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Fall 2011 - Volume 4 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by : Snellville Tourism & Trade Association P.O Box 669 Snellville, GA 30078 Website: Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the city of Snellville.

President Don Britt

Vice-President Kelly McAloon

Secretary Aysha Cooper

Treasurer Paul Slifko

Board Member Gretchen Schulz

Board Member Brian Pendley

Board Member Susan Chappelear

Board Member Sam Roper

Executive Director Joe Burnett

Mayor of Snellville Jerry Oberholtzer

City Council Tom Witts, Mike Sabbagh, and Tod Warner

Hello, Fall is my favorite season of the year. The smell of stadium food, the sounds of high school bands and the feeling of anticipation you get on a Friday night in one of Snellville’s great football stadiums is hard to describe. Combine that with the clear blue sky, the welcome cooler temperatures, the changing colors of the leaves and you have a perfect setting for this year’s Snellville Fall Festival in the Towne Center. The second annual Fall Festival will feature many fun activities, including an antique car show. We want to congratulate our great Farmers Market for being voted as the #1 farmers market in the state of Georgia and #3 in the country in this category. Fall is an electric time in Snellville. With new businesses open along Scenic Highway and the Entrepreneur class at South Gwinnett High School getting underway, it is exciting to see an economic turn for the better. Over 50 students in the Entrepreneur class will be creating business plans throughout the year, and at least three students will be rewarded with cash to help them implement their plans. Through the Commerce Club, STAT is implementing its e-Directory, offering Snellville businesses a way to reach customers through an on-line directory featuring business and civic groups. Special discounts will also be offered by the merchants. A downloadable Smart Phone “app” will also be available. Depending on the level of participation, a business may be able to offer a video of its offerings along with daily specials. Snellville is such a special community with many things to do this Fall. Be sure to take advantage of all it has to offer you and your family. One of the many things that make this community great is the privilege to vote for local leaders. Be sure to register, and vote on November 8th.

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See you at the Fall Festival,

Don Britt, President


Letter from the Mayor Hello Friends, We are hearing much about the uncertain economy these days. In this, my last Snellville Spirit letter as your Mayor, I am reporting that there is nothing uncertain about the direction of the City of Snellville; our City is moving up and community pride is growing. Snellville continues to attract new businesses including the new Olive Garden on Scenic Highway and continues to focus on supporting resources to start and grow local businesses. On the community side, the Snellville Farmers’ Market had another highly successful season. It was voted as #1 in the State of Georgia and #3 in the nation in the large market category. This recognition came in just its second year of operation, which just goes to show what Snellvillians can do when we put our minds to it. And we are looking forward to the 2nd annual Fall Festival with much anticipation. City leaders are focusing on initiatives to help enterprises of all sizes start and grow. Steve Case, who chairs the Startup America Partnership, said “Policies that make it easier for entrepreneurs to start and expand companies must be at the epicenter of any jobs effort.” One epicenter of entrepreneurship is right here in Snellville as reflected in The Towne Center @ Snellville master plan, the newly forming Scenic Highway business owners and managers group, and the South Gwinnett High School Entrepreneurship Alliance supported by the Snellville Entrepreneurs Council. Social media has created a tremendous opportunity for us to reach new audiences and to try to engage the Snellville community in conversations about issues that are important to us. These issues range from including your vision in The Towne Center master plan to how does entrepreneurship and youth engagement support economic development growth in the city? These are critically important questions. Perhaps, the more important question is whether we can afford NOT to think about how we engage our young people and innovators of all ages - the next generation of business owners, entrepreneurs, teachers, professionals and leaders in our community. It is through this next generation that Snellville will continue to build a community, “Where Everybody’s PROUD to be Somebody.” I am proud to have served the last eight years as your Mayor. We have made great strides together as we have built on the legacy of those who came before us. I look forward to working with the next generation of leadership as we continue to build this great community.

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Jerry Oberholtzer, Mayor


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Hi Snellvillians, Hope your Fall is going well. I am really excited about the 2nd annual Fall Festival on October 22nd. I helped with the hayrides last year and really had fun with all the kids. I also got some Christmas shopping done at the great vendor booths and certainly did my share of eating. Be sure to make plans to come out this year. It will be great fun. And please don’t forget the Snellville City Christmas Tree Lighting on November 26th. It is always a enjoyable and moving event, and although plans are still being made, I expect it will be even better this year. I want to remind you to vote in the city elections on November 8th. It is important to make sure your voice is heard. The Snellville Police Department has some new programs they hope will improve communications between law enforcement and the citizens of Snellville that we hope you’ll find interesting. The Towne Center @ Snellville continues to be an exciting project that will shape the future and now you can see one vision with the placement of a model on display at City Hall. Also make sure you check out all the programs and activities offered by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Senior Center. There’s an interesting article on the the South Gwinnett High School Entrepreneurship Alliance. We hope to follow the progress of the students in future issues as they learn how to start and run their own businesses. We hope you enjoy our “How Well Do You Know Snellville Contest”. Just go to to enter and win a free dinner for two. And while you’re there check out STAT’s cool new website. You can check out local merchants and/or list your next garage sale or civic event. Have a happy and healthy fall season and please continue to contact me with any ideas or events that you think might make Snellville Spirit better. Remember, this is your magazine. Kathy

In the Summer issue, we reversed the photos of Mr. Sawyer and Mr. Snell. We apologize for this error. They are identified correctly here.


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City HelloSnellville Government The powers, form, and general operations of the Snellville city government are set forth in the City Charter, which can be found on the city’s website (www.snellville. org). The current version of the charter was adopted in 2001, and has been amended once by the state legislature and twice by “Home Rule” amendments in the intervening years. The charter provides for a Council-Manager form of government, with a Mayor and the City Council constituting the city’s governing body. The Mayor and Council perform their legislative function by reviewing and voting on ordinances, resolutions, and other measures. The Council meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at City Hall, with a work session beginning at 6:30 pm. Both the Work Session and the meeting are open to the public. The agenda for each upcoming meeting as well as the minutes of past Council Meetings are available on the city website. The Mayor presides at all meetings, signs all contracts, ordinances, etc., votes on all matters before the City Council (but cannot make a motion, except to go into executive session) and nominates or appoints all board and commission members with confirmation by the City Council. There are five council members who along with the Mayor make up the City Council. Each council member holds a specific post, designated as posts 1 through 5. All members serve four-year terms. Terms are staggered so

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The 1st Annual Snellville Mayor’s Cup The 1st Annual Mayor’s Cup Trophy was presented to Brookwood High School by City of Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer on September 2, 2011. The Trophy recognizes Brookwood’s 42 to 21 victory over South Gwinnett in 2010 on the way to the Class AAAAA state championship. The name of the winning school and the score of the game will be added to the cup each year. The purpose of the “Mayor’s Cup” is to recognize the contribution that these two fine high schools make to the City of Snellville and Gwinnett County. It is meant to encourage friendly competition and the promotion of excellence between these two great schools, not just in football but also in all facets of the high school experience.


Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer, Councilmen Tom Witts, Tod Warner and Mike Sabbagh constitute the entire Snellville City Council until after the elections. that one-half of the seats come open every two years. All elections are at-large, meaning that each member represents the entire City and not just a district. The Mayor is limited to two consecutive terms of office while council members are limited to three consecutive terms. This form of city government is distinguished by the appointment of a professional City Manager to function as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City. As such, the City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the City, is appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Council, and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and Council. The City Manager can be removed at any time by a vote of the majority (four or more) of Council. In addition to the City Manager, the Mayor and City Council appoint the City Clerk and City Attorney as well as members of the various boards and commissions in the City. This includes the Board of Appeals, Planning Commission, Parks and Rec Board, Personnel Advisory Board and Downtown Development Authority. The City Manager is responsible for appointing all other City employees.

The “Mayor’s Cup” will be awarded annually by the Mayor of Snellville to the winner of the Brookwood – South Gwinnett football game. The “Mayor’s Cup” is sponsored by STAT. STAT is proud to be associated with this award and is thrilled to recognize Brookwood High School and South Gwinnett High School and the contribution they make to the Snellville community.

Mayor Oberholtzer presents the Mayor’s Cup to Brookwood Principal Debbie Dees and the Broncos Coaching Staff

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Celebrating 21 Years of Service Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Jerry Oberholtzer spent most of his early years in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 1981, he received a degree in civil engineering from Clemson University and the following year, he married Roxanne Hull of Covington, Georgia. The following December, Jerry and Roxanne bought their first house, located off of Skyland Drive in Snellville. The Oberholtzer family took on a new dimension in 1985 with the birth of their first son Jerry, again in 1987 with their second son Matthew, and finally in 1989 with their third son, Paul. All three sons attended Gwinnett County public schools, and all three are Eagle Scouts. Jerry Junior graduated with a degree in Public Administration from Clemson University and works in the metro area in Government Administration. Matthew also graduated from Clemson and works right here in Snellville in the banking industry. Paul recently graduated from North Georgia College and State University with a degree in criminal justice. Jerry’s involvement in the Snellville community began in the early 1990’s. From 19901992, he was a member of Snellville’s Growth Strategy Committee, and in 1995, he was encouraged to run for city council, but declined to officially enter the race. However, he received a number of write-in votes and in 1997 Jerry ran for a council seat, but lost a close race in a run-off election. Two years later, Jerry received the highest vote total of any candidate in the 1999 elections, and begin a four-year term as a Snellville City Councilman. In the summer of 2003, then-mayor Brett Harrell called Jerry and informed him of his decision to accept a position with the Evermore Community Improvement District (CID) and not seek reelection as mayor. Brett encouraged Jerry to run for mayor and continue the positive progress that the mayor and council had made. In November of 2003, Jerry was elected mayor, and was re-elected in 2007. After eight successful years of leading the city, Jerry’s term limited tenure ended. During his terms as Mayor and City Council member, Jerry has been instrumental in bringing many much-needed improvements from concept to reality. Some of these include a new City Hall and Senior Center, new Public Safety/Police Department facility, new Recycling Center, new Public Works facility, a tree ordinance that requires more trees and higher quality landscaping by developers, a lighting ordinance that minimizes light splash-over from shopping areas. All of these have made Snellville a better and safer place to live and work. Thank you, Mayor Oberholtzer.

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Snellville Farmers’ Market Welcomes Georgia Agriculture Commissioner The #1 Farmers Market in Georgia and the 3rd in the nation, the Snellville Farmer’s Market always draws a great crowd. And on Saturday July 31st, the Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner arrived to visit. Mr. Gary W. Black arrived about 8 o’clock and was warmly greeted by Snellville Farmer’s Market committee members. City Council Members Tom Witts and Barbara Bender and Council Members elect Diane Krause and Dave Emanuel were also on hand. But Mr. Black didn’t come to shake a few hands, he came to shake a lot of hands. With a warm smile and genuine interest he toured the entire market visiting with the vendors, sampling their products and patiently answering questions. “Farmers markets are a great way of connecting consumers with producers.” Black said. He also stated that while agriculture in Georgia is big business, it is important for people to pay attention to activities in the local communities. Check out the website at for more information!

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Fall Festival Time is Here Again!

What’s red, yellow and orange, sounds like children’s squeals of joy, smells like hamburgers and funnel cakes and has so many activities going on it will make your head spin? Give up? It’s the second annual Snellville Fall Festival at the Towne Center on Saturday, October 22nd from 1:00-8:00 pm. Join with family and friends to stroll and shop at over 60 arts and craft vendors and enjoy the great festival atmosphere by stopping by all your favorite food vendors. A Kid’s Zone will keep the kids busy all day with inflatables, Bungee Jump, Teeball, Basketball and the ever popular Stratosphere. Favorites from last year will be back with the face-painting and a costume contest. And, of course one of the most popular events with the kids from last year, the hay-ride wagons provided by Brushy Fork Nursery, will be circling the parking lot in the rear of City Hall. This year there’s even more fun for the kids, with the Apple-Bobbing Contests and guessing games for candy, M & M’s and money. Just guess the correct number in each jug and win it all! And for the adults there will be a pie and a cake contest. Engage your creative side and enter the Scarecrow Contest where your creation will be judged for cash prizes. All Scarecrows will be on display during the Festival. A great new event will be added to this year’s Festival. A car show and “cruise-in” will be presented by the American Dream Vette Club from 1:00-5:00 pm in the rear of City Hall and will include entertainment and awards. With so much entertainment, there will be two stages this year, with the Main Stage on the Green and the second stage as a part of the Car Show in the back of City Hall featuring Don Law from 1:00 - 5:00pm. The headliner for the Main Stage between 6:00 pm and 8 pm will be All in Red, who offers a variety of ballads, jazz, Latin, funk, swing, rock, waltz, blues and originals. D.J. Doug Van Buren will keep music and dancing going all through the day, including the popular line-dancing from last year. The Clogging Connection from Snellville will be performing along with other great local acts. Visit the STAT website at for the latest information on all activities and for entry forms for the Scarecrow Contest, Costume Contest, the Pie Contest, the Cake Contest and the Arts and Craft Show.

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THE AMERICAN DREAM VETTE CLUB-Dave Bries The American Dream Vette Club was established in 1996 by a group of Corvette enthusiasts from the Snellville area who desired to create a forum for sharing automotive technical information and their affinity for Corvettes, and to establish club events for both singles and couples. The Club is excited to be able to be a part of the Second Annual Snellville Fall Festival. We will be hosting a “cruise-in” from 1:00-5:00 pm in the rear of City Hall. We will have entertainment and make awards from the “small stage” as a part of the show. We are an inspired team recognized for caring about our community and the needs of those around us. We partner with charitable organizations to help those that are less fortunate. We treat each other with trust and respect. Our members are the key to our success and we create opportunities for each and every member to achieve personal goals. Goals can be achieved through the member’s desired level of involvement with our club. The club offers the opportunity to socialize, develop life long friendships, give something back to the community and just plain have fun with our Corvettes. Now an established club of long standing, the members enjoy year-round activities,including dinners, day cruisers and over-night events.

ALL IN RED HEADLINES FALL FESTIVAL The phrase “All in Red” may be interpreted as making a statement, or adding emphasis, or standing out from all the rest. “All in Red” can also be interpreted as the attitude of this band. They are very serious about their music and have spent many hours working on their arrangements to perfect their sound and style. They play some of the more difficult jazz standards that most other bands would not even dare to try. Their ever-growing song list reaches all the way back to the 1930’s, and includes a variety of ballards, jazz, Latin, funk, swing, rock, waltz, blues and originals. All in Red will provide the live band sound with full instrumentation and great vocals to cap off a great Second Annual Snellville Fall Festival.


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Towne Center Model on display at City Hall A model of the Towne Center @ Snellville master plan has been unveiled at City Hall. The model, scaled at 1 inch = 60 feet, includes the planned continuous flow intersection of Highways 78 and 124. One of the main objectives of the master plan illustrated in the model is to link the various areas of the community. The model shows how the arts and theater area, the education area,

This is an easterly view of the Civic Green. City Hall is in the upper left corner and the proposed continuous flow intersection of Highways 78 and 124 is shown at the right.

the shopping and commerce areas, the government areas and the neighborhoods can be linked into a beautiful walkable community adorned with park areas. It also includes the proposed extension of Henry Clower Blvd. that will go under Highway 78 in an attempt to link both sides of the community. The Towne Center @ Snellville is a recommended vision which will be changed and adjusted as the city grows. It will also change as the plan enables economic development and the business add their own visions. The model will remain on display at City Hall.

This is a westerly view of the area. City Hall is at the right center. The intersection in the center is Highway 78 and Oak Road/Henry Clower Blvd.

Fall Trash Notices Be prepared for those leaves as they cover your yard. If curbside pick up is your choice of disposing of yard debris, remember to purchase the official brown “City of Snellville Yard Debris Bags” at City Hall, Kroger, Public Works or Publix. Call the number on the bag for easy convenient service. If you prefer the “do-it-yourself ” method of disposal, just load up a pickup truckload of yard debris for a visit to the Snellville Recycling Center. You can dump one load per day for free. If you need to dump a second load, the charge is $15.00. Remember that your yard waste and household garbage should not be mixed and blowing leaves or any debris into the storm drains is prohibited. Just as quickly as fall rolls around, so does the holiday season. Since festivities usually mean extra garbage, make sure you have a box of the Snellville “Blue” bags. These are available at the same locations as your yard debris bags. And if major clean ups are on schedule, utilize the blue bags for your bulk items. Three blue bags on each bulk item will allow the garbage

men to haul everything off on your regular trash day. Our new sanitation company, Waste Pro, will follow the same holiday schedule as our last company. If Thanksgiving is your regular trash day, place your trash out by 7 AM on Friday, November 25th. Both Thursday and Friday routes will be picked up on Friday. Christmas and New Years Day both fall on Sunday so there will be no changes and/or interruptions in service. Place your cart and bin out as usual on Monday December 26, 2011 and Monday January 2, 2012. A quick reminder, our new sanitation hauler requires your trash carts be placed in the correct direction for the automated pick up arm. Your lid should open toward the street with the cart no farther than 3 feet from your curb. This doesn’t apply to any curb exempt customers. The Public Works Department will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns, just call 770-9853527, Monday through Thursday 7 AM to 5:30 PM.

Arts in Snellville and South Gwinnett

Calling all Visual Artists, Writers, Actors, Dancers, Musicians, or any of the other fine arts practitioners and supporters. Bringing all of the Fine Arts to our fair city will make Snellville a destination spot that all can enjoy. If you are interested in joining us in creating a Fine Arts Organization here in Snellville, please contact us by filling out the form below and we will respond as soon as possible. ttp://

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Snellville Police Department introduces TipSoft Snellville Citizens can send anonymous tips from cell or computer For the first time, mobile phone users can provide anonymous crime fighting tips to the Snellville Police Department. The service, called TipSoft, allows citizens to submit anonymous tips by sending a text message to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword “SNELLPD” from a mobile phone. “The widespread use of text messaging makes it easy for the public to help law enforcement agencies fight crime,” said Chief Roy Whitehead. “And with TipSoft, they can know that it’s safe for them to do the right thing without ever disclosing their identity.” TipSoft, which is created by CrimeReports, allows agencies and members of the public to have a two-way dialog that is completely secure and anonymous. The service specifically allows text message providers to remain anonymous by encrypting the messages, assigning them a unique alias and ID, and routing them through secure servers, protecting the personal details of the information provider. “The Snellville Police Department is demonstrating its commitment to the public and to public safety by using technology to prevent, reduce and solve crime,” says Greg Whisenant, founder and CEO of CrimeReports. “With

TipSoft, agencies can invite the public to take an active role in making their communities safer.” Citizens are encouraged to use TipSoft to report information about any non-urgent illegal activity, such as unsolved cases, vandalism, theft, the sale and distribution of drugs or information about crimes that are being planned in the community or in schools. Anonymous tips can also be provided online by going to

Crime Reports available for your neighborhood In it’s ongoing effort to improve communication with Snellville citizens, the Snellville Police Department has a new program that enables citizens to check police activity in their neighborhood online. Go to and enter the address of the area of Snellville you’re interested in and a map comes up populated with symbols of different crimes, registered sex offenders and incidents. You may choose different time frames, and types of incidents. By placing your computer cursor over the symbol, more detailed information becomes available. creates powerful, simple, and affordable cloud-based software tools for law enforcement agencies to prevent and reduce crime. Working directly with more than 1,800 agencies throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, CrimeReports is a key partner to law enforcement in mapping, analytics and anonymous tipping.

A view of a computer screen on CrimeReport of downtown Snellville with info for a two week period.


L to R: Officer, Scott Hermel, Snellville Police; Detective Trey Downs, Snellville Police; Snellville Chief of Police, Roy Whitehead; Kim Ryan, CEO of Eastside; Scott Walker, Walton EMC; Tom Jackson, CFO. Back row: Dustin Greene, COO, Drew Tyrer, Associate Administrator, and Mark Adams, Director of Women’s Services. Eastside Medical Center, the Snellville and Lawrenceville Police Departments, Walton EMC Operation Round Up and Covenant Counseling of Snellville have formed a partnership to establish a center to care for Gwinnett County victims of sexual assault. The center is conveniently located in the

Women’s Center of Eastside Medical Center providing victims a private and safe environment for necessary medical and forensic treatment. Victims reporting to the hospital or any law enforcement agency in Gwinnett County may be cared for at the Center by Eastside’s specially trained staff and Advocates of Covenant Counseling Services. A $5000 grant provided by Operation Roundup with additional funding from Lawrenceville Police Department, was used to purchase specialized equipment (Culposcope) for identifying, collecting and documenting evidence used in the prosecution of sexual assault crimes. Eastside Medical Center has provided a dedicated space and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E.) who will care for the sexual assault victims. The staff is available 24 hours/day, 365 days/year to care for the victims at Eastside. A Victim Advocate from Covenant Counseling will also provide comfort and essential clothing and toiletries at the Center. Chief of Police, Roy Whitehead stated that “Eastside Medical Center is providing a convenient, safe location to serve sexual assault victims. Kim Ryan, CEO of Eastside, Mark Adams, Director of Women’s Health and all staff have been extremely generous, gracious and helpful in making this center a reality for the benefit of the citizens of our community.�

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K9 Officer Snellville Police Department My name is Chris and I’m a Belgian Malinois. I was born in Holland in 2003 and trained there to learn basic working and tracking skills for about 15 months before I moved to the United States to be a police officer. I speak 2 languages and am trained in detection and search and rescue. I live with my human partner, Sargent Dave Matson and his family and when off duty am pretty much just an average dog. I play and sleep and dig the occasional hole in the backyard. But when I put on my work collar, I become a police officer. I work 12 hour shifts, have a bullet proof vest and serve the people of Snellville as a valued member of the Snellville Police Department. My human partner and I, along with Bart and Euro and their human police partners, Corporal Will Collins and Officer Dennis Peters, presently make up the K9 division. Bart, a Dutch Shepard, and Euro, a Belgian Malinois, are both trained in patrol and criminal apprehension. I am specially trained for narcotics detection and for article search, and passive tracking, and I locate lost, missing, or injured people, as well a criminal offenders. We occasionally are called out to assist other law enforcement agencies in search and rescue operations. We have to be nationaly certified in order to be able to testify in court, and to maintain that certification we must have a least 4 hours a week in maintenance training. I love to work and train, it’s so much fun. When I do what is asked of me, I get to play with my toy and everyone tells me how great I am. And of course they’re right, I am pretty terrific! A well trained dog is very expensive, costing as much as $10,000 depending on the training. But of course I’m worth it. A dog with my kind of training can work eight to ten years before having to retire. If it’s trained for patrol work and criminal apprehension their career is generally a little shorter, around seven to eight years.

Snellville Farmers’ Market Cookbook The famous Snellville Farmers’ Market will have a cookbook that will be available for purchase in the Spring. With more than 200 recipes submitted by Snellville Farmers’ Market Vendors, Local restaurant chefs, Snellville City Officials, Volunteers and Citizens, it promises to be full of our wonderful local cooking. More details will be in future issues.


Unless our special skills are needed, Dave and I spend most of our time at work on patrol, like most of the department. We have to do paperwork, although I let Dave handle most of that stuff (He spells better than I do.) I am astonished and amazed when people think Bart, Euro or I are vicious and like to attack people or are afraid of us. We really love people, especially kids, and are just trained to do what is necessary. Of course we will bite if instructed or if it is necessary to protect, but it’s only when it’s part of the job. After all we are professionals. You can keep track of us on our facebook page at www. We’re very popular and have lots of fans.

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Maintenance Worker Snellville Park & Recreation Department Leslie grew up in Southern Georgia and after serving 23 years in the Navy, in communications, has spent the last five years keeping T.W. Briscoe Park looking great and ready to welcome Snellville citizens. He is married with four children ranging in age from 13 to 26. In the summer his main duties are to keep the playing fields mowed and lined with a combination of chalk and paint, ready for play; maintaining the tennis courts and keeping the pavilions clean and ready for use. Maintenance is a constant part of the job, maintaining the sprinkler systems, the park equipment and replacing turf when required are just a few. In the winter, Leslie and his fellow maintenance workers do a lot of painting, preventive maintenance on equipment and all the many jobs required to keep the park attractive for it’s visitors. And of course, there are always the ongoing repairs. In addition Leslie is required to supervise the workers from the Snellville court system. One of the busiest times is the preparation for the annual Snellville Days. It takes a full week to polish up the park, mark parking areas, put up barriers and all the rest of the tasks required to get the park ready to welcome visitors for the festival and of course, the inevitable clean up. Leslie enjoys his job. He and his coworkers take pride in the park and are proud to contribute to the enjoyment forthe Snellville citizens. But Leslie also likes the days when the A Better Sign most exciting thing that heAhas toAdo Daisy Dayis stop someones dog A Step Ahead Performing Arts from chasing the park geese. Studio AAC Solutions Group, LLC Accent South Media Adsmart Promotions Anazao Salon Barry Greene - Chiropractor Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More Blitz Communications Just scan the QR code to Brookwood High School the right with your iPhone Chick-Fil-A City of Snellville or smart phone and go Cobble Creek Studios & directly to the new website. the James H. Ankrom Gallery Check out a restaurant, Computer Troubleshooters get special deals from your Covenant Counseling & Family Resource Center favorite merchant, or list DeKalb Chamber of Commerce your upcoming garage sale Design Instincts, LLC

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Manager Snellville PublicWorks Department When asked what, exactly, the Public Works Department does, Craig Barton smiled. Obviously, this is not the first time he’s heard the question. The Public Works Department is responsible for maintenance of all city streets and roads; the road right of ways; public transportation; road signs; the landscaping, outside lighting and building maintenance of all city buildings; maintenance of cemeteries; maintenance of all city vehicles; the removal of ice and snow from all city streets; the placement and removal of holiday decorations and the administration of the Storm Water Program for the city. They are not responsible for upkeep and maintenance for county and state roads, although they frequently receive the complaints from the public. They are also not responsible for the traffic lights on city streets. That comes under county responsibilities. Craig considers the emergency removal of snow and ice from winter storms one of the most difficult part of their job. “We try to anticipate and prepare for every emergency,” states Craig, “by preloading all available trucks with sand and ice melt, by making sure chain saws, blowers and all other equipment is prepared. But weather forecasts can be very unreliable and this type of weather is so rare in our area that a city the size of Snellville just cannot invest in a lot of money in the appropriate equipment and have it be used so rarely.” The county will also work with municipalities like Snellville in emergencies, but often their resources are stretched thinly at such times. Using lessons learned from recent storms, particularly the terrible one we had last January, Public Works has been investigating outside sources that can be hired to bring in heavy equipment only when we need it for those rare emergencies.

Craig supervises and is responsible for the scheduling of the five maintenance workers and also schedules and supervises the activities of inmates from the county jail who do maintenace work for the city. He handles citizen’s requests and complaints, often meeting with the citizens. He interacts with other city departments and with other county and state agencies. He is involved in the documentation and control of all equipment and is involved with budget requests and implementation. A large and important part of the job of Public Works is the Storm Water Utility Project. Contrary to popular belief, the sewers (which are under county control) and the storm water removal system are two separate systems. Craig explained that The Storm Water system consists of all the collection of rainwater from streets and runoff from property, including retention ponds. The infrastructure of the system was built in the 80’s with corrogated pipe that has reached the end of it’s lifespan. The City of Snellville took over control of it’s own Storm Water system some time ago rather than have the county do it. The city can save money by doing it ourselves, but perhaps even more importantly, we have more control. We are replacing the old pipe with concrete pipe which while more expensive, has a lifespan of 100 years versus the 20 year lifespan of the corrogated pipe. With the system under our control we can determine what is most urgent and where, rather than depend on the county. But it does involve a lot of time and paperwork. We must inspect at least 20% of the system, including private retention ponds annually to stay in compliance with the EPD. Craig and his great staff are responsible for erecting the 60 ft. the Christmas Tree that will be lit on November 26th. “All in all we have a lot of ground to cover with a small staff,” said Craig. Craig is a native Georgian and has lived in Snellville since 1977, graduated from South Gwinnett High School and is married with 2 kids. Craig has worked for the city for 6 years and takes pride in Snellville. He states, “I love working where I live.”

Employee Profiles

Craig Barton

Tip-A-Cop Night and Bake Sale The Snellville Police Citizens Police Acadamy Alumni Association, in conjunction with O’Charley’s restaurant (2049 Scenic Highway) will again be holding their popular Tip-A-Cop event at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on October 20, 2011. Members of the Snellville Police Department will be serving as the wait staff and tips will be donated to the Alumni Association. In addition, there will be a bake sale running at the same time and location. The Alumni Association continues to raise money to assist in purchasing needed equipment for the Snellville Police Department. Past items purchased by the Association were laptops for the Criminal Investigation Division, a fully training dog for the K-9 unit, spotlights for police cars, push bumpers for patrol cars and special uniforms for the bicycle officers.

Come on out and let a Snellville cop be your waiter! And while you’re there stock up on some baked goods.

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Parks & Recreation Fall 2011 Activities T. W. Briscoe Park, 250 Sawyer Pkwy., Park Office (770) 985-3535


(Require 14 days notice)

OUTDOORS We have 4 outdoor, open air, covered pavilions that accommodate from 35 to 50 people and 1 gazebo that will accommodate up to 10. Rental times: 8:00am – 10:00am, 10:30am – 12:30pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Non-profit or Individual Snellville City Limit residents - $35 / 2 hours Gwinnett County residents - $50 / 2 hours Outside Gwinnett County - $60 / 2 hours Business/For Profit Snellville City Limit residents - $70 / 2 hours Gwinnett County residents - $85 / 2 hours Outside Gwinnett County - $95 / 2 hours

INDOORS Rental times: Any 4-hour time period between 7:00am and 10:00pm. Air-Conditioned Pavilion (Up to 35 people) $100 refundable deposit and:

Youth Activities Tap & Ballet Class Combines tap and ballet for 45 minutes. Ages 3-5 Tuesdays 4:10pm – 4:55pm Hip-Hop Dance Class Learn to dance hip-hop style! Ages 6+ Thursdays 4:00pm – 4:45pm Contact Robyn Donaldson at 770-934-8848 to register or go to creativemovementand NO REGISTRATION AVAILABLE AT PARK OFFICE.

Youth Soccer at Briscoe Park Non-profit or Individual Snellville City Limit residents - $85 / 4 hours Gwinnett County residents - $115 / 4 hours Outside Gwinnett County - $125 / 4 hours Business/For Profit Snellville City Limit residents - $135 / 4 hours Gwinnett County residents - $160 / 3 hours Outside Gwinnett County - $170 / 3 hours Meeting Room / Office Park (Up to 100 people) $200 refundable deposit and: Non-profit or Individual Snellville City Limit residents - $200 / 4 hours Gwinnett County residents - $260 / 4 hours Outside Gwinnett County - $270 / 4 hours Business/For Profit Snellville City Limit residents - $335 / 4 hours Gwinnett County residents - $395 / 4 hours Outside Gwinnett County - $405 / 4 hours For field or athletic facility rentals, contact Matt Wright at 770-985-3533.


Youth Flag Football Boys and girls ages 4 – 14 Practices and games on Sunday afternoons For further details and registration call 404-551-2036 or go to and select Dunwoody, N. Dekalb & S. Gwinnett NO REGISTRATION AVAILABLE AT PARK OFFICE.

Under 10 Quick Start Tennis by USTA Contact Coach Jones at 404-642-8393 or NO REGISTRATION AVAILABLE AT PARK OFFICE.

Sports Performance Training Classes at Briscoe Park Five week sessions Contact Scott Paterson at 770-715-0782 or

Parks & Recreation

Adult Activities Zumba Fitness Class Courtland Williams Pavilion Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30am – 11:30am $5 per class with advance purchase of 10-class punch card $7 per class, drop-in rate Contact Caressa 404-484-4117 or zumbawithcaressa@

Gimmie Some Sports presents‌ Snellville Adult Flag Football League at Briscoe $295 per team plus $20 per game referee fee ($50 free agent) 8 games plus playoffs For more information contact Alvin Hill at 678-920-4136 or NO REGISTRATION AVAILABLE AT PARK OFFICE.

Tennis courts are available on a first come, first served basis without lights. For tennis lesson, please contact certified instructor Jean Hagan at 770-469-5966.

Adult Softball at Briscoe Park Please contact 404-570-7422 or for dates, prices and registration. NO REGISTRATION AVAILABLE AT PARK OFFICE.

International Adult Soccer League (7v7) $450 per team ($100 deposit) Games are Friday nights at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm League Director: Mark Carr, 770-761-3795, markcarr12@ Marketing Director: Adam Gullion, 770-827-0574,

Please visit our website at www.snellville. org and choose Departments > Parks and Recreation on the left side of the page. T.W. Briscoe Park 2500 Sawyer Pkwy Snellville, GA 30078 Park Office (770) 985-3535 Park Fax (770) 985-3582


Senior Center Schedule Call the Snellville Senior Center for more information on these and other programs (770) 985-3580 Weight Room Participants must be trained prior to using equipment. Training Classes September 13 - 12:00pm October 20 - 12:00pm

Bowling Bowlers needed! Mondays at 9:00am $8.00 With the Keenagers Snellville AMF Lanes Volunteer Coordinator: Joanne Fuller, (770)962-2567

Social & Educational Classes Canasta Mondays 12:00pm Volunteer Coordinator: Louise Howell, (678)225-0560


Excercise Classes Zumba Gold Classes Jane and Staci are now certified Zumba instructors. Classes will be held Mondays from 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Maximum number of participants is 35. Cost for each class is $5.00.

Aerobics Mondays/Thursdays 9:15am Low Impact 10:15am Intermediate Impact First Come, First Served. Maximum of 35 participants per class. Please choose only 2 aerobic classes per week.

Pilates 10:00am - Tuesdays (upstairs) 10:00am – Fridays (downstairs) $3.00/class


Thursdays 12:00pm Volunteer Coordinator: Vicki Williams, (770) 972-1124

Bingo 1st Friday of Each Month 1:00pm Participants are asked to bring a snack to share.

Crochet/Knitting Tuesdays 11:00am Volunteer Coordinator: Delrose Johnson Free

Spanish Mondays & Thursdays 9:00AM - Beginner 11:00AM - Advanced 12:15PM - Intermediate Instructor: Jane Moore $25/ month

H2U - Health to You

Wednesday, September 21, 9:30-4:00 Or October 19th and 21st (attend both days), 9:30 - 12:30 $12 - AARP member $14 – AAPR non-members

4th Wednesday - Business Meeting 2:00pm-3:30pm 4th Friday - Bingo 1:00pm Annie Copeland (770) 982-2358

Computer Classes October 11 - October 28 (3-week class) Minimum 4 participants to hold class Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays Beginner Class -10:30am-12:00pm Intermediate Class- 1:00pm-2:30pm $40.00– pay to instructor Beginner Class: topics include using the mouse, keyboard, internet, basic email, etc. Intermediate Class: topics include Word, Excel, advanced email, file back-ups, photo storage, etc.

Painting Classes Thursdays 1:00-3:00pm $40.00/ 4 classes supplies included OR $20.00/ 4 classes bring your own supplies Instructor: Lynne Ulmer

How to Sell Your House

Senior Center

AARP Driver Safety Class

Quilting Groups Wednesdays 10:00am Brenda Smiley (770) 979-2511

Bellsouth Telecom Pioneers 3rd Tuesday 10:30am Tom McDugald (770) 938-6075 Business Meeting followed by covered dish.

Southeast Gwinnett Co-Op Help Stock the Shelves Drop off items in the Senior Center barrel. You may also volunteer at the Co-Op. Contact Laura Drake, 770-985-5229.

October 19 11:00am Free

Newsletter Volunteers

Seniors in the Community DONATE YOUR UNUSED COUPONS SO FOOD CAN BE PURCHASED FOR THE SE GWINNETT CO-OP Keep the coupons together with the sales flyer (ex. Redplum, P&G, SmartSource, etc.)

We have a group of wonderful volunteers who put together our newsletter. Come help! October 25 - 9:30AM.

NEEDED Candy Volunteers to donate candy for the candy jars

Designing Grandmothers A non-profit organization whose national charity supports CURE for Childhood cancer. You DO NOT need to be a grandmother to join. 2nd Monday of each month 10:30am—1:00pm Marlene Buchanan (770) 972-5595 Barbara Rowlins (770) 972-9481 Emory Eastside Auxiliary Card Club Dee Wells (770) 985-8511

Snellville Patch Visit to view articles written about our wonderful Seniors and programs we offer.


Senior Center Schedule

Motherhood, the Musical the good, the bad… and the laundry Thursday, November 17 $45 + your dinner. Leave Senior Center at 5:00pm. Dinner on your own at Piccadilly. Show starts at 8pm. MUST pay for ticket by September 15th. If you are unable to attend, it will be your responsibility to find someone to pay you and take your place. Having a baby is just the beginning…motherhood is for life. In the original play Motherhood the Musical®, four women share their insights, challenges and pleasures at a baby shower. In 90 minutes of fun, you’ll get a peek into the powerful friendship of Amy, a soon-to-be first-time mom; Brooke, a hard-working lawyer; Barb, a stressedout mother of five; and Tasha, a single mom seeking to balance work, her family and her divorce. Motherhood the Musical is a funny, yet loving look at being a mom at any age. It’s climbing the emotional mountain only to find that there’s laundry at the top. It’s discovering how powerful your love can be and how quickly they grow up. It’s helping them find their way and not losing yours. It’s about laughing and crying, craziness and calm, smiles and tears . . . and all before breakfast.

Local Meeting Groups Keenagers Monday Mornings - Bowling at AMF Snellville 9:00am Tuesday Mornings Breakfast Club at Krystal’s 8:00am 1st Wednesday - Business Meeting 10:00am 2nd Wednesday - Luncheon 12:00pm We welcome new members to this group. There is no separate membership fee to join. For more information, contact Joanne Fuller at (770) 962-2567.


VISIT MARLENE BUCHANAN’S twice monthly column in the Snellville Patch. Go to ww.snellville.patch. com, under News

St. Simons/Jeckyll Island Retreat $250.00 PER PERSON Monday, October 17 - Thursday, October 20 We currently are filled on our buses, but have a WAIT LIST. Please sign-up on the wait list so we will have an idea of the interest in this trip to prepare other travel options for this trip next year. Thank you for your assistance.

Senior Center

SENIOR NEWS Our very own Dale Sikes was in the news recently and featured in the Living section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Dale is a master gardener and among the earliest volunteers in metro Atlanta to help a California scientist study the bee population. There are 4,000 different species of bees in the U.S. and many may appear identical. In her first year she counted zero bees and this made her want to help boost the bee population by keeping hives of her own in which she has several populations. Volunteers are encouraged to plant the same breed of sunflower called Lemon Queen, and to observe the number of bees pollinating the blossoms during 15 minutes periods twice each month. It is estimated that crops pollinated by bees are valued between $4 billion to $6 billions per year.

More Events Senior Dances 4th Friday October 28 7:30pm - 10:30pm $12.00 per person Featuring Atlanta’s Best New Band - LAIGH LANGLEY Includes food and drink. Wholesome family atmosphere. No smoking, drinking or dirty dancing. For more information contact J.R. Stallworth, 770-676-9931.

2011 Snellville Senior Center Memberships July 1 - December 31, 2011 Memberships for the remaining year are available: City Limits of Snellville Residents $9.00 County Residents $15.00 Additional persons from the same household receive a $5.00 discount.

Snellville Senior Center Snellville Parks & Recreation 2350 Oak Road Snellville, GA 30078 (770) 985-3580 Kathi Clotfelter - Programs Director Leslie Pender - Programs Assistant Wayne Sanders - Programs Assistant Hours of Operation Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm


Creating New Entrepreneurs!

The South Gwinnett High School Entrepreneurship Alliance Stories and Photos by Emily Brown - Snellville Economic Development Department

The City of Snellville and South Gwinnett High School are partnering to provide a progressive and innovative program that trains young people how to create their own businesses. The South Gwinnett High School Entrepreneurship Alliance aims to empower the next generation of Snellvillians to create their own businesses and make their ambitions a reality. The South Gwinnett High School Entrepreneurship Alliance consists of 53 students. The program’s teacher, and former entrepreneur, Mr. Scott Allen is currently guiding the students through the process of defining and researching a business concept. His teaching is augmented by speakers from the local and regional community who are entrepreneurs, or who work with entrepreneurs. The speakers are diverse, ranging from local attorneys and small business people to the founder of a high end icecream company and an iphone app developer. By the end of the first semester, students will write a business plan. Further development of this plan will lead to students incorporating their businesses with the City of Snellville. In late spring of 2012, students will present their businesses to a panel of community sponsors, who will provide small investments from a pool of $5,000.

The program is using curriculum developed by the nationally recognized group Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Studies conducted by NFTE and Harvard have found that students who participate in entrepreneurship education increase their leadership skills, their interest in attending college and feel more in control of their destiny. Further research shows that students’ business knowledge and interest in starting their own business also increases. The program will instill tactical skills that students can use in their businesses and their lives. When asked about the goals of the Entrepreneur Alliance Program the Instructor Mr. Scott Allen elaborated, “Learning, entrepreneurship skills has proven to make students more confident, more successful in other classes, and more likely to go to college. We have an excellent team of advisors. We want to make sure we generate the results that are best for the students overall life performance. We hope to takes advantage of the large number of community and business members who want to make sure our program succeeds. We have a perfect storm of opportunity. I want to make sure we make the most of the timing and opportunities that will make our program, our community, and above all, our students stronger.”

The Entrepreneurship Alliance students were asked to briefly tell us about their ambitions. A.D. Dawit Grade 12 My ambition is to make people happy and leave a fingerprint on their heart.


Allassane Boh Zombra My ambition is to own my fear and be the most happy, wealthy man on the planet.

Becky Antoine Grade 11 My ambition is to have a fun and exhilarating [life?]

Assitou Bah

Austin Barnes

Brandon Shirley

Make a difference and help my country.

Grade 10 I want to own my own business.

Grade 12 To be a physical therapist and the man God wants me to be.

David Puna

Family Brown

Grade 10 To learn how to be one of the best and how to be an entrepreneur.

Grade 12 I want a business that I can enjoy, love and grow with.

Grade 11 My ambition revolves around charity and helping out others when needed.

Cecil Hardy

David U. Barrios-Rodriguez

Fredrick Ilesanmi

Grade 12 I want to know what drives me. I want to become a better person.

Grade 11 My ambition is to be a non-conformist and make my own rules and express myself through fashion.

Devon McCart

George Hunter

Grade 11 My ambition is to learn the necessary things in order to start and own my own business.

Grade 12 I want to make my family proud and better my life as well as my future.

Dino Ahmetovic

Gia M. Woodcox

Grade 11 My ambition is to be a wealthy and well known and well respected businessman.

Grade 12 My ambition is to always be willing to improve.

Dominique Robinson

Jennifer Julien

Grade 10 To own my own business and make a lot of money.

Chelsea Blackett Grade 10 My ambition in my lifetime is to help volunteer at a homeless shelter.

Christopher Black Grade 12 I would like to run a great business that would bring a lot of people that love my product.

Cornelius Davis Grade 10 My ambition is to create a healthy, non-stressful future for myself and my family.

Grade 10 My ambition is to go to college for academics and sports.

South Gwinnett Entrepreneurship Alliance

Caleb Romero

Grade 12 My ambition is to get cured from my brain tumor.

Darian Jordan

Evelyn Moore

John Gayden

Grade 12 I want my own business to express my style without words.

Grade 12 My ambition in life is to be a successful businesswoman.

I would like to grow more as a person and become more social in the world and I’m sure whatever I choose to do I would be happy with.


Creating New Entrepreneurs!

The South Gwinnett High School Entrepreneurship Alliance Johnathan Nhep

Leisy Solano

Nat Gifaw

Grade 10 My ambition is to be well-known in the world of entrepreneurs.

Grade 11 My greatest ambition in life is to own my own business or own a company and get to be successful.

Grade 11 My ambition in life is to become a pastor and spread the word of God to the nation.

Jorge Cuenca

Leonides Jurado

Nick Acosta

Grade 11 Becoming a wellknown entrepreneur with a successful future to help my family.

To love your job and keep doing what you want to do.

Grade 11 My ambition is to open up a car shop where I can buy wrecked cars, fix them, and resell them.

Juan Hernandez

Malik Bobb

Grade 10 My ambition is to have a career doing something I love.

Grade 10 My ambition in life is to go to college and be a successful person in life.

Noemi De Miguel

Juan Sevilla

Montel Alexander

Grade 11 My ambition is to make my own Hispanic restaurant in Snellville, Georgia.

Patrick Peterson Grade 11 Become a person reliable to the community and helpful to anyone in need.

Justise Moyd

Nadia Harmon

Qaiss Hussein

Grade 12 My ambition in life is to become one of the most recognized models.

Solve problems, overcome obstacles, reach the highest limit.

My ambition is to become a successful and wealthy entrepreneur.

Landry Asseh

Naiya Taylor

Rahat Mohommad

Grade 10 Finish school, make more money, be successful, make more friends, have my own business.


Grade 10 My ambition in life is to create a product or service to make life easier.

Grade 12 I want to be the United Nations General Director when I’m older.

Grade 12 My ambition is to be as humble as possible, despite my successes.

Grade 10 I want to be a lawyer and also have my own business.

Ruchi Darji

V.J. Kpaan

Grade 12 To learn as much as possible in this entrepreneur class to carry with me in my future business plans.

Grade 11 Be on my way to being a successful entrepreneur.

Grade 10 I always want my life to revolve around music because I find it to be the most awesome thing in the world.

Ronald Woodley

Tyler Todd

Zaire Bradley

Grade 11 I am a hard worker, I never quit until I solve the problem.

Grade 11 My ambition is success. Success influences the progress of life.

Grade 12 I love helping others and I hope I can make an impact on my community.

South Gwinnett Entrepreneurship Alliance

Roger Williams

Mr. Scott Allen, Entrepreneurship Alliance Instructor Mr. Scott Allen began the business career which would help him be a good Entrepreneur Alliance teacher at sixteen when his grandfather died, and bequeathed his chainsaw and pickup truck in his will. A couple of weeks later Scott was in the firewood business. During college he cleaned gutters and painted houses for income. After graduation from college Mr. Allen went to work for The Coca-Cola Company, but after six years left to start his own marketing company. During this time period he gained a lot of experience working with kids by being a Scoutmaster, a baseball coach, a Boys and Girls Clubs Board member and mentor and hosting Quest Interns from the Gwinnett County Schools in his marketing firm. When his business took a severe downturn, he decided to pursue another dream, going to college to get his masters in Education. He started teaching three years ago, and loves it. Scott says, “I’m very lucky to have found such a good school with such great administrative support for such a new program taught by such a new teacher.” When interviewed he continues, “ I love teaching entrepreneurship, but the real joy in my job is not class specific. It’s the light that goes off in a students eyes in the moment that you touch their soul. It might be when a student understands a concept I’m trying to teach and I see that they get it. It might be when a student

understands for the first time that I’m their partner in this educational journey and not just the bad guy that gives out grades. Or it might be when a student comes up and asks for a piece of advice, because they start to believe that I actually personally care. It’s the small moments of personal partnership that make my job a very cool job.” “This class has a chance to potentially open a student’s mind to an entire future. There are students who have great ideas but don’t know how to build a business plan. There are students who want to be independent, or who don’t want to accept the future that’s been offered to them. When those students realize they can own their own future, instead of being owned by their past, a light goes off in their eyes. It’s the same light I get in other parts of my job when those little connections are made. But this light has the chance to change a student’s entire future. I’ve only seen hints of that light so far, but I see it in there in the minds of some of my students.” “My favorite part of the SGHSEA class is the realization that those lights have a better chance to go off brighter than ever before when the right of self ownership is realized in the minds of the students. I know we’ll change lives. We’re just getting started though and there’s a lot of light yet to shine.”


Community News 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Snellville Christmas Ornaments On Sale Now The 25th Anniversary Snellville Christmas ornaments are available for sale at City Hall, the Snellville Senior Center, Summit Chase Country Club and at the Snellville Fall Festival. This year they are a beautiful three color silver style 3-dimensional ornament The price for an ornament from this limited edition of 250 will be $15.00. And in case you need to add to your collection, ornaments from previous years will be available for sale for $5.00 each at City Hall only.

Snellville Clogging Dancers win National Championships Snellville Clogging Dancers attended the 2011 USA National Clogging Championships in Nashville, Tennessee over the Labor Day weekend and had trouble carrying all their awards and trophies home. In addition to three team and one Soloist National Championships, the Clogging Connection Dancers brought home eleven 1st place finishes, seven 2nd place finishes and three 3rd place finishes in different categories. Clogging Connection will be performing at this year’s Fall Festival.

Lauren Flynt, a seventh grade student, earned the 2011 National Champion Amateur Female Soloist Title


The Senior Southern Belles won the 2011 Senior Team National Championship.

The CC Express Junior Team with their director, Heather Kohberger, after receiving the 2011 USA National Champion Amateur Team award

Community News

How Well Do You Know Snellville? Enter our Contest and win dinner for two! The Snellville Tourism and Trade Association (STAT) would like to test your knowledge. The symbol in the picture has been in plain view in Snellville for many years. If you know where it is, go to the STAT website and enter our contest. The deadline for entries is November 4th, 2011. One of the correct entries will be chosen at random to win a free dinner for two, courtesy of Texas Roadhouse. The winner will be announced November 9th, 2011 on the STAT website. And for those of us who just can’t remember where we’ve seen this symbol, the solution will be posted on the website after November 5th, 2011.

We wish to thank Texas Roadhouse for donating the prize for our contest:

! Treetop Adventure Course

A Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Exhibit

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Snellville History

The Snellville Historical Cemetery, located between Snellville City Center and Wisteria Drive, gives us a snapshot of Snellville History.

The Snellville Historical Cemetery “Within this honored place rests the heritage of our community.”

As one begins a stroll through the Snellville Historical Cemetery reading the names on the tombstones, one senses it is a walk through Snellville history. The names bring remembrances of people and occurrences over the years. The cemetery was not always called Snellville Historical Cemetery. On the 12th of December 1892, nine years after giving land for the construction of Snellville Baptist Church, Mr. A. J. Harris donated an acre of land across the road from the church for use as a cemetery, and the area became known as the Snellville Baptist Church Cemetery. The first known burial in the area that became the church’s cemetery was of Little Emma Cofer the young daughter of Dr. Darling D. Cofer and Anna E. Wood Cofer. Emma was born June 12, 1886 and died May 17, 1887. Near Emma’s monument is a series of burials marked only with a couple of rocks. There is no information regarding the names or dates of those buried there. As the years passed, families in the community other than the members of the Baptist Church used the cemetery for burials. Members of the Snellville Baptist Church and Snellville Methodist Church held workdays at the cemetery to clean up unkempt graves. These workdays were in early summer when crops were planted and at the time required little attention. Raymond Williams said farmers referred to those days as “laid by” days. In the 1940s it became evident that there was a need for more burial space. On March 26, 1945 the Baptist Church purchased one hundred feet of land along Hwy. 78 from Mr. James Sawyer. The amount of the purchase is unknown. On August 3, 1945, Snell Johnson, the


grandson of Snellville founder Tom Snell, sold the Church a strip of land 50 ft. x 150 ft. for one hundred dollars. The Baptist Church deeded the cemetery to the City of Snellville on June 6, 1983. At that time it consisted of 4.0125 acres and was referred to as the City Cemetery. In the early 1990s the boundaries of the cemetery were irregular on the east and west sides. Jimmy and Wayne Mason, who had bought the James Sawyer property, donated approximately two acres of land that straightened the boundaries and enlarged the cemetery to six plus acres. In the fall of 1992 City Councilman Leonard Martin became aware of the state of disrepair of the City Cemetery, and began a movement to renovate the graveyard. In 1993 the City Council voted to undertake a $150,000 project to refurbish the cemetery. It was a three-phase project completed over two years. The funds for this project came from the city and private donations. At this time the Council changed the cemetery’s name from City Cemetery to Snellville Historical Cemetery. The highest priority of the project was the placement of a fence along Wisteria Drive. At the entrance were columns made of Stone Mountain granite topped with electric lights, and near the center of the cemetery was a meditation area. In early 2006 the city erected a wrought iron fence around the cemetery at a cost of $60,000. The City and families of those buried there funded the project. The completion date was August 2007. Information on the monuments identify members of the community who were in military service. At least two of the burials identify Confederate veterans: William Nix (April 21, 1847-July 22, 1923) and James M. Wiley (1834-1907). During World War II, John Calvin Still (31 October 1920-12 Feb. 1945) was a private in the 417th infantry 76th division. He died in action and was buried in Luxembourg, Germany. Later his body was returned to Georgia. Raymond Williams recalls that it came by train to Lawrenceville and was taken to Snellville for burial with full military honors. The monuments identifying the graves speak to the economic status of those buried in the cemetery. James Sawyer (30 January 1857-1 May 1948) had a mausoleum built for himself and his wife, Emma A. (6 September 1866-21 June 1929). The story is often told that many years before his death Mr. Sawyer had a

Snellville Historical Cemetery Project is in Preliminary Stage

It is known that the property for the original Snellville Historical Cemetery was donated by Mr. Andrew Harris and that the cemetery dates from the late 1800’s. It is also known that there are unmarked graves within the older portion of the cemetery, which is located near the Snellville City Center. It is strongly suspected that there are unknown graves outside the cemetery limits near Highway 78.

Snellville History

cedar casket built for himself and stored it in a corner of his home. Parthenia Williams Pate (1 Oct. 1861-22 May 1924) was claustrophobic and at her death did not want to be buried six feet under ground. When she died in 1924, her husband, T. A., honored her request and had a granite vault built that extends approximately six inches above the ground and in which the casket was placed. The grave is covered with a large granite slab. Mr. J. M. Barnett had much creative ability. He designed and built his tombstone from white quartz stones and pink marble. The tombstone of Mr. Bud Kemp reminds one of a sad day in Snellville’s history. On August 14, 1942 he died when the hot water tank exploded at the Snellville canning plant where he was working. One sees that over the century since the cemetery was established, the design of monuments changed. Since granite was a natural resource, most tombstones are made of granite. The obelisk was a favorite design in the early part of the 1990s, but now the headstones are lower and broader. The family plots have coping and a covering of granite chips. Some families place a granite or marble slab on top of the grave. Family members are responsible for providing flowers for the graves of their loved ones. As one drives into the cemetery, one sees a variety of colors and designs adorning the headstones. Although controversial, some families plant trees and shrubs on the gravesite. At the time of this writing, few unsold lots remain in the cemetery. Many citizens have their gravesites marked with a tombstone waiting for their arrival. There is no accurate record of the number of people buried in the cemetery because of the unmarked graves, but the Gwinnett Historical Society has an extensive listing of burials.

James Sawyer’s mausoleum is a focal point of the cemetery. The City of Snellville maintains the cemetery grounds, and it is a place of which citizens can feel pride. The city of Snellville and its citizens created a place of honor for its ancestors. On a plaque under the flag pole in the cemetery is the following statement: “Within this honored place rests the heritage of our community.” How true that is. The Snellville Historical Society is dedicated to researching, documenting and publicizing the History of Snellville and the Snellville community. Members of the Society are available with answers at Snellville City Hall on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. They publish a fascinating and informative newsletter three times a year containing stories like the one printed here. Memberships are available for a nominal fee and applications are available at the hours mentioned above at City Hall.

Unfortunately, much of the remainder of the history is shrouded in mystery. The City of Snellville in partnership with Tom M. Wages Funeral Service is beginning a project to identify the unmarked graves and to fill in the missing history. The city pays to maintain the cemetery grounds, but it does not have the records for every person buried there. Many of the early records of names and locations of burial plots are believed to have been lost in a fire at city hall in the early 1900’s. Councilwoman Barbara Bender, while attending the Georgia Municipal Association convention in Savannah, attended a session on tourism opportunities through historical cemeteries. Ms. Bender said “The cemetery project will provide additional history for Snellville.” Michelle Couch is heading the effort to recruit volunteers to help in the project. And Melissa Arnold, city clerk for Snellville is involved in the project. The committee is actively seeking volunteers and information. We encourage members of the community who might have information to contact the committee. Michelle Couch can be reached at and Melissa Arnold can be reached at


Snellville Recipes

In this issue we are featuring recipes contributed by our City Council Members. Let’s see if they can cook as well as they can govern.

Mike Sabbagh’s Hummus Hello all, as I travel, I try something new at each place. One of my favorites is Hummus, which refers to chickpeas in Arabic. 1 cup uncooked chickpeas 1 cup raw tahini (ground sesame seeds may be found at any international grocery store) 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 3 cloves garlic, crushed 3 Tbsp olive oil (you can add an extra tablespoon, if you like) 1 Tbsp salt 1 Tsp cumin Sweet paprika, olive oil and some parsley (garnish) Soak the chickpeas in water for 8-10 hours. Drain the chickpeas and cook them in 5 cups water for 2 hours until totally soft. Drain. Reserve the water. Reserve a few chickpeas for garnish. Place chickpeas and all other ingredients in blender and blend until smooth, gradually adding a small amount of the cooking water at a time until reaching the consistency you wish. Place hummus spread in an attractive shallow bowl and garnish with the cooked chickpeas, olive oil, paprika and some parsley. Can be stored in refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Serve with warm pita bread. Add chicken or beef strips for a complete meal. Mike Sabbagh, Snellville City Council

Tod Warner’s Favorite Chocolate Cake The following recipe originally came from the Anne Byrn book “The Cake Mix Doctor “. My family makes this cake 7 or 8 times a year. Friends and relative ask for it any time they can think of an excuse. This cake has a lot of ingredients but as long as you make sure you have everything before you start it really is easy and makes you look like the best baker in the world. I’ve over cooked it, under cooked it and baked to perfection and had rave reviews every time. Nonstick vegetable oil spray Flour for dusting pan 1 Package (18.25oz) plain devils food cake mix 1 Package (3.9oz) instant chocolate pudding 4 large eggs 1 cup sour cream ½ cup warm water ½ cup vegetable oil 1 ½ cups semisweet mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350F with rack in center position. Lightly mist a 12 cup Bundt pan with vegetable oil spray, then dust with flour. Shake out the excess flour and set aside. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, warm water, and oil in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 to 3 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if needed. Fold in the chocolate chips, making sure they are well distributed. Pour the batter in the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Place on the middle rack in the oven. Bake the cake until it springs back when lightly pressed with your finger and just starts to pull away from the side (45 to 55 minutes). Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan to separate the cake from the pan and turn the pan over onto the wire rack to cool for 20 minutes more before covering or put it right on to a plate and serve warm. Warning : This cake is addictive! My oldest daughter does not like chocolate cake but, she loves this one. Tod Warner, Snellville City Council

Tom Witt’s Marinara Sauce 5 to 8 pounds of plum tomatoes, quartered 1/3 cup olive oil Several sprigs of fresh basil, finely chopped (or to taste) 8 to 20 sprigs of fresh oregano (or to taste) 6 cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 large onion, sliced Preheat oven to 275 degrees. In a large bowl toss tomatoes, basil, oregano, garlic and salt with olive oil. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and cover with sliced onion that you have separated into rings. Bake for 4 to 5 hours. Place roasted tomatoes, vegetables and spices, including the juice into a blender or food processor. Puree in batches. Marinara sauce can be frozen until needed. Tom Witts, Snellville City Council

Snellville Community Gardens Does the thought of a Community Garden grow your interest? The City of Snellville invites your input about community garden opportunities in Snellville. You are invited to share your ideas at:

STAT unveils new Snellville ONLINE DIRECTORY Find a doctor, check out a restaurant, advertise your garage sale and take advantage of discounts on the new STAT on-line directory STAT, The Snellville Tourism and Trade Association, has unveiled it’s “new and improved” interactive Snellville Online Directory. The directory is intended to be a frequently referenced resource for all Snellville area residents and consumers and an inexpensive (or free depending on the level) marketing tool for Snellville merchants and businesses. The Directory located on the STAT website at, includes over 800 categorized listings of Snellville area businesses, services, churches and civic groups, an event calendar featuring community activities, and free classified ad listings for residents. Now you can find a shoe store, check out a new retail shop, list your community event, review businesses and take advantage of discounts on merchandise or services offered by merchants. And the tech savvy resident can get the information on the go with free apps for the iPhone and Android Smartphones. If you’re a Snellville business owner, chances are you’re already in the directory with a basic listing. But, in order to make full use of this marketing opportunity offered by STAT and provide your customers with accurate and complete information, you need to claim your listing (or add it if it’s not already there). There is no charge for this service.

Tools for your

BUSINESS The City of Snellville has partnered with two outstanding business organizations to place some potentially useful tools at your disposal to assist you in these difficult economic times. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. With a valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers with over 270,000 years of combined business experience, SCORE offers small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge.

There are four levels available to businesses, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond. And the really amazing news is that the first two levels are FREE. STAT/Commerce Club members receive special discounts. For an a introductory price of $50.00 for the remainder of the year (the busiest retail season) businesses can have a full page available to them to add photos, videos and special offers. The Diamond Level listing and the full page is available free of charge to all non-profit organizations for them to post events, programs or whatever information they need to distribute. Full details can be found on the website, or you can email The new website and on-line directory can be viewed at the STAT booth at the Snellville Fall Festival on October 22nd. Come by and see it and get answers to any questions.

SCORE has a new series of workshops “Simple Steps to Start Your Business”, and will be offering the first session in this five session course during Snellville Entrepreneurship Week, November 11 to 20. In addition, the Georgia Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), sponsored by the The University of Georgia, can provide answers to your management questions. The City is partnering with the Gwinnett SBDC office local business consultants to offer professional, confidential individualized consultation opportunities for Snellville business owners and managers. SBDC consultants have earned advanced degrees in business or management and have extensive practical experience. The Economic Development Office at the City of Snellville is there to help new and existing businesses, both large and small, and can provide information and assistance in many ways. Contact them at economicdevelopment@, or call 770-985-3502.


Snellville Civic Clubs A Place to Hear

LAUGHTER Lions work continuously to serve local communities. As part of this work, the Snellville Lions Club proudly supports the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind in Waycross, Georgia. With input from experts – physicians, the department of health and local foundations, this camp is customized to meet the special needs of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. The Camp for the Blind strives to “enhance the campers physically, mentally, and socially through the use of recreation, education, socialization and rehabilitation programs in a year-round setting. Programs stress personal motivation, self-confidence, leadership and selfreliance in a fun-filled outdoor atmosphere.” Plans for a camp began in 1972 when the Okefenokee Lions Club saw a need to provide recreation for the over 12,500 blind children in Georgia. On September 12, 1975, the Georgia Lions’ Camp for the Blind, Inc. was chartered as a non-profit organization. Camp logo and motto “A Vision for a Brighter Tomorrow” were officially adopted. In 1980, fifty-two blind and visually impaired campers were in attendance. Since then, the average number of campers has continued to be around 195 per year. The primary users of the Camp are the visually impaired residents of Georgia. Other groups such as churches, businesses, and families are allowed to use the facilities from September through May at a nominal fee. Camp activities include arts & crafts, canoeing, camping, nature activities, fishing, performing arts, music, horseback riding, swimming, sports and games. Medical personnel are on duty 24 hours daily. The Camp has an informative website with a Wish List of needed supplies at For more information, please contact Elmer Moon of the Snellville Lions Club at Visit the Snellville Lions Club website at to see a schedule of upcoming events in your community. Come visit the Lion’s food trailer in October at the Elisha Winn Fair, the Snellville Fall Festival, and at the Snellville Christmas Tree Lighting in November. Help the Snellville Lions “give people who cannot see a place to hear laughter.”


In 1985, Rotary declared basic literacy to be a precondition to the development of peace. Through this organizational emphasis, more than half the world’s 33,000 Rotary clubs address the full range of literacy and mathematical challenges for primary, vocational, and adult learners as well as teacher training. More than 770 million adults worldwide do not know how to read. In an increasingly complex world, illiteracy condemns many of them to the lowest rungs of society. Learning how to read at an early age is one way to combat illiteracy. The Rotary Club of Gwinnett Sunrise is once again participating in the Guest Reader program at Partee Elementary. Rotarians are among the community partners that arrive at Partee Elementary on the first Friday of the month to spend 30 minutes reading to a class of students. Those who can commit to a full year of reading are assigned a class that they will read to throughout the whole year. They develop friendships with the students, and are greeted warmly each month. The Guest Reader Program at Partee Elementary is designed to actively involve parents and community partners in our efforts to improve literacy, and introduce students to adult readers who are excited about reading. One of Rotary’s objectives is to help with literacy projects in the community. The Rotary Club of Gwinnett Sunrise has been participating in the program at Partee Elementary for several years now.

South Gwinnett High School Principal Clay Hunter was honored by the Snellville City Council with a proclamation designating September 12, 2011 as Clay Hunter Day. Principal Hunter has recently been recognized as 2011 Principal of the Year by the Georgia Parents and Teachers Association.


Paintings by Andrew King will be on display at Cobble Creek Studios/James H. Ankrom Gallery from October 1 through November 28th. Free. The gallery is located at 2257 Scenic Highway, Snellville. For more information, call 770-597-4053.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, presented by the New London Theatre from November 25 through December 18. For more information, visit or call 770-559-1484.

Fall into Harmony - Brookwood High School Chorus to perform at Snellville United Methodist Church, 2428 Main Street, 7 p.m. on October 4.

On November 26, enjoy Snellville’s Lighting of the Christmas Tree event from 3-7 p.m. on the Towne Green. Enjoy carriage rides, kid’s activities, and then end the evening with the lighting of the great tree and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Neil Simon’s Fools, to be presented at Brookwood High School, 1255 Dogwood Rd., 7 p.m. on October 13 & 15. Tickets $7. New London Theatre will present Dracula from October 14 through 31. For more information, visit www.NewLondonTheatre. org or call 770-559-1484. Snellville Fall Festival, Snellville’s Towne Green and Oak Road, Snellville. 1-8 p.m. on October 22.


Elements, presented by the Brookwood High School Dance Department, Brookwood High School, 7 p.m. on November 10 and 12. A Christmas Carol - Dinner theatre presented by Snellville First Baptist Church, 2400 Main Street East, Snellville. Shows nightly from Wednesday, November 9 through Sunday, November 13th. Tickets are $20 each or $140 for a table of 8. Tickets can be purchased at the church or through the website, www.fbcsnell. org. For more information, call 770-978-7000.


Gloria - A Christmas musical, will be presented free to the public on Sunday, December 4 at 6 p.m. in the Worship Center of First Baptist Church, 2400 Main Street East, Snellville. The musical will feature talent in the church of all ages – Children’s Choirs, Student Choir, Senior Adult Choir, the Celebration Choir and Orchestra. For more information, see www.fbcsnell. org or call 770-978-7000. The Chorus of Snellville United Methodist Church will present a free Holiday Concert on December 6 at 7 p.m. 2428 Main Street East, Snellville. W. C. Britt Elementary will have a Student Art Show, December 13, 6-8 p.m. 2503 Skyland Drive, Snellville. To add your event for consideration for future issues of Snellville Spirit Magazine, email Darla at MySnellvilleBlog@ or

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