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 VOLUME 44, ISSUE 10                                   Serving the Smoke Rise Community Since 1968
                                                                                                                    SIGNAL                                         January, 2012

                         The staff of the Smoke Signal
                         wishes you a safe, rewarding,
                           and prosperous New Year!

SAFE DRIVING FOR TEENS                                                                                                           Highlights of 2011 that Gave
                  (and all of us)                                      Look inside for…                                           the World Cause to Pause
 by Smoke Rise Resident, Cheri Schneider                                                                                                         by Barbara Bruschi
                                                                     Treasures on the Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 4
     This year I have found myself noticing the traffic more.                                                                         Consult the Oracle of Delphi and the future will look
At first it was because I had a new teenage driver. Now it is        What's Jawbones and Sawbones? . . . . . .pg 7              distorted. Nobody can foretell the challenges, events and
because I will have three teen drivers by summer's end!                                                                         drama that a new year will present to the world.
Having three new drivers makes you want to pay more atten-           How Does Your Winter Garden Grow? . . .pg 9                      This was definitely the year where economics and the
tion! And when I do, everywhere I look, I see distracted                                                                        nation's debt ruled the airwaves. Thousands of hours of
drivers driving...well...distractedly.                               The Gold Dome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 10     debates and the road to nowhere remains in focus. Failed
     Chances are, your teen doesn't know the term DWD                                                                           policies and a congress that floats in Nirvana. There are sev-
yet, even if they text a lot. DWD is short for 'driving while                                                                   eral events that stunned nations and will take their place in
distracted'. TheTxtresponsibly.org fact sheet states that 80%                                                                   history. The high unemployment and raising of the debt
of crashes and 65% of near crashes involve driver distraction                                                                   ceiling occupied the air waves endlessly.
in the seconds leading up to the wreck. Wireless devices such                                                                         Who can ever forget the devastating earthquake and
as cell phones are the number one source of driver distrac-                                                                     tsunami that took place on March 11, 2011, in Japan. It was
tion. Other causes of distraction such as eating, grooming,                                                                     one that caused unequaled carnage and destruction. The
changing CD's and radios while driving are way down the                                                                         amazing stoicism and discipline of the Japanese people was
list. The brain's activity related to driving actually                                                                          remarkable. The 9.0-magnitude quake triggered towering
DECREASES 37% while using a cell phone. Hands-free sets                                                                         waves and damaged entire villages and the nuclear plant of
cause the same amount of distraction as hand held phones.                                                                       Fukushima exposed the unsung nuclear heroes to radioac-
Using a cell phone causes the same reaction delay in the driv-                                                                  tive peril whose future outcome is unknown. It was heart-
er that drinking does. While no states ban cell phone use in                                                                    warming to see that the global community came to the aid
ALL drivers, nine states, including Georgia, ban cell phone                                                                     of these unfortunate victims.
use in 'novice' drivers (under 18). Thirty-five states - includ-                                                                      The southern United States was overcome with
ing Georgia - ban text messaging for ALL drivers.                                                                               destructive tornadoes. All in all, nature's fury unleashed
                                                                    {Local Businesses Support Tucker High School}               floods, storms, and landslides, and showed its unparalleled
     The other issue I thought about was drinking and driv-
ing. January is the month that the public is most aware of this                                                                 power of inflicting human tragedy and around two billion
issue. DUI or "driving under the influence" means driving
                                                                   Congratulations to the Tucker Tigers                         dollars in damages.
                                                                            2011 Football Team                                        On May 1st, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by
while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Statistics quot-
                                                                     State AAAA Football Champions                              Special Forces (Navy Seals), thus making the terrorist net-
ed by Mother's Against Drunk Driving (with references on
                                                                                                                                work less capable of inflicting harm upon their enemies.
their website) were startling! For instance: one in three 8th
                                                                            (See page 3 for full story and photos.)             Anwar al-Awiaki, the radical al-Qaeda American Yemeni,
graders drinks alcohol; one in five teens binge drink.... and
                                                                                                                                was killed by a US drone in Yemen, as have many other al
only one in 100 parents believe their teen binge drinks. The
                                                                                                                                Qaeda members.
number one cause of death in teens is a car crash. One in
                                                                                                                                      Throughout the year there were two sensational trials
three of those wrecks involve alcohol. Fifty to seventy-five                   Don’t Forget the                                 which often resembled a circus. Casey Anthony, who was
percent of CONVICTED drunk drivers continue to drive on                         Food Pantries                                   involved in the death of her daughter (according to the
a suspended license. Most drunk drivers have driven nearly                                                                      prosecutor), was cleared of the charges due to lack of evi-
80 times before they are arrested. And the statistics go on…              We all give extra food and donations to our
                                                                     local food pantries at Christmastime. But, these           dence, and Dr. Conrad was held responsible for the death of
     So, how can I as a parent of young drivers impact them                                                                     Michael Jackson. Amanda Knox, who was accused of mur-
about driving safety? First of all, I can set a good example.        organizations must keep going all year
                                                                     long and they are getting more and                         dering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, was
I was ashamed to learn that adults text and drive more than                                                                     released from an Italian prison. The dust has not settled over
teens do. Secondly, I can give them the following advice:            more people coming in for help
                                                                     every week.                                                the Sandusky sexual abuse case, and other revelations about
• Never drink and drive. Even one drink can kill.                         Please don’t forget about                             human crime will emerge in the year 2012 - that you can
                                                                     them – it’s so easy to think                               count on.
• Teens - Do not get into a car when the driver has been
                                                                     that you did your part during the                                "The Arab Spring" brings about many changes in the
  drinking. Find another ride home.
                                                                     holidays and that now you’re done –                        Middle East. In the uprising against despots that have ruled
• Don't drink and drive yourself. Find another ride home.                                                                       Egypt, Libya, Syria and Tunisia, thousands of citizens shed,
                                                                     but they are never done and need your help all year
• Parents - Make it safe for your teen to call you for a ride        long to continue their good work.                          and still are, their blood for basic human rights of freedom
  home…anytime, from anywhere...no questions asked.                                                                             and uncensored political expression. Liberation through
                                                                                                                                agony of brutal suffering and tears of joy in the wake of
• Know where your teen is. It is not intrusive to ask – it is                                                                   progress.
  good parenting.                                                       January “Give an Hour,”                                       The President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, resigned on
• Make your car a NO PHONE ZONE. It is illegal to talk                    MLK Day of Service                                    February 11th, 2011. Egypt’s future still hangs in the bal-
  on your cell phone if you are under age 18 anyway.                        — Monday, January 16 —                              ance with renewed protests and acts of violence taking place.
• Everyone - Never text and drive. Not even at a stop light.                                                                    The Libyan resistance was helped by NATO to avoid geno-
                                                                               Locations & Times TBA
  Driving requires your full attention.                                                                                         cide of its people. Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
                                                                        Tucker Civic Association divides the local commu-       was killed in Sirte, with the National Transitional Council
• Don't forget other things that can distract: music, horse-       nity into four districts, with each one represented on the   forces taking control of the city, and ending the war. Iran
  play, changing the radio station.                                TCA Board of Directors by a District Representative.         has the potential to produce a nuclear weapon and could be
• Keep both hands on the wheel and pay attention to speed          Each District Representative is planning a project for       a threat to its neighbors. The recent sanctions were met with
  limits. Road conditions matter.                                  Monday, January 16, in honor of the Martin Luther            an attack on the British Embassy. The President, Mahmoud
                                                                   King, Jr., National Day of Service. At each project, vol-    Ahmadinejad, is a force to be reckoned with in the year
• Lastly, don't follow too closely! A few extra feet could
                                                                   unteers will work for a worthy cause. For more details,      2012.
  keep you out of a wreck or save your life!
                                                                   check the TCA website at www.tuckercivic.org.                                                          continued on page 8
                                                                                                                                                                                  January, 2012

                         Smoke Signal
                                                                                               Beth Moore
                                                                                                                                           Smoke Rise Baptist Church
                        P.O. Box 763, Tucker, GAGA 30084                                                                                             Ernie Forrester, Associate Pastor
                        P.O. Box 763, Tucker, 30085
                                                                                              Bible Study at
                                                                                                  Tucker                                             Tim Adcox, Minister of Missions
                         A non-profit service organization devoted to furthering
                         neighborhood cooperation with the aid of good neighborhood                                                           Kathy Dobbins, Minister of Spiritual Formation
                                                                                               First United                                    Danny Vancil, Minister of Music & Worship
                                                                                                                                     Linda Cummings, Coordinator of Congregational Care/ Sr. Adults
                                                                                                                                           Carra Hughes Greer, Minister to Families with Youth
                                                                                             Methodist Church
                                                                                                                                        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               James: Mercy Triumphs
                                   Jan Mahoney . . . . . . . . . . .770-621-0155               An 8-week Bible study                              Paula Reeves, Weekday School Director
                                                                                                                                                         Telephone: 770.469.5856
Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Bruschi . . . . . . . . .770-934-4644
                                                                                                  Sign up online at
Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gene Wise . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-938-6675             www.tfumc.org/bethmoore
Classified Ads . . . . . . . . .Allan Bly . . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-564-9633                                                       9:00 a.m.      Worship (Fellowship Hall)
                                                                                                                                        9:45 a.m.      Sunday School
                                                                                                       Sunday nights
Display Ads . . . . . . . . . .Gene Wise . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-938-6675
                                                                                                                                        11:00 a.m.     Worship (Sanctuary)
                                                                                                      5:00-7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                        5:00 p.m.      Adult Bible Studies
Features: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Bruschi . . . . . . . . .770-934-4644                     (starts January 8)
                                   Karen Gregory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                                                                                                                        5:15 p.m.      Wednesday Family Dinner
                                                                                                   Wednesday mornings
                                   Reneé Hopf . . . . . . . . . . . .770-921-5540
                                                                                                                                        6:00 p.m.      Mission & Choir Activities for Children &
                                                                                                    9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
                                   Gene Wise . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-938-6675
                                                                                                                                        6:30 p.m.      Topical Discussion
Flyer Inserts . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Luton . . . . . . . . . .770-491-6711                     Wednesday Evenings
Hodge Podge . . . . . . . . .Jenny Hall Busch . . . . . . . .678-406-0555                             6:30-8:30 p.m.               1st Tuesdays:
Pet Lost & Found . . . . . .Kay McKenzie . . . . . . . . . .770-491-6784                          (both start January 11)               6:00 p.m.      Prime Time (Fellowship Hall)
News You Can Use . . . . .AvivA Hoffmann, helloaviva@hotmail.com                              Cost: $17 for a member book             Eastminster Presbyterian Church
                                                                                                                                                      Pastor: Rev. J.Caleb Clarke III
Staff Writers . . . . . . . . . .Jenny Hall Busch . . . . . . . .678-406-0555                   (payable the first session)
                                                                                                                                                Director of Youth Ministries: Mark Sauls
                                   Susan Gilbert . . . . . . . . . . .678-684-6802
                                                                                                                                                Director of Music Ministries: Ed Weaver
                                                                                                  God is changing lives
                                   Frank Luton . . . . . . . . . . . .770-491-6711
                                                                                                                                                   Director of Preschool: Jennifer Neu
                                                                                             through in-depth Bible studies,
                                                                                                                                            Director of After School Program: Celeste Sears
                                   Joyce Ray . . . . . . . . . . . . . .770-491-9015         and the blessing is powerful.
                                                                                                                                           Director of Christian Education: Mardee Rightmyer
Delivery . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Taylor and Gillen Heisler                            Participants from within the
Views and/or opinions expressed in articles, stories or letters published                                                                               Telephone 770-469-4881
in this newspaper are not necessarily those of the Smoke Signal or its
                                                                                             church and the broader commu-
staff. The information contained in it is believed to be accurate, but not                                                         Sundays:
                                                                                             nity have been coming together
warranted in any way. It is the policy of the Smoke Signal to publish                                                                  9:30 a.m.       Sunday School
                                                                                             to form a deep bond through the
signed letters to the Editor. We will not publish unsigned letters, but will                                                           10:30 a.m.      Fellowship
                                                                                             study of God’s Living Word. As
withhold the writer's name upon request. All content may be edited.                          we share one another’s burdens
                                                                                                                                       11:00 a.m.      Worship
Smoke Signal is not responsible for photographs submitted to the paper.
                                                                                             and joys, we learn to live the life   Wednesdays:
There is at least a one-month delay in the return of photographs.
                                                                                             Christ wants us to live.                  5:45 p.m.       Fellowship Dinner
                                                                                                  If you want a life-changing          6:30 p.m.       Adult and Children’s Program
                                                                                             experience with God and with              7:30 p.m.       Chancel Choir Rehearsal
                                                                                             your sisters in Christ, join us in
             January Calendar of Events                                                      January for the next women’s              Mount Carmel Christian Church
                                                                                             Bible study entitled, James:                          Associate Minister: Art Stansberry
   1 HAPPY NEW YEAR!                                                                                                                           Interim Preaching Minister: Wye Huxford
                                                                                                                                                     Children’s Director: Vicki Tyler
                                                                                             Mercy Triumphs. This latest
                                                                                                                                              Telephone 770-279-8437, Fax 770-381-5429
   2 Smoke Rise Garden Club meeting at the home of                                           DVD-based study by Beth
     Sue Chandler, 7:00 PM                                                                   Moore explores both the life and
   4 Smoke Signal meeting at the home of Renee Hopf, 9:30 AM                                 the Book of James. James, Jesus’      Sundays:
                                                                                             own brother, started out as a             8:00 a.m.      Breakfast Fellowship
                                                                                                                                       9:30 a.m.      Bible School – Children and Adults
   9 Mountain Shadow Garden Club, Eastminster Presbyterian                                   skeptic. We will see how one
                                                                                                                                       10:30 a.m.     Morning Worship Service
     Church, 7:30 PM
                                                                                             glimpse of the resurrected Savior
 11 Mountain Mums meeting at Cheri Schneider’s, 9:45 AM                                      turned an unbeliever into a dis-      Wednesday Night Dinners and Electives
                                                                                             ciple with this 8-session study,         5:30 p.m      Fellowship Dinner
                                                                                                                                      6:30 p.m.     Adult and Children’s Studies/Activities
 16 Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

                                                                                                                                      6:30 p.m.     Choir Practice
                                                                                             and in the process, learn how to
 17 Ben Franklin’s Birthday
                                                                                             put our own faith into action.
 21 Walk to Remember, Smoke Rise Baptist Church parking                                      You will never be the same.
    lot, 9:30 AM                                                                                                                               First Moravian Church
                                                                                                                                                       Pastors: Joe & Kelly Moore
                                                                                                  The study format is the

                                                                                                                                                    Bill Hitz, Congregational Acolyte
 23 Friends of Sue Kellogg/Stone Mountain Library                                            same as previous studies, but
                                                                                                                                                         Telephone 770-491-7250
    Stone Mountain Library, 7:00 p.m                                                         each individual can commit to a
 23 Chinese New Year                                                                         choice of two levels – (1) partic-
                                                                                             ipating in the DVD sessions           Sundays
                                                                                                                                       9:30 a.m.      Youth Choir Rehearsal
 26 Stone Mtn. Historic Society, Wells Brown House, 7:00 PM
                                                                                             only, or (2) participating in the
                                                                                             DVD sessions and participating            10:00 a.m.     Sunday School–Adults & Children
                                                                                                                                       11:00 a.m.     Worship
               THE SMOKE SIGNAL                                                                                                        12:00 p.m.     Fellowship Time
                                                                                             in the small group discussion of

      WELCOMES YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS                                                                                                  Tuesdays
                                                                                             weekly reading assignments.

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                                                                                             Three additional options are
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  Please email all articles and photo attachments to
                                                                                             desiring a deeper experience.

                                                                                             You will need a member book
                                                                                             even if you choose Level 1.
                                                                                             Scholarships are available.                                       Pet Lost and Found

                       JANUARY 13
                                                                                                        Questions:                                             Please call Kay McKenzie
   Smoke Signal Deadlines                                                                        Contact Carlyn Greene                                              at 770-491-6784
                                                                                                at carlyn.greene@uxc.com                                     with information if you have

                        Please e-mail articles to:
                                                                                                    or Kathryn Jackson

                                                                                                                                                                  lost or found a pet.
                                                                                                 at kakicpa@comcast.net

      (Word documents or text file attachments preferred)                                      GENTLY USED
               TO THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS
                                                                                              BOOKS NEEDED
               Extra copies may be picked up at box at
                                                                                             Hard back and paperback books

                       5365 Smoke Rise Drive
                                                                                             are needed for the Used Book
                                                                                             Sale at the Stone Mountain
                 Deadline for classified ads is
                                                                                             library on March 17 at the

                       JANUARY 10
                                                                                             library. Please take books to the

                               Please drop off at
                                                                                             library or contact Barbara

5832 Howell Highlands Place (right side of driveway)
                                                                                             Luton, 770-401-6711. This sale

                                                                                             funds programs at the library for
                                                                                             children, young people and
             Cost: $150 by check to Smoke Signal
                                                                                             adults, as well
       Deadline to Receive: 6:00 p.m. on 19th of month
                                                                                             as giving a
     Flyer inserts should be 8 1/2” x 11” (flat, not folded)
                  Please provide 2,400 copies
                                                                                             for work in
                     Reservation Required:
                                                                                             library and
    Contact Barbara Luton, 770-491-6711 by 15th of month.
                                                                                             media science.

January, 2012                                                                                                                             schools/sports
       Tucker High School
 Holds First Annual Chili Cook-Off                                                                                              THS State Champs
      The Culinary Arts classes of Tucker High School held their very                                                           by Marty Bryan
first chili cook-off in November. Each class in the new Culinary Arts
program began the competition by competing against their class groups.                                                             “All I Want for Christmas is….Just one more win”
The Culinary Arts classroom has seven tables or groups of students.                                                             and that’s exactly what Santa delivered to the Tucker
      The first round required each group in each class to cook the chili                                                       Tigers as they won the State AAAA Football
recipe of their choice. Students then tasted each group’s creation and                                                          Championship on December 9, 2011, at the Georgia
elected a winner to represent their class. In the second round, a week                                                          Dome with seats filled with hundreds of students,
later, class winners made their chili recipe again. This time the recipes                                                       parents, alumni, staff, and community fans. Tucker
were judged by several members of the Tucker High School faculty and                                                            had their first undefeated season…..15-0. It was also
staff.                                                                         Tucker’s 2nd state championship after winning in 2008.
      The winning recipe, “Bob’s Chili” was overwhelmingly picked by                 The Tucker Tigers dominated the championship game against Lovejoy and easily won 22-7.
the judges. The winners were from 7th period, Table 1. Group mem-              According to Senior Kenneth Crenshaw it was a great experience that most students never have the
bers are Sabrina Tucker, Jeffery Reed, Alexis Butler, Marleese Mills,          opportunity to do and he was fortunate enough to
and Steven Duffy. The winners were given blue ribbons to wear the              be suited up for the 2008 championship game as a
day after the contest which decreed 1st Place Chili Cook-off Winner.           freshman. Kenneth is the son of Tracey and
The Culinary Arts program at Tucker High School is new this year.              Kenneth Crenshaw of the Forest. He was the start-
Students begin the three-year curriculum with Introduction to                  ing offensive tackle and was captain of the semi-
Culinary Arts. The goal of the program is to teach students all about          final game and the championship game. What
the food service industry. The Culinary Arts lab at Tucker High School         made this team so special? Kenneth said the team
is equipped with all the latest food service equipment in the industry.        never doubted that they couldn’t do it. They came
                                                                               together as a team with a strong dedication. “It’s
                                                                               the best senior class at Tucker with the best
                                                                                    The team arrived at the Dome with a police
                                                                               escort and also left with the same escort. Upon
                                                                               arrival back at the school, the team was greeted by              Number 73, Kenneth Crenshaw
                                                                               parents, students, band members, cheerleaders,
                                                                               faculty, and community fans to extend the celebration.
                                                                                                                                    Congratulations to Coach Franklin Stephens with
                                                                                                                                 his winning record of 64-6 in his five seasons at
                                                                                                                                 THS. Mom Tracey Crenshaw credits Coach
                                                                                                                                 Stephens and his staff with the growth she has seen
                                                                                                                                 in her own son. He’s a “better leader, athlete, and
                                                                                                                                 most important a better student”. Kenneth knows
                                                                                                                                 they are prepared for each game and that the coach-
                                                                                                                                 es push them to the max. Players attend football
                                                                                                                                 camps and summer conditioning. Before the cham-
                                                                                                                                 pionship game, Coach Stephens told the team to do
                                                                                                                                 everything right since this was the biggest stage they
     Wishing all of our                                                                                                          would see and they wouldn’t have that second
        Smoke Rise
                                       A+ Learning
                                      minus the PAIN!
                                                                                                                                     Kenneth will be continuing his football career as
                                                                               he will attend University of South Alabama (USA) with a full scholarship and knows Coach Stephens
       an awesome                                                              has prepared him for the collegiate level of sports.
          2011-12                        4934 Lavista Road
                                        4934 Lavista Road                      Other recognitions for Kenneth include All DeKalb
       school year!                     Phone (770) 939-7060
                                       Phone (770) 939-7060                    County Football Team 2011, All Region 2011, All
                                      Ginger Baxter, Director
                                      Ginger Baxter, Director                  Star Senior Bowl 2011, and Player of the Week
                                                                                    Other Smoke Rise residents on the team include
                                                                               Seniors Jonathan Parker, Joshua Dawson, Mike
                                                                               Young, Joe Rush, and Adaryl Jones. Returning play-
                                                                               ers include Corey Hunter, Corey Mohale, Ian Rigby,
                                                                               Chandler Williams, and Kenneth’s brother, Cole
                                                                                  This team has a lot to be proud of and ended the
                                                                               season on ESPN Powerade Fab 50 national rankings
                                                                               at number 31.
                                                                                  This team gives back to the community. Several players are mentors at Smoke Rise Charter School
                                                                                                                                         and recently adopted a family at Christmas
                                                                                                                                         and provided gifts for the children.
                                                                                                                                             As Tracey Crenshaw summed it up, “ The
                                                                                                                                         benefits of the program will last the players a
                                                                                                                                         lifetime because they have learned life lessons
                                                                                                                                         such as discipline, integrity, perseverance,
                                                                                                                                         and maintaining a strong work ethic.”
                                                                                                                                             Congratulations to the Tucker Tigers. You
                                                                                                                                         have made the community proud and we
                                                                                                                                         can’t wait till next year.
                                                                                                                                         photos by Laurie Golding

                                                                            Thank You, Coach Stephens - It’s Not All About a Football Game
                                                                                 Winning the State Football Championship is awesome, but at Midvale Elementary School, we saw true
                                                                            champions when we were visited by members of the Tucker Tiger football team. We have had five Tucker
                                                                            seniors, Gabe, Justin, Terrell, Robert and Brenden, coming to the school each Thursday morning to mentor
                                                                            some of our little boys. The impact on the little boys will make a difference for the rest of their lives.
                                                                                 One afternoon, those players brought the other players, some cheerleaders, and Tuc the Tiger to
                                                                            Midvale. They came with a play in mind. Four of the little boys are members of the same family and the
                                     Dave’s                                 family is one that has some real needs. The players brought gifts that they knew the little boys would love.
                                                                            We could tell this when the players were helping them put the toys together. There were tears in our little
                                   Landscaping                              boys' mother's eyes as she watched.
                                                                                 We saw one of the reasons that these young men are so giving. That day was the birthday of the boys'
                                     Lawn Maintenance                       mom. A comment was made as people were talking, and it was discovered that Mom did not have a coat.
                                      and Landscaping                       Ms. Landry, one of the teachers, went out to her car and brought Mom a very nice coat and scarf. What a
                                       770-621-0393                              Midvale is so appreciative of the example that you provide and the expectations that you have for your
                                   We accept American Express,              players. As you lead, they will follow and it appears that you are leading in the way they need to go.
                                        Visa & Mastercard                   Again, Coach, thank you so much for all you do!
    For estimates email: daveslandscaping@comcast.net                       Susan Wilson, Principal, and the staff of Midvale Elementary School
social                                                                                                                                                              January, 2012

                     •••One Week Only•••                                                                           Library Movie Series
                    “Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words”                                                             Saturday, January 14 • 2:00 p.m.
                    by Bill Oberst, Jr.                                                                            THE HELP
                                                                                                                   Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard
                    January 20-22                                                                                  Rated PG-13
                        Bill Oberst, Jr. returns to ART Station for his 10th consecutive year to pay respect
                                                                                                                   Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter is a southern society girl
                    and honor Lewis Grizzard with the best of Grizzard’s stand-up comedy and selections
                                                                                                                   who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns
                    from books and columns. Bill has toured the US spreading Lewis’ unique writings and
                                                                                                                   her friends' lives - and a small Mississippi town - upside down when
love of the South. Still revered nearly 18 years after his passing, Grizzard continues to strike a humorous
                                                                                                                   she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives
                                    chord within all true Southerners. "The audience laughed 'till they
                                                                                                                   taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best
                                    cried... funny and touching." –Scott Harper, The Times
                                                                                                                   friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up - to the dismay of her
                                         The performances are Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m. &
                                                                                                                   friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long
                                    8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $29
                                                                                                                   friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their
                                    for adults and $24 for Seniors/Students. To purchase tickets call the Box
                                                                                                                   collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories
                                    Office at 770 469 1105 or visit www.artstation.org where tickets may be
                                                                                                                   - and as it turns out, they have a lot to say.
                                    purchased on-line. A $1.00 facility fee is added per ticket.
                                       All performances are in the ART Station Theatre at 5384 Manor Drive         Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker 30084
                                    in Historic Stone Mountain Village. Founded in 1986, ART Station is a
                                    non-profit contemporary arts center that provides cultural and educa-
                                    tional opportunities to the entire community, focusing its programming
                                    on quality works of southern arts and artists. ART Station is a 501(c)3
                                    non-profit corporation. For additional information call 770-469-1105 or
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Treasures on the Florida Coast; Returning to Palm Beach                                                                 It was what you might call a "Merry-Go-Round Christmas"
By Karen L. Gregory                                                                                                for the Millstone East residents this year. As so many of our lives
                                                                                                                   seem to be spinning during this season, the gathering for this
     The first time I visited Palm Beach was January 1st, 1989, and it was love at first sight. I remember         close-knit group of neighbors became a "drop-in"...folks coming
walking into the lobby of The Breakers Hotel where I was overwhelmed by the astounding beauty of an                and going during the evening. We love posing for our annual
American masterpiece. The distinct fragrance of fresh flowers and the cool pristine marble were intoxicat-         photo to post in this Smoke Signal edition but ended up with
ing. Gentle strings of a harpist who was playing around a corner could be heard throughout the lobby. It           only small group shots. Nevertheless, we still had a BIG
was a magical and unforgettable welcome to an extraordinary place and I never wanted to leave. During that         TIME...lots of delicious food, Christmas music, sparkling lights,
sunny blissful week, I enjoyed the beach and the pool and late night room service. Just walking through the        laughs and good cheer. We always celebrate being a part of this
lobby was a pleasure. When a hot fudge sundae arrived at my room, a smiling server referred to it as my            Smoke Rise/Mountain Shadow area and wanted to wish you all a
"sweet tooth for Madame".                                                                                          Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
     It wasn't long before I ventured off to Worth Avenue where I splurged at a European salon in The
Esplanade. I had the good fortune of a talented hair stylist from France who quietly insisted that "ladies" do
not wear bangs. I strolled in and out of flower filled Vias with decorative European tile work and into the
Chanel boutique where I tried on a ten thousand dollar evening gown. I opted for a much more reasonably
priced pair of earrings as a reminder of my joyous experience. Holiday decorations were still carefully placed
along Worth Avenue; painted wooden valets carrying stacks of wrapped boxes leaning over the avenue. I
shopped for the one accessory that was a must have for stylish ladies on the beach by The Breakers: a straw
hat. I found the perfect hat in a men's shop - Maus and Hoffman. After removing the tropical band and
replacing it with a scarf, I was ready to return to the shore.
     On the way back to the hotel, I found an elegant thrift shop - The Church Mouse. I couldn't resist
stopping in to look around. Surely there would be treasures in a such a glamorous location with a decadent
history of wealth and scandal. I hit the jackpot and left with a Chanel gown for a bit less than the new ver-
sion a few blocks away. I still treasure that lovely one hundred dollar dress.
     It seemed there was something beautiful everywhere I looked. Bougainvillea covered entrances, perfect-
ly manicured estate grounds, blooming flowers over stone walls and iron gates and old stucco mansions.
Donald Trump purchased Mar A Lago just three years before my first visit to Palm Beach. The 110,000
square foot estate, built between 1924 and 1927 could barely be seen beyond its surrounding walls and gates.
     I certainly didn't intend to wait twenty three years to return to Palm Beach, but I did. Thankfully I
recently returned, wondering if the magic would still be there. On this trip we stayed north of Palm Beach
in Stuart, a vibrant community with fantastic beaches, great restaurants and a variety of shopping. It was
also close to Jupiter Island which is only about a twenty minute drive from Stuart to Hobe Sound. The
entrance to Jupiter island is lined by majestic banyan trees on both sides of the street. While the banyan trees
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     In Stuart we enjoyed an excellent dinner at East Ocean Bistro located on S.E. Ocean Boulevard. The
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fresh pear sorbet I ordered for dessert. There are also some great thrift shops along S.E. Ocean Boulevard
full of surprises and fantastic deals. If you stay at a condo with a kitchen don't miss the new Fresh Market.
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the hat. Chanel was still gleaming; filled with sparkling evening gowns; but I didn't bother to try any on
this time. Instead we strolled along what seemed like a quieter Worth Avenue. Perhaps due to the economy
or a lull before the high season is in full swing. Whatever the case, a walk along Worth Avenue is every bit
as magical as it was twenty three years ago. Somehow I recalled the way to The Church Mouse, and it was
bustling with well heeled ladies shopping for couture bargains. They have since expanded into furnishings
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while. It's truly delightful that some things never change.

January, 2012                                                                                                                                            community
                                                                                Wells Cargo: Family Owned & Operated
                                                                                for Generations in Stone Mountain Village
                                                                                by Kim Delaney
                                                                                      Small businesses with staying power are few and far between
                                                                                these days. When you find a local business that has stood the test of
                                                                                time and managed to survive through good times and bad, it’s some-
                                                                                thing to be celebrated. Our local community of Stone Mountain
                                                                                Village is home to several of these small businesses who’ve stood the
                                                                                test of difficult economic times. They have been and still are Open
                                                                                For Business!
                                                                                      Wells Cargo is a family owned and operated business that has
                                                                                called Stone Mountain Village home for decades. The Wells Family
                                                                                of Stone Mountain opened their business on Main Street in the

      Eckhart's                                                                 heart of town as an antique store back in 1974. The shop was very
                                                                                successful, drawing antique lovers and bargain shoppers from all
                                                                                over the southeast. In the 80’s, Hilda Wells and her daughter Lynn
 Main Street Cleaners                                                           decided it was time to take a leap of faith and expand the family
                                                                                business to include food and drink…Wells Cargo Café was born. The Village was thriving and business was
  HOURS: Monday-Friday 7:00-7:00 • Saturday 8:00-4:30
                                                                                booming back then, at one point boasting over 70 shops and restaurants in the city that consists of just 1.7
                                                                                square miles. In the 90’s things began to slow down, and many businesses closed their doors. But Wells
             5$ for                     20% OFF                                 Cargo stayed open and stayed strong, through fewer customers, construction headaches and a down-turned
               5.95                     Any 5 pc Dry Cleaning                   economy. Hilda Wells says it’s been a struggle at times, but she and daughter Lynn have managed to stay

       Men’s Dress Shirts                      Good for 4 times                 open and busy, serving a clientele that’s been very loyal over the years. “It’s been great, working with my
                                       Must present coupon with incoming
            (On Hangers)
                                                                                daughter Lynn. This business has been open for two generations…our hope is to keep it going and keep it
                                       order. Not valid with any other offer.
           “Hand Finished”             Excludes leather, suede and furs.        in the family,” said Wells.
                                                                                      Wells Cargo Café is located at 953 Main Street in Stone Mountain Village. They are open for dinner

  Same Day Service
                                                                                Wednesday through Saturday from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm and for lunch Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am
  Leather/Fur Cleaning                      2285 Main Street                    – 2:30 pm. Menu items include the popular half-pound burger, steaks and seafood, homemade soups and
  Drive-thru Window                         Tucker, GA 30084                    salads. They serve beer and wine and they host local live musicians on occasion – they hope to make the

  Wedding Dress Preservation                                                    live music a monthly happening.
  Reweaving & Alterations                                                             The Wells Antique store has operated out of two locations over the years on Main Street, both of which
                                                                                have been closed for some time. The Wells family has begun opening the larger space on Main Street
                                                                                Saturdays from 10 am-6 pm, to liquidate some merchandise…everything from furniture to collectibles and
                                                                                architectural items. Hilda Wells says there is a plan in the works to open a Music Hall in that location in
                                                                                2012. Wells says plans for the smaller retail space include a combination antique shop and art gallery that
                                                                                will feature the work of Stone Mountain native and artist Curtis Ames.
                                                                                      Another small business that’s stood the test of time in Stone Mountain Village is the Old Post Office
                                                                                Emporium, owned and operated by the Nash family. Nan and Charles Nash have been residents of Stone
                                                                                Mountain for close to 50 years and have owned and operated businesses here since 1978. The Old Post
                                                                                Office Emporium is located in the old post office building at 5379 E Mountain Street in the Village. Nan
                                                                                rents retail space to over 50 dealers, who sell everything from antiques and knick-knacks to jewelry and mil-
      As Artists, we have the Expertise,                                        itary memorabilia. “Initially we carried just militaries and metal detectors. Over the years we’ve expanded
       the Creativity and the Desire,                                           to antiques and collectibles, handbags and wine.” The OPO Emporium is an authorized retailer of Stone
                                                                                Mountain Handbags and they opened the OPO Wine Shop two years ago. Each month the Emporium
          but you have the Canvas.                                              hosts a Walk & Wine, where visitors can enjoy food and wine tastings while they shop. The Nash’s also own
            Let us book a session                                               and operate the Nash Security Company out of the same location. They are open Monday through Saturday
             to Paint You New.                                                  10 am – 6 pm.
                                                                                      Yet another small family business that’s survived in Stone Mountain Village is Baron’s Antiques and
                                                                                Restoration. Located at the corner of Main Street and Manor Drive, Baron’s get its name from the man who
                                                                                started the company back in 1947, Paul Baron. After Baron passed away, his siblings took over the business
                                                                                and it has called the Village home since 1981. The corner shop not only restores and sells antiques and jew-
                                                                                elry, but Baron’s is also an authorized dealer of Lladro and Disney collectibles. Baron’s is open in Stone
                                                                                Mountain Village Monday – Saturday 10 am-5 pm.
                                                                                      For more information on these and other businesses and happenings in Stone Mountain Village, call
                                                                                Main Street Director Kim Delaney at 770-498-7334.

           Carrie and John                                                      Stone Mountain Memorial Association Welcomes New CEO
         are the Right Choice
                                                                                      Smoke Rise residents, please welcome Bill Stephens as the new CEO of the Stone Mountain Memorial

     for Your Real Estate Needs!
                                                                                Association (SMMA), replacing Curtis Branscome, who retired in September. Bill Stephens is a native of
                                                                                Fannin County, Georgia, and brings a vast amount of experience in business, communications and politics.
                                                                                Stephens and his wife will be making their home in Smoke Rise in the near future.
                                                                                      Bill served eight years in the Georgia State Senate. After his freshman term, his colleagues elected him
                                                                                as Senate Republican Caucus Chairman, where he and a group of others designed and implemented the
                                                                                strategy that led to the transition of the Senate to Republican control for the first time in 134 years. Stephens
                                                                                was elected Senate Majority Leader when another colleague resigned his post to run for the US Congress.
                                                                                In 2006 he lost a runoff election for Georgia Secretary of State.
                                                                                      During Stephens Senate career, he served as Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and Vice

        Consistantly outstanding service
                                                                                Chair of the Senate Banking Committee. He was the author or co-author of over 20 pieces of major legis-
                                                                                lation, served on the three-member Senate Budget Conference Committee and built a reputation for point-

       from your Smoke Rise neighbors.
                                                                                ing out real life examples of wasteful governmental spending through the creation of the “Georgia Stuck Pig
                                                                                Award” given annually for a number of years to recognize the most egregious examples of inappropriate
                                                                                spending of taxpayers dollars. Stephens received numerous recognitions and awards from groups and asso-

 • Over 300 homes sold in Smoke Rise
                                                                                ciations including the “National Guardian of Small Business Award” presented by the National Federation
                                                                                of Independent Businesses.
 • Upscale company of over 500 agents                                                 Stephens’ business career has included the presidency of a small public relations firm and 10 years in
 • Over 50 years combined selling
                                                                                the banking industry in North Georgia. Early in his career, he served as Georgia Governor Zell Miller’s first
   real estate in Atlanta
                                                                                spokesperson and Director of Communications and as Press Secretary for Miller during his last two years as
                                                                                Lieutenant Governor.
                                                                                      A fifth-generation native of the North Georgia Mountains, Stephens attended Gainesville College on a
      Carrie Shoults                                                            basketball scholarship and later received his BBA degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from
                                                                                Georgia State University.
                                                                                      Bill and his wife Shannon, a former reporter/anchor at WSB-television, who now does the WSB “Daily

      John Porter
                                                                                Two” segments at 12:58 PM each day, keep up with five sons. They are presently members of the Saint

                                                   Carrie Shoults
                                                                                Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Woodstock, Georgia.
                                                    John Porter
                                                                                      The Georgia General Assembly created the Stone Mountain Memorial Association (SMMA) in
                                                                                February of 1958 and the public-private relationship began in January of 1998. The purpose of the SMMA
                                                                                is to manage Stone Mountain Park as a memorial and as a place of public recreation.

                                                                                      The “memorial“ part of the mission has been accomplished through the completion and maintenance
                                                                                of the world’s largest relief carving. The Antebellum display of homes and buildings, as well as Memorial
               www.palmerhouseproperties.com                                    Hall, also contribute to that part of the mission.
                                                                                                                                                                           Continued on page 6
                                                                                                                                                                         January, 2012
                                                                                                                    SMMA…continued from page 5
     Alerts & Watches                                                                                               The public recreation part of the association’s mission is being met
                                           by Jan Mahoney                                                           through:
FYI: It is the policy of the Smoke Signal that all reports of crime published in this column are based on infor-       • Development of attractions
mation received directly from residents who are the victims of the crime, or who have witnessed suspicious activ-      • Walking trails
ity, and never to include names and addresses.                                                                         • Festivals
                                                                                                                       • More recently, an environmental and historical education pro-
                                                                                                                         gram that serves thousands of school kids
Remember these three important guidelines from our Tucker precinct:
• Call 911 when the crime or a suspicious person sighting is in progress and say that the incident is “in           Stone Mountain Park is owned by the citizens of Georgia and is man-
  progress”. CALL NOW - not later.                                                                                  aged as a public-private partnership. The SMMA, as a State authority,
• Be very suspicious - call 911 for ALL suspicious behavior.                                                        oversees:
• NEVER open doors to strangers.                                                                                      • A master lease entered into with the Herschend Family
     You are the eyes and the ears of the Police Department. Call them and let them handle the situation                Entertainment Corporation (HFE) for the operation of the
- do not ever attempt to handle a situation yourself.                                                                   attractions of the park and certain other functions. HFE main-
The following reports were received from the CrimeMapping and SpotCrime websites:                                       tains a contract with the Marriott Corporation for the manage-
                                                                                                                        ment of the Evergreen Resort and the Stone Mountain Inn
                                                                                                                      • The walking trails and the natural beauty of the undeveloped
                                                                                                                        woodlands and open spaces
How to subscribe to the free crimemapping.com crime reporting services and why you should subscribe:                  • The important environmental, interpretive and historical educa-
     This free crime reporting service provides the Smoke Rise Community with daily crime reports (via email)           tion programs
derived from the DeKalb County police reports. Alerts and Watches recommends that the residents of the our            • All public safety functions
community subscribe to this free service so that you will know what is going on in our community in a time-
ly manner and to take precautions.
     The Internet link to do so is as follows: http://www.crimemapping.com:80/subscriptions/subscribe.aspx
     In addition, an iPhone app for the crime mapping service can be downloaded at http://www.crimemap-
     If you need assistance with the sign-up process, please send an email to smoke-signal@earthlink.net

From a Mountain Glen resident:
At around 9:00 AM on Monday, November 7th, my neighbor saw a small white Ford parked in our driveway.
When we got home around noon, we saw that the window from the deck into the sun porch had been broken
into with some kind of tool. The intruder tried to get into the kitchen from the sun porch but could not get
in because there is a deadbolt on the doors to the kitchen, so we were lucky and nothing could be taken from
our home.
From an Old Stone Mountain Road resident (at the Lilburn-Stone Mountain Road end):
On Friday, December 2, during the day between 9 am-6 pm, someone entered our home through a window
after prying off the screen. They took electronics, jewelry, an extensive wine collection and tools. The value
total is approximately $10,000. The police were called, and responded within 15 minutes. Our alarm system
is currently being updated!
From an Oxbow Road resident:
On the night of December 18th, at 10:00 PM, we heard a noise at the front of our house. Someone was tap-
ping on the window at the front door. A very tall, heavy Asian-looking man was standing there pointing to his
cell phone as if it didn’t work and he needed a phone. My husband motioned to him to go to the carport door
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January, 2012                                                                                                                            community
SR Resident Appointed to State Board                                                                    Side by Side Clubhouse Receives Check
                                                                        Artist Opens
     Joe Stock has been appointed                                                                        from Stone Mountain Woman’s Club
by Governor Deal to the State of                                        New Gallery                          Cindi Johnson from Side by
Georgia Board of Hearing Aid                                              Meredith Bridges, a           Side Clubhouse in the Village of
Dealers and Dispensers. Joe and                                      Forest resident, has opened a      Stone Mountain recently received a
his wife Barbara are Smoke Rise                                      new art gallery in Stone           check from Jenny Hall-Busch, rep-
residents. He is a member of the                                     Mountain Village as part of        resenting the Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain Rotary Club, of                                       the Stone Mountain Art             Woman’s Club, at the annual
which he is a past president and                                     Incubator Program ( Smart          Christmas brunch on December
Rotarian of the Year. He also                                        Inc.) The Smart Inc. pro-          16th at the clubhouse. The sales
serves on the advisory board of                                      gram intends to help encour-       from Jenny’s “the third cookbook”
Georgia Piedmont Technical                                           age art businesses in Stone        were, in part, responsible for the
                                            Joe and Barbara Stock
College (DeKalb Technical College).          with Governor Deal      Mountain Village as a way to       donation, which was the first spon-
                                                                     revitalize the downtown dis-       sorship in the upcoming charity
                                                                     trict. Meredith went to            event “Jawbones v. Sawbones”
                                                                     Tucker High School and             which will take place in March (see related article below).
                                                                     then University of Georgia.
                                                                     She majored in sculpture                         Jawbones vs. Sawbones
                                                                     and art education and went
                                                                                                                                   GFWC Stone Mountain Woman’s Club and
                                                                     on to teach art in K-12 for a
                                                                                                                                GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club are collaborat-
                                                                     number of years. Her studio
                                                                                                                                ing in presenting the first annual Jawbones v.
                                                                     and gallery, called Meredith
                                                                                                                                Sawbones basketball game to take place on
                                                                     Bridges Designs, is located
                                                                                                                                March 3, 2012, pitting the best lawyers against
                                                                     in North Town Gallery at
                                                                                                                                the best doctors for bragging rights for a year.
                                                                     977 Main Street.
                                                                                                                                The purpose is to become a signature event for
                                                                        Meredith Bridges Designs
                                                                                                                                the benefit of Side by Side Brain Injury
                                                                     carries a range of functional
                                                                                                                                Clubhouse where lives are being rebuilt after
                                                                     handmade goods for the
                                                                                                                                brain injury.
                                                                     home, all based in tradition-
                                                                                                            We are looking for physicians and attorneys who would be willing
                                                                     al craftwork. All items are
                                                                                                        to help on any and all levels of this event. We need those who enjoy
                                                                     made by Meredith in the
                                                                                                        playing basketball to join a team for the game. Also, we need them,
                                                                     studio in Stone Mountain.
                                                                                                        businesses, healthcare providers, and service groups to purchase spon-
                                                                     Usual offerings include
                                                                                                        sorships and program advertisements; to sell tickets and raise money
                                                                     Appalachian brooms, Shaker
                                                                                                        within their offices and organizations. We need you to help generate
                                                                     boxes, wood turned items,
                                                                                                        a spirited competition between the Jawbones and Sawbones!
                                                                     leather bags, journals and
                                                                                                             The inaugural Jawbones v. Sawbones game will be played March
                                                                     custom shoes. Gallery hours
                                                                                                        3, 2012 from 7 – 9 PM in the gymnasium at St. Pius X High School
                                                                     are Wednesday through
                                                                                                        in Atlanta.
                                                                     Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7
                                                                                                             Each year 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury in
                                                                     p.m. and by appointment.
                                                                                                        the US. Brain injuries have recently received media attention with
                                                                     She was just honored with
                                                                                                        increasing numbers of athletes suffering concussions; however, other
                                                                     First Place for one of her
                                                                                                        causes such as accidents, falls, strokes, and aneurysms also cause brain
                                                                     sculptural pieces that was
    ww w. S t e i n e rConstructionAtlanta. com                                                         injuries. The number of people surviving and living with brain injury
                                                                     included in the juried mem-
                                                                                                        is increasing and TBI is a leading injury our military service members
                                                                     ber exhibit at the Art
                                                                                                        incur. In fact, more brain injuries occur every year than diagnoses of
                                                                                                        multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, HIV/AIDS and breast cancer
                                                                                                             Most people who suffer a brain injury have no place to go after
                                                                                                        their medical care, and rehabilitation ends at facilities such as
                                                                                                        Shepherd Center and Emory. As a result, many languish and never
                                                                                                        reach their full potential or feel a part of their community anymore.
                                                                                                        We are fortunate to have a place in metro Atlanta that fills the gap,
                                                                                                        because Side by Side is one of only 25 Clubhouses worldwide serving
                                                                                                        this growing population of adults, and they need your help.
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                                                                    STONE MOUNTAIN WOMAN’S CLUB 2011 HONOREES
                                                                         At their annual Christmas Luncheon on December 8, the GFWC Stone Mountain Woman’s Club
                                                                    announced their new Club Woman of the Year and the Family of the Year.
      Renee Glaubitz                    770-414-4201                     Shari Carter, President of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs and the 2011 SMWC Club
                                                                    Woman of the Year, read a delightful poem
                                                                    revealing Glenda Willett as the Club Woman
                                                                    of the Year. Glenda co-chairs the Arts
                                                                    Community Service Program for the club, and
                                                                    for several years has chaired the club’s
                                                                    Homemade Baked Goods Sale at the Yellow
                                                                    Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park.
                                                                    Glenda’s energy and enthusiasm inspires the
                                                                    club women to bake and bake, and then bake
                                                                    some more to make the four-day dessert booth
                                                                    at the Yellow Daisy Festival a major fund rais-
                                                                    ing event for the Stone Mountain Woman’s
           20% DISCOUNT FOR SMOKE RISE RESIDENTS                    Club. Proceeds from the fundraiser help to
                                                                    support a number of projects and charities of (L to R) Gail Rushing, GFWC Stone Mountain Woman’s Club
                                                                    the GFWC Stone Mountain Woman’s Club.           President, Glenda Willett, 2012 SMWC Club Woman of the
                                                                         Pam and Thom DeLoach were recognized Year, Shari Carter, President of the Georgia Federation of
                                                                    as the new 2012 Family of the Year by Kim Women’s Clubs and the outgoing SMWC Club Woman of the
                                                                    Cumbie, outgoing Family of the Year member. Year, Pam and Thom DeLoach, 2012 SMWC Family of the Year.
                                                                    Pam co-chairs the Education Community
                                est. 1978                           Service Program for the club. She and Thom are active volunteers at their church and are tireless workers
                                                                    for Main Street Stone Mountain. Any time there is a major event in the Village of Stone Mountain, you
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                                                                    can expect to see Pam and Thom serving as volunteers. As co-chairman of the Education Community
      Friendly Service, Excellent Quality and Craftsmanship
                                                                    Service Program for the Stone Mountain Woman’s Club, Pam helps to arrange tutors, test proctors and read-
                     2319 Main Street, Tucker                       ing volunteers for the Stone Mountain Elementary School. She also provides assistance to the Stone
                      770-491-3305                                  Mountain Elementary School Media Center Director, Laurie Crooks, who is also a member of the Stone
                        www.tuckerframeshop.com                     Mountain Woman’s Club. Pam’s quiet manner belies her many efforts on behalf of the Woman’s Club. Even
                                                                    though she co-chairs the very important Education Community Service Program, you often see Pam pitch-
                                                                    ing in to help with most major projects of the GFWC Stone Mountain Woman’s Club.
                                                                                                                                                                                           January, 2012
                                Salute to Advertiser                                                                            William (Bill) Rosenfeld
               Pam Heisler & Harry Norman, Realtors                                                                             of RJ Rosenfeld Jewelry
                                                                                                                                                          was awarded
      Pam Heisler has been selling real estate for 11 years—much of it in the Smoke Rise area and all of it
with Harry Norman, Realtors. She likes to stay active and reinvent herself and feels that her former careers             2011 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
form the perfect synergy for her real estate business.
      Pam attended both undergraduate and graduate schools in journalism at the University of Georgia and              by the Tucker Business Association
took her newly-acquired diploma in communications to Atlanta to seek her fortune. Prior to the Olympics,               in appreciation of time and contributions
Atlanta was really just a big small town and Pam accepted a position at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce                     made to the Tucker community.
as vice president of marketing & public relations. She was active on the board of the Public Relations
Society of America and served on the P.R. committee for the American Red Cross.                                            Bill Rosenfeld has been in the jewelry industry since 1984.
      She met her husband Keel during this time at an Atlanta Press Club party at the Limelight. He was a             His philosophy and integrity has always remained the same,
dashing, world-travelling producer at CNN and they shared a love of bad New Jersey jokes since they’d both            ‘Honest Customer Care First’. In 2004, Rosenfeld moved his
grown up there. Their son Bennett was born in 1984, and little Ben soon became the go-to child when a                 business to Lavista Road (@ Fellowship) in Tucker. Since that
CNN feature needed an on-camera kid.                                                                                  time, he has continued to grow his business and reputation as the
                                                               Pam was director of public relations at the High       “Go To” jeweler for all jewelry and watch needs.
                                                           Museum of Art when second son Gillen arrived in                 Rosenfeld has built a state-of-the-art shop with a staff having
                                                           1993 and it was time for reinvention #1. She decided       over 100 years of combined experience in the jewelry industry.
                                                           to spend some time at home with her growing family         Continued education in gemology is a priority and most of his
                                                           and worked for a while specifying floor coverings,         staff are GIA certificate holders. All of the custom-art work,
                                                           countertops, paint colors, plumbing and lighting fix-      repairs, pearl stringing, appraisals, engraving, and castings are
                                                           tures for remodeling. She always had loved the creative    done on the premises. Finally, Tucker has their own 5-star jewel-
                                                           aspect of bringing updated perspectives to homes in        ry store at their fingertips.
                                                           need of some added wow-factor.                                  Bill Rosenfeld & his wife have been residents of Smoke Rise
                                                             Oftentimes her friends would comment that they were      for seven years. He is a member of the Tucker Business
                                                           looking for a house with such-and-such feature and since   Association, Stone Mountain Rotary Club, Smoke Rise Country
                                                           Pam was in and out of homes all the time, reinvention      Club, Georgia Jewelers Association (Board of Directors), IJO
  Ben, Pam, & Keel Heisler-- the HeislerHomes Team         #2 took form. A real estate license would marry her        Group & Antwerp Diamond Broker. Congratulations, Bill!
                                                           marketing acumen with the building and remodeling
skills giving her a fresh perspective and approach to traditional real estate.
    The resulting HeislerHomes Team at Harry Norman Realtors has been both highly successful and won-
derfully rewarding. Business volume increased rapidly and soon son Ben and husband Keel obtained their
real estate licenses to help with overflow. It is very important to Pam that every client receive significant per-
sonal attention and timely responses to their questions in order to make informed decisions.
      “The essence of real estate relationships is really about communication,” she said. “Buying or selling a
house is a big life-changing event not to be taken lightly or handled by someone who isn’t on the cutting
edge of negotiations, regulations, or technology. Harry Norman has been in business for over 80 years in
the Georgia market. It’s a highly ethical firm requiring a high level of agent continuing education with a
fantastic support system—especially in technology and marketing.”
      Harry Norman, founded in 1930, is Atlanta’s oldest and largest real estate firm and was acquired by a
division of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway about four years ago. “We now have the benefit of the
extremely deep pockets, worldwide real estate networks, and market analysis/forecasting that a firm of that
magnitude can bring to the table” she added. Jenny Pruitt was also purchased and folded into the Harry
Norman brand. The combined companies handle all price points—from 30K foreclosures to multi-million
dollar estates.                                                                                                                                                            678-516-7939
      The Heislers moved to Smoke Rise in 1998 from the Northlake area. Pam has been involved in the
neighborhood improvement since their arrival serving on the boards of the Smoke Rise Community
Association and the Summit Community. “Smoke Rise is a great neighborhood that deserves to thrive -
wonderful people, distinctive houses, big lots - it’s a no-brainer to those of us who live out here.” She’s had
her hand in developing neighborhood signage, an email newsletter, a community garden, SR postal desig-
nation, and other events/programs designed to “brand” Smoke Rise as the best place to call home.
      So what’s in the future for real estate in our area? “The fourth quarter of ’11 was outstanding for Smoke
Rise - earlier in the year sales had been relatively flat, but buyers came in droves in September. This is unusu-
al for this time of year, so I expect this trend to continue when the spring selling season starts in mid-January.
Many sellers make the mistake of waiting until April, but the serious buyers are out much, much earlier than
that,” she advised.
      For a complimentary market evaluation, assistance with property tax appeals, or advice on which
improvements will give the best return for your investment, contact Pam at 404-388-0076 or
pam.heisler@harrynorman.com.                                                                                          PAM HEISLER
                                                                                                                      Successfully selling the Smoke Rise Community since 2000

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      In September 2011 the Occupy Wall Street movement took roots in many cities across the U.S. The end-
game of the protesters is socialistic principles, fighting against the establishment and furthering the redistrib-                                                            Active Board Member, Smoke
ution of wealth. The occupiers hinder the day to day operations of hard-working Americans and are costing                                                                     Rise Community Association and
                                                                                                                                                                              Summit Community Association
cities a lot of money.
      Europe has dominated the news and it is essential that the countries which are the biggest debtors get                                                                  Editor, Smoke Rise eNews
their fiscal house in order. The U.S. has massive debt and lost its AAA rating from the S&P only due to inac-                                                                 Top Ten Agent, Harry Norman
tion of the congress to cut spending and balance the budget.                                                                                                                  REALTORS®
      Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs died in 2011 and the world lost a genius who dominated the world of                                                                         Harry Norman, REALTORS® -
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      ATLANTIS completes its final space shuttle landing on July 8th, 2011. On December 7th NASA Mars                                                                         Consistently Trust Serving Atlanta
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society in a positive way.                                                                                                                                                    for Listings & Other Helpful
      The Royal Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton brought beauty
and romance to two billion people who watched it.
      Baseball entertained and challenged the fans. Who would bring home the trophy - and the winner was
                                                                                                                                  Whether buying or selling, I team
the St. Louis Cardinals who had reason, along with the fans, to have a big victory party. America's women              Service & Integrity
were 2nd in the World Soccer games and our athletes look forward to the Summer Olympics in London,                                  to get the results you want with
England. The current football mania will continue into the next year.
      After many years of sacrifices and heroism, our troops will come home from Iraq. We can only hope that                                                    every transaction!
democracy and peace will be the outcome for all our military has done to help this nation to live in harmo-
ny. Afghanistan and Pakistan are another sad chapter that will linger into 2012 and beyond.                            Harry Norman, REALTORS®
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2012 will decide the future path of the nation and the important issues that face the United States.
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with a happy and positive attitude, for there is enough gloom and doom to dwell on.
      Best wishes for a peaceful, healthy, happy and prosperous New Year to all our families and friends,
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                                                                         annual event as part of a statewide effort to recycle Christmas trees. The program involves trading a
                                                                         used Christmas tree for fruit and vegetable seed packets (from Ferry Morse), while supplies last.
                                                                         DeKalb County residents can recycle their Christmas trees after the holidays through DeKalb County
                                                                         Sanitation Division’s Curbside Recycling Program or by drop-off at the Seminole Road Landfill and
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                                                                              Last year, more than 200,000 trees were recycled in Georgia. More than 10,000 of those trees were
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                                                                      A Walk Through the Winter Garden
                         STEPHEN A. RENNER
                                                                      by Renée Hopf

                                                                           There is no more relaxing time to stroll through our southern gardens than dur-
                                                                      ing the winter months. The moss takes on a verdant green hue and you can feel the
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                                                                      That gives you the opportunity to spot robins’ and squirrels’ nests that are unseen in
                                                                      the summer. Plus, the bare branches form a panorama that allows us to view the
                                                                      antics of birds, chipmunks, squirrels and other wildlife so much more easily.
                                                                           There are many ways to prepare a garden for winter and they all seem to work
                                                                      for those of us who love to dig in the dirt. In our garden, we seem to have developed
                                                                      an extremely laissez-faire attitude for our fall and winter months. Which means
                                                                      those two seasons are the most restful times for us to wander around our own wood-
                                                                      land paths or relax on a bench in the winter sun. Except for keeping the lawn, drive-
                                                                      way, sidewalk and paths free of fallen leaves, that are now stacked on our compost piles and wattles, we
                                                                      ignore most everything else. The leaves that fall in the garden remain there until spring clean-up. They keep
                                                                      the plant roots warm and safe from frost and form a veritable nursery for fat baby worms who can begin
                                                                      plowing up our garden soil come March and April.
                                                                           We prefer this method because it does give us a rest, time to contemplate changes for next year’s gar-
                                                                      den, and it creates a playground for all the wildlife in our area here in Stone Mountain, especially our birds.
                                                                      As we walk through the woods besides the wattles (horizontal brush piles) or “bird condominiums”, as Lee
                                                                      May named them, we get to watch the avian neighborhood activity of the song birds flitting in and out
                                                                      among the dead branches. They feel safe there from many predators and, of course, are scouting out nest-
                                                                      ing territory for spring. They do not have to fly far to forage, because all the seed heads, leafy remains and
                                                                      probably bugs are still there on all of our dead plants.
                                                                         Have you also noticed how the birds use your bird houses in the winter months for warmth? I stepped
                                                                      out of the woods yesterday and leaned on a multi-tiered house and wrens flew out of every porthole to scold
                                                                                                                 me for interrupting their afternoon naps!
                                                                                                                      In the summer, I don’t seem to happen upon these scenes near-
                                                                                                                 ly as often as in the winter months. At this time of year one can
                                                                                                                 walk through the garden with complete ease. You can sit on the
                                                                                                                 swing and enjoy the view without being driven by the sight of every
                                                                                                                 weed, aphid or plants that need thinning.
                                                                                                                    I highly recommend a walk in your own winter garden. Do it
                                                                                                                 now…before March when nature calls us back in full force to clean
                                                                                                                 out all of that dried and dead stubble before the new growth
                                                                                                                 sprouts! Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                       January, 2012
The Gold Dome Report                                                          From the desk of Billy Mitchell…
by Steve Henson, Senator, District 41                                         State Representative • billy.mitchell@house.ga.gov • 770-465-8800
     As little boys and girls were preparing for Santa’s visit we know                            2012 LEGISLATIVE SESSION PREVIEW
they were concerned with being good for goodness sake. As the 2012
                                                                                    Vital state services may face further budget cuts. Most state agencies have seen their budgets cut by an
Legislative session looms over the horizon Jan. 9th I am hoping my fel-
                                                                              average 14 percent, and many more by 20 percent or higher. So while the state’s revenue growth (6.8 per-
low Legislators are also in that spirit and they will pass legislation I
                                                                              cent) through October is ahead of the 4 percent growth needed for the FY 2012 budget, Georgia’s budget
introduced last session to limit gifts and meals from lobbyists to $100
                                                                              crunch is far from over.
or less. I also hope they will consider legislation to make the state
                                                                                    Programs such as Medicaid and PeachCare are facing a $210 million shortfall in FY 2012 because of
Ethics Commission more independent of legislative influence.
                                                                              previous years of underfunding. The governor’s preliminary revenue estimate for the amended FY 2012
The Budget                                                                    budget calls for a 1.2 percent increase, which should cover the immediate Medicaid shortfall. Unfortunately,
      This Session we face a budget shortfall of over a billion dollars and   the increase is not quite enough, and leaves little to no money for anything else. Beyond filling the short-
                                                                              falls, the governor must be conservative in his revenue estimate in order to plan for an end of the year sur-
will have to look at cutting state programs that have already been
                                                                              plus that will be needed to rebuild Georgia’s Rainy Day Fund.
severely impacted by several years of cuts. Sadly some of these cuts will
                                                                                    As we enter into the 2012 legislative session, we can expect continued budget pressures in the FY 2013
be from education spending both K-12 and the Board of Regents.
                                                                              budget. Georgia will need almost $1 billion in new funds for:
      Also some members of the General Assembly would like to cut
                                                                                    • shortfalls in Medicaid, PeachCare and the State Health Benefit Plan;
the sales tax from energy costs from manufacturers and some other
                                                                                    • enrollment growth in K-12 and Board of Regents;
business enterprises. This reduction would cost the state about $150                • annual required contribution to the retirement systems;
million in revenue, and while they have discussed removing the sales                • agreement with Department of Justice regarding behavioral health; and,
tax exemption on food or increasing tobacco tax to pay for this, the                • the phase-in of tax cuts.
proposal seems to have much support at this time.                                   The governor’s preliminary FY 2013 revenue estimate calls for 5 percent revenue growth, or approxi-
      We will also have to start dealing with a 740 million dollar short-     mately $850 million, leaving a potential shortfall of several hundred million dollars.
fall in the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. This will have                    As Georgia continues to wrestle with the state budget crisis, the governor and my legislative colleagues
to be done by increasing what employers pay and possibly cutting ben-         and I will have to remain focused on both the short and long-term needs of the state. Georgia’s economic
efits to the unemployed.                                                      and job growth depends on an educated and trained workforce; an adequate health, safety and regulatory
      There are also two bills that would require someone getting             infrastructure; and, especially in these tough economic times, a social safety net without holes.
Unemployment Compensation Insurance to jump another hurdle.                         The General Assembly will have to take a balanced approach to the state budget crisis - one that
One would require drug testing and another would require the unem-            includes additional revenues. Comprehensive tax reform done right would keep our overall tax structure eco-
ployed to work 24 hours a week for a non-profit. While I am sure              nomically competitive. It would give tax cuts to those Georgians most in need, and raise additional revenues
both are well intentioned I feel at best they will take a great deal of       to not only avoid additional cuts to services but begin the process of rebuilding the state infrastructure so
study to see if the benefits outweigh the costs and negative challenges       vital for economic growth.
associated with them.                                                               As is always the case, please feel free to contact me with your comments, questions or concerns.

The Justice System
     We will also be looking at comprehensive plans to deal with
                                                                              Where Are We on Reapportionment?
Juvenile Justice Reform. These efforts have had a great deal of input         by Gene Wise
from many different groups and it is my hope that they will benefit the             As most of you know, a special summer session of the legislature adopted new districts for US Congress
system. Over the last two decades the criminal code for juveniles has         and State legislature. These are now at both the US Justice Dept. and the DC Federal Court for review under
focused more on retribution as opposed to rehabilitation. Many                Civil Rights statutes. No major changes are expected, but anything can happen - it was 2004 before we
believe these reforms have led to negative results, including high rates      voted on final districts from the 2000 census.
of recidivism in children and a disproportional effect on minority juve-            Early in the new session starting in January, consideration will be given to local districts. In DeKalb,
niles. The juvenile code is a comprehensive set of laws that govern           that will be the County Commission and the DeKalb School Board. The legislators who have any part of
how our state responds to abuse and neglect of children, violations of        the County will meet to decide on new districts and, if they can, without a lot of rancor, their slate will be
criminal law by children, and other issues that require court involve-        adopted without further action by the full House and Senate. Any member can submit a different layout to
ment. Presently Senate Bill 172 and House Bill 641 are in the General         the caucus of his/her party and request it be sent on to the respective Reapportionment Committee.
Assembly and are trying to deal with these issues with a balanced                   At press time, it appeared the school board would be reduced from nine to seven members, eliminat-
approach.                                                                     ing the two Super Districts. That, of course, puts nine incumbents in seven districts, so there will be inter-
                                                                              nal efforts to get districts favoring incumbents. It appears Commissioner Pam Speaks and Commissioner
Other Topics on the Horizon                                                   Tom Bowen are likely to be put in the same district.
• Dealing with the effects of last year’s immigration law with modifi-              The County Commission is expected to remain about as it is, but there is a move on to change it also to
  cations to an agriculture guest worker program.                             seven districts, rather than five districts and two super districts. That raises the question of whether the two
• Working to make hiring veterans more attractive to employers.               sets of seven districts should be the same and not much indicates that will be done in the time available.
• Legislation on Transit Governance to give the state oversight over                When you get this paper, it will be very close to decision time and, if you have any interest in what dis-
  transit systems in the metro Atlanta area.                                  tricts you are in, it will be time to PUSH to contact members of the legislature who represent you and the
• Legislation to create a Health Care Exchange with other states as           Chair of that delegation, Howard Mosby, at mosb7101@hotmail.com or howard.mosby@house.ga.gov.
  part of the requirements of the Federal Affordable Care Act.
• Additional legislation to try and deal with metal theft.                          TCA Examines Improvements for Local Seniors
                                                                                    The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has an "Aging in Place" (AIP) program that helps commu-
     I am sure that there will be many other interesting topics that we
                                                                              nities find resources to improve services and the built environment for senior citizens. After meeting with
will be dealing with this session and I welcome your input and
                                                                              AIP Director Laura Keyes, Tucker Civic Association board members are exploring the possibility of estab-
thoughts on these issues. Please feel free to contact me at anytime: e-
                                                                              lishing an "Aging in Place" plan for Tucker and Smoke Rise.
mail is stevehenson@mindspring.com, office number is 404-656-0085                  The first step in the process is to conduct an Internet-based survey of senior residents in the commu-
and my cell phone number is 678-907-2723.                                     nity. The results of the survey will identify services and street improvements that will be most beneficial.
     I greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve our community in                In the coming weeks, look for more information on the survey on our website, www.tuckercivic.org.
the State Senate and I wish each of you a very Happy New Year.

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Mountain Shadow Garden Club
      The Mountain Shadow Garden Club's December meeting was our annual Christmas Dinner Party
catered by JoAn Morgan of A Bouquet by JoAn, who served a delicious, traditional holiday meal. Following
dinner we were entertained by Ivan Benson, author and creator of the "Gus and Phil" recorded stories and
family entertainer at Stone Mountain Park. Ivan presented a musical program of popular Christmas songs
through the years from our childhood to the present and concluded with the timeless songs we know and
love about the real meaning of Christmas, a celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. A delightful
and enjoyable program with a powerful message!
      We then formally installed members elected at the November meeting to serve as MSGC's officers and
directors in 2012 and recognized members for outstanding service during 2011. MSGC 2012 officers are:
President, Jeff Raines; 1st Vice President, John Krueger; 2nd Vice President, Vicki Proano; Secretary, Ruth
Kail; and Treasurer,Scott Uthlaut. Non-officer Directors are: Mildred Hall, Ron Hickes, Paula Krueger and
Jeff Potter. Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Diana Wright, who stepped down from the Board,
for her service as Secretary and Director and to Ron Hickes as "Master of Barbecue" for the annual picnic. A
special "President's Cap" was presented to Jeff Raines for agreeing to serve an unprecedented 4th term and
accolades given to Jim Tucker for his service as Dirt Data editor and Publicity Chair.
      Karen Lindauer, an active member of the Georgia Native Plant Society (GNPS), will present “Creating
Habitat Using Native Plants” at the January meeting. Following early retirement from the CDC in 1996,
Karen and her husband moved from the Morningside area in Atlanta to Tucker. The landscape of the near-              December Smoke Rise Morning Glories co-hostesses Susan Morrison, Joy
ly 2-acre property, however, was essentially a blank slate except for a few non-native azaleas and numerous,        Zaidan, Cookie Roland and Vivian Nickelsen (standing) with Marsha Pittard.
beautiful, hardwood trees. Karen has filled in the blanks over the past 15 years by planting native wildflow-
ers, shrubs and small trees, many from native plant rescues, to create an attractive habitat for birds, small
animals and beneficial insects. She is currently a volunteer leader of the Georgia Perimeter Botanical Gardens
                                                                                                                    Smoke Rise Morning Glories
woodland gardens and an experimental xeric sand bed.                                                                     The Smoke Rise Morning Glories Garden Club met at the home
      Karen's program will provide practical information on the importance of using native plants to promote        of Marsha Pittard to wrap up a year of community beautification with
biodiversity and encourage wildlife in our gardens. The interconnection of good soil structure, native versus       a flurry of holiday celebration. The morning began with hot cider and
exotic plants and the role of insects and birds, as well as water collection and conservation, will be highlight-   brunch served in the sunlit kitchen of Marsha’s home, decked for the
ed. A recommended list of specific native plants for gardens in Georgia will be provided to attendees. Visitors     season with poinsettias and greenery. Joy Streater read an inspira-
are invited to join us at 7:30 PM Monday, January 9, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 5801 High                  tional tale describing the origins of both silver tinsel and bright holly
Howell Rd. Free. Call 770-934-4726 for directions.                                                                  berries. Traditional holiday decorations are gentle reminders of the
                                                                                                                    beauty of the world in which we live and equally pointed directives to
Smoke Rise Garden Club                                                                                              share our blessings generously.
                                                                                                                         Programs Chair, Quill Duncan, asked the club members to reflect
     Our December meeting was a social outing. Members and friends/spouses met for dinner on December
                                                                                                                    on their year and to look for ways to return thanks for the support and
8 at the German Corner Bakery Restaurant, then headed over to the Art Station to see the opening night
                                                                                                                    inspiration we find in our community. Club members donated over
performance of The Christmas Report. An interesting evening was had by all.
                                                                                                                    four hundred pounds of food for distribution by local agencies work-
     Our January meeting will be at Sue Chandler’s home with our own Wilma Coney as speaker. She will
                                                                                                                    ing to alleviate the burdens of hunger and homelessness so that others
be presenting the program “Roses for Every Garden”. Wilma is a Master Gardener, a charter member of our
                                                                                                                    can find hope in the holidays.
club and also a member of the Hummingbird Garden Club. She is a landscape critic and is a past president
                                                                                                                         The business meeting concluded with a surprise appearance by
of the DeKalb County Federation of Garden Clubs.
                                                                                                                    Santa Claus himself, dressed in his familiar red suit (accessorized by
     Some horticulture tips for January: Remove dead stalks, seedpods and other plant debris you missed
                                                                                                                    sensible waterproof gardening boots). He led the members in an ani-
earlier, or just never got around to getting up! It’s a good time to amend your soil as well as cover your peren-
                                                                                                                    mated version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”, distributed gifts and
nial gardens with mulch before your plants start to pop.
                                                                                                                    vanished into the warm December day with a wish for Peace on Earth
     If you are interested in joining or learning about garden clubs in general, please contact Sue Chandler
                                                                                                                    and good weather for all.
at 770-938-2218. Remember, you don’t have to be a gardener to join!
                                                                                                                         For more information about food insecurity in our community
                                                                                                                    and to find out how to help local non-profits address the need for
                                                                                                                    nourishment, please contact the Decatur Emergency Assistance
                                                                                                                    Ministry (www.deamdecatur.org), the Lilburn Co-op (www.lilburn-
                                                                                                                    coop.org), and the Stone Mountain Co-op (770-879-5977).

                                                                                                                    Mountain Mums Garden Club
                                                                                                                         The Mountain Mums held their annual Christmas Luncheon at
                                                                                                                    the Commons Restaurant in Stone Mountain Park on December
                                                                                                                    14th. This yearly luncheon is the social highlight of the year for the
                                                                                                                    Mums as they exchange small gifts and bring donations for the Lilburn
                                                                                                                    Co-op. For those of you who would like to join us... you are invited to
                                                                                                                    the next regular Mountain Mums meeting on January 11 at 9:45 a.m.
                                                                                                                    at the home of Cheri Schneider. The program by Susan Farrar will
                                                                                                                    highlight the Henderson Park Community Garden. Call Lisa Jackson
                                                                                                                    770-717-8828 for more information.

                                                                                                                    Mountain Mums Walk to Remember
                                                                                                                         The Mountain Mums Garden Club is teaming up with the
                                                                                                                    SRCA, Kroger, the Tucker House, the Garden Enthusiast and
                                                                                                                    Pincentives to sponsor a 5K walk at 9:30 am on January 21! The event,
                                                                                                                    entitled WALK TO REMEMBER, falls on the 5th anniversary of the
                                                                                                                    planting of seven Japanese maples at the Hugh Howell Triangle in
                                                                                                                    memory of area teens who lost their lives in traffic accidents.
                                                                                                                         The walk starts at the upper parking lot of Smoke Rise Baptist
                                                                                                                    Church and will follow Smoke Rise's new sidewalk system, crossing
                                                                                                                    Hugh Howell Road onto Lilburn-Stone Mountain Road and then
                                                                                                                    looping around Silver Hill to Hugh Howell Road again. The
                                                                                                                    Mountain Mums and the sponsors hope to raise awareness about safe
                                                                                                                    driving for teens and the need for organ donation.
                                                                                                                         Representatives from Donate Life Georgia will be on hand to
                                                                                                                    answer questions. Registration is $10 and includes a Walk To
                                                                                                                    Remember t-shirt. Children under 10 walk free. Register at the follow-
                                                                                                                    ing locations: The Tucker House on Lawrenceville Highway and The
                                                                                                                    Garden Enthusiast on Main street in Tucker. In case of inclement
                                                                                                                    weather, the walk will be held on January 28. Check the Mountain
                                                                                                                    Mums Facebook page and click on 'events' for more information.
                                                                                                                    Please join us as we WALK TO REMEMBER!!
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                                                                                                                                                                                January, 2012
     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.
                                                                                                                         I decided to do a little research on good luck foods for the New Year. I found
  Classified Ads                                                                                                         out all kinds of strange things, which I will share with you so that my search

  WINDOW CLEANING –                        PIANO TUNING 39-yr. experi-            WAGNON LANDSCAPE GROUP
                                                                                                                         was not in vain. I need a little more luck this coming year, so why tempt

  Year-round detailed window               enced professional; piano repairs      Residential, commercial, design &
                                                                                                                         fate? Southerners know to eat greens because they represent money...the
  cleaning by hand. Fully licensed,        also. Smoke Rise resident. Contact     installation. Year-round mainte-
                                                                                                                         green, folding kind. We eat peas because they are round (symbolizing a com-
  owner operated company. Visit            Steve Duncan at 770-414-4766 or        nance, light tree work/cleanups.
                                                                                                                         pleted year) and golden...for the jingly, coin money. Did you know it was
  AbsoluteWindowCleaning.net.              1swd@att.net.                          Licensed/insured SR resident with
                                                                                                                         bad luck to eat lobster or chicken on New Year’s Day? Well, splurging on
  Call 678-516-7939.                       BERRETTA PAINTING #1 in
                                                                                  SR references. 770-381-3697.
                                                                                                                         lobster might be a bit over the top, but that’s not why...it’s because these guys
  SMOKE RISE LANDSCAPES                    Smoke Rise customer satisfaction.
                                                                                  GREENER PASTURES LAWN
                                           Int/ext. painting, pressure washing,
                                                                                                                         eat while moving backwards...and you don’t want to dwell on the past in
  15 years experience, lawn mainte-
                                           and repairs. Licensed/insured.         MAINTENANCE – General
  nance, pinestraw, mulch, sodding,
                                                                                                                         the New Year...unless you won the lottery, then you can eat all the dumb ol’
                                           Warranty. 770-923-0537.                lawn care, fertilization, pinestraw
  seeding, fertilization, core aeration.
                                                                                                                         lobster you want. And I discovered that eating fish is good luck because they
                                           PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER                 coverage, etc. Established 1985,
  Ryan Rhodes 404-556-2634.
                                                                                                                         swim forward toward a bright future. Who eats fish on New Year’s Day???
  HANDYMAN INC. has over 225               SR resident available to de-clutter    licensed and insured. Call 404-        I guess I’ll stick with ham. Ham is very forward to my way of thinking.
  clients in the SR community.             your home and organize your life.      697-7426.                              –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
  Providing all your “homework”            Insured, bonded, confidential. Call    LIKE-NEW FURNITURE —                                            Tons O’ Cash Collards
  needs. Logan Carlisle, owner and         Cassie at 404-271-9991.                Mates bed, bookcase headboard,
                                           THE HOME TEAM Interior/
                                                                                                                         3 slices bacon
  Handyman@ 770-235-3684.                                                         SERTA Fireblocker mattress,
                                           exterior repairs, painting, any size
                                                                                                                         1 chopped onion
  LOCKSMITH               SERVICES                                                chest $300, Roughneck med. dog-
                                           job! Excellent workmanship,            house with door, and mattresses
                                                                                                                         2 cloves garlic, sliced roughly
  Deadbolts installed, re-key, repair,
  reinforced strike plates & motion        dependable. Free estimates. Call       $30. 404-790-4011.
                                                                                                                         1 teaspoon salt, more to taste

  lights installed, door threshold &       Michael Paige. 770-431-8554,
                                                                                  IDEAL PROTEIN – Lose 3-7
                                                                                                                         1 teaspoon pepper
  weatherstrip replacement. SR             770-595-2482.
                                                                                  pounds/week! Increase energy,
                                                                                                                         3 cups chicken broth
  res/SR ref, Rick 770-617-0466.           STEINER CONSTRUCTION, INC.
                                                                                  burn fat, no medication or exer-
                                                                                                                         1 pound fresh collards
                                           Licensed and insured. Window,
  CAJUN FRIED TURKEYS for                                                         cise. Tucker personal coach, doc-
                                           water heater, roof replacement and
                                                                                                                               Strip away the really big stems and chop collards after a thorough
  your holiday dinner - $40. Weekly                                               tor supervised, affordable. 770-
                                           roof repair. Call Bill Steiner at
  home-cooked meals available, too.
                                                                                                                         washing. Cook bacon a bit to release fat in a large pot. Add onion and
                                           770-316-7897.                          938-4606.
  Email Joanie Arcement at jaarce-
                                                                                                                         cook until it is tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and toss around.
                                           Experienced, industrious EURO-                  WELLSOURCE
  ment@yahoo.com or call 770-469-
                                                                                                                         Then toss in greens and keep heating them until they start to wilt a bit.
                                           PEAN HOUSE CLEANERS                      CHIROPRACTIC & REHAB
                                                                                                                         That way they will eventually fit in that pot. Use tongs to easily turn
                                           available for daily, weekly, month-    Your community center for
  METRO AREA FIREMAN                       ly service. References available
                                                                                                                         them over and over. When wilted...the greens, not you...add broth,
  CLEANS GUTTERS, pressure                                                        health/healing! Spinal correction,
                                           upon request. Call Elvisa: home        decompression, K-Laser for pain,
                                                                                                                         cover and simmer on medium-low for about 45 minutes. Add a tad of
  washes homes, driveways, decks           770-923-7581, cell 404-245-9881.       body vibration for bone mass.
                                                                                                                         sugar and vinegar if you like that, and serve with pepper sauce and those
  & walkways. 5 years experience.          AFFORDABLE LAWN CARE                   770-938-4606.
                                                                                                                         black-eyed peas to guarantee tons of moola for the coming year.
  Call Phillip 404-328-6595 for            Mowing, edging, pruning, trim-
  appointment.                                                                         N. K. CONSTRUCTION
                                                                                                                               I confess that I love doctored-up canned black-eyed peas. I also
                                           ming, etc. Reasonable, depend-
  COMPUTER AND NETWORK                                                                    IMPROVEMENTS
                                                                                                                         love the frozen ones and will make dried only if I’m sure all the stores
                                           able, insured. Call Mark at 770-
  SALES        AND         SERVICES                                               Stucco, brick, tile, driveways, room
                                                                                                                         are out of the other two. I’m too impatient for all that soaking and rins-
  Trusted Company working with                                                       additions, decks, walls, fences,
                                           PETS, PAPERS & POSIES: I’ll
                                                                                                                         ing and such. And once I found a rock in one of those bags, and that
  local community since 1995.                                                            painting, 30 years exp.
                                           care for them while you’re away.
                                                                                                                         just gave me the willies. Anyway, make your peas the way you like them
  References available. 770-979-           Smoke Rise resident 30+ years.               Nick 678-791-9546 (cell)         and serve with tons of white, fluffy rice. I usually make this tomato
  1800 www.thepclink.com.                  Karen Bouchard, 770-491-6608.                 770-934-4148 (home).            chutney as a go-along to add some zip to the peas.
 The purpose of the Smoke Signal classifieds is to advertise goods and services to the community.
                                                                                                                          Adapted (“Stolen”) from the Blue Willow Tomato Chutney
                                                                                                                         2 (28 ounce + 14.5 ounce) cans chopped tomatoes, undrained
                                                                                                                         1 cup brown sugar
                                                                                                                         1 medium chopped onion
                                           Stone Mountain Rotary Club                                                    1 chopped green pepper
                                                                                                                         2 Tablespoons catsup
                                                                                                                         1/2 teaspoon pepper
                                              The Rotary Club of Stone Mountain has been a longstanding sup-
                                                                                                                         About 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
                                           porter of the Stone Mountain community since 1965 and continues
                                                                                                                               Put everything in a large pot and bring to a boil. Stir a bit to make
                                           today. Although Rotary is an international organization, the Rotary           sure nothing sticks, lower heat to medium-low and simmer for about 3
                                           Club of Stone Mountain has chosen to place its community service              hours or until it starts to get nice, thick and dark in color. Taste and add
                                           efforts on the local community.                                               more hot sauce, sugar or pepper if desired. Great at room temperature,
Below is a list of the club’s activities for the current 2011-2012 Rotary year:                                          and it holds well for a about a week in the fridge.
                                                                                                                               With a honey-baked ham, you have a real feast when you have bis-
• Financial support of the Stone Mountain Main Street Back-to-School Festival                                            cuits or cornbread. Wanna know another trick? Look for bags of biscuit
• The purchase of 500 pine tree seedlings to be planted with the help of local scouting units                            mix in the grocery store that say “formula L restaurant style.” There are
• Dedication of a commemorative marker in the form of a bench (site to be determined) at a cost of $1,000                bits of shortening in the mix and they are terrific. This is not a fancy bag
  including materials and labor recognizing all who serve in uniform to preserve the freedoms we enjoy                   of stuff...look on the bottom shelf. You have to bend down and look on
                                                                                                                         those lower shelves, but that’s the place for some really great food, and
• Financial support in the form of a $1,000 contribution to “Side by Side” to assist those rehabilitating from
                                                                                                                         people will wonder why you are huddled down on the floor talking to
  traumatic brain injuries
                                                                                                                         bread products. A good way to make new friends in the New Year as they
                                                              • Financial support in the form of an $8,000               help you get up off the floor…
                                                                contribution to Friends of Disabled Adults               –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
                                                                and Children (FODAC) for use in the pur-                 Eating grapes is a tradition in many countries for the New Year. You are to
                                                                chase and installation of an upgraded serv-              try to eat a dozen before the midnight chimes stop. I imagine this becomes
                                                                er to meet their ever-increasing computer                rather amusing after an evening of champagne. To honor this tradition, I’m
                                                                demands                                                  going to put in this “salad” which is so delicious that it’s really almost a
                                                              • Three scholarships to Piedmont Technical                 dessert. Ridiculously rich, but this ensures that you will have richness in the
                                                                College (formerly DeKalb Technical                       year to come, right?
                                                                College) valued at $3500 to deserving stu-                                       Good Luck Grape Salad
                                                                dents                                                    2-3 cups EACH red, green and black seedless grapes
                                                                                                                         1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese
                                                              • A gift of $1600 for financial support of ART             1 (8 ounce) carton sour cream
                                                                Station’s summer youth program with schol-               3/4 cup sugar
                                                                arships for students requiring financial aid             1 teaspoon vanilla
                                                             Additional projects planned for the year                    1 1/2 cups chopped, toasted pecans
                                                             include:                                                    1/3 cup brown sugar
                                                              • Alzheimer’s research monetary support                          I cannot over-emphasize the importance of getting seedless grapes.
Stone Mountain Rotarians Al Lipphardt and Cynthia Edwards • Stone Mountain Co-op food pantry support                     Sometimes they lie...especially the black variety. They often have ruth-
present check to FODAC's President and CEO Chris Brand, also                                                             less little seeds that stick in your teeth and make you all dry-mouthed.
a Stone Mountain Rotarian.                                     • Merit badge counseling for Boy Scouts and
                                                                                                                         You can use one variety if you’d like, but taste them first...sometimes the
                                                                 Girl Scouts
                                                                                                                         green ones are as sour as lemons. I’ve probably scared you from even
• Sponsoring of nearly 50 children with a book a month from birth to age 5                                               trying this now, haven’t I? Soldier on.
• Support of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Pirates Book Club and Apple Dumpling Literacy                                      Mix the cream cheese with sour cream, sugar and vanilla until
• Recognition of the Stone Mountain Community Volunteer of the Year and Public Servant of the Year                       smooth. Fold in grapes and about 1 cup of the pecans. Put in a pretty
     If you would like to learn more about what this club of 45 dedicated and committed members are doing                dish, sprinkle with the brown sugar and the last 1/2 cup of the pecans.
or how you might become involved please email Frank Luton at luton@mindspring.com, Jenny Busch at                        Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. This is great and is
vhallmusic@aol.com or Al Lipphardt at alipphardt@mindspring.com and they will be pleased to respond to                   even good served with plain cookies, graham crackers or gingersnaps.
your request.                                                                                                            Put it on lettuce and pretend it’s a salad. It’s lucky, for heaven’s sake. Do
                                                                                                                         what you gotta do.
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