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Community News from Senator Murphy


Regulations, Everywhere, Everywhere

13 Positive Energy vs. Complaining: Which sounds good to you? 14 A Reason to Live United



21 Five Helpful Decorating Tips

35 Have a Faith-filled Halloween

26 Safeguarding Your Biggest Asset

38 Simple Pleasure

26 Tips to Make your Next Move a Positive Experience

38 Lessons from an Orchard 41 The Country Preacher

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31 Lambert’s Lacrosse Team Recognized

Community News




Forsyth County News


Humane Society


Community Calendar

36 School Information

32 Let the Games Begin Special Olympics Forsyth

32 Helping Children Expand Their Vocabulary OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011




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[ by Julie Brennan}]

It’s the time of the year when many of us take that holiday trip to be with family for a holiday celebration. If you haven’t been home for a number of years, such a visit can be a thought-provoking mix of the familiar and the new.

and a few interesting performances added to the charm of the evening. An appearance by The Fiddleheads brought the audience to its feet, as the young men who took North Georgia to “America’s Got Talent” played a few tunes. Two members of the group are part of the Wallace family. Other local artists included Chris Chandler and The Threehammers, the Banjo Wizard, Mitzi Chambers, Houston & Miss Bonnie, and Jimmy West.

I recently had the opportunity to enjoy an awesome southern tradition – a Barn Dance. Our host was the Wallace Family, where Jay, Sherry, Brian and the rest of the family welcomed, for the 14th year in a row, family, friends, and newcomers, like me, to a funfilled evening of music, food, and camaraderie. And a hay ride or two!

Besides the food, fun and all that is a barn dance, the sense of community, caring and warmth felt among those in attendance made for a most rewarding evening. Perhaps as a friendly reminder that people still care about each other, there can be fun times even during these less than ordinary times, and that what we learned from our parents is something that we ought to share with others.

What started out as a celebration of Jay’s father’s birthday is now a tradition. Folks gathered at the homestead of Jay and Sherry Wallace on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for a fall feast. Tables stretched out along the porch, and offerings of chicken, deviled eggs, ham, beans, casseroles, lasagna, chicken and dumplings and other homemade treats were arranged for the picking. The dessert table was, in one word, delightful! There were pound cakes, pies, cookies, puddings, and much more, all to put a happy ending to the eating extravaganza. The evening was capped with a most interesting musical experience, featuring local talented artists that played the banjo, mandolin, guitar, and other instruments to the delight of the crowd. Anecdotes and songs were shared,


As a true Georgia family, the football game was front and center in the living room, for those who wanted to sit inside and watch the UGA Bulldogs (others just used their smart phones to check the score!). For the rest of the weekend, I became acutely aware of how quickly the time flies by, and breathed a silent vow to visit home regularly, and to never miss a chance to tell my folks that I love them. How well I live up to that pledge is a test of character. Passing the test is up to me. As the season of autumn continues, perhaps you too will have time to enjoy a barn dance, visit home, or simply enjoy a beautiful Saturday afternoon celebrating life.



Community News from Senator Murphy [ by Senator Jack Murphy, R-GA 27th District]

When will Washington learn that we need less regulation in business, not more?

REGULATIONS, EVERYWHERE, EVERYWHERE As I was driving to the Capitol today, I was listening to Fox News, and getting irritated by what I heard concerning government regulations of shower heads in our private homes. Yes, I said shower heads. Our country is going through the worst economic times in the past 80 years and our government is concerned about shower heads. Never mind that as a result we might take longer showers and use more water, but let’s penalize the businesses that make shower heads. Never mind that it will cost consumers more money in the long run. When will Washington learn that we need less regulation in business, not more? The best way to help with our water issues is to cut some of the red tape and allow reservoirs to be built. Cut through the red tape and allow Lake Lanier to be raised by two feet, but don’t regulate shower heads!

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This regulation includes all types of business. Banks are being regulated to where they are no longer private businesses but government run businesses. Community banks and all other banking institutions were highly regulated before the current financial crisis. Now the federal government thinks the way to solve the banking problems is to regulate them even more. Banks and businesses in general need some level of regulation, but not to the point that it destroys the free enterprise spirit that our country was founded on. We cannot over regulate ourselves into economic prosperity. May God bless you and your family and our Great State.


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News Around Cumming Volunteers Sew Love and Respect into Quilts Members of the Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Cumming recently attended the Georgia Quilt Council’s Symposium at George Elliott State Park in Mansfield, Georgia. A total of 44 quilters attended the symposium and completed 96 quilt tops, some of which became completed quilts to be presented to wounded soldiers as part of the effort of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Inspired to continue making quilts for wounded soldiers, the Piecemakers Quilt Guild has started a new group. Contact Carol Dodson at for more information.

West Forsyth High School

Inducted into the Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame Retired former head baseball coach Byron Orr and retired former head wrestling coach and athletic director Dennis Stromie were recently inducted into the school’s Coaches Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at half-time during the West Forsyth vs. North Forsyth football game. The two coaches have accumulated several awards and recognitions over the years. In September 2009, Stromie was inducted into the Georgia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Orr’s recognitions include 12 state tournaments-3 State Championship; 3 State-runner-ups; 1 -3rd place; 4 sweet 16’s, Baseball; and, five Final 8’s in Softball.

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Have an Adventure this Fall at Sawnee Mountain Preserve Get ready for outdoor fun and adventure this fall at Forsyth County’s Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center. The Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department’s Outdoor Division offers a variety of activities for all ages, from tree climbing and the tree top canopy walk to geocaching and guided hikes. The Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center is located at 4075 Spot Road in Cumming. Pre-registration is required for all programs. An activity registration form can be found on the Parks and Recreation Department page at Online registration is also available. To receive additional program information, call the Outdoor Division at 770.781.2217.



Bates Home Specialties is now Open Bates Home Specialties, providing quality product lines of materials and supplies for the homeowner, the remodeler, and the contractor for any remodeling, rebuilding, renewing, or maintaining your home is now open in Canton. The specialty store features windows (complete units and replacements), doors (interior and exterior), cabinets (kitchen, bathroom, storage, etc.), flooring, shutters and blinds (interior and exterior), siding, moldings, roofing (metal and fiberglass), pressure treated lumber and all specialty deck products including handrails, columns, composite flooring, screened porch panels, and many other products. The company has over 30 years of experience in the building industry and the resources to help all customers with their special home projects. A showroom provides clients the opportunity to see, touch, and feel many of the products offered, with kitchen cabinet displays, flooring samples, several different window displays, shutters, and a full size deck with screened porch showing many different deck building options.

It’s Not too Early

Tents, Tents, Tents is taking orders… for Christmas trees! A tree lot will be located at 2990 Buford Hwy in Cumming, at the entrance to Windermere at Hwy 20 and Windermere Pkwy, beginning November 26. The lot will be open from 10 am to 8 pm daily. Trees can be preordered by contacting Tents, Tents, Tents at their website or calling 770-887-6142. Santa will be stopping by the tree lot on November 26, December 2, and December 9 from 2 to 7 pm. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011

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Kassidy Rozeboom Age 9 on 10/11 Kassidy & her brother Canyon Happy Birthday!

Michael Garcia Happy 20th Birthday! November 14

Ryan Bartling Age 8 on October 22

Neida Streit Happy Birthday! October 13

Happy Anniversary Tom & Lori Kroko October 17th Happy 3rd Anniversary! Brittany Rodi Age 10 on November 5th We are so proud of you and love you! Dad, Mom and Josh

Carlos and Myra Garcia Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary! November 14 Chris and Sherry Jordan Celebrating 14 years of marriage October 25

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Forsyth County Government News 110 E. Main Street, Suite 210 • TV Forsyth — Comcast Channel 23 • Forsyth County Senior Services’ mission is to be the focal point where older adults gather for services and activities that respond to their diverse needs and interests, enhance their dignity, support their independence and encourage involvement in their community. For additional information, call Senior Services at 770.781.2178.

Forsyth County’s New Sexton Hall Enrichment Center Now Open Facility funded by SPLOST VI Forsyth County officially opened its third Senior Services facility, the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, on September 30, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. The new Sexton Hall Enrichment Center is located at 2115 Chloe Road, just off of Sharon Road between Peachtree Parkway and Old Atlanta Road (formerly the location of Lakeland Community Church). The acquisition and renovation of the facility was funded by the current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax program, SPLOST VI. Sexton Hall Enrichment Center will serve active adults ages 50+ and offer a variety of opportunities including art, music, drama, continuing education, technology, fitness and leisure activities. “We are very excited to open up this facility,” Director of Senior Services Shelley Johnson said. “It will allow us to better serve our seniors in the south portion of the county, and will also allow us to provide programs focused on life-long learning for our community’s active adults.” Sexton Hall Enrichment Center joins Forsyth County’s two existing Senior Services locations – the Center at Charles Place at 595 Dahlonega Highway and the Hearthstone Lodge Community Center at 7305 Lanier Drive. 12

Forsyth County Property Taxes Due November 15 The 2011 Forsyth County property tax bills are due Tuesday, November 15. Property taxes can be paid in person Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at either of the Forsyth County Tax Commissioner’s locations: Main Office, 1092 Tribble Gap Road Sharon Springs Park Branch Office, 1950 Sharon Road For convenience, curb-side payments (checks only) will be accepted at both locations on November 10, 14 and 15. Those utilizing the main office on Tribble Gap Road may also take advantage of the new drivethrough windows. Accepted forms of payment for property taxes are cash, check, money order and debit card. Taxes may also be paid online via the Forsyth County Web site. Select ‘Pay Property Taxes Online’ from the Quick Links feature on the home page. Please note a convenience fee of 2.5% will be added to the tax bill when paying online. To receive additional information, contact the Forsyth County Tax Commissioner’s Office at 770.781.2110.



Community Positive Energy vs. Complaining:

Which sounds good to you? [ by Christine M. Roberts ] I walked off the rental car bus, went to the Delta kiosk, picked up my boarding pass, and boom, there it was, an unbelievably long line to get through security. I’m used to the Atlanta airport where there are a lot of people but at least the line moves quickly. Now here I am at O’Hare and it is gridlock. Not only is the line long but it isn’t moving! The dialogue in my head was ugly “what the $&#@& is going on here, why isn’t this line moving! This is ridiculous!” The temptation to start complaining to those around me was almost unbearable! But I said to myself “don’t do it, don’t complain, it won’t change anything.” So instead I asked the guys in front of me about the logos on their luggage and we struck up conversation ultimately laughing about the security log jam. Then suddenly the line started moving.

“Heading down the negative road doesn’t get us anywhere except in a bad mood.” Now that is one circumstance where self-discipline actually stuck but if we think about how we react in these types of frustrating scenarios, we might be surprised at how often we go down the unconstructive path of griping. And we have all been in the situation when someone else gets all worked up, and then we get on the bandwagon of getting all worked up as well. That’s never enjoyable. It makes sense to voice concern when it is a circumstance that can possibly be changed. Although some things like the plane being delayed, there’s only one security line, the restaurant doesn’t have the item we want or other things beyond our control, we just have to deal with. Heading down the negative road doesn’t get us anywhere except in a bad mood. Something you may want to try is pretending you are on one of those reality shows where there is a hidden camera; how would you want to be portrayed if your actions or reactions were being captured for all to see. This usually keeps me on my toes. Or try to find something else to talk about with those around you. This typically lightens the mood and the time goes faster, and you may even make a new friend! It’s easy to head in the direction of complaining in difficult situations but when we start considering that option what if we all chose positive energy instead, how great would that be!

Christine Roberts is a volunteer with Mentor Me, a local non-profit agency that matches caring volunteers with children who need mentors. Their mission is to help children reach their potential through mentoring relationships with responsible adults. Christine can be reached at OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011




A Reason to Live United [ by Ruth Goode ]

After an evening at a fundraiser, the hostess of the event and I were chatting about the financial success of the event, not to mention how fun it was for everyone. I was thinking to myself “now that’s how to put some fun into fundraising.” The hostess said, “United Way is wonderful. There’s no other organization that can help as many people in the community as United Way.” It’s great to hear a donor say those words with such conviction! When I read some of the testimonies of people who have been helped by United Way, it really brings our generous hostess’ words alive. Here’s one such story: Kyle grew up on a farm in Forsyth County. He learned the value of hard work and money early in life. In high school he admits he looked down on those who used drugs. Following high school graduation, Kyle visited a friend at Georgia Southern where he was arrested for DUI. He lost the respect of his parents, spent thousands on his legal defense and later probation, lost his license, and felt guilt for putting the lives of his friends at risk. As he got further from those consequences, Kyle began drinking again. Soon thereafter, while driving to work, Kyle was hit by a drug user who had fallen asleep at the wheel. He was severely injured and was subsequently prescribed pain medication. After Doctors refused to provide any further prescriptions, he began to seek drugs elsewhere. He began creating fake prescriptions on his computer. He was eventually arrested for forgery and placed on probation. After only two months, Kyle tested positive for amphetamine and opiates and was placed back in custody. He was offered the Drug Court Program and gladly accepted it. This is a voluntary program that began as a vision of the late Judge Stan Gault and continues today under the watchful eye of Chief Judge Jeffrey Bagley and a judicial treatment team. Their mission is to enhance public safety by providing a judicially supervised regimen of treatment and innovative case management to substance abuse offenders with the goal of returning sober, law-abiding citizens to the community and thereby closing the “revolving door” to the criminal justice system. They also assist with job skills/


identification, housing, money management, health care, including mental and dental. That’s where United Way comes in. We assist with emergency needs and incentives for participants who demonstrate new or continued improvement in working their recovery program. Kyle was doing great in the program. However, his resolve was tested when he was diagnosed with cancer in a kidney about 6 months before he was to graduate from Drug Court. The team worked with him for months as he struggled with accepting the diagnosis, navigating the treatments, and fighting the physical effects of the disease and necessary medications. Kyle did not waver from his recovery plan. He continually expressed his gratitude for the Drug Court Program as he was able to face the disease clean and sober. Kyle graduated from Drug Court in August of this year. The following week he had the cancerous kidney removed. He declined the offer of oxycontin and Percocet following his surgery. Kyle has recently been offered his dream job and feels blessed to be alive, clean and sober! To date, Drug Court has graduated 167 individuals, including Kyle and currently has 86 active participants. If only Kyle knew there are thousands of people who donate to United Way that had a hand in helping him on his road to recovery. We’re all behind you Kyle! Our Mission: To improve lives in our community by mobilizing the caring power and spirit of our citizens.


United Way of Forsyth County P.O. Box 1350 Cumming, GA 30028 770-781-4110

Ruth Goode is the Executive Director of United Way Forsyth. She may be reached at 770-781-4110.






Community Calendar

halloween Hoe-Down Date: October 28 Time: 7:30 – 11-30 p.m. Location: Lakewood 400 Antique Market, 1285 Valley Circle Road, Cumming Information: The Rotary Club of North Forsyth-400 presents a fun thrilled evening of music, dance and entertainment. Dinner will be catered by Smokejack Southern Barbeque. Kick up your heels and cut a rug to the sounds of Double Clutch & The Downshifters. We will have a cash bar, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. A prize will be given for the Best Costume so go all out! Tickets are available ($25 per person) via paypal @ For sponsorship opportunities contact Lisa Hood at 770-845-6117. Broadway a la Carte Date: November 8 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Forsyth Conference Center, 7745 Majors Rd., Cumming Information: Adults $15; Seniors/Students $12. Call 404-242-6182 for advance ticket sales (limited seating). This show is written, directed and produced by Jeanne Luke, Master Voice Teacher ( Asthma Education Class Date: November 16, 2011 Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Location: Northside Hospital-Forsyth, Bennett Education Center, Classroom B, 1400 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming Information: $15 (one-time fee) Contact 770-844-3822 for details. 16

American Red Cross Blood Drive Date: Friday, November 18, 2011 Time: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Northside Hospital-Forsyth, Bennett Education Center, 1400 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming Information: Give the gift of life with your blood and platelet donations. Call and sign up or just walk in. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated. Call 770-844-3400

5th Annual Georgia Regional Basketball Tournament Date: November 18-19 Time: TBA Location: Dobbs Creek, 875 Dahlonega Hwy, Cumming Information: Horizon Christian Academy (HCA) will host the 5th Annual Georgia Regional Invitational Tournament (GRIT) basketball tournament at Dobbs Creek. 26+ teams will compete in the following categories: JV Girls, Varsity Girls, JV Boys and Varsity Boys. Come out to the tournament and watch some competitive basketball. Proceeds to benefit the Athletic Program at HCA.



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> Forsyth Foodie I don’t claim to be an expert in bar-b-que; I’m not from the Midwest and I don’t attend competitions. So when deciding on what BBQ place to write about, I quizzed those I know, who know their BBQ, and the answer every time was ‘cue Barbecue.

really delicious trimmings, all the way down to their tart pickles and homemade breads. All sides are made from scratch daily and include items like creamy mac and cheese, classic southern collard greens and two types of coleslaw.

After all, what other BBQ restaurant has three sauce options – tomato based, vinegar based and mustard based - right there on the table? Each with its unique flavor, they accommodate anyone’s preferences and all delicious on whichever meat you choose. And speaking of the meats, they’re hickory smoked slowly on the grill right in front of the restaurant. Every bite, as juicy and tender as the one before it.

Now, normally if you want dessert, you order from the dessert menu. But at ‘cue, you might look to the specials board under side items for the bourbon sweet potato soufflé. It may not be there every time, but if it is, order it after your meal. This “side item” is creamy sweet and will melt in your mouth, a perfect way to end any meal at ‘cue.

Continuing the restaurant trend of “fresh, from scratch” food, ‘cue has some really fresh and


The restaurant also hosts live music on the weekends and has catering options available for any size.


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l a c o L a d i V a L Retail Therapy [ by Shelly Kent ]

Lemons by Beverly Fox Acrylic on Canvas

Shortly after I left my cell phone provider’s retail store yesterday, I was fit to be tied. There are so many levels of customer service, hidden nonsense, and hoops to jump through in our techno-era society that it’s a true exercise in patience just to step out of the house sometimes. To get away from the minutia, decompress, and enjoy a little peace and people-watching, I headed over to the quaint center of Vickery Village. If you’ve swung by Vickery in search of your favorite retailer, you may have noticed most of the stores are no longer in business, which was why I was surprised to see activity emanating from a store at the back of the Village. I meandered into First Mountain Arts Gallery and was pleased to see a wide display of beautiful seasonal and decorative pieces made by local artisans. Moreover, I was struck by the peaceful and pleasant nature of its co-owners,

Peg Schmid and Laverda Godfrey. Peg was pleased to provide a tour of each artist’s work and find out what interested me by way of arts and décor. Among the offerings at First Mountain Arts Gallery I found great gift ideas and a few items to wear out of the gallery (read—stunning hand-dyed silk scarves and handmade earrings) among its offerings. Among the treasures First Mountain Arts displays are: Acrylic, pastel, and watercolor paintings Hand-made solid wood furniture Hand-painted floor carpets Garden art Bird feeders Glass art Jewelry Sun catchers

Handmade Basket-Andrea Seylers

End-grain cutting boards Wreathes Seasonal arrangements Rocking horses Wooden stools Unique digital media cases Pottery Kiln-formed glass

Bracelet by Barbara Poole

To conserve wall space while expanding their inventory selection, Peg and Laverda mounted a digital slideshow screen on the wall so patrons can scroll through works of art and order any print they like. Aside from proudly touting the true craftsmen that display in their gallery, the owners are happy to chat leisurely about their neighbors at Vickery. (Did I need a good eye doctor? I should check out FOR YOUR EYES ONLY down the way, the optometrist is wonderful—and here’s a coupon, too!) They know what products and services are offered throughout the village and look forward to the resurgence of stores in their retail horseshoe. After experiencing the frustration I had with my cell phone provider, encountering a retailer that felt authentic, interested in me as a customer, and uplifting to the community was a true breath of fresh air. I hope you’ll join me in supporting this gem; it’s a great time to shop early and knock a few things off your holiday list!

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Lifestyle Helpful Decorating Tips— Before You Begin

A wellplanned room is both beautiful and functional. You too can achieve this!

[ by Patti & Curt Gosch ]

When it is time to start decorating, clients are usually so eager to start shopping, and really, who isn’t? Whether moving into a new house or updating your current home, a new look is always fun. Envisioning the layout can really make a difference in your result. A space plan allows clients to visualize their personal spaces with different furniture, lighting, and accessories. It is drawn to scale, which allows for perfect design choices. A well-planned room is both beautiful and functional. You too can achieve this! Here are some helpful tips to follow: 1. How will the room be used? Be honest. Take the time to walk through a typical day-in-the-life of that room. It will help you imagine traffic patterns, lighting needs, gathering spots, durability and types of fabric. 2. Room shape: Is it a traditionally shaped room, or does it have a funky fireplace? Size and placement of windows can dramatically affect the feel of a room. Clever window treatments and beautiful furnishings can make every room comfortable and cozy. 3. Scale: Proper size and scale of furnishings are just as important as style. Large rooms with high ceilings call for larger furniture, art, and accessories. Large, chunky sofas may look great on the showroom floor, but will overwhelm a small room. A delicate floor lamp may look amazing in your bedroom, but get lost in a large, expansive great room. 4. Don’t buy anything! Yet, anyway. Wait until your plan is done! Tear sheets out of magazines, snap quick pictures and keep a folder. You may

not find your favorite “must-have” until you realize the perfect spot for it! 5. Put it on paper: Create a room plan using simple graph paper or an online room planner. There are many helpful tools to help you get started. Check out our planner at It’s easy to use and will help you bring your ideas to life. The clearer your vision, the more likely you are to achieve the look you desire. Often you can benefit from consulting with an experienced interior designer. They can enhance your style by adding the unexpected details of a professional. Two heads are better than one and always more fun! Happy planning! Owned by Patti and Kurt Gosch, Outrageous Interiors offers a beautiful mix of home furnishings and accessories with complimentary design services. They have been serving metro-Atlanta for over 23 years with stores in Marietta (East Cobb), Kennesaw, Alpharetta and Suwanee. Visit www. for store hours and directions

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Lifestyle Sometimes it’s the simplest thing that can make a great photo— and usually it’s showing the viewer something they’re not used to seeing.

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Changing your Approach to Photography

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[ by Kaylene Fister ]

One thing we adults tend to forget is that there is a completely different world below us. For us the change has happened slowly, over the years, and we don’t notice how things might look differently from a shorter perspective. When done right, shooting down on children can produce fun pictures, but for the most part it’s better to take photos of them at their level. It gives you the feeling of seeing the world through their eyes, instead of through your own. The same goes for animals: want to take a photo of Pookie or Fluffy? Get down to their level, instead of taking shots of the top of their heads. Just make sure Pookie doesn’t put his wet nose on your camera lens!

Earrings, necklaces, rings and more, carefully crafted by expert jewelry designers will be showcased during the Gems in Art Trunk Show, featuring exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces by renowned artists Galatea and Wong. “We are excited to bring the beauty and craftsmanship of two of the world’s most renowned artists to our gallery,” explains Joshua Avella, owner of Gems in Art Jewelry Design Studio. Avella, a jewelry designer himself, came to the United States from his native country of Colombia nearly 30 years ago to become a chef. Instead he followed his passion for jewelry, studied jewelry design at the esteemed Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and distinguished himself by becoming one of the first jewelers in Georgia to earn the Jewelers of America certification. Avella is one of the few artisan jewelers that can do hand engraving and micropave. The two collections at the trunk show have been featured world-wide. Galatea pearls come from a process where a South Sea pearl oyster is enucleated with a gemstone bead and then carved to let the gemstone’s color shine through. Denny Wong Designs, fine pieces featuring tropical flowers, whales, dolphins, marine life, Tahitian pearls and other gemstones will also be available at the trunk show.

Change your approach to the subject— literally. Most flowers are around our feet or knee level. Have you thought about what they might look like side on? Or looking from the ground up? Sometimes it’s the simplest thing that can make a great photo—and usually it’s showing the viewer something they’re not used to seeing. You might get a little (or a lot!) dirty, but hey it’s worth it to get the shot, right?

Kaylene Fister is a professional photographer residing in Cumming, originally from New Zealand. Kaylene is the owner of Southern Kiwi Photography. She may be reached at 404.583.0659. 22

This fall, jewelry merges gleaming metal, stones, chains and other dressed up industrial findings with more delicate elements such as colored beads, pearls and botanical elements.

The show will offer patrons a unique opportunity to learn more about the artists, their collections, and take a closer look at their exquisite jewelry offerings. “Our goal is to bring the collections from such renowned artists close to those who seek beauty and appreciate marksmanship,” adds Avella.


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Gems in Art Trunk Show December 9-10, 2011 | 10 am. - 6 pm 5930 Odell Street, Suite 100 Cumming GA 770-844-8005 OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011

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Colon cancer screenings beat colon cancer. “Colon cancer is a very preventable form of cancer. Colonoscopy screenings have been shown to reduce cancer rates and death from colon cancer.”

Regular exercise. A healthy diet. A colon screening. Each is an essential element to living a long and healthy life. Colon cancer is an extremely dangerous, yet easily avoidable disease that can be detected by a quick colon screening. We recommend that everyone get a screening by the age of 50. Dimple Raina, M.D. insists, “Typically females tend to be the caregivers; however, I urge women to devote that same time to care for themselves. Be proactive and schedule a screening.” If you have any risk factors in your family, we advise that you get a screening at least 10 years prior to the age when that person was diagnosed. Eighty to 85% of colon cancers can be prevented by removing potentially carcinogenic polyps, which are easily identified and removed during a colonoscopy.

Brian Hudes, M.D. Our staff focuses on making every procedure as comfortable as possible, from room design to soothing music and warm, spa‑like blankets, all in an effort to keep you relaxed. Treatments are done at Hudes Endoscopy Center, an AAAHC accredited state‑of‑the‑art facility located directly next door to our Johns Creek location in Suwanee. Fortunately, colon cancer screenings are covered by most health insurance companies to the extent of your insurance deductible and co‑pay. And usually there will be a substantial savings compared to the procedure being done at a hospital outpatient endoscopy center. We specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gastrointestinal disease, including colon cancer, colon polyps, heartburn, acid reflux, peptic ulcers, hepatitis A, B, and C, ulcerative colitis and other diseases. Long Nguyen, D.O. warns that, “Hepatitis B is a prevalent virus, especially among the Asian community. If left alone, it can lead to serious disease and complications. If you have any concerns, seek medical advice.”


Concerning heartburn and acid reflux, Edward LeVert, M.D. maintains, “If symptoms go untreated, they can create further and more serious complications, including trouble with swallowing or even esophageal cancer. Be proactive and don’t let symptoms persist.”



Meet the docs Brian Hudes, M.D. Medical Director Dimple Raina, M.D. F. Edward LeVert, M.D. Long Nguyen, D.O.

All doctors are on staff at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

Dr. Brian Hudes is a popular and well‑respected medical expert in clinical and lifestyle medicine. Stay updated on medical advice by following his blog at in local Georgia areas including: Cumming, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell, Suwanee, Peachtree Corners, and Dacula.


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Tips to Make your Next Move a Positive Experience [ by Mike Deason] Are you planning a move in the near future? Will you be using a moving company to relocate your possessions? Here are some tips that will help you select a mover that will create a positive experience.

Safeguarding Your Biggest Asset [ by Michael R. Bascom, Esq. ] For most people, the biggest purchase they will ever make is buying their home. Not only does it have the biggest price tag, it also takes the most time. Was your last home purchase a quick weekend buying whirlwind, was it spread out over several weekends, or did it span a few months? Once you decided what house to buy, how much time did you spend arranging the financing and then attending closing? After you bought it, how much time have you spend maintaining or improving it? I know my honey-do list regularly takes a bite out of most weekends. Since your home is your biggest purchase and you spend significant time using, maintaining and even upgrading it, what have you done to protect it? From my experience as an estate planning attorney that deals in asset protection matters, the 11 biggest threats to a client’s financial well being are: Creditors, Predators, Taxes, Divorce, Remarriage, Bankruptcy, Loss of Income, Nursing Home, Death, Disability, and Casualty Loss. How many of these concern you? Casualty Loss is the most obvious one and your insurance agent helped you buy a homeowner’s policy to protect against the risks of loss by fire, theft, damage and perhaps flood. Ideally you also discussed an umbrella liability policy. These insurance products are a great first step in protecting your home but they may not adequately cover all your risks. Your estate planning attorney can help you identify, assess and protect against these risks. At a minimum you will want to discuss how you should hold title to your property for maximum protection. You should also discuss the advantages of setting up entities to hold title to your property. It is becoming increasingly common to see homes put into trusts with all other real estate (second homes, rental property, etc.) being put into limited liability company’s, limited partnerships or specialized irrevocable trusts. The combination of adequate insurance and strategies recommended by your estate planning attorney can be a winning combination to protect your biggest assets.

Select a mover who has a physical location in your surrounding area. Check with the Better Business Bureau to ensure that the moving company has a history of great service. Ask your friends and neighbors who they used and if they were happy with the service they received. The moving company must offer free in-home estimates as well. Do not hire a moving company that requires any payment or deposit up front. Moving services should only be paid for when your goods have arrived at your destination. Be very careful when searching online for a moving company. Most of the results you find will be brokers or third party companies (a go between the moving company and the customer). They award the contract to the least expensive bidder with no commitment to service. These are the horror stories you hear about where the rates are increased once they arrive to perform the move or even worse once your goods are loaded on the truck. A full service moving company will offer a wide range of services to include both local and long distance moves, climate controlled storage, packing services and supplies, unpacking and debris removal, and crating for your high value fragile items. It is important to get recent references regarding the performance and service from the mover you choose. Moves within Georgia are regulated by the Georgia Public Service Commission. If your new home is within 50 miles of your current home then your move will be rated on an hourly basis; if over 50 miles then it will be rated based on the weight and mileage. Bear in mind the better organized you are when the movers arrive the quicker your move will go. If you are packing yourself be sure all boxes are packed and taped shut. Label the boxes according to where they will go in your new home. The mover with the cheapest hourly rate may not be the lowest cost in the end. If the crew moving your goods is not experienced and organized the move may take twice as long as an experienced well organized crew. Therefore the $10 per hour you saved on the hourly rate could cost you hundreds of dollars due to the additional time. Out of state moves are priced by weight and distance. It is important to get an in home estimate with a price that is either binding or guaranteed not to exceed the quote. If you go with a not to exceed quote then the truck will be weighed before and after the furniture is loaded. If the actual weight is less than quoted then you will pay less. If the loaded weight is more than the quote you will only have to pay the not to exceed amount that is on the quote. Remember that whether moving local or long distance the best time to purge unused items is before the move and not after. If you keep these tips in mind while determining who your mover will be then your chances of having a positive experience will be greatly increased

Mike Bascom is an estate planning attorney and author in Cumming. He has more than twenty years experience with asset protection matters. He may be reached at 770-889-3911. 26


Mike Deason is the owner JasonTaylor Moving and Storage, located in Cumming. He may be reached at 770-889-9924.


Lifestyle Folk Art takes over Cumming The artistic expression of people that depicts the everyday events of their lives, as well as memories of their past,crafted in clay, metals, paints and other media defines the concept of folk art. Artists have enjoyed the ability to tell their stories via this unique form, and some have won prizes and accolades for their work. Close to home, artists such as Madison Latimer,Sam Granger, David Ricketts. Fred Rowland and others join Smithsonian American Art Museum featured artist Lorenzo Scott at North Georgia’s new Folk Art Gallery. “Bald Ridge Folk Art Gallery is the place where we can present the public with a variety of art by artists from all walks of life – from Lorenzo Scott to Black Joe Jackson to R.A Miller,” explains Bob Weinberg, gallery owner. Along with partner Pamela Barker, the art dealers hope to create a home for artists who “are already there” and those who are “on their way there;” there being a place of recognition by the art community. Folk art can be motivational and refined, dissenting and untidy.

The offerings at the gallery are varied and charming. Pieces range in prices from $30 to $600, each depicting a form as unique as the artist who created it. Whether you are looking for a painting of “Elvis on a Chicken” or Junkyard Critters by Fred Rowland, you will certainly find unique interpretations of classic themes with the raw immediacy of self-taught visionaries. Bald Ridge Folk Art Gallery is located at 334 Dahlonega Highway in Cumming. If you are a folk artist looking for a home for your work, call Bob at 770-757-8654 or Pamela at 678-521-5686. Be sure to “like” Bald Ridge Gallery on Facebook!

Market 334’s Kim Maley At the helm of Cumming’s unique Market 334, an art-filled shopping experience is Kim Maley. “Re-creating the days of old, when craftsmanship, creativity and quality were paramount, is what Market 334 is all about” explains Maley. Kim Maley, owner and creator of Market 334 began her journey back in 2005 when she started her women’s clothing and accessory company called Boho Girl. Maley explained she was tired of the trends of the day and wanted women to embrace their individual beauty and not to be afraid to wear clothing that expressed who they were and what looked good on them. “I began to collect beautiful clothing, accessories and unique jewelry made by Artisans all over the world,” Maley states. In November 2010 while setting up for a weekend at a craft show, she met Bob Weinberg, who admired her business savvy but more so her efforts and creativity. He mentioned a vacant space he owned in downtown Cumming, the former home of a stone mason and asked her to take a look at the space. “A few days later I stepped into the space and looked at the beautiful stone fireplaces, stone floors and exposed beams and felt an instant connection. It was as if this could be the new home for Boho Girl and a venue for other Artisans, all under one roof,” Maley recalls. In about four weeks after that visit, Market 334 became the home to about 15 local Artisans. “Today OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011

we have about 50 Artisans showcasing and selling their wares with new Artisans joining us daily.” According to Maley, there is an increasing desire by consumers who want to support local talent and products. “They want to re-discover the traditional ways of making goods, and are seeking pleasure in things that are handcrafted, and well-made,” she comments. Market 334 is a unique and special shop. It connects local Artisans, designers and craftspeople with the public, providing an outlet for these artists to showcase and sell their work. “I have the best job in the world, not only am I surrounded by beautiful works by some of the best artisans in the area , but I have been given the opportunity to bring back the artisan culture into our community,” Maley explains. Events are held regularly at Market 334, including festivals, shows, and special engagements. Stop by 334 Dahlonega Highway and spend some time at the Market, check out the variety of items available, and say hi to Kim.

Market 334 334 Dahlonega Highway • Cumming GA Open Tuesday-Saturday; 10 am – 5 pm



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When homework is too hard [ by Dr. Kimberley Linert, OD ] Does your home become a battlefield when it is time to do homework? Will your child do just about anything to avoid reading and writing? You know your child is bright, but why the big fight? Could there be something that is blocking your child from learning? Many things can hinder learning, but there is one problem involving your child’s vision that is missed over and over again in schools and doctors offices. It is missed because there is a special set of tests that must be done to detect it that are not done during a regular eye exam. A vision problem called Convergence Insufficieny (CI) may be causing your child undo frustration when reading. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Convergence insufficiency occurs when your eyes don’t turn inward properly while you’re focusing on a nearby object.” Not everyone with convergence insufficiency experiences symptoms and many have 20/20 vision. Yet others may be misdiagnosed with dyslexia and learning disabilities. Symptoms occur while you’re reading or doing other close work and may include: • Headaches • Blurred or Double vision • Words seem to float on the page, you lose your place or read slowly • Difficulty concentrating • Squinting, closing one eye To determine if your child has CI, see a behavioral optometrist who can do the tests needed. If CI is detected there is a treatment that retrains the eyes and the brain called vision therapy. Vision therapy will take away the stress and frustration and allow your child to enjoy learning again. To find a behavioral optometrist or for more information: Dr. Kimberley Linert OD is a behavioral optometrist. She may be reached at Target Optical in Cumming at 678-5133739 or Target Optical in Canton at 678-493-1707. 28



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“ Committing to

a heart-healthy diet decreases your risk for cardiovascular disease and strengthens your heart.

Create a Heart-Healthy Diet Heart disease can start with few noticeable signs or symptoms. The choices you make today, including what you eat, can help you prevent or manage heart disease. Committing to a heart-healthy diet decreases your risk for cardiovascular disease and strengthens your heart. Why does food play a role in preventing heart disease? Your arteries are like semi-flexible pipes that supply oxygen to the heart and allow blood to flow throughout your body. When you are born, these pipes are clean and clear, but over time, cholesterol and fat can harden and cause plaque buildup, preventing oxygen from reaching the heart. You can keep these pipes clean and prevent high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease with these heart-healthy diet tips. Think more plants, less animals. Fill your plate with veggies, fruits and whole grains. Plant-based foods protect your heart without the negative effects of fat. Look for alternative sources of protein such as beans instead of meat. Tip: Use frozen fruits and vegetables, but avoid canned and processed products, which tend to be higher in sodium. Reduce sodium. Beware of hidden sodium found in packaged foods and restaurant meals. Sodium can increase blood pressure. You can add flavor with heart-healthy ingredients such as cinnamon, garlic, peppermint, berries and sage. Tip: Talk to a dietician about lowering your sodium intake and chances for high blood pressure with the DASH eating plan. Cook-in instead of dining out. Buy a cookbook with low-fat recipes and learn how to make tasty meals without the added salt, fat or cholesterol. Look for recipes that include heart-healthy ingremmmdients such as salmon, soy, spinach, berries, nuts, lentils, whole grains and avocados. Tip: Cook once, eat twice – double the recipe and refrigerate or freeze the extra ingredients for future meals.


Don’t skip meals. Starting your day off with breakfast helps prevent you from feeling famished at lunchtime, giving you more energy and helping you make better food choices. Tip: Incorporate healthy snacks such as granola bars, hummus, peanut butter and low-fat cheese to keep you from raiding the vending machine in the afternoon. Load up on Omega-3’s. Omega-3 fatty acids decrease risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead to sudden death, according to the American Heart Association. In addition, these fatty acids found in fish, nuts and leafy veggies decrease triglyceride levels, decrease plaque buildup and can lower blood pressure. Tip: To increase omega-3 consumption, consider taking a fish oil supplement or add ground flax seeds to yogurt, oatmeal and baked goods. Northside Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider with the largest medical staff in the Southeast. Northside’s hospitals in Atlanta/ Sandy Springs, Forsyth/Cumming and Cherokee/Canton care for more than 700,000 patients each year.

Northside Hospital Forsyth 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive Cumming, GA 30041-7659 770-844-3200 •



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What you need to know about your blood sugar

[ by John Thomas, DC ]

From a medical standpoint, normal blood glucose levels have a broad range of 70 to 105, while functional or optimal blood glucose level ranges are 85 to 99. According to the American Diabetic Association, a blood sugar level reading of 106 to 126 is termed “insulin resistance” or “pre-diabetes,” and anything above a reading of 127 is diabetes. These numbers are based on a glucose test where the person tested has not had anything to eat or drink for least a 12-hour prior to the test. That means absolutely no food, no orange juice or coffee, or anything else. A reading below 85 would be termed hypoglycemia and a reading above 99 would be termed hyperglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the blood sugar level repeatedly drops too low in response to high carbohydrate foods. Refined sugar is a good example of a high carbohydrate food. Hypoglycemia can also be a result of going too long without eating: and too many of us are skipping breakfast, having low blood sugar can be just as damaging to your body as having high blood sugar. If your blood sugar is below 85, it’s important that you eat every two to three hours. You should have breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, dinner and a light snack before bedtime. The snack can be vegetables, fruit, nuts, and/or seeds and have some protein. Insulin resistance is high blood sugar that hasn’t yet reached the point of diabetes. It’s called “pre-diabetes” and is a result of the cells becoming resistant to insulin, so that no glucose can enter the cell to make energy. You need glucose in your cells to make energy. It’s a vital, important part of life. Your brain and nervous system need two things to survive: fuel and activation. Fuel is oxygen and glucose. Glucose travels in the blood stream until it’s turned into triglycerides for fat storage. This is why it’s important to monitor triglycerides as well as glucose. The process of turning glucose into triglycerides demands an increased amount of energy causing you to feel tired after eating. When you are eating a highcarbohydrate diet filled with white bread, pasta, and refined sugar, you cannot keep you blood sugar level stable. If you feel sleepy or you crave sugar after eating, you know you just ate way too many carbohydrates. If you feel sleepy after a low- or no-carbohydrate meal, you are most likely insulin resistant. It is impossible to support hypoglycemia or insulin resistance unless you eat a healthy breakfast with ample high-quality protein. You need to eat protein in the morning, not carbohydrates. You need to eat eggs; you need to eat lean meat such as turkey or chicken sausage. You need to eat protein in order to support your blood sugar levels. ous first thing in the morning upon waking, eating breakfast is critical and eating a breakfast of high protein will most likely relieve your nausea. Finally, if you have hypoglycemia you should never fast. It will make matters much worse! Dr. John C. Thomas is the clinical director of Discover Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Cumming, GA. He can be reached at 678-456-9122. 30

Staying Healthy During Flu Season

[ by Lisa Diglio PA-C and Dr. Jim Morrow ]

With the explosive popularity of the movie Contagion and the highlight on the elite Epidemic Intelligence Service team in the Centers for Disease Control, many people are talking about influenza. In 2009, the H1N1 pandemic swept across continents, triggering the creation of a specialized vaccine for the virulent combination of pig, avian and human influenza strains as it took over 14,000 lives. Now in the post-pandemic stage, the vaccine successfully reduced the spread and transmission of the virus. As the fall continues and we start planning for the holidays, don’t forget that October marked the beginning of the seasonal flu season in the United States. The current vaccine covers for both the H1N1 strain and also the most likely seasonal influenza strains expected to emerge as predicted by the World Health Organization. The best way to protect you and your family from the flu is to get vaccinated. The vaccine is still highly recommended for high risk groups such as the elderly, very young children and those with chronic illnesses. However, following the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the CDC agreed to open vaccination recommendations to all persons 6 months or older. Importantly, you cannot get the flu from the vaccination itself. Remember, there are ways to diagnose and treat influenza. Often similar to a cold, the flu can cause fever, congestion, cough and occasionally nausea or vomiting. Frequently the severity and onset of influenza tend to be more intense and uncomfortable. Body aches and fatigue often accompany the illness. Your doctor can test you for influenza in the clinic with immediate results. There are also medication options that will not cure the illness, but help to reduce the severity and duration of the symptoms themselves. So what does this mean for you and your family? It is up to you to protect your family, not only by encouraging good hand washing, but by getting your family vaccinated. That includes mom and dad; not just the kids. Also, resist the urge to go to work if you are ill. It could potentially save your life or the life of someone else. For more information go to or ask your doctor. Dr. Jim Morrow and Mrs. Lisa Diglio practice at Morrow Family Medicine in the 1400 Building, Suite 200, on the Northside Forsyth Campus in Cumming. Call 770-781-8004 to schedule an appointment.




Happy Golden Anniversary Midway Elementary School

Teachers, students, parents and supporters are getting ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Midway Elementary School. The school will host an Open House on November 6, and everyone is invited to attend. “I attended this school since 1977 at the age of five,” remarks Greg Orr, a teacher at Midway Elementary. “I have walked the halls as a student and now as a teacher; it’s a part of me.” Orr is currently an English as a Second Language teacher. The sense of community at Midway Elementary is exemplary, as many of the teachers there have been part of the school for over 30 years. Janet McDaniel has been a teacher for 31 years, and is proud of her school.

hallway of the current building. Over the years a need for expansion due to the increase in the student population and additions were made. A second building was added in the late 1970’s. In the late 1980’s an additional wing was added to the main hallway to house

Midway Elementary School.. Where All Students Succeed! “This school is part of who I am,” McDaniel states. A teacher at Midway, McDaniel loves her job and the children that are part of her classroom every school year. In 1961, a 4th grade student by the name of Phyllis Bagby attended Midway Elementary. For the past 24 years, Bagby has worked at the school in various capacities, including the media center and as a Paraprofessional. “Midway Elementary is like home; it’s family; it’s a part of me,” stated Bagby as she recalls the years of her youth. “It’s a joy to pull into the parking area every day and see everyone – they are family to me.” Midway Elementary started with only one wing and housed students attending 1st through 8th grade. This original wing is now the front

primary grades. Later a new media center was added to the lower building and the original media center was converted to a new office suite. Most recently a new wing was added to the lower building, this wing currently houses 4th and 5th grade students, additionally the original cafeteria was demolished and a new one constructed. The school gymnasium has also undergone major renovations. Thanks to the dedication of students, parents, teachers, administrators and, community, the tradition of excellence continues, one that began 50 years ago. Midway Elementary 4805 Atlanta Highway • Alpharetta, GA 30004

Congratulations! The Lambert High School boys’ varsity lacrosse team finished their season in May 2011 with a record of 21-1, and became the 2011 Georgia State Champions. The team included two All-American players and seven All-State players. The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recognized the Lambert High School boys’ varsity lacrosse team and presented the team with a Resolution. Commission Chairman Brian R. Tam read the Resolution, noting that the Board of Commissioners recognized and commended the team and coaches for their outstanding accomplishments. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011




Let the Games Begin [ by Denise Dickinson ]

Special Olympics Forsyth Hosts Halloween Dance and Games, 5K Fundraiser The Forsyth County Special Olympics once again had students in grades 6-12 dancing and playing lots of games at the Central Park Recreation Center on Friday, October 28. Each student athlete is teamed with a buddy; students from county high schools volunteer to help and come hang out for the day. All are treated to lunch and get to enjoy social time relaxing and making new friends. This is just one of the great programs which Special Olympics Forsyth is able to host each year with generous donations, like proceeds from their 5K and Family Fun Run Saturday, November 5, at the Lanier Technical College Conference Center, located down Ronald Reagan Blvd. from the Avenue Forsyth. The 5K and Fun Run will begin at 8am. In setting up for the race, there will be some road closures in the area so participants are encouraged to arrive plenty early. As incentives for team competitions, prizes will be given for the school with the most students to register and the business that raises the most funds. Each will also have their team logo or name added to the Special Olympics Forsyth website as a Bronze Sponsor. Entry fees are $25 for the 5K and $15 for the Fun Run. For information on the race or Special Olympics programs in Forsyth County go to http://

Demystifying Dyslexia [ by Tina Pryor McGinley ] Although dyslexia affects 15-20% of people in America, there are few who accurately understand this most common learning difference. Dyslexia is neurobiological in origin that manifests itself through difficulties with accurate and/or fluent reading, writing and spelling. Like many other issues, dyslexia ranges from mild to profound. No one dyslexic is the same, which can make diagnosing a challenge. If detected at an early age and given appropriate instruction, these students can thrive and succeed in a traditional school setting. Signs of dyslexia include, but not limited to: • Late to talk • Difficulty learning letters and sounds • Confusion with left/right, before/after, etc. • Difficulty with concepts (today, tomorrow, yesterday) • Difficulty with distinguishing different sounds in words • Poor spelling • Omitting or misreading short words • Family history of similar issues Not everyone that exhibits these signs is dyslexic; however, it would be imperative to rule out the diagnosis. Dyslexics may show some signs and not others. According to the International Dyslexia Association, if a child struggles with reading, writing and/or spelling in first grade, there is a 90% chance that this child will still be struggling in 8th grade, if no intervention has been put in place. Research has proven that those with dyslexia can learn through a multisensory structured language approach. In other words, all senses are used to learn: vision, hearing and kinesthetic-tactile. Oftentimes, people that are dyslexic excel in math, engineering, art, athletics, and architecture, sales and innovating. They have creative minds that naturally think outside the box. Parents will need to embrace this novel way of thinking and encourage the strengths while acknowledging and improving the weaknesses. A parents’ journey to the realization of having a dyslexic child can be filled with anxiety and grief. Endless hope, unconditional love, enormous patience and a sense of humor will help you and your child persevere. If the diagnosis is confirmed, understand that your child can still achieve. However, the road to reach the dreams and goals may take a different, more convoluted path than you originally imagined.

Denise Dickinson is a local freelance writer and mother of the artist mentioned in this article. She can be contacted at or 404-422-4921. 32


For more information on dyslexia, visit (all information credited to this website). Tina Pryor McGinley is a Cumming resident, mother of three and a volunteer for the International Dyslexia Association, Georgia Chapter. She may be reached at OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011




schools Helping Children Expand Their Vocabulary [ by Kathy Martin ]

One of the essential components of strong reading ability is a good vocabulary. A student should grow his or her vocabulary over time, but doing so requires regular reading and frequent study of new words. Students with limited vocabularies will struggle as teachers increasingly expect more independent reading—and school reading becomes more difficult. Here are a few ways parents can help their child improve his or her vocabulary:

Read, read, read. The most obvious way parents can help their child expand his or her vocabulary is to read aloud together and encourage him or her to read independently. Ask your child’s teacher for book recommendations appropriate for your child’s reading level, but also let your child choose his or her own reading material. Fervent readers develop their vocabulary naturally, so if your child enjoys reading and does it regularly, he or she will learn new words.

Reintroduce words in multiple settings. Your child’s vocabulary list for the week includes the word “trait”. After reading the definition and quizzing him or her on it several times, find ways to use the word in conversation throughout the week. Be sure your examples give sufficient context so that your child can decode the meaning if he or she doesn’t remember the definition. For example, “You have some interesting traits,” is not as good as, “You are very hard-working—it’s one of your best personality traits.”

Pre-teach words before reading a story. If a book has a glossary of key words at the end, before reading to your child, read the glossary. Studies show that pre-teaching target words that appear within a text has a positive effect on a reader’s retention and vocabulary acquisition.

When reading together, have your child define words. When your child encounters unfamiliar words, first have him or her try to infer the meaning based on how the word is used. When your child is actively engaged in vocabulary study, he or she is much more likely to remember definitions than if you read them to him or her. If your child cannot derive a word’s meaning from context, define it and provide an example of it in use. Then, ask your child to come up with a second example.

Point out words’ origins. Your child will learn about roots, prefixes and suffixes in language class at school, but help reinforce those teachings by pointing them out as you come across them in books. “Preview”, for example, is made up of the root word, “view” and a prefix, “pre”, which means “before.” “Pollute” is a root word, but “pollution” has the suffix “ion” on the end, which turns the verb (pollute) into a noun (pollution). Understanding word structure and how prefixes and suffixes change root words’ meanings will help your child define many new words.

Make the dictionary your child’s new companion. Teach your child to use a dictionary and keep one nearby when reading. As he or she reads, encourage your child to jot down unfamiliar words to look up later -- or look them up immediately. Your child might also benefit from a combination dictionary/thesaurus, which includes synonym lists with dictionary entries to give students plenty of examples of words with the same meanings. As your child adds to his or her vocabulary, so will he or she increase his or her reading speed and fluency. Continue to encourage your child to look up new words, use them in written and spoken context, and explore any budding interest in language. Doing so will help your child become a more eager and confident reader, and a happier, more successful student. 34


Kathy Martin is the owner of the Huntington Learning Center in Cumming, located at the corner of Bethelview and Castleberry Roads. Contact the center directly at 770-292-8994 to find out about what program will best suit your child’s needs. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011


Have a Faith-filled Halloween [ by Neida Streit ]

Halloween is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity and life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Halloween has long been thought of as a day when the dead can return to the earth, and ancient Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off these roaming ghosts. The Celtic holiday of Samhain, the Catholic Hallowmas period of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day and the Roman festival of Feralia all influenced the modern holiday of Halloween. In the 19th century, Halloween began to lose its religious connotation, becoming a more secular, community-based children’s holiday. Although the superstitions and beliefs surrounding Halloween may have evolved over the years, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people can still look forward to parades, costumes and sweet treats to usher in the winter season. So, why is it, if Halloween is rooted in religious belief, do we hear about nothing but Satan-worship as the basis of Halloween? Churches are criticized if they participate in anything Halloween. Schools have changed their Halloween Festivals into Fall Festivals. Children are discouraged from dressing up in scary costumes – it’ll make them become devil worshippers, some say. When I was growing up, the church was the social life of the community for most part. We looked forward to the Halloween Festival at the Methodist Church. The haunted pond brought shivers of memories of walking across the bridge on the haunted trail and hoping the “monster” didn’t reach up to get us. The monster being a person in scuba gear submerged in the pond. Other “monsters” roamed the woods and trail around the pond – just waiting to give a good scare, all in fun – not Satan worship. It was a great privilege earned to get to be a “monster” at the Methodist Halloween Festival. The costume contest was always a great fun – the variety of costumes (when they were allowed to be scary) was amazing. One year, my daughter won for her age group and she floated on air for weeks. At age 3, her favorite character was not Barney, or Big Bird, or Cookie Monster. No, it was the Tales from the Crypt Guy. That is the costume that won her the coveted “most original” prize. Does she worship Satan? No – she is a very faithful worshipper of God, and a youth leader now that she is grown. She is a forensic anthropologist and still likes bones and stuff, though and Halloween is still one of her favorite holidays, next to Christmas. My son won one year for his Death costume. He is fine and dandy too! For the faint of heart, a haunted maze was inside the church as well as other fun games for the younger children. It really was a family event – and great fun – and even an experience in learning about God. Yes, you read correctly. A lesson to be learned was that you didn’t have to be afraid of monster, ghosts, goblins, witches, Frankenstein, or the Pond Monster, because God has always promised to be here for us, with us – ALWAYS….. We do not have to be afraid of anything. Neida Streit is the Director of Communications at Cumming First United Methodist Church. She may be reached at (770) 887-2900 ext. 215 or via e-mail at OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011



schools Elementary Schools

Big Creek Elementary 1994 Peachtree Parkway, (770) 887-4584 Principal: Sherri Black Brookwood Elementary 2980 Vaughan Drive, (678) 965-5060 Principal: Kathie Braswell kbraswell@forsyth.k12, Chattahoochee Elementary 2800 Holtzclaw Road, (770) 781-2240 Principal: Dave Culpepper Chestatee Elementary 6945 Keith Bridge Road, Gainesville (770) 887-2341 Principal: Rebecca G. Johnson Coal Mountain Elementary 3455 Coal Mountain Drive, (770) 887-7705 Principal: Debbie Smith Cumming Elementary 540 Dahlonega Street, (770) 887-7749 Principal: Pam Pajerski Daves Creek Elementary 3740 Melody Mizer Lane, (770) 888-1223 Principal: Eric Ashton Haw Creek Elementary 2555 Echols Road, (678) 965-5070 Principal: Dr. Amy Davis Johns Creek Elementary 6205 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee (678) 965-5041 Principal: Alyssa Degliumberto Mashburn Elementary 3777 Samples Road, (770) 889-1630 Principal: Tracey Smith Matt Elementary 7455 Wallace Tatum Road, (678) 455-4500 Principal: Charlley Stalder Midway Elementary 4805 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta (770) 475-6670 Principal: Todd Smith Sawnee Elementary 1616 Canton Highway, (770) 887-6161 Principal: Dr. Eileen Nix Settles Bridge Elementary 600 James Burgess Road, Suwanee (770) 887-1883 Principal: Donna Morris 36

School Information Sharon Elementary 3595 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee (770) 888-7511 Principal: Amy Bartlett

High Schools

Shiloh Point Elementary 8145 Majors Road, (678) 341-6481 Principal: Sharon Ericson

Lambert High School 805 Nichols Road, (678) 965-5050 Principal: Dr. Gary Davison

Sliver City Elementary 6200 Dahlonega Highway, (678) 965-5020 Principal: Kristan Morse

North Forsyth High 3635 Coal Mountain Drive, (770) 781-6637 Principal: Beth Hebert

Vickery Creek Elementary 6280 Post Road, (770) 346-0040 Principal: Ron McAllister

South Forsyth High 585 Peachtree Parkway, (770) 781-2264 Principal: Dr. Jason Branch

Whitlow Elementary 3655 Castleberry Road, (678) 965-5090 Principal: Lynne Castleberry

West Forsyth High 4155 Drew Road, (770) 888-3470 Acting Principal: Betty Pope

Middle Schools

Private Schools

Lakeside Middle 2565 Echols Road, (678) 965-5080 Principal: Debbie Sarver

Forsyth Central High 520 Tribble Gap Road, (770) 887-8151 Principal: Rudy Hampton

Cornerstone Schools 4888 Browns Bridge Road, (770) 205-8202 Principal: Elaine M. Francel

Liberty Middle 7465 Wallace Tatum Road, (770) 781-4889 Principal: Connie Stovall

Covenant Christian Academy 6905 Post Road, (770) 674-2990 Headmaster: Johnathan Arnold

Little Mill Middle 6800 Little Mill Road, (678) 965-5000 Principal: Connie McCrary

Fideles Christian School 1390 Weber Industrial Drive, (770) 888-6705 Directors: Jonny and Ellen Whisenant

North Forsyth Middle 3645 Coal Mountain Drive, (770) 889-0743 Principal: Jeff Hunt

Friendship Christian School 3160 Old Atlanta Road, (678)845-0418 Principal: Tom Davis

Otwell Middle 605 Tribble Gap Road, (770) 887-5248 Principal: Steve Miller

Horizon Christian Academy (K-6) 2160 Freedom Parkway (7-12) 433 Canton Road (678) 947-3583, (678) 947-0711 Headmaster: Heather Marshall

Piney Grove Middle 8135 Majors Road, (678) 965-5010 Principal: Terri North Riverwatch Middle 610 James Burgess Road, Suwanee (678) 455-7311 Principal: Kathy Carpenter South Forsyth Middle 2865 Old Atlanta Road, (770) 888-3170 Principal: Sandy Tinsley Vickery Creek Middle 6240 Post Road, (770) 667-2580 Principal: Kathy Rohacek AROUNDABOUT — CUMMING

Ivy League Montessori School 1791 Kelly Mill Road, (770) 781-5586 School Director: Becky Carty Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs 2830 Old Atlanta Road, (770) 205-6277 Head of School, Kathy Lindaman Pinecrest Academy 955 Peachtree Parkway, (770) 888-4477 Head of School: Fr. Robert Presutti


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Lessons from an Orchard

Simple Pleasure

[ by Maria I. Morgan ]

[ by Nancy Johnson ]

For me, it marked the beginning of the season. On a recent weekend, we drove with friends to pick apples and buy pumpkins. It was rainy. But it was worth it. Our trip allowed us to enjoy nature, to see the very beginnings of the season’s change. It gave us the chance to enjoy each other’s company as we spent precious time together. These outings to the north Georgia Mountains are among our family’s greatest joys. It is so often the simple things that bring us the most pleasure. This is a lesson easily forgotten in our modern culture. We tend to be a bit excessive. New technologies have brought us entertainment that previous generations could scarcely imagine (though we could scarcely live without them today). The activities that absorb our children are far more sophisticated than my generation enjoyed. What once was a simple game is now a major commitment of time, money and effort. The things that bring us joy have changed considerably. It can be hard to keep up. Sure, our grandparents had fun playing with wooden toys, but our children need the gadgets that every other kid has. Sure, the dream home of previous generations would be a cramped starter house by our standards, but there is still never enough room for all the gizmos and gear we fill them with – and we are far likelier today to rent storage and to be in debt. We live quite differently than those who came not so very long before us. Are we happier? That is a good question. I can say with authority that modern conveniences my ancestors would have only dreamed about – such as microwaves or indoor plumbing– truly do help me be happy. And those apps for my smart phone are pretty sweet. But do they bring joy? Do they help ground me and remind me what my life is about? In the search for a happy life, we chase a disappearing target. The things that seem to make everyone else happy, we think, ought to make us happy too. Still, we find ourselves in such hot pursuit of them; we fail to realize that the pursuit has become our lives, that we are doing little actual living. We have lost our taste for the simple and getting it back to it would be good for us. We have forgotten that children need more than technology, or even wooden toys. They need – and we need – family and community who are willing to offer time, attention, care and eye contact. We grownups need to realize that there is more to life than we might be enjoying, and it might just involve having less. Take stock of your life. Make space for the joy that comes from building relationships with those who matter the most. Give your time and energy to the simple pleasures. You will find that genuine pleasure is simpler than you thought.

This fall I hope to establish a new, family tradition: apple picking. North Georgia is well-known for its apple orchards that produce many varieties of this tasty fruit. Last year, we were able to visit Mercier Orchards (www. in the beautiful hills of Blue Ridge. Unusually cold temperatures kept us from hand-picking our own apples, but the sprawling country store boasted a bumper crop of apples of all sorts - Granny Smith, Mutzu, Golden Delicious, Cameo, Jonagold, Braeburn, and MacIntosh, to name just a few. We left with enough apples for plenty of pies, muffins, breads, and sauces. Clearly, the owners of the orchard knew exactly what they were doing. And boy, did we enjoy the abundance of apples! I don’t know the first thing about planting or maintaining apple trees, but I know if you plant apple seeds, you’ll get apple trees that produce apples. And the more you plant, the more you’ll harvest. This law of planting and harvesting is just as true in our lives as it is in the apple orchard. God’s Word points out, “…whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,” (Galatians 6:7; KJV). Wise words to remember! When I sow kindness, I’ll also reap kindness. If I choose to forgive others, I’ll be forgiven. But I don’t always make the right choices. Sometimes I lash out in anger and am shocked when the other person yells back. It’s important to internalize this law of sowing, and choose what I plant with care. What will my ‘crop’ look like when it’s harvest time? It depends on how much I’ve planted. The Apostle Paul shares a simple principle, “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully,” (2 Corinthians 9:6). As a believer, it’s my privilege to share Christ and His message of salvation with others, and treat them in such a way as to point them to Him. Every chance I get. Mercier’s apple crop filled their store to overflowing. That’s how I want my ‘crop’ to be! What about you? Every day

What kind of ‘seeds’ are you sowing? What will your ‘crop’ look like? Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for reminding me of the laws of planting and harvesting. Your creation holds such valuable lessons if I’ll just take notice. Help me to choose the right kind of seed to sow and to sow it in abundance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Nancy Johnson is an ordained United Methodist minister. She can be reached at nancy.johnson@ngumc. net. Visit her blog, A Feast for the Soul, at 38


Maria Morgan is a freelance writer and a Cumming resident. Visit her on the web @ OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011

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faith Non-Denominational

Eastgate Church 2820 Brookwood Road, Cumming 770-888-8852 Sunday Morning Worship Times: 9:00 & 11:00 am Wednesday Night services 7:00 pm Pastors: David & Robin Houtsma


Antioch Baptist Church 2465 Antioch Road (770) 887-6900 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. AWANA: Sunday at 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. Pastor: Travis Bridgeman Cumming Baptist Church 115 Church Street, (770) 205-6699 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship service: 10:50 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Barry Crocker First Baptist Cumming 1597 Sawnee Drive, (770) 887-2428 Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service & Bible Fellowship Groups 11 a.m. Traditional Worship Service & Bible Fellowship Groups Wednesday: 6:15 p.m. AWANA Pastor: Dr. Bob Jolly First Redeemer Church 2100 Peachtree Parkway, (678) 513-9400 Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. – Contemporary Service (SFC) 10:30 a.m. – Blended Service (Auditorium) 9 & 10:45 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Bible Fellowship Pastor, Dr. Richard G. Lee Greater Heights Baptist Church 3790 Post Road, (770) 887-4802 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday Evening: 5 p.m. Wednesday Evening & AWANA: 7 p.m. Pastor: Chris Grinstead Longstreet Baptist Church 6868 Campground Road, (770) 889-1959 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday night adult and youth activities


Cumming Area Houses of Worship North Lanier Baptist Church 829 Atlanta Highway, (770) 781-5433 Church service times: 8:30 a.m. Classic Worship Service 9:30 Bible Studies 11 a.m. Celebration Worship Service (main auditorium) 11 a.m. Spanish Worship Service (Student Center) Refuge Baptist Church 3525 Pilgrim Mill Road, (678) 807-7746 Sunday Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Service: 7 p.m.


St. Columba’s Church 939 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, (770) 888-4464 Wednesday Services: 6 p.m. Saturdays Service: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Service: 7:45, 9 & 11 a.m. Rector: Father Tripp Norris Curate: Father Joseph Greene The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit 724 Pilgrim Mill Road, (770) 887-8190 Services: Thursdays 12 noon, Sundays 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Rector: Keith Oglesby

Greek Orthodox

Saints Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church 3074 Bethelview Rd., (770) 781-5250 Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 10 AM Pastor: Fr. Barnabas Powell


Living Faith Lutheran Church, LCMS 103 Buford Dam Road, (770) 887-0184 Sunday School: 9:00am, all ages Sunday Worship: 10:15am, 12:30pm (Korean) Wednesday Evening Fellowship Meal 6:00pm Bible Study for all ages 7:00pm Pastor Tim Droegemueller email: facebook/livingfaithlutheranchurch Christ The King Lutheran Church (Evangelical Lutheran Church In America) 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Rd. Cumming, Ga. 30041 , 770-889-5328 Sunday Worship Service 8:15 AM Traditional 9:30 AM Contemporary 11:00 AM Traditional 1:00 PM Hispanic Sunday School 9:30 AM AROUNDABOUT — CUMMING

Other Churches

Castle Christian Church 3149 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee (678) 648-5248 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. Senior Minister: Jason Rodenbeck Family By Faith Worship Center 4805 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta (Midway Elementary School), (678) 230-4800 Small Groups: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. Nursery available Pastor: Randy Grimes First Christian Church 1270 Sawnee Dr., Cumming, (770) 887-5542 Pastor Stan Percival The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 510 Brannon Road, Cumming, GA (678) 455-5290 - Hall Phone Worship Service: 9 am, 11:30 am, and 2 pm Visitors Welcome Nursery available LifePoint Christian Church 5000 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta (678) 366-2797 Sunday Small Groups: 9 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Childcare available Pastor: Chris Stovall NewSong Community Church 433 Canton Road, Suite 306, Located across from Ingles, behind the National Guard in Building 300, (770) 888-5212 Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Case Koolhaas Rameshori Buddhist Center 130 Allen Road, Unit B Sandy Springs, 30328 , (404) 255-1585


Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian Church 7620 Lanier Drive, (770) 887-6801 Sunday School all ages: 9:45 am Sunday Traditional Worship Service: 11 a.m. Childcare available Pastor: John S. Martin email:



The Country Preacher [ by David Hill ]

“Homework” and “studying” are terrifying words capable of creating anxiety and insomnia, or nightmares, in the minds of teenage boys. Several years ago one of my five grandsons spent a week traveling with me. My daughter who has homeschooled their four children asked me to show Logan how to study and especially how to study the Bible. Each morning before leaving the motel we read a passage of Scripture. When we came to a word he didn’t understand we looked it up in the dictionary. When we read something from the Old Testament that is mentioned in the New Testament we researched the New Testament for better understanding. “The New is in the Old contained, the Old is in the New explained”. In secular or Biblical study researching words which are not understood will aid both memory and comprehension. Our Bible Doctrine class in college required us to memorize over 100 passages word perfect. We were to write them, say them and read them over until it was implanted in our memory.

Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, and Satan. Learning the Bible means avoiding misinterpretation, misapplication and mislocation. How is it explained in other places of Scripture? What is the context? How does it relate to the rest of the story? The Bible is filled with language that is figurative, symbolical and literal. The context will help us discover the meaning. Figuratively speaking, Jesus describes us as being the “salt of the earth”, Matthew 5:13. Jesus is described as being the foundation and rock to build our lives on in I Corinthians 3:11; Matthew 16:18. When Moses smote the rock (Exodus 17:6; I Corinthians 10:4) it pictured that Jesus must be smitten (Isaiah 53:4-5) one time for our sins. In the Lord’s Supper, “the cup” (Luke 22:17) represented the contents while the supper was a literal meal. There is no reason for us to doubt that [ Continued on page 43 ]

To study the Scriptures we must begin with the understanding that God pre-existed. “In the beginning God . . .”. We must believe in the infallibility of the Word of God. It is “inspired” or “God breathed” to those who recorded it. The Bible is about four central characters: God the Parkway Presbyterian Church 5830 Bethelview Road, (678) 889-8694 Traditional Worship: Sundays 9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship: Sundays11:00 a.m. Brazilian Ministry Sunday Services: 7:00 p.m. (The service is in Portuguese.) Rev. Bill Ford, Senior Pastor Rev. Cido Araujo, Assoc. Pastor of Brazilian Ministries Parkway Church 5830 Bethelview Road (770) 889-8694 (½ mile west of GA 400 exit 13) Sunday Traditional Service: 9 a.m. Sunday Contemporary Service: 11 a.m. Childcare available for both services Senior Pastor: Bill Ford email: The Vine Community Church 4655 Bethelview Road, (678) 990-9395 Sunday Services: 9 & 10:45 a.m. Wednesday: Middle and High School youth meet at 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. Pastor: Jon Adams


Roman Catholic

Church of Good Shepherd 3740 Holtzclaw Road (770) 887-9861 Mass: Saturday Vigil, 5 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30, 9 & 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon; 5:30 p.m. Spanish Mass, 1:30 p.m. Weekdays: 9 a.m Pastor: Father Frank St. Brendan Catholic Church 4633 Shiloh Road, (770) 205-7969 Mass: Saturday Vigil: 5 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. Spanish Mass: 1 p.m. Weekdays: 8:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Robert A. Frederick, Jr.

United Methodist

Bethelview United Methodist Church 4525 Bethelview Road, (770) 887-4888 Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. (child care available) Pastor: Rev. Deborah Griffith Cumming First United Methodist Church 770 Canton Highway, (770) 887-2900 Sunday Services: 8:45 & 11 a.m. (Child care available) Sunday Hispanic/Latino Worship: 12 noon Wednesday Communion Service: 12 noon Senior Pastor: Rev. John L. Cromartie, Jr. AROUNDABOUT — CUMMING

Rev. Hill is a Cumming resident and frequent guest preacher at Antioch Baptist Church. Biblical quotes are from the King James Version of the Bible.

Lanier United Methodist Church 1979 Buford Highway, (770) 887-0615 Sunday Traditional Service: 8:45 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Contemporary Praise Service: 11 a.m. Nursery available for both services Pastor: Ted Miller • Midway United Methodist Church 5025 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta (770) 475-5230 Sunday Traditional Worship: 8:30 a.m. Sunday Children’s Church: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School all ages: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Contemporary Worship: 10:45 a.m. Piedmont United Methodist Church 1170 Dahlonega Highway, (770) 887-0770 Sunday Services Bible Study 10 a.m. Traditional Service 11 a.m. Bible Study 5 p.m.


Baha’is of Forsyth County 1-800-22-UNITE | Crossroads Church of the Nazarene 6160 Southard Trace Cumming, GA 30040 (678) 977 0328 41


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Cumming Area Clubs and Organizations

Business Networking

Business 400 Meeting: First Tuesday 5:30 — 7:30 p.m. Location: Lanier Tech College New Conference Center 7745 Majors Rd Cumming, GA 30041 Contact: (877) 581-1039 or Information: The goal is to provide the 400 Community the opportunity to effectively network and to view the 400 corridor as a single economic engine. Go to www.Business400. com for events and me membership info. $5 for members and $15 for guests at the door. Central Forsyth Leads Group Meeting: Second & fourth Tuesdays 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. Location: The Columns at Pilgrim Mill Apartments Contact: Nancy Wright, (770) 886-0500 or Information: No fees. Open to all. Forsyth Network for Business Professionals Meeting: Thursdays 11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Location: New) Bello Italian Restaurant 101 Meadow Drive Contact: Tiffany Allen at or 770-887-1962 Information: $50 membership fee and $10 monthly. Visit twice for free. No occupation overlap. Call first. Forsyth Business Network Meeting: Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. Location: Stars & Strikes, 133 Merchants Square Contact: Cheryl Campbell, Information: There is a membership fee, may visit twice for free. The Inspiration Network of Cumming Meeting: Third Wednesdays from 7 — 8:30 p.m. Location: The Nurturing Nook, 205 Pilgrim Mill Road Contact: Leanne Temple, (678) 965-5969 Member Power Networking Lunch Meeting: Every Tuesday at 12 Noon Location: Various chamber member restaurants Contact: (770) 887-6461 or Information: $15 for members and $30 for non-members South Forsyth Leads Group Meeting: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. No fees. Location: Starbucks-141 and Ronald Reagan – John’s Creek, 435 Peachtree Parkway Cumming, GA 30041 Contact: Robin Grier (770) 887-2772 42

Women Who Mean Business Meeting: First Tuesday, Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Location: Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce Event’s Facility 513 W. Maple Street Contact: (770) 887-6461 Information: Free for members; $30 for non-members. Register online at www.

Charitable Organizations

Georgia Highlands Medical Services Contact: (770) 887-1668 Information: This is a non-profit Community Health Center (CHC) serving the medical needs of North Georgia since 1979. Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund, Inc. Contact: (770) 886-5419 Website: Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter Location: 4440 Keith Bridge Road Contact: (770) 887-6480 Information: Non-profit, no-kill shelter for cats and dogs. Website: There’s Hope for the Hungry Contact: (678) 513-9400 Information: Non-profit organization partnering with churches across North Georgia to feed those in need. Website: Whispering Hope Resource & Pregnancy Center Location: 133 Samaritan Drive, Suite 306 Information: Non-profit organization dedicated to informing, educating, and providing an outstretched hand to women who face an untimely pregnancy. Contact: (770) 889-8302, Website:

Civic Organizations

Ducktown Chapter #460 — Order of the Eastern Star Meeting: 2nd & 4th Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Location: 4655 Canton Hwy. Contact: (770) 887-8147 Rotary Club of South Forsyth Meeting: Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. Location: 6300 Polo Club Drive Website:

Political Organizations

Democratic Women of Forsyth County Meeting: Second Thursday Location: Different restaurants in Cumming Contact: Mary Chatfield, (770) 887-1106 Facebook page: DWFC GA Information: Democratic women meet monthly and the meetings alternate between lunch and dinner meetings with programs. AROUNDABOUT — CUMMING

Forsyth County Democratic Party Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: CooCoo’s Nest restaurant, corner of Freedom Parkway & Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming Contact: Ricia Maxie at or Mary Chatfield at (770) 887-1106

Recreation & Hobbies

Cumming Garden Club Contact: (770) 844-7061 Meeting: Held second Tuesday of each month from Sept. until May at 10:00 AM Information: Non-profit organization with the purposes of educating members & the community in gardening, conservation & creative expression. Cuong Nhu Martial Arts Club Contact: (404) 423-3524 Meeting: Every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. Location: Central Park Website: Cuong-Nhu-Martial-Arts-Club/ Information: No fees, open to 16 years + North Georgia Chess Center Location: 2450 Atlanta Hwy. Suite 1401 Contact: Joseph or Cathy Couvillion 770-844-9204,, Information: Call for hours. Membership $15 per month or $150 annually. Lessons are also available. Piecemakers Quilt Guild Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of each month; 4th Tuesday is “sewcialbee” (community quilts, classes or just getting together) Location: Christ the King Lutheran Church 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road, Cumming Website:

Support Organizations

AA Cumming Meeting: Meets four times daily Location: Ingles Shopping Center at 432 Canton Highway (Hwy 20) Second suite on far left. 24-hour information line: (770) 886-0696 Information: Group of Alcoholics Anonymous located in Forsyth County Website: Forsyth County Newcomers and Women’s Club Meeting: Third Thursday of each month Location: Windermere Golf Club Contact: Imy Rach, Information: A luncheon with program, many interest group activities every week (ladies, mens, couples and singles). Open to all women currently living in the county. Website: OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011

clubs, Continued Holistic Moms Network - Forsyth County Monthly meetings with informational speakers, yoga group, play groups Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Location: Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee House 5095 Post Road, Cumming Contact: Ann Linke at Website: Labrador Friends of the South, Inc. Location: PO Box 933, Cumming Contact: Website: Moms Club of Cumming — North Monthly meetings with informational speakers, park play days, holiday parties, fieldtrips, playgroups and a monthly MOMS Night Out. Contact: Website: Moms Club of Cumming — Southwest Meeting: Last Tuesday of each month Contact: NAMI Forsyth Dawson Lumpkin Meeting: Thursdays, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Location: Forsyth County Family Center 133 Samaritian Dr., Cumming, GA Information: Two support groups (family & peer) meet every Thurs. except the last when there is a speaker. Contact: Website: SMART Recovery Meeting: Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Professional Recovery Counseling, LLC. 107 W. Court house Square, Suite 274 Website:

The Country Preacher [ Continued from page 41] the marriage feast in Heaven will not be a literal celebration. When we don’t understood the Bible it doesn’t mean it is untrue. My lack of understanding about gravity does not affect the veracity. Here are three general suggestions for study: 1. When you come to words you don’t understand, stop and look them up. 2. To remember what you’ve studied, see it, say it and write it down. 3. Search for the central characters, message and lesson. Secular writers, like Mark Twain, often used their writings to deal with their own doubts and moral conflicts. Huck Finn’s personal struggles over religious hypocrisy and his questions about God belonged to Samuel Clemmons (Mark Twain) not a boy of Huck’s age. Many people believe that they are not capable of understanding the Bible. The basic message is God loves you, Jesus paid for your sins, and He is waiting for you to show faith in His power to save and believe in His forgiveness. II Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”




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Senator Johnny Isakson (R) Atlanta Office: One Overton Park, Suite 970 GA: 3625 Cumberland Boulevard Atlanta, GA 30339 Website:

(202) 224-3643

Rep. Tom Graves (R), District 9 Georgia Office: Wachovia Center GA: 500 Jesse Jewel Parkway, Suite 301, Gainesville, GA 30503 Website:

(202) 225-5211 (770) 535-2592

Rep. Rob Woodall. (R), District 7 Post Office Box 1871 Lawrenceville, GA 30046 Website:

(770) 963-2420

State Government: Governor Nathan Deal (R) Website: fax:

County Manager Doug Derrer

(770) 763-9090 fax: (202) 224-0103

(770) 661-0999

(678) 513-5881

Brian R. Tam, District 2 (R) e-mail:

(678) 513-5882

Todd Levent, District 3 (R) e-mail:

(770) 781-2101

Patrick B. Bell, District 4 (R) e-mail:

(678) 513-5884

Jim Boff, District 5 (R) e-mail:

(678) 513-5885

Forsyth County School System Superintendent, Dr. L.C. (Buster) Evans 1120 Dahlonega Highway Cumming Website:

(770) 887-2461

Forsyth County Tax Commissioner Matthew C. Ledbetter 1092 Tribble Gap Road, Cumming, GA 30040 Website: Board of Education: Ann Crow, District 1 (R) e-mail:

(770) 781-2110

(770) 490-6316

(404) 652-7003 (404) 652-7123

Kristin Morrissey, District 2 (R) e-mail:

(770) 781-5222

LT. Governor Casey Cagle Website:

(404) 656-5030

Tom Cleveland, District 3 (R) e-mail:

(770) 657-0810

Senator Jack Murphy (R), District 27 e-mail: fax:

(770) 887-1960 (770) 205-0602

Darla Light, District 4 e-mail:

(770) 887-0678

Senator Steve Gooch (R), District 51 e-mail:

(678) 341-6203 fax: (770) 844-5821

Nancy Roche, Chairperson, District 5 (R) e-mail:

(770) 889-0229

Rep. Mark Hamilton (R), District 23 e-mail:

(770) 844-6768

Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R), District 24 e-mail:

(770) 887-0400

City of Cumming Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt Cumming City Hall 100 Main Street, Cumming, GA 30040

Rep. Amos Amerson (R), District 9 e-mail:

(404) 657-8534

Forsyth County Government: Forsyth County Board of Commissioners 110 East Main Street, Suite 210, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 781-2101 fax: (770) 781-2199 46

(770) 781-2010

Cumming City Council Members: Quincy Holton, Lewis Ledbetter, Ralph Perry, John Pugh and Rupert Sexton City Administrator Gerald Blackburn

(770) 781-2010

City Clerk Jeff Honea



Reference Community Information Numbers & Websites Emergency — 911 • AroundAbout — Cumming • (770) 615-3334 Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines: Battered Women Hotline Poison Control Center — Atlanta Outside Metro Atlanta Rite-Call (Child Medical Problems) Sexual Assault & Family Violence Center Medical Northside Hospital — Forsyth 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive Neighborhood Healthcare Center 2825 Keith Bridge Road Health Department 428 Canton Highway Fire and Law Enforcement City of Cumming Police Department 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard Forsyth County Fire Department 3520 Settingdown Road Georgia State Patrol Libraries Forsyth County Public Library 585 Dahlonega Road Hampton Park Library 5345 Settingdown Road Sharon Forks Branch 2810 Old Atlanta Road Parks and Recreation Main Number: 410 Pilgrim Mill Road Athletic Division Central Park Recreation Center 2300 Keith Bridge Road Windermere Park 3355 Windermere Parkway Fairgrounds 235 Castleberry Road Golf Clubs Chestatee Golf Club 777 Dogwood Way, Dawsonville Country Land Golf Course 6560 Mayfield Drive Polo Golf & Country Club 6300 Polo Club Drive Windermere Golf Club 5000 Davis Love Drive


(770) 479-1703 (404) 616-9000 (800) 222-1222 (404) 250-KIDS (770) 428-2666

(770) 844-3200 (770) 844-7494 (770) 886-7135 (770) 781-6906

(770) 781-2000 (770) 781-2180 (770) 205-5400

(770) 781-9840 (770) 781-9840 (770) 781-9840

(770) 781-2030

Forsyth County Marinas Habersham Marina 2200 Habersham Marina Road Port Royale Marina 9200 LanMar Road, Gainesville

(770) 887-5432 (770) 887-5715

YMCA 6050 Y Street

(770) 888-2788

POST OFICE 525 Tribble Gap Road

(770) 886-2388

Schools Forsyth County Board of Education

See page 36 for complete listing (770) 887-2461

UTILITIES City of Cumming (770) 781-2020 Water & Sewer Forsyth County Water & Sewer Authority (770) 781-2160 110 East Main Street Solid Waste Advanced Disposal/Eagle Point Landfill (770) 887-6063 8880 Old Federal Road, Ball Ground Olde Atlanta Recycling LLC (770) 205-6912 2535 Ivy Street East Waste Management, Inc. (770) 751-1304 774 McFarland Road, Alpharetta Recycling Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (770) 205-4573

770) 781-2215 (678) 455-8540

Telephone AT&T Residential Business

(770) 205-4715

Georgia Power

888) 660-5890

(770) 781-3491

Sawnee Electric Membership

(770) 887-2363

(888) 757-6500 (866) 213-6300

(706) 216-7336 (770) 887-0006 (770) 887-7656 (678) 513-1000



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