Snellville Spirit - Spring 2017

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Where Everybody is Proud to Be Somebody! Spring 2017

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Spring 2017 - Volume 25 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association

P.O. Box 669 • Snellville, GA 30078 Website:

Snellville Tourism and Trade is beginning its eighth year of serving the local community. We are excited to offer a wide variety of events and activities to the citizens of Snellville while promoting our great city, our awesome business community and the fantastic events that are offered throughout the year. We also produce the Snellville Spirit magazine to keep the citizens of our hometown informed on all that is going on in Snellville. While preparing for the upcoming 2018 event season, I want us all to get ready to celebrate our community and everyone that makes up its fabric. As a local South Gwinnett High School graduate, I have had the privilege of watching our hometown grow into a World Class Community. We are fortunate to be able to live so close to the metro Atlanta area and still have a hometown feel. As they always say, “Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody” in Snellville. My hope for the 2017 season is that every citizen comes out and participates in the community by getting to know your neighbors, having a better understanding of the city and together making Snellville a better place to work, live and play. I look forward to seeing you in Snellville in 2017.


President Don Britt Vice President Gretchen Schulz Secretary Kathy Emanuel Treasurer Jamey Toney Board Member Regina Hart 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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Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the City of Snellville.

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Magazine Design by Brian Arrington, Perry Cox, Gail Lane and Kelly McAloon Magazine Cover Design by Brian Arrington Contributing Writers and Photographers: Kelly McAloon, Eric Van Otteren, Don Britt, Brian Arrington, Tom Witts, Gretchen Schulz, Barbara Bender and Deborah Puette







STAT President Don Britt previews spring happenings.



































Mayor Tom Witts opines on the city. The latest with the Police Department and Public Works. A list of events taking place on Easter from area churches. A preview of the city’s biggest annual festival. Cracker Barrel opens in Snellville to much excitement. Economic Development effort returns for another year. Take a look at the event which turns Oak Road into a beach. Shadow Day at City Hall brings students job experience.

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Preview of the city’s Memorial Day Celebration. The Snellville Farmers’ Market to make its return in June. The Community Garden @Snellville ready for another year. Another installment about the future of the city center. What’s new at T.W. Briscoe Park? The Snellville Senior Center offers quite the workout. STAT’s annual listing of events and concerts. Meet the city’s Volunteer of the Year. Who won STAT’s Festival of Trees Contest? 5 5

MAYOR’S MESSAGE By Mayor Tom Witts Spring has sprung! It won’t be long before we will be celebrating Snellville Days, listening to concerts on the Towne Green, and spending our Saturday mornings buying our farm fresh goods at our awardwinning Snellville Farmers Market. This coming year will also bring some challenges. The most obvious will be the construction of the new intersection at highways 78 and 124. Although the final product is promised to improve the traffic in our city, the construction phase may prove frustrating. I suggest we keep our eye on the prize (the finished product)

as Georgia DOT goes about their task. The construction period is scheduled to be 18 months. To see what the final intersection will look like go to com/watch?v=SCnRn6kGMlI. We are marching forward on our goal to construct a destination town center. We are MAYOR in talks with private developers as well as TOM WITTS agencies of the county, state, and federal government. It’s a monumental task with lots of moving parts. Rest assured that your elected officials, as well as city staff, are spending countless hours in meetings and interviews to make sure that the final product will be something that our citizens are PROUD of and something that will define Snellville for years to come.

We are marching forward on our goal to construct a destination town center. AROUND TOWNE By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer

The Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is hosting its annual Blue Light Golf Tournament and Fundraiser April 24. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and lunch and awards are slated for 1 p.m. at Summit Chase Country Club, 3197 Classic Drive. The SCPAAA is a 501c(3) organization with a goal of raising money and providing support to the Snellville Police Department. In the past SCPAAA has provided funds for the police K-9 and their equipment, laptops for the Criminal


Investigation Division and push bumpers, tinted window treatments and spotlights for the police cars. This year, the funds collected from the event will be earmarked to help purchase another K-9. Hole sponsorship is $110. Team is $400 for four players and a tee sponsorship. All donations are tax deductible. Contact Mary Fergus at or 770-9851322. Applications are also available at Summit Chase Country Club, in the lobby at City Hall and at the PGA Superstore in Lawrenceville.

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The City of Snellville Public Works department has been out in some neighborhoods applying door hangers (Only Rain Down The Storm Drain ) as part of public education for the City’s stormwater management plan.

The purpose is to educate our citizens of pollutants that can cause harm to our waterways as well as clog culverts and pipes leading to flooding. How can you help? You can help by using the following tips to prevent pollution: •Properly dispose of hazardous waste and recycle used motor oil. •Use fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides sparingly and follow the manufacturer’s instruction.

The Snellville Commerce Club was established in 1984. Monthly meetings regularly include professionals and merchants from the Snellville area. The Snellville Commerce Club is seeking new members who would like to benefit their businesses by becoming part of a community-based organization. In 2011, the Commerce Club became the official business marketing organization of Snellville Tourism & Trade, the city’s Destination Marketing Organization. Luncheon meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month from 12-1 p.m. at Snellville City Hall unless otherwise notified. There is a speaker from the community at each meeting. Guests may attend one regular monthly meeting at no charge. Any meeting thereafter is $15.

•Keep yard waste, trash, and dirt off the street and out of gutters. •Clean up after your pets. •Wash your car at a car wash facility or park your car in the grass before you wash it. •Spread the word about protecting our waterways from polluted runoff. Did you know? ... Completed resurfacing projects by Public Works through March 2017 include: Timber Lane, Eastwood Drive, Eastgate Drive, Savannah Bay Court, Little Forest Court, Tree Brooke Lane, Tree Brooke Court, Splitwood Drive, Flintrock Way and Industrial Way. The great warm winter had our paving ahead of schedule going into spring! For more information on the Snellville Public Works Department visit

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The Snellville Police Department recently hosted a class taught by Scott Smith and Scott Hermel at Wages Funeral home on Highway 78. Those in the class were special needs students who were given insight on the workings of a police department.



Snellville Community Holy Week Schedules Easter Services

12 STONE CHURCH Saturday April 15 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm Easter Sunday April 16th - 9:00 am, 11:00 am & 1 :00pm Service Times Sundays - 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm 1709 Scenic Highway S., Snellville, GA 30078 678.990.9601 |

CANNON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PALM SUNDAY - Sunday, April 9 9:30 & 11:00 am Services – No 8:00 am service Celebratory day with a procession around the church with palms & Jesus riding on a donkey. Maundy Thursday - April 13 In partnership with Snellville UMC 7:00 pm Service Held at Snellville United Methodist Church Good Friday - April 14 7:00 pm Service - “Seven Last Words of Christ” Community Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 15 Community Easter Egg Hunt - 1:00 pm Easter Sunday - Sunday, April 16 8:00 am, 9:30 am, & 11:00 am Services 2424 Webb Gin House Rd., Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.5463 |


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Easter Sunday, April 16 Sunday – 9:30 am Blended Service and 11:00 pm Contemporary Service 1525 Scenic Hwy., Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.5020 |

Saturday, April 15 - Easter Vigil, 7:30 pm Easter Sunday, April 16 - 8:00 & 10:30 am 1520 Oak Road, Snellville GA 30078 770.979.4210 |



Sunday Worship Times Sunday Bible Class - 9:00 am Morning Worship - 10:00 am Evening Worship - 5:00 pm

Saturday, April, 15, 10 am - Noon

Wednesday Bible Class - 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 16 Easter Worship Service -10:30 am

3025 Lenora Church Rd., Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.6988 |

Eggstravaganza in the back parking lot. Bouncy house, egg stations, popcorn, candy, face painting & more.

2485 Scenic Hwy S., Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.0767 |

ST. OLIVER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH Good Friday, April 14 Music Ministry Presentation Canticle of the Cross - 3:00 pm Hispanic Hour of Reparation - 5:00 pm Good Friday Service - 7:00 pm Holy Saturday, April 15 Church Decorating - 10:00 am Blessing of Easter Food -11:00 am Easter Vigil Mass - Bilingual Liturgy 8:00 pm



Easter Sunday Worship Services 9:30 am & 11:00 am Celebration Choir & Orchestra and Senior Pastor Brian Boyles.

Saturday, April 15 4th Annual Snellville 5k & Fun Run - 8:00 am Easter Egg Hunt 10:00 am, Indoor/Outdoor

Sunday School for Children Ages Birth – Kindergarten Saturday, April 15th from 9 am - 3 pm Helicopter Easter Egg Drop Festival Register online at 2400 Main St., E., Snellville, GA 30078 770.978.7000 |

WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Palm Sunday, April 9 10:30 am Worship 9:30 am Sunday School for all Ages 12:00 pm Potluck Lunch & Egg Hunt Maundy Thursday, April 13 - 6:30 pm In-Home Communion & Potluck Dinner

GRACE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH Maundy Thursday, April 13 - resources at for in home gatherings


Good Friday, April 14 - 7:00 pm Outdoor Worship

Maundy Thursday - April 13, 7:30 pm Hand & Foot Washing & Stripping of the Altar

1400 Dogwood Rd., SW, Snellville, GA 30078 770.979.7000 |

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Easter Sunday, April 16 6:45 am - Easter Sunrise Service in the Courtyard 8:30 am & 11am - Traditional Easter Services 9:30 am - Contemporary Easter Service in the Christian Life Center (CLC) 12:30 pm - Hispanic Latino Easter Service (J) 2428 Main Street East., Snellville, GA 30078 678.430.6002 |

Easter Sunday, April 16 - 7:00 am Sunrise, 9:00 am and 10:45 am in our Amphitheater 9:00 am and 10:45 in our Auditorium

Easter Sunday - April 16 Sunrise Service - 7:00 am 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 (Noon) & 1:30 pm Easter Hispanic Liturgy 1:30 pm

Good Friday - April 14 Stations of the Cross - 11:30 am Good Friday Service with music,12 noon Stations of the Cross, 6:45 pm Good Friday Service, 7:30 pm

Good Friday, April 14 - 7:30 pm Tenebrae Service in the Sanctuary Easter Sunday, April 16 - 10:30 am Worship Celebration of the Resurrection 9:30 am Sunday School for all Ages 2208 Main Street E., Snellville, GA 30078 770.979.9676 |



Keith King BMX Bike Stunt Show – As seen on “America’s Got Talent,” Keith King and his friends show off in this amazing BMX stunt show. It is proven entertainment for kids and adults alike. Performance features high-flying aerial stunts and mind-boggling technical moves. K-9s in Flight – Audiences of all ages will be entertained by this nonstop, action-packed performance showcasing the top amazing K-9 sports with dogs doing high jump and catching Frisbees all in a fun, high-flying atmosphere.

Jurassic Kingdom – This is the newest show in prehistoric history! Travel along with the host back into prehistoric times to witness and learn firsthand what life was like thousands of years ago. From fossils to seeing what it would be like to see a dinosaur hatch from the egg, this show is sure to amaze! Lew-E’s Comedy Circus – This show will delight young and old as he mixes a special blend of silly comedy and magi!! Action-packed juggling, audience participation and high energy - the little ones will love this show!

Roaming Ground Acts – Barely distinguishable from real trees, Walking Tree Man moves slowly down the street, and can be seen from 150 yards away! Keep your eyes peeled also for Woody from “Toy Story” …only he’s 10 feet tall performing lasso tricks! And check out the huge bubbles from the Roaming Bubble Factory. Some of the best local entertainment will fill the stage near the food court all day Saturday and Sunday for your pleasure! 10

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It’s the volunteers that make this festival possible

The City of Snellville is blessed with a tireless group of individuals who give their time to the festival to make sure others can enjoy themselves. We have a very special group working with Snellville Days; they bring knowledge, talent, and expertise in so many areas and it all just fits together to make for a great 44th Annual Snellville Days Festival. Two special ladies are being spotlighted this year because they have devoted several years to this festival. They are a large part of the planning all year and then spend three full days working the festival from sunup to sundown. They also volunteer all over the city. - Snellville Parks and Recreation Marcy Pharris has lived in Snellville for 28 years but was born and raised in Schenectady, NY. She says she is a Damn Yankee and Damn Proud of it, but she is also Proud to be Somebody in Snellville. She attended the University of Buffalo and Miami University in Oxford, OH, where she graduated. Marcy worked many years in Buffalo and relocated to Atlanta. She wanted to be a social worker but ended up working in accounting at The Piano and Organ Co., Coldwell Banker, Kaiser, Lanier, and retired from Ricoh. It is now just her sister and herself. Marcy loves animals and currently has two cats, Finnegan and Megan. When she wins the lottery she is heading “North to Alaska” because it, along with the Big Apple and Chicago are her favorite places. Marcy is Chairwoman of the Snellville Board of Appeals, member of the Marcy Pharris Volunteer of the Year Award Committee, STAT member, Treasurer and founding member of Snellville Farmer’s Market, Treasurer and founding member of the Snellville Community Garden, member of Eastside Medical Center Auxiliary; volunteering in the Emergency Dept., member of Eastside Medical Center H2U, Chair of the Security Desk at EMC South Campus, member of EMC H2U Advisory Board and her favorite volunteer spot is being Treasurer and founding member of the Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. Susan Chappelear has lived in Snellville for 40 years and has been married to her husband, Rick, for 42 years. She has 2 brothers and 1 sister and numerous nieces and nephews in Ohio and Florida. She adopted two precious dogs; Corky and Harley, from the Gwinnett County Jail program. She also has two cats, Almond and Blackie. Susan moved to Georgia from Ohio in 1973 and began her career at the First National Bank of Atlanta, now called Wells Fargo. She retired in 2004. Susan loves to read, walk, cook, and bake. Her favorite places to visit are West Palm Beach, Savannah, and Tybee Island. Susan has volunteered with many groups; her favorite being the Snellville Farmers Market. She volunteers for all Snellville Tourism and Trade events (too many to list), the Citizens Police Academy, ZTA Alumnae Association, the First Atlanta Retirement Club and of course, Snellville Days. The whole Snellville Days Committee can attest to her baking skills because she brings goodies to every meeting.




44th Annual Snellville Days Festival Schedule Sunday, May 7

Saturday, May 6 10a-6p FREE Arts and Crafts Festival T.W. Briscoe Park

12p-5p FREE Arts and Crafts Festival T.W. Briscoe Park

10a-6p Kid’s field

12p-5p Kid’s Field

Emcee: Various Community Stage 10:00 Maddy’s Ghost Band (Rock n Roll, Blues) 11:00 Canaan Land Church (live music & dance) Noon Mad Fellows Band, (Acoustic 80’s & 90’s) 12:30 Sole Momentum Cloggers 1:00 Metro Jazz (live big band music) 1:45 Kim Brothers Tae Kwon Do 2:15 Arrisa (live R&B) 3:00 Rylee Sanders (singer) 3:30 Alligator Hat Band, (Classic&Country Rock)

Emcee: Various Community Stage 12:00 Simply Unique Cloggers 12:45 Arkangels Band (Christian Southern Rock) 1:30 Patriot Karate 2:00 Airstream Holliday Band (Country&Rock) 3:00 Alma Mexicana (Traditional Mexican Dance) 3:30 Momentum (Variety Dance Exhibition) 4:00 Royal Drill Team

Entertainment 10:30 Keith King BMX Bike Stunt Show 11:00 K-9’s in Flight 11:00 Lew-E’s Comedy Circus 12:00 Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaurs 1:00 Lew-E’s Comedy Circus 1:30 Keith King BMX Bike Stunt Show 2:00 Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaurs 2:00 K-9’s in Flight 3:00 Lew-E’s Comedy Circus 4:00 Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaurs 4:00 K-9’s in Flight 4:30 Keith King BMX Bike Stunt Show 5:00 Lew-E’s Comedy Circus

Entertainment 12:00 Lew-E’s Comedy Circus 12:00 K-9’s in Flight 12:30 Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaurs 12:30 Keith King BMX Bike Stunt Show 2:00 K-9’s in Flight 2:00 Lew-E’s Comedy Circus 2:30 Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaurs 2:30 Keith King BMX Bike Stunt Show 4:00 K-9’s in Flight 4:00 Lew-E’s Comedy Circus 4:30 Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaurs 4:30 Keith King BMX Bike Stunt Show

Stilt walker Todd Key will be roaming the festival as Tree man and Cowboy Woody and also look for Joey’s Bubble Factory roaming through the festival.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! Presenting Sponsors Silver Sponsors

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Exceptional Hospitality-Country Inn & Suites ● First Baptist Church of Snellville ● Mobile Communications PNC Bank ● Walton EMC Natural Gas

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CRACKER BARREL OPENS TO GREAT FANFARE It’s safe to say the opening of Cracker Barrel on Scenic Highway March 13 was one of the most anticipated events in recent Snellville history. The country cookery and old timey store had a ribbon-cutting event March 10 at 1740 Scenic Highway. Mayor Tom Witts thanks Cracker Barrel officials for choosing Snellville and predicted the eatery will be busy for months to come.

Cracker Barrel Fun Facts Did You Know?

Every year, Cracker Barrel serves … •215 million guests •300 million biscuits •220 million eggs •121 million slices of bacon •80 million pancakes •37 million portions of grits •13 million pounds of chicken tenders •11 million orders of Chicken n’ Dumplins •Sells over 4 million Moon Pies •Cracker Barrel serves 7,000 guests in each store each week •Cracker Barrel uses 70,000 pounds of flour to produce our made-from-scratch biscuits and dumplings •Cracker Barrel has 32 stores with electric vehicle charging stations (24 in Tennessee and eight in Texas) •Each store has about 10,000 square feet on approximately 2.5 acres of land •Each restaurant has 177-207 seats •Travelers make up 40 percent of business •Cracker Barrel has over 1,660 billboards across America •Over 10 million Peg Games have been made exclusively for Cracker Barrel •Each year, our very popular thin sticks, (each 5.25 inches in length) would create a line 940 miles long if laid end to end •The headquarters for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is located in Middle Tennessee east of downtown Nashville, in the town of Lebanon and is comprised of 98 acres. •The new store is located at, Snellville, Ga. 30078. •The new store created approximately 200 new jobs. •The new store will seat 180 guests. •The store will be open seven days a week, with hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It’s open 364 days a year, closing only on Christmas Day.


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Economic Development Spring 2017

SHARK TANK 2017 The schedule has been set for the 2017 Shark Tanks. All three city schools are participating this year: South Gwinnett High School, Grayson Tech and Brookwood High School. There is also a new addition to the Shark Tank. On May 9th, from approximately 2:30 until 5:30 a final Shark Tank will be held at the Gwinnett Chamber to award the “Best Young Entrepreneur of Gwinnett.” The local Shark Tanks will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 2 and 3 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. The Shark Tank is an initiative by the city’s Economic Development Office which encourages students to pitch their business ideas to a group of experienced professionals from local businesses. The following are overviews of some of the businesses:

Brookwood High School Smoky Mountain Cutting Boards is a student-owned and operated business inspired by the Entrepreneurship program at Brookwood High School. Smoky Mountain Cutting Boards specializes in custom cutting boards hand-crafted out of Australian Acacia wood stained with food-grade mineral oil. Our boards, endorsed by a professional chef, are high quality and built to last. The sole proprietor of the business is 10th grader Mo Hongkham who is currently enrolled in the Brookwood Integrated Entrepreneurship Program. He credits his success to his teachers, Cindy Quinlan and Angie McLane. With their input, he was able to find a business that fulfils his passion and generates success. Smoky Mountain Cutting Boards are a unique product, with aspects that can appeal to professional chefs and home chefs alike.

It’s 2017 and the time of relaxing hair has passed. More and more men and women have been leaving the perm behind and wearing their natural hair. Here at Nadia’s Naturals, we believe in helping people’s self-confidence by utilizing hairstyles unique to you. We specialize in natural and protective hairstyles and want to keep your hair in its purest and healthiest states. We sell a variety of products so you can find the one that is just right for you and allows your authentic and unique beauty to shine. Nadia’s Naturals stands for confidence, beauty, and being true to yourself. Living in a society where being different is frowned upon makes wearing natural hair hard for some people; therefore, I make my products to help give people that little boost of confidence they need. The owner of Nadia’s Naturals is Nadia Leggett, a 15-year-old student at Brookwood High School who is currently enrolled in the Integrated Entrepreneurship Program. Contact: -


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Grayson Tech Sydney Roney Art and Design’s goal is to create beauty through art and purpose through design. Sydney Roney is an artist and designer. She also sells her own work as well as creating custom art and designs for clients. She specializes in feminist, realistic art with a romantic and modern approach. She has been drawing since she was five years old. Now at seventeen, she has completed a graphic design CTE Pathway and has also expanded her mediums to acrylic, ink, and digital art. Sydney also enjoys poetry, architecture, history, the sciences and social studies. She likes to find ways to harmonize her art with these subjects. She is creating many new series of art and is always experimenting with new mediums and ideas.

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On a personal level, Sydney focuses a lot on personal growth. She would say that her purpose in life is to make others happy. She achieves this by bringing beauty into the world so that others can enjoy, even if just for a minute. This desire to provoke the heart and minds of people is what drives Sydney to continue creating. Bomb Pastries…Explosive Flavor’s goal is to fulfill the customers’ sweet cravings with creative looking deserts that are decadent to the taste buds. We want our customers leaving with a huge satisfying smile. Bomb Bakers is your local bakery on wheels. All of our deserts are handmade and delivered fresh to you. Bomb Bakers offers decorated sugar cookies, cupcakes and miniature cheesecakes. Owner, Bryanna Washington-Gartrell, completed a year-long culinary arts program in her junior year, gaining exposure to many areas of cooking and baking. She is Serv-Safe certified and is now working in the entrepreneurship program to build a solid business plan for success. Her passion is providing family, friends, and customers with fluffy, tasty, and decadent sweet treats.

GREAT AMERICAN CLEAN UP “The Great American Clean Up - Gwinnett Challenge” (March 1-May 31, 2017) is a great opportunity to make Snellville Clean & Proud and become eligible to win $100 (or $200 if you’re part of a Gwinnett County school effort). Sponsored by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, the challenge involves submitting a pledge to educate yourself about the personal impact on the environment, or to become an engaged environmentalist, or to find innovative uses of resources, or to inspire people to become better environmentalists. If you submit your pledge, along with a photo showing fulfillment of that pledge, you could be a cash winner. The Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful website has full details ( ) Since its founding in 1980, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, an independent non-profit corporation, has instituted programs that encourage recycling and reduce the amount of trash and litter throughout the county. Snellville Clean & Proud is an awareness program promoted by the Snellville Urban Redevelopment Agency.

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6th Annual

Come Celebrate

May 20th 2:00 PM -7:00 PM ...................... Snellville Tourism and Trade


May is a month that brings back thoughts of going to the beach. But guess what, you don’t need to drive for hours to get there - the beach is coming to you. That’s right, Snellville’s Fifth Annual Beach Blast is going to transform Oak Road into a Beach with 70 tons of soft white sand that has been donated by E.R. Snell. This will be a fun-filled day packed with activities for the entire family.

Children enjoying the sack races

We invite everyone to join STAT the CAT in celebrating his third birthday with all of his mascot friends. If you want to bring STAT the CAT a gift please bring NON-PERISHABLE food items to help “Give Hunger the Boot” that will be donated to the Southeast Gwinnett Food Bank. STAT the CAT wants to make sure he helps others in the community have food on the table.

Celebrating his third birthday will be STAT the CAT with all of his mascot friends at the 6th Annual Snellville Beach Blast!

2:00 PM Fun and Games with DJ Lee 2:30 PM Mascot Parade Around the Green 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Fun and Games with DJ Lee Sack Races Hula Hoop Contest for All Ages Watermelon Eating Contest The Limbo... How “LOW” can you go? 5:00 - 7:00 PM Gold Standard Band


Join us for fun in the sun and enjoy great food, music and the following activities throughout the day:

We couldn’t do this without our sponsors! Keystone Sponsor:

Silver Sponsor: E.R. Snell

Bronze Sponsors: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta The Gwinnett Citizen

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JOB SHADOW DAY Teachers and Students Explore Careers In Community The Academies at South Gwinnett High School are designed to prepare students for careers in five different areas of concentration, but how do we ensure that what students are learning in the classroom is preparing them for real-world applications? On Feb. 2, a select group of students and teachers participated in National Job Shadow Day. Each participant spent a day in the life of a professional in their area of career interest. Dante Rhodes, a senior in the Business, Administration, and Entrepreneurship Academy, had the opportunity to shadow Jacqueline Buckner at Carter’s headquarters in Downtown Atlanta. Buckner taught Rhodes about the marketing industry and allowed him to see how important business deals are made. His experiences as a student in the marketing pathway of his academy helped prepare him for a career similar to Buckner’s, but he says that there are things he learned in the real world that the classroom could have never taught him. Courtni Graham took a different approach to Job Shadow Day as she shadowed Aretha Hill, a teacher at Partee Elementary School. Although Graham is currently in the Media Arts and Communications Academy, she hopes to pursue a career in education and open her own private school. She was shocked at how much technology the students had access to compared to the VHS tapes of Bill Nye the Science Guy she watched in elementary school. In addition to the students, a few teachers participated in Job Shadow Day in order to gain further knowledge of the careers that they teach their students. Rebecca Streetman, a teacher in the Public Service, Law and Leadership Academy, shadowed Lt. Robert Pendleton of the Snellville Police Department. Over the course of the day she was exposed to the evidence room, call center and service rooms. She also spoke to the leader of the SWAT team and members of the K-9 unit. At the end of the day she got the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer. Streetman will be able to use her experiences from Job Shadow Day to teach her Intro to Law and Public Safety classes. Col. Nate Flegler, the leader of South Gwinnett’s JROTC program, shadowed with Butch Sanders, our Snellville City Manager. Flegler had the opportunity to attend several meetings about different developmental projects that the city is working on. Sanders said that the Job Shadow day allowed both Flegler and he to build a great connection. Job Shadow day has built a strong relationship between the City of Snellville and South Gwinnett High School.

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Job Shadow Day grants students and teachers the opportunity to learn about careers from people who work in them. It gives students a chance to get out of the classroom and into the real world, while testing the accuracy of the Career and Technical Education classes that they are taking in school. Having teachers participate improves the quality of our classes, because teachers not only gain knowledge, but they also gain connections to professionals in our community who can be guest speakers in their classrooms. Every interviewed student claimed that their experience in the South Gwinnett Academies helped prepare them for a day in a professional work setting.

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Snellville Memorial Summer Ale made especially for the Memorial Celebration by the Lincoln Fill Station and the Southern Brewing Company. Join us as at 6:00 PM as Lincoln Fill Station TAPS this ONE OF A KIND BEER especially made for Snellville. This is like the ribbon cutting for the cask of Snellville Memorial Summer Ale. All other beer, wine and food will be available from 4-9 PM

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morial Celebration H HFREEDOM IS NEVER FREEH Relighting the eternal flame was something Vietnam veteran and Mayor Tom Witts was very passionate about. He wanted to make sure all veterans were remembered on Memorial Day. It is a special day set aside to remind us of the sacrifices that men and women who have valiantly and selflessly devoted themselves to defending and protecting our freedom that so many Americans take for granted. Memorial Day was created to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom. We hope you take the opportunity on May 27 from 4 to 9 PM on the Towne Green.

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SNELLVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET Opens Saturday, June 3 Fresh and Delicious • Shop Local • Buy Local • Eat Local

By Gretchen Schulz Grab a couple of tote bags on Saturday, June 3 and GET READY, SET, GO to the Snellville Farmers’ Market. That will be opening day for the popular market, which has become “the place to be” on Saturday mornings, June through September. The market features a great variety of freshly-picked, locally grown produce. “Almost all produce available at the market comes from farms within a 50-mile radius of Snellville,” said Gretchen Schulz, the market administrator. “There may be a couple of exceptions, like peaches, which come from a farm in Fort Valley in the heart of Peach County.”

Market volunteers extraordinaire, from left, Ann McGill, Jeff Lasher and Susan Chappelear.

Market volunteers make farm visits to ensure the produce brought to the market is actually grown locally. “You won’t find tomatoes or corn ahead of the local season that comes from Florida,” Gretchen said. The market also has vendors who bring beef, pork, sausage, honey and eggs. A nice variety of baked goods is always available, including beautiful breads, pies, pastries, cakes as well as gluten-free baked goods. Jams and jellies, plants and cut flowers, kettle corn, boiled peanuts, organic juices and allnatural bath and body care products are also available. The market does approve a small number of craft vendors. Handmade pottery, bird houses, table runners, crocheted hats and scarves, rag dolls and repurposed furniture are some of the crafts you will find at the market. All crafts must be handmade by the vendor. The volunteers who administer the market are proud of the friendly community spirit the market has fostered. It is a place where neighbors and friends meet and catch up. It is also a place where citizens often run into the mayor or members of the City Council, who are happy to chat and answer citizens’ questions. The market is held Saturday mornings, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, on the Towne Green in front of Snellville City Hall, beginning June 3 and running through September 30.

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COMMUNITY GARDEN @SNELLVILLE Growin’ in the Greenhouse By Gretchen Schulz

Gardeners peeking in the door of the greenhouse at the Community Garden @ Snellville are likely to see a lot of different plants growing, including both vegetables and flowers. These flourishing plants are a result of work over the past couple months by the garden’s Greenhouse Management Team as they prepare for the gardening season. Last year the garden was recognized by the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture for its efforts in creating a pollinator garden. For this reason, the greenhouse team emphasizes the propagation of pollinator plants, including: •Milkweed, a plant that is crucial to the reproduction of the monarch butterfly. The monarch population has declined tremendously over recent years and milkweed is the only caterpillar-host plant for monarchs. •Purple coneflowers, a popular plant that is perfect for small gardens and is a favorite nectar source for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. •Joe Pye weed, named for an Indian healer who used the plant to treat fever and other ailments. The drought-tolerant plant can be a showstopper in the garden with its big, puffy flower heads. •New York ironweed, a plant that produces deep purple flowers that are especially attractive to butterflies in the summer. Other beneficial insects feed on the nectar and pollen. The greenhouse team is working toward a goal of having plant sales to support the garden. “Our goal is to have biannual sales as plants are available,” said Ileen Meggison, a master gardener who helps lead the team. “This is definitely a work in progress. We still have more to do to be fully operational.” A $500 grant recently received from the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association is helping the greenhouse team in its efforts. Wes Nettleton, another master gardener who provides greenhouse leadership, was instrumental in securing the grant. The grant funded the purchase of soil, pots and a propagation mat. “The key thing is to have consistent temperatures when the plants are germinating,” Wes said, explaining the use of the propagation mat. Other volunteers, including Kurt Schulz, Rob Stewart and Ronnie Bentley have worked many hours on the electrical system and installation of a sprinkler system for the greenhouse. To keep up with garden information, including future greenhouse sales, follow the garden’s Facebook page (Community Garden at Snellville).


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Downtown Rebirth: Towne Center project moving forward By Barbara Bender, Mayor Pro Tem The same way that Decatur was a twenty-five year, overnight success, Snellville has judiciously moved along a path to create a vibrant downtown community that will provide citizens with a place not only to live, work and play, but a fun place just to be. Our last installment of the Towne Center initiative (Snellville Spirit Magazine, Spring 2015) gave us a short history of the long and ardulous path to creating a viable downtown area in Snellville. It left us with a City Hall and Senior Center that was completed in December 2005, a refined Towne Center vision in 2011, sidewalk and streetscape improvements in the downtown area completed in 2015 and a new Snellville Veteran’s Memorial. The next step planned at the time was the construction of the Towne Green and Veterans Memorial Park. Since the November 2015 election, when a unified Snellville 628

City Council emerged from its often contentious past, the number one priority has been moving the Towne Center project forward. The contract for the Towne Green park improvement was approved in the fall of 2015 and construction was completed in May 2016, in time for the first event of the season. In the last year and a half, dozens of talks with developers and urban planners have taken place in an effort to shape the Towne Center - which forms a triangle from the Snellville Oaks Shopping Center on Highway 78 to North Road at Wisteria and south on Scenic Highway. City officials said they are encouraged by the enthusiasm for the proposed development of a high-quality downtown area with entertainment, shopping, office, dining and housing options centered around green space for events and just hanging out. The talks have been bolstered by Town Hall meetings and social media campaigns which attempt to gauge public input and suggestions about the project. Snellville, Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody

Snellville officials hope the proposed City Market in the Towne Center will draw shoppers like at the Krog Street Market picture above and below. “In 2015, we gave a synopsis of the Towne Center,” said Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender. “Now, moving forward, things that were being considered are getting closer to a reality.” There is a new focus on expanding the improvements downtown. Among the aspects of the Towne Center project furthest along is to move the post office from the corner of North and Oak roads to City Hall. City leaders are negotiating with U.S. Post Office officials to open operations on the first floor of City Hall. The new post office would offer more parking and ease the traffic flow in comparison to the current location. With the acquisition of the post office property, the city can plan for a new use of the space. Another cornerstone to early Towne Center development is moving the Elizabeth H. Williams library to the core downtown area. In her 2017 State of the County Address, Gwinnett County Chairwoman Charlotte Nash identified library funding as a priority in future Special Local Option Sales Tax votes.

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Paired with the library is a planned city market, modeled after the Krog Street Market in Atlanta. The market will be a centerpiece of the Towne Center and a catalyst for the future of the project. There, visitors can shop for unique items and eat specialty foods. The City Market would offer a place where residents can gather, eat and shop. It will be a draw to the downtown, something city officials hope will continue for decades to come. City leaders said retaining current businesses in the Towne Center area is a major consideration when considering the businesses that will occupy the area. Adding to the changing landscape is the Georgia Department of Transportation’s unique Divergent Left Turn (DLT) project which is designed to move traffic at the busy intersection of Scenic Highway and Highway 78 much more efficiently. Construction on the project which could take up to two years to complete is expected to begin this summer. More information on that project can be found at “The city has been working hard with the (Georgia) DOT on this safety improvement project and making it attractive for the city,” Bender said. To stay up to date on the Towne Center project, check www. and for updates and announcements for Town Hall meetings. 630

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Parks & Recreation Spring 2017 T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway Briscoe Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Park Office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info on registrations, rentals, & activities,check out Parks & Recreation Department on Snellville’s website or call 770 985-3535

YOUTH ACTIVITIES POOL Pool opens May 26, swim lessons and pool passes can be purchased at the park office starting May 8. YOUTH SOCCER Recreational soccer for boys and girls ages 3 – 17 Please check or 770-466-7177 for summer camp information. YOUTH KICKBALL April 15-June 3, Ages 8-10, 11-13, 14-17 Lashawn Jones, 678-472-9767 SUMMER LEGO CAMP Please contact Tommy Palman at

ADULT ACTIVITIES BOOT CAMP Monday-Thursday and Saturday at the Park Office Five week sessions, morning and evening available Contact: Alvin Hill - 678-920-4136; OUTDOOR TENNIS & BASKETBALL COURTS Available on a first-come-first-served basis without lights (daily, 6 a.m. to 10pm) Tennis courts can be reserved or reserved with lights for a fee, call the office 770-985-3535. Daytime: $5 per hour (city limit resident); $10 per hour (non-resident) Evening (w/lights): $10 per hour (city limit resident); $20 per hour (non-resident) ADULT KICKBALL AND SOFTBALL LEAGUES Registering for Summer starting in May. Men’s and Co-ed softball, Co-ed- Kickball Prices and registration forms at

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SPECIAL EVENTS SNELLVILLE DAYS FESTIVAL May 6 and 7 PAWFEST Presented by the Gwinnett Humane Society on May 13 FIRST PIZZA POOL PARTY - June 9. MOVIES AT BRISCOE First movie is June 24, 7 to 10pm

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 5:30pm and 6 to 8pm 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) 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 rentals call the park office at 770-985-3535; field rentals Tommy Palman 770-985-3532. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, MC or debit card. 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 rentals call the park office at 770-985-3535; field rentals Tommy Palman 770-985-3532. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, or MC. Snellville, Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody

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.


AEROBICS – FREE with Membership Mondays & Thursdays 9:15 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. PILATES – $5 per class Tuesdays & Fridays 10 a.m. PAINTING CLASSES $25/4 Classes Thursdays - 1 - 3 p.m. (Instructor can provide supplies for additional $25)

features, and more. You MUST have an email address for this class. Call or check newsletter for current dates, times and cost 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.

CROCHET & KNITTING GROUP Tuesdays at Noon – FREE with Membership


SPANISH Mondays and Thursdays – 9 a.m. – Jane’s Intermediate Class; 10:15 a.m. – Bethsaida’s Level 1 Class; 11:15 a.m. – Bethsaida’s Advance Class Tuesdays – 10 a.m. – Jane’s Level 1 Class; 11 a.m. – Bethsaida’s Level 1 Class Mondays’ 2 p.m. – Dal’s Intro to Spanish Class $5 per class visit.


CARD MAKING CLASS $5 per class Enjoy the fun and fellowship while learning the art of making one of a kind cards. COMPUTERS & SOCIAL MEDIA Beginner Computer Class Basic computer skills will be taught using Microsoft Windows operating system. You will learn about navigating the internet, creating and accessing email, using a mouse, basic hardware and software information. PHOTO AND VIDEO CLASS Using Cellphone or Tablet You will learn how to take photos and videos using your phone or tablet. Topics will include, but not limited to focusing, uploading, copying, printing, and creating albums. FACEBOOK AND MESSENGER CLASS Using Cellphone, Tablet or Computer Overview of Facebook including setting up an account, searching for friends, posting and responding, attaching photos, security Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

First Friday of each month. FREE! Bring a snack to share and join in the fun.

2017 Senior Center Annual Memberships (January 2017) 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-ofCounty Residents Additional persons from the same household receive a $5 discount


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. Snellville proudly congratulates KIERSTEN WAITS, from Grace Snell Middle School, winner of the 2017 Snellville Days T-Shirt Design Contest. Thanks to all of our local Middle Schools who supported the arts in our community by participating in this event. T-shirts will be distributed to all sponsors, vendors and volunteers. Festival dates are May 6-7. Go to for more details.


SWEATIN’ AT THE SENIOR CENTER Working out isn’t just for the young By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer On Mondays and Thursdays the Snellville Senior Center turns into a place where the music is bumping and hearts are pumping. That’s when the Center has its aerobics class. But don’t you dare tell these seniors they can’t keep up. Truth be told, they may be able to outpace those half their age. Tonia Bryan said she comes to stay mobile. “I have to be here because I can’t walk unless I do,” she said. Anne Dowdall comes to exercise, but, as many will tell you, it’s more than just a place to get a workout. “It has helped me to lose weight and to keep it off,” she said. “But I also enjoy the company.” The class takes place at 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. and is taught by Jane Moore, Staci Dye and Peg Bacik. “I think for a lot of them, they get a sense of community and family,” Moore said. “It’s about camaraderie and support.” “We consider our exercise programs to be some of the most valuable classes that we offer here at the Snellville Senior Center,” said Senior Center Manager Kathi Gargiulo. “Our members look forward to coming and getting a good workout. Our members have made friendships that will last a lifetime. Many have learned that not only can exercise substantially improve both their physical and mental health, it can be a lot of fun as well.” The senior aerobics class is free to members. Contact the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 to register and for additional information.

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CARING IN THE COMMUNITY The following is a list of events benefiting great causes in the community. Carnival-4-A Cause to benefit the Amanda Riley Foundation Brookwood High School, 1255 Dogwood Road April 22 12 - 6 p.m. The event will be fun for the entire family as we have reserved inflatables, bounce houses, interactive games, huge slides, obstacle courses and a 25- foot rock climbing wall. These inflatables will be age specific so there will be something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. In addition we will have carnival games, face painting, vendor booths, delicious food, music, arts and crafts and so much more. Event will be free to enter and will take place rain or shine as we have the option to move inside BHS in case of inclement weather. Organizers are currently seeking sponsors, vendors and volunteers for this event. Visit www.amandarileyfoundation. org for details on all. Parkwood Farms Therapy Center Annual Grapes and Grains Fundraiser 519 Parkwood Road April 29 6 - 9 p.m. The event will takes us on an adventure at the beach as attendees uncork exotic wines and experience a mixology demo. The event will also feature a silent auction with a wide assortment of items to bid on and purchase. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Donations collected will go towards providing services and sponsoring of Special Needs children that attend our Equine Therapy Center. Ticket Prices Early Bird = $25 Gen Admission = $35 Buy Tickets here:

Girlfriends Cancer Foundation, is a charitable, tax deductible, not for profit organization raising funds to provide support, hope, healing and encouragement to individuals and families impacted by cancer throughout our community. The Girlfriends’s 2017 mission is to provide assistance for local families with children fighting the brave battles of all types of cancer. Visit the GCF website to learn more about their upcoming events at www. 2017 Upcoming Events: •Girlfriends “A Shot in the Dark” Glow in the Dark Golf Scramble: May 6 at Summit Chase •Girlfriends Tennis Event: July 21-22 at Summit Chase •Girlfriends Bunco and Poker Game Night: Oct. 14 at Summit Chase 38 38

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Remembering Jon Richards

HE WILL BE MISSED, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN By Kelly McAloon Jonathan Blair Richards (November 27th 1955 - March 26th, 2017) passed away after a brief battle with cancer. Jon was well known throughout Gwinnett County and Georgia and was very involved in many civic and political groups. He was the front page editor for the Peach Pundit and became the Editor in Chief of You would find Jon at the state capitol everyday each year during the legislative session. He loved politics and was a great mentor to those interested in becoming involved in politics.

The very first STAT event celebrating July 4th in 2010 on the Snellville Towne Green. From left are Kelly McAloon, Jon Richards, and Don Britt.

We in Snellville will always remember Jon for his wealth of knowledge and many contributions to the Snellville Commerce Club, Snellville Spirit magazine and to Snellville Tourism and Trade. Jon loved taking pictures, you would see him at many STAT events throughout the years capturing the memorable moments from our events. We will miss Jon, but always be grateful for the time he gave so freely of himself and willingness to always help others. Rest in Peace, dear friend!

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SEPTEMBER 16 - 4 - 8 p.m. Over 20 Restaurants Metro Jazz Club - 5 - 8 p.m. May 27 - ON THE BORDER Eagles Tribute Band July 15 - DEPARTURE Journey Tribute Band August 19 - MIMIC Lynyrd Skynard, Boston & Heart Tribute with cameo performance from Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer Roger Fisher September 23 - TBA

May 27 - Memorial Program 4 - 9 p.m. ON THE BORDER, an Eagles Tribute Band from 6 - 9 p.m.

October 21 - Noon - 6 p.m. Over 75 Craft Vendors German Polka Band - Noon - 2:30 p.m. Costume Contest • Scarecrow Contest BANKS & SHANE - 4 - 6 p.m.

All events will be held on the Towne Green



July 4th - 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. RHYTHM NATION - 5 - 7 p.m. STEPHEN LEE BAND - 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. FIREWORKS! 9:30 p.m.

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY First Friday of the month - June - October Variety of Food Truck • Fun & Games June 2 • July 7th August 4 • September 1 October 6 4 - 8 p.m.

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING NOVEMBER 25 - 5 - 9 p.m. Parade Starts at 5:30 p.m. Tree Lighting at 7 p.m.


VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR STAT, city organizations applaud helpers Mary Fergus was named the Marcy Pharris Volunteer of the Year award winner. She has been a Gwinnett Sunrise Rotary member since 1993 and has held the position of President, Treasurer, Community Service Chair and Program Chair. As part of her Rotarian service you will find Mary ringing bells for the Salvation Army. For over 12 years, on and off, Mary has read to the children at Partee Elementary School the first Friday of every month. Mary has served twice on the St. Oliver’s Parish Council and has taught catechism to adults for 24 years. She was also the chair of the Loving Stitches Committee which provides layettes to the needy newborns. Mary has co-chaired “Run the Reagan.” She has served as president of the Travel Industry Association of Georgia and was awarded Best of Gwinnett Travel Agent in 1994. Mary currently serves as President of the Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Associotion and has served as President for the last 7 years. She has chaired the Citizens Police Academy Golf Tournament for the last 14 years which benefits the Snellville Police Department. The following people were named Volunteers of the Year by their respective organizations: Ilaiyjah James - Snellville Police Explorers Alice Snipes - Snellville Tourism & Trade Regina Hart - Snellville Farmers’ Market Wes Nettleton - Snellville Community Garden Abigail Cleek - South Gwinnett High School (Not pictured) Linda Brock - Snellville Citizens Police Academy Association

SGHS makes waves at DECA, FBLA Competitions Congratulations to the following South Gwinnett High School DECA members who received awards at the 2017 Georgia DECA Career Development Conference Feb. 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency. These winners have the opportunity to compete at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA, April 26-29, 2017. William Healy - 1st Place in Restaurant and Food Service Management / Also received $6,500 scholarship Cleon Beckford - 1st Place in Professional Selling Emerging Leaders Certificate- Christian Larson Chapter Awarded Thrive Level for Promotional Campaign and Community Service Award for the 22nd largest DECA Chapter in the state of Georgia Certificate of Excellence for Membership Recruitment Advisors: Franchesca Thompson & Kimya Rainge 40 40

SGHS also had an outstanding showing at the FBLA State Conference. The school had 8 top 10 finishes, including one State Champion. The following students were awarded for their hard work and performance: Aliyah Berry Shalini Mouha KailyMarie Sherrill Anna Omar Allison Flores Adetokunbo Falade Nastajah Wesley Shelby Bruce Miranda Darlington Tami Martinez Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

Snellville Tourism and Trade’s 1ST ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES - 2016 Was a Huge Success Eight full truckloads of food were brought to the Southeast Gwinnett Co-Op because of the generosity of our community. The 1st Annual Festival of Trees was created by Snellville Tourism and Trade to allow business owners, churches, schools and residents the opportunity to showcase their Christmas Trees in Snellville City Hall while helping their community Give Hunger the Boot. All non-perishable food items, toiletries, toys and monetary donations were accepted and placed under the tree of choice, with each item registering as a vote. All items were donated to the Southeast Gwinnett Co-Op to “Give Hunger the Boot.” St. Oliver’s Catholic Church parishioners donated generously with a spirit of giving back to the community. Purple Advent bags filled the halls of City Hall on a regular basis. More than 8,417 items were donated from St. Oliver’s to our community. St. Oliver’s parishioners were given a proclamation by the Mayor and Council at a recent meeting.

Thank You to all those who participated in the 2016 Festival of Trees!







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From some of our favorite cooks!

Spring Favorites

BACON CHEDDAR BISCUITS 3 cups White Lily self-rising flour (sifted) 1/2 cup Crisco 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (grated) 1/3 cup bacon bits Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Sift flour into large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center. Cut shortening into flour until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Pour buttermilk into dry ingredients. Mix lightly to form dough moist enough to lease the sides of bowl. Incorporate cheese and bacon into bowl. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead by turning down away from you and pressing with heel of hand. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with biscuit cutter. Bake on greased baking sheet approximately 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Yields 12 to 14 biscuits or 12 biscuits and one “CAT HEAD” biscuit. - Ronnie Bentley, STAT super volunteer and former board member

SEARED DUCK BREAST WITH BLACKBERRY SAGE SAUCE 2 - 6oz. duck breast (skin on) ¼ onion (minced) 18 oz. blackberries 2 tbsp. cup sugar ½ tsp black pepper 1 tsp salt 6 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 6 tbsp. water 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 tbsp. fresh sage (chopped fine) Start by placing blackberries and sugar in a sauce pot. Cook on med low until it starts to create some liquid. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes stirring gently (you want to have some blackberry chunks). You might want to add more sage depending on how savory you want it. Over medium heat, start a pan with a tsp of olive oil. Score the skin of the duck cutting thin slits without cutting into the duck. Season your duck breasts with a little salt, pepper and garlic. When oil is hot add a tsp of butter and add the duck breasts skin side down Cook until skin is crispy and golden brown. Flip the duck over and cook for another 4 minutes or so. 130-135 for medium rare 140 for medium Remove from pan and let rest for about 5 minutes. When ready slice into four or five slices at an angle and place on plate fanned out a bit. Top with the Blackberry sauce and enjoy. - Executive Chef Anthony Borgia, Summit Chase Country Club

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May 27th ON THE BORDER - The Ultimate Eagles Tribute ON THE BORDER - The Ultimate Eagles Tribute from Charlotte, NC, continues to be touted as the most authentic sounding Eagles Tribute band in the country and as of 2015, crowned “The Greatest EAGLES Tribute Band in the World” by AXSTV and Katie Daryl. Their passion, showmanship and precise attention to replicating the details of The Eagles Music, has earned them critical acclaim, name recognition and a loyal following.

July 15th DEPARTURE - Journey Tribute Band DEPARTURE - Journey Tribute Band rocked the Towne Green last year, drawing the largest crowd ever on City Hall’s front lawn.

In their 10th year together, DEPARTURE is the longest running and most respected Journey tribute band in the nation. DEPARTURE replicates the look, sound and feel of the original 80s rock super group. All five band members are from the original 2007 line-up and have been together from the very beginning.

August 19th MIMIC -

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston & Heart Tribute Band

Mimic - The classic rock albums live band performs classic rock albums in their entirety, full albums note-for note-from some of the greatest classic rock bands of all time.

Mimic will be performing the following albums: Boston: The debut album “Boston” Lynyrd Skynyrd: Skynyrd’s second album “Second Helping” Heart: Second album “Little Queen” with special guest, Roger Fisher former Heart lead guitarist.

Special Guest Performance by


4:30 - 5:30 p.m. • Aug. 19 • City Hall

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and original Heart lead guitarist and writer of hit songs ‘Barracuda,’ ‘Crazy on You’ and more. Tickets to a Meet and Greet with Roger will go on sale April 15 for $25 each. Limited seats are available for this one-time event at City Hall. Great opportunity for photos and autographs. More information at



Snellville Tourism & Trade P.O. Box 669 Snellville, GA 30078


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