VOLUME 44, ISSUE 8 Serving the Smoke Rise Community Since 1968
SIGNAL November, 2011
The staff of the Smoke Signal
wishes you a very
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
(firstname.lastname@example.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
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
Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Bruschi . . . . . . . . .770-934-4644
hood, a park has been built in a
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.
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
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, email@example.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
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-
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
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
24 Happy Thanksgiving! to spend $180,000 of taxpayer
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
November 12 • 2:00-4:00 p.m. Wine Festival
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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
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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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making, fire starting, open fire
an enhancement of the formal safety plan. During the past six weeks
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cooking and pottery. Crawl
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of school, we have had fewer accidents to occur on the play field and inside a tipi and other tradition-
less disruptive behavior. We will continue to monitor this and make
and follow us on
al native dwellings. Parents and
adjustments where needed. Please let your child’s teacher know if you kids participate in interactive
have any suggestions or ideas to make this time for our children safer. experiences such as an East
meets West Encampment com-
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
enrolled in our afterschool program. This is an exciting opportunity
place, where world-renowned
for our afterschool students to engage in hands-on learning using four
minus the PAIN!
Native and Native-inspired
different modules which include: A Science module, using physics artists and crafters demonstrate
experiments and learning important physics concepts; A Technology their skills and offer hand-craft- an awesome
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module, using digital video to challenge and create video projects that ed items for sale.
school year! Phone (770) 939-7060
Phone (770) 939-7060
will reinforce and enhance regular classroom learning; An Engineering
Ginger Baxter, Director
Ginger Baxter, Director
Module, using over 600 LEGO elements for students to build differ- Pow Wow only tickets are
ent projects that demonstrate the fundamentals of engineering; A $12 plus tax and can be pur-
Math Module, Geometry students will use over 900 K'NEX elements chased at the park. (Children 3
to reinforce the geometry lessons taught during their regular school and under are free).
day. We hope to expand the STEM program beyond the current eight- Note: Indian Festival & Pow Wow
week duration. If you are interested in having your child be a part of is included in the all-attractions
the program, please contact the school office for more details. Adventure Pass ticket.
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November, 2011 community
DeKalb’s Courtyards of Convenience:
Bound by String and Power Lines
Come to the DeKalb History Center’s November Lunch and
Learn Lecture Series for a presentation by historian David
The Atlanta metropolitan area has the 11th largest concentra-
tion of Jewish households in the United States. More Jews live in
DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta than in any other commu-
nity in the 10-counties that comprise the region. Among the three
major denominations in Judaism, Orthodox Jews adhere strictly to
Jewish religious laws governing work and other activities during Griffin Boven Wins
the weekly Sabbath. For 25 hours each week, observant Jews are
Eckhart's supposed to refrain from driving and anything else outside the
Stone Mountain 5k
Griffin Boven, a high school
home that constitutes work or carrying. This means they cannot
Main Street Cleaners carry house keys, umbrellas, or other objects. And, the prohibi-
tions prevent mothers with young children from leaving the house
senior at The Cottage School,
recently ran in the Granite
HOURS: Monday-Friday 7:00-7:00 • Saturday 8:00-4:30 because they are not supposed to carry infants or push strollers. Grasshopper 5k Road Race and
Elderly and infirm people who rely on canes and walkers also must took first place in the boy’s 15 – 18
5$ 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
Same Day Service
DeKalb County. They are built using existing buildings and utili-
2285 Main Street
Griffin is captain of the
ties infrastructure: walls and fences and utility poles and wires.
Tucker, GA 30084
Cougar’s Varsity Cross Country
Areas that lack sufficient existing structures are enclosed by simple
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 email@example.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
Saturday, November 12
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,
our Tucker Tigers granola bars, etc. This food pantry
is especially aimed toward assisting
homeless individuals and families
who do not have access to kitchen
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-
firstname.lastname@example.org John Porter Nov. 11 1st round State Playoffs tunity to tour our new
NETWorks headquarters in the
Nov. 18 2nd round State Playoffs
old Wachovia building at 4th and
Nov. 25 3rd round State Playoffs
Church. For more information,
Dec. 2 State Semi-finals please contact Evelyn Burkett at
Dec. 9 AAAA State Championship at Georgia Dome email@example.com
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
If you are a victim of a crime, please call Jan Mahoney at 770-621-0155 or email details to smoke-sig-
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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 email@example.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
Chris Brand , CEO of FODAC , in the renovated warehouse with guests
Tucker Arts Guild
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. something of a tribute, says Essick. “It’s a tip of the hat to Ansel’s aes-
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-
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
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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
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OUR TRIP TO BALI
A&M Lawncare By Smoke Rise Resident Jane Shaw
LAWN MAINTENANCE Mike, owner/operator
My daughter, Lauren and I had the wonderful opportunity of celebrating her 30th birthday in Bali,
Have worked in 40 average yard Indonesia. Bali has always been a hot spot for tourists from Australia and Europe. The popularity of the book
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.
(404) 275-9221 We were able to travel through the back roads and view the Balinese way of life like a resident. We trav-
T R E E S E RV I C E DIV I S I O N eled to Munduk, a mountain village in northern Bali and hiked through rice and coffee fields. We enjoyed
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Salute to Advertiser
PLUMBING FIXTURES Rosenfeld’s Jewelers
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
Commercial — Residential
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
about number four if you add teaching to his long
PRESIDENT (404) 299-3100
Bill’s career began in Virginia Beach, Virginia,
where he joined the navy and was on active duty dur-
ing the Cuban Missile Crisis. From the Navy he moved
to North Carolina where he began his training with the
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Red Cross as a paramedic. He then became a training
officer in Greensboro, North Carolina, and from there
STEPHEN A. RENNER moved to Marion to build and direct their EMS pro-
• PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS TO PRESERVE
gram. He also taught Adult Education at Buncombe
AND EXTEND EQUIPMENT LIFE AND EFFICIENCY Technical College in Asheville. His heavy work sched-
• EMERGENCY REPAIR SERVICE ule caused him to seek other opportunities in his pro-
• 33 YEARS OF FIELD EXPERIENCE fession which led to a move to Georgia with the
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
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.
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
On Oct. 15, I help cut the ribbon to unveil the new Tucker Main
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
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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.
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
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.
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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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
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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