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Holiday 2012 - Volume 9 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association P.O. Box 669 Snellville, GA 30078 Website: www.snellvillepride.com Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the city of Snellville.

President Don Britt

Vice President Barbara Bender

Secretary Aysha Cooper

Treasurer Paul Slifko

Board Member Gretchen Schulz

Board Member Brian Pendley

Board Member Susan Chappelear

Board Member Sam Roper

Executive Director Kelly McAloon

Mayor of Snellville Kelly Kautz

City Council Tom Witts - Mayor Pro Tem, Mike Sabbagh, Diane Krause, Bobby Howard and Dave Emanuel Snellville City Website: www.snellville.org

Dear Snellville Supporter, We are entering what I always think is a special time of year. With Thanksgiving upon us, and Christmas, Chanukah and the New Year just around the corner, it’s a time to reflect on 2012 and to be thankful for the many good things we have here in Snellville. I’m thankful that Snellville Tourism & Trade had its biggest and best year ever. We added two new and successful events to our schedule, the Beach Blast and Around the World Visits Snellville. At almost the last minute, we revamped our Sizzling Summer Weekend and turned it into a benefit for Snellville’s own Aimee Copeland. And we expanded and grew our other events, including Star Spangled Snellville and the recent Snellville Fall Festival. I’m especially grateful for the many volunteers that helped make these events possible. I’d like to specifically thank the members of the STAT Board of Directors: Gretchen Schulz, Aysha Cooper, Paul Slifko, Barbara Bender, Sam Roper, Brian Pendley, Susan Chappelear and our executive director Kelly McAloon. These board members have worked hard since the founding of Snellville Tourism & Trade, and their contributions to our organization can’t be appreciated enough. This board, in concert with the many volunteers, have made us all proud of Snellville. I also want to thank our 2012 event sponsors. I can’t list them all here, but look elsewhere in this issue for a complete list. Without their generous support, we couldn’t do all the things we do, and I hope you will consider taking advantage of the products and services they offer. I’m looking forward to the 31st annual Christmas Tree Lighting on November 24th at the Towne Green. Hundreds of families from throughout south Gwinnett will gather to celebrate the season, and I hope to see you there. You’ll probably find me keeping the fire stoked so everyone can toast their s’mores. Have a safe and happy holiday season, and best wishes for you and your family in 2013.

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Contributing Writers Kathy Emanuel, Gretchen Schulz, Jon Richards, Barbara Myers, Crystal Huskey and Barbara Bender

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CONTENTS 6

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Feature article

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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

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COMMUNITY NEWS

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEER FEATURE FALL FESTIVAL 2012 PARKS & RECREATION HOLIDAY RECIPES

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Find Time this Holiday Season by

SHOPPING IN

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There never seems to be enough time to get everything done during the holidays. Between the decorating, the baking, the shopping, school functions and holiday gatherings, where do you find a moment to relax and enjoy family and friends? Snellville Spirit has come to the rescue! We’ll show you how to get through your holiday preparations getting everything you need right here in Snellville, saving time-sapping trips to the mall. Check out the Business Directory at SnellvillePride.com to find these and many other local stores in town.

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You can find plenty of decorations at the Family Tree Garden Center

Holiday Shopping

LET THE DECORATING BEGIN! If you’re a crafty do-it-yourselfer, Snellville has a lot to offer for all your supplies. Joann’s, Hobby Lobby and Michael’s are your first stops. If your decorating style is better left to professionals, let A Daisy A Day, Family Tree Garden Center or Snellville Florist create the table arrangements for your holiday gatherings. Visit Pier One to update your home accessories and stop by Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s to find unexpected treasures for your holiday home. Find everything needed for a fun holiday party at Party City. Do something extra special this year and provide your party guests with a custom designed T-shirt or bag from Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More. Bring your digital design or let their graphic designers help you create a family or party logo. They offer a 24-hour turnaround time on orders.

Claude Baham, Big Frog

PLANNING THE HOLIDAY MEAL Snellville has more than our top notch grocery stores including Kroger, Publix and the new Walmart Neighborhood Market. You can also find specialty foods at the city’s new cheese shop, Orobianco, selling fresh made mozzarella. Purist Fine Foods prepares foods and salads for lunch or an easy dinner, and provides catering. Check them out to help with your holiday meal or party platters. Wilkes Meat Market is great place to find your main course. You can find wine for any occasion at Niko’s Wine Corner. Niko has a large selection of wine and exotic beers. Let him select just the right wine to complement your holiday meal. Once the holiday meal and party preparations are done, shop for the perfect outfits for all those events. You can find fun holiday wear at Steinmart, Dress Barn, Lane Bryant, Cato, the new Rue 21 and Old Navy. Don’t forget Belks and Kohl’s department stores. Make sure you have the right foundational garments to look your best by stopping in at Necessities by Sherrie. And remember, The Avenue Webb Gin is just up Highway 124.

Niko Patel of Niko’s Wine Store

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Holiday Shopping

GIFT LISTS Need a last minute hostess gift? Stop by Marshall’s, TJ Maxx and Ross for beautiful journals or picture frames at discounted prices. They also have a selection of packaged foods, candies and gifts to create your own gift basket. You can save on shipping if you do it yourself! Snellville has several nice gift shops, including The Gift Gallery which carries Vera Bradley and Lisa’s Hallmark for your cards, gift wrap and collectibles. Take care of the animal lovers on your list by visiting Wild Birds Unlimited and Petco. For those on your list craving a little bling this year, you can find a wide selection at Van Adams Jewelry or Barron’s Jewelers and other locally owned shops like AC’s Jewelers and Showcase Jewelry. Several of the Snellville Farmers’ Market vendors offer their products year round. There is a variety of homemade soaps, bath products and lotions, jellies, cedar boxes, aprons and more for anyone one your gift list. Visit SnellvilleFarmersMarket.com for their contact information.

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Kevin Jones of Academy Sports shows off a gift idea

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For those special ladies on your list, find some fun gifts at Bath & Body Works or treat them to a day of pampering at our many spas like About Face Skin Care, Spa Skinny, Massage Envy and more. Is there a handyman on your list? Remember Lowe’s and Home Depot for those new toys…oops, tools. Hunters can find a lot of hunting and camping gear at Academy Sports and Outdoors. If you have kids on your list, Snellville has the toy stores! Along with Target and Walmart, don’t forget about B&B Sales Hobby Shop and the two Game Stop locations for those gamers on your list. For the sports enthusiasts and athletes, there is Academy Sports and Your Serve Tennis shop. For your inner cowboy, don’t forget about Horsetown on Dogwood Road. The Cigar Connoisseur is ready to help select quality cigars for those smokers on your list. Movie passes from Carmike Cinemas or Regal make great gifts for the whole family. There is Best Buy for all your electronic needs. Cornerstone Christian Store has everything you need to keep the reason for the season front and center. For the person who has everything, why not donate a commemorative brick for the Snellville Veterans Memorial. If ordered by December 15th, The recipient will receive a certfficate acknowledging the gift. See SnellvilleVeteransMemorial.org for information. Once you have your shopping done you can ship your out of town packages at the US Post Office or the UPS and FedEx shops in town.


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Get into the Holiday Spirit at the

SNELLVILLE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Snellville residents and visitors will again celebrate a holiday tradition when the 60-foot tall city Christmas tree is lit on November 24th. Snellville Tourism & Trade is planning a full afternoon of activities for children and adults, culminating in the tree lighting at 7 PM on the Towne Green. Beginning at 3 PM, the area around City Hall comes alive with inflatable rides for kids, and activity tents, including arts and crafts from Lowe’s and Michael’s, and cookie decorating from Rhodes Bakery. Santa will be in his tent, taking wishes from children and posing for pictures. Attendees will be able to take a ride on the horse and carriage or the Santa Train. Get warm around the fire and toast some s’mores or enjoy the food from one of the many vendors located around Oak Road. Find holiday treasures at one of the arts and crafts displays or catch some holiday magic at the Acting Up puppet show. Later in the afternoon, the main stage next to the tree comes alive with musical entertainment from local bands and choirs. Just before 7 PM, the crowd will light candles and sing Silent Night. Then, Santa and Mayor Kelly Kautz will throw the switch, and the tree will come alive with thousands of lights. After the tree is lit, Santa will continue to meet with children until 8 PM, or you can take a trip on the old-fashioned hayride around the downtown area. Throughout the day, STAT will accept canned goods and packaged food for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Everyone who brings a food donation will be entered to win a prize, with drawings held every half-hour.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Inflatables and Games: 3-6 PM Children’s Crafts: 3-6 PM Carriage Rides: 4-6 PM Santa Train Ride: 4-6 PM Music: 3-8 PM Food: 3-8 PM Photos with Santa: 3-6:30 PM and 7:15-8 PM Find updated schedules and the event program at SnellvillePride.com

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Community News New City Manager Butch Sanders Brings

EXPERTISE, VISION

By Crystal Huskey, Editor, Snellville Patch For more Snellville news and events, visit Snellville Patch at www.snellvillepatch.com. New City Manager James “Butch” Sanders was born and raised in South Florida, but has lived and worked in Georgia since attending the University of Georgia. After earning a degree in economics and political science, the city of McDonough hired him as their very first city manager. (He earned a graduate degree in Public Administration soon after.) “It was very fortunate for me to start out in a position like that,” said Sanders. “I did everything from load the Coke machine to run the water plant.” He hit the ground running and learned a lot during his nearly six years in Henry County. When the opportunity came up to accept a position as the Chief Administrative Officer for Dalton, Ga., he and his family decided it was the right place at the right time. “I really enjoyed the community,” said Sanders, “and we made our home there.” His son Chett, born in ’87, was born in McDonough, while his daughter, Caroline, 21, was born in Dalton. He served in Dalton for 20 years and accomplished some major things things like working with the Department of Recreation to create a 200-acre regional park and managing a major downtown redevelopment project. He also created a joint city and council economic development authority and directed a City Capital Improvement Program of over $30 million, which included arranging all public financing and project management for the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, a new city hall, police services center, three fire stations and a public works office. Most recently, Sanders served as the county manager for Henry County, but felt like it was time to get back into city government. When he saw that Snellville was looking for a city manager, he “felt real good about the future here and the opportunities.” He fell in love with the community and feels it is a good fit for all parties.

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Moving Snellville Forward Right now, the top priorities in Snellville are consolidating the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) issues, moving toward solidifying the budget and completing construction to add to the town center, according to Sanders. “We need to try to be aggressive in generating new tax dollars,” he said. He believes we should concentrate on redevelopment and possible annexation of the north end of Highway 124. “My philosophy of annexation is that if it’s not of benefit to all parties, don’t consider it,” he added. “But we feel like we can bring a lot of value and assist properties and owners who are not in the city now.” Nothing is in the works just yet, but a staff annexation committee will be looking at maps, the numbers and laying out the benefits of coming into the city. Having been here a little under a month, Sanders said he is still in the learning stage and that there is a lot of gathering of information that needs to be done. He looks forward to working with the city council and mayor in order to establish a strong sense of direction. “A city manager and department heads are like electricians,” he said. “We get direction from elected officials, how they want things wired up, and we wire it.” Our greatest strength as a city is the quality of life, recreational opportunities, a terrific healthcare system and a lot of commercial choices for people who live here, according to Sanders. The city’s staff and law enforcement are a major asset as well. “In law enforcement, one thing I try to achieve is a balance between strict, smart enforcement of the law and a strong community relationship,” he said. “This department hits that balance almost perfectly.” Police Chief Roy Whitehead will continue to serve as assistant city manager, making the relationship between city and law enforcement even better. In his spare time, Sanders is an outdoors enthusiast, and loves spending time with his family outdoors. He is an avid golfer who “used to be pretty good,” plays tennis and began cycling when his son joined the cycling team at Georgia Tech. He is also a backpacker and hiker and has hiked most of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and North Carolina.


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TAKES SHAPE Expects to Open for Planting in the Spring The Community Garden @ Snellville now has an entrance worthy of the dreams of the committee working to make the garden a reality. Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts and his wife, Carol, donated the construction of a beautiful arbor that is now located at the entrance to the garden. “Everyone involved in the Community Garden is working so hard to make it a reality. Carol and I just wanted to do our share to show our support.” Tom said. The boundary of the garden, located at the intersection of Marigold Road and Sawyer Parkway in Briscoe Park, is highlighted by a new metal picket fence with stone pillars between sections, thanks to the Snellville City Council. A storage shed has been donated by local resident Jimmy Norton. Garden organizers are ready to begin construction of the garden beds, which they hope to be able to rent out to gardeners for spring planting. Sponsors are needed to cover the cost of the materials to build the beds. Depending on size, materials run between $200 and $300 per bed. These sponsors will be recognized with a permanent sign on their donated bed in the garden. Those wishing to be a garden sponsor should contact Kurt or Gretchen Schulz at kgschulz@bellsouth.net or 770-972-0518 or Bobby Howard at bobbyhoward1959@ aol.com or 404-583-1099.

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Approaching tornadoes, flash floods and severe thunderstorms are weather emergencies when advanced warning could make a difference for you and your family. Knowing about traffic delays or police activity can save time. The City of Snellville has partnered with two services to keep residents in the know about potentially dangerous conditions. CodeRED provides residents and business owners with timely notifications when they are in the path of severe weather. Telephone, text and/or email messages are sent to affected citizens within moments after warnings are issued by the National Weather Service. Citizens can sign up for this free service by going to www.snellville.org and then clicking on the CodeRED box on the home page. City residents without internet access may register by calling Snellville City Hall at 770-985-3500. The Snellville Police Department uses the Nixle system to alert city residents. These alerts, which are delivered at no cost to a participant’s cell phone or email, provide notification of traffic delays or road closures due to traffic accidents or other incidents. Notifications are then sent after roads have been cleared. Nixle is also used by the Snellville Police Department to alert citizens of police activity in a particular area when a search is underway for a person suspected of a crime. To sign up for Nixle email and/or text alerts go to www.nixle.com. To subscribe to text alerts, residents can send a text message with their ZIP code to 888777.

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Economic Development Updated Business Toolbox Provides Resources for

SNELLVILLE BUSINESSES & ENTREPRENEURS

The City of Snellville Office of Economic Development recently updated its online Snellville Business Toolbox at www.SnellvilleBusinessToolbox.com. The Snellville Business Toolbox version 2.0 is a one-stop shop for any entrepreneur, potential entrepreneur, or existing business looking for resources to start, sustain or grow his or her business. Incorporating suggestions received from users and the volunteers in the Snellville Entrepreneur Council, the newest Snellville Business Toolbox features a redesigned user interface and new resources that make it an even more powerful tool for entrepreneurs and business owners. The tremendous success of the Snellville Start Up Checklist has been expanded to the Sustain and Grow sections with the debut of the Snellville Sustain Checklist and the Snellville Growth Checklist. These two new checklists contain several vital steps to consider and questions to ask yourself and your management team to ensure safe and quality sustenance and growth of your business.

The original release of the Snellville Business Toolbox last June received many accolades and a strong fan/ user base. Since its inception, there have been over 200 Toolbox users. The Toolbox also serves as the portal for entrepreneurs interested in talking with a free mentor or joining a peer advisory board. Many entrepreneurs have already been paired with mentors and are learning invaluable lessons and receiving assistance through the difficult stages of starting and growing their businesses. Look for the big red “Need Help?” button on the Toolbox to sign up for free mentoring or to learn more about peer advisory boards. The Snellville Office of Economic Development attempts to respond to every inquiry for assistance within two business days. Economic Development Manager Eric Van Otteren says, “We hope you find these tools useful as many others have, and look forward to the start up and success of your business in Snellville, a city founded and focused on entrepreneurship.”

If you have any questions about the Business Toolbox, contact Eric Van Otteren at economicdevelopment@snellville.org or at 770-985-3502.

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Economic Development

Snellville Students Travel to Gainesville to Learn

ENTREPRENEURSHIP SKILLS Members of the Snellville Entrepreneurship Alliance spent October 17th participating in the “Entrepreneurs... Masters of Innovation” event presented by Featherbone Communiversity at the Hall County/City of Gainesville Business and Manufacturing Incubator. The Entrepreneurship Alliance includes students from South Gwinnett High School , Brookwood High School and local civic and business leaders.

Twenty-eight students, two teachers (Scott Allen and Cindy Bazzell), one business owner (Torey Rose, YSS Athletics) and Snellville Patch Editor Crystal Huskey heard the stories of successful entrepreneurs. The students had lunch in the Business and Manufacturing Incubator using the time to discuss what they heard and consider how they might apply the new knowledge to their business idea. Featherbone Communiversity presented the event to encourage and provide a path for others to strive for excellence through innovation by showing community recognition and appreciation for the hard work and talent of local entrepreneurs. The greater north Georgia area has many entrepreneurs of all types, who use innovation, the heart of entrepreneurship, to create jobs and provide important goods and services to our community.

The Snellville Commerce Club Celebrates Another Year of Informing the

BUSINESS COMMUNITY In 2012, the Snellville Commerce Club continued its role as the city’s premier business networking organization, with lunch meetings featuring informative speakers, community information and networking. This year, speakers included Connie Wiggins with Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, the Civic League for Regional Atlanta on the TSPLOST and principals from the South Gwinnett and Brookwood clusters. Following talks by their representatives, the club donated funds to the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and the Amanda Riley Foundation. The Commerce Club is unique not only with its mix of informative speakers, but also with regular updates from area leaders. At each meeting, officials from the city, county, area schools and other organizations make sure Snellville’s businesses are up to date on issues of importance to the community. On December 4th, the club will have its annual holiday lunch meeting at Summit Chase Country Club. This lunch features a toy drive for Toys for Tots, and representatives from the Marines and the Marine Corps Reserve at Parkview High School are expected to be in attendance to accept the toys and cash donations.

The Commerce Club has an outstanding lineup of speakers planned well into the new year. In January, State Representative Brett Harrell will report on the upcoming legislative session at the Gold Dome. In February, attendees will hear from Dr. Markus Porkert, the Director of Cardiology at Eastside Medical Center. The March speaker is the Administrator of the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection, John Sours. The May meeting will feature the presentation of scholarships to graduating seniors from South Gwinnett High School and Brookwood High School. The Snellville Commerce Club is the business marketing arm of Snellville Tourism & Trade. Meetings are normally held on the first Tuesday of the month at the City Hall Community room, and feature a catered lunch. An annual membership, which includes all lunch meetings, is $150. You can also attend individual meetings for $15. The club is always looking for new members, and anyone interested in learning more can attend their first meeting at no charge. For more information on the Commerce Club, visit their website at www.snellvillecommerceclub.org.

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Volunteers

VOLUNTEERING A Gift to Give Yourself By: Barbara Myers Webster defines giving as “to bestow, donate or contribute.” The Bible counsels that “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Albert Einstein said, “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”

Ronnie Bentley (L) and Chuck Wood (R) work as an early morning volunteer team to prepare the Towne Green for the vendors who sell their wares at the Farmer’s Market.

Reggie McDaniel, a member of the hospital auxiliary at Eastside Medical Center, proudly wears many earned service pins, one which represents 4,500 hours of volunteer service. Reggie is a cancer survivor and also devotes many volunteer hours at Relay for Life events.

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With the season of giving upon us, it’s fitting to explore this gesture that enriches the lives of all involved – both the giver and the receiver – and adds to the richness of our community. Six years ago, Ileen Meggison retired from BellSouth, but she didn’t retire from life. An active member of Snellville United Methodist Church (SUMC), Meggison became involved in the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. She relates that about three years ago, an Eagle Scout established the initial footprint for a “Victory Garden,” a vegetable garden across the parking lot from the co-op, with six raised beds to benefit the food ministry. Then the SUMC men’s group added an additional 14 raised beds to the garden spot. Another Eagle Scout constructed three compost bins, a table, and three benches. Community volunteers installed an irrigation system and a split rail fence. From the beginnings of the garden and after much prayer, Meggison took on the task of leading the volunteer team. A master gardener, she had gone back to school to earn an associate’s degree in horticulture after she retired and is currently working on a certificate in organic gardening. She is proud that her team grows vegetables almost all year round with collards, Swiss chard and red cabbage currently being harvested. The garden has also produced bush beans, pole beans, tomatoes, okra, peppers, broccoli, and strawberries. “What’s so awesome about it,” she said, “is we harvest the vegetables and take them into the co-op. The vegetables are distributed immediately to the co-op’s clients. Usually people aren’t able to get fresh vegetables like these.” For her, the blessings abound. “It’s very rewarding to know that you’re doing something that matters,” she


said. “I get more out of it than I give. Everything that I do as a volunteer benefits me more than anything else. I really enjoy working with the team,” she said. “And I enjoy doing something that makes a difference in other people’s lives.” Meggison also plays a role in the Community Garden @ Snellville which is located across from the Snellville Recycling Center in T.W. Briscoe Park. “The plans are amazing,” she said, “and it looks absolutely wonderful” with an arbor, shed and fence in place. “Volunteer work keeps me going and keeps me healthy,” she said. “I plan to stay in this community. I love Snellville and all the activities that take place here.” A native of Nigeria, Kenan Burba made a home in the Snellville area after graduating from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a master’s degree. In addition, he completed chaplaincy training at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. Although he’s been accepted into a program, financial constraints have kept him from pursuing his Ph.D. degree which would prepare him for work in the mission field. But this has not stopped him from ministering to the international community and others in Snellville. Burba leads a team that provides a ministry to the neighborhoods around Westminster Presbyterian Church where he is a member. “We pray with them, study the Word of God, and lead a Bible study with the elderly at a personal care home in Snellville,” he said. In addition, he counsels with immigrants and provides pastoral assistance. “They call me to pray with them,” he said. Once a month, he offers a night vigil at the church. “It is open for everybody who wants prayer,” he said. “I know the kinds of spiritual and physical needs that our internationals have,” he said. “I’m asking for prayer and support for this ministry because it is truly changing a lot of lives.”

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Kenan Burba volunteers at Westminster Presbyterian Church

While he ministers to others, Burba is working to enable his family to join him in Snellville. “My family is in Nigeria living in a difficult situation,” he said. In January, they will interview with the American embassy. “When they come, I will really have peace,” he said. Two years ago, Ronnie Bentley began volunteering in the city he has called home for 35 years. Although he was serving with other organizations at the time, he decided to attend the Snellville Citizens Police Academy. After graduation, he joined the alumni association and began encouraging others to participate. Bentley noted that the association meets at the police department monthly, stays informed about the police department and its needs, and raises money for the department. Recently, the association purchased dogs for the K-9 unit and tinted the windows of the police cars. Through his association with the alumni association, Bentley learned of opportunities with the Snellville Farmers’ Market. “I have been volunteering two years now and it’s a blessing to me,” he said. “Everybody there is like family. I’m just having a ball participating every year.” Bentley and his fellow volunteer, Chuck Wood, arrive at the city’s Towne Green each Saturday morning at 5:30 a.m. during the season and prepare the grounds for the vendors – marking spaces and putting out trash cans. In addition, he has joined the Community Garden @ Snellville’s committee. His volunteer hours are “multiplying,” he says. He has given up his other commitments outside the city and is now concentrating on volunteering in Snellville only. “I’ve been retired five years now and I’ve cherished every day,” he said. “I get up every morning at 4:30 a.m., walk three miles on my treadmill, and then I start my day. I’m grateful that I’ve got the health I have and can do anything I want to do.” Ronnie Bentley, Kenan Burba and Ilene Meggison and the scores of volunteers like them give their energy, imagination and manpower to enhance the lives of all who call Snellville home.

GET INVOLVED Volunteer opportunities in Snellville abound – from the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, to the ministries of area churches, to the Snellville Citizens Police Academy, and the Community Garden @ Snellville. There are openings for people with a wide variety of gifts and talents. Eastside Medical Center, Covenant Counseling & Family Resource Center, and the Parkwood Farms Therapy Center are just a few more of the organizations that survive and thrive because of volunteer efforts.

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DISTRACTED DRIVING In an effort to highlight the dangers of distracted driving, the New London School of Driving recently hosted a Safe Driving 4 Teens Safety Fair on the Snellville Towne Green. The fair was designed to educate teens and adults about some of the hazards they might find on the road, as well as to teach safe driving practices. Displays and activities included a live accident reenactment by the Snellville Police and Gwinnett Fire Department, a simulated rollover vehicle presented by the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute at the University of Georgia, and an 18 wheeler provided by Publix Supermarkets that allowed attendees to actually get in and see how it feels to sit in the driver’s seat of these large vehicles. The Safety Fair was the brainchild of New London’s owner, Alan Deighton. After teaching teens to drive, Deighton became aware of the need for a more widespread method of educating the public about safe practices on the road. The Snellville fair was the latest stop in a series of safety events he has put on over the last few years. With the busy holiday season upon us, driving safely becomes even more important. After all, who among us hasn’t been irritated, frightened and perhaps even endangered by that idiot who was so busy yakking on their cell phone, they forgot to actually drive the car.

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According to the CDC . . . Distracted driving has passed drinking as the leading cause of accidents. Between the ages of 16-20, 5,000 people die and 400,000 are injured every year. 15 people are killed and 1200 injured everyday due to “distracted driving.” Teens between 16 and 19 are four times more likely to be involved in an accident.


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2012 SPONSORS Snellville Tourism & Trade would like to say thanks to all of our event sponsors over the last year. Their support, whether financially or through in-kind contributions, makes it possible for us to put on so many high quality events for area residents. A Better Sign A Defined Image Med Spa About Face Skin Care Accent South Media Aldi Supermarkets Anazao Salon B 98.5 FM Barefoot in the Park Bill Rhodes Bakery Bodyplex Brushy Forks Nursery Bryson Utility Contractors Inc. Buffalo’s CafÊ Chick-fil-A City of Snellville Collision Consultants Auto Body Crestwood Suites E.R. Snell Contractor Eastside Medical Center Encore Events Evermore Community Improvement District Five Acre Studios Golden Seed Georgia Property Restoration Hamilton Financial Heritage Chiropractic Hill Top Pawn Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Kaiser Permanente LaQuinta Inn and Suites Lowe’s Michael’s New London School of Driving Odd Job Bob Office Depot Random Technology Sam’s Club Sarah Care Simon Says Fun Snell’s Pharmacy Southeast Urgent Care Stella Shampoos and Conditioners Summit Chase Country Club Taiwan Embassy Texas Roadhouse The Brand Banking Company The Exchange The Gwinnett Citizen The Home Depot Tom Wages Funeral Service WalMart Walters Grading and Hauling Walton EMC

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Fall Festival 2012

Thousands Attend the Third Annual

FALL FESTIVAL Near perfect weather and an outstanding lineup of activities and entertainment drew children and adults to Snellville’s Towne Green on Saturday, October 20th for the third annual Fall Festival. While children played on the inflatables, space ball and bungee jump, adults roamed the aisles of more than 80 craft vendors lined up along Oak Road, looking for early holiday gifts. On stage, performances by the Celtic Dance Company, Aristocats Kids performed by Actor’s Workshop, the CC Express & Clog Squad and headliners the Fineline Band entertained the crowd. The Fineline Band was making its third Snellville appearance this year, having performed at Aimee’s Weekend and at Star Spangled Snellville. On the Green, the Acting Up Theatre ensemble, dressed as scarecrows, made balloon sculptures and entertained the children with puppet shows. In the City Hall parking lot, there were long lines for the hayride. Contests throughout the day included the Best Pie Competition, where the Judges Choice award was won by Olivia Taylor with her Pear and Apple Pie with Walnut Crust. The Peoples’ Choice Award went to Kristy Graham who baked an Apple Pie. Krish Dhokia won the pumpkin carving contest, and the Costume Contest drew 30 children in five age groups. STAT would like to thank the sponsors of the Fall Festival, including Kaiser Permanente, La Quinta Inn and Suites of Snellville, Crestwood Suites of Snellville, Sarah Care, Summit Chase Country Club, Southeast Urgent Care, Hilltop Pawn, Hamilton Financial, Sam’s Club, and the City of Snellville. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at next year’s Fall Festival.

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WINNERS: 0-2 Age Group:

Fall Festival 2012

Costume Contest

1st: Corey Brownlee 2nd: Oran Pritchard 3rd: Siani Ward

3-4 Age Group: 1st: Wesley Faulkner 2nd: Courtney Hooks 3rd: Macey Hannon

5-6 Age Group: 1st: Chloe Grindle 2nd: Devaugh Durden 3rd: Evana Tseggi

7-9 Age Group: 1st: Savannah Faulkner 2nd: Jada Crook 3rd: Gavin Odem

10-12 Age Group: 1st: Holly Greene

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Parks & Recreation Winter 2013 Activities T. W. Briscoe Park, 2500 Sawyer Pkwy., Park Office (770) 985-3535

ADULT ACTIVITIES Adult Flag Football League $250.00 per team/plus referee fee - $20.00 per game @ $2.00 per person 8 games/plus playoff; $50.00 - free agent; For detailed information contact Alvin Hill 678-920-4136 or hill.alvin45@yahoo.com or Visit www.gimmiesomesports.com

YOUTH ACTIVITIES Dance Classes To register contact Robyn Donaldson at 770-934-8848 or creativemovementanddance.com

Under 10 Quick Start Tennis 4 week programs Contact Coach Jones, at 404-642-8393 or QuickStartTennis@yahoo.com

Youth Soccer Boys & Girls ages 4-19 Practices are during the evening on weekdays. Games are on Saturday mornings. For more information please visit, www.SnellvilleSoccer.com or call 770-466-7177

Youth Flag Football i9 Sports Boys and girls ages 4-14 For more information visit: www.i9sports.com (select South Gwinnett) Phone: 404-551-2036 Email: rhammell@i9sports.com

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Adult Softball Please contact 404-570-7422 or sgaasports.com for dates, prices and registration.

International Adult Soccer League(8v8) Divisions: Over 30 & co-ed; 6 teams per division (max 8 teams) Fri nights 7:00pm., 8:00pm, 9:00pm Sunday night 6:00pm., 7:00pm., 8:00pm. Fees: $475 per team + $13 per game Ref fee: $55 per player for house team League Director: 678-629-6755 Register online: www.IASL.info

Boot Camp Let us help you achieve your weight loss goal. Look us up at www.gimmiesomesports.com Alvin Hill, Director Telephone: (678) 920-4136 Email: alvin45@yahoo.com

Tennis Courts Available on a first-come, first-served basis without lights (24/7). Tennis lessons are available. Contact USPTR Certified Instructor, Jean Hagan at (770) 469-5966.

Robotics After School Program

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Design, Build & Program Robotics! Hands on. Grades K-8. Pre-K and Elementary - Lego WeDo Robots Middle School - Lego Mindstorm NXT Kits & Curriculum For more information: mentoringminds4kidz.com or 770-895-4916

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Park Rentals (Require 14 days notice) Betty McMichael

MEETING ROOM/ PARK OFFICE Accommodates 100

$200 refundable deposit and: NON-PROFIT OR INDIVIDUAL Snellville City limit residents $200/4hrs Gwinnett County residents $260/4hrs Outside Gwinnett County $270/4hrs

BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City limit residents $335/4hrs Gwinnett County residents $395/4hrs Outside Gwinnett County $405/4hrs

Includes twelve 8-ft rectangular tables & 100 chairs, microwave, refrigerator, and sink.

PAVILION RENTALS Rental times: 8:00 - 10:00am. 10:30am.- 12:30pm. 1:00 - 3:00pm. 3:30 - 5:30pm. 6:00 - 8:00pm. We have three outdoor open-air covered pavilions to accommodate 35 to 50 people and one gazebo to accommodate 10 people.

NON-PROFIT OR INDIVIDUAL Snellville City limit residents $35/2hrs Gwinnett County residents $50/2hrs Outside Gwinnett County $60/2hrs

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$100 refundable deposit and: NON-PROFIT OR INDIVIDUAL Snellville City limit residents $85/4hrs Gwinnett County residents $115/4hrs Outside Gwinnett County $125/4hrs

BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City limit residents $135/4hrs Gwinnett County residents $160/4hrs Outside Gwinnett County $170/4hrs

Includes six 6-ft rectangular tables & 35 chairs, microwave, refrigerator, and sink. For room or pavilion rentals, call the park office at 770-985-3535. For field or athletic facility rentals, contact Matt Wright at 770-985-3533.

BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City limit residents $70/2hrs Gwinnett County residents $85/2hrs Outside Gwinnett County $95/2hrs Includes picnic tables and benches

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If you are interested in performing in one of our unpaid spots at Snellville Days, May 4th and 5th, 2013, please submit an application found at snellvilledays.com


Parks & Recreation

IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE AT BRISCOE PARK Visitors to Briscoe Park can see the progress being made on Phase II-A of the park’s master plan, which includes installing a new lighted and irrigated multipurpose field along with a 130-space lighted parking lot, ten-foot wide sidewalks and a new Partee Plaza area. Work on these improvements began in June and was expected to be completed in late October. The Park Master Plan was developed more than nine years ago. Funds from the 2005 & 2009 SPLOST are paying for the improvements and upgrades being made by the City of Snellville and the Parks & Recreation Department specified in the Park Master Plan. The contract for the improvements being made in phase II-A was for $1,387,317.00. Phase I of the Master Plan was completed in August of 2009. This part of the plan made improvements to the “passive” side of the park by reinforcing the wall around the lake, widening the roadway, creating more parking and creating a better traffic flow in the cul-de-sac. Additional improvements include the new restroom facility, a new network of sidewalks on Williams Hill, a new playground on the Snell side and curb delineation of Williams Hill playground.

The new multi-purpose field at Briscoe Park is almost complete.

Work continues on the new parking lot. The new field is in the background.

The shaded area is the Phase II-A construction zone at the park.

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Spotlight On: Snellville Seniors

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION 2013 Snellville Senior Center Annual Memberships (Jan-Dec) Snellville City Limit Residents: $15.00 Gwinnett County Residents: $25.00 Additional persons from the same household receive a $5.00 discount. Memberships can be renewed every January in the amount of the full annual fee. After July 1st, memberships may be purchased at the following prorated amounts: Snellville City Limit Residents: $9.00 Gwinnett County Residents: $15.00

EXERCISE We offer a variety of exercise opportunities for our members. There are two aerobic classes (9:15am & 10:15am) every Monday and Thursday at no extra charge. You may also choose to participate in Pilates (Tues & Fri) which is $3.00 per class or Zumba (Tues) which is $5.00 per class. Our Weight Room consists of two bicycles, two arm and two leg machines. You will need to participate in one of our training classes to utilize the equipment.

EVENTS A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Tuesday, December 4 $15 per person 6:00pm - 9:00pm Enjoy a turkey and dressing dinner with all the fixings along with a short version of the famous play “A Christmas Carol�. Sign up as soon as possible because space is limited. Sponsored by SGCA - South Gwinnett Community Arts

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Senior Center

CLASSES CROCHET & KNITTING Tuesdays - 12:00pm Free

PAINTING CLASSES Thursdays - 1:00pm - 3:00pm $40 / 4 classes (supplies included) $20 / 4 classes (bring your supplies)

COMPUTER CLASSES

Basic Computer 10:30am - 12:00pm Topics include surfing the internet, Windows features, drive and file concepts, basic email, word processing, etc. Intermediate Computer 1:00pm - 2:30pm Microsoft Word and Excel, advanced email, file backups to flash drives, photo storage. Prerequisite: Students should have an email address and be able to send and receive emails.

SPANISH

Mondays & Thursdays - $25 per month 9:00am - Beginner II 11:00am - Advanced 12:15pm - Beginner I

MERLIN ENHANCED VIEWER

This machine will magnify any small print document so that it will be easier for you to read. It is located in the billiards room for your convenience.

BINGO

1st Friday of each month Bring a snack to share and join in the fun. Who knows, you could be a winner!!

SPECIAL RECOGNITION & THANK YOU! We want to thank our sponsors for providing all the prizes for our monthly Bingo. Wages Funeral Home Aetna Homestead PNC Bank American Advocacy Bridgeport Skilled Nursing Healthcare Federation Essential Coverages First Corinthians Homecare

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Holiday Recipes FANTASTIC FRANKS 1 pound beef or turkey franks 1 pound lean bacon ½ pound light brown sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon Toothpicks Spray a pan with non-stick cooking spray and then line with aluminum foil. Cut each frank into fifths. Cut bacon strips into thirds. Wrap each frank piece with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on pan. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over franks. Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 hour, or until bacon is crispy. Remove the franks from the drippings and transfer to a serving platter. Gretchen Schulz Snellville Farmers Market Committee

MOM’S OYSTER STEW 2 tablespoons butter ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 (8-ounce) can oysters Salt and pepper to taste 1 to 2 tablespoons sherry 2 cups hot half and half Combine butter and Worcestershire sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. When the butter mixture starts to simmer, add the oysters and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 3 to 4 minutes or until the edges of the oysters start to curl. Meanwhile, heat half and half in a separate pan. Add sherry and hot half and half; stir well to combine. Allow to simmer for a few minutes. Taste test and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Melissa Arnold Snellville City Clerk

PUMPKIN KAHLUA CHEESECAKE 1 package refrigerated oatmeal cookie dough (or your favorite recipe) for crust 5 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese 7 teaspoons cornstarch 1 cup sugar 5 large eggs 2 cups cooked and mashed pumpkin (may substitute canned pumpkin) 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons instant coffee 3/4 c. Kahlua or other coffee flavored liqueur Allow all ingredients to come to room temperature. This helps achieve a creamy texture as the ingredients mix together more easily. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Press cookie dough into bottom of pan and bake for 9 to 10 minutes. You want the crust to be a little underdone at this point, but not raw in the center. Set aside while mixing the filling. Combine cream cheese and cornstarch in mixer at low speed.. (On my Kitchen-Aid I use speed 2). Gradually add sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides frequently to ensure fewer lumps. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves ginger and vanilla. Stir the instant coffee into the Kahlua until dissolved, then add to batter. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 250 degrees and bake for another 60 to 70 minutes. Remove from oven and run a knife around the outside rim of the pan. The cheesecake will not be fully set at this point. Return to oven and turn the oven off. Allow the cheesecake to cool down in the oven, at least an hour or two. Place in refrigerator, uncovered, overnight. Karl Heisman Summit Chase Country Club

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