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>>JUST WING IT

Wing and Rock Fest

June 9 & 10 The Wing & Rock Festival, in Canton, is an annual family friendly, food and music event that has something for everyone. This event, in its 13th year, is the third largest chicken wing festival in the country featuring some of region’s best tasting wings. The amphitheater stage will feature live rock tribute and cover bands plus School of Rock performances. The Kid Zone will feature amusement rides and bounce houses. It is held at Etowah River Park located at 600 Brown Industrial Pkwy, Canton GA 30114.

>>CATCH A NIGHT OWL

Concert series. This is the perfect way to wrap-up the weekend with CNC Evening Events family and friends at an outdoor concert at the Ben Brady Lakeside PavilThe Chattahoochee Nature Center has ion. Also, on June 14 the CNC has many great opportunities to experience Sunset Sips featuring singer/songwriter nature and have a great time in an enGarrett Douglas. Sunset Sips is a laid tertaining atmosphere. Listen to the back, family friendly event where the folk-rock sounds of River Whyless on grounds are open for you to explore. June 10 with their Sundays at the River Head over for live local music, cash bar, and feel free to bring a picnic dinner. More info: www. chatt nature center .org

June 10 & 14

>> REMEMBER THE SWEDISH BEATLES

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Mamma Mia!

June 9-24 Mamma Mia! Combines the timeless tunes of super group ABBA with a sunny, funny tale that unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, Sophie’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back into her life for the first time in 20 years. This is must-see theatre with all of your favorite ABBA songs, non-stop laughs, and explosive dance numbers. You can’t say no to ABBA can you? For show times and tickets visit www.auroratheatre.com.


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>>CHEESY EVENT

>>STAND UP ON THE HOOCH!

Grilled Cheese Festival

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Restaurants from all over Atlanta will be serving up bites of melty, cheesy, goodness over the course of two days for your tasting pleasure. Try a few, or try them all and cast your vote for Best Grilled Cheese in Atlanta. In addition to two full days of delicious eats, there will be got an awesome lineup of frosty brews, live local music, and all kinds of contests and activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. Event is held at Brookhaven Park located at 2660 Osborne Rd, Brookhaven, GA 30319. For tickets and info visit www.atlantagrilledcheese.com. >>BACK TO COLLEGE

Athfest 2018

June 22-24 The AthFest Music & Arts Festival brings the best local and regional musicians and visual artists together in Downtown Athens, Ga. By incorporating multiple events and venues throughout downtown, AthFest is able to reach a broad range of audiences and attracts an eclectic mix of lifestyle interests. The festival showcases the best talent in our area and Athens is still a hotbed of activity. Plus school is out and there is no better time to visit a college town! athfest.com.

>> CELEBRATE THE USA!

Patriotic Celebration at Roswell UMC

June 29 This concert is part of the RUMC’s Sounds of the Spirit Concert Season and the program highlights include choral performances of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful,” and other favorite patriotic classics performed by the 110-voice RUMC Sanctuary Choir and the 52-member Atlanta Wind Symphony. With attendance annually numbering in the thousands, these themed concerts have become a notable event in the metro Atlanta area. Tickets are free but you must have one to accommodate seating. Available at the Worship Arts office, Main Church office or by calling 770.594.0512. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell.

Paddle the famous Chattahoochee River, starting at Morgan Falls Overlook Park in Sandy Springs during this paddleboard event in its 7th year. All ages and ability levels are welcome, and there will be a free kids’ race. First-time paddlers are encouraged! There will be two courses: a 2-mile recreational race and a 6-mile elite race. All participants will receive race t-shirts, lunch tickets, and access to SweetWater Beverages at the after party, located at High Country Outfitters in Buckhead. Paddleboarding is lots of fun and if you’ve not tried it this is a great chance to stand on the water! For more info visit www.southernstokerace.com.


>>JAZZ IS BETTER ON GRASS

>>DON’T FORGET DAD

Jazz on the Lawn

Father’s Day Special

June 15 & 29 Hear classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth, and blues with a ticket to Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde. Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn showcases a lineup of Atlanta’s finest jazz treasures performing a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, salsa, fusion, smooth and blues, in a perfect setting for summer outdoor concerts. Jazz on the Lawn is a great way to spend time with friends, unwind, and listen to an evening of live music. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these concerts surrounded by the natural beauty of the Callanwolde Amphitheater located at 980 Briarcliff Road, NE, in Atlanta. On the 15th Gwen Hughes performs and on the 29th they feature Diane Durrett. For more info visit www.callanwolde.org.

June 18 Celebrate Dad or heck even Grandpa with a canoe trip for the whole family. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is offering a great Father’s Day special with an adventure on our own Chattahoochee River. Visit the nature center on Father’s Day and Dad’s and Grandfather’s get in free. Bring a picnic, enjoy on site programs, walk the Wildlife Walk and the trails. Plus – trail hikes, creature feature, and animal encounter. For more info visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.

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June 25-30 >>DIVE IN!

Family Movie Series

June 19 The City of Roswell has a free family movie series throughout the summer with screenings at Riverside Park on July 21 and August 11. But on June 19th they feature a special night with a dive-in movie at Roswell Area Pool Park with a screening of Leap! Leap is about an orphan girl with dreams of becoming a ballerina; she flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house. The movie begins at dark and the pool is located in the Roswell Area Park located at 10495 Woodstock Road in Roswell.

Need something to occupy your kids? Want to introduce them to theatre? Well.. Look out! Little Red is ridin' into your 'hood and the Big Bad Wolf is working double-time in this twisted, tangle of tales. Two childhood favorites have been cleverly “squished” together with just one Big Bad Wolf to share in all the hilarious fun! Meet the trio of delightful little pigs including Hamlet, Miss Barb B. Que and their very famous cousin Kevin...Kevin Bacon! This play is a part of the Summer Puppet Series at Roswell Cultural Arts center. For tickets and times visit www.roswellpuppets.com.

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EVENTS IN JUNE REPRESENT SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING NEW REO SPEEDWAY

By Tripp Liles

For those of you looking to relive the glory days of hanging out at the arcade and riding in your cool friend’s Trans Am, I’ve got some great news. We have a couple of retro rock acts at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in June. On June 14 Chicago and REO Speedwagon will hit the stage, hopefully not literally, as they perform a wide array of hits we would all remember. Chicago plans to perform their historic album Chicago II in its entirety followed by the “world’s longest encore” as the band jokingly refers to it, filled with their greatest hits. REO Speedwagon will be cranking out the hits and fan-favorites such as “In Your Letter,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Roll With The Changes,” “Keep On Loving You,” “Take It On the Run” and more. Most of the musicians touring have been in and out of the respective lineups for decades so these shows should represent solid recreations of the old hits. I recommend several beers or perhaps leave your glasses at home with regards to the visuals… old rock stars die hard folks. If you would rather see some newer music, there is a great opportunity to catch an up and coming jazz musician on July 7 in continues on page 12


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( OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO MONEY

Assisted living communities offer recreational activities and maintenance-free living, similar to CCRCs. The benefit of assisted living communities is they offer assistance for This month, we those retirees who need help with the will explore the different types of comactivities of daily living, such as munities retirees are considering movbathing, dressing, taking medications, ing to, from assisted living to continuetc. If you need more help than the ing care retirement communities, and community offers, there are options for the financial implications associated professional supplemental care, which with each option. is above your base rent. Certain longRetirement living options are a far term care policies will pay for assisted cry from “the old-age” homes of yore. living; however, Medicare does not There are many different types of comcover these communities. munities available, ranging from indeWhile still in good health, but anticipendent living, to assisted living, to a pating care in the future, many healthy hybrid of the two with continuing care retirees are moving to continuing care retirement communities (CCRS). A retirement communities that cater to a continuing care retirement community broad range lifestyle preferences and is a life plan community that has indehousing options. Most continuing care pendent living, assisted living, and retirement communities offer nursing care on the same property. maintenance-free living, security, and Meaningful Conversations about Money By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders

access to various levels of care if/when needed. Here are a few things to discuss if you are considering an assisted living or continuing care retirement community: ◗ How is your health? Most CCRCs require that you’re in good health before moving into the community. Assisted living facility’s staff can assist with activities of daily living. ◗ Can you afford it? Assisted living communities have a base rent, which usually covers some utilities, housekeeping, and meals. CCRCs require initial entrance fees plus monthly fees and fees for extras, such as meal service or housekeeping. There are typically three types of contracts—Type A, B, or C. Which contract makes the most sense for your situation? ◗ Do you have a long-term care insurance policy? The policy could be used to pay for care, without coming out-of-pocket. Medicare cannot be used to pay for assisted living communities.

◗ What happens if your health circumstances dramatically change? You may have to move out of the assisted living community if you require more care. At CCRCs, you will be able to move to assisted living or memory care within their property. You should understand what circumstances would trigger a refund to you or your estate should a change occur. We suggest you get as much information as you can to make an apples-to-apples comparison. Have meaningful conversations with family or trusted financial advisor about your options and the financial implications. We can help you evaluate all your available options so that you make the right move for you. ❍ Life’s a journey—navigate it wisely! Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Drive, Suite A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes in working with people who are serious about making progress toward financial goals. Odyssey manages portfolios greater than $250,000. 770-992-4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.


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IT’S SUMMER AND YOUR HOME IS HOTTER THAN THE WEATHER By Tripp Liles

It’s officially summer and the only thing hotter than our weather continues to be the local housing market. In the metro Atlanta area we presently have a supply of The that average homes is less than rate for a two months 30-year of sales. Normally, a fixed-rate healthy mortgage market will is now have nearly over 4.6%. seven months. So this continues to be a sellers market for most price points. This demand is due to our robust job market and great location to raise a family. The median price of a home in metro Atlanta in April was $243,000, which represents more than an 8% increase over a 12month period. This does mean that total sales are down due to the lack of listings and new homes coming on the market. In Roswell, local real estate agents tell me there will continue to be strong sales but with far fewer listings, which means big competition. As you move north there is much more variety as several larger mixed-use concepts in Alpharetta have come on the market and in south Forsyth County they are seeing a big boom in new home construction. For those of you in East Cobb it’s even better news as Cobb County had the largest median price jump over the past year gaining 15 percent.

To be clear, for those of you contemplating putting your home on the market, agents emphasize this mismatch of supply and demand does not mean common sense can be tossed out the window. The average time a home spent on the market in April was just over 40 days but there is a big difference in homes that are listed at the right price and those who seemingly think anything will sell. There are still factors such as quality of schools and proximity to lifestyle choices that play a big part with buyers. Another looming factor is the ever-growing mortgage rate. The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is now over 4.6%. This is signaling an end to the ultra cheap loans from the recession era and could impact home price appreciation and squeeze first-time buyers. A lot of people are not paying attention to this and rates are climbing faster than most economists predicted. It will be interesting to see how this affects the market moving forward. It does underscore the fact that strong business principles are still in play. If history serves as a lesson, just one percentage point increase in rates can lead to a reduction of somewhere between seven and eight percent in sales. Of course with our limited inventory we should still remain in the “hot” category for some time. That goes for our weather as well. And if all of this is not enough proof of your home’s rising value, those property tax bills have just hit and many folks are seeing very large increases. I’ll have more on that next month. Until then stay cool! ❍


Roller Hockey Returns To Alpharetta!

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Whizzzzz! Hockey is on a roll, literally, as the North American Roller Hockey Championships (NARCh) East Coast Finals will be held at The Cooler Alpharetta Family Skate Center in Alpharetta from July 12 through 22. The event will feature nearly 200 teams from across the U.S. and other countries, with divisions ranging from ages six and under to over 40. The winner of the pro-division will take home the coveted prize money. Admission to the event is free and is open to the public, providing a great opportunity for the local community to see the sport’s action up close.

sport for many athletes, especially hockey players, who use it to supplement their regular workouts. “There are currently over 15 players in the NHL that grew up playing in NARCh,” states event organizer Daryn Goodwin. “They played roller hockey in the summer. Then, they came back to the ice at the end of summer, hungry to play, more skilled, and in shape.” NARCh is one of the premier inline This is the second time Alpharetta has hosted the NARCh tournament and hockey tournaments in North stands to benefit economically as a result. The tournament will generate a America, and its teams have included substantial positive economic impact on the area as teams from around North players with professional ties. NHL America descend on local hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions. players Bobby Ryan, Ryan Kessler, “The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to welcome the Joel Ward and Paul Stastny, among North American Roller Hockey Championships back to Alpharetta and The others, have previously suited up for Cooler. A tournament competition of this nature in our destination creates a the inline tournament. This is a wonderful energy for visitors and residents alike. We encourage the local backyard opportunity to see the community to come out and cheer on the teams during the event.” says Janet hockey stars of tomorrow right in your Rodgers, President & CEO of the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau. own community. Inline skating is thought to have originated in the Netherlands back in the Playing host to the event, The Cooler 1700s, when a Dutchman introduced skates that would simulate ice-skating. In Alpharetta Family Skate Center is the U.S., the sport has been around for many years. For most, it is a pleasant located at 10800 Davis Drive in way to exercise. For others, it is a great way to stay connected to hockey in areas Alpharetta, and is one of the premier of the country where ice is hard to come by. Inline skating became a second skating facilities in Georgia. The Cooler has established itself as an Alpharetta icon providing public skating, birthday parties and special events for families and their children. The venue features two ice rinks and a roller rink to provide world-class amenities for the teams, as well as their own restaurant, Finley’s Bar & Grill. “We are extremely excited to bring the North American Roller Hockey Championships back to The Cooler and City of Alpharetta. We held the event here 20 years ago and it’s a tournament

that’s still talked about.” Goodwin stated. “With the recent renovations at The Cooler and all of the development in Alpharetta over the last 20 years, I’m sure our players and families will have a great time!” ❍

NARCh 2018 East Coast Finals NORTH AMERICAN ROLLER HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS July 12–22, 2018 The Cooler Alpharetta Family Skate Center 10800 Davis Dr. Alpharetta, GA 30009 770-649-6600 www.narch.com/2018-ec-finals-info


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Events in June, continued from page 6 Roswell. The Joe Alterman Quartet will be performing as a part of the Riverside Sounds Concert Series at Riverside Park. Only 29 years old, Alterman has released four critically acclaimed albums, his most recent being 2017’s Comin’ Home To You. He studied music at New York University, where he received both his Bachelor’s JOE ALTERMAN and Master’s degrees in Jazz Piano Performance and he is known to be a rising star in the jazz world. The show is free and there are food trucks and other activities for the whole family. On June 28, at 7:30 pm, a Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA, welcomes #1 New York Times bestselling author and Atlanta resident Emily Giffin, as she introduces All We Ever Wanted, her riveting new novel in which three very different people must choose between their families and their values. The book launch party will be “In Conversation” style with Atlanta media personality Mara Davis, and will be held at the MJCCA campus located at 5342 Tilly Mill Road in EMILY GRIFFIN Dunwoody. Giffin is the author of eight New York Times bestselling novels and five of them have been optioned for the silver screen, Something Borrowed having been the first to hit theaters in May 2011, starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, and John Krasinski. Tickets include a pre-signed copy of the book, and a reception featuring wine, desserts, and light bites. For information, visit atlantajcc.org.

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A CENTURY OF MUSIC IN ONE DYNAMIC SHOW By Fred Mills

Since exploding onto the scene more than a decade ago, Davina and the Vagabonds have grown from a downand-dirty blues band into one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles on the international stage. This high-energy quintet has  established itself with a stellar live show, a professional look, and good old-fashioned hard work. They used to average over 300 shows a year in their hometown of Minneapolis/St. Paul but now have an ambitious  full-time U.S. and international schedule. On June 9 you can see them live at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center as part of the LIVE! In Roswell series. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha  Franklin and Tom Waits, the band draws from the last 100 years of American music, and is converting audiences one show at a time. So much more  than just a blues act, Davina’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger,  dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and  stage presence defy

Davina and The Vagabonds perform June 9 at RCAC

categorization; she has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice. That is some great company, which underscores the fact that Sowers  is a true original. “Davina and The Vagabonds… They dare to be different.” Said John Hadley in Downbeat Magazine. “Davina zips to near impossible heights in a divine declaration of romance.”  One of the keys to Davina’s success is the

band’s irresistible live show and their latest album Nicollet and Tenth was recorded over two nights at a club show in Minneapolis. Like its predecessors, 2014’s Sunshine and 2011’s Black Cloud, Nicollet and Tenth is the latest chapter in Davina and the Vagabonds’ new spin on an old sound mission. This show takes place at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, located at 950 Forrest Street in Roswell. For tickets and additional info visit www.roswellgov.com/cac.


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THIS SUMMER ROSWELL IS FREE AND FUN!

VICKERY CREEK WATERFALL

By Dotty Etris

With the last day of school behind us, it’s time to plan summer break—before it quickly slips away. While searching the Internet for ideas, I stumbled across an article about Roswell. These ideas are great for individuals as well as families and summer is a great time for locals to explore, learn, and become better acquainted with their own area. According to what I read, even long-time residents find some things of which they were unaware. It looks like there is so much to do that the summer months will fly by, each day filled with fun.

tubes and paddleboards available also). While at Riverside Park, be Roswell offers an amazing array of more call for you to spend time sure to check out the Cherokee along this amazing resource. Enjoy tours and attractions, art, culture, Memorial. and a culinary scene that is drawing the spectacular view that Phase IV of It sounds like a hike along the Old the Riverwalk provides as you mean- Mill Park Interpretive Trail to see acclaim far and wide. Add to that der the area from Azalea Drive to over 20 free things to do, and you the Vickery Creek Waterfall and the will have an affordable way to spend Willeo Road. If you have your own beautiful Covered Pedestrian Bridge canoe, kayak or paddleboard there a few hours or a few days. is a must. Some say this is the most are places to launch so get on the At Riverside Park, located on the scenic area of Roswell. You’ll need river and view the wildlife and northern banks of the comfortable walking shoes for this Chattahoochee River, fishing, picnic plants as you leisurely float by. area. This was also a favorite place areas, playgrounds, boat ramps, and (There are rentals of canoes, kayaks, for one 9-year-old to hold his birthday gathering—hiking the area, BOARDWALK TRAIL playing some football and soccer in Old Mill Park on Sloan Street, then cooling off at a local kid friendly eatery for pizza. Some of the adults attending the party with their children were shocked to find this available in Roswell, although most of them lived nearby. I found that Canton Street is not only a great place to browse the art galleries, shops, and enjoy the restaurants and sidewalk cafes, but it is officially designated as a Georgia Great Street. I love antique exploring and was able to make some fascinating discoveries. Over a dozen sculptures are located in outdoor spaces. Called ArtAround Roswell, this is a fascinating way to spend a day. The free downloadable app lets you browse at your leisure and to your

ICEPOPS BY CRAIG GRAY heart’s content. Roswell has over 640 acres of vintage homes, historic sites, museums, monuments, churches and cemeteries, with 122 acres listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although there is a fee to visit the three Historic House Museums—Roswell’s Southern Trilogy, Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall, and Smith Plantation Home— cell phone tours of continues on page 21


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presented by WellStar North Fulton Hospital

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar JUNE through AUGUST SUPPORT GROUPS Lupus Support Group Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m–1 p.m. Classroom C. Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Classroom C. others. Guest speakers This group is open to anyone who occasionally present and we also has or will have an ostomy and any participate in some Lupus Diabetes Selffriends, family or supporters. Call Foundation of America events. John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to Contact Julie for more info Management register or to obtain more 404-626-2394, Workshop information. This group does not lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com Saturdays ,6/9, 7/14, and 8/11 meet in the summer and will 9 a.m.The Diabetes Association resume 9/18. Alzheimer’s of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to Stroke Support Group Association Caregiver teach diabetes self-management Support Group Last Wednesday of each month skills. Call 404-527-7180 for Every Fourth Saturday, 10–11 a.m. from more information and to register. Classroom C. Please join our 6:30 -7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom. monthly support group for Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share caregivers and family members of and support one another. The individuals diagnosed with group is facilitated by the Stoke Alzheimer’s or related disorders. Program Coordinator and a The support group offers a place Licensed Clinical Social Worker. to share information, support RSVP to Edna Kennedy at each other and learn about edna.kennedy@wellstar.org or resources in your community. Call 770-751-2708. Christine at 404-786-3433 for Maternity Tours more information. Epilepsy Support Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium Group COMMUNITY on alternating Tuesdays and Third Wednesday of every month; 7–9 p.m. Classrooms A/B. People EDUCATION Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided American Heart Association with epilepsy as well as their tour of the Labor and Delivery CPR Classes families and care-providers are suites, Mother/ Baby Unit and the Friends and Family invited to attend this support Neonatal ICU. group. The meetings will provide CPR* Saturday 6/1 and 8/18, time for attendees to share Water Birth helpful information and resources 10 –12 p.m. $25 Thursdays ,6/14, 6/28, 7/12, 7/26, CPR course for those who do not 8/9, and 8/23 at 7 p.m. from their own experiences. need a course completion card. Registration required. For Please contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363. couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth *AHA Disclaimer: The American Breast Cancer Heart Association strongly promotes delivery. Completion of the class knowledge and proficiency in BLS, is required to be considered for Support Group ACLS and PALS and has developed water birth at WNFH. $30.00 First Thursday of every month, instructional materials for this per couple. 10:30 –11:30 a.m. purpose. Use of these materials in an Cope and connect with others educational course does not who are facing the same Calendar continues on represent course sponsorship by the struggles. Please call Sarah American Heart Association, and page 19 with Bentley, RN, Oncology Services any fees charged for such a course Manager, at 770-751-2556 for do not represent income to the Special Events Association. location and to register.

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JUNE IS MEN’S HEALTH MONTH! By Jon-Paul Croom, president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital

So, I’ve always heard there are more women than men on this planet. But, did you know that for every 100 female births, 105 males are born? While men may start out as the majority, by age 35 women have taken back the lead. Apparently, men tend to start dying off more quickly for several reasons. In fact, we men lead our counterparts in nine of the top ten reasons for death. We have higher suicide rates, account for 92% of fatal workplace injuries, and are much less likely to see our doctors for annual physical exams. Men’s Health Awareness Month began in 1994 because of a joint resolution introduced by Senator Bob Dole and signed by President Bill Clinton. Since that time, each year in June we take the time to heighten awareness of preventable health problems in men and boys and encourage early detection and treatment. There are many opportunities to get involved this month. Encourage the males in your life to get an annual physical, pick a day at work to wear blue, or hold a health screening at your office or church. One of my favorite activities is the annual ProstAware “Run 4 Dad” 5K race on Saturday June 16. It is a great opportunity to learn more about early prostate cancer detection, celebrate survivors, and take part in a fun event. To learn more, go to www.RaceRoster.com and search for “RUN4DAD” or register at 7 a.m. on the 16th, in the Dunwoody Costco and Home Depot parking lot. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Men’s Health Month, please remember that early detection is the key to helping all of us lead longer, healthier lives. (Sources: Men’s Health Network, MensHealthMonth.org, ProstAware.org)


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n May 9, WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s president Jon Paul Croom cut the ribbon to inaugurate the hospital’s new chapel. During the event David Anthony Spencer, Jr. (Left in above photo) was consecrated as the hospital’s first chaplain.


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SPECIAL EVENTS Speaking about Wellness for Healthy Aging Quarterly Seminar:

Put Your Best Foot Forward: Foot and Wound Care Tuesday June 12 Your feet are an important part of your body! Learn how aging affects tissue loss on the bottom of your feet and what can happen as a result. This presentation will show you how to inspect your feet, what is considered proper footwear and hyperbaric treatment for diabetic foot wounds. Debra Gonzalez, BSN, ACHRN, CHT, CWS, Program Director, WellStar North Fulton Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center.

Men’s Health Thursday, June 21 Join Paul Alphonse, M.D., FACS, WellStar Medical Group Urologist in a discussion on issues men face. Doors open for dinner at 6 p.m. with presentation at 6:30 p.m. Event is free but registration is required.

Heart Health Isn’t Just a Man’s Disease: What Every Women Should Know Tuesday July 10 Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States and causes 1 in every 4 female deaths. Often, women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. A WellStar Health System Cardiologist will help you understand the symptoms and risks unique to women, as well as how eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising you can help reduce your risks. Suresh Ramamurthy, MD, FACC, RPVI WellStar NFH Cardiology Group

LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, August 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. WellStar North Fulton Hospital Classrooms Give blood and help save up to three lives with just one donation. LifeSouth is a community blood center, which means the blood collected in your community goes to local hospital patients

Medication Safety: The How, When and Why of Taking Your Medicine Thursday August 16 Did you know that some medications need to be taken with food and others with lots of water? Or that some medications should not be taken together? Should you take your medicine in the morning or evening? These are a few of the questions that will be answered in this presentation to help you make sure that you are getting the best results from your medications and are taking them safely. WellStar North Fulton Pharmacists. Doors open for dinner: 6 p.m. Program Presentation: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per program (Good Life Club members receive a 10% discount!) Includes: Healthy dinner and dessert, presentation by featured speaker, educational materials and a gift. Participants that attend all four programs will receive a special gift at the end of the year. Location: WellStar North Fulton Hospital Hospital Classrooms 3000 Hospital Boulevard | Roswell, GA 30076 Parking is free at this location. Registration and pre-payment are required. For more information or to register, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).

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Patients can learn about their risk of heart disease and other serious conditions Being a first responder is not an easy job. Irregular hours, dangerous work conditions, and emotional stress can affect the life of those who are always there when we need them. These circumstances take a toll on their health too. More firefighters suffer duty-related deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) than any other identifiable cause. Between 2004 and 2014, nearly half (48 percent) of the nation’s line-of-duty fatalities were attributed to heart attack, according to a report by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Captain Pabel Troche, director of Emergency Medical Services for the City of Roswell Fire Department, knows this too well. “It’s a fact. I’ve been doing research for many years and I’ve seen many cases. Firefighters are more likely to suffer from heart disease than other professions,” said Troche. Just a couple of months ago a Cobb County veteran firefighter died from a heart attack after collapsing at the fire station. This incident, and the fact that he has family history motivated Captain Troche to take a better look at his heart. He founded Know Your Heart, a screening that can determine a patient’s risk of heart disease, stroke, and other serious

conditions. Know Your Heart is a preventive, self-pay screening program that offers two levels of testing performed at WellStar North Fulton Hospital and other WellStar locations. Patients can get basic or advanced screenings depending on their age, symptoms and risk factors. “First responders and members of our community may have multiple risk factors for heart disease. Risk factors including high stress, lack of physical activity, and poor eating habits put individuals at a greater risk for a cardiac event,” explained Bethany Vervloesem M.S., Cardiac Wellness Coordinator at WellStar. Early detection through the Know Your Heart screening can help patients assess their risk for cardiovascular disease and make them aware if they have high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol or diabetes, according to Vervloesem. The Know Your Heart

screening uses a combination of basic labs and a cardiac CT scan to identify heart disease before someone shows any signs or symptoms. Each screening includes an optional consultation where the patient receives education on how to improve cardiac risk factors going forward. If there are any findings that need to be addressed immediately the patient will get referred to cardiology or the appropriate physician specialist. During the optional wellness consultation patients receive risk factor education, diet, weight and exercise recommendations, as well as a personalized report to take home. “The staff at North Fulton were very efficient and professional. It was quick and effortless. The results come back in a way you can easily understand them. In not more than an hour you go through a life-saving screening,” said Captain Troche, who leads efforts to generate awareness

Captain Pabel Troche, director of Emergency Medical Services for the City of Roswell Fire Department, is leading efforts to make first responders more aware of the risk of heart disease in their line of work.

about heart disease in first responders. “Doing this screening gave me some peace of mind,” he said. To determine eligibility and schedule an appointment for a Know Your Heart screening call 770-956-STAR (7827). For more information see northfultonheart.com.

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WELLSTAR NORTH FULTON HOSPITAL RECOGNIZED FOR STROKE CARE American Heart Association Award recognizes hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care

WellStar North Fulton Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. WellStar North Fulton earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke

patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions. “WellStar North Fulton Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The GuidelinesStroke initiative,” said Jon-Paul Croom, president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.” WellStar North Fulton additionally received the association’s StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to re-

Team members and physicians from all the different departments that take care of stroke patients at WellStar North Fulton Hospital celebrated the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

duce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. “We are pleased to recognize WellStar North Fulton Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals ad-

EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN RECOGNIZED FOR WORK WITH FIRE DEPARTMENT Dr. Ed Malcom III, medical director of WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Emergency Department, was recently recognized with the Region III Medical Director of the Year award, in appreciation of his work as medical director for the City of Roswell Fire Department.

hering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.” According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. ❍

Dr. Ed Malcom III with his son. Dr. Malcom has served as medical director of the fire department for several years, a title he inherited from his father, who held the position for more than 30 years. A native of Roswell, Dr. Malcom has supported the EMS community and has developed and implemented clinical guidelines that keep the Roswell Fire Department at a gold standard of care. He has also been instrumental in fostering a good

relationship between first responders and WellStar North Fulton Hospital. “His passion for patient care and advocacy combined with his love for first responders makes him an amazing medical director and very deserving of this recognition,” said Captain Pabel Troche, director of Emergency Medical Services for the City of Roswell Fire Department. ❍


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the grounds are free of charge (of course, be aware of your cell phone plan and if it will charge any fees). A Trilogy Pass that allows admission to all three museums at a discounted price makes the tour fee more affordable for those who wish to visit all three sites. There is also a free selfguided walking tour brochure at the Visitors Center that helps you explore the historic district and learn a little of its history. If technology is part of your life, download the free Roswell Mill Village/Civil War app from the App Store or Google Play and stroll the Mill Village, hear stories of early

Roswell, the Mills, and the 400 women and children mill workers who Union soldiers arrested during the Civil War and sent north to uncertain fates. Stop by the Roswell Visitors Center and enjoy a video of the area, pick up printed maps and brochures to help you enjoy your visit and view the Roswell Mills exhibit, focusing on the importance of the mills to early Roswell and Georgia. Make the excursion fun for the kids by planning a scavenger hunt. Be sure to share your photos on social media to document all the cool locations you explore.

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Don’t leave out your canine friends. Leita Thompson Memorial Park is not just a beautiful park with great trails for humans, but your dogs can enjoy the dog park located there. A section is available for small dogs and large dogs. Owners can feel comfortable letting their dogs off the leash, thanks to the fenced in area. The Third Thursday evening of each month (April–October) brings Alive in Roswell to the Historic Town Square, Canton Street, and the grounds of Roswell City Hall. You’ll see why it’s known as the Best Street Party in Metro Atlanta. The free fun continues on the First Saturday of each month (May – October) with the popular Riverside Sounds Concert Series at Riverside Park. Find an extended listing of fun and free things to do in Roswell at www.visitroswellga.com. ❍


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“Every moment of the year has its own beauty.” — Emerson. And every moment has its own temperature. Now it’s summer and the humidity stifles us as it combines with highs well over 85 degrees. I wear my sports shorts and tanks around the house, and my crop leggings to exercise classes. I know it sounds backwards (Why not wear the shorts to exercise classes?) but I have too much dignity to expose my celluliteladen thighs even in the heat of summer. I’ll let the ladies chat about somebody else’s. Then there’s the menopausal and postmenopausal body that runs at

mysterious temperatures all year long, but drives us to insanity in the summer. Men and young people, if you feel hot during the summer from the obvious weather change, you got nothin’ on us. You ought to feel what it’s like with a body that’s on its own thermostat, producing an uncontrollable fire. Every husband knows not to disagree with, or cross, his wife of a certain age in summer heat. If you’re not careful, we can turn into zombies intent upon ripping your limbs off. At the very best, we’ll challenge you to touch

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the thermostat when we take it down to 32 degrees. My husband thinks his sneaking to the thermostat to raise the temperature will go unnoticed. Fat chance. I’m all over it. I personally strip off every extra piece of clothing every day when I’m in for the night. If I haven’t done it before dinner, my husband witnesses it as we eat, piece by piece. Thinking about it further, he probably looks forward to it. We’ve been eating downstairs in his man-cave where the television lives for years, even though it has no heat and no

air conditioning installed. I’ve been taking clothes off in the summer, and eating dinner in parkas every winter. It is how we’ve rolled. Finally, this summer we went for it, and installed heating and air. I can now set the temperature of my dreams year ‘round. And the man knows what he’s doing. On our summer hikes, he carries our water bottles in his pack. During the summer heat, he obediently and patiently stops every 50 yards to hand me my water

bottle to swig, and hangs out when I drop it on the ground and go chasing after it as it rolls. He’s lucky I don’t strip on the trails. I love our seasons. I truly do. But in April of this year, when the temps were unusually low, I knew we’d have no springtime. We were still wearing jackets and sweaters when we should have been dressing in light blouses and shirts with windbreakers. “We’re gonna jump


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right into summer,” I told the neighbors. “Brace yourselves.” Then it happened as May approached, in no time, temperatures jumped from 70 degrees to 80 and then 80 to 90. Just like that. I knew it. I had pontificated about it over and over. Dang, am I smart. When we moved to Roswell from California, we were so looking forward to seasons. We essentially had one season in Southern California, and that was sunshine and uncomfortably warm to hot. Now, you might think that sounds like heaven, but I lived there for 22 years, many of which were in a town that had high temps year round, and year after year, I cooked Thanksgiving dinner in a crop top and shorts. Holiday tunes definitely were not written in California. Christmas day was spent hiking in the hills in a tank top before dinner. Seriously? Fast forward to Roswell. My husband moved here before I followed so he experienced his first Georgia Thanksgiving, while I

baked, literally, in the same old shorts and crop top in the Southern California heat. I was jubilant in the cold temperatures as we moved into our home here in an actual winter, and met the season of spring soon thereafter. Yes, it caused rampant allergies, which terrorized my husband, who crawled under the covers, waiting to die. It was his first-ever experience with them. He got over it. We loved the seasons so much and walked every weekend together, rain or shine. What are umbrellas for? We piled on three layers to greet the cold temps on hikes, and decided that 30 degrees was our line of demarcation between brisk air and potential frostbite of the fingers. Sometimes we went anyway. How else do you experience winter? The seasons to us are such a pleasure, even summer, in its own way. Everything is cool, so to speak, as long as nobody touches the thermostat. ❍


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RAIN GARDEN BASICS: SOAK UP PRECIOUS RAIN A rain garden is a pretty alternative to conventional drainage GARDEN (

An eastern tiger swallowtail visits the bonset blooming in this Decatur rain garden.

Green Scene, by Geri Laufer / Rain Garden Photos: Julia Vastola

What is a rain garden? A rain garden works like a sponge and natural filter to clean stormwater and let it percolate slowly into the surrounding soil within your property boundary. The idea of a rain garden  is to create a low area in your landscape, often on a natural slope, that slows down runoff during a downpour and allows it to soak into the ground. It is designed to temporarily hold rainwater runoff that flows from hardscaped roofs, gutters, driveways and patios, or lawns so that it can sink into the soil. that dumps that pollution along with Choose grasses, native perennials, the water into our streams and favorite garden flowers and even tributaries of the ’Hooch and Etowah shrubs that can withstand the Rivers, and also Lake Allatoona. Rain occasional deluge. Rain gardens  are a gardens are effective in removing up to cost effective and beautiful way to 90% of nutrients and chemicals and reduce runoff from your property. A rain garden is not a water garden, up to 80% of sediments from the raina pond nor a wetland. It is dry most of water runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, rain gardens allow the time (!) and typically holds water only during and immediately following for 30% more water to soak into the ground. a rainfall event. Because rain gardens will drain completely within 12-48 Installing a Rain Garden: hours, mosquitoes cannot breed in Location & Size them. • Choose a spot at least 15 feet away from your home’s foundation and at Rain gardens provide an alternative least ten feet from your septic path for water gushing out of system downspouts, across lawns treated with • Full or Part Sun works best to pesticides and fertilizers, into an oily evaporate excess water street, and, finally, down a storm drain


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Top, butterfly weed, and bottom, purple coneflower are two good perennials for rain gardens. Above, right: a buried curtain drain along the house captures rain water from gutter downspouts and directs the water into the rain garden where it’s absorbed into the ground far from the house’s foundation. At right, the garden is planted with little bluestem, New York ironweed, spotted joe pye weed, boneset, early sunflower, swamp thistle, common milkweed, purple coneflower, and butterly weed.

• In the path of a downspout or downhill from the driveway Ask your County Cooperative Extension Office for specifics about soil mix, garden size, and plants for the metroAtlanta area. Installing a rain garden isn’t difficult if you’re willing to dig or to bring in a small bobcat to achieve a swale six to ten inches deep in Georgia red clay. Amend the soil with coarse river sand or granite grit. Choose plants in three

zones to work together to filter, drain and evaporate runoff: • in the center plant species that can tolerate “wet feet” or standing water • the middle ring is planted with plants that can tolerate occasional standing water • the outermost ring is rarely wet for any length of time and can be planted with regular “garden variety” plants Digging Deeper For more than you

Tall plants may need staking or string fencing, shown above. ever wanted to know: extension.uga.edu and type “rain garden” in the search bar. ❍


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A NEW TAKE ON THE OLD WAY OF DOING PASTA By Frank Mack

American Pasta Factory is a new place in Roswell on Alpharetta Street, in a building that has seen several establishments over the years. Back in the day it was a Burger Chef and most recently it was home to a consignment shop. Running the place are Mr. Octavio Malheiros and his son, who are Italian cooks via Brazil with a plan. They have simple, handmade, pasta and flatbreads. Tada! I said it’s simple right?

Frank and crew testing out the pasta. The opinion? They love the food. So four out of four… that’s a great score.

They feature four daily handmade fresh pastas served over distinct sauces. It is served hot and fresh and let me mention it’s also affordable. In this area you’ve got to have a difference, you must stand out with a differing factor that gives you a unique identity and well, they have it. Broadly think of this place as an Italian version of Chipotle. The menu is simple to understand as they allow you to “build your own pasta” with four styles such as rigatoni, fettuccine, spaghetti, or the house style zoodle. They have a host of fresh vegetables and cheeses and the sauces are traditional with a pomodoro, bolognese, aglio & olio, alfredo, pesto and a vodka sauce. They also have final touch proteins in the form of meatballs, Italian sausage and chicken. Beyond the pasta they have fresh salads, flatbreads and some house dishes should you not want to build your own. They also feature a kid’s menu and I have to mention there is no bar. The business space they are claiming is affordable high quality pasta done fresh with a location and space that is good for the family. Being that this is counter service they remove the costs of service and turn it back over to your wallet but leave the quality alone.

This father and son team has just killed themselves preparing the place. It took nearly two years to find the right location and give it a new life. This is a true labor of love and they’re ready to roll. It’s got a new gleaming counter with tables on one side and them cooking on the other with the stoves firing and ingredients flying. So what do I think? These two gents have gone and done something that is either genius or stupid and in all honesty… is there a difference anymore? In about a year, or less, we will find out if they bet correctly. The question they choose to answer is whether or not fine Italian pasta can be done in a fast manner. We have examples of Mexican and Chinese done quick and delicious so now we’ll see if that translates. I walk into a new place with expectations. I can’t help it. Yet a little streak of restaurants locally has been overturning old methods and questioning that “normal” framework. Andy Badgett over at Fickle Pickle started a counter order idea many years ago and guys at Moxie Burger through the Truck n’ Tap in Alpharetta have followed suit. And now it’s American Pasta Factory’s turn. So that begs the question—will the folks of Roswell line up to be


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served good solid Italian noodles? Do we have the good common sense to know a deal, to recognize quality, to choose to save a small fortune? Or not. Furthermore, will we choose to stand in line, order our pasta, and carry it to our table and then pick-up after ourselves? This will definitely save you a few bucks off of Canton Street fare, so it seems possible. If they succeed it will be on the backs of folks in AA, or with kids, as there is no alcohol. It’s undeniable that they know what they are doing. The sauces are great and the ingredients are the fresh. It’s the simplest thing in the world to toss pasta and plate it. The equation is quality in equals quality out. But can it all be done with the timing required? That’s the problem. And I wonder… is this it? Have we reached a point that good, real fresh Italian, has reached the masses by hovering near a price point around ten bucks? Will it bring out the crowds? I can answer it for myself easily. Heck yeah, all day. But I don’t drink and my kids are grown. So your answer is the ultimate key. I can just From top: Fettuccine with vodka sauce, fresh add that fresh hot pasta is a thing of vegetables with chicken, bolognese with meatballs. beauty. And for this money it’s ridiculous and cheap. American Pasta American Pasta Factory Factory is where high quality meets the street where the rest of us live. 1123 Alpharetta Street Welcome to the neighborhood. Roswell, Georgia 30075 So we’ll see. I’m excited for it. It’s (678) 599-7301 another new option and best of all it has parking lot! ❍


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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK By Tripp Liles

In an effort to combat bad information the City of Roswell has launched Fake news is all the rage these days. If a new web page to help clarify you are under the impression that it’s information and dispel certain all about national politics then you’re misconceptions. The site is missing out. For anyone who follows www.roswellgov.com/rumors, and it Roswell politics, and that would be will cite a piece of incorrect very few of you as polling suggests, information and counter it with an then you know even local elections objective statement based on facts. A can be rather brutal. The Internet lot of bad information oftentimes has trolls are out there and they know to do with codes and what the city can how to sign up for fake facebook and cannot do and normally this accounts to spread really bad applies to issues involving information at a rapid pace. Facts development. have little meaning in the online “Every formal decision made in the world, though they do move some City of Roswell goes through an nice t-shirts! official process. There is a system of

Roswell Combats Fake News

checks and balances, strict policies and procedures, and measures for oversight,” said Julie Brechbill, Community Relations Manager. “The purpose of this page is not to influence or direct opinion about a particular project or topic; on the contrary, it is to present factual information citizens can use to become better informed about local issues.” To be fair, trying to keep up with municipal code is rather tedious but its not rocket science either. There are just a few bad actors in the

community responsible for these acts and much like the fake news you read about in the national media, this local fake news comes from a small group of people. But those folks create fake, anonymous accounts to propagate the information and make their presence seem much larger than it really is. A simple rule to apply is that if someone is not willing to put their name on something, then you should place no value in what they write. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. The City of continues on page 31


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Get out in Nature this Summer Possum Trot, canoes, concerts along the ’Hooch Adron

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Ben Sollee

With summer comes the heat, and people looking for ways to escape it. One easy and fun way is to get out on the Chattahoochee River. This local wonder is a fast-moving, cool river that cuts through the north Atlanta suburbs offering plenty to do for both young and old escape artists. Located on the river, the Chattahoochee Nature Center is a good place to start. Sign up for one of the many family and date night canoe trips to get you and your friends out on the river. Bob in the canoes down the ’Hooch and take in the wildlife, plant life, and even the geology as the sounds of the city fade away, replaced by nature. Expert guides teach and inform along the way. Even better, bring a picnic and enjoy the peaceful dinner beforehand. If being active is more your style, the 40th annual Possum Trot 10K returns June 16. This fun race takes runners along the scenic banks of the ’Hooch in the early morning hours in a fast and flat course. The race is also a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Wind down your outdoor excursions with one of the summer concerts at CNC. The Sundays on the River concert series is the second Sunday of each month, now through September. Bands such as River Whyless, Adron, The Electromatics, and Ben Sollee

Leisurely canoe trips down the Chattahoochee make for a relaxing way to cool off on those hot summer days. Photo: CNC

with Kentucky Native, will perform in CNC’s Ben Brady Pavilion, along the banks of the Chattahoochee. This month, on June 10, River Whyless hits the stage. They have performed as a part of the Riverside Concert Series in Roswell and have featured in several national tours. They hail from Ashville, NC and they have a new album releasing this month called Kindness, A Rebel. The band changes their environment to get different perspectives while songwriting. They have written music in a woodshed River Whyless in Maine, a living room studio in Oregon belonging to Justin Ringle of the band Horse Feathers, and a some live music in your ear. The Sunset Sips series variety of other settings outside of Asheville. So the kicks off June 14 with Garrett Douglas performing. stage at CNC will feel right at home. Also, on the second and fourth Thursdays, stop by after hours to see a more intimate affair at the Sunset Sips, where CNC’s 127 acres of woodland and ponds are open to explore with a drink in your hand and

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locations. To locate sites serving meals in your neighborhood, please visit:www.fns.usda.gov/ summerfoodrocks.

Big Splashes In Alpharetta

We are lucky in the fact that there are Summer Meals several great public pools in the area and the With school out, many pool at Wills Park in kids suffer from lack of Alpharetta is open again nutrition or in some after undergoing major cases actual lack of food… and yes this hap- renovations that began last August. The pens right here. The refurbished facility has a Summer Food Service 6,000 square-foot Program conducted by leisure pool with a zeroFulton County Schools depth entry; interactive ensures children play stations, and a continue to receive nutritious meals when a water slide with plunge school is not in session. area. Additionally there are two diving boards This June, Fulton County Schools plans to and newly added ameniserve over 4,000 meals a ties that include day at over 40 approved updated locker rooms, expanded deck space sites across the county and a renovated pool as part of its annual house. Updates to the Summer Feeding Program. Any child under age 18 may come and eat a summer meal. In addition to serving summer meals at school locations, the Fulton County School Nutrition Program has also partnered with Action Ministries to help deliver and serve summer meals to additional community

Cobb County School Grads Continue Education College education is quickly moving from a choice to an almost must and there is no better example than the percentage of kids moving on to higher education from many local schools. According to the Cobb County School District about three out of four students are headed off to college this fall. The two schools with the most are both in East Cobb with Walton and Lassiter each producing over 500 new freshmen. Just over $115 million was awarded in scholarship aid was awarded with students from Walton leading the way with $18.9 million awarded. Congrats to all and here is to paying off those loans sometime in 2050! ❍

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pool house included the addition of training rooms for lifeguards and staff, and renovated shower facilities. The city spent nearly $5.5 million on the renovations, which are the only ones since initial completion of the pool in 1987.


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Crazy Love Coffee

El Porton

Flying Biscuit Café

Foundation Social

HOLA! Taqueria

Houck’s Grille

Hugo’s Oyster Bar

Ippolito’s Italian

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to beat the repressive Georgia heat than a nice cool glass of iced tea. Iced tea is as Southern as it gets and it has to have sugar in it, and yes, in the summer I mix in a little bourbon. Now that’s a true southern combo. To be clear though, that’s about the extent of my bartending skills. Fortunately, our local hospitality industry is amongst the best in the nation so we are never far from a great cocktail and an even better meal. With that in mind, we’re highlighting some great places to get a good drink and enjoy a meal in the great outdoors. super sweet, sugar-fueled cocktail concoctions. The new generation of There is a reason why many of us like drinkers enjoys a refreshing throwback to going out for drinks, the same reason we a bygone era. Drinks like the Manhattan, eat out—it’s better when made by a Sazerac, and Pisco Sour never professional. All around us the culinary completely disappeared from menus, but scene has exploded and when the they did see a steady decline in the mid to economy was tanking just a few years ago late 20th century. our restaurants were gaining regional acIn the last few years, bartenders have claim and building a new economy. begun to take a look at some of the old Canton Street in Roswell has been singledrinks, specifically prohibition era handedly transformed by its restaurants. cocktails. Classic cocktails are gaining in Nationwide, the trend has been even hotpopularity every day and those traits are ter and cocktails have definitely made a mirrored in the cocktails featured in comeback. Summer Sippin.’ So get out and explore Throughout the months of June and some of these places that you hear others July, the folks at Roswell INC are sponsortalking about. ing their annual Summer Sippin’ contest, which is now in its third year. What started as a cocktail contest has grown to include TAKE IT OUTSIDE more than 40 establishments from All of these cocktails are appealing but around the city who will launch a unique what’s a great drink without some food to alcoholic or non-alcoholic specialty drink go along with it? The business of food has not already featured on their menus. never been stronger in our community. During the event you will be able to rate During the great recession it was a boomeach drink through an app that can be ing restaurant business boosted largely by downloaded at SummerSippin.com. After the rebirth of Canton Street that led the contest ends ratings will be tallied with Roswell into the 21st century. winners in an alcoholic and non-alcoholic “Our restaurant and hospitality category. industry continues to be one of the main Over time, our definition of a cocktail economic drivers for the city,” said Steve became a glass with as much alcohol in it Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. as possible. It made people forget how “Summer Sippin’ supports the variety of good a well-crafted cocktail tastes. With a unique food and beverage destination opcocktail rebirth afoot gone are the days of tions within Roswell by inviting both locals

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Tropical Smoothie

Variant Brewing Co.

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Taqueria Tsunami

Vin25

Steakhouse & Grill

Scooter’s Coffee

Bistro

Roux on Canton

Café Roswell

& Bar

The Mill Kitchen

Roswell Provisions

the Back

Sublime Tree

Summer Is Made For Sippin’

Roswell

PURE Taqueria®

Peach & the Porkchop Plum Café

and visitors from all over the region to our city for this friendly summer competition.” Many of the restaurants participating in Summer Sippin’ also have outdoor dining and in my humble opinion there is no better combination. So here are a few of my local favorite places. One of the most revered establishments in Roswell is Table &Main on Canton Street and their outdoor patio is one of the most quaint around and beyond their drink entry, the Southern Sangria, this is the place if you want world-class southern cuisine done right. The fried chicken is a gift from heaven and Chef Woody Back has never disappointed. And of course just down the street there is their sister restaurant Osteria Mattone, which is home to the best Italian around, with seating in front giving you a great opportunity to people watch on Canton Street. While you are in the Canton Street area, you need to go just one block over and visit Monkey 68 on Green Street. If you have not heard, this is drop dead great sushi and it is gorgeous… I’m referring to the actual establishment and the presentation of food. These guys do a phenomenal job every time and the overall experience is elevated to an art form. I did mention the unbelievable sushi, right? For those of you on the east side of GA 400 there is one shopping plaza that is nearly equal to Canton Street and that is Connexion Plaza on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. This center was refurbished several years ago and now contains several great restaurants with Foundation Social Eatery leading the way. Run by chef Mel Toledo, FSE has a small patio to complement its retro inspired décor. Chef Mel is a guy that makes you savor each bite and his contemporary menu is full of can’t miss items. Also, practically right next-door is Taqueria Tsunami, which is probably familiar to many of you as they have several locations around. They have a large patio in the Monkey 68 on Green Street back that is perfect for meeting friends and enjoying their world-class tacos. A new kid on the block is From The Earth Brewing Company. This place is a brew pub that elevates the genre to a new level. The open design is a great blend of wood and steel and their brews are food friendly. The menu is seasonal but the emphasis is always on fresh, highlighted by the Summer Sippin’ drink entry called In The Garden. I can also say the FTE burger is fantastic, especially paired with their Golden Spiral ale. This list could go on but you get the point. We’ve got plenty of great places around so get out and enjoy the summer. For a full list of places participating in Summer Sippin’ visit summersippin.com. Of course throughout all of this remember to enjoy yourself responsibly. Drinking and driving is no longer en vogue and today Uber and Lyft are real things so use them. And hey, if you’re along Canton Street over the summer, the City of Roswell is offering free trolley rides on Friday and Saturdays. Here’s to a great summer. ❍ continued from p32

Osteria Mattone


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