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Where Everybody’s Proud to Be Somebody! Summer 2015

FIREWORKS! Star Spangled Snellville July 4th 3-10 p.m. Towne Green


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Committed to Community As your local member-owned utility, we are proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the “Live on the Lawn” concert series. Snellville’s Towne Green comes alive with music on these special Saturday nights this summer. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, sit back, and enjoy the show!

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May 30th

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July 18th

Metro Jazz Club 6-9 pm

August 22nd

Gold Standard Band 6-9 pm

October 10th

The Return 6-8 pm

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Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children in 1915

The leader in pediatric orthopedics today. A pioneer in 1915. One of the nation’s first pediatric orthopedic programs was founded in 1915 at Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children. A century later we’ve grown into Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Every day, we help kids overcome sports injuries like a torn ACL, and serious conditions like scoliosis. And we’re dedicated to making our next 100 years even better for Georgia’s kids. Learn more at choa.org/100years.

© 2015 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc. All rights reserved. Photo credit: Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.

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Summer 2015 - Volume 19 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association

P.O. Box 669 • Snellville, GA 30078 Website: www.snellvilletourism.com Enjoy the fireworks in Snellville! There is always excitement in Snellville and it’s not only on Independence Day. Snellville has excitement all year around that brings the community together and makes us all “Proud to be Somebody in Snellville.” Snellville Tourism and Trade continues to provide family-friendly events and promote celebrations throughout the year which focus on “Everything Snellville.” STAT has a great group of volunteers that produce awesome activities like the Farmers’ Market, the Community Garden, Commerce Club, and the events that everyone enjoys. We are proud to be a part of a community that has so many organizations which make our town a great place to live. The Snellville Arts Commission, New London Theatre, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Snellville Citizens Police Academy, the local churches and veterans organizations are just some examples of groups that all work together to make “fireworks” in our hometown. In addition, we are blessed to have great city officials and city staff that support all the hard work of the different volunteer organizations. So if you want to help make some “fireworks,” get involved with one of the many organizations that work in the community. If you would like to receive more information on our events, vendor information, volunteer information or how to become a member of Snellville Tourism and Trade visit our website www. snellvilletourism.com and sign up on our email list. I hope you have a great summer.

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President Don Britt Vice President Gretchen Schulz Secretary Stephen Brust Treasurer Jamey Toney Board Member Kathy Emanuel Board Member Brian Pendley Board Member Susan Chappelear Board Member Sam Roper Board Member Alice Snipes Executive Director Kelly McAloon Mayor of Snellville Kelly Kautz City Council Tom Witts - Mayor Pro Tem, Barbara Bender, Diane Krause, Bobby Howard and Dave Emanuel City Website: www.snellville.org

Don Britt President, Snellville Tourism and Trade

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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 Cover Photography: Kyle Williams Photography Contributing Writers and Photographers: Gretchen Schulz, Kelly McAloon, Eric Van Otteren, Don Britt, Andrew Watson, Perry Eidson, Brian Arrington, Gail Lane


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INDEPENDENCE DAY

Preview of the city’s Fourth of July festivities.

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COMMUNITY GARDEN

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MARKET WRAP UP

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SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

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FARMERS’ MARKET

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POOLS, PICNICS & PLAYGROUNDS

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GIVE HUNGER THE BOOT

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PARKS AND RECREATION

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

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ADULT FUN

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ROCK ON!

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FALL CONTESTS

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LOOKING AHEAD

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REVITALIZATION IN SNELLVILLE

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GETTING FIT

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SAY CHEESE!

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EDIBLE OPTIONS

The Wisteria City Market deemed a success by officials. Award-winning market adds free library. Get all the latest from this worthwhile charity. What’s playing at this year’s Popcorn in the Park? Snellville is the place to be for music this summer. A report on the city’s meeting to envision its future. Where to stay in shape in Snellville.

Local gardener goes from novice to master gardener. Snellville Commerce Club awards 2015 scholarships. T.W. Briscoe Park offers its share of summer fun. Get a look at what the department has to offer. The Senior Center has plenty of things for seniors to do. Get information on recipe, scarecrow and baking contests. New Best Buy, At Home - A look at new developments. A picture recap of recent city events. Two recipes to nosh on this summer. 5 5


Fireworks return to Snellville July 4th Continuing a long tradition originally hosted by the First Baptist Church of Snellville, the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association will present an unforgettable Fourth of July experience in the heart of Snellville on the Towne Green. Star Spangled Snellville begins at 3 p.m. with family friendly entertainment, including the tastes and smells of some of your favorite festival foods on the Towne Green along with a large playground of inflatables, train rides and bungee jump. A whole host of games will entertain attendees all afternoon, such as a watermelon-eating contest, cake walks, and a cookie walk. Food vendors include Texas Roadhouse, Rey’s Cuban Cafe, Lions Club, Shrimp Bucket, We B Chillin shaved ice, Beren’s Frozen Custard, Fried Ice Cream and many others. Vendors will be sharing some favorites such as: hot boiled peanuts, funnel cakes, and sno cones. Atlanta’s CONTAGIOUS Band and the Gwinnett Community Band will entertain throughout the day. The fireworks display begins when the sky becomes dark, approximately 9:30 p.m., and will be accented with patriotic music. Come in your best red, white and blue, and bring your blankets and chairs to assure your seats for the music and fireworks show. Get to the Green early as space on the Green and surrounding areas fill up fast. Join us for some fun and games on July 4 from 3 to 10 p.m. •Watermelon Eating Contest •Cake and Cookie Walk •Hula Hoop Contest for all ages: Kids, Moms, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas •Inflatables •Waterslide •Bungee Jump •Train Ride •Great Festival Food •Awesome Music featuring Atlanta’s CONTAGIOUS Band & The Gwinnett Community Band •FIREWORKS!

STAT would like to thank Snellville First Baptist Church for its continued support and sharing its property to stage the fireworks. There will be several inflatables and food vendors located in the front parking lot of the First Baptist Church near Henry Clower Street as well as many food vendors lined up on Oak Road in front of City Hall. STAT also wants to thank Snellville United Methodist Church for allowing residents to park in its parking lot during the July 4th festivities. Our partnership within the city is what makes Snellville such a great place to live, work and play. The Community Blood Bank will be on site July 4th for anyone who would like to give a pint of blood. The Community Blood Bank services those in need in our local area. Many thanks to our 2015 Star Spangled Snellville sponsors: ER Snell, Walton EMC, Summit Chase Country Club, Securlock Storage, Hill Top Pawn, Wild Wing Cafe, Gwinnett Citizen, LaQuinta Inn and Crestwood Suites and the City of Snellville.

The STAT the CAT Christmas ornament will be on sale at the July 4th event for $10.Be sure to check www.snellvilletourism.com to see what time STAT the CAT will be autographing ornaments!

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Economic Development Summer 2015

Wisteria City Market RAVE REVIEWS RECEIVED FOR EVENT

From seemingly out of nowhere, it was built on a muddy and rutfilled piece of vacant land. People from all over the city and state came to see a model of what could be – a vision of the future. It was the Wisteria City Market – a one-day event to show the Towne Center can be a hub of commerce and community. On May 16, about 900 people from all walks of life and a sample of the city’s generational diversity converged on a massive tent on Wisteria Drive to take part in the event which, with the help of many volunteers, city officials and students, was deemed a success. “What we saw on that day (couldn’t) have been more agefriendly,” said Rosalind Tucker, senior program specialist for Atlanta Regional Commission. “It was very intergenerational. It was just a wonderful exchange of what a lifelong community (should be).” The marketplace, sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority of Snellville, Snellville Arts Commission, Snellville Farmers’ Market, Community Garden @ Snellville and Snellville Tourism and Trade, was made possible after the DDA received a $15,000 Lifelong Tactical Urbanism Demonstration Project grant from the ARC. The ARC wanted to see a multi-generational event as a condition of its sponsorship and that’s what it got, according to city Economic Development Manager Eric Van Otteren. 8

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“The opportunity to share and introduce Snellville to a City Market concept was a great accomplishment,” he said. “Saturday, May 16 was Armed Services Day. Recognition of this day was celebrated during and immediately after the grand opening by the South Gwinnett High School JROTC members interviewing veterans. I saw strollers to canes. The market attendees were a true cross section of the population of the city and demonstrated how a public city market may provide a place for all people in and around the city to gather.” More than 150 surveys were completed by attendees who saw artists, food vendors, farmers selling their wares, live music and demonstrations. One respondent said, “Snellville needs a gathering place just like this. It brings the community together.” Another respondent simply stated, “This is a great idea!” Another comment stated, “unique idea.” And there was this offering: “As a young

educator in the Brookwood Cluster, I would like to live in close proximity to Towne Center Snellville and the market. A market would be a great way to redefine Snellville.” With the help of SGHS staffers Cristy Lenski and Dr. Rebecca Pool, there were well over 150 students who volunteered during some part of the market planning and/or event day and cleanup. “The best way to be introduced to a new idea is to experience it personally,” Van Otteren said. “That is what happened at the Snellville Wisteria pop-up City Market, people experienced what the City may one day become. The market demonstrated to the city what it could become. ” The concept has been a proven success. Now it is up to city officials, in partnership with developers, to make the project a reality.

City officials want to thank Dr. Rebecca Pool and the South Gwinnett High School art department for painting the facade for the Wisteria City Market project. This was a huge undertaking and we appreciate all their hard work. We also want to thank Home Depot for donating the wood, Glidden for donating the paint and a big thank you to Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts and all the volunteers for assembling the wood to make the facade look great on market day. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

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SNELLVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each Saturday New hours, free library highlight new market season By Gretchen Schulz The Snellville Farmers’ Market opened for its sixth season just a couple weeks ago and once again it is THE place to be on Saturday mornings in Snellville. It is the place to find the freshest local produce, beautiful cut flowers, baked goods that came out of the oven just hours before the market opened, local honey that has been bottled within several miles of the market, mushrooms literally grown just down the road, barbecue that you purchase right off the smoker, and a variety of other interesting foods and goods. It is also a great place to meet up with friends and neighbors. Since their first season, one very important goal for the volunteers who administer the market is ensuring a friendly atmosphere. They help vendors erect their tents, as needed, before the market opens. They can be seen unloading trucks to help vendors get set up. And once customers start arriving they try to greet them as they enter and leave the market.

Local craftsman Tom Ford created the Little Free Library for the Snellville Farmers’ Market. The wagon carries the houselike box for the books at the library.

“I love all the friendly faces we see from week to week, the awesome group of dedicated volunteers, the pride the vendors have in whatever they are selling, going home with fresh cut flowers and produce. I can’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday mornings in the summer,” said Regina Hart, a faithful customer who decided last year to join the group of volunteers at the market. One exciting new addition to the market this year is a Little Free Library. The structure has been erected on the base of a large Radio Flyer wagon by Tim Ford, a talented local craftsman who said he wanted to help with some projects. The wagon base allows us to easily transport the library to and from the market each week. Committee member Susan Chappelear has been collecting books for months for the library. The library works on a “take a book, leave a book” system. The group of volunteers who administer the market are also excited that they were able this year to make a donation of $2,500 to the campaign to wipe out the mortgage for the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op.

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The volunteers have been able to make significant donations in the past to other community projects, including the Veterans Memorial and the Community Garden @ Snellville, because the market is entirely administered by volunteers. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


SNELLVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET What is a Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.  You can too! In 2009, Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisc., built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. The year 2011 brought local, regional and national media attention to the backyard project that had become a movement there were 400 Little Free Libraries across the U.S. by the end of the year. By January 2015, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world was conservatively estimated to be nearly 25,000, with thousands more being built. -littlefreelibrary.org

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Children Are Hungry.

There are families in our local community who are in need

and we can help!

Give Hunger the Boot is a publicity and public awareness campaign that works with local organizations and businesses to raise funds for local charities that have a proven history of efficiently supplying sorely needed assistance to the community.

For further information or to make a donation, please contact Dave Emanuel (770) 262-2115, Kathy Emanuel (770) 262-0650, Bobby Howard (404) 583-1099, Allison Wilkerson (678) 776-6021, Perry Eidson (404) 825-9257 or Laura Drake at the Co-Op at (770) 985-5229. For current news and any new donation locations, please check us out at:

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Give Hunger the Boot and a group of concerned citizens have joined together to launch a new campaign to enable the Southeast Gwinnett Food Co-Op to better assist families in our community. M

Give Hunger the Boot is currently focusing on kicking hunger out of Snellville by assisting the Southeast Gwinnett Food Co-Op. Give Hunger the Boot is a campaign organized by Dave and Kathy Emanuel. When Dave became a Snellville City Councilman, they became aware of the alarming needs of some of our neighbors. Awareness of the need for help increases during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays, but dealing with hunger is a 24/7/365 proposition. Give Hunger the Boot’s mission includes raising awareness year around. To date, Give Hunger the Boot, with the overwhelming help of the local community, has donated over $35,000 and countless pounds of food to the Co-Op.

It is adding programs to help senior citizens and offering programs to assist people in job searches by acquiring additional job and interviewing skills, enabling them to find new or better employment. But think how much more the Co-Op could do if it didn’t have to make a mortgage payment. Our goal is to get 1000 families, individuals and/or businesses to donate $250.00 each. That will allow us to reach our goal of $250,000, so we can pay off the mortgage, fix the leaky roof and fund some much-needed building maintenance. Unfortunately, there are still many children and their families in our communities who are hungry. Retirement of the mortgage will enable the Co-Op to supply an additional 950 families of four with a week’s worth of food per month!!!

Come help us Give Hunger the Boot!

Donations can be made at the following: In Grayson In Snellville Grayson City Hall Snellville City Hall Ricebox Grayson Coffee House United Community Bank Mellow Mushroom Brand Bank FastSigns BB&T Bank

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Or make a donation at the Southeast Gwinnett Food Co-Op at 55 Grayson Industrial Parkway, Grayson, GA 30017. Please make the check payable to the Southeast Gwinnett Co-Op. Please include your email address so we can contact you with your donation receipt and with invitations for some of the events we have planned. If this is a donation for the Boot the Mortgage Campaign, please write Mortgage on your check. 12

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The Snellville Farmers’ Market donates $2,500 to the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op!

The Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry got a boost from two local organizations. The Co-op has partnered with local charitable group Give Hunger the Boot - an organization created by Councilman Dave Emanuel and his wife Kathy - in a campaign to pay off the Co-op’s mortgage. The Snellville Commerce Club donated $250 to the Co-op to aid in its efforts (above). Also, the Snellville Farmers’ Market donated $2,500 to the Give Hunger the Boot campaign to reduce the mortgage for the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op. It is the hope of the SFM Committee that by reducing the mortgage the Co-op will be able to help even more families in need. The market was able to make this donation because it is entirely administered by volunteers. For more information on the Co-op visit www.segwinnettcoop.org.

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Snellville Tourism and Trade, the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce and the Heart of Gwinnett have put together another fun filled night of networking with other local business owners and citizens in our community. We invite you to join these three POWERHOUSE groups for the next Business After Hours NETWORKING event on July 23 at Summit Chase Country Club from 5:30 to 8 p.m. It’s a great way to meet new people in the county and stay connected. You do not need to be a member to participate in this event and it is FREE to attend. Promotional business tables will be available on a first come first serve basis. To reserve a promotional table please contact Kelly McAloon at kelmca@comcast.net.

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FIREWOR KS SHOW!

Come celebrate the Fourth with us!

Atlanta’s CONTAGIOUS Band in Concert followed by the Gwinnett Community Band!

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Economic Development Summer 2015

Improving Snellville YOUR THOUGHTS ARE HEARD

By Eric Van Otteren Generation Merge - the South Gwinnett High School-styled moniker given to the Urban Redevelopment Agency’s spring citywide visioning sessions provided insight and focus to the Towne Center @ Snellville plan. The URA visioning project ended with an informative forum on May 5. The URA, Council for Quality Growth and the Snellville Commerce Club partnered to offer an opportunity to learn from some of the region’s brightest leaders and their redevelopment initiatives. Participants heard from Lyn Menne, the assistant city manager of Decatur, who shared city of Decatur’s story of being an overnight - 20-year - success. “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction,” she said. The forum capped off several citywide visioning sessions at which residents and city officials shared their hopes for the city’s future. As the city looks for future opportunities like the Towne Center @ Snellville, participants saw examples of what actions and engagement are required of the citizens and leaders to attract a new generation of residents and jobs alike. Participants talked about what opportunities are available to the city and what similar communities around the region achieved when faced with these same questions. Attendees opined on the need for a transportation system, Wi-Fi hotspots, better Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

restaurants and the need for an arts center. The findings are being compiled into a report for the Urban Redevelopment Agency and mayor and council. “I am often asked, when will the Towne Center happen and what role can I play,” said Eric Van Otteren, Snellville’s economic development director. “My answer is this is an opportunistic plan. It will happen when the city of Snellville really wants it! In answer to what role can an individual play, I say keep the conversation alive and encourage action and engagement from those around you. “That is what these and future conversation are all about.” 17


GET FIT IN SNELLVILLE Fitness options in Snellville abound Whether you’re old or young. Whether you do it for exercise or fun. Snellville is a great place to stay fit and active. With commercial options like Ladies Workout Fitness and city-run facilities like T.W. Briscoe Park and the Senior Center, the city has its fair share of places to workout for people of all ages. All it takes is time and dedication. “You must make the time and be consistent. You cannot wish yourself into shape,” said Kelly Farris of Ladies Workout Fitness on Highway 78. With nearly 2 miles of walking trails, pools and a variety of courts and ballfields, Briscoe Park on Lenora Church Road is a great place to workout outdoors. And at the Snellville Senior Center, if you are over 62, you can workout with your peers. “We all know that there are tremendous benefits of exercise, but there are added benefits for seniors,” said Senior Center Director Kathi Gargiulo “The Centers for Disease Control reports that seniors have even more to gain than younger people by working out because they are at a much higher risk for having health problems that physical activity can often prevent.” The Senior Center, located next to City Hall on Oak Road, offers several exercise classes as well as an exercise equipment room to help stay fit. The center offers aerobics, Pilates and Zumba exercise classes.

Strawberry Peach Mango Green Smoothie Recipe Recipe type: Smoothies Cuisine: Post Workout Smoothies Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 1 A great postworkout or diet breakfast green smoothie with fruit and spinach. Ingredients - 1 cup peach mango juice - ½ cup frozen strawberries - ½ cup frozen peaches - small handful of spinach

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Instructions Mix this until you get a smooth consistency, though you can add more juice to get the desired consistency. The strawberries offer antioxidants and a large quantity of Vitamin C. The spinach is packed with Vitamin K, antioxidants and fiber. You can be creative with your smoothies. The idea is to use leafy greens and fresh fruits. The nice thing is that the greens cannot even be tasted in the smoothie. Nutrition Information Serving size: 1 large cup Calories: 255 Fat: 0 Saturated fat: 0 Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 45 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0

Where to get fit in Snellville Snellville Senior Center 2350 Oak Road 770-985-3580 T.W. Briscoe Park 2500 Sawyer Parkway 770-985-3535 Just Fitness 4U Snellville www.justfitness4u.com 2314 Henry Clower Blvd. 678-735-5490 Ladies Workout Express www.ladiesworkoutsnellville.com 2135 E. Main St. 770-985-6070 LA Fitness www.lafitness.com 2279 Pinehurst Road 770-979-1288 CrossFit ICONZ www.crossfiticonz.com 2073 Westside Ct. 678-758-6833

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COMMUNITY GARDEN @SNELLVILLE From Novice to Master Gardener

“Because of this place, I saw the magic of gardening. I did not know I would enter this world.” By Gretchen Schulz Just two years ago Shervette Miller-Payton could not have told you what a trowel was. Now she is a certified Master Gardener. And she credits the Community Garden @ Snellville for playing a big part in that achievement. Shervette signed up to rent a bed when the garden first opened in 2013, hoping gardening would be a good learning experience for her young daughter. “I came because of Michalea,” she said. But when she came with the plants she had purchased for her bed another gardener who was there at the time recognized Shervette’s uncertainty. The other gardener asked Shervette if she had a trowel, intending to help with the planting. “What’s a trowel?” Shervette responded. So the other gardener got her trowel and patiently began helping Shervette plant her vegetables.

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“If I had tried to do this alone it would not have happened,” said Shervette, crediting the Community Garden for giving her the confidence to try gardening. Not long after Shervette started gardening, an announcement was made at Chamblee Charter High School where she teaches 10th grade world literature that DeKalb County was looking for a team at the school to study for the master gardener certification. And again, Shervette had the confidence to sign up. “It was very intense because I started at a sub-zero level. I learned a tremendous amount and I had to do 50 hours of volunteer work at the school,” she said. Shervette works with a class of about 10 students who are studying gardening. “They are really passionate about it,” she said, noting that their biggest success was a plant sale where they raised more than $200 for the class. “Because of this place I saw the magic of gardening,” she said, looking around the Community Garden. “I did not know I would enter this world.” Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


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Gwinnett Technical College’s Gail Zorn and members of Girl Scout Troop 3486 recently helped at the garden.

A regular at the garden, Ileen Meggison, on left, joins the Girl Scouts to spruce up the garden.

How Does Your Garden Grow? Your garden’s site location is very important. When possible, locate the garden in full sunlight, near the house, on good soil and near a water supply. Sunlight Most vegetables need full sunlight for growth and development. Plant leaf crops such as broccoli, collards and spinach in areas likely to be in partial shade. Don’t plant any vegetable in complete shade. Large hedges, hedgerows and trees not only create too much shade, but they also compete with the garden for moisture and nutrients. Nearness to the House Locate the garden near your house so you can observe it regularly. Being close to your garden will help you notice insect, disease and weed problems and let you take necessary control measures before they can cause serious damage. A convenient location will also allow you to spend short periods of spare time tending to garden chores or harvesting the fruit.

Soil When looking for a garden site, keep in mind that the exact soil type is less important than factors such as high fertility, good internal drainage, ease of tilling, good moisture-holding capacity and deep topsoil. Try to avoid areas infested with johnsongrass, nutgrass and other troublesome weeds; areas with rock ledges; and areas underlain by a hardpan or hard shale. Soils can be amended with organic matter to improve the area. Water You will get only poor results if you try to grow a garden without watering it as needed. Mulches and organic matter will improve the soil’s moisture-holding capacity and reduce evaporation loss; however, they will not guarantee an ample supply of moisture at all times. If possible, locate the garden near a good water supply so it can be watered as often as needed. - Extension.uga.edu

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Where Business Thrives! Brookwood, South Gwinnett students awarded $1,000 The Snellville Commerce Club has named its two FBLA/ DECA college scholarship winners for 2015 in May. The scholarships were in the amount of $1,000 each. FBLA member Andrew James Ashburn is the Brookwood High School recipient for 2015. Ashburn is a Marine JROTC Cadet Staff Sergeant and active in Mount Zion Baptist Church. Recently accepted to Auburn University, he plans to pursue a career in engineering; principally in the petroleum and alternative fuel fields. Ashburn received recognition as a member of the Brookwood Band and JV lacrosse team during his high school career. South Gwinnett High School’s Destiny Broadnax is a member of FBLA and DECA. She has been accepted to Boston University’s School of Management. Broadnax is a recipient of the UGA Certificate of Merit and CTE (technical education) Student of the Year for Gwinnett County. She is active at First Baptist Snellville and is currently serving an internship with Accent Creative Group.

“It’s no surprise to see another generation of motivated and focused achievers among Snellville’s youth,” Commerce Club Member Jimmy Norton said. Snellville Tourism and Trade Executive Director Kelly McAloon added, “We are proud of both winners and wish them success in their academic endeavors and future careers.” Created in 2005, this 11th annual award was presented at the regular May club meeting inside City Hall. For more information on the Snellville Commerce Club’s mission and philanthropic history, visit www. snellvillecommerceclub.com.

SNELLVILLE TOURISM AND TRADE MEMBERSHIP LEVELS Classic Membership - $150 Subscription period: 1 year No recurring payments Includes: •STAT Member Window Cling •STAT Lapel pin •Supports community events produced by STAT •Listing on Snellville Tourism Business Directory •Local Business Discounts •Attendance for one at monthly Commerce Club Meetings •50 percent off table at Business After Hours events

Premium Membership - $250 Subscription period: 1 year No recurring payments •Includes all benefits of Classic Membership •Free table at all Business After Hours events Supporter Membership - $35 Subscription period: 1 year No recurring payments Includes: •STAT Member Window Cling •STAT Lapel pin •Supports community events produced by STAT

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Pools, Picnics and Playgrounds Whether you’re looking to cool off in the pool, have a birthday barbecue with family and friends in one of the numerous picnic spots, or let the kids frolic on the playgrounds peppered throughout the grounds, T.W. Briscoe Park on Lenora Church Road has plenty of entertainment and recreation options. Along with the traditional park flavors, Briscoe Park offers events throughout the year including the Popcorn in the Park movie series (www.snellvilletourism.com/events/popcorn-in-the-park), community yard sales (the next one being Aug. 15), pizza parties, a Canine Carnival Oct. 17 and a charity softball game Sept. 12 between the Gwinnett Fire Department and the Snellville Police Department. The park is also the site of summer day camps for kids. “I want people to get used to things that I call ‘onesies’ – not just big events like Snellville Days, but something that if someone is in town one weekend they can say, ‘Look. Let’s do this,’” said Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Platt. The pool, which offers a separate toddler area and is complete with a diving board, is a great place to keep cool in the summer. Fees are $1 for children 3 and under, $4 for those 4 – 49 and $1 for ages 50 and over. New this year are shade structures which can be rented to keep you and your party out of the sun. The pool is open from May to Sept. 7 (days of operation will be adjusted to Friday through Sunday when school starts). If it’s a picnic you’re after, Briscoe Park’s got you covered. There are five gazebos for rent: Bonnie Rose Gazebo, holds eight; the Sager Pavilion, holds 35; the Peters Pavilion, holds 35; the Williams Pavilion, holds 50; and the Lakeside Pavilion, holds 35. Thanks to new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds, the playgrounds and ballfields at the park have undergone major renovations this spring. Tournaments are now possible for girls’ fastpitch softball and under-9 baseball. The new fields will only better the experience for the existing adult softball players. Also thanks to the SPLOST initiative, Briscoe Park is home to the first “modern art” styled playground in the state. The kid-friendly structure geared for kids 5 - 12 combines fun and science with features that reflect the sun for a prism. There are also built-in bongo drums and features with names like the “Jungle Link,” “Ziggy Rail,” and “Tron Climber.” Another new addition is the renovated 1.5-mile walking trail with a 10-foot-wide surface. The park is equipped with amenities to accommodate those with special needs. 24 24

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SUMMERTIME FUN FOR EVERYONE Hey parents! Need something to keep your kids busy this summer? Look no further.

New London Theatre, 2338 Henry Clower Blvd.

MOVIES Carmike Cinemas, 1905 Scenic Highway Through Aug. 9 Showtimes will be at 10 a.m. every Thursday. This year’s series offers the “complete package.” Each attendee will receive admission to the show plus a small 16-ounce drink and small 53-ounce popcorn for just $2. All remaining concession items will be available for purchase at regular prices. Regal Cinemas, 2125 E. Main St. Admission to the Summer Movie Express at Regal Cinemas is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10 a.m. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Broadway Bound Summer Camp All children ages 5-17 welcome. Classes are $185 per week. Receive 10 percent off each additional week. Each week will conclude with a performance for parents, friends, and loved ones to show off the students’ new talents. Each week’s theme will be combined with many aspects of theatre including monologues, dance, scene blocking, lighting, how to locate agents, stage makeup, stage combat, stage managing, headshots, scene dissections, theatre games, learning lines, improv, costumes, set design, writing, character development, accents, critiquing and a lot more! More info at NewLondonTheatre.org/classes.html Cobble Creek Studios, 2257 Scenic Highway

BOWLING

Saturday High School Portfolio Class will be held at Briscoe Park near the gazebo as students draw from the live model. This class will beginning the second Saturday of July and run through August.

Oasis Bowl Loganville, 479 Brightwell Court Visit www.kidsbowlfree.com offered at Oasis Bowling in Loganville. Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for two free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations. AMF Lanes on Ronald Reagan Parkway in Snellville offers 99 cent games all day every day.

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Two new members have joined the Cobble Creek staff. Summer King will be teaching home school art classes. Also new to CCS is Kathy Timmons, the special needs instructor. Also coming in August. Students from Cobble Creek will meet at the High Museum as they view the Baroque masterpiece exhibition. Immediately after the tour the students will meet in the sculpture gallery and draw from the sculpture. Cobble Creek Studios will be celebrating their fifth year in Snellville and a celebration will take place the first Saturday in November. The public is invited so save the date. For more information visit cobblecreekstudios.com.

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Parks & Recreation Summer 2015 T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway ~ Park Office (770) 985-3535 Park office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on registration and classes, check out the Parks & Recreation Department on Snellville’s website www.snellville.org (on the left hand side, choose Departments and then Parks & Recreation) or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/SnellvilleParks

Briscoe Park is open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Park Office is open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (770) 985-3535 www.snellville.org (on the left hand side choose Departments, then Parks & Recreation)

POOL ACTIVITIES

YOUTH SOCCER Recreational soccer for Boys and Girls ages 4 – 18 For more info: SnellvilleSoccer.com or 770-466-7177

Briscoe Park’s OUTDOOR POOL is open through Monday, Sept. 7. Hours will be noon to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday and noon to 7 p.m., Friday to Sunday. Hours will be adjusted when school opens. Admission, $4 for ages 4 to 49, all others, $1. Half and full season passes and lap passes are available at Park Office.

UNDER 10 QUICK START TENNIS Contact Coach Jones 404-642-8393 QuickStartTennis@yahoo.com

SWIM LESSONS Please visit our website - www.snellville.org - for pricing, dates, times and skill level descriptions. POOL RENTALS are available Friday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., $200 refundable deposit plus $200 rent. Capacity is 200 people. Lifeguards must be contracted from Positively Pools. NEW: Shaded picnic area at the pool is available for rental for any occasion. Call park office for details.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES KIDS HEALTHY HANDS COOKING CLASS For further info contact 770-899-7515 www.shakemixandroll.com LEARNING HIVE SUMMER CAMP Children will have a remarkable experience this summer at Camp Learning Hive at Briscoe Park. For children ages 3 and up. For more information call 770-822-4001, visit mylearninghive.com or email learninghivecenter@ gmail.com.

ADULT ACTIVITIES 7v7 ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE Contact Park Office 770-985-3535 Jillian Bouchard at jbouchard@snellville.org INTERNATIONAL ADULT SOCCER League Director: 678-629-6755 or 917-744-3461 Friday nights $650 per team, $65 per player for house team BOOT CAMP Monday-Thursday at the Park Office Five week sessions, various hours available. Contact Alvin Hill, 678-920-4136 or gimmiesomesports@ yahoo.com SUMMER ADULT SOFTBALL Starts in June on New Fields Contact Jillian Bouchard at jbouchard@snellville.org OUTDOOR TENNIS & BASKETBALL COURTS Available on a first come-first served basis No lights - 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Seven days a week

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Parks & Recreation Summer 2015 T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway ~ Park Office (770) 985-3535

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.; all fees including deposits 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

Snellville City Limit - $205 (M to T) / $220 (F to S) $340 (M to T) / $355 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $265 (M to T) / $280 (F to S) $400 (M to T) / $415 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $275 (M to T) / $290 (F to S) $410 (M to T) / $425 (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

BETTY MCMICHAEL ROOM/ PARK OFFICEHOLDS 100 PRICES PER FOUR-HOUR BLOCK, $200 refundable deposit plus:

For room/pavilion rentals call the park office at 770-9853535; field rentals Jillian Bouchard 770-985-3533. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, or MC;

NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS

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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 PAINTING CLASSES $25 for four Classes Thursdays - 1 to 3 p.m. (Instructor can provide supplies for additional $25) SPANISH Mondays and Thursdays - $25/Month Intermediate - 9 a.m., Advanced - 11:15 a.m. Must have some Spanish for these classes. CROCHET & KNITTING GROUP Tuesdays at noon - FREE BILLIARDS/POOL 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. EXERCISE We offer a variety of exercise opportunities for our members. AEROBIC CLASSES 9:15 a.m. Light Impact and 10:15 a.m. Medium Impact every Monday and Thursday at no charge. Pilates Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m. $3 per class Zumba Tuesday at 11 a.m. $5 per class. Weight Room Our weight room consists of 2 bicycles, 2 arm and 2 leg machines. You will need to participate in one of our training classes to utilize the equipment.

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

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION 2015 Senior Center Annual Memberships (JanuaryDecember) Snellville City Limit Residents $15, Gwinnett County Residents $25 Join after July 1 and cost for the remainder of the year is only $15 for County Residents and $9 for City Residents Additional persons from the same household receive a $5 discount

ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS 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 www.snellville.org 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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SarahCare® of Snellville

Spend September with SarahCare of Snellville. Join us for wine, appetizers, and networking at our Grand Opening Reception.

Thursday, September 10th | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate Adult Day Services Week:

Living Well Into the Future A Day with Teepa Snow September 13th – 19th Activities include: a Fundraiser Dinner, Bingo Bash, Lunch, Speaker, Ice Cream Social and a Wellness Showcase.

Wednesday, September 30th

8:30 am – 12:30 pm | “Dementia and the Roadblock of Denial” for the professional caregiver (CEU’s offered event) $50 to attend. 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm | “Coping with Challenging Behaviors” Free event for family caregivers.

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CONTESTS COMING UP IN SNELLVILLE Favorite Recipe • Third Annual Scarecrow Contest • Cake and Pie Baking Contest THIRD ANNUAL SCARECROW CONTEST

Put your creative hat on early and plan to make a scarecrow this year in the Third Annual Snellville Tourism and Trade Scarecrow Contest. Contest winners will receive cash prizes and recognition in the Snellville Spirit magazine. The invitation to build your hay-stuffed mannequins is open to all business owners, schools, churches and residents to join in the fun. How will this work? You create a scarecrow and put it on display outside your business, school, church, home or club and STAT will 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 the best scarecrow in Snellville. Contest is available to everyone in Snellville. Entry fee is $20 and all proceeds benefit the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. Deadline for entry is Sept. 18.

CAKE AND PIE BAKING CONTEST

Sign up early - space is limited! There is a Cake and Pie Baking Contest at the Fall Festival on Oct. 10. Only the first 12 entries in each category will be entered in the contest. Winners will receive cash prizes and recognition in the Snellville Spirit magazine.

RECIPE CONTEST FOR THE FALL SPIRIT

Would you like to see your recipe listed in the Fall 2015 edition of Snellville Spirit Magazine? Email your Fall recipe to info@ snellvilletourism.com. Please include a photo of your recipe and contact information. All entries are due by Aug. 14. Two recipes will be selected for the Fall edition in the Spirit magazine. Judges are looking for two recipes that are colorful, creative and fun, something that everyone will enjoy in the fall. Visit the STAT website at www.snellvilletourism.com for all contest details.

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WISTERIA SHOPPING CENTER REVITALIZED A look at new developments

SITE LOCATION MAP (NTS)

Pollo Tropical has plans to take over the recently built Cabana Grill at the Lowe’s Shopping Center. The popular eatery will transform Cabana Grill into a tropic-flavored restaurant. The restaurants are owned by the same company. SITE

The Eastwyke housing development site plans have been approved for Phase 1 adjacent to Eastside Medical Center. Home prices are expected to be in the mid $300s, city officials said. Outside city limits a new Hobby Lobby on Highway 124 will draw other smaller shops including La-Z-Boy and possibly a movie theater. A new Tractor Supply store is under construction near the Summit Chase subdivision. PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT NOTES

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Best Buy on Highway 124 is relocating to a smaller 30,000 square-foot retail space located in the new Scenic Promenade currently under construction. The new Best Buy will be one of three anchor shops at the space between the current Best Buy and Lowe’s. Other stores expected to move into the location are Fresh Market and Home Goods. Other smaller stores will join the larger ones. The new Best Buy is expected to be open early in 2016, officials said. The current Best Buy property will be filled soon, though developers have been tight-lipped about what may occupy it. Rezoning and land use applications have been received for a combination of several parcels at the intersection of Pharrs Road

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On June 10, Ollie’s opened at the corner of Highway 78 and Wisteria Drive. The grand opening drew thousands as vehicles filled the once-quiet parking lot. Ollie’s will be joined by Planet Fitness and At Home in the fall. The storefronts replace those left vacant by Hobby Lobby, which moved to Highway 124, and Kmart.

and Scenic Highway. The proposed development will include nearly a dozen structures with most of them being restaurants with a complimentary amount of retail and medical uses.

A MASTER PLANNED RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY

There are plenty of new commercial developments popping up in Snellville.

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WISTERIA CITY MARKET

Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts and Economic Development Manager Eric Van Otteren put up the facade

Becky Evans and Karen Williams from Bill Rhodes Bakery

Sizzling Peach chef Nona Johnson

Councilman Dave Emanuel and volunteer Darren Johnson

Grayson Coffeehouse

Riding the trolley to the Market

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South Gwinnett High School JROTC Color Guard

Scott Allen from SGHS

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MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION

It was a patriotic Memorial Day Celebration on the Towne Green as residents joined veterans in remembering our fallen soldiers. The day was capped off by music by the Rockingbird Band, the Ron Kimble Band, and a balloon launch.

Pledge of Allegiance

Cheers to Lincoln Fill Station which sponsored the 1st Annual Veterans Memorial Craft Beer Garden

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BEACH BLAST AND CONCERT

Lisa White from Securlock Storage

Canned goods for Give Hunger the Boot

Nelie, Evan and Hannah Wilson

Melvin Everson

Celebrating STAT the CAT’s first birthday

Ellie and STAT the CAT

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The Czaricks

Having fun in the sand

Truman from the Gwinnett Daily Post’s Kidsville, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts, STAT the CAT and Andy the Armadillo with the Cop Cab

Fun in the water walkers

Electric Avenue presented by Walton EMC

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From some of our favorite cooks!

Summertime Favorites

HALLELUJAH POTATO SALAD My sister Charlotte passed our family potato salad recipe down to me when I first got married, and I’ve been making it ever since. Several years ago, I found this recipe, which is very similar to our family’s cherished traditional one, but jalapeños and a dash of hot sauce give it a terrific kick! The fresh vegetables can be found at the fabulous Snellville Farmers’ Market on any given Saturday. Enjoy! 5 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes 4 large hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped 1 Tbsp table salt 1.5 cups mayonnaise (I don’t recommend Miracle Whip for this recipe) 1 cup sweet salad cube pickles, drained well 1/2 cup chopped red onion 1/2 cup chopped bell beeper (I use green) 1/2 cup finely chopped celery 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley 1/4 cup yellow mustard 1 4-oz jar chopped pimiento, well drained 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced* 2 tsp celery seed A dash of hot sauce (2 if you like it spicy!) 1/2 tsp paprika, fancy or smoked Peel and cook potatoes in boiling water until tender, but not mushy (about 20 min). Drain and cool for about 15 minutes. Add eggs, sprinkle potatoes and eggs with salt to coat. Stir together mayonnaise and next 13 ingredients. Gently stir into potato and egg mixture. When all ingredients are blended well, transfer potato salad to a favorite bowl so that sides are clean, and sprinkle with paprika and black pepper to taste. Serve well chilled. Serves about 10 people. - Carole Townsend Author, Speaker, Columnist BOOKS: Magnolias, Sweet Tea and Exhaust; Red Lipstick and Clean Underwear; Southern Fried White Trash; Blood In the Soil (Spring 2016) GWINNETT CITIZEN: (Not So) Common Sense column

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ORANGE CHICKEN Makes 4 servings

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Sauce: 1 1/2 cups water  2 tablespoons orange juice  1/4 cup lemon juice  1/3 cup rice vinegar  2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce  1 tablespoon grated orange zest  1 cup packed sugar  1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root  1/2 teaspoon minced garlic  2 tablespoons chopped green onion  1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes  3 tablespoons cornstarch  2 tablespoons water

Chicken: 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces  1 cup all-purpose flour  1/4 teaspoon salt  1/4 teaspoon pepper  3 tablespoons olive oil Directions: Pour 1 1/2 cups water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce into a saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Stir in the orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chopped onion, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and cool 10 to 15 minutes. Place the chicken pieces into a resealable plastic bag. When contents of saucepan have cooled, pour 1 cup of sauce into bag. Reserve the remaining sauce. Seal the bag, and refrigerate at least 2 hours. In another resealable plastic bag, mix the flour, salt, and pepper. Add the marinated chicken pieces, seal the bag, and shake to coat. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place chicken into the skillet, and brown on both sides. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels, and cover with aluminum foil. Wipe out the skillet, and add the sauce. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Mix together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water; stir into the sauce. Reduce Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


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