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The Month in Preview MARCH 2017



Songbirds Guitar Museum

Nikki Canter: A Carpenters Tribute

March 10 thru 12

March 12

Songbirds Guitar Museum, the world’s largest private collection of rare, vintage guitars will celebrate the museum’s grand opening with a series of events beginning on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12. The family-friendly, guitar-oriented, pop culture museum is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee on the campus of the world famous Chattanooga Choo Choo. The main festival will take place on Station Street between Market Street and Rossville Avenue in front of the museum on Saturday and is free and open to the public. The outdoor party will feature the Gibson Guitar traveling museum and live shows throughout the day. For more info visit www.SongbirdsGuitars.com. >>AN AMERICAN RHAPSODY Marietta’s Symphony On The Square is back with the first concert of 2017 on Fri., Mar. 31 for “An American Rhapsody” featuring music from early American to present day. This performance will include pieces like: American Folk Rhapsody, Ashokan Farwell, the music of Duke

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A classically trained singer, and a UGA graduate who began her college career as a music major, Canter began her music career as the lead singer with a rock ‘n roll band in high school, and after college, the band “Atlanta Transit” which performed at weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations in the Atlanta area. Along the way, Canter also won a nationwide karaoke contest, and most recently, won a local singing contest that let to her professional debut at The Velvet Note in 2016. In addition to performances at The Velvet Note, Nikki most recently performed at Cosmopolitan Live in Marietta and Cafe 290 in Sandy Springs. This show takes place at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta for more info visit www.thevelvetnote.com. Ellington, Rhapsody in Blue, The Patriot, Star Wars, and more. The mission of Symphony on the Square is to draw together local musicians to rehearse and perform quality orchestral repertoire for the enjoyment of audiences and the artistic fulfillment of their performers. Since its inception, concerts have been well attended by the community and the dream of an orchestra in Marietta is no longer a dream... it’s a reality that appears to be here to stay.





Shamrockin’ For A Cure

March 25 ShamRockin’ for a Cure returns to Alpharetta to rock your night with great food, amazing bands, and of course dancing. Come eat, drink and help cure Cystic Fibrosis with a night filled with music that will rock the Verizon stage while attendees dance the night away. Regular tickets include food, beer, wine, cocktails and giveaways. The exciting live and silent auctions will be packed with something for everyone-trips, dining, adventure, jewelry, gift certificates and a raffle. For more info and tickets visit www.shamrockinforacure.com.


Joey DeFrancesco Concert Mar. 30 & 31 Joey DeFrancesco is an American jazz organist, trumpeter, and vocalist. He is a Grammynominated artist who has released more than 30 albums, including recordings with Miles Davis and Jimmy Smith.  In addition to Grammy nominations in 2004 and 2010, DeFrancesco is a 9time winner of the Down Beat Critics Poll (organ) and has won the Down Beat Readers Poll every year since 2005, and he has won a number of Jazz Times Awards. DeFrancesco is an inaugural member of the Hammond Hall of Fame, inducted in 2013 along with other musicians that included Brian Auger, Billy Preston, Steve Winwood, and his mentor, Jimmy Smith. This performance is at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta. For more info visit thevelvetnote.com.



CDA’s St. Paddy’s Day at Gate City Brewing Join the guys at Gate City Brewing for tours and tastings, food and music! An entry fee of $25 gets you a tour, along with a souvenir pint glass and 6 complimentary beer samples. This event will feature music by The Seven Sons and great food by Big C’s Chicago Kitchen. This promises to be an entertaining event benefitting the CDA Scholarship Fund. The Child Development Association (CDA) provides affordable early learning programs and childcare for preschool children in the metro Atlanta area. The CDA prepares children for success in education and life. And, their childcare services enable hardworking parents to maintain full-time employment to support their families. For more info visit www.cdakids.org.



March 11 The second annual Shamrock in the Park will be held on March 11 in front of Mac McGee’s on Canton Street in Roswell. The day’s festivities will include the popular MacFestivus party and a 1/2k road race around Heart of Roswell Park. Come on you can do a 1/2k! For the event a section of Canton Street will be closed to feature food and beer trucks, family activities, Irish dancers and a full schedule of live bands. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. Proceeds go to Relay for Life of Roswell. > > > > > > > > > > > > >>MASTER WORDSMITH

An Evening of Storytelling with Garrison Keillor

March 9 Keillor is a writer and humorist best known for his popular live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, which attracts more than four million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations each week. Keillor is also the host of the daily radio and online program, The Writer’s Almanac, and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems: American Places. A best-selling author, he has published more than two dozen books. Offering insight and stories from his journey as one of America’s greatest storytellers, Keillor captivates audiences with his unique blend of comedy, charisma, and wisdom. He will perform at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for more info visit www.cobbenergycentre.com. > > > > > > > > > > > > >>GET HOOKED

Team Maggie Striper Tournament at Lake Lanier

March 11 Join the fantastic folks at Team Maggie for their 2nd Annual Striper Tournament to raise money for young adults with cancer to keep their dream of family alive. This is a Catch & Release tournament (C.P.R). Their mission is to raise money for educating and funding grants towards fertility preservation for young adults undergoing cancer treatment. “Keeping the Dream of Family Alive” is their motto, and this fundraiser is a great way you can help in this effort. Participants may launch from the Lanier Park of their choice, two dozen free herring from Sherry’s Bait & BBQ with entry. Trophies will be issued to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and there will also be a “Big Fish” trophy. For more info visit www.teammaggieforacure.org.

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MacFestivus: Shamrock in the Park




THE MADNESS OF MARCH Friday night science class, at Fernbank After Dark

By Jessica Diamond

March is quite possibly the most unpredictable month of the year. At no point in the entire month is one day indicative of how the following day will be. This is true of weather, sporting events, work, you name it. A sunny, carefree Wednesday could easily be followed by a crazed Thursday with surprise deadlines and a blizzard. Blame the seasons, blame the moon cycle, blame the Mayan calendar, reason it out however you will. Furthermore, it likes to sneak up on us after a short February. Don’t let the madness of March take over your life. Make plans and turn this month of spontaneity into opportunity. There is plenty to do, see, and try! For years, I believed that the world of scientific study was not for me. Sure, I can appreciate a good natural phenomenon. Who doesn’t love watching a volcano bubble or a comet streaking through the sky? And yet my endless string of tutors and barely-getting-by test scores had me convinced that science and I were a bad romance.

Now, I’m starting to wonder if science was the culprit. Had my lessons been conducted more like Fernbank After Dark, my courtship with the STEM subjects may have produced an entirely different outcome. Fernbank After Dark is a monthly series for adults ages 21+ that uses live music, cocktails, food, films, and fun activities to bring science to life. On Friday, March 10, Fernbank After Dark will present the Science of Spirits with interactive insight into the brewing, distilling, and fermenting processes behind our favorite beverages. Two films will also be showing in the Giant Screen Theatre followed by live music from the Athens based folk-rock band “Bridges.” Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to get yours at www.fernbankmuseum.org. You may have thought you’d never spend a Friday night in science class, but this is chemistry as you always wished it could be! Cold or warm, rain or shine, it’s always festival season in Georgia. Chances are if you attend a festival in March, you will experience each type of weather within the span of a single day.


my point. Luckily, Atlantic Station has recognized the mass appeal of this wonderful meal and will play host to the Atlanta Brunch Festival this March 11. Celebrate brunch all day long with creative treats from a handful of the best local restaurants and plenty of brunch beverages as well as live music and a DJ. Get your tickets and find out which restaurants are participating at atlantabrunchfestival.com. Happy brunching! As many experts will tell you, the best way to master something is to immerse yourself in it. Surround yourself with those who live it and learn from them. This is especially true of dance. Dancing has proven to lift the spirits and lower the inhibitions of even the most stressed person. Don’t think you’re much of a dancer? Maybe you just haven’t found the right dance floor yet! Become a salsa dancing pro at #TheSalsaSocialAtlanta every Thursday night with PASOFino Latin Dance Studio in Sandy Springs. “Why would I suddenly take up salsa dancing?” you may wonder to yourself. Well, I’ll give you a few very convincing reasons. First, go look up “amazing salsa dancers” on YouTube. Ok, so now that you’ve watched that… do you really need any other reasons? It’s smooth, it’s sexy and best of all it’s incredibly fun. Become a suave, Festival Brunch Atlanta Morning coffee with a kick: confident dancer in no time at this weekly party for only $5. All levels of As a rule, I generally steer clear of dance experience are welcome. Learn sweeping generalizations. I will more at www.pasofinodance.com. however, make the following If nothing here strikes your fancy, be declaration without shame: everyone sure to check your community loves brunch. I am not open-minded calendars for upcoming events in and about this. Brunch is a symbol of around your area. Good luck out there freedom and luxury. Brunch means that you slept in late, probably because and remember to have some fun this month! ❍ the night before was full of fun, and you have now decided to treat yourself to an indulgent meal that combines the best parts of breakfast with the versatility of lunch. Furthermore, brunch allows for the greatest of drink combinations. Yes, I would like my morning coffee to have a kick, thank you very much. I think I’ve made Join #TheSalsaSocialAtlanta on Thursdays at PASAFino Dance Studio This uncertainty makes for some fascinating fashion choices (such as the popular shorts, jacket, and boots combo) as well as a collection of interesting events that celebrate that tiny window between the end of winter and the beginning of spring. This March 25-26, explore one of the area’s most popular hidden gems with the 3rd Annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival. This festival offers a 5K race, Pet World, the Children’s Village, a classic car show, and an arts and crafts marketplace as well as live music and plenty of local food vendors. Not familiar with Brookhaven? Now is the perfect opportunity to meet the community as you watch the 240 cherry trees bloom in Blackburn Park and enjoy everything the festival has to offer. Learn more about the festival and plan your visit at www.brookcherryfest.org.




MAKING YOUR TAX RETURN GREAT AGAIN! Meaningful Conversations about Money By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders

Once tax season is here, it may be too late to implement some very helpful tax saving strategies. At Odyssey, we keep our client’s “pay-triotic duty” top of mind by engaging in tax-wise investing and financial advice year-round. Here are a few investment related techniques to lower your tax bill in the future. Have a plan… and follow it. Begin with clearly defined goals and a documented plan, then use the best after-tax investment strategy you can find to meet your goals. Rely on your professional advisers to keep you well positioned. Ignore the inevitable distractions along the way. Avoid excessive trading. Bottom line, the more trading you do in your taxable accounts, the greater the likelihood you are to be taxed. If you utilize a strategy that involves fewer trades, the better off you’re likely to be. Avoid actively traded funds in favor of indexing or passive investing. Just as you should minimize your own hyperactive trading, you should invest in funds where the managers avoid trying to “beat” the market by actively picking individual stocks or timing the

market. Instead, look for mangers who seek to build lasting value by patiently participating in the long-term growth expected from specific investment types. Not every fund is created equally. Even if two funds share identical investment objectives, one may be considerably better than the other at tax-efficiently managing its holdings. Some fund families offer versions of their funds called tax-managed funds that are deliberately structured to maximize after-tax returns. Make good use of tax-sheltered accounts. The more assets you can hold in tax-sheltered or tax-free accounts (e.g., IRAs, Roth IRAs, 401(k)s, 529 college saving plans and health savings accounts), the more opportunities you have to avoid or at least postpone some of the inherent tax ramifications that exist in building wealth. Other valuable tax planning suggestions. Some of these techniques include: the ability to harvest capital losses against capital gains, donate appreciated shares to charity, coordinate step-up in basis, and take foreign tax credits. Note that these opportunities

are only available for positions held in taxable accounts. Now is the time to take action to improve your tax situation for next year and beyond. Are key members of your financial team acting in isolation or in concert with one another—your tax professional, investment advisor, estate planning attorney, insurance agent? Who serves as the quarterback of your advisory team? Even if each seeks the best tax-related decision within their specialized area, there may be unintentional consequences when strategies are not coordinated jointly. 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 towards their 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.


Development is often the biggest news that affects us locally. It is the one subject that can divide or unify community members and whether it’s in Roswell, East Cobb, or Alpharetta, keeping up with what’s going up or being torn down is a difficult task. To make life easier, the City of Roswell has launched a new development projects map so citizens can keep up to date with the wide variety of projects in Roswell. The Development Projects Map contains a wealth of easily accessible information regarding selected largescale or prominent development projects. The location, status, and design of each project is displayed in an easy-to-use map interface. Information about each project, the project applicant, application type, development process stages, and additional contact information is available through this map.  Links to Planning and Zoning public meetings are included in the map for even more information.  Simply click on or scroll to a project to access this information. The city doesn’t have a user friendly URL for this yet so we created one for you: goo.gl/ikdqTE. The map is updated weekly to provide the most current data to interested users, and demonstrates Roswell’s commitment to transparency and communication with its citizens. Additionally, Roswell is utilizing technology for property owners via a new GIS Viewer. It can handle questions like: How is my property zoned? How far is my child’s school from my property? What are the elevation changes along the new jogging

route that I am trying out? The GIS Viewer offers interactive options such as measuring distances between points, elevation changes along a route, and the ability to view property through several types of map layers. The GIS Viewer also includes quick access to the most commonly requested data, including Unified Development Code (UDC) Zoning, Parcel/Property Lines & Ownership, City Limits, and Historic District boundaries. To use the new GIS Viewer, visit www.roswellgov.com/map. There is also news for you folks who live near the Roswell/Alpharetta border in what is commonly referred to as the Crabapple Community. Recently, the Milton Planning Commission approved the Crabapple Placemaking Plan, which is a proposed vision for the future development of downtown Crabapple. Most of this development is proposed within the northwest and northeast sections of the intersection of Crabapple Road, Birmingham Highway, Mayfield Road, and Broadwell Road. Depending on market demand, the plan calls for 103,550 square feet of mixed-use, 72,000 square feet of office space and 25,200 square feet of retail space. This area has been growing for years and it seems leaders and community members are working to bring good development to the area. In general news the area housing market has mirrored our unseasonably warm weather meaning the “spring” market is here. There is good inventory and buyers are out in full force due to expected interest rate increases. I’ll have a more robust look at the first quarter activity next month. ❍ Kirsten Ricci is a Roswell resident and a Berkshire Hathaway Agent who specializes in residential real estate in the north metro Atlanta area. She can be reached at 678-472-3832, kirsten@roswellrealty.net.






8th Annual Atlanta Jewish Music Festival By Jessica Diamond

Despite the fact that many of the world’s most beloved songs are written, composed, performed, and produced by Jewish artists, much of the (non-Jewish) population would most likely struggle to identify Jewish music, with the exception of well-known staples like “Hava Nagila” and the entire soundtrack from Fiddler on the Roof. Like much of Jewish culture, Jewish music is extremely diverse and ever evolving. In cities like Atlanta where the Jewish population is active, but occasionally isolated, it can be challenging to find anything that will appeal to the entire community and draw people together. That is the challenge Atlanta native Award-winning trumpeter and composer Russell Gottschalk decided to address David Buchbinder teams up with a crew of when he presented the idea of the top jazz and world musicians to present Atlanta Jewish Music Festival in 2009. “Odessa/Havana,” an exhilarating, He, along with a dozen other community unprecedented project of musical discovery: leaders and Limmud Atlanta+ Southeast, the Jewish-Cuban connection. envisioned a music festival that could ed-

These events will give everyone a chance to experience Jewish culture and interact with parts of the community that are new to them. Most importantly, it allows members of the Atlanta Jewish community to connect and support one another. The AJMF is dedicated to providing an open, inclusive atmosphere that welcomes music lovers of all religions, orientations, and identities. As they charmingly mention on the event website, “Y’all means all.” This is an opportunity for connection, education and entertainment. This is also a wonderful opportunity for local Jewish musicians to gain recognition and present their innovative music in a fun and welcoming environment. Interested in learning more about Jewish music and Jewish culture in Atlanta? The website has information about festival events and year-round celebrations. Visit www.atlantajmf.org for tickets and show times. ❍

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ucate the global community on Jewish culture while uniting the Jewish community of Atlanta with music. What started as a small annual festival has grown rapidly to include the production and promotion of more than 60 different entertainment experiences around the city throughout the year. It is now the largest Jewish Music Festival in the South and is the only festival of its kind. The festival this year will officially begin on March 2 and span most of the month before concluding on March 19. The lineup will feature a truly diverse range of music with everything from hiphop to pop to jazz and beyond. Artists from all over the globe will perform throughout the metro area. The events are diverse not only due to genre, but also due to location and format. Some will be held in neutral event spaces like breweries, cafés and clubs. Other events will be hosted by various temples and will accompany a Shabbat service or Jewish holiday celebration.





By Tripp Liles

We’re fortunate enough to be surrounded by world-class parks and walking trails. Beyond taking great picturesque walks along the Chattahoochee you can also walk through Downtown Roswell and discover another kind of beauty… local art. Each month, on the first Friday, the vibrant Roswell Art District opens their doors for the area’s First Friday Art Walk. This is a self-guided walk through an area that will open your eyes to a part of our world you may not even know is out there. Each month galleries feature new openings, art talks, music, and entertainment. One leader in the local gallery movement is Muse & Co. Fine Art located at 31b Oak Street in Roswell. In March they feature local artist Marisa Marinetto and her show titled “Aria Fresca.” “Aria Fresca is Italian for Fresh Air… pause for a moment and take a deep

THESE WALKS LEAD TO GREAT DISCOVERIES breath…a moment devoted to the stillness of your soul. This body of work is dedicated to this moment. We, as women, by our very nature, pour ourselves out for work, friends and family and forget the moments needed for the refreshing of our souls. My work is inspired by my travels from Bermuda to Montana. When I think of the nature’s beauty, I am compelled to breathe deeply,” said Marinetto, a Woodstock resident. For more information on the First Friday Art Walks and a map of the galleries visit www.roswellartdistrict.com. Over in the East Roswell/ Alpharetta section of town there is a great collaboration taking place. Wild Hope Art Gallery, previously located in the Ellard Village shopping center, is relocating into the Thompson’s Frame and Gallery location at 8470 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Suite 120 in Alpharetta. Thompson’s Frame and Gallery has long been a supplier to local artists and

Painting by Marisa Marinetto

designers so the fit is very natural—art and framing—what a great business combination. Thompson’s is owned by local resident Rick Thompson and Wild Hope Gallery is owned by Roswell resident Diane Buffington. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to join with Thompson’s. They have a wonderful reputation for quality framing, unique art and impeccable customer service. Wild Hope will continue to display the best of local and

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regional art, glass, and ceramics. Bridgie McNulty will be joining me at Thompson’s and we will both be painting in residence,” said Buffington. ❍



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’TIS THE SEASON TO RAISE FUNDS AND HAVE FUN oversee the auctions again this year. The It is that time of year evening’s emcee is for local organizations TurningPoint spokesperto get their message out son and local media in an effort to raise personality Dana Barrett. money and awareness for a wide variErin Long, a longtime volunteer and ety of causes and charities. There are former development director, is this numerous ways for you to get involved year’s event chair. Tickets are $100 and show support for any number of and can be obtained at fantastic charities. www.myturningpoint.org. Nearly two years ago my wife was An important part of TurningPoint diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Rehabilitation’s Thankfully, she is in full remission mission is to increase access to and we’re very grateful for that. So rehabilitation care for all women. this cause is near and dear to our Since inception, they have cared for hearts, both literally and figuratively. over 3,000 women with breast cancer. The 16th Annual Pink Affair, benefitTurningPoint’s clinic provides specialing TurningPoint Breast Cancer ized and evidence-based Rehabilitation will take place Sat., rehabilitation for women with breast Mar. 11 at 7 p.m. to midnight at the cancer, including physical therapy, exWestin Atlanta Perimeter North. The ercise, lymphedema management, event will include a sit-down dinner massage therapy, counseling and and feature live and silent auctions. nutritional counseling. Staff members One of Atlanta’s top auctioneers, bring a passion to this field and many Dean Crownover, will be on hand to have been personally touched by

breast cancer. Many of TurningPoint’s services are complimentary and a financial assistance program is offered to allow all patients to access care. While TurningPoint has been around for well over a decade, there is a new fundraiser in its inaugural year. It’s being held on Apr. 1 and it’s called the April Fools Comedy Festival. The event is hosted by Gate City Brewing and presented by the North Fulton Rotaract Club. What a great combination—April Fools and beer! Tickets are $20 and proceeds will go to The Lionheart School. Lionheart is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization, founded in the year 2000. Professionals and families created Lionheart for children who needed a developmentally appropriate education in a specialized learning environment with therapeutic interventions, supported social interactions, and strategies to accommodate for individual profiles. Gate City Brewing, located at 43

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Gate City Brewing will open its doors, literally, for the First Annual April Fools Comedy Festival benefiting The Lionheart School. Magnolia St. in Roswell, will be open 5-10 p.m., and comedians will go on in intervals between 5 and 7 p.m. More details will become available on Gate City’s facebook page or North Fulton Rotaract’s facebook page. ❍



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PREVENTING COLORECTAL CANCER Comprehensive colorectal cancer care WellStar offers a comprehensive spectrum of top-notch physicians, treatment options and diagnostic tools for colorectal cancer including: ◗

Dedicated colorectal surgeons, who practice state-of-the-art care as well as medical oncologists with special expertise in colorectal cancer Cutting-edge technology including the CyberKnife and Tomotherapy, highly advanced radiation alternatives to surgery that provides new hope to patients with inoperable or complex tumors. The entire spectrum of diagnostic and interventional treatments—including colonoscopy, laparoscopic surgery, and other surgery to remove pre-cancerous and cancerous growths. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), a treatment that allows for the radiation to be tailored to the size and placement of the tumor, while sparing healthy tissue. A GI Tumor Board, which meets weekly to present patient cases and craft a personalized treatment plan. The conference is attended by medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology,  pathology, and a team of surgeons including specially trained liver and pancreas surgeons, colorectal surgeons and general surgeons specializing in minimally invasive surgery. Clinical trials—enrolling 15 percent of WellStar patients with cancer annually.


etween her job, keeping up with her schoolage kids and all the distractions of a normal life, Kathy Wooley kept putting off one very important appointment, a colonoscopy.

Her doctor recommended the screening for colorectal cancer. After having to reschedule a few times, she finally went through with her first screening and was diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer. She was 57. Wooley was immediately surrounded with a team of WellStar specialists including an oncologist, a surgeon and a radiation oncologist to help her overcome cancer. “I felt like they were working together and working for me,” said Wooley. “Everyone at WellStar is proactive. It made me feel safe.” Her treatment plan included six weeks of radiation followed by surgery and eight weeks of chemotherapy. She remembered, “I can’t tell you how many times they asked ‘What else can I get for you? How can I help you?’” Wooley’s colonoscopy identified the cancer before it progressed into her bones or organs, catching it while it was highly treatable. As a result, she now stresses the importance of getting the screening with her four brothers, two sisters and everyone else she loves. “I was the kind of person

that never had health problems. I was healthy. I exercise. I do not drink. I do not smoke. I am not overweight. Sometimes you think that is going to keep you safe,” said Wooley. “But those screenings are recommended for a reason.”

Preventable cancer Often, healthcare organizations will urge the importance of screenings to catch cancer early when it is most treatable. However, colorectal cancer is unique. “It is one cancer that is actually preventable,” said Kim King-Spohn, M.S., CGC, manager of WellStar Genetic Risk Assessment program. Colorectal cancer usually starts with a polyp, a small growth in the lining of the colon or rectum. During a colonoscopy, polyps can be removed, stopping colorectal cancer before it starts. Unfortunately, not enough people get the screenings that can equip physicians with the information to stop it in its tracks. It is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer. As a general rule, a colonoscopy is recommended for everyone over the age of 50 and repeated every ten years.

Kathy Wooley kept putting off one very important appointment: a colonoscopy. After her first screening, she was diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer. Now, this mom urges her family and friends to have their recommended screenings. People at a higher risk for colorectal cancer are those who smoke, eat a diet high in fat and low in calcium, have a history of polyps or have a close family member with colorectal cancer. But as Kathy Wooley’s case illustrates, everyone is at risk, making colonoscopies an important cancer prevention tool.

For people with a family history of colorectal cancer, genetic testing can help determine if they should be screened earlier and more frequently. Of new cases diagnosed, 75 percent occur in people who have no known risk factors. People at a higher risk of colorectal cancer are those who smoke, eat a diet high in fat and low in calcium, have a history of polyps or Continues on p19



WELLSTAR FOUNDATION FIRST TO HOST AT THE COCA-COLA ROXY THEATRE The WellStar Foundation will be the first to host a private fundraising event at The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre adjacent to SunTrust Park on April 23, at 6:00 p.m., benefiting WellStar trauma services. This year’s event has been dubbed the WellStar Foundation Starlight Grand “Slam” Gala in honor of the ballpark surroundings. It will feature special SunTrust Park experiences and baseball themed entertainment, including an appearance by honorary co-chair Ryan Klesko, Atlanta Braves first baseman and 1995 World Series champion. Klesko says, “As a Georgia resident and former Atlanta Brave, I am proud to be teaming up with WellStar, the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia. It’s exciting to be in SunTrust Park as the community rallies to improve trauma services for those suffering from life-threatening injuries.” “We are very excited to partner with the Atlanta Braves offering our guests the opportunity to be among the first to experience the new ballpark,” said Penny Morrison-Ross, WellStar Foundation Executive Director. “The Gala is our biggest annual fundraising event and this year’s proceeds will go toward one of the most vital and immediate service areas—trauma. Our goal is to improve access to critical care for every member of our community when time matters most.” WellStar hospitals serve more emergency patients than any other health system in the state of Georgia and provide trauma services at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and WellStar North Fulton Hospital. Additionally, Kennestone Hospital has the busiest emergency department in Georgia. Atlanta Medical Center and WellStar Cobb Hospital rank third and fourth respectively for highest volume emergency departments in Georgia. Along with raising funds for WellStar trauma services, the Gala also honors the philanthropists, volunteers, physicians, and clinicians who support WellStar’s mission of delivering world-class healthcare close to home. Contact Kelli Moore for information on available sponsorship opportunities at 470-956-6673 or kelli.moore@wellstar.org. Additional event details can be found at welllstar.org/gala. ❍


The Rambling Wreck recognized two physicians who are Tech alumni as members of the inaugural class of WellStar Warriors: Michael Andrews, M.D., WellStar chief cancer officer, and Sandy Simons, M.D., WellStar pulmonologist and president of West Georgia Physicians. They were joined on court by Cecelia Patellis, assistant vice president of WellStar Community Education and Outreach. As the game resumed, Tech swarmed to a buzzer beater win over Notre Dame!

Colorectal cancer, continued from p17


“I know that God’s hand was on me,” Kathy Wooley said, referring to her battle with colorectal cancer. Now, Kathy is back to enjoying life with her family.

have a close family member with colorectal Genetic testing reduces cancer. But as Kathy Wooley’s case illustrates, cancer risk everyone is at risk, making colonoscopies an important cancer prevention tool. With the busiest cancer genetics “Most people get the ‘yuck’ feeling when you program in the state, WellStar offers mention a colonoscopy or feel like they don’t genetic testing to determine if a patient have enough time, so they put off getting has Lynch syndrome, a genetic screened,” said Nancy Page, nurse navigator at condition that indicates a high risk of WellStar. “Unfortunately that is the beginning colorectal, uterine and other cancers, of the problem. We’re trying to get people to along with numerous other hereditary get over the stigma of having a colonoscopy colon cancer syndromes. and go ahead and just do it.” Most commonly, patients who Recognizing the symptoms of colorectal already have colon or uterine cancers cancer is also important. While some symptoms of colorectal cancer can also be are tested for Lynch syndrome. A posilinked to something far less serious, it is tive test can help determine the best important to consult with a physician if any of course of treatment, and help prevent the following symptoms persist for more than other cancers in the future. two weeks: blood in stool, unexplained weight For patients who test positive for loss, diarrhea or constipation, a stool that is Lynch syndrome, testing is also offered more narrow than normal, a feeling that your to their children, siblings and parents bowel does not empty entirely and frequent who have a 50 percent chance to also cramps or gas. have this condition. A certified genetic “What seemed like an inconvenience at the counselor can help patients determine time isn’t anymore,” said Wooley. “All of the sudden, I went from never spending a night in whether testing is right for them. the hospital to hundreds of appointments and Call 770-793-7472 or email doctor’s visits. Now I’m telling my family and genetics@wellstar.org to learn more or friends they better have their screenings.” make an appointment. After nearly two years of treatment including advanced radiation at WellStar Kennestone Hospital and chemotherapy at WellStar Paulding Hospital, Wooley has great news. Her imaging tests in November of 2016 showed no evidence of cancer. She says it will be several years before her next colonoscopy, which she will not put off. “I know that God’s hand was on me,” she said. “I had some incredible doctors. I had some awesome treatment. I had an incredible support system.” To learn more about colonoscopies, screening options and genetic testing at WellStar, call the Cancer Connect Line at 1-877-366-6032, option 0 or visit wellstar.org/phbm. ❍

CALENDAR OF EVENTS East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta Community & Education Room *Free parking Heart Fit Wellness: Strength & Balance Fridays: Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, at 9 a.m. Designed specifically for cardiology patients, this class integrates strength and flexibility exercises to improve balance and stability for daily living activities. Using a combination of body weight exercises, hand weights, resistance bands and fitness balls, this class is focused on increasing flexibility, joint stability, balance, coordination and strength as well as fall prevention. Must attend a free Wellness Consult at WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine prior to participating. Call 470-956-9524 or email heartfitcoach@wellstar.org to schedule a consult; $69 for eight classes. Heart Fit Wellness: Zumba GOLD® Fridays: Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, at 10:30 a.m. Designed for cardiology patients, experience the latest “feel happy” Latin rhythm dance fitness party. Based on the principle that a workout should be fun and easy to do, Zumba Gold® is exercise in disguise for active older adults. Led by a WellStar exercise physiologist, this class features aerobic/fitness training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms focused on improving cardiovascular health, balance, range of motion, muscular conditioning and flexibility...all while you’re getting your groove on! Must attend a free Wellness Consult at WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine prior to participating. Call 470-956-9524 or email heartfitcoach@wellstar.org for information or to schedule a consult; $69 for eight classes.

Free breastfeeding support Mondays: Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, 9:30–11 a.m. Free Mommy & Me group for mothers who breastfeed; lactation consultant is available to facilitate supportive discussions over a variety of topics. No registration required; mothers are welcome to come and go at any time during the session. Call 770-793-8088 for more info.

adolescents skills they need to be safe, nurturing babysitters. Safe Sitter is designed for middle school aged students (11-14) with a passion for caring for infants and children. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register; cost is $50.

Gardening 101 Thursday, Mar. 9, 10-11:30 a.m. Gardening is not only a hobby, but a great activity to utilize your brain and keep you healthy! Join WellStar as we partner with Cobb County Master Gardeners for a program that will give basic gardening information and tips, followed by a chance to ask a panel of Master Gardener Volunteers questions about basic plant care and more! Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register to register for this free program. Joy of Parenthood Thursday, Mar. 9, 6-9 p.m. Expecting parents learn about newborn behaviors and care including holding techniques, diapering, feeding, dressing and bathing. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register; cost is $30. Breastfeeding Basics Saturday, Mar. 11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Taught by certified lactation consultants, this one-day introductory class helps you make an informed decision about breastfeeding. It covers the breastfeeding skills and techniques to ensure a successful breastfeeding experience for mother and baby. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register; cost is $35.

Safe Sitter® Saturday, Mar. 11, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Safe Sitter is a nationally-recognized babysitter education program offered by WellStar. This high-quality training program teaches

Pelvic Health Extra Tuesday, Mar. 14, 6-8 p.m. Part of WellStar’s Speaking About Wellness for Women series Menopause affects every woman in time, and although it’s not a disease, menopause can have a big impact on a woman’s life. The good news: there are many ways to manage menopause. Join WellStar for an interactive evening learning about information on menopause and the aging woman. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register for this free program. Advance Care Planning Wednesday, Mar. 15, 10-11:30 a.m. Learn how to talk with your loved ones about final healthcare decisions. Each participant will receive a free planning guide which outlines questions you and your family should discuss along with forms you can use to record your wishes. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register for this free program. Navigating the Legal Waters of Healthy Aging Tuesday, Mar. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Your finances, assets and legal documentation play a huge role in your ability to age successfully. Cindy Nelson, an elder care attorney, will discuss maneuvering through how to secure and pay for long-term care; qualifying for government benefits (Medicaid, VA Aid and Attendance); estate planning; as well as litigation for guardianships, conservatorships and probating wills. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register; $10 or $9 for members of The Good Life Club. Diabetes Education Mar. 15, 3:30-8:10 p.m. Mar. 22, 5:30-8:40 p.m. Recognized by the American Diabetes Association, this program includes a range of topics to assist adults living with diabetes. The WellStar Diabetes Education Center is staffed with nationally certified diabetes educators and a licensed social worker. Physician order is required; class is often covered by insurance and financial assistance is available. Call 770-793-7821 to register.

Family & Friends® CPR Thursday, Apr. 13, 6-8:30 p.m. Family & Friends ® CPR is a basic class designed to give an overview of CPR and is great for new parents and caregivers. A certification is not included with this course. Learn vital skills that can save someone close to you. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register; cost is $40. Understanding Birth Friday, Apr. 21, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Apr. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Expecting mothers and their partners take a two-day journey through childbirth including labor and delivery, breathing and relaxation, hospital procedures and Cesarean birth. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register; cost is $55.

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Yoga Tuesdays, Apr. 4-June 20, 12:15-1:15 p.m. This yoga class will help create body awareness, strengthen and stretch muscles and tissues, improve balance, posture and coordination. Strong emphasis is placed on proper alignment in postures. Breath is incorporated to improve focus and increase energy. Postures and sequencing change from week to week. Appropriate for all levels of students. There will be no class May 23. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register; free for members of WellStar Health Place; $82.50 for non-members. Tai Chi Thursdays, Apr. 6-Jun. 22, 12-1 p.m. Tai Chi is a mind-body practice that has its roots in ancient China. They are designed to cultivate the body’s vital energy (known as “chi”) and improve the flow of this energy through the body. Through movement, meditation, and breath, participants learn how to enhance and increase this energy and direct its flow. Gentle, graceful, and repeated movements sometimes known as “moving meditations” are the crux of the class. There will be no class on 4/27, 5/4, 6/8. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register; free for members of WellStar Health Place; $67.50 for non-members.


After recently finding some time on my hands, coupled with the unseasonable spring-like weather that seems to call to each of us to clean up, clean out and “nest,” I decided to tackle a very little thing, which is probably the messiest thing in my house: my kitchen junk drawer. We all have one; that drawer where we stick things that don’t really have a place, or items we want to get around to sorting but aren’t urgent in nature and don’t require immediate attention, and random clutter we’re either hiding from guests or have otherwise been plunked there by our ever-helpful kids. Friends who have happened upon said junk drawer have jokingly called me a hoarder; or maybe they weren’t joking. Among some of the more interesting items I found were about two-dozen rubber bands. I don’t know about you, but if I skip even a day of checking the mail, my mail a better system. I should throw known carrier carefully parcels each day in a and used batteries out, then keep only rubber band. I haven’t discarded them the ones unopened or in their packages since because they may just be useful someday. Included in the mess were an for later use. Maybe I’ll get around to unused box of jumbo crayons, used up it. A really fun find were old, adorable tubes of crazy glue, stacks of expired photos of my precious children (yes, coupons, a single paperclip, and many real photos, in the Wolf Camera box ghosts of Christmas cards past. and everything!) Those went right I wish I could be one of those organback into my kitchen drawer, since I ized moms who keeps all the old can’t bring myself to throw away cute Christmas card photos and tacks a cute pictures of my kids. Christmas card tree on the wall every Other items I can’t get rid of are a year, but I’m not. I hope the reader isn’t seven-year-old church directory and offended; I love Christmas photo cards, the original neighborhood directory I keep them out for a few weeks, then given to me thirteen years ago when I think, I’m holding onto these so I can first moved in (you never know if the make a card tree next year. Alas, I internet will one day just stop working) never do. and souvenir restaurant coasters from I also possess a plastic pencil box a trip I took two years ago. filled with batteries, out of their At the end of my project, I had packages. Are they dead batteries, good thrown away quite a bit, then tucked batteries? What devices do I actually everything else back into neat little use these batteries for? And why are stacks. We’ll see how long that lasts! ❍ there so many of them? I know I need



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I love it when my travels are both refreshing and adventurous. My recent trip to Fountain Hills, Arizona, a small, stunning town outside of Scottsdale built among deep arroyos and lush desert vegetation, delivered. It always does. I go back to relax, visit in-laws and gaze at the beauty of this quiet desert at least twice per year. Most people hear “desert” and think of the Sahara. Arizona is nothing like it. It has a vibrant ecosystem with pristine lakes, streams, and rivers, set among red and purple mountains, hosting lavish prickly pair, barrel, and saguaro cacti, yucca plants, and more. It has 8 inches of precipitation yearly, on average, usually during what’s called the “monsoon” season every summer. Wild thunderstorms drop a deluge of rain,




new friendships with others who share similar interests. For example, do you love to exercise and stay fit? and beyond, you’ll see a wide range of Make use of our well-equipped fitness center, indoor aging, from appearances to mindsets, even pool, putting green and walking trails, or try out one among people who are the same age. Why is it that some folks seem to remain so youthful, while others of our exercise classes, like tai chi, yoga or line dancing. If you’re a gamer, join our resident card act their age or even older? sharks for a few hands of bridge or poker. Travel buffs In general, people who appear and act younger will enjoy our day trips to nearby places of interest as than their chronological age follow a set of healthy well as planned excursions to destinations farther habits such as eating well, getting regular exercise away. and plenty of sleep, and avoiding unhealthy For those who crave an intellectual challenge, we behaviors like smoking, poor nutrition and over-conoffer engaging programs like Great Decisions, a sumption of alcohol. But they also have a less visible national discussion series on world affairs. Or you secret to staying youthful: they are engaged in social can learn more about your personal technology and intellectual activities that keep them mentally devices and how to connect online with your family and emotionally healthy, too. and friends by enrolling in one of our workshops that At St. George Village, we believe you become what teach basic and advanced techniques for using you think… that age stereotypes are, well, laptops, smartphones and tablets. stereotypes. The retirement years are a time to be acWe believe that age really is just a number! Come tive, have fun and find satisfaction and enjoyment in see what active aging looks like at St. George Village. another phase of life. Take a tour, stay for lunch. Call Stacy at To encourage active aging, we ensure that our residents have all of the services, amenities and tools 678-987-0402 for a confidential appointment. Find more details about our community, lifestyle needed to enhance their quality of life and age and residents at www.stgeorgevillage.org. Follow us happily and healthily, including the opportunity to on Facebook and Pinterest, too! ❍ participate in a wide variety of activities and form

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This trip, our excitement was a Javelina encounter. It’s my second one. Folks, these nasty creatures, as big as wild boar, have petrifying teeth that will do serious damage if chomped onto your arm or leg. As we rounded a sidewalk corner, there they were. We were all startled, Javelinas, sister-inlaw, and I. We ladies picked up the pace. They went back to rooting around with whatever the heck was fascinating them at that particular location. Perhaps it was just a night out with the boys. The Arizona desert has given me many, many adventures throughout the years. I attended high school in Lake Havasu City, with its stunning lake, purple mountains, and kaleidoscope sunsets. I’d waterski mornings on glassy-smooth water, then dart off to my classes. It was there I learned that rattlesnakes can swim. Now that’s hairy. And then there was the haboob, which is a sandstorm hundreds of feet high that literally rolled in at rapid speed. You do not want to experience one outside of a building. Take it from me. On a walk one day in Scottsdale, I saw one coming, and out-ran it to find shelter. That thing was a monstrous adventure. I’ll never forget, either, two torrential flash floods that rocked Lake Havasu. While I worked at a clothing shop one day, hurricane-like winds and pounding rain began. The street in front of us literally broke off and was carried away by raging water. The shop began to fill with it. We scurried to unplug every electrical outlet as it rose to our ankles. The “washes” in town, Arizona’s natural, wide overflow arroyos, had tsunamis of water that swept away cars and drivers. Every corner of this country is unique. Georgia has tornadoes. California has earthquakes. The midwest and northeast have blizzards. The Gulf states have floods and the list goes on. But the desert fascinates me. I still love it there. It’s a world abuzz with hair-raising creatures, surprising weather events, and wonderful people. I really dig it. It’s so not run-of-themill. Aha! That’s it! Neither am I. ❍


filling the arroyos, and flooding streets. This trip, I was “lucky” enough to be caught in a rare 36-hour rainstorm with huge droplets that pelted sideways. (Cool! An adventure!) Seriously? We ladies splashed to social commitments, sprinting through puddles in heels, ducking our heads, and wondering, “What the heck?” while attempting to salvage makeup and hairdos. We all agreed, “Screw it.” Every visit includes evening walks, a “constitutional” with my sister-in-law. I became a night crawler there in the summer months years ago, when temperatures reach north of 105 degrees daily. Cold winter nights, when thousands of stars appear, are also worth prowling through quiet town streets. Notice I said “streets.” The desert comes alive out there, and I ain’t gonna explore the sagebrush. With flashlights, we walk, watching all around. It’s sometimes creepy, not because of criminals, but rather the nonhuman creatures. I won’t lie about my freakout factor, but where else will I experience this? I dig it. With moon and stars overhead, creatures will start to venture out of their normal bungalows. The land is just as much theirs as ours, and they come out to remind us. I haven’t yet seen every frightening critter on our strolls, but one night I was baptized by fire. Walking near a street curb, flashlight shining, I saw a particularly straight stick, the length of a good walking stick. I wandered over to take a closer look. “Hey, check out that stick.” And there he was with his triangular head and diamond back. A rattle confirmed what scared the dickens out of me. A snake! He wasn’t big and fat, but hey, he’s got a nasty, poisonous bite nonetheless. I jumped a foot and bolted mid-air. I don’t remember what words came out of my mouth, but surely they’d be censored. My sister-in-law casually remarked about how she sees snakes often. She hikes the low mountains in town weekly. She’s fearless. Rattlers slither across her courtyard, and scorpions inhabit the rock gardens. Tarantulas occasionally make their way into her home. The sight of one of those babies would rocket me onto the sofa.




The same herbs you use in recipes are also great for repelling mosquitoes.

mushroom compost, shredded leaves, rotted horse manure and so forth to loosen it up for roots. Tips for Growing Herbs When watering, water the herb roots (not the tops) thorIt’s so easy to add herbs to your landscape. Choose a oughly at least twice a week for a month or so while they sunny spot near the kitchen door, so it’s quick to clip some are getting established. Mulch the soil surface with pine when you are cooking. Dig in both lime and organic soil straw or mini-pine bark nuggets to insulate the roots and conditioner to provide a good root run. Lawn lime is fine, to provide a neat effect. basically pulverized, dolomitic lime that adds nutrients No garden space? while making the soil less acid. Soil conditioner or compost Grow herbs in big tubs on the sunny deck or patio. Large softens up our Georgia red clay and makes the soil easier for containers can fit several herbs, while the soil moisture herb plants to thrive, growing a large root system. level stays more even than in smaller pots that dry out fast. Herbs like well-drained soils best, so use a fast-draining How to Grow Herbs potting soil. You can add a couple of 5-inch pots full of The triumvirate for growing herbs: sun, lime, and good coarse river sand or granite grit to the container mix. Don’t drainage. hold back watering; a gallon of water every morning • Full sun is best, although some of the mints, lemon prevents wilting and fosters lush growth. balms, and bay leaves will grow in some shade. Which Herbs to Grow? • Since metro soils are extremely acidic in nature add Which herbs do you reach for on the pantry shelf? some lawn lime and dig it in deeply. Those are the first ones you should plant in the garden. • Add compost or organic soil conditioner. Unimproved The list on the next page details GardenGeri’s favorites. Georgia clay dries into hard bricks, so use compost, by Geri Laufer


BAS I L Perfect for Italian dishes or pesto, fresh or dried basil is great as a home deodorizer, insect repellent, and even a topical antioxidant C H IV E S Add a mild onion flavor to salads, soups, chip dip, or make a light pink flavored vinegar with chive blossoms S P E A R MI N T Bright lively flavor indispensable to ice tea this summer also used for mint sauce. Place a handful of fresh mint on the car dashboard when setting out on a road trip P EPP ER MI N T Warmer mint used in cooking and as a headache remedy, peppermint boosts concentration and deters pests like ants, spiders and even rodents Peppermint tea soothes the tummy after a big meal OR E GA NO The pizza herb. Say no more SWE ET MA R J OR AM Great for chicken soup and stock, mild for herb butter, sweet marjoram is a beautiful gray green creeping garden plant

CIL AN TRO Have you failed with cilantro before? It’s a cool season herb so plant in September to rev up fresh salsa. When cilantro goes to seed it takes another name and becomes coriander, ground and used in curry D ILL Perfect with plain yogurt on cucumbers this summer, indispensable for cold-press dill pickles, or add a lacy note to a flower bouquet THY ME Flavor stocks, soups, stews and sauces along with onion, garlic and ginger. Creeping thyme mats are covered with brilliant red, pink or lavender flowers in summer GARLIC Plant a single garlic clove (in fall) and get a head of garlic in the spring. In addition to savory garlic bread and taziki, garlic keeps critters away from eating your tulip bulbs ST EV IA 300 times the sweetness of sugar, this perennial grows in the metro garden as a low shrub with tiny white flowers

SAG E Herbal remedy and ingredient of poultry dressing, sausages, and sauces, along with edible flowers in early summer TAR R AGO N Very French! Used in chicken, seafood, veggies and egg dishes, and one of the ingredients of les fines herbes L AV E ND E R This fragrance herb is used both fresh and dried, it’s a natural mosquito deterrent, and makes remarkable cookies and shortbread LEM O N V ER B E NA For the most heavenly and intense lemon fragrance, lemon verbena is great for fish, salads, steamed veggies or sun tea LEM O N BA LM Snip this mint relative on fruit salads, make lemon balm wine cooler, or use it as a repellent for flying insects. Seeds promiscuously, so you’ll have plenty to dig up and share with neighbors

Remember to plant herbs this spring! Small pots are pretty but won’t hold enough moisture. Transfer herbs to the garden or large containers.

ROSE M ARY Rub this pungent, piney herb on pork roast or use the stems as skewers on the grill. Rosemary is an insectrepellent and a safe antibiotic Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic designer husband David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a new landscape for their new old house.


PA R S L EY Mild and easy to add to any dish, parsley adds bright green color and vitamin C. This biennial is evergreen and looks well with pansies (also edible)





By Frank Mack

Gate City Brewing Company has blossomed seemingly overnight. This is the kind of place that beats, bangs, and rocks out with the small town heart of Roswell’s Canton Street. I love this story. This needs to move from bestkept secret and straight into the limelight. It’s rooted in the allAmerican garage, where so many entrepreneurial artistic wonders tend to get their start. Pat Rains and Brian Borngesser are the center of this little world. The guys who most of all stood amongst that smirking scorn the world delivers when young men stick their necks out and dare tell the world what they’re thinking. I admire that. I am that, albeit an older version. I have always thought that from this type of almost innocent ingenuity can spring the best of what I admire. That admiration is to their commitment to buying super local, to investing in the community, to not slop billions of gallons of weak corporate mass-produced alcohol just for the money. I care about that. And I think WE should care about that because local keeps all those dollars right here.

Close to home. Avoiding the extra tax skims, corporate grabs, national marketing costs and a host of other things that mean for every beer you buy and drink maybe a few cents stays around here in “our” economy. If we are lucky.

The Politics The state of Georgia is the very last state in the union to reform its laws regarding how craft beer is sold. Dead last folks. At the time of press, Senate Bill 85 has been passed (waiting on the House to vote), which allows for the direct sale of beer to you the consumer. Boy is that something. Before this “enlightened” legislation, beer had to pass through a middleman, a distributor, just another hand in the cookie jar. It’s beyond absurd that an American could support such a law, regardless of political affiliation, but somewhere this is logic. Now, however, if this legislation reaches fruition, Gate City and other local brewers will be able to sell beer directly to you. And if you hear the way the politicians are talking you’d think they are doing someone a favor. Starting Sept. 1 when the


legislation takes effect, we’ll live in a world where beer can be truly local, made from all natural products, from all-American farms. Georgia ones whenever possible. This means a farmer has grown and will need to keep growing the raw products this beer is produced with. That’s cool in my book! That means better schools, more local commerce, more people hired and tons more people very happy. This type of beer and the same type of restaurants are true drivers of the economy. Do you think sitting in front of the tube watching cable news or sinking into a rabbit hole of Internet garbage about Wall Street ‘this’ and corporate America ‘that’ is the real deal? Think again. Folks we live in the most peaceful prosperous times in the history of human existence but you’d never know it by watching the mass media and that goes for every side of our political spectrum. It’s a bunch of bull. This is the real America. One where we’re investing in our own people and our own ideas making a great life for everyone around us. You want a fix to most of what’s wrong with our world? Shut off your news feeds. And watch these guys go. Back to the specifics on Gate City Brewing. They produce a wide variety of beers; American IPA, American Amber, Pale Ale, and a Porter. These guys cook hops and grains into a delicious, kind of nutritious, good times brew. And get this. The used portion of hops from the brewing process goes to feed livestock at a farm on Coleman Road.

That’s Coleman Road as in the Coleman Road in Roswell and yes there is a farm on Coleman Road, one I’m dying to write about soon. Gate CIty features two levels. Upstairs the facility has stainless vats and kegs, where the hard work is put in. They offer tours, tastings, and endless good beer kind of stuff. But downstairs, facing the back alley, is heaven for locals. I’m going to nickname this place The Cavern, as in Beatles fame, and I mean it. The room is a straightforward concrete box. A repurposed thing of beauty. When food is needed the guys at Gate City Brewing have decided on a brilliant street strategy. One really good food truck that brings something different each time. Not competing with the local restaurant scene, this is augmenting it. Giving a shot to a small guy to be seen. I love that. All of it! It’s acoustically perfect for the bands that will play here. A pin drops in a corner and you hear it across the room. If you like your listening with a down beat thump and a vibration that goes through you this is home. Find this place and begin your spring here. Come with me to the local markets and lets find where our dollars and presence matters. Locals who wanted to do a lot more than sell some beer launched Gate City Brewing. It’s a thriller, it’s thriving and it deserves to be talked about and has my support. Very well done gents. If anyone deserves a beer after some hard work it’s the Gate City brewing team. ❍


Gate City Brewing Company founders: Pat Rains and Brian Borngesser






The Roswell Rotary Relays are a major fundraiser for the Roswell High School Booster Club. Event is held on Mar. 18 at RHS. By Tricia Morris


I guess General Beauregard Lee called it correctly when he didn’t see his shadow and predicted an early spring. Ahhhhh Spring. The sun, the flowers and the warm temperatures all make you come out from hibernation and get outside to go for a walk or to enjoy a nice meal on one of the many local restaurants outdoor patios. Speaking of outdoors and a good time… St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, a Friday night. This will make for a long weekend of St. Patrick revelry. Make Keegan’s on Shallowford your green beer and corned beef and cabbage headquarters. They’ll be celebrating Thursday through Sunday with live entertainment by Sean Thomason and Lee Tyler, food and drink specials, and lots of leprechaun shenanigans. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is bringing back their popular Forest Fairy House on the Trail on March 18. So much fun walking through the trails looking for them. There’s over a dozen new ones and the best part is they’re all made from natural objects.

Take your little one and see if you can find them all. The Wellstar East Cobb Health Park is more than an emergency, surgery, medical office. There are health programs that are open the public. On March 2, the Love Yourself: A Women’s Wellness and Social Event takes place from 6–9 p.m. Enjoy an evening of wellness presentations, health screenings, food and wine, and networking. The 21st Annual Roswell Rotary Relays will be held at the Roswell High School on Sat., March 18. The Field events will start at 9 a.m. and the running events will start at noon. The strong emphasis on relay races makes for high energy and exciting


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Money is raised from entry fees, the sale of tickets to the event as well as the operation of the concession stand at the stadium.

This decision has taken quite awhile and some ALPHARETTA/JOHNS CREEK folks in Alpharetta are Lawns add beauty and value to any exhausted but consider property; but, often homeowners have questions about the proper way to this: Roswell has been achieve great looking, healthy lawns in Georgia’s clay soil. The City of contemplating a parking Alpharetta and the Alpharetta deck for years… with no Natural Resources Commission, along deck even close to fruition. with the North Fulton Master Gardeners, will present a free class on lawn care for homeowners on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The class will be events. Last year’s event had 30 boys held at the Alpharetta Public Works and girls high school teams Department, 1790 Hembree Road, participate, at this time there are 25 Alpharetta, Georgia 30009. schools confirmed for this year. This is And the winner is… C! What does one of the premier track and field that mean? Alpharetta City Council events of the high school season and has finally approved plans for a downone of the last competitions before the town parking deck and amongst the regional and state meets. The relays 3 proposals (A,B, or C) option C (to are also a major fundraiser for the build 2 decks) won. One will be at the Roswell High School Booster Club. present lot on Old Roswell Street and

Marketplace 120 The Hidden Gem In Marietta A first visit to Marketplace 120 reveals room after room of creative surprises and delights as customers wind through the maze of little shop spaces filled with hand-crafted treasures. One could spend an hour or a day browsing the endless


charms of the handmade goods and unique finds. No other business can match the artistic variety and affordability of Marketplace 120 just off I-75 and the South Loop in Marietta. It is an artisan market featuring over 100 boutique consigners and independent sellers displaying their artistic styles and personalities with the purpose of providing a unique and fun shopping experience. Their collection of individual consigner arts and crafts is diverse in mediums, style and price. The owners have created a 14,000 sq. ft. eclectic boutique-style business that features a wide variety of fine art, photography, jewelry and craft creations.

This land was recently acquired by Alpharetta to build a new parking structure recently approved by council.

the other will be on Milton Avenue just west of the vet clinic on property owned by the city. This decision has taken quite awhile and some folks in Alpharetta are exhausted but consider this: Roswell has been contemplating a parking deck for years… with no deck even close to fruition. So Alpharetta, be glad you elect officials who eventually get stuff done. The end result will provide an additional 355 parking spaces at a cost of $8 million.

Antiques to vintage items, to jellies, handmade soaps and candles, there is truly something for everyone. There’s even art classes and Mahjong Mondays. Owner Karen Tapelband, together with her helpful staff, strive to create a community for artists, craftspeople, and all of us who value such talent. “I like to think of MarketPlace 120 as a brick and mortar version of Etsy,” says Tapelband. “And even better yet, customers have an opportunity to meet and interact with the artists and artisans who frequent the store and participate in store events.” One of the key features of the business is to unite artists with artists and expose artists to the community. The facility also hosts a professional exhibition gallery named the OTP Gallery with a mission to provide a specialized setting for established and emerging artists to showcase their work and share their passion for creative expression. Marketplace 120 curator, Katryn Taylor, will reserve the gallery on a monthly basis at no charge for artists to preview their paintings, sculptures, photography and yes, even films. Each month they host a “First Saturday Art Reception” that is free to the public, celebrating the local artist exhibition. Marketplace 120 also features special events and fundraisers throughout the year in their event rooms and open space areas. Just minutes from East Cobb, Smyrna, Kennesaw, and downtown Atlanta, it’s well worth the visit and the drive. ❍

Do you feel safe at home? Perhaps most of us do, but folks in Johns Creek are a little safer than most. The National Council for Home Safety and Security has named Johns Creek Georgia’s safest city for 2017. This is the second recognition, in January the city was also named Georgia’s safest city by Safewise. Both of these awards were based on reviewed FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics, and the number of violent crimes and property crimes in the city. ❍

Pictured from left: Sharron Ragan (The Success Studio), Debbie Gaetani (MP 120 Manager), Brenda Roach (Brenda's Beauties), Brenda Hill (The Passionate preserver), Karen Tapelband, Judy Scott (Purr-fect Creations).

MarketPlace 120 562 Wylie Rd SE #24, Marietta, GA 30067 www.marketplace120.com

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And BuyLocal! By Jessica Diamond

Despite its challenges and restrictions, the craft beer industry has wound its way into the heart of social culture in Georgia. The image of craft beer has continued to rise and flourish all across the state and more Georgia natives than ever before are clamoring to support their local brewers in whatever way they can. Georgia’s archaic beer distribution laws have made it considerably more difficult for brewers to get their products into the hands of consumers, which discouraged small batch brewers in the past. However, the popularity of small, independently owned breweries has resulted in an explosion of local brew pride and opened up an entirely new way of experiencing craft beer. Rather than hit the store for a case of the latest brew, consumers would rather drive directly to the brewery and sip from a glass that was poured by the same hands that brewed that beer while sitting next to the machines that created it. Craft beer, like so many things today, is no longer just a product for consumption. It is an experience. Fortunately, the needs and demands of Georgia’s brewers have been heard and legislation is making its way through the legislature. On Feb. 2, 2017, the state senate passed Senate Bill 85, which will allow brewers to sell limited amounts of beer directly to their customers. It is, at the time of press, going to the state House. (To be clear, Georgia is the last state in the union to approve such laws.) The previous laws, which required the inclusion of a distributor, prevented brewers from selling the beer out of their own facilities. To accommodate the rise of small batch breweries, legislators found a loophole that allowed brewers to sell “tours” of their breweries that included samples of the product to be enjoyed on site. With this model, brewers could host visitors in their facilities and allow them to sample the drinks for a flat rate, but it did not allow visitors to leave with any beer. This business model allowed brewers to start their business in Georgia, but it did not allow them to operate the way most breweries in the U.S. operate. This is all about to change. Thanks to the newest provisions of Senate Bill 85, breweries will be able to sell their products directly to their customers beginning Sept. 1. Craft beer enthusiasts can then buy a glass of beer from the bar of their favorite brewery and leave with a six-pack or even a case to take home. Shocking, I know, that our legislature would trust us in such a manner. This is extremely welcome news for existing and aspiring beer lovers as the world of craft beer continues to adapt and grow in our community. “This would give us the opportunity to directly sell to the public,” Kathy Davis of Abbey of the Holy Goats Brewery explained. “We are one of the only industries in Georgia not allowed currently to do so. So in effect, instead of getting six 6-ounce samples, if someone just wanted one pint of beer, they could

To be clear, Georgia is the last state in the union to approve such laws.


Breweries will be able to sell their products directly to their customers beginning Sept. 1. Craft beer enthusiasts can then buy a glass of beer from the bar of their favorite brewery and leave with a six-pack or even a case to take home.

Kathy Davis of Abbey of the Holy Goats Brewery in Alpharetta.

pay for only that and not have to take a tour. Also, being able to offer packaged beer to go to consumers while visiting the brewery is beneficial for everyone. If they taste it at the brewery and decide they like and are able to purchase a 6-pack on the spot, they will subsequently buy it later from their local beverage store or at their local bar. Accessibility opens up many doors. We have a hungry local community that wants great craft beer. The future of Georgia craft beer and being able to feed that creativity and the business itself, makes this bill very exciting.” The craft beer culture, in spite of its previous limitations in Georgia, has undeniably embedded itself into the fabric of southern culture, particularly in and around Atlanta. “As new owners we’ve made some changes to accommodate new trends.  We renovated the store and now concentrate on local, craft, Georgia beers.  With over 45 breweries in Georgia, we prominently feature as many of those local beers as possible. The craft beer revolution is alive and well in Georgia,” said Scott Oakley owner of Leaping Lizard Liquors in Roswell. This versatile beverage sports everything that our experiential driven

market is about. Beer has great historical significance, it’s customizable, it’s accessible, it’s affordable and it’s a science that can be learned, honed and mastered. Most of all, it’s fun. Many local organizations have leveraged the rising popularity of craft beer to draw attention to their own missions. Perhaps the best local example of this is the STAR House Foundation’s annual beer festival in Roswell. The Roswell Beer Festival is celebrating its fifth year as the biggest beer festival in the area and expects to raise more than $100,000 for the non-profit organization. STAR House is an after school program that provides at-risk youth with tutoring, mentoring and other enrichment activities throughout the year. The Beer Festival is the largest fundraiser for this organization and 100% of the proceeds go towards providing programming for hundreds of local students in need. This year, the Roswell Beer Fest is expanding its reach from the heart of the Historic Roswell Square to Elizabeth Way, an adjacent street that will be closed off to provide more space for the event’s new gaming area. Attendees will have the choice to play adult sized games such as Giant Jenga, Four Square, Beer Pong as they sample and enjoy beer from Continues on page 34

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The Roswell Beer Festival benefiting STAR House is a good time for all...for a great cause. local, national and international brew- tary spent an hour explaining how all of the best things about human culture eries. and progress are due in large part to “This year, we decided to go bigger and better,” STAR House Board Chair the creation of beer. Whether it is Jeff Bridges said. “In the past, we have responsible for things like modern resisted turning this into a huge event technology or not, there is no denying the impact that beer continues to have because we like the intimate, historic on issues like economic development, feel of the park. However, closing off tourism, culture, employment, and in a the street has allowed us to create surprise twist, education. Though it more space and add more bodies. We have also added a lot more varieties of has always been a popular drink, beer seems to be experiencing a sort of renbeer, especially local beer. We even aissance that has altered the image and have custom brews being created just for this event. You can’t find them any- perception of beer drinkers and beer brewers. The new laws will continue to where else! We also listened to facilitate the growth and adaptation of comments from previous years and added more food options. There will be beer culture in our area as new and insix restaurants, plus exclusive food op- novative breweries take advantage of tions in the VIP tent. We have two live this new opportunity in the Georgia market. bands coming and about 300 In the meantime, organizations such volunteers. There will be merchandise as STAR House will continue to for purchase as well.” The revenue from the Beer Festival leverage the power of beer for good and prosperity in the community. To will allow STAR House to expand its learn more about the Roswell Beer enrollment for after school programs Festival, buy tickets or join the as well as summer camps. Back in 2011, the Discovery Channel volunteer team, visit www.roswellbeerfestival.com. ❍ released a documentary called “How Beer Saved the World.” This documen-

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