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Italian guitarist Beppe Gametta in Concert

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Beppe Gambetta, widely acknowledged as one of Europe’s foremost guitarists will perform at Ragamuffin Music Hall presented by The Six String Social Club on Saturday June 14. Both solo and in collaboration with topflight musicians around the globe, Beppe has a style that is memorable both for its deeply emotive tone and for its technical brilliance. His reputation in the U.S. and Canada is reinforced by his participation in prestigious festivals like the Walnut Valley Festival in Diable’s current release “Kristin Diable & The City” has garnered national attention, as the band has been regularly touring in support of the release, including highlight performances at the New Orleans’ Jazz Fest and Austin City Limits Festival. In July the fun continues with the BIG Something The annual Roswell Riverside Sounds Band. This North Carolina group fuses concert season continues on June 7 with elements of pop, rock and jazz. Winner of Kristin Diable & The City, 7:00-9:00 p.m. This free outdoor concert series is hosted at the 2010 Homegrown Music Network Album of the year with “Stories from the Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road in Middle of Nowhere” their current Roswell on the first Saturday of the month from May through October. Food trucks will album “Big Something” has opened to critical acclaim. be on-site at each concert.


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Winfield, Kansas, Merlefest in North Carolina, the Four Corners Festival in Colorado and Canadian Folk Festivals in Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as events like the radio shows “All Things Considered” and “E-Town.” Beppe approaches his music from a unique stance, as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country. First introduced to bluegrass music in 1986 at a Doc Watson concert in Dahlonega, GA, Beppe seamlessly bridges the shores of the two continents. Advance tickets are $30 and are available at www.sixstringsocialclub.com. Call 770-3657738 for concert information.


Roswell Puppet Series

June/July The Roswell Puppet Series, at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, begins in June with a

full slate of performers. June 9 through 14, the Frisch Marionettes present Puppets Kapow! On June 16 through the 21 the Tanglewood Marionettes present Cinderella. From June 23 through the 28 All Hands Productions present The Adventures of the Ginger-

The annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival enchants everyone all weekend on June 7 and 8 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when the air fills with the beauty of butterflies. The new “Butterfly Encounter Exhibit” (opening during the festival and staying open through July 13 after the festival dates) invites visitors to hand-feed more than 250 free flying butterflies. Enjoy the show when butterflies land on kids and flowers after the releases. All ages will enjoy this fun event featuring live music; entomology exhibits; arts and crafts; face painting, butterfly parades and more. Kids can wear their butterfly costumes and join the daily butterfly parades. Pollinator and host plants will be on sale for garden enthusiasts. Food trucks will sell snacks for picnics. Make it a festival with the butterflies! Find more info on their website at www.chattnaturecenter.org

bread Man and from June 30 through July 3 Lee Brya, “That Puppet Guy” presents Aesop’s Fantastic Fables. These are great shows presented by talented performers and kids love the performances. Most shows in the series are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visit www.roswellpuppets.com.

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Alpharetta Craft Beer Festival & 5k Race

June 21 The 2014 Craft Beer Festival and 5K Race will take over the downtown streets of Alpharetta on June 21 from 6-11:30 p.m. Over 100 craft beer vendors from around the U.S. will line the streets

of downtown Alpharetta for the huge street party which will begin at 6 p.m. with live music. Food will be available for purchase from Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub. With the Craft Beer Festival continuing, the 5K Road Race will begin at 8 p.m. at the Corner Deli. Registration for the race is $30 before June 11 and $35 after that date. All runners will receive a race t-shirt and a free beer to celebrate their finish. For more information about the event visit www.awesomealpharetta.com.


Cobb County Rodeo

June 20 & 21 The Cobb County Rodeo is riding into Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. Beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21, 2014, the fun will last about two hours each night. Bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie down roping and barrel racing will make the Cobb County Rodeo a night to remember for young and old rodeo fans. Admission at the gate is $15 >> LIGHT ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM for adults and $12 for children (ages three and under are admitted free). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Cobb County Sheriff Mounted Patrol There are plenty of places to catch July 4th Unit. Jim R. Miller Park is located at fireworks without going to downtown Atlanta. 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, GA. In Alpharetta there will be fireworks and celebrations for the whole family at Wills Park. The Alpharetta City Band will perform a medley of patriotic favorites beginning at 6 p.m. on the lawn behind the Community Center. Serious Business, a local band, takes the stage from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to entertain the crowd with country and rock ‘n’ roll favorites. In Roswell there are fireworks and concert at Roswell High School. Carnival games and activities begin at 5:30 p.m. Stage Performances featuring Big Biscuit will begin at 6 p.m. with Banks and Shane at 7:30 p.m. Shane’s Rib Shack will have food available for sale. 

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Local artists and new art gallery come together for a great cause. paintings at the exhibit as well as prints and giclees. The Wild Hope Art Brown’s heritage is in the Cherokee Indian Nation and it is Gallery is sponsoring shown in his work with the Art of Nature fund reverence for every form of life. raising exhibit to benefit In a masterful level of photorealism, his tranquil landscapes the Chattahoochee capture the harmony between Nature Center. There humans and nature or serve as backgrounds for detailed will be an opening wildlife portraits that fascinate reception on June 26 and amaze the observer. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also featured will be renowned pottery artist, Regina The exhibit will run Wolff. She teaches ceramics at through July 3. Atlanta’s Spruill Center for the Mike Brown will be a featured Arts and Tucker’s Zen and Now artist. He is an internationally Clay Studio. Her work is also fearecognized wildlife and tured at regional festivals and landscape artist, who has events throughout the southeast. received numerous national and Wolff ’s passion for nature and regional awards for his gardening has played a major stunningly realistic paintings. role in developing her pottery style. Although her work is Brown will have more than 20 By Tripp Liles

primarily functional, naturalistic sculptural elements are incorporated into nearly every piece she creates. The beneficiary of this event, The Chattahoochee Nature Center, has a River Boardwalk, Discovery Center, wetland demonstration gardens, and woodland trails that are home to over 50 species of injured, nonreleasable wildlife. For 38 years, this facility has continued to grow and reach out to citizens as a place to explore new ideas and expand the awareness of the natural world. It is located on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell and sits on a beautiful site comprised of 127 acres of native plants and gardens that showcase the beauty of Georgia. For more information please visit their website at www.chattnaturecenter.org.

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EMBRACING THE STAYCATION There are plenty of vacation activities in our backyard. to offer. Make your way to Olmsted Linear Park the weekend of June 6-8 and bust out your best Bollywood dance moves. Make sure to check the website for more details. Up for a challenge? The 12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival will put your paddling skills to the test. Racers of all ages and expe-

By Jessica Diamond If you are planning a summer getaway, it is likely that you’ve chosen June as your vacation friendly month. The kids’ last school bell of the year has rung and it’s time to blow this popsicle stand in favor of more sandy shores. Time for fun in the sun and drinks on the beach, right? The only catch is, trips to the beach can be a huge drain on the bank account. You’ve saved all year long for this trip, and all too quickly the money is whisked away by things you didn’t plan for, like multiple tubes of aloe for that wicked sunburn or accidently buying a round for the crowd of Carnival Cruisers at Senior Frogs. Then you remember that reoccurring word from the covers of popular magazines you’ve seen recently: Staycation. The growing popularity of the staycation is no coincidence. So often, a city’s natives are the last to embrace its tourist attractions. Why not peek at what’s going on in your own backyard? After all, people come from all over the world to see what Atlanta has to offer.

For more than 2,000 years, the people of India have celebrated the Festival of Chariots, or Lord Jagannath Ratha Yatra. Now, Atlanta has the chance to embrace this ancient festival with our own Festival of Chariots Atlanta. Experience the bright, vivid cultures of India with a massive parade, live music, art displays, henna tattoos, yoga, wonderful food and more. If you have ever dreamed of visiting India, or you have been and want to relive your memories, this is the perfect opportunity to sample some of everything this expansive and diverse country has

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rience levels are invited to come out and enjoy a day on the water. Not much of a water bug? You still won’t want to miss out on the wide array of live music, art and farmers’ market vendors offering all manner of locally made treats. Bring the whole family, including the furry four-legged kids, to enjoy Frisbee demonstrations, face painting and all kinds of family friendly activities. The race begins at 9 a.m. at Riverside Park on Saturday, June 14 with the festival to follow at 10 a.m. If you want to participate in the race, be sure to check the website and pre-register by June 6 at the latest. Most Atlanta natives know how nice it can be to spend a summer day at Stone Mountain Park, whether lounging on the lawn with a picnic or climbing up the rocky face to enjoy the views. On Sunday, June 22, you’ll have the opportunity to do both for a great cause. Climb Out of the Darkness is an annual fundraiser for Postpartum Progress, a nonprofit that offers support to pregnant and new moms who may suffer from pre and post natal anxiety disorders, such as postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.


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My grandfather owned and operated a car dealership in a small New Jersey town where both of my parents grew up. Most of my relatives worked for the family business in some capacity. My dad moved down to Atlanta to earn his undergraduate degree at Georgia Tech, but he and my mom moved back to New Jersey (after a brief period of working for Hyatt Hotels in California, where I was born) so he could go to Rutgers to get his J.D. While he was putting himself through law school and also during his first few years as a practicing yet underpaid lawyer, he fell back into the family fold and on the weekends he drove an 18-wheeler to auctions all over the east coast to pick up cars for my grandfather to sell. Truck drivers may not have a reputation for being glamorous, but I remember thinking that my dad was so cool doing that job. I started off going with him on shorter trips to local auctions in Pennsylvania and Delaware, most likely because my mom also had to work and they couldn’t afford a babysitter.  I remember holding my breath as he quickly and expertly loaded and unloaded the cars up and down those dangerously skinny ramps. I remember eating at diners and truck stops and thinking they were fancy restaurants. I remember giggling at him as he spoke into the CB radio, calling out with, “Breaker 1-9,” talking to other truckers about his K-Whopper, looking out for Smokey, and counting yardsticks on the side of the road. He called himself the Cisco Kid. I didn’t get a handle, but I was never offended when he said into the radio that he was hauling around an ankle

biter. It made me happy just to be having fun with my dad. One time when I was about five or six, after having made several successful day trips with him, I got to go on a long haul all the way to Connecticut. I can’t remember why, but my best friend, a boy named Brandon Camp, got to come too.  We got up at 2am and headed up the dark highway. For two kindergarteners, it was a fantastic escapade that would have no equal for years to come. We did all of the cool truck driver things, laughed until our sides hurt, and sang songs to pass the time. After six long hours in the cab, we got out to stretch our legs while my dad performed his magical car loading stunts. After he strapped his haul on safe and tight he said he was ready to go. He also had a very big surprise for us. On the drive home, we got to ride in one of the cars that we were bringing to my grandfather instead of in the cab with my dad. He told us that it was a very special treat and that we shouldn’t even tell our moms about it. He also mentioned that we should hide from toll booth collectors and other drivers on the highway, especially the police. It was a fun game!  It was an amazing adventure! Oblivious to my dad’s ulterior motives, Brandon and I had an equally remarkable (and fortunately, safe) return trip.   It wasn’t until many years later, after I had my own kids and began traveling with them, that I realized exactly what my dad had done. I have to admit that I would do the exact same thing if I thought I could get away with it. Here’s to all the dads out there who work hard at extra jobs and on weekends too, to support their families in any and every way possible. And here’s to them also keeping it real. Happy Father’s Day! With love, from your ankle biters. ❍

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IT PROFESSIONAL WANTED Electronic peer pressure can be daunting at times. By Mike Finch

Mike Finch is a Roswell resident who writes on everyday topics of life with a twist of humor. Write to him at this email: miscellaneneous ramblings@yahoo.com. By the time this article hits the streets Sweetie and I will be in full out empty-nest mode! Now that Sweetie is almost over the emotional aspects of this separation and I have completed the design work for my new “Nekked” room, It’s time to begin focusing on a more pressing issue—the loss of our “IT Professional.” As it turns out our youngest has somewhat of an affinity and understanding of all things computer and electronic, while I—on the other hand—do not! I just don’t understand why everything has to be so complicated when it’s supposed to enhance our lives and make them easier. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting we should be washing our clothes in the creek, or using an abacus to balance our checkbooks, but there must be a happy medium somewhere—right? And yea, I know nobody uses a checkbook anymore. Was it all that bad to just watch the movie that came on at 8:00 on ABC, CBS, or NBC? I actually have friends who were outraged when they found out I didn’t have a DVR or TIVO or some other recording device. Really? They even bragged to me that they could watch an entire 30-minute show in 18 commercialfree-minutes flat. I didn’t know that was the goal, but I’m sure that extra 12-minutes has long been overused

trying to figure out how to use that modern miracle. And if you don’t watch commercials, how will you find out if you should be suing someone for a “bad drug” or for giving you mesothelioma or some such disease? But with all this chatter about what I was missing I began to feel electronic peer pressure, and as it turns out when I switched cable providers they made me install a DVR. Seriously! I told them I didn’t want it and they assured me that I did and that it would change my life. It hasn’t! And furthermore it’s one more thing in the house that my “ITinclined” offspring operated for me. I’m not a super conspiracy theorist, but with all of this pressure to comply, it did get me wondering if they are somehow recording me trying to record them. Some analyst right now is trying to determine how much time an old fat guy can sleep on the sofa and still sustain life. The good news is that I can now join the conversation around my DVR and watch my favorites anytime I want—as long as I can remember my password. On my last count I think I had somewhere in the neighborhood of 472 different passwords, most of which are so secure I have no clue what they are. I usually write them down and keep them next to my computer or TV or whatever. My IT Professional says that defeats the password purpose, but I figure if a thief can figure out which remote to use they’re too smart for me anyway! Now according to my sundial it’s time to take my medications. ❍

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Bring MARTA Rail to North Fulton, increase street connectivity, remove reversible lanes, build more roundabouts, reduce speed limits on ALL residential streets to 20 mph and finally build the Roswell loop Most of my suggestions focused on increasing transportation options and improving safety. Interestingly, the one that receives the most push back was the point about dropping speeds on residential streets to 20mph.  When I indicated that my rationale was for safety reasons, one commenter insinuated that this isn’t necessary because we don’t have a pedestrian death problem in our residential areas.  I agree and we should feel fortunate for that.  However, I think many a homeowner can point to multiple occasions where they have encountered drivers speeding recklessly on neighborhood streets. Speed has a logarithmically negative effect on survival rates for pedestrians involved in collisions with cars.  A 10% increase in vehicle speed increases pedestrian fatality risk by 40 to 45%.  Data shows that when a pedestrian is hit by a car traveling at 20mph, they have a 95% chance of survival.  However, as the speed increases, the survival rate plummets.  When a car is traveling 40 mph, the pedestrian survival rate drops to just 15%.  This is just plain physics.  Doubling speed results in the



20 mph. It’s just not conducive to a slow drive. That said, a 20 is plenty campaign, such as those that are having great success across Europe and the UK, would be a bold step to create safer and more walkable cities.  The movement is slowly making its way to the US and is now under consideration in several cities and towns in the northeast.  New York City is considering it and some people have even gone around town putting up their own signs on light posts.  There is also research indicating that slower street speeds are linked to more social connections, a stronger sense of community, higher property values and increased walking and biking.  


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required stopping distance quadrupling and the kinetic energy absorbed at impact is also fourfold. We may not have a death problem here but nationwide, more than 30,000 people are killed in car crashes annually and an increasing percentage of those are pedestrians. Ten times that number are seriously injured every year.  The costs to society are staggering but we accept it as a necessary evil to support our auto-dependence. Slowing down to 20 mph is a radical idea that would increase safety in our communities for pedestrians and cyclists alike.  That said, simply lowering speed limits isn’t a panacea.  Drivers generally drive at the speed they feel safe regardless of the posted speed limit.  This comfort zone, the speed that feels safe, can also be called the design speed or the speed at which the road was designed to be safely navigable.  The philosophy of wider, safer, faster holds true here.  The wider the road is, the safer it feels at higher speeds.  This counterintuitively increases speeds, which conversely decreases safety for everyone involved.   We’ve all lived in or driven through residential subdivisions with streets wide enough to fit parked cars on each curb and two active lanes. The problem with this is that the streets in suburban residential areas are rarely lined with parked cars.  The end result of this is a dangerous design with wide expanses of asphalt that encourage teenagers to test their limits and rushed commuters to push the gas.  This would happen in this environment regardless of whether the posted limit was 30 mph, 25 mph or

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Give all neighborhoods and subdivisions the option to adopt a 20 mph limit.

Year 4

Adopt on all roads that have residential as more than 50% of their frontage and on any road that fronts a school or park for a quarter mile in each direction.

Years 1–10 and beyond Re-engineer streets over time to narrow lanes and install street calming devices that would encourage slower speeds.

It almost sounds like a no brainier. So, this is how I would propose phasing in a 20 is plenty campaign: The next time you’re driving through a neighborhood remember that 20 is Plenty. ❍ Mike Hadden is author of the blog newurbanroswell.com.  Would you like to comment on this article? Visit our website at www.thecurrenthub.com.

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MICROBREWERIES COMING TO A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR YOU By Jessica Diamond A documentary was released in 2011 called How Beer Saved the World. It explains how beer was not only responsible for the beginning of civilization, but also for many of the major decisions made throughout recorded history. According to this film, if not for the creation of beer, we would all still be running around with sharp rocks trying to catch dinner. While that may be a slight exaggeration, it is certainly true that beer has become an integral part of our culture, arguably more so than wine or spirits. However, for the better part of the last century, the beer industry has been dominated by just a few major brand name labels, such as Budweiser and Corona. Mass produced beers like these have been designated to serve a rather specific purpose in American culture, particularly in the South. We typically consume them at sporting events and casual parties. We drink them on bar stools or sitting on docks by the lake. We save the wine and the cocktails for more formal affairs, nice dinners and holidays. Craft beer brewers, distributors,

retailers and enthusiasts are out to change that mentality and give the reputation of beer a significant boost. Now, with localism on the rise, the craft beer industry has blossomed and the opportunities for growth are boundless. Microbreweries and brewpubs are popping up all around the Atlanta area. Cities like Decatur, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, and Marietta have already found success with the addition of small scale breweries and brewpubs such as BlueTarp Brewing, 5 Seasons, Orpheus and Hop Alley Brew Pub. The trend is growing, but the adherence to Georgia’s strict distribution laws has slowed the process and does not offer some of the freedoms that can be found in states like North Carolina and South Carolina. The three-tier system that governs beer distribution in Ga. is as follows: brewery to distributor, distributor to retail. This essentially means that a defined brewery cannot sell one of its visitors a sixpack and then allow them to leave the premises with it. The brews have to be distributed through Continues on p32

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DON’T DO SOMETHING CRAZY IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT By Debbie Keel While we’ve been sitting around complaining about our awful and long winter in Greater Atlanta, there was one thing we didn’t have to worry about: getting too hot—unless you sat too close to the fireplace. But now that summer has finally arrived, heat stroke will be one of the number one causes of visits to our North Fulton Hospital Emergency Room. It seems silly to repeat what we all know very well: Too much heat in the summer, especially accompanied by too little hydration, can be very harmful to people. And it doesn’t matter how fit people are, how old they are, if they are near the pool (but not in it), if they’re playing baseball or just watching it. Anyone can suffer from heat exhaustion and, more tragically, heat stroke, though it’s true very old, very young, and overweight people are more susceptible. There is a difference between the two. Heat exhaustion is characterized by significant sweating, loss of color, cramps, fatigue, fainting and dizziness. He stroke is all those things and more, including a body temperature over 103 degrees Fahrenheit, dry skin, high heart rate, confusion, and even unconsciousness. We know too well the difference and we know even better that there will be a fair share of these patients at North Fulton Hospital this summer, some of which will have a very tragic end. Help us spread the word about the signs and symptoms and, even more importantly, the prevention of heat stroke: stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and avoid strenuous activities outdoors on hot days. Many of you are involved in summer sports leagues, or your children are. So please make sure to educate those teams at the start and during the season about the dangers of too much sunshine. Anything you can do to help us spread the word will be very much appreciated: at church picnics, family reunions, swim meets, and anyplace outdoors on a sunny day. After all, everyone would like to live through this summer so we can complain about the upcoming winter. ❍

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar June – August 2014 SUPPORT GROUPS WomenHeart Support Group Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Classroom C. The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease brings support and education to women who are at risk or who already have heart disease. For more information send email to WH-FultonCo@womenheart.org or call Rebecca at 770 658-4796.

Saturday 7/26 and 8/9. CPR course for the community. Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to noon; $35 Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45

Healthcare Provider CPR* Saturday 8/23 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CPR course for healthcare professionals. $55

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

Saturday 6/28, 7/26, and 8/23. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Classroom skills. Call Katie at 404-527-7180 for more inforC. This group is open to anyone who has or will have mation and to register. an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. The Childbirth Preparation meeting structure is informal with group discussion Saturday, 6/21, 7/19, and 8/16. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 and guest speakers to be scheduled at various times p.m. Active class consisting of both lecture and disthroughout the year. Call John Dorso at 678-694cussion/sharing. Topics include anatomy and physi8726 to register or to obtain more information. ology; nutrition and fitness; discomforts of pregnancy; stages of labor and what to expect; Caring, Sharing, and Learning: cesarean birth; medications; possible complications; Breast Cancer Support Group postpartum care; and comfort, relaxation, breathing Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. and coping techniques for labor support. Cope and connect with others who are facing the $100 per couple; registration required. same struggles. Please call Micah Brown, RN, Breast Health Nurse Navigator, at 770-751-2556 Water Birth for location and to register. Thursday 6/5, 6/19, 7/3, 7/17, 7/31, 8/14, and 8/28 7:00 p.m. For couples desiring to learn about the Look Good, Feel Better option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the Wednesday, 7/9 10 a.m. to noon. A cosmetologist class is required to be considered for water birth at will discuss how to care for skin and hair to combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treat- NFH. $30.00 per couple; registration required. ment. Free make-up and skin care products are pro- Call 770- 751-2660 for more information and to register. vided. Call 1-800-227-2345 to register.

Epilepsy Support Group

Maternity Tours

The third Wednesday of every month, 7-9pm Classroom A/B. People with epilepsy as well as their family and care-providers are invited to attend this support group. The meetings will provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Educational presentations by professionals will sometimes be offered. Please contact Tim for more information at 770667-9363.

Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU. The tour last approximately one hour. Please call 770-751-2660 for the schedule and to register.

Lupus Support Group

FREE CPR Training

Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Classroom C. Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from others. Guest speakers occasionally present and we also participate in some Lupus Foundation of America events. Contact Julie for more info 404-626-2394, lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com

Saturday, 6/14 starting at 9 a.m–10:30 a.m. Free CPR class for those who want to learn the basics of CPR but who do not need a certification. Registration is required.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION Babysitting Workshop Saturday 6/7, 7/12 and 8/2. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Teaches children ages 11–14 how to be prepared and responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed animal and a sack lunch and drink. $30.

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR*


Skin Screenings Thursday August 21 at NFH. Appointments start at 5:30 p.m. Skin cancer accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States Do you have a suspicious looking spot on your body? Have it checked out by a NFH physician. FREE, but registration is required. *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.



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IN SEARCH OF A SOLUTION FOR FIBROIDS where she was told that cancer was causEach year, hundreds of thousands of ing her symptoms. Unwilling to accept women seek treatment for fibroids. this diagnosis, Debbie visited Dr. Debbie Carter-Dye of Cleveland, Ga., Hughnan Frederick at Isis OB/GYN in was incorrectly diagnosed with cancer Alpharetta.  Dr. Frederick assured her at another facility, and upon seeking a that not only was she cancer free, but second opinion learned that fibroids were the cause of her long menstrual cy- that there were many options for cles, extremely heavy bleeding, and treatment of fibroids including medicacrippling menstrual pain.  After tions, a hysterectomy (removal of the exploring her options, Debbie decided uterus), endometrial ablation, and uterthat a Uterine Fibroid Embolization ine fibroid embolization.    was the best treatment option. “I told Dr. Frederick that I absolutely Debbie is a teacher at Lumpkin did not want to have a hysterectomy,” County Middle School and the founder said Debbie, “and that’s when he told and director of a kids’ fitness and nutri- me about Dr. Byrd at North Fulton tion club in Dahlonega, Hospital.”  Ga. Her doctors first Dr. Boyd Byrd is an found her fibroids Interventional Radiologist when she was at North Fulton Hospital, pregnant.  Fibroids are and he has been helping benign growths that women find the right generally occur in treatment for uterine women who are of fibroids for 14 years. childbearing age, and, “Uterine fibroid according to the embolization (UFE) offers a Society of minimally invasive Interventional treatment for fibroids that Radiology, they occur aims to stop the blood flow in 20-50% of women. to the fibroids, thereby causDr. Boyd Byrd Fibroids grow in the uterus, ing them to shrink but more and they can range in size from about importantly relieve these women of the size of a pea to growths about five to their horrible symptoms,” said Dr. Byrd. six inches wide. While fibroids may not “This allows women to not have their uterus removed if that is their desire, cause symptoms, women who do have and avoids any associated concerns that the following complaints: some woman have as a result of a ❥ A feeling of fullness in the lower hysterectomy. It is a wonderful abdomen treatment option for those with sympto❥ Heavy, painful periods matic uterine fibroids.”  ❥ Bleeding between periods So, what is a Uterine Fibroid Embolization?  It is a minimally invasive ❥ Painful sex treatment for uterine fibroids, ❥ Difficult or painful urination completed through an incision about ❥ Lower back pain 1/8 inch wide in the groin. During a UFE, the patient will be sedated but will “In the years after I had my first not be completely asleep.  First, an interchild,” said Debbie, “my cycles had ventional radiologist will make a small gotten heavier and heavier, and I was incision in your groin area and then bleeding for 15 days each cycle.  I also feed a catheter into the artery in the had such terrible pain that I couldn’t upper thigh. A contrast dye is injected sleep without a heat pack on my while the radiologist directs the catheter stomach. I also kept rice socks in my into the small arteries that supply the drawer at school to relieve the pain.  The uterus and the fibroids.  The radiologist symptoms were truly affecting my ability then injects particles that block the to function in school and impacting my blood supply to the fibroids; this allows quality of life.  That is when I went back the patient’s symptoms to improve and to the doctor in search of relief.” usually causes the fibroids to shrink. Debbie first sought help at her local Dr. Byrd’s patients arrive at North physician’s office in Cleveland, and that’s

Fulton Hospital for their procedure in the morning, and are admitted to the hospital following the procedure for an overnight stay. This allows the patient to receive medications and care for any pain or nausea that may result from the procedure, and it allows Dr. Byrd to monitor the patient’s progress and improvement.    “Dr. Byrd informed me of the uncomfortable pain that I would experience immediately following the procedure,” said Debbie.  “His honesty helped prepare me for the worst. My husband made sure I kept a heating pad on my stomach all through the night. My husband and I believe that the heating pad along with pain medication was key to managing my pain. After the fourth day I felt 80% better.  And although I felt better, I did follow the doctor’s orders of rest for a week just to be sure I gave myself time to heal.” According to Dr. Byrd, each patient will experience different levels of pain and different degrees of improvement in symptoms following a UFE. “Most patients have recovered in about a week,” said Dr. Byrd, “though some feel well sooner and some take a little longer. For all my patients, I keep in touch by phone, just to be sure that they are healing steadily and are not having any complications. While complications are extremely rare, they can include infection and injury to the uterus.” About 90 percent of women experience relief of their symptoms after UFE. Follow-up studies over several years have shown that it is rare for treated fibroids to regrow or for new fibroids to develop after uterine fibroid embolization. The procedure is a more permanent solution than hormonal therapy. “Each woman should explore all of her options,” said Dr. Byrd, “and I require that each patient meet with me during a consultation to discuss her situation before a UFE is scheduled.  For some patients, a UFE might not be the right solution, but I’m the type of doctor who respects a woman’s wishes and I am thrilled to help her choose the procedure that will improve her quality of life.” According to Dr. Byrd, most women see a significant improvement in their

symptoms within the first two menstrual cycles. If you want to have children, you should talk to your doctor before undergoing a UFE. While many women have had successful pregnancies after UFE, it may be more difficult to become pregnant and there is an increased risk of pregnancy complications. In addition, in some exceedingly rare cases, women who have had complications from UFE may have to undergo a hysterectomy. “I am so glad that I found Dr. Byrd and had this procedure,” said Debbie. “Initially, I was apprehensive about the procedure but Dr. Boyd’s open and honest approach convinced me that this procedure was right for me. During my consultation I felt more informed and empowered. Dr. Byrd assured me that the final decision was all mine.  After my surgery, Dr. Byrd continued to check on me to make sure that all was well. Week after week he would call. I felt he cared and I was able to heal with the confidence that I had made the right decision and chosen the right doctor. It was totally worth it, and I’d encourage

Debbie Carter-Dye with daughter and husband. any woman suffering with fibroids to consider having this procedure. The care that I received was extraordinary!” To learn more about uterine fibroid embolization or for a free referral to a physician at North Fulton Hospital who performs UFEs, please call 770-751-2530. ❍


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Q AwithJOHN AARON John Aaron, Physician’s Assistant at North Fulton Primary Care on Windward Parkway, is the epitome of a young, true Southern gentleman. His friendliness, care and respect for others are characteristics fostered by his parents in his boyhood home on the Cane River in North Louisiana, and honed by his adult years in the Atlanta area. This father of twins was attracted to a career in medicine as a junior in high school and he has never wavered in his commitment to providing healthcare as his “calling”.


ANSWER: Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-itish), Louisiana is my hometown. Anyone who has seen the movie Steel Magnolias knows something about life there. Robert Harling, the author of the stage play is also a native of Natchitoches. At his insistence, when the play was made into a movie, it was filmed there. The close-knit life of a small town with my parents, younger sister and close friends made for a very happy boyhood.

are when, in follow-up visits, patients happily announce that they are feeling much better. Satisfaction comes also from encouraging some patients to seek more specialized care because I know them well enough to recognize their need for it. In one instance, I referred a patient to a cardiologist. During a follow up visit that person told me that I had saved his life. That was a particularly memorable moment, but as I said, my work is satisfying on a regular basis.






ANSWER: My best friend’s father was a nurse anesthetist. During the summer of my junior year in high school, I had the opportunity to shadow him throughout one of his workdays. From that experience I knew that I wanted to go into medicine.

ANSWER: I have been fortunate to work with three really great doctors. Each one has taught me how to run a practice and how to deliver quality medical care. Their influence continues to affect my daily decisions.




ANSWER: After completing my undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University—Go Tigers!—I attended LSU Medical School at Shreveport.


ANSWER: First, a bit about my professional background. I graduated in December 1998, and on WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A PA? January 2, 1999, I joined the practice of Dr. Steve ANSWER: My main interest was to deliver Schramm. After six years there, I spent another six quality care through direct contact with patients. year with Dr. Burt West and Dr. Steve Mikos in Physician Assistants get to spend more time to get their practice in Alpharetta and Roswell. Then, in to know each patient’s needs, and perhaps to 2011, I joined Dr. Rolf Meinhold’s practice. When become his or her advocate. Not only was I able to he shifted to concierge medicine, I looked for a complete my education in less time, but also I have new opportunity. With changes that have made a less hurried environment to fulfill this kind of solo practices difficult to sustain, I looked for a patient care. large practice with access to great specialists and a WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST SATISFYING great hospital. North Fulton Hospital had always MOMENT IN MEDICINE? taken excellent care of my patients, so it was an ANSWER: I am fortunate that what I do each day easy decision to join North Fulton Primary Care in is satisfying. Some of the most satisfying moments Alpharetta.  





John Aaron, PA, and his two children vacationing in Washington.

schools are great, and we have met wonderful people from all over the country. The Atlanta area is really a great place to live.



ANSWER: We do enjoy traveling as a family. Recently, for summer vacations we have visited places such as San Diego, Colorado, and Washington D.C. to escape the Atlanta heat. This year, we are scheduled to go on a cruise.



ANSWER: Like almost everyone else in Atlanta, I enjoy playing tennis. Also, I like to mountain bike, and I love to watch my kids at their soccer games and dance recitals.



ANSWER: Without a doubt, Tom Clancy is my favorite author. I think I have read all his books at least twice.



ANSWER: I don’t know what I would have done, honestly. I think about that often, and I haven’t come up with anything else I would rather do.  I absolutely love what I do every day, and I know that medicine is what I was meant to do.

ANSWER: Jennifer and I met at LSU. Now my wife of 15 years, she is Executive Vice President of Carroll-White Advertising Company. We are proud WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB? parents of 10-year-old twins, Jack and Alexa, who ANSWER: I get to make a difference in have just completed the fourth grade. people’s lives. Each day, I have 10 to 20 opportunities to make a difference to someone. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE NORTH Some people have to volunteer outside their work FULTON COMMUNITIES? to do that, but I do it all day long. It’s very ANSWER: Although I miss the culture and food of fulfilling! Louisiana, I love the quality of life here. The



Jennifer and John Aaron

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Now in its fourth year, North Fulton Hospital’s Power of Pink is gearing up for its biggest year yet. The event, to be held at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta on Windward Parkway, will be held on Saturday, September 27 at 6:00p.m., and will benefit the Atlanta chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This year’s fundraiser will feature a Survivor Fashion Show,

where area breast cancer survivors will walk the runway, followed by a Casino Night with Las Vegas style games such as blackjack and roulette. “We had seen wonderful increases in our attendance over the last few years,” said Lindsey Harber, Director of Business Development at North Fulton Hospital, “and we have located a new facility that will accommodate a larger crowd so that more people can attend. We also wanted to keep the event fresh, so we have changed it to an evening event in the hopes that everyone can bring a date or a friend and have even more fun than in previous years.” The event will still focus on area survivors and on raising funds for Komen Atlanta. As always, sponsors are vitally important to the success of this event. Sponsorships range from $1,000 to $10,000, and custom packages can be created for businesses seeking to participate at any level. In Kind donations are also welcome. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Beth Downs at 770-751-2869. No matter how large or small, everyone’s support makes a difference! How will you show the POWER of your PINK?



NORTH FULTON WOMEN’S SPECIALISTS WELCOMES CURT MISKO, M.D. North Fulton Women’s Specialists is pleased to welcome Dr. Curt Misko to their practice. Dr. Misko will be joining Showmya Reddy, M.D. and Alex Eaccarino, D.O. in serving patients at the practice’s Roswell location at 2500 Hospital Boulevard, Suite 290. Dr. Misko graduated with honors from Auburn University after an enlistment in the Marine Corps. He was then accepted to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Medical School in Bethesda, Maryland. After graduation, he was commissioned a Captain in the United States Army as a Medical Corps Officer. Dr. Misko then graduated from Madigan Army Medical Center specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received the Academic Excellence Award as Chief Resident, where he also received specialized OB/GYN training in urogynecology and female pelvic reconstructive surgery. “I absolutely love what I do,” said Dr. Misko. “I’ve always been happiest when I’m surrounded by women, and I am passionate about helping women find their best pelvic health. Whether she’s having trouble with bladder leaks, suffering pelvic pain, or just wants a return of the pelvic health she enjoyed in younger years, I am always happy to explore all the options and find a solution to her problems.” Dr. Misko also held posts in the Army as a Medical Company Commander, Chief of Women’s Health and Chief of Surgery for the hospital. His last post in the Army was as an Assistant Professor of OB/GYN where he taught pelvic and urogynecologic surgery to young physicians specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Since retiring from the Army, Dr. Misko has decided to focus his practice on improving women’s pelvic health. This includes hysterectomies and other pelvic surgeries; bladder health, which encompasses irritation, leaks, and overactive bladder; and pelvic Curt Misko, M.D. reconstructive surgeries. “In the army, I delivered more than 2000 babies, and I’m thrilled that now I can focus on my passion for female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.” Dr. Misko is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Urogynecologic Society. North Fulton Women’s Specialists provides a full range of women’s health services for all ages. With the addition of Dr. Misko, patients will find all the benefits of a specialist in the same office as their established OB-Gyn without the need to travel to other offices or suffer the hassles of transferring health records from one physician to another. For more information about North Fulton Women’s Sepcialists, visit the website at NorthFultonWomensSpecialists.com. For a free referral to Dr. Curt Misko or any of the North Fulton Women’s Specialists providers, call 770-4104388. ❍

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Spending $100 at an independent business =



With over $3 billion spent each year on retail goods in our area the stakes of how those dollars are spent have never been higher.

in local economic activity



Spending $100 at a Big Box Retailer =


in local economic activity

By Tripp Liles

Nationwide there has been a growing meme of “buy local.” This has been wrapped around the idea that more people are craving a greater sense of community and local character. On the other hand, big chains and online retailers are growing substantially and perhaps that trend is symptomatic of our loss of community orientation. What is the real cost to our communities when a larger corporation displaces a locally owned business? We complain that jobs are being shipped to foreign locations, but when we buy, we consistently look for the cheapest option. And that option is often a big box store, selling foreign made goods. There is a bit of a contradiction at play. Are we really saving money in the long run? This is a capitalist society, and we are of course free to spend our money how and where we choose. Those dollars spent, however, are also votes. The unrelenting emphasis on cheapness leads many people to overlook the value that local owners provide, both to us personally and to our communities. “We have face-to-face contact with each of our customers, which allows us to focus on building long-term relationships rather than on making a

quick sale. We don't have to hire outside consultants like the big box stores to figure out what our customers want—we simply take the time to ask them,” said Julia Daniels, who co-owns the Comfortable Chair Store, in Roswell, with her husband Craig. Local business owners oftentimes put their financial futures at risk, work very long hours and do so at a competitive disadvantage. Not only do the larger entities have deeper resources, local governments often give them competitive advantages not available to the average business owner.

The Economic Engine Of Small Business Government officials often fall for the appeal of big developers and the promise of potential new jobs. There are often large tax breaks given, and maybe even public funds used to lure larger corporations, but often those

deals are shortsighted and fail to consider the greater possible losses. The more important drivers in the employment game are small businesses, especially during the economic recovery. Recently, at the National Small Business Week opening ceremonies in Washington, DC, Fed chair Janet Yellen extolled the virtues of small business owners, and thanked them for their crucial role in the economic recovery. "America has come a long way since the dark days of the financial crisis," Yellen said, "and small businesses deserve a considerable share of the credit for the investment and hiring that have brought that progress." Since employment starting growing again in 2010, the private sector has accounted for all of the net increase in employment, given that public sector jobs shrank. Over half the new jobs have been created by companies with fewer than 250 employees. But it’s the small business owners who get the least help from the government. In Alpharetta, North American Properties, developers of the Avalon project, received a 50% tax abatement package from Fulton County to develop the project. Of course officials in Cobb County are just as generous, giving similar deals. All that adds up to less money going to schools, roads or other services. Think the government

is rolling back taxes for the Mom and Pops? But what about the lure of additional sales tax revenues? That is largely illusory. Generally speaking, retail spending is fixed spending. In other words, you have a budget for certain items and goods. Just because Avalon opens doesn’t mean there will be more money pouring into the community. Profits are spread in a different manner, one that often benefits the CEOs, who are based out of town and spend their money elsewhere. Dollars spent at a local based merchant create a multiplier throughout the community and local economy. For every dollar spent at a local independent business, up to 3.5 times as much wealth is generated in the local economy compared to the same amount spent at a chain store. How’s that, you ask? Independent local businesses employ an array of supporting services. They hire cabinet-makers, architects, designers, sign makers, and contractors for construction. Add local accountants, insurance brokers, computer consultants, and attorneys to the list (and yes, they even buy ads in local publications). Local retailers and distributors also carry a higher percentage of locally produced goods than chains, meaning more jobs for local producers. “We’re autonomous, and we buy

number of independent businesses creates great diversity. When thousands of shops serve the preferences of their customers’ tastes, more market opportunities are created for a wide variety of goods and services. As giant corporations dominate production, distribution, and sales, a few executives and buyers choose what reaches customers.

Maintaining Local Character

John and Doug Howard of Howard Brothers Hardware. In 2001 they won the independentwestand.org ‘Indie Award’ for Best Locally Owned Business In America.

box store. We have several people with 20 years of experience. Those people love this company, and they love customers and providing solutions to problems. You cannot get that at a big box store.” Those sentiments were echoed by Comfortable Chair Store co-owner, Craig Daniels: “I think big box stores with transient sales staffs make it easy for us to excel on service, especially since we ourselves handpicked each of the samples in our

showroom for specific reasons. The combination of our in-depth product knowledge and the kind of personal service that you probably won’t get from a commissioned salesperson results in a unique experience that our targeted, more educated customers appreciate.” Big national retailers sift through competing goods and services to find those most appealing to their customers. One local retailer may have smaller inventory, but the sheer

Think about the difference you feel shopping on the Marietta Square, Canton Street, or in historic Alpharetta. The businesses in those areas define our sense of place, but we often forget that their survival depends on our patronage. “Local owner-operated businesses tend to be more accountable for the quality of their goods and services since we are personally so visible in the community and want to have positive experiences when we run into our customers everyday in public places like restaurants and grocery stores,” said Julia Daniels. “I think if you want your community to thrive and improve, then shopping locally must be a conscious choice. See Shop Local on page 32

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products that we think are going to be good for our customers. We sell several products that are really local,” said Andy Darnell, Manager of Marketing and Communications for Howard Brothers Hardware in Alpharetta. “For instance, we sell doghouses from a guy in Augusta. We listen to any and everybody, if there is a product we feel our customers will want. Hopefully, we’re supporting people who support us, so they will do the same as well.” In contrast, a new chain store typically is a clone of other units, eliminates the need for local planning, and uses a minimum of local goods and services. A companyowned store's profits are promptly exported to corporate headquarters. That's simply good, efficient business for them, but not so good for our communities. Beyond the dollar figures, there are also other definitions of value. For instance, customer service, dedication to quality, and standing behind a product. “We feel the weight of big box. We’re surrounded by Home Depot, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart, and competition for a lot of the products we sell is fierce. We still provide a level of service that you cannot get at a big

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When it comes to “contraband” foods I have no self-control. By Di Chapman

This column is dedicated to all pie fans, cannoli gluttons, ice cream connoisseurs, and us donut eaters. To moose munch chompers, pizza lovers and potato chip aficionados. To all of us who relish the rejects of good nutrition, and buck the headwinds of the onslaught of studies warning us about the stickiest, fattiest foods on the planet. It’s a tribute to foods we sneak down to eat in the kitchen in the wee hours, or gobble in the break room while office mates have turned their backs. It’s for those of us who revolt quietly against nutritional morays, at the risk of chastisement if discovered gulping down mouthwatering tastes of sugar, butter and white flour. Yes, and here’s to you, glazed old-fashioned and caramel clusters. To you, and to those of us who love you. Look, we all know the mountain of evidence about the importance of nutrition to stave off cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Leafy greens, olive oil, blueberries, apples, nuts, broccoli, green tea, and even coffee, are now the stars of news reports cajoling us to make “healthy” food choices. Goodness, yes, we must acknowledge the facts and their importance. They are critical to good health. So, what is a self-respecting dessert lover supposed to do whilst her parade is drenched? I’ll tell you what we’re supposed to do and what I do: eat your apple-a-day and leafy greens publicly and your fat, sugar and cold pizza in the dark of night. In my own life, I admit that I have a reputation for making healthy lifestyle choices, including what I choose to eat daily. I love fruits and vegetables, and in fact, am vegetarian; a decision, mind you, that had nothing to do with religion or rebellion, but with stomachaches after meat consumption. I’m tall and slender, and for some unsolicited, blessed reason, God reached down and anointed me “an exerciser” while I was in


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the womb. I started moving the moment I was born and never stopped, climbing every tree, swinging off monkey bars, traversing canyons and scaling building ledges. This contributed greatly to my thin stature. Consequently, I became “the healthy one” among friends and business associates, heaping salads and vegetables on my plate at dinners, and eating fruits for breakfast and lunch. My days began and/or ended with exercise. But, I admit to eating contraband under the moon, before I hit the hay. In spite of knowing the foods that could kill me, the foods with “good” versus “bad” fat, and the evils of sugar, I’m a closet sweets eater, a midnight snacker, a butter-lover, and a hand-in-the-cookie-jar kind of woman. To me, sweets are just another of the basic food groups. I love chewy, creamy, finger-licking goo. I’ve never met a fat or sugar I didn’t like. “Who’d have thought?” I wonder, as I join a group of other grown adults culling through the “four-for-a-dollar” after-Easter sale on chocolate bunnies. If God didn’t mean for us to “eat cake,” why did he give us a sweet tooth? I know millions of you feel the same way. Nestle’ boasts $92.2 billion in 2013 sales. Dunkin’ Brands, owner of Dunkin’ Donuts and BaskinRobbins, reported sales of $9.3 billion. Frito-Lay North America posted 2013 sales of $13 billion. Pizza sales were upward of $36.7 billion in 2012. Pizza food trucks flourish. Cheese is the favorite topping. The industry is currently fighting potential nutritional labeling laws, one requiring large chains to label full pizzas as one slice. Clearly, comrades, we’re in good company. I listen incredulously as my friends talk about their non-interest in sweets. “Oh, I could take or leave desserts,” says one friend, “I have no interest in sweets.” But moi? You could plunk down George Clooney in a room with me, and if there happens to be a jelly donut next to him, I’d be all over it, not him. If I weren’t dairy intolerant, a pint of ice cream would have the same effect. “So, eat dark chocolate instead,” my health care provider advised me. She is perfect and the picture of self-control. “It’s great for satisfying a sweet tooth,” she tells me. Au contraire, my friends. Dark chocolate may be the latest poster child for “healthy sweets,” but no true sweets-aholic would ever call it so. It’s just another ploy to woo us away from the cravings we love. Dark chocolate is simply cacao without the sugar and fat. How sinful can it be? Clearly, she’s someone who’s never curled up with frosting and a spoon. Personally, I get a bad case of the “can’thelp-its” over a can of Pillsbury confection. It doesn’t even make it home from the store. If I don’t have a plastic eating utensil in the car, my finger works just fine. Don’t worry, my on-the-go wipes are there for a reason. I cop to my lack of self-control. I try to be good, though, in the name of “research.” Can I pass a donut shop? I keep both hands on the wheel, and look straight ahead. The drivethrough calls to me, but I exercise restraint. I can’t eat just one, and I know it. I’m fortunate I love exercise. Other midnight snackers do not share my enjoyment of movement. “Many of us just hate the E-word,” says my friend Rita, as we talk about the salvation of calorie burning. “I ate pizza last night and truly enjoyed it,” she says. “But I don’t like to sweat.” I do understand, you partners in crime. Better to sit down with a bag of chips and a donut chaser. We’re no dummies. Life can be sweet if you want it to be. ❍

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‘Easy Going’ Rose is just as “easy” as its namesake. It works well as a hedge, and is easily maintained at 3-4’. By Nancy Wallace

June is the month to celebrate America’s favorite flower, the rose. It’s National Rose Month, so take the opportunity to select a rose for your landscape or start a new rose garden. Garden centers often stock roses when they are in bloom, making it easy to choose a rose based upon growth habit, style, scent, and color. There are a number of roses that tolerate Georgia’s humid summers and relentless heat. If you are searching for a disease-resistant rose, here are a few of my favorite easy-care landscape roses, several of which have been inducted into the Rose Hall of Fame (World Federation of Rose Societies). ‘Blushing Pink Iceberg’ (floribunda): is a sport of the ‘Iceberg’ climbing rose (inducted 1983), and blooms on old wood, so be careful about pruning this one. Pruning in spring will remove the current season’s blooms. ‘Blushing Pink Iceberg’ is often sold as a “standard,” making it a nice choice for a container-grown rose on a sunny patio. It’s very hardy and has excellent disease resistance.

‘Just Joey’ (hybrid tea): This shrub-like rose grows to 3-4’ tall, producing enormous, fragrant, copper-coral double-blooms (inducted 1994). ‘Just Joey’ is a reliable rebloomer, making it a great cutting-garden rose and a trafficstopper in any rose garden. ‘Graham Thomas’ (shrub rose): The advantage to this rose (inducted 2009), despite its strong fragrance and golden-yellow double blooms, is

so already, prune dead branches by hand from shrubs that suffered winter damage to improve their overall appearance. If you need to shape hedges (hollies, boxwoods or other small-leaf deciduous shrubs such as spiraea), shearing with hedge clippers is appropriate and will encourage robust, new foliage growth. Be aware that garden tools should be kept clean, just as kitchen silverware should. Viruses, fungus, and bacteria can be passed from plant to plant when infected tools are used on plant materials. Household cleaners (such as Pine-Sol and Lysol) have been found to be effective when used at full strength. Fill a bucket with a recommended full-strength cleaner and keep it with you when working in the garden. Simply dip tool blades into the bucket to disinfect before pruning from plant to plant. Small, preventive maintenance tasks will serve your garden well, enabling it to thrive under adverse conditions. Nancy provides garden design and renovation services. Follow her blog: wallacegardens.tumblr.com

The double yellow flowers of ‘Easy Going’ are lightly scented.

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that it can be used as a shrub rose or trained as a short climbing rose if given the proper support. ‘Graham Thomas’ will grow up to 8’ tall in hotter climates when trained against a trellis or an arbor, making it one of the less aggressive climbing roses. Ideal for smaller landscapes. ‘Easy Going’ (floribunda): The name of this rose tells you everything you need to know about it. I’ve been incorporating this rose in my clients’ landscapes for several years, and I’ve never seen a suggestion of black-spot. It starts blooming in May, and keeps blooming through late October, especially if old blooms are removed once a month. ‘Easy Going’ works well as a hedge, and is easily maintained at 34’. The double yellow flowers are lightly scented and the dark-green glossy leaves remain disease-free throughout the growing season. Hopefully your garden has recovered from the unusually cold temperatures we experienced last winter. Take the time over the summer to keep landscape plants looking their best, and get to know the difference between “pruning” and “shearing.” If you haven’t done

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SCHOOL YEAR ENDS WITH AWARDS Next year will feature new GMAP exam

Principal of the Year Photo: Dr. Vic Shandor, Area Superintendent of the Northwest learning Community, Kindra Smith, 2014 Principal of the Year Margaret Pupillo, Executive Director of the Northwest Learning Community, Dr. Scott Muri, Deputy Superintendent of Academics By Matthew W. Quinn Local students and teachers have received high honors for their performance this year from both the county and the National Merit Corporation. Next year, however, will feature the introduction of a new exam. Both Fulton County Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Sweigart of Hillside Elementary and Principal of the Year, Kindra Smith of Roswell North hail from Roswell schools. Sweigart has been in education for 14 years, with the last five years at Hillside. “I was completely caught offguard!” Sweigart said. Sweigart felt joy, disbelief, and validation. Education can be a difficult career—there are days where one is at the top of the world due to a student’s small accomplishment and other days where one puts in 12 hours and there’s still so much to do it doesn’t seem manageable. “This honor reflects the mentoring, coaching, and support that I’ve received from colleagues over the years at Hillside,” she said.

“Together we make sure that the joys of teaching overshadow the challenges.” Smith learned she’d received the Principal of the Year honor when the dedication of the school’s fifth grade legacy garden was suddenly moved up a week. All the students had been called out to the site and Assistant Principal Laurie Woodruff asked Smith to dedicate the garden. Smith, caught by surprise, muddled through a dedicatory speech. “That’s when Dr. Murray, my husband, and the area superintendent all came out the back door with the sign saying we’re principal of the year for Fulton County,” Smith said. Smith’s receipt of the honor has been a humbling experience. She doesn’t work for accolades like this —she and others in Fulton County Schools work for the good of the students. “Our school is very diverse and we work hard trying to make sure all of the different groups who learn differently get the best of everything,” she said. This is Smith’s fourth year at

Roswell North. Before that she’d been the assistant principal of Northwestern Middle School in the Milton area and a first grade teacher. Student Awards Many students throughout North Fulton also ended the year with high honors from the National Merit Corporation, which identifies its honorees by their scores on the PSAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as well as their SAT scores and by the endorsement of their principals. North Fulton schools produced eight National Merit Scholars. Alpharetta High School had the most winners—Anastasia Mulia, Nisha Poruthoor, and Michelle Tam. From Roswell High School came Erin Gant and Anand Srinivasan. Chattahoochee High School produced Suhana Elamsenthil, Johns Creek High School produced Jason Bic and Milton High School had Chandler Moore. These National Merit Scholars will receive, in addition to the distinction, $2,500 in cash scholarships to use at an institution of their choice funded by the National Merit Corporation. The Cobb County Schools do not offer similar teacher awards but students did excel in the classroom this year. Scores for Cobb County Schools on the 2013 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) topped average scores for Georgia schools at all three levels— elementary, middle, and high. The state revised several formulas of the 2013 CCRPI for greater accuracy and clarity and recalculated the 2012 baseline scores based on the updated calculations to allow for fair comparison. Additionally, five members of Cobb County’s graduating Class of 2014 were named Georgia Scholars by the Georgia Department of Education. Just 116 students from schools across Georgia were recognized for excellence in and out of the classroom. Walton High School dominated with three students, Kira de Bruyn, Monica Machado, and Jacqueline Weiland, each meeting specific criteria for recognition in the program. The sen-


iors will each receive a special seal for his or her diploma signifying status as a 2014 Georgia Scholar. Common Core Updates Schools in Georgia have undergone some changes in recent years with the implementation of the Common Core. The Common Core is a national voluntary initiative involving 49 states that put together a common set of educational standards for math and language arts. Teachers, subject matter experts, and the public had input into the process. The Georgia Board of Education adopted 100% of the Common Core standards in 2010, replacing the Georgia Performance Standards. 90 percent of the Common Core math standards were similar to the prior standards, as were 81 percent of the English and language arts portions. Georgia added some standards of its own, including cursive instruction in grades three and four. These standards were implemented in Georgia schools beginning in 2012. In mathematics, students have developed stamina and perseverance through multi-step, real-world problems. Although this hasn’t always been an easy process—parents didn’t learn this way, some teachers are still learning how to implement it, and schools are asking more of some students— the shift beyond everybody’s comfort zones is necessary for American students to be able to compete in the twentyfirst century. In the next school year the state will roll out a new educational assessment system to replace the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) taken by first through eighth graders and the End of Course Tests (EOCT) taken by high schoolers. This new testing regimen is called the Georgia Measures of Academic Progress (GMAP). “It’ll be more interactive,” he said. “A little more technology based.” Students will do more problem solving and less of the multiplechoice questions that had been common previously. There will be more free responses and critical thinking. ❍

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craft beer retailers, such as Ale Yeah! in Roswell. This can makes things difficult for small scale breweries, and especially for brewpubs, which walk the line between brewery and restaurant. Due to these types of regulations, the craft beer community has become a tight knit operation that supports and utilizes one another to build a better market in which to do business. The City of Roswell has recently approved a new ordinance that would allow microbreweries and brewpubs to operate in Roswell, as they do in many of the surrounding cities. The prospect is exciting to Eddie Holley, owner of Ale Yeah!. “Politicians can get behind this ‘beer renaissance’ as more people are focusing on craft beers,” Holley says. “We have the chance to educate people with the growth we’ve had in recent years. What’s more, it will create jobs and

support the restaurants. There is big potential for Roswell if they [breweries] can find property.” Holley drew attention to the problem brewers are facing with finding adequate space in Roswell. “It’s normally cheaper to work out of more industrial areas, which Roswell doesn’t have. The high property values here and limited space are a challenge for breweries who want to come here.” Despite the challenges these independent breweries are facing, the industry is thriving and growing rapidly. Support from those looking to create a new, more appreciative experience around high quality beer is pushing craft brewers to reach new heights and push new frontiers. Roswell is joining the ranks of cities embracing this movement and the next few years could bring exciting new business to the metro area. ❍

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Not only will you get personal attention, but also the tax dollars generated go to support the local school system and services like the fire and police departments and the quality of our roads. Shopping local also provides the means for progressive city planning, which makes a community more desirable for new business development as well as more enjoyable for the people who live and work there.” Local owners, having literally invested so much in a business, have a natural interest in the community’s long-term health. These people are essential to charitable endeavors, and they often serve on local boards and support numerous causes. Indeed, some chains give back to towns in which they locate, and not all local businesses are exemplary models. However, the overall impacts are clear: locally owned businesses play a key role in our community that chains rarely do. Despite the dismal trends, a counterforce is building. In the past five years, more than eighty communities have launched Independent Business Alliances (IBAs) — coalitions of local businesses, non-profits and concerned citizens uniting to support local entrepreneurs and prevent the loss of community-rooted businesses. One such example is Roswell Inc., a joint partnership between the City of Roswell and The Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau. Working in multiple realms, including group purchasing, joint marketing, public education and political advocacy, these IBAs have succeeded in a wide range of communities nationwide and are driving major shifts in local culture and spending. The success of these alliances bodes well for a growing localization movement that is reawakening people to the value of local self-reliance and cohesive communities. But for long-term progress, a conceptual change is also necessary. We must consciously plan that future with rules encouraging the values we want reflected in our communities. And each time we spend a dollar, we would do well to weigh the full value of our choices, not solely to ourselves immediately, but for the future we want for our communities. ❍


Roswell Invites Public to Brainstorm The City of Roswell is hoping to transform two of its alleyways behind Canton Street into vibrant places where people can stroll, shop and eat. But before moving forward, the City wants residents’ and business owners’ input at a public planning session for the East-West Alley Master Plan on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Held at the Roswell Historic Cottage (972 Alpharetta Street), the public meeting—or “charrette” as it is formally called—is a planning session where citizens, members of the business community, city planners, designers and others can collaborate on a vision for the area. There is a movement to revitalize public alleyways in downtown districts all across the country, and Roswell’s East and West Alleys behind Canton Street lend themselves perfectly to this exciting revitalization of public places. Session for downtown Roswell businesses and stakeholders is from 8:30 am to noon and a session for the general public is from 2pm to 4:30pm. Once City staff gathers public input from the charrette, they will work with a city-planning contractor to develop a master plan for the area. The

33 purpose of the master plan is to improve connectivity and to build upon the success of the walkable village concept of Canton Street, while preserving the historic character of the area.

Artscape! in East Cobb Park Register your rising 2nd to 5th grader for an art history camp hosted by The Friends For the East Cobb Park. Titled Artscape, the Classes will be held daily from 9am to noon outside at the park. They will be starting with prehistoric artwork and ending with 20th century landscape art. Each day they will create many works of art depending on the art period of the day. Also included is a daily nature hike with a sketchbook. More information can be found at www.eastcobbpark.org.

Happy Legs Happy Hour Join VeinInnovations as they celebrate the opening of VI Active at 4255 Johns Creek Parkway, on June 12 from 4pm to 6:30pm. There will be music, food and drawings for cep compression sportsware and scierotherapy. This event will benefit Girls on the Run a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. For more info email: events@veininnovations.com or call 678-731-9815.

Renasant Bank Has Vision Quest Employees of Renasant Bank, located 880 Holcomb Bridge Rd. in Roswell, recently participated in the 8th Annual Atlanta Vision Walk held at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Proceeds raised at the Vision Walk will support the sight saving research of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is a nation non-profit organization that aids in the prevention, treatment and cures for the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases that affect more than 10 million Americans. Since 1971, the Foundation has raised nearly $550 million as the leading non-governmental funder of inherited retinal research.

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Ragamuffin Offers A Rockin’ Camp Ragamuffin Music Hall has announced the debut of their first season of rock band camp for kids ages 12 to 16 entitled Rock Band Session: Band Camp and Artist Mentoring, running from July 7 through Aug. 1. The camp is led by world renowned and experienced session player and touring artist Derek Ferwerda who’s played with bands such as the Spin Doctors and Hall and Oats. Although Derek hails with star quality of his own, with over 30 years of experience, he has a deep passion for teaching and mentoring future musicians. Derek is a perfect fit for the vision Ragamuffin Music Hall holds to offer high quality instruction with the desire to inspire and mentor future talent. He has mentored former rock band student Arthur Lynn of “Angie Screams” and is also a New York session player and two-time winner of Guitar Player magazines’s “Spotlight Player of

the Year.” Additionally he has taught band members of Manchester Orchestra as well as Aaron Shust and Ryan Stephens of Beggars Guild.

Kids Can Write This Summer Barrington Hall in Roswell has announced that in June and July it will host its third annual Kids Can Write creative writing camp series. Award winning children’s book author (First Grade Stinks!, Jimmy’s Stars, Yankee Girl) and children’s writing instructor Mary Ann Rodman will teach children how to write creatively and show them writing can be fun and enjoyable. Through the use of creative exercises, playtime and both individual and group instruction Ms. Rodman will get the campers creativity flowing. The age range for campers is 10 through 14. To reserve a spot for your child in one of the camps or to ask questions please call Bill Browning at 770.640.3855 or send an email to wbrowning@roswellgov.com.

Cambridge High School Recognizes All State Band Participants

Selected Members (appearing L-R): Parth Kumar, Dylan Bose, Max Keenan, Nick Borkovich, Steven Gildersleve and Justin Harrell.

Six Cambridge High School Students were recognized at the recent Band Booster Banquet for their participation in the 2014 All State Band Event in Athens, Ga. The students are Parth Kumar, Dylan Bose, Max Keenan, Nick Borkovich, Steven Gildersleve and Justin Harrell. These students survived two rigorous rounds of auditions to be chosen for this event. “Making All State Band is a tremendous achievement for these students,” says Ryan Borger, Director of the Cambridge High School Band Program.   “The audition process is extremely challenging and we are extremely pleased to be able to send six students to Athens to represent Cambridge High School at this event.”



Champs! The Roswell Santos Girls U-11 recently won two local soccer competitions, the GA Soccer Academy Cup and the UFA Xtreme Cup on consecutive weekends in May. Front Row: Taylor Oakley, Lindsay Young, Ava Allen, Kate Weir, Abby Stewart, Keenan Williams


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10 Area Students Named Best Young Jazz Performers Ten students have been named the Best Young Jazz Performers in the Atlanta Area by The Velvet Note jazz club in Alpharetta. Each awardee will be given his or her own performance date this summer as a headliner at The Velvet Note. “These ‘young guns’ really stepped up to the challenge,” says Tamara Fuller, owner of The Velvet Note. “The quality of the performances has been on par with that of musicians twice their age, and we are proud to have them on our stage.” Each young performer was given the assignment of providing the material for the show, selecting the side musicians who will be on the bandstand, and spearheading their own marketing efforts. Tony Wasilewski, Owner/Producer of Hot Shoe Record says: “We have to keep supporting young performers, give them a chance. This series is

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Chicago’s Famed Second City Brings Laughter to Roswell Cultural Arts Center Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre company, The Second City, presents Happily Ever Laughter, a hilarious revue featuring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisation from The Second City’s 53-year history on June 7th at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center (RCAC). Because of their sold-out show last year, RCAC has added two shows this year at 7 pm and 10 pm. Drawing on classic material from The Second City archives, as well as scenes ripped from the morning headlines, The Second City’s Happily Ever Laughter is your chance to see comedy stars in the making during an evening of smart, cutting-edge comedy. The Second City continues to deliver the leading voices in comedy while touring the globe. With scripted and improvisational elements, audiences always enjoy being part of the show and playing along with the next generation of comic legends. Many of comedy’s brightest stars have hit the road with The Second City Touring Company, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Bill Murray, Keegan Michael Key and most recently, Saturday Night Live stars Cecily Strong, Tim Robinson, and Jason Sudeikis. Limited tickets are currently available for both shows at $35. All seating is General Admission. Plus, there’s a cash bar in the lobby and a free photo booth with all kinds of crazy props. For further information or tickets, please visit www.roswellcac.com  or call (770) 594-6232.

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A beautiful guitar and fiddle ensemble called Out of the Rain will perform at Ragamuffin Music Hall on June 21st. Ron Hipp with Carol

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Under the Pines at Matilda’s Concert Series Matilda’s Cottage, which is set on 3.5 acres among tall pines just south of downtown Alpharetta and adjacent to Wills Park, offers live outdoor music called “Under the Pines” throughout the spring and summer months. Bring your lawn chairs, a picnic and even your dog for an unforgettably laid back evening of entertainment.  Some upcoming shows are; June 14 with the Breeze Kings, June 20 features Starting Fires, on June 21 it’s Donna Hopkins and Gibson Wilbanks , on June 28 they feature Little Country Giants and a special concert on July 4 features the City Hotel String Band. Tickets are $15 for adults with kids under 16 free with adult.

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beach and all those activities was almost too much to bear –– not to mention “sneaking away” from your house at 3 or 4 in the morning in your pjs! My, my how things have changed! Back then even if we were lucky enough to be in a car with a radio we would get zero reception for hours at a time. Now each sibling has their own DVD player. Families today have so much more to offer their children in the way of daily summer fun that family vacations are now thought of in a completely different way.


Instead of going “towards” the fun, families are now “leaving” all the fun & activity behind and using their vacation as a way of relaxing from all that fun & activity. When my own two boys were younger, my mom would chastise me about all the “extreme entertainment”. I thought my boys needed every weekend and it seems to have only become more extreme today But even though much about today’s family vacation has changed from when we were children, there has always remained one constant… the memories we have of those long ago vacations that are so vivid we still can taste the ocean. Today’s family vacations will also be burned in our children’s memories forever. So look forward to actually getting away from all the great Summer Camps, “extreme” play dates we arrange for our kids, incredible events & venues Atlanta has to offer for super-size Summer Fun, and really relax and recharge yourself and your children when your family gets a chance to “get away”. Do something extremely fun… nothing. Happy Trails ! Kay Paschal, Owner Peachtree Park Prep



That headline contains the words of the immortal Alice Cooper… Who among us can forget how much fun it was as a child to go on a family vacation? Those of us of a certain age can remember heading down I-75 South to the Florida beaches and hitting the first Stuckey’s Candy Store (in Stockbridge!) and continuing from that point for the next 8 hours thinking we were near Florida. Or can >> KIDS & KAY who remember fighting with your siblings about who got to stand in the middle of the back seat (on the hump) to hang over the front seat Kay Paschal, Owner and talk to mom Peachtree Park Prep and dad? Or who can remember the Miracle Strip in Panama City? That was pretty much the nearest “real” amusement park and roller coaster to Atlanta! The excitement and anticipation of getting to the

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