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Forsyth County Government News News Around Forsyth Humane Society Adopt A Pet Book Review: And Then I Found You
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The Arc Angel Difference Reading During The Summer Months Living A More Honest Life Meet Mathai
COMMUNITY 10: C.E.A. 11: It Was A Fun Family Affair!
MY HOME 12:
Why Choose A Mortgage Broker?
Is It Worth It? The Wedding Season
FORSYTH FOODIE 18:
Tacos & Tequila
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Writing Children’s Books: It’s Not All Child’s Play Why Local Businesses Fail, And Succeed
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It’s Time To Restore! 5 Tips To Help You Understand Health Insurance Exchanges Tennis: A Mental Game Mysterious Murmurs Protect Yourself From Osteoporosis Gynecologic Care For Adolescents Are You Eating Rocks In Your Multivitamins?
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Saturday, September 14, 2013 6 pm—Midnight Forsyth Conference Center (At the Lanier Tech Campus)
9th Annual Bark & Boogie Ball
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events are announced using signs. Most of them are temporary and will eventually be picked up (at least we hope so).
I used to tell my grandmother that the sign was more of a suggestion – that didn’t sit very well with her. My grandfather, smart man that he was, would simply get up real early in the morning, back up the car out of the garage, and park it on the street, right in front of the sign that read NO Parking/Estacione. Priceless!
The NO Parking/Estacione sign is about to come down as the home of my youth is being sold. It’s a sign of the times – the realization that the memories of home, growing up, and life in this lovely home in Downtown Vieques are all that is left. While my heart cries a little, my mind rejoices in knowing how lucky I am to have been born and raised in this place called home. Perhaps you too have fond memories of the signs of your times. Whether temporary or permanent, they are likely to be a part of the fabric of our lives.
By: Julie Brennan
o read the sign that has been hanging from the garage doors at my grandparent’s home in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Unlike subdivisions and downtown areas here in United States, islanders such as I are used to signs outside our homes, letting folks know what is expected. This one was my favorite, as my grandmother painstakingly painted it every month to ensure that folks paid attention to her request. After all, if someone parked in front of the garage/carport area, we couldn’t get the car out. Did folks pay attention to it? Somewhat.
Signs are found everywhere – where to park, where to walk, what to do and what not to do. Yard sales, grand openings, closings, parties, weddings, car sales, open houses, blood drives and other noteworthy
Julie Brennan is the Publisher of My Forsyth magazine. She is a native of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Julie may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FORSYTH COUNTY GOVERNMENT NEWS
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ust in time for the hot summer months, the spray pad at Old Atlanta Park is now open for the season, providing a perfect place to cool off.
Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person (one year old and up). Annual individual passes are available for $30 and annual family passes are available for $50.
The spray pad is slated to remain open for the season through September 2. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. On Mondays, the spray pad is closed for maintenance and private rentals.
For more information:
Old Atlanta Park is located at 810 Nichols Road. For information on the spray pad and Forsyth County Parks and Recreation, visit www.forsythco.com/parks.
Enjoy Lake Lanier this Summer at a Forsyth County Park
njoy your days of summer by visiting a Forsyth County park on the shores of Lake Lanier. From boat ramps and camping sites to fishing piers and playgrounds, Forsyth County Parks and Recreation offers wonderful amenities on Lake Lanier with activities sure to please every member of the family.
Forsyth County Parks on Lake Lanier: Charleston Park, 5850 Charleston Park Road, Cumming: boat ramp, picnic tables and courtesy dock Shady Grove Campground, 7800 Shadburn Ferry Road, Cumming: RV and tent campsites, restrooms with showers, playground, sand beach/lake swimming area, swing set, boat ramp and courtesy dock Young Deer Creek Park, 7300 Heard Road, Cumming: Picnic pavilion, sand beach/lake swimming area, swing set, boat ramp and courtesy dock
For more information:
Forsyth County Parks and Recreation, www.forsythco.com/parks.
Properly Retire Worn-Out American Flags: Four Drop-Off Locations
orsyth County residents seeking a way to properly retire their worn out American flags can do so at four locations throughout the county – the county’s three recycling convenience centers and Forsyth County Fire Station 1. At the three Forsyth County Recycling Convenience Centers, worn out flags can be given to the center’s attendant. The American Legion Post 307 will then collect the flags from the recycling convenience centers and ensure they are retired properly. Flags can be dropped off at the following Forsyth County Recycling Convenience Center locations: BB Coal Mountain Center, 3560 Settingdown Road BB Old Atlanta Center, 3678 Old Atlanta Road BB Tolbert Street Center, 351 Tolbert Street
Citizens can also utilize the flag retirement drop-box available at Forsyth County Fire Station 1 at 234 Castleberry Industrial Drive. This drop-box is also a joint effort of Forsyth County and the American Legion.
The recycling convenience centers are open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are closed on Sundays and county holidays.
Go on an Adventure at Sawnee Mountain Preserve
Forsyth County Parks and Recreation’s Outdoor Division offers programs and activities at the Preserve for the entire family. From tree climbing and family hikes to gardening and birding, there is something for everyone.
hose looking to explore, learn and start an adventure need look no further than Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Forsyth County. Sawnee Mountain Preserve provides visitors with more than 900 acres of scenic passive space, hiking trails and an interactive Visitor Center.
The Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center is located at 4075 Spot Road in Cumming. To receive additional information, call the Outdoor Division at 770.781.2217.
News Around Forsyth Members of the 4-H Dog Club Visit the Humane Society
orsyth County 4-H offers several specialty project clubs, one of them being the 4-H Dog Club. Dog Club allows members to learn the basics of dog care and training as well as participate in community service projects throughout the year. During a couple of the monthly meetings, members made braided felt tug toys and homemade dog biscuits, which they presented to the Humane Society along with dog/cat food, litter and dish soap, all of which are much needed supplies for the organization. With the assistance of an adult, the members were able to socialize with the dogs in the outside designated areas, a walking path and a fenced doggie play area, which contains some agility equipment and toys. “This volunteer opportunity gave the 4-H members a chance to understand what the Humane Society offers the community, as well as the animals, who for a short time call the shelter home,” explained Chelsie Linke. Chelsea is a sophomore at South Forsyth High School and has been active in 4-H since the first grade. As a certified teen leader she participates in many 4-H activities, including being the Sr. leader of the 4-H Dog Club. Chelsea also enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society as well as fostering some of the dogs in order to help train and prepare them for adoption.
Miers Announces Opening of State Farm Agency
yler Miers is pleased to announce the opening of the State Farm Agency located at:
5855 South Vickery Street in Cumming. The agency is located in the Vickery Village complex. “We are delighted to be part of the business community of Forsyth County and look forward to serving the needs of our neighbors and friends,” Miers stated. Joining Miers are Sean Greenwell, Jacob Hiers, Kirk Stewart, Matt Kelly, and Amy Perlman. “Our mission is to build long term, meaningful relationships with our customers by providing superior insurance and financial services, day or night,” adds Miers. “We will be a good neighbor in our community and guide our good name on integrity, hard work, and respect.” The Tyler Miers’ State Farm agency may be reached at 770-888-0930.
veryone knows that pets can have a tremendous positive impact on any environment; no one thinks of a dog playing a part in the operations of an office. They assist in relieving stress and providing comfort after or during a long day. There are even studies proving that having a strong bond with a pet can prolong one’s life by years. However, in our office their presence lightens employees’ moods and assists in making the workday run smoothly. The advantages of having a furry friend around can be monumental.
Mollie has been with us for many years, and she has never failed in boosting our spirits. Her animal magnetism puts a smile on everyone’s face. When in the office, Mollie is a welcoming presence to many of our visitors, and is always in a good mood. Facebook, social media or phone games never preoccupy her. Mollie is an economical worker; a scratch behind the ears and an occasional belly rub is all she needs. Her infectious good humor brightens the day, while lowering the blood pressure of our often-stressed staff members. At our law firm, Mollie is our most faithful, loyal and trustworthy employee. She keeps us on point while reminding us to breathe at the same time. We are fortunate that our law offices can call our “CEA”, Chief Executive Animal.
By: Steven Leibel
At our office, we too have found that pets have a cheerful effect on our work environment. In our law office we “employ” Mollie, a lovely Golden Retriever, as our CEA, “Chief Executive Animal”. As lawyers and staff working in the high stress world of courtrooms and litigation, we are often faced with demanding clients and unpleasant adversaries. It is easy to get wrapped up in all of the tension and anxiety. For this, we turn to our CEA for help. Mollie’s non-confrontational ways and warm disposition contribute to our productive workplace. She likes to have a say-so in how we handle our cases. If she feels we are getting overwhelmed or getting lost in our workloads, Mollie will go to the extent of stealing our pens and running off with them so we are forced to take a break. Having her in the office definitely gives us time to get a better perspective.
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Steven Leibel is a personal injury attorney who has been practicing law since his graduation from Emory Law School in 1980. An active member in the community, Mr. Leibel has served as a Municipal Court Judge. He is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and the Atlanta Lawyers Club. He may be reached at 706-880-6614 or www.leibel.com.
It was a Fun Family Affair!
he weather outlook was not favorable, but thousands of hungry folks came out anyway on May 11 to participate in the 4th annual Flavors of Forsyth event.
First Place: Lambert High School, Stella Huang & Whitney Lam Second Place: DJ Curtin Third Place: Lambert High School, Elizabeth White & Audrey Briggs
We really appreciate the food vendors who participate and most of them agree that with this event, it’s all about supporting the community. Dawn Martin, the Culinary Arts Instructor at South Forsyth High School (Southside Bistro) tells her students this is one way to give back to the community. The Culinary Competition Winners were:
People’s Choice: The Ridge Great Steak & Seafood
Kids Choice: Mellow Mushroom
Best Booth: Moe’s Southwest Grill
Best Appetizer/Salad: Chef Kern
Best Fast Dining Entree: Marie’s Italian Deli
Best Casual Dining Entree: Chef Kern
Best Fine Dining Entree: The Ridge Great Steak & Seafood
Best Dessert: Southside Bistro
The second new event this year was the craft beer and wine tasting inside The Forsyth Conference Center where those 21 and older had the opportunity to enjoy samples of craft beers and wine provided by Leon Farmer and Company and Tam’s Backstage. We were fortunate to have Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as our presenting sponsor this year and certainly appreciate all of our sponsors who made this event special. There were approximately 250 volunteers that completed many different tasks from helping with the set-up to monitoring parking and of course the lucky ones who were chosen to judge the culinary competition. Thank you Forsyth County for supporting your community through this fun day with United Way!
United Way works to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life: A quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.
Intermixed with the restaurant tents were various local artists displaying their wares. The Kids Zone this year included a craft area where children could make Mother’s Day cards, decorate canvas bags and decorate a cake to give to Mom. The small heart-shaped cakes were donated by Publix SuperMarkets and were a huge hit with the young festival goers. On stage in the Kids Zone was Sole Impulse Dance Studio, Cumming Dance Academy and World Champion Taekwondo. These performances are always crowd pleasers!
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
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By: Ruth Goode
For the older kids, there was a gaming truck and Rock U bands performed on stage. If you would like to see teen talent at its best, follow Rock U around the metro area! On the main stage this year was The Glow Band. They were popular with all age groups! This year, two new areas were added to the event. The Chalk Walk was a competition where teams had a 4’ x 4’ space to draw something planned around the theme “United”. The contest was open to teams or individuals aged 12 and up. The winners were given cash prizes. Congratulations to our first ever Chalk Walk Competition winners!
Ruth Goode is the Executive Director of United Way Forsyth. She may be reached at 770-781-4110 or email@example.com.
Why choose a Mortgage Broker?
uying a home is a huge financial investment, and buyers need to make smart decisions every step of the way to ensure financial security. While a mortgage lender provides the funds at the closing table, a mortgage broker is responsible for seeking out the optimum loan package from a variety of lenders, and can lock in the best rates based on your individual financial situation and goals.
They can advise you on any potential problems you might have in qualifying for a loan by carefully reviewing your credit history and application, ensuring that you are in the best possible position to be approved for an appropriate mortgage loan. Once your loan has been fully processed, it is then transferred to the lender who funds the loan. Employing a mortgage broker can help remove the uncertainty and headache of finding the perfect home mortgage interest rate for your budget, making the process of moving into the home of your dreams less stressful. With todayâ€™s low rates, buying a home is typically better than renting, and itâ€™s still a great time to refinance. Matter of fact, home affordability is better now than it was 30 years ago!
By: Pam Wright
Searching for loan products without the help of a broker can mean spending hours on the computer or phone going from lender to lender, completing new applications, and trying to negotiate the best deal. Established mortgage brokers have the connections, contacts and relationships with numerous lenders and banks, saving the home-buyer both time and money.
Pam Wright is a mortgage originator and a 30 year veteran with Southern Capital Mortgage Group located in Cumming. She may be reached at 404-667-8424.
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Vacation Road Trip Preparation
eople in Forsyth County love their cars. Nothing goes with cars better than a vacation road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road! But there’s nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt. You can’t always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the possibility of getting sidelined on your trip. It all starts with a thorough trip inspection by an automotive service professional. Some of the items on the trip inspection checklist are:
Full Service Oil Change: It’s important to make sure all the car fluids are topped off and have fresh oil for your trip. Another thing people often overlook is their transmission service. This is very important before a road trip because transmission problems are costly and take time to repair. Having your car serviced for transmission problems is not the way you want to spend your vacation.
Things that you want to take care of anyway, but come into focus as you plan your trip. They’ll save you money in the long run and may prevent inconvenient delays on our trip.
Tires: This is the most common vehicle component to fail; you can’t always avoid a road hazard that leads to a flat, but you may be able to head off maintenance connected tire problems. A tire inspection starts with looking over the condition of the tire itself. Are there signs of uneven wear? Are the tires properly inflated? Is the tread worn to the point that the tires should be replaced? The answer to these questions may lead to recommendation to balance or rotate tires. It may also be time to check the alignment. At the same time your service professional can inspect your brakes for function and brake pad wear, as well as inspect suspension components for wear.
All the items mentioned above are part of any good vehicle maintenance plan. Things that you want to take care of anyway, but come into focus as you plan your trip. They’ll save you money in the long run and may prevent inconvenient delays on our trip.
By: A.J. Hanmer
After all you wouldn’t want to miss the world’s biggest ball of string, would you?
Cooling System: A cooling system inspection will reveal leaks, the condition of your coolant, worn parts and weakened hoses. Your technician will inspect the belts; a failed belt is an inconvenience at best. The technician will also give your exhaust system the once over to make sure there are no leaks that could harm you and your passengers.
If your heater or air conditioning isn’t working as well as you’d like, make your service professional aware of it. You’ll want to make sure you can see the sights, so replace your windshield wipers if they aren’t working well. Don’t forget your headlamps, they gradually lose their brightness and you may not realize it.
A.J. Hanmer is the owner of Signature Total Car Care. He may be reached at 770-889-5959.
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My name is Mittens, and I love people! I should be your one and only, since other cats and I don’t always get along. I am about five years old and very sweet. I’ve been waiting for the right person to come along and bring me to my forever home. I would love to be a part of your family! Please call the Adoption Center at 770887-6480 to learn more about me, or, better yet, come visit me today between 12:00 and 6:00 p.m. I’ll be waiting for you!
Hi, I’m Donegal, I’m approximately eleven weeks old, and my foster mom says that I am the lazy one of the litter. I am extremely laidback and I love to sleep on a lap or a shoulder. I will look into your eyes and “talk” to you in my cute kitten way. I would be best for a calm, laid-back person who’s looking for a snuggle-buddy rather than one who is super playful and active. I need lots of love and attention. If you wanted two of us, Lilly, my black and white sister, and I would make a great pair! Call the Adoption Center at 770-887-6480 to find out more about me and my siblings. Thank you!
Is It Worth It? Agree to Disagree
The Wedding Season
t was our first move together as a married couple. He’s an engineer; I’m a bit of a “Type A”…ok quite a bit. My past moves consisted of staying up all night unpacking to the point of looking like I had lived there for years. Now here I am with the love of my life and he is measuring every which way to Sunday to hang one piece of wall art, at this rate it will take forever to move in!
The month of June is traditionally marks the wedding season. What a great time it can be for newlyweds, especially those who have considered their financial direction after the big wedding day. If you are a newlywed to be, are both of you on the same page? Many financial mistakes couples make in their marriage can be avoided. In fact, studies show that one of the leading causes of divorce is financial issues in a marriage. You can address those areas before saying “I do” to make your marriage the best.
That’s IT! Before the vein pops out of my forehead I tell him “what I do is hold the picture up, “eyeball it”, scratch a mark with my fingernail, hammer the nail, and then “boom” hang the picture I’m done, a total of three minutes”. He thinks that is absurd and now he understands why my previous home had so many holes in the walls. I insist that is irrelevant because the picture covers those mistake holes and there weren’t THAT many! His opinion is that it should be done right the first time even if it takes longer. Oh Boy, this is getting ugly… Does this or has this happened to you? Something so insignificant turns into World War III. Maybe your daughter wants to wear jeans with holes in the knees, your son likes his hair long, your husband/wife loads the dishwasher wrong, or it can be a list of many other miscellaneous things. Whatever it is that gives you heartburn but at the end of the day doesn’t matter?
As a couple you will no longer be “one”. You will now have a mate and having mate means you must work together. Finances are no different, but one has to take the lead. One of you has to make sure bills are paid. One of you needs to make sure that the checkbook is balanced. One is, more than likely, more inclined to be the “bean-counter” and may be the logical choice to lead the financial pieces. Regardless who leads, the other spouse must take an active role in the finances. Knowing what is going on in your personal financial world is critical in today’s world and both of you must work together.
“What if we all evaluated the conflicts that cause us stress and filtered out the things that fall into the ‘It’s not worth it’ category…”
Debt is a drag! Today it is highly likely that one or more spouse will enter a marriage with debt. Maybe you will bring debt with you in the form of a mortgage, a car payment, credit cards, student loans or all of the above. Others may not bring any debt, or a large amount of debt, but you have plans to use debt in the future. Debt can cause significant problems in your marriage. It is something that needs to be addressed before you marry and avoided at all cost. If you are bringing debt into a marriage, disclose it to your future spouse early before your wedding. Together, build a plan to eliminate the debt in the shortest amount of time. It should not be something that keeps you from marrying, but it should be something that you have a plan to defeat quickly.
Ask yourself, is this important in the spectrum of life? Is it more about control and you wanting people to do things your way? Or maybe you are worried about what other people think? This is when you have to step back and focus on the relationships and realize that ultimately, that’s what is truly important. Don’t let stubbornness or concern about other’s opinions damage the connection with the ones you care about, or even those you don’t care that much about for that matter. The question I always ask myself - Is it worth it?
Decide now on how you will use debt in the future if at all. While I suggest no debt, it is something that we may use to purchase a house in the future. Set your limits now and stick to them in your marriage. Plan for emergencies. Emergencies are going to happen whether you are prepared or not. Saving money in an emergency fund will help you weather those storms that are already on the horizon. Having money tucked away in your emergency fund will go a long way in making your marriage more secure and much less stressful. Do not be in hurry to buy a house. Everyone will convince you that you have to buy a house. Do it the right way! Set aside money for a sizeable down payment (not including your emergency fund) and make sure your house appetite is within your reach to pay off quickly. Finally, all of these items are dependent on a solid, purposeful spending plan - a budget. Working together to develop and have in place a monthly plan on how you will spend your income will keep the money blues at a distance. Work together, each month, to spend your income on paper before spending it anywhere else.
Christine Roberts is a volunteer with Mentor Me, a local non-profit agency that matches caring volunteers with children who need mentors. She is also an author, motivational speaker, certified child advocate, former corporate manager, a wife, and a mother of two children. She may be reached at email@example.com.
By: Parkey Thompson
By: Christine M. Roberts
What if we all evaluated the conflicts that cause us stress and filtered out the things that fall into the “It’s not worth it” category and agree to disagree? We’d probably have much more peace and harmony in our lives. I say that as I walk out of the room while my husband is hanging another picture, I’ll be back in 30 minutes…Love him!
Parkey Thompson is a personal financial coach. He may be reached at 678-648-9940. Visit www.myfinancialfocus.com for more information about his services.
A Book Review: And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry
nd Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry is a powerful, emotional story that occupied my thoughts long after I’d finished the book. It’s a fast read. I finished it in an afternoon, which was bittersweet because I really wanted more time with it, since the characters felt like friends and family. Seriously, at times I wondered how in the world I didn’t already know what was going on with them.
I was never confused about where the story was or what was happening. The characters are flawed, but truly likeable. Some readers may not agree with Kate’s choice, but they’ll feel the pain and loneliness of her disengagement from her own life. I loved how the author got inside Kate’s head. In a letter to the readers Henry reveals that the story, although fiction, is based on real events that happened to her sister. As an adult, long after my mother passed away, I discovered that I have a sister who’d been given up for adoption. I had many unanswered questions, so this book was fascinating for me to read. Henry has also co-authored an e-book with her sister, titled Friend Request, about the actual events on which the story is based. I recommend that as well (after you read this book).
Rewind thirteen years ago, Kate Vaughn learns she’s pregnant. The father is Jack Adams, a man she’s loved for most of her life. Problem is, Jack’s gone and married someone else. Heartbroken and scared, she decides to give the baby up for adoption. That heart-wrenching decision, involving several complex factors, forever changes Kate and her family. The ripple effects of the adoption will have repercussions for everyone, for years to come. Kate suffers immense guilt. Her grief, regrets and self-inflicted shame are palpable. Honestly, I just wanted to hug her. Her inability to forgive herself affects every relationship she has. In an attempt to seek closure, Kate visits Jack, opening a Pandora’s Box. Things only get more complicated by the sudden appearance of their lost daughter, who tracks Kate down in the most perfect, teenager-like way.
By: Allie Smith
This mesmerizing story did sometimes bring me to tears, but the themes of forgiveness, redemption, gratitude and starting over inspired feelings of hope. I was smiling long after I’d finished reading.
This is a very well written book. The dialogue is realistic and emotions are flawlessly conveyed. The plot seamlessly weaves together the past and present and the story is told from two points of view, which gives added perspective.
Allie Smith is an avid reader, traveler and the mother of four children. You can follow her on Goodreads or her blog www.thelatchkeymom.com. She can be reached at asreadsforsyth@ gmail.com.
Wanted: Warm Weather and a Patio
hh…my second favorite season is here (football is first of course). Summer has arrived! Everyone’s mood has lightened; I’ve brought out the flip flops and cool clothes and am ready for a fabulous patio and fabulous food.
When you arrive, you are immediately greeted with smiles, light tortilla chips with flavorful salsa and an upbeat Latin sound in the background. The staff is quick to fulfill requests and sell you on their unbelievably delicious specials.
I always look forward to exploring the new restaurants that have burst onto the scene. Never was I more thrilled than when Tacos & Tequilas Mexican Grill opened up on Market Place Blvd. There are many Mexican Restaurants around town (my very first article was about one of my favs, Los Rios!) but bringing T&T into the mix has brought our local scene up to a whole new level.
Now, because I love Mexican food so much, it’s hard to choose one dish to feature so I’ll start with the margaritas. I highly recommend the Skinny Margarita. It’s fresh, and in case you haven’t noticed, fresh is in…big time. Any meal or drink made with all fresh ingredients is guaranteed to taste good and the Skinny Margarita fills that order. Made with your choice of Tequila (Cabo Wabo Blanco is my go-to), freshly squeezed lime juice and a few other ingredients they won’t divulge, this drink is crisp and refreshing with each sip.
Its vibrant and festive environment, friendly wait staff and vast menu lend itself to being a hot spot in town. The very first time I visited T&T, I was amazed at how busy it was. Having frequented the previous tenant, Fire Water Chophouse, I could not believe the same location could yield such different results. However, after my first experience at T&T, I could understand why.
For you steak lovers, the Steak Poblano Pepper is juicy and tender with just the right amount of kick while the Pollo Ranchero is my pick under the poultry section of the menu. Who wouldn’t love melted cheese over a flavorful piece of chicken!
If you’re leaning toward the lighter side of the menu, the Taco Loco Salad is sure to satisfy. Or give the Skinny Tacos a try, they’re wrapped in romaine lettuce and topped with avocado, pico de gallo and cilantro sauce. Whether you’re in for lunch or dinner make sure to ask about their food and drink specials. They offer catering options as well. This sophisticated twist on Mexican cuisine will have me visiting their patio often. I am very excited to have Tacos & Tequilas Mexican Grill in my neck of the woods and I have no doubt they are here to stay. ¡Salud!
Tacos & Tequilas Mexican Grill 2155 Market Place Blvd Cumming, GA 30041 678.456.8237 www.tandtatlanta.com
Writing Children’s Books: It’s Not All Child’s Play
ou’ve decided to write a children’s book. Congratulations! Children’s books are one of the most fun genres to publish, but can also be a very challenging genre in the publishing industry. With new children’s books entering the marketing daily, there is a lot of competition. Walk into any bookstore, or search online, and you’ll see just how many titles your book will have to fight against for attention. Because of the high costs of production and publication, it’s often not profitable to publish a children’s book. But you can be a successfully published children’s book author, if you take time to learn more about the steps involved and your options.
“The trick is to An important first step, before you even write have beautiful a single word of the book, is to identify your illustrations target audience. “Children,” you say. Not good enough. Girls? Boys? What ages? 2–5? that don’t break 3–8? You have to be specific, because that will your budget in affect the writing and editorial process. the process.” When writing, keep the target audience in mind. Are you writing with vocabulary they can understand? Are you keeping them engaged, or will they get bored? Will they want to read the book again, or toss it away after one reading? Your editor will assist you in determining this during the editorial process, and will make suggestions on word choice, flow, plot, and more. Illustration is key to the success of your book. The trick is to have beautiful illustrations that don’t break your budget in the process. Consider not having illustrations on every single page of the book. Or do a mix of some color and some black and white illustrations. Maybe find an art student who is looking for some experience in exchange for a reduced cost. Printing is another area to budget wisely. Choose paperback over hardcover to cut costs. You may think it’s better to pay less per book by printing a lot of books, but what if you print hundreds of books that have a mistake in them? Better to print a small first run and make sure all the “kinks” are worked out before you commit to printing a large order of books. Then of course there’s the marketing of the book, which will make or break the success of any book...but we’ll save that for another time!
By: Ahmad Meradji
BookLogix offers free educational publishing workshops/webinars. Ahmad Meradji is the President and CEO of BookLogix Publishing Services in Alpharetta. He can be reached at 770-346-9979 or Ahmad@booklogix.com.
Why Local Businesses Fail, and Succeed
hile the national economy continues to grow sluggishly, Forsyth County’s economy is recovering at an accelerated rate. Since the economic downturn of 2007 the community has been ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 7th the fastest-growing and 13th most affluent community in the nation. Much of this success is attributable to the community’s prevention-oriented approach to business development.
According to Michael Ames, the founder of the Small Business Institute, the top 10 reasons why businesses fail are: 1. Lack of experience
6. Poor credit arrangements
2. Insufficient capital (money)
7. Personal use of business funds
3. Poor location
8. Unexpected growth
4. Poor inventory management
5. Over-investment in fixed assets
10. Low sales
Community leaders in Forsyth County and the City of Cumming have successfully assembled a network of resources that can prevent business owners from falling victim to these challenges. “Our community takes a proactive mindset to supporting our local businesses” stated Jason Mock, the Director of Small Businesses Services at the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. “We have created a toolkit of resources that local businesses can use to address the top challenges that typically stop them from growing.” Dr. Erin Harper, the co-founder of the Georgia State University Center for School Safety’s Project PREVENT, maintains that prevention-based programs can be extremely effective. “What we know” stated Dr. Harper “is that comprehensive multi-tiered programs that address a range of societal, community, interpersonal, and individual factors can enhance resilience and protective factors.” Harper maintains that successful prevention-oriented initiatives typically use the following 3-layered approach: BB Tier 1- universal prevention: implemented before an individual or organization shows signs of being at risk in order to eliminate stressors
By: Randall Toussaint
Continued on Page 44 Randall Toussaint is the Vice-President of the Cumming Forsyth Chamber of Commerce. He may be reached at 770.887-6461.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
ummer has arrived. We are taking more walks and finding the time to enjoy nature a little more now that temperatures are warmer. We are planning our summer vacations and thinking about how we are going keep up with all the activities we’ve planned. One of the most essential things you can do is eat right. Seasonal and fresh is the way to go.
needs to stay at less than 40 degrees F. Bring pre-portioned snacks with you for instance, unsalted nuts, pre-washed fruit, pre-cut raw veggies, and reduced fat cheese. It’s always imperative to hydrate while traveling by drinking plenty of water. Some recommendations on ways to spruce up your water is by adding fresh mint, a slice of lemon, and making it carbonated. Drinking a large amount of caffeinated drinks can leave you thirsty and restless by the time you’ve reached your destination.
So what’s in season? In Georgia, you’ll find collards, plums, beets, asparagus, and arugula readily available. If you want to know more about fruits and vegetables that are in season, check out the Website georgiaorganics.org for an annual harvest calendar.
By taking advantage of the fresh produce and great weather, it’s a great time to re-commit to your physical activity goals. If you haven’t been very active recently, now is a great time to start it up again. According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, it is important for adults between ages 18 - 64 to have 30 minutes of physical activity daily.
Additionally, if you are finding it difficult to keep up with making seasonal meals on your own, let Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine™ take the stress out of cooking. Our meals are always fresh and seasonal and never frozen.
By: Julia Lott
Another way to stay energized and feeling good while traveling in the upcoming months is to eat healthy while on the road. Always pack a cooler with ice packs to refrigerated foods safe to eat, remember the cooler
Regular physical activity helps to have more energy. Finally, I urge you to re-devote yourself to your health this summer!
Julie Lott has a Master of Science in Nutrition and a BBA in Marketing from Georgia State University. She enjoys creating meals that are both nutritious and delicious for health conscious individuals. She may be reached at 678-208-0341.
• Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer, because the symptoms of this disease are usually not noticeable until the cancer has spread.
• Pancreatic cancer occurs within the tissues of the pancreas, a vital organ that is located behind the stomach. • The pancreas plays an essential role in digestion by producing enzymes that the body needs to digest fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. • Due to the location of the pancreas, this type of cancer may be difficult to detect and is often diagnosed in more advanced stages of the disease. • According to the National Institutes of Health, this type of cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related fatalities in the United States (NIH, 2012).
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5 Tips to Help You Understand What Is Coming – Health Insurance Exchanges
ealth Care Reform may not be understood by everyone, but we all know its coming.
(healthy or otherwise, young or old)? Or what impact that enrollment will have. 5. The takeaway? You need to start learning about the Exchanges and how it may impact you. If you are running a company, you need to be prepared to help your employees understand Exchanges and how they will work. Health Care Reform isn’t going to happen in the near future. It’s here now. You need to discuss it with your employer, or if you are an employer, you need to be prepared to educate, be flexible and transparent with your employees. Things are changing and the best way to be ready is to be prepared so you will be setting yourself up to win.
Do you know what it really means? Health care exchanges, for starters. 1. What exactly are exchanges? They will be the new way for individuals and small businesses to purchase health coverage. They’re government-regulated and standardized.
By: Hildi Moore
2. The impact? Let’s start with what we know for sure. Exchanges will force health plans to be more competitive. Consumers will have much more control. And that means employers need to provide education to them. Possibly a little handholding. And lots and lots of communication. 3. The impact of the Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act is still unknown. Oh, but we do know open enrollment for Exchanges will begin in October. Yes, this October. 4. .What we don’t know? A lot. It’s not clear what these plans will cost. Who exactly will sign up
Hildi Moore is the Southeast vice president for account services/creative strategy of iacunato/mclane marketing, a bi-coastal, full-service marketing and PR agency dedicated to the health and wellness industries. Learn more at www.iacunato-mclane.com. Connect with i/m on Facebook or LinkedIn.
Tennis: A Mental Game
id you know… half of your tennis game is mental? Here are a few tips on how to deal with the mental part of your game.
BB If you prepare late, you will always be chasing or rushing to hit the ball 4. Don’t over think your game
1. Don’t EVER let your opponent know you are frustrated, upset, angry, nervous or just distracted about your game or that they have gotten under your skin. In other words…
BB Becoming to analytical in your match will keep you from letting your natural strokes take their natural flow
BB Don’t throw your racket
BB Iif you miss a shot you should, take a moment to figure out what you did wrong, then tell yourself you won’t do that again and repeat the stroke to correct the motion
BB Slam balls when you miss a shot
5. Be versatile
BB Yell at yourself constantly
BB Have a plan B, C and D on the tennis court, the failure of plan A is then unlikely to cause frustration
SOLUTION: Repeatedly say “focus only the ball”, stay focused and block out your negative thoughts.
BB Tennis players often lose because at least a part of them secretly gives up BB Shot variety makes the game creative and interesting
2. Always be ready
6. Look alert, energetic, confident and happy at all times
BB When your opponent is getting ready to serve keep moving and focus on something undistracting like your strings – readjust them or reposition your dampner, etc
BB This will keep you from giving encouragement to your opponent BB If you opponent is at all prone to choking, your look of ready confidence is enough to put doubt in their mind and they will cave under pressure
BB When you are serving stick to your routine By: Kevin Moore
BB Pick your shot, don’t change your mind – your first option is your best option 3. Be patient BB For some players it helps to count before stroking the ball – 1, 2, 3 BB If you prepare early, you will be more patient when hitting the ball
Kevin Moore, Tennis Director at Polo Golf and Country Club with over 34 years experience in the tennis industry and is USPTA level 1 certified.
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The Arc Angel Difference B
eing part of a society that encourages do-it-yourself projects, where choices are often made via Internet and reviews found on lists, and where time is often non-existent, it is refreshing to know that when one needs an expert in the field of electricity, Arc Angel Electric is ready to help.
“Reliable and quality workmanship delivered by qualified electricians is very important to me as a business and home owner,” Rob Carreno, President of Arc Angel Electric states. “Everyone that is part of Arc Angel knows that I expect every client to be treated fairly, with utmost respect and courtesy. Our clients know that we will do all we can to solve their electrical problems.”
For the past 10 years, Troy Stowe, an elite Georgia real estate agent, has relied on Arc Angel Electric for all of his residential and commercial electrical needs. “When it comes down to it, I know that when I refer Arc Angel to any of my clients I am providing them with expert, quality and reliable work,” Stowe asserts. “Rob and his crew are very professional, on time, and trustworthy. They handle everything with utmost respect for the client every step of the way.” Stowe has depended on Arc Angel’s services for his personal and professional needs. “They are meticulous in everything they do, a reflection of the way I am when dealing with my clients. My reputation is on the line when I refer Rob to my clients. I have no problem referring Rob and his crew; they are scrupulous and trustworthy; and their workmanship is impeccable.”
With over 13 years servicing the communities of Forsyth and neighboring counties, Rob’s group of certified electricians are readily available to take care of all electrical needs. The company’s vast array of well-grounded services includes new installations, upgrades, troubleshooting and repair solutions, for both residential and commercial needs.
Service – Residential, Commercial Former Atlanta Braves pitcher and sports announcer Tom Glavine has relied on Arc Angel Electric for over six years. “Rob and his team are utmost professionals,” says Glavine.
Stability, Expertise, Reliability “We take great pride in our workmanship,” Rob explains. “Our customers rely on us to provide them with efficient, affordable and timely work. Arc Angel Electric strives for perfection in every job we handle, and work handin-hand with our clients to meet, and most importantly exceed their expectations.” From the customer who has a light over her kitchen sink and functioning outlets on the backsplash to the homeowner’s association who needed lighting on two sides of a road for the subdivision entrance, Arc Angel proved time and time again they are the company to call. Arc Angel staff is prompt, knowledgeable, personable and courteous.
“Arc Angel Electric was responsible for everything electrical in our new home. I was very impressed with their level of service, reliability and attention to detail.”
No job is too big or too small. “We get calls for a wide range of services, from installation of electrical dimmers to replacing ceiling fans,” Rob adds.
Best Electrician in Atlanta Rob Carreno and his team at Arc Angel Electric is far and away the best electrician in the Atlanta area. Not only are they extremely qualified, they are head and shoulders above service companies in terms of customer service. They show up on time, do what they say they are going to do, complete the job within the quoted amount, and they do it right, every time. You will not be sorry for choosing them; your search for a reliable, reputable, quality electrician is over. Review posted on 3/8/2013
Surge Protection Most everyone knows that an electrical storm can wreak havoc on your lowvoltage items, such as, your computers, TV’s, video equipment and anything that is plugged into an outlet or electrical strip. By calling Arc Angel Electric to give you an estimate on installing a whole-house surge protection device, would help to give you the peace of mind that you would need when the next electrical storm occurs. Arc Angel Electric can furnish and install whole-house surge suppression devices that help to protect your low-voltage items, as well as, line-voltage. “There is no need to run around un-plugging all electrical cords when there’s a storm,” Rob explains. Arc Angel Electric uses Sycom’s world-class surge protection units to safeguard your valuable electronic equipment and appliances.
“When I refer Arc Angel to any of my clients I am providing them with expert, quality and reliable work!”
“We are proud to say that we are fully licensed not only in the state of Georgia but also in North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama,” Rob adds. Considering the company has a 5-Star Kudzu Rating, AAA+ accreditation from the Better Business Bureau and a customer-base second to none, Arc Angel Electric is the company to call.
Community Involvement Being part of the business community is important, as is the ability to become an active member of the community served. Rob’s contributions, often understated, have made a great impact for an often forgotten group – pets. “I have two German Shepherd dogs – Atlas and Lilly – that are a very important part of our lives,” Rob adds. Lilly is a very lucky Shepherd. When Rob found out that this beautiful dog was in desperate need of a life-saving surgery, he made calls until he found out what was needed. He ultimately helped pay for the surgery and adopted Lilly. “When I received the phone call about Rob’s interest in Lilly I was very excited,” recalls Lance White, President of the Forsyth County Humane Society. “I didn’t realize that it would turn out into a partnership between the Humane Society and Arc Angel Electric.”
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he iconic black stethoscope is synonomous with physicians. For cardiologists it is a key tool to unravel the mystery of heart murmurs. Murmurs occur due to the flow of blood through various chambers of the heart. We have two valves that connect the upper (atria) and lower (ventricle) chambers of the heart (tricuspid valve on the right and mitral on the left side) , one pulmonic valve that connects the right ventricle to the lungs through the pulmonary artery, and, one aortic valve that connects the left ventricle to the rest of the body through the aorta. If the valve is too tight (stenosis) or too loose (prolapse or regurgitation) it will result in a murmur.
valves can result in chest pain, fatigue, lightheadedness or even a fainting spell. Infected valves can lead to strokes. The most common reason for heart valves to get damaged is the wear and tear of repeatedly opening and closing 60-80 times a minutes 24/7 over a lifetime. Preventing damage to heart valves is achieved by good blood pressure/heart rate control and good dental hygiene since bleeding of the gums can result in the valves becoming infected or damaged further. Antibiotics prior to dental work however are no longer routinely recommended. If you are diagnosed with a heart murmur your cardiologist will identify which valve is involved and monitor changes to the valve clinically and with an echo at varying intervals. In general, valve damage progresses slowly. Many murmurs never require any surgical intervention.
By listening to the timing, intensity, quality and location of the murmur, physicians can quite often determine exactly which valve is involved and how severe that involvement is. Occasionally the murmur is related to a hole in the heart or an abnormal blood vessel connection. Fortunately we now have high resolution safe ultrasound technology called ‘echocardiography’ to image the entire heart, its valves and blood flow in great detail. Many of you may have been born with a murmur which is often called ‘innocent’ or ‘physiologic’. As our heart enlarges and our body fat increases the murmur usually disappears. Murmurs that persist later in childhood should be investigated to make sure that a congenital heart defect is not present. In parts of the world where rheumatic or scarlet fever still persist, the valves can become scarred and result in murmurs later in life.
“Preventing damage is achieved by good blood pressure/heart rate control and good dental hygiene…”
The treatment for advanced heart valve damage is to either attempt a repair of the valve or replace the valve. Some valve repairs can now be done robotically at specialized centers. Similarly, some valves can be replaced through a catheter-based technique called TAVI at specialized centers. The majority of valves still require a major open heart surgical procedure. Valves that are removed can either be replaced with a tissue valve or a mechanical valve. Mechanical valves last longer but require the lifelong use of strong blood thinners such as warfarin.
By: Narendra Singh, MD
If you have a heart murmur let your physician solve the mystery and help you protect your valves.
Identifying a murmur is important since abnormalities of the heart valve can lead to many different problems. They can trigger rhythm disturbances of the heart such as skipped beats or atrial fibrillation. Murmurs can cause shortness of breath, congestion in the lungs or swelling of the feet. Tight my forsyth
Narendra Singh MD FRCPC FACC FAHA, is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Georgia Regents University in Augusta, and the Director-Clinical Research, Atlanta Heart Specialists, LLC. Dr. Singh studied at the Dalhouse Medical School in Halifax, Nova Scotia and went on to complete a residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Toronto. He may be reached at 678-679-6800.
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Protect Yourself from Osteoporosis
alcohol reduces physical activity, impairs nutrition and has toxic effects on the bone cells, and is therefore a major cause of osteoporosis.
xercising, eating healthily and making sure you (and your children) consume the recommended amount of calcium daily are good for growth, heart health and a strong immune system. They also are factors in building strong bones and preventing osteoporosis later in life.
BB Limit caffeine consumption. Caffeine may interfere with the bodyâ€™s ability to absorb calcium. Reduce sodas to once or twice per week, or replace them altogether with skim milk or calcium-fortified juice.
Osteoporosis is the condition that causes bones to become less dense, brittle and susceptible to fracture as we age. It affects 10 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are women. Although gradual bone loss over time is normal, rapid bone loss can lead to osteoporosis.
BB Quit smoking. Women who smoke, particularly after menopause, have a significantly greater risk of spine and hip fractures than those who do not smoke. Men who smoke also have lower bone density. The risk for osteoporosis from cigarette smoking appears to diminish after quitting.
About 85 to 90 percent of our bone mass has developed by the time we reach 20, making focus on bone health and strength at a young age important. However, there are still steps you can take to slow down or even stop bone loss before damage occurs.
BB Get tested. The only way to diagnose osteoporosis and determine your risk for fracture is a bone density test, a safe and painless exam that measures bone mineral density. The result guides a doctor to decide whether to begin a prevention or treatment program. The denser your bones, the stronger they generally are and the less likely they are to break.
BB Exercise. At least 30 minutes a day of weight-bearing and resistance exercises (such as walking or strength training) can help prevent osteoporosis. Low-impact activities, like Tai Chi, can help improve balance, coordination and flexibility.
Talk to your healthcare provider about your personal risk for developing osteoporosis and what you can do to help slow or stop bone loss.
By: Dr. Chung
BB Take your Calcium and Vitamin D. Intake through food can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Dietary sources of calcium include low-fat dairy products, collard greens, canned sardines and salmon with bones. Sources of vitamin D include fatty fish such as salmon and tuna; egg yolks; and vitamin D-fortified milk, OJ or cereals. BB Limit alcohol consumption. Drinking excessive amounts of
Dr. Chung is a board-certified rheumatologist on staff at Northside Hospital and practices at Northside Rheumatology in Roswell. She may be reached at (770) 521-1587.
Gynecologic Care for Adolescents
or adolescents making the transition from childhood to adulthood involves significant developments physically, cognitively and emotionally. This includes sexual development with behaviors that often place young women at risk for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections. Guidance from a physician along with routine gynecologic care can help make this transition a healthy one.
cervical disease with PAP smears should begin at age twenty-one. Concerns about confidentiality can be a barrier for some adolescents to receiving care. Young women should be reassured that while working with parents is an important goal, their individual relationship with a physician is confidential. A visit to a gynecologist provides a good opportunity for physicians to help parents develop behaviors that promote healthy adolescent adjustments. Starting to develop a rapport with a physician at a young age and continuing to nurture that relationship on a yearly basis can have a strong positive impact on an adolescentâ€™s health, safety and well-being.
By: Dr. Jennifer Loehle
My colleagues and I are often asked what age should a young woman first see a gynecologist. The answer varies per individual. In general, adolescents should start seeing a gynecologist on an annual basis between the ages of thirteen and fifteen. First visits often do not involve a pelvic exam unless medically indicated. Once any form of sexual activity has been initiated annual gynecologic visits should begin. Development of secondary sexual characteristics like breast and pubic hair should begin by age thirteen, and most girls will begin having periods by age fifteen. Menstruation usually follows breast development by two to three years. Delays in any of these developmental milestones should prompt a visit to a gynecologist. Other reasons why young women first see a gynecologist often include heavy, frequent, irregular or painful periods and poor skin complexion. Screening for
Dr. Jennifer Loehle received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002. She obtained her Medical Doctorate from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2008. Dr. Loehle completed her residency training in 2012 at the Medical University of South Carolina located in Charleston, where she served as Administrative Chief Resident. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Loehle may be reached at 404-252-1137.
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HEALTH & WELLNESS
Are You Eating ROCKS In Your Multivitamins? You need a nutritional supplement source in which every nutrient in the bottle is derived entirely from living systems, either microbial flora or plants.
If you’re taking cheap, common multivitamins, you’re eating rocks! It’s one of the biggest cover-ups in the history of nutrition: “conventional” multivitamins sold at grocery stores, pharmacies and big-box stores are filled with synthetic chemicals that are fraudulently called “vitamins.” Ascorbic acid, pyridoxine (B6), niacin (B3), magnesium oxide and dozens more―these are all synthetic, isolated or inorganic forms of vitamins (i.e. rocks) and minerals that in some cases may actually cause more harm than good to your body.
Demand Toxic Free Nutritional Supplements It is important that your nutritional supplements be free of pesticides, herbicides, harmful excipients. There should be no toxic tag-along chemicals in processing, including toxic preservatives or toxic flowing agents, such as talcum powder, a suspected carcinogen, or magnesium stearate, both commonly used in high speed encapsulation and in the tableting of nutritional products.
It’s all a cruel con―the selling of synthetic, isolated chemicals and ground-up rocks as “food.” When you take a typical multivitamin made with calcium carbonate, iron sulfate and magnesium oxide, you are eating rocks, not minerals. And when you take a multivitamin made with “standardized” isolated vitamins, you are eating chemicals, not real nutrition.
Most products do not disclose talcum powder or magnesium stearate on the label, even though they may potentially promote cancer. It is with this type of “clean” vitamin supplementation that allows for the delivering of bioavailable nutrients to the body.
There is a better way to get real nutrition from multivitamins. It’s called “food-based” nutrition, and it means that all the vitamins and minerals in the supplement come from genuine food-based sources.
By: Dr. John Thomas
Continued on page 44
Clearly, human beings were designed to eat foods, not rocks. Nutrients are supposed to come from living things, not dead, inanimate objects. This should be common sense, but the entire conventional vitamin industry has convinced people they should be eating chemicals and rocks.
Is your Food Killing you?
THYROID PROBLEMS? Barely able to put one foot in front of the other and get through your day?
WHAT IF YOUR PATH TO A BETTER QUALITY LIFE IS AVOIDING FOOD THAT IS KIILING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?
GLUTEN SENSITIVITIES / CELIAC DISEASE
NO ENERGY? INSOMNIA? WEIGHT GAIN? DEPRESSION? CONSTIPATION? HAIR LOSS? COLD HANDS or FEET? IRRITABLE TO OTHERS?
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find my daily planner over wrought with the endless details of a fulfilling life. From work to family—I am usually happily skirting from one event to another. Needless to say, it was much to my chagrin, when I found myself free for a night out with the girls a couple of weeks ago.
As most ladies can attest to, one of the first things to skip our schedules during times of high stress are our want and execution of time for ourselves. This is a trait I have acquired from my mother, yes--the apple does not fall far from the tree. Needless to say at the end of a long work day, when the suggestion was made for a “Ladies Night Out,” I surprised myself with accepting the invitation.
Finally I stepped out and kindly accepted Nicole’s offer to help zip me into place. We both stood in front of the tri-fold mirror of Lavender as I smiled in delight. Not too long, not too short, the bright white dresses fit and flair skirt made even my five foot one frame lengthen instantly. A slight plunge of the neckline offered-up a modest, yet flirty appeal… while the backs gold zipper helped to create a more industrial look to an otherwise sweet garment. As I swiped my card for the purchase, I was pleased to discover that my “boutique find,” left my bank account still intact! Walking out, only 10 minutes after arriving, left me grinning happily as The Lavender sales team wished me off. Next stop and only steps away from Lavender, I entered the true candy store of jewelry, Charming Charlie’s. Not only was I able to find the perfect bubble necklace for the evening, but I left with a new fragrance as well! Store staff helped to direct me about the store, after only one look at my stellar dress. The experience was beyond enjoyable and with optimum shopping time accomplished, I was off to my final store for a full wardrobe.
My goals for the evening were simple: 1) Bond with my fellow female co-workers; 2) Enjoy a glass of wine and girl talk; and, finally the best reason ever, 3) Take advantage of an excuse for a new wardrobe enhancement! Sadly, my time to prepare for the evening was limited. Fortunately I had the shops of The Collections at Forsyth at my disposal.
One thing that you must understand about me is that I am fond follower of footwear fashion. For this Ladies Night Out, I knew the shoes had to
By: Carly Swirk
I decided to use my 30 minute lunch break as a sort of Shopping Olympics. The moment my heels hit the sidewalk of the perfectly manicured, outdoor mall—I was off ! My first stop was the Lavender Boutique. I was a woman on a mission the moment I walked through the doors. My eyes were wide as I scanned the small store space, taking in every piece of boutique clothing the shop has to offer. The first sales girl to approach me seemed ready to help, and I quickly took her up on the offer. My requirements were simple—a fun dress for an evening out with the girls; nothing too showy, but unique and stylish. I then mentioned that my time was short and with that, Nicole, my sales person “fairy Godmother” set to work! Within seconds she had pulled a handful of outfits, all classy and yet fun! Taken to the dressing room I pulled on one garment and then the next, as Nicole continued to shop the sales floor for that perfect boutique find. With one arm I watched my watch, as with another I hopped around the fitting room, trying my best to zip myself into a lovely white dress—as asking for help, is yet another thing I find hard to achieve. HEALTH & WELLNESS
As a woman born and bred in the South— along with the permanent disposition to gladly “bless a heart,” at a moment’s notice; I have also been granted the pleasure of being raised to be a “Proper Lady of the South.” Like the ever changing landscape of our city, the defining guidelines of “Proper Lady of the South,” have morphed and grown over time. Thankfully, no longer are we confined to the images of movie characters…white gloves, large hats, and the ever present casserole on hand… No, today, we Ladies of the South are defined by our ability to be flexible, ever on the move, and forever trendsetters extraordinaire! From the boardroom, to the backyard BarB-Q, Ladies of the South are held to a higher standard than any other city in the world… as is the opinion of this Writer’s perspective. What seems to set us, Ladies of the South, ahead of the curve is not just our ability to follow the trends of new, but more so in our gumption to stick with the tried and true methods; of the Southern Ladies that have trended, before us.
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Make reading a regular family activity during the summer months
chool’s out for summer, but that doesn’t mean that learning has to stop altogether. In fact, summer is the perfect time for children to hit the books - for fun. During the school year, most children have very little time to read for the pure enjoyment of it. The freedom of summer break creates a great opportunity for children to explore interests, expand their horizons and entertain themselves through reading.
BB Barnes & Noble Summer Reading (www.barnesandnoble.com/ summerreading) - Download a summer reading journal for your child in which he or she can record favorite parts of books. Kids who read eight books and bring their completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store will receive a coupon for a free book. 4. Read for the fun of it. The more you force reading upon your child, the less he or she will want to read, so remember - let your child choose his or her reading material. If your child is hooked on comic books all summer, or chooses material he or she has read before, that’s okay. You can, however, gently encourage your child by suggesting books on people, sports, activities or other subjects of interest. If your son is a baseball fanatic, for example, how about picking up a biography of his favorite player?
Here are some suggestions for parents to help their child develop a reading habit this summer: 1. Visit the library. During the summer months, many libraries put on summer reading programs for kids of all ages, providing reading logs, awarding prizes to participants and hosting a variety of fun events to get the whole family involved. Even if your library doesn’t have such a program, regular library trips are still one of the best ways to get your child interested in books and reading.
5. Show interest. As any member of a book club will attest, it is fun to talk with others about books you’ve read and exchange opinions. If your child is too young to join a formal book club offered at the library, express interest in what he or she is reading. Emulate his or her enthusiasm and ask many questions. Again - if your child gets excited about a book, it’s much more likely that he or she will want to continue reading. By: Marc Turk
2. Make it a family activity. When a child is young, bedtime reading may be part of the nightly routine, but as he or she progresses through school, evenings are often filled with extracurricular activities, homework and dinner. This summer, designate a time each day when every member of the family can unwind with a good book. Just 20 minutes of daily reading will improve your child’s language, writing, spelling and of course, reading skills. 3. Check out online summer reading programs. Sometimes, a little recognition and reward is excellent motivation for a child. If your library doesn’t have a summer reading program or contest, consider one of the following online alternatives:
Marc Turk is the Executive Director of Huntington Learning Center in Cumming. He may be reached at 770-292-8994.
BB Scholastic’s Summer Challenge (www.scholastic.com/ summerreading/) places children into reading teams that compete for prizes. Readers log minutes read each day.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Big Creek Elementary 1994 Peachtree Parkway, (770) 887-4584 Principal: Sherri Black firstname.lastname@example.org
Brookwood Elementary 2980 Vaughan Drive, (678) 965-5060 Principal: Kathie Braswell email@example.com,ga.us
North Forsyth Middle
West Forsyth High
4805 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta, (770) 475-6670 Principal: Todd Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
3645 Coal Mountain Drive (770) 889-0743 Principal: Jeff Hunt email@example.com
4155 Drew Road (770) 888-3470 Acting Principal: Betty Pope firstname.lastname@example.org
1616 Canton Highway, (770) 887-6161 Principal: Dr. Eileen Nix email@example.com
605 Tribble Gap Road (770) 887-5248 Principal: Steve Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Settles Bridge Elementary
2800 Holtzclaw Road, (770) 781-2240 Principal: Barbara Vella email@example.com
600 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, (770) 887-1883 Principal: Donna Morris firstname.lastname@example.org
6945 Keith Bridge Road, Gainesville, (770) 887-2341 Principal: Polly Tennies email@example.com
3595 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee, (770) 888-7511 Principal: Amy Bartlett firstname.lastname@example.org
Coal Mountain Elementary
Shiloh Point Elementary
3455 Coal Mountain Drive, (770) 887-7705 Principal: Debbie Smith email@example.com
8145 Majors Road, (678) 341-6481 Principal: Rebecca Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
540 Dahlonega Street, (770) 887-7749 Principal: Pam Pajerski email@example.com
6200 Dahlonega Highway, (678) 965-5020 Principal: Paige Andrews firstname.lastname@example.org
Daves Creek Elementary
Vickery Creek Elementary
3740 Melody Mizer Lane, (770) 888-1223 Principal: Eric Ashton email@example.com
6280 Post Road, (770) 346-0040 Principal: Kristan Riedinger firstname.lastname@example.org
2555 Echols Road, (678) 965-5070 Principal: Dr. Amy Davis email@example.com
South Forsyth Middle
Horizon Christian Academy
Middle Schools Lakeside Middle
6205 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee, (678) 965-5041 Principal: Alyssa Degliumberto firstname.lastname@example.org
2565 Echols Road (678) 965-5080 Principal: Debbie Sarver email@example.com
Mashburn Elementary 3777 Samples Road, (770) 889-1630 Principal: Tracey Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Liberty Middle 7465 Wallace Tatum Road (770) 781-4889 Principal: Connie Stovall email@example.com
Little Mill Middle 6800 Little Mill Road (678) 965-5000 Principal: Connie McCrary firstname.lastname@example.org REFERENCE
3160 Old Atlanta Road, (678)845-0418 Vice-Principal: Butch Quinn www.friendshipchristianschool.us (K-6) 2160 Freedom Parkway (7-12) 433 Canton Road (678) 947-3583, (678) 947-0711 Headmaster: Heather Marshall www.horizonchristian.org
6240 Post Road, (770) 667-2580 Principal: Kathy Rohacek email@example.com
Ivy League Montessori School
High Schools Forsyth Central High
Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs
520 Tribble Gap Road (770) 887-8151 Principal: Rudy Hampton firstname.lastname@example.org
2830 Old Atlanta Road, (770) 205-6277 Head of School, Kathy Lindaman www.montessoriacademygeorgia.com
Lambert High School
Johns Creek Elementary
Fideles Christian School 1390 Weber Industrial Drive (770) 888-6705 Directors: Jonny and Ellen Whisenant www.fideles.net
Friendship Christian School
Vickery Creek Middle
3655 Castleberry Road, (678) 965-5090 Principal: Lynne Castleberry email@example.com
6905 Post Road, (770) 674-2990 Headmaster: Johnathan Arnold www.covenantrams.com
610 James Burgess Road, Suwanee (678) 455-7311 Principal: Kathy Carpenter firstname.lastname@example.org 2865 Old Atlanta Road (770) 888-3170 Principal: Sandy Tinsley email@example.com
Haw Creek Elementary
7455 Wallace Tatum Road, (678) 455-4500 Principal: Charley Stalder firstname.lastname@example.org
Sliver City Elementary
Piney Grove Middle 8135 Majors Road (678) 965-5010 Principal: Terri North email@example.com
Private Schools Covenant Christian Academy
805 Nichols Road (678) 965-5050 Principal: Dr. Gary Davison firstname.lastname@example.org
North Forsyth High 3635 Coal Mountain Drive (770) 781-6637 Principal: Beth Hebert email@example.com
South Forsyth High 585 Peachtree Parkway, (770) 781-2264 Principal: Jeff Cheney firstname.lastname@example.org
1791 Kelly Mill Road, (770) 781-5586 School Director: Becky Carty www.ilmsnet.com
Montessori at Vickery 6285 Post Road, (770) 777-9131 Head of School, Kathy Lindaman www.montessorivickery.com
Montessori Kids of Cumming 3034 Old Atlanta Road, (678) 208-0774 Head of School, Charlotte Pixley www.montessoricumming.com
Pinecrest Academy 955 Peachtree Parkway, (770) 888-4477 Head of School: Fr. Robert Presutti www.pinecrestacademy.com
School Information www.forsyth.K12.GA.US
WHEN YOU CALL BEFORE 07/31/2013
CUMMING, GA 5485 Bethelview Road (770) 292-8994
A beautiful combination of talent and grace
released single “Once Again” (available on iTunes), Mathai has certainly hit a chord with music lovers of all ages.
hen meeting Sharon Mathai for the first time, you’ll immediately notice her beautiful smile. After a few minutes of chatting, the remarkable talent of Mathai, as she is known professionally, comes to the surface.
Mathai loves music, as does her team of talented musicians, which includes Band Leader Roark Bailey, Will Clark, Sam Thorne, Aubrey Robinson and Emmanuel Harrison.
Mathai is a 22-year old singer, songwriter, and incredible young lady who is following her dream. A contestant in the second season of The Voice, Mathai has continued her dream to make her mark in show business. Classically trained in jazz during her childhood, Mathai started developing her unique vocal style around the age of 16 with a sound reminiscent of such artists as Billie Holiday, Norah Jones, Nelly Furtado and Adele.
“My music can be described as pop soul,” Mathai explains. “I’ve always enjoyed listening to Amy Winehouse, Billy Holliday, and Johnny Cash, to name a few artists.”
Cumming’s Market 334 owner Kim Maley is one of Mathai’s fan, and has invited her to showcase her music at the market’s upcoming event. “We are very excited to welcome Mathai to Market 334’s latest fashion show,” explains Maley. “On Friday, June 21 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Mathai’s beautiful music while seeing the latest fashions and accessories,” Maley adds. The event is open to the public. Get there early – you don’t want to miss a great evening of music and fashion.
With her multiple covers, including songs by Adele, Kanye West, the Beatles, and Bonnie Raitt’s “Can’t Make You Love Me”, in addition to her newly
For more information about Mathai and her music, visit www.mathaimusic.com. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Living a More Honest Life
n his essay Lying, Sam Harris defines lying as “…to intentionally mislead others when they expect honest communication” (43). He goes on to suggest that deceptive relationships of all forms are of inferior quality to their more honest counterparts. As functioning members of society, we strive to gain the trust of loved ones, and to find someone in whom to place our trust. Though I have always considered myself to be an honest person, as I am sure most of us have, I never truly realized the damage I could be inflicting upon the victims of my well-intended deceit. However, when we deceive, we have already ruled out the possibility of a trustworthy relationship. After reading Mr. Harris’s essay and attempting to lead a more honest life, I have discerned some major advantages honesty holds over deception. For example, as a result of being honest, I have been able to have more fulfilling interactions with those for whom I care, and I have been able to portray more accurately who I am as a person. While some social discomfort is inevitable in a candid existence, is this angst not worth the chance to form deeper and more meaningful relationships with other members of civilization?
lies because we feel as though they will benefit us in some way. We may lie to our coworker about the quality of their new haircut with the intent of trying to maintain a bearable work environment. We may “stretch the truth” on a résumé in the hopes that it may sway the decision of the employer. Ben Karpman proposed that “[lying] is often resorted to as a defense against feelings of insecurity and inferiority.” Karpman goes on to suggest that “…honesty is considered as more important in human relations than either knowledge or beauty.” However, as a society, we have become dependent upon the lies we tell. Our culture necessitates lying in many situations to maintain social order. Lying, he supposed, “… is regarded as most reprehensible and the core of all human vices,” and yet we justify lying to those we hold most dear in order to spare their feelings. Among the most prevalent are the so-called “white” lies. These
By: Travis Cox
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If honesty does provide these benefits, why do we lie? The reasons we tell lies are nearly as numerous as the lies themselves. We tell many of these
Travis Cox is a student at Chattahoochee Technical College, studying Mechanical Engineering. He is a(n) MEP Designer at PMH Associates, Inc., an engineering firm in Cumming. He may be reached at 706-212-8357 or email@example.com.
et’s face it, in a world filled with chaos it may seem like it’s impossible to find peace. Maybe that’s because our definition of peace is linked to an absence of conflict. Could there be more to it?
giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid,” John 14:27 (emphasis mine) 3. Faith is the key to lasting peace.
Would you believe me if I told you peace is available even when circumstances seem out of control? All we have to do is look to the right Source for true peace: Jesus Christ.
We can experience peace even when it seems everything is crumbling around us. How? By remembering that God is in control, and by sharing all of our problems and concerns with Him. When we realize God is always with us and trust that He has a purpose for what we’re going through – we can experience peace.
Here’s what I’ve learned: 1. Peace with a Holy God is possible. Jesus paved the way for everyone to have peace with His Father. He willingly paid the price for our sins by shedding His blood and dying on the cross in our place. When a person accepts Jesus’ gift of salvation, his/her relationship with God is restored.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus,” Philippians 4:6-8 Do you enjoy peace only when things are going your way? I encourage you to spend time pouring out your heart to the Savior, and trust Him to carry you through – you’ll experience a peace that goes beyond your understanding.
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he (Christ) is our peace…” (word in parentheses by author) Ephesians 2:13-14a
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for showing me how I can have peace with You and experience peace in my everyday life. Help me trust you with all of my problems and concerns. Thank You that You are always with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
2. Jesus’ peace trumps world peace.
By: Maria Morgan
History reveals that we’re no strangers to war. Nations continually jockey for position as world leaders and wars result. In Jesus’ day, things were no different. Rome was in power and even Jesus’ disciples expected Him to topple the Roman government and bring peace. Before Jesus returned to heaven, he taught His disciples about real peace: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world
Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker. She’s passionate about sharing the truths of God’s Word with today’s generation. She lives in Georgia with her husband and daughter. Visit her on the web and download a free copy of her eBook God Speaking @ www.mariaimorgan.com.
HOUSES OF WORSHIP
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 www.eastgatechurch.org
Sunday Evening: 5 p.m. Wednesday Evening & AWANA: 7 p.m. Pastor: Chris Grinstead www.ghbcc.org
Longstreet Baptist Church
Baptist Antioch Baptist Church
6868 Campground Road, (770) 889-1959 www.longstreetchurch.com Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday night adult and youth activities
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 www.welcometoantioch.org
829 Atlanta Highway, (770) 781-5433 Church service times: 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Bible Studies 11 a.m. Celebration Worship Service (main auditorium) Hispanic Service is at 10:30 a.m. in our Activities Center
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 www.cummingbaptist.net
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 www.firstbaptistcumming.org
First Redeemer Church 2100 Peachtree Parkway, (678) 513-9400 Sunday Services: 9:15AM – Contemporary Service (Auditorium) 10:45AM – Blended Service (Auditorium) 9:00AM & 10:45AM; 6:30PM Bible Fellowship Pastor, Dr. Richard G. Lee, Founding Pastor www.firstredeemer.org
Greater Heights Baptist Church 3790 Post Road, (770) 887-4802 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.
North Lanier Baptist Church
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. www.refugebaptistchurch.org
Episcopal St. Columba’s Church 939 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, (770) 888-4464 Wednesday Services: 6:30 p.m. Saturdays Service: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Service: 7:45, 9 & 11:15 a.m. Rector: Father Tripp Norris Curate: Father Daron Vroon www.saintcolumba.net
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 www.ecohs.net
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 www.stsrni.org
Lutheran 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.livingfaithlutheran.com facebook/livingfaithlutheranchurch
Christ The King Lutheran Church (Evangelical Lutheran Church In America) 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Rd. Cumming, Ga. 30041 770-889-5328 ctklutheran.com Sunday Worship Service 8:15 AM Traditional 9:30 AM Contemporary 11:00 AM Traditional 1:00 PM Hispanic Sunday School 9:30 AM
OTHER Baha’is of Forsyth County 1-800-22-UNITE www.forsythbahais.org Crossroads Church of the Nazarene 6160 Southard Trace Cumming, GA 30040 (678) 977 0328 www.mycrossroadschurch.net
Castle Christian Church 3149 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee (678) 648-5248 www.castlechristianchurch.com Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. Senior Minister: Jason Rodenbeck email@example.com
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 www.familybyfaith.com
First Christian Church 1270 Sawnee Dr., Cumming, (770) 887-5542 Pastor Stan Percival www.fccga.org
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 3140 Old Atlanta Road Cumming, GA 30041 Sunday Small Groups: 9:00 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Childcare available Pastor: Chris Stovall www.lifepoint.org
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 www.newsongweb.org
Rameshori Buddhist Center 130 Allen Road, Unit B Sandy Springs, 30328, (404) 255-1585
Presbyterian 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 www.deercreekshores.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chalcedon Presbyterian Church 302 Pilgrim Mill Road, 770-205-9390 www.chalcedon.org | www.rpcus.com Sunday Worship: 11:00 am Pastor, Dr. Joseph C. Morecraft, III.
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The Country Preacher
raduation number four and I still have six more! When study at a public, private or home school results in an effective education and productive citizens it is because of the parenting. Another grandchild celebrated his completion of a home school education. Eighty gathered to encourage him to honor God in his life, to become a loyal citizen of our nation and Constitution and to share his talents with those in the community around him. He will begin his summer working with young people at a Christian camp. The first four of the Ten Commandments instruct us regarding our relationship with God and the last six remind us of our responsibility to others. Grandparents must watch as the children we raised prepare the next generation of leaders. Parents have such a short time to influence their children who face a world of uncertain values.
maybe I failed them”. In real life maybe we are failing to give our children the kind of home and family that made the world we grew up in wonderful. Many of our ancestors were educated in a school room occupied by grades 1-12. They were taught by a teacher who was paid little more than room and board. It wasn’t the teacher’s salary nor was it elaborate facilities but it was the parents. The result of this education which reinforced the lessons of character, morality and personal responsibility gave us the leaders that made our nation the envy of every other country. As fathers, approaching Father’s Day, we must ask ourselves what I could have done to better influence my children. Our flawed lives make us seek the mercy of God. “For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust” Psalm 103:14.
A son-in-law, two of my three daughters, and one of my sisters are school teachers. No one can legitimately criticize most of our teachers who are dedicated to their vocation and are personally involved in the lives of their students. Recent State and Federal government programs regulate the technique that teachers use and then penalize or reward them for a system they were forced to accept. Often, we Christians express our feeling that changes in education which removed the pledge of allegiance, morning Bible reading and prayer from our schools were the cause of the increase in illegitimate births, violent behavior and lowered academic success. These were not the cause, they were the result. Parents changed and gave our schools a different kind of disrespectful, disruptive and disinterested student. Personal training about character, intolerance to profane language and instruction in modest dress are not the teacher’s responsibility.
By: David Hill
When we see our children work hard to pass on the virtues that make Christianity heard without a spoken word it is wonderful. One of my daughters and her husband, who are both teachers, have shared sad stories of children who live in dysfunctional homes and badly want to know what it would be like to experience normal family life. Often, these children are unwanted and their parents have no concern about how their lifestyle is affecting the child and their home. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” Psalm 127:3.
John Wayne stood in a cemetery and answered a question about what happened to his sons. As he looked at their grave markers he said “they failed me . . . or
Rev. David Hill is a Cumming resident and frequent guest preacher at Antioch Baptist Church. * Biblical quotes are from the King James Version of The Bible.
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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 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 www.parkway-church.org email: email@example.com
Information: No fees. Open to all.
Cumming First United Methodist Church
Meeting: Thurs.11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: Bello Italian Restaurant 101 Meadow Drive Contact: Tiffany Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-887-1962 Information: $50 membership fee and $10 monthly. Visit twice for free. No occupation overlap. Call first.
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 www.lanierumc.org
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 www.thevinecommunitychurch.com
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. www.midwayumc.org
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; 5:30p.m. Spanish Mass, 1:30 p.m. Weekdays: 9 a.m Pastor: Father Frank www.goodshepherdcumming.com
Piedmont United Methodist Church
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: Fr. Matthew Van Smoorenburg, LC Parochial Vicars: Fr. Joseph Ramos, LC and Fr. Juan Guerra, LC www.stbrendansatl.com
4525 Bethelview Road, (770) 887-4888 Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m.
www.bethelview.net (child care available) Pastor: Rev. Deborah Griffith
770 Canton Highway, (770) 887-2900 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. at Bald Ridge Marina 9:51 a.m. Contemporary Service www.cfumcga.com (Child care available) Sunday Hispanic/Latino Worship: 12 noon Wednesday Communion Service: 12 noon Senior Pastor: Rev. John L. Cromartie, Jr.
United Methodist Bethelview United Methodist Church
HOUSES OF WORSHIP | CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
1170 Dahlonega Highway, (770) 887-0770 Sunday Services Bible Study 10 a.m. Traditional Service 11 a.m. Bible Study 5 p.m. PiedmontUMC@bellsouth.net
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Business Networking Central Forsyth Leads Group Meeting: Second & fourth Tues. 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. Location: The Columns at Pilgrim Mill Apartments Contact: Nancy Wright, (770) 886-0500 or email@example.com
Forsyth Network for Business Professionals
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: Website:
(770) 886-5419 www.savethehorses.org
The Inspiration Network of Cumming
Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter
Meeting: Location: Contact:
There’s Hope for the Hungry
Third Wed. from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The Nurturing Nook, 205 Pilgrim Mill Road Leanne Temple, (678) 965-5969
Member Power Networking Lunch Meeting: Every Tues. at 12 Noon Location: Various chamber member restaurants Contact: (770) 887-6461 or cummingforsythchamber.org Information: $15 for members and $30 for non-members
South Forsyth Leads Group Meeting: 2nd and 4th Wed. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Women Who Mean Business Meeting: First Tues. 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 cummingforsythchamber.org.
Location: 4440 Keith Bridge Road Contact: (770) 887-6480 Information: Non-profit, no-kill shelter for cats and dogs. Website: www.forsythpets.org Contact: (678) 513-9400 Information: Non-profit organization partnering with churches across North Georgia to feed those in need. Website: www.thereshope.org
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, email@example.com Website: WhisperingHope.org
Civic Organizations Ducktown Chapter #460 — Order of the Eastern Star Meeting: Location: Contact:
2nd & 4th Fri. at 7:30 p.m. 4655 Canton Hwy (770) 887-8147
Rotary Club of South Forsyth Meeting: Wed. at 12:15 p.m. Location: 6300 Polo Club Drive Website: southforsythrotaryclub.org
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Political Organizations Democratic Women of Forsyth County Meeting: Second Thurs. Location: Different restaurants in Cumming Contact: Mary Chatfield, (770) 887-1106 Facebook: DWFC GA Information: Democratic women meet monthly and the meetings alternate between lunch and dinner meetings with programs.
Forsyth County Democratic Party Meeting: 2nd Tues. at 6:30 p.m. Location: CooCoo’s Nest restaurant, corner of Freedom Parkway & Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming Contact: Ricia Maxie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Chatfield at (770) 887-1106
Recreation & Hobbies Cumming Garden Club Contact: (770) 844-7061 Meeting: Held second Tues. 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: Meeting:
(404) 423-3524 Every other Wed. at 7 p.m.
Location: Central Park Website: meetup.com/North-AtlantaCuong-Nhu-Martial-Arts-Club/ Information: No fees, open to 16 yrs +
Piecemakers Quilt Guild Meeting: 2nd Tues. 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: piecemakersga.netw
Holistic Moms Network Forsyth County Monthly meetings with informational speakers, yoga group, play groups Meeting: 2nd Tues. of each (The service is in Portuguese.) Rev. Bill Ford, Senior Pastor Rev. Cido Araujo, Assoc. Pastor of Brazilian Ministries month at 6:30 p.m. Location: Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee House 5095 Post Road, Cumming Contact: Ann Linke at www.parkway-chruch.org email@example.com Website: www.holisticmoms.org
Support Organizations AA Cumming Meeting: Meets four times daily Location: Ingles Shopping Center at 432 Canton Highway (Hwy 20) Second suite on far left. 24/7 Line: (770) 886-0696 Information: Group of Alcoholics Anonymous located in Forsyth County Website: www.aacummingga.org
Labrador Friends of the South, Inc. Location: Contact: Website:
PO Box 933, Cumming firstname.lastname@example.org www.labradorfriends.com
Moms Club of Cumming - North
Forsyth County Newcomers and Women’s Club Meeting: Third Thurs. of each mo. Location: Windermere Golf Club Contact: Mika King, email@example.com Information: A luncheon with program, many interest group activities every week (ladies, mens, couples and singles). Open to all women in Forsyth and surrounding counties. Website: newcomersclubofforsyth.org
Monthly meetings with informational speakers, park play days, holiday parties, fieldtrips, playgroups and a monthly MOMS Night Out. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.momsclub.org
Single Mom Meeting Connect with other single moms, learn about paths to higher education and get links to community resources. Light dinner provided and free on-site childcare/ homework help provided. Meeting: 2nd Thurs.every month at 6:30pm Location: 210 Dahlonega St., Suite 203, Cumming Contact: Valerie Daniel Faith’s House, Inc. 770-205-6311 Website: www.faithshouseinc.org
Moms Club of Cumming - Southwest Meeting: Last Tues. of each month Contact: www.momsclub.org
NAMI Forsyth Dawson Lumpkin Meeting:
and family members) held the second Thursday of each month Educational meeting on the fourth Thursday of each month Location: Forsyth County Senior Center, 595 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, Ga. 30040 Information: Two support groups (family & peer) meet every Thurs. except the last when there is a speaker. Contact: Flo Giltman email@example.com Website: www.namifdlga.org
Meetings: Second and fourth Thurs. of each month 7PM-8:30PM (excluding major holidays). Two support meetings (for consumers
Meeting: Location: Website:
Every Tues. at 6:30 p.m. Professional Recovery Counseling, LLC. 107 W. Court house Sq., Suite 274 www.smartrecovery.org
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be amazing! DSW at the Collection at Forsyth was simply stocked high with the styles and in no time I had the perfect pair of strappy emerald heels to match my Charming Charlie’s emerald bubble necklace.
Live sourced nutrition is real food. And that means it’s digestible. While a lot of people have problems with traditional vitamin pills and multivitamin tablets these live sourced health supplements are easy to digest and easy to assimilate because, again, it’s real food not “chemicals and rocks.”
Yes, I had completed my look all in fewer than 30 minutes! Add to that, every store was in walking distance and welcoming me with doors open and sales banners displayed. Nothing could make this Southern Lady smile more.
If you are currently taking multivitamins that are not from real food-based sources and do not have cell resonance you need to switch to food-based nutrients immediately.
Making time for Ladies Night paid off, all of my goals were accomplished as we took to dinner and drinks that evening… also right within the Collection at Forsyth, Cheeky Mexican Taqueria—a fun-filled atmosphere that set all of us ladies in the mood for story swapping and laughter.
On that topic, I want to be 100% on the record here, saying that your No. 1 best source of nutrition is live, fresh foods and superfoods. No vitamin, no matter how amazing, can replace real, fresh foods and superfoods you grown in your own garden or aquaponic system.
All in all, the night was a success. Just goes to show how much you can gain from making time for yourself, even on a busy schedule!
But for a long list of reasons, most people can’t get the nutrition they need from the foods they buy. One huge reason for all this is that soils are depleted of minerals like selenium, one of the most important trace minerals to support healthy brain function, immune response and normal cell functions. So even if you’re buying fresh food, it’s almost certainly depleted of magnesium, zinc, selenium and other trace elements you need in food form.
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BB Tier 2- selected prevention: implemented with individuals or organizations that are at-risk or show signs of being at risk to boost resilience BB Tier 3- indicated prevention: implemented with those who are experiencing hardship to manage symptoms of distress.
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Forsyth County and the City of Cumming’s new toolkit strategically employs a combination of all three tactics to prevent businesses from becoming at risk of failure.
are the lies we tell that we classify as “harmless” or “necessary”. When asked by a significant other if what she is wearing makes her look fat, the obvious answer for most men is “Absolutely not!”, when in reality, the dress may truly be unflattering. A friend or colleague with an aspiration to be a successful musician may ask for an opinion on his latest home-made hip-hop album. What harm could come of lying and telling him how great it sounds and wish him luck? If this colleague then quits his stable job, drops out of college, and decides to fully pursue a career in hip-hop, perhaps a little honesty and a moment of discomfort could have saved him years of financial and emotional hardships.
“The toolkit helps local business owners obtain assistance with a wide range of challenges” stated Mock. “From strategic planning, to accessing capital, to marketing and outreach – we can help.” According to the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Economic Development Report, in 2012 the community’s prevention-oriented approach assisted nearly 200 local businesses; and led to the expansion of 9 local companies – generating 372 new jobs and $55.5 million in new capital investment. “Georgia consistently sees high rankings for entrepreneurial activity each year” stated Mary Ellen McClanahan, Director of Entrepreneur & Small Business Development. “Georgia currently ranks second in the nation for states experiencing the largest increases in entrepreneurial activity rates over the past decade. These rankings testify to the energy, passion and success of our small business owners in Georgia.”
Although the decision to commit to a life of honesty may lead to the occasional uncomfortable situation and could cause strain on relationships that were formed around deceit, these seem to be small, if not irrelevant, prices to pay to lead a life full of closer, more trustworthy interactions. Harris implores that by lying, “we deny others a view of the world as it is.” In my efforts to become more honest, I have noticed that when I was engaged in conversation and actively thinking about being truthful, I thought about what lies I would have told, had I not been so focused on honesty. I was surprised how many times I found myself nearly ready to fib in order to escape a conversation or make up an excuse to get out of doing something I did not want to do. There have been many occasions when a falsehood would have been easier, less awkward, and less time consuming; however, I quickly discovered how satisfying and relieving it was to just tell the truth. If we are consistently and, perhaps brutally, honest with the ones we love and interact with, these loved ones will come to expect honesty from us, and will therefore find it much easier to have deeper trust in us. If we worry more about sparing their feelings than being truthful, it is likely they may never be able to differentiate between our honesty, and our politeness.
More information about the toolkit is available online at www.cummingforsythchamber.org/chamber/small_business_ services_center.aspx Additional information about Project Prevent is available online at: http:// education.gsu.edu/schoolsafety/6591.html
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United States Government President Barack H. Obama (D) (202) 456-1414 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, fax: (202) 456-2461 Washington, D.C. 20500 Website: www.whitehouse.gov e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)
ELECTED & APPOINTED OFFICIALS
Senator Steve Gooch (R), District 51 (678) 341-6203 e-mail: email@example.com fax: (770) 844-5821
Rep. Mark Hamilton (R), District 23 (770) 844-6768 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forsyth County School System Superintendent, Dr. L.C. (Buster) Evans (770) 887-2461 1120 Dahlonega Highway Cumming Website: www.forsyth.k12.ga.us 1092 Tribble Gap Road, Cumming, GA 30040 Website: www.forsythco.com
Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R), District 24
(202) 224-3521 Atlanta Office: 100 Galleria Parkway Suite 1340 GA: (770) 763-9090 Atlanta, GA 30339 fax: (202) 224-0103 Website: www.chambliss.senate.gov e-mail: use contact form on website
(770) 887-0400 e-mail: email@example.com
Rep. Amos Amerson (R), District 9 (404) 657-8534 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Johnny Isakson (R) (202) 224-3643 Atlanta Office: One Overton Park, Suite 970 GA: (770) 661-0999 3625 Cumberland Boulevard Atlanta, GA 30339 Website: www.isakson.senate.gov
Forsyth County Government Forsyth County Board of Commissioners
Rep. Tom Graves (R), District 9
110 East Main Street, Suite 210, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 781-2101 Website: www.forsythco.com fax: (770) 781-2199
Board of Education Ann Crow, District 1 (R) (770) 490-6316 e-mail: ACrow@forsyth.k12.ga.us
Kristin Morrissey, District 2 (R) (770) 781-5222 e-mail: KMorrisey@forsyth.k12.ga.us
Tom Cleveland, District 3 (R) (770) 657-0810 e-mail: TCleveland@forsyth.k12.ga.us
Darla Light, District 4 (770) 887-0678 e-mail: DLight@forsyth.k12.ga.us
(202) 225-5211 Georgia Office: Wachovia Center GA: (770) 535-2592 500 Jesse Jewel Parkway, Suite 301, Gainesville, GA 30503 Website: www.tomgraves.house.gov
Doug Derrer: (770) 781.2101 fax : (770) 781.2199
Rep. Rob Woodall. (R), District 7
(678) 513-5881 e-mail: email@example.com
City of Cumming Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt
Brian R. Tam, District 2 (R)
Cumming City Hall (770) 781-2010 100 Main Street, Cumming, GA 30040
(770) 963-2420 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: woodall.house.gov
State Government Governor Nathan Deal (R)
Commissioners R.J. (Pete) Amos, District 1 (R)
Cumming City Council Members:
Todd Levent, District 3 (R)
Quincy Holton, Lewis Ledbetter, Ralph Perry, John Pugh and Rupert Sexton
Cindy Mills, District 4 (R) (678) 513-5884 e-mail: email@example.com
LT. Governor Casey Cagle (404) 656-5030 Website: www.gov.state.ga.us
Jim Boff, District 5 (R)
Senator Jack Murphy (R), District 27 (770) 887-1960 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org fax: (770) 205-0602
(678) 513-5885 e-mail: email@example.com
Forsyth County Tax Commissioner Matthew C. Ledbetter (770) 781-2110
(770) 889-0229 e-mail: NRoche@forsyth.k12.ga.us
(678) 513-5882 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (770) 781-2101 e-mail: email@example.com
(404) 652-7003 Website: www.gov.state.ga.us fax: (404) 652-7123
Nancy Roche, Chairperson, District 5 (R)
City Administrator Gerald Blackburn (770) 781-2010
City Clerk Jeff Honea firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency — 911
Parks and Recreation City of Cumming Main Number:
UTILITIES City of Cumming (770) 781-2020
Battered Women Hotline
(770) 781-2030 410 Pilgrim Mill Road
Central Park Office
Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines
Water & Sewer
Poison Control Center — Atlanta
Central Park Recreation Center
Outside Metro Atlanta (800) 222-1222
(678) 455-8540 2300 Keith Bridge Road
Rite-Call (Child Medical Problems)
(770) 781- 2215 3355 Windermere Parkway
Sexual Assault & Family Violence Center (770) 428-2666
Medical Northside Hospital — Forsyth
(770) 205-6912 2535 Ivy Street East
(770) 781-3491 235 Castleberry Road
Waste Management, Inc. Golf Clubs Chestatee Golf Club
Neighborhood Healthcare Center
(706) 216-7336 777 Dogwood Way, Dawsonville
Health Department (770) 781-6906 428 Canton Highway
Fire and Law Enforcement City of Cumming Police Department (770) 781-2000 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard www.cummingpd.net
Forsyth County Fire Department (770) 781-2180 3520 Settingdown Road www.forsythco.com
Georgia State Patrol (770) 205-5400
Solid Waste Advanced Disposal/Eagle Point Landfill (770) 887-6063 8880 Old Federal Road, Ball Ground www.advanceddisposal.com
Olde Atlanta Recycling LLC
(770) 844-3200 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive www.northside.com (770) 844-7494 2825 Keith Bridge Road (770) 886-7135
Forsyth County Water & Sewer Department (770) 781-2160 110 East Main Street www.forsythco.com
Country Land Golf Course (770) 887-0006 6560 Mayfield Drive
(770) 751-1304 774 McFarland Road, Alpharetta www.wm.com
Recycling Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (770) 205-4573
Polo Golf & Country Club (770) 887-7656 6300 Polo Club Drive
Windermere Golf Club (678) 513-1000 5000 Davis Love Drive
Forsyth County Marinas Habersham Marina (770) 887-5432 2200 Habersham Marina Road
Telephone AT&T Residential (888) 757-6500 Business (866) 213-6300 www.att.com
Electricity Georgia Power 888) 660-5890
Sawnee Electric Membership (770) 887-2363
Port Royale Marina Libraries Forsyth County Public Library (770) 781-9840 585 Dahlonega Road www.forsythpl.org
Hampton Park Library (770) 781-9840 5345 Settingdown Road
(770) 887-5715 9200 LanMar Road, Gainesville
YMCA (770) 888-2788 6050 Y Street
Sharon Forks Branch
(770) 781-9840 2810 Old Atlanta Road
(770) 886-2388 525 Tribble Gap Road
DENTISTS /ORTHODONTI CS
Southern Kiwi Photography - pg.41 - 404-583-
Steven Liebel - pg. 10 - 706-867-7575
Jordan Dentistry - pg. 27
0659 - www.SouthernKiwiPhoto.com
770-888-6262 - www.JordanDentistry.com
AUTO REPAIR/CAR CENTER
Atlanta Heart Specialists - pg. 30
Johns Creek Mechanic - pg. 33
Huntington Learning Center - pg. 37
678-679-6800; 770-622-1622 - www.ahsmed.com
770-205-2800 - www.huntingtonlearningcenter.com
Chad Levitt, MD - pg. 31 -770-292-7000
Arc Angel Electric - pg. Inside Back Cover, 24, 25
Georgia Plastic Surgery Consultants - pg.27
Signature Total Car Care - pg. 5 770.889.5959 - www.signaturetotalcarcare.com
BOOK PUBLISHERS BookLogix Publishing Services, Inc - pg. 20 - 770-346-9979 - www.booklogix.com
CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANERS Carpet Dry Tech - pg. 5 - 678-368-5991 www.carpetdrytech.com
CHIROPRACTOR John Thomas, DC - pg. 32 - 678-456-9122 www.chiropractorcumming.com
770-889-9243 - www.ArcAngelElectric.com
FREELANCE WRITING/EDITING SERVI CES Action Words - pg. 10 404-232-9898 - www.actionwordsinc.com
Johns Creek Christian Church - pg. 39 770-418-1101 - www.johnscreekchristian.org
Northside Hospital Forsyth - pg. 1, 27 770-844-3200 -www.northside.com
REAL ESTATE The Dinsmore Team - pg. 13 -770-712-7789 www.dinsmoreteam.com
HAIR SALON OVO Salon - pg. 5 - Wendy Grosse - 678-469-4414
RESTAURANTS /FOOD SERVI CES
770- 888-1998 - www.BelloItalian.com
Lance’s Jewelry - pg. 45 Back Cover, 770-781-5500 - www.lancesjewelry.com
PHYSICIANS/MEDICAL SERVI CES
Massage Envy - pg. Inside Back Cover
Bello Italian Restaurant - pg. 19 Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine - pg. 3 678-208-0341 - www.freshnfit.com
Norman’s Landing - pg.19 770-886-0100 - www.normanslanding.com
678-208-0680 - Johns Creek 678-208-2888 - Cumming - www.MassageEnvy.com
CONFERENCE CENTER/SPECIAL EVENTS FACILITY
404-252-6448 - www.ChopMyTree.com
Forsyth Conference Center - pg. 21
Humane Society of Forsyth County - pg.15
770-889-1365; 770-887-6480 - www.forsythpets.org
Hyperion Avenue - pg. 48 678-926-9697 - www.hyperionavenue.com
770-781-6974 - www.ForsythConferenceCenter.com
DANCE ACADEMY/INSTRUCTION Cumming Dance Academy - pg. 33
PHOTOGRAPHY Kim Bates Photography - pg.Inside Front Cover - 770-617-7597 - www.kimbatesphotoart.com
770-781-4922 - www.CummingDanceAcademy.com
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