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Summer 2016 - Volume 22 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association

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

Snellville Towne Green: The ‘Hot Spot’ this summer When I drive down Highway 78 in front of City Hall, I get a smile on my face when I see the improvements in our Towne Green. For the longest time, Snellville just seemed to be a wide spot in the middle of Highway 78. Over the past few years, we have seen a transformation of our city’s “downtown” and it has become a “Hot Spot.” I am not just talking about the temperature. There are so many activities for you and your family to get involved with and helps make Snellville a great place live. With the continued leadership, improvements and opportunities that we are seeing in our town, we are well on the way to becoming a world class community. Snellville is going to have a sizzling summer of fun, and I hope to see all of you downtown. Don Britt

Don

President, Snellville Tourism & Trade

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Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the City of Snellville. President Don Britt Vice President Gretchen Schulz Secretary Kathy Emanuel Treasurer Jamey Toney Board Member Alice Snipes Board Member Brian Pendley Board Member Susan Chappelear Board Member Tom Morris Board Member Stephen Brust Executive Director Kelly McAloon Mayor of Snellville Tom Witts City Council Barbara Bender - Mayor Pro Tem,Bobby Howard, Dave Emanuel, Cristy Lenski and Roger Marmol City Website: www.snellville.org Magazine Design by Brian Arrington, Perry Cox, Kathy Emanuel and Kelly McAloon Magazine Cover Design by Perry Cox Magazine Cover Photography by Andrew Watson Photography Cover Kids - Reese and Nash Kiewert Contributing Writers and Photographers: Kelly McAloon, Eric Van Otteren, Don Britt, Brian Arrington, Perry Cox, Tom Witts, Roy Whitehead, Gaye Johnson, Gretchen Schulz and Andrew Watson Photgraphy


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WITTS’ WORDS

Mayor Tom Witts offers city update.

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GETTIN’ GREEN

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GARBAGE TIME

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WEB WORDS

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INDEPENDENCE DAY

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FOREVER YOUNG

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ALPHABET SOUP

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WHAT’S COMING?

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MOUNTAIN MAN

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SUPER SWIMMERS

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SUMMER FUN

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HERO WORSHIP

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CHA-CHING!

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DON’T BE SCARED

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MUSIC MAKERS

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SMILE!

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ON THE FARM

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Information on the new garbage hauler. Snellville goes big for July 4.

More on the city’s DDA and URA. Snellville resident was carver of Stone Mountain. A guide to keep kids occupied this summer. Happenings at the Snellville Commerce Club. A guide to the city’s popular music events. The Farmers’ Market is back for another year.

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The latest on the Community Garden @Snellville. The new city website is online. Get to know our city’s Student Ambassadors. Anything new coming to Snellville? T.W. Briscoe Park is home to a team of young swimmers. The city’s American Hero banner program in detail. Information on the annual scarecrow contest. Pictures of recent events in the city. Recipes from our favorite local cooks. 5 5


MAYOR’S MESSAGE By Tom Witts, Mayor

Every Saturday morning our Farmers’ Market is bustling on our green, and Snellville Tourism and Trade has a full calendar of events scheduled.

I’m now seven months into my new position as your mayor. It has been a whirlwind of activity and an exciting time, to say the least. Our renovated Towne Green, our new signage, the major strides to establish a town center and the construction of sidewalks throughout the city are just a few of the signs of a renewed energy that is so apparent to the citizens and the visitors to Snellville. Summer is upon us and that means our event season is in full swing.

None of the events that I mention would be possible without the efforts of the city staff and our wonderful corps of volunteers.

On July 4, our biggest event, “Star Spangled Snellville” will welcome thousands to our city to witness the best fireworks display in Gwinnett.

WITTS

None of the events that I mention would be possible without the efforts of the city staff and our wonderful corps of volunteers. For instance, it takes true dedication for volunteers to get up every Saturday morning and be on the green at 6 a.m. setting up the market just so that you and I can buy our farm fresh fruits and vegetables. My hat’s off to each and every volunteer. It’s that unselfish act of donating your time and talent that makes us a community. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your mayor and I look forward to seeing you at one of our events over the summer.

POLICE BEAT By Roy Whitehead, Chief of Police The Snellville Police Department would like to congratulate the members of our Citizens Police Academy, 21st session, who graduated in May. The CPA provides community members with the opportunity to interact with our officers and civilian employees and to see firsthand what we do. Classes include traffic stops, D.U.I. enforcement, crime scene processing, handling domestic disputes, firearms safety along with a trip to the range, a tour of the Gwinnett County Jail, K-9 demonstrations, information on the makeup and operation of the department, emergency management and others.

WHITEHEAD

Sessions are comprised of lecture, role playing and are interactive. Instructors are officers who present the material while off duty, volunteering their time and expertise. The CPA is one of the best things we do to reach out and connect with our community. It rivals our presentation on social media and we hope you’ll “like” us on Facebook to receive information. It provides a source for direct communication with our administrators. The next academy is scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Classes last from 6 to 8 p.m. each Thursday for twelve weeks. Perfect attendance is not a requirement. If you miss a class, you’re welcome to make it up in the next session. Upon graduation, we invite the participants to join our Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and they are eligible for ridealongs. There is no charge for the class and you don’t have to live in the city limits of Snellville. Check on line at www.snellville. org to find the application. During the last graduation, the officers and class recognized CPA Alumni for their efforts. Marcy Pharris and Steve Thornton have provided invaluable assistance in ensuring the success of the CPA.

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PUBLIC WORKS

By Gaye Johnson, Director of Public Works We’re excited to welcome our new contracted hauler, Advanced Disposal. They have a great reputation in the solid waste industry and have teamed up with Latham Sanitation to handle all the residential pickups. Residents should have a new 65-gallon trash cart and a new 18-gallon recycling bin. Anyone that would like a larger 65-gallon cart for recycling should contact the Public Works Department at 770-985-3527 Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We’re very happy to offer many new items that can be picked up at the curb as well. Please see the list of new items as well as the unaccepted items below.

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The biggest change is not placing the glass containers in the mix of recyclables. Drop off sites used by garbage haulers are no longer accepting recyclables co-mingled with glass therefore there is no curbside pick up of glass. You may bring your glass to the Snellville Recycling Center, located in Briscoe Park as we separate our glass and have it hauled directly to a processor.

If you have any questions concerning garbage or recycling please give us a call so we may help. We also encourage you to visit our city website for general information. Have a wonderful summer!

Items to recycle in your bins: •Aluminum and steel food and beverage containers •Aluminum baking tins •#1, #2 and #3 plastic bottles and containers •Cardboard boxes (broken down)

Advanced Disposal is the new contracted hauler for the city of Snellville. Anyone that would like a larger 65-gallon cart for recycling should contact the Public Works Department at 770-985-3527 Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Please do not place these items in your recycling bin/cart: Aerosol Cans • Glass Bottles & Panes Styrofoam • Batteries • Paint Containers • Plastic Grocery Bags • Yard Waste Construction Debris Snellville, Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody

•Kraft Paper (Grocery & Lunch bags) •Cereal, Shoe, Tissue and other packaging boxes •Soda, Beer and other drink box cartons •Paper towel and tissue paper cores •All junk mail •Newspaper and inserts •Mixed paper (calendars, school & computer paper, envelopes, old greeting cards & other forms) 7

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JuLy 4Th CELEBrATIoN: Star Spangled Snellville By Kelly McAloon

The Button Gwinnett Chapter Militia

Bungee Jumping

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 newly renovated Towne Green and surrounding area. Star Spangled Snellville begins at 4:00 PM 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, water slide, train rides and bungee jump. Ride as often as you like with an all day band. In addition to all the rides, family friendly games will entertain attendees in the afternoon, such as watermelon eating contest and cake walks.

Kriss Johnson, the reigning Ms. Senior Georgia will kick off the celebration singing our National Anthem, followed by The Button Gwinnett Chapter Militia firing their muskets from the main stage at 4:20 PM. We are excited to feature two bands from Snellville, The Stephen Lee Band and CONTAGIOUS Band will rock the Green throughout the day. The fireworks display will begin when the sky becomes dark, approximately 9:30 PM, 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 quickly. STAT would like to thank Snellville First Baptist Church for its continued support and sharing their property to stage the fireworks. There will be several inflatables on Henry Clower, and many food vendors on the FBC side of the street as well as many food vendors lined up on Oak Rd. in front of City Hall. We also want to thank Snellville United Methodist Church for allowing residents to park in their 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.

Face Painting

We will have a wide variety of food vendors on site to satisfy any appetite. Food vendors include: Wild Wing Café, Rey’s Cuban Café, Lions Club with Funnel Cakes, Shrimp Bucket, We B Chillin Shaved Ice, Beren’s Frozen Custard, Chick-fil-A, Kona Ice, Fratelli’s and many others. Stop by for some of the favorite festival foods like hot boiled peanuts, grilled corn on the cob, fresh squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, and your favorite flavored shaved ice.

Come visit STAT the Cat

Try your luck at the watermelon eating contest — a “mess” of fun for all ages!


Large Inflatables

The Community Blood Bank will be on site July 4th for those of you who would like to give a pint of blood. The Community Blood Bank services those in need in our local area. Don’t forget to get your face painted at this celebration and stop by the STAT info tent for a Star Spangled tattoo. A big thank you to all of our volunteers, police department and public works department who help make our events so successful.

Train Rides

Event Schedule ▼ 4:00

PM Kriss Johnson - National Anthem ▼ 4:20 PM Button Gwinnett Chapter Militia ▼ 4:30 PM The Stephen Lee Band ▼ 5:30 PM Button Gwinnett Chapter Militia ▼ 5:35 PM Introduction of Dignitaries

Many thanks to our 2016 Star Spangled Snellville sponsors who make our large events possible:

▼ 5:45

PM The Stephen Lee Band ▼ 6:30 PM Watermelon Eating Contest ▼ 6:45 PM Cake Walk ▼ 7:00 PM CoNTAGIouS Band ▼ 9:30 PM

FIrEWorKS! * * * * *

Keystone Sponsor Eastside Medical Center Gold Sponsor ER Snell Silver Sponsor Walton EMC Bronze Sponsor Gwinnett Citizen and 12Stone Church

The Stephen Lee Band

Friend of Snellville Sponsors Summit Chase Country Club, Securlock Storage, Wild Wing Café, LaQuinta Inn, Crestwood Suites and the City of Snellville.

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By Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Director In the spring edition of the Snellville Spirit you were introduced to the alphabet soup of a few quasi-governmental organizations: the URA, DDA, and DAS. In the last issue I shared a little about the URA (Urban Redevelopment Agency, in case you forgot) and what it does for the city. The Urban Redevelopment Agency of Snellville is supporting the Towne Green and the Towne Center at Snellville through an effort to make the area dog friendly. Its first offering is the dog water-fountain on the new Towne Green. Now, when you visit the award-winning Farmers’ Market or any one of the great events on The Towne Green offered by STAT (guess that one), you and your fourlegged friend have easy access to water.

The DDA Directors and Mayor Tom Witts are working closely with city leaders to implement the wayfinding project across all city organizations.

In this sequel, I would like to share a little more about the Downtown Development Authority and its engagement in making the Towne Center @Snellville a reality. The most visible initiative that is being led by the DDA is the implementation of a new wayfinding project completed last summer. The wayfinding project utilized a group of local community leaders to identify and design a unique sign package and logo which led to the new signage on the Towne Green and the new City Hall sign.

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ALPHABET SOUP - A SEQUEL: WHAT IS A DDA?

Have you visited the new Web Site: www. snellville.org? Go to “Newsworthy” and subscribe to the calendar. Another way to stay in the know is to subscribe to the city newsletter by emailing Brian Arrington at barrington@snellville.org.

The DDA Directors and Mayor Tom Witts are working closely with city leaders to implement the wayfinding project across all city organizations. They are also working to drive the Towne Center master plan forward. It is very important as the Towne Center @Snellville master plan moves forward that there is a consistent and high quality visual presentation of the Towne Center @Snellville and the larger community. Currently the new sign designs are visible on and around the Towne Green. This wayfinding initiative will be implemented throughout the Towne Center @Snellville. I will close this edition of Alphabet Soup with a hint of great things to come. Do not miss out on being in the know. There are several ways to connect with city leaders and stay informed.

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The Man Who Carved

Stone Mountain

He didn’t know it at the time, but Roy Faulkner would become known as the man who created one of the most recognizable monuments in America. Now 84 and living in Snellville, he is getting the accolades he deserves for being such an unsuspecting historical figure.

BY BRIAN ARRINGTON

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bout 50 years ago, Roy Faulkner found himself dangling from the side of Stone Mountain. Over the course of eight years, Faulkner, now 84 and living in Snellville, would carve the famous likenesses of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, etching himself into history. Born in Porterdale on May 14, 1932, Faulkner loved the Civil War history, Stonewall Jackson was his favorite. But he had no idea he would be linked with Jackson for eternity. He was not an artist, not even a sculptor, but he had the gumption and desire to complete the job he unknowingly started. In 1963, Faulkner would meet George Weiblen who had been hired by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association to find a crew to install the 400-foot elevator for the workers to get to the carving. It had been a project plagued with issues for nearly 50 years. Faulkner was hired simply to build an elevator and scaffolding needed to move and hold the workers who would carve the granite mountain. But after the original designers deserted the project, Faulkner was the last man standing. Despite having no artistic training, he took on the project. Faulkner took a simple approach to the task - a foot on the mountain would equal every inch on the model. Faulkner had his method. Now the work began. During the course of the construction, Faulkner used a specially designed torch. It had separate hoses spewing water, oxygen and kerosene. The kerosene and oxygen heated the rock and carved it away and the water cooled it down so it wouldn’t crack. He used shorter tubes than previously used before for better control. Construction wasn’t without its mishaps. Two men died on the mountain. On Aug. 1, 1966, Howard Williams fell from the scaffolding, slammed into the head of Stonewall Jackson, and fell to the bottom. The incident forced everyone but Faulkner and Weiblen to quit. Five years later, a replacement worker, Nelson Wilborn, fell and died as scaffolding was being removed. Faulkner nearly died himself. The Marine has suffered several strokes and has trouble speaking, but he lights up when he tells the story of how he nearly fell from the steep mountain’s façade. Faulkner asked a worker if he had nailed down a new plank and was told yes. Faulkner stepped on it and through it but was able to hang on. He slapped, then fired, the worker, Faulkner manages to convey with a smile on his face.

Roy Faulkner and his daughter Donna F. Barron will be at the Fourth of July Celebration on the Towne Green signing copies of the book ‘The Man Who Carved Stone Mountain.”


After he finished the carving, with little fanfare, he moved to Ormond Beach, Fla. in the mid1970s to relax and enjoy fishing. But as time went on, his legacy grew. He began to gain notoriety for his work. His daughter Donna F. Barron, with whom he lives with now, and Kay Jones, recently published a book about Faulkner’s life and work entitled, “The Man Who Carved Stone Mountain.” “I always had this intuition to write a book about Daddy especially after being his secretary, payroll clerk, tour guide, etc. at the (Stone Mountain) museum,” Barron said. “The time was never clear on when it would happen. As social media surfaced I began locating old friends and neighbors. I found Kay on Facebook. Finally the more we talked the more we both came to the conclusion that a book needs to be written about Daddy. Her field was cultural arts, booking storytellers for festivals. She came to visit from North Carolina a few times and after a yearand-a-half we completed the book and it went to press and was completed in September 2015.” Barron and her father travel the south for book signings, speaking engagements and to receive awards. “My message is to encourage young people that you don’t always have to be a college graduate or have years of college degrees to succeed in life,” she said. “Daddy believed in himself and what he thought he could do. He was a simple man who is a Marine with a spirit of ‘yes I can do’ attitude. He persevered until he reaches his goal. I am very thankful to Kay for her love and gratitude for our family and for her dedication in helping to make sure this story was told. I only want Daddy to receive the recognition that he deserves. Eight years, five months and 19 days of his life in heat, cold, rain, wind and snow working six days a week sometimes 12 hours a day and above all risking his life so we all could enjoy this monument. “I am very proud to be his daughter and my goal is to give him this journey of recognition - let him receive the hugs, kisses, handshakes and personal photos. He is a celebrity and I want him to enjoy that feeling.”

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By Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Director Who bested the sharks in the 2016 Snellville Entrepreneurship Alliance shark tank? On May 4, students from South Gwinnett High School and Brookwood High School made pitches for local funding for their startup in a premise based on the TV show “Shark Tank.” The top prize went to a partnership. The spring edition of the Spirit featured Pure Clothing. This youth startup was voted The Best Young Entrepreneur of 2016. The business owners, Matthew Lecota and Malachi Picart walked away with $1,000 to expand the launch of their business, Pure Clothing. The Entrepreneurship Alliance thanks the Sharks, local business people who provided funding for the Shark Tank and served as jury members. Without their contribution of time and money, the eleven youth startup businesses would not have had the opportunity to pitch their business for funding.

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WHO SURVIVED THE SHARK TANK?

From left, 2016 Shark Tank winners Malachi Picart and Matthew Lecota, runner-up Matt Wilson and Economic Development Director Eric Van Otteren.

The contributors to the Shark Tank are: •Walton EMC •Chris LaFay, Owner of Classic City Consulting •Delta Community Credit Union •Webb, Tanner & Powell, PC •Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce •Snellville Tourism and Trade •South Gwinnett High School •Brookwood High School In all, seven youth businesses were awarded a total of $2,500. These high school students convinced the Sharks that they had what it takes to succeed.

The student participants in the 2016 Shark Tank event.

The winning students and their businesses are: •Matthew Lecota and Malachi Picart, owners of Pure Clothing •Athoney Gomey, owner of Animated FX •George Peters, owner of GART •Matt Wilson, owner of Mattkicksatl •Renee Lu, owner of Magic Fingers •Kamiya Daniel, owner of Beyond Babysitting •Austin Bynum and Michael Vaz, owners of AM Crafting And last but not least, Matt Wilson, owner of Mattkicksatl, was pronounced the Runner-up 2016 Best Entrepreneur of the Year. A loud shout-out goes to all the sharks and students for the time, effort and money contributed to the 2016 Entrepreneurship Alliance Shark Tank. As Dory from “Finding Nemo” would say, “Keep on swimming!” Snellville, Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody

The sharks deliberate following a presentation.

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LABYRINTH AND SUNDIAL Comfort and Function The new Towne Green and Veterans Memorial Park sure are nice, aren’t they? But a closer look reveals two circular objects that have been puzzling inquisitive visitors. One is located next to the Veterans Memorial ... it’s the Snellville Labyrinth. Funded by donations to the Snellville Arts Commission, the labyrinth was created to offer a place of meditation and relaxtion. The design in its center is a “St. Paul à la Chartres” pattern, a seven-circuit design popular in the middle ages. Visitors can walk the path while meditating. Across Oak Road in the center of the new Towne Green is the Snellville Sundial. Visitors can stand on the elevated brick and steel platform and cast a shadow which will reflect the time. Both park features are expected to be completed in the coming weeks.

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Snellville Summer Fun! (and surrounding area)

Here are a few suggestions to keep you and your children cool, creative and entertained in the muggy months to come as the Snellville Summer heat bears down upon us. Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center

Kidz In Motion – Summer Camp

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Snellville Briscoe Park Sprinkler Days June 25 & July 30 FREE from 10 am–12 pm Come run in the sprinklers! www.snellville.org 770.985.3535

Snellville Farmers’ Market www.snellvillefarmersmarket.com Through September 24th 8:30 pm – 12:30 pm No Cost to Attend!

Churches in the Area! Please check with the local church of your choice to see about Summer camps and programs offered!

Summit Chase Country Club

GOLF & TENNIS KIDS CAMP www.summitchasecc.com Instruction by our certified golf and tennis professionals followed by an afternoon of supervised fun at the pool. Building friendships. Tues – Fri, July 12 – 15. 770.979.9000

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Snellville Commerce Club The Snellville Commerce Club was honored to award two $1,000 scholarships to the FBLA/DECA program. Re’Nyqua Farrington from South Gwinnett High School and Amanda Yang from Brookwood High School were the scholarship winners. Farrington is a scholar athlete who plays softball, an FBLA state winner, a Georgia Merit Scholar and an AP Scholar. She is a volunteer for the Special Olympics, her church and library.

Farrington hopes to attend the University of Tampa. Yang serves on the BHS Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee, a board member of the BHS Executive Committee, the National Technical Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, the Brookwood Leadership Team, the Art Club, the International Club, the Computer Club and FBLA. She has volunteered for Legos and Robotics Camp, Georgia Gwinnett College Super Saturday Series and the Alton C. Crews STEM Technology Camp. She is an AP Scholar and will attend the University of Georgia.

Amanda Yang, Brookwood High School

Re’Nyqua Farrington, South Gwinnett High School

Stay Connected • Join the Snellville Commerce Club (the commerce arm of Snellville Tourism and Trade)

WHERE BUSINESS THRIVES We meet the first Tuesday of every month at noon at Snellville City Hall

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With more than 17 years of traveling and entertaining music lovers of all ages and thousands of client accolades acknowledged, the award winning and internationally performing band Rhythm Nation makes it their mission to create an unforgettable event every time they step on stage! Rhythm Nation performances blend elements of popular, timeless and recognizable musical genres which create spirited events that are enjoyed by all and happily remembered long after the event has concluded.

September 24th ‘DEPARTURE - A Journey Tribute Band’ After 8 years together, DEPARTURE has become the most respected Journey tribute band in the nation. DEPARTURE replicates the look, sound and feel of the original 80’s rock super group. The five band members are the original line up and have developed an amazing on-stage chemistry. These veteran musicians pride themselves on giving their audience an incredible high-energy, qualitative stage show from start to finish. Featured lead vocalist, Brian Williams, has an amazing singing voice flawlessly matching Steve Perry’s vocal range.

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JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS EACH SATURDAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER FROM 8:30 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M. ON THE www.snellvillefarmersmarket.com NEW TOWNE GREEN! The Snellville Farmers Market: It’s What Community is all About! If you have not been to the Snellville Farmers Market, you need to come! You are missing an event that has been instrumental in bringing a sense of community to Snellville. The market is one of the best seasonal events offered by Snellville Tourism and Trade Association. Come to the market and you will find freshly-picked, locally-grown produce; freshly-made baked goods; fresh shrimp caught off the coast of Darien, Georgia; refreshing popsicles and Italian ice; local honey; pasture-raised pork; barbecue; high-quality crafts made by local artisans...just to name a few of the vendors. Our vendors sing their praises of the market. “All the farmers markets in the area pale in comparison to this one,” said George High, a vendor from Snellville who offers microgreens and other produce as well as handmade cedar garden boxes. “This one sets the bar. The volunteers, the vendors, the setting now...it’s like a park,” he said, referring to the renovated Towne Green, the venue for the market. Helping to give that park-like feel is a new brick knee-high wall that surrounds the Green. Many customers use the wall as a place to sit while enjoying goodies purchased at the market. The first markets of the season have been exceptionally well attended. “It was an excellent turnout,” said Ty Cowart, of Snellville, who sells blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and other produce, as well as jams and jellies. “I view it as highly successful.” he said of his first market of the season. “I haven’t been able to sit down all day,” said Susan Durham, a vendor who has been with us since our first season in 2010. The market is a place where friends and neighbors happen to meet and share their latest news. The market is also a place that dog owners love to bring their pet for a morning outing. A new dog water fountain was included in the Green renovations. The market is held every Saturday, June through September, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, on the Towne Green, located across Oak Road from Snellville City Hall. - Gretchen Schulz

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COMMUNITY GARDEN @SNELLVILLE A City Gem

By Gretchen Schulz Tucked between the city’s Public Works Department and the Briscoe Park soccer fields is a true gem...the Community Garden @Snellville. The garden, located on a piece of land that was once a field used for pick-up soccer games, now has 44 raised beds that have been rented out by gardeners for the 2016 season. The garden also includes a handsome arbor and entry gate built and donated by Mayor Tom Witts and a pavilion that provides shade for gardeners and was constructed with proceeds from two Casino Night events sponsored by Gwinnett Sunrise Rotary, Snellville Tourism and Trade Association and Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce. Another feature of the garden is a beehive that was donated by beekeeper Steve Rasmussen, who also rents a garden plot. A 20 x 40-foot greenhouse, purchased with funds donated by the Snellville Farmers Market, has been erected to grow seedlings to be sold at future plant sales to support the garden. And a calendar garden borders the garden on two sides and features plants propagated especially for the garden by Gwinnett Technical College. The garden is looking great as plants are now bearing summer vegetables. Tomatoes are ripening in bright colors of red, orange and yellow. Squash can be found hiding on the ground under leaves of plants that were mere seedlings just a couple months ago. Okra plants with their beautiful hibiscus-like flowers are Snellville, Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody

producing tasty okra pods. Pepper plants are producing peppers in a variety of colors and “heat.” Sweet potato plants are beginning to spread and by fall will produce an enormous amount of potatoes for fall and winter meals. And a variety of herbs scent the garden and will eventually add fresh flavor to many dishes the gardeners create. Come by and take a peek at the garden and see for yourself what a gem we have in the city. 23


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By Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Director It’s not Facebook. It’s not Instagram. It’s an opportunity for all residents of Snellville to be in the know and talk about the city. On the city’s new website - www.Snellville.org - navigate to Community >> Conversation and share your thoughts. The Conversation is a series of moderated forums that allow you to ask questions of staff, share your thoughts regarding designated topics, and read what others are saying. Join The Conversation. The forums are a great place to post comments and questions whenever it is convenient for you. We’ll also occasionally schedule live chats with members and leaders of the city so you can have your voice heard immediately. The new website is about engagement and experience. We would like to know how to improve it. Of course, not all of the great suggestions may be possible, but like any conversation on The Conversation, the moderators will make every attempt to provide you with facts and appropriate answers. The new www.snellvillle. org is a work in progress.

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“The appeal of the website, with the heart of Snellville as its background, represents the peace and warm environment Snellville has to offer,” said Robyn Jefferson, a junior at South Gwinnett High School. “On the main page, there is a list showing upcoming events and recent news. ‘Everybody is Proud to be Somebody,’ and the community’s engagement on the website and what it provides, proves those words are true.” The city staff and leaders worked hard to create a website that provides an experience that positively engage residents. There are many really great things moving forward in the city. We look forward to gaining feedback from the residents.

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Parks & Recreation Summer 2016 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

Briscoe Park is open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (770) 985-3535 www.snellville.org

YOUTH ACTIVITIES SOCCER CAMP June 27 – July 1 @ Briscoe Park Contact: Ross Lawrence – 678-540-1587 YOUTH SOCCER Recreational soccer for boys and girls ages 3 – 17; registration again starting in August. Games Saturdays, practices weeknights For more info: SnellvilleSoccer.com or 770-466-7177 UNDER 10 QUICK START TENNIS Contact: Coach Jones - 404-642-8393 QuickStartTennis@yahoo.com PLAY-WELL TEKNOLOGIES LEGO CAMP July 11-15 Kathy King: 404-630-8608 SUPERSONICS SWIM CLUB Jennifer Moore; snellvilleswimteam@gmail.com; www. snellville.swim-team.us

ADULT ACTIVITIES BOOT CAMP Monday-Thursday and Saturday at the Park Office Five week sessions, various hours available Contact: Alvin Hill - 678-920-4136; gimmiesomesports@ yahoo.com OUTDOOR TENNIS & BASKETBALL COURTS Available on a first-come-first-served basis without lights (daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Tennis courts can be reserved with lights, call the office or see our website.

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ADULT KICKBALL AND SOFTBALL LEAGUES Summer games in session. Registration for Fall Leagues will begin in August. Tuesday - Men’s Softball Wednesday - Kickball Thursday - Co-ed softball Friday - Co-ed softball Prices and registration forms on the website. ADULT SOCCER LEAGUES For more info: SnellvilleSoccer.com or 770-466-7177. Snellville, Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody


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

SPECIAL EVENTS BRISCOE PARK COMMUNITY YARD SALE Please check our website for upcoming dates PIZZA PARTY Friday, July 15, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Briscoe Park Pool, $1 admission, $1 pizza slice, $1 soda BREWS, BBQ & BRAVES! August 27th, 8:00pm Watch the Atlanta Braves vs San Francisco Giants BBQ, Beer and Braves on a Big Screen TV SPRINKLER DAYS FREE, June 25 and July 30, 10 a.m. to noon

PARK RENTALS PARK RENTALS (REQUIRE 14 DAYS NOTICE) We now rent facilities, except the Betty McMichael Room, on all holidays. BRISCOE PARK POOL Pool can be rented 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday $200 refundable deposit, $200 rent and lifeguards must be obtained through Positively Pools 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 Snellville, Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody

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 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 770-9853535; field rentals Jillian Bouchard 770-985-3533. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, or MC. 27


STUDENT AMBASSADORS Program makes students smiling face of city By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer One by one, 25 South Gwinnett and Shiloh high school students came forward to get nametags at an April council meeting. The nametags not only had their name on it, but also a new title – Youth Commission Ambassador. In front of friends and family, the students became the first ambassadors of the newly created Snellville Youth Commission. The group is designed “to prepare our young adults for a lifetime of public and community service and to instill a leadership mindset in young adults who will enhance and contribute to the growth of our Snellville community.” Councilwoman and SGHS teacher Cristy Lenski spearheaded the creation of the organization after inspiration from Mayor Tom Witts and said the group has been charged with “forging tomorrow’s leaders today.” The ambassadors will learn the ins and outs of local government, be groomed as future community leaders and prepare for a lifetime of public and community service. They will also advise city leaders on issues affecting young people. “In all your actions, you will be looked at as a part of the city,” Witts told the ambassadors after they were sworn in. He told them they will be representatives of the city, the council, residents and the neighborhoods they live in. The 2016 Youth Commission Ambassadors are: Ninti Barnes Maysa Berhanu Hannah Blas Alexandria Chargois Amirah Clarke Abigail Cleek Bryan Cleek Kaya DaCosta Danely Galarza Martavious Gordon Thalia Hall Emily Hawk John Johnson Justin Jones 28

Zion Kenan Krystal Moise Alicia Owens Adia Polk Sulekha Said Maniah Stallworth Sunni Stone Jahbrea Troxler Armon White Isabelle Williams Egyria Wilson

South Gwinnett and Shiloh high school teachers Youth Commission Advisors are: Natilee Brown-Van Michael Dawson Solange Destang Charlene Fletcher Fabian Garcia Nives Keran Justin Killillay Shawn T. Lee Kyle Likely Ron Mayes Brandon Piper Daniela Vasquez Katy Walters Shauna J. Watts 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.

CLASSES AEROBICS – FREE with Membership Mondays & Thursdays 9:15 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. PILATES – $3 per class Tuesdays & Fridays 10 a.m. ZUMBA - $5 per class “GET MOVIN’” - $5 per class (learn various dances, moves, etc.) Tuesdays 11 a.m. PAINTING CLASSES $25/4 Classes Thursdays - 1 - 3 p.m. (Instructor can provide supplies for additional $25) CROCHET & KNITTING GROUP Tuesdays at Noon – FREE with Membership SPANISH Monday, starting Aug. 1 – 10:15 -11:15 a.m. New Beginner Spanish - $5 per class Tuesdays – Accelerated Beginner Spanish – 10 a.m. Must have some Spanish for these classes. The Senior Center offers periodically scheduled classes. Please stop by our center or visit our website at www. snellville.org to view our bi-monthly newsletter located under Parks and Recreation.

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.

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

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MEMBERSHIP

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

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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NEW DEVELOPMENT

Following the rapid release of information regarding new businesses coming to Snellville in the spring, development news has slowed greatly in early summer. But that doesn’t mean construction has stopped at Park Place at the corner of Highway 124 and Pharrs Road. (We can assure you Cracker Barrel is coming!) Dogwood Station at the corner of Highway 124 and Dogwood Road is where a Cookout and Taco Bell are currently being built. Burger 21 came to town with great fanfare as Snellvillians proved they love a different take on old favorites. City officials joined owner Alex Kim and staff at the Highway 124 location’s grand opening June 4. Construction on the 120-house Shadowbrook development

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behind Eastside Medical Center is now in phase one with construction expected to last through the new year. The old AMF Bowling Center on Ronald Reagan Parkway has closed and will be replaced by a mini warehouse storage facility. City officials say the storage facility will differ from similar buildings because it will be designed to look like an upscale business office building. City officials have been working diligently behind the scenes to bring several prominent businesses to the Towne Center and surrounding areas. All that can be said is “stay tuned.” If what is being discussed becomes a reality, the city will have a very bright future ahead of it.

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SWIMMING IN SNELLVILLE Supersonics Swim Team is a Local Institution One would never guess the normally quiet pool at T.W. Briscoe Park often turns into a standing room only competitive arena with roaring well-wishers, booming music and an endless tidal wave of young swimmers. But for decades the Lenora Church Road facility has housed some of the area’s most competitive and popular swim meets. Snellville Supersonics Swim Team Coach Jennifer Moore talked to Snellville Spirit about the program she runs with coaches Emily Holton, Matt Toro, Patrice Becker, Kathleen Bradbury and other junior coaches. Snellville Spirit: How long have you been involved with the Supersonics? Jennifer Moore: I started as an assistant to the 10 and unders (swimmers) in 2007. My children were of swimming age in 2010. I have just been an active volunteer parent. SS: For someone who has never seen this program before, it is amazing to see how many kids take part. There are more than 100 in the program. Why is it so popular? JM: Swimming is a sport all ability levels can participate in. Swimmers can do individual events and swim on relays. Each swimmer is able to swim three individual events and two relay events. Children swim as young as 4 years old all the way up to 18. So, there is a wide variety in ages. It’s always nice to see all the swimmers cheering each other on at the end of the pool. SS: There seems to be a real culture there. The parents stick around, there’s food and music … can you elaborate on this? Why is it different from other sports programs? JM: The swimmers enjoy meets. To them it’s a big party! Kids love to get a treat after each event and play games in between. Some parents, including myself, were swimmers for the Gwinnett County league as children and we want to pass on the love of swimming. Swimming is a lifelong sport that can be done by all ages. People can swim for exercise well into their adult years. SS: The pool recently underwent nearly $50,000 in upgrades. How have the new improvements at the pool helped the program? JM: The pool deck size is wonderful! Most teams that host meets have a much smaller deck. It’s hard to fit 500 or more people on a deck that’s half the size! We are very fortunate to have the space. Bathrooms are nice and large too. Some pools 32 32

have very limited facilities. We never run into that at Briscoe. Also, our parking is wonderful. They expanded the parking lot recently which really helped with meet days. Of course, the pool is awesome with six lanes! It’s always well taken care of and looks so clean every time. Overall it’s a great facility. When I use to swim in the county meet, the meets were held at Briscoe. The pool has always been a great pool and place to swim. Snellville, Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody


Network with local business professionals!

Summit Chase Country Club

July 21 • 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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 21 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 contact Kelly McAloon at kelmca@comcast.net.

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SNELLVILLE AMERICAN HERO Military Banner Program Remember Your A MERICAN HERO Military Hero Today An American Hero Banner will honor our currently active military or pay tribute to and remember our Veterans who fought for our freedom. In addition, it will have a direct and substantial civic and community benefit and enrich the aesthetic and visual appearance of the city thoroughfares.

All proceeds will benefit the Snellville Veterans’ Memorial. The American Hero Military Banners, will be displayed on the lamp posts in the Snellville Towne Center area along Oak Road, Clower Street, and Wisteria Drive. The cost to memorialize or honor a veteran is $150. This Inaugural Offer will include display of your banner in both 2016 and 2017. The Banners will be displayed approximately 30 days prior to the Memorial Day holiday and again approximately 30 days prior to the Veterans Day holiday. Renewal prices will be announced in 2017. Two different banners will be displayed on each lamp post, one on each side. Location of the banner is at the discretion of Snellville Tourism and Trade, however, requests for up to 2 family members to be displayed on the same pole will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis.

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To order a banner, pick up an application at the Snellville City Hall, Summit Chase Country Club, Main Street Restaurant, Wild Wings Cafe, Hill Top Pawn or on-line at the Snellville Tourism and Trade website at www.snellvilletourism.com. A portrait-style photo scan of the service person in dress uniform is required and must be scanned at a minimum size of 5 x 7 and at a mimimum dpi of 150. Please label the scan with the veteran’s name and e-mail to kelmca@comcast.net.

Deadline for Banners to be displayed for Veterans’ Day 2016 is August 20th. Snellville Veterans’ Memorial

Thank you to all those who have already purchased an American Hero Banner.

For more information about the banner program please visit www.snellvilletourism.com or contact Kelly McAloon at (770) 310-0429

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CONTESTS COMING UP IN SNELLVILLE Take Part in the Fourth Annual Scarecrow Contest and Cake and Pie Baking Contest FOURTH ANNUAL SCARECROW CONTEST Put your creative hat on early and plan to make a scarecrow this year in the Fourth 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 only $20 and all proceeds benefit the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. Deadline for entry is Oct. 1. 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. 22. 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. Visit the STAT website at www. snellvilletourism.com for all contest details. Like us on FACEBOOK.

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MEMORIAL CELEBRATION - FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE

It was a patriotic Memorial Day Celebration on the Towne Green as residents joined veterans in remembering our fallen soldiers. A 21-gun salute was performed by the Button Gwinnett Chapter Militia.

Thank you to those who shared their military vehicles with us.

CONCERT SERIES - PRESENTED BY CHOICES TO YOU

Keystone Sponsor Eastside Medical Center

Choices To You T-Shirt

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Thanks to Lincoln Fill Station

Thank you Wild Wing Cafe

Beth Reed and friend enjoy the show. Snellville, Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody


POLAROID MEMORIES FROM THE CONCERT!

AWARD WINNING FARMERS’ MARKET - OPENING DAY

Kriss Johnson opens the market singing the National Anthem.

Georgia Peaches

Kurt and Gretchen Schulz

Gardens - Greens - Grass

Onions and potatoes

Shrimp line to get fresh shrimp from the coast.

Veggies

Snellville Honey

SNELLVILLE ARTS COMMISSION SIP-N-PAINT

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From some of our favorite cooks!

Summer Favorites

CHERRY TOMATO AND BASIL CLAFOUTI

Serves 4 as a first course or light entree

Ingredients

Butter for greasing the pan

1 teaspoon of olive oil

1 pound cherry tomatoes (we use Finch Creek Farm tomatoes )

2 cups fresh baby spinach

4 eggs

¼ cup ricotta cheese

2 tablespoons flour

2 large chicken breasts

3/4 cup creme fraiche, sour cream, or plain yogurt

½ cup cheddar cheese, grated

4 tablespoons whole milk

½ tsp. minced garlic

Handful of roughly torn, fresh basil 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated ( divided )

Paprika Salt Pepper

Salt and pepper Preheat oven to 375º F Lightly grease a 9 inch pie plate with butter Beat eggs in a large bowl, beat in the flour Add the yogurt and milk, beating until smooth Stir in the basil and all but 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese. Slice the tomatoes in half - To concentrate their flavor and prevent excess moisture from leaking into the custard, we roasted them in a hot oven for 15 minutes and then tossed them with a couple of teaspoons of absorbent flour. Spread the tomatoes, evenly over the bottom of the pie plate Pour the batter over the tomatoes and sprinkle with the remaining cheese Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until top is golden brown, and tomato juices are bubbling Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving

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HASSELBACK CHICKEN FOR TWO

- Mike Stock , Snellville Farmers’ Market volunteer

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the spinach on medium heat in the olive oil for 3-5 minuntes, until it is slightly wilted. Stir in the ricotta cheese and cook for another 30-60 seconds. Allow to cool. Cut slits into the chicken breasts, about ½ inch apart and don’t cut all the way through, only cut about 75% of the way through the chicken. Stuff all of the ricotta mixture and spinach into the slits. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle the grated cheddar generously on top of the chicken. Shake a good bit of paprika over the chicken to add some color and flavor. Bake in the center of a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy with some fresh vegetables. - Michelle McAloon, Snellville Tourism and Trade volunteer

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