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                                                 Willow Springs subdivision in
                                                 Roswell recently hosted a
                                                 fundraiser for Southern Hope’s
                                                 no-kill animal shelter, which
                                                 re-homes thousands of dogs and
                                                 cats every year.
                                                                                         PG. 4

                                                  currentCommunity                                                                                          In Roswell
                                                 Roswell Relay For Life’s organizers
                                                 have the same message: All members                By Tripp Liles                                    case for all of Roswell’s cultural offer-
                                                 of the Roswell community should                   Editor                                            ings.
                                                 participate in this event, which                                                                       It is the hope of the organizers to
                                                 benefits the American Cancer Society.                There is a new series of events taking         turn this into an annual event that is a
                                                                                    PG. 21         place this month called Go Wild In                regional attraction. The Historic CVB
                                                                                                   Roswell. If we had the space, an entire           has been actively promoting this
                                                                                                   issue could be filled describing the              throughout the region, leveraging
                                                                                                   many wonderful events that are being              Roswell’s ample outdoor activities and
                                                                                                   offered right here in our back yard.              attractions. “Encompassing over two
      currentHome                                                                                     Marsha Saum of the Historic                    weeks, including three weekends, and
Simply defining your style and color                                                               Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau              packed with opportunities for fun, Go
palette along with a little or a lot of                                                            stated, “In this economy, we feel it’s the        Wild is sure to become an annual
spring cleaning will help you                                                                      perfect timing for the new Go Wild                event,” said Saum. According to McIn-
incorporate a more sophisticated                                                                   event. We want all our local families to          tyre, the whole family is at the forefront
approach to day-to-day life.                                                                       experience a Roswell vacation that will           of planning many of these activities.
                                      PG. 8
                                                                                                   create memories to last a lifetime.”              “We’re going back to basics. We’re talk-
                                                    currentEducation                                  The event is a cooperative effort of
                                                                                                   The Chattahoochee Nature Center and
                                                                                                                                                     ing to every audience,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                        The event begins on May 20 and
                                                 Earth Day is a day designed to inspire            the Historic Roswell Convention and               runs through June 6. On Page 20 we
                                                 awareness and appreciation for the                Visitors Bureau that has been more                have just a few of the highlights – it’s
                                                 Earth's environment. It was founded               than two years in the making. “The col-           impossible to list them all. We have all
                                                 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an              laborative part of this is always success-        of the important contact information
                                                 environmental teach-in in 1970 and is             ful,” stated Lynn McIntyre, senior                listed to serve as your guide to what
                                                 celebrated in more than 175 countries             director of community relations for the           hopefully will become Roswell’s show-
                                                 every year. We have photos from the               Nature Center. The idea was to pro-               case event.
                                                 High Meadows 2010 festival.       PG. 14          mote an event that provided a show-                                          Continued on page 20

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                         FARMERS MARKET RELOCATES                                             MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY                                             SUMMER CAMP
                         May is the time for farmers markets to start                         The Roswell Memorial Day ceremony was                             OPPORTUNITIES
                         up again and Roswell is no exception. This                           established in 1998 following the construc-                       This summer there are plenty of quality opportunities to
                         year the market moves to City Hall to allow                          tion of the Faces of War memorial on the                          involve your child in summer camp.

                         for greater accessability.            PG. 10                         grounds of the Roswell City Hall complex.
                                                                                                                                    PG. 12                                                                    PG. 15

                                                      A Day At The Fair
   The Child Development Association in                    child can change the world, and I am honored                  “We are all looking forward to the Down
Roswell recently hosted a “state fair” for its             to be involved with the CDA, knowing it is                Home Derby State Fair,” said Executive Di-                       Co-Publishers
students in celebration of the days leading up             making a real difference in the life of every             rector Donna Smythe. “The arts and crafts,                        Tripp Liles
to the organization’s premier fundraiser, the              child it cares for and educates.” The 2010                the exhibits, and the food and fun are all part                  Brandt Haney
Down Home Derby on May 1.                                  Down Home Derby will take place on Satur-                 of growing excitement about The Down
   The fair, produced by                                                     day, May 1, in the picturesque          Home Derby party in May. It is a great feeling                       Sales
Sean O’Keefe Events, in-                                                     setting of Showcase Ltd., an            to see the community come together to sup-                      Brandt Haney
                                                                                                                                                                                    Director of Sales
cluded a cake walk, a pet-                                                   exceptional horse farm which            port our program and to provide scholarships
ting zoo, arts and crafts                                                    offers Old World charm com-             for our kids.”                                                   770-378-8445
produced by the kids on                                                      bined with modern-day                       The Child Development Association has a
display and popcorn and                                                      amenities and is located at             40-year history of service to low-income,                      David Wright
cotton candy.                                                                3452 Arbor Hill Road, Can-              working families and their young children,                   Account Executive
   “When I moved to At-                                                      ton. Guests are invited to set          providing high quality childcare and pre-         
lanta from Los Angeles re-                                                   aside their black tie attire for        school education that is affordable for all fam-
cently, I never expected to                                                  the evening and put on their            ilies in the local community. By offering these                Patty Conway
find a new passion so                                                        jeans and boots to enjoy the            services, CDA enables deserving children to                  Account Executive
quickly, but I am delighted                                                  party. Doors open at 5 p.m.             build a foundation upon which to build            
to have discovered the                                                       with the Derby post time at 6           promising futures and supports their parents’
Child Development Asso-                                                      p.m. and dinner at 7. Tickets           efforts to successfully seek and maintain em-                Editorial & Creative
ciation,” said Sean O’Keefe,                                                 are $150 per person, and                ployment while nurturing healthy families.                       Tripp Liles
who donated his services.                                                    sponsorship packages are still          For more information, visit                                           Editor &
“The gift of education to a                                                  available.                                                                  Creative Director

Roswell Welcomes North Fulton Golden Games                                                            Holcomb
                                                                                                      Bridge                                                                        Ann Marie Quill
  The 16th annual North Fulton Golden Games will run through May 20. This                                                                                                           Managing Editor
event is open to area adults, ages 50+, who are invited to participate in all of                      Student                                                         
the fun-filled games. The registration fee is $12.                                                    Wins State
  The Games were scheduled to start on April 28 with a scramble golf tourna-                          Science Fair                                                              Contributing Writers
ment at Horseshoe Bend Country Club. Other highlights include a dance com-                            Dorothy Can-                                                                 Kate Copsey
petition and exposition on May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Roswell Adult Recreation                            nella, a Hol-                                                               Laura G. Thome
Center (RARC) located at Grimes Bridge Park, 830 Grimes Bridge Road.                                  comb Bridge                                                                  Helen Kelley
Dance-offs will include the Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Cha-Cha and Swing.                                 Middle School                                                                Michael Finch
  The Games will kick off the opening day of events on May 5 with check-in at                         eighth-grader,
9 a.m. and an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at RARC. Track and field events                           won first place                                                                   Our Mission:
will begin after the opening ceremony. Events include a one-mile walk, half-                          in the Medi-
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throw, football throw and clock golf. The second annual Wii video game bowl-                          Health cate-                                                           also advocating positions that strengthen
                                                                                                                                                                             unity and continuity. We desire to create
ing tournament will also be held.                                                                     gory at UGA’s                                                          and maintain a challenging, enjoyable and
                                                                                                                                                                             caring work environment that encourages
  The Golden Games awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 20, at                               62nd annual                                                            creativity and innovation. Our rewards are
                                                                                                                                                                             informed, educated readers, very satisfied
10 a.m. at the Dorothy C. Benson Multipurpose Complex, 6500 Vernon Woods                              Science and                                                            advertisers, happy employees and profitable
Drive, Sandy Springs. Participants are entitled to a Golden Games T-shirt,                            Engineering
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Runnin’ Down A Dream
By Tripp Liles                              me then that I’d still be doing this       ing into a new expanded facility soon,
Editor                                      today, I’d say ‘no,’ ” said Amedee on      he has recently taken on the role of
                                            his initial foray into sports fitness.     track coach at Fellowship Christian
   Julian Amedee is all about learning.        In 2001 he retired from profes-         School. He’s in his second year as
He is originally from Long Island,          sional track and he founded Sports         coach and describes the experience as
New York where he began running             Fitness Experience (SFX) as a way to       both rewarding and challenging. “I
track in high school. His track career      train athletes. In 2007 he opened the      enjoy working with youth. It’s like a
would take him to Georgia Tech,             SFX facility in Roswell and today it’s a   raw canvas,” he said.
where he won numerous honors in-            thriving business. SFX specializes in         At Fellowship the challenge for
cluding three All-American awards.          the use of high intensity, ground-         Amedee is creating a culture where
Originally, Amedee looked at Georgia        based strength exercises for both          track takes on more than a secondary
Tech because of the academics — his         “pros” and “joes.” His clients range       role and growing the program. “It’s
major was Industrial Engineering —          from the typical suburban “soccer          frustrating and rewarding,” he said in
but later as a walk-on he earned a full     mom” to former Atlanta Brave An-           reference to the sport that is viewed
scholarship for his athletic abilities.     druw Jones.                                as an activity more than sport at the
   Upon graduation in 1994, he em-             Amedee describes the role of an         school. “I’m in the process of chang-
barked on a successful career on the        athletic trainer as someone who de-        ing that culture. I want to have suc-
professional track circuit. In 1995,        mands accountability. “At first I          cess at Fellowship.”                       Julian Amedee in motion at his SFX facility.
however, he suffered a hamstring pull       couldn’t understand how people could          Amedee’s days as a business owner       model will be larger with an addi-
that led to a lengthy rehabilitation        get a trainer.” He remembers going         are long. They typically begin around      tional 3,000 square feet of space, but
process.                                    back to his lengthy layoff from injury.    6 a.m. and can continue well into the      at this time there are no plans to ex-
   It was during this layoff that he        He continued with “accountability is       evening. As the business of SFX            pand beyond the Roswell location.
began to contemplate his future with-       big. Trainers hold you accountable.        grows into its new facility that will be       Beyond his endeavors on the track
out athletics. In 1996, to supplement       Keep you moving and motivated.”            located behind the Mellow Mushroom         and in business, he is married to his
his track career, he began working at          And motivated he is. Not to rest on     on Crossville, Amedee is keen to keep      wife Crystal and they have a 3-year-
SportsLife in Marietta. “If you said to     a successful business that will be mov-    a hands-on approach. The business          old daughter named Alyssia.

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                                                                                   May                           Community   5

A Dog Day Afternoon
   Willow Springs subdivision in Roswell recently hosted
a fundraiser for Southern Hope’s no-kill animal shelter,
which re-homes thousands of dogs and cats every year.
Residents showed up at the neighborhood’s park along
with their furry friends to help support less fortunate
pets. The event included a walk for Southern Hope in
which residents walked their dogs and made donations, a
“yappy hour” doggie playtime for the neighborhood dogs,
and raffles, silent auctions and vendors. Also on hand
were a few hopeful faces from the shelter.

                                                       Joey Pioutek and Toto (top); Taylor Carstarphen and
                                                       Clair Owens with Maggie (left); Kirby and Sandy Lashley
                                                       with their dog Ricky, a Southern Hope adoptee (above).
6   Community   May

                  Hero Of The Highway
                  By Mike Finch                              destined to be there as quickly as pos-
                  Contributing Writer                        sible. The fact that my mother-in-law
                                                             was in the backseat and this was my
                      Speed limits are usually set to im-    fourth Diet Coke had nothing to do
                  prove the safety and well-being of         with this sense of urgency — I’m just
                  motoring citizens. I consider myself       very goal oriented and the goal was to
                  somewhat of an expert on this topic        get home, now! Without warning the
                  due to the thousands of miles I have       lane I was traveling in suddenly hit a
                  covered over the last 20 years as a        virtual stall. Cars ahead began shift-
                  sales representative. In fact, due to      ing from lane to lane to avoid the
                  my extensive driving experience, I am      slowdown, but to no avail. I surveyed
                  confident that I merely need to show       the situation from my lofty SUV driv-
                  my “sales professional” ID card to any     ing position and spotted the root
                  attending law enforcement officer and      cause — an “anti-speeder.” Correc-
                  he/she will undoubtedly understand         tion, not just one “anti-speeder,” but
                                       my level of expert-   two, had taken side-by-side positions
                                       ise and send me       and were motoring down Highway 92
                                       on my way apolo-      like a Nascar pace lap. The problem?
                                       gizing for any in-    They were doing 38 miles an hour in
                                       convenience.          a 45 MPH zone! Classic “anti-speed-
                                          My wife does       ing” at its worse. Where was law-en-
                                       not share this        forcement when they were so
                                       same conviction       obviously needed?
                                       and therefore has        As my palms began to sweat and
                                       taken the role of     my face began to flush, the number of
                   MISCELLANEOUS       on-board law-en-      cars in-between the perpetrators and
                   RAMBLINGS           forcement. For        myself began to dissipate, placing me
                   MIKE FINCH          this reason I pre-    directly behind these perilous drivers.
                                       fer to drive alone.   Without complete mental awareness
                  Obviously, I am not condoning speed-       (probably due to my extensive experi-
                  ing. It is unlawful and unsafe and         ence and cat-like reflexes) my right
                  should not be taken lightly by those       hand moved from the steering hub
                  outside of professional racing.            and engaged the horn blowing mech-
                      My purpose here is not to discuss      anism multiple times. Simultane-
                  the dangers of speeding, but instead       ously, I began explaining to these
                  to expose another danger lurking on        drivers that the speed limit was well
                  our roadways: the “anti-speeder.” You      above their current rate of motor ve-
                  won’t find this defined in Webster or      hicle operation. Well above! Merci-
                  Wikipedia, but if you are a regular        fully, they must have heard my alarm
                  driver you know of whom I speak.           as they both exited the roadway at
                  They can be found as easily on an          precisely the same time. A successful
                  eight-lane interstate as a two-lane        intervention and a clear lane ahead
                  country road wreaking havoc on both        returned the smile to my face and un-
                  equally. Most often the cause of this      doubtedly the faces of my passengers.
                  “anti-speeding” falls into one of sev-     Surely they recognized the severity of
                  eral categories: inexperience, age,        the situation and would revel in my
                  technological distraction or exceeded      freshly demonstrated capabilities.
                  load limits (inside or outside of the      Their wide-eyes and speechless ex-
                  vehicle). Intervention is sometimes        pressions, however, told me other-
                  mandated.                                  wise. My mother-in-law summed it
                      Recently on my return trip home        up succinctly by telling my wife, “He
                  from a middle-school sporting event,       needs a job, he’s crazy!” I managed to
                  my interventional duties were called       make the rest of the trip home with-
                  into action. I wasn’t really in a hurry    out incident, another misunderstood
                  that afternoon, but I also wasn’t really   hero of the highway.
                  interested in taking my time either.
                  For me it’s not about the journey —        Mike Finch can be reached at miscel-
                  it’s about the destination and I was
                                                                                                 May   Dining   7

Do Y’all Relish
A Fickle Pickle?
By Tripp Liles                                                 The noted dish is, of course, the
Editor                                                      Fried Cajun Pickle. Beyond the fa-
                                                            mous pickle, the menu offers a variety
   “Ultra-fine dining is dead.” Those                       of sandwiches for lunch and dinner
are the words of local restaurateur                         entrée’s highlighted by my personal
Andy Badgett in describing the cur-                         favorite, the Cheddar Biscuit Pot Pie.
rent local trend in dining. Badgett re-                        With the Fickle Pickle gaining suc-
cently open a new venture call All                          cess, Badgett was encouraged to open
Y’alls, a wine and gourmet market lo-                       a new restaurant, Relish, by his fa-
cated next to his restaurant Relish in                      ther-in-law, who owned the property
Historic Roswell. He also owns The                          on which it is now located in Historic
Fickle Pickle on Canton Street that                         Roswell. “It’s been the most challeng-
was the previous home to his initial                        ing thing I’ve done,” said Badgett.
“fine dining” restaurant Asher.                                Relish is a slightly more sophisti-
   His restaurants are now staples in                       cated experience that specializes in
the community, and although he de-                          contemporary cuisine. The restaurant
scribes himself as “a Connecticut Yan-                      has a patio that has been a big hit
kee,” he’s more than happy to be                            with patrons and offers lunch, dinner
living and working in Roswell.                              and a Sunday brunch. Badgett mir-
   Asher, located on Canton Street,                         rors what most business owners are
was his first foray into the restaurant                     saying about the Roswell economy in
business. It was an initial success but                     that it is on the upswing. So much so
after the economic downturn follow-                         that he’s further investing in the local
ing 9/11 he noticed that in order to                        economy with the aforementioned All
gain a more successful business                             Y’alls Market.
model, something more down to                                  2010 is shaping up economically
earth was required. Thus, The Fickle                        speaking as a much better year than
Pickle was born in the fall of 2003.                        2009. With his latest venture, Badgett
The Fickle Pickle menu is best de-                          now employees over 50 people, mak-
scribed as offering Southern classics                       ing a significant contribution to the
with a culinary twist. It does a strong                     local economy.
lunch business buoyed by what Bad-
gett describes as “the ladies at lunch.”

Just a couple of the delicious offerings from the imagination
of Andy Badgett.

Photos by Dan Carmody of Studio 7 in Roswell.
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Introducing Organic Prints to Your Palette
By Laura Green Thome                      limited at best in their application to      It is of the utmost significance        acidity for your home. If you have
Contributing Writer                       each consumer — that is why there         when balancing color intensity with        the panache to carry it you have the
                                          are so many options to suit each in-      crisp definition to use natural fibers     talent to put together the proper art
   Sophistication is used often, but is   dividual best.                            and nubby woven textiles in combi-         and accessories.
rarely well-defined. Most of us live a       Let’s start with one of my favorite    nation to form a wonderful warm               On the subject of panache, I ab-
cluttered life and an overwhelmingly      color teams. Experts forecasted color     palette. While using solids, intro-        solutely love pistachios. Are they re-
                    distracted exis-      this year as being vivacious, fun-lov-    duce a few organic linen prints or to-     lated? Of course not! But it did
                    tence. Simply         ing and lively for the season. If you     bacco leaf prints as a focal point on a    remind me that my favorite guest
                    defining your         are ready to paint your living room,      settee or as a drapery panel. Many         room I have ever worked on was the
                    style and color       try Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic in a pale     times I use a tobacco leaf print           color of a pale pistachio ice cream,
                    palette along         room full of neutral furniture, have      coated in vinyl as a powder room           and we used it in combination with
                    with a little or a    it mixed in a satin finish and try        wallpaper. This adds an element of         ivory lacquer on the bed and
                    lot of spring         three coats with a glossy glaze on        both confidence and comfort — or-          ivory/taupe subtle strie on the drap-
                    cleaning will help    top. The resulting color intensity will   ganic patterns are so important in         ery panels. The bedside table was an
                    you incorporate a     evoke a fresh invigorating feeling as     adding that touch of personality,          antique primitive American piece
                    more sophisti-        you pass through and enjoy evenings       whether light and airy or stunning         done in a walnut. It was so simple
 INTERIOR DESIGN    cated approach to     at home during the coming months.         and contrasting. Go ahead and in-          but just called you to have a mint
                    day-to-day life.      In the fall, try adding a few indigo-     troduce a few patterns to your             julep and unwind after a long day.
                    Many of you have      colored throws around and adding a        palette.                                   For that color try: Pantone Paints,
                    written in and re-    chunky hound’s tooth fabric on a few         If you are wanting a bright and         Luminary Green 12-0525.
quested actual color recommenda-          ottomans with dark architectural          cheery sunroom or breakfast room              According to Devoe Paints Color
tions. So here we go, but keep in         legs. Also introduce a few dark in-       after this year’s long, cold winter, try   Psychology: “If green is your favorite
mind hours upon hours are spent by        digo lamps with chocolate card            Farrow & Ball’s Citron in half-            color, this indicates stability, balance
designers in color theory classes and     shades for another layer of richness.     strength formula. The color will in-       and persistence. Organization is fun-
studying color, hues, shades and          You will want to drink this color up      tensify in large areas so make certain
tones. So my recommendations are          all year long!                            with a sample pot that you like its                                  Continued on page 9

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10        Gardening                                                               May

                                                                                    Spring Is For Markets
                                                                                    And Mulching
                                                                                    By Kate Copsey
                                                                                    Contributing Writer
                                              " % "!                                   May is the time for the farmers
                                             ! &   !
                                                                                    markets to start up again and
                                                    %! !                            Roswell is no exception. The River-
                                                     $ &                            side Farmers Market is due to open
                                                                                    on Saturday, May 15, at City Hall.
                                                                                    Previously the market was held on
                                                                                    the parking lot of Riverside Park,
                                                                                    but the new location will offer not
           " "        #              &%                  "$'                        only more parking but more shade
                                    '''     "!          (" $ "                      and room for the vendors and shop-
                                                                                       For those who shopped the farm-
                                                                                    ers market before, you know that the     Garden writer Kate Copsey displays fresh strawberries at
                                                                                    vegetables and fruit are still the       the Master Gardener Faire at Bulloch Hall.
                                                                                    main attraction, but events such
                                                                                    vegetable carvings, chili cook-offs      and generally contain more nutri-
     !#   $!    & !           "             " !          ! "       "         !&
               %                   &              !#     $!  & !                    and music make a great morning out       ents than those that are a week old.
     !                    !                         %                  & !                                                   These small local farmers may not
                                                                        !           for the whole family. You also know
                                                                                    that the freshness of the produce        all be certified organic, but most will
                                                                                    and the variety is what makes shop-      happily tell you that they do not use
                                                                                    ping at the market a healthy experi-     chemicals on their crops and they
                                                                                    ence, too.                               grow in tune with nature.
                                                                                       A typical tomato in the local            Another advantage of farmers
                                               e Finest Authentic                   Roswell supermarket is picked, un-       markets is the farmers who are the
                                                                                    derripe, in California; transported to   vendors, and they will tell you about
                                          Indian Cuisine Since 1998                                                          the fruit or vegetable. They will also
                                          720 Holcomb Bridge Rd.                                                             share recipes and growing tips. If
                                           Roswell • 770-817-0661                                Visit Kate’s Blog:          you have problems finding seeds for
                                                       a specific vegetable, the farmers will
                                                                                          likely know a source. North Fulton
     Call For Mother’s Day Dinner & Graduation Parties                                                                       Master Gardeners also host a diag-
                                                                                         nosis table for ailing plants and
                                                   weekday 6 course                                                          shrubs.
                                                   express lunch                                                                So put the date on your calendar
                                                                                    a central depot in the middle of the
                                                       $6.99                        continent; mixed with other toma-        and take the family to the new loca-
                                                                                    toes, and shipped again to a regional    tion to experience Roswell’s Farmers
                                                                                    depot. It is then gassed to make it      Market.
                                                                                    evenly red before shipping to               A new farmers market is debuting
                                            weekend multi course                                                             this year every Thursday evening be-
                                                                                    Roswell and put onto the display
                                                    lunch bu et                     shelf. This whole process takes about    ginning May 13-Oct. 28. The Green
                                                       $9.99                        three to five days and incorporates      Street Farmers Market will be on the
                                                   Not to be missed!                several thousand miles.                  grounds of the Swallow at the Hol-
 Dine In • Take-out • Catering • Parties • Private Party Room                          At the farmers market the tomato      low restaurant at 1072 Green Street.
                                                                                    you see was grown in a local field       Producers and growers can inquire
                               Buy one entree and 2 beverages at                    until it was ripe, picked carefully      about the market at 678-580-5405.

 free     entree
                              regular price, receive a 2nd entree of
                                  equal or lesser value FREE
                                  max value $10 • dinner & dine-in only
                                       720 Holcomb Bridge Rd.
                                                                                    and put into the truck to bring to
                                                                                    market. Total time from field to shelf
                                                                                    is about 12 hours or less, and about
                                                                                    20 miles. The difference is reflected
                                                                                    in the taste. Whether it is green
                                                                                                                                Mulch Concerns
                                                                                                                                The mild weather has finally ar-
                                                                                                                             rived and with that, people start gar-
                                                                                                                             dening. Most gardeners put down
                                            770-817-0661                            beans, sweet corn or tomatoes, the       mulch to cover the earth, retain
                                                                                    locally grown produce will be fresher                                        Continued on page 23
                                                                                              May                                                      Community                                       11
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By Ann Marie Quill
Managing Editor

   The Roswell Junior Woman’s Club,
along with the Roswell Convention &
Visitors’ Bureau, will continue a 20-
year tradition Mother’s Day weekend,
May 8 and 9, with its Colors Festival
of the Arts.
   Not only is the event a juried arts
show with more than 100 artists from
throughout the Southeast participat-
                                            Adam Komesar and his Inflatable Zoo entertains chil-
ing, but it also promises to be a fam-
                                            dren at the Colors Festival nearly every year with his
ily-friendly event that children can
                                            balloon animals and storytelling.
enjoy with their mothers on this spe-
                                                She also stressed that a free shuttle                      #%                                                                               ' ",
cial weekend.                                                                                                                                                                            "( '(% %&
   According to Christy Keys, chair of      will run every 15 minutes from City                      !"     '                                                                            #($#" ,
the festival committee, the art in-         Hall to the Historic Town Square,                         ' % (!$
cludes “anything from metal sculp-          where the festival takes place.
tures to water colors, oils and acrylics        “This is our primary fundraiser,”
                                            Keys said. “We use all funds to fund                                                 "        & !          $
and fibers and textiles.” She said there
will also be handmade children’s            the following year’s projects.” The                                                           " "                  $
clothing and children’s activities in-      club’s projects supports places like the                           "       '+        % &       #    &' #                  # #!       %       "' %& ' #"
cluding face painting, a sand art           Drake House, North Fulton Commu-
booth, musical entertainment and a          nity Charities, the Manor on the
story-teller.                               Square and the Foster Care Support
   “Most of the women in our club           Foundation.
have kids, so we wanted something               For more information on the festi-
people could do as a family,” Keys          val and the club, visit www.roswellju-
said.                                                                                                                                                            %%! %' ' $ & $ $
                                                                                                                                                                                         & "( %%$

What Is Nixle, And Why Should You Sign Up?
By Ann Marie Quill                          you are away from your home com-
Managing Editor                             puter or TV and there is an emer-                                                          # ", +$         $       &')
                                            gency road closure or severe weather
   You’ve probably seen City of             approaching, Brechbill explained. It’s
Roswell ads for Nixle in local papers,      also customized so that messages can
including this one. But what is it and      only go to residents impacted. “Say
why should you care?                        there’s a gas leak in a certain neigh-
   According to Julie Brechbill, the        borhood. We can send it just to that
city’s community relations manager,         neighborhood.” She said that since
Nixle is an emergency notification          the city started this service earlier this
system for residents, similar to a re-      year, some 600 people have signed
verse 911 system.                           up, but they are hoping for more.
   When residents sign up, they have           The city decided to go with this
several options. They can receive           service after looking into a reverse 911
alerts either by cell phone text or e-      system that would cost $25,000.
mail notifications or both. The service     When the city found out about Nixle,                                                       "& ' )) +, %(+ ""
is free, but the resident’s standard        which was offering its services for                                                            +++ $ $%( ) " $! )                   $ %#
text messaging rates will apply. Resi-      free, “We thought we would take ad-
dents can also choose whether to re-        vantage of that and see how it works,”                                                   %) "                                                      %) "
ceive emergency notifications or            Brechbill said.
community event alerts, or both.               For more information and to sign                                                  $$ ' ""                                             *$         ""
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12       Events                                                  May
                                                                 Roswell Remembers - Memorial Day
                                                                    The Roswell Memorial Day cere-
                                                                 mony was established in 1998 follow-
                                                                 ing the construction of the Faces of
                                                                 War memorial on the grounds of the
                                                                 Roswell City Hall complex. The
                                                                 founders of the memorial wanted to
                                                                 honor those courageous men and
                                                                 women for the commitment they
                                                                 made in protecting the freedom we
                                                                 enjoy today. Tom Price, a Rotarian
                                                                 with the Roswell Rotary Club, had a       Congressman Tom Price at last year’s ceremony.
                                                                 desire to create an annual event at the
                                                                 memorial site, which would incorpo-       ceremony draws in excess of 6,000
                                                                 rate the holiday, families and commu-     people, making it the largest Memo-
                                                                 nity into one great day of                rial Day ceremony in Georgia. In
                                                                 remembrance.                              2001, the ceremony was named
                                                                    The Rotary Club of Roswell and         Roswell Remembers.
                                                                 the Rotary Club of Roswell East              This years event is on May 31 and
                                                                 teamed up with the City of Roswell to     is held at the City Hall complex.
                                                                 make Price’s dream a reality. The            The event is sponsored by The City
                                                                 Roswell Memorial Day Committee            of Roswell, Roswell Rotary Club and
                                                                 was incorporated, comprised of mem-       the City of Roswell Parks and Recre-
                                                                 bers from both Rotary Clubs and the       ation Department.
                                                                 City of Roswell.                             For more information visit
                                                                    Today, the Roswell Memorial Day

                                                                 Roswell Rotary Honor Air
                                                                     On Wednesday, April 14, three busloads of WWII Veterans and their

     '' '(                 '" &&                                  guardians, Roswell Police and Vietnam motorcycle honor guard, departed
                                                                  Roswell for the Atlanta airport and their charter flight to Washington D.C. The
                                                                  weather was perfect all day long; the memorials were filled with memories and
, # ! ! %& $&                  , ' #        % ( ' '% " "          visitors talking with the veterans. Many stories were shared, many thanks were
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                                                                  Gene Beckham, Pat DiGeorge and Alicia Hughes provided the leadership to
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                                                                  ensure a successful trip was enjoyed by all participants.
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                                                                  There was perfect weather
                                                                  in the Washington D.C. for
                                                                                    the trip.
                                                                                                                        May                                                                           Events                        13
May 1                                                                  May 13                                                  artwork from local artists                             ing available) At Herb Shoppe of Roswell and
Rain Barrel Sale                                                       Performance                                             Saturday, May 15, 2010, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm ,          Wellness Center 1030 Woodstock Rd. Ste 3104
One day only rain barrel and compost bin truck-                        The Atlanta Academy performance of Seussical            Alexsander Academy, 1090 Powers Place, Al-             Roswell, 30075, 770.594.0047 Reserve your
load sale. It takes place from 9 am – 3 pm at the                      Jr. will be held on Thursday, May 13th at 6pm and       pharetta, GA 30009, $5.00 entry fee, includes          seat today...seats limited! Bring a friend.
Alpharetta Engineering Public Works Depart-                            Sunday, May 15th at 3pm. The performance will           dinner, dessert and coffee and a chance to win
ment located at 1790 Hembree Road in Al-                               be held on 2000 Holcomb Woods Parkway,                  door prizes. Raffle tickets are available for $10.00   May 22
pharetta. For more information call                                    Roswell 30076 at The Atlanta Academy Audito-            each or 3 for $25.00. Grand prize is 4 tickets to      Jazz Concert
678-297-6200 or 770-594-6451. To learn more                            rium. Tickets are available to the public for $2 stu-   Walt Disney World! You do NOT have to be pres-         Parc Alpharetta presents and Evening of Poolside
about the products visit                          dents and $5 adults and will be sold at the door.       ent to win! For more information:       Jazz and Hors d’oeuvers on May 22 6-8 pm. Ex-
or                                                                                                            Alexsander Academy is a new school, just in our        perience the Parc lifestyle at Alpharetta’s only, ac-
                                                                                                                               second year of operation. We serve children with       tive adult community. The event is free and open
                                                                       Thru May 15                                             autism, learning disabilities, ADHD and other
May 3-29                                                               Art Show                                                                                                       to the public. Please RSVP by calling 770-246-
                                                                                                                               neurological issues. All proceeds from our             9011.
Art Opening                                                            Resident Artist Show, Art Center West, 1355             fundraising events go directly towards our stu-
Opening May 3rd Magnolias on Magnolia Street                           Woodstock Road, Roswell, April 19- May 15,              dents and help us continue to provide an individu-
-- 32 Fine Art and Mixed Media Photographs by                          Opening Reception May 1, 7-9pm                          ally focused, safe and academically challenging        June 5
Hazel Berger at the Roswell Tea House 108 Mag-                          The resident artists at Art Center West this year      program to all of our students.                        5K Race
nolia Street in Roswell. Meet the Artist Friday,                       have proven to be the most driven, self-directed                                                               Please Join us for the RIVER RUN FOR HOPE
May 7th from 12 – 2 PM.                            and talented group to date. This year’s show high-                                                             5K Fun Run on Saturday, JUNE 5th at St. Andrew
On view through May 29th. Roswell Tea House                            lights the work of Magda Gluszek, Connor                May 14th
                                                                                                                                                                                      Catholic Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell,
phone 770-643-5813                                                     McKissack and Beau Raymond. The exhibition              Concert
                                                                                                                                                                                      GA 30075. All proceeds will support HELPING
                                                                       will include an array of figurative as well as many     America’s Heartland 8:00 PM, America’s                 HANDS Medical Missionaries in providing med-
                                                                       well crafted functional forms created over the          Heartland – Folk Songs of our Land, pre-               ical care, hope and spiritual support to people in
May 5                                                                  course of the past year. Join us for the opening re-    sented by Michael O’Neal Singers at                    rural areas of Africa. The 5K (3.1 miles) race be-
Sweet Apple Village                                                    ception in honor of these artists on May 1 from 7-
Sweet Apple Village “Night Out” is May 5 6-9 pm.                                                                               Roswell United Methodist Church. 8 P.M.;               gins and ends at St. Andrew Catholic Church
                                                                       9pm. For additional information, contact: A.J.          770-594-7974 or                      along a scenic river course. Water will be avail-
There will be live music, festivities and fun for the                  Argentina, Director
whole family. Sweet Apple Village is located at                                                                                                                                       able at start, on the course, and at the finish. $20
                                                                       770-641-3990                                                                                                   Registration prior to Race Day, $25 Race Day
12050 Etris Road in Roswell.                                                                                                   May 15
                                                                                                                                                                                      Registration. Visit and register at
                                                                                                                               Aromatherapy Oil Free Class
                                                                       May 15                                                                                                         In person day of race. Contact Info: Alex Kucera
                                                                                                                                GO GREEN! May 15th, at 10 am Lectured by:
                                                                       Alexsander Academy Fundraiser                                                                                  770-853-3993
                                                                                                                               Victoria Edge CPC, Mom and Essential Oil Au-
                                                                       Art show and sale. Student’s artwork, as well as
                                                                                                                               thor of Health Stategy: Essential Oils ( Book sign-


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Earth Day At High Meadows                                                                          Photos by Trish O'Neill

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                                                                                                                                            Andrew Michael, Chris Robie, environmen-
                                                          Delaney Williams busy gardening.
                                                                                                                                            tal education specialist at High Meadows
Eleanor Rocha gets her hands dirty.                                                                                                         School, and Ted Prenares, Trout Unlimited-
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Day Summer Camps Offer Many Advantages
By Anatoli Farquhar                                                                     brought together in the best one-day       work.”
Contributing Writer                                                                     programs. Being a traditional part of         The Roswell area has many options
                                                                                        the summer camp experience, the            available that will appeal to interests
   The American Camp Association                                                        outdoor aspect should not be neg-          of all children. Listed on these pages
reports that over 10 million children                                                   lected in any summer time program.         are some of the more unique facilities
attend summer camps annually.                                                              There are even financial advan-         in the area:
   Children from all over America are                                                   tages to summer camps. When you               Crabapple Academy has an inter-
getting interested in summer day                                                        send your child to day camp for the        esting “Reel” adventures camp that
camps instead of long summer                                                            summer, it is considered a depend-         ties hands-on activities to classic
camps. In a supervised manner, the            kindergarten an option of part-day        ent-care expense. Children must be         movies. Roswell Budokan opens a
summer day camps facilitate your              schedules if needed.                      under the age of 13 in order to qualify    door to Eastern cultures coupled with
children to be active and enjoy them-            The children are provided with a       and overnight camps are not eligible,      fitness routines. If outdoor activities
selves in a day. It gives a nice experi-      great learning experience with lots of    as the IRS considers them a luxury         are for your children, both the At-
ence for both child and parents to            fun and enjoyment in summer day           rather than a necessity. The size of the   lanta Junior Rowing Association
have such opportunity.                        camps. In such summer day camps           benefit depends upon the parents’ in-      and The Swing Factory combine
   There is a tendency in children to         the programs that are designed are        come, but depending on your family’s       summer weather with enriching
play and explore more especially in           intended to be challenging as well as     income, you can claim up to $3,000         sports themes. If dance is something
summer. Overnight camp options can            stimulating, and many of them insist      for one child and up to $6,000 for         your child craves, the Footnotes
be out of your budget. In this case, the      on being practical with a real-life ap-   two or more.                               Dance and Acrobatics Studio is the
summer day camp option can be a               plication. Such examples comprise            According to Roswell CPA Tom            place with a multitude of programs
great substitute.                             building model bridges and under-         Bowen, “The credit is designed to          for kids and adults of all ages. Last
   Many summer day camps are di-              standing some of the underlying con-      help offset the cost of a qualifying       but not least is Infant Aquatics, a
vided into three groups. The kinder-          cepts.                                    child’s care where that care allows a      unique swimming program designed
garten group, grades 1-2 and grades              A range of subject matters such as     person (and their spouse if filing         for children 6 months through 6
3-5. This breakdown allows for a logi-        science, art and the outdoors will be     jointly) to either work or look for        years.
cal grouping and also gives the

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                                                                                                           Fibromyalgia is an arthritis-related
                                                                                                        condition that causes chronic wide-
                                                                                                        spread pain in the muscles, as well as     drugs, including aspirin, ibuprofen or
                                                                                                        fatigue and tenderness. The muscles        naproxen sodium, to help ease muscle
                                                                                                        most often affected by fibromyalgia        aches when taken with other medica-
                                                                                                        are in the neck, shoulders, lower back     tions.
                                                                                                        and buttocks. The cause of fibromyal-         • Low doses of antidepressants to
                                                                                                        gia is unknown and there is no cure,       stop pain and promote sleep.
                                                                                                        but it is not life-threatening. The con-      • Short-term use of muscle relax-
                                                                                                        dition can be aggravated by stress and     ants to help treat muscle pain and
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                         , %($ *%  !.                                                                   noises. Treatment and self-care can           • The anti-seizure medication pre-
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                                                                                                           Approximately 80 percent of peo-           In addition to taking medications
                                                                                                        ple affected by fibromyalgia are           as prescribed by your doctor, there are
                                                                                                        women, although men and children           several other ways to minimize the
                                                                                                        also can have fibromyalgia. The con-       painful effects of fibromyalgia:
                                                                                                        dition usually is diagnosed between           • Regular exercise is one of the
                                                                                                        the ages of 35 and 55. People with         most effective ways to decrease symp-
                                                                                                        rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or spinal      toms. Recommended low-impact ex-
                                                                                                        arthritis are more likely to develop fi-   ercises include walking, swimming or
                                                                                                        bromyalgia, as are those who have a        biking.
                                                                                                        family member with the condition. It          • Get enough sleep by practicing
                                                                                                        is important to see a doctor if you ex-    good sleep habits. Buy a comfortable
                                                                                                        perience fatigue and general aches         mattress, go to bed and get up at the
                                                                                                        and pains that last more than several      same time each day, and limit daily
                                                                                                        months because symptoms of fi-             naps.
                                                                                                        bromyalgia can mimic other diseases,          • Eat a healthy, balanced diet and
                                                                                                        such as hypothyroidism or multiple         avoid caffeine, alcoholic beverages
                                                                                                        sclerosis. In general, fibromyalgia        and candy.
                                                                                                        may be diagnosed after other diseases         • Stop smoking.
                                                                                                        with similar symptoms are elimi-              • Reduce stress and take time to
                                                                                                        nated.                                     relax. Pace yourself and don’t try to do
                                                                                                           Treatment for fibromyalgia focuses      too much in one day.
                                                                                                        on minimizing symptoms and im-                If you have fibromyalgia, it is im-
                                                                                                        proving overall health. Numerous           portant to remember that you are not
                                                                                                        medications are available, including:      alone. Talk with your doctor about
                                                                                                           • Analgesics, such as over-the-         your symptoms and develop a treat-
                                                                                                        counter acetaminophen or prescrip-         ment plan customized for your needs.
                                                                                                        tion tramadol, to help relieve pain        For more information about fi-
                                                                                                        and stiffness.                             bromyalgia, visit the Arthritis Foun-
                                                                                                           • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory        dation website at
                                                                                May                                   Health & Wellness                                                                                 17

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plaints was only given a formal med-       ates the impression that the patient      fibromyalgia have now been refined.                         life-threatening. The good news is
ical designation some 20 years ago.        may be exaggerating physical dis-         Still, most physicians perceive fi-                         that most people have productive
Today, researchers recognize fi-           tress for secondary gain as attention-    bromyalgia as a diagnosis of exclu-                         lives despite periodic setbacks.
bromyalgia as linked to a distur-          seeking, desiring prescribed              sion, first ruling out serious
bance of neurotransmitters.                medication, or even malingering to        conditions like hypothyroidism,                                Dr. Terence Moraczewski is a fam-
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culoskeletal disorder that causes          In the past, doctors viewed the dra-      sclerosis. Once diagnosis is pre-                           lanta Primary Care. His office is
pervasive pains all over the body. It      matic presentation of pain and pro-       sumed, the next step is various treat-                      located on Old Milton Parkway in
is associated with joint stiffness,        found fatigue as a psychosomatic          ment options. That is a whole                               Alpharetta. To contact Dr.
muscle aches, fatigue, disturbed           variant of depression or anxiety.         separate discussion in itself. There is                     Moraczewski, call 770-442-1911.
sleep, mood disorder and headaches.           Fortunately, the criteria to define    no cure for fibromyalgia but it is not
18           Parenting                                                      May

Doulas: A Natural Birth Experience
By Kate Copsey                           and a natural birth experience. Dur-     medications are used and the ramifi-
Contributing Writer                      ing the entire process the health of     cations of that drug on your labor
                                         the baby relies on the mother being      and baby.
   A Doula can make your pregnancy       able to relax and be in good physical       Your doula will also be with you at
and delivery go more smoothly.           as well as emotional shape.              the hospital to give you support.
   Having a baby is a wonderful             When a baby is born without med-      Laflamme says that she “cannot talk
event for a couple, yet the journey      ications being used, the overall labor   to the staff,” but that your doula will
from finding out about the preg-         time can be shortened dramatically       be by your side for the whole time.
nancy to the actual delivery can be a    and the experience is more positive      Doctors, nurses and midwives have
time of emotional turmoil as well as     for the new parents. This also makes     more than one person to look after,
confusing ideas. Books and the in-       it possible to save money, which is      and in most hospitals you get who is
ternet can help, but sometimes it’s      why some insurance companies have        on shift at the time. You may even
                                                                                                                            Nadine Laflamme
better to have someone there who         been persuaded to cover at least         change nurses halfway through your
can calm you and help you through        some of the cost of the service.         labor if you happen to be there when      at the hospital with a doula in tow,
the conflicting information about           A doula is not a midwife or doctor    the shift changes. With the doula         and some are reluctant to cooperate.
what is good for you and your baby.      and you will still attend your normal    you will have a trusted person there      In North Fulton it seems that North-
This is where a doula can be useful.     prenatal appointments with your          throughout the whole labor experi-        side Hospital is more reticent than
   A doula, literally translated as a    primary caretaker. The doula will        ence and she will only be looking         North Fulton Hospital to accept the
“woman’s servant,” is a trusted child-   augment that service by teaching         after your interests.                     help of the service, but your doula
birth aid who can help you through       you relaxation techniques and edu-          Laflamme has been a doula for          will be happy to help you decide
those trying months and be by your       cating you about your options when       four years and has helped 130 new-        where to deliver.
side when you are at the height of       planning the birth. Making a plan        borns into the world. She is a mem-          Being a doula is not all fun and
discomfort. Nadine Laflamme is a         ahead of time about whether you          ber of, and taken numerous courses        games. Laflamme describes the serv-
doula who enjoys helping women           want pain intervention, and when,        with, DONA (Doulas of North               ice as “very draining, both physically
cope with the stresses of pregnancy      allows you to fully understand what      America) and CAPPA (Childbirth            and emotionally, to be there 100 per-
                                                                                  and Postpartum Professional Associ-       cent of the time.” She cannot take
                                                                                  ation). Although a trained doula can      vacations easily as her charges may
                                                                                  tell how far along a labor is by work-    go into labor at any time, and relies
                                                                                  ing with the women, oftentimes traf-      on the help of a supportive family to
                                                                                  fic in Atlanta backs up, and in one       make this important business work
                                                                                  instance she had to deliver a new-        for everyone.
                                                                                  born just off Exit 13 on the infamous        If you would like to find a doula
                                                                                  Highway 400!                              for your important event, Nadine
                                                                                     Of course, not all hospitals appre-    Laflamme can be found at
                                                                                  ciate their women in labor arriving

                                                                                  Flip-Flop Friday
                                                                                    Esther Jackson students and staff members donated $185 to participate in
                                                                                  “Flip Flop Friday” for Esther Jackson’s Relay for Life Team, which brings the
                                                                                  school’s teams total to just under $5,000. This year’s Relay is especially mean-
                                                                                  ingful to EJ students and staff members because one of their own teachers is
                                                                                  currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

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                                                                                 May   Senior Living   19

Getting Yourself And The
Planet Fit
By Anatoli Farquhar
Contributing Writer

   With the 40th anniversary of Earth
Day having just passed, this is a good
time to remind us that being eco-
friendly isn’t just for tree-hugging
granola-eaters anymore. Most of us
now understand how important it is
to do our part to make the earth a        phate detergents to launder your
better, cleaner place to live. Combin-    workout gear.
ing that philosophy with your own
health is an important key. Did you          Recycle
know that by getting healthy you             Rather than tossing old sneakers
could also improve our planet’s           into the trash at the end of their lifes-
health? Here’s how:                       pan, send them to a recycling center.
                                          Nike Stores, as well as participating
   Hoof It                                partner retail stores, athletic clubs,
   Leave your car in the garage for       schools and colleges, all collect athletic
short trips. Driving just two miles       shoes of any brand as part of their
spews out one kilogram of air choking     Reuse-A-Shoe program; they also part-
carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.       ner with the National Recycling Coali-
Walking the same distance instead         tion to increase recycling efforts in
uses 150 calories and adds no carbon      communities across the country.
to the atmosphere. And obviously,
walking more will help supplement            Lose Weight
your other exercise efforts making it        Dropping a pants size is not only one
easier for you to get fit and keep your   of the best things you can do for your
weight under control. Becci Johnson,      personal health, it’s also one of the
fitness coach at Parc Alpharetta, en-     most effective ways to help stop global
courages residents to walk to near-by     warming and the overuse of precious
destinations when feasible. “We have      resources. Experts estimate that over-
a guided walking club where, as a         weight individuals eat about 40 per-
group, we will go outside and walk to     cent more calories than their lean
the amphitheater (Verizon Wireless)       counterparts. Since food production
or nearby walking trails,” said John-     accounts for over 20 percent of green-
son.                                      house gas emissions, a heavy popula-
                                          tion uses a significantly heftier carbon
   Be Conscious                           footprint than a thin one. Fats, red
   Clean up wasteful workout habits.      meat, and refined sugars, which tend to
Rather than guzzling bottled water,       dominate the unhealthiest of Western
carry a reusable water bottle and fill    diets, are particularly carbon offensive.
it with tap water to reduce the           Greater food consumption also means
amount of non-recyclable plastic          more organic waste, which produces
bottles clogging landfills and to help    the pollutant methane as it decom-
mitigate the pollution generated by       poses.
bottling and transporting the water          An overall plan is important before
from far away places. (Bottled water      starting any exercise program and you
can cost up to 1000 percent more          should always consult your physician
than tap water, so this tip helps keep    before beginning. At Parc Alpharetta,
your wallet in good shape, too.)          the area’s premier senior living facility,
Other planet-saving fitness practices     they encourage a healthy lifestyle with
to cultivate: Use fewer towels, con-      seminars and fitness programs. Ac-
serve batteries, reuse plastic bags to    cording to Johnson, “We focus on a
carry laundry, and use low phos-          program to help in everyday life.”
 20             Community                                                                                            May

 Go Wild
                                                                It is important to note that the items listed here are just a few of the activites and
                                                                      events planned for Go Wild In Roswell. For complete information, visit

PRE-FESTIVAL KICK-OFF EVENTS                                  companies. He was chosen by Athos Menaboni to re-            ciation and the Chattahoochee Nature Center.This ju-        admission for non-Roswell residents; CNC Members
May 15, 7:30 – 11 P.M.                                        store his works at the Swan House and later restored the     ried photography exhibition is open to the public and       free; Roswell residents free.
“Rockin’ At The River”                                        Menaboni room at Glenridge Hall. His artwork is in pri-      cash prizes will be presented. Exhibition will be dis-
Sponsored by the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Board          vate and corporate collections world-wide. Michael is        played at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and other         Riverside Sounds Concert at Riverside
of Trustees and Honorary Chairs, Judie B. Raiford and         also a world-class archer and won the gold for the Geor-     Roswell locations during the duration of GO WILD in         Park, June 5 (Saturday) 7:30 P.M.
Mayor Jere Wood.                                              gia State Games in Sporting Clays. In his effort to sup-     Roswell. Photographs will be available for purchase. In-    Another exciting outdoor concert as music enthusiasts
You are invited to enjoy a starlit evening at the river!      port conservation efforts, a portion of his sales from       cluded in general admission price and free for CNC          gather along the banks of the Chattahoochee River to
Local restaurants will provide delicious food and drink       this exhibit will benefit the Chattahoochee Nature Cen-       members. Portions of the exhibit will be accessible in      enjoy music in the great out-of-doors. Free and open to
as live music fills the air for this southern music show-      ter.                                                         the following locations, free of charge: Best Western       the public. 770-641-3705.
case which will benefit the Chattahoochee Nature Cen-                                                                       Roswell Suites, 907 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Brookwood
ter. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling          International Acclaimed Wildlife Artist                      Inn, 9995 Old Dogwood Rd. Courtyard by Marriott,            Native Plants for the Home Lanscape
770-992-2055 x 226. Location: Chattahoochee Na-               James E. Partee, Jr., May 20 – June 6                        1500 Market Boulevard, DoubleTree Roswell/Atlanta,          June 6 (Sunday) 3 – 5 P.M.
ture Center.                                                  Jim is an internationally recognized artist known for his    1075 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Holiday Inn Atlanta/Roswell,        Ages 14 – Adult
                                                              lifelike renderings of wildlife and botanicals. He was se-   909 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Holiday Inn Express                  Wonder what all the native fuss is about? Join us for an
Actor/Director/Artist/Friend of Wildlife                      lected by Steve Wynn/Wynn Properties to provide              Roswell/Alpharetta, 2950 Mansell Rd.                        introduction to landscaping with native plants at the
Steve Kanaly, “Ray Krebbs” of the                             some of the artwork for his Resort & Casino in Las                                                                       Chattahoochee Nature Center. A slideshow presenta-
Dallas TV Series                                              Vegas. “The Donald” saw Jim’s work and acquired him          Hoot and Holler at the Hooch                                tion will discuss the many benefits of using native plants
May 20 – June 6                                               to provide a series of prints and originals for his upcom-   May 22 (Saturday) 6 P.M.                                    and highlight excellent choices for year-round beauty in
Veteran film and television actor / director Steve            ing hotel in Las Vegas. His work is also featured in the     Square Dancing BBQ & Brew Party at The Chatta-              the home landscape. We will follow this presentation
Kanaly will present a special exhibit of his watercolor       Roy Rogers Museum in Branson, MO, and prominently            hoochee Nature Center. Come “Hoot and Holler” at the        with a walking tour of some of the plants which have a
paintings at the Roswell Visitors Center. As an actor         featured in the People of the Century permanent collec-      Hooch with Susan Davis and the Tune Dogs! Kick up           home in the Chattahoochee Nature Center gardens. In-
Steve is well known for his role of the roguish but like-     tion in the Smithsonian. During his career, Jim has re-      your heels and watch square dancing demos as you            cluded in general admission price and free for CNC
able ranch foreman, Ray Krebbs, on the long running           ceived over 50 state, local and national wildlife art        enjoy a BBQ dinner in the moonlight. $45 per person.        members.
CBS television series “Dallas.” While pursuing his ca-        awards. He attends numerous celebrity events, raising        www. chattnaturecenter. org or call 770-992-2055 for
reer in the film and television industry over the past 40     funds for a wide variety of causes. In the past 25 years     details and tickets.                                              About The Chattahoochee
years Steve has always honored his first calling as an        his artwork has raised over $11 million for wildlife con-
artist and painter. Steve’s lifelong passion for the out-     servation groups across the United States. Continuing        Hash Ride - Bicycle FUN!
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Nature Center
doors has taken him to the four corners of the globe.         in this effort, Mr. Partee will have some special prints     May 26 (Wednesday) 6:30 P.M.                                  The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located
While filming on location in Africa, the Arctic Circle or     for purchase at the Reception on May 25. A portion of        Sponsored by Bike Roswell and RAMBO. A wild hash              on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell and
the South Pacific, he has always carried pen, pigment         sales to benefit Chattahoochee Nature Center.                 bike ride fashioned after the infamous Hash House Har-        sits on a beautiful site comprised of 127 acres
and brush to record the moment. His transparent water-                                                                     riers groups for runners, but with a Roswell twist. The
                                                                                                                                                                                         of native plants and gardens that showcase
color technique is well suited for quick dramatic inter-      Roswell Vistas; Then & Now                                   ride will end where you can enjoy a cold drink and fa-
                                                                                                                                                                                         the beauty of Georgia.
pretations of a subject painted “en plein air” reflecting     May 20 – June 6                                              mous Roswell food and hospitality. So what is a Hash?
the infinite variety of nature in its many moods. Steve is    Featuring Joan Hilliard and her friends Victoria Jack-       There are two types of riders - the wild hares and the        It has a river boardwalk,
a dedicated conservationist who has supported count-          son, Terry Brown and Beth Kirk. Joan has won many            hounds. The wild hares leave first and use flour to mark        Discovery Center, wet-
less wildlife enhancement programs and recently said          awards over the years and her work has been exhibited        or mismark (false trail) their trail. The hounds ride to      land demonstration gar-
that “I’m very happy and excited to be visiting Roswell       throughout the U.S. and abroad. Joan was selected by         find or catch the wild Roswell Hares. Our ride favors ad-      dens and woodland
for this wonderful event and I’m looking forward to a         the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area to          vanced, recreational, and beginner riders: women and          trails that are home to
long hike in the nature reserve and an evening canoe ad-      create their ornament to hang on the White House             men. This is not a race; but you may ride as hard or easy     over 30 species of non-
venture on the Chattahoochee.” Steve invites you to           Christmas Tree and was delighted to have the honor of        as you like. (Bring a whistle, bell, or other noise maker     releasable wildlife. For
join him and his close friends, fellow wildlife artists,      attending the reception at the White House. She has          to let others behind you know which direction to go.)         over 33 years, this facility has continued to
James Partee and Michael Collins, for a “Meet the             invited 3 of her friends, who are all accomplished           We also appreciate and respect the land, people and
                                                                                                                                                                                         grow and reach out to citizens as a place to
Artists” reception on Tuesday evening May 25 in the           artists, to join her in this exhibit celebrating GO WILD     property that we pass. For $5 you get the trail, ride and
                                                                                                                                                                                         explore new ideas and expand the awareness
Roswell Visitors Center from 6:30 – 9 P.M. 770-640-           IN ROSWELL. Also joining the artists will be Florida         the camaraderie with others of half-a-mind. Riders must
3253                                                          artist Peter Bamford whose work will feature natural         have helmets. Meet at 6:30 P.M. at the Corner of Mag-         of the natural world.
                                                              areas he has rendered in paintings. This beautiful ex-       nolia and Canton Streets (corner parking lot near             Check the website for daily calendar of events
Michael Collins -                                             hibit will be in the atrium at Bank of North Georgia, lo-    Pastis). 770-998-2511; www. or www.           at www. chattnaturecenter. org;
Artist/Conservationist                                        cated at 10446 Alpharetta Street, Roswell. The artists                                                  Open Daily, with many special events and
May 20 - June 6                                               have created an outstanding selection of work and a                                                                        activities planned for GO WILD IN
Michael has a deep love of all things outdoors. He is an      portion of the proceeds will benefit Chattahoochee Na-        Family Music Series: Dave Holland                             ROSWELL
avid sportsman and learned to not just paint what he          ture Center. 770-640-3253 or 770-594-6462 (Join              June 2 (Wednesday) 3 P.M.
saw, but to make it as lifelike as possible. He takes great   these artists for a Meet the Artists Reception at the        All Ages Chattahoochee Nature CenterBack by popular           General Admission:
pride in the smallest of details. From painting, to de-       Roswell Visitors Center on May 25 from 6:30 – 9 P.M.)        demand! Dave delivers a high-octane, multimedia story-
                                                                                                                                                                                         $8 Adults; $6 Seniors; $5 Children (3 – 12);
sign of custom knives and jewelry, to engraving, he is                                                                     telling guaranteed to spark the imagination! Join in on
                                                                                                                                                                                         Free Children Under 2; Except when noted,
accomplished at all. Very few artisans are in his league      Photography Exhibition by Georgia Na-                        this fun-filled, percussion-loaded learning extravaganza
of limitless abilities. He is a world-class engraver and      ture Photographers, May 22 – June 6                          as Dave sings, drums and narrates his way through an          events are included with admission costs
has designed for Browning and many other “outdoor”            Sponsored by the Georgia Nature Photographers Asso-          array of world folktales. Program is included in general      and free to CNC member.
                                                                                    May                                                  Community                                21

A Celebration Of Life
Roswell Relay benefits American Cancer Society
By Ann Marie Quill
Managing Editor                                                                                       Relay Co-Chair’s Tourette Foundation
                                                                                               You may recognize Roswell Relay Co-Chair Brad
   Though they may have different rea-                                                     Cohen as the author of “Front of the Class,” a book
sons for participating, three of Roswell                                                   chronicling his experience with Tourette syndrome
Relay For Life’s organizers have the                                                       on which a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie was also
same message: All members of the                                                           based.
Roswell community should participate                                                           Cohen, who lives right here in Roswell, is an advo-
in this event, which benefits the Ameri-                                                   cate for those with Tourette syndrome, having grown
can Cancer Society.                                                                        up with the condition that often led others to see him
   The Relay, May 14-15 at Centennial                                                      as an outcast. But with a strong spirit and supportive
High School, will feature Roswell                                                          mother, he was ready as a child to show others he
teams camping out from 6 p.m. to 6                                                         could still be successful. He was eventually recog-
a.m. Each team — usually affiliated                                                        nized as First Class Teacher of the Year in Georgia,
with a school, church or community                                                         and is continuing his advocacy and taking advantage
group — will have at least one repre-                                                      of his national presence by recently starting the Brad
sentative walking or running the track                                                     Cohen Tourette Foundation, which gives money na-
                                               Phil and Anne Parker of Roswell.
the entire time, symbolizing the fact                                                      tionally to projects helping children with Tourette’s
that cancer never sleeps.                      hand grilling food, a “Mr. and Mrs.         in local communities.
   Community members can partici-              Relay” will be crowned in a drag cos-           “There are organizations that raise money for re-
pate by forming or joining a team, do-         tume contest, and there will be             search, but I want to raise money to help children with Tourette’s in local communities. We
nating to a team, or coming out and            karaoke.                                    need money at the ground level,” he said. The foundation’s goal is to raise money for
simply enjoying the event.                        Shultz got involved with Relay after     Tourette’s camps, conferences educating teachers and parents how to become advocates
   Brad Cohen, who is co-chairing the          he was diagnosed with testicular cancer     for children with Tourette’s, and scholarships.
Roswell Relay along with Katha Stuart,         in 1998 when he lived in New York. He           For more information, visit
stresses that “it’s never too late to form     joined an online cancer support group
a team.” The former Cobb school sys-           where members would discuss Relay.         part of the community,” he said.
tem teacher first participated in Cobb         One member in particular had a son            The second year he participated                      Crossroads Fair To
County’s Relay for Life 10 years ago           battling cancer who lived in Gwinnett      “took on a different meaning,” he said,                   Benefit Relay
when a student of his passed away              County. Shultz knew he would be mov-       when he was diagnosed with prostate                  Students at Crossroads Second
from cancer.                                   ing to the Atlanta area, so he attended    cancer. “The survivors’ walk became              Chance North School are encouraged to
   “I just don’t want people to forget her,”   the Gwinnett Relay and met the son,        very meaningful for me,” Parker said.            give back to the community, and on the
the girl’s mother told Cohen, and he’s been    who passed away shortly after.             Now cured from prostate cancer and               morning of May 13 they will do just that
involved with Relay since. Cohen says             Shultz, who is cured of cancer and      participating for a third year, events           when they host a multicultural celebra-
when he moved to Roswell four years ago,       who works as a school psychologist and     like the luminary ceremony, survivors’           tion benefiting Roswell Relay for Life.
“I decided I wanted to get to know my          firefighter in Roswell, says that while    walk and survivors’ dinner perhaps                   Students from the alternative disci-
community, so he saw Roswell’s Relay as        Relay is a celebration, it also includes   have an even bigger meaning for him              pline school are inviting children from the
the perfect opportunity.                       more somber moments, like the cere-        as he’s recently diagnosed with multi-           Early Childhood Development Center
   “I like to fill my plate up,” said          mony in which paper luminaries are lit     ple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer.               and surrounding church preschools to ex-
Cohen, who also started the Brad               in honor of cancer survivors and those     While optimistic about his recovery,             perience a fair that will include carnival
Cohen Tourette Foundation (see side-           who have passed away.                      Parker is expecting a tougher battle             booths, refreshments, a baseball cage,
bar). He stresses that Relay is a com-            “It had a huge impact on me,” he        than prostate cancer presented as this           moonwalk and facepainting. The children
munity event, with a festival-like             said, having participated in Relay for     time he will undergo chemotherapy.               will also tour the classrooms where they
atmosphere the entire community can            the last 10 years, first on the fire de-   Parker says it’s because of the Ameri-           will learn about foreign countries and will
enjoy. Teams will have booths selling          partment team and then as a team co-       can Cancer Society that he has so many           have the chance to taste foods from other
anything from food to face painting, a         captain and later serving on               treatment options, and thus supporting           lands.
DJ will be onsite and children can play        committees.                                the Relay is important.                              Later in the afternoon the community
on the school’s fields.                           Moments like the luminary cere-            His wife, Anne, added, “It’s not a sad        can visit the school grounds at 791 Mi-
   Rob Shultz (pictured on Page 1), who        mony had an impact on Roswell resi-                                                         mosa Blvd. for a farmers’ market, car
                                                                                          or depressing event — it’s uplifting.
serves as Roswell Relay’s online chair         dent Phil Parker, who first participated                                                    wash, automobile raffle and health
                                                                                          Everyone feels like they are part of
and on the steering committee, also            three years ago when he was asked to                                                        screenings.
                                               serve as team captain for the Cottage                                                           Individuals are invited to donate items
stresses that the event is a community                                                       For more information on starting a
                                               School, where he teaches.                                                                   for a Relay for Life auction.
celebration and not a race, as the name                                                   team or registering for the free sur-
                                                  “I saw the benefit of the American                                                           For more information, e-mail Jack Bur-
may imply.                                                                                vivors’ dinner catered by Outback
                                               Cancer Society, which does a lot of                                                         ris, the school’s community relations liai-
   “It’s a 12-hour party,” he said, adding                                                Steakhouse, visit www.roswellrelayfor-
                                               good things and a lot of the money goes                                                     son, at
that the fire department will be on                                              or e-mail
                                               to research. It was also a chance to be
22           Real Estate                                                           May

Finding A Home Online Is Easy! Or Is It?
By Paul Cook                                easy also creates some potential prob-         The targeting step is where the          those market areas. This tool is in-
Contributing Writer                         lems for those that get serious about a     power of the internet can be used for       valuable because it does all of the
                                            home search. Let’s take a look at the       either good or evil. The biggest pitfall    work for you. Each morning, all new
   Several studies have been con-           best method for an effective home           for homebuyers occurs during the tar-       listings are posted along with price
ducted recently that show the vast          search and how to avoid pitfalls that       geting process. Most homebuyers are         changes to existing listings for easy
                       majority of          many home buyers encounter online.          unaware that there are only two list-       review. In addition, existing listings
                       homebuyers              The first step to an efficient home                                                  can be moved to different folders de-

                       begin their          search is the most difficult: identifica-                                               pending on interest level or they can
                       search online.       tion.                                              The first step to an                 be removed for good. Finally, the new
                       And why not?            Identifying your market area of in-                                                  listings are posted very early each
                       According to our     terest is crucial to avoid becoming            efficient home search is
                                                                                                         “                          morning as opposed to most other in-
                       culture today, the   overwhelmed and feeling frustrated.               the most difficult:                   ternet sites that don’t post new list-
                       capabilities and     A market area can be a group of                       identification.                   ings until much later in the day. Users
                       wonders of the       school systems, zip codes, a geo-                                                       of the gateway will be the first to have
                       internet technol-    graphic region, subdivisions plus a                                                     access to new listings. The buyer gate-
  REAL ESTATE          ogy world are        number of other characteristics or          ing services in the Atlanta area:           way creates a much more manageable
  PAUL COOK            endless. In the      some combination. The market area           GAMLS and FMLS. However, there              search and gives you more time to
                       movies, we’ve        forms the foundation of an effective        are thousands of real estate websites       spend with your family.
                       seen a desperate     home search. A real estate agent or         that show listings from these two              The last step in the home search
humankind fend off an alien invasion        preliminary online home search can          sources. It is unnecessary to spend         process: visit.
by uploading a computer virus into          assist a potential buyer in determin-       hours each day combing through hun-            Of course, the last step is the easy
the mother ship. In real life, what bet-    ing if their price range and home           dreds of different websites looking for     one and gets you out from behind that
ter way is there to find love than by       needs can be found in a given market        newer or different listings.                computer screen. Find a great real es-
heading online to meet a mate? Find-        of interest. A market area can be very         But that’s only half of it. Once you     tate agent, get in the car and go. Just
ing a home on the web should be             large or very small. Having more than       have identified your market areas, a        watch out for the alien invasion.
pretty simple compared to these and         one market area of interest is fine, as     real estate agent can “plug you in” to
other endeavors.                            well. The important thing is that the       both sources through what is typically      Paul Cook is a Realtor with Keller Williams
   It is true to some extent that brows-    area(s) are defined.                        referred to as a buyer gateway. The         Premier Atlanta and lives in historic
                                                                                                                                    Roswell. He operates,
ing homes online is a fairly simple            The second step in the home search       gateway is a customized website for
                                                                                                                                    a local real estate website and blog.
routine. What makes searching so            process: target.                            any buyer interested in targeting

Finance                                                                     May

Selling Or Buying In Roswell Without A Sales Tax Permit?
By Tom Bowen                                                                   first is retailers who sell taxable   usually the result of a business making purchases
Contributing Writer                                                            goods and should be charging          from an out-of-state company (including many on-
                                                                               sales tax to their customers on       line retailers). Although there may be no sales tax
   If you run a business in Roswell you probably ob-                           their invoices. A retailer, such      charged by the vendor on the invoice, the purchas-
tained a city business license. This lets the city                             as this, who is not registered for    ing business in Georgia is required to accrue the
know what kind of business you operate and how                                 sales tax runs the risk of being      sales tax and pay it directly to the Department of
much tax you owe for the right to operate your busi-                           audited by the Georgia Depart-        Revenue.
ness in the city. Separate from this, you may have                             ment of Revenue and being as-            Where a company has never registered for sales
also registered with the Georgia Department of                                 sessed the amount of tax the          tax, the state is not limited on the number of prior
Revenue for a sales tax permit. Historically, these                            business should have charged          years it can audit. However, a business that has
were two unconnected processes.                                                and collected from its cus-           registered and filed its sales tax returns is generally
                                                           TOM BOWEN
   Now, there is pending legislation in the General                            tomers.                               limited to an audit of only the prior three years.
Assembly which could require cities, including                                    The second group of busi-          Complying with sales taxes is the law but it is also
Roswell, to share with the state select information                            nesses the state would be inter-      much cheaper than getting caught and paying the
from business license applicants. The goal of this        ested in identifying would be those which make             back taxes, penalties and interest. If passed, the
new requirement is to help the Georgia Depart-            taxable purchases of goods for which no sales tax          state will have a new tool to find you if your busi-
ment of Revenue identify businesses that buy or sell      was charged by the vendor from whom the pur-               ness should be reporting sales taxes and is not.
goods and which should have a sales tax permit but        chase was made. These are generally purchases for              Thomas Bowen, an attorney and certified public account-
do not.                                                   use by the purchasing business rather than pur-            ant, is a principal with the accounting firm of Thomas
   There are basically two groups of businesses that      chases made by the business for subsequent resale          Bowen, CPA located in Roswell. The firm offers tax and ac-
                                                                                                                     counting services to both individual and small-business
the state would be interested in identifying. The         (i.e., inventory). In these situations, any tax due is
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moisture and keep the weeds under control.                   rious for eating everything and anything, and you                  post that you bring into your garden to assure
There are, however, some concerns that are worth             should be particularly careful in this instance.                   they are not contaminated with persistent herbi-
noting when using mulch.                                     With so many other mulches around, it would be                     cide residues.” Test the mulch by putting a small
   Cocoa chips are popular mulches for homeown-              unwise to risk problems. The cocoa husks are also                  area of mulch around one or two annual plants
ers and most people find the odor quite appeal-              very light and can blow around on a windy day.                     and see if they react. Typical herbicide problems
ing. Some instances, though, of dogs becoming                   Other mulch problems seem to be occurring                       are shown by curling leaves, stunted growth and
sick has been noted. Dogs should not eat choco-              with traditional mulches that are turning up con-                  other general malaise of the plant. If you suspect
late products and the husks particularly can be              taminated with pesticides. Brandy Ernzen, brand                    a product of having residue, take the mulch, plus
dangerous to your animal. Although it seems that             manager of Mother Earth News, recommends                           plant, to the Extension Office for testing.
most dogs do not eat the mulch, puppies are noto-            that you “screen any hay, grass clippings or com-

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