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					    SMOKE
 VOLUME 44, ISSUE 8                                     Serving the Smoke Rise Community Since 1968
                                                                                                                                     SIGNAL                                            November, 2011



                                              The staff of the Smoke Signal
                                                   wishes you a very
                                                 Happy Thanksgiving!
 Holiday Happenings                                                                                                                                      Holiday in Smoke Rise
November 5 – 7:00–9:30 a.m.
                                                                         Look inside for…                                                                  December 4 • 9-4
Breakfast at Masonic Lodge #449                                                                                        pg 3
                                                                       Home Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                                                                                                                                           At 30 years old, Holiday in Smoke Rise is a long stand-
November 19 – 6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                                                                          ing tradition for Smoke Rise residents. The annual arts and
Holiday Walk & Wine at Stone Mountain OPO                              Third Cookbook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 8
                                                                                                                                                      crafts show will be held Saturday, December 3rd at Smoke
Emporium, 5379 E. Mountain Street – Wine Samples &                                                                                                    Rise Elementary Charter School. Proceeds go to the Smoke
Hors d’ oeuvres – FREE.                                                Rosenfeld Jewelers Salute . . . . . . . . .pg 8
                                                                                                                                                      Rise Elementary Foundation – a fundraising organization for
                                                                                                                                                      the school. With proceeds from last year’s show and a grant
November 25 – 5:30 p.m.                                                Ansel Adams Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 9
                                                                                                                                                      from Kaboom, the Foundation is helping to replace play-
Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting -                                                                                                                  ground equipment that is even older than Holiday in Smoke
Children’s activities will be held at the                                                                                                             Rise with brand new equipment for the kids.
Village Corner Restaurant for a small fee                                     Jingle Bell Run/Walk                                                         Come to Holiday in Smoke Rise and help the
and also in the Village before and after the                                at Stone Mountain Park                                                    Foundation continue making Smoke Rise Elementary
parade. Mark this date on your calendar                                                                                                               Charter School great. If you’re a newcomer to the show – or
for the parade and Christmas Tree                                                  December 3
                                                                                                                                                      you haven’t been in a long time – you are going to be sur-
Lighting in the center of town. We will, as                             The Arthritis Foundation is hosting
                                                                                                                                                      prised. This is a big show! The show will feature more than
always, have a great fireworks display (not late) and Santa        a fundraising event on December 3rd at
                                                                                                                                                      100 artists, crafters, and holiday vendors from all over
will be on hand to tell stories to all of us, so bring a blanket   our exciting, NEW location...Stone
                                                                                                                                                      Georgia and across the Southeast.
or chairs and make yourself comfortable. Have your chil-           Mountain Park! Get in the spirit this
                                                                                                                                                           There is something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you
dren write a letter to Santa and give to Jeff the “Mailman”        holiday season at the Arthritis
                                                                                                                                                      are country, hip, funky, or sophisticated – there are treasures
to give to Santa before his trip back to the North Pole.           Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for
                                                                                                                                                      for every type and age at Holiday in Smoke Rise! Vendors
Santa’s time will be limited here in town this year and there      Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of
                                                                                                                                                      range from authentic African originals to antiques, home
will be no photographer.                                           runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements,
                                                                                                                                                      accessories, home baked goods, clothing, garden art,
                                                                   pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the
Candle Light Shopping is back! – For those of you who                                                                                                 glass/copper works, ornaments, scarves and shawls, enamel
                                                                   nation’s most common cause of disability.
remember Thursday nights in the Village, come once again                                                                                              wearable artwork, gourmet foods and gift items galore.
                                                                        Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to
and visit with us until 8:00 p.m. on December 1, 8, 15,                                                                                                    We are also very excited about our new participants this
                                                                   kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday
and 22. Stores will be festively decorated and music will be                                                                                          year such as eco-friendly vendors, natural spa products, yarn
                                                                   themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run
heard on the streets, so do your Holiday shopping in town,                                                                                            designs and natural/architectural photography and frames.
                                                                   or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members
miss all the traffic and help your “merchant neighbors.”                                                                                              The “Sip n Nibble” will be in this gym – same as last year, but
                                                                   and celebrate the season by giving.
Galleries and shops will be open late as well.                                                                                                        this year, we will be featuring food from Matthews Cafeteria.
                                                                        Please contact Pam McAdams by email
                                                                                                                                                           The day long raffle is back by popular demand. Vendors
                                                                   (pmcadams@arthritis.org) or phone (678-237-4458)
December 3                                                                                                                                            at the show are asked to donate an item to the raffle. Raffle
                                                                   for more information or you may register online at
Stone Mountain Historic Society will have Open House for                                                                                              tickets are sold at the show for $1 each. Once your ticket is
                                                                   w w w. 2 0 1 1 Ji n g l e B e l l Ru n . a t l a n t a . k i n t e r a . o r g .
the Wells Brown House, home of the Historic Society.                                                                                                  in the draw box, it remains there throughout the show. Last
                                                                   Registration is $35 for Adults and $20 for Children 12
                                                                                                                                                      year, we had over 50 raffle winners. Winners get to choose
December 8-23                                                      years and under. Registration includes a long-sleeve
                                                                                                                                                      their prize from the selection of donated items. Smoke Rise
ART Station presents “The Christmas Report”                        2011 Jingle Bell Run/Walk t-shirt.
                                                                                                                                                      residents will also receive free raffle tickets in their Smoke
by Stone Mountain’s own David Thomas, Artistic Director            Help Us Make Arthritis Unacceptable!                                               Signals (see the yellow insert). Just cut out the tickets and
   Breaking News! This Just In! The nightly news just got a        · 50 million Americans live with a form of arthritis.                              stick them in the draw box when you arrive at the show.
whole lot funnier in this original holiday production. Just as     · More than 1.6 million adults in Georgia live with                                     So don’t forget – Saturday, December 3rd from 9:00
folks are preparing for the Christmas Season there is something      arthritis – that’s one in four adults in Georgia!                                a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – come support your community school.
strange going on in Mt. Stone that has caught everyone’s atten-    · There are nearly 300,000 children living with Juvenile                           You won’t be disappointed with the great selection. Parking
tion. A team of crazy news correspondents have been dispersed        Arthritis – 9,200 right here in Georgia.                                         at the school will be limited. There will be a free shuttle from
to cover the situation from a variety of viewpoints as the stoic   · We’re the world’s largest private, nonprofit funder of                           the old Sear’s parking lot near the NTB at Hugh Howell and
anchors try to keep the viewers well informed. Don’t be the last     scientific research in the field of arthritis, having con-                       Mountain Industrial. You can check out the full list of ven-
to know! Tune in to “The Christmas Report!” For reservations,        tributed more than $400 million resulting in ground-                             dors and find additional information about the show at hol-
call 770-469-1105 or visit them on line www.artstation.org.          breaking discoveries and treatments                                              idayinsmokerise.com.


                Linh Pham Named Tucker Citizen of the Year
      At Tucker Civic Association’s fall membership meeting        tion in Tucker High School’s IB program. She has been                              describe her as a
    on September 20th, TCA President Tom Lawrence pre-             a positive force in the growth of the IB program over the                          gifted teacher who
    sented the “Tucker Citizen of the Year” award to Linh          past six years.                                                                    is demanding of her
    Pham, a teacher in Tucker High School’s International             The IB program requires students to conduct college-                            students because she
    Baccalaureate (IB) program, a pre-university course of         level research projects, and as one of her many contribu-                          truly cares for them.
    study to teach students academic, creative, and human-         tions, Linh has organized trips to the Georgia State                                  The TCA review
    itarian skills to be accepted to any university worldwide.     University library to facilitate the research. Most impor-                         committee         had
        Linh reached America with her family after they            tant, Linh teaches the Theory of Knowledge class, which                            many quality nomi-
    escaped from the harsh political and grim economic cli-        is the heart of the IB program. In this role, she has men-                         nees to consider.
    mate of Vietnam. Learning English as a second lan-             tored scores of students, enabling them to see how the                             Committee mem-
    guage, she managed to graduate from Tucker High                study of music involves history, how philosophy affects                            bers decided that, as a role model to hundreds of local stu-
    School with good grades. After graduating from Mercer          chemistry, how mathematics requires language arts, and                             dents, Linh Pham was well deserving of the 2011 “Tucker
    University she returned to Tucker and accepted a posi-         how all academic subjects relate to each other. Her peers                          Citizen of the Year” award.
church                                                                                                                                                                           November, 2011

                         Smoke Signal                                                        LETTER TO THE EDITOR                            Smoke Rise Baptist Church
                        P.O. Box 763, Tucker, GAGA 30084                                                                                               Ernie Forrester, Associate Pastor
                        P.O. Box 763, Tucker, 30085                                                I am writing in response to
                                                                                                                                                       Tim Adcox, Minister of Missions
                         A non-profit service organization devoted to furthering
                                                                                                                                                Kathy Dobbins, Minister of Spiritual Formation
                                                                                             all the arguments pro and con
                         neighborhood cooperation with the aid of good neighborhood
                                                                                                                                                 Danny Vancil, Minister of Music & Worship
                                                                                             regarding parking facilities for
                         communication.
                                                                                             Smoke Rise Park. My main con-             Linda Cummings, Coordinator of Congregational Care/ Sr. Adults
                                                                                             cern for this entire park project               Carra Hughes Greer, Minister to Families with Youth
                                                                                                                                          Marti Andrews, Interim Minister to Families with Children
Editorial Committee: . . .Marty Bryan . . . . . . . . . . . .770-938-9418

                                                                                                                                             Amanda Coe Burton, Director of Nursery Ministries
                                   Jenny Hall Busch . . . . . . . .678-406-0555              is the waste and lack of steward-
                                                                                                                                                    Paula Reeves, Weekday School Director
                                   Jan Mahoney . . . . . . . . . . .770-621-0155             ship for the taxpayers’ money.
                                                                                                   First, in an aging neighbor-                            Telephone: 770.469.5856
                                                                                                                                                            SmokeRiseBaptist.org
Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Bruschi . . . . . . . . .770-934-4644
                                                                                             hood, a park has been built in a
                                                                                                                                     Sundays:
Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gene Wise . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-938-6675
                                                                                                                                          9:00 a.m.      Worship (Fellowship Hall)
                                                                                             ravine which is inaccessible to
Classified Ads . . . . . . . . .Allan Bly . . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-564-9633
                                                                                                                                          9:45 a.m.      Sunday School
                                                                                             half the residents, and half of
Display Ads . . . . . . . . . .Gene Wise . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-938-6675
                                                                                                                                          11:00 a.m.     Worship (Sanctuary)
                                                                                             those physically able to use this
                                                                                                                                          5:00 p.m.      Adult Bible Studies
Features: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Bruschi . . . . . . . . .770-934-4644
                                                                                             area are afraid to go there.
                                                                                                                                     Wednesdays:
                                   Karen Gregory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         Secondly, a sidewalk has
                                   Reneé Hopf . . . . . . . . . . . .770-921-5540                                                         5:15 p.m.      Wednesday Family Dinner
                                                                                                                                          6:00 p.m.      Mission & Choir Activities for Children &
                                                                                             been built which crosses two side

                                                                                                                                     Youth
                                   Gene Wise . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-938-6675           streets, three church driveways,
                                                                                                                                          6:30 p.m.      Topical Discussion
Flyer Inserts . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Luton . . . . . . . . . .770-491-6711               and several residential driveways.
Hodge Podge . . . . . . . . .Jenny Hall Busch . . . . . . . .678-406-0555                    This necessitated on and off            1st Tuesdays:
Pet Lost & Found . . . . . .Kay McKenzie . . . . . . . . . .770-491-6784                     handicapped ramps at the                     6:00 p.m.      Prime Time (Fellowship Hall)
Village News . . . . . . . . .Kim Delaney                                                    streets, concrete drain beds,
                                                                                             commercial metal rails and a               Eastminster Presbyterian Church
                                                                                                                                                        Pastor: Rev. J.Caleb Clarke III
News You Can Use . . . . .AvivA Hoffmann, helloaviva@hotmail.com

                                                                                                                                                  Director of Youth Ministries: Mark Sauls
Staff Writers . . . . . . . . . .Jenny Hall Busch . . . . . . . .678-406-0555                wood ending for a sidewalk

                                                                                                                                                  Director of Music Ministries: Ed Weaver
                                   Joyce Ray . . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-491-9015         which zigzags around utility
                                                                                                                                                     Director of Preschool: Jennifer Neu
                                                                                             poles and is not only unsightly,
                                                                                                                                              Director of After School Program: Celeste Sears
                                   Frank Luton . . . . . . . . . . . .770-491-6711
                                                                                             but a complete waste of money.
                                                                                                                                             Director of Christian Education: Mardee Rightmyer
Delivery . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Taylor and Gillen Heisler
Views and/or opinions expressed in articles, stories or letters published                                                                                 Telephone 770-469-4881
                                                                                             The sidewalk could have been
in this newspaper are not necessarily those of the Smoke Signal or its                                                                                        www.eastminster.us
                                                                                             placed on the other side of Hugh
staff. The information contained in it is believed to be accurate, but not                                                           Sundays:
                                                                                             Howell where it would have
warranted in any way. It is the policy of the Smoke Signal to publish                        joined the sidewalk on Silver               9:30 a.m.       Sunday School
signed letters to the Editor. We will not publish unsigned letters, but will                 Hill and would not have had a               10:30 a.m.      Fellowship
withhold the writer's name upon request. All content may be edited.                                                                      11:00 a.m.      Worship
                                                                                                                                     Wednesdays:
                                                                                             single break in it until it reached
Smoke Signal is not responsible for photographs submitted to the paper.
                                                                                                                                         5:45 p.m.       Fellowship Dinner
                                                                                             the commercial establishments
There is at least a one-month delay in the return of photographs.
                                                                                                                                         6:30 p.m.       Adult and Children’s Program
                                                                                             near the intersection at Stone
                                                                                             Mountain-Lillburn Road. It                  7:30 p.m.       Chancel Choir Rehearsal
                                                                                             would have had a more aesthetic

          November Calendar of Events
                                                                                             appearance and been much less               Mount Carmel Christian Church
                                                                                             costly.                                                 Associate Minister: Art Stansberry
                                                                                                   What I find most disturb-                     Interim Preaching Minister: Wye Huxford
                                                                                                                                                       Children’s Director: Vicki Tyler
   2      Smoke Signal staff meeting at Jan Mahoney’s, 9:30 a.m.

                                                                                                                                                Telephone 770-279-8437, Fax 770-381-5429
   5      “Hope Flies” Fundraiser, 7:30 p.m. to midnight                                     ing is the consideration for park-
                                                                                                                                                          www.mountcarmelcc.org
          at the Terminus 200 building, 3280 Peachtree Road                                  ing facilities. Anyone who is
                                                                                             able to walk in the park is cer-        Sundays:
                                                                                                                                         8:00 a.m.      Breakfast Fellowship
   7      Smoke Rise Garden Club at Deb Christensen’s, 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                             tainly able to park on Silver Hill
   7      Mountain Shadow Garden Dlub, 7:30 p.m.                                             Road and cross Hugh Howell to               9:30 a.m.      Bible School – Children and Adults
          at Eastminster Presbyterian Church
                                                                                             get to the park. If school chil-            10:30 a.m.     Morning Worship Service
                                                                                             dren can cross this street with         Wednesday Night Dinners and Electives
                                                                                                                                        5:30 p.m      Fellowship Dinner
   8      Don’t forget to VOTE in the General Election!

                                                                                                                                        6:30 p.m.     Adult and Children’s Studies/Activities
  10      PRISM meeting, 7:00 p.m. at St. Timothy Methodist Church                           the aid of a traffic signal, why
                                                                                                                                        6:30 p.m.     Choir Practice
                                                                                             not others?
  15      Jewish Courtyard Communities Lecture, 12 noon
          Old Courthouse on the Square
                                                                                                   Instead of using existing
                                                                                             facilities for the few cars which                   First Moravian Church
                                                                                                                                                         Pastors: Joe & Kelly Moore
  19      Walk & Wine, 6:00                                                                  would be involved in utilizing
  25      Santa in the Village, 5:30                                                         this park, the county has chosen                         Bill Hitz, Congregational Acolyte
                                                                                                                                                           Telephone 770-491-7250
                                                                                                                                                            www.gamoravian.org
  24      Happy Thanksgiving!                                                                to spend $180,000 of taxpayer

                                                                                                                                     Sundays
 Dec. 3 Holiday in Smoke Rise, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.                                           money to purchase a wooded
                                                                                                                                         9:30 a.m.      Youth Choir Rehearsal
                                                                                             residential lot worth about half
                                                                                                                                         10:00 a.m.     Sunday School–Adults & Children
 Dec. 3 Wells Brown Open House
                                                                                             that amount to make five park-
                                                                                             ing spaces. This amounts to                 11:00 a.m.     Worship
               THE SMOKE SIGNAL
                                                                                             $36,000 per parking space                   12:00 p.m.     Fellowship Time
                                                                                                                                     Tuesdays
      WELCOMES YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS                                                                                                        7:30 p.m.      Adult Study Group
  ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
                                                                                             before construction. Will some-

              WE ARE PAPERLESS!
                                                                                             one please explain how this

  Please email all articles and photo attachments to
                                                                                             makes any sense? All those


                 smoke-signal@earthlink.net
                                                                                             involved in this project should
                                                                                             be ashamed of the waste.
                                                                                                   I realize this is like “closing                               Pet Lost and Found
                                                                                             the barn door after the cows


                   NOVEMBER 13
                                                                                                                                                                 Please call Kay McKenzie
   Smoke Signal Deadlines                                                                    have escaped,” but all of us need                                        at 770-491-6784
                                                                                             to be aware of the extravagant
                                                                                                                                                               with information if you have

                        Please e-mail articles to:
                                                                                             spending which has taken place.


             smoke-signal@earthlink.net
                                                                                             It seems this was done so our dis-                                     lost or found a pet.
                                                                                             trict would be sure to get our
       (Word documents or text file attachments preferred)
                                                                                             share of the park and recreation

        PLEASE DO NOT SEND CLASSIFIED ADS
                                                                                             money voted on some years ago.

                TO THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS
                                                                                             If we did not have any level land
                                                                                             available in our district for a park
               Extra copies may be picked up at box at
                       5365 Smoke Rise Drive
                                                                                             which could be enjoyed by all
                                                                                             residents, I would have preferred

                 Deadline for classified ads is
                                                                                             to let some other district with

                      NOVEMBER 10
                                                                                             more suitable land have our

                               Please drop off at
                                                                                             share of the park money.

5832 Howell Highlands Place (right side of driveway)
                                                                                                   In the future, if DeKalb
                                                                                             wants money for any project, we
 SMOKE SIGNAL FLYER INSERT POLICY
                                                                                             should insist that they show us
             Cost: $150 by check to Smoke Signal
                                                                                             detailed plans and cost estimates
       Deadline to Receive: 6:00 p.m. on 19th of month
                                                                                             before we give them access to
     Flyer inserts should be 8 1/2” x 11” (flat, not folded)                                 any future taxpayer dollars.
                  Please provide 2,400 copies                                                      With thanks for the recent
                     Reservation Required:                                                   tax increase,
    Contact Barbara Luton, 770-491-6711 by 15th of month.                                                     —Ann Lee Bussey


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November, 2011                                                                                                                                                          social
                                                                             Georgia Brass Band to Perform at Music for Missions
                                                                                                      by Jack Sartain, Producer
                                                                                                          In its 190th concert since beginning in 1998, United Methodist Men will present
                                                                                                       the GEORGIA BRASS BAND under the direction of Joe Johnson. The concert will
                                                                                                       be held on November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Lawrenceville Road
                                                                                                       United Methodist Church, 3142 Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker.
                                                                                                          The band's repertoire is quite diverse, ranging from the Renaissance and Baroque
                                                                                                       eras through the 21st century. The music library contains marches, sacred arrange-
                                                                                                       ments, popular music, jazz tunes, movie themes, and classical transcriptions. The
                                                                                                       band also performs a number of concert selections and contest items written specif-
                                                                             ically for brass band. The brass band's versatile combination of instruments can produce a variety of tonal
                                                                             colors allowing it to perform transcriptions of most musical styles.
                                                                             The Georgia Brass Band has appeared on Atlanta radio and television and performed at schools, churches,
                                                                             concert halls, festivals, music camps and colleges around the southeastern United States. The band has had
                                                                             several concert performances broadcast on WABE-FM's Atlanta Music Scene program. The band has also
GFWC Stone Mountain Woman’s Club                                             appeared with a number of renowned brass soloists, including former Empire Brass trombonist Scott
                                                                             Hartman (Atlanta Symphony), principal trombonist Colin Williams, trumpet soloist Vince DiMartino,
        2011 Christmas Home Tour                                             (Chicago Symphony) principal trumpeter Christopher Martin, and Black Dyke Band (UK) principal coro-
     Mark your calendar now for Saturday, December 10th, and plan            net Richard Marshall.
to join in celebrating the Christmas season with the annual Christmas              The band is a regular participant in the International Euphonium Institute held annually at Emory
Home Tour of the GFWC Stone Mountain Woman’s Club. The Tour                  University in Atlanta. They have also been featured at the US Army Ground Forces Band Tuba/Euphonium
will feature homes in the Smoke Rise area of Stone Mountain as well          Conference at Fort McPherson and as a headlining group at the Deep South Brass Band Festival in Pine
as homes in the Village of Stone Mountain. Beginning at 10:00 a.m.           Mountain, Georgia.
and ending at 4:00 p.m., the Tour will include a box lunch at the Stone            The concerts are free and open to the public but an offering will be taken to support the many missions
Mountain Woman’s Club Clubhouse, 5513 East Mountain Street,                  and charities supported by the community's contributions.
Stone Mountain Village, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00                   Director Johnson suggests that any brass player who is a student in high school or college come and be
p.m. Tickets secured in advance are available for a donation of $20.00       introduced to the British style of brass music. "They do not generally get introduced to this style of music
and are available from any member of the Woman’s Club or at the              at school", he said.
Stone Mountain Old Post Emporium, the Stone Mountain Visitors                      For further information call the church at 770-939-3717.
Center, or ART Station in Stone Mountain. The day of the Tour tick-
ets will be $25.00 and no individual home tickets will be sold.              The Millstone "Lunch Bunch"
     The annual GFWC Stone Mountain Christmas Home Tour is a                 was hosted Friday, September 16, at the lovely
fun way to celebrate the season while providing funding for a number
                                                                             home and patio garden of Lee Wilson. Guests were
of charities supported by the Woman’s Club. They include, but are
                                                                             greeted at the patio garden with a glass of lemonade
not limited to, the Side by Side Clubhouse for Brain Injured Adults,
                                                                             for a tour of Lee's patio with its numerous water
the Women’s Resource Center for the Prevention of Domestic
Violence, Operation Christmas Child, ART Station, the Ronald                 features, various plants and beautiful arbors of
McDonald House and the Tallulah Falls School in North Georgia,               "moon flowers" and morning glories. A delicious
owned by the GFWC Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs.                       lunch of quiche, cheese straws and fruit salad was
     Elizabeth Wells co-chairs the Christmas Tour with Sue                   enjoyed with a special dessert of raspberry- banana
Shoemaker, Kim Sekulow and Susan Coletti. Following the Tour, they           chocolate crepes celebrating Lee's upcoming trip to
suggest you visit the shops, restaurants, and artist studios and galleries   Paris. The monthly social is organized by Millstone
in the Village of Stone Mountain. A special piece by a local artist may      neighbors to encourage neighbors to get to know
be just the gift you are searching for to give to a special friend or fam-   each other. All Millstone neighbors are encouraged
ily member.                                                                  to participate and are invited to attend. Thanks to
                                                                             Lee for hosting this delightful monthly event.


                                                                               Tucker Library New Movie Series
                                                                                                                                                               Decatur
                                                                               November 12 • 2:00-4:00 p.m.                                                  Wine Festival
                                                                               GREEN LANTERN                                                                    November 5
                                                                               Starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard                             1-4 p.m.
                                                                               Rated PG-13                                                                       On the Square
                                                                               In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has       Downtown Decatur
                                                                               existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called           ~Rain or Shine~
                                                                               the Green Lantern Corps. A Brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep
                                                                               intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him               Taste organic wines
                                                                               superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to                   from around the globe
                                                                               destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate         Sample fare from Decatur's
                                                                               of Earth lie in the hands of their newt recruit, the first human ever               finest eateries
                                                                               selected: Hal Jordan.
                                                                                                                                                                  Enjoy live music
                                                                                                                                                            on the community bandstand

                                                                                                                                                           The Festival
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                                                                                                                                                           wine festival is held on the
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                                                                                                            Years of experience teaching                   square in downtown Decatur.
                                                                                                                                                           Proceeds benefit the Decatur
                                                                                                            beginners through advanced                     Arts Alliance, which produces
                                                                                                                                                           the Decatur Arts Festival and
                                                                                                                Yale University degree                     many other arts events, free to
                                                                                                                                                           the community each year.
                                                                                   Renee Glaubitz                       770-414-4201
                                                                                                                                                           The Wines
                                                                                                                                                           The 2011 Decatur Wine Festival
                                                                                                                                                           will showcase more than 500
                                                                                                                                                           domestic and international
                                     Dave’s                                                                                                                wines.
                                   Landscaping                                                                                                             The Food
                                     Lawn Maintenance                                                                                                      Sample the delicious food pro-
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                                                                                                                                                           restaurants and vote for your top
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                                                                                                                                                           Alliance tent.
                                    We accept American Express,
                                         Visa & Mastercard                                                                                                   For more information, go to
                                                                                                                                                           www.decaturwinefestival.org.
    For estimates email: daveslandscaping@comcast.net

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schools                                                                                                                                                         November, 2011

Smoke Rise Neighbors:                                                          Indian Festival                    Smoke Rise Elementary Health Fair
     The students and staff of Smoke Rise Charter School need your             and Pow-Wow                             Smoke Rise Elementary Charter School is having a HEALTH
help! We have an outdoor pond with fish located at the entrance to our          November 3-6                      FAIR on Saturday, November 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
school. Students have enjoyed checking on the fish each morning as
they get off of the bus for many years. However, the pump is not             at Stone Mtn. Park                        It is our goal to bring the community together for a day of focus-
working correctly and our beloved fish are suffering. We are in desper-                                           ing on health and wellness issues.
                                                                                  Bring your family to experi-
ate need of a pond/pump expert to help us fix our leaky pump. If you         ence the energy and color of the          This event will be held at Smoke Rise Elementary. However,
or anyone you know can help, please call (678) 874-3663. Thank you!          largest Native American gather-      Brockett, Idlewood, Livsey and Midvale Schools are also sponsors.
                                                                             ing in Georgia. Free to Mountain     There will be presenters providing information on nutrition, healthy
                                                                             Members, the four-day Indian         food choices, immunizations, exercise options, and other topics in an
Attention Dog Owners – Please pick up after your dog
                                                                             Festival and Pow-Wow was             effort to prevent childhood obesity and further educate the communi-
when walking on our school grounds. We would like to keep our
                                                                             named a Top 20 Event by the          ty on wellness. Other services will include dental screening, vision
school property clean and safe for our students. Thank you.
                                                                             Southeastern Tourism Society.        screening, massage therapy and chiropractic care. Organic vegetables
                                                                                  Held at Stone Mountain          will be sold and Kaiser Permanente will provide information on height
                                                                             Park’s historic Antebellum
Smoke Rise Safety Plan Implemented!                                          Plantation, the event showcases
                                                                                                                  and weight along with other information.
From the Principal’s Page                                                                                              Please consider getting involved in our efforts to make a positive
                                                                             Native      American      culture
     We have been implementing some new safety procedures for our                                                 difference in our community.
                                                                             through dance, music, authentic
Unstructured Break Time (UBT) this school year. Unstructured Break           craft demonstrations, cooking
Time is required for all elementary students in DeKalb County                traditions, storytelling, wildlife
                                                                                                                               FAST DEPENDABLE SERVICE
Schools; however, there needs to be structure built in as children take      presentations and more.
advantage of non-instructional time during the school day. To keep
kids safe while outside and inside during this time, all grade levels have   • Experience the central role of
submitted a monitoring plan to ensure a higher level of monitoring           dance in native culture as Native
outside UBT activities; additional funds have been used to purchase          Americans from across the U.S.
color coded play equipment to be used by each grade level; the master        and Central America compete in
schedule was changed to accommodate all grade levels, allowing less          inter-tribal dance and drum
students in play areas at a time. When inclement weather arises, our         competitions.

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closed circuit TV is used by teachers to show videos highlighting class-     • Learn about primitive skills

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room exercise activities. The formal plan for safety is under review by      such as flint-knapping, bow
our district; however, the procedures highlighted above will serve as

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New STEM Program                                                             paring and contrasting the
                                                                             lifestyle of Southeastern and
for After School Students                                                    Plains Indians.
     We will be starting the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering          • Find that one-of-a-kind holi-
and Math) afterschool program once a week for students currently             day gift in the artists' market-          Wishing all of our
                                                                                                                          Smoke Rise
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Module, using over 600 LEGO elements for students to build differ-               Pow Wow only tickets are
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Math Module, Geometry students will use over 900 K'NEX elements              chased at the park. (Children 3
to reinforce the geometry lessons taught during their regular school         and under are free).
day. We hope to expand the STEM program beyond the current eight-            Note: Indian Festival & Pow Wow
week duration. If you are interested in having your child be a part of       is included in the all-attractions
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November, 2011                                                                                                                                           community
                                                                                  DeKalb’s Courtyards of Convenience:
                                                                                          Jewish Communities
                                                                                   Bound by String and Power Lines
                                                                                      Come to the DeKalb History Center’s November Lunch and
                                                                                 Learn Lecture Series for a presentation by historian David
                                                                                 Rotenstein.
                                                                                      The Atlanta metropolitan area has the 11th largest concentra-
                                                                                 tion of Jewish households in the United States. More Jews live in
                                                                                 DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta than in any other commu-
                                                                                 nity in the 10-counties that comprise the region. Among the three
                                                                                 major denominations in Judaism, Orthodox Jews adhere strictly to
                                                                                 Jewish religious laws governing work and other activities during            Griffin Boven Wins
                                                                                 the weekly Sabbath. For 25 hours each week, observant Jews are
      Eckhart's                                                                  supposed to refrain from driving and anything else outside the
                                                                                                                                                             Stone Mountain 5k
                                                                                                                                                                Griffin Boven, a high school
                                                                                 home that constitutes work or carrying. This means they cannot
 Main Street Cleaners                                                            carry house keys, umbrellas, or other objects. And, the prohibi-
                                                                                 tions prevent mothers with young children from leaving the house
                                                                                                                                                           senior at The Cottage School,
                                                                                                                                                           recently ran in the Granite
  HOURS: Monday-Friday 7:00-7:00 • Saturday 8:00-4:30                            because they are not supposed to carry infants or push strollers.         Grasshopper 5k Road Race and
                                                                                 Elderly and infirm people who rely on canes and walkers also must         took first place in the boy’s 15 – 18

             5$ for                     20% OFF                                  remain at home on the Sabbath.                                            years old division. The race was

                                        Any 5 pc Dry Cleaning
                                                                                                                                                           held on Saturday, October 8 at 8
               5.95                                                                   Since Jews are allowed to carry and push things inside the

       Men’s Dress Shirts
                                                                                                                                                           a.m. in Stone Mountain Village.
                                               Good for 4 times
                                                                                 home, Jewish religious leaders developed a system to extend the
                                                                                                                                                           The certified course started on
                                       Must present coupon with incoming         home’s walls beyond property lines and into public space. The
            (On Hangers)               order. Not valid with any other offer.                                                                              Main Street and went through the
           “Hand Finished”             Excludes leather, suede and furs.
                                                                                 method they developed is called an eruv. An eruv is a virtual
                                                                                 courtyard that encloses Jewish communities and there are three in         Village and into Stone Mountain
                                                                                                                                                           Park.
  Same Day Service
                                                                                 DeKalb County. They are built using existing buildings and utili-
                                            2285 Main Street
                                                                                                                                                                Griffin is captain of the
  Leather/Fur Cleaning
                                                                                 ties infrastructure: walls and fences and utility poles and wires.
                                            Tucker, GA 30084
                                                                                                                                                           Cougar’s Varsity Cross Country
  Drive-thru Window
                                                                                 Areas that lack sufficient existing structures are enclosed by simple

                                           770-938-6951
  Wedding Dress Preservation                                                     string, wire, and poles.                                                  team which recently won second
  Reweaving & Alterations                                                             Eruvim (the Hebrew plural for eruv) began appearing in               place in their conference meet and
                                                                                 American cities and suburbs in the late 20th century. Atlanta’s first     competed at the state meet held in
                                                                                 eruv, in the area around Toco Hills, became active in 1992. Others        Macon on October 29. He is the
                                                                                 followed in Dunwoody and Virginia-Highland. This presentation             son of Pete and Rene’ Boven of
                                                                                 will explain the religious tenets behind eruvi and illustrate their       Millstone.
                                                                                 architecture and engineering.
                                                                                      David Rotenstein graduated from Georgia State University             Fall Cleanup Event at
                                                                                 and worked as an archaeologist with the Georgia Department of
                                                                                 Transportation before attending graduate school at the University
                                                                                                                                                             Kelley Cofer Park
                                                                                 of Pennsylvania. He has a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife and he                Saturday, November 5
                                                                                 has worked in public history and historic preservation for more                  9 a.m. to 12 noon
      As Artists, we have the Expertise,                                         than 25 years. Dr. Rotenstein has taught history and cultural                   4259 N. Park Drive
       the Creativity and the Desire,                                            anthropology and he has written on blues history, industrial histo-
                                                                                                                                                                You are invited to participate
                                                                                 ry, and vernacular architecture.
          but you have the Canvas.                                                    The lecture is Tuesday, November 15 at 12:00 noon at the
                                                                                                                                                           in the fall clean up event at our
            Let us book a session                                                Old Courthouse on the Square and is free of charge. Guests are
                                                                                                                                                           neighborhood park in Tucker.
                                                                                                                                                           Register now for this fun event to
             to Paint You New.                                                   encouraged to bring a lunch to eat during the program.
                                                                                                                                                           be hosted by DeKalb County
                                                                                                                                                           Parks Dept., Park Pride and the
                                                                                                                                                           Friends of Kelley Cofer Park.
                                                                                Patient of the Year Honored                                                     DeKalb County requires
                                                                                      On September 16th, Dave Hess, Smoke Rise resident in the             liability waivers to be signed
                                                                                Woods of East Gate, was recognized as Patient of the Year by the reha-     by/for all volunteers. Youth
                                                                                bilitation staff at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oaklawn, Illinois.   (under 18) must have signed
                                                                                Dave was in rehabilitation for eight weeks following a seven-week hos-     parental permission sheet. Youth
                                                                                pital stay after suffering a brain aneurysm while in Chicago on busi-      under 12 must be accompanied


           Carrie and John
                                                                                ness. Dave was one of over 800 patients to go through the Rehab            by a parent/guardian. To register,
                                                                                Center. His team of therapists acknowledged “his strength-of-charac-


         are the Right Choice
                                                                                                                                                           call Carol at 404-374-4642 or e-
                                                                                ter, determination and positive adjustment back into his community.        mail to: friendsofkelleycofer-


     for Your Real Estate Needs!
                                                                                His attitude and accomplishments serve as a positive example and           park@gmail.com.
                                                                                inspiration to other patients and staff.” Dave is an inspiration to all
                                                                                and a reminder to cherish family, friends and faith. Congratulations!            Give an Hour
                                                                                                                                                                for Those Less
                                                                                                                                                                  Fortunate
                                                                                                                                                               Saturday, November 12
                                                                                                                                                                     10am-12n
                                                                                                                                                                     NETWorks
                                                                                                                                                               4th and Church Streets
        Consistantly outstanding service                                                                                                                         TCA, in cooperation with

       from your Smoke Rise neighbors.
                                                                                                                                                           NETWorks Cooperative Ministry
                                                                                                                                                           (a joint project of 17 local church-
                                                                                                                                                           es) is collecting donations for its
 • Over 300 homes sold in Smoke Rise
                                                                                                                                                           food pantry. Please bring pop-top

 • Upscale company of over 500 agents
                                                                                Photo shows Dave holding his award among his proud “team” of therapists    canned goods, microwavable food
                                                                                and doctors.                                                               such as soup, noodles, mac &
 • Over 50 years combined selling                                                                                                                          cheese, fruit cups and puddings
   real estate in Atlanta                                                                                                                                  that don't need refrigeration, indi-
                                                                                  Save these dates to cheer on                                             vidually wrapped snack crackers,

      Carrie Shoults
                                                                                  our Tucker Tigers                                                        granola bars, etc. This food pantry

      678-592-1037
                                                                                                                                                           is especially aimed toward assisting
                                                                                  Football Team!
      carriesells@realtor.com
                                                                                                                                                           homeless individuals and families
                                                                                                                                                           who do not have access to kitchen
      John Porter
                                                                                  Nov. 4        7:30 vs. Lakeside                                          facilities. When you drop off your
      404-376-7069                                 Carrie Shoults
                                                                                                at Adams Stadium (Away)                                    donations, please take the oppor-
      atlrealtor21@aol.com                          John Porter                   Nov. 11       1st round State Playoffs                                   tunity to tour our new
                                                      Realtors
                                                                                                                                                           NETWorks headquarters in the
                                                                                  Nov. 18       2nd round State Playoffs
                                                                                                                                                           old Wachovia building at 4th and
                 www.smokerisehomes.com
                                                                                  Nov. 25       3rd round State Playoffs
                                                                                                                                                           Church. For more information,
               www.palmerhouseproperties.com
                                                                                  Dec. 2        State Semi-finals                                          please contact Evelyn Burkett at
                                                                                  Dec. 9        AAAA State Championship at Georgia Dome                    district4@tuckercivic.org

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                                                                                                                                                                         November, 2011
community
     Alerts & Watches                                                                                                    Tucker Civic Association
                                              by Jan Mahoney                                                                   The Tucker Civic Association fall membership meeting in
                                                                                                                         September addressed two special topics. TCA Chair of the
FYI: It is the policy of the Smoke Signal that all reports of crime published in this column are based on informa-       Proactive Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee, Bruce Penn,
tion received directly from residents who are the victims of the crime, or who have witnessed suspicious activity,       led a discussion of “How Zoning Works.” He explained the differ-
and never to include names and addresses.                                                                                ent categories of land use and zoning and advised residents to nego-
IMPORTANT INFORMATION                                                                                                    tiate with developers and seek conditions on proposed re-zonings.
Remember these three important guidelines from our Tucker precinct:                                                          TCA President Tom Lawrence, a former Republican Whip in
• Call 911 when the crime or a suspicious person sighting is in progress and say that the incident is “in                the Georgia House of Representatives, addressed the redistricting
  progress”. CALL NOW - not later.                                                                                       maps adopted during the recent special session of the legislature.
• Be very suspicious - call 911 for ALL suspicious behavior.                                                             The discussion focused on proposed Georgia House districts in
• NEVER open doors to strangers.                                                                                         DeKalb County, which the adopted maps sliced into long, thin
    You are the eyes and the ears of the Police Department. Call them and let them handle the situation -                districts running north-and-south, sometimes no more than one
do not ever attempt to handle a situation yourself.                                                                      voting precinct wide. The result is that the community of Tucker
                                                                                                                         would have five representatives, and none of the incumbents live
The following reports were received from the CrimeMapping and SpotCrime websites:
                                                                                                                         within commonly accepted boundaries of the community.
9/23/2011 - THEFT OF LOST OR MISLAID PROPERTY - 6000 BLOCK KINGS MOUNTAIN WAY                                              The next monthly TCA Board meeting will be held on Thursday,
                                                                                                                         November 10, at 7 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church,
      You can subscribe CrimeMapping at http://www.crimemapping.com/subscriptions/subscribe.aspx
                                                                                                                         4882 La Vista Road. Meetings are open to the public. For more
Annual Tips for a Safe Holiday Season                                                                                    information, visit www.tuckercivic.org.
     This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers, purse snatchers,
and pickpockets the opportunity to do their dirty work. The following are some safety tips that will help to pre-
vent you from becoming a theft victim.                                                                                       First Annual Granite Grasshopper
If you are shopping…                                                                                                               5K Race a Big Success!
• Try to park in a well-lighted parking space.                                                                               Saturday, October 8, Main Street Stone Mountain and Stone
• Pay with a credit card or check to avoid carrying large amounts of cash.                                              Mountain city officials hosted the first ever Granite Grasshopper 5K
• Don’t overburden yourself with packages. Carry your purchases to your                                                 Road Race and Fun Run to benefit the city’s community public
  vehicle and lock them in the trunk.                                                                                   schools. Over 100 people turned out to take part in the event, which
  Try to move your vehicle to another parking space if you need to make                                                 consisted of both a Fun Run of less than a mile and a 5K race that took
  additional purchases in the same shopping area.                                                                       participants through Stone Mountain Village and into Stone
• Deter pickpockets by carrying your wallet in your breast pocket. Avoid                                                Mountain Park.
  putting your wallet in your back pants                                                                                     Volunteers included students and faculty from Stone Mountain
  pocket. Consider a money clip.                                                                                        Elementary and Champion Theme Middle Schools as well as city offi-
• Deter purse snatchers by carrying your purse close to your body, not dan-                                             cials and communi-
  gling by the straps. Placing your purse across your chest has the potential                                           ty businesses like
  to be hurtful to you if someone is determined to take it. Better yet, leave your purse at home and carry what         Georgia Military
  is necessary in a “fanny pack” or in a breast pocket. NEVER leave your purse unattended.                              College and HMI
• Shopping with kids? Teach them beforehand who to go to for help if they become lost. Persons behind a cash            Property Solutions,
  register or at the Customer Service/ Exchange Counter should be safe to approach. Teach your children                 managers of the
  NEVER to accept help from a stranger who approaches them. A possible exception may be a female with                   Southern       Oaks
  children. If your child is targeted for abduction, tell them to yell STRANGER, so that “good strangers” can           apartment complex-
  be alerted and can provide help.                                                                                      es. With help from
• Have your car keys in hand when walking to your vehicle. These can be used as a weapon, if necessary. Look            sponsors like Coca-
  under your vehicle as you approach it if you are parked in an underground garage or parking deck. Check to            Cola, Kroger, Big
  see if there are emergency call boxes. Don’t be talking on your phone – pay attention to what you are doing!          Peach      Running
• If you are shopping alone, try to tag along with a group heading in the same direction, or ask for a security         Company,        LAI
  guard to escort you to your vehicle.                                                                                  Engineering and
• Notify Mall Security, Store Security, or Law Enforcement regarding any criminal or suspicious activity that           many local businesses, Main Street Stone Mountain Executive
  you observe.                                                                                                          Director Kim Delaney says they were able to raise about $3000 for
                                                                                                                        Stone Mountain Elementary and Champion Theme Middle School.
If you are out for the evening….
                                                                                                                             Delaney said in addition to raising these much-needed funds, the
• Turn on lights and a radio or television. This gives the impression that someone is at home.                                                           event also brought residents and visi-
• Remember to check to see if all entry points - doors (garage, sliding or French) and windows - are closed and                                          tors together in historic Stone
  locked. Do this even if you are only going to be gone “for just a few minutes”.                                                                        Mountain Village’s downtown area
• Don’t display any gifts or valuables where they can be observed from the outside.                                                                      and helped to foster a sense of com-
                                                                                                                                                         munity pride and involvement. The
                                    If you are traveling…
                                                                                                                                                         success of this year’s event means
                                         • Put the lights in your home on automatic timers.                                                              there will be a Second Annual Granite
                                         • Stop your mail and newspaper delivery.                                                                        Grasshopper 5K, the second Saturday
                                         • Ask a trusted neighbor, relative or friend to watch your home for signs                                       in October, 2012!
                                           of a break-in. Be sure to leave your contact information with them.                                              For more information on this and
                                           Also, have them look for any mail or newspapers that were delivered in                                        other events happening in Stone
                                           error.                                                                                                        Mountain Village, contact Kim
                                         • Be cautious of your purse and/or wallet in public areas - rest stops, air-                                    Delaney at 770-498-7334 or visit
                                           ports, bus stations, rest rooms, dressing rooms, etc.                                                         www.stonemountainvillage.com
•   Never leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.
•   Don’t keep your luggage in your vehicle while staying in a hotel or motel.
•   Hiding your purse, wallet or other valuables under the seat of your vehicle is not advisable, as this is one of
    the first places a thief looks.
                                                                                                                           DAVID S. WALKER
•   BE ALERT TO YOUR SURROUNDINGS AT ALL TIMES!                                                                            See website at walker-law-firm.com

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November, 2011
                                                                                                                                                   community
  Friends of Disabled Adults and
                                                                                               AROUND THE MOUNTAIN
   Children Celebrates 25 Years
                                                                              Check out the daily news for Tucker/Stone Mountain at www.patch.com
  Anniversary Marks End of Building Renovation Campaign
                  Totaling $1.6 Million
                                                                            Pecans for the Holidays
      In September, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children                      The Mountain Shadow Garden Club is pleased to announce its "2011 Pecans for the Holidays Sale".
(FODAC), a non-profit organization providing over $9 million annu-          Our Camilla, Georgia, supplier's shipment of pecans from Georgia's 2011 harvest is scheduled to arrive no
ally in durable medical equipment and supplies to the disabled com-         later than Nov. 15th. Chinese purchases of these premium nuts has created significant upward pressure on
munity, unveiled its newly renovated facilities in Stone Mountain.          prices. Our prices, however, will be only modestly higher than in 2010. Fancy Natural Pecan Halves in 16
September marked the 25th anniversary of the organization as well as        oz. packages are $10.00 and Chocolate Covered and Roasted & Salted Pecan Halves in 12 oz. packages are
the end of its successful Building Renovation Capital Campaign which        $8.00. A limited quantity of Almonds and Pistachios in 12 oz. packages will also be available at $8.00.
raised over $1.6 million despite a faltering global economy.                     Past customers know "You can Taste the Difference!" of freshly harvested pecans. Advance ordering is
      “The success of the campaign is a wonderful validation of             available by e-mailing jmtucker23@gmail.com or calling 770-934-4726, 404-296-7317,770-923-9762 or
FODAC’s leadership and reflects strong community support for the            770-469-5376.
organization’s goals and objectives,” said Chris Brand, president and
executive director of FODAC. “Through the generous support of our           Hope Flies Benefit for the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine
donors and partners, FODAC has been able to completely renovate its                                            Saturday, November 5
facilities, enabling us to greatly enhance our current programs and               Hope Flies, the annual fundraiser for the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine, is scheduled
position ourselves as national leaders in improving the lives of the dis-   Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the Terminus 200 building, 3280 Peachtree
abled.”                                                                     Road. The event will feature dance music from Band X, a live auction (including trips to France and Mexico
      In 2009, FODAC received from DeKalb County a Community                as well as Spring training with the Atlanta Braves) and raffles for one-of-a-kind prizes, open bar and deli-
Development Block Grant, which included some stimulus funds,                cious delectables provided by Endive. Honorary chairs of the event are Frank and Terri Wren. Frank Wren
totaling $536,000. The organization’s board of directors then decided       is General Manager of the Atlanta Braves. Event co-chairs are Kim and Bill Sheppard. Smoke Rise Residents
to use the grant funds as seed money for an ambitious capital cam-          Karen and John Schoffner are serving on the host committee and hope that their Smoke Rise neighbors will
paign, the goal of which was to renovate and upgrade the FODAC              join them for this wonderful event. Individual tickets to the event are $150 and all proceeds benefit the
facilities. FODAC’s level of service had far outgrown the facilities and    Foundation for Mitochondrial Disease. For more event information or to buy tickets, please visit www.hope-
a complete renovation was necessary to sustain continued growth.            flies.org. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.foundmm.org. or contact Jennifer
      The extensive remodeling project began in June 2010 and was           Grizzle at Jennifer@theprstudio.com.
completed in September 2011. The lobby, hallways and doorways
were widened to more easily accommodate wheelchairs. Restrooms,             Book Signing at the DeKalb History Center
breakrooms and offices were all renovated and made more accessible.
The donation center was expanded and new loading docks were cut in.         Monday, November 7, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
A wet room was added that included the technology to professionally               Come meet local authors of two new books based on Stone Mountain.
clean the medical equipment. A wheelchair training room was con-            Paul Hudson and Lora Mirza will sign copies of their new book, Atlanta's Stone
structed along with a children’s equipment matching area, the latter        Mountain: A Multicultural History, along with George Coletti, author of Stone
decorated with a bright zoo-themed mural. The Thrift Store was also         Mountain: The Granite Sentinel. Coletti's book is a historical novel that gives a
renovated and expanded to 11,000 square feet to include a new, more         fictional account of life in Stone Mountain during the 1850s and 1860s.
efficient sorting area and to accommodate more volunteers.                  Hudson and Mirza's book includes history from the formation of Stone Mountain almost 300 million years
      On September 22, FODAC celebrated its new facilities with a           ago to the contemporary park of today.
25th anniversary party, attended by major donors and sponsors along               Join us for wine and sweets in the lobby of the historic Courthouse. Books will be available to purchase
with key government officials like Pat Wheeler, Mayor of Stone              or bring your own copy to be signed.
Mountain; Larry Johnson, DeKalb County commissioner; and Chris
Morris, Director of Community Development, DeKalb County.                                          Join Us for A Night in Good Taste
Guests were treated to refreshments and door prizes along with a guid-
ed tour of the new facilities.
                                                                                                 to Benefit DeKalb Rape Crisis Center
                                                                                 "A Night in Good Taste" is an enjoyable evening of fine wine and food for a good cause. Each guest
                                                                            receives a beautiful, commemorative wine glass. This year, the event will be held Thursday, November 17
                                                                            from 6- 9:30 p.m. at Druid Hills Golf Club. Music will be provided by jazz guitarist Dan Coy.
                                                                                 Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on unique items such as luxury vacations, airline tickets,
                                                                            shopping sprees, spa services, art, jewelry, attraction packages and much more. Proceeds go towards coun-
                                                                            seling for sexual assault survivors.
                                                                                 For more information, visit www.dekalbrapecrisiscenter.org or call 404-317-4642.

                                                                                               In the ART Station Galleries
                                                                                               November 12 – December 31
                                                                                               “Strange Stories - The Art of Lostdogbob”
                                                                                               by Bob Davis
                                                                                                  Bob Davis’ art reflects the strange workings inside his head and outside in his world.
                                                                                               Based in Athens, GA his day to day experiences are revealed in a palette filled with pure
                                                                                               and brilliant hues as he sculpts animals and paints them, landscapes and other familiar
                                                                                               strangers. www.lostdogbob.com.
Chris Brand , CEO of FODAC , in the renovated warehouse with guests
                                                                                                                                                        Tucker Arts Guild
                                                                                                                                                            Meeting
                                                                                                                                                             The November 17th meet-
                                                                                                                                                       ing of the Tucker Arts Guild will
                                                                                                                                                       be held at The Custom Frame
                                                                                                                                                       Shop at 7 pm. Please, bring your
                                                                                                                                                       work for Show-n-Tell. Bring in a
                                                                                                                                                       piece of your recent work to share
                                                                                                                                                       with us the story of the piece.
                                                                                                                                                       Visitors and new members can
                                                                                                                                                       bring in their work too! Hope to
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                                                                                                                                                                                           November, 2011
features
The Third Cookbook                                                                                                 Smoke Rise Photographer Peter Essick
     As part of a long-term charitable project, the third cookbook written by Virginia Hall (Jenny Hall-              Pays Tribute to Ansel Adams
Busch) will benefit a wonderful organization located right in the Village of Stone Mountain. Many of you                Peter Essick has traveled extensively over the last two decades pho-
know of the Side-by-Side Clubhouse organization – some of you don’t, but the good work done by this                tographing spectacular natural areas around the world. He is a work-
group is just astounding. The Clubhouse is a place where people living with lifelong effects of traumatic          ing photojournalist often capturing the spiritual and emotional aspects
brain injury are respected, valued and guided through rehabilitation to help them re-discover strengths and        of nature. Essick has also done photographs on many environmental
abilities that will enable them to again contribute to their communities, church, work and home.                   issues, portraying both the human impact of development as well as
     Many of the participants are victims of vehicle injuries, falls, sports injury or assault. Some are suffer-   the enduring power of the land. He has been a frequent contributor to
ing from the effects of war and their service to our country. All deserve a chance to transform their lives to     National Geographic Magazine for 25 years. Essick was recently
                                                        a “new normal.” Members belong to a place where            named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the
                                                        they become productive, re-learn work skills or get        world by Outdoor Photography Magazine. Peter has a bachelor’s
                                                        jobs in the community. They meet weekdays from             degree in business from the University of Southern California and a
                                                        9:00 to 3:00 for lunch, therapy and guidance in all        master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri.
                                                        kinds of life events...paying bills, keeping track of      Essick has won many journalistic awards and his photographs have
                                                        medications, becoming self-sufficient in general.          been exhibited in the United States and in Europe. He is currently rep-
                                                            The new cookbook is, again, a little book for peo-     resented by Lumiere
                                                        ple who love reading cookbooks, and this one is filled     gallery in Atlanta and
                                                        with soups, stews, salads, sandwiches and snacks, all      Aurora Photos.
                                                        home-tested and easy to prepare. All the profits,               His latest story in
                                                        100%, will be donated to Side-by-Side Clubhouse to         the October issue of
                                                        help with their bills, grounds, utilities and food sup-    National Geographic
                                                        plies. Wherever they need help, this will be a little      pays tribute to the
                                                        extra.                                                     great nature photogra-
                                                            Please let Jenny know if you are interested in pur-    pher Ansel Adams.
                                                        chasing one or more of the books. The first cookbook       While attending col-
– appetizers and beverages – is now on Createspace (Amazon) and these proceeds will also be fully donated          lege in California,
to charity. Going to www.createspace.com/3619786 will get you right to the first cookbook by Virginia              Peter wrote a letter to
Hall. The second cookbook – brunch and munch – will be added soon. These two books earned money                    Ansel Adams. He
for the ART Station and for the Wells Brown House.                                                                 asked the famous photographer if he would review his portfolio and
     “I just had to figure out a way to help local charities and organizations that made use of what I can do      provide him with some feedback on his photos. Typically, such
– cook and write. And laugh. This project is probably going to end up with five or six different books, all        requests go unanswered, but Essick got a reply. “He invited me to
written so the money will be given directly to a specific group – no strings attached! Many of the recipes         come visit him at his house in Carmel,” remembers Essick. Peter took
have humiliating little stories about them, or the recipe reminds me of a strange or funny event, so there’s a     Adams up on his invitation and went to see him. Essick reflects his
lot of gabbing, but also a ton of recipes.”                                                                        mentor’s style in this issue through a series of black-and-white photo-
     Visit Side-by-Side Clubhouse at www.sidebysideclubhouse.org and plan to get your cookbook soon.               graphs of the California wilderness. Together these images represent
Contact Jenny at vhallmusic@bellsouth.net.                                                                         something of a tribute, says Essick. “It’s a tip of the hat to Ansel’s aes-
                                                                                                                   thetic.”
                                                                                                                        Peter and his wife Jackie and their eleven- year old son Jalen have
   NEWS YOU CAN USE                                                                                                lived in the Woods of East Gate subdivision in Smoke Rise for the past
                                                                                                                   eight years. For a real treat, visit www.peteressick.com for a look at
   By AvivA Hoffmann                                                                                               some of his amazing photographs.
                                                                                                                        The photo above shows Peter in Oulanka, Finland, prepping for
   C-I-D Spells Improvements for You and Me!                                                                       a wintery photo shoot.

        The Stone Mountain/Tucker area has a newly-formed CID. The
  acronym stands for Community Improvement District. This type of
  “district” is a geographically defined area where commercial and indus-
  trial properties increase their own tax rate to fund improvements.
  CIDs focus on developing projects and implementing plans that boost
  the overall curb appeal and economic strength of the designated area.
  This is usually accomplished by public-private partnerships between
  CIDs and local governments, business owners and surrounding resi-
  dents.
        The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners unanimously
  approved the formation of the Stone Mountain CID earlier this year.
  This CID covers the area of industrial parks running along Mountain
  Industrial Boulevard from East Ponce de Leon Avenue in the south to
  the railroad crossing just north of Hugh Howell Road. The area also
  includes corridors to the east and west of East Ponce.
        Georgia currently has 15 CIDs. The Perimeter CID was the first
  one in DeKalb County, forming in 1989. Since then, it has brought                                                  PAM HEISLER
  in more than $100 million in grants. The Gwinnett Village CID attributes half of its annual budget                  Successfully selling the Smoke Rise Community since 2000
                                                       to grants received. According to Stone Mountain
                                                       CID leaders, more than 80 property owners have                                                                          e Most Comprehensive
                                                                                                                                                                              Marketing Plan in Smoke Rise
                                                       agreed to participate, with a total property value of
                                                       more than $240 million. Collected funds will be                                                                        Active Board Member, Smoke
                                                       used to leverage federal and state grant money. The                                                                    Rise Community Association and
                                                                                                                                                                              Summit Community Association
                                                       annual budget for the Stone Mountain CID is
                                                       expected to be about $480,000.                                                                                         Editor, Smoke Rise eNews
                                                           Stone Mountain CID representatives have been                                                                       Top Ten Agent, Harry Norman
                                                       meeting regularly with county and state officials,                                                                     REALTORS®
                                                       including department heads, law enforcement, eco-                                                                      Harry Norman, REALTORS® -
                                                       nomic development experts and transportation                                                                              e Name And Reputation You
                                                       officials to encourage support and map out realistic                                                                   Consistently Trust Serving Atlanta
                                                       goals to revive the local economy. These goals                                                                         for 81 Years
                                                                                                                      Pam.Heisler@harrynorman.com
                                                       include emphasizing available commercial space                                                                         Visit www.HeislerHomes.com
                                                       and resources, developing a marketing plan for the                                                                     for Listings & Other Helpful
  area, and focusing on security, appearance and traffic upgrades.                                                                                                            Information
        Recent progress in the Stone Mountain
  CID includes sprucing up several right-of-ways                                                                                  Whether buying or selling, I team
  that have not been cleaned in more than 20
  years. Several damaged guardrails at the intersec-
                                                                                                                      Service & Integrity
  tion of Mountain Industrial Boulevard and                                                                                         to get the results you want with
  Highway 78 have also been repaired or replaced.
  The CID is also working with local business
                                                                                                                                                                every transaction!
  owners to help remove illegal signs, trash, and
                                                                                                                      Harry Norman, REALTORS®
  other unsightly features and has been pursuing
  contracts from professional crews to routinely                                                                        e Intown Office
  patrol and maintain the area's appearance.                                                                          Atlanta, GA 30324                                      scan with your
        You can get updates and find out more                                                                                                                               smartphone for
  about the Stone Mountain CID on the Web at:                                                                         www.harrynorman.com                                  more information
  http://www.stonemountaincid.com.
                                                                                                                           Information is believed to be accurate, but is not warranted.


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November, 2011
                                                                                                                                                          features
                                                                      OUR TRIP TO BALI
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                                                                           My daughter, Lauren and I had the wonderful opportunity of celebrating her 30th birthday in Bali,
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                                                                      and movie “Eat, Pray, Love” has now made Bali a popular American travel destination too.
  Smoke Rise for 26 years.                    ~ Free estimates ~           The Bali trip was coordinated by Danu Enterprises out of San Francisco and Lauren’s yoga teacher from
                                                                      Columbia, South Carolina. Our guides were a married couple, one from Bali and one from the United
                                                                      States. Our trip was billed as “Healers and Healing Traditions”.
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                                                                      equator the climate is mild and the sun rises and sets at approximately the same time everyday. Bali is locat-
                                                                      ed at the center of the Indonesian islands and is a primarily Hindu practicing culture. The core of the
                                                                      Balinese culture is the village or banjar which is organized around a group of temples. The Balinese religious
                                                                      practice entails music, theater, and beautiful offerings and it sets the tone for their beautiful way of life.
                                                                      Handicrafts and production of art objects has become a major export business in Bali.
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                                                                                                      Salute to Advertiser
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                                                                                                                    by Joyce Ray
         R.W. DOWNS PLUMBING, INC.
                                                                            When I called for the appointment to interview Bill Rosenfeld, to salute him and his company,
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                                                                      Rosenfeld’s Jewelers, for their continued support of The Smoke Signal, I was expecting to hear that he had
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                                                                      been in the business for many years - perhaps a family business that he learned early in his career. I was sur-
                                                                      prised that Gemology is not the first, or even second, career that Bill has been successful in. It comes in at
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                                                                            Bill’s career began in Virginia Beach, Virginia,
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                         STEPHEN A. RENNER                            moved to Marion to build and direct their EMS pro-
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                                                                      DeKalb County EMS. As Bill’s work schedule
                                                                      improved, he was able to devote time to a side interest Bill Rosenfeld (2nd from left) with some of his staff.
                                                                      in jewelry. He began by selling to co-workers and soon
                                                                      became trained in the art of jewelry repair. He set up his first trade shop to make repairs for jewelers. He
                                                                      reinvested all his profits into purchasing equipment and, upon retiring from DeKalb County, he opened his
                                                                      first store on Memorial Drive. In 2003 he seized the opportunity to purchase his current store on LaVista
                                                                      Road in Tucker. He was able to keep his long-time satisfied customers as he became established in the new
                                                                      location and established new and faithful customers from this community. Bill stresses training for his
                                                                      employees and honesty is his first priority in his business.
                                                                            Bill and his wife, Carmen, have two children. They moved to the Smoke Rise community in 2003. He
                                                                      likes the fact that Smoke Rise is a quiet community and says he feels removed from the city, yet convenient
                                                                      to Metro Atlanta. He is an active Rotarian and past president of the Stone Mountain Rotary; he and
                                                                      Carmen are active and generous supporters of both the Tucker and Stone Mountain Communities and many
                                                                      charitable organizations.
                                                                            I asked for some tips in cleaning and caring for jewelry and Bill suggested that I invite everyone to come
                                                                      in and receive their free polishing cloth and use it when you store your jewelry. He also recommends that
                                                                      you clean your jewelry with soap and water and a very soft toothbrush. Chlorine will damage your jewelry
                                                                      and harsh chemicals can cause tarnish. A jeweler’s loop is a good investment since it will help you exam-
                                                                      ine your jewelry closely for any potential problems. Use the head of a pin to touch your diamonds to see if
                                                                      they are loose in the setting. Bill will happily check the prongs for you.
                                                                            Along with Rosenfeld’s, many places now advertise that they buy gold. Bill recommends that you only
                                                                      take your gold to a reputable jeweler. Don’t be tempted to send it through the mail, sell it through home
                                                                      shows or trust it to unskilled buyers who might not give you top dollar for its value.
                                                                            Like any fashion, jewelry follows trends and, in the jewelry profession, they are usually influenced by
                                                                      the price of gold. One of today’s trends is the mixing of gold and silver, colored stones and white gold set-
                                                                      tings. The current number-one selling jewelry line is Pandora, and Bill is a certified dealer for the line.
                                                                            One of the highlights of Bill’s year is his annual October buying trip to Antwerp, Belgium. There he
                                                                      has the opportunity to buy top-quality diamonds for a better selection and he can search for special requests
                                                                      from his customers.
                                                                            This is a good time to buy for Christmas. Rosenfeld’s offers layaways for the holidays. Drop by to see
                                                                      their beautiful pieces and thank them for supporting your community by advertising in the Smoke Signal.

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                                                                                                                                                                         November, 2011
civic
Commissioner’s Corner                                                                                Pride Rings In Stone Mountain
By Elaine Boyer, Commissioner, DeKalb County,                                                        There is a proposal to bring a second Walmart to the Memorial Drive corridor. The
District One                                                                                         new site would be at the corners of Memorial Drive and North Hairston Road. Join
                                                                                                     PRISM in conversations with representatives from Walmart. Hear first-hand about
          Main Street Tucker Streetscape                                                             the opportunities and impact to our community, and the creation of approximately
              Harkens Another Era                                                                    300 jobs.
                                                                                                                Thursday, November 10th at 7 PM
      I remember when my girls were little and I would drive them to                                   St. Timothy United Methodist Church/Fellowship Hall
school in the mornings. They heard stories about me walking to school                                     5365 Memorial Drive (one block east of Rays Rd.)
while growing up in Clarkston, and they too wanted a neighborhood                                                  Stone Mountain, GA 30083
where they could walk, shop and be with their friends.                                                                   Public welcome.
      Now more than a decade later, I can tell my girls that I kept my
promise. Our Tucker community has become a bit more pedestrian
friendly.
      On Oct. 15, I help cut the ribbon to unveil the new Tucker Main
                                                                              CID Report
Street Streetscape project. The $1.6 million neighborhood investment          by Gene Wise
includes wider sidewalks, street lights, landscaping and improved                   We have long reported on the Evermore
intersections.                                                                Community Improvement District, a combination
      But this isn’t just about better sidewalks, but about creating a        of over 450 businesses along 7 miles of Highway 78
pedestrian-friendly town with a real community atmosphere. It’s about         from Stone Mountain to Snellville. Its Board of
creating a place where neighbors can meet for breakfast at Matthews           Directors has been much revised this year and Chip
and where families can walk down the street to browse antiques at             Adair, current Chair, along with Wayne Hill, former
Olde Tucker Mill or look for gifts at The Garden Enthusiast, or new           Gwinnett CEO and a developer as Interim
stores that have opened in downtown Tucker. It’s about giving friends         Executive Director, have worked on long-range
a place to grab coffee and shop together without having to leave their        plans. This includes the hiring of Jim Brooks as of
neighborhood. And it’s about creating a place where my girls – now            September 1, 2011, to be permanent Executive Director. Mr. Hill served nine or ten months and was very
students away at college – may someday want to raise their children.          helpful in getting the organization prepared for a new long-term approach concerning the use of the
      With the increasing pressures of having to fit more work in a day       Olympic Tennis center, the former Target property and the separating of “shopping” traffic and “through”
and do more with less, we all can use a little a reminder of the days my      traffic on Highway 78 to help ease congestion.
parents talked about. These were the stories where everyone knew                    Meanwhile, the new Stone Mountain CID along Mountain Industrial Boulevard has taken major steps
everyone in town, and life was more like the scenes painted by                in its organization. It has about 80 businesses paying extra property tax to fund upkeep of its corridor.
Norman Rockwell.                                                              Headed by its Chair, Larry Callahan and President Emory Morseberger, it has hired Plaza Security LLC to
      But not only does Main Street’s new look give us that feeling of        provide a marked car, mainly for night and weekend patrols and for escorting employees to and from park-
nostalgia, it allows our business owners to take ownership in the com-        ing. Arrangements have been made for off-duty DeKalb police to supplement these patrols which do not
munity and make Tucker a destination. We aren’t the only ones look-           make arrests. We will be seeing changes in the public right-of-way in this area as members contact authori-
ing for a break from fast-paced city life. Similar small towns across the     ties about changes needed. The Board wants to emphasize this is not a high crime area and that these are
country have relied on their idyllic charm to create destinations and         precautionary moves.
spawn economic development.
      In fact, it has already started here. In addition to grants, the Main                                                        PROJECTS                                           ESTIMATE
Street Tucker Alliance raised private funds to help with the streetscape
project. Businesses and community groups invested in the neighbor-
                                                                               Have You Voted Yet?                                 ADA Act Improvements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500,000
                                                                                                                                   Stadiums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,200,000
hood that they live and work in. New businesses have already sprout-                 A lot is being said about a new transporta-
                                                                                                                                   Capital Renewal Program . . . . . . . . . . . . .$90,600,000
ed, including a restaurant, fitness center, the antique shop, a furniture      tion tax to be voted on next year but we have
                                                                                                                                   Code Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500,000
store and patio shop. Other new businesses are in the planning stages.         had three, five year SPLOSTs for construction
      This is what I call homegrown economic stimulus, the kind where          of DeKalb County schools and SPLOST IV is           Coralwood Diagnostic Ctr. Addn. . . . . . .$10,600,000
citizens show the government what works. The new sidewalks and                 the only item on the November 8                     Early Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,900,000
revitalized downtown also may help stimulate the real estate market. A         General Election ballot for                         Arts School at Avondale MS . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,300,000
study by the Urban Land Institute showed that homebuyers are will-             unincorporated portion of                           Renovation of SW DeKalb HS
ing to pay as much as $20,000 more for a residence in a community              the County. Voting started                           and Stone Mountain HS . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11,800,000
that has sidewalks and is easy to get around.                                  October 17 but don't let the                        Replacement of Austin, Fernbank,Gresham Park,
      At a time when businesses across metro Atlanta – and the nation          cities (who have elections of                        Pleasantdale, Peachcrest, Rockbridge
– are shuttering, Tucker is taking the initiative and reinvesting in our       officials on their ballots) decide                   & Smoke Rise Elementary Schools . . . .$144,100,000
community. The hope is that other towns around the region will fol-            whether we continue to provide these funds.         Henderson MS Renovation/Addn. . . . . . .$16,000,000
low Tucker’s lead.                                                                   The largest single item is construction of    Redan HS Renovation/Addn. . . . . . . . . . .$22,400,000
      For me, this is not only about a decade of hard work and plan-           new elementary schools, including a larger          Replacement of Chamblee HS . . . . . . . . .$58,700,000
ning. It’s about keeping a promise I made to my children and my                Smoke Rise Charter Elementary School. If you        McNair MS Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . .$37,400,000
neighbors’ children. And now I can tell my daughters that I kept that          haven't pre-voted GO on Tuesday, November           Local School Priority Requests . . . . . . . . . .$5,500,000
promise.                                                                       8, and cast your ballot. Hopefully you've           Demolition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500,000
      So the next time you want to shop or go out for a meal, think of         received information since the Smoke Signal
                                                                                                                                   Safety/Security Systems Upgrade . . . . . . . . .$2,500,000
stopping in our new Main Street Tucker and experience what a pedes-            went to press but you can go to
                                                                                                                                   Technology & Infrastructure Refresh . . . .$38,700,000
trian way of life could be like.                                               http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/splost-iv for basic
                                                                                                                                   School Buses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,100,000
      Author’s note: I would like to thank Honey Van De Kreke and the          information and click on "presentation" for
board of the Main Street Tucker Alliance that worked so hard to com-           slides that give more detail.                       Service Vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,700,000
plete this Streetscape Project: Charlton Allen, Wynn Teale, Ed Cooper,                                                             SPLOST IV BUDGET TOTAL                                    $475,000,000
Marsha Ashby, Chip Cofer, Mark Feinknopf, Bruce Penn and Michele
Weston.




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                                                                                                                                                   garden clubs
Smoke Rise Morning Glories                                                 Mountain Shadow Garden Club
      The Smoke Rise Morning Glories Garden Club gathered at the                Kathy Walton, an artist in Marietta, Georgia, was the featured speaker at the October meeting of the
home of Joyce Ray on October 11 for their monthly meeting. Co-             Mountain Shadow Garden Club. Her program, "Sculpture on the Edge of Wild", was an exhibition of
Chairman Glenndolyn Hallman called the meeting to order and                numerous "critters" she has made from recycled steel and ceramics in her studio. Kathy described her sculp-
brought the members up to date on club projects. Beginning in              tural style as enhanced line drawing, and her sculptures certainly had a light and airy appearance, even
October, members will donate their time and floral design skills to        though they were made from heavy duty “junk”. She displayed a wide variety of insects, birds, animals and
Stone Mountain Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care                     other items in various sizes for garden and house decorations. Although Kathy creates every sculpture indi-
Community.                                                                 vidually, the most popular ones are created numerous times, in various sizes suitable as a focus point or an
      Program Chairman Quill Duncan introduced Master Gardener             accessory. A bowl made from various tools (which required welding dissimilar metals together) was particu-
Averil Bonsall who presented a program entitled “The Creation and          larly fascinating and showed superior knowledge of welding.
Beauty of English Gardens in the South”. Mrs. Bonsall’s elegant cot-            Kathy credits her mother for her artistic instinct. She grew up on a farm in central Illinois making hol-
tage style garden graces a neighborhood in Stone Mountain near the         iday door decorations with roadside treasures collected throughout the year. Even now when she sorts
west gate of the park. She has travelled widely, with camera in hand,      through junk and debris she has collected for her sculptures she remembers her mother saying "You can't
looking for ideas                                                          have too many rocks, sticks and twigs since you never know when you'll need just the right piece."
that Southern                                                              Fortunately, Kathy had the opportunity to use her artistic ability after an unsatisfying 20-year career in retail-
gardeners can                                                              ing following graduation from college. Her husband started a contracting business and she fell in love with
embrace here in                                                            power tools and welding. That she has found her career is obvious in her passion for her work and the qual-
the drier, hotter                                                          ity of the sculptures. We were all impressed with her artistic imagination and ability.
environment                                                                     As the weather cools and camellias begin to fill our gardens with their beautiful blooms we are delight-
‘across the pond’                                                          ed to invite visitors to our November meeting to hear one of MSGC's favorite speakers, Jim Pruckler. He
from the British                                                           will present another program on this Queen of the Winter Garden. Jim is Vice President of the North
Isles.                                                                     Georgia Camellia Society and is North Georgia Regional Director for the American Camellia Society. As
      “We have                                                             previous attendees know, he is highly knowledgeable about camellias and an excellent speaker and teacher.
plant diseases,                                                            Please join us at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 7th, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Free. Call 770-
soil issues, and                                                           934-4726 for directions.
bug population
explosions here,”                                                          Mountain Mums Garden Club
Mrs.       Bonsall l-r: Hostesses Mary Clark, Judy Abrams, Joy Streater,
                                                                                 The Mountain Mums held their monthly meeting at the home of Gaye Auman. Co-hostesses were
notes.      With Joyce Ray, and Peggy Youngblood.
                                                                           Mary Lou Still, Becky Dennison and Jody Currie. As you are out and about in the community, check the
careful selection
                                                                           new annual plantings at the Hugh Howell Triangle. Several Mums participated in a workday at the new
of plants, she advises, such as Gold Medal winners and natives, it is
                                                                           memorial and butterfly gardens at Tucker High School on October 22nd. Plans are also in the works for a
possible to recreate the feel of an English garden here in Georgia.
                                                                           "Walk for Life" in January, 2012. This coincides with the 5th anniversary of the Memorial Tree planting at
Using walls of landscape materials or thickly planted hedges, planting
                                                                           the Hugh Howell Triangle. As you may remember, the beautiful Japanese Magnolias were planted in honor
multiples of favorite plants instead of one or two at a time, bringing
                                                                                                                                of the lives of seven children killed in traffic accidents in
the garden up to the walls of the house – these techniques bring the
                                                                                                                                Smoke Rise. The walk will raise awareness for the need for
look and feel of classic English gardens to our homes.
                                                                                                                                organ donation.
      Mrs. Bonsall encouraged the members to think carefully about
                                                                                                                                   The October Mountain Mums Program on 'Trees of Our
the overall effect of their landscape plans. Instead of growing a hedge
                                                                                                                                Lives’ was given by Dawn Hines, DeKalb Master Gardener.
of identical evergreen shrubs, she recommended planning a “tapestry
                                                                                                                                Dawn is a true DeKalb neighbor! She can often be seen in
hedge” of mixed varieties. A selection of glossy hollies, arbor vitae,
                                                                                                                                the Butterfly Garden at the Tucker Recreation Center. She
cryptomeria, and laurel breaks up the solid wall of green and intro-
                                                                                                                                and her good friend Lee A. Leach are co-leaders of the Trees
duces texture and color to the hedge.
                                                                                                                                of Tucker Project. They identified and marked 37 varieties of
      Following the program, hostesses Mary Clark, Judy Abrams, Joy
                                                                                                                                trees on a forest trail behind the Recreation Center. Their
Streater and Peggy Youngblood served a soup, salad and sandwich
                                                                                                                                work can be found in a brochure and map provided for a
luncheon with apple crisp dessert. Fortified against the October chill,
                                                                                                                                self-guided tour there.
the Morning Glories returned to their own gardens with new inspira-        l-r: Jody Currie, Becky Dennison, Gaye Auman,            Dawn's love of trees was evident as she spoke about trees
tions.                                                                     Mary Lou Still, Dawn Hines (speaker)                 native to the Piedmont area of Georgia. Because trees are
                                                                                                                                usually the most expensive, longest lived and slowest growing
                                                                           species in our landscape they should not be chosen casually. Choose the right tree for the right place. This
                                                                           means considering 'native' trees which already have a good track record in our area as well as non-native
                                                                           introductions. The 'right place' means checking sun, soil and altitude requirements before you plant.
                                                                           Correct planting of the trees matters! Most trees are best planted between November 1 and March 15th. All
                                                                           trees should be planted at ground level in a hole that is 3 times as wide as the root ball is deep. Plant the tree
                                                                           in the same dirt taken from the hole. Flaring of the trunk as it enters the soil shows that the tree is not plant-
                                                                           ed too deeply. A newly planted tree should be carefully watered during the first year with about one inch
                                                                           of water per week. Be careful when you buy a discounted tree at the nursery. Make sure it has one main
                                                                           trunk and no gashes or damage on its trunk. Pull the tree out of the pot (ask someone to help you) and
                                                                           examine the roots to make sure they are not smelly or rotten. Check for 'trunk flare' on the potted tree to
                                                                           make sure it wasn't planted too deeply.
                                                                                 Dawn gave the Mums a 'short' list of native trees for the Piedmont (our part of the state). They include:
                                                                           American Fringe tree, Dogwood, Yaupon Holly, Wax Myrtle, Sourwood, Georgia Oak, Sycamore, American
                                                                           Beech, Red Bud, Maple, Tulip Poplar and the Sassafras. Interestingly enough, the Southern Magnolia and
                                                                                                                                                             the Live Oak are native to the
                                                                                                                                                             Coastal plains part of the state.
                                                                             Smoke Rise Garden Club                                                          Pine trees are also not native to
                                                                                   Our October meeting was held at the home of Sara                          the Piedmont.
                                                                              Sigurdardottir with co-hostesses Paula Adeoba and Edith Morton.                      To see the last stand of
                                                                                   Our speaker was Rick Smith, owner of The Pruning Guru, Inc.               native forest in the Atlanta area,
                                                                              Rick is one of the 255 Georgia Certified Landscape Professionals               visit the Fernbank Forest. You
                                                                              and received much of his on-the-job training working with Post                 can tour it from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
                                                                              Properties for 15 years. He gave a slide presentation demonstrat-              weekdays and from 10:00-5:00
                                                                              ing correct pruning and how to rejuvenate very large, overgrown                on Saturdays. You will see
                                                                              shrubbery.                                                                     Hickory, Oak, Yellow Poplar and
                                                                                   Here are a few of Wilma’s horticulture tips for the fall:                 only a FEW pine trees. Also,
                                                                              Gather pumpkins now. They come in multiple colors and sizes                    take the self-guided tour of the
                                                                              (especially heirlooms). Select firm and unblemished ones. Keep                 Tucker Tree Walk behind the
                                                                              them cool and they will last several months.                                   Tucker Recreation Center on La
                                                                                   It is planting time for shrubs. Consider Camellias, especially            Vista Road. Invasive trees that
                                                                              the varieties “Orchid Inspiration” or “Snow” for your yard. They               SHOULD NOT BE PLANT-
                                                                              like moist, acidic, well-drained soils with filtered light.                    ED in our area are: Privet,
                                                                                   It’s time to aerate, fertilize and plant fescue, dianthus and snap-       Princess Tree, Mimosa and
                                                                              dragons. Pansies and mums look great in containers or flowerbeds.              Thorny Olive. Many also con-
                                    678-516-7939                              To plant, amend the soil. Use a garden fork to loosen soil, add                sider the Magnolia to be invasive
                                                                              organic matter such as chopped leaves or composted manure. It                  in our area. Planting natives
                                                                              improves drainage and fertility in clay or sandy soil.                         improves biodiversity and brings
                                                                                   Daffodils, snowflakes and Spanish bluebells can be planted in             beauty into the landscape! One
                                                                              November and December.                                                         of the best books to read about
                                                                                   If you are interested in joining or learning about garden clubs           the topic is Native Trees of the
                                                                              in general, please contact Sue Chandler at 770-938-2218 for infor-             Southeast.
                                                                              mation on our next meeting. Remember, you don’t have to be a                         For all who are interested in
                                                                              gardener to join; just come to enjoy yourself, learn about different           joining the Mountain Mums or
                                                                              aspects of nature and gardening, get involved with your communi-               visiting a meeting, call Lisa
                                                                              ty and meet some great neighbors.                                              Jackson 770-717-8828.

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                                                                                                                                                                           November, 2011
     All classified ads are limited to twenty words, with the Smoke Signal reserving the right to edit any
  copy. Ads are $15.00 per month, ($75.00 per 6 months if prepaid). Please submit copy in writing with a
  check for the months the ad is to run. Deadline is the 10th of each month. ADS NEED TO BE PREPAID.
  Classified ads will not be accepted via email. Ads are accepted with payment at the Drop Box or Post
  Office Box only. When submitting classified ads, please include your full name, address, and phone num-
  ber. This information is for our records only! For classified ads, contact Allan Bly at 770-564-9633.
                                                                                                                        HODGE PODGE
                                                                                                                        by Jenny Hall Busch
     For information on display (box) advertisements or flyer inserts, see contact information on page 2.

  Classified Ads                                                                                                        Apparently I have been living under a rock, but I just discovered a way to
                                                                                                                        make omelets that just amazes me and has me all nut-zo and over the top. I
 THE HANDYMAN CAN –                       PIANO TUNING 39-yr. experi-            WAGNON LANDSCAPE GROUP
                                                                                                                        think it’s an old scouting trick, but I decided to try it because there is noth-
 Plumbing, electrical, sheetrock,         enced professional; piano repairs      Residential, commercial, design &
                                                                                                                        ing more grumble- producing over the holidays then to be the one who has to
 painting, framing, tile, concrete,       also. Smoke Rise resident. Contact     installation. Year-round mainte-
                                                                                                                        stand at the stove, flipping pancakes for everyone or making omelets to order.
 powerwash, stained glass repair,         Steve Duncan at 770-414-4766 or        nance, light tree work/cleanups.       The cook never gets to eat, or, like me, ends up eating the leftovers from some
 metal repair and more. John 404-         1swd@att.net.                          Licensed/insured SR resident with
 453-3438.                                BERRETTA PAINTING #1 in
                                                                                                                        kid’s plate. And then you end up cleaning up and grumbling more and wish-
                                                                                 SR references. 770-381-3697.
 WINDOW CLEANING –                        Smoke Rise customer satisfaction.
                                                                                                                        ing you had never agreed to that big family breakfast. This omelet trick
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 Year-round detailed window               Int/ext. painting, pressure washing,
                                                                                                                        works...and also other tricks that I’m including this month because you need
 cleaning by hand. Fully licensed,                                               MAINTENANCE – General
                                          and repairs. Licensed/insured.
                                                                                                                        a little “hodge” with your ”podge” and I’m rather podgy myself.
 owner operated company. Visit            Warranty. 770-923-0537.                lawn care, fertilization, pinestraw    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
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                                                                                 licensed and insured. Call 404-
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                                                                                                                        Quart sized freezer bags
 15 years experience, lawn mainte-        local community since 1995.            RICHARD ANDERSON – 678-
                                                                                                                        2 eggs per person
 nance, pinestraw, mulch, sodding,        References available. 770-979-         230-8029, Licensed/insured con-
                                                                                                                        Diced onion
 seeding, fertilization, core aeration.   1800 www.thepclink.com.                tractor, handyman, renovation,
                                                                                                                        Diced ham
 Ryan Rhodes 404-556-2634.                PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER                 paint, decks, fences, trees, dry-
                                                                                                                        Chopped fresh spinach
 HANDYMAN INC. has over 225               SR resident available to de-clutter    wall, roofs, trim, doors, windows,     Shredded cheese
 clients in the SR community.             your home and organize your life.      woodwork, flooring. andereson-
 Providing all your “homework”
                                                                                                                        Whatever else you like – chopped mushrooms, peppers, jalapenos,
                                          Insured, bonded, confidential. Call    handyman.com.
 needs. Logan Carlisle, owner and         Cassie at 404-271-9991.
                                                                                                                        olives, etc.
                                                                                 IDEAL PROTEIN – Lose 3-7
 Handyman@ 770-235-3684.                  THE HOME TEAM Interior/                pounds/week! Increase energy,
                                                                                                                           OK, let everyone write their name on their private little bag while you
 LOCKSMITH               SERVICES         exterior repairs, painting, any size
                                                                                 burn fat, no medication or exer-
                                                                                                                        bring a big soup pot of water to a boil. Crack two eggs in each bag and
 Deadbolts installed, re-key, repair,     job! Excellent workmanship,
 reinforced strike plates & motion                                               cise. Tucker personal coach, doc-
                                                                                                                        let everyone add about 1-2 Tablespoons of whatever ingredient they
                                          dependable. Free estimates. Call
 lights installed, door threshold &                                              tor supervised, affordable. 770-
                                                                                                                        like. If you go overboard, just crack in another egg (increase cooking
                                          Michael Paige. 770-431-8554,
 weatherstrip replacement. SR             770-595-2482.                          938-4606.
                                                                                                                        time by about 1 minute) - I think the onion may be a key ingredient
 res/SR ref, Rick 770-617-0466.           STEINER CONSTRUCTION, INC.                      WELLSOURCE
                                                                                                                        since it releases moisture. This results in a really fluffy little concoction.
 PETS, PAPERS & POSIES: I’ll              Licensed and insured. Window,            CHIROPRACTIC & REHAB
                                                                                                                        Close bag and smash everything until blended well. Open bag and
 care for them while you’re away.         water heater, roof replacement and     Your community center for              press out some of the air and reseal. Drop the bags in the boiling water
 Smoke Rise resident 30+ years.           roof repair. Call Bill Steiner at      health/healing! Spinal correction,     and let them cook at a low boil for 14 minutes, covered slightly with lid
 Karen Bouchard, 770-491-6608.            770-316-7897.                          decompression, K-Laser for pain,
 ELECTRICAL TELECOMMU-
                                                                                                                        just to keep them a bit submerged. Remove carefully with tongs, let sit
                                          Experienced, industrious EURO-         body vibration for bone mass.
 NICATIONS – No job too small             PEAN HOUSE CLEANERS
                                                                                                                        about a minute and roll omelet out onto plate. Everyone gets to eat at
                                                                                 770-938-4606.
 for your home/office, 25+ years          available for daily, weekly, month-         N. K. CONSTRUCTION
                                                                                                                        about the same time and there is no oil, no messy pan, no frazzled cook,
 experience. SR resident with SR          ly service. References available               IMPROVEMENTS
                                                                                                                        and no complaining from picky eaters. Serve with overnight grits and
 references. Call 770-633-2421.           upon request. Call Elvisa; home        Stucco, brick, tile, driveways, room
                                                                                                                        biscuits from a can. This whole idea just tickles me to death.
 METRO AREA FIREMAN                       770-923-7581, cell 404-245-9881.          additions, decks, walls, fences,
                                                                                                                        –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
 CLEANS GUTTERS, pressure                 AFFORDABLE LAWN CARE                          painting, 30 years exp.
                                                                                                                                                     Overnight Grits
 washes homes, driveways, decks           Mowing, edging, pruning, trim-               Nick 678-791-9546 (cell)
                                                                                                                        5 cups water                              1 cup sour cream
 & walkways. 5 years experience.          ming, etc. Reasonable, depend-                770-934-4148 (home).
                                                                                                                        1 teaspoon salt                           1 cup of grits
 Call Phillip 404-328-6595 for            able, insured. Call Mark at 770-
 appointment.
                                                                                                                        1 small can chopped green chilies         1 cup grated cheddar cheese
                                          235-1231.                                                                     Cooks grits in salted water for about 20 minutes, even though it says 5
 The purpose of the Smoke Signal classifieds is to advertise goods and services to the community.                       minutes. They are never done in 5 minutes no matter what they say.
                                                                                                                        Taste and add more salt and generous pepper to taste. Stir in sour cream
                                                                                                                        and chilies. Pour 1/3 of the mixture into greased casserole dish and top
                                                                                                                        with 1/3 cup grated cheese. Repeat layers two more times, topping with
                                             Stone Mountain Rotary Club                                                 cheese. Cool, cover and refrigerate overnight. Uncover and bake at 325
                                                                                                                        for 30-50 until center is hot. Time depends on the depth of your casse-
                                           The Stone Mountain Rotary Club is a 100% Rotary Foundation                   role dish, so don’t be afraid to just stick your finger in the center...stir it
                                         Paul Harris Club, meaning that every member of the Stone                       around it that helps, or even microwave it until hot. Also, you can also
                                         Mountain Rotary Club is a Paul Harris Fellow, honoring Paul                    skip the overnight part and just bake it right away. Use any type of
                                         Harris, the founder of Rotary International. The Rotary                        cheese that you love.
Foundation is one of the world’s largest philanthropic foundations and has a mission to enable Rotarians to             –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
                                                                                                                           OK, here’s another little trick that I just discovered. This may come in
advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of edu-                  handy during your holiday cooking, especially if lasagna or other garlic
cation and the alleviation of poverty. One of the key thrusts of the foundation is the eradication of polio             friendly food is involved. This really works.
worldwide. To date, the Rotary Foundation has contributed more than $900 million, as well as Rotarians
logging countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries.                                                     How to Peel Garlic
     While the Stone Mountain Rotary Club is                                                                               Take two stainless steel bowls, one slightly smaller than the other so
proud of its Rotary Foundation participation, the                                                                       they will fit together. Put unpeeled cloves in one bowl, enclose with the
club is equally proud of its monetary support of local                                                                  other bowl to make a round “case” and shake the cloves around for
organizations through the Stone Mountain Rotary                                                                         about 10 seconds or more. Just rattle them away. They come out per-
Charitable Fund. During the past year the club and                                                                      fectly peeled. I have decided that if you have an old martini cocktail
                                                                                                                        shaker that is just sitting around, this would also work. Plop in the
its foundation has given money to the Stone
                                                                                                                        cloves, shake away and...ta da...peeled garlic with a sophisticated flair.
Mountain Sue Kellogg Library; the Back to School
                                                                                                                           Do not try to make martinis in this shaker after this experiment, how-
Festival in Stone Mountain Village; the local Boy
                                                                                                                        ever. I think you will be bitterly disappointed in the result unless you
Scout/Girl Scout merit badge clinic program; AIDS
                                                                                                                        are Dracula.
Awareness in local schools; the Atlanta School for the
                                                                                                                        –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Deaf; scholarship funds for DeKalb Technical                                                                               I know it’s November and you were expecting something really whiz bang
College (now Georgia Piedmont Technical College); DeKalb County Rotarian, Charlene Hall, at a recent polio              for your Thanksgiving dinner. I am not in the whiz bang sort of mind set,
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC); immunization in India                                                  so you are getting all sorts of things that have been rumbling around in my
Operation Santa, the Pirates’ Book Club at Stone                                                                        mind for a while. Mental house cleaning. Better than actual house clean-
Mountain Elementary School and Salute to Veterans at Park Place Retirement Center.                                      ing by a long shot, huh? No?
     Members of the Stone Mountain Rotary Club contribute locally as well as throughout the world. The                     OK…I cave under pressure...for that leftover turkey sandwich, you might
Stone Mountain Rotary club meets each and every Tuesday at noon at the Smoke Rise Country Club. If                      want to try this delicious conserve. It would also be wonderful on your beau-
you are interested in learning more about Rotary or the Stone Mountain Rotary Club, please contact either               tiful T-Day table instead of traditional cranberry sauce.
Frank Luton at (770) 491-6711 or Jenny Busch at (678) 406-0555.                                                                                Cranberry-Pear Conserve
                                                                                                                        2 cups fresh cranberries
 Explore The Atlanta History Center                                                                                     3/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, not diluted
                                                                                                                        1 medium fresh pear peeled and cubed
      The Atlanta History Center, in the middle of the Buckhead Community, is a major resource for the
                                                                                                                        1/2 cup dried cherries or raisins
 metro area that recent residents may not be aware of. The Philip Shutze designed Swan House, moved
                                                                                                                        Zest of one orange
 to the grounds long ago, is a major attraction. The Tullie Smith house is an 1840's Plantation Home,
                                                                                                                        Dash of cinnamon and black pepper
 that was moved here with its separate open-hearth kitchen, dairy, blacksmith shop, etc.
      Signature Exhibitions are The Civil War, with 1,500 original artifacts; Centennial Olympic Games                    Combine all except cinnamon and pepper. Bring to boil and cook for
 and Folk Arts in a Changing South. History of Atlanta from a frontier railroad settlement; the Story of                about 20-30 minutes until thick. Add cinnamon and pepper to taste.
 golfer Bobby Jones and Collections of Philip Trammel Shutz, classical Atlanta architect, connoisseur and               Enjoy Thanksgiving and glorious November. Hug your family and embrace
 collector.                                                                                                             this holiday that really captures the true spirit of sharing, laughing, eating
      Check at www.atlantahistorycenter.com and plan to spend several enjoyable hours of learning.                      and guilt-free weight gain.

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