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Fall 2016 - Volume 23 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association

P.O. Box 669 • Snellville, GA 30078 Website: I am looking forward to my favorite season of the year. I love the cool mornings and the warm afternoons during the autumn. With all the 90 degree days this summer, I think we are all ready for a break in the heat. It has been one hot summer in Snellville.

Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the City of Snellville.

There is an election this fall but I am already tired of talking politics. I want to encourage everyone to vote and let your voice be heard. The most important thing is to then come together to make our community a great place to live. In September, you can help celebrate a new event with A Taste of Snellville. It’s a great opportunity to experience some of the cuisine from local area restaurants, listen to some great music featuring the Metro Jazz Club and take part in the many interactive activites during the festival. In addition, everyone should come to the Sept. 24 Live on the Lawn concert featuring Departure - A Journey Tribute Band. It will be a great night on the Towne Green.

Vice President Gretchen Schulz

I hope you plan to attend the 7th annual Snellville Fall Festival in October. It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy being outdoors before colder weather sets in, and a great place to do some early holiday shopping from some of the many arts and crafts vendors that line Oak Road. If you would like, you can enter a scarecrow in our annual contest to benefit the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op. If you don’t enter one, please make sure you vote for your favorite. Coming in December is the first annual Festival of Trees contest! You can read more about all the great things happening in the community in this edition of The Snellville Spirit. You can find additional information about opportunities to volunteer and all the FUN in Snellville by visiting our website at Celebrate Snellville!

Secretary Kathy Emanuel Treasurer Jamey Toney Board Member Alice Snipes Board Member Brian Pendley Board Member Susan Chappelear Board Member Tom Morris Board Member Stephen Brust Executive Director Kelly McAloon Mayor of Snellville Tom Witts City Council Barbara Bender - Mayor Pro Tem, Bobby Howard, Dave Emanuel, Cristy Lenski and Roger Marmol City Website:

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Magazine Cover Design by Perry Cox Contributing Writers and Photographers: Kelly McAloon, Eric Van Otteren, Don Britt, Brian Arrington, Tom Witts, Gretchen Schulz, Jon Richards and Robyn Jefferson







Mayor Tom Witts opines on the state of the city.



































An update on all things Snellville. A preview of the first Taste of Snellville event Sept. 17. How does the Towne Green sundial work? Explaining the Development Authority of Snellville. The Senior Center Fall Craft Show is Oct. 22. Snellville Farmers’ Market has another successful year. Ring in the fall with the 7th Annual Fall Festival. Find out how to enter the city’s Scarecrow Contest.

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Vote for your favorite Christmas Tree this year. Great information on how to protect yourself and your home. Celebrating the Snellville Police Department. City will honor veterans with event. Get the football schedules of the city’s three teams. Get to know breast cancer surgeon Dr. Hisa Yamaguchi. Commmunity Garden @Snellville gets special certification. Snapshots of recent events in the city. Try some recipes from local cooks.

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE By Tom Witts, Mayor

groups, the Snellville Police Academy Alumni Association which holds a golf tournament each year and other fundraisers to benefit the department and by S.N.A.P. (Snellville Neighborhood Alert Program).

Harmony is defined as “order or congruity of parts to their whole or to one another.” I have often said that running and keeping a city vibrant takes equal measures of a great staff, committed elected officials and unselfish volunteers all working together. Every time I attend an event on the Towne Green I’m reminded of the amount of coordination and planning it takes by all three groups working in harmony. Our safe streets and neighborhoods just don’t happen either. Our police force and public safety personnel work long and hard to keep us safe. Their job is made easier by two all-volunteer

So thank you each and every one that contributes to the ‘harmony’ of our city.

Staff and volunteers working in harmony. There are many more instances we could point to where Harmony improves our lives as Snellvillians.


Harmony came to my mind for this column because of the conversations I have had with citizens over this summer at city hall or at the events. It is obvious by your remarks that the “harmony” is not only recognizable but much appreciated. So thank you each and every one that contributes to the “Harmony” of our city. Staff, volunteers and elected officials, you are making a difference and the citizens are noticing and voicing their approval.

Snellville Tourism and Trade applications are now being accepted for the upcoming board seats for 20172018. You must own a business or live in the city limits of Snellville to apply and be a Classic STAT board member before the election. Visit for all the details. Upcoming schedule and speakers for the Snellville Commerce Club The Snellville Commerce Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at noon September 6th - Snellville City Hall - Eric Van Otteren, Snellville Economic Development Director October 4th - Snellville City Hall - Alan Chapman Gwinnett County Department of Transportation Director November 1st - Snellville City Hall - Don Britt, STAT President - Elections and STAT Overview December 6th - Summit Chase Country Club - Toys for Tots 66

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AROUND TOWNE By Jon Richards

Fall is a busy time for the officers in the Snellville Police Department. According to Chief Roy Whitehead, the latest class of the Snellville Citizens Police Academy had its first meeting in early September. The 12-week program covers many law enforcement topics. While it’s too late to participate this fall, it’s not too early to think about attending the Spring classes beginning in March. Oct. 11 is the date for the annual Tip A Cop event at O’Charley’s on Scenic Highway. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., city police officers will be waiting tables at the popular restaurant. Your tips that evening go to the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, which in turn supports the city police. Do you use Code Red? Code Red is a program the city subscribes to that provides warning information in case of bad weather or other emergencies. Information is automatically sent to your email, phone or text message. The program is offered at no charge to city residents. To sign up, go to the city website at, and search for Code Red. The Snellville Police Explorers are having a 5K Race and Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 10. The race kicks off at 8 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. The Police Explorers are students between 14 and 21 years old who are considering a career in law enforcement. To get more information on the race or on the Explorers program, visit Want to reduce Snellville, Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody

the amount of garbage you create? There’s an easy solution: recycle. There’s no limit to the amount of recycled material you can put out each week. The city will even provide a 65 gallon cart for recycling if you need it. But, make sure you are recycling the proper things. For a list of what you can recycle, visit, and search for recycling. The Oct. 4 meeting of the Snellville Commerce Club will feature a talk from Gwinnett County Department of Transportation Director Alan Chapman. He will explain what the department does, and how his department interfaces with the city’s traffic needs. Lunch is served at Noon at City Hall. Cost is $15 and first-time visitors are free. Election Day is Nov. 8. While the presidential election is at the top of the ticket, there are also races for Congress, the State Legislature, the County Commission and the Special Local Option Sales Tax vote. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 8. You can register or check your registration status at One of the favorite holidays for kids (and adults) is coming up at the end of October: Halloween. The Snellville Police Department will be sponsoring a best Halloween costume contest on its Facebook page. Submit a picture of yourself in costume, and the winner gets a ride to school in one of the city’s police cars. Visit the Police Department’s Facebook page in early October for more information. And on Halloween night, city police officers will be patrolling the city’s neighborhoods, handing out candy and keeping everyone safe.

By now, city residents should have received new trash carts from the new trash hauler. Even though the carts look a bit different, both the old and new carts hold 65 gallons of trash. As a reminder, the hauler will not collect trash that doesn’t fit inside your cart with the lid closed unless the excess trash is in one of the blue trash bags you can purchase at grocery stores and other city locations. 7



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Experience a diverse taste of many cultures as the “Great Chefs of Snellville” and surrounding area Chefs prepare their favorite foods for the “Taste of Snellville” Towne Green • September 17th, 2016 • 4:00 – 8:00 PM Many restaurants will feature their favorite foods and offer samplings for the tasting at our first “Taste of Snellville” event. All tickets will be sold at the information booth. When you purchase your tickets, you can also pick up a card that will have each restaruant name on it that can be stamped once you visit each restaurant. Fill your card and drop it in the box for some great door prizes that will be awarded at the end of the event. Food is just part of this new event, as jazz music will set the tone for the evening. Jazz Fusion Kings will take the stage from 4-5 PM and the Metro Jazz Club will take the stage from 5-8 PM with favorites that will keep you on your feet, so don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes. Many art vendors will be displaying their art pieces along with other vendors that will be set up on the Green and on Oak Rd. We are partnering with the Snellville Arts Commission and they will offer Sip n Paint packages for both wine glass painting and canvas painting. This will be awesome, sip your wine and sample some food while painting in the middle of Oak Rd. Several Sip n Paint sessions will be offered from 4 -8 PM, sign up early as these spots will go fast. Please go to to sign up now for the canvas painting and wine glass painting classes and the FREE sidewalk art squares. All tickets for the food must be purchased at the information booth. All tickets for the rides can be purchased at the activity ticket booth on the City Hall side of the road. Some of the great restuarants participating are: • Ionies Caribbean Kitchen • Fratelli's • Beren's Frozen Custard • Chick-fil-A Hwy. 78 • American Tavern • Stevi B’s • Zoës • • Grayson Coffee House • Baby Jane’s Home Cooking • The Village Corner German Restaurant and Bakery • Fresh Market • • Wild Wing Cafe • Spice Oven • Pollo Tropical ... plus many more. Lincoln Fill Station will be on site with Beer and Wine as well.

q Canvas Sip n Paint - $30 (Canvas included, 1 Drink Ticket, and 5 Food Tickets)

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t Inflatables and the Trackless Train will keep everyone busy for hours of fun.

Jazz Fusion Kings will take the stage from 4-5 PM and the Metro Jazz Club (pictured) will take the stage from 5-8 PM u

p Stop by the Family Tree Garden Center Tent and create your own Fairy Garden. Only $10.00 (supplies included) t Sidewalk Art – FREE You must register for your space to draw on. Only 50 spaces available. Once you register, one square will be reserved for you with your name on it when you arrive at the event. This is for any age group.

Sam Roper with Rope-A-Dope Toons will be teaching a Character Drawing Class for only $5.00 which includes Souvenir Pencil Set to take home and your finished character that you personally designed. Great for both children and adults. Sign up for classes on-line at Classes are limited to only 20 per seating and will be offered at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 7:00 PM. u

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Snellville’s Interactive Sundial

Use this diagram to see if you can tell the correct time...

1. Stand in the location shown for the current month of the year. 2. Put your hands together and raise them straight above your head, pointing to the sky. 3. Look at your shadow and tell the time. *Please note that the compass rose is set to “magnetic” north, while the sundial is calibrated to “true” north. In an analemmatic (horizontal) sundial, like the one on the Towne Green, the gnomon (the projecting piece) is a vertical object that moves depending on the month of the year. The hour markers are positioned on an ellipse based on the equations for that particular latitude. The time is read by noting where the shadow falls on the ellipse. Because the central plaza at Snellville’s Towne Green is a large circle, and not an ellipse, the hour markers were projected onto the outer edge of the circle based on where they would normally be located along the ellipse. Snellville’s sundial was designed as an interactive sundial, where the user becomes the shadow-casting element. The diagram above shows the various locations a person would need to stand depending on what month it is.

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Economic Development Fall 2016

ENTREPRENEUR ALLIANCE - RAISING SHARK BAIT By Robyn Jefferson, Entrepreneurship Alliance Intern It is happening again. High school students from three local schools are engaging in starting their own businesses. These folks have only a reality-television sense of what it is to be an entrepreneur. The students have willingly enrolled in a year-long class during which they will create their summer job. Did they know they were signing up to potentially be shark bait? The 2016-17 Entrepreneurship Alliance school year kicks off with three local high schools challenging students to choose their summer job path. This year, Grayson High School is joining South Gwinnett and Brookwood high schools in the most important work our schools can do today - preparing their students for engagement in the workforce. This year, the EA entrepreneurship effort will culminate in a countywide Shark Tank, based on the popular television show. The top two students from each program will move on to compete against other GCPS high school entrepreneurship student winners in a countywide “Shark Tank” competition hosted by the city of Snellville and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. The Entrepreneurship Alliance is requesting local business

leaders, entrepreneurs and service providers to serve and engage in one of three roles: •Entrepreneurship Story Teller – Through the fall the EA is seeking individuals that will tell their story to and engage with a group of aspiring student entrepreneurs. The commitment is about 40 minutes. •Entrepreneurship Mentor – At the Ideation Symposium and/ or through late winter and early spring the aspiring entrepreneurs will be focusing on their business idea, refining their business plans and preparing to rise to the level of being able to pitch at the Shark Tank. They will get guidance from business folks. •Shark Tank Jury Member – The Shark Tank Jury members are local and regional business owners who will commit to a donation to the Shark Tank Venture fund and a long afternoon of serving on the jury. We need your engagement to shape the next generation of business owners. Anyone interested in learning more about the program or is interested in contributing as a community partner, should contact Snellville Economic Development Director Eric Van Otteren, at or by calling 770985-3502.

Alphabet Soup - the Trilogy By Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Director In the spring edition of the Snellville Spirit, I shared about the Urban Redevelopment Agency and its dog-friendly efforts like a water fountain for pooches on the Towne Green. In the summer edition, I talked about the Downtown Development Authority and its wayfinding initiative. In this, the third column in the series, I will share a little about the Development Authority of Snellville. After being inactive for the past several years, the DAS was reinstated earlier this year with the task of selling the old police department building and with helping to advance the Towne Center @ Snellville. The DAS has many of the same powers as the Downtown Development Authority. One key difference is the DDA is restricted to a predefined district, the commercial area of downtown. The DAS is not limited to commercial areas. It may work anywhere within the city limits, including residential areas. With this in mind, the DAS may work with the DDA to develop housing options in The Towne Center as their coverage area does overlap. At their cores, the DDA and DAS serve the city in a key role of offering a more flexible method of selling property. The DAS 12

was recently charged by Mayor and Council with the task of selling the old police department building on Springdale Road. The building has several issues and has been vacant for a number of years. The vacancy period was primarily due to the nationwide recession and the challenging location of the building. The DAS is making good steps in the sales process and hopes to dispose of the building within the next year or two. The directors for the DDA and DAS overlap, creating a well-placed synergy between the authorities. There are slightly different qualifications for the directors on each authority. Some of the directors may serve on both authorities. The next meeting of these organizations is Sept. 15: •Urban Redevelopment Agency - 4:30 p.m. •Downtown Development Authority - 5 p.m. •Development Authority of Snellville - 5:30 p.m. The meetings are held in Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, and are open to the public. If you are interested in volunteering, please feel free to come to a meeting and learn more. The volunteer application may be found on the city’s website, Search for “Application for Board Appointment.” Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

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FUTURE GROWTH - MORE THAN A POP UP MARKET By Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Director New ideas about what the Towne Center @ Snellville might offer in the future are being developed following a spring Town Hall meeting hosted by Mayor Tom Witts and City Council members. Working behind the scenes, staff continues to explore possibilities, especially the relocation of the library and establishing a permanent city market – something that is not found elsewhere in Gwinnett County. The idea for a city market, similar to the Krog Street or Sweet Auburn city markets in downtown Atlanta, came about after the appearance of a surprising Pop-up Market in the spring of 2015 on the Wisteria property across the street from the Snellville Police Department. The headline in a Snellville Spirit article at the time stated, “Snellville’s Wisteria City Market to set the stage for future growth.” Well, who would have guessed that the Pop-up Market would spark great conversations including a potential relocation of the Snellville branch of the Gwinnett County library and the establishment of a permanent City Market? The concept for the library is a building on the city owned Wisteria Drive property. The first floor of the building would be the City Market. The second floor would be the new location for the Snellville branch of the Gwinnett library. An additional floor would be available for offices for the City Market as well as space for local businesses. Associated with the Market/Library building would be a detention lake, walking trail and terraced lawn. There is also consideration for the remaining land to be used for future office/campus development.

City leaders are listening to your input. Renewed conversations about the Towne Center @ Snellville from the Town Hall meeting and other conversations are keeping all these ideas alive. City leaders are now engaging in conversations about next steps. The long considered roundabout proposed in the 2003 Livable Centers Initiative is back on the drawing board along with additional on-street parking. There is also talk of a landscape design concept for the west side of City Hall. The grand opening of the new Towne Green was a great first step. The Towne Green provides a safe place for the Snellville Farmers’ Market, concerts and many other community events. The coming Special Local Option Sales Tax decision this fall provides the opportunity for the consideration of these additional ideas and more. If you would like to be part of the conversation, participate in future town hall meetings and visit Snellville’s new Web Site Community Conversation page: www.snellville. org/the-conversation. City leaders welcome your insights and comments in the discussion forums. Be part of imagining the Towne Center @ Snellville. City leaders are listening and acting on community input. This will not happen without you. To misquote a recently released “Star Trek” movie, “punch-it Mayor Witts.”


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SENIOR CENTER Craft show designed to draw visitors By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer Tucked behind City Hall just may be the city’s best kept secret. But city officials hope a craft show will showcase that secret. From 12 to 5 p.m. Oct. 22, the Snellville Senior Center will be the site of a Fall Craft Show which shows off the best of what the Senior Center has to offer. “We’re trying to figure out new ways to get people in,” said Leslie Pender, Senior Center activities and programs coordinator. “We’re getting out there in the community to let people know we are here. The idea is to get people in here to see what we do.” The fundraising event will feature crafts and art by Senior Center members. Last year more than a dozen vendors were set up on both floors of the Senior Center. Admission is free. Outside of the Senior Center, the city’s Fall Festival will be taking place on the Towne Green from 2-7 p.m. Event planners are looking for those who want to sell their crafts at the show. The cost of a booth is $25 for Senior Center members and $50 for non-members. However, for city residents, it is $9 to join the Senior Center so the cost to get a booth is $34 for non-members who join the Senior Center. For more information call Pender at 770-985-3580.


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Volunteers are the heart of Snellville Farmers’ Market The faces behind the Snellville Farmers’ Market. Front row, from left are, Marilyn Swinney, Alice Snipes, Marcy Pharris, Kenny Atkinson, Janet Atkinson, Kurt Schulz, Gretchen Schulz, Ricki Tobin and Ann McGill. Back row, from left are, Ronnie Bentley, Regina Hart, Beth Weil, Sandy Stanley, Tucker Czarick, Matt Czarick, Jeff Lasher and Dale Stanley.

By Gretchen Schulz The Snellville Farmers’ Market season will soon come to an end for this year. Sept. 24 is the last market. This has been the seventh season for the market and based on comments by the vendors, it has been one of the most successful seasons yet. Almost every Saturday as the market is closing we hear vendors saying “This was my best market ever!” And those who sell at other markets tell us that our volunteers rate as the most friendly and helpful. Our market is very dependent on a team of dedicated volunteers...and we emphasize volunteers. No one who volunteers for the market is paid and some devote as much as 20 hours a week. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize our volunteers. Our Towne Green Preparation Team is composed of Kurt Schulz, Ronnie Bentley and Matt Czarick (and often one or two of Matt’s children). Kurt develops the layout for the market and measures and marks all the booth spaces. He sprays the booth markers with spray paint prior to each market so they can be seen in the dark when inserting numbered booth flags from 5:30 to 6 a.m. each Saturday. Matt and Ronnie help Kurt with the Green preparation, setting up tents for the volunteers and entertainers and putting out safety cones to mark sprinkler heads so the vendors will not drive over them. Our Vendor Assistance Team is composed of Ricki Tobin, Ann McGill, Marie and Jeff Lasher, Regina Hart, Janet and Kenny Atkinson, Dale and Sandy Stanley, Alice and Dug Snipes, Beth Weil, Kurt Schulz and Matt Czarick. This team assists vendors as needed with setting up their tents and unloading their vehicles. This is one team that really makes our market shine. Vendors tell us they do not get this kind of assistance at any other market. We also do not hesitate to call on city councilmen Bobby Howard and Dave Emanuel if needed to support this team. Snellville, Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody

Our Marketing Team is made up of Kathy Emanuel, Matt Czarick, Cathy Gibbons, Karen Hagan and Mike Stock. One of Kathy’s very successful projects this year has been a market newsletter, which is sent out twice a month. In each newsletter she highlights a vendor and a volunteer. Kathy also disseminates marketing information to Matt, Cathy and Karen who then manage our Facebook page as well as Twitter and Instagram. Kathy is also the person we turn to when we need to design signs for the market. Mike attends many markets and takes photos for our Facebook page. Our Safety Team is composed of Marcy Pharris, Marilyn Swinney, Matt Czarick and an off-duty police officer. Marcy, Marilyn and the officer are positioned at the market entrance during vendor set-up and breakdown, assisting the vendors with entering and exiting the Green. During the market they are stationed at the crosswalk to stop traffic on Oak Road so customers can safely cross the street. Matt is positioned at the barricades that close Oak Road during our set-up time. We fondly call Susan Chappelear our Public Relations Expert. Susan loves greeting the vendors and walking around and talking to them. She sets up the information table in the volunteer tent, which provides customers with information about the city and upcoming events. Susan bakes a treat for the volunteers to enjoy at every market. And very importantly, she takes produce and other items that some of the vendors donate at the end of each market to the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op. Our Administrative Team is Gretchen and Kurt Schulz and Marcy Pharris. Gretchen shares vendor applications with the market committee and then emails confirmations and booth assignments to approved vendors. She prepares all the documents needed each week to manage the market. Kurt often assists Gretchen with booth assignments as he is the “layout expert.” Marcy serves as our Treasurer and collects booth fees and manages all the accounting for the market. We are grateful for this terrific team of volunteers. They are the heart of our market. 17

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ADULT ACTIVITIES BOOT CAMP Monday-Thursday and Saturday at the Park Office Five week sessions, various hours available Contact: Alvin Hill - 678-920-4136; gimmiesomesports@ OUTDOOR TENNIS & BASKETBALL COURTS Available on a first-come-first-served basis without lights (daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Tennis courts can be reserved with lights for a fee, call the office 770-985-3535. ADULT KICKBALL AND SOFTBALL LEAGUES Fall Leagues began August 30. Tuesday - Men’s Softball Wednesday - Kickball Thursday - Co-ed softball Friday - Co-ed softball Prices and registration forms on the website for the Spring Season. ADULT SOCCER LEAGUES For more info: or 770-466-7177. 18

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7th Annual Fall Festival

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Five Hours of Pure Family Fun! October 22 • 2-7 PM • Towne Green

As the cool crisp air is upon us and the leaves start to change to the warm colors of Fall, we have been busy planning our 7th Annual Fall Festival which will prove to be our best one yet. More than 75 craft vendors will line the street on Oak Road and around the Towne Green. The smell of festival food will fill the air to bring you flavors that will satisfy every palate. Join us for a great family fun filled day. New this year is one of the largest TRUNK or TREATS in the county. The Trunk or Treat will be hosted by several area churches including First Baptist Church, St.Oliver’s Catholic Church and other area churches.

Back by popular demand is the CONTAGIOUS BAND that will take the stage from 5 – 7 PM. Don’t forget your dancing shoes as this band will keep you on your feet.

You will not want to miss it. Don’t forget to get to the festival early for the cake and pie contest to help decide who has made the best cake or pie. Be sure to check in on the Towne Green at the costume contest tent to the left of the stage and register by at 2 p.m. to enter. All Day Activity Band is $10 and includes all rides. •Bungee Jump •Rock Wall •Inflatables •Trackless Train •Hay Rides •Big Red Wagon pulled by the Tonka Truck

Line Up of Activities 2:30 PM • Cake and Pie Contest 3 PM • Costume Contest – All Ages (MUST REGISTER BY 2 PM) 4 PM • Dog Costume Contest (MUST REGISTER BY 3:30 PM) 4:30 PM • Scarecrow Contest Winners and Scarecrow Silent Auction Winners Announced 5 - 7 PM • CONTAGIOUS BAND TRUNK or TREAT • TBA

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The Scarecrows are Coming to Snellville ... Calling all business owners, schools, churches, and residents to join in the fun! Great advertising for businesses, too! Entrance fee is $20.

How will this work? You create a scarecrow and put it on display outside your business, school, church, home or club. We’ll make sure that there is a map of all locations where Scarecrows are on display for voting. Patrons will be encouraged to visit your location and vote on who has the BEST SCARECROW in Snellville. To ensure that your scarecrow is on the map, the deadline to receive the registration form is Tuesday, Sept. 27. Contest is available to everyone in Snellville. Voting will run from Oct. 7 - 21 at midnight. You will bring your scarecrow to the Snellville FALL FESTIVAL on the Towne Green on Oct. 22 for display. Contest winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m. during the Fall Festival and then your scarecrows will be auctioned off to the highest bidder with bids starting at $10. Scarecrows need to be able to stand on their own. delivery is to be made to the designated spot behind the stage on the the Towne Green on by 11 a.m. Oct. 22. Please include a 3 x 5 card clearly marked with the scarecrow’s name, your name and business information. The winning scarecrows (1st, 2nd & 3rd Place) will be presented a trophy and cash prizes (1st-$100, 2nd- $75 and 3rd- $50) and also receive recognition in our Winter Snellville Spirit Magazine, Snellville Tourism and Trade website and Facebook page. The winning scarecrow will be judged on creativity and overall presentation. BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN! All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Gwinnett Southeast Food Co-op. Your money will go to a worthy cause! Questions can be sent to or call Kelly McAloon at 770-310-0429.

For more information, rules, tips and applications visit

FESTIVAL of TREES - New for 2016 Vote for your FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TREE Showcase your decorated Christmas Tree in Snellville City Hall from Nov. 26 through Dec. 17. Spaces are limited to 25 Christmas trees, so don’t delay, fill out the application that can be found at and send it in. Everyone will be able to vote on their favorite tree by placing dried food, canned goods or toys under the tree of choice. All dried food and canned goods will be 22

donated to Give Hunger the Boot for the Southeast Gwinnett Coop Food Bank and the toys will be donated to the Snellville Secret Santa program. Voting will begin at our Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 26. We will also be accepting monetary donations for those of you who want to vote on the tree of your choice through the Snellville Tourism and Trade website Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

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Snellville Tourism and Trade, Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce and the Heart of Gwinnett invite you to join us for our Business After Hours Halloween Networking Party on October 27th at Summit Chase Country Club from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Join these three POWERHOUSE networking groups for one of the largest networking events in Gwinnett County. Meet new people and expand your horizons. You do not need to be a member to participate in this event and it is absolutely FREE to attend. Promotional business tables will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Come dressed in your business attire or come dressed in your favorite costume for a chance to win a prize for “Most Creative Costume” or “Overall Best Costume.” To reserve a promotional table for this event please contact Kelly McAloon at





Sept. 24 • 6-9 PM Towne Green Presented by:

Keystone Sponsor:

American Tavern, Chick-fil-A, Beren’s Frozen Custard and Fratelli’s will be on site selling food. Beer and wine available for purchase. Reserve your table for eight at

Parks & Recreation Fall 2016 T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway ~ Park Office (770) 985-3535

SPECIAL EVENTS BRISCOE PARK COMMUNITY YARD SALE Next sale is October 15, 2016, 8am to noon. Please stop by the office to register. $10 for one space; $15 for two spaces. 2ND ANNUAL GUNS & HOSES CHARITY SOFTBALL GAME Snellville PD vs Gwinnett Fire, Saturday September 10 Activities start at 1pm and game starts at 2pm. FREE ADMISSION with the donation of one canned food per person

PARK RENTALS PARK RENTALS (REQUIRE 14 DAYS NOTICE) We now rent facilities, except the Betty McMichael Room, on all holidays. OUTDOOR PAVILION RENTALS (Includes picnic tables and benches) We have four outdoor open air covered pavilions holding 35 to 50 people & one gazebo holding 10. Rental times: 8 to 10 a.m.,10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Price per two-hour block: NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS Snellville City Limit - $40 (M to T) / $45 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $55 (M to T) / $60 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $65 (M to T) / $70 (F to S) BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City Limit - $75 (M to T) / $80 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $90 (M to T) / $95 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $100 (M to T) / $105 (F to S) INDOOR RENTALS (air conditioned and heated) Rent any four-hour time period from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; rent and deposit are due up front. Deposit is refunded after the rental if all conditions of the rental are met. COURTLAND WILLIAMS PAVILION - HOLDS 35 PRICES PER FOUR-HOUR BLOCK, $100 refundable deposit plus: NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS Snellville City Limit - $90 (M to T) / $100 (F to S) 24 24

The cast and crew of ‘Inseparable’ took full advantage of the beauty and magic of Briscoe Park. The white-blossomed trees provided a backdrop for a crucial scene, as did a scenic, stone footbridge. The crew filmed in the cool woods, the sunny paths and were greeted by ducks and geese and turtles. At one pivotal point, the gentle constant breeze from the lake kicked up and added a perfectly-timed dramatic moment, which will be included in the film yet to be released. Gwinnett County - $120 (M to T) / $130 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $130 (M to T) / $140 (F to S) BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City Limit - $140 (M to T) / $150 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $165 (M to T) / $175 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $175 (M to T) / $185 (F to S) Includes six 6-foot rectangular tables and 35 chairs; microwave; refrigerator and sink BETTY MCMICHAEL ROOM/ PARK OFFICE-HOLDS 100 - $200 refundable deposit plus: NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS Snellville City Limit - $205 (M to T) / $220 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $265 (M to T) / $280 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $275 (M to T) / $290 (F to S) BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City Limit - $340 (M to T) / $355 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $400 (M to T) / $415 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $410 (M to T) / $425 (F to S) Includes 12 8-foot rectangular tables and 100 chairs; microwave; refrigerator and sink For room/pavilion or field rentals call the park office at 770985-3535; field rentals Jillian Bouchard 770-985-3533. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, or MC. Snellville, Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody

Home of Snellville’s Hot Wings, Cold Beer & Good Times

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THURSDAY Great Food, Fun & Acoustics!

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Snellville Arts Commission

For The Love of Art

Live Auction Gala Saturday, November 12th 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Summit Chase Country Club, 3197 Classic Drive

Come help us raise money for our charity. Come dressed to the nines and get ready for the fundraising event of the year! Live Auction, Silent Auction, Cocktail Hour, Dinner & Dancing. Local businesses have donated some of the best and most desirable goods.

Admission: $30

For more information, please visit Website:

Sept. 10 • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Briscoe Park • ‘Peanuts’

Spotlight on Snellville Seniors Snellville Senior Center ~ 2350 Oak Road ~ Snellville, Georgia 30078 ~ (770) 985-3580 The Snellville Senior center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

CLASSES AEROBICS – FREE with Membership Mondays & Thursdays 9:15 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. PILATES – $3 per class Tuesdays & Fridays 10 a.m. PAINTING CLASSES $25/4 Classes Thursdays - 1 - 3 p.m. (Instructor can provide supplies for additional $25) CROCHET & KNITTING GROUP Tuesdays at Noon – FREE with Membership SPANISH Monday, starting Aug. 1 – 10:15 -11:15 a.m. New Beginner Spanish - $5 per class Tuesdays – Accelerated Beginner Spanish – 10 a.m. Must have some Spanish for these classes. The Senior Center offers other classes in conjunction with our regularly ongoing scheduled classes. Please stop by our center or visit our website at to view our bi-monthly newsletter located under Parks and Recreation for these additional classes and events.


The Senior Center welcomes members to come try out the pool table. We have pool sticks onsite for your use or you can bring your own.


2016 Senior Center Annual Memberships (January 2016) Senior Center Annual Memberships (January- December) Snellville City Limit Residents $15, Gwinnett County Residents $25; Out-of-County $30. Join after July 1 the cost for the remainder of the year is $9 for City Residents; $15 for County Residents; and $18 for Out-of-County Residents Additional persons from the same household receive a $5 discount 26


The Senior Center offers day and overnight trips as well as special events. Information is updated bi-monthly in our Spotlight Newsletter which includes a current calendar of events. Newsletters can be picked up at the center, found on our website at or mailed to your home once you join. Contact the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 to register and for additional information.


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The Snellville Police Department

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Members of the Snellville Police Department will be out in force hosting its annual Snellville Public Safety Night on the Snellville Towne Green (in front of city hall). Bring the family for some fun and get some great information on protecting yourself, your family, your pets, your home & business and your personal identity. Meet and speak with members of your police department.

The event is free and all are encouraged to attend.

Area Mascots, a Treasure Hunt & a drawing will keep the kids engaged & entertained. A Flag Ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm Police vehicles with anti-crime accessories, tactical equipment & weapons & the SRT (special response team) will be on display. County Fire Equipment & personnel will be on hand. EMS and 1st responders will be available with information.

Demonstrations will include: * Several demonstrations by the Snellville K-9 Department * How to manage a traffic stop Exhibitors will be providing information on: * Personal Safety * Road safety for adults, teens and young children * Gun Safety and Training * Financial Security Sponsored by the Snellville Police Department * Home Security and the Snellville Citizens Police Academy * Pet Security Alumni Association * Fingerprinting of kids * CodeRED - A free emergency notification system




Det. Laura Steele is an example of the love of community that runs deep with our officers. A native of Baton Rouge, La., Steele immediately began collecting resources for law enforcement affected by the devistating floods there. In August, she asked for the help of the Snellville community. At the Snellville Farmers’ Market, at an Aug. 20 concert and at the police station, Steele collected more than $3,000 in donations, gift cards and a cargo van full of supplies from the community before she traveled to the city to help in the relief effort. 29

VETERANS’ DAY CELEBRATION Friday • November 11th • 6-8 PM Snellville Towne Green A Program to Honor All Veterans

Recognition of Veterans • Button Gwinnett Chapter Militia Food Trucks • Balloon Launch • Military Vehicles Music by the Gwinnett Community Band

SNELLVILLE AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2016 Brookwood Broncos Mascot: Broncos Colors: Maroon, Gold Coach: Mark Crews Address: 1255 Dogwood Road, Snellville, GA 30078 National Rank: 936 State Rank: 43

Grayson Rams Colors: Green, Gold, Navy Coach: Mickey Conn Address: 50 Hope Hollow Road, Loganville, GA 30052 National Rank: 18 State Rank: 1

South Gwinnett Comets Mascot: Comets Colors: Blue, Gray Coach: John Small Address: 2288 E. Main St., Snellville, GA 30078 National Rank: 803 State Rank: 33

8/20 -11:45 a.m. North Gwinnett (Suwanee, GA) Location: Georgia Dome

10/7 - 7:30 p.m. Meadowcreek (Norcross, GA) Location: Brookwood High School

8/26 -7 p.m. Walton (Marietta, GA) Location: Brookwood High School

10/14 - 7:30 p.m. @ Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, GA) Location: Central Gwinnett High School

9/2 - 7:30 p.m. @ South Gwinnett (Snellville, GA) Location: South Gwinnett High

10/21 - 7:30 p.m. Parkview (Lilburn, GA) Location: Brookwood High School

9/16 - 8 p.m. @ Colquitt County (Moultrie, GA) Location: Mack Tharpe Stadium

10/28 - 7 p.m. @ Norcross (Norcross, GA) Location: Norcross High School

9/23 - 7:30 p.m. @ Berkmar (Lilburn, GA) Location: Berkmar High School

11/4 - 7:30 p.m. Lakeside (Atlanta, GA) Location: Brookwood High School

8/27 - 7 p.m. IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) Location: Grayson High School

10/7 - 7:30p Shiloh (Snellville, GA) Location: Grayson High School

9/2 - 7:30 p.m. @ McEachern (Powder Springs, GA) Location: McEachern High School

10/14 - 7:30 p.m. Archer (Lawrenceville, GA) Location: Grayson High School

9/16 - 7:00 p.m. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach, FL) Location: Grayson High School

10/21 - 7:30 p.m. Newton (Covington, GA) Location: Grayson High School

9/23 - 7 p.m. Ramsay (Birmingham, AL) Location: Grayson High School

10/28 - 7 p.m. @ Hoover (Hoover, AL) Location: Hoover High School

9/30 - 7:30 p.m. @ Rockdale County (Conyers, GA) Location: Reid Stadium

11/4 - 7:30 p.m. @ South Gwinnett (Snellville, GA) Location: South Gwinnett High

8/19 - 7 p.m. @ Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, GA) Location: Central Gwinnett High School

9/30 - 7:30 p.m. @ Newton (Covington, GA) Location: Sharp Stadium, Sharp Stadium

8/26 - TBA Lanier (Sugar Hill, GA) Location: South Gwinnett High School

10/7 - 7:30 p.m. Rockdale County (Conyers, GA) Location: South Gwinnett High

9/2 - 7:30 p.m. Brookwood (Snellville, GA) Location: South Gwinnett High

10/21 - 7:30 p.m. @ Shiloh (Snellville, GA) Location: Shiloh High School, Stadium

9/9 - 7 p.m. @ South Forsyth (Cumming, GA) Location: South Forsyth High School

10/28 - 7:30 p.m. @ Archer (Lawrenceville, GA) Location: Archer High School

9/23 - 7 p.m. Hillgrove (Powder Springs, GA) Location: South Gwinnett High School

11/4 - 7:30 p.m. Grayson (Loganville, GA) Location: South Gwinnett High

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Meet Dr. Hisa Yamaguchi: Breast Cancer Surgeon For those women affected by breast cancer in the Snellville area, Dr. Hisa Yamaguchi is a familiar and welcoming face. She’s known for her wonderful bedside manner and after 22 years of working with breast cancer patients, the surgeon has touched the lives of thousands. Born in Kearny, NJ, she graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, PA in 1982, New York University in 1984, Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1988 and did her general surgery residency at the Medical Center of Delaware from 1988-1993. She has been in private practice in Gwinnett County since 1995 and is currently working for Eastside Surgical Associates practicing general surgery with an emphasis on breast disease/ cancer treatment. The Snellville Spirit recently asked Yamaguchi about herself and her efforts to help women in the battle against breast cancer. Snellville Spirit: Why did you want to get into the field you are in? Dr. Hisa Yamaguchi: Actually, I wanted to be a marine biologist. Then I went to grad school and wanted to work in the lab. Then I got into med school. I actually taught undergrad pre-med students at (New York University) and found it fascinating. Once I was in med school, I immediately fell in love with surgery. Despite knowing that there were very few women in surgery and I faced many obstacles, it felt so natural and I knew it was my calling. My mother was a physician in Japan and my grandfather was a surgeon. But she actually tried to talk me out of it, because she knew how demanding and challenging this career would be for me. SS: Why breast cancer? HY: Breast cancer receives a lot of attention and funding. It is the leading cancer in American women. One in eight American women, if they reach the age of 90, will develop breast cancer. Most people, if not everyone, know someone with breast cancer. Over 200,000 new diagnoses are made yearly in America. Because of the extensive research, many new treatments are significantly helping women with this disease. It is because of the large number of people with breast cancer, that it is easier to do research and clinical studies. With cancers such as ovarian, the number of patients are much smaller so it is harder to accrue patients for studies. SS: What would you tell a women diagnosed with breast cancer? HY: It’s not a simple answer. Breast cancer is so diverse. It really depends on the cancer. If the patient has early stage breast cancer, (Stage I or IIA) she has an excellent prognosis. SS: How has treating breast cancer changed over the years? HY: This is the most important concept that I discuss with each breast cancer patient. Breast cancer treatment dramatically changed by the beginning of the 21st Century. Before then, all breast cancers were treated the same (all women had mastectomy, same chemo, maybe radiation and no immediate reconstruction). We learned that all breast cancers are as unique as the patient. We now

use the molecular biology (genetic profile or finger print) to characterize each cancer. This allows us to determine if treatment such as chemo would be effective and provide a survival benefit. If not, we could spare the patient the deleterious effects of our drugs. Also many women who previously would have had a mastectomy in the past can now have the choice to preserve her breast. Surgeons have also learned that the extremely morbid surgeries of the past (radical mastectomy and full axillary dissection) provided no survival benefit. Our surgeries are now oncologically safe yet also attempt to preserve symmetry and better cosmetic results for the patient. I stress to patients, that the internet and your friends and family, should not help you with your medical decision choices. This should be discussed with a dedicated breast specialist. Breast cancer treatment is a very complex and dynamic field of medicine. Changes can occur very quickly. Physicians who treat breast cancer keep up to date with any changes in research and clinical trials. I attend a weekly multidisciplinary conference to discuss each newly diagnosed breast cancer. This allows the physicians of all specialties (medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, radiology, pathology) to discuss each case and then agree on the proposed treatment plan. Also I attend yearly conferences to learn from the national specialists in this field. SS: What are some preventative measures women can take to avoid breast cancer? HY: There are a few factors that you can do to decrease your risk for breast cancer. Ten percent of all breast cancers are hereditary - a genetic mutation is inherited. The majority of breast cancers are not hereditary (called sporadic). Obesity increases your risk. Long term hormone use, alcohol intake, nulliparity (no children) and having children after age 30 also imparts a higher risk. SS: Breast cancer is often considered an older woman’s disease. Is this true? HY: That is true. The rate of breast cancer increases after menopause. We are seeing women diagnosed at younger ages.Those are the women who are screened for genetic mutations. I believe in part this is due to screening at a younger age. When I was in training, you would not order a mammogram in a women under 50 (premenopausal).Women are much more aware and health conscious today. This is a result of trying to practice preventative care. The screening mammogram starts at 40, although certain societies are trying to raise the age to 45. Again, breast cancer discussion focuses on the specific characteristics of the patients cancer. The only difference in young women with breast cancer, is that she would undergo genetic testing. SS: What do you see as the future of breast cancer treatment? HY: Less surgery is the trend. There are studies now investigating, whether performing lymph node biopsy (sentinel node) will be replaced by ultrasound imaging. Radiation therapy has certainly expanded its role in breast cancer treatment and is showing possible improved survival in women receiving radiation. (Three dimensional) mammography (tomosynthesis) is now utilized and helps radiologist scan through dense breast tissue, and will decrease rates of call back imaging. For more information about breast cancer treatment and prevention visit

COMMUNITY GARDEN @SNELLVILLE Garden awarded Pollinator Garden Certification By Gretchen Schulz Take a walk through the Community Garden @Snellville and you cannot help but notice bees buzzing around the tomato, squash and okra blossoms. Or the bees buzzing among the zinnias and sunflowers gardeners have planted among their vegetable plants. You cannot help but notice the beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly landing on the lilies in the calendar garden around the perimeter of the garden. Note also the 40 milkweed plants that were grown in the garden’s greenhouse and have now been transplanted to the garden entrance to attract Monarch butterflies. Then walk over to the corner of the garden and take a look at the beehive managed by Steve Rasmussen, a beekeeper who also rents a bed in the garden. The Community Garden @Snellville is literally a beehive of pollinator activity and because of the efforts of the volunteers who manage the garden, the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture recently awarded the garden a certificate of Pollinator Garden Creation. The certificate recognizes the special efforts the garden has made to increase pollinator habitats. “Our pollinator populations are in trouble and I am very pleased that the Community Garden can support and participate in the university’s Pollinator Spaces Project,” said Master Gardener Wes Nettleton, who rents two beds in the garden and assembled the documentation needed for the certification. The Community Garden @Snellville is located between Briscoe Park and the city’s Recycling Center off of Lenora Church Road. For more information visit www.snellvillecommunitygarden. com.

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Can you afford not to have one? Whether you are in the middle of a crisis, or being proactive and want to get a data security and privacy plan in place, Webb, Tanner & Powell stands ready to assist. Our attorneys are prepared to answer your data security and privacy questions such as: 

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From some of our favorite cooks!

Fall Favorites


Makes approximately 15

2 sticks butter

2 1/2 cups of dried shredded coconut 1/3 cup of All Purpose flour 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar 1/8 teaspoon of kosher salt 2/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon of good vanilla extract 1/4 cup of toffee bits (plus some for garnish) 1 cup of Dark Chocolate morsels Sliced almonds for garnish

1 stick margarine 3 cups sugar 5 eggs 3 cups plain flour (sifted) 1/2 cup cocoa 1/4 tsp. baking powder 1 1/4 cups milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract Cream butters and sugar until creamy. Add eggs one at a time. Sift dry ingredients and add alternately with milk. Add vanilla. Bake at 300 degrees for 86-90 minutes. Cool slightly and turn onto cake plate. GLAZE 1 cup sugar 1/8 cup cocoa pinch of salt 1/2 stick butter 1/3 cup of milk 1 tsp. vanilla Boil all ingredients except vanilla for 2 minutes. Add vanilla and spread over cake while hot.

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- Becky Taylor and Tricia Rutledge, First Baptist Church Snellville

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients (coconut, flour, salt, toffee bits and sugar) until all are evenly mixed and you can see that the coconut flakes and toffee bits are coated with flour. Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla then stir until all of the ingredients are worked together. It will have the consistency of a very thick batter or cookie dough. Once the mixture is done, refrigerate for 20 minutes. To form the macaroons; using all of your fingers on one hand pinch some of the mixture and roll into a ball. Using your four fingers on one hand as a platform for the macaroon lightly press with your thumb from the same hand to smooth the top of the macaroon Make it into a circular form by bringing the tips of your thumb and both your ring and middle finger on the other hand together around the macaroon pressing lightly to smooth the sides. It should have the shape of a cylinder. Place the macaroons one inch apart on the baking sheet that you lined with parchment paper. Bake on the middle rack for 18 to 20 minutes, rotate the baking sheet at the “5 minutes to go� mark. When the macaroons have finished baking, transfer them to a cooling rack to cool for 10 minutes. While they are cooling, melt the chocolate morsels in the microwave for 15 second intervals, stirring between each interval until its silky smooth. Dip the tops of each macaroon into the chocolate and top with toffee bits and sliced almonds. - Troy Barnes, Lead singer for Rhythm Nation

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1800 Tree Lane, Suite 300 • Snellville, GA

Gwinnett Gynecology is now Gwinnett Gynecology & Maternity Our practice has delivered women’s healthcare with excellence in the Atlanta area since 1973. We are pleased to announce that we will now be offering both obstetric and gynecology services right here in Snellville. Our mission is to provide the most advanced, evidence-based medical care for women of all ages.

Our Providers: Peter C. C. Mann, MD Janice Hammond-Pressley, MD Vonda R. Ware, MD Katherine Kennedy, PA-C Betsy Weiss, PA-C

For more information, please call 770-972-6464 or visit