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A Toast to Fall his year marks the 30th anniversary of the celebration of community that is Suwanee Day! With an estimated 55,000 people in attendance last year, perhaps the anticipation and excitement throughout our community is the reason this issue of Suwanee Magazine is our biggest yet! This year’s Suwanee Day happens to fall on my husband’s birthday, so there is an even bigger reason for our family to celebrate. Stop by and see us and Sammy at booth #210, and we hope to see you at the parade. Fall is here and many parents sent their little ones back to school recently, or are sending them for the first time. Check out some of the adorable "first day of school" pictures on page 63. With three young boys I know the experience can be both exciting and nerve-wracking at once. I recently attended orientation for our two younger sons and I feel compelled to share what an amazing experience we've had at Shadowbrook Weekday School. Choosing which preschool to send your child to can be extremely stressful. You know it is good for them to socialize, but the thought of leaving them with someone you don’t know tears you apart inside. We have had all three of our children at Shadowbrook for a combined 4 years now, and have had an incredible experience. The staff is amazing. Not only do they work hard to teach your child and help them grow, they keep learning fun. It is obvious that their heart is in what they are doing and that they truly love the kids. Our 5 year old is starting Kindergarten and today the Chapel teacher came in and shared her goals for the kids and I could not hold back the tears. I was not the only mom either! There is not a better feeling as a parent than knowing your child is safe, happy and in a loving, nurturing environment. Thank you more than I can ever express to all of the staff at Shadowbrook! New this year to the diverse calendar of events is the Suwanee Wine Fest. We hope you will join us at the wine festival on October 5th in Town Center Park, to enjoy sampling a diverse selection of wines, food samples, music and more! RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT: MELLOW MUSHROOM - MELLOW LOVIN’ STRAIGHT FROM THE OVEN!

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Departments: 4 Business 4 Suwanee Business Alliance 5 Investment Strategies 6 Suwanee Spine & Wellness

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10 What is Gluten? 15 Interceptive Orthodontics 16 Network of Hope

18 Food

18 Mellow Mushroom

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24 Outdoor Kitchens

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28 Auston Albers

32 Arts

32 Interview with Alan Zarter 33 SculpTour: Iron Canopy

52 What's Brewing 54 City Buzz 60 Schools

60 College Admissions Advice

66 People & Places 72 Calendar

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business BY: Ed Szczesniak, SBA Vice President Owner/Designer – Georgian Landscape Design

vibrant [ vahy-bruh nt ] adjective

1. pulsating with vigor and energy 2. vigorous; energetic; vital 3. The City of Suwanee

ho woulda thunk it? A sleepy little town just 20 years ago, began with a post office in 1838. It took 31 more years to develop into a whistle stop on the Georgia Airline Railroad. Then came the big time – by 1880 the “Town of Suwanee” boasted 39 “Dwelling Units” and a whopping 216 residents! It took another 105 years for the first traffic light to be installed at the corner of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. My how things have changed! During the past 25 years Suwanee has grown to more than 16,000 residents and is home to a number and variety of licensed businesses! Something VIBRANT is happening here.

In June, Family Circle Magazine rated Suwanee one of the “Top 10 Towns for Families” – just one more notch on the growing list of awards the city has garnered over the past 10 years! Perhaps one thing that has driven this city to such unprecedented growth has been its attraction to business. Suwanee has come a long way from the 12 registered “shops” in 1880. New businesses large and small have “discovered” what we’ve come to know and love about our “little town.” New restaurants, medical providers, service centers and shops carrying everything imaginable in the way of goods and services without the hassles of the “big city” have flocked to our little corner of the world! At the heart of this growth has been the city’s desire to balance this VIBRANT growth while maintaining its charm. While businesses grow, so do the parks, the green space, the clean air, and the burning desire on the part of the city’s management to recognize and invest in our quality of life. One look at Suwanee Town Center with free concerts, the numerous parks, the sports facilities, and the ever improving city-scape tells the world why the community continues to win awards, attract new businesses and residents, and earn recognition as a VIBRANT city. Want proof? The first Suwanee Day in May 1984 was held behind the Fire Station and attended by 75 people! Last year’s Suwanee Day boasted more than 50,000 attendees! As a not so small part of this growth, the Suwanee Business Alliance has continued to foster the feeling of live here, work here, and play here! For the past 15 years, the ever-growing list of SBA member companies have worked to attract, keep, and grow business in Suwanee. The SBA is comprised of a friendly group of local business people who want to help neighbors, friends, and newcomers discover what opportunities Suwanee has to offer, as well as what we can all do to contribute to not only the health of our own businesses, but to that of our partners as well as the general community. Stop by and visit us this Suwanee Day at our booth right across from city hall. And while wandering around Town Center on Suwanee Day, look around and know you helped the city grow to where it is today; you will determine what the outside world sees tomorrow and in the future. It’s the people like you who got us here – and people like you who will keep this city VIBRANT for the future! ■

The SBA meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at different business locations in town. For more info: Suwanee.org.

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business BY: Bill and Cindi Porter Aileron Investment Advisors

Should I be buying or selling stocks right now? Most investors know the basic rule for making money in the stock market - “buy low and sell high.” Unfortunately, many investors do just the opposite and achieve the opposite results. On March 24, 2000, the S&P 500 set a new record high (1527)* but few investors followed the rule by selling their shares and taking their profits. By Oct. 9, 2002, the S&P 500 had quickly fallen 49 percent (777)* and many scared investors “sold low.” The old rule dictates that the low point was the best time to buy – but few were buying. Five years later on Oct. 9, 2007, the S&P 500 had risen 101 percent and it reached a new high (1565).* This was the optimum point to rebalance a portfolio by following the rule, “sell high” and actually realize profits. Until a stock or mutual fund is actually sold and repositioned, all current profits are merely “paper profits” and not yet truly realized gains. Many did not follow the rule and by March 9, 2009, their “unrealized gains” had dropped 57 percent to (677)* and once again many scared investors (instead of buying low) sold low. On July 23, 2013 the S&P 500 had risen to a new high of 1692.* Unless you feel that things are “different this time,” the old rule would suggest that you might consider harvesting some of your profits by “selling high” and rebalancing your portfolio. Volatility dictates caution. During June 2013, of the 20 days of market trading, 16 days saw the Dow Jones swing up or down by more than 100 points. The stock market may continue to go up for Send us your some time (or not). You investment might consider having a questions to circumspect conversation answer: info@ with your financial advisor suwanee about the wisdom of the old magazine.com rule – “buy low and sell high.” *Source: Standard and Poor’s The views expressed in this article are not necessarily that of Suwanee Magazine.

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Corrections Wellness Center seeks to improve the overall quality of life of their patients

BY: Shea Nolan When people first think of chiropractic care they usually associate it with back pain and stiff joint treatment. However, chiropractic treatment can be much more diverse and address many issues other than back pain. At Suwanee Spine and Wellness Center, the staff seeks to improve the overall quality of life of their patients, and Dr. Lauren A. Millman, the owner and wellness practitioner, said that’s her desire – to bring healthy lifestyles to Suwanee. “I chose to open my practice in Suwanee because I believe in making my local community healthier,” Millman said. “I believe in practicing where I live, not living where I want to practice.” Suwanee Spine and Wellness Center utilizes a unique type of chiropractic that makes up less than one percent of worldwide chiropractic practice. Known as Upper Cervical Chiropractic, this form of treatment utilizes the lightest possible spinal correction. It has proven highly effective. “We see people who are in a lot of pain, for various reasons such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, or migraine headaches, to those who have difficulty sleeping or problems concentrating,” Millman said. She added that many of her patients have seen multiple doctors and specialists before finally receiving the relief they sought at her office. Suwanee Spine’s treatment has benefited patients complaining of a wide variety of ailments, including those beyond the scope of typical chiropractic techniques.

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detailed medical history and several neurological and postural tests, in order to determine an appropriate treatment plan. So far, the reception in Suwanee has been extremely positive. Millman said that since opening her practice in September 2012, the business has more than surpassed every goal. To commemorate this achievement, Suwanee Spine

will be holding a weeklong anniversary celebration with the practice’s patients. “We pride ourselves on seeing the whole family unit get healthier, together, and we are proud that our patients continue to send their entire families in to our office,” Millman said. For more information about Suwanee Spine and Wellness Center, visit www.suwaneespine.com. ■

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of gluten. I was grateful to be working in conjunction with t is estimated that one in seven adults suffers health medical practices supporting their patients in the area of issues related to food sensitivities or has some form individualized nutrition. We began teaching of gluten intolerance. Gluten and people about food intolerances and topics gliadin are proteins found in grains Gluten and gliadin like individualized weight management. like wheat, rye, barley, and malt. In are proteins found in A large demand from clients who were individuals who are allergic to gluten and gliadin, the immune system perceives grains like wheat, rye, suffering with issues ranging from weight gain, bloating, reflux, IBS, fatigue, skin conditions these substances as foreign invaders and barley, and malt. In (eczema, acne, psoriasis) migraines, sinus inflames the small intestine where nutrients individuals who are conditions, chronic fatigue, autism, ADHD, joint are absorbed. This can profoundly affect the allergic to gluten and pain, thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis and even entire body and has been linked to bloating, gliadin, the immune premature aging. headaches, joint pain, autoimmune conditions, The question is: how do you know if you RA, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, infertility, Crohn’s system perceives these have a problem with gluten, dairy or other disease, mouth ulcers, and ulcerative colitis (IBS). substances as foreign foods that you eat every day? There are now For 16 invaders and inflames special tests for food intoleranes, that take years I have the small intestine the guesswork out of understanding how worked as Kelly Hall where nutrients food plays a vital role in feeling your best or an educator contributing to your poor health. It was once in the field are absorbed. thought that gastro intestinal symptoms alone of holistic caused celiac disease, but now we know nutrition and that is not necessarily the case. There are many tests for functional medicine with learning about your sensitivities; so make certain that your numerous practitioners practitioner understands the difference between allergy, who consider the strong possibility that gluten could sensitivity, and intolerances. These tests are different from the standard celiac test and allergy/Rast tests, be at the very forefront and many experts and medical journals have of many unexplained questioned the accuracy of the previous health conditions. I started testing in getting a clear picture of the Wellness Resources Inc true nature of these sensitivities. This in 1997 because my own outdated testing has lead to a large daughter was suffering number of people being misdiagnosed from a skin condition have been linked to or undiagnosed. linked to the consumption

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Interceptive Orthodontics ADHD, and Children BY: Bill Williams DMD, MAGD,

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verybody knows the importance of sleep, even more so when it comes to the development of your child. Studies as recent as July of this year show that almost one third of the pediatric population suffers from some type of sleep related problem. Restlessness, bedwetting, sleep apnea, and tooth grinding are examples. If left untreated, these poor sleeping patterns can have a negative impact on the development of your child and may lead to behavioral problems such as hyperactivity, anxiety, and moodiness. In fact, a recent study completed in Finland in 2009 showed that short sleep was associated with higher readings for ADHD and inattention. So how can a dental appliance that was initially designed to just straighten teeth also promote better sleeping patterns? Nite-Guide and Occlus-O-Guide from Orthotain are two appliances dentist use to help straighten teeth. They also help promote the downward and outward growth and development of the upper and lower jaw. In doing so the protrusion of the lower jaw promotes positive airway expansion allowing for a better quality of sleep. This is a very significant benefit of these and similar appliances. Many of the sleeping problems mentioned earlier are associated with the poor delivery of oxygen. By expanding the child's airway, more oxygen is delivered and a healthier sleep pattern is established. Additionally, both devices are worn at night and promote nasal breathing by forming a seal at the opening of the mouth. This helps eliminate tooth grinding and reduce snoring habits in the child allowing for a healthier sleep.

treatment, between ages 5 and 7, has been shown to easily and effectively prevent many future, more painful, orthodontic problems. With Orthotain your child may actually avoid discomfort and embarrassment because of traditional braces. Interceptive orthodontics is early or preventive orthodontics done with young children, generally from the age of about 5 to 10. By interceding, or intercepting, a potential or developing problem, your dentist can ensure there will be adequate room needed for permanent teeth to come through and position themselves correctly. Clinical studies show that early childhood orthodontic treatment greatly reduces the need for fixed orthodontic treatment (aka metal braces) or TMJ therapy later in life.

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Beyond the benefits related to sleep, this dental therapy provides an excellent correction of many forms of malocclusion in children. When it comes to teeth straightening, many parents do not consider orthodontic With treatment for their kids until they interceptive reach adolescence, typically orthodontics your around 12 years old. That means child can straighten starting treatment when the teeth his or her teeth without are already in a crowded position. The child would generally have to uncomfortable go to full metal braces to correct metal wires and the problem. Early orthodontic

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oing through a difficult Cancer survivor, is one of those situation, no matter what special volunteers. the plight, can leave In 2000, McMahan found a small one feeling helpless and lump in her breast, almost under her lonely, especially when arm. After visiting her physician, a biopsy it comes to one’s health. revealed it was Breast Cancer, and a But when there’s someone to talk with, very aggressive one. Her treatment such as a survivor, who included surgery, has already faced the and ...in the back of their chemotherapy, illness head on and radiation. Once she minds they had that finished treatment and knows some of the things a patient is going Breast Cancer was was in remission, she through, it can help joined the “Network of that patient while in the a death sentence, Hope” in 2001. throes of the illness and and when they McMahan said it was treatment not to feel so after a premonition saw a survivor, it alone, to inspire them, she had of her late and perhaps even more completely changed mother telling her, importantly, to give “Out of everything their outlook. them hope. bad comes something Northside Hospital developed a good,” McMahan said she knew then program that does just that. It’s called that she had to find something to do to “Network of Hope,” and it’s a part of the help other people, and she signed up as organization’s overall approach to cancer a volunteer with the program. McMahan said she generally visits care offering patients and their family with patients while they are still in the members a level of support many may hospital after surgery, but she recalled not have readily available to them. The program connects patients with an exception where she visited a patient specially trained survivor volunteers as she was being prepped for surgery. A that are similar in age, type of cancer, doctor, who knew McMahan happened treatment recommendation or family to be at the hospital that day, asked if situation. The volunteers are survivors she could take a few minutes to visit a who have completed treatment at patient that was very upset. McMahan Northside, interviewed with the staff, explained that when she got to the room, and completed an orientation. In there was the patient and two men; her addition, volunteers have an open heart, husband and a friend, and they were all strong listening skills, and a willingness to crying. McMahan said she went into the give back. room, introduced herself, and told Geraldine (Gerrie) McMahan, a Continues page 65 Suwanee resident and Breast

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The Best Culinary Experiences Suwanee Has To Offer

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Mellow Mushroom

straight from the oven ! BY: Shea Nolan

reat food in a casual, fun environment can sometimes be hard to find. A restaurant that caters to the whole family – from high-energy kids to too-cool teens to parents that want a place to relax – is a rare occurrence. Mellow Mushroom in Suwanee Town Center has been serving up unique culinary fare in an engaging atmosphere since opening in April 2010. The menu is constantly open to new creative ideas, and already includes an eclectic variety. The restaurant offers something for everyone – from Thai inspiration to Cajun flavors to Mediterranean influences. They even have offerings for those with gluten free or vegan needs. In fact, the Mellow Mushroom website now has a link to a tool that allows a customer to enter his or her dietary needs and find suitable menu items.

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- Kitchen Manager, Richard Monteiro and Sandra Hobson Like the menu, the restaurant itself is unique. The décor is funky and fun, and the staff is friendly and upbeat. When entering the dining room, a customer will likely find flying pizza dough, singing servers and managers who aren’t too busy to tell a joke. Sandra Hobson, the restaurant’s general manager, described the amiable atmosphere: “Many of our guests have come to know us (the staff) by name and the interactions on a Friday night sometimes feels like we are hosting a big family dinner,” Hobson said. According to owner Jill Johnson, Suwanee Town Center is the perfect location for the restaurant. “I loved the mixed-use environment with an urban feel and the park, which is a community gathering place,” Johnson said. And so far, Suwanee has loved the “Mellow” experience.

“Many of our guests have come to know us (the staff) by name and the interactions on a Friday night sometimes feels like we are hosting a big family dinner.”

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“The reception has been so positive from day one,” Hobson said. “Guests still see the value in our food and continue to crave that ‘lovin' from the oven,’ so we have been privileged to stay strong, even in a difficult economy.” As a thank you to loyal customers, Mellow Mushroom offers discounts and deals through E-Club, the restaurant’s Facebook page, and a Mobile VIP club that sends text discounts right to the member’s phone. They are also starting a fun new promotion with the Atlanta Falcons. Beginning on Sept. 2, guests will receive a bobble head of one of six star Falcons players with the purchase of any Large Specialty Pizza and two Coke products. Along with Happy Hours on Monday through Thursday every week, there are plenty of opportunities for Mellow customers to get a great deal. “We genuinely care and want every guest to feel that "Mellow Love" when they are here,” Hobson said. “We operate with heart and are like a family.” For more information, visit mellowmushroom.com/ store/suwanee. ■

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t is said that people gather where they are most comfortable, and the outdoor kitchen is fast becoming a popular gathering point for entertaining family and friends. Fortunately, living in Georgia affords us year-round enjoyment of the outdoors. Homeowners are leveraging the investment in their homes by creating comfortable and functional outdoor living spaces. With imagination and creativity, homeowners can extend their personality and design preferences to outdoor living spaces. From casual fireside to “al fresco” dining, to outdoor kitchens - outdoor living areas for family fun, entertaining friends, quiet enjoyment and relaxation, are within the reach of every homeowner.

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The “outdoor room” is a central theme of the outdoor living lifestyle. As homeowners embrace outdoor living, demand for quality outdoor products continues to grow. Fueled by advancements in outdoor materials - particularly fade resistant fabrics - the outdoor room has evolved from luxury amenity to mainstream feature. An outdoor room will often blend seating comfort with cooking convenience in an “outdoor kitchen.” Grills, smokers and other outdoor kitchen amenities enable you to prepare flavorful meals with greater variety and sophistication than is often possible indoors. With planning and guidance, a homeowner can successfully navigate the myriad of options available for an outdoor kitchen.

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Auston Albers Local motocross racer hits the dirt to pursue his dream BY: Tana Suggs ftentimes kids of all ages are enamored with fast cars and motor bikes, so growing up with a parent who drives or rides would make it perhaps even that much more enticing to a youngster. That’s the way it was for Auston Albers, who is now 25, and a motocross competitor and trainer. Albers said he saw his father race when he was younger and with all the bikes, four-wheelers and go karts around, he said it kind of rubbed off on him. “…I saw dad doing it, so I wanted to do it as well,” he said. Albers, a self-proclaimed “gear head,” has been racing in the motocross circuit for about 20 years now, after starting at what he called “the ripe age of 5.” During the years Albers has competed in many amateur and professional races all across the United States and has brought home second and third place wins in the amateur races and a few 10th place finishes in heat races at professional events. But Albers said, in motocross, it’s not necessarily about the finishing score of the race that gives him a sense of accomplishment. “It (motocross) teaches you to take each race and situation as a complete, new scenario,” he said. “Every time I throw a leg over a bike it’s its own challenge.”

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Albers admits to a mixture of nerves and excitement just before a race. “…I get nervous and fidgety while I’m on the starting gate and when the 30 second board goes sideways, five to 10 seconds before gate drop, it all goes away and all you see or think about is what’s right in front of you,” he said. “Kind of tunnel vision, you don’t hear or see the 60 thousand spectators, let alone the motorcycle next to you. It’s you and the bike you’re on and that’s all that matters.” Just this past summer Albers was set to race 12 rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series, but a torn MCL in his left knee during round two in Colorado put him out for the remainder of the series. But, as many people know, motocross can be a dangerous sport and injuries tend to come with the territory, and Albers said that injuries are one of his biggest challenges. “I've had more broken bones and surgeries than most would care for,” he said. When he’s not on the bike Albers has been helping others learn the ropes of motocross training a few area youngsters interested in the sport at a track called Scrubndirt in Monroe. And while Albers said it helps him make a little supplemental income in race season, the training is not about the money for him, but rather it’s his way of giving back. And one can sense that he approaches training others with a lot of heart. “It's like a little kid at his favorite professional sporting event waving to his favorite athlete,” Albers explained. “If the player ignores or responds positively to the kid, that's a life changing experience in a positive or negative way and I want to make a positive influence.” Suwanee resident Vaughn Balter’s stepson, Dylan Espinosa, 12 and a student at North Gwinnett Middle School, has trained with Albers, and Vaughn said Albers has been wonderful in working with the youth, not only in Georgia, but with some professional youth clinics in Alabama as well. “He is such an inspirational figure for Dylan,” Balter said. “He teaches some of the techniques that kids can easily understand, even the very young riders. He works with them, positively, until they can duplicate the technique and the kids can't believe that they finally did it. The confidence boost carries over into their personal lives.” Albers said many people have been very helpful to him in his journey pursuing his motocross dreams, more specifically, Gary Harvin, owner of Earth Pro Land Surveying & Planning. Albers said Harvin gave him a job and has been helpful in so many ways, including giving Albers the flexibility in his schedule that he needs so he is able to practice and go to races. For anyone who is looking to pursue motocross, Albers offered up some sage advice. “This isn't a stick and ball sport, the harder you try doesn't always mean you'll be better,” he said. “You have to enjoy doing it. You'll put in more effort and hit the ground more times than you care or anyone else who cares about you for that matter, and if you're not having fun, then why are you doing it?” ■


The Latest From The Suwanee Art World

BY: Tana Suggs

Meet Local Artist

Alan Zarter hotography started as a hobby for Alan Zarter during his youth. And as Zarter grew, so did his love for the art. Now Zarter is a local artist and co-founder and vice president of the North Gwinnett Arts Association, and former vice president, Board member and active member of the North Georgia Arts Guild in Clayton. He lives with his wife Susan, who he also affectionately refers to as his “top supporter,” in nearby Lawrenceville. Suwanee Magazine caught up with Zarter to ask him a few questions to get to know the artist a little bit better. Suwanee Magazine: What type of medium do you prefer to use with your art?

SM: What has been your biggest accomplishment as an artist? AZ: I hope the best is yet to come. For now, professionally it is in the giving back as co-founder of the North Gwinnett Arts Association and as officer in the North Georgia Arts Guild. Personally, I am pretty pleased with having won first place awards for my photography four consecutive years from 2010 through 2013.

Alan Zarter: For over 10 years, my personal preference has been canvas for my photographic works. I think canvas imparts a sensuality not to be found in traditional photographic media. You can touch and feel the texture because there is no glass to get in the way. SM: How long have you been an artist or interested in art? AZ: I was “interested” in college but didn’t consider becoming an artist until 1998, more than 30 years later.

SM: If you could give a few words of advice to someone who is pursuing a career in art, what would you tell them?

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SM: Where do you get your inspiration? AZ: Inspiration can come from anyone or anything, but mostly I find mine from travel and encouragement from friends and family.

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AZ: Do it for the love of making art, join some great organizations, and network, network, network.

Zarters artwork can be seen at Dream Givers Gallery in Toccoa, and Suwanee Town Center in Suwanee. For more information about Zarter and his art, visit his website at www.azfineart.com. ■


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ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Main Stage:

9:00 am Arts & crafts exhibitors -5:00 pm

7:30 am Free shuttle transportation from off-site parking begins 9:00 am Inflatable rides & 9:00 am Parade -7:30 pm children’s activities 10:00 am Free entertainment

0:00 am The Atlanta JayHawks 1 11:00 am The Drake School of Irish Dance 11:45 am Sugar Hill Christian Academy Traveling Praise Team 12:30 pm Priceless Performers Dance and Theatre Arts Co. 1:15 pm Jahara Phoenix Dance Company 2:00 pm North Gwinnett Middle School Guitar Ensemble 2:30 pm Southeastern Snake Encounter 3:00 pm Stone Mountain Barbershop Chorus 4:00 pm R&B, Inc. 5:00 pm Steel Dreamin’ 6:00 pm Collin Baxter 7:00 pm Scott Walker Band 8:15 pm Fastball 9:45 pm Fireworks

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Children's Area 10:00am Western Trails - 7:00 pm 10:00am Reptile Wagon - 7:00 pm Roaming Entertainment: Parrot Productions

My favorite thing about Suwanee Day? The AMAZING VOLUNTEERS! This is our family's 5th year to run the Entertainment Committee. To say that we have had the best time EVER each year volunteering is an understatement. To be such a dedicated part of Suwanee Day .... from our first meeting the week after - to watching it unfold and come together over the next 365 days is inspiring, makes us SO proud, full of LAUGHS, creativity, wonderful friendships and a sense that we have given back to the city we love, makes all the hours totally worth it every year!

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rea residents attending this year’s Suwanee Day celebration can expect several treats! But don’t be surprised if you see the likes of Annie Oakley, Hopalong Cassidy, Pot Shot Parker and others. And I don’t mean on the big screen! New this year will be the Western Trails Cowboy Gathering entertaining festival-goers with an old-fashion cowboy show reminiscent of an earlier time when the good guys wore white hats and bad guys wore black! The group will have a chuck wagon on hand to explain how cowboys cooked and ate while on the trail and a prison wagon for those that want to get a feel for what it’s really like behind the black iron bars. Their performances will also include cowboy music, comedy skits, cowboy story-telling, rope tricks, bull whip demonstrations and more. Robert Brooks, also known as “Fuzzy” is the organizer of the group comprised of folks from Georgia with a few from nearby states of North Carolina and South Carolina that strive to keep the television westerns and B-Western movies alive. Members of the group travel across the country to western festivals such as the Roy Rogers Festival and the Hopalong Cassidy Festival, just to name a couple, where they perform and sell merchandise. Suwanee Day will be their second Western Trails Cowboy Gathering. And when you see one of these cowboys or cowgirls, don’t be shy… just give them a Yee haw, y’all! ■

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2013 suwanee wine fest preview

Suwanee Wine Fest Town Center Park October 5th, 2013 nvision taking a stroll around the beautiful Suwanee Town Center Park on a crisp fall afternoon, while sipping an oaky chardonnay or robust burgundy, listening to live bluegrass music, sharing tasting notes and savoring a variety of fruit and cheese pairings. Imagine traveling through various wine regions and tasting wines from around the world without needing a passport or dealing with the hassle of airport security. This dream can become a reality on October 5, 2013. Presented by the nationally renowned and beautiful Georgia winery, Château Élan, and brought to you by the same group who organizes the Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest, is the first Suwanee Wine Festival. After three successful years of the Suwanee Beer Fest, organizers decided wine lovers deserve a celebration too; and it is one you don’t want to miss. The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00p.m., Oct. 5, 2013 at Suwanee Town Center Park. Tickets are expected to sell out and can be purchased in advance at suwaneewinefest.com for a discounted rate of $55 for general admission and $110 for VIP access. Festival attendees will taste wines from their favorite Georgia wineries, including: Château Élan, Wolf Mountain Winery, Three Sisters Vineyards, Habersham Winery and Frogtown Cellars, to name a few. Town Center Park will be mapped out by country, with more than 250 wines from Italy, Spain, France, Australia, the U.S., and more. As you move around the park, through various wine regions, Fresh Market Suwanee will provide samples of delicious hors d'oeuvres, cheese and fruit that pair perfectly with your wine palate. Suwanee’s Beverage Superstore is hand-selecting all 250+ wines from local, Georgia, national and international wineries and will provide wine education sessions at the event. Their wine experts are working night and day to provide the best quality wines on the market for festival attendees.

All General Admission ticket holders will taste unlimited wines from around the world, complimentary samples provided by The Fresh Market, food from top local restaurants for purchase, live entertainment and more! VIP access is hosted by Atlanta Classic Cars, who will have luxury vehicles on display. VIP tickets are limited and include a private dining and tasting tent, wine educational sessions, goody bags and more! Safe Driving is a priority and local lawyer, Jeff Pruitt, will sponsor the Designated Driver program at the festival. DD tickets include access to the festival (without wine tasting), live entertainment, food and a complimentary bottle of water. Various taxi services will also be available. Organizers of the 2013 Suwanee Wine Festival are excited to announce that a portion of all proceeds will benefit Annandale Village in Suwanee. Annandale Village is the number one rated skilled nursing center in the state of Georgia whose sole purpose is providing progressive life assistance to adults with developmental disabilities. Keith Fenton, chief development and marketing officer, said proceeds from the event will support the organization’s Fee Assistance Program, which allows the opportunity to provide a comprehensive range of programs and services for individuals and families that would otherwise have little to no access to available services. Riding on the success of the Suwanee Beer Fest, the Suwanee Wine Fest is bound to draw thousands of wine drinkers from around the metro Atlanta area, so be sure to snag tickets now while they’re available. We can’t wait to see you there! ■

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A Wine Revival is Stirring in Georgia BY: Sean Wilborn TASTING ROOM MANAGER, CHATEAU ELAN WINERY & RESORT

here’s a new chapter in wine making unfolding at Chateau Élan. A discernible buzz can be felt as you meander up the storied drive to the picturesque winery building. Surrounded by a newly planted 30acre vineyard, it’s noticeable from the start that Georgia’s largest winery is amidst a true wine revival and the accolades for their wine program are already pouring in. Established as one of Georgia’s first wineries, Chateau Élan began as a vineyard and farm winery. Since the first vines were planted in 1983, the site has expanded into a premier destination that includes a 4-diamond resort with 63 holes of golf, world class spa, tennis, equestrian and corporate events that rival the finest national destinations. With some of the highest guest satisfaction rankings in the hotel industry, Chateau Élan has now put a major focus on its wine brand – focusing on key investments in personnel, equipment and its vineyards. At the center of this new focus is wine maker Simone Bergese. Simone is an internationally awarded winemaker from the Piedmont region of Italy, an epic wine region home to some of the finest wines in the world. Growing up with vineyards in his backyard, Simone cut his teeth in the renowned vineyards of Barolo and went on to become the chief winemaker at one of the most prominent wineries in all of Italy. While there, he helped lead viticulture into challenging wine regions on Sicily. It was here that he found a love for new challenges in grape growing. When offered the opportunity to come to the United States, it was only natural that he’d choose the more challenging East Coast to continue his already storied

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career. He won several prestigious awards for Virginia’s wine industry before calling Chateau Élan his new home. “Chateau Élan is a beautiful place full of opportunity and I’ve never been more excited about wine making and the potential of Georgia wine,” says Simone. Devoted to Georgia he is and he’s not alone in his quest to make Chateau Élan the premier wine destination on the East Coast. A team of passionate wine professionals have joined the ranks to ensure the goal is achieved and their hard work has already paid off. The news that Chateau Élan just took home two “Best of Class” and “Double Gold” awards at the most prominent of wine competitions in the nation is a testament to what’s happening here. The winery offers a number of amazing experiences from a relaxed and hip wine bar with locally crafted cheese and olive oil to a truly engaging winery tour and tasting that occurs each day. The public tours are held at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on weekdays, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Saturdays and 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Sundays. Private tours are also available along with a number of other unique events such as the educational and intriguing Wine Tasting Experience or the Wine Maker Wanna-Be where guests craft their very own bottle of wine. It’s a true jewel here in our backyards and it’s time to taste the new Chateau Élan… For more information go to www.chateauelan.com or call 678.425.0900.


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Beverage Superstore Wine Experts, Marjie Stancil and Warren Dennis

Meet the Wine Experts from Beverage Superstore tep into the Beverage Superstore Tasting Room on any given day and you’ll most likely find wine experts Warren Dennis and Marjie Stancil sipping on wine, writing tasting notes, and talking to customers. Marjie, a resident of Suwanee for 35 years and a graduate of Atlanta Wine School, has been in the industry for more than 30 years. Marjie’s interest in wine first sparked during a wine-tasting course in college, which led him to Château Élan as a vineyard farmer and later into the retail industry. One look into the tasting room and it’s evident that these two have a lot of fun and are dedicated to their jobs. Warren likens their work environment to that of the legendary sitcom, “Cheers,” including class-act regulars like Norm. “We’ll see customers pull up in the parking lot and we’ll have their case of wine ready before they even walk in the door,” he said.

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Many customers at Beverage Superstore are on a first-name basis with Warren and Marjie, and that’s because customer service is their number one focus. They said that focus “comes from the top, from General Manager Mitch, and radiates throughout the store.” Their top priority is doing whatever it takes to make their customers happy. And sometimes doing whatever it takes means tasting 20 to 30 different wines a week. Tough job, right? Most people are surprised to learn that Warren and Marjie have tasted each wine on Beverage Superstore’s shelves. “Our store is unique in that we hand-select every single bottle that you see here,” Marjie said. But, when asked if they have similar tastes, both of them loudly proclaim, “No! Opposite.” So, how do they make it work? Well, they know quality wine and they know what their customers like. As Suwanee Wine Festival 2013 sponsors, they plan to handselect more than 250 wines for the festival, which seems like an overwhelming task for most, but is an exciting adventure for these connoisseurs. “We’re going to treat the Suwanee Wine Fest like we were opening a new store…the shelves are empty and the wine racks need filling,” Warren said. But they know Suwanee, they know what their Suwanee customers like, and they “can’t wait to see everyone out there at the Park.” Marjie will be in the Suwanee Wine Festival VIP tent, where she hopes to share her knowledge and further educate people on their individual tastes and preferences. In the meantime, learn more about your personal wine palate at Beverage Superstore on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. where they host wine tastings every Saturday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $5/ person. ■

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Home Wine making

More than just stomping grapes ost people have heard of home brewing, but Bob Carlton at Brew Depot said that home wine makers have been around even longer than home beer brewers. Brew Depot has everything that a novice or expert home wine-maker would need to create his own unique blend, including: Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir wine kits. Bob and his wife Debbie have been making wine for over twenty years and opened the Brew Depot store in hopes of sharing his passion for home brewing and wine making, after noticing that he and others were able to make wine that often exceeded commercially-produced Wine making class at bottles. And, his Brew Depot passion has paid off in unexpected ways. “We have customers meeting other customers that have become life-long friends as a result of their common interest in home brewing beer and making wine. This is truly a unique business that we enjoy everyday.” If you are new to the hobby of wine making, he encourages you to stop in the store, visit their website, check out one of Brew Depot’s classes and go by his mantra of: “Keep it simple, use quality products and think sanitization, sanitization, sanitization.” Bob Carlton and the Brew Depot team will see you at the Suwanee Wine Festival with hopes of a quality event and, “providing attendees with an introduction to the hobby of home wine making.” For some, the art of wine making ends up being much more than just a hobby. Several of Brew Depot’s customers have perfected the art of wine making and gone on to produce award-winning wines. Maybe we’ll see your blend at the 2014 Suwanee Wine Fest! Check out beernecessities.com for class registration. ■

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he summer is drawing to a close and with that comes the changing of the leaves and most importantly, the changing of beers! We will be transitioning from lighter more refreshing beers that are perfect for the warmer weather to beers that are more hearty and filling - ones more conducive to cooler temperatures. Before we make the full transition to heavy beers such as stouts and porters, we have to cross the threshold of one of the most well-known and celebrated styles of beer in the world, Märzen, or better known as Oktoberfest! When one hears the term Oktoberfest, images of men and women singing and dancing dressed in lederhosen, populating beer halls, all while drinking large quantities of beer, comes to mind. While this is a popular scene in Munich for 16 days at the end of September leading up to the first Sunday in October, it did not start out this way. Oktoberfest, as we know it today, was established in October of 1810 by Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (King Ludwig I) in celebration of his marriage to Princess Therese of SaxonyHildburghausen. Unlike most noble celebrations of the time, the general public was invited to share in the festivities and roughly 40,000 Bavarians were in attendance in Munich on what is now called Theresienwiese (the Teresa Meadow). The festivities are still held in the same location today.

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The event was initially built around its horse race and the state agriculture show. The agriculture show still goes on today, but 1960 marked the last year of the horse race. Food and beer stands were introduced to the show in 1818, which is when most believe the strong association of beer during Oktoberfest came to light. There are only six breweries in Munich that are designated Oktoberfest beers and are served at the festival and they include: Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner-Bräu, Spatenbräu, and finally Staatliches HofbräuMünchen. There are a ton of breweries that make Oktoberfest-style beers, but if you want to try some original German offerings, I recommend the Spaten,


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Paulaner, Ayinger, or the HackerPschorr. These are available in Georgia and are typically pretty easy to get your hands on. If I had to pick a favorite out of these, I would have to go with the Ayinger Oktober Fest- Märzen because it is medium bodied, starts off a little sweet and has a light crisp finish. There are many domestic breweries that replicate the Märzen style of beer, and in my experience these are pretty tasty as well. Look for Heavy Seas Märzen or Highland Clawhammer and give them a try! As with all styles of beers, you are going to have different tastes, so go out there and find the one that suits you best! Prost!!!

What's Brewing appears exclusively in every issue of Suwanee Magazine. Contact Curtis with all your beer-related questions at: curtis@thebeergrowler.net.

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Suwanee named one of

“Money” Magazine’s

BEST PLACES TO LIVE!

Money magazine has once again named the City of Suwanee one of America's best places to live. The north metro community is ranked #33 on Money's 2013 list of best small towns, making it the highest-ranked community in Georgia. The list of Best Places to Live focuses on towns with populations of 10,000-50,000. Starting with a database of more than 1,300 towns, the magazine considered median family income and home values; education and crime scores; quality-of-life factors such as health care, arts, and leisure; and intangibles like community spirit. Suwanee has been included on Money's list of Best Places to Live in previous years, ranking #10 in 2007 and #35 in 2009. Earlier this year Family Circle magazine ranked Suwanee as one of the nation's 10 Best Towns for Families and last year Kiplinger.com ranked Suwanee #3 on its list of best places to raise children. Other Georgia cities on Money's 2013 Best Places list are Evans at #43 and Peachtree City at #48.

Suwanee Unveils New Logo

In a recent city council meeting, Suwanee City Council members voted unanimously to adopt the new logo created by Hein van der Heijden, an Atlanta-based, award-winning designer with 25 years' experience. The City's new logo will replace one that features a lamp post and has been used since 1998. The Suwanee S, another branding mark utilized by the City, will continue to be used along with the new official logo. Suwanee began the redesign process in the spring and received 28 statements of qualification from design professionals, mostly from metro Atlanta but also from six other states. The city selected six finalists to participate in a design competition. Each finalist presented three or more Suwanee logo design concepts. The City of Suwanee began using the new logo immediately, but the official launch/celebration of the logo will take place during the 30th Suwanee Day festival on Sept. 21.

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Eve 6 Rocks Out at Suwanee’s Summer Concert

The Southern California pop-punk trio that is Eve 6 rocked Town Center Park with a free concert performance on Aug. 10. The band had platinum and gold success in the late 1990s and early 2000s with hit singles like "Inside Out," "Leech," Promise," "On the Roof Again," and "Here's to the Night." Eve 6 inked its first record deal before members finished high school, released its first album in 1998, and called it quits in 2004. Original band members - Max Collins on vocals and bass, Jon Siebels on guitar, and drummer Tony Fagenson - reunited in 2011 and released a fourth album, Speak in Code, last year. Stand-out singles from this most recent album include "Curtain" and "Victoria."

Time to Vote!

Qualifying for Suwanee City Council Posts took place Aug.26-28. Three City Council posts are scheduled to be on the ballot this fall. The posts up for election and the individuals currently serving in those positions are: Post 3 – Kevin McOmber Post 4 – Beth Hilscher Post 5 – Dan Foster Suwanee City Councilmembers are elected at-large, and all registered Suwanee voters may cast a ballot for each post on the ballot. The city council election will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, at Suwanee City Hall. For additional information, contact City Clerk Elvira Rogers at erogers@suwanee. com or 770-945-8996.


city buzz

American Idol Contestant Performs at Suwanee Pizza Tavern

Alexa Gilomen, former American Idol contestant performed with the Mudcats July 30th in an event at Suwanee Pizza Tavern. 10 percent of the day's sales were contributed to Community Backpack Ministry hosted by Level Creek United Methodist Church. Gilomen is a classically trained high school student from Suwanee. Alexa made it to the Hollywood round on Season 12 of American Idol. She recently tried out for Season 13, hopefully she will make it into the top 16!!

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A Green Ogre and Dog Sleuth Entertains Crowd at Broadway in the Park Green ogres and meddling kids took to the Town Center stage when Suwanee Performing Arts gave community performances of “Shrek The Musical” and “Shooby Doo,” an original music mystery, July 26 and July 27. The Suwanee performances marked the first amateur production of “Shrek The Musical” in Georgia. The performances were free and open to the public, but the event is Suwanee Performing Arts' largest fundraiser so donations were collected. The 2013 show is the seventh Broadway in the Park performance produced by Suwanee Performing Arts. The production included about 75 mostly high school and middle school cast members, a stage crew of about a dozen, and volunteers. For more information about Suwanee Performing Arts, visit suwaneeperformingarts.org

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Local Resident to Compete in Miss. Georgia USA 2014

Stephany Kuykendall, 24 of Buford, GA will compete for the title of Miss Georgia USA 2014 on Nov. 21, 22 & 23, 2013 at the Woodland Performing Arts Theatre in Cartersville, GA. Born and raised in Sugar Hill, Stephany is proud to represent her hometown as Miss Gwinnett County USA. Stephany is a massage therapist and currently working on obtaining a private pilot's license. She is looking forward to all of the opportunities that would come with the honor of becoming Miss GA USA. One of those opportunities would be the chance to share her message of financial literacy. Stephany believes there is a need for more education and a better understanding of how to save, invest and spend money wisely.

Suwanee Video Competition Winner Announced

Look out Psy, Suwanee’s Cray Beavers are taking their shot at the newest dance craze. In a loose, lighthearted parody of the Gangnam Style phenomenon, Neighborhood Watch (Me Dance) features the Cray Beavers singing and dancing their way throughout the Suwanee community. The approximately three-minute video was the winner in the City of Suwanee’s 2013 video competition. Neighborhood Watch (Me Dance) may be viewed via the City of Suwanee homepage at suwanee.com and on YouTube. The video is also available for purchase through iTunes. Collin Baxter and the Cray Beavers will perform at 6 p.m., Sept. 21 at the annual Suwanee Day festival.

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Pooch N Paws moves to bigger and better location!

If you live in the Suwanee area and you have a pooch, you’ve probably been by to check out Pooch N Paws, and the good news is Pooch N Paws is expanding to a bigger and better location. Still serving area pooches and their families in Town Center, the shop will relocate in early September from a space that was about 1,500 square feet to a space in the same shopping center that is about 4,300 square feet. The move will allow the shop to expand products and add services that weren’t available before. Shop owners, Bob and Starla Pellegrino said in the new location they will add a grooming section, a customer self-serve dog washing area, and a “Park Your Pooch” temporary boarding section where pet owners can leave their furry friends allowing them to go grab some grub or shop at other stores while the Pooch N Paws staff keeps a watchful eye on your pooch for an hour or two. Starla Pellegrino said validation credits with partnering restaurants and shops (much like car parking validation) will be available to offset some of the cost of the service. In addition to the new services offered, the shop that caters to owners and their four-legged family members will also be increasing the product lines to offer more items pet owners are looking for, such as holistic and healthy dog foods and treats. And Pellegrino said the larger space will accommodate some of the bigger items they weren’t able to display at the smaller store location, making Pooch N Paws a one-stop shop for pet owners. Pooch N Paws owners said they are planning to hold grand opening events in November. For more information, visit www.poochnpaws.com.

Team PoochNPaws:

Amy, Ashley, Starla, Melissa, Rhonda, Bob Pelligrino, Bob & Julie

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Happenings In The Suwanee School Clusters

schools Is Your Child Ready for the College Admissions Process? Part 1: Standardized Testing BY: Shereem Herndon-Brown

Director of Strategic Admissions Advice

Shereem Herndon-Brown

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC ADMISSIONS ADVICE LLC

Strategic Admissions Advice LLC is an educational consulting company specializing in college and independent school admissions. After working as an admissions officer at Georgetown University and the Director of Middle and Upper School at an elite private school in New York City, Shereem transitioned into independent counseling to share his wealth of knowledge about the respective admissions processes. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, has a Masters Degree from Middlebury College and lives in Duluth with his wife and children.

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f you went to college, you probably took the SAT. Remember that test? The one where you sat for three hours on a Saturday morning with the number two pencil? Do you recall having to fill in the bubbles on the answer sheet? Did you hope that you did really well so that you could get into the school of your choice? Do you remember LIKING it? Few of us did, but we realized that doing well on this test might help us to get into the college (or colleges!) of our dreams. Very little has changed in 10, 20, 30 or 40 years except that colleges admissions overall is more competitive and this test – and others – have taken over much of the college admissions process. While standardized tests will never be the most important factor in determining college admissions – having good grades in difficult classes is essential – they are a big piece of the puzzle and understanding which tests to take and when can be confusing.

The Sat Is Still The “BIG TEST.” Since 1926 when it began as a series of questions that were developed by the U.S. Army to select World War I military recruits, it has been the dominant admissions test for aspiring college students. It contains three sections (Critical


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Reading, Math, and Writing) each scored out of 800 (for a total of 2400) and is offered seven times a year (October, November, December, January, March, May and June). It has an accompanying practice test, the PSAT, offered to high school students across the country in the fall of their junior year. Some schools even let sophomores take the PSAT as a pre-practice test with the expectation that students will take the SAT at least once as a junior and again as a senior. However, increasingly colleges and universities across the country now accept the ACT as a suitable alternative to the SAT. Slightly different in format, schools do not have a preference between the two. Students should prepare for the test they feel most comfortable with after taking a diagnostic test for both with a tutor or simply taking the PSAT or the PLAN, the practice ACT exam which is administered to sophomores at school’s or district’s discretion.

Should my child take a test prep course? If you can afford it, then yes. Preparation of any kind helps. That is not to say that you need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars, but rather assess your price point and find a reputable tutor or tutoring company who may be willing to work with you. If test prep is not in your budget, there are online preparation courses students can do or there are study books from a local book store or library so they can familiarize themselves with the tests as much as possible. Few students have the discipline to learn the strategies to excel on these tests. Those that do, are usually already at the top of their classes or have been unusually strong test-takers for a long time. If this is the case minimal preparation is fine, but never take these tests cold.

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When should my child start taking standardized tests and preparing for college? Believe it or not, the college admissions process starts in the eighth grade. Courses in math, science and foreign language, often determine what courses or track students can take in high school. SAT II Subject Tests (formerly known as Achievements) are onehour exams offered at the conclusion of courses such as Biology, French, Spanish, and Chemistry and can demonstrate a students’ capabilities in a certain course and can begin as early as the ninth grade. Students should always consult their teachers or guidance counselor about the Subject Tests to see if the course material prepares them to take it. BEWARE: Some schools expect students to submit all of their scores, no matter how good or not so good they are. Students should only take tests in which they are confident they will do well and feel ready for. Other than that, the SAT or ACT need to be taken no later than June of the junior year with the expectation of taking it again as a senior.

Prepare!

As with anything in life, preparation is key. Students should read, read, and read some more. As parents, please try to gather as much information about these tests from your school, tutor or from an independent educational counselor. Having your child take diagnostic tests is also recommended. Standardized tests are not going anywhere. Even as some schools become standardized test optional and do not require students to take tests at all for admissions (Bowdoin College, Wake Forest University, American University), most use standardized testing as a critical piece for admissions and possibly for merit-based scholarships.

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So why choose this method of treatment?

There are many benefits to undergoing interceptive orthodontics before all permanent teeth have erupted including:

■ Straightening teeth without uncomfortable metal wires and brackets ■ Affordable pricing (1/2 to 1/3 the cost of traditional braces) ■ Effective straightening solutions available to children 5-12 years of age ■ Achieve an aesthetically-pleasing smile, but more importantly, correct dental issues and improve the quality of your health ■ Effectively solves issues such as overbite, crowding, spacing and TMJ issues ■ Fast results with fewer dental office visits ■ Promotes the expansion and downward growth of the upper and lower jaws, thus promoting airway expansion ■ Promotes nasal breathing during the night, which ensures a better quality sleep ■ Proper sleep leads to less of the associated disorders such as: ADHD, bedwetting, hyperactivity, poor grades and slow learning The two appliances mentioned earlier for interceptive orthodontics, the Nite-Guide and the Occlus-o-Guide, are utilized based on the child’s age during treatment. The typical age range for the Nite-Guide is 5 to 7 years, although some severe cases may be started once the child is 3 years old. After reaching age 8, the child will utilize the Occlus-o-Guide appliance to ensure proper jaw development and tooth eruption. These devices are comfortable for the child and are worn during the night. In older children the device will also be worn for one to two hours during the day. These removable appliances can be combined with fixed expanders, 2x4 bracket systems and Invisalign systems for even more ideal results, too. Ask your dentist for more information on this and other systems. ■

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Friday, September 6th at 6 p.m. Town Center Park

Day Classic Race 14 Suwanee Saturday, September 14th at 8:00 am Town Center Park

Saturday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m. Town Center Park An event to benefit research for gynecologic cancers at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Sunday, September 8th at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta For more information, visit winewomenshoes. com/atlanta

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Suwanee Day

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Duluth Fall Festival

Saturday, September 28th & 29th BY:

Kathryn Willis

Ask anyone in Duluth what is the biggest thing every year, and all would give the same answer, the Duluth Fall Festival. Almost everybody in Duluth is involved in one way or another. More than 400 volunteers don the annual Festival t-shirts, and most of the community, church, and school groups have their biggest fundraisers at the festival. Others look forward to just attending and having a great time. This year the Duluth Fall Festival will be held Sept. 28 and 29. A parade through the streets of Duluth will kick things off on Saturday morning and then the opening ceremony will be held at the Festival Center located on the Town Green. In keeping with tradition, the parade will include dignitaries and more than 100 troops from Fort Benning. In fact, three former commanders of their unit will be our Honorary Grand Marshals this year. Continuous entertainment at two venues will follow. On Sunday things start fast and furious with a 5K Road Race and more than 600 runners making their way through Downtown Duluth. A community worship service will take place at 10 a.m. on the Town Green followed by many different groups taking their turns performing and entertaining the crowd throughout the day. However, the heart of the festival is found in the more than 350 arts and crafts and food booths. Festival attendees will find handmade crafts including: clothing, linens, furniture, jewelry, toys, fall and Christmas decorations, plus much more. There will be a “Man's Corner,” a separate area for kids games, plus a full-fledged carnival - making the event a festival for the whole family. The festival committee sponsors many other events as well throughout the year including Festival Taste of Duluth, an annual cookout, a community picnic, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, community workdays, a free concert and various socials. During the past 30 years, almost two million dollars has been donated to the city, and all funds that have been raised by the Festival through the years have been spent to improve Downtown Duluth. However, it’s the camaraderie and friendships formed by all of these different people working together for a common goal that perhaps has been just as important as the funds raised and has gone a long way toward keeping the wonderful small town spirit of Duluth alive. ■

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Wednesday, October 9th at 6:00 p.m. Wild Wings Cafe

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