds race that offers fun for historic Marietta Square and features the entire family. The day begins at over eighty restaurants and caterers 8am with the Mayor’s Ride and showcasing their best food. Tastes activities also include a Kids’ Bicycle range in price from just fifty cents to Safety Rodeo, along with pro-men and $5.00. In addition, there are five live pro-women’s races. Event takes place music stages and a sunset concert on on Canton Street in Roswell. the Main Stage in Glover Park. The www.historicroswellcriterium.com. event also features games for the kids in the Kid’s Alley, a sports corner as well as a cooking stage with celebrity cheifs’ cooking demonstrations. The Taste of Marietta takes place rain or shine, and admission is free. Marietta Square is located at Church St & Mill St in Marietta, GA 30060.

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Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents Camelot

Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s 21st season blockbuster finale will be the wildly popular Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Camelot. King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Lancelot, Merlyn, and the Knights of the Round Table are on their mythic quest for right and honor and justice. Along the way, they find love, broken hearts, intrigue and betrayal. Featuring many of Broadway’s most wellloved songs, including “The Lusty Month of May,” “How to Handle a Woman,” “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “If Ever I Would Leave You” and “What Do the Simple Folk Do?” GET is located in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center at 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, GA 30075. For more info call 770-641-1260 or visit www.get.org.

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LET’S BLOW SOMETHING UP The local music scene continues to grow with artists from all ages and styles. great performance spaces like Ragamuffin Music Hall or the Back when I was in college and Roswell Cultural Arts Center, adAthens based R.E.M was still ditionally many bars and playing in local bars, the music restaurants feature performers scene in this area of the country on weekends. Having was world renowned. As I’ve experienced many of the aged, like most folks, I let the musicians at these local venues, it younger people deal with the seems there really is a crowded bars. Now I just sit back burgeoning music scene here in and tell myself that they don’t the ’burbs. make good music anymore. I “The best way to get found is to have to say I stand corrected. blow up in your own town, take We are, in fact, the local scene by storm and home to some develop a local following. Once really talented musithat happens people start to cians and some great notice,” said Ashley Harris, places to listen as well. owner of Ragamuffin Music Hall, There are the big venues on the square in historic Roswell. like the Verizon Wireless Harris is an accomplished muAmphitheater or the Cobb sician and entrepreneur who is a Energy Centre that play host leader in the local music scene. to the big acts. There are also In addition to the performance

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space, Ragamuffin has a music label that aims to foster and develop local musicians. “I work hard to educate musicians on how to go from being a great artist to be a business minded artist,” Harris said. The business of being a musician is a DIY culture these days. Before the Internet took over a band had to be “found” by a music label and then the quest for stardom began. Now, musicians can spread their music worldwide from a single computer. But there is a missing component to the Internet and that’s the live performance. Live music is making a comeback and there are plenty of opportunities to see talented people perform. Just last year Roswell’s own


Angela Reign was voted top female artist of the year at the Georgia Music Awards. Harris released her own critically acclaimed CD Unfinished Dreams, which received 5 stars from Music News Nashville. There are numerous other bands and musicians with great reputations such as Adam Sams, Abe Parker, Southern Mercy, Highbeams, The Free Byrds, and Alex Guthrie. Many

can be seen at various bars and restaurants in the area. “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response. People who like live music usually become regulars and we’ll see them at least one night a week out of the five that we host live music,” said Jerome Stuart of the Roswell Tap(1090 Alpharetta St. in Roswell). Stuart emphasizes the wide range of people who both perform and listen to these acts: “Two of the three biggest draws ever came from opposite ends of the age or demographic spectrum. Continues on p38

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Combine an obsessive personality with a love for music, and you get Mojo Vinyl, a record store tucked into a corner shop just off Canton Street in Roswell. Buyer beware: a quick stop into the shop, which moved two months ago from its spot just behind the new location, can easily turn into a two-hour tour of music history. The Velvet Underground stands next to blues legends and indie rock icons. Johnny Cash here. R.E.M over there. It’s a place where one listens to a song on an album rather than downloading a track from a project. Records are looked at as much as listened to. The digital age, for all its technological gimmickry, has yet to produce what vinyl once did—a pair of paper panties inside the Alice Cooper album School’s Out. Rand Cabus, the owner of Mojo Vinyl, is a virtual encyclopedia of musical knowledge and his customers come to “hang out” as much as they do to shop. The resurgence in vinyl records is growing

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With a focus on music this issue I thought it best to hit a joint—literally —that I’ve passed by on many occasions. That place is Darwin’s Burgers and Blues and it’s past time to say clearly, without any debate what so ever, that Darwin’s is Atlanta’s best and baddest blues bar. So, how did that happen? Herein lies the story. At the very bottom of the great recession, two kids, Lindsay and Akin, a quarter century old, decide to take on the dilapidated and damn near falling in on itself Darwin’s. Designed to look like an Services: A total pile of yuck that had been badly run into the ground. The city old-fashioned barber shop, walk-ins Men’s Haircuts hated it, right off, hated it. And not without good reason mind you. I are always welcome! If you have a Shaves would have scraped the lot myself. But you can’t kill the blues guys! short wait, our TVs are turned on to Senior Citizen’s Haircuts In the beginning it was one night of horror followed by a twilight zone the all-important game, or you can Boy’s Haircuts of one new business crisis after the other wedged between disasters. All of browse through our selection of men’s it conquered by guts, terror, blind luck and the most stubborn magazines, or even play a game of Visit us at our location at 2850 checkers. determination to make it you’ll ever see by friendly neighborhood Holcomb Bridge Road (Next to The entrepreneurs anywhere ever. Waffle House) to experience the best Roman and Maya invite you to come Darwin’s is located on the rundown part of Hwy. 120. For you locals, it’s haircut service in town. We quarantee in for a precision haircut followed by about a mile from the big chicken. That’s right, out here in little old you will be completely satisfied and bea hot lather neck shave, steam towel Marietta. Snuggled amongst used car lots, a lot of low end this and that, is come a regular customer of Old School and shoulder massage. Barber Shop. We are always looking for blues heaven.  With over 60 years tonsorial I wouldn’t call Darwin’s the best and baddest and a gorgeous classic talented barbers to join our profesexperience we will make your visit a American tavern unless it had everything. And this place, it has sional team. If you're interested, please great experience! everything. I have found my heart’s fondest desire. A truly great joint. And call Roman to learn more about this exI’m from Chicago—I know a blues joint when I see it. citing opportunity!"


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You pack the place with the good stuff like a well stocked bar, a cast of characters with a solid mix of some fantastic blues and I’m talking authentic stuff here and it’s a winning combination. Let me mention the food as well. I ate nearly the whole menu and I went back three times. The chili alone is worth the trip. Without going into tremendous detail it’s bar food but not just frozen stuff fried up, this is done with heart and when done right bar food really hits the spot. And then comes the music. Ladies and gents this place gets everything right about sound and hue and music and us in the world. What can I say? It’s the blues baby; it’s just the blues.  There isn’t a bad seat and inside the music will envelope you in sweet blues. All under the direction of two of the most capable, gentle, lovely, music lovers around running a kaleidoscope of talent. On Friday nights there is a $5 cover charge with every penny to the band. Very cool. On Saturdays they book more established acts and the cover charges vary. They feature live music every night and they even do lunch. Darwin’s is a little economic engine and it’s a people garden. All shapes and sizes who share a common love of music coupled with really good

Ross Pead on stage at Darwin’s Burgers and Blues great fresh wonderful food I wish with all my heart a lifetime, a wonderful profitable lifetime, to these folks who’ve taken an eyesore and made it into a gem. This is ground zero for blues folks, from the first chord this is banging, booming, butt-kicking blues. It can’t get better. If you care, if you think you know anything about music in the south, or any other place you like—I am hear to tell you, we got more to learn. ❍

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In 2012, world-renowned planner Andres Duany came to Roswell. He and his team were hired by the city to do a master plan for Historic Roswell. His original task was to master plan the area from the river to the historic square but when he visited he was impelled to take a look at the Canton Street, Hwy. 9, and the Magnolia intersection as well. What he envisioned was bold and has kept the city’s imagination moving ever since. In the master plan, he proposed a large square on the grounds behind City Hall that would reroute Hwy 9 around the square and closer to City Hall while creating a formal space that could be fronted by three additional civic buildings. Unfortunately, the vision could not be made to work due to the high traffic volume on Hwy 9. Since then, the idea has gone through several iterations from Duany’s square to the Roswell Department Of Transportations giant roundabout to Lew Oliver and Alex Paulson’s conceptual master plan with a very formal classic green. The downtown development authority (DDA) felt there was something to the iterations and hired the local firm, JB+a, to draw up a plan. That plan is fully baked and is designed to complement and build upon the energy that radiates from Canton Street. It calls for a beautiful tree-lined green between City Hall and Hwy. 9 that will finally connect our most important civic building to the street. It also proposes a number of additional, unique amenities. First, the Faces of War Memorial will become a much more prominent feature. A final decision on where and how it will be positioned has not been

made but the outcome will give it the honor and respect that it is due. Second, a beautiful, cozy open-air amphitheater will be built nestled into the trees between the green and Smith Plantation. Third, a group of three buildings including a larger mixed-use building and two smaller outparcel buildings will be built.   Details of use and design for the project haven’t been finalized but suggested uses include restaurants with outdoor seating, corner coffee shop, meeting space, art studios/galleries, water feature. There will be enhanced connectivity across the entire project that will improve walkability and make the 400 or so parking spaces at City Hall a better option for parking for anyone visiting Canton Street or the new City Green. It’s not bad now and it’ll be even better with the City Green. It’s time for the city to show a commitment to the heart of Roswell and invest in the future. We have an amazing civic space that has been hidden from view for over 20 years just waiting to be unearthed. The grounds of City Hall and the Smith Plantation need an opportunity to come out of hiding and help expand the walkable center of Roswell. The time is now. City Green will create an excellent civic and cultural asset. It will enhance walkability and it will


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LET’S BE SMART THIS SPRING By Debbie Keel

With Easter Egg Hunts just around the corner and that annual sneeze-fest that is Atlanta in the Spring almost here, there will be a lot more outside activity and a lot more driving back and forth to that activity. Unfortunately, there is a downside to great and warmer weather: more accidents and injuries and even some illnesses. North Fulton Hospital’s Level II Trauma Center, like most trauma centers, gets busier in the spring and summer. People do things that sometimes aren’t too smart like trying to water ski backward (hard to see that way) or driving and texting at the same time (I put my   phone in the back seat to avoid the temptation). These and other really big mistakes we all make in our lives can also lead to tragic accidents and injuries. As much as no EMS crew, doctor or nurse or anyone else in the trauma business likes seeing those injuries, we are all proud to be part of the team that cares for them, oftentimes saving a life in the process. Of course, there is the tendency to put the top down and drive too fast, too. And, of course, there is the likelihood that a number of us middleagers will attempt to do something we are totally not in shape to do like play soccer in the heat of the day or forget to drink water during that 10K race. You’ve heard about those heat and outof-shape tragedies as well and know we are ready for those, too. In fact, the first heart attack victim a crew delivered to us after NFH began its new cardiac interventional capabilities was an adult soccer player who had a massive heart attack on the soccer field during a game.

It should serve as a comfort to all the good people in North Fulton and to the area’s first responders, that North Fulton Hospital continues to maintain a top-notch level II trauma center. We boast the services of three exceptional neurosurgeons, at least one of which is always available to our center. Our acute care surgeons abide by the highest trauma center standards getting to the trauma patient’s bedside in 15 minutes or less (mostly less) to supervise his or her care. Our ER physicians and nurses have all received special trauma training. Both our interventional cardiologists and their clinical team regularly beats the national 90-minute standard timeline from a patient hitting the ER until the time of cardiac intervention There is all that and more, specifically the kindest and most compassionate staff you can hope for to deliver care to the patients who need NFH’s Trauma Center. I promise, they won’t pass   judgment about any mistakes you might have made. Their job is to make it all better—and they almost always do. Here’s to our partnership that’s working to make the spring and summer happy and healthy for our community and being there when it’s not.

NORTH FULTON HOSPITAL COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL – JUNE 014 SUPPORT GROUPS WomenHeart Support Group Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Classroom C WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, brings support and education to women who are at risk or who already have heart disease and would like to know more about risk factors and symptoms. We will be addressing different topics each month. To register, call Nicki at 404-386-6037.

ful information and resources from their own experiences. Educational presentations by professionals will sometimes be offered. Please contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363.

fort, relaxation, breathing and coping techniques for labor support. $100 per couple; registration required.

Water Birth

Thursday 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, 6/5, and 6/19, 7:00 p.m. For couples desiring to learn Third Saturday of every month, about the option of a water birth 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Classroom C. Informal meetings to share experi- delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for ences and learn from others. water birth at NFH. $30.00 per Guest speakers occasionally present and we also participate in couple; registration required. some Lupus Foundation of Amer- Call 770- 751-2660 for more information and to register. ica events. Email Julie at lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com Maternity Tours or call 404-626-2394 for info. Please join one of our Women’s Health COMMUNITY nurses in EDUCATION the hospital Ostomy Support Group atrium on Third Tuesday of every month, Babysitting Workshop alternating 6:30 p.m., Classroom C Saturday 5/3 and 6/7 9 a.m. – 2 Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays This group is open to anyone who p.m. Sunday 4/27, 1 p.m. – 5:30 has or will have an ostomy and any p.m. Teaches children ages 11–14 at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of friends, family or supporters. The how to be prepared and responsi- the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/Baby Unit and the meeting structure is informal with ble babysitters. Bring a doll or Neonatal ICU. The tour last apgroup discussion and guest stuffed animal and a sack lunch proximately one hour. Please call speakers to be scheduled at vari- and drink. $30 770-751-2660 for the schedule ous times throughout the year. American Heart and to register. To register or to obtain more Association Heartsaver information. Call John Dorso at CPR* SPECIAL EVENTS 678-694-8726. Saturday 4/26, and 5/31. Beauty Inside and Out: Caring, Sharing, and CPR course for the community. Dinner Lectures Learning: Breast Cancer Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to Support Group noon; $35. Adult, child and infant If you’re interested in learning more about how our physicians Fourth Tuesday of every month, CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45. can help you find a more beautiful 6 p.m. Cope and connect with Diabetes Selfyou, make plans to join us for one others who are facing the same Management Workshop of our dinner lectures this spring. struggles. Please call Micah Get all your questions answered Brown, RN, Breast Health Nurse Saturday 4/26, 5/31, and 6/28 and get to know the physicians Navigator, at 770-751-2556 for The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at who can help you with these location and to register. North Fulton Hospital to teach di- beauty procedures: Look Good, Feel Better abetes self-management skills. Wednesday, 5/14 10 a.m. to noon. Call Katie at 404-527-7180 for Monday, April 14 - Beauty and the A cosmetologist will discuss how more information and to register. Breast: The ABCs of Augmentation and Reduction Procedures by Marc to care for skin and hair to combat Klein, M.D.; La Casa Italian Childbirth the appearance-related side efPreparation Restaurant and Grill, Alpharetta fects of cancer treatment. Free Saturday, 4/19,, Monday, April 28 - The Mommy make-up and skin care products 5/17, and 6/21 Makeover: Liposuction and Tummy are provided. Call 1-800-2279:00 a.m. to Tucks for Today’s Active Moms by 2345 to register. 4:00 p.m. Active Chris Killingsworth, M.D. AltoEpilepsy Support Group class consisting of both lecture beli’s Italian Restaurant, AlThird Wednesday of every month, and discussion/sharing. Topics in- pharetta. Tickets are $20 per 7 p.m. –9 p.m, Classroom A/B. clude anatomy and physiology; event and include a 3 course dinPeople with epilepsy as well as nutrition and fitness; discomforts ner with wine or beer. their family and care-providers of pregnancy; stages of labor and Reservations: are invited to attend this support what to expect; cesarean birth; (770)751-2660. group. The meetings will provide medications; possible complicatime for attendees to share help- tions; postpartum care; and com-

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Since North Fulton Hospital (NFH) opened in 1983, volunteers have been an active, visible, and invaluable resource to patients and their families. Nurses, doctors, technicians, and administrators can each impact a patient’s stay, but frequently, patients and families are touched by the kindness and generosity of a volunteer in an entirely different way

Cutline goes here . Two lines for four names? Maybe. The Face of a Volunteer The NFH volunteers range in age from 18 to nearly 90, and more than half of the volunteers find the work to be so rewarding that they stay for more than 10 years. Some volunteers have been with the hospital since the day its doors opened, and their backgrounds encompass every possible career path including corporate, military, sales, IT, non-profit, and education. Before joining NFH as a volunteer, Pat Oxford served as a Cheerleader Moderator at Marist School. During the last 28 years, she has volunteered more than 30,000 hours to see that patients and families at North Fulton Hospital received the care they deserved. She has served in the Emergency Room, the Operating Room, and the Welcome Desk. “I chose to volunteer at North Fulton Hospital because I wanted to be able to work directly with the patients,” said Pat. “I worked 5 days a week in the beginning, and it never felt like work because I knew I was making a difference and we were building a great

hospital.” Sandra Stratton worked for 32 years as a stewardess with Delta Airlines, and after retiring, she decided to volunteer at NFH. “I live three miles away from North Fulton Hospital,” said Sandra, “and over the years several of my family members have been patients here. The decision to volunteer at North Fulton was an easy one, and I love being able to help families in their time of need.” Volunteering Then and Now Over the last 30 years, volunteers at NFH have had a remarkable impact on patients and the community as a whole. They have raised funds for scholarships, assisted with programs to provide teddy bears to children and blankets for cancer patients, hosted bake sales, participated in fundraisers such as the Relay for Life, and supported many of hospital’s community education efforts. Greg Norris joined NFH as a volunteer 6 years ago and one of his duties in that time was to chair the Scholarship Committee for the group. He also

served as a driver for the shuttle and worked in transportation, which encompasses delivering flowers, transporting patients from their room to the entrance at the time of discharge and more. “Working with the Scholarship Committee was one of the most rewarding things I’ve done here,” said Greg. “Whether it was from a student who received a scholarship or a patient who was glad to receive flowers, the ‘Thank you!’ we get is the best part of the job— and we get lots of them!” In much the same way that all parts of a hospital grow and change with time, the typical duties have grown and changed over time. For 20 years, Pat Oxford was a Trauma Volunteer in addition to her other volunteer duties. This entailed being on call 24 hours a day to assist staff at the hospital in locating family members for injured patients. “Now we have cell phones, and frequently, family members actually make it to the scene of an accident before the ambulance even leaves to come to the hospital,” said Pat. “That hasn’t always been the case. We used to get paged when a trauma patient would come in, and then we would begin the process of searching phone books and eventually the internet to locate family members.” Making a Difference Many of the volunteers at NFH decided to become a volunteer because they were touched by a volunteer in a hospital and wanted to return that kindness to others. Lynn Lommer, who began volunteering 15 years ago, was touched by a volunteer when her mother was ill. A volunteer had come into her hospital room, and offered to make her mother some soup.” “That was the first time I had encountered a volunteer,” said Lynn, “and I was quite thankful for her kindness. After my mom died, I wanted to

An award received for being the only Trauma Volunteer organization in the nation

Pat Oxford and volunteer officers photographed at a model of the hospital in 1987

Volunteers hand out teddy bears in 2004

do the same for someone else. That was 15 years ago and I have enjoyed every minute of volunteering.” After working as a nurse for 12 years and then working for in retail for 22 years, Bobbie Bryant began volunteering at NFH because she wanted to make a difference for patients. She has been a friendly face at the hospital’s Welcome Desk since February 2004. “Of all the volunteers,” said Dan Oakley, Security Director at North Fulton Hospital, “Bobbie is the one that gets missed most often. I can’t tell you how many people have come through here and asked about her.” Bobbie knows that patients and their families are often upset or stressed, and aside from working with the other volunteers, making someone’s day better is the best part of her job. “I can’t fix their hurts,” said Bobbie, “but I can make them smile and brighten their day!” ❍


With Dr. Chris Killingsworth

A native of Alabama, Dr. Chris Killingsworth brings small town values to his practice, and strives to make each and every patient happy. In addition to focusing on his successful plastic surgery practice, he is a caring father and husband. He and his wife, Lindsay, have two little girls.

ment that I’m not wearing one of those three hats, I might read nonfiction or play guitar.

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ANSWER: That’s a really tough question, given that I never considered anything else. I guess if I’d had to go another direction, I probably would have done something with music or done something creative.

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WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?

ANSWER: I am from a very small town in South Alabama, and both sides of my family have lived there as long as anyone can remember. I’m actually the first person to have ventured out and lived elsewhere. I loved growing up there, and a lot of my values are based on what I learned in that small town. I don’t have an accent that would give my roots away, but my foundation is certainly very deep.

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HAVE YOU LIVED IN OTHER PLACES?

ANSWER: I have lived in Tampa and Tallahassee, and I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. While I was in college, my parents moved to Cumming, Ga., and that is how I got to know the Atlanta area and the northern suburbs. I have a brother and sister who are 10 years younger than me, so this is where they grew up.

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WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER MEDICINE AND DECIDE TO MAKE IT YOUR CAREER?

ANSWER: I have always wanted to be a doctor, and I cannot remember a time when I didn’t. Even as a small child, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that this was what I wanted to do with my life.

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WHERE DID YOU COMPLETE MEDICAL SCHOOL AND YOUR RESIDENCY?

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wife, Lindsay, in anatomy class when we were both freshmen. The anatomy class part of it was not so romantic, but we’ve been together ever since. We both attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for our residency. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology while I completed mine in General Surgery and then specialized in Plastic Surgery.

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WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE PLASTIC SURGERY AS YOUR SPECIALTY?

ANSWER: During my rotations, I was amazed by the ability to change people’s lives. I also liked the freedom and creativity of the field. A plastic surgeon is trained to treat any patient, young to old, on any part of their body from head to toe. I’m not confined to one body part or patient type, so I get to see many different kinds of cases, though I do tend to focus on the face, breast, and body.

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WHAT LED YOU BACK TO ATLANTA AFTER RESIDENCY?

ANSWER: My wife is from Sandy Springs, and with my family also in the area, the choice was natural. She

is now practicing with Peachtree Women’s Clinic, and I started my own solo practice here in Cumming a year and a half ago. I discovered that the learning curve for running a practice is steep and it is not something we are taught in medical school. I feel it is certainly more difficult today to maintain the personal touch and relationship developed between the doctor and patient, but at Atlanta Aesthetics that’s what we believe in. That’s the way I run the practice and want my patients to know we care for them.

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WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A PLASTIC SURGEON?

ANSWER: Plastic surgeons have a great amount of artistic license. Of all the medical fields, it is the most creative, and I love that part of it.

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING WITH PATIENTS?

ANSWER: I have two daughters, Lily, who is 1 year old, and Evie, who is 4. Between running my business, being a surgeon, and being a dad, there isn’t much time left. I do love to be with my family and take them boating on Lake Lanier when I need a break from work. If there is a mo-

ANSWER: Everywhere I’ve lived has had both positives and negatives. I think my favorite overall is Atlanta. There is so much to do here, with the mountains, lake, sports, and arts. If we could just get rid of the traffic, it would be perfect!

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IS THERE A MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER THAT STANDS OUT ABOVE THE REST?

ANSWER: Really, every single patient is a good moment because I get to make a difference for every one of them. We have totally changed people’s lives, and even if the change seems small to us, it is always a big deal to the patient.

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WHY DO YOU COME BACK EVERY DAY AND CONTINUE TO WORK AS A PLASTIC SURGEON?

ANSWER: Most doctors help people who are sick, and get to see a return to health for their patients.  As a plastic surgeon, most of my patients are relatively healthy and are seeking improvement or restoration of their former shape or function. My job is to make my patients happy!

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BEAUTY INSIDE AND OUT:

small part of the body or something more extensive, we can create a customized treatment plan designed to help you feel more beautiful.” On Monday, April 28, Dr. Killingsworth will be speaking about The Mommy Makeover, which can inThe Mommy Makeover: Liposuction and Tummy Tucks for clude improvements to the breast, tummy, Today’s Active Moms and/or thighs, and Monday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m.; answering quesAltobeli’s Italian Restaurant tions for guests in Alpharetta who would like Women who have become mothers to know a little frequently find that the process of bit more to childbearing help them brings many decide if a procechanges to their dure might be bodies, some of right for them. So which are get your irreversible. If you’ve ever won- girlfriends together, and dered whether there might be a come learn more about how he can way to regain the make you more beautiful. For More Information beauty of your body before Seating at these lectures is limited, motherhood, Chris Killingsworth, and reservations are required. Tickets M.D., may be able to assist you. Dr. are $20 per person, and include wine, Killingsworth is a double board beer, salad, dinner, dessert, and the certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast lecture, in addition to the opportunity to meet the physician either before or and body, and he frequently works after the event. More information with patients seeking what he calls about the speakers and lecture series The Mommy Makeover.  “I believe that when a patient is edu- is available at www.nfultonhospital.com. cated about a procedure,” said Dr. To reserve your tickets, call Killingsworth, “he or she will have a 770-751-2660. more successful outcome. Whether you’re interested in improving one

Dinner Lectures Series Continues in April Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Klein has performed over 10,000 procedures for people throughout Georgia and across the United States. His extensive training, attention to detail and artistic touch produce exceptional results that are described by our patients as “Life Changing”. “The best results in plastic surgery Beauty and the Breast: The ABCs are simply reflections of our patients’ own inner beauty” said Dr. Klein. “It’s of Augmentation and Reduction less of a transformation than an Procedures Monday, April enhancing of the beauty that already 14 at 6:00 p.m.; exists in you.” North Fulton Hospital will host the LaCasa Italian lecture at LaCasa Italian Restaurant Restaurant and Grill in Alpharetta on Monday, and Grill in April 14. Guests will enjoy drinks, a Alpharetta This lecture will three course dinner, and an explore the plas- opportunity to learn more about breast augmentation and reduction tics options procedures, as well as any other available to women seeking more plastics procedures you may be beautiful breasts and will feature interested in. Marc Klein, M.D., who brings with him 15 years of experience in the art of body sculpturing. He is board certified and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, American Medical Association, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Have you ever wondered if plastic surgery might help you feel more beautiful? North Fulton Hospital is hosting a series of lectures this spring as a part of their Beauty Inside and Out event series. Join us for a delicious meal and learn more about medical procedures designed to help you regain the look and feel of youth.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as recent as 2010 over 16 million Americans reported using a prescription drug for nonmedical reasons. The three types of drugs most often abused are: Opioids (pain relief), CNS depressants (Sedatives or tranquilizers), and Stimulants (prescribed for ADHD, sleep disorder, obesity, narcolepsy). Preceded by Marijuana, Prescription Medications, and Over-the- Counter Medications account for most of the commonly abused drugs The use of prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons continues to kill people in the U.S. at a surprising rate. A recent CDC Policy Impact report on Prescription Painkiller overdoses indicates deaths have more than tripled since the 1990’s. The impact to community, family, individual is real. Who is Typical Prescription Drug Abuser? The typical and distinctive trait to identify the face of addiction no longer applies. A stay-at-home mom, an older adult, a successful professional employee, and everyone in need of prescription drugs to treat various conditions are susceptible to addiction. Family and friends play a very important role in preventing a loved one from abusing prescription drugs. Checking on someone who has been prescribed

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WHEN GOING COMMANDO IS NOT AN OPTION By Mike Finch

Sweetie has always been our defacto household physician. At the first sign of a sniffle or sneeze, she doles out vitamins and over-thecounter remedies with uncanny diagnostic accuracy; and her skills aren’t just limited to colds and allergies. She also recently diagnosed me with LADD—Lack of Attention to Detail Disorder and APES—Always Procrastinate Everything Syndrome. I already knew about my Attention Deficit Disorder, but these other two were new. I immediately wanted to deny these personal afflictions, but a recent business trip pretty much confirmed Sweetie’s diagnosis. I arrived in Augusta shortly after dusk and just in time to check into my hotel, freshen-up a bit, and grab some dinner. I located my room on the third floor, warm Otis Spunkmeyer cookie in hand, and began to unpack my sundries and clothes for tomorrow. This was when I noticed the oversight and the disturbing absence of a clean undershirt and underwear. I hated to admit that having packed for this trip approximately 6 minutes before hitting the road and forgetting to pack such necessities as underwear could be construed to support both APES and LADD. Regardless of this diagnosis substantiation, crisis was imminent and I could see three viable options. First, I could simply call for present under-garments to pull double duty on day two, but my fear was that they had already maxed out their sanitary usefulness. Option two— Captain Commando—came to mind, but I liked the suit I would be wearing the next day, and knew that all the dry-cleaning in the world wouldn’t be able to remove that suit’s stigma in the future. So, Option

three seemed to make the most sense, simply run by the local Target on the way to dinner and pick up some replacements. Voila! I know that seems obvious to most, but here’s a personal confession. I’ve never actually bought underwear, ever! Prior to marriage, my mom handled those responsibilities, and since that time Sweetie has done the honors. She is a lucky woman and gets to not only select the style, but is also responsible for their care and cleaning, as well as the weeding out of those that become too thin for proper function. An enviable task at best! Anyway, the t-shirt was easy, extra-large, extra-long, but what about the briefs? I knew the right style but what about the size. Can you try on underwear, or is that illegal? And if it’s not should it be? Legal or not, I knew I wasn’t going into the dressing room with a handful of Hanes, and that I wasn’t buying the package that had already been opened. I had no choice but to call Sweetie. She was able to walk me through the process with a disciplined minimum of snickering and condescension. She does love to prove a diagnosis! So, my crisis was diverted, but here’s a bit of personal advice. Underwear wasn’t meant to be worn directly off the shelf and should come with a serious “Chaffing Warning!” I’m just saying!❍

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But a curious change has happened within our progeny. Stealthily, an evolutionary shift crept into their DNA, erasing their drive to do what has always been. They’ve thrown us a left hook: our adult kids are officially back home, sleeping in their old beds. Not that we don’t want our children to experience life in their own way. We just never guessed they’d move back home at 23, 30, or beyond. We all remember the days when if a guy lived with his mother, we exchanged glances behind his back. Yeah, we agreed, there’s “somethin’ wrong” with that guy. Little did we know our millennial children would change that paradigm. So let’s walk down memory lane, reminding us why this migration of adult children to their old rooms has, well, blown our minds. Remember your first job, probably at 15 or 16, flipping burgers, or running a manual cash register at the quick mart? Mine was on a newspaper doing paste-up. We worked for the “family business,” picked fruit or bused tables. Our pay was $1.00 per hour. That dollar-an-hour fueled our dreams for independence and adventure. It bought our first cars, hand-me-down 1965 Tempests or Cutlasses from our parents; or better yet, a well-worn Continental with “suicide” doors. We accepted almost-scrapped “beaters,” but they were our ticket to freedom. After high school, we packed up our motley cars to hit the road and never look back. “Empty nest” happened to our mothers at high school graduation. There was college, working, marrying in our 20s, buying homes, having our 1.2 children, and accumulating microwaves, slim line phones, and answering machines. It was good. Then, one day, something happened to our boomer brains while admiring our babies. Let’s come clean. We decided to spoil them rotten. And so, “Millennials,” “Gen Xs” and “Gen Ys” were raised. These young adults Continues on p26


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who now inhabit our sofas, smart phones in one hand, a tablet in the other, and if they’re lucky, a third hand on the remote, are our children grown up. Ask them why they want to live with us, and they’ll respond incredulously, like one Millennial who told me, “Why should we pay rent when we can live back home?” To 32% of them, “living at home” is just another way of living. They aspire not to buy homes or cars, but to ownership of wearable tech. “Home” is at mom and dads. Cars they can now rent by the hour, along with clothes, bikes and apartments. Renting is done from their mobile apps. Life is simple. Taking care of kids again is so huge that AARP now runs continual articles about it. In “You Call This Retirement?” writer Helaine Olen states, “In one of the great ironies of history, the Me Generation will transform into the We Generation… Today’s younger people are going to need all the help they can get.” And help them, we do. Sixty-two percent of us helped family members financially in the last five years, including 26% who supported grandchildren who came along with their parents. Ameriprise now publishes “how-to” manuals for supporting children who move back in. The consequence of this trend is the reality that many boomers will never retire. CNBC reports that 34% of us say we’ll work through our 70s to support our children and extended families. The concept of retirement has dramatically changed. There will be less frequent languishing on the golf course, and fewer cruises to Alaska. If we go, we’re bringing them along. No hotel sex for us, folks. The kids are in the same cabin on the ship. Many of these young people are college grads who are vying for jobs. We boomers used to jump back into our used cars and go where the jobs were. Now we’re writing resumes for adult kids at home. “You want to give them everything,” says a girlfriend of mine who has two 20somethings under her roof. “It’s difficult to watch them do without.” Seriously? Somehow, even jobless, they’ve managed to amass every

electronic gadget invented, but have yet to write anything on a piece of paper. Tiffany Adair, a Millennial who teaches Power Connection’s Generational Career Coaching, is focused on walking young adults through job-hunting techniques and etiquette. “This is something many of us have never learned,” she says. “Most of us have never even sent a paper letter to anyone. Technology is our way of communicating, but job hunting requires human connection. Human connection wins job search.” Indeed, our children’s responses to us parents is often “Huh?” “What?” The Millennials researcher Jason Dorsey says we have 10 seconds to communicate with them before they stop hearing us. Dave Barry refers to Millennials as “Generation Text,” and writes about his son who had to send a letter. Surprisingly, he had human interaction with his dad, asking “Where do I get a stamp? What do they cost? How do I mail this? Why is this so complicated?” Not that we’re complaining, mind you. Many of us are happy to “parent” again. I personally know five boomer friends with adult children back at home, some with grandchildren in tow. I went to high school with Jerry Scott, who bought the Orphan Annie comic strip in his 20s. He created the “Zits” comic strip 16 years ago, featuring a young man slumped on the sofa, living at home. Jerry was ahead of his time. He knew something we didn’t. The kids might be back on the sofa for good. ❍

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The rise in vinyl’s popularity coincides with a spike in turntable sales something that Mojo also stocks. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, sales are projected to grow by 40 percent this year, with an estimated $10 million in turntables moved, compared to $7 million two years ago. Industry analysts say turntables are a niche market, albeit one that is enjoying 2011. Jack White’s Blunderbuss and resurgence thanks to vintage vinyl stores, and bands making LPs, often Abbey Road by the Beatles led the marketing them with free digital way. download offers. Worldwide, sales hit a 15-year To celebrate all of this Record high last year, with the International Store Day was conceived in 2007 as Federation of the Phonographic a way to spread the word about the Industry announcing that music unique culture in the nearly 1000 infans bought $171 million in vinyl dependently owned record stores in records. the US. This year it is celebrated on At Mojo Vinyl, which stocks over April 19 and Mojo is having a special 8,000 new and used vinyl records, grand opening of their new location. older collectors join young people inCabus is bullish on the future of terested in limited edition and records stating: “Vinyl has been high-quality pressings. As an going thorough a resurgence for 5 example Cabus says that new years. I think we’re past this just country artist Kacey Musgrave is a being a fad.” big hit with local teenage girls who Mojo Vinyl is located at 26 Webb are also some of his biggest Street, #2, Roswell, Georgia 30075. customers.

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In April everything is in bloom, and it can be positively head-spinning to pick out favorite landscape plants, but let’s discuss a couple of favorites and then we will talk about garden clean-up after all that winter weather we experienced earlier.   Viburnum macrocephalum (Chinese Snowball) is one of my favorite small landscape trees. It tolerates full sun and part shade, and once established, it’s quite drought tolerant. Many people mistake this tree for a hydrangea, because the flowers are very similar. However, unlike hydrangeas, viburnums are deer resistant. I’ve never seen one of these trees damaged by wildlife, and just look at the size of those flower heads. Use a specimen tree like this as a focal point in your landscape, so that when April arrives, all eyes are upon it. While we are on the subject of deer proof plant materials, and favorite April-bloomers, let’s talk about herbaceous peonies. These long-lived perennials are tough as nails, they thrive here in the Atlanta-metro area, and are drought tolerant once established. Choose from fullydouble peonies or single-petal varieties. The doubles are very fragrant, but they may topple over without support, especially in heavy spring rains. My personal favorites are the single-petal varieties, like ‘Red Emperor’ and ‘Krinkled White’ because they withstand heavy down pours. The two most important things to remember about growing peonies is (1) make sure they have good drainage, and (2) keep the “eyes” (or the “crown”) of the plant at ground level during the winter (and don’t bury them in mulch). Peonies will bloom better when nipped by Itoh Tree Peony ‘Misaka’ cold weather, so they appreciate the extra winter exposure. Garden centers often carry peonies when they are in bloom, so it’s easy to choose your favorite color. For best results, plant in groups of


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three, and expect peonies to multiply over time, providing years of spectacular blooms. If you want to start peonies from bare roots (“tubers”), wait until fall to plant them. There are many fine mail order sources for bare root peonies, and it’s a much more cost-effective way to expand your perennial collection. Let’s spend a little time this month talking about spring clean up. (Raise your hand if you never want to hear the words “polar vortex” again.) Many of our landscape plants suffered “leaf burn” (known as “desiccation”) this year, especially broadleaf evergreen trees and shrubs. Desiccation occurs when harsh winds and cold temperatures remove the moisture from plant foliage, faster than the root systems can replace lost moisture. That’s why it’s a good idea to water around the root systems of newly installed materials several hours before a freeze: this allows the roots to pass moisture to the foliage before the foliage is disturbed by frigid temperatures. So now we are left with the aftermath… Some evergreens have dropped nearly all their foliage this year. How do you know if one of your trees or shrubs is still alive? Scratch one of the branches lightly with your fingernail. If you see a bright lime-green surface, that’s a good indication that your tree or shrub will rebound when temperatures begin to warm. Give plants a chance to recover, and be patient. This has been a severe winter. Some evergreen shrubs (Azaleas, Camellias, Gardenias, Boxwoods) may have scorched-looking leaves and the branches appear untidy with all that unsightly foliage. Wait until midApril before doing any pruning. Plants need time to recover, and by mid-April most plants will be “Give plants a chance actively growing again. Do a little to recover, and be selective hand-pruning, removing just the tips of those branches that patient. This has been are unsightly. This is also a good opportunity to tidy up the a severe winter.” appearance and/or shape of the plants, but don’t overdo it.   ❍

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THE ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK West Point Cadet flexes more than military muscle in rural Honduras. By Theo Keyserling

Spring has finally arrived, and many college and high school students across the nation are no doubt planning to spend their spring breaks at a nearby beach soaking up the sun. However, some students are planning to spend their time away from school doing something more meaningful and fulfilling than partying at the beach. One such student is Harrison Florence. Florence, an economics major at the United States Military Academy at West Point, recently went to Honduras as part of a small team whose mission was to strategize ways to bring fresh water and sanitation to remote villages via microfinance through Roswell Rotary and Rotary International. Harrison, a Roswell native and Roswell High School graduate, learned about the project over his winter break from a local Rotarian who asked him to join in on the trip. “As an economics major, I found the opportunity to join a team heading into rural areas of one of the most economically depressed regions in the world extremely appealing,” states Florence. “For me it wasn’t really a question of wanting to go, it was whether West Point would let me go.” The small group consisted of two members of Rotary International and Florence. They began Harrison Florence speaks with Honduran Brick Maker Jose Murillo their journey in the outside of Nacoame, Honduras Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa where they met with U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Lisa Kubiske and two senior members of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The group discussed long-term ideas to lift a rural region in Honduras to a state of self-sustainment and how both non-profit and government partnerships could be leveraged to achieve those goals. Florence was

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acknowledged as being the intellectual horsepower behind the small team, and his thoughts and feedback were encouraged throughout the discussion with Ambassador Kubiske. Once Florence’s group departed the embassy, they headed for the remote region of Valle. There they spent three days in 104 degree temperatures visiting schools in villages where the inhabitants lived below the poverty line. Florence spoke with local community leaders and business owners about micro-finance initiatives in the region as a possible means by which they could lift themselves from poverty. “The individuals in the Valle region do not have access to reasonable low-interest financing. Most banks in the area charge absurdly high interest rates that are not realistic for the average individual already living below the poverty line to be able to consider.” Upon his return to West Point, Florence followed up with a detailed After Action Report outlining a path of improvement for the region. This path includes improved water and sanitation as well as access to reasonable financing. “I’ve learned that the follow-up is just as important as the initiative, and I didn’t want the trip to ‘end.’ I want to be a part of the action going forward.” Florence’s recommendations for the region are currently being reviewed by Rotary International and will be a major influence on a potential grant in the region. When asked why he chose to serve others during his spring break, Florence stated, “I want to experience as much ‘real’ life as possible. If my trip to Honduras changes the trajectory of one individual to a path of selfsustainment and can break the lifecycle of poverty, then I consider my time investment well spent. I couldn’t accomplish that floating in the ocean off of some island.” ❍

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When I was a senior in high school I wanted desperately to go on Spring Break. I learned everything I needed to know from watching MTV’s Spring Break live from Daytona Beach.  I wanted to go to bars with live music and pool parties, where I would dance with boys in neon bathing suits and Wayfarers. I may or may not have made a (horribly obvious) fake ID with scratch-on numbers from a model train supply store, but only made myself two years older so it would be more believable (most bars were “18 to party; 21 to drink!”). Still, in my mind, it was going to be the best Spring Break ever. My parents had just sold my childhood home and my family was living temporarily in a tiny apartment while renovations were being done to the new house. Money was tight and my part-time jobs of making the donuts and babysitting weren’t going to provide enough for sunscreen and cover charges, let alone airfare and hotel. I needed a plan or a winning lottery ticket. It was abut that same time that my mom noticed that an heirloom diamond had fallen out of the setting in her wedding ring. She had searched everywhere in the apartment, but it was still missing. We all helped her look, but I continued to pout about my lack of freedom and never getting to do anything fun, so I suppose I wasn’t truly putting forth my best efforts. My mom finally became desperate enough to offer a cash reward to anyone who could locate her precious jewel. Having suddenly found my motivation (right next to my yellow bandeau bikini and matching hair

scrunchie), I set about the mission with laser-sharp focus. If I were a diamond, where would I hide? I trailed my mom in her daily activities and was quickly inspired to search her car, in all of its un-vacuumed glory. It was there, amidst the stale Cheerios and used lollipop sticks, that I came across my winning lottery ticket. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, especially when they can be turned into plane fare. Spring Break 1988, here I come! The specific details of that trip have faded from my memory by now. I do recall that my best friend and I stayed with some distant, elderly relatives, who lived near the A1A in Ft. Lauderdale. It wasn’t Daytona, but it was still the beach. Every day, we trekked down to the ocean, where we saw cute boys. We flirted with a lot of them. But we never actually went into any bars. As a matter of fact, we never even got the nerve to take our IDs out of our velcro Quicksilver wallets. We were more Breaking Amish than Breaking Bad. If Twitter existed back then, we could have blown it up:

Sitting at dinner listening to Aunt Dot talk about her back pain and her doctor’s appointment yesterday #SpringBreak1988Confession #SpringBreak2014Confession Brought my retainer on Spring Break–imma ortho rule follower #TurnDownForWhat I spy lots of foxes using Sun-In and wearing jorts. Good thing our boyfriends stayed home #FloridaThing After a week, we returned to our catholic high school with (mostly) innocent stories, a roll of 110mm film to develop at the FotoMat, and killer tans. It was the best Spring Break ever!❍


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However appealing, leadership is not a segregated list of competencies—it is a way of being. By Rochelle Mucha The Leading Role is sought after by people of all ages, spurring millions invested annually to build and grow leadership. Businessman Warren Buffett was once quoted: “I am not a businessman; I am an artist”. Buffett is inviting the aspiring to mingle and steal shamelessly at the intersection of business and the arts to learn about leadership. Let’s do that! An artistic mindset is one that is Self-Aware, Present, Authentic, and a master Synthesizer—a mindset any leader would covet. No matter how scripted and rehearsed, an artist knows that when they show up on stage something new will be offered and they must be ready to respond. The performing artist must be Present. Success for themselves and their ensemble depends on it! Ever find yourself drifting in conversation or accused of not listening? Presence enables us to listen deeply and be a tenacious observer. We experience heightened self-awareness and witness our impact on others. We connect! Do you walk away from interactions surprised, bursting with new ideas? When present we embrace others’ ideas and strive to understand how they arrived at their conclusions. We are in a state of inquiry, not advocacy, or defense. We bring a could be not a should be attitude to interactions Creativity and innovation are essential in today’s fast moving world. Present leaders create a culture of presence, promoting connection and creativity where ideas not only bubble up, but also percolate. Without creativity, there is no innovation! Leaders cannot afford to miss critical cues and ideas entering the landscape. Shakespeare said, “All The World Is A Stage” and indeed leaders play many roles with varying purposes. They govern, interview, negotiate, critique, and recognize. They meet with customers, direct reports, peers, and

vendors. Like an artist, leaders must prepare for each of these roles, to be experienced as believable, to be authentic. Authenticity is intentional characterization, thinking and preparing for who you have to be, how you need to be experienced, for that audience, that purpose, at that time. This requires self-awareness, to be able to tap on your personal experiences to inform your characterization. Authenticity is not pretending to be someone you are not, it is critical versatility. Just as the actor that embodies a character, it is being you, and being believable. A performing artist must synthesize events and respond in the moment. Today only uncertainty is certain. To survive and thrive, a leader must be able see underlying patterns in real time and act quickly. A leader does this when they acknowledge rather than ignore veiled but visible conflict. This type of leader reflects on achievements and how they contributed to them. Leadership is an act of co-creation, defined by human interactions, engaging hearts and minds, inspiring, and aligning individual motivation with the collective organization. Great leaders are onstage, performing in front of and with thousands of employees, customers, and other stakeholders, while choreographing the course of an organization’s future, connecting members to learn and share, and creating cultures where self-interest and interdependency coexist. An artist on the stage, be it theatre, music, dance… is a master of synthesis. They are present and authentic, ready, and real. A high performance leader is also a master of synthesis, present and authentic, ready, and real. Great leaders are artists and know that great performances require great connections! ❍ Add your comments at thecurrentplus.com. You can reach Rochelle at: rochellemucha@att.net.

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Hembree Springs Elementary will host the second annual Hembree Runs Wild 5k race and 1k cub run on May 3 at Hembree Springs Elementary in Roswell. Last year over 400 hundred people participated with even more expected for this years event. Following the event there will be festival activities featuring inflatables, face painting and food. This promises to be a fun time for the whole family. The cost of 5k run is $20 (pre-register by 4/29) and $25 on race day. The 1k-cub run is $15 pre-register. You may register online at active.com and for more information you can email hembreerunswild5k@hembreespringspta.org.

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COMPRESSION SPORTSWEAR: COOL LOOK OR ACTUAL BENEFIT? Lately I see runners, cyclists, and tennis players wearing brightly colored "sleeves" on their calves, or full-lower body "running tights" at almost every turn. Recently I learned of surgeons wearing the sleeves under their scrubs as they operate. The athletes and surgeons have tapped into what seems to be the latest craze in sportswear that serves a dual purpose of clothing the wearer, and improving performance: compression sportswear. More than ďŹ fty years ago medical professionals started recommending compression legwear for patients looking to improve blood circulation and overall leg health. About thirty years ago it was discovered that compression wear also helps prevent the buildup of lactic acid, which helps prevent leg soreness after a workout. Compression athletic wear has been shown to help athletes by increasing the ow of oxygen-rich blood, which is said to improve performance and speed recovery. Compression also aids in pushing de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. For those concerned about wearing compression wear in the heat, some brands use yarns that "wick" moisture away from the skin, actually cooling the athlete. Other beneďŹ ts of compression wear include a reduction in shin splints and calf cramps, as well as protection for the Achilles tendon. With all the choices in compression sportswear, it makes sense to do some research before you invest (a pair of socks runs about $25; sleeves are $40) especially since some compression wear can actually do more harm than good. One of the surgeons wearing the calf sleeves offers this advice: steer clear of any product where your ankle and calf measurements are not used to ďŹ t the sportswear. David Martin, RN, CRNFA CEO, VeinInnovations

ROSWELL ROOTS RECOGNIZED AS BEST CULTURAL EVENT IN THE SOUTHEAST The Roswell Roots Festival—one of the largest and most comprehensive Black History celebrations in the state of Georgia—has won the Gold award for Best Cultural Event at the 2014 Kaleidoscope Awards presented by the Southeast Festival and Events Association. Roswell Roots is organized by the City of Roswell’s Historic and Cultural Affairs Division and celebrates Black history and culture by sponsoring a variety of art exhibits, history and cultural events. 2014 was the 13th year for the festival. “We are very honored to have our Roswell Roots Festival recognized as the Best Cultural Festival in the Southeast,� said Morgan Timmis, Historic and Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Roswell. “It’s a great affirmation that this 13-year-old program, which involves numerous community partners, is a valuable component of Roswell’s cultural life and a stand-out event worthy of recognition.� Roswell Roots will return in February 2015. To learn more, visit www.roswellgov.com/RoswellRoots

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A classic rock group called Southern Mercy features musicians, who are all in their late 40s and early 50s and they can flat party, as do their fan base. The spot at the opposite end of that age continuum is held by Alex Guthrie, a 20year-old phenom, who plays Americana styled blend of rock, blues, and country.” There is a wide range of ages and influences at play here. “My dad was very influential in my music. When I was 10, I led my dad’s band. At 15, I became a part of The Free Byrds,” said Nick Lowrey lead singer of The Free Byrds and a solo artist. Another local act with a growing reputation is Highbeams. They recently wowed the crowd of over 1,000 people in attendance at the Roswell Beer Festival. Featuring brothers Adam and Ian Pendlington with Stephen Quinn, they play a mix of alternative rock with subtle influences of Byrdsian folk. Over the past couple of years they’ve built their reputation with hard work. “The music scene where we live is pretty small but I think it’s great. Everyone that goes out to shows or open mic nights are really supportive and do awesome things like buying CDs twice and stuff. Downtown Norcross has the nicest people of all, one man gave us $100 for a CD once.” said Ian Pendlington lead singer. We’ve got favorite places all over that we’ve found. In Woodstock it’s Copper Coin Coffee, in Roswell it’s Mac Mcgee’s, and in Norcross it’s 45 South Café.” The venues to catch these acts are numerous. Ragamuffin Music Hall offers open jam nights every Friday and shows every third Saturday with a “Bluebird Café” style songwriters in the round that features an intimate setting. The Velvet Note in Alpharetta is an amazing space that features world-class acoustics and is home to some fantastic jazz. Other bars and restaurants such as the Roswell Tap and Olde Blind Dog in Milton feature music several nights through the week. If you prefer a festival setting there is the Riverside Sounds Concert Series held on the Chattahoochee River. These concerts are free and take place at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road in Roswell on the first Saturday of every month. The annual series kicks off this May with Chris Thomas King and features a wide array of acts all summer. Local girl Sonia Leigh as well as Nathan Ware are among them. Be sure to check our website (www.thecurrenthub.com) each week as we will list performers and concerts that are available in our events guide. Additionally, we will have features and videos of the bands. ❍


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